Running! is a Teen Vogue series on getting involved in the government.
Jackie Fielder, a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes, is only 25, but she’s been pretty busy for the past few years. Fielder is an activist who has campaigned against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline; helped organize public banking efforts in San Francisco; and worked to defeat a city initiative that would loosen taser use for police in the Bay Area. She's also authored several pieces for Teen Vogueabout her activist work.
Now, she’s adding another point to her résumé: running to represent San Francisco in the California state Senate. Teen Vogue caught up with Jackie to talk about how her environmental activism and her experience with homelessness are informing her campaign, and the inspiration she’s drawing from other young politicians.
This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.
Teen Vogue: Why are you running for Senate?
Jackie Fielder: California is my home state and we have 157 billionaires, while thousands of people sleep unhoused on the street...