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Friday, November 11, 2011

Holiday Food and Travel Tips from the ARK in Berea

"The More Sour Food You Eat, The Sweeter A Person You Will Be" - Ambassador Renate

1. - Pepperoncini Juice
- To add a healthy zing to any food dish instantly, add a couple of tablespoons of juice from a jar of pepperoncini. This is a good thing from soups to salads to main dishes. NOTE: Add the juice to ready-to-eat meals because the enzymes and vinegars from the pepperoncini will react to aluminum and other metal pans.

2. - Turmeric and mustard - Studies show that besides tasting good, turmeric may help fight infections and some cancers, reduce inflammation, and treat digestive problems. TIP: Add about 2 teaspoons of turmeric to your jar of mustard to give you that extra healthy punch.

3. - Super Simple 30 minute Thanksgiving Turkey - This is arguably the easiest Thanksgiving turkey recipe!! Items needed: One fresh or thawed turkey, one disposable aluminum roasting pan and aluminum foil, about 12 oz. of orange juice, 12 oz. of beer, Bragg Liquid Aminos, and olive oil.
First 15 minutes; Before you go to bed, take the turkey out of the wrapper, wash turkey, place in aluminum roaster, add about 12 oz. of orange juice, 12 oz. of beer, about 2 oz. of Bragg Liquid Aminos, add water to fill the aluminum roaster halfway. Rub the turkey with olive oil and cover with aluminum foil. Turn oven on to 325 degrees, place turkey in the oven and go to bed. When you wake up in the morning, uncover the turkey and add more water if necessary for gravy. Let turkey continue roasting until the meat falls away from the bone. Then the turkey is done!
Second 15 minutes; Take turkey outside to a picnic table with two extra bowls. 1. Pour gravy in one bowl and set aside to cool. This allows the fat to arise to the top. Scrape off and feed the solid fat to the birds. 2. With your hands just de-bone the turkey. Put the meat in the second bowl. 3. Put the bones and scraps in the aluminum roasting pan and throw it away (or take indoors and boil for turkey soup).
Super Simple TIP: This turkey can be made a couple days in advance and just heated up for the holiday dinner.

4. - Tartar Jakupca - A truly decadent simple snack! Start with a nice choice piece of lean beef. Cut up into bite size pieces. Season with your favorite spices or add a dollop of mustard to raw onions on the side. Take a piece in your mouth and enjoy. You will find the meat will melt in your mouth like a fine chocolate. TIP: Chew the meat like you would a piece of gum, when the flavor is gone, don't swallow, but as elegantly as possible remove the remaining tid-bit from your mouth to your plate. Repeat until everything is gone. Afterwords, put the remaining tid-bits in the freezer as a snack for the dog. Is it healthy? Some people think eating any meat is bad for you, some studies show eating red meat is unhealthy and most people will say eating raw meat is dangerous...this makes this taboo forbidden food all the more delectable!

5. - Anbesol - Designed to alleviate toothaches, this over the counter medication has many other advantages. TIP: Can be used to numb burns, scratches and bruises, also used to stop the itching on some rashes and mosquito, bug and bee stings.

6. - ICEAlity Perfume - the Fragrance for the Jet Set - ICEAlity perfume is a must for people trying to get around in this busy season of travel. TSA friendly, this organic unisex solid perfume is great for traveling. There are no spills, its container is unbreakable and is very compact so it will not take up much room in your bag. The safe plastic container will not trigger any security alarms. Most of all, its soft scent appeals to both women and men. If you prefer the convenience and practicality of this eco-friendly fragrance, then ICEAlity is for you! Retail $10
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7. - Granola Bars - Before leaving the house for the airport, take a box of soft baked granola type bars and stuff a few in your pocket, a couple in your purse, some more in your carry on baggage and the rest in your checked luggage. Now, no matter where you are or how long a line you are stuck in, you have a healthy snack to tide you over. The soft granola bars work the best because if they get crushed in your bag, they won't crumble when you open them.

8. - Water Bottle - To keep refreshed, try to keep a plastic bottle of water with you at all times when travelling. TIP: Before you enter any TSA secure area, customs, or any security check point, empty your water bottle. After you go through security, you can then fill it up at any water fountain or bathroom afterwords.

