Andrew Samtoy

Host/Producer, Online and Community Engagement

Andrew Samtoy

I joined the Civic Commons in October, 2013 after a short career as an attorney and a long time in community organizing and engagement. I spend every minute of every day thinking about how I can get people to interact with each other - and now, at the Civic Commons, it's what I'm supposed to be doing!

My Recent Activity

Campus Activism

Over the past year few years, stories of racism on college campuses and the perceived lack of university response has caused a wave of young people to take matters into their own hands. Students at the University of...

Attitudes Toward the Death Penalty

Most Americans still favor the death penalty, but support has hit a new low according to a Pew Research Center report earlier this year. Why are attitudes changing? How likely is it that we will see reform in Ohio?

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV, has become for many a manageable infection with the right drug regimen. But many don't know that there is also a drug available that can actually keep you from contracting the virus,...

Alternative Therapies for Veterans

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Lisa Dellafiora

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Greater Cleveland (NAMI GC) is offering a new program called Homefront which is designed to help family members understand and support their loved ones while maintaining their own... Continue reading

Alternative Therapies for Veterans

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Paul Custer

there is no 1 size fits all fix. every vet is different his experiences and difficulties and the different ways to deal with it it. i drive 2.5 hours to go to wags for warriors that seems to work for me they are very... Continue reading

Election Wrap Up

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Cliff Skalba

Can`t find the results from Issue,1,2,or 3,at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections web site.. Cuyahoga County,the only place using paper ballots.. Should be interesting...

Election Wrap Up

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Satinder P S Puri

Note: The comments listed below supplement what I said in the SOI radio program: VOTE NO ON SIN TAX CAMPAIGN: For over 4-months I actively opposed the Sin Tax with demonstrations all over Cuyahoga County. In all,... Continue reading

Stopping the "Stop Outs"

We often talk about high school drop outs, but what about those who quit college before getting their degree? These students are often referred to as "stop outs", and some universities are beginning to use data mining...

Election Wrap Up

All eyes may be on the 2016 election, but plenty of local and state issues were on yesterday's off year ballot. From the closely watched Issues 2 and 3, to the results of area mayoral race, we'll discuss the outcomes from...

Alternative Therapies for Veterans

We will discuss creative therapies that are helping veterans manage ailments such as PTSD and chronic pain. Bob Rich, author and Board Chair of the Cleveland Clinic will speak about his new book and his passion for a fly...