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Mark Takano


Mark Takano is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 41st district of California.[1] Takano is supported by the Victory Fund.

Mark Takano represents Riverside, Moreno Valley, Perris and Jurupa Valley in the United States Congress.[2]

Background

Mark Takano attended La Sierra High School in the Alvord Unified School District.In 1979, he graduated as the school's valedictorian. Mark attended Harvard College and received his bachelor's degree in Government in 1983. As a student, he bused tables to help make ends meet. During his senior year, he organized and co-founded Ride for Life, a transcontinental bicycle ride to benefit the international development agency Oxfam America.

Upon graduation, Takano worked as a substitute teacher for various public school systems in the Boston area.

Mark Takano returned home to Riverside and obtained his secondary teaching credential in Language Arts and Social Studies at the University of California at Riverside. He began teaching in the Rialto Unified School District in 1988 in schools serving predominantly Latino and African American students. Since 2009, he has served as advisor to the Rialto High School Gay Straight Student Alliance.

In 1990, Takano was elected to the Riverside Community College District's Board of Trustees, finishing first among eleven candidates competing for two seats. He was elected Board President in 1991. As a Trustee, Mark helped oversee the transition of the District's Norco and Moreno Valley campuses to become independent colleges. He has won re-election to the Board in 1995, 1999, 2004 and 2008.[3]

Mark Takano's long history of public service in Riverside County includes roles on the Community Advisory Board of the Children's Spine Foundation and the Board of the Chancellor's Asian Pacific Islander Community Advisory Center at the University of California, Riverside. He has served as chairman of the Riverside Mayor's Task Force on the Digital Divide, Chairman of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of the California Democratic Party, a charter member of the Association of Latino Community College Trustees, a member of the Association of California Asian American Trustees and a member of Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education. He is a recipient of the Martin Luther King Visionaries Award.

Influence

In Congress, Mark Takano is a member of the Veterans' Affairs and Science, Space and Technology Committees.[4]

Conversion

Mark Takano switched from Republican to Democrat, before his first run for Congress in 1992.

Claiming his Harvard education enlightened him, Mark A. Takano '83 has turned Democrat to seek a congressional seat in Southern California's upcoming elections.

Takano, a Republican throughout college, now finds himself the Democratic contender in a closely paired race for the 43rd congressional district of Riverside County.

"My whole family is Republican and I was a Republican all the way through college," Takano said. "But my Harvard education really had an impact. It truly made me smarter. I became a Democrat," he said.

Takano said he bucked the trend of the 1980s, when more and more college students adopted the Republican platform.

His original plans to be a Republican-affiliated lawyer fell through when he saw the party no longer had a place for him.

"They [Republicans] were so ideologically conservative, both economically and culturally," said Takano. "They lost their pragmatism."

Takano cited Central America, trickle-down economics, the pro-life position and treatment of minority groups as issues that influenced his political conversion.

"From the minorities point of view, the Republicans were incredibly divisive in their rhetoric," Takano said. "Most minorities felt they lost any sort of representation in the government." [5]

2012 CLW House victories

2012 Council for a Livable World House Victories were;

Ron Barber (D-AZ), Ami Bera (D-CA), Tim Bishop (D-NY) Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Bruce Braley (D-IA), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Lois Capps (D-CA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Lois Frankel (D-FL), John Garamendi (D-CA), Joe Garcia (D-FL), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), Denny Heck (D-WA), Steven Horsford (D-NV), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Patrick Murphy (D-FL), Rick Nolan (D-MN), Raul Ruiz (D-CA), Brad Schneider(D-IL), Carol Shea-Porter(D–NH), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Mark Takano(D-CA) and John Tierney(D-MA)..[6]
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According to the Council for a Livable World website;

Mark Takano is a forceful progressive champion with a twenty year record as a local elected leader in California’s newly created 41st Congressional District...
Takano’s Japanese American heritage gives him a unique perspective on peace and nuclear disarmament. Takano’s grandfather was born in Hiroshima. Both of his parents and all four of his grandparents were interned by the US Government during World War II. In 2002, Takano visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum with his Aunt Kikue. This emotional and powerful experience helped reinforce Mark’s commitment to peace and nuclear disarmament..
Mark Takano’s personal understanding of the horrors of nuclear weapons lends a special credibility to his calls for disarmament. You can amplify this voice by helping to send him to the U.S. Congress.

