He has been an agitator ever since he was a teenager in Arcata, Northern California. He has been involved with The Placebo, Democracy Unlimited, the Tenants Union of Humboldt County, the Redwood Peace & Justice Center, Food Not Bombs and in 2004, served on the National Council of Young Communist League USA.
He also served on the collective running the YCL USA’s magazine Dynamic and spent the summer of 2005 in “Missouri with the CP and YCL working on electoral politics. We knocked on hundreds of doors and got a black socialist progressive (John L. Bowman) elected as a state rep. He ran as a progressive Democrat against a white right-wing anti-choice Democrat that was backed by the Republicans.
He’s the youngest person ever to sit on the Northern Humboldt Union High School District School Board. He also worked for SEIU in Eureka, Northern California. In 2013, Shane Brinton served as mayor of his native Arcata.
Shane Brinton was active in Progressive Democrats of America and in recent years has been part of the extreme left wing conquest of the California Democratic Party. All of the candidates who ran on the Progressive Slate in the 2012 California Democratic Party AD Delegate Elections, were elected! These newly elected CDP AD Delegates, including Shane Brinton, would go on to serve on the Democratic Party State Central Committee.
In 2013, Brinton served on the California Democratic Party Central Committee.