• Elena and Paulina's Hillary Blog

    Editor’s Note: The election is over now, but I’d like to highlight another two super-inspirational young people who did so much for Hillary. Although not technically “teens” yet, 12-year-old friends Elena and Paulina worked incredibly hard on Hillary’s campaign in Reno, Nevada. While on the campaign trail, Elena and Paulina kept up a blog, where the two regularly wrote cheery and optimistic posts. I’m so proud of Elena, Paulina, and all other teens and young people who worked tirelessly on Hillary’s behalf. I can't wait till we all can vote!

     

    Read some of Elena and Paulina’s posts below:

     

    Wednesday, November 9, 2016

    The Day After

    It was hard to wake up to the news this morning that America chose Donald Trump instead of Hillary Clinton. We had some bright spots though:

    1- Nevada turned blue.

    2- Nevada elected the first Latina senator, Catherine Cortez Masto

    3- We elected some great new women senators.

    Kamala Harris from CA, Tammy Duckworth, IL and hopefully Maggie Hassan from New Hampshire. Maybe one of them will become president one day?!?

    Maybe there's hope because as you look at this map on how young people voted, it is clear that they would have given us a very different president.

     

    Here we are at the beginning of the evening when we still thought Hillary's path to the white house would look like this:

    Imagine that there hadn't been an electoral college, Hillary Clinton (like Al Gore in 2000) would be our president because she won the popular vote having won by over 200,000 votes. Maybe it's time to consider whether we should electoral college.

    Sidebar: Our favorite encounter with a potential voter was this woman who didn't speak any English and she said she couldn't vote but that her husband was voting. She didn't say who he was voting for, but told us that if she could vote, she'd vote for Hillary. Then she asked us in Spanish:

    "Le dices a Hillary que ponga lamparas por la calle porque es muy oscura?"

    (English translation: Can you tell Hillary to put street lights up in front of our house since it gets really dark?)

    We are committed to going to Arizona in 4 years and turn that state blue next!

    Monday, November 7, 2016

    Crossing State Lines

    We are so proud to be part of a large group of volunteers who came from places outside of Nevada to help the local Democrats get out the vote. As we compared notes with other volunteers, we started asking them why they came from other places. Why did they take time away from work and their regular lives? The answers were almost always heartfelt and very moving.

    For example, Leland from Alameda (a gay activist) and Pat from Grass Valley, CA met when they were working in Ohio in October to help with early voting. They became good friends and now are here in Reno together doing what they can to help. Pat remembers seeing John F. Kennedy speak and Leland remembers working for the 1972 Democratic candidate, George McGovern.

    We've met so many interesting people who came to Reno as we have. One of the teams we met was a mother, Jacqueline, and her daughter, Ashley who are both from Sacramento. They have worked together in swing states since Obama first ran 8 years ago. Ashley has become a community organizer as a result of her work and they were both passionate about the power of women and what we can do when we put our minds to it. Ashley was only in her early 20's but she seemed so poised to us.

    While we were walking in the neighborhoods we felt especially proud to see other canvassers who were like us-- working to get local Reno voters to the polls. Hillary and Zack, from Oakland, were also young and very enthusiastic about the work that they are doing to help turn Nevada blue.

    One of our very favorite people, Sue from New York, was training all the volunteers and she always has a big smile for us as she welcomes everyone to Reno Democratic headquarters. We signed up with so many Californians that you could forget that you were in Reno.

    Sidebar: We can't help but comment on the very large number of pit bulls and chihuahuas. If you were to take a poll of favorite animals in Reno-- they would win in a landslide!

    Sunday, November 6, 2016

    Don't Judge a Book By Its Cover

    Day two of campaign canvassing was interesting. Why? Because we learned that looks can be deceiving. When we went door to door, we imagined who would answer and how they might respond. At this one door, we were a bit anxious that maybe we had knocked on a Trump supporter's door because there was loud music, smell of cigarette smoking and we could hear lots of men laughing inside. A bearded guy with a shaved head and a lit cigarette and ball cap came to the door. As we introduced ourselves in the most polite way possible, we cautiously asked if he was a supporter of the Hillary campaign. To our surprise, he said that he was a BIG Hillary fan and that the other guy was an idiot. I think we were totally surprised and then he went on to say that Trump did not respect people and that was really important to him. His stepson was our age and seemed very pleased that his stepfather was talking about his values this way.

    As we left him, we both said that we were totally shocked and that maybe we should not be so fast to assume that anyone who looks a certain way should believe a certain way.

    The second surprise: we knocked on the door of a woman who had just come back from church. We asked her if she had voted and she said yes, but not for our candidate. We were shocked. She was a Latina who had immigrated here from Mexico with her family when she was a child. She had a daughter. We were really surprised and asked why? She didn't say, but we talked about the campaign and why we should respect each other. She commented on how the world needed love and compassion. In the end, it was a easy conversation with someone who didn't agree with our position. We all expressed our shared desire to create a more peaceful and loving country.

    The contrast in those two meetings reminded us that you can never judge a person on looks alone. People are complicated!

    This lady is "Tee" Teresa May who has been working on campaigns since 1956 (when she was four)!

    Saturday, November 5, 2016

    And the Job Begins!

