Chris Schwartz

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Chris Schwartz is a Berniecrat, a term used for those democrats (generally) running for office who have expressed support of former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.[1] Chris Schwarz won his bid to be a county supervisor in Black Hawk County Iowa in November 2016.[2]


He is the partner of Logun Buckley, who also served as Schwartz's "campaign manager."[3]

Debt Free College

Chris Schwartz was mentioned in a 2015 article endorsing "debt free college:"

“We’re really just trying to get them to embrace this bold, kind of new concept of debt-free education,” Schwartz said. “Whether you’re Hillary Clinton or Ted Cruz, you’re going to have to answer to the Iowan student bodies, Iowans across the state … whether you think students should be able to graduate with a debt-free education.”[4]

Other local activists mentioned in the 2015 article are Pat Murphy, Gary Kroeger, Logun Buckley, Joe Gorton.

Our Revolution endorsement

Chris Schwartz is endorsed by Bernie Sanders' political group Our Revolution,[5] an organization run by Sanders surrogates which is designed to elect socialists to all levels of the government.

Iowa AFL-CIO 2016 Endorsement

Chris Schwartz was endorsed by the Iowa affiliate of AFL-CIO: AFL-CIO - Iowa for the 2016 election. [6]

Amendment to overturn Citizen's United Supreme Court ruling

Chris Schwartz spoke to the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors in 2015 about scheduling a vote to stop Citizens United.[7]

Gun Control Advocate

Chris Schwartz re-tweets ADA support of Democratic gun control "sit in."
In the wake of the Orlando terror attack in a gay night club, Chris Schwartz was quoted as saying that "inaction" on on gun control legislation is "offensive:"
"Chris Schwartz, organizer for Americans for Democratic Action, called out Iowa legislators who he said have failed to act on gun control legislation: Rep. Rod Blum, Sen. Charles Grassley and Sen. Joni Ernst. Schwartz called their inaction “offensive.” “We stand here today in tumultuous times ... a year where gun violence continues right here in our own community,” Schwartz said. “At a time where a 4-year-old, on the street that I live on, can be the victim of a stray bullet.” Schwartz was introduced at the vigil as the first openly gay candidate running for the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors. Schwartz said the victims were gunned down “simply for who they were born to love.”[8]

Chris Schwartz retweeted the Americans for Democratic Action in support of gun control legislation that would ban Americans on a "no fly list" of having the right to bear arms (see photo).

Americans for Democratic Action

Chris Schwartz is the state director of Americans for Democratic Action (ADA).[9]

Campus Antiwar Network

Chris Schwartz was described at The Nation in 2007 as "a recent graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and one of CAN’s vocal leaders." CAN is the Campus Antiwar Network, which is "widely perceived to have been dominated by students from the ISO (International Socialist Organization)."[10]

The International Socialist Organization website socialistworker.org[1] has quoted Chris Schwartz on at least two occasions.[11],[12]

Anti-business, Pro-government

Berniecrats logo
An insight into Chris Schwartz's anti-business, pro-government mentality is revealed in this 2011 blog post by Paul Deaton at the self-described "online information resource for Iowa's progressive community:"
"To wrap up the speakers, Chris Schwartz of Working Families Win, Iowa spoke, with a list of grievances about the government. He touched on the South Korea, Columbia and Panama free trade agreements and on building an “infrastructure bank.” He opined that GMAC, a major employer in Waterloo, “is a corrupt company,” and that the electrical grid “can’t handle new technologies.” He asserted many opinions, the most evident of which was that “government should put people back to work.” Not once did he mention private companies in a favorable light. Some in the audience believe that government should not be the primary driver in putting people back to work. Schwartz had a different opinion."[13]

Anti-Israel

In 2009, Chris Schwartz led an "Emergency Gaza Protest/Vigil/March" in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Schwartz was listed as the contact for the Cedar Valley United for Peace & Justice and Iowans for a Free Palestine groups.[14]

In 2004, Chris Schwartz was named as a leader of University of Northern Iowa's 'Films on Social Justice' series and was named as president of UNI's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU):

"According to Chris Schwartz, president of UNI's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 'Palestine is Still the Issue' documents the filmmaker's voyage to Palestine in 2002. The film shows strings of footage from Palestine, bringing to light the worsening conditions in the country."[15],[16]

IARA event

August 2011, an event was organized by the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center in Iowa City. An afternoon event, it was not well publicized with few people attending.

Moderator Norm Sterzenbach promoted the organization as developing “the ultimate source for knowledge” about congressional voting records related to retirees. We had mostly come to hear our Congressman Dave Loebsack speak.

