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Al Green is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 9th district of Texas.

Early Life & Education

Al Green was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. After attending Florida A&M University in 1971, he went on to attend Tuskegee Institute of Technology. In 1974 he earned his law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, where he later served as an instructor.[1]

Employment

After graduating from law school, Green co-founded and co-managed the law firm of Green, Wilson, Dewberry and Fitch. In 1977, he was elected Justice of the Peace, Precinct 7, Position 2, where he served for 26 years before retiring in 2004.[1]

NAACP

Al Green served as president of the Houston Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for nearly ten years. Under his leadership, the organization increased membership from 500 to 3,500 and the staff from one to twenty.[1]

Black and Brown Coalition

Al Green co-founded the Black and Brown Coalition with Judge Armando Rodriguez. This organization brings together Houston's African American and Hispanic communities to work on issues of common interest.[1]

Fair share

Green also created the Houston Fair Share Program, which encourages corporations to join with minority firms in joint ventures. [2]

Marching with Justice for Janitors

Al Green with Justice for Janitors, 2006

Green has been a strong supporter of SEIU's Justice for Janitors campaign.

At at June 19 hearing of the House Financial Services Committee regarding JP Morgan's recent massive banking losses, Rep. Al Green (D-TX) secured a commitment from CEO Jamie Dimon to meet with him to discuss the issue of poverty wages paid to janitors who clean his company's office buildings in Houston.

"The average janitor in Houston is making less than the poverty level," Representative Green explained. "I want to meet with you about something I call, 'too small to live off.'"[3]

Voted against cutting funding for ACORN

In September 2009, following the lead of their Senate colleagues, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to cut off funds to ACORN. the vote was 345-75. All of the 75 were Democrats, and included Al Green. [4]

Houston "progressives"

Texas Congressmembers Al Green and Sheila Jackson-Lee lead a march of 300 supporters through downtown Houston in March 2007

According to James Thompson of the Communist Party USA paper People's World[5];

Houston also has a strong union movement which is very progressive and is active in electoral politics. The city's three Congress people Al Green, Gene Green and Sheila Jackson-Lee are at the forefront of the progressive struggle in the House of Representatives.

Healthcare rally

In July 2009, a spirited rally was held recently at the Harris County AFL-CIO headquarters in Houston to support health care reform. The effort was called by Organizing for America which is the successor to Obama for America.

Participants were treated to rousing speeches from local elected officials who support health care reform, including U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, Carol Alvarado, Texas State Senator, U.S. Rep. Al Green, and Jolanda Jones, Houston City Councilperson.

Congressman Al Green praised organized labor and pointed out that labor is responsible for many of the benefits that many working people enjoy today, including the 40-hour work week, pension plans, minimum wages, vacation, sick leave, and medical leave. He noted that organized labor has supported all working people and that working people need to support the Employee Free Choice Act.

Congressperson Green reminded the crowd that 47 million Americans are without health care. He stated that the U.S. has the most expensive “sickness care system” in the world. The U.S. spends 50 percent more than any other industrialized nation in the world on health care. [6]

Meeting with radicals

Rev. James Caldwell, Rep. Al Green
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Rev. James Caldwell (third from left) at a 2012 meeting which included Texas Organizing Project members, Tennessee Communist Party USA member Dennis Laumann, fourth from left, and Rep. Al Green (9th from left) and Sissy Farenthold, 11th from left.

Congressional Black Caucus

In 2011 Al Green was a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.[7] The CBC is an organization representing the black members of the United States Congress. Membership is exclusive to blacks.

Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

In May 2013, Al Green was listed as a member the Executive Board of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.[8]

Meeting ARA

Gene Lantz, back left

When 500 retirees convened in Washington DC, Setember 2011, for the Alliance for Retired Americans legislative conference, nine Texans were among them. Tony Padilla and Emmett Sheppard came from Central Texas; Melva White, Emma Stewart and Eunice Parrish came from Houston; and North Texas contributed Sarah Carothers, Bob Felzke, Mary Felzke, and Communist Party USA member Gene Lantz.

Seven of the Texans were able to participate in an afternoon of visiting Congresspeople on Capitol Hill on September 8th. Tony Padilla's vast experience in these visits was best utilized by letting him go on his own, but six others were led by Emmett Sheppard through several offices. They visited Congressman Jeb Hensarling, Congressman Kenny Marchant, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Congressman Lamar Smith, and Congressman Al Green. Mr Green, a longtime friend of Sheppard, "was especially hospitable".[9]

ARA endorsement, 2012

The Alliance for Retired Americans endorsed Al Green in 2012.[10]

ARA PAF endorsement, 2014

The Alliance for Retired Americans Political Action Fund endorsed Al Green in 2014.[11]

