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Mike Siegel
Michael Siegel
was an associate attorney with his father Dan Siegel's Oakland California law firm, Siegel & Yee. He practices law in the areas of civil rights, employment discrimination, criminal defense, and nonprofit business development. His clients have ranged from an NCAA Division I basketball coach who was wrongfully terminated from his contract, to members of the Green Party USA seeking to challenge the restrictions on third-party rights caused by California's Proposition 14 (2010), to defendants in the proposed gang injunction in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood.[1]

Mike Siegel lives in Austin, Texas. Siegel’s career experience includes working as a public school teacher with Teach for America. He co-founded two nonprofit education organizations and serves as the executive director of Oakland Leaf. Siegel worked as a civil rights attorney and is currently an assistant city attorney in Austin

Married to Hindatu Siegel. Son of Dan Siegel.

Background

Mike Siegel graduated from Cornell Law School in May 2009. At Cornell, Michael was President of the National Lawyers Guild student chapter and recipient of the Freeman Award for Civil-Human Rights. He served as an intern at the Center for Constitutional Rights, researching issues such as civil liability for military contractors, and worked as legal coordinator for the "Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan" conference presented by Iraq Veterans Against the War.

Prior to entering the legal field, Siegel worked as a teacher in Oakland, California and Brooklyn, New York, and served as a union representative in the Oakland Education Association. He was also a co-founder and executive director of Oakland Leaf, a local nonprofit education organization focused on "community transformation through creative education." Michael also recently co-founded the nonprofit organization Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, or CURYJ, which is dedicated to providing services and opportunities for youth and adults impacted by the prison industrial complex.[2]

2020 Congressional run endorsements

By July 2019 the Mike Siegel campaign had garnered a number of key national and local endorsements such as: Ted Lieu, U.S. Congressman CA-33; Progressive Democrats of America (PDA); International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW); National Union of Healthcare Workers; Leslie Pool, Austin City Councilwoman; Brigid Shea, Travis County Commissioner; Former Rep. Elliott Naishtat; Mike Floyd, Pearland ISD School Board; Kendric Jones, Prairie View City Councilman; Eric Green, Alderman, City of Brookshire; David Butts, Austin political activist; and others.[3]

"Support Bill Ayers"

In October 2008, several thousand college professors, students and academic staff signed a statement Support Bill Ayers in solidarity with former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bill Ayers.

In the run up to the U.S. presidential elections, Ayers had come under considerable media scrutiny, sparked by his relationship to presidential candidate Barack Obama.

We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack...
We, the undersigned, stand on the side of education as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment, and liberation. We oppose the demonization of Professor William Ayers.

Michael Siegel signed the statement.[4]

Lawsuit against Oakland Police Department

November 14, 2011, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Oakland Police Department (OPD) for its egregious constitutional violations against Occupy Oakland demonstrators. The lawsuit asks for an emergency temporary restraining order to stop police violence against political protesters. The restraining order is urgent because another police encounter with demonstrators is imminent, after the removal of the Occupy Oakland camp early this morning. The case is currently before United States District Court Judge Richard Seeborg, who immediately issued an order requiring the City to respond by 5pm tomorrow. If OPD uses excessive force against protesters again, it will need to justify its actions to the court.

The ACLU-NC and the NLG are suing OPD on behalf of Timothy Scott Campbell, a videographer who was shot with a bean bag projectile while filming police presence during Occupy Oakland on the night of November 2-3, 2011, and other demonstrators subjected to excessive force during recent demonstrations. Additional plaintiffs include Kerie Campbell, Mike Siegel, and NLG Legal Observer Marcus Kryshka.

"I was filming police activity at Occupy Oakland because police should be accountable," said Campbell. "Now I'm worried about my safety from police violence and about retaliation because I've been outspoken."

"Excessive police force is never acceptable, especially when it's in response to political protest," said Linda Lye, staff attorney at the ACLU of Northern California.

"OPD's unconstitutional actions against protestors on those two nights were wholesale and flagrant violations of Oakland's own Crowd Control Policy," said Rachel Lederman, an NLG attorney.

On October 26, 2011 The ACLU-NC and NLG sent a public records request seeking information about OPD's use of force against Occupy demonstrators. OPD refused to hand over information about its actions.

The lawsuit, Timothy Scott Campbell, et al, vs. City of Oakland and Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Attorneys for the plaintiffs are: Alan Schlosser, Michael Risher and Linda Lye for the ACLU Foundation of Northern California; Rachel Lederman, Carol Sobel, Bobbie Stein and R. Michael Flynn for the National Lawyers Guild; and James B. Chanin and Julie M. Houk from the Law Offices of James B. Chanin.[5]

Won Democratic primary

May 2018 Mike Siegel clinched the Democratic nomination in the 10th Congressional District to challenge U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, in November.

Siegel won 70 percent of the vote to Tawana Walter-Cadien’s 30 percent.

Walter-Cadien is a three-time challenger to McCaul and registered nurse educator in Cypress, and Siegel, is an Austin assistant city attorney. Siegel said he has a campaign organized to help unite supporters throughout the nine-county district, which stretches from Austin almost to Houston.

In the March primary, Siegel won 40 percent of the vote. Walter-Cadien finished second with 18 percent in a seven-person race.

