- 1 Background
- 2 Education
- 3 Mentored by Pastor
- 4 Leftist service
- 5 "End The US Occupation Of Iraq"
- 6 PDA liaison
- 7 PDA lobbyists
- 8 "Peace" activism
- 9 Pink Tutu
- 10 Miami protest
- 11 Anti-Israel activism
- 12 Communist Party USA connection
- 13 "Progressive Caucus"
- 14 Obama delegate
- 15 Helped craft Obamacare
- 16 Take Back America Conferences
- 17 America's Future Now Conferences
- 18 Progressive States Network
- 19 China and India
- 20 Supported Progressive Health Care Reform
- 21 "Unite and Conquer"
- 22 Texas Stonewall Democrats
- 23 2012 CLW House victories
- 24 LIBERT-E Act
- 25 Sinema/Gabbard joint fundraiser In Phoenix
- 26 Gillum connection
- 27 Recall Joe
- 28 Radical staffer
- 29 Human Rights Campaign 2012
- 30 Human Rights Campaign 2015
- 31 Radical gay staffer
- 32 Medicare Birthday Party
- 33 AARA endorsement 2018
- 34 Blue Dog Coalition
- 35 New Democrat Coalition, 113th Congress
- 36 Turkish Cultural Center
- 37 Praising CAIR
- 38 CAIR fundraiser
- 39 Radical Intern
- 40 Senate race endorsements, 2017
- 41 Senate campaign staff
- 42 "Progressive" support in 2018
- 43 Staff and Interns
- 44 References
Kyrsten Sinema, entered Congress with the 2012 elections, as an (Arizona Democrat, District 9).
Kyrsten Sinema was a far left, first term State Senator from Arizona. She previously served as the Assistant Leader to the Democratic Caucus in the House of Representatives and represented central Phoenix in the Arizona Legislature District 15. In her third term as a State Rep., she was the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee and the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.
Kyrsten Sinema was born in Tucson, Arizona, in 1976 and was raised in the Dobson Ranch area. As a child, Sinema's parents divorced; when her stepfather lost his job, the family lived for two years in an abandoned gas station with no running water or electricity.
Sinema was raised in a conservative Mormon family.
At 16, Sinema graduated as her high school’s valedictorian and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in social work from Brigham Young University, followed by a master’s in social work, a law degree and a doctorate in justice studies from Arizona State University.
While advocating for "marginalized and oppressed communities in the state", she earned her master’s degree in Social Work and later went on to graduate cum laude with her juris doctorate from Arizona State University. In addition, she was hired as an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work at ASU at the age of 26 to teach master’s level courses in fundraising and political and social policy. Kyrsten Sinema was elected to the House of Representatives in 2004, after nearly a decade of professional practice as a social worker and social justice advocate.
Sinema was a social worker from 1995 to 2002; she practiced in the Washington Elementary School District before becoming a criminal defense lawyer in 2005. Sinema has also been an adjunct instructor in the Arizona State University School of Social Work since 2003.
March 8, 2003, Kyrsten Sinema holds both a law degree and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Arizona State University, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the School of Justice and Social Inquiry at ASU. She is an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work at ASU and practices law when not in session.
Mentored by Pastor
Kyrsten Sinema November 28 2018:
Ed Pastor took a chance on me when I was just starting out. He took me under his wing and offered me sage advice and counsel over the nearly 15 years we’ve been friends. I am so grateful for his mentorship.
In Congress, I watched him work - always quietly, always behind the scenes, and always to win. He did so much for Arizona, more than most of us will ever know - because he did it without fanfare or fuss. He just, day in and day out, delivered for our state. I will miss him tremendously.
Kyrsten Sinema has served on numerous community and national boards, including as Board President of Community Outreach and Advocacy for Refugees, the YWCA of Maricopa County, the Center for Progressive Leadership, and the Young Elected Officials’ Network. She is the recipient of awards for her political leadership, including the NAACP Civil Rights Award, AZ Hispanic Community Forum Friend of the Year, Planned Parenthood Legislative CHOICE Award, Sierra Club’s Most Valuable Player, and the AZ Public Health Association Legislator of the Year.
In 2010 Kyrsten Sinema was serving her second term in the House, teaching at Arizona State University, practicing criminal defense law, consulting with states on LGBTQ legislation and initiatives. She also serves on a number of national and local boards, including as a board member of the Progressive Democrats of America (as the only state legislator on the board), a member of the Steering Committee of HRC Arizona, as Board President of Community Outreach and Advocacy for Refugees, board member of the Arizona Death Penalty Forum, board member of Girls for a Change, and others.
"End The US Occupation Of Iraq"
End The US Occupation Of Iraq, Saturday, October 14th 2006 2:00 – 5:00 PM.
Madison Middle School,5525 N. 16th St., Phoenix.