CLW Inauguration event

Council for a Livable World and the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation hosted an event on Monday, January 21, 2013 celebrating the second inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and theirr endorsed candidates in the 113th Congress. The event was held at the Phoenix Park Hotel ballroom across from Union Station and just two blocks from the U.S. Capitol.

A number of prestigious guests attended the event, including Senators Tammy Baldwin, Martin Heinrich, Angus King and Bernie Sanders, U.S. Representatives Suzan DelBene, Lois Frankel and Mark Takano, United Steel Workers International President Leo Gerard, host of The Ed Show on MSNBC, Ed Schultz and Vicki Hansen Thackray from the executive committee of Democrats Abroad.

Gary Collins, President of the board of Council for a Livable World, kicked off the celebration with a short speech highlighting the work of the Council during the 2012 election cycle.

United States Representatives Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Mark Takano (D-CA) also addressed the reception audience.Rep. Takano spoke about his family, who were survivors of the nuclear bombing at Hiroshima during World War II. Their powerful stories have reinforced his interest in promoting peace. [7]

Congressional Progressive Caucus

In January 2013, Mark Takano was listed as a new member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[8]

In January 2015, Mark Takano was listed as a Vice Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[9]

Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

In May 2013, Mark Takano was listed as the Whip of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.[10]

Asian American Action Fund supported candidate

In the 2012 election, Mark Takano was supported by the Asian American Action Fund.[11]

In the 2014 election, Mark Takano was supported by the Asian American Action Fund.[12]

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).[13]

Grayson/Takano letter

In early 2013 Mark Takano and Alan Grayson, with Progressive Democrats of America help, drafted a "line in the sand" letter to president Barack Obama, urging no cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits.

Dear President Obama:

We join millions of Americans in applauding your Inaugural Address declaration that “we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.
Democrats have built the most popular government programs in American history – including Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security -- by working with Republicans whenever possible and by defeating Republican opposition whenever necessary. The torch has been passed to today’s elected officials, and we must carry it forward boldly.
Voters across the political spectrum oppose cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits, and we must do whatever it takes to protect these vital benefits from cuts.

That’s why we write to let you know that we will vote against any and every cut to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits -- including raising the retirement age or cutting the cost of living adjustments that our constituents earned and need.
We firmly believe that the best way to reduce our deficit and make our economy grow is to create jobs, and we look forward to a returned focus on this core issue.
We also know that there are common-sense reforms that would reduce health-care costs and save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars without cutting benefits. If Republicans oppose these reforms, and insist on benefits cuts, that proves they are not concerned about the deficit – but instead are trying to tear the social safety net and cause pain for our constituents who can least absorb it.
Finally, Americans agree that there is more that must be done to require the rich and giant corporations to pay their fair share. Indeed, it is their patriotic duty to do so.
As you negotiate with Republicans, you deserve to know that millions of Americans and the below signed Members of Congress stand ready to fight for the principles listed above.
Sincerely,

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ),Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN), Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL),Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY)Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA),Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL), Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA), Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL), Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO), Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ), Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Rep. Eni Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa), Rep. Donna Christensen (D - Virgin Islands), Hon. Pedro Pierluisi (Puerto Rico)

The following Representatives released supportive statements, but have not signed onto the Grayson-Takano letter:

  • Rep. Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02)statement promising to vote against any cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits.
  • Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA), : statement promising to vote against cuts to Social Security or Medicaid benefits.
  • Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME): statement promising to vote against any cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits.
  • Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-02): statement promising to vote against Chained CPI.
  • Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI): statement promising to vote against Chained CPI.
  • Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01): statement promising to vote against Chained CPI.[14]

Progressive Democrats of America claims - "Our team on the hill met with Rep. Mark Takano who thankedd us for our work on the Grayson/Takano letter".[15]

Prosperity Not Austerity reception

Tim Carpenter introduces Mark Takano

April 17, 2013 Progressive Democrats of America hosted a Prosperity Not Austerity reception at Busboys and Poets, in Washington DC, featuring PDA National Board member Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Mark Takano, PDA National Board member Michael Lighty from National Nurses United and Rev. Lennox Yearwood.[16]

Tim Carpenter/PDA connection

From the Progressives Democrats of America website

Mark Takano made clear his strong ties to Tim Carpenter, and Progressive Democrats of America, in a "dear supporter" letter posted on the PDA website.

As a newly-elected Congressman, I know it takes a lot of work from grassroots volunteers to win election in the first place. It takes even more work to build support and deliver votes on Capitol Hill for humane, progressive policies.