Supporting janitors strike

In a June 2012 strike SEIU janitors in Houston received much support from the local progressive, as well as from their fellow janitors across the U.S. According to Houston Communist Party USA activist Fabian Sneevliet, at a rally on June 12, Texas Rep. Al Green, D., gave an inspirational speech in support of the striking workers. At this rally, Richard Shaw, head of the Texas AFL-CIO, was there in solidarity with the janitors, as well as the Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston.[12]

Sudan protest

March 16, 2012, Washington, DC: Today at the Sudanese Embassy, 2210 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, TransAfrica Forum President Nicole Lee joined actor and activist George Clooney who just returned from a trip to Sudan and NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, human rights advocate Martin Luther King III and Representative Al Green to demand immediate action to stop Sudan’s use of food as a weapon. All were arrested.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is blocking food and humanitarian aid from reaching half a million people in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions where they are at grave risk of starvation.

Hundreds of activists are demonstrating at the Sudanese Embassy this morning starting at 10am

Also at the protest were Tom Andrews, President, United to End Genocide, Nick Clooney, Journalist, Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail, Anglican Bishop of Kadugli, South Kordofan, Rabbi Steve Gutow, President, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Fred Kramer, Executive Director, Jewish World Watch, Congressman Jim McGovern, Congressman James Moran, Dr. E. Faye Williams, national chair of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc., Rabbi David Saperstein, Dick Gregory, and Rep. John Olver.[13][14]

Lame Duck Session Agenda of Jobs

On Thursday, November 9, 2012, at the Bob Casey Federal Courthouse in Houston, TX, Congressman Al Green participated in the Post-Election News Conference on the Lame Duck Session Agenda of Jobs. He was joined at the news conference by representatives from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), AFL-CIO, Texas Organizing Project, Good Jobs Great Houston, Houston Organization of Municipal Employees, Congressman Gene Green, and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

Congressman Al Green spoke on the importance of maintaining safety net programs as well as investments in infrastructure important to creating jobs in the Greater Houston Area. During the news conference, union activists also praised Congressman Al Green’s tireless advocacy for his community in Congress.[15]

PDA contact

In 2013 Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and several Senators. Tim Potts, was assigned as contact for Rep. Green.In June it was Darlene Woodring.[16][17]

Honorary Board Asian American Action Fund

Circa 2013, Al Green served on the Honorary Board of the Asian American Action Fund;[18]

Immigration rally arrest

More than 20,000 people - including thousands of unionists -- who marched down the Washington, D.C., Mall on Oct. 8, 2013, to demand the U.S. House immediately pass comprehensive immigration reform. And 200, including 90 union leaders and union members and eight members of the House of Representatives were arrested when, in an act of civil disobedience, they blocked a street in front of the Capitol.

Arrestees included Lisa Bergmann, SEIU 1199 member Delphine Clyburn and activist Joelle Fishman, both also from Connecticut, Communications Workers Secretary-Treasurer Annie Hall and Political Director Yvette Herrera, The Newspaper Guild's president, Bernie Lunzer, and Paul Booth, the top assistant to AFSCME's president. Among the nation's top labor leaders also taken into custody were AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre, AFT President Randi Weingarten, Unite Here President D. Taylor and Maria Elena Durazo, executive secretary treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.

Among the lawmakers arrested were Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), John Lewis (D-Ga.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Joseph Crowley (D - N.Y.), Al Green (D-Texas), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.).

Unions, led by contingents from the Service Employees and their Local 32BJ, the Laborers and Unite Here, contributed a large share of the demonstrators. Other unions represented included AFSCME, the Communications Workers/TNG, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, AFT and the United Farm Workers. [19]

"Hands up"

Four Democrats took to the House floor December 23, 2014, to display the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture that has come to be symbolic of the Ferguson protests.

Expressing solidarity Monday night with Michael Brown, the young man shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., were Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, Yvette Clarke, Al Green and Sheila Jackson-Lee.

Jeffries, called the gesture and chant “a rallying cry of people all across America who are fed up with police violence.”[20]

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 [21]

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. Tim 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.

2016 Cuba trip

Representative Al Green was part of President Barack Obama's March 2016 delegation to Cuba.[22]

Ant-Trump rally

The Communist Party USA is one of over 500 partner organizations of the Women’s March that have joined together around eight “unity principles” for ending violence, and for reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, worker’s rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights and environmental justice.

Across the country CPUSA members were part of the massive marches and rallies from the nation’s capitol to large cities and small towns.

The rally in Houston, Texas was organized in ten days, led by the League of Women Voters. It was the largest in the city’s history. Houston

“Houston loved our banner!” said Alvaro Rodriguez. Houston Mayor Silvester Turner, and Congressman Al Green who boycotted the inauguration were among the speakers along with the many organizations who sponsored and spoke.[23]

Impeaching Trump

A group of six Democratic House members introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump Wednesday November 15, 2017, claiming the president has violated federal law, the public trust and should be charged with high crimes and misdemeanors.

