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David Price, March 13, 2008


David E. Price is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 4th district of North Carolina.

Personal Background

Born in 1940, Price grew up in the small town of Erwin in eastern Tennessee. His father was a high school principal, and his mother was an English teacher.

Price studied at Mars Hill College and was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.. He earned his B.A. in 1961 and continued his education at Yale University, where he received a Bachelor of Divinity degree (1964) and a Ph.D. in Political Science (1969).

Price and his wife Lisa were married in 1968 and settled in Chapel Hill in 1973. After staying home when her children were young, Lisa did social work and participated in many community activities, such as chairing the Chapel Hill Public Library board of trustees. She worked for two Chapel Hill mayors (Jonathan Howes and Ken Broun) before helping to found North Carolinians Against Gun Violence in 1993. She was its executive director until retiring in 2007. The Prices have two children and two grandchildren.

Price is a member of Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, where he has taught Sunday School and chaired the official board.[1]

Politics

In addition to serving on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security and the House Democracy Partnership, Rep. Price co-chairs the Democratic Budget Group, a weekly forum on fiscal priorities and other policy issues. Price also co-chairs the National Service Caucus, the Congressional Vision Caucus and the Congressional Humanities Caucus.[2]

Awards

Price was named a "Champion of Science" by the Science Coalition, and the North Carolina National Guard awarded him the Charles Dick Medal of Merit. The North Carolina chapter of the Sierra Club has also recognized Price as their "Legislator of the Year." He is a recipient of the American Political Science Association's Hubert H. Humphrey Public Service Award, and also has been recognized by Voices for AmeriCorps, the NC Low-Income Housing Coalition, the NC Public Transportation Association, the Association of Community College Trustees, the National Association of Land-Grant Colleges and State Universities, and other organizations for his work in housing, education, and transportation policy. Price was honored at the 31st Annual Freedom Fund Banquet of the Durham NAACP in 2005, and he received the William Sloane Coffin Award from Yale Divinity School in 2006 for his contributions to peace and reconciliation.[3]

Legislative Accomplishments

Foreign Policy – Throughout his time in Congress, Price has been a strong advocate for U.S. leadership in negotiating a just and lasting peace in the Middle East and meeting global challenges such as HIV-AIDS and climate change. He founded and now serves as Ranking Member on the House Democracy Partnership (HDP), a bipartisan, 20-member commission that strengthens democracy by mentoring 14 partner legislatures throughout the world. Price has authored several bills to regulate the use of private security contractors in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. He was a forceful critic of the war in Iraq and has called for a responsible and realistic strategy to end the conflict in Afghanistan.

Environment –Price strongly supports efforts to protect the environment, promote wise stewardship of our natural resources, ensure clean air and water, and address climate change. He voted for the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which would establish a market-based incentive system to reduce carbon emissions and invest in clean energy solutions that would reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil.[4]

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 David Price in his successful House of Representatives run as candidate for North Carolina.[5]

The Martinez Jobs Bill

Prepared and edited by the HOSEA HUDSON CLUB of the Communist Party USA.

H.R.950, The Job Creation and Infrastructure Restoration Act, is the welfare "reform" that should have happened. It will establish a national public works program to provide incentives for the creation of jobs and address the restoration of infrastructure in communities across the United States. The popular appellation for the bill is the Martinez Jobs Bill, because it was introduced to congress by Rep. Matthew Martinez (D-CA), at the request of The National Labor Coalition for Public Works Jobs. It is a lifesaving bill which will provide $250 billion for emergency public works jobs over the next five years. The bill has strong labor provisions which will put hundreds of thousands of people to work with priority given to plant and base closures, welfare recipients, inner city youth, and long-term unemployed people. It has been strongly endorsed by The Coalition of Labor Union Women, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.
Jobs Not Jails is a committee of local activists seeking Congressman David Price's support for this bill. They are initiating a petition campaign in North Carolina's 4th Congressional District. JNJ will distribute petitions and fact sheets to any individual or group. JNJ asks that filled out signature sheets be returned to them for consolidation. JNJ will copy all petitions, sending one set of signatures to The National Labor Coalition for Public Works Jobs, and one set to David Price. JNJ also encourages Labor Locals, Labor Councils, Community Organizations, Churches, and Local Government Bodies to call David Price and insist on his support. Anyone with questions about the bill can access http://epn.org/library/martbill.txt, or send $5 for a complete text of the bill to Jimmy Harkin (treasurer), Jobs Not Jails, PO Box 671, Carrboro, NC . [6]

Communist inspired letter to defund Colombian military

Sam Farr had been a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia, and was contacted by the communist dominated Colombia Support Network in 1997. Efforts by Colombia Support Network were instrumental in getting a letter sent to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, with the 19 other members signing on. The January 30, 1998 letter called for the continued suspension of funding to the Colombian military then engaged in a bloody civil war against communist guerillas.

