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My political story
I have been trying to make the world a better place for as long as I can remember. My early years were spent volunteering as a Boy Scout, and my service only grew more expansive as I grew older. Now I help organize my local DFA chapter, volunteer at one of the last surviving settlement houses, and work with progressive campaigns and advocacy organizations. I have managed dozens of staff and volunteers, gone toe-to-toe with the Chicago machine, and faced arrest to stand up for what I believe in. My willingness to fight for progressive change led to an influential conservative blogger in Illinois deriding me as a "community organizer" with a "great resume if you want a gentleman to help you with progressive causes and Democratic Action."
Why I deserve a Netroots Nation Scholarship
I am a dedicated activist who spends every single day on the phone or the computer working to improve my country and my community. I am largely self-taught, and I have been fortunate to be moderately successful at what I do. Imagine what I could be capable of with the knowledge and networking I would gain at Netroots Nation. But, unfortunately, volunteering does not pay well. I would not be able to attend without a scholarship.
What first inspired me to get involved
Personal experience motivated me to get involved. I have experienced crushing poverty, seen injustice, and watched my civil liberties get slashed by the stroke of a pen. After a while I realized that something was not right with this picture, and that the only way it would change is if my neighbors and I got together to do something about it. I am not organizing other people, I am getting organized with other people.
The blog post I am most proud of
I often work behind the scenes to help make progress happen. I am very proud to have been one of the first online organizing interns at SignOn.org (a project of MoveOn), where I worked hard to inspire thousands of people to create or sign petitions about some of the most important issues facing our nation. If you have ever signed a petition on SignOn there is a good chance that you have received my (anonymous) emails urging you to lead your own online campaign.
More about my political involvement
I serve on the leadership team of Northside Democracy for America, one of the most active DFA chapters in the nation. I work with our amazing team of volunteers to elect progressive leaders in the decidedly un-progressive Chicago political scene. I was also a founding board member of the Progressive Alliance PAC, which compliments the on-the-ground organizing of Northside DFA by providing donations and support for candidates. I was able to combine the two efforts by creating a scholarship with PAPAC to send 20 activists to the DFA Campaign Academy.
How I've gotten others involved
I believe that the primary responsibility of any activist is to motivate others to action. To that end I have spent countless hours organizing volunteer outings with my DFA chapter and other advocacy groups. I use email campaigns and social networking to recruit teams of volunteers to participate in activities like driving to Wisconsin to support the recall elections or attending a union rally to protest mass school closings.
My Twitter manifesto on online activism
Online activism puts power in the hands of the people. It is the great leveler, giving everyone a chance to change the world.
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