PHOTOGRAPHED IN NEW YORK CITY
BY Skye PARROTT
THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES HAVE THUS FAR PRODUCED FEW REASSURING FACTS, OR CONCRETE CANDIDATES. BUT AS BOTH THE REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS CONTINUE TO ACRIMONIOUSLY DEBATE THEIR CHOICE CONTENDER, AT LEAST ONE UPLIFTING TREND HAS EMERGED: STRONG ENGAGEMENT AMONG YOUNG VOTERS. YOUNG DEMOCRAT TURNOUT RIVALS, AND IN MANY CASES EXCEEDS, THAT OF 2008, WHEN OBAMA ROUSED THE MASSES. THIS TIME AROUND, THE PARTY'S YOUNGEST MEMBERS HAVE AGAIN PICKED AN EARLY FAVORITE: BERNIE SANDERS, WHO THEY CHAMPION FOR HIS OUTSIDER AUTHENTICITY AND SEEMINGLY UNWAVERING POLICY POSITIONS.
This electrifying appeal, as Tennessee Thomas proves, even extends beyond national lines. Despite her English roots, Tennessee “feels the Bern” and wants others to, too. So much so that she has transformed the Deep End Club, her shop/community clubhouse in New York’s East Village, into an unofficial headquarters for the Vermont senator’s campaign. There, she hosts talks, teach-ins and discussions about the critical issues facing young voters – a laundry list that includes female reproductive rights, fracking, the cost of education, income inequality, comprehensive healthcare…to name just a few. And in her spare time, she takes up her day job, as an in-demand drummer and DJ.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY?
Feeding squirrels in a park called Marble Hill.
WHAT DO YOU DO BEST?
IF YOU COULD RELIVE ONE DAY OF YOUR LIFE, WHICH WOULD IT BE?
A SONG FROM THE FIRST CONCERT YOU WENT TO
A SONG YOU HAVE LISTENED TO 10 TIMES IN A ROW
A QUOTE YOU LOVE
Be reasonable — demand the impossible.
THE LAST BOOK YOU READ
Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch by Henry Miller.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CURSE WORD?
YOUR FAVORITE KIDS' FILM
A SONG YOU HAVE DANCED TO AT HOME
A SONG THAT MAKES YOU CRY
SOMETHING THAT MAKES YOU NOSTALGIC
WHERE WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE KISS AND WHO WAS IT WITH?
Pere Lachaise, Oscar Wilde.
HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS?
WHAT IS THE WORST RISK YOU'VE EVER TAKEN?
Trying to climb over a fence into a swimming pool earlier this year. I fell off the fence and badly injured my ankle.
A SONG YOU'RE EMBARRASSED TO LOVE
A LOVE SCENE
WHICH OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS ARE YOU MOST LIKE?
My dad is a drummer with a loud laugh. My mum and I have the same hair.
WHAT DOES FEMINIST MEAN TO YOU?
IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH ANYONE ALIVE WHO WOULD IT BE?