- 1 Early life
- 2 Education
- 3 West End Kids
- 4 Political career
- 5 Congress
- 6 Nadler refers to Trump as a "Fascist" during Town Hall
- 7 Trump/Nadler rivalry
- 8 Links to Democratic Socialists of America
- 8.1 Prominent DSOC member
- 8.2 Member of DSA NYC Local
- 8.3 Identified again as a DSA member
- 8.4 Matewan showing
- 8.5 Endorsement for Comptroller race
- 8.6 Endorsing Dinkins
- 8.7 Socialist Scholars
- 8.8 1995 DSA National Conference
- 8.9 DSA endorsement
- 8.10 DSA "People's Hearing on Economic Insecurity"
- 8.11 Social Security briefing
- 8.12 Union Park Square event
- 8.13 America's Future Now Conferences
- 8.14 National Jobs For All Coalition
- 8.15 Still DSA member?
- 8.16 HR 109 endorser
- 8.17 DSA pressure on Yemen Bill
- 9 Greeting the Peace Marchers
- 10 Hiroshima Day, 1993
- 11 Communist Party connections
- 12 Congressional Progressive Caucus
- 13 Remembering Ernesto Jofre
- 14 Health Care Access resolution
- 15 Progressive Majority Advisory Committee
- 16 The Permanent Partners Immigration Act
- 17 Influence
- 18 Peace Pledge Coalition
- 19 Judiciary House Sub - commttee
- 20 Voted against cutting funding for ACORN
- 21 Saving ACORN
- 22 Working Families Party
- 23 PDA contact
- 24 Anti-Fracking legislation endorser
- 25 LIBERT-E Act
- 26 Lifting travel ban on Cuba
- 27 Praising Margaret Chin
- 28 PDA contact 2014
- 29 Metropolitan College gala
- 30 No cuts rally
- 31 Working Families Party
- 32 ARA PAF endorsement, 2014
- 33 "Progressive Agenda"
- 34 Backing John Lewis
- 35 Anti "Muslim ban" rally
- 36 People's Climate March endorsements
- 37 No Muslim ban
- 38 Medicare For All Congressional Caucus founders
- 39 Medicare for All Act
- 40 Release Judy Clark
- 41 Staff
- 42 External links
- 43 References
Jerry Nadler was born in Brooklyn in June 1947 and moved several times during childhood. Nadler's father "was a chicken farmer in New Jersey, ran a gas station on Long Island and owned a traveling auto parts store." Nadler attended Crown Heights Yeshiva and later Stuyvesant High School, from which he graduated in 1965.
Rep. Nadler is a graduate of Crown Heights Yeshiva, Stuyvesant High School, Columbia University and Fordham Law School.
West End Kids
At Columbia University, Nadler "began his political career as a founder of a group of students known as the "West End Kids,' (referring to the west side of Manhattan) which focused on reforming New York City Democratic Party politics through support of liberal and anti-Vietnam War candidates.
The Kids developed their political base by engaging in community organizing to improve local housing and education conditions." . Nadler's West End Kids at Columbia University, he wrote, "also led the 'Clean for Gene' McCarthy campaign that brought thousands of students to New Hampshire for the 1968 Democratic Presidential campaign of Sen. Eugene McCarthy against [Democratic President] Lyndon Johnson and the Vietnam War."
In 1970 Nadler graduated from Columbia University,worked "a stint as a legislative staffer, then in 1976 won election to a seat in the lower house of the New York state legislature, where he served until 1992.
While in the state legislature the feminist National Organization for Women honored him as the first male ever to receive its "Assembly Member of the Year" Award. The ACLU named Nadler to its Annual Honor Roll.
In 1978 Nadler earned a Juris Doctorate from Fordham University Law School.
In 1992 longtime Democratic Congressman Ted Weiss died one day before the primary election for a newly-redrawn Eighth District. Nadler replaced Weiss on the November ballot, winning easily.
As a Congressman Nadler joined the Congressional Progressive Caucus and became a leader of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus. According to Americans for Democratic Action Nadler votes on the left side of legislation 95 percent of the time.
Nadler refers to Trump as a "Fascist" during Town Hall
In December 1984, real estate mogul Donald Trump outlined a grand vision for what he dubbed “the greatest piece of land in urban America” — a 76-acre parcel encompassing a dilapidated rail freight yard along the Hudson River on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Trump, then 38, was determined to build 7,600 high-rise apartments, the largest shopping mall on the east coast, and sprawling television studios for NBC, which was considering a move to New Jersey. The crowning jewel of Trump’s Television City would be a lavish 152-story condo — the tallest building in the world at the time — where Trump planned to live in the penthouse.
But while the real estate scion was poised to begin construction on the biggest residential development in New York City history, he faced rabid opposition from community groups led by an earnest, bespectacled 37-year-old lawmaker.
