the vox blog
November 20, 2017
Here's a sneak peak at A2 - Astin & Atchley - a political comic panel series. I write 'em and Matthew Atchley illustrates 'em. This is our 6th panel. Enjoy.
November 7, 2017
November 5, 2017
Victims of sexual assault are speaking. Their bravery and willingness to subject their lives to scrutiny, of the most painful kind, should be supported. I thank them and celebrate their courage. It is time for abusers to be stopped and our culture moved forward in the most noble and protective way forward.
For young performers, growing up in the entertainment industry can be thrilling, fun, lucrative and rewarding, but it is also fraught with peril. Some of us were protected and lucky, while others were not. The dangers included drinking, drugs and lots of bad behavior. Child molestation is horrifying and is tragically visited on innocent children. My mother, Patty Duke, was brave and outspoken about her own having been molested and abused as a child. I've seen the hard, painful and complicated conversation about the hows and ways and what to do's play out throughout my life.
November 6, 2017
October 20, 2017
First. Serving as one of many Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army for ten years (1995-2005) was an incredible honor. I learned a lot about the Army and military ethos. I attended services of many kinds and visited with wounded warriors at Walter Reed and other places. As a child, the mechanics of patriotism came very comfortably to me. I love the American Flag. I love the National Anthem. My emotions are almost too available when I walk among the stones in Arlington or when I ran in the Marine Corps Marathon or in countless places where my love for my country finds me. On a lighter note, I have a collection of over 50 so called "Challenge Coins" put in my hands by many officers, of many ranks, as well as civilian leaders and others from across the United States Armed Forces commands and posts. I've visited with many soldiers and their families, in good times and in bad. Civilian Aide was a volunteer position that carried a civilian protocol ranking of three stars. Our mission was to report to the Secretary, matters of significance in our communities that might be meaningful and to go out into the world and "tell the Army story." I was very young. While I enjoyed studying some military history, I had no practical military knowledge or military skills of any kind. If I was able to contribute anything as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, it was to bring some joy to soldiers when I travelled to their bases, because they may have liked a movie I was in. I was the youngest CASA (our abbreviation), probably still. But, one thing I brought to our yearly conferences at the Pentagon and wherever I went on official Army business, was an earnest desire to understand what I was seeing, to care about the people I was meeting and a deep respect for all of those who were dedicating some part or all of their professional life to our Nation in uniform.
November 6, 2017
November 1, 2017
My Uncle, Alexander Astin sent our family, his friends and colleagues an email declaring that he had signed this petition, which has so far accumulated 1,200,000 signatures. My Uncle Sandy is a brilliant man. His decades of service as a tenured Professor of Higher Education at UCLA, along with over 30 books on the subject, are a legacy of profound intellectual work, research and communication. I revere him.
We have all seen the Trump Impeachment commercials that a certain billionaire with political aspirations has been promoting. I don't know that much about Tom Steyer and so have been reluctant to add my name to his agenda. I am my own man and I make political decisions, for which I alone am responsible. I seek council from many people and from many places. I have been urgently interested in the subject of impeachment for months. I actually, myself, wrote a petition to impeach the President months ago, but I never tried to circulate it. That said, I trust my uncle with my life. He is in his 80's now and he remains as current on political and social affairs as he was at the height of his career. On the merits, with his recommendation and after reading Steyer's petition, I have just followed Uncle Sandy and, even though I don't agree with every sentence in it, signed the "Stand With Tom's Petition to Impeach Trump."
November 6, 2017
October 10, 2017
Beyond treating women in a vile, possibly criminal manner, I believe that Harvey Weinstein is a vicious bully who uses rage and the threat of rage to intimidate many many people. I’ve experienced some of his disrespectful (at best) behavior with my own eyes, and spoken to friends and colleagues who came into contact with the man. It is known that Harvey routinely eviscerates filmmakers, producers, agents and performers. Ranting and raving is the guy’s steady state. I think that he is a mean thug with a vindictive and menacing approach to anyone who gets in his way. Such is his reputation.
Rape and sexual perversion, sexual menacing and sexual intimidation are disgusting and, where criminal, deserving of prosecution. The thought of Harvey Weinstein behind bars is deeply satisfying, if not fully enlightened.
minutes in the vox
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.
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.