Credit: Cystinosis United

My name is Mika Jayne Covington.

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 socialist. 

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.

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hang in there! I know what it’s like to have to wait for a kidney. In May of this year I will reach the 16th anniversary of my kidney transplant. Prior to that I was on hemo dialysis for 4 years.

    Anyhow, I am a transguy at he beginning of my transition. Have many fears about how the doctors will react to my desire to undergo GRS and and even more concerned with the fact that many surgeons may refuse to perform surgery on me due to my preexisting medical conditions.

    Anyhow, just felt the need to stop in and tell you to hang in there.

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  2. Hi there, I’m late to the party and only just discovered your amazing blog!
    I too have Cystinosis and don’t have contact with people with the same condition as me, I’m so interested in talking with you as I’d love to share my experiences.
    I’m also looking to start a blog about my experiences to.

    Really looking forward to hearing from you.

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