Chris Van Hollen
- 1 Support for the Council on American Islamic Relations
- 2 Supported by Council for a Livable World
- 3 Working Families Legislative Conference
- 4 Planned Parenthood
- 5 CASA connection
- 6 Progressive Majority Advisory Committee
- 7 Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
- 8 Raskin connection
- 9 November 2011, ARA event
- 10 ARA lobbying
- 11 ARA endorsement, 2014
- 12 Peace Action pressure
- 13 Cuba trip
- 14 Cuba 2015
- 15 Cuban Embassy soiree
- 16 Congressional Letter for Neutrality, 2014 Salvadoran Elections
- 17 Anti Safeway rally
- 18 Political experienced manager
- 19 NIAC connection
- 20 IAPAC money
- 21 "No Muslim Ban ever"
- 22 #NoMuslimBanEver coalition
- 23 Condemning Criticism of Islam legislation
- 24 Praising CAIR
- 25 "Be HEARD" Act
- 26 External links
- 27 References
Support for the Council on American Islamic Relations
Supported by Council for a Livable World
The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Chris Van Hollen in his successful House of Representatives run as candidate for Maryland.
Working Families Legislative Conference
On Saturday, January 19, 2001, Progressive Maryland and the Campaign for America's Future co-sponsored an event — The Working Families Legislative Conference — designed to link local Maryland issues with a national progressive agenda. The conference will focus on key local and national issues including: Affordable Housing, Health Care, Living Wage, Public Financing of Campaigns, and Afterschool Programs.
The conference took place at Martin’s Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center, Greenbelt, MD from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Speakers listed included Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (likely), Congressman Ben Cardin, Congressman Elijah Cummings (likely), Robert Borosage, from the Campaign for America's Future, State Senator Chris Van Hollen, Delegate Mark Shriver, and Delegate John Hurson.
The Working Families Legislative Conference was part of a series of regionally based Next Agenda conferences, "representing a new kind of partnership between CAF and state-level progressive organizations — unity coalitions which are coming together around a progressive action agenda for their state and for the nation".
“We are proud to be helping to co-sponsor this remarkable conference,” said CAF co-director, Roger Hickey. “Through our collaboration with state-level citizen groups, like Progressive Maryland, we are able to rally support for an economic recovery agenda that works for states and for the country. This mission was important before September 11. Now it is essential.”
“We must organize at the grassroots, build power in localities and states, and create in theses ‘laboratories of democracy’ the formula for economic success in Washington, DC.” said Sean Dobson, one of the leaders of Progressive Maryland.
Van Hollen received $1000 in lobbying funds from Planned Parenthood in 2008.
June 2010, U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin (Md.) were among the special guests who helped cut the ribbon on CASA de Maryland's newly expanded and renovated multicultural center in Langly Park, Md. Through an investment partnership with Bank of America, Enterprise helped finance the green property with $7.9 million in New Markets Tax Credit allocation. 
CASA de Maryland, the state's largest immigrant advocate organization celebrated its 25th birthday by opening a new headquarters in the 21, 000 square foot McCormick-Goodhart mansion.
The facility will now be known as the CASA de Maryland MultiCultural Center. The renovation took almost three years and cost nearly $14 million dollars , "Some donations from the community were as small as a quarter and the largest was $2 million dollars" says CASA's Executive Director Gustavo Torres.
Over a thousand Langley Park residents attended the celebration as well as Maryalnd Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, US Congressman Chris Van Hollen and Steny Hoyer and the President of the NAACP Benjamin Jealous.
Progressive Majority Advisory Committee
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
November 2011, ARA event
Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Rep. Chris Van Hollen and Fred Mason of the Maryland AFL-CIO addressed the inaugural meeting of Maryland/DC Alliance for Retired Americans, November 19, 2011.   
Congressman Van Hollen's office on November 15, 2011- "bringing our message that Social Security did not cause the deficit."
ARA endorsement, 2014
Peace Action pressure
Peace Action Montgomery County, MD, helped to initiate the MD Coalition: Fund Our Communities, Bring the War Dollars Home which sponsored a town hall meeting September 20, 2011, in Silver Spring to “Take back the Budget Debate.” The gathering will map out a plan for action including pressing Representative Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Super Committee.
A delegation of American lawmakers led by Senator Patrick Leahy arrived in Cuba on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in order to gauge the island's economic changes and to lobby on behalf of Alan Gross, an American whose detention has chilled relations between the two countries. The trip was the first to the Communist-run island by high-level US politicians since President Barack Obama's re-election in November.
The delegation also included, Republican senator Jeff Flake, the Democrat senators Sherrod Brown, Debbie Stabenow and Sheldon Whitehouse and the Democratic congressmen James McGovern (Massachusetts) and Chris Van Hollen from Maryland, Gross's home state.
