Tom Malinowski

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Template:TOCnestleft Tom Malinowski (New Jersey, District 7), won election in 2018. He served as U.S. assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor under President Barack Obama, from 2014 to 2017. Before that, he was Washington director for Human Rights Watch.

NIAC event


On April 23, NIAC Action hosted the first of a series of NIAC In Conversation webinars with our NIAC Action endorsees. Our guest host, Sanam Anderlini, the Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics and Political Science, led a conversation with NIAC Action endorsee, Congressman Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, on foreign policy, including the impact of Iran sanctions and implications for human rights and peacebuilding.

Rep. Tom Malinowski (D–N.J.) told the audience that the United States has “both a moral obligation and a strategic opportunity to ease up on the sanctions that have been imposed” on Iran.

But Malinowski, who served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor from 2014 to 2017, also emphasized that he is a “strong and passionate supporter” of U.S. sanctions against the “genocidal” Syrian government.

“I can support sanctions under many circumstances, but the idea that you can starve an authoritarian regime into collapse is just belied by all of our experiences, even in cases where sanctions have been successful at influencing authoritarian regimes to change” their behavior, he said.[1]

NIAC endorsement


First Wave of 2020 Endorsements.

The 2020 Election may be the most critical vote in our lifetime. It is more important than ever that Iranian Americans and our allies have a powerful voice at the ballot box.

That’s why we are excited to announce NIAC Action’s first 2020 endorsements – our largest ever single wave of endorsements!

We have an opportunity to elect more Iranian Americans into office than ever before.

And we have our best chance ever to send the first Iranian American to the U.S. Congress!

We have identified twelve champions of our community – incumbent members of Congress who have worked to prevent war and end Trump’s ban on our families, and Iranian Americans who are ready to make an impact in all levels of government. With your help, we can elect them to office and bring real change in 2020.

By making a donation to NIAC Action PAC, you can help elect these champions of our community and send a powerful, united message that Iranian Americans will not be ignored on the political stage.

Tom Malinowski – Incumbent, U.S. Congress (D, NJ-7)

Congressman Malinowski was elected to this swing seat in 2018 a highly competitive race and is being targeted by pro-Trump groups in 2020. He is a former State Department official who now sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee where he has advocated against the Muslim Ban and in favor of diplomatic efforts to resolve challenges with Iran.[2]

Support from Onward Together

Onward Together supported Tom Malinowski as a candidate for the 2018 midterm elections.[3]

Peace Action

Peace Action endorsed Tom Malinowski in the 2018 election cycle.[4]

Council for a Livable World

In 2018 Tom Malinowski was endorsed by Council for a Livable World.[5]

"Why Abandoning Paris Is a Disaster for America"

The Obama administration’s brain trust on how Trump’s rejection of the global climate change agreement is a monumental blunder.

BY Daniel Baer, Daniel Benjamin, Hal Brands, Reuben Brigety, Sharon Burke, Derek Chollet, Sheba Crocker, Dan Feldman, Jon Finer, Nina Hachigian, Colin Kahl, Kelly Magsamen, Tom Malinowski, Jeffrey Prescott, Ely Ratner, Vikram Singh, JJulie Smith, Jake Sullivan, Jim Townsend.

June 1, 2017.

Obama position

Tom Malinowski, was Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor in the Obama administration.

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.

21st Century Democrats

Tom Malinowski was endorsed by 21st Century Democrats in 2020.



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