Dear Secretary Albright :
We are writing to express our concern with the worsening human rights situation in Colombia and urge you to take steps to address this matter.
News reports and first-hand accounts indicate that violence in Colombia is escalating, particularly in the country's northern most regions and the southern coca growing regions. Many different groups and individuals have been implicated in the violence, but an increasing number of human rights abuses are being instigated by paramilitary groups --armed civilians who torture, evict, kidnap and murder Colombian civilians.
There is also evidence of links between paramilitaries and local drug lords, who rely on paramilitary groups to undertake violent activities on their behalf. The Peasant Self-Defense Group of Cordoba and Uraba, a paramilitary group lead by Carlos Castano, is considered one of the most powerful paramilitary groups in Colombia. Reports indicate that last yeqar Castano's group killed hundreds, if not more than a thousand, peasants it accused of helping rebels.

As concerned Members of Congress, we urge you to place the issue of human rights and the problem of paramilitary groups in the forefront of your priority list in your dealings with Colombia. We understand that aid to the Colombian army is currently on hold because of human rights concerns and urge you to continue to withhold funding.

Signatories were;Sam Farr, John Porter, Ron Dellums, David Bonior, Marty Meehan, Marcy Kaptur, Scott Klug, James McGovern, Elizabeth Furse, Jim Oberstar, Peter DeFazio, Maurice Hinchey, Gerald Kleczka,John Conyers, Pete Stark, Robert Wexler, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Lane Evans, David Price, Sherrod Brown, [7]

2006 letter to Condoleezza Rice on Colombia

Alleged Colombian Army killings prompted Fellowship of Reconciliation to work with Representative Sam Farr to forge a response that would impact the 17th Brigade, the unit allegedly responsible for the violence against San José de Apartadó and communities throughout northwestern Colombia.

As a result, Reps. Sam Farr and Jim McGovern, wrote a letter to their colleagues in Congress urging them to join in calling on Secretary Condoleezza Rice to cut funding for the Colombian military.

Letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
(Deadline for Congressional representatives to sign: February 22)
We applaud the decision, noted in your certification letter of August 2005, that the US "will not consider providing assistance to the 17th Brigade until all significant human rights allegations involving the unit have been credibly addressed." Because the Brigade is a component of the Colombian Armed Forces' command structure and has been implicated in the above referenced human rights violations, we implore you to abide by both the letter of the law and the spirit of the law by withholding human rights certification for Colombia until the following conditions are met:

Signatories included David Price.[8]

Staffer's 2001 trip to Cuba

In May 2001, Jodi Keyserling from the office of Congressman David Price spent seven days in Havana, Cuba on a "fact finding trip". The trip cost $1,922.40 and was paid for by the Christopher Reynolds Foundation.[9]

"Wilmington Ten"

As a consequence of involuntary school desegregation, times were already tense in much of the South in 1968 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered. In Wilmington, North Carolina, school desegregation involved closing Black schools, firing or transferring Black teachers, and placing Black students in previously all-White schools, which led to fights among students and subsequent arrests. There were also battles between street-patrolling Ku Klux Klan members and Black residents.

Black students boycotted Wilmington’s high schools in January 1971 as a result of mistreatment. That year, the United Church of Christ sent 24-year-old Rev. Benjamin Chavis to Wilmington to mentor the students and assist them in developing nonviolent protests and boycotts.

Soon after Chavis arrived in Wilmington, a local grocery store was firebombed. Gunshots were allegedly fired from the top of a local Black church were Chavis and the students usually met as firemen responded.

The “Wilmington Ten” – including Chavis, eight Black male high school students and one White female anti-poverty worker – were arrested, charged, and convicted of arson and in 1971. They were sentenced to a collective total of 282 years in prison, with each serving nearly a decade in jail. The youngest of group was 18 years old; the White woman, Ann Shepard, was the oldest at 35.

