About the Authors

Mark can be reached at wearefamilydc@gmail.com.

Mark AndersenMark Andersen is a community activist and author who lives in Washington D.C. While Mark has done advocacy, social service work, and community organizing in inner-city D.C since the mid-1980s, he was born and raised in rural Montana, and moved to Washington in 1984 to attend graduate school at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Andersen co-founded the punk activist organization Positive Force D.C. in 1985, The Arthur S. Flemming Community Center in 2003, and the We Are Family Senior Outreach Network in 2004. Together with his beloved Tulin Ozdeger, he is the co-director of We Are Family which serves low-income seniors in the Shaw, North Capitol Street and Columbia Heights neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. We Are Family brings advocacy, services, organizing, and companionship into the homes of the elderly, while helping to build friendships across boundaries like race, class, religion, age, culture, and sexual orientation. He is the author of two books, Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation’s Capitol (2001) and All The Power: Revolution Without Illusion (2004), and a contributor to Sober Living For the Revolution: Hardcore, Radical Politics, and Straight Edge (2010), We Owe You Nothing: Punk Planet, the Collected Interviews (Expanded Edition) (2008), Rad Dad: Dispatches From the Frontiers of Fatherhood (2011), Beyond The Music: How Punks are Saving the World With DIY Ethics, Skills & Values (2012), Pump Me Up: DC Subculture in the 1980s (2013), and Rock Politics: Popular Musicians Who Changed the World (2013). Ralph HeibutzkiRalph Heibutzki was born and raised in southwest Michigan, and has been writing since he was old enough to put pen to paper. Author of Unfinished Business: The Life and Times of Danny Gatton, Heibutzki’s articles have appeared in Bass Player, DISCoveries, Goldmine, Guitar Player, and Vintage Guitar, and he is a regular contributor to the All Music Guide.


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