My name is Keaon Dousti, and this is why I’m organizing for Hillary

Organizing is challenging work. You need to be passionate and driven and you have to have a good reason why you get out of bed everyday to fight to get Hillary Clinton elected. This story is my reason why:

Both my parents are from Iran. After the Iranian revolution, my father was a captured prisoner for eighteen months for speaking out against the government. He was just twenty years old, and for eighteen months, he was physically and psychologically tortured while his family watched helplessly.

This is an old picture of us after my dad got an award from The Center of Victims of Torture. The framed picture is a gift from Senator Paul Wellstone. It’s a reminder that even in the darkest times to look for the light, and that will give you hope.

He eventually escaped, and in 1988 he came to the United States on a student visa. To get by, he worked three jobs, driving both a taxi and an ice cream truck and made sandwiches. He earned less than the minimum wage, but he managed to work his way through school until his junior year. He later dropped out of school, so he could pay for my mom to attend college instead of paying for himself.

My dad worked hard all his life, and he’s been successful. Now he owns a few businesses across the Twin Cities, hiring diverse employees — mainly new Americans and immigrants — so he can give them a livable wage, benefits and the opportunity for a prosperous life in America. I once asked my dad did you think this could happen? And he said no, not at all.

A lot of the reason I am working to get Hillary Clinton elected is to help communities of color and immigrants, so they can have the chance for a better life just like my family had.

Empowering new volunteers like Pete is my favorite part of the job.

Honestly, as inspiring a story as it is, I feel like it shouldn’t be inspiring — it should be common. Everyone should be able to work to make a better life for themselves and their families, and it should even be a little easier than it was for my parents.

Hillary Clinton has been committed to immigrant rights community throughout her career. As president, she will work to fix our broken immigration system and stay true to our fundamental American values: that we are a nation of immigrants, and we treat those who come to our country with dignity and respect.

I’m the first person in my family to be born in the United States, and now I’m a senior in college. My dad is really excited about it. He wants me to go to law school too, and get a law degree. He wants to see me to get those degrees and achieve what he never had.

Everyone wants a better life for their kid. Whether you’re on the right, the left, or in the middle — that’s something we all can agree on. But Hillary Clinton is the only one in this race who has been fighting for improving all children’s lives her entire life.

It took me a while to understand this, but Hillary’s campaign is helping me see that the more you listen to people and understand where they’re coming from, the more you can start to work together rather than shout past each other. That’s what I believe in and that’s why I’m honored to be an organizing fellow, working every day to bring Minnesotans together to stand up for their values and elect Hillary our next president.

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