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Donna F. Edwards is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 4th district of Maryland.

Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards of Fort Washington represents Maryland’s 4th Congressional District comprising portions of Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. She was sworn in as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 110th Congress in June 2008, and began her first full-term in the 111th Congress in 2009.[1]

Background

Donna Edwards was born June 28, 1958 as one of six children in a military family that traveled throughout the country during her childhood. She returned to North Carolina, her birth state, to attend Wake Forest University, where she met her future husband, Derek. At Wake Forest, she was one of only six African-American women in her class. She subsequently earned a law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center in New Hampshire and settled in Maryland with her husband Derek in 1989.[2]

Education

Rep. Edwards completed undergraduate studies at Wake Forest University and received her Juris Doctor from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formely the Franklin Pierce Law Center).[3]

"Community organizer"

Writing in the Huffington Post of September 8, 2008, in an article entitled "From Organizer To Elected Official" Democratic Socialists of America member Peter Dreier listed several serving US politicians who had begun their careers as "community organizers". They were US Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Representatives John Lewis of Georgia, Jan Schakowsky and Danny Davis of Illinois, Raul Grijalva of Arizona, Linda Sanchez of California, and Donna Edwards of Maryland, Washington House of Representatives Speaker Frank Chopp, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, state legislators Beth Low of Missouri, Michael Foley of Ohio, Gilbert Cedillo of California, Tom Hucker of Maryland, Tony Hill of Florida, and Crystal Peoples of New York, Alameda County (California) Supervisor Nate Miley, City Council members Jay Westbrook of Cleveland, Chuck Turner and Sam Yoon of Boston, and Melvin Carter of St. Paul, and San Francisco School Board member Jane Kim. [4]

Service

Donna Edwards has served as either a chairperson, trustee, board member, or executive director of the Arca Foundation in Washington, DC; the National Network to End Domestic Violence, which she co-founded; NNEDV; Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington; Common Cause; the League of Conservation Voters; the Center for a New Democracy; the Funders' Committee for Civic Participation; and the Franklin Pierce Law Center in New Hampshire, from which she received her Juris Doctorate. She was a lobbyist for the nonprofit Public Citizen organization.[5]

She co-founded and served as the first executive director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence and received national recognition for her work leading the effort to pass the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.[6]

Career

Edwards began her career at the United Nations Development Program and was a systems engineer for Lockheed Corporation with NASA's Space Shuttle program.[7]

Just prior to serving in Congress, she was the executive director of the Arca Foundation in Washington, DC. During her time at Arca, she gained national prominence in her efforts to:[8]

  • Secure a "living wage" for working people
  • Ensure the independence of the federal judiciary
  • End capital punishment
  • Protect Social Security
  • Promote labor and human rights both nationally and internationally

House Ethics Committee

Donna Edwards is a member of the Republican chaired House Ethics Committee as of August of 2011. It is well known that she is anti-Israel in her leanings. She voted to bar members of Congress from attending Glenn Beck’s Restoring Courage rally in Jerusalem, Israel on during the week of August 24th, 2011. Also during this time she received substantial campaign cash from the George Soros funded J Street. [9]

Supported by Council for a Livable World

The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Donna Edwards in her successful House of Representatives run as candidate for Maryland.[10]

J Sreet endorsement

In 2008 Edwards was endorsed by JStreet PAC.[11]

Institute for Policy Studies

Donna Edwards is a long time affiliate of the Institute for Policy Studies.

Letelier-Moffit Award presenter

Edwards presenting the Award

On October 15, 2008, the Institute for Policy Studies hosted the 32nd annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) presented Francisco Soberon and the Peruvian-based Asociacion Pro Derechos Humanos (APRODEH)with the International Award for being the driving force behind the current trial of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori. Barbara Ehrenreich presented The Indian Workers Congress with the Domestic Award for their courageous stand against modern-day slavery.

This year's program marks the 32nd anniversary of the September 21, 1976 car bombing that killed Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier and American Ronni Moffitt. IPS has continued to host the annual human rights awards in the names of Letelier and Moffitt to honor these fallen colleagues while celebrating new heroes of the human rights movement from the U.S. and elsewhere in Latin America.

