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Christopher Andrew "Chris" Coons (born September 9, 1963), is an American lawyer and Democrat from Wilmington, Delaware. He lives in Wilmington with his wife, Annie Lingenfelter and their three children, Michael, Jack and Maggie.

He is the County Executive of New Castle County. On February 3, 2010, he announced his candidacy for the Senate seat vacated by then Vice President-elect Joe Biden and is currently running against the Tea Party/Republican candidate - Christine O'Donnell.[1]

ActBlue

ActBlue is the primary donor to date for Coons' 2010 Senate bid. ActBlue is a progressive Political Action Committee that collects funds intended for Democratic Party candidates. It claims to be the nation's largest source of funds for Democrats.

You can find a web page at ActBlue dedicated to Chris Coons. Through ActBlue, you can see the identity of a number of Coons' supporters:

If we've learned anything this year, it's that we're locked in a long-term struggle to retake our nation from regressive corporate interests and Glenn Beck-loving teabaggers. We need to remain engaged, fighting back those reactionary forces.
Delaware Tea Partier Christine O’Donnell’s political beliefs and moral values are at odds with not only national progressives – but also the majority of Delaware voters.
In order to overcome the big, well-funded corporate lobbyists and get America working for ordinary Americans again, we need Senators working alongside me who will put America's families first.
I’ve chosen six progressive candidates in tough races who aren’t afraid to stand up to the big Wall Street banks and the corporate machine. I hope you'll support them.

By the way, those six Progressives are comprised of: Chris Coons - Delawre, Patty Murray - Washington, Paul Hodes - New Hampshire, Barbara Boxer - California, Jack Conway - Kentucky and Russ Feingold - Wisconsin.

AFL-CIO

The AFL-CIO is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] One of "The Coons 12," see more under “One Nation Working Together” Rally concerning the AFL-CIO. The AFL-CIO backed this rally and has ties to revolutionary radicals including the Communist Party USA, ANSWER, Color of Change - Van Jones, DSA and a host of other Marxist and Socialist groups.

The money has been flying back and forth between the AFL-CIO and Coons. Coons gave a $50,000 reception for the AFL-CIO.[3]

The American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is the US's largest labor union federation and is closely aligned with Democratic Socialists of America - DSA.

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees is a union for public service employees with 1.6 million registered members. AFSCME members include nurses, corrections officers, child care providers, EMTs and sanitation workers.

One of "The Coons 12," see more under “One Nation Working Together” Rally concerning the AFSCME. They promote social justice and workplace justice. They are affiliated with the AFL-CIO.

American Nurses Association

The American Nurses Association is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2]

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the only full-service professional organization representing the interests of the nation's 3.1 million registered nurses through its constituent member nurses associations, its organizational affiliates and its workforce advocacy affiliate, the Center for American Nurses. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the rights of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.[4]

American Postal Workers Union

The American Postal Workers Union is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] They have also contributed substantially to his campaign with funds.

The American Postal Workers Union is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. It is the world's largest postal union, representing more than 330,000 U.S. Postal Service employees and retirees and nearly 2,000 private-sector mail workers.

Citizens for Global Solutions

Citizens for Global Solutions is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] Citizens for Global Solutions envisions a future in which nations work together to abolish war, protect our rights and freedoms and solve the problems facing humanity that no nation can solve alone. This vision requires effective democratic global institutions that will apply the rule of law while respecting the diversity and autonomy of national and local communities.[5]

Candidate Questionnaire: 2010:[6]

The U.S. Role in the World

1. Within the last decade, the U.S. role in the geopolitical landscape has shifted away from being seen as a constructive leader. What role do you believe the U.S. should play in the world today?

The past 14 months of President Barack Obama’s administration have marked significant progress towards restoring the U.S. role as a constructive leader. By bringing soft power and multilateralism back into our diplomatic toolbox, President Obama has been able to markedly shift the perception of the U.S. abroad. I believe that our nation is best served by a robust, engaged foreign policy, based in diplomacy and strategic partnerships with other nations. We need a well-trained, sophisticated national security and intelligence capability, and policies and practices that recognize the link between our security and development, fair trade, and human rights.

