Throughout his life, whenever time allowed, Sam has volunteered for a variety of political and issue-oriented campaigns. He has worked against war, for civil rights, and for local progressive measures. Then later, he formed a Community Action Group.
Community Action Group
After the 2009 election, many of the Obama volunteers who had worked with Sam, expressed a desire to continue working together on issues affecting our community. A community action group was formed that became Volunteering for Oakland (VFO). It was a recognized 501C3 with projects in improving local education, healthcare, environment, and voter registration. Sam co-led the non-partisan voter registration events hosted jointly by VFO and the League of Women Voters. In 2016, several hundred residents were registered at these events. In support of the Affordable Care Act (sometimes called ObamaCare), Sam organized efforts to sign over 1,000 and educate many more for healthcare coverage. Other VFO accomplishments include the following: