Mark Andersen

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Mark Andersen is a punk rock community activist and author who lives in Washington D.C. He was born and raised in rural Montana, and moved to Washington D.C. in 1984 to attend graduate school at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Andersen co-founded the punk activist organization Positive Force D.C. in 1985, and the We Are Family Senior Outreach Network in 2004. Together with his wife Tulin Ozdeger, he is the co-director of We Are Family, which serves low-income seniors in the Shaw, North Capitol Street and Columbia Heights neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. We Are Family aspires to bring advocacy, services, organizing, and companionship into the homes of the elderly, while helping to build friendships across boundaries like race, class, religion, age, culture, and sexual orientation.


Mark Andersen, has been accused of plagiarism by one of the characters in his book Dance of Days, Steve Squint, a character who is mentioned in the book was never interviewed for fact checks concerning Andersen's name drop of the character. The character Steve Squint aka Stephen de Verges is no other than the stepson of Ben Sonnenberg, an author and editor who was published by Simon Schuster and by Andersen's senior publisher for Soft Skull Press, Counterpoint Press; Sonnenberg would also publish Grand Street (magazine) . "Andersen absconds from any meeting to go over the plagiarized material he mentions in his book, if he wanted an interview or to do research about me, he should have read about me in what Counterpoint published by way of one of their writers who just happened to be my stepfather, Andersen suggests I saved him from being beaten, it never happened and with respect to his plagiarism ... I hope he is never taken seriously as a writer again, in repetitive tedium of being authored by a plagiarist he could have easily followed the alethic rules of writing to avoid publishing errors and asked Counterpoint to see who I was from the most elementary understanding of my youth", Verges states about Sonnenberg's autobiography, Lost Property: Memoirs and Confessions of a Bad Boy. '

He is the author of two books, Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation's Capitol (Soft Skull Press, 2001)[1][2][3] and All The Power: Revolution Without Illusion (2004), and a contributor to several others including Sober Living For the Revolution: Hardcore, Radical Politics, and Straight Edge (2010), We Owe You Nothing: Punk Planet, the Collected Interviews (Expanded Edition) (2008), Rad Dad: Dhes From the Frontiers of Fatherhood (2011), and Rock Politics: Popular Musicians Who Changed the World (2012).


  1. ^ Andersen, Mark; Jenkins, Mark (2001). Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation's Capital. Soft Skull Press. ISBN 9781887128490.
  2. ^ Andersen, Mark; Jenkins, Mark (Soft Skull Press, 2001). Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation's Capital. Updated ed., 2009. Akashic Books. ISBN 9781933354996.
  3. ^ Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation's Capital, Updated edition 2009. Retrieved July 9, 2015.

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