Celebrating 4th of July with a new class of summer fellows

Since the primary election, this grassroots movement has only continued growing. No better evidence came of that last week, when over 100 people turned out for our Summer Fellowship Training. Take a look: 

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With old and new volunteers fired up and ready for Ro, we spent our long 4th of July weekend being patriotic in the best way we know how: knocking on doors, registering voters, and building up this grassroots movement -- with some fireworks and barbecuing thrown in, of course! 

Just check out the #CA17 Twitter feed to get a sense of everything Team Ro accomplished this weekend, and then sign up to volunteer:  

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Watch this to get fired up: A Note from Campaign Manager Leah Cowan

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The primary was one month ago today.

Since then, our momentum has only grown. We’ve trained over a hundred volunteers to help spread the word about Ro -- and the fresh ideas he’ll bring to a Congress in desperate need of a makeover.

I’m reminded of what’s on the line in this election every time I watch Ro’s speech after the primary results came in.

Watch it to get fired up -- and then say you’ll volunteer:

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My goal is to make parents aware of Ro's platform

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My name is Vivek Karnataki. I’m a parent, and the Chairperson of the School Site Council at Murdock-Portal Elementary. Here's why I am with Ro.

Being part of the School Site Council, I have seen first hand the challenges that our schools have faced in the past few years. Class sizes have increased, teachers have been laid off, and programs have been cut – all for lack of funds. Additionally, there's absolutely no emphasis on STEM education in our schools. All this doesn't bode well for the future of our children and the competitiveness of our country in the 21st century.

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Fired Up, and Ready for Ro!

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My name is Larry Alba, I live in Sunnyvale, and I’ve been volunteering on Ro’s campaign for about two months. I’m motivated by my son, Phillip. He’s seven years old, and I take him to knock on doors with me. In the process, I teach him about our government and about politics. Just the other day, I showed him a map of the 17th district – we live smack in the middle. Those are really good things for him to learn about – especially when he has someone as relatable as Ro to look up to.

I got Phillip a really nice red wagon for Christmas, and we take it with us when we knock on doors. We’ll load it up with campaign materials, and I’ll let him check off each house on our sheet as we weave our way through neighborhoods. People are more apt to welcome us when they see Phillip with his wagon, and they see how excited he is to be learning about politics and engaging with Ro’s campaign.

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A Note From Steve Westly, Former Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer for the State of California

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During my time as Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer for the State of California, I used innovative solutions to put our state’s budget on a sustainable course while spearheading over $1 billion in new investments in clean technology.

I learned firsthand how important it is to think outside the box and to question orthodoxy if you want to get something done.

But we’re not seeing any of that out of this Congress. There simply aren’t enough leaders who are willing to reach across the aisle and prioritize good ideas over politics.

Ro Khanna is different – he’s proven himself to be a courageous leader who will stand up for the interests of working families over the special interests that dominate Washington. That’s why I hope you’ll join me in supporting him on June 3rd.

Commit to voting for Ro – and ask your friends and neighbors in the 17th District to join you.

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A Note From Ronnie Lott: It’s time to huddle up

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Back in October, I hosted a special event for Ro Khanna. It was a lot of fun – check out some of the highlights:

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I did it because I believe in Ro. He’s not your average politician: He’s trustworthy and honest, and he has the right ideas to move us forward.

He’ll make sure there are jobs for students graduating from school and training programs for those who have been laid off. He’ll focus on growing our economy, while reforming the way Congress does business. He’s a leader who lives like us – and listens to us.

Now, the stakes are getting higher every day. The primary election on June 3rd is the first step to determining if Ro will be our next representative in Congress, and it's coming up...fast. In fact, absentee ballots are already out.  

That means we all need to step up our game – join me in volunteering for Ro on Monday evening.

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We need someone to move our district forward

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I first met Ro through a good friend of mine, who connected us about education issues. It was right when Ro first announced that he was running for Congress. That friend had been extremely close to Congressman Honda for years, so I was surprised that he wanted to introduce me to Ro – but I said yes.

I have to admit – going into my conversation with Ro, I had always supported Congressman Honda. But Ro and I had a very frank discussion about education, and I told him my perspective from my 37-year long career, including serving as a principal and vice principal in two high schools in the district. As I spoke with Ro and heard his ideas for how he would represent this area, I began to change my mind. 

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Ro is a Volunteer and a Mentor

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My name is Cheryl Cook-Kallio. I’m a teacher at Irvington High School in Fremont, and I’ve known Ro for almost 10 years. I advise We the People at Irvington, a civics competition for high school students that simulates congressional hearings. After I met Ro, he came to me and offered to volunteer. He explained that his drive to pursue public service came from the teachers he had who inspired him, and he wanted to mentor students. He’s very accessible to young people – he treats them with profound respect, looking them in the eye and answering them directly.

Over the past 10 years, Ro has volunteered as a guest judge, and he still gives up weekends and lunch hours to meet with students. In the We the People competition, students are asked questions like one would ask experts at a congressional hearing. It tests their knowledge of the Constitution and how our laws apply to current events. Ro always challenges students, but he also helps them to see both sides of any given issue. That is one of the principles he emphasizes – good government is what’s best for the people based on evidence and a thorough understanding of how complex each issue can be.

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A Letter from Ro's Mom

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Ro never forgets Mother’s Day. It’s one of the many reasons why he’s a wonderful son. Today, after we talked on the phone, I was looking through some old photos:

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But you shouldn't vote for him to represent you in Congress because he's a good son (or because he was such a cute kid).

Ro deserves your vote because he has always stood up for what he believes in – and I know he’ll advocate for every single person in the 17th District.

Absentee ballots are already out, and there are just a few more weeks before the June 3rd primary – will you commit to voting for Ro?

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My Thoughts: Ro at the League of Women Voters' Candidate Forum

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My name is Rebecca.

I’ve been volunteering on Ro’s campaign over the past few months. Every day I spend talking to voters about the issues at stake in this election is rewarding. Last Saturday night, I was reminded of exactly why I believe in Ro when I watched him speak at the League of Women Voters’ Candidate Forum.

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