Thursday, August 11, 2005
Session Four: Eleanor Josaites and Curtis Sliwa
First off, there was an article about Sliwa in the most recent issue of Newsweek. Click here. This is an interview segment. The first is with Eleanor Josaitis. She's cool. She's from Detroit and is the chief executive officer of HOPE. Their pledge is to use "intelligent and practical action to overcome racism, poverty and justice." It's really amazing to listen to her stories of how her organization has thought practically about how to combat social problems in their area. The two best parts of the interview: 1. She was challenging the crowd that hunger is still a problem in the U.S. I don't think I've ever seen someone so passionate, so full of what Hybels called in the early session "holy discontent." Just cool. 2. Despite all the good she has done, Hybels read some of her hate mail to illustrate that no matter what you do, people will criticize. Her response? "These types of letters make me work harder. I can deck 'em, or outclass 'em. I choose to outclass 'em." Great quote from Ms. Josiatis: Hybels asked her if being a woman was a challenge. "it doesn't matter either way...don't be intimidated by what the jerks say!" Second interview: Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels. I don't know what to write about this interview. You might just have to buy this. It's hilarious. At one point Hybels asks Sliwa to pretend that he (Hybels) is a potential recruit. Sliwa took the opportunity then to insult Hybles...I think the words "fuddy-duddy," "weak," and "okey-dokey," were all used to describe Hybels. Priceless. Really Sliwa is telling the story of the Guardian Angels which is pretty well documented. Go to their website and check their history. Sliwa is in Peoria on Sunday at a Baptist church...haven't been able to find details yet. Personal Note: A couple years ago, I was in Denver with some high school kids and was working under the protection of the Guardian Angels. It was very cool how much respect they get in the community! I have a ton of respect for them!
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