Jodi and I met each other in 2000 while protesting former President George W. Bush's inauguration. We worked together as activists and writers. We married on September 8, 2007, the same date referenced in one of our favorite Pablo Neruda poems. Our wedding theme was "Polka meets Bhangra" and we honored both our Indian and Dutch traditions. At our wedding, we fed each other marigold flowers and we named our daughter Marigold. As a family, we have committed ourselves to building a more equitable and inclusive community where we work together to make everyone's future brighter.
In June 2015, we installed solar panels on our house. We had just suffered another electoral defeat in Wisconsin and we felt that we urgently had to act on climate change. With the help of Legacy Solar Coop, we were able to navigate the financing, state and federal tax credits and we took the big leap forward. You can follow our solar production by clicking here.
Our system should pay for itself in the next 10 years and from that point forward it will continue to produce clean energy until the panels reach their end of life of 25 years.
Let's work together in Dane County to support our residents and businesses to transition to clean and cost effective renewable energy.
Commitment to Social Justice
When Jodi and I married on September 8, 2007, we followed Indian tradition and walked around the fire seven times (Saptapadi). Each trip signified a commitment we made to each other and the sixth trip affirmed our commitment to uphold the values of peace, social justice, and respect for the earth.
We have worked to pass these values to our daughter Marigold and from a young age she has accompanied us to protests, fundraisers, and knocking doors for progressive candidates.
Jodi's Career in Public Service
Jodi spent 17 years working for the Progressive magazine as the Membership Director and Poetry Editor. She often put in long hours to make sure the magazine had the resources to publish their in-depth journalism. She was a main organizer for the Progressive's 100th anniversary conference that featured Bernie Sanders, Jesse Jackson, Keith Ellison, Katha Pollitt, Naomi Klein and Robert Redford. Jodi also was a principal organizer for Fighting Bob Fest in 2013.
Jodi joined Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center in 2015. Safe Harbor conducts forensic interviews for children who have experienced acute trauma. They record these interviews in a safe and child friendly environment and public safety and child welfare officials can observe. She has a deep passion to protect our most vulnerable kids and has made it her life mission to provide non-profit organizations with the financial resources they need to fulfill their mission.
She is an avid writer and her poetry can be found here.
Our puppy, Atwood!
For years we would go into Bad Dog Frida and visit the customers dogs and dogs from Underdog Pet Rescue. We weren't quite ready for a dog yet as we had two senior cats living out their golden years in the house.
After a decade of weekly visits to Bad Dog Frida (seriously, ask Carmen and Sue), we got our special little boy Atwood. He is named after the neighborhood that we call home and is a rescue from Underdog Pet Rescue. His mother was rescued from a puppy mill when she was pregnant and he is one of five siblings.
When Atwood is not rampaging around the house and causing general mayhem, he can be seen hanging out in the neighborhood. He doesn't know he is a little guy and loves tussling with the big dogs. When Atwood joined us in January 2016, our family was complete.