In fact, Brooklyn-born Jerry Nadler would prove Trump’s fiercest enemy for the next decade while he represented the Upper West Side as a state Assemblyman and later as its Congressman.
“For years, they were like two gladiators sparring over that land,” said Ruth Messinger, a former City Councilwoman and later Manhattan Borough President.
Messinger and several other elected officials initially fought against Trump’s plans, but later agreed to work with the developer on a scaled-back version.
Nadler never budged.
Now, four decades later, the gladiators’ arena has changed to Washington DC, where Nadler, now chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, continues to wage war against his old nemesis, now the President of the United States.
“There is a sense that this is not a new experience,” said George Arzt, a political consultant and former New York Post reporter who covered the initial Trump-Nadler fray.
“The office of the president evaporates in this battle because it is more of a fight between two people who have been at odds before. Jerry is very firm and doesn’t like to be bullied and Donald is going to go after him.”
Despite a report by special counsel Robert Mueller that found no evidence of collusion with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, Nadler is forging ahead with the investigation into alleged obstruction of justice and other alleged wrongdoing by the president and his campaign.
Following Mueller’s appearance before the House Judiciary Committee last week, Nadler asked a federal judge to release grand jury evidence because the committee is “investigating whether to recommend articles of impeachment.”
“When we win, it’ll open up the floodgates,” Nadler told CNN last week.
Nadler has never backed down from a fight, and he was keen to win the battle against Trump and other brash developers who came before him with designs on the lands along the Hudson River between 59th and 72nd Streets since the 1970s.
In addition to the city’s residents, he fought for the transport and rail unions who were among his biggest political donors.
“There were years and years of arguments about that site,” said Messinger. “We dealt with several developers, but Donald Trump was the most determined to succeed, the one who kept coming back with other ideas.”
In the early 1980s, Nadler fought so hard against Abe Hirschfeld and his Argentine development partners Carlos Varsovsky and Francisco Macri (the father of Argentina’s current president) that Hirschfeld, well known as a developer of parking lots who briefly owned the New York Post, unsuccessfully tried to convince a Manhattan Supreme Court justice in 1985 to prevent Nadler from ever holding or running for public office again.
For his part, Nadler claimed Hirschfeld tried to bribe him.
“He openly lied on several occasions and is no longer fit,” said Hirschfeld, who charged Nadler with defamation.
Trump got involved in the project after Hirschfeld and his partners defaulted on their loans. Like those before him, the young developer faced off against Nadler and his backers — a phalanx of resident celebrities that included authors E. L. Doctorow, Robert Caro and Betty Friedan. Their neighborhood coalition threw glitzy cocktail fundraisers and distributed flyers warning residents that Trump’s luxury skyscraper would cast a huge shadow over the neighborhood and cover local parks in darkness for most of the day. The influx of thousands of people working at the proposed television studios and mall would overwhelm the neighborhood’s fragile infrastructure, especially the 72nd Street subway, they said.
“I’m going to pick apart [Trump’s project] any way I can,” Nadler told The New York Observer in 1996. “It’s not technicalities, I think it’s a terrible project.”
By the early 1990s, Trump began to scale back some of his grand plans for the development, which he had renamed Riverside South. He displayed new plans to the civic groups that were opposing him that would move an elevated roadway below ground level, allowing him to build a 23-acre park with access to the Hudson.
While community activists such as Messinger eventually agreed to the compromise and other civic groups dropped their lawsuits against Riverside South, Nadler stuck to his guns. He worked behind the scenes in Congress to withhold $160 million in federal funds to move and submerge part of the West Side Highway.
“He always felt that if his community was against something, then he was against it,” said Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, who worked as an aide for Nadler after he was first elected to Congress in 1992. “It [Riverside South] consumed a lot of his time. He seemed to have limitless hours and worked well into the night.”
While he was blocking the federal cash that Trump needed to move the highway, Nadler also lobbied the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to prevent Trump from acquiring a $355.5 million tax-free mortgage guarantee for the project’s first four buildings. The guarantee would have allowed Trump to get tax-free construction financing under a program that required developers to set aside 20 percent of the apartments as subsidized housing.
“It’s outrageous at a time of deep budget cuts that Mr. Trump would seek a down payment from working Americans for his luxury high-rise development in Manhattan,” Nadler said in 1995. “Why should taxpayers be asked to chip in for this massive and wasteful boondoggle?”
For years, Nadler had said he wanted the development site to be turned into a rail freight terminal, in order to help the city’s manufacturing sector which at the time employed more than 500,000 people.
Some of Nadler’s biggest political contributions have come from transportation workers unions. The Sheet Metal, Air, Rail & Transportation Union was among his single biggest donors, contributing $115,500 to his campaigns for Congress since 1991, public records show.
