So if you follow me on social media you’ll know that this summer I was working in the United States. Next November (2020) is the U.S. Presidential election. FINALLY, the chance to get rid of Trump. You may have heard of the attempts to get Trump impeached, but with no success as of yet, it’s nice to know that there is at least one concrete chance for his removal coming soon.
This is such a weird time. I can imagine the confused conversation I’ll be having with my children in the future when I try and explain this bizarre time in, what will then be our history. First came Brexit, then came the openly racist Trump-a businessman with little political acumen. Both have consumed the political narrative for the past few years. Then, just as we thought it couldn’t get much worse, enter Boris.
In conclusion, it’s time for us, the younger generation, to take our stand and become politically active. So for that reason, I spent my summer in Des Moines, Iowa, working on Elizabeth Warren’s campaign for president.
Why Iowa? It definitely seems like a bit of a random location to be travelling to in the U.S., but in terms of the election, it is the most important state to be in. Iowa is the first state to caucus, next February, and for that reason, a lot of campaigning is concentrated there. This includes volunteers, campaign workers, and even the presidential candidates themselves. In addition, the Iowa State Fair, which runs from the 8th to the 18th of August, brings in even more attention to the state in the lead up to the caucus. All of this made my experience even more special, as not only were we right in the center of the action, but we got to actually meet and interact with the candidate’s multiple times throughout our trip.
This summer I got to campaign for an amazing candidate, with such strong integrity, door to door, on the phone, at rallies, wing dings and at the State Fair. I met and hugged Warren twice on my trip and met and shook hands with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. I made it on stage with Bernie Sanders at an amazing pro-choice event and even got our photo together retweeted by the man himself. Those were just a few of my highlights. Being able to be a part of such a powerful grass-roots movement bought a great sense of pride and hopefully, I will have the opportunity to continue campaigning again in the near future.
So, commence the U.S. series. My next post will explain how exactly the presidential system works, it is rather complicated so I will do my best to simplify it. The following posts will be about my candidate – Elizabeth Warren, the other leading candidates in the running, why and how to get involved in campaigning, and I will also be properly blogging my trip and what I got up to. I hope you enjoy.