Special Guest: Cindy Sheehan signing her new book “Dear Mr. President”
MC’s: Kyrsten Sinema, AZ Representative and Jeff Farias, Air America, Phoenix KPHX
- Colonel Ann Wright – US Army Reserves (Retired), former Sr. Embassy Diplomat
- Congressman Raul Grijalva – AZ CD-7, PDA Board Member
- Dr. Mike Newcomb – Radio Host 1480 KPHX Air America – Phoenix
- Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. – Hip Hop Summit Action Network, PDA Board Member
- Herb Paine – Congressional Candidate CD-3
- Tim Carpenter – National Director, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA)
- Charles Goyette – Radio Host 1100 KFNX
Special Appearance by “The Bush Chain Gang”
Sponsoring Organizations: Progressive Democrats of America; End the War Coalition; Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus; Arizona Alliance for Peace and Justice; Code Pink Phoenix;; Democracy for America – Maricopa County; Democracy for America – Tucson; Veterans for Peace Phoenix; Women in Black Phoenix; Tonatierra; 911 Truth of Arizona; Grandmothers for Peace; Changing Hands Bookstore; Air America Radio, KPHX. For more information, Contact Dan O’Neal at email@example.com. 
In June 2013 Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and several Senators. Nick Collins, was assigned as contact for Rep. Sinema.
Johnny Martin December 18, 2017:
Sinema has rallied against America’s war on terrorism and, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, led demonstrations against the military’s hunt for Osama bin Laden.
In 2003, she recalled “singing and spiraling” in a “pagan” dance pit during an anti-war protest rally.
Kyrsten Sinema, joined by nearly 1,500 peace-protesters present on a Saturday afternoon, shuffles by. Sinema's brethren sing in awkward harmony around her and carry signs like "Bush is a wack! Hands off Iraq," sketched on yellow poster board and decorated with two solid, black hands below it.
Sinema also held a sign, but earlier she passed it on to someone who didn't have one. In fact, she had many signs. The night before, friends and fellow dissidents from around the Valley brainstormed slogans and painted on posters at her house for five hours. They prepared for Saturday's "No War! A Celebration of Life and Creativity" rally at Margaret T. Hance Park in central Phoenix.
Sinema, an ASU law student, helped plan the event, which took place on International Women's Day and opposed the looming U.S. war with Iraq.
The group munched on pita and hummus while they designed posters. Ironic - because for Sinema, protest art is a community activity, like eating as a group.
"It's about sharing and creativity and expression," she says, explaining Friday night's poster-making party. "[Friday], we were talking about life and politics and stuff, and we came up with four new signs while we were out there in my yard painting."
Eight-year-old Jacob Wells participated at Sinema's house that night. Without anyone's instruction, he made a poster of his own.
His mother, Rochelle Wells, points to the poster in Jacob's hands. He has scribbled "No War" across the top and bottom in uneven, yellow letters. In the center, a crossed-out gun contrasts inside a red heart.
"Art is an expression of culture, so I would consider it art," Rochelle says, adding that her husband David, an ASU professor who teaches courses in the interdisciplinary studies program, and all three of her children shared in the poster-making activity. "I couldn't sell it on eBay, but it took effort to do this."
Kendall Cline, an ASU political science and women's studies freshman, joined the procession at the park. In the midst of the human herd, she proudly held a sign above her head: rainbow pastels surrounding a female symbol [or Venus sigil], which strikes through a picture of a black tank.
The collective experience isn't limited to those who oppose the war. About 20 pro-war demonstrators clutch signs including "Got Anthrax? Saddam does," painted in red and black, at an opposite end of the park. Stephanie Jarczyk, an ASU history sophomore, stands among them. She spent four hours making signs with some friends before the Feb. 15 rally in Phoenix that coincided with worldwide protests that drew millions to the streets of London, Berlin, Rome and New York.
Sinema peers at the people in the park as the protest winds down. The march has come full circle. Some dance barefoot, holding hands and spinning, wreathed in tie-dyed shirts and loose-fitting fabrics. Others rest from the two-mile march, enjoying the live music and conversing with fellow protesters. Dozens of signs litter the grass: "A village in Texas has lost its idiot" and "Hey Bush, Jesus says, 'Blessed are the peacemakers'" are some of the many.
"This is art," Sinema says. "It's an expression of creativity and of self."
Her self-expression, however, isn't limited to banner-making for the community event. She wears a neon-pink shirt and something resembling a pink tutu - a bold contrast on the yellowed grass she stands on.
She feels powerful by simply expressing herself. Protest art, she says, tends to do that to people.
"You protest when you feel like you're not being heard," Sinema adds. "To make yourself heard, you have to do something out of the ordinary.
"There, inherently, is this expression of creativity that comes with protests, so you can say, 'I am important. I am a human.'"
From Arizona Alliance for Peaceful Justice website;
Date Sat, 22 Nov 2003 18:42:38 -0700 From: Kyrsten Sinema Subject: More about Miami
- It wasn't just the Black Bloc thapolice -- the police were the aggressors from the beginning, shoving protesters with batons, then beating protesters, then taser gunning people in the crowd and launching rubber bullets, pepper spray, and tear gas into the crowds, hitting ALL sorts of people.
