I am Mika Jayne Covington. This is who I am, 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 Democrat.
Ever since I graduated from high school, I knew I wanted to contribute to society in any way possible and work to create the change I seek. Unfortunately, having cystinosis and being on dialysis forced me to stop working. Thus, to stay busy, I volunteered on issue and political campaigns such as fighting for full federal LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual) equality, voting rights, and healthcare for all. I am passionate about these because 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. For me, these causes are important because I know first-hand how not having access to health care can cause a chronic disease to get worse like my disease did.
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.