Coming to a Detention Center Near You

Today, I joined a few hundred people in my relatively small city at a rally to protest the Trump administration's policy on immigrants seeking asylum. I was proud to march with hundreds of thousands of protestors across the country who are furious at Trump's policies and rhetoric about immigrants and families seeking asylum.

One of the reasons I started Magnify Progress was to give people an outlet for their frustration and passion about issues. A successful manifestation of this has been the Facebook fundraiser for RAICES, a nonprofit that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families and refugees in Texas. I was lucky enough to see the couple that started this fundraiser speak today at the rally, and speak to them.

"We did what we think anyone would do. And it turns out there were 500,000 other people who had the same idea"

This Facebook fundraiser, "Reunite an immigrant parent with their child,"…

A Year Since Thanksgiving

For many people in the country, last Thanksgiving marked the first time they felt compelled to talk about politics over family dinner, and simultaneously horrified at the idea of doing so. For me, 2017 marked the first year I paid attention to headlines and politics every day. This was the first year I sought out updates on government and actually got involved contacting my representatives about legislation.

Facts have taken quite a hit this year. The very idea that facts are important seems to be up for debate. We’ve gotten to a point where debates on the merit of different ideas are pitting fact against opinion, as if they hold equal merit. As someone with a tech background that doesn’t like being wrong, I make it a priority to gather strong evidence before I make claims. When I want to discuss a contentious topic, I do research, understand the different viewpoints, and take time to get the facts straight.
One of the most challenging things is trying to debate with someone who isn’t…

New Founders Conference

Last week, I was lucky enough to attend the New Founders Conference in Chicago and speak on a panel about millennial engagement in politics. I met with so many inspiring leaders working to make the political process more fair and accessible to improve the state of the country.

Three years ago I moved from Chicago to the Bay Area, and this trip reminded me how much I’ve missed Chicago. Excited by my memory of the train stops, the order of streets north of the river, and my favorite boba place, I was happy for a chance to go back on a warm, sunny weekend for the conference. But until I was back for the New Founders conference,  I had never appreciated how diverse and socially conscious Chicago was. I grew up in LA and live in the Bay Area, so there are some significant gaps in my understanding of large segments of the country, especially districts that went red. Chicago is an incredible hub of art, tech, LGBTQ+ culture, finance, and education. It was the perfect backdrop for a conferenc…

How to Start Taking Action

Starting is the hardest step in making a change. Whether it’s learning a new skill, forming a new habit, or deciding to take a more active part in the democratic process. Setting realistic goals and ramping up slowly to where you want to be is sound advice, especially when gearing up to become an activist.
My experience with activism had always followed the same timeline. First, something tragic would happen, and I’d immediately want to do something. I’d research the issue, and every time, would come to the conclusion that ‘fixing’ the cause of the issue was so intrinsically complex, that I’d feel stuck. Then, I’d vow to stay up to date with the state of the world better. Check the news, proactively search for information, and look for volunteer work I could do that would have value. Inevitably, after a handful of weeks, the weight of reality would affect my mood and I would bail.  

Wanting to immerse fully in activism is noble, but can lead to complete disengagement. Balancing the sho…

Magnify Progress. Magnify your impact.

“The political process does not end on election day. Young people need to stay involved in the process by continuing to pay attention to the conversation and holding their leaders accountable for the decisions they make.” - Patrick Murphy

Today, Congress returns to session after their summer recess, and the White House is looking for legislative wins. It’s been a rough news cycle for many people, but there has been a lot to celebrate for the resistance. I have never seen so many people in my network interested in making a difference, and looking for ways to answer the call to action.

I’m happy to announce a solution that makes it easier to get involved and take action. Magnify Progress is a platform that gives people an easy way to research legislation, subscribe to issues and content they care about, and provides meaningful actions they can take. Stay up to date on upcoming bills, and get more involved to make your voice heard.

Join now to learn about what is happening in Congress, wh…

How Magnify Progress came to be

I spent the five months leading up to November 2016 filled with a deep sense of dread. Most of my friends were convinced there was no chance of a Trump presidency, but I knew I couldn’t let my guard down until after November 8th. I didn’t really do anything with that energy. I spent one afternoon making calls at the Hillary campaign, but I didn’t really rise to the occasion. And despite my nervousness, I was unprepared for what I would feel when the election was called.

The night of the election, my friends got together to watch the results come in. After Florida was called, people started to trickle out, but I sat and watched until the end. The next morning, only 5 people showed up to the office, and no one bothered to verbalize what we were all thinking. I realized that despite the strong desire I’d felt to do something in the months before the election, my political participation had only extended to reading articles that agreed with my point of view, watching the debates, an after…