2. Under what circumstances would you authorize the President to take military action? When do you believe it is appropriate for the U.S. to withdraw its forces from Iraq and from the NATO-led forces in Afghanistan?

I believe that the United Nations Charter prohibition on the use of force, as set out in Article 2 (4) is appropriate, but in concert with the exception of Article 51, which allows for a sovereign nation’s self defense when attacked. Additionally, in my view, customary international law plays an important role here. By using the imminent threat test that allows for a pre-emptive use of force if and when there is an imminent threat, we best preserve our ability to defend our country and its people. I support withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq as soon as practicable, ideally along the time line proposed by President Obama, but we may need an ongoing presence to protect the U.S. against terrorists and to ensure a stable transition to democracy in Iraq. Any ongoing presence should be as small as tactically possible and work with local authorities.

United Nations

3. Do you support the full and timely payment by the U.S. of its funding obligations to the U.N. and its special fund for peacekeeping operations? Will you vote to oppose legislation that withholds or conditions the payments of dues by the U.S. to the U.N.?

Yes

4. Will you support providing the necessary personnel, logistical support and equipment to those U.N. peacekeeping operations approved by the U.N. Security Council?

Yes

International Criminal Court

5. Will you support greater U.S. cooperation with the ICC in situations where it is in the United States' interest to bring to justice perpetrators of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity?

Yes
I support strengthening the ICC with greater U.S. cooperation. I have ongoing concerns about making sure U.S. citizens are tried in the proper venue, I believe the ICC plays an important role in the international prosecution of war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity.

6. Will you support the continued U.S. participation as an observer in the Court's governing body (also known as the Assembly of States Parties)?

Yes

7. Do you support the reinstatement of the U.S. signature to the Rome Statute and its eventual approval by the Senate for U.S. ratification?

Yes
I support U.S. re-engagement on ratification of the Rome Statute. While I would prefer that the court have been created under the control of the U.N. Security Council, I believe there is a path forward for the U.S. to sign the Rome Statute again, as President Clinton did before Bush revoked the signature, and move forward with ratification. In the Senate, I would support those efforts, while simultaneously working to safeguard U.S. nationals.

Development Assistance

8. Will you support the President’s call to double by 2012 funding for U.S. foreign assistance programs that alleviate poverty, fight disease, and create economic opportunities in the poorest countries worldwide?

Yes

Torture

9. Do you believe the U.S. is bound by the laws and norms that prohibit all forms of torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment in all circumstances?

Yes

Climate Change

10. Will you support a Congressionally-mandated cap on U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, sufficient for the U.S. to do its fair share to prevent catastrophic global climate change, in time for the U.S. to negotiate in good faith an agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol when it expires in 2012?

Yes
I support the goals of the Kyoto Protocol and would support efforts to meet those goals.

Nuclear Weapons

11. Do you support U.S. ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT)?

Yes

Civilian Protection

12. Will you support the call for the U.S. to refrain from the use or threat of a veto in the U.N. Security Council regarding situations involving ongoing genocide, crimes against humanity, or war crimes?

Yes

The U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea

13. Will you support ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)?

Yes

The Treaty for the Rights of Women

14. Will you support the ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), also known as the Treaty for the Rights of Women?

Yes

U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

15. Will you support the ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?

Yes

General Questions

16. Have you made public statements, written articles or taken formal positions on any of the issues covered in this questionnaire or on any other foreign policy, national security, or military intelligence issues? If so, please attach or provide reference.

Yes
I have not published since the 1980s when I wrote a book and articles on the subject of apartheid and divestiture.

17. If offered, would you accept Citizens for Global Solutions’ endorsement for election?

Yes

18. If offered, would you accept a contribution from Global Solutions PAC?

Yes

Communications Workers of America

The Communications Workers of America is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] The Communications Workers of America (CWA) is an American union for workers in the communications industries. One of "The Coons 12," see more under “One Nation Working Together” Rally concerning the CWA. It is a member organization of the AFL-CIO.

CWA, the largest telecommunications union in the world, represents over 700,000 men and women in both private and public sectors, including over half a million workers who are building the Information Highway.

