Cassandra Corrigan is ranked #39 of 69
I'm an International Peace and Conflict Resolution student with Arcadia University as well as a member of the LGBT community.
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My political story
My activism started with issues facing LGBT issues, and soon spread to other campaigns such as the Black Lives Matter movement and intersectional feminism through blogging on tumblr.
Why I deserve a Netroots Nation Scholarship
My goal through my university's IPCR program is to find ways to help those in nations with corrupt or unstable governments, those people who the Peace Corps will not reach because of safety concerns, such as those in Palestine or Egypt. However, it is a lot easier to focus on this when I don't have to worry about academic finances, and every little bit helps. Despite having a large scholarship from my school, it covers less than half my current tuition, and in the coming school year tuition is likely to be raised.
What first inspired me to get involved
A close family member came out as gay my freshman year of high school, and it really kickstarted my activism. The same year I was one of the founding members of my school's GSA (the first in our conservative school district), all thanks to that person for giving me the push I needed.
The blog post I am most proud of
Last year, my school district banned the use of GLSEN Safe-Zone signs. Despite having anxiety and a stutter, I decided to give the board a piece of my mind after the first meeting on the subject ended with the board's attorney saying that the signs would not be allowed as freedom of speech. The week before I had studied a Supreme Court Case that said otherwise, and felt that I had to bring it to their attention, even though the attorney was a close friend of my father's.
More about my political involvement
In addition to DFA and supporting several other petition-based campaigns (UltraViolet, CREDOAction, etc), I'm also a student worker in my university's Office of Institutional Diversity, a Jump-Start Student Leader for the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network, and a member of Amnesty International and the National Coalition Against Censorship.
How I've gotten others involved
My goal is to spread word of campaigns and issues in an open environment through blogging, writing, and digital organizing.
Why I think participation in the netroots is important
Today, there are two overlapping worlds: the physical and the digital one. While some people may think they are unrelated, things that go on in the digital world have massive impacts in the physical one. It's increasingly rare to find anyone with the time to sit down and write letters to government officials, but through netroots action, power is given back to those people. Now we can lobby politicians through the click of a button on a Change.org petition, or spread news to other activists in a tweet. When advocacy goes online, anything is possible.
My Twitter manifesto on online activism
Americans spend 23 hours a week online. Imagine how many opinions are created, minds changed, lessons learned, lives saved in that time.
If I could design a bumper sticker it would say:
Human Rights: "A tragedy at home = tragedy abroad."
My wild idea for a cool new action
Intalling Sanitary Pad Dispensers in Schools
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