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  • My grandfather fought in the Second World War, and then drove a taxicab and died of alcoholism. My grandmother was a seamstress during the war and suffered from mental illness. Their youngest of three children, my mother—Patty Duke—was discovered as an actress, and won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker when she was thirteen. And in one generation, the extraordinary potential of success that American life affords manifested.

    My mother became a very outspoken activist on a whole host of issues, including gay rights, and obviously, with playing Helen Keller, she advocated for hearing and vision-impaired services. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her midlife and she spent probably the most important of her political and activist work on mental health advocacy, destigmatizing manic depression. She was president of the Screen Actors Guild, with Ronald Reagan before her, and so I grew up in a house where America had a super capital ‘A.’ And my brothers and I were raised to believe that the greatness of this country is available to everybody, and should be fought for, and enjoyed by everybody.

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  • 13892095_1258460727508380_652044527659127760_nI'm back on the road for HILLARY. Today's journey started yesterday in Hawaii. After much needed family time, the moment has come to dig in and do my part for Democracy. As Patton famously said, "God help me, I love it so."

    The plan is for me to hit three states in three days; Wisconsin, Nebraska & Iowa. The Campaign has me visiting phone banks, volunteer training sessions and various staff gatherings. I absolutely love this kind of campaigning. Nothing in Government is more inspiring than seeing passionate and devoted citizens working hard to make the world a better place. I drop in, very briefly tell the story of why ‪#‎ImWithHer‬ thank them all, sometimes roll up my sleeves and make calls or canvass myself, do news or radio interviews, answer blog questions, and basically have a blast promoting my candidate.

    It isn't always easy. There are way too many haters, trolls, pessimists & cynics. While I've gotten pretty good at discarding the forces of destruction when confronted with them, I can never totally dismiss or ignore them. It's hard to discern who the malcontents are from those with a genuine difference of opinion or a well considered bias against my candidate. I genuinely enjoy hearing opinions that differ from my own and I always reserve the right to change or amend my positions based on new information or a better case that's made.

    Make no mistake, I am for HILLARY CLINTON for President. I like her. I trust her. I have every confidence that she will discharge the duties of her office with wisdom, discipline and courage.

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  • Please visit The Patty Duke Mental Health Initiative:

    To each of you, all of you and the entire world :-)))

    My mother's life touched tens of millions of people. Her ground-breaking portrayal of iconic American legend Helen Keller launched a career that would span six decades. First on broadway and then on the silver screen, Patty Duke's characterization of the extraordinary development of the blind/deaf child brought global attention to the plight of people living with those challenges.


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  • Need a rhetorical boost in your life? Dwight D. Eisenhower's Farewell speech on January 17, 1961, is a civic mind blower!!!

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2 minutes in the vox

2Min InVox Ep6 NY H264 HI from Sean Astin on Vimeo.

  • Love Each Other and Respect New York City

    Love Each Other and Respect New York City

    In New York, Sean found someone to talk to to find out what issues are important to her and to find out if she is confident that the government can fix these problems.

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    Opportunity to work hard

    Sean is still in DC and joined by a husband and husband team one working at the New Organizing Institute and the other at Fitzgibbon Media. Both work with progressive leaders to help them to tell their story.

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