SELECT # 2 ON YOUR BALLOT FOR THE PRIMARY IN SEPTEMBER 2010
WHAT QUALIFIES ME TO RUN FOR THIS OFFICE:
40 years of activism including working with Congressman Conyers to Save Public Housing, Health Care for All; working for Ralph Nader on Right to Know legislation.
I firmly believe that the most important issue is Statehood:
The most important issue is Statehood, which affects public policy as it relates to jobs, housing, health care, education, community safety, and economic development. The present delegate has failed miserably in addressing these issues. The treatment of Statehood has been just short of a mockery, burdened with diversionary compromises such as giving others states more democracy while simultaneously limiting our demand for full statehood to a single vote in Congress that can be taken away even easier than the struggle of some to get it. To be ruled by Committee and have a 30-day approval for all laws passed by our Council is an affront to self-governance.
DC Statehood Green Party
I seek to fully represent the 600,000+ disenfranchised citizens in the District of Columbia, who pay the same or more taxes, but are denied Statehood – taxation without representation! On a Congressional level this impacts the many crises facing District residents – unemployment, housing, education, health care. Our representative has exacerbated these crises by not (despite numerous opportunities) speaking out or effectuating public policy to address our population’s most desperate concerns. To quote Frederick Douglass, “Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has, it never will.” As your delegate, I will fight relentlessly for your concerns as citizens of Washington, DC.
I have been involved with public policy for close to 40 years in many areas including: Substance abuse treatment – I directed Rubicon Door, a federally-funded residential drug treatment program in Norfolk, VA with a 1% recidivism rate; Housing – Lobbied for National Tenant Organization, working with Congressman John Conyers to craft legislation to expand public housing; Consumer Protection – Worked with Ralph Nader on Patient Notification; Environmental Justice – Worked with Sierra Club on Clean Air Conference, and with National Conference on State and Local Public Policies on Right to Know Conference; Peace – Worked against nuclear proliferation and for world peace as co-founder of Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace Committee; Hunger – Worked with National Anti-Hunger Coalition and National Welfare Rights Union to expand Child Nutrition Programs and affect public policy at local, state and national levels; Health Care – Worked with John Conyers to build demand for Universal Health Care and Medicare for All. As an ANC Commissioner I work with community groups on strategies to secure jobs for District residents.
BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE
My background highlights a broad range of experience educating, serving, public service, campaigning, consulting and more.
Over thirty years experience implementing adult education strategies, principles and techniques both in and outside classroom settings, under various names. At the local, state and national levels, oversaw issue campaigns, strategic and organizational development, leadership training, fundraising; conducted focus groups; individual and group counselor; community and political action programs for grassroots, membership and public policy organizations. Expert at engaging diverse constituencies both to organize in their own interests and effect change in their living and working conditions
Candidate, Ph.D. Sociology Howard University, Washington, DC – Currently on medical sabbatical.
Master of Arts, Adult Education University of the District of Columbia (UDC), Washington, DC, 1993 (emphasis on community-based educational programs)
Bachelor of Arts, Urban Studies UDC, Washington, DC December 1991
United States Air Force Telecommunications (1962-1970) Five years in Southeast Asia; Honorable discharge.
Fluent in Japanese.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE and CONSULTING CONTRACTS
2009-2010, 2006–2008 – Elected, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, 7D05
This two year volunteer office is responsible for representing approximately 2000 neighborhood residents to ensure local government accountability in matters of zoning, neighborhood development, planning, employment, transportation, trash disposal, street repair and numerous areas impacting neighborhood quality of life.
2004-2006 – Consultant Center for Empowerment and Employment Training (CEET), Washington, DC
Adult Educator, teaching classes in Algebra, Geometry, and Construction Math in adult literacy and employment training program that prepared them for employment in DOT contracts.
2004 – Campaign Manager Tingling-Clemmons for Council Campaign, Washington, DC
Coordinated and managed political campaign for Michele Tingling-Clemmons’ run for the Ward 7 City Council seat. I oversaw all aspects of campaign strategy, from literature design and distribution, volunteer recruitment, and postering, to survey responses, forum appearances, media and fundraising.
2003-2004 – Consultant/Conference Organizer Metropolitan DC Health Consortium, Washington, DC
Coordinated and co-organized three major conferences: Optimal Black Men’s Health; In the Winter of Our Lives: A Conference on the DC Seniors’ Health Care Crisis; and The First Annual National Health Insurance for All Conference all at Howard University. Optimal Black Men’s Health, co-sponsored by Metropolitan DC Health Consortium and Office of Minority Health brought attention to the crisis in health disparities faced by black men, attracting some 100 participants. The seniors’ conference was co-sponsored by the Emergency Committee to Restore Seniors’ Prescription Drug Benefits (organized by my wife and I, with concerned seniors), founded in response to the elimination of a 30-year-old program providing prescription drug coverage to low-income seniors on Medicare, a result of the closing of DC General Hospital. It provided important resources and information to about two hundred seniors, advocates and supporters. The second conference (also co-sponsored by the Emergency Committee) was in response to a request by Congressman John Conyers (D, MI), a keynote speaker at the seniors’ conference, for help convening a national gathering of the disparate groups supporting national health care into a single forum. The successful effort attracted some 200 health care advocates from around the country.
