Action Alert: Sign the Open Letter to Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey
DEADLINE: Wednesday, January 13 at 12:00 PM
Add your name to this letter here.
In recent days, ever
since the announcement of your scheduled appearance as the headliner at
the January 16 fund-raising event in Venice for Rep. Harman, we have
been hearing about it from many PDA activists and other progressives in
California and around the country. The tone and emphasis of the
responses vary, but the overwhelming gist is clear: The progressive base
is upset about your scheduled involvement and hopes that you will
withdraw from this event.
As an organization, Progressive
Democrats of America joins in that request.
longstanding and exemplary leadership on a wide range of peace and
justice issues, it would be counterproductive to aid Rep. Harman's
re-election efforts. Her pro-war record is well known, having voted most
recently to spend billions to continue the occupation of Iraq and
escalate in Afghanistan. Her October 2002 vote to authorize the invasion
of Iraq was in stark contrast to the "no" votes by most House
Democrats. Harman has an equally appalling record on civil liberties,
having lobbied the New York Times to suppress the story about Bush's
wiretaps on the eve of the 2004 election, then going on television to
defend the illegal wiretaps. In addition, she voted for the bankruptcy
bill, then more recently voted against mortgage relief in bankruptcy
court, despite the fact that several thousand of her constituents are
facing foreclosure. On the health care front, she recently voted
against fast-tracking affordable generic medications for patients with
breast cancer, brain tumors, Parkinson's and rare diseases.
Rep. Harman faces a strong primary challenge from someone who
exemplifies the idealistic commitments and progressive values that have
been central to your work in Congress. Marcy Winograd's decades of
dedication to working for economic equity, social justice, civil
liberties and peace offer a sharp contrast to the incumbent in
California's 36th district. Unlike the incumbent, Winograd will
represent the public interest, not Wall Street or war profiteers.
Marcy Winograd said in the speech that kicked off her current campaign:
"Jane Harman took us to war without taking a second look at the
National Intelligence Estimate, which highlighted and boxed analysts'
doubts about the fictitious weapons of mass destruction. Jane Harman not
only took us to war, but continued to waste our taxpayer dollars on
supplemental budgets that hid the true cost of the war by not including
the price tag in the Defense Department budget."
The reason that
we have Rep. Donna Edwards in the House today as a stalwart advocate for
peace and justice is precisely because of her successful primary
campaign that unseated a non-progressive Democratic incumbent. Surely
such victories are in the interests of all progressives.
a painful letter for us to sign, particularly because of our longtime
admiration and deep respect for you. But we hope you'll agree that
progressive principles must prevail among friends. We urge you to
withdraw from the fund-raising event for Rep. Harman's campaign.
look forward to your response.
Peace and justice,
National Director, Progressive Democrats of America
Advisory Board Chair, Progressive Democrats of America
Progressive Democrats of America - Healthcare NOT Warfare
Progressive Democrats of
America - Healthcare NOT Warfare Campaign Co-chair
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