I’m that nice Jewish boy your mother wanted you to marry in the first place, except for one thing: instead of being a doctor or stockbroker, I’m now a union rep and have been spending my life working for a better society. (Not that doctors and stockbrokers can’t do this, too and maybe, if your mother was herself an activist like mine was, she would have thought I’m A-OK).
Growing up, the first thing I wanted to be was a comedian because I observed they were the only ones who could get away with telling the truth. But instead I became one of the relatively few full time white organizers in the Deep South and then a newspaper reporter in Dayton, Ohio through making the news I developed a deep respect for the important role of reporting it. Soon, though, I went back to the activist side of things and became a union organizer. Today I use writing, public relations and political campaigns to help people understand the importance of getting together to change things. I’m the political and communications director for a building trade union.
I also produced folk music revues and shows about Paul Robeson featuring Pete Seeger. And I worked in Clinton’s Department of Education as a speech writer and for the old National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council. I was also on the Takoma Park City Council for eight years.
I'm on the Board with several of my heroes.
I majored in Eastern European Jewish history and was brought up in the Secular, Humanist Jewish tradition, which values justice above all and activism as the most important way to add value to the world.
But here’s the thing: I’ve learned the hard way that what I do is just part of who I am, and that it’s hard for me to feed my soul without being with a special someone who shares my values and is working with me to build a safe place for us both to be … well … just ourselves, warts and all. I would like to be in a relationship where we each nurture what’s best in each other and share the big joys and sorrows.
Most important, I want to share the day-to-day little things that make up most of life. When we argue, I’d like it to be in a relationship where we have compassion for one another. I’d like to sustain the magic in that relationship for a long, long time.