According to a Youtubed version of the speech, the IPS's John Cavanagh introduced Edwards with the words .."she will help us end the war in Iraq....she will help us build an economy that serves people and the planet...."

Edwards stated that she had attended several previous award ceremonies, as an audience member, and she was "among friends."[12]

Campaign for America's Future

Donna Edwards was on the list of 153 speakers at the 2006 Take Back America conference, which was organized by the Institute for Policy Studies, and Democratic Socialists of America dominated Campaign for America's Future.[13]

She was back in 2007.

Donna Edwards at America's Future Now 2010

On March 17, 2008, at the Take Back America conference in Washington D.C. Dianne Archer, Robert Borosage, Donna Edwards and Van Jones spoke in the Opening Plenary entitled "The Progressive Plan for Victory".[14]

Donna Edwards was on the list of speakers at the 2009 America's Future Now conference, which was organized by the Institute for Policy Studies, and Democratic Socialists of America dominated Campaign for America's Future.[15]

Donna Edwards spoke at the America's Future Now 2010 Conference.[16]

Donna Edwards spoke at the Take Back the American Dream Conference 2011, the annual conference of the Institute for Policy Studies-linked Campaign for America's Future. The conference was held from Oct. 3 - 5 at the Hilton Washington & Towers hotel, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, Washington D.C.[17] Also speaking at the conference were Deepak Bhargava, Center for Community Change; Leo Gerard, United Steelworkers of America; Stephen Lerner, SEIU; and Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO. [18]

"Progressive Maryland" event, Silver Spring

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Tues. Sept 20, 2011, Progressive Maryland, convened a "Take Back the Budget Debate", Silver Spring Civic Center, Ellsworth and Veterans Place, Silver Spring

Turn Your Anger to Action on the Economy and Federal Budget - Come, spread the word, and bring everyone you can!

Panel speakers included : US Rep. Donna Edwards, MD State Senators Roger Manno and Jamie Raskin, Center for American Progress Senior Economist Heather Boushey, and Institute for Policy Studies Fellow Karen Dolan. Moderated by Progressive Maryland Board President and NAACP’s Elbridge James.[19]

"Progressive Maryland" event, Prince George

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On Monday Nov. 7, 2011, Progressive Maryland, convened a "Shift the Budget Debate", at Prince George's Town Hall in Largo.

Panel speakers include : US Rep. Donna Edwards, MD State Senator Paul Pinsky, Delegate Aisha Braveboy, Institute for Policy Studies fellow Karen Dolan, activist and former state senator David Harrington (moderator), Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, Fund Our Communities coordinator Jean Athey.

Progressive Maryland is a member of Fund Our Communities, Bring the War Dollars Home,* a Maryland Coalition affiliated with the New Priorities Network, and co-sponsor of the Town Hall event . Please join us for this critical opportunity to share ideas and address the disgraceful federal debt deal, unending wars, and political outrages of recent years.

Following the speakers above will be audience Q&A, then breakout groups to strategize and plan action to help fix the crisis of priorities in Washington and Annapolis and demand policies that are right, fair and just.

Please mark your calendar Nov. 7, invite everyone you know, and join our impressive panelists (above), and myself. You'll be glad you did.

PM Board President is Elbridge James.[20]

Congressional Progressive Caucus

As of November 16, 2009, Edwards was listed as a Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[21]

Congressional Black Caucus

Donna Edwards is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus for the 113th Congress:[22]

Peace letter

In May 2009, leaders of 23 Maryland-based organizations wrote to Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) thanking her for her “courage and foresight” in voting May 13th against the $96.7 billion supplemental for Iraq and Afghanistan.

The letter dated May 27th, and initiated by Baltimore United for Peace and Justice, commends Edwards, a freshman member of Congress for traveling to Afghanistan just before the vote “and observing first hand that there is no military solution to the crisis there.”

The letter continued, “We agree with you when you said this package means ‘war without end’ placing our soldiers in harms way without a plan for being there or a strategy for leaving Afghanistan.”

BUPJ is affiliated with United For Peace and Justice (UFPJ) which appealed this week to its affiliates to mobilize phone calls and visits to lawmakers offices urging them to vote “no” on final passage of the Iraq-Afghanistan Supplemental.