Walter-Cadien had been endorsed by two of the March candidates, Tami Walker and Madeline Eden, who won 16 percent of support and 14 percent respectively. Siegel enjoyed support from major labor unions, Austin Democratic clubs and Austin City Council Members Gregorio Casar, Pio Renteria, Delia Garza and Leslie Pool.

Both told the American-Statesman in May they want to protect the Affordable Care Act, increase public education funding and push for better wages for people in the district.[6]

Congressional endorsements

Texas Students United 2018 Congressional endorsements:

DSA staffer cited

The campaign for congressional candidate Mike Siegel said one of their staffers was arrested October 2018 after he delivered a letter to the Waller County Elections Administrator’s Office.

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The campaign for Siegel, a Democrat running for Texas’ 10th Congressional district, said Jacob Aronowitz was arrested Wednesday and charged with failure to identify.

The campaign added law enforcement detained Aronowitz after he took a photo to prove the letter had been received.

Siegel said the letter demanded the county fix Prairie View A&M students’ voter registration forms after a last minute policy change which allowed students to choose from two addresses for their voter registrations. But the county changed it to just one address two weeks before the voter registration deadline.

Siegel said this change in policy will discourage students from voting.

News 88.7 reached out to the Waller County Sheriff’s office for comment. Captain Manuel Zamora said Aronowitz was not arrested, but given a Class-C citation and is scheduled to appear in court in 30 days.

Zamora said officers responded to a “breach of peace” at the Elections Administrators Office after an administrator complained about Aronowitz taking excessive photographs of her and then refusing to delete them.[7]

Jolt Texas

Mike Siegel for Congress - TX-10, December 3, 2017:

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Yesterday I had the distinct honor of sitting on a panel with Vanessa Rodriguez and Cristina Tzintzun of Jolt Texas to discuss the Senate Bill 4 litigation, statewide organizing of Latino voters, and how to support the movement of DACA youth. Thanks to the Capital Factory and Ainee Athar for the invitation. I am inspired by the work of Vanessa, Christina and countless others in fighting for justice and fair immigration policies, and will stand in solidarity with their work through my campaign.

Family gathering

Mike Siegel for Congress - TX-10 May 14 2018:

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Every vote counts! Feels great to celebrate our hard work by taking a trip to the polls. Please share your voting pictures with us! — with Briana Burns, Lizza M. Harrison, Anne Weills, Dan Siegel and Romteen Farasat.

PDA 2018 endorsement

In 2018 Progressive Democrats of America endorsed Mike Siegel, TX-10.

Willco comrades

Mike Siegel for Congress - TX-10 July 8 2018:

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One of the most exciting parts of running for office as a Texas Democrat is working with other dynamic candidates up and down the ballot this year. Today I was honored to support Omar Kadir's Campaign Bake-Off in Williamson County, benefitting Omar's campaign for county treasurer, along with John Bucy III for State Representative, Hilda Montgomery, Round Rock City Council, Kim Collins Gilby, Blane Blane Conklin, and many more Wilco leaders and activists.

Williamson County is just north of the Texas 10th (it was part of the District in previous gerrymanders), but even though these folks are not my voters, we are all in this together. Every new voter we turn out in Cedar Park, Round Rock, and Taylor is another voter for our state and federal candidates, for Beto and Kim Olson and Justin Nelson and Lupe.

Indivisible support

Mike Siegel for Congress - TX-10 June 29 2018·

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We send our thanks to Bastrop County Indivisible for nominating Mike Siegel for a national endorsement from the Indivisible Project! So far in this campaign, we have been lucky enough to work with folks from Bastrop as well as Indivisible Austin, TX-10 Indivisible, Indivisible Cedar Park, Indivisible Fayette County, Indivisible Cypress, Texas, Indivisible Katy Huddle, and Indivisible Rosedale Huddle! This movement is amazing, and we are honored to be a part of it.

If any of you are Indivisible members in TX10, two things: first, thank you! And second, the ballot concerning Mike's endorsement will be sent out June 30. Your vote will help us access a national audience and increase our ability to build the strongest campaign possible. We'll see you soon! — feeling excited with Hedrich Michaelsen, Carol Wheeler, Charlene Shafer, Tara Lynn, Jacob Aronowitz, Whitney Peek, Lisa B. Schneider, Lizza M. Harrison, BC Sweets, Robin Conklin, Madi Eden, Eric Holguin, Annie Hartnett, Annie Compton, Isaiah Garcia, Romteen Farasat, Ryan Rutan, Lorri Haden, Randy Wilson, Karen Collins, Aly Fitzpatrick, Lori Ice, Jim Fritz, Ryan Rust, Fred Infortunio, Victoria R. Trevino and Stacey Contreras at Bastrop County, Texas.

Our Revolution Central Texas

Mike Siegel for Congress - TX-10 September 2 2018:

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Some great conversations at the door today as we canvass across #TX10. Thanks to Our Revolution - Central Texas for co-hosting our Austin block-walk today!

Left Up To US endorsements 2018

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Monica Olvera February 22, 2018 · Austin, TX · Left Up To US endorses:

Left Up To US Closed Facebook group

Members of the Left Up To US closed Facebook group, as of March 27 2018 included Mike Siegel,[8]

TARA support

Mike Siegel for Congress - TX-10 October 4 2018:

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In October 2018 Mike Siegel was endorsed by Texas Alliance for Retired Americans.

Vote Common Good 2018 endorsements

Vote Common Good 2018 endorsements included Mike Siegel.

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