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Winograd Asks: Where is Harman? Why Silence on Israeli Assault?

Congressional candidate Marcy Winograd is mounting a tough challenge to Jane Harman in CA-36.  Following the Israeli commando assault on flotilla attempting to deliver aid to Gaza, Winograd issued the following press release:

(Marina del Rey) Congressional Candidate Marcy Winograd (CA-36) questions why her opponent Jane Harman chooses to remain silent in the aftermath of an Israeli assault on the Free Gaza flotilla carrying 10,000 tons of humanitarian aid to over a million Palestinians imprisoned in Gaza.

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Says Winograd, “My opponent’s shameful silence only reinforces the status quo, which in this case involves Israeli aggression towards non-violent human rights activists. Once again, I invite my opponent to break her silence and join me in calling for an international investigation into what happened in international waters.”

Following the Israeli assault, which resulted in at least 10 reported deaths, Winograd immediately issued a press release calling for an international investigation into the Israeli military attack on aid ships 90 miles off the coast of Gaza.

Winograd continues, “If my opponent wanted to exercise leadership, she would demand the U.S. government condemn these murders. Her silence leaves those of us in the 36th congressional district once again to wonder whether Jane Harman truly represents all the people of this district, or just the military contractors and those who prioritize Israel, right or wrong. Her tacit approval of such violent tactics also reconfirms my assertion that Harman’s policies make us all less–rather than more–safe. ”

Harman last week launched a media campaign attacking Winograd for her promotion of equal rights and justice for all in the middle east.  Winograd states, “Millions around the world see the truth unfolding on their TV screens. My opponent can twist my calls for human rights, but the people see that there needs to be accountability for violence, and a sane policy for peace in the middle east.”

To learn more about the Winograd For Congress campaign, visit: or Marcy Winograd For Congress on Facebook


Marcy Winograd for Congress: Marcy Winograd’s Open Letter to CDP Delegates

CA-36 congressional candidate Marcy Winograd’s March 14, 2010 open letter to delegates follows:

Delegates, Floor Fight? You Bet!

Winograd vs. Harman: Choose Our Street over Wall Street

Delegates, I need your support to block the endorsement of Blue Dog Jane Harman on the floor of the California Democratic Party convention this weekend. Harman is a formidable opponent, particularly with her campaign consultant Harvey Englander, the man who engineered the passage of Howard Jarvis’ Prop 13.

You will hear Harman’s appointees argue that we should not usurp the local caucus’s power to endorse. Delegates are aware that incumbents enjoy institutional support and as such, many are unwilling to expend political capital or perceived accessibility to incumbents even though those incumbents may vote against core Democratic values. Our Party’s bylaws however, provide for exactly this type of challenge because when a candidate is endorsed, that endorsement reflects the will of the entire statewide Party, not just local delegates. Moreover, when a corporate Democrat, funded by military contractors and personally invested in those same contractors, takes us to war without exercising her oversight responsibility, all of us pay the price.

You may hear that we must respect what Party activists in the 36th congressional district want. Please know that I am proud to be endorsed by the majority of grassroots Democratic clubs in my district, including the San Pedro Democratic Club; Torrance Democratic Club; Progressive Democratic Club (Harbor); Gardena Valley Democratic Club; Progressive Democrats of America-36th District.

Our efforts begin on Friday night when many progressive delegates convene with national radio broadcaster Jim Hightower at the Palm Restaurant, 1100 Flower Street, across from the Marriott Hotel, where the convention will be held. All are welcome. At that time, I will ask you to commit yourself to gathering signatures for my petition to overturn Harman’s endorsement in the local caucus Saturday evening.

That local caucus, comprised of many elected officials and their appointed delegates, will undoubtedly endorse Harman, the candidate who once introduced herself to convention delegates as “the best Republican in the Democratic Party.”

Following her local caucus endorsement, we need to collect 300 delegate signatures within a few hours on Saturday night to overturn the endorsement and push this fight to the floor on Sunday morning. Dozens of Winograd for Congress supporters will circulate with clipboards, fanning out to collect the required petition signatures.

To block Harman’s endorsement on the floor, I will need 50% plus 1 delegate to reject her candidacy.

Winograd vs. Harman: What’s the Difference?

I am a proud progressive, a public school teacher on leave from Crenshaw HS in South Los Angeles, and an organizer of the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party.

This is not a contest between two corporate Democrats.

It’s between Our Street vs. Wall Street.

Homes vs. Banks.

Jobs vs. Wars.

At stake are the values and soul of the Democratic Party.

Who are we? What do we stand for?

As a co-founder of Progressive Democrats of America’s Los Angeles chapter, I helped write, along with author Norman Solomon and Progressive Caucus Chair Karen Bernal, the resolutions putting our Party on record calling for an end to the US air and ground wars in Afghanistan. I also put our party on record calling for a cap on usurious bank interest rates, parole and sentencing reform, and an end to unfair trade agreements.

As a leader in the anti-war movement, I organized a 1,000-strong town hall with Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and then led a delegation to Washington to introduce
our representatives to wounded veterans with Iraq Veterans Against the War. On the election protection front, I worked hard to elect SOS Deborah Bowen and to make sure she stayed in office to enforce her ban on most touch screen machines. In the labor movement, I organized with Cesar Chavez and became active in my own union: United Teachers of Los Angeles.

I support clean money, both in word and in deed. I am not taking a dime of corporate
contributions because I am the People’s Candidate for the People’s House.

