Hello fellow Asgardians, I posted this in the General Official Facebook group and I thought it would be good to share it as a blog post here as well.
I’m a little late to the game, but I’ve recently added my name in the hat to run for Parliament. I’ve been involved with Asgardia since December and have a great interest in strong communications, recruitment, and equal rights. I would like to see Asgardia recognized as a legitimate nation and a household name as well as consistency in the way that we represent ourselves to citizens and to non-Asgardians alike.
One of the values that I want to emphasize in Parliament is the importance of equality for groups that have been underrepresented or marginalized on Earth. I don’t believe that this is something we can take for granted simply because it’s written in the constitution.
Last weekend I found the discussion about S.A.G.E./LGBTQAI+ recognition in Asgardia to be extremely interesting and valuable. It’s very difficult for those of us who have never been underrepresented to understand what that feels like. As a caucasian Canadian woman, I’ve been very fortunate and have not met much adversity in my life. However, I’m a board member for a foundation that provides scholarships and funding for the underrepresented Black community in the United States as well as developing communities around the world.
In those cases, there are clear and *visible* distinctions as well as Earthly history that show that these groups have not been represented equally. The S.A.G.E. issue addresses the fact that not all underrepresented groups on Earth are visible, nor shall they be as we move towards the future of Asgardia. (I hope that everyone will read and consider participating in the S.A.G.E. petition: https://asgardia.space/en/petitions/27474-inclusion-of-sexuality-and-gender-equality-sage-citizens-in-asgardian-law/)
While Asgardia is new and doesn’t carry the history attached specifically to nations on Earth, we can see from the overall citizenship and from the elections so far that Asgardia is not as diverse as it could be, both in global and ethnic representation as well as with genders and gender identification. I would love to see more citizens in the non-English speaking districts. I would like to work towards recruitment efforts that will help us to see more diversity of all kinds in both our citizenship and in our leadership in the future.
This is what’s been on my mind lately. I’d love to hear your thoughts on recruitment and diversity and if my values resonate with you, I hope you’ll consider voting for me! https://asgardia.space/…/ele…/candidates/By-elections/27660/