By Zuby Chowdhury, Blue Future Summer and Fall Progress and Change organizer
It is safe to say that we live in uncertain and vulnerable times. The 24 hours news coverage has been dominated by what feels like especially grim and constant updates. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage our global community, while disproportionately hitting low-income and minority communities the hardest. The Trump administration’s severe debauchery of the handling of the pandemic has led to our fast approach to 400,000 deaths in the U.S. On January 6th, former U.S. President Trump incited an insurrection amongst his supporters leading to the United States Capitol being violently attacked by a mob of White supremacists. Serving as the cherry on top, we all continue to live with the looming threat of mass extinction in our future due to our inaction on fighting climate change. The planet is sick, its inhabitants are sick, and the fragility of America’s democracy is on full display. All of this makes it easy for one to feel as though all hope is lost. Fortunately, no matter what the general sentiment is, hope is not lost.
Blue Future has been a constant reminder to me that hope is not lost at all. Being able to join an incredible community of young progressives every week to advocate for a brighter and bluer future has shown me that no matter what adversity we face, we will persevere. Every week my organizing skills were developed through our insightful training with professionals in the field which we were paid for! Blue Future truly strived to make sure we were all being prepped with the skills needed to become youth leaders ourselves.
This organization is about way more than just having us make calls. I was able to learn about everything about organizing from crafting your personal narrative to legislative advocacy to tending to your wellness and energy through yoga! Every week we were encouraged to give that week our very best and fight for the change we wanted to see. But what made Blue Future so wonderfully unique was that it never ended at encouragement but always extended to providing us with the tools to accomplish our goals. We were given the chance to participate in the “Innovation Incubator” in which our advocacy missions were supported and funded by Blue Future. Personally, I worked with an incredible group to increase civic engagement amongst the Desi community all across the country.
The Blue Future team was one of the most supportive groups I have ever had the pleasure of being a part of. I believe it was this exact attitude of wanting everyone around you to succeed and grow that led us to be such an effective team, ultimately allowing us to work to win back the White House, the Senate, and retain the House. What stands out to me when remembering my time with Blue Future is the way the team’s leadership treated every organizer like family. They always put your well-being before anything else and let you know that they always have your back. I consider myself very lucky to have been able to have been a part of the Blue Future team because it has set me up for success in the field of organizing and has proven to me that there is always hope.
About Zuby Chowdhury: Zuby is currently a sophomore at American University majoring in International Relations. She is from Queens, New York City, and a major SNL enthusiast! At American Zuby serves as the School of International Service senator, Center for Advocacy and Student Equity Academic Affairs advocate, and Women’s Initiative communications coordinator. Off-campus Zuby serves as a mentor and tutor for middle school students in D.C. through D.C. Reads. This past summer she helped re-elect Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, the first woman to be elected to chair the House Oversight Committee, to NY’s 12th Congressional District as a communications intern. In her current free time, Zuby likes to paint, listen to podcasts about history, and learn how to play chess. Zuby was a 2020 Summer and Fall for Progress and Change organizer as well as a Georgia Cohort organizer with Blue Future.