Spirituality & Service
Protecting Police Officers
Interviews on Health Care Reform
TV Interviews local Pittsburgh news were done in April 2008 as a volunteer for the Hillary campaign. I was interviewed by one of the nightly news reporters for the local affiliates at the Pittsburgh Hillary Campaign Headquarters after a Soap Opera Star gave her endorsement at the morning press conference. The second Media coverage that weekend was at the “Honk and Wave” in the downtown shopping area.
One example of Media coverage event I was involved in was February 12, 2008 at the Westin Hotel, Columbus, Ohio. the media event was to announce Governor Ted Strickland’s and Former Senator John Glenn’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton.The Westin Hotel is also the same Hotel in Columbus, where I attended a Playboy Event, met Kyle Gass after running into his band several times that weekend and I enjoyed a wonderful breakfast with Chelsea Clinton. The Westin has excellent organic food.
In Columbus, Ohio I gave interviews for Healthcare Reform on several occasions with the local news. One example was at The Town Hall meeting given at Ohio State University on August 12,2009. I was interviewed by several reporters on my feelings about Healthcare Reform and my response to the way the Tea Party was reacting to it. I was also at the historic Tea Party exchange at then Senator Mary Jo Kilroy’s office that made national news over the treatment of a man by the people opposing Healthcare. I was on the front line face to face with them as some of them screamed at mine, but sensible talk is always better. As members of Michael Steele’s party noticed at one event in Upper Arlington. His staff observed how I handled an aggressive anti healthcare person who got angry with me for holding a sign supporting Healthcare Reform. I was calm , used facts and the woman got frustrated and walked away. Then the man came out in front of the other people who were with me, and handed me and the woman a water. He said to me for others to hear ,” You handled yourself with so much class and ability, you make me want to become democrat.”
Other Volunteer Work
During my volunteer work, I have enjoyed spending time with John and Annie Glenn (starting in 2008 until 2010), Ted and Frances Strickland (including 1 invite to the Govenor’s Mansion along with other activists), Lee Fisher, Sean Astin(2008), Matthew Morrison, Pat Schroeder(2010), Catherine Heigl, Martin Sheen, Sherrod Brown, Mary Jo Kilroy, Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, some of the members of the cast of Heroes and other Democratic Party leaders. Some events were private invites hosted at the home of Barbra Sokol. I held several volunteer titles such as National Field Advisor with Organizing For America(2008), Staging Director (Nov. 2008)and other titles as a political activist.I hosted phone banks at the Dem Party Headquarters, marched in parades with candidates, trained SB5 signature collection staff as part of a presentation, trained canvassers and hosted canvassing events, and more. I was asked to travel for the Dem Party doing campaign work in several states including West Virginia, Pennsylvania and others- 2008.
One of my favorite humanitarian activities was donating toys to a woman who is one of Haiti’s Santas. She brought in the toys I sent her and more. She was amazing to talk to and she said some of the kids just want any toy they can get. She said one child came to her for a Barbie for his sister and he said if you don’t have a Barbie do you have a part of one I can bring to her. The woman I worked with lives in Miami and goes to Haiti often. My trip to Haiti brought me face to face with poverty. I saw the face of hunger in a child who approached me. I had some food in my bags that I gave him and his smile was amazing. Even as I saw so much poverty, I saw the beauty of children dressed perfectly as they went to school. I am very proud of my children who themselves have helped the poor and had an impact already both through their Lutheran Church and on their own. Even on vacation, we brought food to the homeless (that’s another blog) and worked in a Food Pantry for the local Catholic Church. My kids have volunteered their time at animal shelters and even at the Zoo. Compassion for animals is a family value. That is why when we eat meat , it is only free range.