Chris Henrichsen is ranked #37 of 111
Political philosopher, former cand. for Congress in WY. Religion, politics, and social justice. I blog about faith and social justice.
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My political story
I am a political philosopher and a political scientist. I am a devout Mormon as well as a committed egalitarian liberal. These two categories might appear to be a paradox. That paradox is me. I am the Faith and Social Justice Director at Independence Rock Group: Center for Faith, Ethics, and Social Justice. I have a BA and MA in political science from the University of Utah. I am currently working on a doctorate, also in political science, at Idaho State University. In 2012, I was a Democratic nominee for the At-large United States House of Representatives seat in Wyoming. I have taught political science and philosophy at Brigham Young University, Brigham Young University-Idaho, Utah Valley University, and Casper College. Prior to teaching, I worked at a domestic violence shelter in Park City, UT and at the Booker T. Washington Community Center in Auburn, NY. I was born in Washington, DC. I grew up in the Maryland suburbs of DC. My wife, Lyndee, and I live in Casper, WY…for now. We have three children: Todd (13), Shem (10), and Geneva (7).
Why I deserve a Netroots Nation Scholarship
After running for Congress as a Democrat in a very red state, I decided to turn my energies towards advocating for social justice full-time. I have long been an advocate for social justice as a teacher and a blogger. I am excited about networking with other progressive bloggers at Netroots Nation.
What first inspired me to get involved
I have been involved in politics since I was little. While working with immigrants in Southern California, I became aware of the gross inequalities facing our communities, nation, and world. Since then, I have focused my politics, education, teaching, and activism on countering inequality.
The blog post I am most proud of
My campaign for Congress took me away from the comfort of my classroom and keyboard.
Proudest Blog Url
More about my political involvement
I am a member of the Democratic Socialists of American and the National Writers Union. Here in Wyoming, I participated in Occupy Casper and I am active in championing marriage equality.
How I've gotten others involved
I have used Twitter and Facebook pages to engage the larger public. I have also actively engaged traditional media to bring a progressive voice to Wyoming and beyond.
Why I think participation in the netroots is important
Wyoming is isolated from just about everything, but it is especially isolated from progressive strongholds. Participation in the netroots allows me to reach other progressive, but also to reach out to those who do not fit within tradtional and aging political organizations.
My Twitter manifesto on online activism
Online activism works because it can reach everyone. The young and the working class need to be reached in new ways as the old ways fail.
If I could design a bumper sticker it would say:
"My Child Can Breathe Because of CHIP"
My wild idea for a cool new action
I once considered starting a shadow leftist party in Wyoming that would fill-in where the current state party is failing. In particular, this party would target workers and young voters who the Democrats have lost in places like Wyoming.
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