who's stepping up to the plate?
- Subject: [cg] who's stepping up to the plate?
- From: "Danielle Deome" email@example.com
- Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 19:04:13 -0500
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I am sending this information along...it was sent from the Greensboro peace
coalition's email list. Sounds like someone a little more hopeful.
From: Naman [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, March 31, 2003 6:22 PM
Subject: [gpc-d] Dennis Kucinich
so we've been talking some about how we can proactively work for peace
beyond just protesting the war, and some ideas have been put out there
suggesting that we ought to continue to work for peace (and ALL that that
implies - not just the absence of war)... some have suggested using our
votes, and I gotta say, I'm pretty upset with Mr Edwards.....
now, to those of you who know me, this may seem shocking, but I'm writing to
say that I'm VERY impressed with the 2004 presidential campaign of Dennis
Kucinich, and though I'm still most assuredly an anarchist who dreams of the
absence of government, (and thinks that if voting could REALLY change
anything, it would be made illegal) I have found a spark of a glimmer of
hope in Kucinich.
Now there. I've said it. Y'all can take a look at his bio and judge for
yourself (try to look past the rosy language and get to the issues....
they're in there), but I'm so impressed by this fella that I'm practically
willing to volunteer some time to this.... hell, maybe even work with some
of y'all to make a campaign center in Greensboro... any takers?
what a cold day in hell it must be...
an "anarchist" endorsing a presidential candidate...
US Representative Dennis J. Kucinich, a Democrat of Ohio, is a dynamic,
visionary leader of the Progressive Caucus of the congressional Democrats
who combines a powerful activism with a spiritual sense of the essential
interconnectedness of all living things. His holistic worldview carries with
it a passionate commitment to public service, peace, human rights, workers
rights, and the environment. His advocacy of a Department of Peace seeks not
only to make nonviolence an organizing principle in our society, but to make
war archaic. His is a powerful, ethical voice for nuclear disarmament,
preservation of the ABM treaty, banning weapons in outer space, and a halt
to the development of a 'Star Wars' - type missile defense technology.
He has been recognized of his advocacy of human rights in Burma, Nigeria and
East Timor. Together with the late Rep. Joe Moakley (D-Mass), he has led a
concerted effort to close the School of the Americas, which has been an
incubator of human rights violations in Central America. On the eve of the
World Trade Organization's Seattle conference, Rep. Kucinich organized 114
Democrats to help convince President Clinton to seek human rights, workers
rights and environmental quality principles as preconditions in all US trade
agreements. Kucinich marched with workers through the streets of Seattle
protesting the WTO's policies and with students through the streets of
Washington, DC, challenging the structural readjustment policies of the IMF.
Congressman Kucinich acts upon his belief that protection of the global
environment is fundamental to preserving the life of all species. He has
been honored by Public Citizen, the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth and
the League of Conservation Voters as a champion of clean air, clean water
and an unspoiled earth. He was an early critic of nuclear power as being
risky economically, and environmentally, raising questions about nuclear
wasted byproducts. As a state senator he raised so many questions about a
planned siting of a nuclear waste dump in Ohio that the idea was eventually
scrapped. Early in his first term in Congress he thwarted an effort to
repeal a provision of the Clean Air Act. As a congressional representative
to the global climate treaty talks, Congressman Kucinich encouraged America
to lead the way toward a sustainable, shared stewardship of the planet
through carbon reduction and investment in alternative energy technologies.
He not only believes in sustainability, he practices it. Congressman
Kucinich is one of the few vegans in Congress, a dietary decision he credits
not only with improving his health, but in deepening his belief in the
sacredness of all species. In the 106th Congress, his call for
labeling and safety testing of all genetically engineered foods provoked a
$50 million advertising campaign by the biotech industry.
Kucinich hosted an international parliamentary session, attended by
officials of 18 countries, on the social, economic, political and health
impact of genetic food technologies. More recently he was one of the
principal speakers at an international conference on water rights where he
called for governments to reserve public ownership of water resources.
As chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (which is the largest
congressional caucus). Kucinich has promoted a national health care system,
preservation of Social Security, increased Unemployment Insurance benefits,
and the establishment of wholesales cost-based
rates for electricity, natural gas and home heating oil. When the Supreme
Court ruled that mandatory arbitration could be a condition of employment,
Kucinich introduced a bill to reverse the Court's decision.
In his Cleveland, Ohio district, Kucinich has been recognized by the Greater
Cleveland AFL-CIO as a tireless advocate for the social and economic
interests of his community. He is currently leading a civic crusade to save
Cleveland's 90 year-old steel industry and the thousands of jobs and retiree
benefits it provides. While hundreds of community hospitals have been closed
throughout the country, Kucinich led a powerful citizens' movement which
reopened two Cleveland neighborhood hospitals. He was prepared to block a
railroad merger at the Surface Transportation Board until he gained an
agreement from the nation's largest railroads which improved rail safety
while diverting a heavy volume of train traffic away from heavily populated
residential areas. His promotion of rail safety improvements gained him the
award from the Ohio PTA in 2000. His efforts on behalf of Cleveland's poor
gained the recognition of the National Association of Social Workers. He
continues to be a local and national advocate for the homeless.
Kucinich first came to national prominence in 1977 when he was elected mayor
of Cleveland at age 31; the youngest person ever elected to lead a major
American city. In 1978, Cleveland's banks demanded that he sell the city's
70 year-old municipally-owned electric system to its private competitor (in
which the banks had a financial interest) as a precondition of extending
credit to city government. Kucinich refused to sell Muny Light. In an
incident unprecedented in modern American politics, the Cleveland banks
plunged the city into default for a mere $15 million. Kucinich lost his
re-election bid in 1979. Fifteen years later, Kucinich made his first step
toward a political comeback, winning election to the Ohio Senate on the
strength of the expansion of the city's light system which provides low-cost
power to almost half the residents of Cleveland. In 1998 the Cleveland City
Council honored him, "having the courage and foresight to refuse to sell the
city's municipal electric system."
Kucinich was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 8, 1946. He is the eldest of
7 children of Frank and Virginia Kucinich. He and his family lived in
twenty-one places, including a couple of cars, by the time Kucinich was 17
years old. "I live each day with a grateful heart and a desire to be of
service to humanity," he says.
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