Signers include Jean Athey, leader of Peace Action, Montgomery County, Kevin Martin, National Executive Director, Peace Action, Jim Baldridge Vietnam Veterans Against the War, John Oliver, Baltimore Chapter, Veterans for Peace , Rev. Pierre L. Williams, VFP National Board Member, Rev. Heber Brown, III, Pastor, Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, Donna Blackwell, President, Winston-Govans Neighborhood Improvement Association, Gwen DuBois, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, Diane Witter, founder, Chesapeake Citizen, Gary Gillespie, Director, Baltimore Urban Peace Program of the American Friends Service Committee, Andre Powell, AFSCME Delegate to the Baltimore Metro Council, AFL-CIO, Sister Carol Gilbert and Sister Ardeth Platte of the Jonah House Community, and Max Obuszewski, Pledge of Resistance Baltimore. [23]

Populist Caucus

The Populist Caucus was founded on February 11, 2009 in the United States House of Representatives by Democrat Bruce Braley of Iowa. The caucus originally included 26 other Democrats in the House. Donna Edwards joined some time afterwards, and became New Media vice chair.[24]

House of Representatives

Edwards serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee where she sits on:

  • The Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
  • The Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
  • The Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management

She serves on the Science and Technology Committee where she sits on:

  • The Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight - Ranking Member
  • The Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics

She serves on the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.

She also serves as a member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.[25]

Abortion

Planned Parenthood

Edwards received $1000 in lobbying funds from Planned Parenthood in 2008.

EMILY's List

Edwards has been supported by EMILY's List during her campaigning.

Progressive agenda?

Writing on the website of the Maoist Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Bill Fletcher Jr of FRSO, Democratic Socialists of America and the Institute for Policy Studies explained[26];

The radical Left can engage in electoral work to raise issues. This can take place at the level of local or statewide initiatives or referenda, or it can take place in the context of battling over the platform of a particular candidate. Initiatives and referenda are very straight to the point. With candidates such as that of Democratic nominee for Congress Donna Edwards (from Maryland), their candidacy can become a means to push a very progressive agenda--in her case, around the war.

21st Century Democrats support

21st Century Democrats is a Political Action Committee that has stood for Progressive causes for over 20 years. Founded in 1986 by Institute for Policy Studies affiliate, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, Democratic Socialists of America affiliates, former Texas Agriculture Secretary Jim Hightower, and former Illinois Congressman Lane Evans. Its three main goals are to help elect progressive candidates, train young people about grassroots organizing, and lastly, to continue to support our elected officials after Election Day "through our comprehensive progressive network".

Long time Board chair was Democratic Socialists of America member Jim Scheibel, a former Mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

The mission of 21st Century Democrats is to build a "farm team" of progressive populists who will be the future leaders of the Democratic Party.

In each election cycle, we endorse a diverse array of candidates who exemplify our values and show unusual promise to advance our progressive goals. We invest in some of the most competitive races as well as in some of the most challenging – those in which the candidates are outstanding but the traditional Democratic supporters are most reticent. We back candidates in primaries as well as general election races, and we focus the bulk of our resources on electing challengers and protecting vulnerable incumbents.[27]

Edwards was one of 71 key progressives endorsed by 21st Century Democrats in the 2008 election cycle, second round. [28]

"Progressive mandate"

Twenty-six out of the 29 Democratic candidates who won seats previously held by Republicans in the House and Senate championed bold progressive economic positions, according to a new report released today by the Campaign for America's Future. The report shows that these progressive candidates’ victories represent a swing to the left of 34 votes in the House and 10 in the Senate, reflecting a clear mandate for progressive change.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., newly elected Rep.-Elect Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, and AFL-CIO political director Karen Ackerman joined Campaign for America's Future co-director Robert Borosage on a conference call with reporters November 4, 2008, to discuss the report’s findings.

“This was not simply a change election. It was a sea-change election that marks the end of the conservative era that has dominated our politics over the past three decades.” said Borosage. “Democrats won because they campaigned as progressives, not as moderates or conservatives. On core economic issues, voters gave these legislators a mandate for reform.”

Rep. Edwards, who easily won re-election last night, campaigned with several candidates in close races across the country. Rep. Edwards said the candidates she campaigned with embraced bold progressive positions on every major economic issue.

