- 1 Populist Caucus
- 2 Voted against cutting funding for ACORN
- 3 Parke Skelton support
- 4 Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
- 5 2012 election
- 6 PDA contact
- 7 Congressional Letter for Neutrality, 2014 Salvadoran Elections
- 8 ARA meeting
- 9 ARA endorsement
- 10 Congressional Progressive Caucus
- 11 Philippines connections
- 12 DSA pressure on Yemen Bill
- 13 Korean connections
- 14 External links
- 15 References
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. Brad Sherman joined some time afterwards.
Voted against cutting funding for ACORN
In September 2009, following the lead of their Senate colleagues, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to cut off funds to ACORN. the vote was 345-75. All of the 75 were Democrats, and included Brad Sherman. 
Parke Skelton support
Parke Skelton is one of California’s preeminent political campaign consultants. His firm, SG&A Campaigns, has run campaigns for scores of progressive Democratic candidates including Controller John Chiang, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Congressmembers Karen Bass, Julia Brownley, Judy Chu, Alan Lowenthal, Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman and Hilda Solis, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and District Attorney Jackie Lacey.
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
In the 2012 election to Congress, Sherman faced fellow incumbent Howard Berman in the general election. The incumbent battle was the result of prior redistricting maps. Their race was characterized by intense campaigning and large sums of outside money.
Sherman defeated Berman by more than 20 points in the election.
In 2013 Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and Senator, Russell Greene, was assigned as the contact for Rep. Sherman. In June it was Michael Goldman.
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. Brad Sherman..
Congressional Progressive Caucus
Shortly after the 2018 election Brad Sherman joined the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Hearing on the Philippines
Malaya Movement July 19, 2019 ·
Filipino-Americans, Advocates Welcome Announcement of US Congressional Hearing Examining Human Rights Situation in the Philippines.
Joint Statement of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines-U.S. and the Malaya Movement.
On Thursday July 18, Congressman Brad Sherman, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation announced the committee will hold a hearing featuring the Philippines on Thursday, July 25th. The hearing will cover three other countries in Southeast Asia in addition to the Philippines-- Vietnam, Cambodia, and Rohingya.
The announcement of the hearing comes a week after the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution calling for a comprehensive investigation into the human rights situation in the Philippines. Since his election in 2016 and the most recent midterm election this past May, which was wrought with massive cheating and fraud to ensure Duterte candidates control the Philippine Senate, Duterte’s near 30,000 killings have earned the attention of international and governmental bodies including the UN, International Criminal Court, and now members of Congress.
Along with Duterte’s infamous war on drugs, Duterte’s regime has committed widespread attacks against human rights defenders, trade unionists, women, church people, farmers and indigenous people -- Duterte’ repression is nationwide. Recent examples include the murder of a three year old Myca Ulpina, in a police drug operation, the massacre of 14 farmers in Negros in a joint operation between military and police, and the recent government shut down of 55 schools serving indigenous children in the hinterlands.
“The Philippines can feel so far from the San Fernando Valley, but when friends and family become victims of Duterte’s human rights abuses, it hits close to home,” said Dominico Vega, member of Malaya Movement in Southern California and a constituent of Representative Sherman. Vega’s close friends, two Filipino Long Beach-based journalists, Eric Tandoc and Hiyas Saturay, experienced Duterte’s repression directly when arrested while filming a workers strike in the Philippines.
Vega is one of many Filipinos in the Malaya movement who have been drawing congressional attention to human rights violations under the Duterte administration and advocating for a hearing alongside advocacy groups such as the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines, the Ecumenical Advocacy Network on the Philippines, and Amnesty International. In April, over 400 rights advocates gathered in Washington D.C. and lobbied 100 offices to call for a congressional hearing, restrictions on aid to the Philippine military and police, and support for House Resolution 233 and Senate Resolution 142 to free Amnesty International prisoner of conscience Senator Leila de Lima, an outspoken critic of Philippine President Duterte.
“We applaud Congressman Brad Sherman for initiating a hearing that will cover the human rights situation in the Philippines. As people in the United States who advocate for peace and justice here, in the Philippines, and around the world, we oppose any form of aid that supports Duterte’s attacks on the people in the Philippines,” said Pam Tau Lee, Chairperson of ICHRP-US.
Brandon Lee connection
ICHRP US International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines is with Tinay Palabay, Malaya Movement, Ann Wagner, Brad Sherman, August 8 2019·
The attacks in the Philippines, most recently against Brandon Lee, continue despite the advocacy of Congressman Brad Sherman and all those who have worked for congressional action on the human rights situation in the Philippines. We uphold our call: End U.S. Support of the Duterte Regime!