- The brutality didn't begin with black bloc attempting to pull down the fence. It started several days before, when the puppet makers' workshop was raided and puppets and innocent people's personal belongings were destroyed, when pagans (and others) on the ground a week early who had not committed any crimes were "picked off" by police in the middle of the street, and when police literally covered the streets of downtown Miami in "ninja" riot gear for days, intimidating all who walked by. There was a clear plan from the beginning to "crack down" on protesters, and boy, did they ever.
- On Thursday morning, the brutality began not via protesters' actions, but when the police decided to spray the crowd with pepper spray and launch sound bombs that sounded like gunfire. As my "protest buddy" and I were singing and spiraling in the pagan's circle only 5 rows back from the police line (which was over 25 rows thick), we noticed the police were putting on additional gear beneath their plastic face shields. We noticed one officer with a megaphone talkiround of pepper spray. This was not in response to violent behavior from protesters, as we were right there near the front of the protesting crowd. This was in response to orders to fire. From there on out for the rest of our stay, we experienced, witnessed, and heard about continuing police repression and brutality.
- If you saw mainstream media coverage that was anything like Miami's local coverage, you got gipped. That coverage completely misrepresented what really happened.
- It was brutal.
Kyrsten Sinema's anti-Israel activism began in the early 2000s when she organized for the Arizona Alliance for Peace and Justice, a group whose members have denounced Israel’s “disproportionate” use of “violence and oppression.”
The group also decried U.S. military aid to Israel as well as the expansion of Israeli settlements “into Palestinian lands.”
Sinema later urged supporters of the AAPJ to deluge the phone lines of a radio show hosted by “an unapologetic unconditional supporter of Israeli policy.”
To this day, AAPJ continues to take a hardline stance against Israel, aligning itself with the far left Occupy AIPAC movement and sponsoring various speeches “against the Israeli occupation.”
Another of Sinema’s creations is Local to Global Justice, a grassroots advocacy group that has positioned itself as one of Arizona’s leading critics of the Jewish state.
In February 2004, the group brought the anti-Israel bus tour Wheels of Justice to Tempe—a junket that the Anti-Defamation League described as “distinctly anti-Israel.” The AAPJ cosponsored the event.
Like the AAPJ, Local to Global Justice has continued to sponsor events singling out Israel for undue criticism. Sinema’s headshot remains displayed on the group’s website.
The organization has advocated in favor of the Palestinian “right of return.”
Sinema formerly served as a spokesman for Women in Black, an anti-war group that was founded in part to support Palestinians during the Intifada.
As a lawmaker in the State House, Sinema continued to fraternize with Israel’s fiercest opponents, including the anti-war group CODEPINK, which has promoted conspiracy theories claiming that the so-called “Israel lobby” exerts ultimate control over U.S. foreign policy.
In 2006, Sinema penned a laudatory missive to the Israel critic Marwan Ahmad, a native Palestinian who was booted from a Phoenix political committee for “promoting messages of intolerance against Israel [and] the Jewish community.”
Though Sinema later condemned Ahmad after local Jewish newspapers applied pressure, she initially praised him for “13 years of service to the mosaic ethnic communities here in the Valley of the Sun.”
Since that incident, Sinema has continued to align herself with Ahmad, sending him videotaped messages of support and allowing her image to be featured on his website.
Communist Party USA connection
Kyrsten Sinema has a long history with the Communist Party USA.
May Day and Cinco de Mayo
Kyrsten Sinema was a signatory to an advertisement "May Day and Cinco de Mayo greetings" placed in the Communist Party USA paper People's Weekly World May 4, 2002. Such ads were traditionally placed in the Communist Party paper every May Day, sponsored by local party clubs, members or supporters.
- Arizona's progressive community extends May Day and Cinco de Mayo greetings to all our friends across the country. We commit ourselves to resist the Bush Administration's drive for ever increasing military spending and a neverending state of war. We must redouble our efforts to build a people's coalition that will drive the ultra right out of Congress next November.
Co-signing the advertisement with Sinema were Communist Party USA members Joe Bernick, Jack Blawis, Lem Harris, Lorenzo Torrez, Anita Torrez, Carolyn Trowbridge, Steve Valencia, the Tucson and East Valley Clubs of the Communist Party USA and party fronts the Arizona Peace Council and the Salt of the Earth Labor College.
This support for the communist cause was not not a “one off’ or an aberration. In 2003 Sinema again put her name to the Arizona Communist Party’s May Day greetings page.
Shortly after her election in 2004, Kyrsten Sinema and former State Representative Steve May formed Arizona Together, the statewide coalition to defeat Arizona’s same-sex marriage ban. During the course of the two years leading up to the 2006 election, Sinema led the campaign’s effort to raise nearly $3 million, research, craft, and deliver a winning message, and build a broad-based, statewide coalition of community leaders, organizations, and businesses. 
Arizona made history Nov. 7 2006, when its voters became the first in the nation to reject a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Wrote Arizona Communist Party USA leader and Arizona Together activist Joe Bernick;
- Why Arizona? How come voters in more liberal states have voted for similar hateful laws while conservative Arizona voted no?
- If you were to believe the pundits in the corporate-owned press, our rejection of Prop. 107 was due to the western libertarian traditions, the spirit of Barry Goldwater — you know them, those right-wing Republicans who are against government interference in our personal business and our bedroom...