So I wanted to thank all of you in the PDA community who helped me win my election last fall. I also wanted to thank PDA for working to build support for the "Line In The Sand" letter that Rep. Alan Grayson and I drafted to stand up against any cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits.
A few weeks ago, I had a good meeting with my friend Tim Carpenter. We discussed the need to educate people in our fight to save Social Security. Later, I joined Tim and many PDA supporters at Andy Shallal's great restaurant, Busboys & Poets. I really enjoyed that night. You can watch the video from that event and hear me discuss the Grayson / Takano "Line in the Sand" letter.
I've been impressed with PDA's growing Educate Congress campaign.
Thank you for visiting more than 100 district Congressional offices in both March and April. Thank you for making so many phone calls to support those visits. I can tell you, your hard work is paying off!
I know PDA volunteers will be visiting their local Congressional district offices again this May 15th. This very important work comes at a critical time, and I encourage you to help "Educate Congress" in person and on the phones.
The current battle against Social Security cuts is important for the legacy of the Democratic Party. We're fighting to protect the most important program of FDR's New Deal. I look forward to fighting alongside all of you in PDA for the heart and soul of our party:
  • Fighting to protect Social Security.
  • Fighting to extend and improve Medicare for All.
  • Fighting to build the progressive wing of our party.
  • Fighting to move this nation from austerity to prosperity.
Thank you for all you and PDA are doing for progressive politics in America. [17]

"Raise Up America"

On June 21 at the Netroots Nation premiere of the Congressional Progressive Caucus campaign to "Raise Up America." At the Parque de los Pobladores event in San Jose , Rasheen Aldridge opened by saying you "can't survive on $7.35," eliciting a call-and-response from the crowd. Rasheen was there with another worker, Darius Chambers, both supported by Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., Mark Takano, D-Calif., and Mark Pocan, D-Wis., to announce the new three-point campaign to help low-wage workers proposed by the Progressive Caucus.

  • Raise the national minimum wage
  • Make it easier for low wage workers to unionize
  • Require living wages for workers hired by federal contractors.

Rep. Takano underscored his heartfelt support for this new initiative: "We stand in Congress on the side of the 99 percent against the one percent. So we need this campaign, we need to raise the minimum wage, we need to raise up the 99 percent of America."[18]

Fred Ross award campaign

In early 2013, mainly Democratic Socialists of America aligned activists, together with many elected officials across the United States came together to urge President Barack Obama to award posthumously the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the legendary organizer, Fred Ross, Sr.. The Saul Alinsky trained radical was the first to organize people through house meetings, a mentor to both Cesar Chavez and DSAer Dolores Huerta, and a pioneer in Latino voter outreach since 1949 when he helped elect Communist Party USA affiliate Ed Roybal as Los Angeles’s first Latino council member, "Ross’ influence on social change movements remains strong two decades after his death in 1992".

Congressional endorsers of the proposal included Mark Takano.[19]

PDA contact

In 2013 Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and Senator, Clifford Smith, was signed as the contact for Rep. Takano. In June it was Radene Hiers.[20][21]

Endorsing Sciortino

Dennis Kucinich, a former Democratic Congressman from Ohio who had been one of the House’s most left-wing members, endorsed Massachusetts State Rep. Carl Sciortino in the 5th District congressional race, October 2013.

“The people of this district have a real opportunity to elect not just a worthy successor to Sen. (Edward) Markey but someone who’s been tested in the Massachusetts legislature on a wide range of social and economic issues, which resonate at a national level,” Kucinich said on a conference call sponsored by the Progressive Democrats of America.

Sciortino was not on the call.

Sciortino has been getting help nationally from progressive organizations and politicians. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee endorsed him and raised $21,000 for him from its supporters, according to the group. U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, a Florida Democrat, and U.S. Rep. Mark Takano, a California Democrat, both leaders among progressives in Congress, have endorsed Sciortino.[22]

JStreet endorsement

The socialist infiltrated, anti-Israel "two state solution" JStreet PAC endorsed Mark Takano in his 2014 Congressional race. [23]

JStreet endorsed him again in 2016.

He has traveled to Israel on numerous occasions and strongly supports US efforts to broker a two-state solution.[24]

ARA endorsements

The Alliance for Retired Americans Political Action Fund endorsed Mark Takano in 2012, 2014.[25]

Phillips connection

Mark Takano, Steve Phillips, June 2014

Mark Takano has known Steve Phillips since circa 1992.[26]

"Plotting and planning"

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Steve Phillips November 7, 2013.