Meeting with ICHRP
ICHRP US International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines· July 3 2019·
Thank you, Congressman Brad Sherman!
Whereas extrajudicial killings perpetrated by the Government of the Philippines as part of a Government-directed antidrug campaign present the foremost human rights challenge in the Philippines;
Whereas the Department of State’s 2017 Human Rights Report notes numerous human rights concerns, including the persecution of human rights defenders and the detention of political prisoners in the Philippines, stating, “The most significant human rights issues included: killings by security forces, vigilantes and others allegedly connected to the government, and by insurgents; torture and abuse of prisoners and detainees by security forces; often harsh and life threatening prison conditions; warrantless arrests by security forces and cases of apparent government disregard for legal rights and due process; political prisoners; killings of and threats against journalists; official corruption and abuse of power; threats of violence against human rights activists; violence against women; and forced labor.”;
Sponsor: Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA-14].
- Rep. James McGovern, [D-MA-2]
- Rep. Hank Johnson [D-GA-4]
- Rep. Jamie Raskin [D-MD-8]
- Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA-30]
- Rep. Lloyd Doggett [D-TX-35]
- Rep. Dean Phillips [D-MN-3]
DSA pressure on Yemen Bill
IE DSA - Inland Empire Democratic Socialists of America July 8 2019.
URGENT: Tomorrow, Tuesday 7/9, the House Rules Committee will consider whether to allow a floor vote on Rep. Ro Khanna's legislation to end US participation in the Saudi-led war in Yemen (Amendment 339 to the National Defense Authorization Act.) The DSA International Committee urges members to call their reps in support.
The Congressional switchboard is 202-225-3121. You can say something like:
“I urge you to co-sponsor, speak out for and vote for the Khanna-Schiff amendment to end all U.S. participation in the Saudi-UAE war in Yemen. Yemeni kids' lives are hanging on your vote.”
Key Congress members — If your Rep is on this list, please contact them immediately and urge them to cosponsor Amendment 339:
Pelosi, Hoyer, Engel, Smith, Lieu, Nadler, Lowey, Jim Himes, Ted Deutch, Brad Sherman, Meeks, Bass, Connolly, Susan Davis, Jim McGovern, Langevin, Moulton, Gallego, Houlahan, Cicilline, Slotkin, Mikie Sherrill, Luria, Spanberger, Wild, Malinowski.
Brad Sherman, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, on November 16, 2020 told lawmakers of South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party (DP) that the Joe Biden administration is expected to take “realistic measures” toward the denuclearization of North Korea after next spring.
DP Rep. Song Young-gil, the head of a task force on Korean Peninsula issues, is leading a three-member DP delegation on a six-day trip to Washington this week to meet with U.S. officials as well as congressmen and policy experts close to Biden.
“In order for the denuclearization of North Korea, currently facing a triple handicap, prompt humanitarian aid, the easing of sanctions on the condition of a snapback clause and a phased solution is the only realistic solution,” Song's office quoted him as telling Rep. Sherman of California, during the talks at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington.
Sherman was quoted by Song’s office as replying that it is important to prevent a provocation by North Korea in the first 100 days of the new U.S. administration.
The Biden administration will “boldly take realistic measures to progress North Korea’s denuclearization after spring next year,” he was quoted as saying.
He also conveyed that he would like to see North-U.S. parliamentary talks, if Pyongyang consents, as the two sides discussed realistic ways to revive denuclearization negotiations.
Sherman has publicly supported the continuation of the denuclearization of North Korea over the years, and in a recent Korean American Public Action Committee (KAPAC) forum said that he backed a declaration to end the 1950-53 Korean War as well as the installation of a Pyongyang-Washington liaison office.
The DP lawmakers also met with Rep. Andy Kim, a Democrat of New Jersey, who was recently re-elected to a second term. The Korean-American congressman previously served in the U.S. State Department and as a National Security Council official under the Barack Obama administration.
Kim likewise relayed to the lawmakers that he would gladly convey any message to President-elect Joe Biden, according to Song’s office, indicating he is willing to play a liaison role between the Blue House and White House.
The Korean Peninsula task force has been using parliamentary diplomacy to reach out to figures close to President-elect Biden on the heels of the U.S. election earlier this month. They have stressed the importance of continuing denuclearization negotiations with North Korea to enable permanent peace on the peninsula.
