Monument Team Continues to Grow: Welcome Julian Bloom
Julian Bloom joins Monument Policy as Legislative Manager. He’s a recent graduate of American University with a Bachelor of Arts in C.L.E.G. (Communications, Legal Studies, Economics and Government) and has interned at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Cong. Jim McGovern’s Washington, D.C. office, and the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA).
The Monument Team is excited to welcome Julian on board and we asked him a few questions to get to know him better on his first day.
What got you interested in politics?
My parents are very politically active, and they taught me from an early age the importance of civic engagement. My interest in politics was cemented during the 2008 presidential campaign, when I knocked on doors in New Hampshire on Election Day with my father. We attended President Obama’s inauguration in 2009, and then again in 2013. I began attending American University later that same year, and from then on I was constantly immersed in the ebb and flow of politics in Washington, D.C.
What is your favorite Monument in Washington D.C.?
My favorite Monument in Washington, D.C., is the African American Civil War Memorial. I’ve always been fascinated by that chapter of our nation’s history, and this memorial in particular immortalizes the names of those that might otherwise be overlooked or ignored. The sculpture itself reminds me of the Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts Fifty-Fourth Regiment Memorial that sits outside the Massachusetts State House, which I would often walk by when I visited Boston Common. Many of those serving in the Fifty-Fourth Regiment were former slaves who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Battle of Fort Wagner, and it would be an injustice to forget their story, and stories like theirs.
What is your favorite book?
As a man from New England, I am partial to the works of Steven King. Currently, I am working through his magnum opus: The Dark Tower. A mix between The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and The Lord of the Rings, it is an unforgettable tale of courage, determination, friendship, and ka. The first books opens with the one of my favorite lines in literature: “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”
If you could witness any historical event, what would you want to see?
I would go the Mason Church in Memphis, Tennessee on April 3, 1968, to witness Martin Luther King Jr’s last speech in person. Looking back at the speech, it was if he knew his days on this earth were numbered. King gave it his all, in a sermon that rivaled the likes of his own “I Have a Dream” speech. It gives me shivers every time I listen to it.
“I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. So I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”
What is your favorite sports team?
Go Sox! (The Nationals are, of course, a close second)