With dozens of awesome leaders in the bellwether Inland Empire plotting and planning and hearing from stellar Congressman Mark Takano — with Mark Takano, Tim Silard, Andrew Wong, Ludovic Blain and Sandra Perez Gonzalez at Ontario Airport Hotel and Conference Center.

PowerPAC+

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PowerPAC+ is a political action committee formed in 2012 to build the political power of America’s multiracial majority. It emerged from the groundbreaking work of Vote Hope in 2007-08. At that time, then-Senator Barack Obama was assembling his Presidential campaign and California’s primary moved from June to a more influential month, February. "We created Vote Hope, the first super-PAC aimed at supporting Barack Obama’s bid for president. Vote Hope was the largest independent effort in the nation to increase voter turnout in communities of color. It drew in $10 million, and expanded to 18 states during the primary season".

Since then, PowerPAC+ has consulted with the leadership of the Democratic Party, organizations and campaigns about how to best build support in the communities of color.

Thanks to our many donors, we have been able to support some of the most exciting leaders to emerge in modern politics. From Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard – a two-time veteran and first Samoan in Congress, to Congressman Mark Takano – the first non-white openly gay member of Congress, to Ohio Minority Whip Nina Turner – who is standing up for voting rights in this important swing state – our group of social justice champions represent an exciting future for American politics.[27]

PowerPAC+ 2014 convention

PowerPAC+ June 25, 2014;

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With Steve Phillips, Aimee Allison, Representative Marcia Fudge, Julie Martinez Ortega and Congressman Mark Takano at National Press Club Building.

Race Will Win the Race conference

PowerPAC+ June 25, 2014;

Today's the day! #WINin2014 Race Will Win the Race conference is finally here. Check out what's to come and join us on Twitter @PowerPAC_Plus using #WINin2014. — with Stacey Abrams, Cory Booker, Trey Martinez Fischer, Representative Marcia Fudge and Mark Takano in Washington, District of Columbia.[28]

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Plus speakers Aimee Allison, Deepak Bhargava, Susan Sandler, Steve Phillips, Ingrid Nava, Andy Wong, Subodh Chandra, Linda Hammond-Darling, Alida Garcia, Julie Martinez Ortega.

PowerPAC+ supported Elected and Appointed Leadership

The list of PowerPAC+ leaders is growing.

Here are the social justice champions we have helped elect.

Victory

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Netroots Nation 2015

Speakers at Netroots Nation 2015, in Phoenix Arizona, one of the largest gatherings of progressives and the Democratic activist base, included Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley, Elizabeth Warren, Rosa DeLauro, Donna Edwards, Keith Ellison, Ruben Gallego, Raul Grijalva, Hank Johnson, Robin Kelly, Mark Takano.[30]

Condemning Criticism of Islam legislation

On December 17, 2015, Rep. Don Beyer, Jr. introduced legislation condemning "violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States." The legislation is based on unsourced claims that there is a "rise of hateful and anti-Muslim speech, violence, and cultural ignorance," and a "disproportionate targeting" of "Muslim women who wear hijabs, headscarves, or other religious articles of clothing...because of their religious clothing, articles, or observances." The resolution, H.Res.569 - Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States [31]

The legislation was cosponsored by Rep. Michael Honda, Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Joseph Crowley, Rep. Andre Carson, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Betty McCollum, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Dan Kildee, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Rep. Charles Rangel, Rep. Scott Peters, Rep. Brad Ashford, Rep. Alan Grayson, Rep. Mark Takai, Rep. Brian Higgins, Rep. William Keating, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Rep. Gerry Connolly, Rep. Ruben Gallego, Rep. Cheri Bustos, Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Kathy Castor, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Rep. Michael Quigley, Rep. Elizabeth Esty, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, Rep. Robin Kelly, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Rep. Gregory Meeks, Rep. Grace Meng, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Katherine Clark, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Alcee Hastings, Rep. Sam Farr, Rep. Frank Pallone, Rep. Jim McDermott, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Donna Edwards, Rep. Robert Brady, Rep. Frederica Wilson, Rep. Michael Doyle, Rep. Albio Sires, Rep. Suzan DelBene, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. David Loebsack, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Steve Cohen, Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, Rep. John Yarmuth, Rep. Niki Tsongas, Rep. Jim Langevin, Rep. Mark Pocan, Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Rep. Mark Takano, Rep. Tim Ryan, Rep. Jose Serrano, Rep. Hank Johnson, Rep. Paul Tonko, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Lois Capps, Rep. David Price, Rep. Doris Matsui, Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Denny Heck, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. John Carney, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Rep. John B. Larson, Rep. Dina Titus, Rep. Peter Welch, Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Rep. Jim Himes, Rep. Matt Cartwright.

