My Insider View of Children’s Health Defense – California Chapter
By Lily Stinson
I am a 17 year old who has been working with the Children’s Health Defense – CA (CHD-CA) for the last few months as an intern.
COVID struck in the middle of my sophomore year of high school. I had to complete the remainder of the school year trying to learn from Zoom calls. It was difficult for me to pay attention to my teachers on a computer, and I hated staring at a screen for hours at a time. Because of my struggle learning online and knowing that COVID and the shenanigans that went with it were not going to end soon, I decided to graduate a year early. Although it was not an easy decision, as it made my parents quite uneasy, I trusted my gut and stuck with it. At the beginning of my junior year, I transferred to a homeschooling program that enabled me to finish two years of high school in one.
Initially, my plan was to delay starting college because of COVID vaccine mandates, and instead, babysit my younger siblings for a year. But after a month of babysitting, I was bored. I like to constantly learn and stay busy. Unexpectedly, my aunt offered me an internship with the CHD-CA. It turned out that one of my uncle’s clients was the Board President of CHD-CA, and he had been talking to her about me. I was so excited for this opportunity that had come to me at the most perfect timing. Although I was still a little skeptica,l as I had to move a couple hours away from my friends, family, and boyfriend, I listened to my heart again and went with it.
Since I started working with the CHD-CA team, I have been exposed to an abundance of eye-opening information, as well as the intricate details that go into running a nonprofit like this. I have a front row seat overlooking all the hard work and chaos that these people endure to fight for truth, freedom and, overall, a better future for all kids. This organization is filled with the most selfless (about 99% of the organization is made up of volunteers), resilient, hardworking humans that have taught me a wide range of skills.
I am so grateful to be in the position I am today and for the choices that lead me here. I get to attend inspiring rallies, like the one at the Golden Gate Bridge on November 11th, which have made me realize we are going to win this war. At this rally, I was surprised to see such a diverse group of people joining together for their love of freedom. Protestors put aside their differences and beliefs and stood together. People from all walks of life attended.
I noticed there was a very small amount of young adults/teens. The younger population needs to realize that our future is at stake and now is the time to stop the conformity and stand up to protect our rights before they are lost. Still, I know we are going to win because we are fighting with the intention of love, not fear. And love will always overpower fear. There is such an empowering essence of love and unity at these rallies. We have amazing, loving, intelligent humans uniting to fight the government overreach, and that is all we need.