- 1 Influence
- 2 Family background
- 3 In Congress
- 4 Education
- 5 Political activism
- 6 Supported by Council for a Livable World
- 7 Sponsored Communist Party "Jobs Bill"
- 8 Chinese trade practices
- 9 Agenda for Shared Prosperity
- 10 NEXT AGENDA Conference
- 11 Take Back America Conferences
- 12 America's Future Now Conferences
- 13 Labor Sec. contender
- 14 Congressional Progressive Caucus
- 15 EMILY's List
- 16 Supported Inez Tenenbaum
- 17 UE 71st convention, 2009
- 18 Helped Missouri Communist Party supporter
- 19 Labor Endorsement
- 20 Honoring Communist Party supporter
- 21 Guest of honor at communist run function
- 22 Peace legislation
- 23 Trip to Cuba
- 24 Populist Caucus
- 25 Mobilization to End Poverty speakers
- 26 Jobs roundtable
- 27 Supporting Obama's birth control plan
- 28 Alfred L. Marder 90th Birthday Celebration
- 29 Tribute to Communist Al Marder, in Congressional Record
- 30 Fred Ross award campaign
- 31 Lifting travel ban on Cuba
- 32 Congressional Letter for Neutrality, 2014 Salvadoran Elections
- 33 “When Women Succeed"
- 34 CLUW support
- 35 Staff
- 36 External links
- 37 References
DeLauro was first elected to Congress in 1990.
DeLauro has been the co-chair of the House Democratic Steering Committee since 2003, where she makes committee assignments. The representative from Connecticut’s 3rd Congressional District is the second-highest ranking woman in the U.S. House, after her friend Nancy Pelosi.
DeLauro is married to prominent Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg, who was President Bill Clinton’s chief pollster from 1991 to 1994 and worked for both Vice President Al Gore and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) during their presidential campaigns. Obama Chief of staff Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) once lived in DeLauro and Greenberg’s basement.
DeLauro was chief of staff for Chris Dodd during his first years in the Senate, and he named her national chairwoman for his 2008 presidential campaign. DeLauro also worked with the late Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) on Rep. John Larson’s (D-Conn.) run for House Democratic Caucus vice chair.
Lobbyist Dick Woodruff, the director of federal government relations for the American Cancer Society, was formerly her chief of staff, and consultant David Eichenbaum of Struble Eichenbaum worked as a staffer in her office. She is also close to Ellen Malcolm, founder of EMILY’s List, although Malcolm was disappointed by DeLauro’s decision to support Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary.
Rosa’s parents always stressed the importance of hard work, compassion for others, and a quality education. Her father, Ted, came to America when he was 13, speaking no English, but went on to serve as a New Haven Alderman whose hard work earned him the nickname “Mayor of Wooster Square.” Rosa’s mother, Luisa, was raised by Rosa’s grandmother, who was widowed with six children in 1918, and supported the family by running a pastry shop, Canestri’s, in New Haven’s Wooster Square. Despite these challenges, Luisa DeLauro became the longest-serving member of the New Haven Board of Aldermen, serving from 1965 to 1998.
DeLauro sits on the influential House Appropriations and Budget committees. She serves as chairwoman of the Agriculture-FDA Appropriations Subcommittee and as a member of the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education and Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations subcommittees.
In 1999, she was elected assistant to the Democratic leader by her colleagues, making her the second highest ranking Democratic woman in the House of Representatives. She was reelected to this position in 2000. She has served as co-chairwoman of the House Steering and Policy Committee since 2002.
DeLauro has earned degrees from Marymount College and Columbia University.
Prior to serving in Congress, DeLauro served for six years as chief of staff to Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd. She was executive director for Countdown ‘87 a national campaign to stop U.S. military aid to the Nicaraguan Contras. From 1989 to 1990 she served as executive director for EMILY’S List.
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 Rosa DeLauro in her successful House of Representatives run as candidate for Connecticut.