CWA members work in telecommunications, broadcasting, cable TV, journalism, publishing, manufacturing, airlines, customer service, government service, health care, education and other fields.[7]

Council for a Livable World

The Council for a Livable World is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] They are running a full page on their website in support of Coons' election. The Council for a Livable World was founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard.

Progressive Chris Coons is fighting to keep Joe Biden’s Senate seat in Democratic hands.

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Coons first entered politics with an extensive background in foreign policy issues. He studied at the University of Nairobi, volunteered with the South African Council of Churches, worked in Kenyan relief efforts, and wrote reports on disinvestment from aparthied-dominated South Africa and rain forest destruction in Central America.
He supports ratification of the two key arms control treaties – both New START and the test ban treaty – and steps toward a world free of nuclear weapons.
Coons advocates “a robust, engaged foreign policy, based on diplomacy and strategic partnerships with other nations.”
Please remember that your donation through the Council will be identified as one from a progressive advocate of arms control, and 100% of your contribution to Chris Coons goes directly to his campaign.

Delaware Liberty Fund

The Delaware Liberty Fund is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2]

In 1999, the Delaware Liberty Fund was formed to mobilize and educate GLBT voters, to elect candidates to state and local public office who support their community, to promote legislation that is of importance to the GLBT community in their state, and to provide a forum to meet candidates and discuss their concerns.[8]

Delaware State Education Association

The Delaware State Education Association is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] The Delaware State Education Association, a union of public school employees, advocates for the rights and interests of its members and outstanding public education for all students.[9]

The DSEA states the following:

The Federal Elections Commission will not let organizations use their public web pages to announce federal election recommendations. That's why this page about U.S. Congressional races requires member-only login.[10]

However, we are not members and were able to access the page with no problems. The DSEA and the NEA Political Action Committee are formally endorsing Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware. From the DSEA's endorsement page:

In what some consider a surprise move, the DSEA Interview Team and the DSEA Executive Board are recommending that DSEA members consider casting their vote this fall NOT for Mike Castle, but rather for Chris Coons.
At a May 14 news conference held in front of the historic P.S. DuPont Elementary School in Wilmington, DSEA and the Coons campaign held a joint news conference to announce DSEA's support for Coons to represent Delawareans in the U.S. Senate.
President Diane Donohue explained why:
The poet Robert Frost wrote, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
With our recommendation of Chris Coons for the United States Senate, DSEA has started down a road with our friend. It is not a well traveled road…yet; but we are proud to lead the way, and we will make all the difference.
This is a race for US Senate, but the lives of local educators will be impacted.
Last year, federal legislation was very important to us. We needed the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act to save jobs.
Around the nation, about 300,000 education jobs were saved by ARRA, including hundreds here in Delaware. We did not get Congressman Castle’s vote on ARRA.
We needed federal healthcare reform. As we speak, Delaware educators’ health benefits are under attack. We did not get Congressman Castle’s vote on that legislation either.
We needed the Employee Free Choice Act to secure collective bargaining rights for others. Congressman Castle refused to support this.
(pause) Now, we need the Keep Our Educators Working Act, and Chris Coons supports us.
Delaware educators are dealing with Race To The Top and Chris Coons is knowledgeable and engaged on the issue.
Delaware and the rest of the nation are in a deep recession. Chris Coons has experience dealing with the tough decisions around budget cuts. He has proven that fiscal constraint can be laced with contemporary management and compassion.
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act is being rewritten and Chris Coons is up to the task and on our side. We need someone that we do not have to move to our position because he is already there walking the road beside us.
Perhaps we have surprised some with our recommendation. Perhaps, we even surprised ourselves a little. Some people will say, ‘Chris Coons has ideas and energy, but does he have a chance?’
We are educators. It is our business to believe in ideas and energy and give chance a hand up… that’s who we are."

eQualityGiving

eQualityGiving is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] eQualityGiving's mission is to grow and support an online community of donors by providing free services and strategic advice to achieve legal equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans.[11]

Fraternal Order of Police

The Fraternal Order of Police is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2]

The Fraternal Order of Police is the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 325,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges.[12]

Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] They have endorsed Chris Coons and have dedicated a page on their website to him:[13] One of "The Coons 12," see more under “One Nation Working Together” Rally concerning the HRC. The Human Rights Campaign represents a grassroots force of over 750,000 members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, HRC envisions an America where LGBT people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.[14]

Radical GOP Nominee Christine O’Donnell Supports Litany of Fringe Positions Including “Conversion Therapy” for Gays.
9/15/2010
Washington – Today the Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – announced the endorsement of Democrat Chris Coons for the U.S. Senate from Delaware. Coons, the current New Castle County executive, is a steadfast supporter of equality who has pledged to be a voice for fairness in the Senate. His opponent, Republican nominee Christine O’Donnell, holds wildly radical views on LGBT and other issues.
Chris Coons will serve as a strong antidote to the poisonous extremism of Christine O’Donnell,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “While Coons respects all families, her stances go well beyond the debate over equality – they are crafted from lies that harm our children and our families.”
In the 1990s, O’Donnell founded the SALT (Savior’s Alliance for Lifting the Truth). According to the SALT’s website in 2000, the SALT existed to “encourage young people to live a life of chastity – as opposed to abstinence – for chastity is a concept which goes beyond saving sex until marriage, and in fact is a lifestyle which Christ calls us to live out through our entire lives, be we single or married, man or woman.” The website also stated the SALT sought to cure homosexuality and “sexual brokenness” through prayer – a practice debunked as harmful to individuals by the American Psychological Association. O’Donnell has also publicly stated that masturbation is wrong. Additionally, O’Donnell appeared at a press conference on Capitol Hill opposing openly-gay Ambassador nominee James Hormel, saying they were concerned about his supposed “ties to the pedophile rights movement.”
O’Donnell doesn’t stop with anti-equality stances. During the Delaware Republican primary, her campaign mocked her perception of her opponent saying, “You know, these are the kind of cheap, underhanded, un-manly tactics that we’ve come to expect from Obama’s favorite Republican, Mike Castle. You know, I released a statement today, saying Mike this is not a bake-off, get your man-pants on.”
“O’Donnell’s lack of civility on the campaign trail is telling,” Solmonese added. “In a time when many Republicans are on the right side of history by supporting equality, O’Donnell couldn’t be further from the mainstream. We are confident that the fair-minded people of Delaware will reject O’Donnell’s extremism and instead elect pro-equality Chris Coons.”
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

“I Have a Dream” Foundation

Coons has worked extensively with the education-oriented "I Have a Dream" Foundation.[15] In 1999, Coons was awarded the Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Award for his work with the "I Have a Dream" Foundation, the Governor's Mentoring Council and the United Way of Delaware.

From the “I Have a Dream” Foundation on Chris Coons who is the current Secretary:

Christopher A. Coons (Secretary)
County Executive, New Castle County, Delaware
Wilmington, Delaware
After meeting with Eugene M. Lang in 1989, Christopher Coons was inspired to found the "I Have A Dream" Foundation of Delaware, sponsoring a class of 45 students from Bancroft Middle School in Wilmington. He later helped to launch a national AmeriCorps program for the "I Have A Dream" Foundation, engaging 150 AmeriCorps volunteers in "I Have A Dream"'s efforts in 15 cities. Mr. Coons remains an active volunteer and mentor through his work with the United Way and The National Conference for Community Justice, and was the recipient of the Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Award for his unwavering dedication to his community.
Since 2004, Christopher A. Coons has served as the County Executive of New Castle County in Delaware. Previously, Mr. Coons served a distinguished four year term as New Castle County Council President, during which he promoted affordable housing, cut government spending, and stimulated new business growth in the county. Immediately prior, Mr. Coons was legal counsel for W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., the makers of GORE-TEX® fabrics.
Mr. Coons graduated from Amherst College with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and political science. He received a law degree from Yale Law School and a master's degree in ethics from Yale Divinity School.

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] One of "The Coons 12," see more under “One Nation Working Together” Rally concerning the IAM. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers was founded when the International Association of Machinists grew and included Aerospace Workers in its union in 1964. The IAM was founded in 1888 when 19 Atlanta, Georgia workers formed a trade union.