KAPAC 2020 Korea Peace Forum
Korean Parliamentary delegation
Congressman Brad Sherman May 22, 2019 ·
I met with members of the South Korean National Assembly yesterday, including Sye-kyun Chung, Byoung Gug Choung, Jin-Pyo Kim, Woo-Taik Chung, and Soo-Hyuck Lee. We discussed strategies for reducing the nuclear threat from North Korea, making sure South Korea (KEPCO) does not help Saudi Arabia build nuclear weapons and the need for family reunification visits between Korean-Americans and family members in North Korea.
Supporting an End to the Korean War
July 2019 WASHINGTON - Today, a coalition of five organizations is celebrating the passage of Amendment 217 in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. The historic vote represents the first time that Congress has taken a stand on the need to end the nearly 70-year-old Korean War.
This amendment, led by Representatives Khanna and Sherman, recognizes that diplomacy is essential for navigating a realistic path forward on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, and that a formal end to the Korean War plays a critical role toward that goal
“This vote is a game changer,” said Christine Ahn, Executive Director of Women Cross DMZ. “It’s a clear sign that the American people want an end to the oldest U.S. conflict, and that ending decades of hostilities with a peace agreement is the only way to resolve the nuclear crisis.”
“A peace agreement to end the Korean War offers a clear path, if not the only path, for real progress towards the goal of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula,” said Paul Kawika Martin, senior director for policy and political affairs at Peace Action.
“Diplomacy is the only way to achieve peace on the Korean peninsula and begin the process of phasing out North Korea’s nuclear weapons program,” said Win Without War Advocacy Director Erica Fein.
“We applaud the passage of this historic vote, which recognizes that ending the Korean War is essential for addressing the challenge of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. It is clearly in the national security interests of the United States and our South Korean ally to expand diplomacy and pursue a changed relationship with North Korea,” said Ploughshares Fund’s Senior Program Officer John Carl Baker and Roger Hale Fellow Catherine Killough.
“The Korean War is often called the “Forgotten War” in the US, but it is a daily reality for the Korean people. This vote is a commendable step by Congress to address the root causes of conflict and end a 70-year-old war; a step that certainly moves us along the right path toward a more peaceful, prosperous Korean Peninsula,” said Daniel Jasper, the Asia Advocacy Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee.
Rep. Brad Sherman April 26, 2019.
Today, the President of KAPAC, Casey Choi, and the Executive Director of the Korean American Forum of California, Phyllis Kim, met with me and my foreign affairs advisor, John Brodtke, to discuss recent developments in the peace process on the Korean Peninsula. #KAPAC
North Korea resolution
As of Oct. 23, 2020 the number of US congressmen who support a resolution calling for the official end of the Korean War and the adoption of a peace treaty with North Korea increased to 51. Al Green, a Democrat from Texas, and Katie Porter, a Democrat from California, became the 50th and 51st members of congress to sign the resolution.
Brad Sherman, a Democrat from California; Joaquin Castro, a Democrat from Texas; and Gregory Meeks, a Democrat from New York, the nominees for the next chair of the US Committee on Foreign Affairs, have all voiced support for the resolution. That makes it more likely that the resolution will be a major agenda item for the committee, no matter which of the three ends up as its chair.
“While North Korea and the US aren’t currently engaged in dialogue, this kind of progress speaks volumes. It’s notable that more and more people want North Korea-US issues to be tackled through peace and diplomacy rather than through tension and pressure,” said Hyun Lee, US national organizer for Women Cross DMZ.
- Pop Caucus, Bruce Braley website, accessed Jan.15, 2013
- [http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/09/the_75_democrats_who_are_prose.html American Thinker, September 18, 2009 The 75 Democrats who are pro-sex slave ACORN defenders By Ethel C. Fenig]
- Liberty Hill Blog news, March 11, 2013 April 23 Liberty Hill Awards Alex Gansa & Howard Gordon, Alison Morgan & Parke Skelton, and Charles F. Johnson
- Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus website, accessed May 1, 2013
- Politico "Brad Sherman-Howard Berman fallout continues in Calif. delegation," November 16, 2012
- PDA May 2013 Educate Congress Digest Letter drops (191 in total – 105 in April )
- CISPES press release, Press Statement: 51 Members of Congress Call for US Neutrality in Salvadoran Elections December 16, 2013
- [ https://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/2020/11/17/national/diplomacy/Brad-Sherman-House-of-Representatives-task-force/20201117191700399.html]
- [https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2019/07/11/coalition-national-organizations-celebrates-historic-vote-congress-supporting Common Dreams Thursday, July 11, 2019 Organization Profile: Women Cross DMZ Coalition of National Organizations Celebrates Historic Vote in Congress Supporting an End to the Korean War]