Sponsored Communist Party "Jobs Bill"
H.R. 950, the Job Creation and Infrastructure Restoration Act of 1997 was introduced in the 105th Congress on March 5, 1997 by Congressman Matthew Martinez of California. It had 33 original co-sponsors, including Rosa DeLauro. The primary purpose of this emergency federal jobs legislation was to provide much needed jobs at union wages to crisis ridden cities by putting the unemployed to work rebuilding our nation's infrastructure (schools, housing, hospitals, libraries, public transportation, highways, parks, environmental improvements, etc. $250 billion is authorized for emergency public works jobs over a five year period.
Congressman Martinez had previously introduced this bill in the last Congress (as HR 1591) at the the request of over 50 prominent Labor leaders who formed the Los Angeles Labor Coalition for Public Works Jobs, which is why it is often referred to as the "Martinez Public Works Jobs Bill."
- This is the most significant jobs legislation introduced in Congress since Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal established the Works Progress Administration (WPA). This bill is the WPA-type program for today. It has strong provisions which will put hundreds of thousands of unemployed building trades workers to work as well as provide jobs for victims of plant closures, welfare recipients who are parents, youth, and the long term unemployed. The public works projects which will be established under this bill will be built in communities with the highest levels of unemployment and with the greatest needs.
- The goal of the New York Coalition for Public Works Jobs is to build the movement to pass the Martinez Jobs bill as part of the National Labor Coalition for Public Works Jobs. You can help by asking your union, community organization, or local government body to to join those who have already passed resolutions to endorse the bill. Such a resolution has been introduced in the New York City Council. Calling on additional Congressional Representatives to co-sponsor the bill is very important. We will be organizing petition campaigns, visits to elected officials, and demonstrations and other actions for a public works jobs program.
Los Angeles , National Labor Coalition For Public Works Jobs
Chinese trade practices
At a press conference to protest job losses from China’s unfair trade advantages in front of the now-closed Winchester firearms plant in New Haven, Ct., CT. AFL-CIO President John Olsen, CT AFL-CIO Sec.-Treas. Lori Pelletier, Local 609 President John Reynolds, Craig Gauthier of Winchester Ad-Hoc Committee, GrowJobsCT Director John Harrity, former Winchester employees Kerry Dawson and Larry Edwards and John Bauman, president of the Organization for the Rights of American Workers.
Cheap imports from China carried a high price for 186 members at the iconic Winchester rifle facility after parent company US Repeating arms closed the New Haven plant on March 31, 2006.
Former Winchester workers spoke out at a Connecticut AFL-CIO rally in support of an unfair trade practices petition filed by the AFL-CIO to force the Bush Administration to take action against China’s violation of workers’ rights. Those violations, including slave-labor conditions and extensive use of child labor, give China an unfair competitive advantage and cost millions of North American jobs. Under the Trade Act of 1974, the U.S. has the ability to take action against China, but the Bush Administration has refused to do so.
“March 31 was a very sad day; 186 jobs, that’s 186 families,” Local 609 President and 40-year Winchester employee John Reynolds told the New Haven Register. “We are looking for our representatives in Washington D.C. to do something.”
U.S. Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) had recently introduced legislation to stem the tide of manufacturing jobs going overseas and has urged the Bush Administration to take tougher action.
"The closure of the Winchester plant was a blow to both the generations of workers who were the backbone of the plant as well as the surrounding community," DeLauro said. "Yet, the closure of this New Haven institution represents something much bigger — it is a symbol of the Bush Administration’s failed trade policies and its impact on families right here at home."
On May 24, 2007, Agenda for Shared Prosperity, a project of the Democratic Socialists of America-dominated Economic Policy Institute, sponsored an event entitled "Getting Real About Families". Speaking at the event were Rep. Rosa DeLauro, introduced by Lawrence Mishel, Heidi Hartmann, introduced by Harold Meyerson, and Janet Gornick.
NEXT AGENDA Conference
NEXT AGENDA was held at the National Press Club, Main Ballroom, Feb. 28,2001.