Embassy of Cuba in New Zealand January 20, 2015:
CUBAN FOREIGN MINISTER RECEIVES U.S. CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, received Senators Patrick Leahy (Vermont), Dick Durbin (Illinois), Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island) and Debbie Stabenow (Michigan), and Representatives Chris Van Hollen (Maryland) and Peter Welch (Vermont), all members of the Democratic Party.
Topics of mutual interest were discussed during the meeting, with the participation of Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations’ director general for the United States, Josefina Vidal, and the country’s chief diplomat at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, Jose Ramon Cabanas.
Cuban Embassy soiree
It was remarkable how many non-Cubans knew the Cuban national anthem well enough to sing along July 2015 as the flag was raised over the newly re-established embassy on 16th Street NW. Then they joined in the delirious shouts of "Viva Cuba!"
"It's an amazing moment," said Phyllis Bennis, a fellow with the progressive think-tank, Institute for Policy Studies. "In the decades-long effort to normalise relations with Cuba, to stop the US attacks and hostility toward Cuba, we have not had so many victories. Suddenly we have a victory. The flag going up - that's huge."
“Hemingway would be proud,” said Scott Gilbert, an attorney who represented jailed American contractor Alan Gross, by way of compliment to the bartenders mixing the concoctions in a room named after the famed American ex-pat writer. “There’s a feeling today of joy, but also of disbelief,” Gilbert said. “So many people here thought this would never happen.”
Guests included Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.); Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Jose Serrano (D-NY), Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.); plus administration types including deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes. NBC anchor Andrea Mitchell slipped through the phalanx of protesters, camera crews, and folks celebrating just outside the gates.
“I’m excited,” said Danny Glover, who in addition to his “Lethal Weapon” roles has been part of numerous cultural delegations to Cuba. “This is the beginning of another narrative….What’s happened in the last 54 years is an insult to our intelligence as human beings and [American] citizens.”
Congressional Letter for Neutrality, 2014 Salvadoran Elections
On Monday December 16, 2014 Reps. Juan Vargas (D-CA), Mike Honda (D-CA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) sent a letter to Sec. of State John Kerry – signed by 51 Members of Congress – calling for a public statement of neutrality by the State Department before the first round of El Salvador’s presidential elections on February 2, 2014.
The letter, , highlighted several “important steps” that the current government has taken to “strengthen its democratic system and expand the right to vote to all citizens,” including those living outside of the country, who will be voting by absentee ballot for the first time in February. Since the election of Mauricio Funes, the first President from the Marxist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) party, the government has increased the number of polling places four-fold to increase accessibility, especially in rural areas.
“We’re glad to see so many Members of Congress expressing respect for the right of the Salvadoran people to determine their own future. That’s an attitude that’s sorely lacking in much of the US’ policy in Central America, especially with regard to economic policy,” said Alexis Stoumbelis, Executive Director for the pro-communist Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), in Washington, DC, which has observed every post-war election in El Salvador, starting in 1994.
Signatories included Rep. Chris Van Hollen..
Anti Safeway rally
"This is an example of corporate greed," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D.-Md, at a rally in Upper Marlboro, October 2015 in support of some 900 Safeway supermarket employees who have been notified they will lose their jobs a few days before Christmas.
The employees are warehouse workers and truck drivers employed at the chain's distribution center located here in Upper Marlboro, the county seat of Prince George's county, a majority African American jurisdiction..
Rep. Donna Edwards, D.-Md., echoed the remarks of Van Hollen , as did former Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, several state delegates and senators and several members of the Prince George's County council, including the chairperson.
State Delegate Jimmy Tarlau said, "This is a perfect example of the redistribution of wealth - from workers to the corporate class."
Along with officers of the Teamsters locals, also attending the rally were representatives of the Operating Engineers, the Service Employees International Union and Local 400 of the United Food and Commercial Workers.
Political experienced manager
In 2015 Rep. Chris Van Hollen hired a veteran operative with experience in Maryland to manage his bid for Senate, his campaign said Thursday. John Fritze of the Sun reports that Van Hollen, a Montgomery County Democrat, has hired Sheila O’Connell to run his campaign. O’Connell worked as the Maryland state director for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and as strategic adviser to the 2012 marriage equality effort.
January 28, 2019.
NIAC worked closely with the offices of Senator Murphy (D-CT) and Representative Chu (D-CA) to introduce legislation targeted at ending the Muslim Ban by defunding it in Congress. The bill was released on the two-year anniversary of the Ban.
December 4, 2018,
In partnership with groups including the ACLU, NILC, SAALT, CAIR, and MPower Change, NIAC delivered petitions signed by more than 150,000 individuals to the offices of Representatives Judy Chu, Senator Murphy, Senator Van Hollen, and Senator Hirono. The petitions urged the next Congress to immediately take action to rescind the ban.