- But a quick check of election returns would have demonstrated to these so-called pundits that Prop. 107 was defeated in working-class and liberal university precincts while passing in Goldwater Republican precincts. In suburban Tucson precincts, the vote for 107 corresponded closely with the vote for the ultra-right, anti-immigrant GOP congressional candidate Randy Graf.
- So how did we do it? The answer is: educating, organizing and mobilizing.
- As soon as proponents started circulating petitions to put 107 on the ballot, opponents brought out their own clipboards, signing up thousands of volunteers. Arizona Together emerged as the campaign committee, chaired by progressive state Rep. Kyrsten Sinema.
- If passed, Prop. 107 proposed to outlaw same-sex marriage as well as nullify domestic partnership laws and registries which covered a majority of Arizona municipal and county workers. Since same-sex marriages are already not legal in Arizona, Arizona Together organizers realized that this was a stealth campaign to play on peoples’ prejudices and turn out Republican voters, and before anybody noticed thousands of unmarried couples would lose their health and other benefits.
- Arizona Together called their bluff. It concentrated its educational campaign on the harm 107 would unleash on tens of thousands of working families.
- The campaign enlisted the support of Mayors Phil Gordon of Phoenix and Bob Walkup of Tucson. These are Arizona’s two biggest cities, both of which have domestic partnership provisions for their employees. The state AFL-CIO joined the campaign with especially strong support from public employee unions. Tireless educational work eventually won the editorial support of all major Arizona newspapers.
- Most important was the grassroots work. More than 18,000 volunteers spent countless hours on education and outreach. Volunteers mailed out over 1 million pieces of literature, more than 100,000 pieces were distributed door to door and tens of thousands of phone calls were made to voters. Money left over was used for three weeks of TV educational ads.
- Congressman Raul Grijalva appeared on radio ads calling Prop. 107 an attack on working families. The Grijalva campaign worked closely with Arizona Together, using its literature in their extensive door-to-door canvassing. Also collaborating was the campaign of Gabrielle Gifford, who defeated Graf for an open congressional seat. I didn’t see any of those Goldwater Republicans handing out “No on 107” literature.
- Arizona Together lived up to its name. It was able to defeat 107 because its educational campaign showed working-class Arizonans that this was an attack on working people. Almost every working person knows — or is him- or herself one-half of — an unmarried couple, often with children. They are our friends, co-workers, relatives, and they are us. When working people learned that 107 was an attack on all working people, they responded with a resounding “no.”
Morales on Sinema team
Kyrsten Sinema November 21, 2012 ·
THANK YOU! Final vote counts were completed last night and we won by a margin of 10,251 votes -- proof that the force of our community is stronger than political cynicism and more powerful than millions of dollars of the negative advertising against us.
Patrick Morales connection
Patrick Morales, Kyrsten Sinema, November 1, 2014.
Joe Bernick on 2018 US Senate race
Joe Bernick on 2018 US Senate race:
- Two Congresswomen, Democrat Kirsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally, are in a race to become Arizona’s first woman senator. McSally, who represents the district once held by Gabby Gifford, holds few public meetings and mostly runs ads about how she was the first woman fighter pilot. In the primary, she wrapped herself around Trump, but now she’s back to touting her military prowess and condemning Sinema for her antiwar protests against the Iraq war, claiming it was against the troops.
- Sinema had been a peace activist in her student days, but has made a journey to become what some would call a “Hillary Clinton Democrat.”
- The pundits are calling the race a tossup, but in my opinion, it’s a “leaning Democratic.” Sinema had been leading comfortably in most of the polls until McSally’s really nasty ads hit the TV, but even then, she just drew even with Sinema for three days before falling back again.
- Arizona is full of retirees from all over, many who were in school during the Viet Nam War period. I can’t imagine they are very threatened by someone who went to peace demonstrations when in college. It also appears that the national Republican practice this fall is every Democratic candidate for governor or Congress is a socialist, communist, radical, far left, and extreme.
- Sinema was, indeed, part of the people’s movement, losing her first election running as a Green. But David Garcia, on the other hand, doesn’t have a left background. Nevertheless, the Republican TV ads are calling him a radical and showing him in pictures that play to racist stereotypes of Latino gangsters, or what’s even more frightening, young Chicano activists.
Communist support 2018
- We are involved in two states where a Republican seat can be flipped: AZ (Flake open), TX (Cruz), and five states where a Democratic seat needs protection against being lost: FL (Nelson), IN (Donnelly), MO (McCaskill), NJ (Menendez)...'
Circa 2008, four members of the Arizona state legislature joined together to form a "Progressive Caucus" for the House of Representatives of the Arizona State Legislature.
- Dr. Ted Downing, Tucson, State Representative, Legislative District 28
- Ben Miranda, Phoenix, State Representative, Legislative District 16
- Phil Lopes, Tucson, State Representative, Legislative District 27
- Kyrsten Sinema, Phoenix, State Representative, Legislative District 15
Helped craft Obamacare
Sinema was part of national team of state elected officials who worked to help craft America’s new health care law to "meet the needs of states, not the federal government".