- At Feb. 28 Conference on NEXT AGENDA, progressive activists, Congressional leaders will unite to forge strategy for "working families" agenda -- the day after President Bush delivers his plans to joint session of Congress.
- -- Calling themselves the real "democratic majority," organizers and thinkers, led by the Campaign for America's Future, to release new book outlining an agenda for changes they insist most voters endorsed in 2000 elections.
- On Feb. 28, a national conference on the NEXT AGENDA, will bring together progressive activists, intellectuals and allies in the Congress for the first time since the disputed election and battles over President Bush's cabinet nominees. It will frame the next two year's debate.
- Sponsored by the progressive advocacy group, the Campaign for America's Future and its sister research organization, the Institute for America's Future, the Conference on the Next Progressive Agenda has been endorsed by a who's who of prominent leaders from the labor unions, women's organizations, civil rights groups, environmentalists and individual members of the House and Senate. Their goal: to forge a progressive movement to fight for the "working family" agenda they insist was endorsed by a majority of the voters in the 2000 election.
3:45 - 5:00 Bold Initiatives
Chair: Roger Hickey
- Cong. George Miller: Get Real on Education
- Bob Chase, President, NEA
- Cong. Luis Gutierrez: Living Wage/Minimum Wage
- Katie Fitzgerald, ACORN
- Cong. Rosa DeLauro: Pay Equity
- Karen Nussbaum, AFL-CIO Working Women's Department 
Take Back America Conferences
Rosa DeLauro was on the list of 237 speakers at the 2007 Take Back America conference, which was organized by the Institute for Policy Studies, and Democratic Socialists of America dominated Campaign for America's Future.
America's Future Now Conferences
Rosa DeLauro 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.
Labor Sec. contender
In December 2008, the Wall Street Journal reported that Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Professor Harley Shaiken had emerged as finalists for the job of Secretary of Labor. the job eventually went to Shaiken's American Rights at Work colleague Hilda Solis.
Congressional Progressive Caucus
DeLauro has been supported by EMILY's List during her campaigning.
Supported Inez Tenenbaum
Rosa DeLauro issued a statement supporting president Obama's June 2009 nomination of Inez Tenenbaum to chair Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Robert S. Adler as a new commissioner of the CPSC;
- Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (Conn. -3) issued the following statement on President Obama’s nominations on Inez Moore Tenenbaum to chair Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Robert S. Adler as a new commissioner of the CPSC, as well as his plans to strengthen the CPSC by expanding the panel from three commissioners to five.
- “I applaud the appointments of Inez Tenenbaum and Robert Adler to serve at the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Their experience and leadership on consumer protection issues will help the CPSC to implement fairly the important product safety law that was enacted last year. I look forward to working with them to restore the effectiveness of CPSC and ensure that American families are protected from unsafe toys and other potentially dangerous products.”
UE 71st convention, 2009
At UE's 71st convention in September 13, 2009, UE General President John Hovis introduced New Haven’s Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D), now in her 10th term. DeLauro expressed her appreciation for the opportunity to address the convention and acknowledged UE’s progressive leadership, as well as her “good friend” Ray Pompano. She said that she was “raised in the house of labor.” Her grandfather, an immigrant from Italy, worked at Sargent by day and made pastries by night, which her grandmother sold. When DeLauro was a child, her mother took her to see the garment sweatshop where she worked so that she would understand hard work and those who do it. When she first ran for office, the initial support she received was from the unions, and her philosophy is that, “you stay with the people that brought you to the dance.”
She spoke passionately about the need to pass the Employee Free Choice Act to make organizing easier, and summarized the findings of a recent UCLA study of wage theft and exploitation of immigrant workers. “This would not happen if people had union representation,” the congresswoman said.