Democratic Reps. Steve Cohen of Tennessee, Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, Al Green of Texas and Adriano Espaillat of New York introduced five articles of impeachment at a press conference at the Capitol Wednesday. The articles have two more co-sponsors: Reps. Marcia Fudge of Ohio and John Yarmuth of Kentucky.

The congressmen list a number of charges against the president, including: obstruction of justice, a violation of the Constitution’s foreign emoluments clause, a violation of the Constitution’s domestic emoluments clause, undermining the federal judiciary process and undermining the press.

The articles focus primarily on Trump’s handing of the termination of former FBI Director James Comey, and potential conflicts of interest with Trump’s businesses and properties while he’s served as president.[24]

AAPI Mobilization to demand a CLEAN DREAM ACT

South Asian Americans Leading Together November 27, 2017.

On Nov 15 and 16, SAALT along with NCAPA, AAJC, APALA, NAKASEC and other national partners rallied on Capitol Hill to press for the passage of a clean, bicameral Dream Act and Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Over 120 Asian American and Pacific Islander undocumented youth and allies, including two young South Asian DREAMers brought in by SAALT, hosted a press conference, rally, and individual meetings with House and Senate leadership. This included Representative Judy Chu, Representative Luis Gutierrez Representative Ro Khanna, Senator Dick Durbin, and Senator Dianne Feinstein, among many others. The young leaders demanded a clean DREAM Act that doesn’t compromise the future of other immigrants or negatively impact our immigration system.

Attending the rally were Al Green, Tulsi Gabbard, Judy Chu, Pramila Jayapal, and Raja Krishnamoorthi. [25]

Staff

The following have worked as staff members for Al Green:[26]

Awards

Al Green has received the following awards:[1]

  • Texas Black Democrats’ Profiles of Courage Award, 2007
  • AFL-CIO MLK Drum Major Award for Service, 2007
  • Ebony Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Black People, 2006
  • NAACP Fort Bend Branch Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award, 2006

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Al Green's website with the House: Biography (accessed on July 28, 2011)
  2. BlackPast.org.Green, Alexander “Al” (1947 - )
  3. SEIU.org, June 19, 2012 Rep. Al Green Challenges JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon On Janitors' "Too Small to Live Off" Pay BY TYLER PRELL
  4. [http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/09/the_75_democrats_who_are_prose.html American Thinker, September 18, 2009 The 75 Democrats who are pro-sex slave ACORN defenders By Ethel C. Fenig]
  5. http://www.peoplesworld.org/houston-elects-first-openly-gay-mayor/
  6. PW, Houston rallies to support health care reform by: MICHAEL TOWSEN July 22 2009
  7. Congressional Black Caucus: Members (accessed on Feb. 24, 2011)
  8. Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus website, accessed May 1, 2013
  9. TARA, Texas Retirees Attend National Legislative Conference
  10. PAF
  11. PAF
  12. [Janitors Rally Held in Houston Posted by houstoncommunistparty on July 31, 2012]
  13. TransAfrica FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 16, 2012 PROTEST AT SUDANESE EMBASSY TO STOP SUDAN’S WEAPONS OF MASS STARVATION
  14. Daytona Times, Locked up with George Clooney March 31, 2012
  15. [1]
  16. PDA May 2013 Educate Congress Digest Letter drops (191 in total – 105 in April )
  17. PDA June 2013 Educate Congress Digest
  18. American Action Fund
  19. [PW,More than 200 arrested at immigration rights rally in D.C. by: Mark Gruenberg October 9 2013 http://peoplesworld.org/more-than-200-arrested-at-immigration-rights-rally-in-d-c/ ]
  20. The Daily Signal, Democrats Take ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ From Ferguson to House Floor December 03, 2014
  21. H.Res.569 - Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States, accessed December 26, 2015
  22. Voice of America, Who's Aboard Air Force One to Cuba? March 20, 2016
  23. PW “We Won’t Go Back!” says Communist Party at Women’s Marches across the country January 26, 2017 10:03 AM CST BY JOELLE FISHMAN
  24. Dems Introduce Articles Of Impeachment Against Trump Photo of Robert Donachie ROBERT DONACHIE Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter 10:04 AM 11/15/2017
  25. SAALT Facebook, um AAPI Mobilization to demand a CLEAN DREAM ACTSouth Asian Americans Leading Together added 19 new photos to the album: AAPI Mobilization to demand a CLEAN DREAM ACT — with Raja Krishnamoorthi - Congressman, IL-8 and 3 others at United States Capitol. November 27, 2017
  26. Legistorm: Al Green (accessed on July 28, 2011)