“Candidates across the country ran and won on a bold progressive agenda,” said Edwards. “Now our challenge is to govern on the progressive agenda – including smart investment in jobs, in infrastructure, in health care and energy, and bringing a safe and responsible end to the war in Iraq. It’s an exciting time and I am confident that we will be able to set priorities to deliver the bold solutions Americans expect.”[29]

Progressive Democrats of America

Donna Edwards serves on the Advisory Board of Progressive Democrats of America.[30]

PDA claimed successes

Tim Carpenter claimed that Progressive Democrats of America had chalked up several achievements in its short life, successfully promoting initiatives by PDA board members John Conyers and James McGovern.

PDA was the driving force in the passage of resolutions opposing the war in Iraq by eight state Democratic Party meetings. The organization also was instrumental in the passage of resolutions in 10 states calling for the impeachment of President Bush.
PDA is often referred to by Congressional Progressive Caucus Executive Director Bill Goold as the CPC’s field operation, because PDA has built relationships with members of Congress by delivering grassroots support for their initiatives – from Rep. John Conyers’ investigation of the 2004 Ohio voting fraud to Rep. Jim McGovern’s bill to cut off funding for the war in Iraq, a current priority effort.

The organization worked hard for Marcy Winograd against Jane Harman and for other "progressive " Democrats including Donna Edwards, Christine Cegelis, Jerry McNerney, Tony Trupiano, John Hall, Jeff Latas, Gabby Giffords and Herb Paine.

While PDA is still only a progressive “pup” compared with big liberal dogs like MoveOn, PDA-backed candidates have taken some big bites out of conventional wisdom and centrist Democratic complacency. In Los Angeles, local PDA leader Marcy Winograd won 37 percent of the primary vote against entrenched pro-war Democrat Rep. Jane Harman with only two months of lead time. In Maryland, the dynamic Donna Edwards appears to have come only a few hundred votes short of toppling the multi-term Rep. Al Wynn in her first bid for public office, and she is seen as well-positioned to prevail in 2008. And in Illinois, with strong PDA support, Christine Cegelis, though outspent 8 to 1, nearly beat the candidate of the inside-the- Beltway Party leadership and Illinois party machine, Tammy Duckworth, to vie for the seat being vacated by Rep. Henry Hyde.
This fall, in the House, PDA is focusing attention and effort on several strong progressives worthy of note and support in hopes of flipping several seats from red to blue. In California, Jerry McNerney is running a strong race against an incumbent Republican. In Michigan, Tony Trupiano, with one of the nation’s strongest grassroots efforts, has his sights on an open seat in a Republican-leaning district. And in New York, anti-nuclear activist John Hall has won the Democratic nomination to challenge a four-term incumbent Republican. In Arizona, while the local PDA primary candidate, Jeff Latas, did not prevail, PDA will now enthusiastically join forces with PDA Board Member Rep. Raul Grijalva and support the nominee, the equally progressive Gabby Gifford, as well as PDA-backed Herb Paine, who won a razor-thin primary victory in a neighboring district.

In the United States Senate primary races PDA unsuccessfully backed Jonathan Tasini against Hillary Clinton in New York, In Ohio, PDA backed successful candidate Sherrod Brown. In Connecticut, PDA campaigned to replace pro Iraq War Senator Joe Lieberman with Ned Lamont.[31]

Progressive Democrats of America 2012 endorsement

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In 2012, Donna Edwards (MD 4), was one of 14 leftist Congressional and Senate candidates endorsed by Progressive Democrats of America, an organization dominated by members or affiliates of Democratic Socialists of America and the Institute for Policy Studies.

PDA meeting, Maryland

Thursday March 15, 2012, PDA National Director Tim Carpenter, PDA National Vice Chair emeritus Stephen Shaff, PDA National Deputy Field Director Andrea Miller and Mike Hersh welcomed speakers Rep. Donna Edwards (Md-6), Professor Eric Kingson from Social Security Works, and Alex Lawson from We Act 1480 AM Radio to Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Current and former PDA National Board Members Medea Benjamin, Joe Libertelli and Steve Cobble, Healthcare NOT Warfare co-chair Donna Smith, and Maryland Senator Paul Pinsky also helped welcome progressives to Prince George's County's newest meeting place. The turnout included several important progressive leaders from Maryland's 4th, 6th, and 8th districts.

