Don Schrader is a local celebrity in Albuquerque
, New Mexico
. He is known for his
public access television show, his prolific letters to the editor
of local publications; The Daily Lobo prints his letters on a
regular basis. Shrader usually hand writes these letters on the
back of utility bills or other paper items laying around his house.
Schrader is also a fixture at Albuquerque city council meetings,
often using the public comment period to speak about the issues he
believes should be city priorities.
He is also known for his
political activism, and most of all the way he dresses: you can
rarely see him wearing much more than a loincloth 5
, except in the
winter, when he wears tight jeans and a beanie.
Now he spends
his days holding anti-war signs out in front of the University of New Mexico
on the corner of Central and Cornell. On his public access show,
"Clearly from My Heart," Shrader advises that you rub garlic on
your body to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases.
He also speaks of the health benefits of drinking urine, which he
has drank every day since Nov. 10, 1999.
His letters to the
editor touch on a number of social action issues, ranging from
anti-sweatshop to anti-nuclear.
Shrader is also known for his
frequent letters discussing homosexual sex.
He has been voted
"Best Local Crackpot" by the readers of Albuquerque's alternative
newsweekly the Weekly Alibi in their "Best of Burque" issue for
many years running.
Don advocates living a simple life
and eating only raw organic foods. He claims to live on less than
$4,000 a year in order to avoid paying any income tax. His only
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From the hand of Don Schrader, October 8, 2006
as I know, I am the most well-known war tax refuser, living simply
enthusiast, all raw vegetarian, piss drinker, openly gay man and
nudist in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
I was born November 20, 1945
grew up on our family farm near Freeport, Illinois graduated
valedictorian from my Dakota, (Ill.) High School class of 1964 and
majored in the Bible at Eastern Mennonite College (now University)
1964 - 1966 near Harrisonburg, Virginia. I was pastor of West
Sterling Mennonite Church 1966 - 1968 Sterling, Illinois. As a
conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, I did two years of
nonmilitary community service 1969 - 1970 in Surprise Arizona and
1970 - 1971 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Nothing in life is more
important than refusing to pay federal income tax for war no
-matter who is president. The best way to refuse to pay federal
income tax for war with no fines and no threats from the IRS is to
live simply - below the Federal income taxable level. I lived well
all of 2005 on $3895 - ½ the taxable level.
I have paid no
federal income tax for 27 years. I pledge never to pay the rest of
my life. I have no right to pay tax to do to other people what I do
not want them to do to me.
I'm glad I have no refrigerator, no
TV, no VCR, no gun, no computer, no credit cards, no business suit,
no jet travel, no phone, no microwave, no air conditioner … I wash
my clothes by hand and hang them up to dry.
I have owned no car
since 1979. I love to walk! I have ridden in no car since April 7,
2001. Cars cause wars for oil, global climate change, poisoned air,
highways smothering fertile soil …
I would not trade my 12' x
14' apartment home for the most luxurious mansion on earth. I have
lived in it for over 18 years. I need not 1 inch more.
I am GLAD
to consume no booze, no cigarettes, no restaurant meals, no junk
food, no meat, no dairy, no cooked food, no illegal drugs, no
prescription drugs. I am glad I have no doctor, no dentist, no
medical insurance (since 1990). I prevent and heal disease
I have no right to more than I need while others in
this world have less than they need.
I stopped eating cooked
food December 12, 1998. Cooking food destroys up to 85% of all its
nutrients. Cooked food is slow poison! Never heat food over
Every morning at home I do many push-ups, pull-ups,
crunches and other exercises. I averaged 45 minutes a day jumping
on my trampoline. I like to go to bed 9 to 10 p.m. and get up 6 to
7 a.m. Nothing substitutes for enough sleep.
I have drunk my
piss every day since November 10, 1999. Our piss is our unique,
perfect, free medicine containing hundreds of items, minerals,
enzymes, hormones, antibodies … I now drink 2 or more cups a
I sunbathe most days all year round. Sunbathing is
marvelously beneficial when we eat only raw plant foods with a fat
content of 15 - 25% of the total calories.
I write down every
penny I spend every day. Self-discipline in spending money, eating
only nutritious food, exercising vigorously every day, using our
precious water and time … is the path to freedom!
I enjoy deep,
heart-to-heart conversation, silence and much time alone, heart
touching music, gardening in nature, constantly gleaning wisdom in
order to live in it and pass it on …
I treasure mutually
passionate sex and romance with certain men, but I will not, for
any man on earth, surrender or compromise my war tax refusal, my
living simply, my having no car, my eating only raw plant foods, my
piss drinking, my much walking and vigorous daily exercise, my
naked body freedom … Speaking, writing and living the truth as best
I see it ranks above sex and romance with any man on earth!
love living naked at home and mostly naked elsewhere when I'm warm
I have been an art model at UNM (University of New
Mexico) since 1988 and I posed for many other artists. My weekly TV
program has aired on public access cable channel 27 (Albuquerque,
New Mexico) since May 20, 1992. My letters have been published for
decades in magazines and newspapers.
I now belong to no
religion. I am a humble agnostic, a non-violent radical, a truth
seeker deeply indebted to my all-time closest friend - my mother,
my father, Jesus, Gandhi, Tolstoy, Martin Luther King Jr. and a
multitude more who have taught and or loved me. Un-pluged from the
profound love and wisdom I have received, I am no better than any
murderer behind bars or in official power.
Signed- Don Schrader
October 8, 2006.
Editor’s Note: Don Schrader’s weekly public
access TV program “Clearly From My Heart” can be seen usually
Wednesday evenings at 10:00 PM Mountain Time on Comcast Cable
Non-Profit Public Access Channel 27 in Albuquerque, New Mexico or
by streaming video from the Channel 27 website 
check listings and
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Buying unneeded items, paying taxes funds war 9/2/2004
Cars poison living things, pollute the environment
Personalities: Don Schrader openly expresses life's convictions
Weekly Alibi Alibi weBlog: Golden
Fountain of Health 4/7/2006
Duke City Fix Don Schrader
Limerick 6 Naked Man spotted at
Dia de Los Muertos
Universtiy of New Mexico Staff Profile
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Online Directory - Don Schrader
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