Hard Questions

  1. What skills do you most enjoy?
    1. In my free time and in my workplace, I enjoy and employ a variety of skills, I am quite happy when given an opportunity for public speaking, lobbying, recruiting, reporting, or otherwise talking to people about what I’m passionate about. I’ve got experience with teaching, training, coaching and leading groups through my time as a teacher and as a college student. I can sell anything if I believe in it; if I don’t, then your sales just might plummet. Investigating and researching topics of interest can certainly take up more time than I anticipated if I get lost on a tangent or pulled into a particularly fascinating topic.
  2. What subjects genuinely interest you?
    1. This is the easiest question for me to answer.
      I am passionate about women’s reproductive health and equality in all arenas. With the attacks on Planned Parenthood by various groups, I feel called to push for a woman’s right to choose and her right to keep medical decisions medical-not political. The wage gap between women and men also troubles me, not to mention the wage gaps between various races. I am already a vocal activist for this cause and would gladly pursue a career in this area.
      I care deeply and also work to improve LBGTQ equality-while the Supreme Court has ruled that all may marry, there is still plenty of work to do. Job and housing instability in inhospitable cities and states need to be addressed, to name a couple of current problems. I could easily see myself lobbying and pushing the courts to recognize same sex rights to life in this country and in others.
      Since I began working at PJL, I’ve learned a great deal more about the status of prisoners in our society and I am astonished. Mandatory minimums, zero tolerance policies, and the school to prison pipeline are doing exactly what they were designed to–our prisons are full and the people inside them are treated worse than cattle. Knowing that some prisoners make a daily decision to walk to the infirmary for meds OR walk to the cafeteria to get some food for the day, because their bodies cannot handle traversing the long distances between both inside a prison compound. Many prisoners are not receiving proper medical or psychiatric care, and this becomes a bigger problem for those who are placed in administrative segregation (solitary confinement). I am dedicated to providing a better condition of life for these prisoners–my work at PJL has given me purpose, direction, and I would love to spend my life improving conditions in all prisons nationwide.
  3. What do you want in a work environment?
    1. My idea work environment would include other people working towards the same goals as me; I want to be around people who are passionate. I want to work with comrades who see the same problems with the world that I do. I welcome opposing views as well, as long as they don’t drastically conflict with my morality. A variety of viewpoints should be represented in any workplace; some of the best discussions I’ve had have been with people I didn’t agree with but could engage in meaningful discourse. I like to work in offices and out of them. Public speaking is one of my favorite skills and one that I feel rather confident in.