9. - Yogurt - The big mistake people make when traveling is filling up on junk food. The second mistake is totally changing from what they eat at home. That's one of the problems with staying on cruise ships or in a hotel--no food control. So they end up feeling ill, and bloated, and they put on weight, and it spoils their fun. TRY NOT TO DO THAT!! One thing that actually helps is eating natural yogurt. Natural yogurt is the one food that is the same anywhere in the world. TIP: Eat about a cup of non-commercial yogurt everyday while traveling helps to stabilize your system and adjust to different foods and conditions. You feel better and have a better trip.

10.- Holiday Home Spa Treatment - If you can't get away to a professional spa, try this out. TIP: Run a hot bath, add some dish washing liquid (I prefer Lavender Palmolive Dish Soap) to the bottom of a cup and hold under the tap. Repeat as necessary until you have a relaxing bathtub full of bubbles. BONUS TIP: To make a Swiss Herbal Tea, add a couple of Ricola's to any pot of tea to bring a touch of the Alps to your home spa. EXTRA BONUS TIP: Coffee or tea stains in your favorite cup or mug. TIP: Forget about them because life is too short to worry about the small stuff!

11.- Home Made Flu Remedy - The weather gets very cold and damp in by the Ark in Berea and people tend to spend a lot of time outdoors, so to keep everyone healthy and in a cheery disposition, here is our family remedy.
This simple and rustic recipe for Chicken Soup has no measurements. Feel free to add ingredients to your liking. The beer is optional.

  • Cooked or fresh chicken pieces (I used leg quarters)
  • carrots and/or turnips, mushrooms, potatoes, parsnips, peas, corn, cabbage
  • celery
  • onions and GARLIC
  • canned chicken broth or mustard and Bragg Liquid Aminos.
  • water if needed
  • 1 can beer (optional)
  • pinch or two of each: caraway seeds, sage, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, paprika, pepper or your favorite spices and seasonings
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Add everything to the slow cooker or dutch oven on the campfire and cook on high heat for about four hours or until everything is tender. Remove chicken and discard fat, bones and gristle; shred meat and return to oven/cooker and heat through. Served with dumplings, spatezle or wide egg noodles.  Toying with noodle type is not OK.)
    Garnish with chopped spinach and see TIP #1
12.- Baking Powder - has been shown to fight cancer, stave off colds and flu, and even treat radiation poisoning…all for just pennies a day?  Baking Soda can also be helpful in combating contagious illnesses like colds and flus. When traveling in remote areas, many travelers are seeking natural alternatives to harsh and ineffective antibiotics and vaccines.
For those who wish to use baking soda for that purpose, experts recommend the following dosage:
Day 1: Consume a total of 6 doses of half a teaspoon of baking soda in 1 cup of water. Take at 2-hour intervals.
Day 2: Continue the same protocol, but reduce to 4 doses.
Day 3: Consume only 2 doses, 1 in the morning and another at night.
Day 4: Continue on day 4 and thereafter with 1 dose in the morning until illness is cured.
The broad spectrum of uses for baking soda serves as a powerful reminder of a commonly overlooked truth about medicine: the simplest time-tested solution is often the best one.

13.- Starving Artist Cake -  David and I made this cake because we liked to have a healthy and hearty cake that is easy and fast to make. This cake takes about an hour to make from start to finish.  Add all the dry ingredients separately and Add all the wet ingredients separately and then little by little mix them all together.  The end batter should be the consistency of cooked oatmeal. 
Add to a greased baking pan bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes. 
Basic Recipe:

Dry  Ingredients

2     Heaping Teaspoons Cinnamon
1     Cup Sugar
2     Cups Flour
2     Teaspoons Baking Soda


Wet Ingredients
2     Eggs
1  Cup Vegetable Oil
4-6    Apples cut up to bite size
2     Tablespoons Lemon Juice

Add some extra ingredients if you have them ~

1/2 cup Flax seeds
Raisins
Plums
Persimmons
1/2 cup Milk
1/2 cup Applesauce
Dried Fruit
2 Tea Spoon Baking Powder instead of Baking soda
Butter instead of oil
Rip squished bananas
Starving Artist Cake


14.- Famous ARK in Berea Stone Soup
- Stone Soup is a European folktale told in many countries, about villagers who believe they're turning stones into soup. In this fable, three soldiers, hungry and tired, pass through a war-torn village.   Embittered and suspicious from the war, the people hide their food and close their windows tight.   One of the soldiers cleverly suggests making a soup from stones.  He claims the soup tastes great but just needs a little garnish to complete the dish.  Intrigued by the idea, everyone contributes what food items they have until together they make a delicious and nourishing meal that feeds the entire village.  This story personifies the notion that when a community works together, each person giving what they can, we have everything necessary to meet our basic needs. 

