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Mario Depeine, Sr.

As a child, Mario had fun making songs and recording them using a cassette player. He and his family got a lot of laughs out of those songs. As an adult, Mario was part of the chorus for a musical based on King David’s life, called “Slingshot.” The musical was performed at the old Boston Gardens back in the 80s for a church seminar.

“How Do You Sit There?” is Mario’s debut song. On October 25, 2011, he woke to go to work. He woke up at 5:45 in the morning and felt that he needed to address the current American “situation.” By 6:00 that morning, Mario had written most of the song. He says: "I wrote this song because of the collective voices that I heard on the television stations and news programs; the 'voices' that I heard in the newspapers and in the streets. I heard so many people saying ‘Why aren’t they doing what will help us? Why aren’t they doing what will help America’ So the question for me became; ‘How could they sit there? How could they sit there doing nothing when so many are suffering right under their noses?’”

Mario Depeine is a firm believer that everybody counts. He likens the individual 'voices' of each American to a dripping faucet. Each 'drop' by itself seems insignificant but if you have a bucket collecting each one, after a while the bucket will fill up and eventually overflow. Mario says: “This is how we should think about Americans and our government; we must look at each person as that 'drop' that collectively will make a HUGE Difference! No ‘voice’ is insignificant. The key is, each ‘voice’ needs to keep “dripping”, speaking until our nation moves as the people want it to move. Remember, this is a government of the people, for the people, and by the people. Therefore, the 'voice' of the people must be magnified.”

"Mr. D" is a full time Science teacher in a New Jersey Public School. “Mr. D” graduated from Princeton University (same graduating class as Michelle Obama) with a degree in Social and Personality Psychology. He spent his first eight years in Haiti. In March 2010, he visited Haiti to help with some relief efforts and to document the devastation that occurred as a result of the January 12th Earthquake.

"I love this passage in Isaiah 58: 6-11. It challenges anyone who wants to be righteous, to really make sacrifices that will help the less fortunate, the oppressed, the hungry and those without shelter. I believe in speaking up so that good could be done for more people. Silence is comfortable in most cases, but it can also be deadly when others count on your 'voice' because they have 'lost' theirs."

Mario has addressed some issues with his work on CNN iReport. Some of his videos were featured during CNN’s TV broadcasts. He has done some writing on as well as Yahoo Associated Content.