Howard Lawrence Berman

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Howard Berman


Howard Lawrence Berman was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 28th district of California.[1]

DSA event

The Los Angeles Democratic Socialist, Fall 1985,issue 3, page 8

Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

In 2012, Howard Berman was listed as an associate member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.[2]

2012 election

In the 2012 election to Congress, Berman faced fellow incumbent Brad Sherman 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.[3]

LA fundraiser

In November 2011, at the Beverly Hilton, a fundraiser for San Fernando Valley congressman Howard Berman actually was something of a homecoming, and the high-octane crowd looked like a Who’s Who of California’s Democratic power elite, including Gov. Jerry Brown, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, Berman’s long-time ally, congressman Henry Waxman, Los Angeles County Supervisor and perhaps future mayoral candidate Zev Yaroslavsky and deputy Los Angeles police chief and former County Bar Assn. president, Gerry Chaleff. But it also included many of Berman's entertainment industry supporters, including Fox's Filmed Entertainment co-chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, Recording Industry Assn. of America CEO Cary H. Sherman and Oscar-winning composer Paul Williams.

Redistricting has forced Berman into what’s expected to be a record-breaking primary struggle with fellow Valley Democrat Brad Sherman, and the entertainment industry is rallying behind Berman, who is a leading congressional champion of two issues Hollywood cares about most — intellectual property rights and Israel’s security. The event, arranged by uber-Hollywood political consultant Andy Spahn, raised $1.6 million. The power trio of Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg have also lent their support to Berman, although they were not at the event. [4]

Martinez Jobs Bill

In 1994, the Communist Party USA backed Martinez Jobs Bill (HR-4708), was co-sponsored by Democratic Party California Reps Howard Berman, Xavier Becerra, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Robert Scott (Va), Tom Foglietta (Pa), Bennie Thompson (Miss), John Lewis (Ga) and Ed Pastor (Az). Maxine Waters of California was a principal co-sponsor. [5]

Clinton/Pinochet letter

On October 21, 1998, many Members of Congress wrote a letter to President Bill Clinton, urging him to release information to a Spanish judge investigating former Chilean President Pinochet for alleged crimes committed during and after the overthrow of the Marxist Allende government.

Dear Mr. President:
The October 17 arrest of General Augusto Pinochet in London is a good example of how the goals you outlined in your anti-terrorism speech at the United Nations can be put into practice. Indeed, when the rule oflaw is applied to combat international lawlessness,humanity's agenda gains...we call upon you to ensure that the U.S. government provides Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon material related to Pinochet's role in international terrorism -- material and testimony that the U.S. government has thus far withheld.

Signatories included Rep. Howard Berman.[6]

Clinton/Chile letter

February 24, 2000, 31 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have sent a letter to President Clinton requesting full U.S. cooperation with the Spanish case against former Chilean General Augusto Pinochet, a thorough investigation into the car-bomb assassination of Orlando Letelier and American citizen Ronni Moffitt, and the release of all U.S. documents pertaining to human rights abuses in Chile.

Dear President Clinton,
We would like to take this opportunity to commend your Administration's recent activity concerning the ongoing investigation into former Chilean General Augusto Pinochet's role in the 1976 car bombing of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffitt in Washington D.C. We also appreciate your efforts to release documents pertaining to human rights abuses in Chile.

Signatories were George Miller (D-CA), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sam Gejdenson (D-CT), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), Jim McGovern (D-MA), John Conyers (D-MI), Barney Frank (D-MA), Pete Stark (D-CA), Henry Waxman (D-CA), Lane Evans (D-IL), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Tim Roemer (D- IN), Howard Berman (D-CA), John Olver (D-MA), Mel Watt (D- NC), Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Patsy Mink (D-HI), Marcy Kaptur (D- OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), John Tierney (D-MA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Martin Sabo (D-MN), and Bob Filner (D-CA).[7]

Staffer's trip to Venezuela

Rep. Berman sent Stephanie Williamson, and Eric Jacobstein to Venezuela for 3 days in September 2009. The trip was courtesy of grants $1,898.64 and $2,498.61 from the Institute for Policy Studies connected Center for Democracy in the Americas... "To meet with Venezuelan leaders on the current political and economic atmosphere in Venezuela to obtain recommendations for U.S. policies".[8]

2016 Platform Drafting Committee

Bernie Sanders supporters Dr. Cornel West and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) will be among those on the Democratic Party's important Platform Drafting Committee after the Vermont senator won a key concession as he looks to leave his mark on the party's platform.

The roster of the drafting committee, released by the Democratic National Committee May 2016, reflects the party's agreement that Sanders would have five supporters on the committee, compared to six for Hillary Clinton.

Sanders previously panned DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who appoints all of the committee members, for failing to include enough of his supporters on an initial list. But the latest statement notes that Wasserman Schultz allocated the campaign's seats "proportionally according to the current vote tally."

Sanders supporters on the committee are author Bill McKibben, Arab American Institute head James Zogby and Native American activist Deborah Parker.

Clinton loyalists on the committee are Ambassador Wendy Sherman, former Clinton staffer and current Center for American Progress head Neera Tanden, Ohio Rep. Alicia Reece, environmentalist Carol Browner, Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez and union head Paul Booth.

The remaining four members were chosen by Wasserman Schultz.

Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, who has endorsed Clinton, will lead the committee and called Sanders's outsized role on the platform "pretty unusual" for a candidate that likely will not be the party's nominee during a Monday interview on MSNBC. And California Rep. Barbara Lee, who has not endorsed either candidate.

Former Rep. Howard Berman and philanthropist and former CEO of Claire's Stores Bonnie Schaefer were also appointed.[9]

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