This is the ARK in Berea Recipe for Stone Soup.
The basic premise of a Stone Soup Dinner is that you invite friends over and have them contribute ingredients to a soup that you all make and share. Especially the children have to be involved and make their contribution.  They are expected to travel down the MSR towards OM.  When they reach the river, they wade across to Urth Island, making their way across to the Belowce Plain.  This is where the tastiest and most tender stones can be found.  They collect their stones and return to the ARK in Berea where they scrub and clean their stones, make a wish and add them to the soup. (I should probably mention here that the stones are not actually eaten!!)  At the ARK in Berea, they are collected after dinner and used as paving stones in the front courtyard.
Stone Soup has been made at the ARK in Berea since 1976, usually as a Sunday Brunch, it is one of our favorite "recipes" because there is no recipe — Water, Stones and just whatever food you have available.



“There is no secret to stone soup, but one thing is certain, it takes many people, sharing what they can to make a great feast.”

That belief in cooperation and the premise of strength in numbers also serves as the foundation for the ‘Worlds Children Peace Monument’ and ‘Great American Peace Trail’ and shows what is possible when a community comes together. 

The WCPM Peace project, through the Stone Soup analogy clarifies how deceptively simple it can be to satisfy many human, economic and environmental needs. There is no real cost, but a great deal of value is exchanged. Furthermore, it’s a value that lies stored as latent assets, residing silently in people’s lived experience until brought to life in the moment of social sharing. Much of what we seek in Life is simply these moments of connection to something greater than the separated sense of self. There is a future for all living things by if we combine new academic scientific practices with practical older cultural customs through the Theory of Iceality on Environmental Arts.

Snow Tea Recipe from the ARK in Berea

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Weather Report: Picture of the Week




ARK in Berea: Workers on the coast-to-coast Great American Peace Trail perserved despite alternating days of record heat and record rain falls that turned the Northern Ohio work area into a sweltering hazardous muddy quagmire.

"When it comes to making Peace, people can become pitiful or they can become powerful, You can't do both." commented Ambassador Renate of the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) Project. (www.wcpm.info)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Family Jakupca Cenotaph


FAMILY JAKUPCA CENOTAPH
Located on the ARK in BEREA estate: The Cenotaph was built with iceality in mind at the base of the west wall of the commemorative bell tower.



High on a ridge it over looks the historic 'Gaia Spricht' fountain and a has a panoramic view of the the Rocky River Valley.







Friday, April 22, 2011

Celebrities use Their Talents to Help Out for Earth Day in Unique Ways

Celebrities are doing their part to help the planet for Earth Day in a lot of different creative ways. Here's a look at who is celebrating going green and how they're helping out:

Pharrell Williams
Rapper Pharrell has teamed up with the beauty store Kiehl's to create an "Eco-Tote" bag made with Bionic Yarn, a futuristic-sounding material composed of recycled plastic bottles. Customers that recycle their empty product containers at local Kiehl's stores from now through June will receive one of the complimentary Eco-Totes.
Chloe Sevigny and Michael C. Hall
"Big Love" star Chloe and "Dexter" star Michael are also teaming up with Kiehl's to help the environment in a big way for Earth Day. The actor and actress have lent their images to special packages of the brand's Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque, and a whopping 100 percent of the proceeds of the sale of the product will be donated to Waterkeeper Alliance, an organization that fights to keep water clean around the world.
Samuel L. Jackson and Jordin Sparks
Jackson will be lending his very distinctive voice to the upcoming movie "African Cats," which hits theaters on Earth Day (April 22). But parents don't worry -- he won't be using his favorite word while narrating the movie (although it would be rather funny to hear him use "Snakes on a Plane"-esque dialogue in his latest movie starring animals). "African Cats" follows the real-life stories of lions and cheetahs living on the African Savanna, and the movie also features the voice of "American Idol" star Sparks as she sings its anthem, "The World I Knew." In honor of Earth Day, Disneynature will donate portions of the proceeds from the first week of ticket sales to the African Wildlife Foundation, an organization working to protect the savanna where big cats like those in the movie live. It's a great cause, but hopefully Morgan Freeman's narration job isn't endangered with Jackson giving it a go here!
Daryl Hannah
The lovely star of movies like "Blade Runner" and "Kill Bill" will make an appearance at GreenFest in San Diego, where she will get down and dirty to talk environmental activism. In the past the actress has been arrested for fighting for various causes, including protesting coal mining. GreenFest is a week-long event held in honor of Earth Day that promotes environmental awareness while also providing fun and entertainment for the families that attend. Hannah will also be attending a similar Earth Day festival in Santa Barbara, where last year's winner of the event's Environmental Hero award, director James Cameron, will bestow the honor upon her.
Martha Stewart, Tori Spelling and Andy Cohen
Clothing designer Lauren Bush and these three celebrities judged a very cool Earth Day contest sponsored by NBCUniversal and Etsy. For the Art of Reuse competition, contestants designed products by reusing old ones. The winning designs were a messenger bag fashioned from old firefighter coats and a funky flower brooch made from old zippers (who said going green can't be glamorous?).
Ambassador David and Renate Jakupca
At the historic ARK in Berea, Ambassador Renate has focused on providing local Cleveland Children organizations with supplies to clean up the area ravaged by winter storms and also was a organizer for ICEALITY at a Global Youth Day Event at Coe Lake Park to beautify the Worlds Children Peace Monument. EARTH DAY is also the start of ICEA's 2011 Childrens Art and Essay Contest for COASTWEEKS
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Ellen Page
The traveling Whole Foods Market "Do Something Reel Film Festival" features six different movies that focus on food and the environment, and one of them features a pretty big star in actress Page. Ellen will take a page from Samuel L. to narrate "Vanishing of the Bees," which focuses on the real-life mystery of why the important pollinators are suddenly starting to disappear from our planet. Part of the proceeds from the festival will go toward a grant that will encourage more filmmakers to make "green" movies. Whole Foods will also be streaming the documentary "Dig It," which stars the band Pearl Jam planting trees and beautifying cities, on Earth Day (it can be seen on April 22 at dosomethingreel.com).

Of course celebrities like aren't the only ones with the ability to help the planet on Earth Day, so be sure to your part to help make the planet a better place!

By
Aida Ekberg

Thursday, April 14, 2011

HELEN PRIZE - A Prize in Praise for Woman Warriors.

The 1999 International Helen Prize Humanitarian Award Recipient Ambassador Renate Jakupca.


The HELEN PRIZE
In Praise of Warrior Woman
ARK in Berea: The Helen Prize is an international award celebrating the accomplishments of women from around the world who have made heroic but unrecognized contributions to their communities....largely unsung heroes, doing traditional as well as non-traditional jobs, in developing countries and industrialized nations. The Helen Prize respects and acknowledges the multitude of women who courageously contribute to making a difference in the world and improving life on this planet.

Ambassador Renate
, co-founder of the The International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA), was honored as the recipient of The International Helen Prize Humanitarian Award on March 8th, 1999 at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Ambassador Renate was also officially recognized at this time by Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich. The International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA), founded in 1987, is a force for socially responsible activity whose mission is 'ICEAlity', that is to "Assist in understanding of the relationship between Humans and their Environment through the Arts for a sustainable Culture of Peace". American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca founded ICEA to meet the compelling needs of ordinary citizens for access to current, balanced, understandable information about complex global issues. Over the years, ICEA has gained a reputation for excellence based upon a unique library of specialized, current information on global importance and a wide range of imaginative programming and collaborations with other organizations to meet the needs of a broad constituency. With affiliates across the globe, the ICEA supports research, information sharing and effective action promoting a sustainable global culture of Peace.

As a life long champion against social injustice and defender of basic rights Ambassador Renate garnered her share enemy’s. This became painfully apparent after HABITAT II. The Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements HABITAT II was held in Istanbul, Turkey from June 3–14, 1996. Renate recycled the UN Conference and it was packed up in Istanbul, Turkey and sent safely to ICEA HQ’s in Cleveland, Ohio to be an official part Cleveland’s Bicentennial Celebration: Ironically entitled “the Spirit of Habitat II – What is a City but its People”, it was set up and opened for a private showing but never opened to the public because shysters and charlatans masquerading as legitimate business and civic leaders convinced the Cleveland Public Library to close it down immediately, hoping to bankrupt and close ICEA.  The  Cleveland International Community Council was formed to replace ICEA when that happened.  Fortunately, others in the community stepped forward and that did not happen.  The exhibition was taken apart and set up in various locations around the city and what could not be used was sent to ahead to South Africa, the exhibitions next destination. A detailed account can be found in the  ‘The Internecine Matrix’.


