“1st” & 2nd Week Interning at the District Office of: Congressmember Karen Bass

I graduated Santa Monica College on Tuesday June 13th ^.^

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Shout out to Dr. Jeffery for taking a selfie with me

The first week of my internship only consisted of a day

This was because my internship began on Friday June 16th.

So the first week went by really fast…

I am the first intern to stay in L.A for the Dale Ride Internship program. The cool this about this, is that I have the amazing opportunity to be interning at the District Office of Congresswoman Karen Bass (CKB).

This is amazing for two reasons:

  1. It’s KAREN BASS… I think that is self explanatory Rep.KarenBass.jpg
  2. Plus she is MY Congresswoman, since I live in her district 

For my first day, I did not have to arrive until 10:00am.

I though being early would be a good idea, so I arrived at 9:30. Turns out I had to wait until a little past 10:00. Therefore my first day consisted of a good 30 minute wait time. It was cool though because the person in the lobby was another intern so I had the opportunity to speak to someone who had already been working for 3 weeks.

My first day mainly consisted of training. However, what as cool is that I got invited to participate in an event happening that upcoming Saturday.

It was the Congressional Conversation: Westwood where over 300 constituents went out to meet CKB. She was there to listen to the concerns of the constituents as well as explain about a few things happening in Washington, D.C.

Over 300 Westwood constituents attended. It was remarkable to see that so many community members where interested in sharing their concerns. The concerns varied from Immigration, Health Care, VA Help, Foreign Affairs, to so much more.

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Although attending these events are not mandatory, I was so happy to be there.  The event was officially from 10:00am-12:00pm. However as an intern who was helping with the event, I was there from 8:00-1:00pm, in order to help set up and clean up afterwards.

Something nice that this office does, is that for events that CKB hold for the community, the office always provides snacks. Therefore I helped set up the breakfast food, and helped people feel welcomes when individuals started to arrive. A few other interns also helped with the food, while others helped register people in.

Once the event started I was the official “note-taker” for the event. Which if you look closely at the picture below you can see me taking notes on a laptop, in the lower right hand side.

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To be honest, I am an old fashion type of note taker in school. I love sticking to pen and paper, but I quickly learned how to take proper notes on a lap top. I also learned how to type fairly quickly and become accustom to a laptop that was not mine. This was important to do because CKB likes to take 10 questions at a time from constituents before answering all 10 afterwards. She does it in order to get more questions in, which is amazing, because it demonstrates to everyone she genuinely cares what the community has to say.

Here is a quick picture of the interns who volunteered to be there that day, along with CKB… Photo Jun 17, 2 45 21 AM.jpg

For my second week, which was officially Monday, June 19th – Friday, June 23rd…

I worked from 9:00am-5:30pm M-F, this is my schedule for the summer. It was a surprise to the rest of the interns at the District Office, since the most others work is 3 days.

THANK YOU SMC for helping me be a full time intern.

This definitely helped me to get catch up. This is because one intern has been there since I believe March, a few are 3 weeks ahead of me, while some only a week or a few days. All of our start days have been scattered around. I thought I was the last intern, but another individual just started on Friday (June 23rd). It was was fun showing her around, and teaching her things I had only learned a week ago.

Yesterday we also had the opportunity to volunteer at another weekend event:

“Trump’s Assault on Black America- How we resist and fight back”

This was from 10:00am-12:00pm, but this time I was there from 8:30am-1:30pm.

The difference was that this was NOT an official event. What UNOFFICIAL means is that the event was not being payed by tax dollars like the Westwood event was. This meant that there was a lot more freedom to what CKB could say. Overall the energy of this event was a lot more powerful in my opinion, because there was a lot more community organizers present.

This event was put on my which is a resistance organization that activates, educates, and mobilizes. Therefore CKB was not the only speaker, she was joined on the stage by Holly Mitchell and City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson.

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Their message was to empower everyone, and get people to mobilize. I already felt the need to make a difference, but listening to them speak in person, only made me want to get more involved. 

Sorry I did not take many pictures this week…

– Maria de Jesus Lopez Zamudio

Sunday, June 25th 2017

 

 

 

 

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