Trump turned the defeat of losing out on federal funds on its head: “Jerry Nadler fell right into my trap,” he said in July 1995. “He helped my development.”
Trump said he knew all along that the highway was not going to be moved, but in the meantime he had managed to turn many of the civic groups into allies. He called Nadler’s arguments “total nonsense” and said the Congressman was only opposing him for publicity purposes.
Trump had taken to calling the then-portly lawmaker “Fat Jerry,” a monker he continues to use with aides at the White House.
But it was a Pyrrhic victory for Trump whose real estate empire was in financial trouble after he had extended himself on the Riverside South development and other investments in casinos. Trump was forced to sell the project to a group of Hong Kong developers, who eventually sold the whole thing to Extell Development. As part of the new development plans for the site, the 152-story tower was scrapped, and the residential buildings were limited to between 30 and 50 stories each. Three condos and three high-rise rental buildings were built on the site — now known as Waterline Square.
After the public backbiting over the project finally ended in the mid 1990s, Trump called to set up a meeting with Nadler to seek his support on another project, this one involving the Stock Exchange in Lower Manhattan.
“We got together for breakfast,” said Neil Goldstein, Nadler’s chief of staff from December 1992 to 1996.
“Trump started off by saying, ‘I know you are going to oppose me because you hate me,’” Goldstein recalled.
But Nadler listened “intently” to the developer, and actually agreed with many of Trump’s points, Goldstein told The Post.
“It was actually a really good meeting, even if the project never got off the ground,” he said.
Links to Democratic Socialists of America
Nadler has long been close to Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee and then Democratic Socialists of America -regularly attending the DSA sponsored annual Socialist Scholars Conference in New York.
Prominent DSOC member
According to Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee founder and chairman Michael Harrington, the influence of the group is disproportionate to its size because of the positions held by some DSOC members within the Democratic Party.
In 1980 prominent DSOC members included Rep, Ronald Dellums (D-CA); Hilda Mason, D.C. City Council, Harlan Baker, Maine state legislature; Jerry Nadler, New York state legislature, Perry Bullard, Michigan state legislature; Ruth Messinger, New York City Council; Harry Britt, San Francisco Board of Supervisors; Patrick Gorman, chairman of the board, Amalgamated Meatcutters; William Winpisinger, president, International Association of Machinists ; Irving Bluestone, vice president, United Auto Workers; Martin Gerber, vice-president, UAW, Sol Stetin, senior vice-president, Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers , Joyce Miller, national president, Coalition of Labor Union Women ; Dolores Huerta, vice-president, United Farmworkers, Cleveland Robinson, president, District 65, UAW; Victor Gotbaum, head of District Council 37, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees , New York, Mildred Jeffrey; Victor Reuther; James Farmer; Nat Hentoff; Gloria Steinem; Rosemary Reuther; Harvey Cox and Irving Howe.
Member of DSA NYC Local
Identified again as a DSA member
- In New York, DSA State assembly members now include Eileen Dugan, Denny Farrell, and Jerry Nadler. Ed Wallace remains on the New York City Council, as an at large member, while Ruth Messinger was re-elected to the council...
Monday May 1, 1989 New York Democratic Socialists of America sponsored a showing of the pro-union film "Matewan" in solidarity with striking Eastern Airlines workers. Jerry Nadler added his name to the sponsoring committee.
Endorsement for Comptroller race
The New Democratic Coalition was a "coalition of progressive Democrats" which included New York Democratic Socialists of America, many individual Democratic Socialists including Ronnie Eldridge, and Ruth Messinger and some communists including Margaret Chin, a known Communist Workers Party leader and Communist Party USA supporters such as Richard Gottfried, Frances Boehm, and Miriam Friedlander.
In 1995 Jerrold Nadler was prominentat the DSA Socialist Scholars Conference April 7-9 New York City. Nadler was involved in Panel 1 "Crisis In The City" with Frances Fox Piven and William Kornblum.
Jerrold Nadler attended the 14th Annual Socialist Scholars Conference: "Two Cheers for Utopia: Reimagining Socialism" April 12-14, 1996 in New York City.
Other speakers included: Mimi Abramovitz, Daniel Singer, Harry Magdoff, Istvan Meszaros, Barbara Epstein, Ruth Sidel, Carlos Vilas, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, L. A. Kauffman, Leo Panitch, Hector Figueroa, David Abdulah, Louise Merriweather, Ngugi wa Thiongo, Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Alexandr Buzgalin, Leith Mullings, Axel Queval, Pap Ndale, Jean-Pierre Page, and dozens more...
1995 DSA National Conference
Jerry Nadler addressed the 1995 Democratic Socialists of America National Conference.
DSA "People's Hearing on Economic Insecurity"
New York DSA held a "People's Hearing on Economic Insecurity" on October 28, 1995. The hearing, chaired by Congress members Major Owens and Jerry Nadler, was the second of twelve planned by DSA locals during the next year. With Republicans controlling both Houses of Congress, "progressive" legislation such as Ron Dellums' Living Wage/Jobs for Al1 Act and Bernie Sanders' Corporate Responsibility Act "can't get a hearing these days". Congressman Ron Dellums thus asked DSA to organize town meetings around the country that could begin to "refocus the public debate and unite poor, working and middle-class people around a program for economic justice and growth."
"It's shocking to me that no one is questioning whether the conservative way is the best way to promote growth," agreed Congressmember Nadler. " Many economists show that putting more money in the hands of the poor and middle class is more effective, and that one dollar spent by the govern inenthasgreater impact on the economy than one dollar spent by the private sector."
We have to put an end to the sterile debate, Nadler added, between conservatives who argue for growth through removing regulatory fetters and putting more money in the hands of the rich by reducing taxes, and liberals who argue for redistribution. "We need growth with fairness and equity, an industrial policy and investment in infrastructure and human capital."
Social Security briefing
- Recently, Congressional Representative Jerrold Nadler briefed DSA activists from around the country on the state of the Social Security situation. According to Nadler, the Social Security "crisis" isn't financial, it's political.
Congressman Nadler, attacked conservative assumptions, and called the "assault on social insurance a danger to the health and well-being of the citizens of the U.S."
Nadler pointed out, however, that it's "hard to stop something with nothing: "People on our side of the aisles have to have a positive plan." To this end Nadler has proposed a bill, HR1043, that addresses some of the perceived problems with Social Security.
Union Park Square event
- In March, New York City DSA arranged several panels and a reception at the Socialist Scholars Conference.
- For May Day (also known as Law Day in the United States), the local held an event in Union Square Park with Congressman Jerry Nadler and other speakers about the erosion of the rule of law under the Bush administration and about the promises of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision still unfulfilled on its 50th anniversary.
America's Future Now Conferences
Jerry Nadler 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.
National Jobs For All Coalition
Still DSA member?
The rival Social Democrats USA (SD-USA) have alleged that Jerrold Nadler is a memberof Democratic Socialists of America. SD-USA's website history of the U.S. socialist movement confirms the known DSA membership of Ron Dellums, Major Owens, David Dinkins and John Sweeney and also names Nadler as a member.
- The Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee merges with the New American Movement, a socialist group that emerged from the New Left, to form the Democratic Socialists of America. To date, three members of the Democratic Socialists of America (link) have served in the U.S. Congress: Ronald Dellums, Major Owens, and Jerry Nadler. Democratic Socialists of America member, David Dinkins, is elected mayor of New York city. John Sweeney, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, becomes president of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organization.
HR 109 endorser
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.
Greeting the Peace Marchers
The Great Peace Marchers arrived in New York, October 23 1986, after trekking 3,500 miles with their message of global nuclear disarmament.
They were greeted at the George Washington Bridge by Mark Green, Democratic candidate for Senate, David Dinkins, Manhattan Borough president, David Livingston, president of District 65 UAW, Assemblymembers David Paterson and Jerrold Nadler, and City Council members Ruth Messinger, Miriam Friedlander, Carolyn Maloney and Stanley Michaels.
Hiroshima Day, 1993
On August 6 1993, a rally to commemorate Hiroshima Day was held at the United Nations, Dag Hammarskjold Park, New York. The rally was designed "to kickoff a national campaign to collect a million signatures supporting a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, commend president Clinton for extending the nuclear testing moratorium, urge renewal of the Non Proliferation Treaty, urge swift and complete nuclear disarmament."
- Leslie Cagan, Cuba Information Project
- Elizabeth Holtzman, NYC Comptroller
- Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
- David McReynolds, War Resisters League
- Ruth Messinger, Manhattan Borough President
- Congressman Jerrold Nadler
- Sonja Ostrom, Metro New York Peace Action Council
- Congressman Major Owens
- Congressman Charles Rangel
- Congressman Edolphus Towns
- Lloyd Wallisch, World Court Project, U.S. branch
- Alyn Ware, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy
Communist Party connections
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 Jerrold Nadler.
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
New York rally
Flynn Club support
- Sometimes, we must be free to disagree with Democrats on selected issues, even those whom we have supported, such as Obama on a national level, Jerrold Nadler, a progressive Congressman from Manhattan, and Bill DeBlasio, who is New York City's new progressive mayor. For example, we should be free to advocate a general reduction of our country's military and to disagree with the Obama Administration's expansion of some sections of our military forces.
Congressional Progressive Caucus
Progressive State of the Union Address, 1999
January 19, 1999, members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and Institute for Policy Studies, talked about issues that they are planning to address in the upcoming year, at the Progressive State of the Union Address. Some of the issues they intend to address are poverty in the United States, national defense, the global economy, Medicare, and education. Rep. Conyers stated that the House disregarded the views the majority of the American people when the House impeached the president.