Then, Rep. Edwards--her arm in a sling due to a broken shoulder--engaged the crowd in a stirring discussion of progressive values and goals. She joked that she'd given back worse than she got, a fitting comment considering that her theme which was: "I am tired of playing defense, it's time to go on the offense." This inspiring determination is familiar to PDA members who've enthusiastically supported all of her campaigns--in 2006, 2008, 2010, and again this year.

The Congresswoman voiced her strong support for PDA-endorsed congressional candidate Ilya Sheyman, whose primary election will be Tuesday March 20th in Illinois. She explained that PDA has led the way helping elect her and supporting her work on the issues including ending the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, creating jobs while defending the environment, and protecting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Sen. Pinsky--who represents Hyattsville in the Maryland legislature--offered tremendous praise for Rep. Edwards, and called upon the progressive at the event to keep struggling. He also brought good news about a revenues package the State Senate passed that day, which includes significantly more progressive tax brackets. Murray Hill Incorporated, the performance artist portraying a corporation running for Congress, also made an appearance. Mark Dudzic, Labor for Single Payer and friends from the Communications Workers of America joined the event, highlighting PDA's increasingly close cooperation with labor.

Closing out the program, Alex Lawson from We Act 1480 AM Radio led impassioned discussion of progressive media, the need to defend Social Security, and ways PDA and We Act radio can help each other moving forward. He explained that We Act will be on the air in Chicago just in time for the primary next week. Lawson revved up the crowd, explaining that We Act radio is hoping to dramatically change commercial radio in the USA.

Special thanks to the Very Important Progressive Host Committee including--Stephen Shaff; PDA board member Bill Fletcher, Jr., Raucus Activist Writer; Alex Lawson, Social Security Works and WE ACT Radio; Heather Booth, Activist; Steve Cobble, PDA Political Advisor, and Institute for Policy Studies; Medea Benjamin; Tom Hucker, MD Delegate, D-20; Greg Moore, NAACP/Political Consultant; Beth Becker, Progressive PST; Naomi Bloch, Activist who donated a small library of books; David Hart, Physicians for Social Responsibility; Beth Schulman, IPS; Greg Smith, Activist; Joe Libertelli; Mark Dudzic; Jimmy Tarlau, Communication Workers of America; Kerren-Pope Onwukwe, Attorney/Activist; and Andrea Miller.[32]

PDA "hit its stride"

In 2012, PDA hit its stride electorally as well helping its National Board Members Congress members John Conyers (D-MI.), Donna Edwards (D-MD.), Keith Ellison (D-MN.), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ.), James McGovern (D-MA.) and Barbara Lee (D-CA.) sweep to victory. [33]

Socialist financial plan

Sept. 30, the day after the original bailout compromise went down in flames. The progressive Democrats placed a new plan—the “No BAILOUTS Act” (Bringing Accountability, Increased Liquidity, Oversight, and Upholding Taxpayer Security)—on the table that John Nichols of The Nation says “would impose a securities tax equivalent to one quarter of one percent of profits and empower the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to deal more effectively with bank failures.”

The bill—sponsored by US Reps. Peter DeFazio(D-Ore.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Robert Scott (D-Va.), Elijah Cummings and Donna Edwards (both D-Md.), Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Rush Holt, Jr.,(D NJ) —would change the way securities are valued, applying “an economic value standard to measure the capital of financial institutions,” as opposed to a market standard, an increase in the federal deposit insurance maximum and other accounting measures designed to create breathing room. It also would require the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to purchase certificates that would be repaid.

“What I’m proposing is to use both market discipline and regulatory functions at virtually no cost to taxpayers to unclog the arteries of commerce so banks can begin lending again,’’ DeFazio said, according to The Oregonian.

In a letter introducing the plan, he said that Congress needed to “take swift, uncomplicated steps to ensure the financial markets return to working order. After that, we can work to resolve the housing crisis and pass effective job stimulus.”

Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, said the plan would “restore confidence in the financial markets without writing a blank check to the same Wall Street banks and CEOs who got us into this mess.”

“This is an important, short-term solution that protects taxpayers and their savings accounts,” he added. “To revive the economy over the long-term, we must address rising unemployment, stagnant wages, the healthcare crisis, and a tax system that is tilted in favor of the wealthy.”

