Week 2:
Getting into the loop


Cornell Fellow in Political Science

Global Zero | Washington, D.C.

August 13, 2018

As my second week of working at Global Zero comes to a close, I have found myself gaining a sense of normalcy and have fallen into a routine. For a newcomer, trying to wrap one’s mind around all of the varying initiatives, policies, and calls for activism that Global Zero/ Beyond the Bomb backs is extremely overwhelming and leaves you disoriented when trying to follow it all. Thankfully, this tenacious team of changemakers has taken the time to explain the subtle distinctions of particular events and policy stances to me, despite it being an extremely busy and stressful time for all involved. Their help has made my schedule and workload of projects seem much less intimidating now that I am beginning to understand the purpose behind much of my work.

The WeWork building offers many perks for the companies who inhabit the office spaces, including nitro coffee and beer on tap!

During this past week, the team has been in a full out sprint, working on the new Global Zero website (which is going to be phenomenal when completed) as we prepare for its launch. I too have gotten to put my hands on this project through helping upload information about our hundreds of signatories who endorse Global Zero’s mission. I have really enjoyed this task because I have gotten to learn about the individuals backing Global Zero, coming from unique backgrounds, working to reduce nuclear arsenals and the threat of nuclear war in a variety of ways. It is very encouraging to see that there is an international community that supports an initiative to eradicate nuclear weapons.

With the midterms swiftly approaching, I have also been tracking primary election winners, in order to reach out to them about Beyond the Bomb’s No First Use policy, which means contacting hundreds of potential seat holders for the US House and Senate. Through this process of tracking and contacting representatives, I have learned the importance of an effective spreadsheet and researching who you are trying to communicate with before contacting them. To my surprise, candidates that I thought wouldn’t even consider endorsing NFU were some of the most passionate supporters. Realizing that I am able to discuss important matters of Nuclear arms control with political representatives successfully has been an empowering moment of success for me.

The office went out for ice cream since it was Jessica’s last day! I’m going to miss my fellow intern in the office.

During this week I’ve also been given a chance to explore the quirky events and shops that DC offers off of the beaten tourist path. One of my favorites was going to a cat café. Crumbs & Whiskers is a café that gives cat lovers a chance to hang out with some adorable felines and the cats, who would otherwise be in a humane society, the chance of being adopted. Since I was feeling a bit homesick and missing my cat, this was the perfect excuse to visit. I also got to visit a newly developed section of DC near the National’s Park stadium, called The Yards, with some family in the area for a concert in the park. I have quickly learned that if you are bored in this city, you just aren’t trying hard enough to find something to do.

The Crumbs & Whiskers Cat Café front window.

Isabel Light '19

Isabel is a politics major from Mount Vernon, Iowa.