A Berkeley for All of Us

Aidan Hill (they/them) is a 25 year-old green activist running to be the first legally Non-Binary Public Office Holder in US History, representing UC Berkeley. A Native Californian, Aidan is building the New Free Speech Movement to Save People’s Park, provide Public Housing, Food Assistance and Police Reform with the support of disabled, black,indigenous, and LGBTQ+ students at Berkeley. Aidan believes individuals, especially students, have the tools to become policy makers and redesign their societies for everyone. An advocate for eco-socialism, Aidan calls for their communities to invest in their campaign stating, “We can build from the foundation of the oppressors without wearing their chains.”

At 25 years old, Aidan is running to be the youngest city council member in Berkeley history. Unbought, Unbossed, and Unbothered, Aidan graduated with a degree from Riverside City College in Communications Studies with Distinction. With California’s recent passage of SB 179 which allows a “Non-Binary” gender marker X as legal by law, Aidan hopes womxn, femmes, and the entire LGBTQIAPK+ community supports them to taking a serious stand for gender equity in the United States. Bold, Pragmatic, and Future focused, Aidan is a leader that demands a restructuring of our institutions and brings ideas to ensure safety, wellness, and opportunities for all Berkeley Residents. “We have the unique opportunity to build an equitable community. We are living unsustainably and the time to change is now” argues Aidan. “Young people have both the means and capacity to radically change this world.”

With President Trump publicly threatening a reduction of federal funding to UC Berkeley and Congressmembers publicly declaring the Libby Schaft Act placing elected officials in jepordy if they disrupt ICE raids, it is essential that our leadership take the threats posed against Berkeley seriously. Aidan recognizes the difficulty for poor or at-risk individuals to speak out and leverages their platform in the name of Free Speech. “Fiat Lux!” Says Aidan, citing the Berkeley motto of “let there be light.”

Aidan is a revolutionary political activist and rejects oppressive ways to navigate the world. This campaign blends art with politics in order to change the political landscape and how candidates move forward with new technologies. “This campaign is less about me and more about us” argues Aidan, fully aware that they are just one person with a keyboard. “This campaign is for a new generation of people with new capabilities to seize the political landscape from those who knowingly bring us harm...We can build from the foundation of the oppressors without wearing their chains.”