(The following was posted on Williamson’s campaign website.)
LOS ANGELES, CA – The Marianne Williamson for Congress campaign announced that Americans for Democratic Action, SoCal chapter has endorsed Marianne Williamson in District 33 after a candidate forum in Venice May 6. ADA is the oldest liberal political lobby in America, co-founded by Eleanor Roosevelt and other progressive leaders in 1947.
The forum was co-sponsored by SoCal ADA and the Venice Action Alliance. Of the eighteen candidates in the race, six attended to answer questions by panelists and community voters on numerous national and local issues.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the SoCal chapter of the ADA,” Williamson said. “The ADA, founded by Eleanor Roosevelt, John Kenneth Galbraith, Walter Reuther, Arthur Schlesinger, and Reinhold Niebuhr was established to keep the New Deal dream alive. I am running for Congress because that New Deal dream – the American Dream – is on the verge of perishing. We need to revive the dream with a Green New Deal, create the opportunity for every child to have access to pre-school, provide free college in exchange for one year of national service, produce serious legislation on climate change and pass a Constitutional Amendment to outlaw the undue influence of money on our politics. Humanitarian rather than economic values should be society’s bottom line,” said Williamson
Williamson’s endorsement of the SoCal ADA follows on the heels of the endorsements by other progressive Congressmen including Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN, co-chair of the Progressive Caucus in the House of Representatives), former congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), as well as social justice activist Van Jones and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr.
Joe Cicero, SoCal ADA President said, “With so many talented, capable progressives in the race, we wished we could send several of them to Washington. But finally, we think Marianne is the right candidate for these difficult times and will be an outspoken advocate for economic justice. We need a forceful independent advocate who is willing to fight for the 99% as our representative in Congress.”
Forum coordinator John Seeley continued, “Winnowing our choice to Ted Lieu, an energetic and savvy legislator we’ve endorsed before, and Marianne Williamson, a fresh and visionary voice focused on the critical issue of saving democracy from big money, ADA ultimately decided on Marianne. While Ted has many pluses, his recent abandonment of affirmative action – the key to preventing a permanent black and brown underclass – was a deal-breaker.”