The 1999 Helen Prize conferred on Ambassador Renate acknowledges that treacherous attack on a United Nations Exhibition in Cleveland, Ohio. 
AMBASSADOR RENATE JAKUPCA
1999 HELEN PRIZE Recipient
About the International Helen Prize for Women Humanitarian Award: The Helen Prize, as it is known, is the vision of Dr. Akhtar Naraghi, Montreal poet and writer, who named the prize after Dr. Helen Caldicott, founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility, who has devoted years of her life to the cause of peace and passionately spends time and energy in raising the conscience of the world. She inspires all of us to make changes in our everyday lives, to know that every action we take is important. Dr. Helen Caldicott became world-renowned as a fiery antinuclear activist and head of Physicians for Nuclear Responsibility - mostly thanks to ”If you Love This Planet”, the Academy Award-winning documentary by the National Film Board of Canada. In 1985 her group won the Nobel Peace Prize, but by then she had been pushed aside and the award was accepted by an American and a Russian Doctor, both male. Two years later, Dr. Caldicott described what had happened at a women’s conference in Dublin, ending with the reminder: ”That’s my story. Each of you has a story, each of you has been denied something because you are a woman. Akhtar Naraghi heard Helen Caldicott. In 1987 Naraghi brought together a number of prominent activist women from all around the world and established the International Organization of the Helen Prize for Women. It took ten years of hard work to promote the prize around the globe, a prize named for Dr. Caldicott, to honor unknown Helens who, on center stage or in some obscure corner, have given of themselves to create, defend and enchange the beauty and value of life.

SPECIAL RECOGNITION by AMERICA'S CONGRESS
 From Congressman Dennis Kucinich
INVITATION TO BECOME A MEMBER OF THE HELEN PRIZE: You are invited to become a member of The Helen Prize by sending a tax-deductible donation to the amount of your choice from 10 $ up (student 5$). This yearly membership donation affords you the privilege of nominating a woman for The Helen Prize as well as giving you a charitable tax deduction receipt. You are also invited to develop teams in your own community/country to discover unknown Helens and to raise money so that significant support may be given to honour women and their work. We hope you will SPREAD THE NEWS by distributing The Helen Prize pamphlets, The Helen Prize book with the nominations of all the women who have been awarded the Helen prize each year, and by other creative ways that acknowledge and encourage women in their contributions to their communities and the world.

INVITATION TO NOMINATE A WOMAN FOR THE HELEN PRIZE:
Please send biographical information to what extent you know your nominee, in what capacity, for how long, and add any information you deem necessary to know about her , the humanitarian work she has carried out, the causes she believes in, her impact on her society, her merits, devotions, etc.
BOARD OF DIRECTIONS: President Arpe Hamalian Professor , Concordia University President of the Quebec Federation of University Professors Olga Huk-Papanstasiou, M.D. Orthopaedic Surgeon McGill University Kaarina Kailo, Ph.D. Professor, Chair of Women’s Studies and Multiculturalism University of Oulu Faculty of Education P.O.BOX 222 FIN-90014 University of Oulu Akhtar Naraghi, Ph.D. Writer Helen Prize Founding President Annette St-Onge President, Opportunity for Women Entrepreneurs OFFICERS Amira Elias Treasurer Dorothy Kozel Secretary Celine Leduc Media Liaison ADVISORY BOARD Pam Barrett, M.L.A. Edmonton Highlands, Canada Kamla Bhasin FFHC/AD program Officer FAO/UN, New Delhi, India Sylvia Kuimba Literacy and popular media specialist, Zimbabwe Sorosh Roshan, M.D., MPH New York University President, Intern. Health Network for Women and Children Jo Vallentine Western Australian Senator for Nuclear Disarmament International Organization of the Helen Prize for Women P.O.BOX 781 Place Du Parc, MONTREAL, QUEBEC H2W 2P3 CANADA Tel. (514) 931-1911 Fax: (514) 931-9536

http://www.TheICEA.com

Monday, April 4, 2011

American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca released the following statement today on the passing of their friend Geraldine Ferraro

