Hello, good morning, good day and good evening, or as my Grandpa Lee used to say, “Hello Dey!” For those of you who do not know me, as I’m guessing that’s pretty much everyone, I’m Dustin. I’m another poor college student, union thug, pinko liberal here to dispel words upon you that spread progressive thought and discourse. Well…at least I hope so.
For most of my life I’ve been a Democrat. As in, since I was 14 and became aware of politics.
My activism started when I joined the Rainbow Alliance for the Youth, or RAY Club, a form of Gay-Straight Alliance, and ran for president of the club in his first meeting. Ultimately, I lost, but continued in that meeting to run for other offices and succeeded in winning a spot as secretary of the club. After two years of being taking meeting minutes, I ran for the presidency once more in my junior year and won. In that same year, I was appointed co-president of Amnesty International of Hamilton High School and president of Community Activists for the Revival of Empathy (CARE), a catch-all activist group that worked with the Salvation Army to feed the hungry, started a recycling program at my high school and worked with students to bring awareness to various types of discrimination.
When I was 19, I unsuccessfully took on Dan Knodl in the 24th State Assembly district. It was a great experience and I met so many amazing folks that have taught me about the process and helped me to become involved in election cycles beyond 2010. I also received the honor of working for the coordinated campaign at the UW-Stevens Point campus as a campus organizer for the 2010 election cycle.
I’ve served on the Portage County Democratic Party executive board, the 5th Congressional District executive board and managed Dave Heaster’s valiant attempt at taking on Jim Sensennbrenner. And, I, like so many of you, was in Madison at ground zero back in February and March of 2011. It’s been an amazing ride and now I have landed here at Blogging Blue!
I really hope we can help shape the discussion. Young voices are especially needed to change the atmosphere surrounding politics. Common sense and decency seems to have vanished from the English language, and it’s time we start to take the discussion back. It’s our voice; it’s our power. And I look forward to this chance to help influence our discourse.
I encourage you to ask me questions, suggest topics that need attention or notice, and stop in every week to see what I think of Scott Walker’s Wisconsin and how we can begin to change the world one by one!