A listing of IAM endorsements for 2010 can be found here... They have officially endorsed Chris Coons in his senate bid.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] They have also contributed substantially to his campaign with funds. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is an AFL-CIO union that represents approximately 725,000 members who work in various fields, which include utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government. The members are in both the United States and Canada.

The IBEW is allegedly using strong-arm tactics to quiet those who do not support Chris Coons. According to an account on The Bearded Marxist:

I received the following in an email from the 9-12 Delaware Patriots. It’s an account of a woman protesting the appearance of Al Franken at a Chris Coons event on Thursday. Union thugs from the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) felt threatened by the 92-pound woman and scared the daylights out of her. These are how supporters of Chris Coons behave.

The IBEW has dedicated a page on their website to Coons' campaign:

Chris Coons for Delaware’s U.S. Senate Seat

They list the primary reasons for supporting Coons, while simultaneously smearing O'Donnell.[16] They are as follows:

The IBEW is also sending members door to door to 'encourage' voters to see the issues their way.

A committee led by William Smagala, Local 1238’s registrar, is getting the word out to work sites, sending letters to members’ homes and producing literature to be posted on bulletin boards in represented facilities encouraging members to vote for Coons and other labor-endorsed candidates.

Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs

The Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2]

The Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs is a bipartisan PAC committed to the special relationship between the US and Israel and a domestic agenda that includes reproductive choice and separation of religion and state.

League of Conservation Voters

The League of Conservation Voters is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2]

The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is a national non-profit organization that works to turn environmental values into national priorities. To secure the environmental future of our planet, LCV advocates for sound environmental policies, elects pro-environment candidates who will adopt and implement such policies, provides the state LCVs with the resources and tools to accomplish and sustain their mission.[17]

National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League

NARAL is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] His support for taxpayer-funded abortion and partial-birth abortion earned him a 100 percent rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America. NARAL is for abortion including partial-birth abortion. They endorse sex education and condone birth control. They are not pro-life, instead they proclaim pro-choice.[18] NARAL has devoted a page on their website to Chris Coons. Their page states the following:

  • Chris Coons is fully pro-choice and has been endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC.
  • Coons dedicates an entire page of his campaign website to the importance of protecting a woman's right to choose.
  • In their first debate, Coons stated that he believes that abortion should be "safe, legal and rare."

National Association of Postal Supervisors

The National Association of Postal Supervisors is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] Coons is listed on their 2010 endorsement list.

NAPS is a management association, not a union. The National Association of Postal Supervisors is a membership organization representing over 35,000 active and retired supervisors, managers and postmasters who work for or who retired from the United States Postal Service (USPS).[19]

National Coalition for the Homeless

Coons has worked with the National Coalition for the Homeless.[15] Their mission is to end homelessness for all individuals.[20]

The National Coalition for the Homeless works to bring about the systemic changes necessary to prevent and end homelessness and to protect the rights of people experiencing homelessness by engaging in policy advocacy. Their advocacy includes work in the areas of Housing Justice, Health Care Justice, Economic Justice and Civil Rights.[21]

National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] The mission of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare is to protect, preserve, promote and ensure the financial security, health and the well being of current and future generations of maturing Americans.[22]

National Education Association

The National Education Association is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] The National Education Association is a national teachers and education union. One of "The Coons 12," see more under “One Nation Working Together” Rally concerning the NEA.

Recently, it has been highlighted that the NEA has Saul Alinsky on their recommended reading lists. The NEA recommends the following Saul Alinsky books "to those members of their Association who are involved in grassroots organizing, especially Association Representatives (ARs) — also known as building reps or shop stewards — and leaders at local affiliates."

