Monday, December 27, 2010

Jack Mackenroth: Living HIV+

Name: Jack Mackenroth

What is your job?
 I wear many hats. I’m trained as a fashion designer, which I have done in New York for 17 years. However, after I was on Season 4 of “Project Runway,” I have done a lot of TV work in front of the camera and on the production side. I’m currently producing a web series on called “The Queens of Drag: NYC”,  which launches September 8th. It’s like a “Real Housewives” type of show with drag queens and better wigs. I also do a lot of speaking around the country about my personal story living with HIV. You can find out virtually everything about me at

Monday, December 13, 2010

Drowning Pool's CJ for the Gulf and Veterans

Name: CJ Pierce

What is your job?
I am the Guitarist/Vocalist for Drowning Pool, Brothers Pierce, I also write songs and produce.

What social causes are most important to you?
Right now cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico (which is still a mess) is very important to me. I grew up in New Orleans and know many people whose whole life was based on fishing/shrimping in the Gulf. Now their livelihoods are completely ruined by things like oil, nuclear waste and harmful chemicals. These things should be handled with the utmost care and the laws around these issues are way to lenient! If these companies keep F'n up we won't be able to drink water, eat food and thus ending up "Dead" with a useless planet. It's our responsibility to force these companies to have the highest safety standards as possible. There can be no mistakes! No accidents! No excuses! Also we need to be more green. Time to recycle people!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dillinger Escape Plan's Liam Wilson for LGBT Issues

Name:  Liam Wilson  

What is your job? Bass Player and good vibe tech for the Dillinger Escape Plan, turbo-vegan whactivist.

What social causes are most important to you?
The issues regarding gay marriages, domestic partnerships and other LGBT issues, including Prop 8. Environmental issues such as Mountaintop Mining and Valley Fills as well as animal rights/veganism issues and where these dietary choices overlap with public health and health care. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Costas for Sylvia's Children

  Name: Michele & Tony Costa. Yes, we are related as sister and brother.                
What is your job? Michele is a Fashion designer by day and drag racer on the weekend. I’m a Financial Advisor by day and musician by night.

What social causes are most important to you? We both support education for the underprivileged, children’s health and animal rights.

What charity do you support – and how? Sylvia’s Children is the main one. We are on the board of directors/trustees of the charity.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Leiana - Helping in the foster system

Name: Leiana

What is your job? Musician

What social causes are most important to you? Organizations relating to children and animals. Specifically children that are victims of abuse and neglect and animals that are mistreated-especially pit bulls.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Alex Band for Donate Life

Name: Alex Band

What is your job? 

What social causes are most important to you?
 I’m a big supporter of Environmental Health and also Human Rights.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Bouncing Souls' Bryan Kienlen

If you look in the dictionary for DIY, you should see a picture of the Bouncing Souls.  For 20 years, they’ve been eschewing corporate, and making their mark their own way.  This year they’re celebrating their 20 years of hard work with a new album, available online only, and a world tour.  Bryan Kienlan shares what’s close to his heart.

Andrew Ference wants to leave the world a better place

What is your job? I am in my 9th year playing hockey in the NHL for the Boston Bruins.

Scott Glazier - Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

Tattoo and fine artist, Scott Glazier, truly creates art to benefit others.  When he’s not painting and drawing, he creating custom pieces in his painterly style for customers at Zulu Tattoo in California.

Kate Siegel - No on Prop 8

What is your job? Actress
What social causes are most important to you? LGBT rights.

Tamding Tsetan - Tattoos for a Free Tibet

Name: Tamding Tsetan

What is your job?

Tattoo artist and t-shirt designer

What social causes are most important to you?
Tibet’s freedom. Tibet was illegally invaded by China in 1959, there are numerous human rights violations.

Alyssa Milano for Unicef

What is your job?
Actress, Producer, designer and most importantly, Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and the Lead Ambassador for the Global Network.

What social causes are most important to you?

Gender equality, education, child protection and survival, global health and animal rights.

Amy Balsam for Make A Wish

Name: Amy Balsam

What is your job?

I am the founder and President of In 2 It Media, an event production and entertainment marketing firm that I started 12 years ago. We specialize in producing star-studded charity benefits that have raised tens of millions of dollars for deserving non-profits and establishing long lasting partnerships between celebrities and non-profits with the goal of shining a spotlight on causes that need our attention now.

GuChuSum: Expolitical prisoners tattoos

heidiminx interviews a member of the Tibetan ex-political prisoners association, GuChuSum. While there are numerous sites and TV shows dedicated to the meanings of tattoos, the tattoos of Tibet's ex-political prisoners have not been well documented. Their experiences are crucial to understand the human rights violations China commits on a daily basis. 

Mike McColgan of the Street Dogs talks about 'living beyond the breaking point'

Mike McColgan of the Street Dogs talks about 'living beyond the breaking point', and their support of charities like OxFam and Toys for Tots. The Street Dogs' fifth album 'Street Dogs' hits stores 8/31.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Adam Alt of Street Drum Corps - Music For Relief

Name: Adam Alt

What is your job?
Experimental percussionist and drummer in Interscope Records band Street Drum Corps.