Speakers were Tammy Baldwin [D] Wisconsin, John Cavanagh Co-Director Institute for Policy Studies, John Conyers, [D] Michigan, Peter DeFazio [D] Oregon, Karen Dolan, Coordinator Institute for Policy Studies, Earl Hilliard, [D] Alabama, Maurice Hinchey, [D] New York, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, [D] Ohio, Barbara Lee, [D] California, Jerrold Nadler, [D] New York, Grace Napolitano, [D] California, Major Owens, [D] New York, Bernie Sanders, [I] Vermont, Jan Schakowsky, [D] Illinois.
Progressive Caucus SOTU Address
On Thursday, January 27 2000, from 3:30pm to 5:00pm in 2253 of RHOB, the Congressional Progressive Caucus held its 3rd Annual Congressional Progressive Caucus' State of the Union Address. This event was also sponsored by the Institute for Policy Studies' Progressive Challenge coalition whose Fairness Agenda for America is endorsed by 200 public interest groups nationally.
Caucus Chair Rep. Peter DeFazio(D-OR) stated "The Progressive Caucus Alternative State of the Union will provide a much needed reality check to politicians who would rather ignore the priorities of Americans left out of the economic boom -- priorities like access to quality health care and education, repairing crumbling schools, addressing the growing gap between the rich and poor, and creating a sustainable global economy that works for everyone, not just the corporate architects."
Anticipated speakers included: Peter DeFazio (D-OR), House Minority Whip David Bonior (D-MI), Earl Hilliard (D-AL);Dennis Kucinich (D-OH); Cynthia McKinney (D-GA);. Major Owens (D-NY)Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Tammy Baldwin (D-WI);. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY);Barbara Lee (D-CA); Jerrold Nadler (D-NY); and Lynn Woolsey(D-CA). John Cavanagh, director of the Institute for Policy Studies also made some remarks regarding public interest groups support of a progressive agenda.
- The Congressional Progressive Caucus, Chaired by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), consists of over a quarter of the House Democrats, one Independent and Senator Paul Wellstone. The Caucus will be releasing position papers on Health Care and Income Inequality, with reports on the Alternative Federal Budget, Social Security, Minimum Wage, Education and the Global Economy.
Remembering Ernesto Jofre
Ernesto Jofre, died March 5 2001, age 64, was a New York labor activist and Communist Party USA honoree. He was business manager and secretary/treasurer of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union Local 169
Jerrold Nadler addressed Jofre's March 11 memorial service at the UNITE headquarters in New York. Noting that President Bush was "making war on workers", Nadler reminded workers of the adage '"Don't mourn. Organise".
Health Care Access resolution
John Conyers promoted House Concurrent Resolution 99 (H. Con Res. 99) Directing Congress to enact legislation by October 2004 that provides access to comprehensive health care for all Americans. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES April 4, 2001.
Sponsors:John Conyers (for himself), Jan Schakowsky, John Tierney, Barbara Lee, Donna Christensen, David Bonior, Dennis Kucinich, Earl Hilliard, Maurice Hinchey, Jerry Nadler, Donald Payne Chaka Fattah, Peter DeFazio, John Lewis Tammy Baldwin, Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Barney Frank, Henry Waxman, Cynthia McKinney, Jim Langevin, George Miller Alcee Hastings, Patsy Mink, John Olver , Bennie Thompson, Pete Stark, Julia Carson, and Mike Capuano submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce;
- Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), that the Congress shall enact legislation by October 2004 to guarantee that every person in the United States, regardless of income, age, or employment or health status, has access to health care..
Progressive Majority Advisory Committee
The Permanent Partners Immigration Act
In 2004, the United States Student Association and college students nationwide are calling their legislators Wednesday to garner support fora bill that would make immigration easier for the samesex partners of U.S. citizens. The Permanent Partners Immigration Act would allow U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who are in a permanent samesex partnership to sponsor their partners for immigration purposes. The University of California at Los Angeles is a member campus of USSA and helps fund the organization through a portion of its student fees. Currently, there is no legal recognition for same-sex couples under immigration law, and many couples are separated when one partner moves to the United States. The legislation has been co-sponsored by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. Nadler said in a statement, "My bill only demands that those people in same-sex partnerships receive equal treatment to those who can get legally married." Nadler first introduced the bill in 2000 and has reintroduced it several times since then, sometimes timing it with Valentine's Day.