Thanks in part to her work in "improving the bill", Sinema was invited by the President to attend the signing in March, 2010.
Take Back America Conferences
Kyrsten Sinema was on the list of speakers at the 2008 Take Back America conference, which was organized by the Institute for Policy Studies, and Democratic Socialists of America dominated Campaign for America's Future.
America's Future Now Conferences
Kyrsten Sinema was on the list of speakers at the 2009 America's Future Now conference, which was organized by the Institute for Policy Studies, and Democratic Socialists of America dominated Campaign for America's Future.
Progressive States Network
In 2010, Kyrsten Sinema served on the Board of Directors for the Progressive States Network, an organization which seeks to "transform the political landscape by sparking progressive actions at the state level".
China and India
Kyrsten Sinema traveled to China and India in 2010.
Supported Progressive Health Care Reform
In late 2009, Kyrsten Sinema was one of more than 1,000 state legislators to sign a letter entitled "State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform". The letter was a project of the Progressive States Network and was developed in consultation with national health care reform advocates, including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Community Catalyst, Families USA, Herndon Alliance, National Women's Law Center, Northeast Action, SEIU, and Universal Health Care Action Network. The letter reads in part,
- "Failure to pass national comprehensive health reform now will further jeopardize state and local budgets, undermining public services like education, public safety, and transportation infrastructure... We, the undersigned, call on President Obama and the Congress to enact bold and comprehensive health care reform this year – based on these principles and a strong federal-state collaboration – and pledge our support as state legislators and allies in pursuit of guaranteed, high quality, affordable health care for all."
"Unite and Conquer"
Kyrsten Sinema’s first book, Unite and Conquer: How to Build Coalitions that Win and Last, was released in July 2009 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
Texas Stonewall Democrats
Members of the Texas Stonewall Democratic Caucus from all across the state met in Austin on March 5 and 6 to assess the “ass-whipping” Democrats took at the polls last November and to develop messaging and other strategies for winning in 2012.
Participants heard two powerful keynote speeches from openly bisexual Arizona State Senator Kyrsten Sinema and national transgender activist Mara Keisling.
In her speech, Sinema illuminated how Arizona is the breeding ground for all the anti-immigrant, anti-choice, anti-worker’s rights and anti-children’s health care legislation that is being proposed in many state legislatures, including Texas. She warned that “Arizona is coming to a state near you” and characterized this as an attempt by the so-called Tea Party to “mainstream hatred in this country”. She stated that the Tea Party has been around for 20 years and is just another name for Republicans.
Sinema outlined ways that Democrats can build coalitions to stop these bad bills from becoming law and encouraged LGBT Democrats to reach out to allies, even unlikely ones, and support their issues in exchange for their support of ours. “After all, LGBT people make up only 4 percent of the electorate and you need 50 percent plus one to win,” she said.
After her speech, attendees jumped to their feet to give Sinema a rousing ovation and then formed a line to have her autograph copies of her book, “Unite And Conquer: Building Coalitions That Win – And Last”.
2012 CLW House victories
2012 Council for a Livable World House Victories were;Ron Barber (D-AZ), Ami Bera (D-CA), Tim Bishop (D-NY) Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Bruce Braley (D-IA), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Lois Capps (D-CA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Lois Frankel (D-FL), John Garamendi (D-CA), Joe Garcia (D-FL), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), Denny Heck (D-WA), Steven Horsford (D-NV), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Patrick Murphy (D-FL), Rick Nolan (D-MN), Raul Ruiz (D-CA), Brad Schneider(D-IL), Carol Shea-Porter(D–NH), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Mark Takano(D-CA) and John Tierney(D-MA)..
According to the Council for a Livable World website;
- Kyrsten Sinema is running for Congress in Arizona’s newly created 9th Congressional District.
- Outside of state government, Sinema has been a leader in Arizona’s anti-war movement. In the days after the 9/11 attacks, Sinema helped to organize Arizona progressives who were alarmed by widespread calls for invasion. Sinema was at the forefront of Arizona’s grassroots opposition to the war in Iraq.
- Sinema’s principled opposition to war extends to the movement for a world free of nuclear weapons. As an Arizona state legislator she actively lobbied Senators John McCain (R) and John Kyl (R) for ratification of the New START nuclear reductions treaty. She supports ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Testing Ban and opposes the development of new nuclear weapons.
June 18, 2013 Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), Chairman of the House Liberty Caucus, and Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), the Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee, announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation to address National Security Agency surveillance.
H.R. 2399, the Limiting Internet and Blanket Electronic Review of Telecommunications and Email Act (LIBERT-E Act), restricts the federal government’s ability under the Patriot Act to collect information on Americans who are not connected to an ongoing investigation. The bill also requires that secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court opinions be made available to Congress and summaries of the opinions be made available to the public.
A coalition of 32 Members of Congress joined Conyers and Amash in introducing the bill. After introduction, Conyers and Amash issued the following statement:
The following Members of Congress cosponsored the legislation:
Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) Rep. John Duncan (R-TN) Rep. William Enyart (D-IL) Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) Rep. Rush Holt, Jr. (D-NJ) Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME) Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) 
Sinema/Gabbard joint fundraiser In Phoenix
Two of the youngest members of the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a joint campaign fundraiser in Phoenix August 2013. Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-CD9) hosted Hawaii's Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI).
