Norman Solomon

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Norman Solomon

Norman Solomon is a nationally syndicated columnist on media and politics.

Media activism

He has been writing the weekly Media Beat column since 1992. Solomon is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a national consortium of policy researchers and analysts. He is a longtime associate of the media watch group FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting). He is also senior advisor to the National Radio Project. His most recent books include Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America's Warfare State and War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death, which was made into a documentary movie. Solomon has appeared as a guest on many media outlets, including the PBS NewsHour With Jim Lehrer, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, American Public Media's Marketplace, and NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Talk of the Nation.

Endorsed Marcy Winograd

In 2006 Norman Solomon of Progressive Democrats of America was a National and State endorser of Marcy Winograd of the Los Angeles Progressive Democrats of America in her unsuccessful primary bid for the Democratic Party nomination 26th Congressional District in California[1]

Media Democracy Legal Project

Advisors to the Media Democracy Legal Project, circa 2006, included:[2]

Open Letter to Obama on Iran

In 2008 Norman Solomon, Author, "War Made Easy", San Francisco, CA signed an online petition “A Open Letter to Barack Obama on Iran”.[3]

Progressive Democrats of America

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Norman Solomon serves on the Advisory Board of Progressive Democrats of America.[4]

Bay Area New Priorities Campaign

Initiating signers, Bay Area New Priorities Campaign were;

Congressional run

In 2012, Solomon ran for the House seat "currently held by Rep. Lynn Woolsey, a reliable progressive who represents California’s Second Congressional District. Woolsey is retiring. The district, recently redrawn, now consists of a narrow strip of land that extends along the coast from the Golden Gate Bridge to Oregon’s southern border".

The Second District is among the most left-leaning in the nation.?

Solomon became an activist for progressive causes in his early teens and has stayed true to that path for nearly half a century. His policy positions include support for legalizing marijuana, for single-payer healthcare, for public financing of elections, and for ending corporate personhood by constitutional amendment. But the most unusual fact about him, given the current political context, is that he doesn’t accept money from political action committees or lobbyists. Instead, his campaign is funded solely by relatively small donations – about $100, on average – from thousands of individuals.

The frontrunner in the race, Jared Huffman, billed himself as “one of the state’s top environmental leaders” and has served three terms in the California State Assembly. His great advantage is name recognition. As an Assembly member, he represents more than half the population of the redrawn district. He also has the endorsement of the state’s political and media establishments, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the San Francisco Chronicle.

But the sources of his funding have become a liability for Huffman, who accepts money from both lobbyists and corporations. The Anderson Valley Advertiser, a legendary Mendocino County weekly newspaper, reports that “Jared Huffman’s donor base reflects the realities of a decades-long class war waged by the top 1-5% against the bottom half of America. Huffman’s biggest and most well-organized donors are wealthy Marin County lawyers, real estate investors, bankers, and executives of major corporations. Some of them are liberals, but many are conservatives. Most of the liberals seem to make their money by representing the interests of conservative corporations.”

Solomon, for his part, is a Democrat who works within the party – he was an Obama delegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention – while spending most of his time and energy trying to building the progressive movement. A former director of Fairness and Accuracy in Media, a media watchdog organization, Solomon founded the Institute for Public Accuracy in 1997, and has published several books on the subject of media bias, including War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death. (He’s also contributed articles to In These Times since the 1970s.) He was a strong voice of dissent in the months before the war in Iraq, and he’s a popular teacher and speaker – in California and across the nation – on behalf of progressive causes. Most recently, he has been deeply involved with the Occupy protests in California.

Solomon decided that, at this point, running for Woolsey’s vacant seat was the best way to advance the movement. “His thinking was, instead of just speaking truth to power, let’s take power,” said Jeff Cohen, Solomon’s longtime friend and writing collaborator, “without in any way surrendering the progressive values and ideals.” Last year, in explaining why he was thinking about running for the seat, Solomon wrote that “dysfunctional relationships between liberals in Congress and progressive social movements serve as enablers for endless war, massive giveaways to Wall Street, widening gaps between the rich and the rest of us, erosion of civil liberties, outrageous inaction on global warming, and so much more.”

Solomon was endorsed by several of the district’s weekly newspapers as well as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Democracy for America. He finished second of nearly 200 candidates in the latter group’s online “Grassroots All-Stars” competition.

The primary election will be June 5. According to California’s new open primary rules, the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, will move on to the general election. Recent polling by the Solomon campaign puts him second among the dozen candidates who are running.[6]

Friends

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Karen Pennington January 3, 2013 ·

Hello, Karen got two free flight tickets, you can get also by visiting right now the link below — with John Nechman, Norman Solomon, Brock Abdo, Samir Abed-Rabbo, Terrina Aguilar, Marc Parent, Dahr Jamail, Natalie Macintyre, Josef Avesar, Norman Finkelstein, Lee Siu Hin, Robert Jensen, Kamal Khalil, Nancy Lloyd, Jamal K. Kanj, Kevin G. Saunders, Juan Cole, Ibrahim Hooper, Sami B. Mashney and Jim Hightower.

Standing for AD 10

In 2019 Norman Solomon stood from AD 10 for the California Democratic Party Central Committee.

I was elected from the North Bay as a Bernie Sanders delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, where I served as the national coordinator of the independent Bernie Delegates Network.

As a member of the coordinating committee of the Coalition for Grassroots Progress, I’m proud to be working with other progressive activists in our region for the defeat of Republicans AND for truly progressive policies.

We must make the Democratic Party a powerful progressive force. That means — among other imperatives — rolling back corporate power, ending voter suppression, working against racism and all other forms of bigotry, insisting on justice for immigrants, fully responding to the emergency of climate change, and challenging what Martin Luther King Jr. called “the madness of militarism.”

As the national coordinator of RootsAction.org, I work with activists across the country and beyond to help end the injustices that afflict this beautiful and anguished world.[7]

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