Donna Stebbins is ranked #12 of 69
I am a true blue, lifelong Democrat. I love, live and work hard to keep the Democratic ideals a reality.
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My political story
I became active in politics when I was 17. I marched against the Viet Nam war, I marched for Women's right's and stood up for Civil Rights. I started voting at the age of 18, and helped register voters. Time went on, I got married and and raised a family. Life was pretty good. Then, in 2010, our world fell apart. Laid off from my job, I was unable to find work. I was an "older woman" and no employer seemed interested in what I could bring to the table. I got involved with Move On and became the Organizer here in the Greater Phoenix area. I was instrumental in the Occupy Phoenix kickoff here in Phoenix.I then got involved with Labor, since that was the major cause of my involvement. I was asked, by Senator Tom Harkin's office to speak before the HELP Congressional Committee, What an honor! I came back to Phoenix and Have been very involved in DFA-MC. I served as 2nd Vice Chair and have been 1rst Vice Chair for two years now. I am the Treasurer in LD 30, a Precinct committee person for the Cortez precinct and a State committee member. I am on the Board of two Union clubs. I have been a campaign Manager for A Democratic candidate, and have worked on countless campaigns for numerous candidates.
Why I deserve a Netroots Nation Scholarship
After being laid off, I have spent countless hours working on Democratic issues. I have gone to trainings, asked questions, read articles, and have gotten involved in many actions. I really want to go to Netroots, but because of my financial situation, without a scholarship, that would be impossible. The more I learn, the more excited I get about what I do. I feel I could learn a lot at Netroots, and boy, would the excitement revitalize my energy! This scholarship would mean SO much to me!
What first inspired me to get involved
When I got laid off, I saw, first hand, the problems women my age were having. I would go to an interview and was pretty much ignored. Basic questions, and a "thank you, we will call if we decide we need you" was all ever got. Our refinanced house was killing us. Yes, we were one of the thousands that got taken advantage of, The Cobra insurance that we had to get, was costing us way too much money. But, we both had pre-existing conditions, and had to pay. It wiped out our measly unemployment checks. We were losing everything. Instead of yelling at the TV, my daughter reminded me of what I did in the early 70's and told me to get off my butt, and get "out there" and get involved again. To speak out against all the problems so many of us were facing. I got up! And I haven't slowed down. The problems we were facing, I soon found out, was but a few of the injustices surrounded us. Now, I have a new grandson. My promise to him is, "As long as I have a breath left in me, I will work to make life a better place for you and yours".
The blog post I am most proud of
I was so proud to be invited to Washington, DC by the fabulous Senator Tom Harkin, to speak before the HELP Congressional Committee. I felt that I was speaking on behalf of millions who had been laid off, and who were frustrated with the Republicans in office who were doing nothing to help.
More about my political involvement
I have been active in DFA since 2010. I served as 2nd Vice Chair and now serve as 1rst Vice Chair. As I stated earlier, I am the Treasurer in LD 30, a Precinct committee person for the Cortez precinct and a State committee member. I am on the Board of two Union clubs AFSCME Retirees, and the West Valley Union Club. I have been a campaign Manager for a Democratic candidate, and have worked on countless campaigns for numerous candidates. I am currently working with DFA members to serve lunch at Tumbleweed, a center for homeless LGBT youth
How I've gotten others involved
I have organized democratic political events for years. I hand out fliers, speak at different meetings,events, and a number of clubs. I cohost a liberal Radio show here, in Phoenix. I tweet and I send out tons of information on Facebook. I am a walking, talking, typing, speaking, breathing "engager"!
Why I think participation in the netroots is important
I feel participation in Netroots is very important. Numbers matter. We need to get more people engaged. Any help in that, is monumental in what we do.
My Twitter manifesto on online activism
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