The two did not publicize the fundraiser, but Arizona's Politics became aware of it after the "Gabbard Sinema Joint Victory Fund" filed its Statement of Organization with the Federal Election Commission ("FEC") last week. The Democratic National Committee is holding its summer meeting in Phoenix this week, and Sinema welcomed her counterpart via Twitter.
The Democrats of s of Legislative District 26 donated the proceeds from a scheduled chili cookoff on Saturday, April 20, 2013 to the recall effort, which has 41 days remaining before its deadline of May 30, when the campaign must turn in all of the signatures it has gathered.
The LD26 webpage reports that the "Guest of Honor" would be Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema. Other local pols on hand include Mesa City Councilman Dennis Kavanagh, state House members Andrew Sherwood and Juan Mendez, and state Senator Ed Ableser.
January 2013, A high-profile undocumented youth activist joined newly-elected Rep. Kyrsten Sinema's staff.
The Arizona Democrat hired Erika Andiola, a leading DREAM Act advocate, to work as a district outreach staffer.
"We've hired Erika to be the outreach director for our office," Sinema said in an interview with ABC/Univision. "She's a very, very smart young woman with a history of advocacy."
Sinema and Andiola met in the early 2000s when the congresswoman was serving in the state legislature and Andiola was working as a young community organizer.
As a student, Andiola has been involved in activism. She has been urging Washington leaders to pass the DREAM Act for years and was recently granted deportation relief under deferred action, a program that offers two-year reprieves from deportation to some undocumented young people.
Andiola has also been involved with Promise Arizona, a grassroots civic engagement organization aimed at recruiting a new generation of leaders, and she has worked countless hours promoting the DREAM Act. She has camped in front of congressional leader's offices and attended rallies. She has urged people to vote and spoken at workshops aimed at helping people apply for deferred action.
Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) speaks at a press conference held by the Dream Action Coalition on immigration reform December 4, 2013 in Washington, DC.
Mother and daughter cried at a news conference in front of the Capitol, addressed also by Sinema, as Arreola recalled being put in handcuffs and told she was being deported. But they vowed to fight, and win, the battle to let Arreola stay.
Not every Hill resignation is announced at a media event in the shadow of the Capitol, but Andiola’s statement is just the latest in a continuing campaign by reform advocates to keep pressure on Congress.
“It’s getting to be pretty surreal at this point,” said Jessica Vaughan, director of the Center of Immigration Studies, who said the rallies, fasts, prayer vigils and news conferences are becoming a normal thing in Washington.
Andiola was able to work for Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema as outreach director because she was a recipient of President Obama's summer 2012 executive order, granting her deferred action status as an eligible undocumented immigrant.
Sinema said she is sad to see Andiola go.
"While I am disappointed to lose Erika as a member of our staff, I understand that she needs to focus 100% on her mom's case. We are hopeful that Erika's mother can remain in the country because we believe families should stay together. Arizona families just like Erika's are waiting for this Congress to pass commonsense comprehensive immigration reform that secures our borders, keeps families together, and grows our economy. Arizona has been waiting for too long already; we owe it to our state to pass immigration reform this year."
Human Rights Campaign 2012
Human Rights Campaign 2015
Radical gay staffer
Justin Unga is the former Deputy Executive Director for the Arizona Democratic Party, where he worked from 2007 to 2012. Subsequently, he served as U.S. Representative Kyrsten Sinema’s Communications Director during her 2012 run and during her first term in Congress.
Medicare Birthday Party
With Medicare celebrating its 49th birthday last week and Social Security’s 79th birthday coming up on Thursday, August 14th, 2014, Alliance members have been holding celebrations across the country in honor of the retirement security programs. Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance, traveled to Arizona from July 31st to August 4th in order to take part in some of the events. Alliance celebrations in the state included an event in Tempe with Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9), an event in Tucson with Rep. Ron Barber (AZ-2), and an event in Flagstaff with Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1).
AARA endorsement 2018
Blue Dog Coalition
By 2014, the Blue Dog Coalition was a shell of its former self, shrunken to just 15 members because of political defeat, retirements after redrawn districts left them in enemy territory and just plain exhaustion from the constant battle to stay in office. Several are not running for reelection in November, and a few others are top targets of Republicans.
In danger of losing even more clout, the leading Blue Dogs are regrouping and rebuilding. They are adding four members to their ranks in February — Reps. Ron Barber (Ariz.), Cheri Bustos (Ill.), Nick Rahall (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) — and angling to play a key role in bipartisan talks over the next few years in the belief that the polar tension in the Capitol will thaw.
New Democrat Coalition, 113th Congress
- Kyrsten Sinema
Turkish Cultural Center
“The Council’s work is amongst our nation’s most commendable, as the Council is an ally for both Muslims and other groups and individuals who have experienced religious discrimination, defamation, or hate crimes of any kind.”- Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) (September 2014). 
