Psychologic-Anarchist, MDMA High Priest, Mr. Rogers of Anarchism, Crypto Connoisseur http://www.sterlinlujan.com http://www.bitcoin.com Bio: Sterlin Lujan is the Communications Ambassador and Opinion Editor for Bitcoin.com. His background is steeped in activism, journalism, and academia. He has worked with Bitcoin.com since 2015. Prior to his foray into cryptocurrency, he studied psychology and clinical counseling. He has a bachelors degree in psychology from Texas A&M University. He is happily married to his beautiful wife Cecillia and they live together in Texas. He is currently working on finishing his first book, a collected works called, Dignity & Decency: Rhapsodic Musings of a Modern Anarchist. History: In 2009, Sterlin was arrested for possession and alleged manufacture of a large quantity of MDMA and cocaine. He was released from jail with a sentence of deferred adjudication probation. After five years, he completed probation and his charges were dropped. His experiences confronting the State and being arrested provided him with the impetus to become an anarchist. While he awaited probation, he started undergoing some critical thinking about the nature of his “crime.” He came to the realization that he was victimized by the State. He came to understand that he was only providing a product on the market, and the State wrongly and unjustly kidnapped and caged him for it. This incident set the tone for all of his future activism, and led him to study authors such as Murray Rothbard, Ayn Rand, and Ron Paul. After his confrontation with the State, Sterlin discovered bitcoin in late 2013. He learned about bitcoin by hanging out with anarchists and libertarians online. He then started writing about the world-changing and paradigm-shifting potential of the technology. In 2015, Sterlin purchased his first bitcoin at around $600. Then he begin working for bitcoin.com part time as a crypto-journalist. He also wrote regularly on blockchain platforms such as Steemit, earning crypto rewards from the decentralized autonomous organization. He has been thoroughly embedded in the crypto and anarchist communities ever since. Work and Role at Bitcoin.com: At bitcoin.com, Sterlin is responsible for representing the company. He is a brand ambassador and community spokesman. He eloquently elucidates the perspectives of bitcoin.com regarding viewpoints on various topics, as well as coloring each talk with his own experiences and knowledge. He regularly conducts keynotes on topics such as the psychology of money, the essence of bitcoin, cryptocurrency utility, governance, forking, cryptopsychology, crypto-anarchism, history of cypherpunks, and the future of bitcoin.com. He focuses a lot on the philosophical elements of cryptocurrency, and works relentlessly to help bitcoin.com spur mass adoption of crypto worldwide. Sterlin has spoken at some of the most prestigious crypto conferences in the world, including Anarchapulco, Blockshow, Texas Bitcoin Conference, Blockchain Economic Forum, New New Festival, Nexus Earth, and Next Block. Sterlin has also acted as an crypto envoy for the community when he addressed the Mongolian parliament at their Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Ulaanbaatar.
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News page of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. U.S. Representative of the 14th District of New York. For inquiries or information, contact: https://ocasio-cortez.house.gov/ "Let us never, ever, ever give up. What can I possibly say except thank you? So many people sacrificed so much for this to happen - my mother most of all. My mamá was born + raised in Puerto Rico. She practically raised her siblings in poverty while her own mother worked nonstop to provide food and shelter. She met my father, a Bronx boy visiting isla family, at a young age. They married + moved to NYC - she didn’t even speak English. My parents started from scratch: new languages, new life, new everything. Then came me, and they moved to start over again so I could have an education. Mami mopped floors, drove school buses, + answered phones. She did whatever she needed to do, for me. When my father died, she was left a single mother of 2, and again she had to start over. After he passed we almost lost our home, so we sold it and started over. & over. & over. It wasn’t long ago that we felt our lives were over; that there were only so many do-overs until it was just too late, or too much to take, or we were too spiritually spent. I was scrubbing tables + scooping candle wax after restaurant shifts & falling asleep on the subway ride home. I once got pickpocketed, & everything I earned that day was stolen. That day I locked myself in a room and cried deep: I had nothing left to give, or to be. And that’s when I started over. I honestly thought as a 28 year old waitress I was too late; that the train of my fulfilled potential had left the station. This week I was sworn in as the youngest woman in American history to serve in the United States Congress. I hope that record is broken again soon. As I raised my hand for the oath, my mother held the holy book & looked into Speaker Pelosi's eyes. Afterwards, the Speaker said to her “you must be so proud,” and my mother began to cry. It was not long ago that our family’s hope was so dim it was barely an ember. Darkness taught me transformation cannot solely be an individual pursuit, but also a community trust. We must lean on others to strive on our own. Thank you all. Whether it was late nights, hard days, pocket change, emotional investment, hard & soft skills, door knocking in the heat or petitioning in the bitter cold - we did this together." -AOC