The legal petition to pardon all of the Ten has been pending in North Carolina Gov. Perdue’s Executive Clemency office since May 2012. Perdue, a Democrat, is expected to make her decision in December before she steps down.

In the six months since the pardons effort campaign publicly kicked off, support has also come from North Carolina Congressmen G.K. Butterfield, David Price and Brad Miller and the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus. The 2012 national Democratic Party platform also adopted a provision supporting the Wilmington Ten pardon effort last summer. [10]

Vietnam trip

U.S. Rep. David Price, a Chapel Hill Democrat led a bipartisan delegation to monitor the work of the Department of Homeland Security in the Phillippines, Hong Kong and Vietnam, December 2012.

The trip was designed to give members of Congress a better understanding of the department's coordination with foreign governments to secure U.S.-bound cargo and work on anti-terrorism efforts and international adoption issues.

The delegation included Democratic Reps. Sam Farr, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Mike Honda and Mazie Hirono as well as Republican Rep. John Carter.

Most of the members sit on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which Price chaired.

They were scheduled to meet with Phillippines president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, among other foreign leaders, during the trip.[11]

J Sreet endorsement

In 2008 Price was endorsed by JStreet PAC.[12]

The socialist infiltrated, anti-Israel "two state solution" JStreet PAC endorsed David Price in his 2014 Congressional race. [13]

JStreet endorsed him again in 2016.

Rep. Price is a true champion of the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement, actively advocating for almost every J Street-supported action to come before Congress. Most recently, he co-authored a letter calling for continued US aid to the Palestinian Authority...Price got his start in politics as a civil rights student activist on the University of North Carolina’s campus and has earned a reputation as a leader on education issues in the House.[14]

Calling on Israeli Govt. to lift Gaza Travel Ban

On Dec. 22, 2009, thirty-three U.S. Representatives wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, calling on her to request that the Israeli Government end the ban on student travel from Gaza to the West Bank. David Price was one of the signatories of the letter.[15] The entire letter together with a complete list of signatories can be read by clicking here.

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 David Price . [16]

ARA endorsement, 2012

The Alliance for Retired Americans endorsed David Price in 2012.[17]

Anti-Fracking legislation endorser

On March 14, 2013, Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) have introduced the Bringing Reductions to Energy’s Airborne Toxic Health Effect (BREATHE) Act, and the Focused Reduction of Effluence and Stormwater runoff through Hydraulic Environmental Regulation (FRESHER) Act, in order to ensure that the hydraulic fracking industry follows the same rules that other industries do in preserving our natural resources. This legislation is focused on ensuring the safety and the health of the communities where the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, process is already taking place.

The BREATHE Act would ensure that we close the oil and gas industry’s loophole to the Clean Air Act’s aggregation provision, in addition to adding hydrogen sulfide—a chemical associated with nausea, vomiting, headaches, and irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat—to the Clean Air Act’s federal list of hazardous air pollutants.

The BREATHE Act has the following original co-sponsors including: Reps. Rush Holt, Jr., Raul Grijalva, John Sarbanes, James Moran, Michael Quigley, Earl Blumenauer, Gerry Connolly, Zoe Lofgren, Michael Honda, Paul Tonko, Barbara Lee, David Price, Carolyn Maloney, Michael Capuano, Mark Pocan, Jim McDermott, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Alcee Hastings, Keith Ellison, Niki Tsongas, William Keating, Adam Smith, Jim Langevin, Chellie Pingree, Judy Chu, Louise Slaughter, Jerrold Nadler, Grace Meng, Jan Schakowsky, Nita Lowey, Jared Huffman, Gary Peters and Alan Lowenthal.

The following organizations have endorsed this legislation and are actively working to garner support within Congress and throughout the country: Physicians for Social Responsibility, Natural Resources Defense Council, Earthjustice, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Sierra Club, Earthworks, Breast Cancer Action, Clean Water Action, Environment America, Greenpeace, Nature Abounds, Oil Change International, Citizens for a Healthy Community, Citizens for Huerfano County, Clean Water Action Colorado, Erie Rising, Grassroots Energy Activist Network, Holy Terror Farm, San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council, SOS Foundation, Western Colorado Congress of Mesa County, Western Slope Conservation Center and Wilderness Workshop.[18]

Lifting travel ban on Cuba

A May 03, 2013 Press release from the radical controlled and Institute for Policy Studies affiliated Latin America Working Group's Cuba Team stated:

Due to your action/emails/phone calls we have 59 signatures from House representatives urging President Obama to support travel to Cuba by granting general licenses for ALL current categories of travel.
By eliminating the laborious license application process, especially for people-to-people groups, that is managed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the majority of the bureaucratic red tape that holds up licensable travel to Cuba would disappear and actually facilitate what the President wanted to see in 2011, liberalized travel regulations.