  • Reveille for Radicals
  • Rules for Radicals

Alinsky's books are Marxist/Communist in nature and are vehemently anti-American. The NEA states: "We hope that ARs and local leaders of all political stripes will discern from Alinsky’s books grassroots organizing strategies that will best help us bring our members together around the common goal of improving public education."[23]

National Jewish Democratic Council

The National Jewish Democratic Council is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2]

The National Jewish Democratic Council is the trusted voice and resource for Democratic office holders, candidates and party organizations to better understand and engage with the Jewish community. NJDC mobilizes the Jewish community and convenes opinion leadership to support the Democratic promise for all Americans. They look to their Jewish tradition to guide them on the issues of social and economic justice, religious pluralism and the peace and security of the State of Israel that will be the hallmark of their work.[24]

National Organization for Women

The National Organization for Women is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2]

The National Organization for Women was founded in 1966. The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Their endorsement for Chris Coons is prominently placed on their website under 2010 NOW PACs Voting Guide: All Federal Races as well as on other pages.[25]

“One Nation Working Together” Rally

At least 12 of the 25 official groups supporting Chris Coons were formal co-sponsors of the One Nation Rally, joining forces with the Communist Party USA, Socialists, Marxists and other radicals in support of Barack Obama and attempting to counter the Constitutional force of Glenn Beck's 9/28 Rally. These organizations have been dubbed "The Coons 12."[2]

"The Coons 12" are closely affiliated with the International Socialist Organization, Color of Change - Van Jones and the Democratic Socialists of America. Sponsors of the rally are also aligned with ANSWER - Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, the radical supporters of Hezbollah and Hamas.

People for the American Way

People for the American Way is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] People for the American Way (PFAW) is a progressive organization founded in 1981 by Norman Lear, the late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan and a group of activists. One of "The Coons 12," see more under “One Nation Working Together” Rally concerning the People for the American Way.

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is an organization that funds abortions for people who ask for their services. They "believe that reproductive self-determination must be voluntary and preserve the individual's right to privacy. We further believe that such self-determination will contribute to an enhancement of the quality of life and strong family relationships." Their ideals and line of reasoning are strongly linked to eugenics. One of "The Coons 12," see more under “One Nation Working Together” Rally concerning Planned Parenthood.

From Planned Parenthood:

For more than 90 years, we’ve worked to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible choices.

Progressive Democrats for Delaware

Progressive Democrats for Delaware is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] Progressive Democrats for Delaware was founded in the Spring of 2004 by Democracy For America and the Delaware Democratic Party. They are a "grassroots, volunteer organization."

SEIU

SEIU is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2][26] One of "The Coons 12," see more under “One Nation Working Together” Rally concerning SEIU.

The Service Employees International Union is one of the largest and fastest growing labor unions in the US. They have over 1.8 million members in the US alone, in over one hundred occupations. SEIU has over one hundred and fifty local branches around the US. and is also one of the most left-leaning organized labor unions in the world.

SEIU is focused on organizing labor within three sectors of the US workforce. First and foremost, within the health care sector. Over half of its members are working within the health care industry. Next, they are heavily involved in public service labor organization. This is your state and local government employees. Lastly, SEIU works to organize labor in the property service sector, this includes janitors, security officers and food service workers.[27]

Andy Stern, the former head of SEIU, is now famous for the following quote:

"Because workers of the world unite, it's not just a slogan anymore." - Andy Stern, SEIU President

"Workers of the world unite" is the rallying cry of Marxist revolutionaries. This mantra is well-known and specific to Communism.[28]

Sheet Metal Workers International Association

The Sheet Metal Workers International Association is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] They have also contributed substantially to his campaign with funds.

The Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) serves to protect and raise the living standards of over 150,000 skilled men and women employed throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. They work in the construction, manufacturing, service, railroad and shipyard industries.[29]

South African Council of Churches

Coons has worked/volunteered for the South African Council of Churches as a relief worker.[15] The South African Council of Churches covers approximately half of all Christians in South Africa. As a National Council of Churches and Institutions, the SACC, acting on behalf of its member churches, is called by the Triune God to work for moral reconstruction in South Africa, focusing on issues of justice, reconciliation, integrity of creation and the eradication of poverty and contributing towards the empowerment of all who are spiritually, socially and economically marginalized.[30]

Coons traveled to Africa in the 1980s - emerging as a committed leftist after volunteering for an organization supporting Black Liberation Theology, the South African Council of Churches and working as a relief worker in Kenya.

This is the radical religious philosophy espoused by left-wing activist James Cone and President Obama's one-time spiritual mentor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Black Liberation Theology is an off-shoot of liberation theology, a Marxist-driven interpretation of Christianity.[31] This is not a detail you will find on Coons' website or in the mainstream media. The left has done their best to scrub this from public view.

