WE RECENTLY SAT DOWN TO TALK WITH COMMON CAUSE VOLUNTEER, REVA RUBENSTEIN.
How did you first get involved in Common Cause?
I first got involved with Common Cause in 1981. A friend pulled me in to do calling of members at night. We would ask people to call their congressman about a particular issue. It was very easy and very satisfying.
Why is the work you are doing right now with Common Cause important?
I like that Common Cause has started a national grassroots efforts. All the issues that Common Cause works on, I am concerned about redistricting, the gerrymandering is awful, voter suppression, the erosion of black rights. Even though we have come so far, it is unthinkable to me that it is still the way it is. I really can’t understand how it is not better. The Trump election managed to overturn rocks and find vermin living underneath. I found myself in a country where I didn’t know I was living.
What do you like about volunteering?
After Trump was elected, I knew I couldn’t sit idling at home anymore. So I came down. When I got here, I found the calling is much easier than I thought. Because you’re calling people who are already Members or have signed petitions. We’re allowed to leave messages, which I find very satisfying. Occasionally people will call back. It makes you feel like you’re doing something.