Jesse Taylor has been a student leader on the Thayne Center Service Council for two years now. He completed two part-time AmeriCorps terms. He spent a week volunteering in Seattle, Washington with the 2009 Alternative Spring Break team. ...AND this year he'll graduate SLCC with honors as a Civically Engaged Scholar.
Last month he came buzzing into the office, excited about the Democratic Caucus meetings. He planned to go, but wasn't quite sure what would happen. As a staff, we we were thrilled that one of our student leaders would take such a huge step into the world of civic/political participation. It's inspiring to know that Jesse is leaving the Thayne Center with a commitment to lifelong engagement. Read his reflection in his own words...then you can say you knew him when...
My Democratic Caucus Meeting
by Jesse Taylor
On Tuesday March 23rd, I attended the 2010 Democrat caucus meeting for my local district in the city of Herriman, Utah. Since Herriman is basically a Republican city, only forty to fifty democrats showed up to represent their prescient. The meeting began with individuals sitting at table for their respective prescient, and at each table lay a number of forms and packets on the democratic process, candidate statistics, and donation information.
We had some speakers; one representing mayor Corroon and his campaign asking for our support, and a man who spoke briefly about the importance of civic engagement and fighting for what we believe in, despite our lacking numbers. From that point each prescient broke off and conducted ‘elections’ to discover who would be their delegate and chair. The delegate represents the entire prescient at elections and county/state-wide caucuses, while the chair focuses on getting people involved and active at the grass-roots level.
Since I was the only one from my area, I got both of these jobs and will have the opportunity to not only involve my community in the political process as the chair, but to represent them as a delegate in the upcoming county, and (hopefully) state caucuses.
I was impressed by the sense of community and agreeableness that everyone attending had, and that we were there for the betterment of the community. I know that some of the Republican caucuses had hundreds to thousands of people, and I wonder if they had that same sense of ‘togetherness’ that being in small select groups can promote and establish among individuals.