I’ve been an activist for as long as I can remember, and it’s not often I decide to work for a politician.
I’d much rather be picketing for union representation, sitting-in at Cuomo’s office to ban fracking, or in high-stakes negotiations with some decision maker. That’s the atmosphere I thrive in, demanding justice and speaking truth to power.
But change requires more than just solid activists, which Ithaca has in spades.
The Civil Rights Acts would not have passed without passionate, grass-roots activism and the spiritual power of Dr. King.
But they also would not have passed without creative, forceful, and forward-looking politicking from President Johnson.
Any progressive change requires both a strong community and bold, decisive leadership.
I currently find myself working for Svante because he’s that kind of leader. The kind of leader who can listen to activists like me, do his homework on the issues, and help translate our progressive our values into policy.
And I know that next year, when I go to Mayor Myrick to demand more bike lanes or support for our public sector unions, he’ll respond with progressive values, creative ideas, and bold leadership.
This is why I support Svante, and this is why I urge you to do the same.