While in South Africa, Coons was aligned with Frank Chikane who joined something called the Institute for Contextual Theology, quickly becoming its director and later a "Co-ordinator" of the ICT. The ICT is a Christian think-tank inside the South African Council of Churches. The same SACC that Frank Chikane would serve as General Secretary for from the late-1980s until the mid-1990s.

The SACC and ICT both promote liberation theology - a Marxism-as-Christianity philosophy from which James Cone developed Black Liberation Theology. According to the World Socialist Movement, their goal was "to transform black consciousness into class-consciousness."[31] This is referred to as the Black Consciousness Movement.

From The American Spectator, the liberation theologists viewed the gospel in the same light:

They were all united in the conviction that Christianity and the Gospel message had an edge of justice, liberation and a preferential option for the poor. Many of them operated in a global theological context that included the Latin American theologies of Liberation and all of them were firmly convinced that the Gospel is political.

Social justice is the language of Black Liberation Theology.

James Cone's influence on the leadership of SACC was discussed in "James Cone's Legacy in Africa: Confession as Political Praxis in the Kairos Document," a paper written by O.U. Kalu, a Research Associate at the University of Pretoria, when he studied at the McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. (A .pdf of the paper is available here.) McCormick Theological Seminary has hosted Reverend Jeremiah Wright and advertised his book, Preaching with Sacred Fire: An Anthology of African American Sermons, 1750-present. McCormick has also been advertising book signings at Trinity UCC Church in Chicago.[31]

All involved with SACC and ICT, including Chris Coons, believe in Marxist/Socialist policies - specifically a redistribution of wealth ideology that would transform the United States into a Marxist state.

Stonewall Democrats

The Stonewall Democrats are supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] The Stonewall Democrats are America's only grassroots Democratic LGBT organization. They focus on creating change in three ways: educating the LGBT community about the differences between the political parties; mobilizing the LGBT community to get out to vote on Election Day for fair-minded Democrats; and standing up when Republicans attack their families and their civil rights while they lead the Democratic party to continue improving its record on issues important to their community.[32]

Teamsters

The Teamsters are supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] They have also contributed substantially to his campaign with funds. One of "The Coons 12," see more under “One Nation Working Together” Rally concerning the Teamsters. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters is a group affiliated with Change to Win. It unites several unions and union members, such as the Teamsters for a Democratic Union.

The National Conference for Community Justice

Chris Coons has worked extensively with The National Conference for Community Justice.[33]

For the past 80 years, educators, corporate leaders, community organizations, government officials and faith leaders have recognized the NCCJ of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts as a powerful resource for addressing issues of diversity and social justice.

Through it’s adult and youth programming, the NCCJ works with students, teachers, clergy, corporate and civic leaders to facilitate workshops, develop curriculum, convene race relations and inter-religious dialogues, and provide consulting on challenges related to bias, bigotry and racism.[34]

Truman National Security Project

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As of September 8, 2010, Coons served as a senior fellow of the Truman National Security Project.[35] The project is an organization that seeks to recruit, train and elect progressives who will have an impact on National Security legislation. A number of those who work for the Project are involved with the Council on Foreign Relations or the Center for American Progress.

Also currently serving alongside Coons as senior fellows are:[35]

Other figures of note working for the Project are:[36][37]

Board of Advisors:

Fellows:

United Auto Workers

United Auto Workers is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] One of "The Coons 12," see more under “One Nation Working Together” Rally concerning the UAW. United Auto Workers is a union for those working in automobile factories that was founded in 1935. It is also known as the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America. The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) is one of the largest and most diverse unions in North America, with members in virtually every sector of the economy.[38]

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] One of "The Coons 12," see more under “One Nation Working Together” Rally concerning UFCW. The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) is a trade union for workers in the food and commercial industries. They are affiliated with Change to Win. They are North America’s Neighborhood Union — 1.3 million members standing together to improve the lives and livelihoods of workers, families and communities.[39]

United Way of Delaware

In 1999, Coons was awarded the Governor's Outstanding Volunteer Award for his work with the "I Have a Dream" Foundation, the Governor's Mentoring Council and the United Way of Delaware.