She also described passage of healthcare reform as an urgent necessity, pointing out that Anthem Blue Cross recently raised its premiums in Connecticut by 32 percent. The Republicans have made it clear that their top priority is to block any healthcare reform, she said, with one GOP senator saying they need to make healthcare Obama’s “Waterloo.” She said it is important that a public option be part of the healthcare bill, to compete with the private insurers and hold down costs. “No American should go broke just because they got sick.” [UE 71st Convention] Rep. Rosa DeLauro
DeLauro also spoke about the continuing fight for equal pay for women. Delegates applauded when she mentioned that she had voted against Bush’s invasion of Iraq, and she called for bringing the troops home by June 30. She also expressed her skepticism about the war in Afghanistan.
She closed by calling for organized labor to once again become “a force to be reckoned with” as in the 1930s, and thanked the delegates “for what you do.”
Helped Missouri Communist Party supporter
“The delay in treatment and diagnosis was the result of my inadequate medical coverage,” Ms. Shouse said matter-of-factly.
After starting her third round of chemotherapy, Ms. Shouse’s insurance company, WellPoint, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, informed her that it would not continue to cover her latest treatment. It was, Ms. Shouse said, “A case of monopoly bureaucrats coming between a patient and her doctor.”
Medicare and Medicaid, which Ms. Shouse called great public programs, began paying half of the cost of her treatments. But Ms. Shouse was disappointed that in receive services, she had to be deemed completely disabled. It was another reason she championed health-care reform.
She also spoke to individuals, like U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., a vocal proponent of health-care reform legislation and a long-term survivor of ovarian cancer. Rep. DeLauro intervened with WellPoint on Ms. Shouse’s behalf, continuing her efforts to get treatments approved for Ms. Shouse through February 2010.
At the Connecticut AFL-CIO convention June 23, 2008, state AFL-CIO President John Olsen, calling on everyone to go out and organize. “We got the House and Senate back in 2006 and now we have to get the presidency back so we can win the Employee Free Choice Act, universal health care and an energy policy like the Apollo plan.”
Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd was warmly welcomed by the delegates. Decrying the disparities in America, he lauded the labor movement for hard fought battles for workers’ gains “not given benevolently by corporate America,” and passionately called for an all-out push to elect Barack Obama on Nov. 4.
Saying he hopes the Employee Free Choice Act will be the first bill on the new president’s desk, Dodd emphasized that “this election will determine what kind of country, what kind of world, we leave to our children and grandchildren … We can’t afford four more years of Bush.”
The convention unanimously adopted a resolution reaffirming opposition to the war by national and state labor bodies, and asserting that Obama “shares labor’s opposition … while John McCain supports the war and President Bush’s military policy.”
The resolution urges unions to inform their members “of McCain’s pro-war position and how it is directly related to his anti-union economic policies; and how the continuation of the war is fueling the current economic crisis.”
Bill Shortell, representing the Machinists Union and the Bristol Labor Council, recalled asking, when the war began, “Is this an issue for us?” to which his buddy replied, “Who’s going to speak for me if the union doesn’t speak for me?” Shortell called on the delegates to “take a strong position and back candidates committed to get us out of Iraq and end this bloodshed as soon as possible.”
A heated debate took place over the endorsement of Jim Himes, a pro-labor, antiwar Democrat challenging incumbent Republican Chris Shays (4th Congressional District), a leading proponent of Bush’s Iraq war policies. Shays was the only representative from Connecticut to vote for additional funding of the war last month. He had angered the endorsement committee during an interview in which he objected to a question on the war, saying, “Why are you asking me about that? That’s not a labor issue.”
AFSCME delegate Blair Bertaccini got a round of applause when he called on the convention to “support candidates who support us as a class, as workers, not just one particular sector. Otherwise we will keep losing numbers and become irrelevant.” Himes won the endorsement overwhelmingly.
The convention also committed to help Democratic Reps. Chris Murphy (5th CD) and Joe Courtney (2nd CD) return to Congress. They both defeated Republicans in 2006 and have been targeted by the Republican National Committee for smear attacks.