In addition to PPIA's positive effects for college students in bi-national same-sex relationships, PPIA would improve the quality of education for all U.S. college students by allowing more college faculty and staff to remain in the U.S. with their partners," USSA President Rebecca Wasserman said in a statement. Nicholas Sakurai, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Student Empowerment Project at USSA Foundation, said the act would allow international students to obtain visas regardless of same-sex partnership. Currently, more than a dozen other countries allow the sponsoring of a same-sex partner for immigration. Matt Kaczmarek, external vice president of the Undergraduate Students Association Council, said the PPIA is just one part of a strategy to make it easier for students regardless of race, sexual orientation or other factors, to access higher education. He added that if the law were enacted, it would make higher education institutions more accessible to students wishing to study abroad and to bring a partner. Kian Boloori, chair of the UCLA Queer Alliance, said, "The queer alliance is definitely for the PPIA. ... Immigration is another field that shows the discrepancy between what married couples get and what same sex-couples are afforded. ... This act is a step toward equality for same-sex couples."
In 2007, with the Democrats in control of Congress, Rep. Nadler was given the honor of serving as the Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. He is also the highest ranking Northeastern member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, an Assistant Democrat Whip, and the New York State Congressional Delegation’s representative on the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, "affording him the opportunity to work on a daily basis to craft and shape the policy and major laws that govern our country".
Peace Pledge Coalition
In 2007 90 Members of Congress, pledged in an open letter delivered to President Bush: "We will only support appropriating funds for U.S. military operations in Iraq during Fiscal Year 2008 and beyond for the protection and safe redeployment of all our troops out of Iraq before you leave office." The letter was initiated by the Peace Pledge Coalition. The Coalition was led by Tim Carpenter, Progressive Democrats of America, Bob Fertik, Democrats.com Medea Benjamin, CodePink, Bill Fletcher, co-founder of Center for Labor Renewal David Swanson, AfterDowningStreet.org, Democrats.com, Progressive Democrats of America, Kevin Zeese, Voters for Peace, Democracy Rising, Brad Friedman, co-founder of Velvet Revolution, Bill Moyer, Backbone Campaign.
Judiciary House Sub - commttee
In 2010, Nadler was chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. 
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 Jerry Nadler. 
When the Democratic Socialists of America connected John Conyers, called for an investigation of the Democratic Socialists of America connected ACORN, the effort was brought to an halt, by the Democratic Socialists of America connected Jerry Nadler.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chairman of subcommittee on the Constitution, made the case that the bill to deny federal funding to ACORN, may not, if signed into law, stand up to court challenges.
The ACORN bill, Nadler claimed, was essentially a "bill of attainder," a measure targeted to benefit or penalize an individual or group which is prohibited in the Constitution, Article 1, Sections 9 and 10.
In a floor speech tonight, Nadler said:
- A little while ago, the House passed an amendment to the bill that we were considering that says no contract or federal funds may ever go to ACORN, a named organization, or to any individual or organization affiliated with ACORN. Unfortunately, this was done in the spirit of the moment and nobody had the opportunity to point out that this is a flat violation of the Constitution, constituting a Bill of Attainder. The Constitution says that Congress shall never pass a Bill of Attainder. Bills of Attainder, no matter what their form, apply either to a named individual or to easily ascertainable members of a group, to inflict punishment. That’s exactly what this amendment does.
- “It may be that ACORN is guilty of various infractions, and, if so, it ought to be vetted, or maybe sanctioned, by the appropriate administrative agency or by the judiciary. Congress must not be in the business of punishing individual organizations or people without trial.
Working Families Party
In 2013 Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and several Senators. Bobby Score, and Arlene Geiger were assigned as contacts for Rep. Nadler.
Anti-Fracking legislation endorser
On March 14, 2013, Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) have introduced the Bringing Reductions to Energy’s Airborne Toxic Health Effect (BREATHE) Act, and the Focused Reduction of Effluence and Stormwater runoff through Hydraulic Environmental Regulation (FRESHER) Act, in order to ensure that the hydraulic fracking industry follows the same rules that other industries do in preserving our natural resources. This legislation is focused on ensuring the safety and the health of the communities where the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process is already taking place.
The BREATHE Act would ensure that we close the oil and gas industry’s loophole to the Clean Air Act’s aggregation provision, in addition to adding hydrogen sulfide—a chemical associated with nausea, vomiting, headaches, and irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat—to the Clean Air Act’s federal list of hazardous air pollutants.
The BREATHE Act has the following original co-sponsors including: Reps. Rush Holt, Jr., Raul Grijalva, John Sarbanes, James Moran, Michael Quigley, Earl Blumenauer, Gerry Connolly, Zoe Lofgren, Michael Honda, Paul Tonko, Barbara Lee, David Price, Carolyn Maloney, Michael Capuano, Mark Pocan, Jim McDermott, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Alcee Hastings, Keith Ellison, Niki Tsongas, William Keating, Adam Smith, Jim Langevin, Chellie Pingree, Judy Chu, Louise Slaughter, Jerrold Nadler, Grace Meng, Jan Schakowsky, Nita Lowey, Jared Huffman, Gary Peters and Alan Lowenthal.