“CAIR provides American Muslims with the support and resources needed to become engaged and informed citizens, and for your continued efforts to promote peace and unity, you have my utmost thanks and appreciation.”
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) (October 2017)
On Saturday September 29, 2012, Kyrsten Sinema had a fundraiser event in Tempe at the home of Hassan Elsaad. The event was co-hosted by Mohamed El-Sharkawy a recent Board President of CAIR – Arizona.
Senate race endorsements, 2017
An abridged list of Kyrsten Sinema's endorsements, from the campaign:
- Congressman Ruben Gallego (AZ-07)
- Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01)
- Former Senator Dennis DeConcini
- Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild
- Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell
- State Senate Minority Leader Katie Hobbs (LD-24)
- State Senator Andrea Delassandro (LD-2)
- State Senator Robert Meza (LD-30)
- State House Minority Leader Rebecca Rios (LD-27)
- State House Minority Leader Dr. Randy Friese (LD-9)
- State Representative Lela Alston (LD-24)
- State Representative Daniel Hernandez, Jr. (LD-2)
- Mesa City Councilman Francisco Heredia
- Phoenix City Councilwoman Laura Pastor
- Phoenix City Councilman Danny Valenzuela
- Tempe City Councilman Joel Navarro
- Tucson Councilwoman Regina Romero
Senate campaign staff
- Andrew Piatt, campaign manager - Former Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) deputy political director
- Rebecca Kasper, finance director - Former DSCC staffer
- Sacha Haworth, communications director - Former DSCC press secretary
- John Buysse, digital director - Former Clinton campaign social media strategist
"Progressive" support in 2018
On the weekend Donald Trump was visiting Phoenix to campaign for Republican Senate candidate Rep. Martha McSally, young, progressive, Latinx volunteers flooded the city’s suburbs in droves, going door to door, often in bright pink Planned Parenthood T-shirts, canvassing for Kyrsten Sinema.
“It’s like when we had to vote for either Trump or Hillary,” Angelica Romero, 21, the vice president of the Planned Parenthood student activist group on the Arizona State University campus said. “Hillary wasn’t the perfect candidate, there was a lot I disagreed with her on, but are we gonna vote for Trump? No. Are we gonna vote for McSally? No.”
“McSally is just so much worse,” said Athena Salman, a young, progressive Democratic state legislator in Arizona. “To create a false equivalency there is absurd and dangerous,” she added. “That’s how we ended up with Trump.”
In the primaries, progressive organizations like Planned Parenthood, EMILY’s List, and the Human Rights Campaign, which frequently speak out against Republican immigration policies, went all-in on Sinema over Deedra Abboud, a progressive civil rights lawyer. The groups have spent millions of dollars on ads and organized thousands of their supporters on her behalf throughout the campaign.
A spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign said in a statement that the organization has supported Sinema — the first openly bisexual woman elected to Congress — since she first ran for the House, and was quick to endorse her for Senate as well. “She was one of HRC's easiest and earliest public endorsements for the 2018 cycle,” the statement said, “and HRC Arizona has been bold and unequivocal in its support for her bid to be our next Senator.”
According to Planned Parenthood Action Fund Vice President Dawn Laguens her organization is “proud to support” Sinema, citing her background on abortion rights and health care. “We’ve been proud to defend people’s health and rights alongside Kyrsten in the House and look forward to continuing that work together in the Senate.” .
But by the week of the primaries, Sinema had a nearly 100-to-1 funding advantage over Abboud, who did not accept money from PACs, dashing Abboud’s chance at becoming a serious challenger to Sinema’s campaign. Sinema won in a landslide.
“I have friends that are DACA recipients, people who are politically involved and have advocated for not only themselves, but their communities,” says Isela Blanc, a Democratic member of the Arizona House of Representatives.
Now weeks away from the general election, the volunteers, many of whom were associated with Raíz, Planned Parenthood’s Latinx program, said that despite Sinema’s immigration record, they trusted Planned Parenthood made the right decision. Many said that ultimately they knew Sinema had the best chance of winning and not supporting her was not worth the risk of electing McSally, who had already voted eight times to defund Planned Parenthood.
”Planned Parenthood was there for me when I needed them,” said Planned Parenthood canvasser Carolina Olivarria Barraza. Barraza is an ASU student who immigrated from Mexico as a child with her family and has since gained citizenship. She has preexisting conditions that had kept her bedridden until that weekend when the doctor gave her the okay to canvass. “I think them supporting [Sinema] was the right choice.”
“Look, she is bad on immigration, and we’re disappointed in her,” Betty Guardado, an advocate with CASE Arizona, an immigrant and workers' rights organization, said. “But we also have to look at the whole state and see where the state is at, and we believe that if she went gung ho on immigration issues she wouldn’t be where she is right now. … We had to go with the candidate that we knew was gonna win.”
So instead of focusing on the negative, the volunteers have chosen to emphasize Sinema’s liberal and loyal stances on abortion, universal health care, and LGBT issues. She also has supported labor unions in Arizona, they said, and she has consistently supported the DREAM Act, which granted legal status to young adults who were brought to the US by their parents as children.
