RE: Canvasser Cover-Negative
Wednesday 10 March @ 14:14:31
As a former canvasser, I certainly identify with many of the points made in your recent article “Who’s at the door, honey?” It’s true that canvassing is really tough work, and I agree that some local canvassing operations should treat their employees better.
Having said that, I was disappointed in all the wonderful things about canvassing this article ignored.
For many, including myself, canvassing is a life changing experience, exposing people to the powerful potential of grassroots change. It’s also a unique chance to meet like-minded progressives, and forge lifelong friendships.
Many canvassers I know truly feel passionate about their work, and despite the challenges and pitfalls of the job feel it is the best thing they can do to make our world a better place. Canvassing is a critical part of the progressive movement: many people who get involved at the door (financially or otherwise) would not get involved at all without the efforts of canvassers. Perhaps rather than lambast canvassing publicly, we should support our local canvassers and their causes, and help them in their quest for progressive change.