Signatories included Rep. David Price .[19]

PDA contact

In 2013 Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and several Senators. Lezley McDouall, was assigned as contact for Rep. Price. In June it was John Paul McClelland, and John Huer. [20][21]

Durham People’s Alliance

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The Durham People’s Alliance, a liberal political-action group, has announced its endorsements for the Nov. 4 election, but took no stand on a proposed amendment to the state constitution. Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan was endorsed by the group, as were Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-1st) and David Price (D-4th).[22]Ryan Smith joined Durham People’s Alliance in 2009 because he was interested in being more engaged in the political life of Durham and supporting PA’s progressive vision. After supporting Congressman David Price’s 2012 bid for re-election as his Campaign Finance Manager, Ryan returned to Duke where he received a Master of Public Policy. Ryan currently serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Sanford School of Public Policy. [23]

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 [24]

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.

Muslim Brotherhood connection

From the Clarion Project;[25]

New evidence suggests the Muslim Brotherhood has big plans for the U.S. and a variety of countries around the globe that involve hundreds of millions of dollars in a bid to gain political influence.
The exact details come from a mole inside a meeting of Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Istanbul, Turkey, and made public in Arabic by the Egyptian news outlet 7th Day.
The gathering took place at the city’s Akgun Hotel with members of the Brotherhood’s U.S.-based revolutionary council among the 21 in attendance.
Much of the conversation focused on attempts to curry favor in Congress.
They reportedly met North Carolina Democrat Congressman David Price – notable for his early condemnation of the 2003 war in Iraq, Californian Congressman Alan Lowenthal and centrist New York Republican John Faso.

The Istanbul meeting was told how Brotherhood officials heard from Price and Lowenthal that they would try to reduce U.S. aid to Egypt by 40 percent by the end of 2017. The Brotherhood is deeply opposed to the current pro-American regime in Cairo.
The organization held rallies in New York’s Times Square and with CAIR and other Islamist organizations in Illinois and Boston.
Among those said to have attended a Brotherhood-backed event was former Barack Obama adviser Dalia Mogahed.

2016 Cuba trip

Representative David Price was part of President Barack Obama's March 2016 delegation to Cuba.[26]

External links

References

  1. David Price official website
  2. David Price official website
  3. David Price official website
  4. David Price official website
  5. CLW website: Meet Our Candidates
  6. The Prism, August 1997,The Martinez Jobs Bill Prepared and edited by the HOSEA HUDSON CLUB
  7. CSN, Letter of US Congressman Sam Farr and 19 other Representatives tob U.S. State Department over Colombian Human Rights Abuses
  8. FOR February 2006 Peace Presence Update
  9. American Radio Works website: Trips sponsored by the Christopher Reynolds Foundation
  10. Courier, The ‘Wilmington Ten’ – Will pardons ever come? November 29, 2012
  11. newsobserver.com, Price heads to Southeast Asia Submitted by ryanteaguebeckwith on 2008-12-02
  12. J Street 2008 Annual Report
  13. J Street The political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans
  14. JStreetPAC 2016 Endorsees
  15. John Dingell's House website: Letter to Hillary Clinton, Dec. 22, 2009
  16. [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]
  17. PAF
  18. Polis website. Polis, Cartwright Introduce Legislation to Hold Fracking Industry Accountable,
  19. Update on Cuba Travel: We Gathered 59 Signatures, The LAWG Cuba Team: Mavis, Emily and Karina on May 03, 2013
  20. PDA May 2013 Educate Congress Digest Letter drops (191 in total – 105 in April )
  21. PDA June 2013 Educate Congress Digest
  22. The Herald Sun, People’s Alliance announces candidate endorsements Oct. 02, 2014 @ 05:47 PM Keith Upchurch
  23. Durham People’s Alliance OUR BOARD
  24. H.Res.569 - Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States, accessed December 26, 2015
  25. The Clarion Project, Muslim Brotherhood Men in DC to Push Political Islam BY RAN MEIR Sunday, September 17, 2017
  26. Voice of America, Who's Aboard Air Force One to Cuba? March 20, 2016