Ali Thome, a child we watch grow up in Netroots Nation yearly from adolescent to young woman, explains her journey in the Progressive movement.
Ali Thome speaks on Netroots Nation.
Ali Thome’s Connection to Netroots Nation: Ali Thome has been attending Netroots Nation conferences since she was 15, following her parents’ example, who have been attending since the very first event. This interview marks her 10-year anniversary at Netroots, where she has become an essential part of the event’s organization.
Role at Netroots Nation 2023: Thome was named the Deputy Mayor of the Townhall at Netroots Nation 2023, a significant position she has held before. Her role involves leadership and ensuring that the convention runs smoothly, reflecting her growing importance in the event.
Parents’ Influence: Ali’s parents have been significant influences in her life, inspiring her through their volunteering spirit. They were not only attendees but active participants in organizing events, doing so out of passion, not obligation. This upbringing has led her to embrace activism and community engagement with enthusiasm.
Perspective on Youth Engagement: Despite the disillusionment some of her generation feel towards the political system, Thome believes in the possibility of positive change. She sees a bright future in political activism and emphasizes the importance of involvement in local elections. Events like Netroots Nation help her and others see the strength in progressive movements and the potential for collective effort.
Inspiration for the Future: Thome’s activism and dedication to political awareness are seen as inspiring by the interviewer, symbolizing a promising future for progressive politics. The passing of the baton to engaged young adults like Ali gives hope that the movement is in good hands and that the efforts to make the world a better place will continue with vigor and optimism.