    It's a weekend day and ordinarily it would be filled with soccer games, family parties and chores, but our job this weekend is to help get out the vote to put Hillary Clinton in the White House. So we head to Reno, Nevada from CA because NV is a swing state with 6 electoral votes at stake. Little did we know that the very afternoon we we were arriving in Reno, Donald Trump was as well. How did we know? Well, we encountered a very proud Trump supporter with a t-shirt that said "Build the Wall, Trump." He then proceeded to tell us that Hillary Clinton didn't do anything as Attorney General and the conversation went downhill from there. His mother had to correct him as we did that she wasn't Attorney General but Secretary of State.  His mother was a Hillary supporter and she commented to us that her son didn't know anything and to ignore him. He got even more in our faces and we decided to take the high road as Michelle Obama has suggested in her speeches. We have to remember when they go low, we go high. So we shook hands and went back to canvassing in his apartment complex.

    SIDEBAR: The Reno Trump rally resulted in Trump's having to be taken off the stage because someone in the front rows screamed "gun" and once again another Trump gathering ends up in chaos.  Our question: Is this really the way a presidential election is supposed to be-- and will that be the new normal in our lifetimes? We hope not!

    That made us even more determined to go door to door and get on the phone and talk to people about how important it was to get to the polls. We had several conversations with people who thanked us for our work and we reminded them that even though we weren't old enough to vote, we felt it was important to be a part of getting the first woman in the White House and the more qualified candidate in office.

     

    Here we are interviewing Leland and Pat (in striped shirt).

    Saturday, November 5, 2016

    And the Job Begins!

    It's a weekend day and ordinarily it would be filled with soccer games, family parties and chores, but our job this weekend is to help get out the vote to put Hillary Clinton in the White House. So we head to Reno, Nevada from CA because NV is a swing state with 6 electoral votes at stake. Little did we know that the very afternoon we we were arriving in Reno, Donald Trump was as well. How did we know? Well, we encountered a very proud Trump supporter with a t-shirt that said "Build the Wall, Trump." He then proceeded to tell us that Hillary Clinton didn't do anything as Attorney General and the conversation went downhill from there. His mother had to correct him as we did that she wasn't Attorney General but Secretary of State.  His mother was a Hillary supporter and she commented to us that her son didn't know anything and to ignore him. He got even more in our faces and we decided to take the high road as Michelle Obama has suggested in her speeches. We have to remember when they go low, we go high. So we shook hands and went back to canvassing in his apartment complex.

    SIDEBAR: The Reno Trump rally resulted in Trump's having to be taken off the stage because someone in the front rows screamed "gun" and once again another Trump gathering ends up in chaos.  Our question: Is this really the way a presidential election is supposed to be-- and will that be the new normal in our lifetimes? We hope not!

    That made us even more determined to go door to door and get on the phone and talk to people about how important it was to get to the polls. We had several conversations with people who thanked us for our work and we reminded them that even though we weren't old enough to vote, we felt it was important to be a part of getting the first woman in the White House and the more qualified candidate in office.

    Friday, November 4, 2016

    Candidate Evaluation

    When Donald Trump first started campaigning for President, we all laughed. My 7-year old brother even perfected a hilarious impersonation of the Donald based on Trump's many speeches about his beautiful border wall.

    But now that Trump is the Republican nominee, we are more worried than amused. My little brother even asked my immigrant parents whether Trump would deport us to Mexico or Ireland!

    I am far too young to vote and am glad Paulina and I can go to Nevada and try to make a difference there.

    I am excited to help elect our country's first female president, Hillary Clinton. Paulina and I researched both candidates' positions on several issues we care about and it reinforced our commitment to help Clinton win.

    Here's what we found in our research:

    1) Who is their running mate?

    Trump                                   Clinton      

    Mike Pence                                 Tim Kaine

    2) What job did they have right before running in the elecion?

    Trump                                        Clinton

    Founder of Trump Enterprise     Secretary of State

    3) In the following section you will see a list stating the candidate's political views on each matter.

    Women's Right to Choose  

    Trump                                        Clinton

    Strongly disagrees                      Strongly supports

    Same Sex Marriage

    Trump                                        Clinton

    Just okay with it                         Strongly supports

    Climate Change

    Trump                                        Clinton

    Non-believer                               Believes in science

    Gun Ownership

    Trump                                        Clinton

    No control over guns                   Should be limited

    Obama Care

    Trump                                        Clinton

    Abolish Obama Care                   Keep but make changes

    Green Energy as Priority

     Trump                                        Clinton

    Stronly disagrees                          Strongly agrees

    More Taxes on the Wealthy

    Trump                                        Clinton

    Strongly disagrees                       Strongly agrees

    Privitize Social Security

    Trump                                        Clinton

    Strongly agrees                          Strongly disagrees

    Pathway to Citizenship

    Trump                                        Clinton

    Strongly disagrees                       Strongly agrees

    Voter Registration Simplicity

    Trump                                        Clinton

    Just okay with it                           Strongly agrees

    Hiring Women in Minorities

    Trump                                        Clinton

    Disagrees                                     Strongly agrees

    Saturday, October 29, 2016

    Elena and Paulina's Excellent Adventure: Election 2016

    I'm excited to introduce my friend Paulina to my blog. She and I are very big supporters of Hillary Clinton and we are going to Reno, Nevada to help get votes for her. We would be very proud if Hillary became our first woman president.

    We leave with the hopes that she will be elected but we know its important to have as many of her supporters vote as possible.

     

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