Adam, ready to clean up Ohio.
Date of Birth: 02.07.84
Where are you from originally? Where do you reside
now? I was born and reared in Cincinnati, Ohio. I just moved back
there. I just finished school at Indiana University, which is in Bloomington,
What did you major in? I majored in English
and Jewish Studies. I want to use my degrees to go to graduate school
for environmental studies. My dream school is Lewis and Clark, a law school
in Portland, Oregon. It is the best environmental law school in the country.
I'd also like to study at Otterbein Institute in Israel in their desert
How long have you been an activist? Since
sixth grade I've been involved in political activities. In seventh grade
I went to my first protest in Washington D.C., to a rally for Israel.
It was my first encounter with people getting organized around a specific
cause. It was the first time I realized that that's what people need to
do in order for things to happen.
How long have you been with Ohio Citizen Action?
I've been with OCA for two months now.
Why do you do this work? I'm driven by the
circumstances of the present day. I have a desire for keeping the world
What campaigns have you worked on with Ohio Citizen
Action in Cincinnati? I'm working with the Eramet campaign currently.
Hobbies and favorite outside of work activities:
Playing guitar relaxes me. Music is coming from what I am doing. I'm more
focused on the acoustic guitar.
Some of your favorite types of music: Folk
music like Phish, jam bands, Jazz, African, New Orleans, Eastern European,
Klezmer, and so on. I love it all and appreciate everything.
Unique facts about you: If I'm at a restaurant
that has those little jelly packets (I only do this if there's blackberry
jelly), I'll eat like four of them.
Favorite canvassing story: I was walking
up this huge hill, and I finally reached the top of the hill, sweating
profusely, and this nice woman invited me into her house. I was looking
at her pictures and I noticed the guy in the pictures with her. She helped
out with a contribution, and as I was walking out I looked at her check
and I realized that her husband was Johnny Bench, the baseball player
from the 1976 Reds.
Also, this one time I was canvassing in this place called Pleasant Ridge
in Cincinnati, and I was walking from house to house. I came to this house
and was thinking 'these people must be Greek' because the door was blue,
the garage was blue, the shutters were blue and the flower pots were blue...and
nobody was home, so I turned around to look at the address of the house
and there was a sign that said 'Protected by the Crips.'
What issues are you passionate about?
I try to say the word peace as much as possible. If people hear it enough
they will start thinking in terms of it. It is amazing that what canvassing
does is rely on peace. We rely on people respecting what we are out there
to do. Look at the amazing things we were able to accomplish because of
it. I'm not going to say world peace, but individual peace with each other.
Israel and Judaism is very important to me. It has given me a unique perspective
with which to view the world, and still appreciate everyone for their
diversity and for what they bring into our diverse world.
Book: On the Road by Jack Keroiac
and Paradise Lost by John Milton
Movie: Blues Brothers
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