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A Little Bette From Susan Sarandon

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Talk about your personal things you were mentioning there. I’m a baby boomer and I remember going back to the days when you were active in a lot of advocacy, so many different projects. Do you still keep yourself active in all these different political and social issues? I see your name here and there.

Yeah. When you work for this cheaply for doing documentaries, they find you, they educate you. I have certain things that are very close to my heart. I tend to take on the ones that are less travelled because there’s a lot of people doing some of the bigger ones. I’m still very, very…

Which ones in particular?

Yeah. Sure. Well, let’s see, Habitat for Humanity, a lot of the food banks in New York. I just did the Trevor Project, which is the hotline – gay, transgender, transsexual, and questioning youth, gay, lesbian. Somaly Mam are very dear friends of mine. That’s sex trafficking in Cambodia. I have a friend called Akello who was a child soldier in Uganda and I try to keep his school alive. What else? Center for Constitutional Rights I’ve been working with for 30 some years. Most of these I’ve had relationships with for a very long time. Somali – it’s been about eight or nine years. I went to Cambodia before with my daughter to visit her stuff there. But anything that has to do, you know, on a more one to one basis dealing with kids, education, anything in New York that has to do with hunger or housing, gay youth. Southern Poverty Law Center, I’ve been with them for a long time, most of the conservation groups. I love what Bette Midler has been doing. I try to help her whenever I can. She’s just…but I feel a little bit like she does a better job because she focuses on one thing.

The AIDS organizations for a while took a lot of my time but that’s kind of died down a little bit now. I’m a UN ambassador. So, those trips also. I went to Haiti. I don’t know.

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