Loebsack delivered prepared remarks covering the deficit, Social Security, Medicare and education in a 14 minute speech. There were no surprises here and no real news.

To wrap up the speakers, Chris Schwartz of Working Families Win, Iowa spoke, with a list of grievances about the government. He touched on the South Korea, Columbia and Panama free trade agreements and on building an “infrastructure bank.” He opined that GMAC, a major employer in Waterloo, “is a corrupt company,” and that the electrical grid “can’t handle new technologies.” He asserted many opinions, the most evident of which was that “government should put people back to work.” Not once did he mention private companies in a favorable light. Some in the audience believe that government should not be the primary driver in putting people back to work. Schwartz had a different opinion.[17]

‎Waterloo-Cedar Falls Progress Network

Hassan Chehem Ali ‎Waterloo-Cedar Falls Progress Network July 23, 2015 ·

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With Chris Klarich, Martin Wise, Shelby Snell, Sarah Carter, Chris Schwartz, Ruth Walker, Steve Abbott and Logun Buckley.

Olmstead connection

Cade Olmstead left, Chris Schwartz right, Chris Schwartz-Black Hawk County Supervisor Facebook page · May 22, 2016 Facebook

In May 2016, Iowa Young Democratic Socialists member Cade Olmstead was part of Chris Schwartz's Black Hawk County Supervisor campaign team.

Controversy

Photo of Chris Schwartz' vandalized front door
On October 27 2016, Chris Schwartz told a local news outlet that he believes his home was vandalized by a people who were influenced by a local Christian patriot group in Iowa. Referring to bible verse Leviticus 20:13, which was spray-painted on his front door,
"It's a death threat to my boyfriend and I, which says a man who lies with man shall be put to death...It's honestly scary," said Schwartz. "This is hatred right at our front door, this is a death threat on our front door."[18]

Fellow Iowa Berniecrat and Our Revolution-endorsed Gary Kroeger expressed support for Schwartz on Facebook.[19]

Single payer rally

Democratic activists and progressive groups in Dubuque hosted a rally May 21 2017, in support of a single-payer health care system.

The “Medicare for All” rally was held from noon to 1 p.m. at Town Clock Plaza.

The rally was organized by Dubuque Democratic Socialists in collaboration with Our Revolution: Dubuque, and Americans for Democratic Action Iowa.

“A Medicare for All health care system is the only way to achieve truly universal health care that is both high in quality and cost savings,” organizers wrote in a press release.

Speakers included Steve Drahozal, chairman of the Dubuque County Democratic Party, Black Hawk County Supervisor Chris Schwartz, Democratic U.S. Congressional candidate Courtney Rowe and mental health professional Derrick Rogers Clark.

Contact was Melanie Race from Dubuque Democratic Socialists.[20]

References

  1. Berniecrats, accessed August 24
  2. Democrats sweep Black Hawk County supervisor seats, accessed November 16 2016
  3. Gay county supervisor candidate's home vandalized with homophobic slurs, accessed October 27, 2016
  4. Activists, students lobby for debt-free college, accessed October 29, 2016
  5. Chris Schwartz Running for Board of Supervisors Iowa Black Hawk County, accessed October 27, 2016
  6. 2016 Endorsements, accessed November 02, 2016
  7. [http://www.adaction.org/pages/posts/grassroots-efforts-will-overturn-citizens-united1076.php Grassroots Efforts Will Overturn Citizens United, accessed October 29, 2016]
  8. Hundreds gather for peace vigil, accessed October 28, 2016
  9. Gay county supervisor candidate's home vandalized with homophobic slurs, accessed October 28, 2016
  10. Antiwar Students Rising, accessed October 28, 2016
  11. Student antiwar activists chart way forward, accessed October 28, 2016
  12. Making our voices heard, accessed October 28, 2016
  13. Friday Night Networking in Iowa, accessed October 28, 2016
  14. List of Protests - End Israel's Attacks on Gaza, accessed October 28, 2016
  15. UNI 'Films on Social Justice' series to present two programs on Palestine, accessed October 28, 2016
  16. Assault on Gay America, accessed October 28, 2016
  17. ]http://www.blogforiowa.com/2011/08/ Blog for Iowa, Friday Night Networking in Iowa August 27, 2011]
  18. Police investigating anti-gay vandalism as "hate crime", accessed October 28, 2016
  19. Iowa Berniecrat Chris Schwartz claims that his house was vandalized by Christians, accessed October 28, 2016
  20. Telegraph Herald, Dubuque Democratic activists to host rally Sunday for single-payer health careTelegraph Herald May 19, 2017