What social causes are most important to you?
Music for Relief

CHTHONIC For Human Rights and Tibet

Name: Freddy Lim

What is your job? Vocalist of CHTHONIC

What social causes are most important to you?
To improve the independent character of each person and to support the independent movement of each nation.

Baltimore Ravens' Daniel Wilcox

Name: Daniel Wilcox

What is your job?
I am a Pro Athlete, I play tight end/full back for the Baltimore Ravens

Debra Skelton

DEBRA SKELTON is best known for her eight seasons on FOX's late night sketch comedy, MADtv. She also worked for three months as a motion capture performer on James Cameron's AVATAR and was originally used as the model for the lead character, Neytiri, played by Zoe Saldana. She'll be co-starring in a new film project alongside Andy Dick, slated for production in March 2010. When not working or riding her motorcycle, SKELTON volunteers and hosts events for non-profits.

Flogging Molly's Nathan Maxwell for GOAL

Backstage at Warped Tour '09

Freddy Cricien for Arpoador Children’s Fund

Name: Freddy ‘Madball’ Cricien

What is your job? Musician/Promoter/Manager/Renaissance man

What social causes are most important to you?
Many at the moment, health care and education being at the top of the list.

Jacki-O thinks free books are ‘The Write Stuff’

Name: Jacki-O

What is your job? I'm a recording artist, model and author who loves life and tries to live it to the fullest.

What social causes are most important to you? I believe strongly in organizations that provide aide for the helpless and those without a voice, like children. I also support campaigns that encourage literacy.

Jesse Lee Denning - Stepping in Where Healthcare Leaves Off

Name: Jesse Lee Denning

What is your job? I am a freelance art curator and work more traditional hours as the Director of Marketing for an architecture firm.

What social causes are most important to you? I was raised in a household where we went on peace marches and demonstrations every weekend. So living as a socially conscious individual is ingrained.

Justin Silver for Animal Rights

Justin Silver

What is your job?
Stand- up comedian/ Funny For Fido - Charity Founder & President.

What social causes are most important to you?
Animal rescue and animal rights.

Leila Janah for SamaSource

Name: Leila Janah

What is your job? Trying to run Samasource without losing my mind.

What social causes are most important to you?
Samasource connects women, youth and refugees in the poorest parts of the world to livelihoods via the Internet. “Sama” is Sanskrit for equal – we think that everyone deserves a chance to have a decent job. I think the best way to end poverty is to give work.

Noah Levine has spent his living Against the Stream

Name: Noah Levine

What is your job? Buddhist Meditation Teacher/ Author/ Therapist

What social causes are most important to you?

Ending Racism, Bringing about more Justice to the “Justice System”.

Otep - Either Fight or Get Out of The Way

What is your job?
I consider myself a writer, thinker, singer, provocateur. What I hope to provoke is a lucid madness that frees people from the limited ways we are taught to think and feel.

What social causes are most important to you?
Equality, Marriage Equality, Human Rights, Gay Rights, Women's Rights, Animal Rights, Climate Change, Child Brides, mocking the Religious Right by quoting Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh & Sarah Palin.

Raja Sahota: Himalayan Explorers and Eco-responsibility

Name: Raja Sahota

What is your job?
I run an outdoors company in Dharamsala, India. It is called Himalayan Explorers.

What social causes are most important to you?
Social issues are so intricately related that it is hard not to be involved in multiple causes. Currently I am more involved with environment stewardship through responsible tourism. I believe in sustaining the local economy by creating community based jobs that are ethically and environmentally sound.

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus on 'helping people for no reason'

Name: Jon Wilkes

What is your job? Drummer for the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

What social causes are most important to you? My boys and I in our band are all about helping people for no reason. It’s a way of life for us and we love doing whatever we can to help make our world a better place.

Shawna Kenney - Stop bitching and start a revolution!

Name: Shawna Kenney, author of I Was a Teenage Dominatrix

What is your job? I’m a writer, author and creative writing instructor. I teach for UCLA Extension and co-own the company, Life’s a Bitch Books.

What social causes are most important to you?
I’m down with anything that helps to end suffering and promotes art.

Supa Nova Slom

Name: Supa Nova Slom The Hip Hop Medicine Man

What is your job?
I am an author, activist, artist, and motivational speaker.

What social causes are most important to you?
The primary cause for me is promoting holistic health and wellness on all levels of being from the personal physical/mental level to the overall health and wellness of our neighborhoods by helping to cease gang violence by organizing them around community issues.

Syd Mandelbaum for Rock and Wrap It Up

Name: Syd Mandelbaum

What is your job? CEO of Rock and Wrap It Up! 

What social causes are most important to you?
Ending poverty and preserving our planet

Joan Jett for Farm Sanctuary

Joan Jett

What is your job? I am a musician, guitar player to be exact.

What social causes are most important to you?
Animal rights, environmental causes, taking care of our forests, rivers, oceans, air... to see that connection.

What charity do you support? Farm Sanctuary.