My name is Mika Jayne Covington.
- a human being who has a tremendous passion for making this world a better place for all.
- I am a person who lives with cystinosis and who is a sexual assault survivor,
- a human rights activist,
- a feminist,
- a student,
- a fighter,
- and a socialist.
Recently, I decided to do more for the cystinosis community and therefore, I am volunteering with the Cystinosis Research Network (CRN) and joining their group Future by Design (FBD). FBD was created to help make the cystinosis journey easier.
FBD is a group of adults living with cystinosis who’ve come together to pave a brighter future for the children, teens, and adults touched by our rare disease.
One major project of FBD is our Outreach program that works to connect individuals and build relationships within the cystinosis community.
Along with my participation in FBD, I plan to continue to volunteer and work for progressive political change.
As a transgender person (my preferred gender pronouns are she, her, hers or they/them) I plan to continue working to end anti-LGBTQIA+ bias on campus and helping fill the education gap in Iowa on LGBTQIA+ issues and history. I plan to fight for Free College for All, Medicare for All, and transgender equality.
I am passionate about creating progressive political change because I have experienced the detrimental effects of discrimination, harassment, and oppression. I also know how not having access to health care can cause a chronic disease to get worse like my disease did and I look forward to a future where everyone has the right to vote, has full and equal human rights, and access to high-quality health care.
I am a college student at the University of Iowa studying psychology. I have been a Democratic Party activist and organizer since 2010 working on Mayoral campaigns to working for President Obama as an organizing fellow with Organizing for America (OFA). Recently, I have volunteered with Organizing for Action (OFA) as a spring fellow and worked for the progressive change we voted for in 2012. I am a former Pottawattamie County Democratic Party Affirmative Action chair.
I am a former Field Organizer for the Bernie Sanders campaign and at the Iowa State Democratic Convention in 2016 I ran for Democratic Nation Committee person and won a significant number of votes making me a strong challenger to the Democratic party establishment.
This is my story, and it continues.