Meet Jessica - the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Policy Advocate and Community Organizer. We asked her 3 questions to get to know her better, and here were her responses.
I never really thought about it this way before, but I suppose pizza has a big place in my life when it comes to activism. Pizza is the perfect food to eat with one hand while you dial voters with the other hand. Pizza is the best way to feed and thank a large group of very tired volunteers. And pizza is often a great recruiting tool to get those volunteers to the meetings in the first place! The resistance squad owes a lot of its success to pizza.
When you are not phonebanking, how do you spend your Sundays?
You can usually find me laying in bed and shutting off my brain, looking at memes or dog pics (favorite breeds are shiba inus, pugs, and poms). It's also the day I watch Drag Race 2-3 days after the rest of the world has seen it.
What is one thing you hope to get out of your time working with the Resistance Squad volunteers?
I hope that I am able to support volunteers as much as I was supported as an LGBT Center volunteer before I became a staff member. Volunteering with the Center, and especially the Resistance Squad, is the best training I've ever had in how to be an organizer. I wouldn't be working here today if I hadn't had the opportunity to go through what is essentially a progressive activism boot camp - except way easier and more fun. I want to be able to help every volunteer that comes to an action or meeting to walk away feeling like they learned how to fight the power just a little more that day.