The following organizations have endorsed this legislation and are actively working to garner support within Congress and throughout the country: Physicians for Social Responsibility, Natural Resources Defense Council, Earthjustice, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Sierra Club, Earthworks, Breast Cancer Action, Clean Water Action, Environment America, Greenpeace, Nature Abounds, Oil Change International, Citizens for a Healthy Community, Citizens for Huerfano County, Clean Water Action Colorado, Erie Rising, Grassroots Energy Activist Network, Holy Terror Farm, San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council, SOS Foundation, Western Colorado Congress of Mesa County, Western Slope Conservation Center and Wilderness Workshop.
June 18, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), Chairman of the House Liberty Caucus, and Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), the Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee, announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation to address National Security Agency surveillance.
H.R. 2399, the Limiting Internet and Blanket Electronic Review of Telecommunications and Email Act (LIBERT-E Act), restricts the federal government’s ability under the Patriot Act to collect information on Americans who are not connected to an ongoing investigation. The bill also requires that secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court opinions be made available to Congress and summaries of the opinions be made available to the public.
A coalition of 32 Members of Congress joined Conyers and Amash in introducing the bill. After introduction, Conyers and Amash issued the following statement:
The following Members of Congress cosponsored the legislation:
Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) Rep. John Duncan (R-TN) Rep. William Enyart (D-IL) Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) Rep. Rush Holt, Jr. (D-NJ) Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME) Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) 
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. Nadler.
Praising Margaret Chin
In January 2014, after winning a tough re-election campaign against a much younger opponent with little political experience, Councilmember Margaret Chin showed off her own strong political ties as she entered a second term at her inauguration.
Chin was also praised — always professionally, but sometimes on a deeply personal level — by Sen. Chuck Schumer, House Representatives Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Borough President Gale Brewer, and State Sen. Daniel Squadron.
PDA contact 2014
Metropolitan College gala
Metropolitan College of New York celebrated its founding with a 50th Anniversary Gala, Thursday, October 23, 2014 at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. Themed, “Amplify the Dream”; the Gala highlighted the school’s dynamic history. The Gala’s honorary chair was Mayor David Dinkins, New York City’s first Black mayor.
“I am honored to serve as honorary chair of MCNY’s Anniversary Gala,” said Mayor Dinkins. “For half a century, MCNY has not only produced professional citizens in New York City, but those who are also socially-responsible and share a commitment to give back and make our society a better place for all New Yorkers.”
The distinguished members of the honorary committee include: Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gale Brewer, Manhattan Borough President; Ruben Diaz, Jr., Bronx Borough President; Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; Carmen de Lavallade and the late Geoffrey Holder; Fernando Ferrer, Vice Chairman, MTA and former Bronx President; Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Ruth Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service; Senator Charles E. Schumer and Reverend Al Sharpton. The Gala honorees include: Helen LaKelly Hunt (Changemaker), Dr. Edison O. Jackson (Trailblazer) and R. Rick Baker (Champion). Robert Sargent Shriver was honored posthumously.
No cuts rally
Scores of seniors came to the U.S. Capitol October 2013, joined hands with Members of Congress, and formed a human chain in opposition to the Chained CPI formula and all benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The Congressional Progressive Caucus hosted the demonstration, as Alliance for Retired Americans members joined with Social Security Works and other allies. The event was emceed by Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Keith Ellison (D-MN). Other Members of Congress at the event included Reps. Cheri Bustos (IL); David Cicilline (RI); Yvette Clarke (NY); John Conyers (MI); Elijah Cummings (MD); Rosa DeLauro (CT); Alan Grayson (FL); Mike Honda (CA); Steven Horsford (NV); Barbara Lee (CA); Sheila Jackson Lee (TX); Alan Lowenthal (CA); Dan Maffei (NY); Carolyn Maloney (NY); Jerrold Nadler (NY); Mark Pocan (WI); Jan Schakowsky (IL); Mark Takano (CA); and Paul Tonko (NY).
Working Families Party
ARA PAF endorsement, 2014
Signers of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's May 12, 2015 launched The Progressive Agenda to Combat Income Inequality included US Rep. Jerry Nadler.
Backing John Lewis
Anti "Muslim ban" rally
After 17 people were detained without charges this morning in John F. Kennedy Airport, protesters and elected officials gathered in Battery Park to speak against President Donald Trump’s slew of executive orders banning immigrants from seven Muslim majority countries and halting the entry of refugees into the country.
The New York Immigration Coalition, Make The Road New York, the National Immigration Law Center and several other New York-based organizations coordinated the rally, and over 10,000 supporters attended.
