Who am I?
A native Texan and the son of a nightclub singer, Mikel Weisser, after being an accomplished plumber and homeless shelter manager, returned to college at 30, collected a MA from the University of Illinois at Springfield, where he presented papers at three national conferences and earned an M Ed from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Mikel has lived in Mohave County since the turn of the century, teaching junior high social studies in Bullhead City and Middle School in Kingman.
Mikel Weisser has been a political activist with organizations like Occupy Kingman (Occupy Together), Heartland Peace Center (Springfield, IL), Move On.Org, A.N.S.W.E.R., Amnesty International, Code Pink, and Phoenix's End the War Coalition, both writing and organizing on peace, immigrant rights, and gender bias issues. His recurring humor blog, "Current Comedy" goes back more than 20 years and has been featured on OpEd News, Dissident Voice, AlterNet, Illinois Times, Daily Kos, AZ Central, and his local paper, The Kingman Daily Miner, among others. Reprinted by groups as diverse as from My Gay Spot Entertainment to a Public Enemy fan site, from Useful Information Nation to San Diego's "Draft Notices," Weisser "writes from the left coast of AZ."
Mikel Weisser now teaches Social Studies and Language Arts to middle-schoolers, is a member of the NORAZ poets, a performance coach for the AZ Arts Commission, a member of the Arizona Education Association fund council and resolutions committees, the Arizona Democratic Party's LGBT Caucus' regional advisor for Western Arizona on Gender Bias Issues, and an organizer of Kingman's annual book festival, KABAM! ("Kingman-Area-Books-Are-Magic!"). A tireless touring poet and performer, Weisser has performed at Chicago's Green Mill, L.A.'s Beyond Baroque, the Beat Museum and Cafe International in San Francisco and standing in the pouring rain ... in various places.
Frustrated with the lack of discussion on progressive issues, Weisser launched his campaign to bring variety of thought back to public discourse. For all those on the left who are always left out: the poor, the homeless, the LGBT communities, minorities and patient and prisoner rights, Mikel Weisser is a voice for the voiceless, a protest to tell the Right theyre wrong and to bring America back to its senses. Real democracy doesnt demand a dress code. Mikel Weisser is already changing the discussion in Arizona. With your help we can change the world.
Why am I running?
I have been a political humorist and activist for over 20 years, both independently and through the Democratic Party these last 8. I find our country imperiled by Republican positions that I see as dominating our country and attacking common interests in a country that claims to be designed for the people of the people by the people to establish justice insure tranquility, defend our people from all attackers and promote the general welfare. To challenge these wholesale destroyers of my values as a loyal American, I published hundreds of articles on a wide range of progressive issues and joined in protests throughout my state and even in DC. So, I joined the Democratic Party believing their challenge to Republicans had the best chance of victory. I recruited my wife to become a candidate in the 2010 AZ state senate race and greatly assisted in her campaign. Then as I saw the Occupy Movement gathering steam this fall I leaped forward and began organizing the local effort, hoping to shift the public mind when it comes to our role in fixing our nations problems. When the 2012 cycle came around, my part of Arizona became a brand new Congressional seat. Having worked within the party closely since 2008, I hoped to hear of a strong Democrat who would run for the new seat. But no one came forward. Having the series of experiences I had had I figured I could step forward and use the public attention to advance the ideas I had long promoted.
#1. Investigate and indict Wall Street and their regulators for financial crimes and mismanagement of government affairs. Return all properties taken fraudulently by the banking and mortgage industries, indictments and prison time commensurate to the suffering their crimes caused.
#2. Reform Immigration procedures so that economic refugees can enter the country through legal means, demand citizenship program for all undocumented immigrants.
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My Campaign is People Powered!
Well, besides the organizing and empowering of protests around my region (in Kingman, Wickiup, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu, Prescott, Cottonwood, Yuma, Dolan Springs, and Phoenix so far) that I mentioned in the answer above, I am building my campaign one person at a time through inspiration. Before becoming a teacher, I worked as a volunteer coordinator for a couple of non-profit organizations: a food co-op and a homeless shelter. I believe in creating activists rather than employing volunteers. Activists are self-motivated and act because they believe in the cause. Volunteers often feel like they are giving up something for the good of someone else, while activists understand their actions are their own rewards. By connecting with others sense of outrage and injustice at the current American crisis and inspiring them to believe in the power of their own ability to make change I have already seen amazing acts of transformation and selflessness by those committed to my campaign--The 50 year old disabled man from Dolan Springs who once hitchhiked 30 miles to join me at one of my campaign events and has now traveled thousands of miles with me spreading the campaign across this colossal district. The woman from Phoenix who has shared her house with me and my traveling campaigners, weekend after weekend so we can better reach out to the southern end of the district. The family in Prescott that feeds us when we pass through their end of the district. The Facebook fanatics around the country who are creating buzz for my efforts. This is the essence of grassroots: talking to people, getting them excited about the issues they want to battle and giving them the faith they need to believe in their own efforts. This is as people powered as it gets.