Praising CAIR

“For the past two decades, CAIR has brought together community leaders, scholars, and activists to help promote and defend civil liberties.” - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.). [32]

“CAIR’s support of fellow Americans has benefited all who value our liberty and freedom.”

Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) (October 2017).

CAIR LA

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Mark Takano addressed a CAIR - Los Angeles banquet in November 2018.

Ayloush connection

Hussam Ayloush April 28 near Riverside, CA ·

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One can't go to Riverside without meeting with Congressman Mark Takano.

At the CA LULAC State Convention.

NIAC connection

National Iranian American Council October 23, 2017:

We're coming to NY and LA to share exactly how we plan to stop Trump's #MuslimBan and #SaveTheIranDeal! Don't miss out on this chance to support our community.

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Tickets for LA event: niacouncil.org/la — with Asieh Namdar, Congressman Mark Takano, Hooman Majd, Kia Hamadanchy, Trita Parsi, Michael Skolnik, Reza Marashi and Shayan Modarres.

Korean connections

Mark Takano is very close to the "progressive" Korean movement.

Asian Americans Demand a Clean DREAM Act

According to communications contacts Michelle Boykins, Marian Manapsal, Sam Yu;

Asian American Immigrant Youth and Allies Convene at the U.S. Capitol to Demand the Passage of a Clean DREAM Act Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, November 15, marks over 2 months since the Trump administration killed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, putting the lives of immigrant youth immediately at risk for detention and deportation.

On November 15, over 120 Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) immigrant youth and leaders from across the country will convene to demand that the passing of a clean DREAM Act become Congress’s top priority before the end of the year.

Following the press conference, AAPI leaders will engage in a march and a rally as well as legislative visits urging key congressional targets to pass a clean DREAM Act by December 8th.

When: 11:00 AM ET | Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Where: House Triangle, United States Capitol, Washington, DC 20016

Who:

SAALT Congressional Briefing on Hate Violence

March 23, 2017, South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), a national South Asian civil rights organization, held a Congressional briefing to address the uptick in hate violence nationwide and highlight recommendations for change, as outlined in our recent report, “Power, Pain, Potential.” SAALT was joined by eight members of Congressional leadership and community partners in an urgent discussion on combatting the surge in hate violence aimed at South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Arab, and Middle Eastern Americans across the country.

“As President Trump continues to test fire Muslim bans, this administration appears intent on intensifying efforts to ignore and provoke hate violence,” stated Suman Raghunathan, Executive Director of SAALT. “The President has a sworn duty to protect the rights and safety of all Americans. Today’s briefing with Congressional leaders is an important step in making sure President Trump doesn’t escape his responsibilities.”

Our communities have experienced devastating violence in recent months, including deadly shootings in Kansas and Washington State, numerous arson attacks and vandalism of mosques, businesses, and homes nationwide, and mounting fear by our communities across the country.

“SAALT stands ready to work with Congressional leaders to fight hate violence and xenophobic political rhetoric impacting our communities across the country,” stated Ms. Raghunathan. “South Asian Americans are the most rapidly growing demographic group, and we are committed to policies at all levels that reinforce the place our communities have in our nation now and as we continue to grow.”

Honorary Co-Chairs of the briefing included: Senator Mazie Hirono (HI); Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT); Senator Ben Cardin (MD)

Member Co-Sponsors of the briefing included: Congressmembers Keith Ellison, Andre Carson; Raul Grijalva; Ami Bera; Grace Meng; Mark Takano; Pramila Jayapal; Raja Krishnamoorthi; Ro Khanna. Judy Chu also attended.

Partner organizations include: Sikh Coalition, Washington Peace Center/D.C. Justice for Muslims Coalition, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Arab American Institute.[34]

Meeting with the Cuban technology entrepreneurs

Posted on May 13, 2016.

Cuba Working Group meeting on Capitol Hill with the Cuban technology entrepreneurs behind Ke Hay Pa’ Hoy?, a digital media platform that builds on Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) to promote the Cuban cultural product.