Danny Ortega, a lawyer who has worked in the immigration activist community in Phoenix for decades,said that he was familiar with the concerns expressed by the young, Latinx, and activist communities about Sinema’s immigration record and that he agreed with those concerns.
“But that shouldn’t get in the way of facing the reality of this Congress, that in order to come up with workable solutions you need compromise,” Ortega said, emphasizing that Sinema’s history of crossing the aisle is her strong suit. “I think Kyrsten’s part of the solution here, despite the reservations” of some of the people on the ground.
And maybe in a more friendly Congress, some of the volunteers said, her liberal side will start to take over.
“I’ve known Kyrsten [Sinema] since 1999, and I’ve been a physical and financial supporter of her since her first race,” Deedra Abboud, who is now encouraging her supporters to vote for Sinema,said. “She used to be a lot more liberal; she used to be a lot more outspoken. Everyone is pinning their hopes on if there is a Democratic majority, she will move back that way.”
And for the burgeoning progressive population, there are others on the ticket they can feel excited about. Young, minority state legislators, and candidates like David Garcia, whom Sen. Bernie Sanders recently flew to Arizona to rally for. If they win, it will mark a real sea-change in Arizona politics.
“There is going to be such a world soon,” where progressive activists see candidates who better reflect their views succeed in Arizona, National Organization of Women Arizona (NOW) board member Dianne Post said. “Maybe not this election cycle, but soon.”
Staff and Interns
- Kyrsten Sinema's website: About (accessed on Sept. 1, 2010)
- Nation Journal, Arizona, 9th House District
- CPL board bio, accessed Feb. 21, 2010
- Nation Journal, Arizona, 9th House District
- Americans United for Separation of Church and State. bio
- Americans United for Separation of Church and State. bio
- CPL board bio, accessed Feb. 21, 2010
- PDA June 2013 Educate Congress Digest
- The Washington Free Beacon, Adult Sinema, BY: Adam Kredo April 20, 2012
- [https://asuwebdevilarchive.jmc.asu.edu/issues/2003/03/26/ent/391952 Web Devil, An exhibition of protest by Ilan Brat published on Thursday, March 13, 2003]
- The Washington Free Beacon, Adult Sinema, BY: Adam Kredo April 20, 2012
- CPL board bio, accessed Feb. 21, 2010
- PW How Arizona defeated the hatemongers, by: Joe Bernick December 8 2006
- [http://www.peoplesworld.org/article/will-arizona-flip-this-november/ PW Will Arizona flip this November? September 25, 2018 11:39 AM CDT BY JOE BERNICK]
- [https://www.cpusa.org/article/election-2018-a-guide-to-united-action/Election 2018: A guide to united action HOME > ARTICLE > ELECTION 2018: A GUIDE TO UNITED ACTION EmailShare BY:JOELLE FISHMAN| SEPTEMBER 20, 2018]
- Progressive Arizona website PROFILES IN VISION ARIZONA STATE REPS FORM PROGRESSIVE LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS, accessed Feb. 21, 2011
- The Washington Free Beacon, Adult Sinema, BY: Adam Kredo April 20, 2012
- Sinema for Congress, Making Quality Health Care Affordable, accessed Jan. 30, 2013
- Campaign for America's Future website: Take Back America 2008 - Agenda (accessed on May 11, 2010)
- Confabb website: America's Future Now 2009 Speakers (accessed on July 13, 2010)
- PSN website: Board of Directors (accessed on Sept. 1, 2010)
- Progressive States Network: State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform (accessed on Dec. 23, 2010)
- Americans United for Separation of Church and State. bio
- Q San Antonio, Texas Stonewall Dems plot strategies for 2012 elections QSanAntonio.com, March 12, 2011
- Meet the Candidates, accessed April 10, 2013
- NSA Surveillance: Amash, Conyers Introduce Major Bill, Bipartisan Coalition of 34 Members of Congress Propose LIBERT-E Act, Jun 18, 2013
- [http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/Politics/dreamer-erika-andiola-work-arizona-congresswoman/story?id=18228718 DREAMer Erika Andiola Will Work for Arizona Congresswoman By EMILY DERUY Jan. 16, 2013]
- [https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/adriancarrasquillo/prominent-dreamer-to-leave-job-in-congress-to-fight-her-moth Bufffeed News Prominent "Dreamer" To Leave Job In Congress To Fight Her Mother's Deportation, Adrian Carrasquillo BuzzFeed News Reporter Posted on December 3, 2013]
- Check Out Alliance Activists in Action at Birthday Events from Coast to Coast
- WaPo, Blue Dog Democrats, whittled down in number, are trying to regroupBy Paul Kane January 15, 2014
- NDC Member List
- [https://www.cair.com/images/pdf/What-They-Say-About-CAIR.pdf What They Say About CAIR (October 2014)
- Western Free Press Kyrsten Sinema associates tied to Hamas-linked CAIR and other MB front groups: Part 1 Honey Marques | October 5 2012
- Buzzfeed News “It’s Like ... Trump Or Hillary": Latinx Progressives Are Going All-In For An Arizona Democrat Despite Her Record On ImmigrationEma O'Connor Posted on November 1, 2018