Speaking to delegates from the 3rd CD, which she represents, Rep. Rosa DeLauro thanked the labor movement for enabling her to win by large majorities. “With big margins I can take on the strong fights, which those with small margins many not feel free to do,” she said, referring to the vote against further funds for the war.
Delegates signed up for the Labor 2008 program, including speaking to members in their workplace and at home. Signatures were collected on postcards for the Employee Free Choice Act which will be presented to the new president in January.
A moment of silence honored prominent union leaders who recently died, including Merrillee Milstein, former District 1199 vice president and then deputy regional director of the AFL-CIO, known for her dedication and commitment to organizing and building diversity within the labor movement.
The convention adopted a strategic plan for the elections and legislative and organizing goals. A Diversity Dialogue will be held Sept. 20 with the aim of developing new union leaders. AFL-CIO representative Barbara Nicole Holtz urged delegates to attend, projecting the conference as a model for other states.
Honoring Communist Party supporter
He waited nearly 60 years to receive the combat medals he won in Korea. But the "love and accolades of area Latino leaders for Celestino Cordova as the man on whose shoulders they stand meant every bit as much as the overdue honor from his days with a Puerto Rican combat unit."
Admirers gathered at the Fair Haven Elderly Apartments community room on Saltonstall Avenue in June 2010 to witness U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro pin on 81-year old Cordova the combat infantry badge, sharp shooter badge and several others.
Cordova earned these honors during service, including hand-to-hand combat, with a reconnaissance unit within the fabled Borinqueneers of the all-Puerto Rican 65th U.S. Army Regiment during the Korean War.
Cordova is a known supporter of the Communist Party USA.
Guest of honor at communist run function
The genius of the Social Security system is that it ties generations together," emphasized Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) at the August 2010, kickoff event for Social Security's 75th birthday held at the Communist Party USA run New Haven People's Center by the Connecticut Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA). "I pay in for my mother during my working life, and in the future my children will pay in for me," she said, adding that it will never become insolvent.
Addressing a packed room decorated with balloons and a birthday cake, DeLauro decried attempts to privatize or limit Social Security, citing the fact that millions of seniors, disabled and children would fall into poverty without this program.
Communist Party supporter Celestino Cordova, a Fair Haven resident who works with seniors, presented DeLauro with postcards filled out earlier in the program by the 70 participants who ranged in age from 9 to 89, calling on Congress to reject any proposals to raise the retirement age or cut benefits. The postcard campaign and birthday parties will continue through the month of September.
Mary Elia, ARA field staff in Connecticut, gave a PowerPoint presentation with the hard facts about Social Security showing that it is not bankrupt as opponents have claimed, but has a surplus that will last until 2037.
Speaking on behalf of the 53,000-member Connecticut ARA, Cal Bunnell, a retired steelworker, stressed that Social Security is essential for those who have worked hard all their lives to maintain a decent standard of living with dignity.
"There is a big debate going on in our country about what role government should play," said Joelle Fishman a board member of both ARA and the Peoples Center. "Those who want to do away with Social Security want to do away with any role of government for the well-being of people except to protect the corporations and the super rich," she said, urging a large turnout in the November elections.
The event was the first of two co-sponsored by the Connecticut Alliance of Retired Americans, with another event scheduled at the West Hartford Senior Center on August 18.
The Peoples Center was founded in 1937, two years after the enactment of Social Security, by those who marched and organized for Social Security, unemployment compensation and the right to form unions.
Embracing communist leader
According to the August 12, 2010 New Haven Register;
- Joelle Fishman of New Haven, chair of the Communist Party USA's political action commission, second from left, greets Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, left, before DeLauro speaks at the People's Center in New Haven as local groups gather there together to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Social Security.
Joelle Fishman's role in the Communist Party USA's Political Action Commission gives her responsibility for organizing party support for "progressive" Democratic Party candidates at the state, congressional, senate and presidential level.