United Way of Delaware's mission is to maximize the community's resources to improve the quality of life for all Delawareans.[40]

Veterans and Military Families for Progress

Veterans and Military Families for Progress is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] Their stated purpose is to advocate for progressive legislation and initiatives on behalf of veterans, military service members and their families.

Veterans and Military Families for Progress is a 21st Century grassroots organization dedicated to ensuring that the rights and needs of veterans, military service members (including active-duty, Guard and Reserve) - and their families - are understood by the American public, endorsed by our elected officials, and protected by legislation, regulation and public policy initiatives.[41]

VETPAC

VETPAC is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] The defining commitment of VETPAC - Veterans Alliance for Security and Democracy is to bring the unique perspective of America's veterans to issues of security, democracy and justice.[42] They are affiliated with the Council for a Livable World and Veterans and Military Families for Progress.

Women's Democratic Club of Delaware

Women's Democratic Club of Delaware is supporting Chris Coons in the 2010 Senate race in Delaware.[2] The purpose of this organization is to stimulate in Democratic Women an active interest in politics and governmental affairs and to foster and perpetuate the ideas and principles of the Democratic Party.[43]

External links

References

  1. Chris Coons declares Delaware Senate bid Politico, Feb. 2, 2010
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 2.34 Endorsements Chris Coons, Democrat for US Senate, 2010
  3. CHRIS COONS, A ONE MAN WEAPON OF MASS JOBS DESTRUCTION - Delaware Senate Race Freedomist, Oct. 8, 2010
  4. About ANA ANA, 2010
  5. Vision and Mission Citizens for Global Solutions, 2010
  6. Responses from Christopher Coons (D-DE) Citizens for Global Solutions, 2010
  7. About CWA Communications Workers of America, 2010
  8. About the Delaware Liberty Fund Delaware Defense Fund, 2010
  9. About DSEA DSEA, 2010
  10. DSEA sends recommendations to NEA PAC Board DSEA, 2010
  11. About eQualityGiving: The Online Donor Community for LGBT Equality eQualityGiving, 2010
  12. Fraternal Order of Police FOP, 2010
  13. HRC Endorses Chris Coons for Senate in Delaware Human Rights Campaign, 2010
  14. Who We Are Human Rights Campaign, 2010
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Profile on Christopher Coons Truman National Security Project
  16. Chris Coons for Delaware’s U.S. Senate Seat IBEW, 2010
  17. About LCV LCV, 2010
  18. About Us NARAL, 2010
  19. About NAPS NAPS, 2010
  20. Who We Are National Coalition for the Homeless, 2010
  21. Advocacy National Coalition for the Homeless, 2010
  22. Mission Statement of the National Committee National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, 2010
  23. NEA website: Recommended Reading: Saul Alinsky, The American Organizer NEA, 2010
  24. Vision and Mission National Jewish Democratic Council, 2010
  25. 2010 NOW PACs Voting Guide: All Federal Races NOW, 2010
  26. SEIU 32BJ Endorses Chris Coons For Senate SEIU, July 12, 2010
  27. What Is The SEIU? The Bearded Marxist, Oct. 5, 2010
  28. Andy Stern “Workers of the World Unite!” The Classic Liberal, Nov. 4, 2009
  29. About SMWIA SMWIA, 2010
  30. About the SACC SACC, 2010
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 Chris Coons: Volunteer for Liberation Theology The American Spectator, Sept. 20, 2010
  32. Who We Are Stonewall Democrats, 2010
  33. About Us "I Have A Dream" Foundation, 2010
  34. STRATEGIC SUMMARY NCCJ, 2010
  35. 35.0 35.1 Senior Fellows Truman National Security Project
  36. Board of Advisors Truman National Security Project
  37. Fellows Truman National Security Project
  38. Who We Are UAW, 2010
  39. Who We Are UFCW, 2010
  40. Mission, Vision & Goals United Way of Delaware, 2010
  41. Mission Statement Veterans and Military Families for Progress, 2010
  42. About VetPAC VETPAC, 2010
  43. Women’s Democratic Club Women's Democratic Club of Delaware, 2010