I’ve been blessed to travel the world and no matter where I’ve ended up, I’ve always felt like an unofficial ambassador for my homeland. This was never more true than during my Peace Corps service in Paraguay. And while I have long dreamt of living abroad for more than a couple of years, my time in the Peace Corps inspired me to return to the US and dedicate the passion and energy I have long given to global causes, to making a difference here at home. It seems fitting that I should begin this new adventure during the week of our great American independence when people across our nation come together and demonstrate their patriotism with flags, fireworks, and inspiring camaraderie. The timing is even more symbolic to me given that this is my first 4th of July in the US in 4 years.
So this week I settled into my new place in Western Massachusetts and started working as a full time organizer for the Represent.Us campaign. Represent.Us is a national, nonpartisan campaign to pass anti-corruption laws in cities and states across the country in order to make sure our lawmakers are actually representing “we the people” and not just the biggest donors to their campaigns. Continue reading