Legislation, H. Res. (House Resolution) 68, calling for the U.S. to abide by the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty is co-sponsored by CT Congressmember Rosa DeLauro.
Trip to Cuba
From May 27 to June 1 2007, Rosa DeLauro travelled in Havana, Cuba, with the purpose: "to examine the transition that is occurring in Cuba and the impact of that transition on U.S. policy, as well as to examine agriculture and trade with the island." The cost of the trip, $1,906.50 was paid by the Center for Democracy in the Americas. Her trip was approved by Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Chairwoman of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. Also invited on the trip were: Marion Berry, Bob Etheridge, Rodney Alexander, Collin Peterson, Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, Jack Kingston, Jesse Jackson, Jr., Ray LaHood and Zach Wamp.
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. Rosa DeLauro joined some time afterwards, and became Whip, and vice chair.
Mobilization to End Poverty speakers
The following were speakers at the conference:
- Rachel Anderson, Boston Faith and Justice Network
- Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink
- Rep. Rosa DeLauro, United States House, of Representatives
- Dave Donaldson, Convoy of Hope
- Joel Edwards, Micah Challenge
- Alexia Kelley, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good
- Rep. John Lewis, U.S. House of Representatives
- Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie, African Methodist Episcopal Church
- Brian McLaren
- Wes Granberg Michaelson, Reformed Church in America
- Donald Miller
- David Lane, ONE
- Tony Hall, Former ambassador and member of Congress
- Bishop Mark Hanson, ELCA Churchwide Organization
- Dr.Vincent Harding
- Lisa Sharon Harper, New York Faith and Justice
- Freddy Haynes, Friendship West Baptist Church
- Zina Jacque
- Rev. Ellen Nissenbaum, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
- Jeffrey Sachs, The Earth Institute at Columbia Univeristy
- Tavis Smiley, The Tavis Smiley Show
- Richard Stearns, World Vision
- Alexie Torres-Fleming
- Sharon Watkins, Disciples of Christ
- Jim Wallis, Sojourners
President Barack Obama was also invited to give a major address on poverty at the conference.
On August 8, 2011, "Third District voters gave U.S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro a simple message to bring back to Washington: It’s all about jobs".
Connecticut AFL-CIO, faith-based groups, community leaders and organizations in the We Are One coalition coordinated a roundtable discussion Monday with DeLauro, of New Haven, at the Second Star of Jacob church on Chapel Street.
“I have three to four months of unemployment benefits left, and actually, no prospect for a job,” said Alexandra Ferreira, a college-educated mother of an 8-year-old boy. “People need to work so they can take care of themselves, their families, their communities. Until more jobs are available, people need to have access to government assistance, that should include health care.”
DeLauro said she is sponsoring legislation that would make it illegal for employers to advertise that long-term unemployed people should not apply for an open position and a bill to boost economic development, infrastructure maintenance and improvements and create jobs.
She sponsored the Manufacturing Reinvestment Act, which allows companies to save up to $500,000 a year in pretax contributions in a community bank for up to seven years. The funds would be taxed at a low rate and could be used to buy equipment, improve facilities or for job training.
“I got the idea from the New Haven Manufacturers Association,” DeLauro said.
Joe Guerrera, community and government relations director for the International Union of Operating Engineers and an unemployed construction worker, spoke in favor of generating construction jobs in the state, not just talking about it.
DeLauro said that even though the stimulus package created millions of jobs, she does not believe it was large enough.
Inez Bell, a recent high school graduate, and a supporter of the Young Communist League USA and Brian Boorman, a teacher and member of the Middletown Federation of Teachers, both said the government should invest more, not less, in education and helping students who want to pursue higher education but do not have the financial means.
Supporting Obama's birth control plan
Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and three other congresswomen attended a special news conference Feb. 8, 2012, reacting to Republican Speaker John Boehner's attack on the Obama administration's birth control policy.
Boehner vowed to overturn the policy, complaining that it was a violation of religious freedom because its coverage includes schools and hospitals with religious affiliation. Other Republicans saw this as a political opening, and argued that this was a sensitive issue of "religious liberty."
