llbear [ Richard Pierce ] is ranked #35 of 111
Long-time activist dealing with LGBT Rights, HIV/AIDS, Veterans Health & Benefits, PTSD & Suicide prevention.
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My political story
Grew up a Democrat in Dixon, IL [Ronald Reagan's hometown], served in Viet Nam as a Counterintelligence Agent with Military Intelligence, and domestically assigned to make sure "queers didn't get into the Army". At the age of 30 I discovered that I was gay. Alternated in Chicago over the next 30 years from being a headhunter recruiting lawyers for major corporations and law firms to Gay Rights and fighting HIV/AIDS with the legendary Lake Front liberals of to 1960's & 1970's. During the 1990 and 2000's I spent more time helping Veterans cope with Post Traumatic Stress, suicide prevention and the Veterans Administration as a veterans advocate. In Dixon I was a volunteer and board member for Meals on Wheels for 40 years. I was the care provider to my mother, brother, and father. Following their deaths I moved to Oregon and am now active combating Republican attacks on Oregon's senior citizens. I work with gay senior citizens through Prime Timers and post diaries on Daily Kos. Recently I have undertaken a fundraising role with The Veterans Green Bus - a bio-stainable demonstration that also helps veterans who have Post Traumatic Stress.
Why I deserve a Netroots Nation Scholarship
I am proud of the moral fabric the guides and sustains liberals in a time of economic distress. I hope to share organizing and fundraising strategies that I was taught, and I would like to continue to knit together groups of people like veterans, senior citizens, gays and lesbians, and people with interests in green energy - especially The Veterans Green Bus.
What first inspired me to get involved
In June, 1963, Ronald Reagan showed up at my High School Baccalaureate in Dixon, Illinois, and without my permission, used my classmates and me as a backdrop for his Gubernatorial bid in California. I got angry - really angry. He was a phony Democrat campaigning Barry Goldwater.
The blog post I am most proud of
the tale of a nail that did me in Through the description of an infected toe nail - that for a diabetic can be very serious - I described great treatment that I got from the Portland VA hospital in detail. That preceded the next diary, Emergency Room Hell, which described how bad the Emergency Room operated in the same hospital. VA cleaned it up the ER.
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More about my political involvement
I am a disabled veteran [thank you, Monsanto - Agent Orange is a monster chemical] - with an eroded short-term memory. I can no longer dependably run campaigns, but I lobby in Salem, Oregon, for veterans, senior citizens, and will be working on marriage equality this August.
How I've gotten others involved
Sending a link to start a conversation sometimes works. I like funny stories that won't offend the person I'm trying to reach - especially when it slowly grows to what they know is an outrageous lie about me. Whenever you get people laughing, you have a better chance of pulling them towards your point of view.
Why I think participation in the netroots is important
Individually none of us will ever be heard. Collectively we might.
My Twitter manifesto on online activism
With a dedicated group of on-line volunteers, it is possible to take maximum advantage of last minute events.
If I could design a bumper sticker it would say:
Veterans - the best work force in the USA.
My wild idea for a cool new action
For a State Rep I sent out a 100+ question survey with fill-in-the-blank spots following multiple choice answers to 47,000 households. We were assured no better than .5% return [ about 235 ] - they had to put on their own return postage. We got over 1,800 responses and many people wrote great, long responses. He won with over 80% of the vote - even though he had an active opponent.
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