Lets face it: U.S. elections often pit heartless Republicans against spineless Democrats.But there are rare candidates of exceptional courage and compassion who can be counted on to fight – alongside RootsAction activists – for a fair economy, environmental sanity, civil liberties. . . and against amilitary machine that is draining our society while creating ever more enemies overseas. Today we want to tell you about three outstanding candidates for Congress: Norman Solomon, Dennis Kucinich, and Barbara Lee.
Running in a new district (no incumbent) on California’s progressive North Coast, Norman doesn’t just support the RootsAction agenda, he cofounded RootsAction. A lifelong activist and author for peace and justice, he will hit the ground running on these issues in D.C. Norman has built one of the strongest grassroots campaigns ever. He can win this seat and become “America’s Congress member.”
He’s endorsed by labor unions, peace groups and advocates like Dan Ellsberg, Dolores Huerta, Jim Hightower, Phil Donahue and Rep. Raul Grijalva. You can help Norman by donating to his campaign; his opponents include a couple of corporate-connected Democrats while Norman refuses corporate money. And you can VOTE for him in the "Grassroots All-Stars" online straw poll (it takes 5 seconds) – which will give Norman access to additional grassroots $$ and volunteers. As Barbara Ehrenreich commented in her endorsement: “We need independent progressive Democrats like Norman Solomon in Congress, not business-as-usual Democrats.” Check out Norman’s website.
On issue after issue, Dennis has stood up bravely and often alone in the U.S. Congress – from working to impeach Bush & Cheney to cutting funds for endless war.Incumbents often don’t need much grassroots support, but GOP redistricting has thrown two Democratic incumbents into one district. The other Democrat gets donations from war contractors like General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman, and Lockheed Martin. That’s why an antiwar stalwart like Dennis Kucinich needs donations and activist support now.
In endorsing Dennis recently, Rep. Barney Frank touted the work he and Dennis have done together on behalf of “substantially reducing America’s military activity across the world.”Former Congress member Alan Grayson said it best: “Congress is full of replaceable parts. But Dennis Kucinich is not one of them. Dennis is unique.”
Check out the Kucinich website.
Although she faces no risk of defeat in her Oakland-Berkeley, CA district, we wanted to give a shout out to this unbending voice for peace and justice on Capitol Hill. Barbara stood alone in Congress in 2001 against giving President Bush carte blanche to wage war – anywhere – in the wake of 9/11; she is a hero in the powerful War Made Easy documentary based on Norman Solomon’s book. Follow Barbara Lee's leadership efforts in Congress here.
So even if you’re disappointed in the candidates and choices on your ballot, here are opportunities for us to band together to help three candidates we can be proud of . . . candidates with spine.