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I am the producer and host of a grassroots webshow called The Undercurrent, on The Young Turks Network. I blog at www.ladylibertine.net.
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My political story
The financial meltdown of 2008 touched me personally and many of my friends and family in profound ways. I had thought that financial industry reform was the one issue that could really unite Americans. When it wasn't forthcoming, I became deeply disillusioned with the system. I started blogging in 2010, but was really activated by the Occupy movement. I became more and more involved with media and progressive activism, and was hooked.
Why I deserve a Netroots Nation Scholarship
I deserve a Netroots Nation Scholarship because I am the epitome of the online activist. I not only blog, but I report on grassroots events and activists in the field; engage various online communities through a variety of media I create; and generate new ideas for broader political marketing campaigns. I believe I have an obligation to raise awareness of critical social issues like faulty foreclosures, the climate crisis, and the corrupting influence of money in politics before it's too late.
What first inspired me to get involved
I had been blogging prior to Occupy, but the movement really served as a catalyst for my political involvement. All of the anxiety and sadness I had felt in general for the declining state of the American dream had found a productive outlet. I taught myself Final Cut Pro and began producing videos. I travelled to Occupy Congress in Washington D.C., and made contacts with national activists that led to greater involvement in national activism. I worked with The Young Turks and Christine O'Donnell's Troublemaker Media to produce a debate between the Occupy movement and the Tea Party at the Republican National Convention in Tampa last year. Unfortunately, the deal fell through at the last minute, but the collaboration led to my webshow, The Undercurrent. My chief inspiration is the restoration of the American dream for my generation.
The blog post I am most proud of
I am most proud of my mini-documentary "David & Me." At CPAC 2013, I tried to ask National Rifle Association President David Keene one question, but was thwarted by his Director of Public Affairs and security entourage. This segment riffs on Michael Moore's seminal "Roger & Me" in its examination of the gun reform debate. "David & Me" was picked up by LA Progressive, Upworthy, and the Huffington Post.
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More about my political involvement
I am a co-chair of the media committee for the Money Out/Voters In Coalition of Los Angeles, a loose affiliation of organizations working to end corporate personhood and reform campaign finance. I actively write articles; create graphics; and produce videos for political media campaigns. My current project is a campaign in the style of the "Got Milk?" ads that will unite activists of various issues under the umbrella of Citizens United/campaign finance reform.
How I've gotten others involved
I've worked with Occupy at the local and national level, United Republic, Sister Giant, and the Money Out/Voters In Coalition by raising awareness of various political issues and grassroots movements via my blog and webshow.
Why I think participation in the netroots is important
I think participation in the netroots is important because now more than ever, apathy is not the answer. The conservative movement has built a highly effective echo chamber, and progressive activists must unite to create an equally effective one.
My Twitter manifesto on online activism
Online activism works by lighting the spark of community engagement.
If I could design a bumper sticker it would say:
Money Is Something I Don't Like Dirty
My wild idea for a cool new action
I'm working on writing a song called "Sex with Uncle Sam" on the issue of Citizens United/campaign finance reform. There would be a music video with an Uncle Sam character, politicians, and lobbyists with conspicuous transfers of money, bribes, provocative acts. The provocative acts would be sexually suggestive a la Madonna or Lady Gaga.
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