Schakowsky, along with Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Lois Capps, D-Calif., and Gwen Moore, D-Wis., said at the press conference they supported the president's policy, explaining that it strikes a balance between religious and individual freedom.
Schakowsky said the policy exempts churches from providing birth control benefits for their workers.
As for religiously-connected hospitals and schools, she explained, "If they want to be part of the business world, then they have to follow the same rules as other businesses."
Capps and DeLauro outlined some of the benefits of the birth control decision, noting that it was based on scientific evidence, decreased infant mortality and unintended pregnancy, and would reduce the long-standing gender discrimination issues that women in health care face.
"The idea that birth control could be controversial in 2012 is outrageous," Schakowsky remarked. "Women's health care should not depend on who the boss is." Furthermore, she predicts a backlash among women if Republicans continue to attack this policy.
"It would be at their peril if they try to undo this," she concluded.
Alfred L. Marder 90th Birthday Celebration
Hon. Rosa DeLauro, Sen. Toni Harp, Sen. Martin Looney, Rep. Juan Candelaria, Rep. Patricia Dillon, Rep. Toni Edmonds Walker, Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield, Rep. Roland Lemar, Ald. Jorge Perez, President, New Haven Board of Aldermen, Ambassador Sylvester Rowe, Mohammed Barrie, Vinie Burrows, Mary Compton, Joelle Fishman, Craig Gauthier, Emanuel Gomez, Hilda Kilpatrick, Henry Lowendorf, Kenneth Marder, Rev. Scott Marks, William Morico, John Olsen, Quentin Snediker, Jarvis Tyner, Andrea van den Heever, Susan Yolen
A statement issued on the committee's behalf read;
- Dear Friends and Family of Al Marder,
- We are excited to invite you to celebrate the 90th birthday of Al Marder and to recognize his many contributions, international and local, toward world peace, justice and equality.
- Please join us in this joyous occasion on Sunday, March 18, at 3:00 pm at the New Haven Peoples Center, 37 Howe Street, New Haven, Connecticut 06511.
- The afternoon will include remarks, greetings, cultural expressions, and refreshments.
- Among Al's many projects, there is one he selected for support on this occasion. The New Haven Peoples Center is a site on the African American Freedom Trail in Connecticut. It provides social, cultural and educational opportunities for the community. From his youth, Al has taken part in the activities of the Peoples Center, where today he serves as president.
- The Peoples Center, built in 1851, urgently needs costly exterior brick work and energy efficiency updating. Al has been kind enough to allow us this celebration opportunity to raise matching funds toward grant requests to attend to these needs. In lieu of gifts, donations may be made to PERA, 37 Howe Street, New Haven, CT 06511.
- If you cannot attend, greetings may be sent to the Peoples Center for inclusion in a special booklet.
Tribute to Communist Al Marder, in Congressional Record
- Ms. DELAURO. Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure for me to rise today to join the many friends, family, and community leaders who have gathered to celebrate the outstanding contributions of Alfred L. Marder as he celebrates his 90th birthday. Al is one of our community’s most active advocates—dedicating much of his life to fighting for social justice and the improvement of the quality of life for all.
- Al Marder is an institution in our community. He is perhaps best known for his work to promote peace, social justice, worker’s rights and equality. His commitment to these issues is unwavering—regardless of controversy, he always stands firm in his fight to protect human rights.
- Over the course of his 90 years, Al has made innumerable contributions to our community and our nation. In his early years, Al served as Executive Director of the Connecticut CIO Youth and Sports Organization and was President of the New Haven Youth Conference. He served in the United States Infantry during World War II and was stationed in the European Theater where he received the Bronze Star.
