Mikie Sherrill

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Mikie Sherrill (New Jersey 11), won election in 2018.

DSA pressure on Yemen Bill

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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.

Emily Cherniack connection

When Emily Cherniack saw an ad for a job that read "Get up, get coffee and change the world" she took it literally. She answered a call to help underserved Boston public school kids through a program called City Year AmeriCorps. A few years later she was tapped to run the Senate campaign of her boss at City Year, Alan Khazei. Khazei lost. But Cherniack succeeded in finding her next calling. She formed New Politics Organization to help national service alumni and military veterans get elected to office — in the tradition of John Kerry, John McCain and John F. Kennedy. "Before 1970, over 75 percent of congress had service backgrounds," says Cherniack. Today, she says, that number is at an all-time low. In 2014, New Politics Organization supported 5 candidates in key states and federal races, winning 3, including the election of Congressman Seth Moulton in Massachusetts. In 2018, they hope to support 50 candidates from both parties.

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Emily Cherniack speaking with Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton (center) and several of the candidates she supports in 2018 House races, (far left) former Marine Corps sargeant Roger Dean Huffstetler of Virginia; (second from right) former Navy helicopter pilot Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey; and (far right) Army vet Dan Feehan of Minnessota. The group spoke at a September 9 event at the Harvard University's Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership on the positive impact that service veterans can have on our politics.[1]

Cherniack looks for service oriented people. "People who've done AmeriCorps, programs like City Year, Teach For America, Youthbuilds, the Peace Corps, and Jesuit Corps — any type of significant service wherein people have dedicated a year or more to full-time service. We recognize that military is a high level of sacrifice. But they all kind of embody the ethos of service. When Seth Moulton came back from serving in the Iraq war he had trouble connecting to civilians and he felt like no one understood his experience as a veteran. He ended up hanging out with AmeriCorps alums like me. I first met him in 2007, and he said it was the first time he felt connected to people that were not veterans and it was actually what inspired him to be a fan of the idea of national service. Of course, it's a different level of service — he was in combat — but that same sort of commitment to country and that service ethos comes through."[2]

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