My name is Jay Raj Philbrick, and I am a senior in high school. Although I am only 17 years old, I have been fortunate enough to engage with politics numerous times throughout my life. Perhaps my most transformative experience was last summer, when I worked as a Page, on the floor of the United States Senate. Although I appreciated the opportunity, I came to see the ways that our federal government ignored common sense change in favor of the status quo. Every single day, a Democratic Senator pleaded with his colleagues to allow Medicare to negotiate its drug prices, a common-sense measure adopted by nearly every other first-world country that would reduce drug prices for our most vulnerable, our senior citizens. And every day, his colleagues ignored him, in favor of a system that robs people of the ability to retire with dignity.
It is common sense, progressive ideas that help the people of this nation that our party needs to embrace if we want to win the White House and down-ballot races this November. It may require taking on special interests and moneyed donors, but I believe that our party is the last thing standing up for working people in this country, and they in turn make this nation great. We must be frank, bold, and progressive to reclaim the soul of this nation.
- Trustee of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics
- Volunteer, Bernie 2020 campaign, Member, Worker Solidarity task force, Organizer, Students for Bernie
- Founder, Let ME Vote, a group which organizes voter registration drives in high schools across the state of Maine
- Volunteer, Jamaal Bowman for Congress campaign
- Page for the United States Senate and Maine Delegate to the United States Senate Youth Program
- Maine Director, Telehealth Access for Seniors, a group which collects old electronic devices and donates them to local VA hospitals and primary care providers to provide telehealth access to low-income seniors.