- Following the war, Al completedhis college education at the University of Connecticut and soon found a passion that he would pursue for the rest of his life. During the McCarthy era, Al was one of those singled out for proudly sharing his thoughts and ideas. Standing firm in his support of civil liberties and the right of every American to freely express themselves, Al discovered his passion for civil and workers rights—two issues to which he has dedicated a lifetime of advocacy...
- I am honored to have this opportunity to join all of those gathered today in wishing Alfred L. Marder a very happy 90th birthday. At 90- years young, Al continues his work on behalf of those whose voices are too often silenced....
Fred Ross award campaign
In early 2013, mainly Democratic Socialists of America aligned activists, together with many elected officials across the United States came together to urge President Barack Obama to award posthumously the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the legendary organizer, Fred Ross, Sr.. The Saul Alinsky trained radical was the first to organize people through house meetings, a mentor to both Cesar Chavez and DSAer Dolores Huerta, and a pioneer in Latino voter outreach since 1949 when he helped elect Communist Party USA affiliate Ed Roybal as Los Angeles’s first Latino council member, "Ross’ influence on social change movements remains strong two decades after his death in 1992".
Congressional endorsers of the proposal included Rosa DeLauro.
Lifting travel ban on Cuba
- 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. DeLauro .
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. DeLauro..
“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.
Delegates to the 17th Coalition of Labor Union Women Biennial Convention, November 15th, 2013 in Reno, Nevada, endorsed the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act), sponsored by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, which would create a national paid family and medical leave insurance program to ensure people have much-needed income when family and medical needs arise.
The following have worked as staff members for Rosa DeLauro:
- Talia C. Aikens
- Elizabeth Albertine (Liz)
- Jeffrey M. Alexander
- Eric D. Anthony
- Arthur Barent
- Tiavalya Jefferson Befecadu
- Portia Bias
- James C. Bohan
- Jeffrey Bombard
- John Kevin Brennan
- Kimberly S. Bright
- Hayden M. Brockett
- Katie Burke
- Melinda Rose Cep
- Marilyn C. Cheyne
- Alfred L. Ciaburro
- Tasha Y. Coleman
- Daniel R. Corsetti
- William J. Cunningham
- Katherine M. Cyrul
- Kenneth A. (Ken) Dagliere
- Sarah Dash
- Marla Davis
- Jill Deloma
- Allison L. Dodge
- Katherine Elbert Enos
- Joshua P. Farrelman
- Perez Fernanco
- Christopher Fitzgerald
- Kirk W. Freeman
- Amanda M. Freund
- John Patrick Gerken
- Herbert V. Giobbi
- Leah H. Gurowitz
- Julie M. Hackett
- Francine Harris
- William J. Jr. Heinrichs
- Catherine Iarusso
- Jacqueline Jordan
- Kimberly A. Junior
- Jason M. Kanter
- Joshua David Kaye
- Jennifer Cosenza Lamb
- Craig A. LaVazza
- Heather A. Legge
- Asa L. Lopatin
- Robert S. Lott
- Andrew Luxen
- Louis Mangini
- Andrea Maresca
- Leticia Mederos
- Nancy I. Mulry
- Kevin C. Murphy
- Brigid O'Brien
- Averi E. Pakulis
- Gregory James Jr.
- Caryn J. Peralta Luneau
- Maura Policelli
- Joseph P. Redente
- Kaelan E. Richards
- Brian E. Ronholm
- Mara R. Saccente
- Rebecca Salay
- Maria Sanchez
- Nicholas J. Savaria
- John Sawyer
- Elyse Mara Schoenfeld
- Lesley Sillaman
- Michael Skonieczny
- Todd B. Sloves
- Michael I. Sohn
- Adriana Rae Surfas
- Erika A. Swanson
- Tara E. Thaggard
- Ashley Westbrook Turton
- Sarah K. Walkling
- Matthew J. Weiner
- Stanley H. Welch
- Damon Wells
- Elizabeth Ashley Westbrook
- Meghan A. Whealan
- Caren A. Wilcox
- James Wise
- Richard P. Woodruff
- Daniel L. Zeitlin
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