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My liberal activism is governed by my motto/phrase 'Political involvement should be a requirement for citizenship'
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My political story
I became an activist from the time I got to America. I participated in the protests demanding that the University of Texas divest from South Africa. While working in corporate America I participated in using pseudonyms on bulletin boards promoting liberal ideals. After forming my own company I maintained anonymous websites promoting the cause. After my daughter was safely out of our very conservative community and off to college I came all out. I was the cofounder of Occupy Kingwood which lasted 52 consecutive weekends, rain, shine, sleet, or snow (http://bit.ly/xPGBUM). I visited OccupyDC, Occupy Washington DC, Occupy Providence, Occupy Austin, Occupy San Diego, and a few others. I used CNN’s iReport platform to promote a progressive message. I won the CNN iReport Spirit Award (http://cnn.it/1yQvxZX) and Pundit of the Week several times (http://cnn.it/1yQweT8). I report and blog on progressive political events in Texas and sometimes in other states using my blog, DailyKOS, Move to Amend, Coffee Party, and other sites to get the message out. I did various videos chronicling the War on Women in Texas (http://bit.ly/1yQxypd). I am a radio show host at Houston’s KPFT 90.1 FM radio show Politics Done Right (http://politicsdoneright.com) where I promote the progressive cause. I cohost the Internet radio show Move to Amend Reports for Move to Amend. I am on the Move to Amend executive committee (http://movetoamend.org) where we are mobilizing the grassroots to amend the constitution to specify that money is not speech and that corporations are not persons. I am on the Coffee Party USA board of directors (http://coffeepartyusa.com) where we promote civil trans-partisan discourse to effect broadbase change that include removing the corrosive effect of money in politics, election reform, and Wall Street reform. I continue to cover political events, research, and blog about middle-class centric policies as I encourage more independent bloggers and writers to join the fold.
Why I deserve a Netroots Nation Scholarship
I believe I deserve the Netroots Nation Scholarship because of the dedication I have had to the progressive movement for decades. I sacrificed much of my software company for the cause as more and more of my resources went into blogging and promoting a necessary progressive agenda. I believe this would be a good investment in someone who promotes the cause day in and day out.
What first inspired me to get involved
I was politically aware from my pre-teen days. Living in Panama, I remember my father standing next to a radio and using all of my cassette tapes to tape the Nixon hearings. I remember thinking how silly it was for B-52s to be bombing and wanted to do something about it in my pre-teen years. I found it intriguing then. When I came to the states it was simply natural to be the rebel demanding social justice. I did it overtly, then covertly, and then now overtly again. When I got my US citizenship a few years out of college I knew there was no turning back.
The blog post I am most proud of
I wrote about and created a 23 minute documentary chronicling Houston’s participation in the 04/28/12 War on Women rally at the Texas capitol.
More about my political involvement
I am not currently an active DFA member. I am a sustaining member of the Harris County Democratic Party. I was the President of the Kingwood Area Democrats for 5 years. We have veteran drives, voter drives, as well as campaigns to write progressive op-eds in our conservative newspapers.
How I've gotten others involved
I use my blog which gets north of 500,000 page views per month.I am a member of the Coffee Party USA (CP) where I write progressive articles. The CP page is approaching 600 thousand likes and has a weekly reach between 6 and 20 million people.
Why I think participation in the netroots is important
Netroots Nation is the preeminent place for progressives to network. More importantly it is the one place where bloggers and activists can get up and close to politicians in order to get a message from the grassroots directly to their ears.
My Twitter manifesto on online activism
Online activism work because it provides a true democratic platform for anyone with a message to get it distributed to the grassroots.
If I could design a bumper sticker it would say:
Middle-class economics stumps Trickle-down economics
My wild idea for a cool new action
A petition to summon activists to make sure they register and stay engaged with voters to ensure they vote in every local, state, and national elections.
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