2003–2004 – Consultant, Adult Education, Instruction, Mentoring
United Planning Organization (UPO) & Center for Empowerment and Employment Training (CEET) Progressive Partners Project (PPP), Washington, DC
Conducted male mentoring classes, GED assessment testing and some GED preparation; taught construction math, algebra, science and social studies. Also sponsored trips to the local National Museum of Natural History (as I did at all my teaching jobs) to expand my students’ horizons and awareness of resources available to them – many of whom were going for the first time in their lives.
2000–2002 – Evening Coordinator, Adult Education Metropolitan Delta Adult Literacy Council, Washington, DC
Taught and coordinated instruction program for adults in GED preparation and Adult Basic Education, all subjects. Extended program to Southeast/Northeast community by bringing program to Capital View Public Library in Southeast DC.
1998-1999 – Social Studies Teacher Young Technocrats Mathematics and Science Public Charter Laboratory School, Washington, DC
Taught World History, Geography, American History, DC History to grades 9 through 12.
1996-1998 – Instructor, Even Start Program DC Public Schools, Moten Elementary School, Washington, DC
Taught adults (with children age 0 – 7) English, Math, Science, Social Studies, in preparation for high school equivalency exam, GED.
1994-1995 – Researcher and Associate Ethnographer University of Maryland, Ethnography Department, Washington, DC
Conducted focus groups on sexual behaviors for Centers for Disease Control-funded ethnography survey s in support of ongoing ethnography studies on sexual behaviors funded by CDC.
1993 – Researcher and Research Associate Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Washington, DC
Conducted focus groups; coordinated and negotiated support for project to study impact on learning when free breakfast is provided to all students; local political conditions precluded implementation of study in District of Columbia.
1992 – Coordinator, Conference on Community Right-to-Know US Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG), Washington, DC
Coordinated, facilitated and recruited participation by community-based organizations and communities-of-color in conference on legislation and policies to inform communities on dangers of and solutions to toxic waste exposures.
1991 – Coordinator, Conference on Toxics in the Great Lakes Basin (in Chicago) Sierra Club, Washington, DC
Coordinated conference logistics; recruited and facilitated participation by community-based organizations and communities-of-color in Midwest regional conference on toxins.
1987-91 – Founder/Organizer, Committee to Save Fort Dupont National Tenant Organization, Washington, DC.
Organized resident-led organization to save their public housing complex through voter registration, grassroots lobbying and community–led economic development. Organized and refined broad array of literacy and other educational programs for residents, including starting a women’s self-help group, and recruiting volunteers to help organize health fairs and teach reading through producing a newsletter.
1986-1990 – Organizer, Save Public Housing Day National Tenant Organization, Washington, DC
Organized national demonstration and Capitol Hill reception for annual NTO membership meeting to highlight public attention on Jesse Gray Housing Bill.
1985 – Fund raising Chair April Actions for Peace, Jobs and Justice, Washington, DC
Coordinated fundraising efforts for DC-community coalition participating in major national demonstration and cultural celebration on the Mall.
1985-86 – Freelance journalist Freedomways, The Hill Rag, Washington Afro-American, Capitol Spotlight, Washington, DC.
1983-84 – Organizer, Committee Against Registration and the Draft (CARD), Washington, DC
Coordinated national conference, board meetings, outreach; presented at workshops, forums; wrote for newsletter. 1984 Traveled to Nicaragua as member of Veteran’s Tour.
1982 – Office Manager, Metropolitan Chemical Company, Washington, DC.
1981 – Assistant Coordinator, Alternatives to Incarceration Conference, National Moratorium on Prison Construction, Washington, DC
Coordinated conference program, logistics, PR and outreach.
1978-1980 – Emergency Mental Health Counselor, DC General Hospital, Washington, DC
1975-1977 – Executive Director PEOPLE, Inc. (Progressive Education to Obtain a Productive Living Environment), Norfolk, VA.
Community collective sponsoring educational and counseling programs, neighborhood improvement projects; operated bookstore, community gardens,. 1975, Urban Study tour to People’s Republic, China.
1971-75 – Director Rubicon-Door, Norfolk, VA.
Operated $375,000 federally funded fee-for-service residential drug treatment program emphasizing political education and discipline with a record 1.5% recidivism rate.
OTHER AFFILIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Membership in Central Committees of: DC ACORN, Phi Delta Kappa, Metropolitan DC Gray Panthers, and DC Statehood Green Party; founding member of Black Radical Congress; and National Council Representative for the Green Party US Black Caucus. Leadership roles in Emergency Committee to Restore Seniors’ Prescription Drug Benefits, Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee, George Washington Carver Tenant Association and other organizations. 2006, 2005, 1993, presented at Hiroshima-Nagasaki Conference on the A&H Bombs, Japan; and 1993, presenter at first UN Conference on Xenophobia and Racism, Geneva, Switzerland.
References available upon request.