Creators Juan Luis Santana Barrios, Juan Alejandro Hernandez Perez and Sergio Leon Gonzalez spoke about their business and challenges and opportunities for technology development in Cuba with Representatives Mark Takano (CA-41) and Kathy Castor (FL-14). Castor is a co-chair of the bipartisan Cuba Working Group.[35]

Progressive Summit

Yasmine Taeb February 6, 2017:

I joined fellow activists and members of Congress at the annual Progressive Summit yesterday to discuss our strategy for the first 100 days of the 115th Congress. My message to attendees: organize, mobilize, and fight, fight, fight. We need to continue to resist the disastrous policies of this administration and will need our allies in the Progressive Caucus to stand with us every step of the way -- to join us in the streets to protest and engage in acts of civil disobedience. These are extraordinary times and demand extraordinary actions. — at The Lord Baltimore Raddison Hotel.

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Onstage with John Nichols, Jan Schakowsky, Mark Takano.

CUBA: LGBTQ Exchange Delegation

Posted on October 17, 2017.

From October 14-17, Center for Democracy in the Americas organized a delegation to Havana to advance dialogue and mutual exchange between U.S. and Cuban LGBTQ communities.

The delegation included Representative Mark Takano (CA-41), former Speaker of the New York City Council Christine Quinn, and other leaders in U.S. civil society. The trip made Rep. Takano the first U.S. Member of Congress to visit Cuba in the aftermath of the State Department’s announcement that it would shrink its diplomatic mission in Havana and reciprocally expel Cuban diplomats from the U.S. He also became the first Member of Congress to directly engage with Cuban officials in Havana since President Trump’s June announcement that he would instruct his administration to increase restrictions on trade with and travel to Cuba. The delegation met with U.S. and Cuban government officials, as well as members of Cuban civil society including artists and academics.[36]

In a news release, Takano, who is the first openly gay person of color to be elected to Congress, said that while his visit “focused on questions regarding the country’s embrace of the LGBT community, it also gave me a chance to assess the impact of the Trump administration’s recent actions on our embassy personnel and the people of Cuba.”

“Direct engagement” is the best tool for positively changing Cuba, Takano argued.

“The improving situation for the country’s LGBT population is a sign that such process is possible. I am concerned that the administration’s heated rhetoric and hasty actions will do lasting damage to the Cuban people, and further entrench the most hardline elements of the current regime.”[37]

"Anti-trans violence resolution"

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), introduced a resolution in September 2017 against anti-trans violence, specifically noting violence against transgender women of color.

Ellison said in a statement Monday the Transgender Day of Remembrance “takes on even more significance” in 2017 as a result of the significant rate of violence against transgender people.

“We also recognize that the victims of this violence are almost all transgender women and transgender women of color,” Ellison said. “This is an important day, but we should not consider our jobs done because we’ve observed this one day. Instead, we must commit ourselves to the principle of liberty and justice for all and ensure everyone is safe to live and thrive in their community.”

Ellison’s resolution observes transgender women of color are more likely than white transgender women to face mistreatment by police, an assumption they’re sex workers and incarceration in prison.

Among other things, the resolution calls for ending racial profiling in law enforcement practices; ending the practice of placing transgender people in solitary confinement; and ending the practice of immigration detention for vulnerable populations, including transgender people.

Co-sponsors of that resolution are Raul Grijalva, Joe Kennedy III as well as Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.).[38]

Medicare For All Congressional Caucus founders

In August 2018 Medicare For All Congressional Caucus founding members included Representative Mark Takano.

National Nurses United endorsement

National Nurses United 2018 endorsements in California included:

"Green New Deal"

From the Sunrise Movement:[39]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has released a proposal for a Select Committee on a Green New Deal, a plan that would transform our economy and society at the scale needed to stop the climate crisis.

We have the momentum to make a Green New Deal real, but we need a critical mass of Congresspeople to support the proposal.

Take action on Dec. 10 to show Congress the Green New Deal is a top priority.

Congressional supporters by December 20 2018 included Mark Takano.

HR 109 endorser

By February 20 2019 endorsers of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's HR 109 (Green New Deal) included Mark Takano.

External links

References

  1. National Journal "The New Faces of the 113th Congress," November 15, 2012
  2. Mark Takano, Teacher for Congress website, Meet Mark, accessed May 15, 2012
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