Among the speakers were Senators Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Mayor Bill de Blasio, activist Linda Sarsour and U.S. Representative Jerry Nadler. Many elected officials were also present at the rally in Washington Square Park on Wednesday, which promoted a similar message of open borders with the hashtag #NoBanNoWall.
Addressing the crowd, Schumer said that the protests in JFK contributed to the fight against Trump’s recent executive orders regarding immigration.
“Because of your actions, he [Secretary John F. Kelly] promised me that the 42 who are detained and under court order to be released, will be released to the United States and to freedom shortly,” Schumer said during his speech. “So we’ve made progress for 42 — we have to make progress for thousands and tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands more.”
“People are saying that an attack on one is an attack on everyone, not just an issue that is limited to one group,” Mayat said. “It is really impactful and it gives me a lot of hope.”
People's Climate March endorsements
According to their website:
- "Here are some of the leading artists, athletes and influencers helping to spread the word about the People's Climate March, including Jerry Nadler."
No Muslim ban
Yasmine Taeb October 18, 2017:
Today, we had another victory as a federal judge in Hawaii has temporarily blocked Trump's Muslim ban 3.0. Thank you to Rep. Hank Johnson, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, faith leaders, advocates, and supporters who joined us at our recent action at the White House to oppose this discriminatory and unconstitutional travel ban.
Please join our Thunderclap tomorrow and the national mobilization to oppose Muslim ban 3.0 - and urge Congress to rescind this discriminatory travel ban and to call on the Trump administration to raise the refugee admissions goal for next year to 75,000. #NoMuslimBanEver
Medicare For All Congressional Caucus founders
In August 2018 Medicare For All Congressional Caucus founding members included Representative Jerry Nadler.
Medicare for All Act
In February 2019 Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduced H.R.1384 - Medicare for All Act of 2019. By May 29 she had 110 co-sponsors including Rep. Jerry Nadler.
Release Judy Clark
April 2 , 2019 New York State Board of Parole Supervising Offender Rehabilitation Coordinator Bedford Hills Correctional Facility
Dear Commissioners of the Board of Parole:
We, the undersigned Federal, State, and local elected officials and leaders of civil rights organizations, write to urge the New York State Board of Parole (“Parole Board”) to follow the law and parole guidelines and grant parole to Judith Clark.
During her 37 years in prison, Ms. Clark, through her words as well as her deeds, has transformed herself into a symbol of redemption, hope, and the human capacity for change. She has disavowed violence, accepted responsibility for her actions, and issued heartfelt and public apologies dating back to 1994 when parole was not even a remote possibility.
Ms. Clark participated in an unspeakable tragedy. Three people were killed, including two police officers. Although Ms. Clark was the “getaway” driver and did not fire any weapon, she does not minimize her role or in any way try to absolve herself from guilt. Judith Clark is painfully aware of the irrevocable harm she caused, and for more than three decades has done everything a human being could do to repair, repent and express remorse. She again forthrightly acknowledged her role, accepted responsibility, and expressed her contrition to the Parole Board at her initial appearance before the Board in April 2017.
At age 69 and after 37 years in prison, Judith Clark is among the oldest and longest serving women in New York State prison (only one woman among the almost 2,400 currently incarcerated in New York has served longer than Ms. Clark). We ask that you consider who she is today in 2019, not who she was in 1981, and implore you to grant her release.
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- Lelaine Valdez Bigelow
- Erinn Burnough
- Reid Cherlin
- Daryl Cochrane
- Kimberly Corbin
- Marilyn Daitsman
- Rena Diamond
- John Graham Doty
- Erin Drinkwater
- Zachary Farley
- Marc Fernandez
- Jonathan Flaherty
- Benjamin Freeman
- Laura Friedman
- Arturo Garcia-Costa
- Connie Sue Gillett
- Andrew Ginsburg
- Ari Goldberg
- J. William Goold
- Robert Gottheim
- David Greengrass
- Brett Heimov
- Michael Hurlbut
- Shinichi Inouye
- Rachel Kahn
- Leah Kane
- Michael Kay
- Ilan Kayatsky
- Barry Klein
- Maya Kremen
- Joshua Kruskol
- William Kuhns
- David Lachmann
- Micah Lasher
- Lyudmila Lenderman
- Andrea Martin
- Jennifer McCue
- Celine Mizrahi
- Lisette Morton
- Adam Nashban
- Nnennaya Okezie
- Rachel Ostendorf
- James Owens
- Daniel Penchina
- Rebecca Raiser
- Linda Rosenthal
- Lisa Rubin
- Amy Beth Rutkin
- Heather Sawyer
- Daniel Scandling
- Eric Schmeltzer
- Maximiliano Sevillia
- Janice Siegel
- Katherine Smith
- Jeffrey Stein
- Malea Stenzel
- Ellen Wallach
- Daniel Weisfeld
- Jessica Wett
- Jillian Youngblood
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