A citizen first.
I am not a politician. I am not a business man. I am not a lawyer. I am a citizen. For far too long our government has been taken over by the same types of people that created the collapse in 2008. When are the teachers going to have a seat at the table, when are the philosophers, the workers, the engineers, the citizens?
I have been an active community member my entire life and my passions are in supporting communities, not controlling them.
Sam first started supporting his community by protecting them first. Mr. Bellomio joined the US Army at age 17 where he was trained to fight and StandUP for the freedoms of his fellow citizens. After serving many years on active duty and sustaining some injuries, Mr. Bellomio decided to end his military career. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist. Mr. Bellomio is very proud of the service he provided his community, but also acknowledges that the US Army is no longer serving the interest of the society- but rather the interest of business.
After leaving the Army, Sam's passion for community building lead him to study Civil Engineering. First at North Seattle Community College where he became the student director of "Student Of Teaching and Learning" (SoTL) project that focused on the relationship between teacher and student and how to bridge the gap between the two. This work lead to him speaking at national confrences and receiving a grant to contiue his studies at Seattle University. At Seattle University, Mr. Bellomio on roadways and infrastructure.
With his newly acquired knowledge, Mr. Bellomio worked with a small engineering firm that improved downtown streets and spaces in suburban communities that helped to foster community building. This furthered Mr. Bellomio's passion for understanding how community interacts with their surroundings.
Sam Bellomio did attend Occupy Seattle for many weeks in late 2011. The cries of the community were felt all around the country, and even around the world. These cries for help fell on deaf ears at the city government and Mr. Bellomio decided to StandUP for the citizens and find out what could be done. Mr. Bellomio helped to facilitate the "Demands group" to identify what issues the thousands of people attending the occupation wanted. In the end there were 38 pages that documented the issues most citizens were concerned with. Sadly, no council member, not even the Mayor, were there to address any of these issues. This pushed Mr. Bellomio to continue his work with StandUP-America so that the gap could be bridged between community and government.
Sam joined with co-founder Alex Zimerman to help build a solid structure for the organization StandUP-America. Alex had done some work on behalf of the organization for a few years and actually won 2 class action lawsuits
using StandUP-America principles. Mr. Bellomio's involvement in this organization helped to solidify an organization with proven success. He continues his efforts in supporting his community and encourages others to join in the efforts to restore personal accountability to their elected officials.