My name is Travis Erbacher. I was born on November 10, 1989 in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. I have lived in Langley my entire life. I attended Otter Elementary School and then D.W. Poppy Secondary School. Besides the fact that my father passed away when I was 5 years old, I had a pretty typical childhood. Currently, I attend the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) working towards my BA with a major in English and a minor in Political Science.
I have been fascinated by politics and government since I was about 10 years old. The incident that really propelled me to political activism was the DEA raid on Marc Emery’s “Cannabis Culture HQ” in the summer of 2005. Even though I had never even seen a drug in my life, it seemed wrong to me that somebody would be arrested for doing something that does not hurt anybody, let alone selling flower seeds.
In 2007 I started writing letters to the editor, mostly regarding drug policy, and shortly thereafter worked on my first political campaign for the federal Liberal party. Marc Emery emailed me after I wrote my first letter to encourage me to become an activist. I took his advice.
In 2009 two events significantly impacted my life. First, I began using medical cannabis to alleviate the terrible pain and nausea that is caused by my migraine headaches. Both of my parents suffered from migraines as did my grandparents. As I like to put it, I won a genetic lottery and my prize is chronic pain. Cannabis is the only medicine that allows me to sleep or keep food down when I am sick. In May of 2009 I ran in the Provincial election for the BC Green party as a 19 year old. I received over 1,700 votes and was encouraged to continue a career in politics.
This blog will be seperated into categories covering my poetry and short fiction, my political activism, my thoughts, and news that I find interesting.
Peace and love,