DeFazio and the SEIU acknowledge that this is just the first step toward fixing the economy. Once a progressive rescue plan is in place, the Democrats create a rescue plan for homeowners facing foreclosure, enact a public works and green energy stimulus to get people working, fix the nation’s infrastructure and refocus the nation’s economy on sustainable principles. [34]

Calling on Israeli Govt. to lift Gaza Travel Ban

On Dec. 22, 2009, thirty-three U.S. Representatives wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, calling on her to request that the Israeli Government end the ban on student travel from Gaza to the West Bank. Donna Edwards was one of the signatories of the letter.[35] The entire letter together with a complete list of signatories can be read by clicking here.

Supported Lifting the Gaza Blockade

On Jan. 27, 2010, U.S. Representatives Keith Ellison and Jim McDermott led 52 other members of Congress in signing a letter addressed to President Barack Obama, calling for him to use diplomatic pressure to resolve the blockade affecting Gaza. Donna Edwards was one of the signatories of the letter. [36] The entire letter together with a complete list of signatories can be read by clicking here.

Iraq: The Legacy of the 7-Year U.S. Occupation

On Sunday, August 29th 2010. at Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Sts. NW, Washington, D.C., an event "Iraq: The Legacy of the 7-Year U.S. Occupation" was held;

Is the U.S. military really leaving Iraq or just rebranding? What is the toll of seven years of occupation on Iraqis, U.S. soldiers and our economies? What is the status of Iraqi refugees around the world? Is it still possible to hold accountable those who dragged us into the war or committed crimes such as torture? What role did Congress and the media play in facilitating the invasion/occupation? We'll also look at the role of the peace movement -- its strengths and weaknesses -- and draw key lessons to make our work for peace, including in Afghanistan, more effective.

Speakers/performers included:

The event was sponsored by: CODEPINK, Peace Action, Institute for Policy Studies, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Global Exchange, Just Foreign Policy, Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), U.S. Labor Against the War, ANSWER, World Can’t Wait, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, War is a Crime, Rivera Project, Washington Peace Center.[37]

Leading with Love

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Leading with Love was an event to celebrate 5 years of the Marxist led National Domestic Workers Alliance. It was held in Washington DC, DC, November 14, 2012.

Members of the Host Committee included Donna Edwards.[38]

Supporting Progressive Maryland

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In 2011 Donna Edwards congratulated Progressive Maryland on its 10th anniversary.

Progressive Maryland endorsement

In 2012 Progressive Maryland endorsed U.S. Senator Ben Cardin for re-election, and also urges members to support four out of eight Democratic candidates for Congress:

PDA allies

Progressive Democrats of America had a moderately successful election 2012, cycle, with all of its incumbent allies—Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), James McGovern (D-Mass.) and Barbara Lee—holding on to their seats.[40]

Lifting travel ban on Cuba

A May 03, 2013 Press release from the radical controlled and Institute for Policy Studies affiliated Latin America Working Group's Cuba Team stated:

Due to your action/emails/phone calls we have 59 signatures from House representatives urging President Obama to support travel to Cuba by granting general licenses for ALL current categories of travel.
By eliminating the laborious license application process, especially for people-to-people groups, that is managed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the majority of the bureaucratic red tape that holds up licensable travel to Cuba would disappear and actually facilitate what the President wanted to see in 2011, liberalized travel regulations.

Signatories included Rep. Edwards.[41]

NASHTU conference

Donna Edwards and Jimmy Tarlau of the CWA

Donna Edwards addressed the National Association of State Highway and Transportation Unions Fourteenth Annual Conference May 6-8, 2013 - Washington, D.C.[42]

“When Women Succeed"

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic women rolled out a campaign on July 18th, 2013, called “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families.”

The campaign was announced at a press conference on the steps of the Capitol. Leader Pelosi was joined by several members of the House of Representatives and leaders of many organizations that address issues of working women. Amongst those present were the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the AFL-CIO, UFCW, the Feminist Majority, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Women’s Law Center, the National Partnership for Women and Families, the American Association of University Women, the National Council of Women’s Organizations and others. In addition to Leader Pelosi, Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (CT), Donna Edwards (MD), Nydia Velazquez (NY) and Doris Matsui (CA) participated in the press conference along with several women who told their stories.

