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PDAction Comm & Campaign Dir.; Runs TPP Interactive Sunday calls; fmr MoveOn Reg. Organizer. Goal: Stop TPP Fast Track--& get to Netroots!

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My political story

Everybody has a "second act" in them. My career was as a journalist and corporate publicist. Then came the "aha moment" with the financial crisis. I became involved with MoveOn and life was never the same. I left corporate life and became a full time organizer. Once awakened, as my husband says, I couldn't turn back. My daughter says, "Mom, you found your tribe." They're both right. Organizing is my life, and the wonderful people I've met through organizing have become extended family. In 2012 I heard about a round of trade talks happening in nearby San Diego that were "classified"--closed to the public and even Congress. The journalist in me was aroused and I dug deeper. What I found was astonishing--and the TPP campaign became my avocation--an issue I've lived 24-7 for nearly 3 years now. Together with a team of other volunteers and allies from partner organizations I helped bring together a diverse coalition to fight the "fast tracking" of toxic trade agreements that threaten our people and planet. Earlier this year I was fortunate to be offered a job combining my two loves--progressive organizing and communications--with a new nonprofit, People Demanding Action. I continue to work with my friends and colleagues at MoveOn, and with allies in organized labor, the environment, internet freedom and more, to educate and inform the public about the threat that Fast Track for TPP poses, and to support the work of individual organizers and groups all over the country who are fighting it.

Why I deserve a Netroots Nation Scholarship

I believe I have much to learn, and to contribute. Having an opportunity to attend NETROOTS and share ideas with the best and brightest minds in progressive organizing would be invaluable to the campaign I'm working on now, and those to come. From an economic perspective: anyone who works for a nonprofit--especially someone who JUST got a paying job after working 2 1/2 years for practically nothing--knows we don't have much in the way of disposable income after paying the bills. My organization is new, so there is no conference budget. I can promise that if you select me to attend it would be a worthwhile investment--one that would pay dividends for years to come as I continued to work passionately for economic and social justice--and to inspire others to do the same.

What first inspired me to get involved

I have always been a progressive, but the economic crisis was what galvanized me in a way unparalleled in my past and drove me to pursue organizing. I saw my neighborhood literally falling apart and the lives of so many people shattered and had to get involved. It began when I hosted a MoveOn event, and was recruited to become a local leader. From then on, I was hooked.

The blog post I am most proud of

I am most proud of our work on the TPP campaign. Since the summer of 2013 we have run nearly 70 national organizing calls, bringing together volunteers and leaders from many organizations across the U.S. - and some from abroad. The calls are part strategy, part education, and the interactive meeting room component has made them unique.

More about my political involvement

I have recently been hired by a progressive organization. Prior to that, I was a volunteer Regional Organizer for MoveOn, supporting councils in several states and coordinating national organizing on two issues--TPP and Medicaid Expansion.

How I've gotten others involved

I did grassroots organizing for two years; manage two Facebook pages and support our weekly Twitter storms.

Why I think participation in the netroots is important

NETROOTS is the largest gathering for progressive digital organizers. It is the place to be if you want to understand how to best utilize the digital tools and resources important to winning campaigns now--and how to marry digital tools with "boots on the ground" organizing for maximum impact.

My Twitter manifesto on online activism

It identifies constituencies and inspires them to take the next step to reach policy makers and bring about lasting social change.

If I could design a bumper sticker it would say:

TPP: threat to children and other living things.

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