June 21, 2018.
NIAC assisted Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) in drafting a Muslim Ban reporting requirements amendment that was adopted into the Senate Appropriations Committee. This amendment called on Congress to lead oversight into the implementation of Muslim Ban 3.0.
April 20, 2018.
Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) issued a letter to the Trump administration requesting more information on the obscure case-by-case waiver process of Muslim Ban 3.0.
"No Muslim Ban ever"
Muslim Public Affairs Council - MPAC January 28 2019·
We're proud to host a congressional reception tonight with our friends at ACLU, Oxfam & National Immigration Law Center recognizing Members of Congress working to rescind and defund the #MuslimBan. Stay tuned to your feeds tonight for live updates.
NIAC June 27 2019 ·
Yesterday was the one year anniversary of the SCOTUS decision to uphold the #MuslimBan. We joined Representatives Judy Chu, Chris Van Hollen, Congressman Ami Bera, and Ilhan Omar, as well as our partners in the #NoMuslimBanEver coalition, including ACLU, National Immigration Law Center, CAIR, among other allied progressive organizations to say #RepealTheBan!
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 
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. Timothy J. 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.
“Since 1994, CAIR has sought to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions.” -Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) (September 2014). 
"Your efforts to protect civil liberties and build effective coalitions that promote justice are critical in safeguarding the rights and values we all share.”
Former Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) (October 2016).
“Your effort to protect and defend civil liberties are essential in ensuring preservation of the values and principles that we all, as Americans, hold dear (October 2017).”
"Be HEARD" Act
April 9 2019, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, was joined by Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA-5), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-7), to introduce the Bringing an End to Harassment by Enhancing Accountability and Rejecting Discrimination (Be HEARD) in the Workplace Act, legislation which takes critical steps to ensure businesses have more resources to prevent harassment and workers have more support when they seek accountability and justice, and sends a clear message to those who think they can get away with assault or harassment on the job: time is up.
Senator Murray announced the introduction at a news conference with survivors and advocates who shared their personal stories about workplace assault and harassment, including Adriana Cazorla, a Washington state domestic worker and advocate with National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Maria del Carmen Ruelas, farm worker with Justice for Migrant Women Advocates who also resides in Washington state. Additionally, leaders from the National Women's Law Center (NWLC), The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) participated and highlighted the urgent need to pass the legislation.
“No matter who you are or where you work—whether you are the only woman on the board, or a janitor, or farm worker, you should be treated fairly, respectfully, and with dignity. This should be true no matter your gender or race, your religion or sexual orientation or age—and regardless of whether you have a disability or are a veteran.” said Senator Murray. “For far too long and for far too many people in our country this hasn’t been true. So today, I’m proud to be standing up to fight for change and make clear that time is up.”
In addition to Senator Murray, the Senate bill is co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Bob Casey (D-PA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ed Markey (D-MA), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). The House bill is being introduced by Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA-5), Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-7), Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (D-MI-8), and Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL-26).
- Letters of Support for CAIR accessed January 26 2020
- CLW website: Meet Our Candidates
- CAF press release, Press Release: Md Working Families Legislative Conference Pushes New Progressive Agenda
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEbbu1vghns Youtube, CASA de Maryland Opens with Enterprise Support, Uploaded on Jul 26, 2010]
- 9 CASA Celebrates 25th Anniversary At New HQ 11:35 PM, Jun 19, 2010
- MAJORITY BACKGROUNDER September 2003
- Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus website, accessed May 1, 2013
- FLICKR, ARA Taken on November 19, 2011
- FLICKR, ARA Taken on November 19, 2011
- ARA Taken on November 19, 2011
- ARA FLICKR, November 18, 2011
- Peace Action Blog, Super Committee: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea? Judith Le Blanc. September 7, 2011
- [TheGuardian[Senator Patrick Leahy leads US group to Cuba to seek release of Alan Gross]
- WaPo At re-opened Cuban embassy’s first soiree, the crowd is eclectic, but the drink of choice is clear By Emily Heil July 20, 2015
- CISPES press release, Press Statement: 51 Members of Congress Call for US Neutrality in Salvadoran Elections December 16, 2013
- PW Maryland elected officials decry Safeway supermarket’s corporate greed by: Larry Rubin October 19 2015
- American Political Action Committee,IAPAC Candidates, accessed January 29, 2017
- H.Res.569 - Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States, accessed December 26, 2015
- [https://www.cair.com/images/pdf/What-They-Say-About-CAIR.pdf What They Say About CAIR (October 2014)
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- [https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/newsroom?ID=6C5EC3C3-5270-4A49-ACAD-DC9907F6AC21 Patty Murray press release VIDEO: Senator Murray Introduces Sweeping Legislation to Address Harassment in the Workplace Apr 09 2019]