The campaign agenda focuses on policies that address real economic needs facing women and families: ensuring equal pay for equal work, promoting work and family balance, and providing access to affordable child care.[43]

Congressional Letter for Neutrality, 2014 Salvadoran Elections

On Monday December 16, 2014 Reps. Juan Vargas (D-CA), Mike Honda (D-CA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) sent a letter to Sec. of State John Kerry – signed by 51 Members of Congress – calling for a public statement of neutrality by the State Department before the first round of El Salvador’s presidential elections on February 2, 2014.

The letter, , highlighted several “important steps” that the current government has taken to “strengthen its democratic system and expand the right to vote to all citizens,” including those living outside of the country, who will be voting by absentee ballot for the first time in February. Since the election of Mauricio Funes, the first President from the Marxist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) party, the government has increased the number of polling places four-fold to increase accessibility, especially in rural areas.

“We’re glad to see so many Members of Congress expressing respect for the right of the Salvadoran people to determine their own future. That’s an attitude that’s sorely lacking in much of the US’ policy in Central America, especially with regard to economic policy,” said Alexis Stoumbelis, Executive Director for the pro-communist Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), in Washington, DC, which has observed every post-war election in El Salvador, starting in 1994.

Signatories included Rep. Donna Edwards .[44].

Contributions

The following is a list of the top 20 contributors to Donna Edwards' campaign committee for the 2008 election.[45]

Contributor Total From Individuals From PACs
Service Employees International Union $18,500 $3,500 $15,000
AmeriPAC: The Fund for a Greater America $15,000 $0 $15,000
Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union $15,000 $0 $15,000
United Food & Commercial Workers Union $14,998 $0 $14,998
Leadership that Listens PAC $13,000 $0 $13,000
EMILY's List $11,630 $1,700 $9,930
Bauman Foundation $11,500 $11,500 $0
American Association for Justice $10,250 $250 $10,000
American Federation of Teachers $10,000 $0 $10,000
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $10,000 $0 $10,000
National Air Traffic Controllers Association $10,000 $0 $10,000
National Education Association $10,000 $0 $10,000
United Steelworkers $10,000 $0 $10,000
Arca Foundation $9,200 $9,200 $0
Cellular One $9,200 $9,200 $0
National Association of Realtors $8,000 $0 $8,000
Park Foundation $7,650 $7,650 $0
Human Rights Campaign $7,525 $0 $7,525
American Federation of Government Employees $7,500 $0 $7,500
UNITE HERE $6,927 $750 $6,177
TOTAL $215,880 $43,750 $172,130

The following is a list of the top contributors to Donna Edwards' campaign committee for the 2010 election, as of November 18, 2009.[46]

Contributor Total Indivs PACs
Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $10,000 $0 $10,000
Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union $10,000 $0 $10,000
Bauman Foundation $9,200 $9,200 $0
American Federation of Govt Employees $7,500 $0 $7,500
Service Employees International Union $7,500 $0 $7,500
Planned Parenthood $5,035 $0 $5,035
Operating Engineers Union $5,000 $0 $5,000
Teamsters Union $5,000 $0 $5,000
Park Foundation $4,800 $4,800 $0
Wallace Global Fund $4,800 $4,800 $0
Jobin-Leeds Prtnrshp/Democracy/Education $4,600 $4,600 $0
United Auto Workers $4,000 $0 $4,000
JStreet PAC $3,400 $0 $3,400
Sgt Inc $2,900 $2,900 $0
United Transportation Union $2,500 $0 $2,500
Arca Foundation $2,400 $2,400 $0
Hugo Neu Corp $2,400 $2,400 $0
Neu Corp $2,400 $2,400 $0
American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees $2,000 $0 $2,000
Communications Workers of America $2,000 $0 $2,000
Cummings for Congress Campaign Cmte $2,000 $0 $2,000
National Air Traffic Controllers Assn $2,000 $0 $2,000
National Assn of Retail Druggists $2,000 $0 $2,000
TOTAL $103,435 $33,500 $69,935

Staff

As at August 24, 2010, the following served on Donna Edwards's staff.[47]

Staff

The following have worked as staff members for Donna Edwards:[48]

External links

References

  1. official Congressional bio, accessed August 11, 2011
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