Victor Tiffany, political revolutionary: Victor has an MA in the Social Sciences from Binghamton University. He was active in the nuclear freeze campaign in the 1980s, and after the Citizens United v FEC decision he became active in the movement to amend the Constitution to overturn that and all related decisions. He took a leave of absence from his role as the senior columnist for The Amendment Gazette to organize a national leverage strategy on behalf of progressive candidates for office. He wrote for the Syracuse Progressive Examiner until they went out of business in June of 2016. While studying the illegitimate Supreme Court decisions that granted the rights of individuals to associations and established the doctrine that money spent on electioneering is protected by the First Amendment, he became aware of how far from the Framers’ vision the United States has become. He resides in Danby, NY. The following is a talk given by Victor in February of 2015 at an adult class of the local UU church:
Rosa Torres, political revolutionary: from Tracy, CA she is 28 years old. Born in USA to immigrant parents who took her to live in Mexico for almost 6 years then moved to California. She has been living in USA for over 22 years. A single mother of two boys, she believes that continuing her education is her biggest achievement. She was supposed to be a statistic, but she has exceeded above and beyond her expectation. She is the first in her family to go to college where she studied for a psychology degree. Unable to afford school as a single parent she began working cleaning houses. She was lucky enough to get a opportunity to work in an attorney’s office. Quickly she advanced and has worked in various departments. She now works in accounting. She was CTRP certified in 2015. She has also had her license to sell life insurance. She has worked with various leaders in Northern California and has had the opportunity to learn from who she believes are the best at their profession. The person she aspires to become is like her high school counselor Mr. Richard Soto. She was 15 years old when they met and he is the person who has always encouraged her to continue her education. She began to research politics during 2015 because she didn’t like what the government was doing at the time. That is when she found Bernie Sanders and discovered he is the only person who can make a change in our government.
Patrick Walker, green revolutionary: Writer, political strategist, climate justice advocate, and fervent promoter of the Green New Deal (GND), Patrick Walker is currently suffering from mild case of Trump Derangement Syndrome and has therefore been suspended from RAP.
Allen “Kit” Howell, political revolutionary: He is an associate professor of choral music at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. He is the proud father of 5 musical children. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts with specializations in music education (primary) and choral conducting (supporting) from the University of Oregon. He has been active as a voice teacher, vocal soloist, and as a conductor of various community and church ensembles. He spent a number of years as a general music teacher and choral conductor in public elementary and middle schools in the state of Oregon. He also has conducted numerous honors choruses and bands over his 30-year music teaching career. Because the Pennsylvania System of Higher Education believes that music degree programs are expendable, he lost his job of 18 years teaching music education at Edinboro University where he was a full professor. He took a drastic pay cut to be able to continue his college music teaching career at Millersville University. For that reason, he drives 18 wheelers during the summer months in an attempt to keep his family healthy and thriving.
His political (and life) views can be summed up with the axiom, “Do no harm, take no shit.” Freedom is essential and therefore must be available to all. Going along to get along is unacceptable. If a political position does not pass the systemic abuse/exploitation sniff test, then it must be resisted by every means necessary. To that end, he is proud to associate himself with the political philosophy inherent in “Bernie or Bust.”