American Cultural Ambassadors David and Renate Jakupca released the following statement today on the passing of their friend and former colleague Geraldine Ferraro: / ARK in Berea / Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 / "We are deeply saddened at the passing of our friend who did so much to advance the issues for womenkind Worldwide. Geraldine Ferraro was a dear friend and former United Nations alumni who accomplishments will be revered by many. Gerry was a brilliant and courageous woman who drive and spirit pioneered a legacy that has inspired us all, especially upcoming women leaders...... For posterity, the best salute we can give to her is to make sure the advances she helped achieve are not rolled back. During the 1993 United Nations Conference on Human Rights held in Vienna, Austria, the UN asked the member Nations how the information generated at the UN Conferences could get down to the people where it would do the most good. Renate and David Jakupca from ICEA, Official UN Observers to the Conference, suggested the information be sent on tour after the Conference closes. With the approval of US Delegates Geraldine Ferraro and Jimmy Carter, ICEA starting promoting iceality and recycling all major UN conferences until 2005..... Everyone owes her a debt of gratitude. We at the International Center for Environmental Arts respected Gerry, and David and I loved her dearly and will miss her personally..... Peace Friend".

Here is some reaction to the death of Geraldine Ferraro, the first female vice presidential candidate:


  • "Geraldine will forever be remembered as a trailblazer who broke down barriers for women, and Americans of all backgrounds and walks of life. ... Sasha and Malia will grow up in a more equal America because of the life Geraldine Ferraro chose to live." — President Barack Obama.
  • "She was a remarkable woman and a dear human being. She was a pioneer in our country for justice for women and a more open society. She broke a lot of molds and it's a better country for what she did." — Democratic presidential candidate and Ferraro running mate Walter Mondale.
  • "She broke one huge barrier and then went on to break many more. May her example of hard work and dedication to America continue to inspire all women." — 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on her Facebook page.
  • "Though we were one-time political opponents, I am happy to say Gerry and I became friends in time — a friendship marked by respect and affection. I admired Gerry in many ways, not the least of which was the dignified and principled manner she blazed new trails for women in politics." — Former President George H.W. Bush.
  • "In 1984, her nomination was greeted with thunderous applause in the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The drumbeat that Geraldine Ferraro began that day in July will continue for a long time to come. As a woman and Italian American, my family and I loved her dearly and will miss her personally." — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
  • "She died the way she lived, fully, actively, heroically courageous, trying to change things for the better. As the first woman vice president candidate and an outstanding member of Congress, she made women proud, she made her family proud, she made Italian-Americans proud." — Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo.
  • "Gerry Ferraro symbolized grace in every aspect of her life, as a wife, mother, grandmother, community activist, lawyer, businesswoman, philanthropist and public servant. She broke barriers with a matter-of-factness, modesty, and grace that made her achievements all the more important and becoming." — Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
  • "Gerry Ferraro was one of a kind — tough, brilliant, and never afraid to speak her mind or stand up for what she believed in — a New York icon and a true American original. She was a champion for women and children and for the idea that there should be no limits on what every American can achieve." — statement by President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
  • "Through her life in the public arena, Geraldine's accomplishments served as a milestone in our country's acceptance of equality and diversity. She is proof that a person can make a difference, and make a difference is what Geraldine did throughout her life." — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
  • "She had to overcome a lot of impediments. ... She can certainly be counted among the pioneers in making certain that gender should not be a factor in limiting a person's contribution to society." — Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.
  • "To residents of Queens, she was our hometown hero who never forgot her roots. Today we mourn the passing of a great American success story." — Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y.__
  • "It's a bittersweet moment to learn of Gerry passing as we near the end of Women's History Month. She opened the door for a generation of new leaders and certainly was an inspiration to me as I sought my own path in public service years ago." — New York Rep. Carolyn McCarthy.
  • "As an eager young delegate to the 1984 Democratic National Convention, I can tell you first hand that Geraldine Ferraro thrilled us when she took the stage as the first woman ever nominated by a major political power to be its candidate for Vice President of the United States. It was absolutely electrifying." — New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney.
  • "As a first generation Italian-American, she exemplified what it means to live the American dream and reminds us of the limitless opportunities afforded to all Americans with hard work and determination." — Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y.
  • "Gerry's nomination was a milestone for women in the United States but it was only one facet of her lifetime of contributions. She was the daughter of immigrants who lived the American dream and succeeded at a time and a place when women were frequently overlooked and undervalued." — Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland.