Javeeta Gregory is another rock star volunteer with the RPA, and
she started canvassing earlier this year with the Fight for Fifteen.
Javeeta is a Richmond renter, an in-home health provider and member of
SEIU, which is officially represented on the RPA steering committee.
She spoke to us about how canvassing makes a
-- and tips for avoiding dogs!
When did you
first start canvassing?
It was in
February for the $15 minimum wage, petition signing in Richmond.
Actually, it was our union, SEIU 2015, that negotiated the deal with
the governor to
raise the minimum wage to $15. Since then, I've been canvassing all
the time. Canvassing and phone banking.
What is it like
canvassing in Richmond?
it overall. I’m
just afraid of dogs so I always canvass with someone else. It’s
been a great experience. It’s
fulfilling letting people know about the issues that’s going on in
The majority of people, once they found out what I was talking
about, they agreed with it.
How do you feel
about the materials that you give to residents?
very helpful. If I
didn’t have those my job would be a lot harder.
Do you feel
you’ve made a difference?
reason I’m doing it, and I’m going to keep doing it. Even
when the elections are over I plan to continue to get the word
I grew up in Richmond. I still
reside in Richmond. My
mother passed, but I still have relatives, nieces and nephews
They are supportive, too.
Do you have any
personal connection to Measure L?
Exactly. I live
in Bay Cliff. Our
rent was $1190. It went
up to $1207, and it just went up again to $1260. So we
want to get that message out there, make sure everybody knows about
Measure L and that Ben and Melvin support it.
You said you
wanted to have two other people in the photograph. Who are
Gabriela Medina and Benita Washington. They are also Richmond
They are also union members. We’re
in-home care providers. And
they’re volunteering to canvass and phone bank.
Was there any
special experience for you?
met a member. I went
to their house to knock on their door. They
didn’t know all we do. They
just paid their dues. I was
able to get her to do some volunteering. And now
she comes to the union meetings.
would you give to somebody who hasn’t canvassed before?
for the dogs.
[Photo credit: M Beer]