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My name is Phil Shemanski, and I am the lead developer of the Visual Disobedience campaign. Here is some background information about me and why I started this campaign:


I grew up in West Los Angeles in an Ashkenazi Jewish family. I am the oldest of four children. Growing up, I was extremely math-oriented. My affinity for math started at a young age because my mom consistently gave me math problems to solve before I went to bed. I was overall a top-notch student, achieving close to an 800 on my SAT exam. My love of mathematics and academics is one of the reasons why I eventually fell into a career as a CPA. I worked as a CPA for about 25 years with a tax focus. I worked as Ernest and Young for many years, and I also helped manage startups in Palo Alto.  


Other fun facts about me are that I met my spouse, Sheri, in high school. We both attended college at UC Irvine, where I studied economics. At one point in our lives, we had the pleasure of traveling to Amsterdam and India. We ended up spending quite a bit of time in both countries. We both moved to the Bay Area in 1971 we first lived in San Francisco, then Oakland, and now Silicon Valley. My parents were 2nd generation descendants of Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants, who lived in the Bay Area. I always loved visiting them, which is one of the reasons I decided to settle here. 


I was inspired to start this campaign because our daughter Naomi, born with challenges, became very upset with Trump's actions. In particular with dangerous behavior towards climate change. Her anger and sadness started in July 2018 and led to a hospitalization for one week. It was then that I vowed to do everything I could to make Trump's re-election as miserable as he made my daughter's life. 


This campaign began as a boycott of Trump's businesses, but then I started analyzing how he won the 2016 electoral college vote. I realized that there was a way to reverse the 2016 electoral college result, and hence I created this campaign. My hope with Visual Disobedience is that 18-22-year-old 'Gen Z' voters learn that there is a lot of flexibility with ballot submissions in most states and that there is the possibility in many places to cast their votes early. 


The other thing I want to expose is Trump's ignorance about the harms of climate change. What scares me the most is that Trump believes that climate change is a hoax. He puts 'business first' to reduce the need for pollution controls. A perfect example is that he unilaterally withdrew from the Paris Agreement.


The way I would love to see supporters help this campaign is to focus on who they know in 5 critical states against Trump and get them involved. I would love for them to get the word out to as many people as possible and have them follow our campaign's efforts.

Please sign the petition, if you agree to Dump Trump in the 2020 election.