I AM a lifetime social activist. I have been assertively and persistently active on all levels of government, Local, State and Federal. I have written or published eight books. My first book was “Challenge to Crisis” 1969, and then followed “There Is a Way” 1995, “A Blueprint for Survival” 2003, “The Price of Truth” 2007, “Scourge of Cords” 2009, “A Reluctant Heretic” 2010, “No More Hunger” 2011 and “Absolute Sovereignty of the People” 2011.
Each of these books will later be described and how to order them.
I was the president of the Human Relations Commission for the city of Noblesville, suburb of Indianapolis, under three different Mayors. Shortly after the enactment of the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, and then the passage of the State of Indiana Civil Rights Act, I spearheaded the adoption of the Noblesville Human Relations Ordinance. We solved countless cases of discrimination in all the major areas of race, religion, education, labor, housing, sex orientation and public accommodations.
Unfortunately, at a later time the City Council, reflecting the race prejudice throughout the city and county, emasculated the effective existing Ordinance and substituted a watered-down ineffective one with no functioning power.
For three years I was president of the Hamilton County Mental Health organization, a Chapter of the State of Indiana Mental Health Association. While our official role was the monitoring of mental health, sheer necessity led to our setting up walk-in centers where the chronically mental ill could come, have a hot meal, spend the day and thereby give respite to their families. My efforts were on all levels of government, primarily seeking funding for our walk-in-centers and the setting up of group homes for the chronically mentally ill.
My experience in both areas of Civil Rights and the mentally ill dealt with those voiceless and most disadvantaged. My greatest frustration and futility dealt with the chronically mental ill. They were those on the bottom of the totem pole, those prone to drugs and alcohol. They were victims of a state of art that over medicated them with no effort to treat them as human beings with a potential for self-improvement.
During my life, now 95 years young, I was a member of many organizations challenging economic injustice, protesting and marching against our embroilment in undefined wars. My wife, Adelaide, and I were co-editors of a monthly magazine called The Eagle’ Eye. We documented the abuse and despotic control exercised by the economic, financial and political corporate entities, exploiting and crippling the nation.
We persistently outlined the proposals for a National Cooperative Commonwealth. It provided A Way to build a society that was free of debt, free of violence, free of foreclosures, ‘free of poverty and free of joblessness. We underscored that any society wherein tens of millions endured unmet basic human needs, when at the same time it had the capability to meet those needs, was uncivilized and criminal!