Hey everyone–I’m a senior writer and occasional host at VICE.com. I just wanted to let you guys know why I’m running for VP of our union. I’ve worked a number of media outlets over the years and I understand how tough the industry can be—many times over I’ve been told to endure crappy conditions, including being underpaid, overworked, and undervalued, because I should be “grateful to have a job.” As a woman of colour, I’ve also suffered in the past from imposter syndrome and feeling like my ideas weren’t good enough because of how I was treated. But I think that’s bullshit. We’re all working at VICE because we deserve to be here and we’re talented. Since we unionized, a lot of things have changed at VICE but there is a lot more work to do, culturally. To be more specific: there are issues around gender representation here, and issues with how the company communicates with us, from everything to reports in the media to layoffs to expenses. It feels as if company-wide we’re having a moment of change here, and I think we should keep that momentum going. If you’ve been in one of our town halls, you know that I’m not afraid to ask management uncomfortable questions. That’s the straightforward approach I would take in representing us on the union. Thanks for your time!