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500 Volunteers welcome campus visitors

Volunteers flood campus to support Obama and lobby for change

People waited in line in order to get a chance to see President Obama (Photo taken by Cynthia Balderas).

USC College Democrats, members of the community and Obama supporters arrived at the USC campus as early 6 a.m. to volunteer for Friday’s rally.

Volunteers carrying “Moving America Forward” posters directed campus visitors and students towards the continually growing line on Jefferson. 

Stephanie Hillman and a volunteer discuss with an ATVN reporter what Obama should be focusing on in his last years as U.S. President (Video taken by Cynthia Balderas)

Volunteers signed up online through Organizing for America, Barack Obama’s initiative to promote political involvement, or through USC’s Political Student Assembly.

Others, like Stephanie Hillman, served as a Volunteer Emergency Response Team member, standing by to provide any medical assistance that may be needed.

“I’m here to make sure the volunteers move in a safe manner and keep everyone safe, control the crowds and just be in a position to assist in any way that I can,” Hillman said. 

Volunteers were promised special seating but won’t know where they are sitting until they arrive.  Many will work until 2:30 p.m. or 5:00 p.m.

Volunteers came from a variety of age groups and backgrounds.  Jonathan Canchola, age 6, volunteered Friday to support the President.

A young volunteer and a USC college Democrat discuss their excitement to see Pres. Obama in person (Video taken by Cynthia Balderas).

“He’s our first black president and he’s really helpful,” Canchola said.  “I was thinking I could see him today.”

Others said they signed up to motivate Obama.

“He’s down in the polls right now but it seems like a lot of students here are progressive and are coming out in support of Obama,” said USC College Democrats volunteer John Oliva.  “If I can get out here and help the matter, then that would be awesome.”

Other volunteers hope to push for economic and social reform and hold Obama accountable for his campaign promises.

Overall, volunteers were glad to contribute to the day’s events.

“I’m excited about Obama being here and moving American forward and changing our economy,” Hillman said.

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