May. 9th, 2012

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I've been a somewhat passive activist since high school. What this means, at least to me, is that I feel strongly for causes, but often I'm more inclined to write passionately about it or, in this day in age of online petitions, sign a lot of those. In college my first time around I was on student council and went to some rallies and such. Since then, not so much. I sat out most of Occupy X, and my most overt political activities, other than voting, have been phoning representatives to let them (or at least their staff) know how I feel about various issues.

Early on in the Occupy movement, though, I saw an intriguing idea -- a new Constitutional Convention which would air a core set of grievances. After reading about it, I never saw anything further, until about a month ago. In the time I hadn't been watching, it had developed into an actual movement, including renting out convention space in Philadelphia from July 2nd-4th, and setting up a system of electing candidates to attend the conference as delegates. Actually, instead of re-inventing the wheel, details can be found here.

At that moment I kicked into active gear again, and have since registered as a candidate for my congressional district. I've been distributing flyers and reaching out to my social networks including, as of this post, LiveJournal. I've also been trying to get all of my friends to register to vote, no matter whether they can vote for me or not. Registration is needed because this isn't a state or federal election. If you're reading this and haven't registered yet for any reason, including only having heard of it just now, please consider doing so. They also need more delegate candidates and volunteers for the convention.

Needless to say, if you're in the Albuquerque area of NM, I would be super grateful if you register to vote and then vote for me in early June when the voting commences. And also if you have friends who are into this kind of thing, please let them know about this and encourage them to vote for me. If you want I have business cards, flyers, and stickers with more information.

This may not go anywhere, but at least I'm finally doing something.

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