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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Jonathan Dedering

Candidate For Assembly District 78

Jonathan Dedering

Candidate Background


Dedering for WI
226 N. Broom St. #2
Madison WI, 53703

Candidate Biography

From candidate Website

Mr. Dedering was born on July 14th, 1986 in Elroy, WI.  He is the son of two educators.  He credits his parents for nurturing his education and hard work ethic.  As a child, Jonathan was active in his local 4-H Club and the Boy Scouts.  At age twelve, he began teaching himself web design and programming.  Over the past decade, Mr. Dedering has gained extensive experience organizing young people and has volunteered thousands of hours towards creating a better world.
During High School, Jonathan organized Reedsburg Area High School For Free Thought, an autonomous collective of activists seeking to demonstrate against the US PATRIOT Act, the war in Iraq, and in defense of LGBT rights.
At age 15, Jonathan began writing a blog called Save Wisconsin, his blog discussed state and national issues facing his generation. On behalf of Action Wisconsin, Jonathan lobbied his State Assembly Representative to vote against the constitutional amendment that invalidated same-sex marriages and civil unions in Wisconsin. He organized demonstrations in downtown Reedsburg and other cities throughout Sauk Co. for a variety of causes.
In 2003, Jonathan began organizing with Juneau and Sauk Co. peace coalitions as well as organizers with No Way Perrier, and Madison Area Peace Coalition. Then in 2004, he traveled to New York City and participated in demonstrations outside of the Republican National Convention. During 2005, Jonathan took a canvassing job for Grassroots Campaigns Inc. on behalf of Environmental Action.
While studying at Madison College, Mr. Dedering began organizing throughout the Midwest with members of Students for a Democratic Society and the Campus Antiwar Network. He uncovered a study by the Marshfield Clinic that shows evidence of sewage contaminants in Madison’s water supply. For a time, he continued to canvass for Grassroots Campaign Inc., this time on behalf of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Before leaving Grassroots Campaigns, Jonathan helped form a group of employees that successfully leveraged the private fund raising organization into establishing a base wage that eliminated the potential for canvassers to make less than minimum wage.
During the spring of 2007 Jonathan helped organize a successful overnight occupation of US Senator Herb Kohl’s office. Later that year, he helped organize a temporary occupation of Governor Jim Doyle’s office during a demonstration targeting US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Over the next few years Jonathan helped organize many local demonstrations, including demonstrations of Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton, US Senator Herb Kohl, Candidate for US Congress Dave Magnum, and Dinesh D’Souza, amongst many others.
Gov. Walker was elected shortly after Mr. Dedering’s graduation from college. He soon found himself within the occupation of the Wisconsin State Capitol, where he became an active member of the rotunda community. Later that year, he founded the Youth Revolutionary Council blog to help offer insights into the Wisconsin uprising.
In 2011, Mr. Dedering became a member of the Autonomous Solidarity Organization, an organization born from the rotunda community. Jonathan helped construct the Occupy Madison community which has since offered Madison’s homeless population safe homes and food at almost no cost to tax payers.
In December 2011, Mr. Dedering traveled to Washington DC to participate in a demonstration against K Street lobbying firms. While in Washington DC he met with US Sen. Ron Johnson to discuss Wisconsin’s jobs. Mr. Dedering calls Sen. Johnson, “uninspiring to say the least.”
During the spring of 2012 Jonathan created an online healthcare petition that has already been signed by over 20,000 people. He also traveled the state with Arthur Kohl-Riggs during his bid for Governor during the May primary. Mr. Dedering also contributed heavily in organizing the People’s Bratfest.
Jonathan is now a 26 year old candidate for WI’s 78th Assembly District and a veteran of Wisconsin’s political turmoil.