My opponent is smart and tough. Unfortunately, she has used her strengths in the service of:

* big banks and military contractors

* supporting a bankruptcy bill that makes it easier for banks to hike your credit card rates

* punish you for medical bankruptcy

* foreclose on your home

* voting to deny you affordable generic medications for breast and brain cancer, HIV, and Parkinson’s disease

* defying a majority of House Democrats to take us to war in Iraq, then escalate in Afghanistan

* working to re-elect George Bush by pressuring the New York Times to suppress the story of Bush’s massive illegal wiretapping program

* finally, becoming the subject of an FBI investigation after being caught in an NSA wiretap allegedly offering to use her influence on the House Intelligence Committee to get spying charges dropped against AIPAC analysts – this in return for their reported promise to defund House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Party if Pelosi refused to make Harman Chair of the House Intelligence Committee.


I am not in the pocket of any lobby group – and am deeply committed to the pursuit of peace with justice in the Middle East.

It’s time for a change – and a commitment at home to transforming our war economy into a new Green economy. We need a Green New Deal along the lines of the Works Progress Administration. Together, we can put Americans back to work repairing our infrastructure, strengthening our public school system, developing new energy, and building mass transit.

Enough of perpetual wars and occupations that create greater instability and rob our treasury of trillions needed for health care, education, and housing.

The ILWU Southern California District Council, University of California AFT, Mexican American Bar Association, Progressive Democrats of American, and the Armenian National Committee are among my endorsers.

I ask all delegates to the California Democratic Party to help me challenge Jane Harman to a floor fight at the California Democratic Party convention. Thus far, my opponent has refused to debate me, but rumor has it she will make a rare appearance at the annual convention.

I look forward to the challenge — and to the moment on the floor when delegates will have an opportunity to stand tall.

Thank you,

Marcy Winograd

36th Congressional District Candidate

Citizens to Schiff/Dreier: STOP funding the WAR! (+ pics)

(great recap of the event. – promoted by dday)

Yesterday citizens took to the streets in front of Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff’s Pasadena, California offices to send him a clear message. STOP funding the WAR.  This afternoon, the anti-war protest briefly became a two-front effort, (see update below) at the offices of Schiff and Republican David Drier. Why Adam Schiff, and why now?  Schiff sits on the powerful House Appropriations Committee soon to decide on legislation that could result in Bush being allocated another 200 billion US taxpayer dollars to pursue the illegal occupation and war in Iraq.  Schiff states that he is opposed to Bush’s escalation – but is that enough? Schiff voted for the Iraq War resolution, and year after year he voted to give Bush billions upon hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to keep our soldiers in Iraq to kill and be killed in an illegal war. Schiff now says that he opposes Bush’s policy, but rhetoric does not equal action.  Congress can bring the war to end by cutting off the flow of cash.  There are lives in the balance, and there is already enough money in the pipeline to bring our troops home safely.

[Please follow me below the jump for updates, photos and video]

Update: Marcy Winograd, Linda Milazzo and other protestors, briefly expanded to two fronts,  they moved east to Congressman David Dreier‘s district office – 2220 E. Route 66, in Glendora – where they planned to issue a citizen’s arrest for funding an illegal war and committing taxpayer fraud. Earlier today, Rep. Dreier championed escalation on the floor of the House. He consistently refuses to meet with constituents who oppose the occupation of Iraq, and today was no exception.  The delegation was phsically evicted from Dreier’s office – luckily a videoagrapher from Free Speech TV was there to document the assault – let’s hear it for responsiveness to constituents – the delegation returned to  Schiff’s office and joined forces with those who had stayed behind. Further details in CalifSherry’s comment, below.

Mimi Kennedy
Progressive Democrats of Los Angeles

The protest will continue until 6PM today, and is scheduled again for tomorrow between the hours of 11AM and 6PM.  Southern Califonian are cordially invited to join the ranks:

Adam Schiff’s office is located at 87 North Raymond, Pasadena, California 91103

If you can’t make it to Pasadena, here’s contact info for  Adam Schiff:

  * call his office at 626-304-2727 or 202-225-4176 


  * send a fax to 626-304-0572  or 202-225-5828

Thanks to oracleoflosangeles for this short, rough video taken at yesterday’s protest:

In it you get a feel for yestday’s citzen action.  It contains a heartfelt statement from Marcy Winograd, and others answering the question: Why Schiff, and why now?

Some Democrats already get it – many opposed the war from the beginning.  Today in Washington, Democrats from California to Vermont are speaking out for against the war:

“Our military is already stretched to a breaking point…Bring this war to a close”

Representative Doris Matsui

“We must end this war”

Representative Peter Welch

Yesterday a delegation of activists went upstairs to Adam Schiff’s offices.  Tim Goodrich from Iraq Veterans for Progress and Iraq Veterans Against the War put it convincingly:

“Cutting off funding will not imperil our troops”

Here are some more photos from yesterday’s action:

Sandra Williams, Frances Westerfield and Lupe Lujan

All three of thses women work with the Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools (CAMS) and are actively involved in providing counter recruitment information to high school students through out the greater Los Angeles Area

Maureen Cruise
Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools (CAMS)

The sign reads: “Our House will be a very, very fine house when you bring the troops home.”

I hope to return later with updates from today’s action – will protestests occupy Adam Schiff office and show him what it feels like to be occupied?  That is the question.

Crossposted from Daily Kos, mydd, and My Left Wing  – stay tuned.