- 1 Background
- 2 Education
- 3 "My Friend Donna Edwards"
- 4 "Community organizer"
- 5 Service
- 6 Career
- 7 House Ethics Committee
- 8 Supported by Council for a Livable World
- 9 J Sreet endorsement
- 10 Institute for Policy Studies
- 11 Congressional Progressive Caucus
- 12 Congressional Black Caucus
- 13 Voted against cutting funding for ACORN
- 14 Peace letter
- 15 Populist Caucus
- 16 2009 letter on Colombia
- 17 House of Representatives
- 18 Abortion
- 19 Progressive agenda?
- 20 21st Century Democrats support
- 21 "Progressive mandate"
- 22 Progressive Democrats of America
- 23 Socialist financial plan
- 24 Calling on Israeli Govt. to lift Gaza Travel Ban
- 25 Supported Lifting the Gaza Blockade
- 26 Iraq: The Legacy of the 7-Year U.S. Occupation
- 27 Leading with Love
- 28 Freedom from Fear Award
- 29 Supporting Progressive Maryland
- 30 Progressive Maryland endorsement
- 31 Cuba
- 32 Lifting travel ban on Cuba
- 33 NASHTU conference
- 34 ARA connection
- 35 “When Women Succeed"
- 36 Congressional Letter for Neutrality, 2014 Salvadoran Elections
- 37 JStreet endorsement
- 38 Endorsed Tarlau
- 39 Anniversary of King march
- 40 H.R. 1534, The Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures Act
- 41 Netroots Nation 2015
- 42 Iran deal/Iranian money
- 43 IAPAC money
- 44 Anti Safeway rally
- 45 Contributions
- 46 Condemning Criticism of Islam legislation
- 47 Praising CAIR
- 48 Communist canvassers
- 49 Endorsemed by METRO DC DSA
- 50 Staff
- 51 Staff
- 52 External links
- 53 References
Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards of Fort Washington represents Maryland’s 4th Congressional District comprising portions of Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. She was sworn in as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 110th Congress in June 2008, and began her first full-term in the 111th Congress in 2009.
Donna Edwards was born June 28, 1958 as one of six children in a military family that traveled throughout the country during her childhood. She returned to North Carolina, her birth state, to attend Wake Forest University, where she met her future husband, Derek. At Wake Forest, she was one of only six African-American women in her class. She subsequently earned a law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center in New Hampshire and settled in Maryland with her husband Derek in 1989.
Rep. Edwards completed undergraduate studies at Wake Forest University and received her Juris Doctor from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formely the Franklin Pierce Law Center).
"My Friend Donna Edwards"
By Valerie Ervin, 2016;
- When I woke up this morning and saw the cover of The Nation, a widely read progressive magazine, I knew something amazing and life altering and affirming was happening. My great friend and sister, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, in all of her power and irrepressible goodness and might, was on the cover. It was the first time during this year-long and difficult fight for a true representative government, that I shed tears of joy. Finally, the truth about the struggles of black women in politics, in culture, in the workplace and in America was on full display.
- I’ve known Donna since I was 11 years old and she was 10. I can remember the first time I met the family down the street from my house on Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As it turns out, our fathers had served together in Okinawa during the Korean War and were very good friends long before we were even born. Donna was very much like she is today- a really smart, tough, and bossy sister who was just like me, secretly her father’s favorite.
- I could always feel Donna’s resoluteness. She wanted to be a pilot and serve her country. She was the Senior Class President at her high school. I knew back then that she was destined for great things. I am not surprised that she became the woman that God intended her to be. Strong, loving, passionate and caring for all people, especially those who struggled like she did.
- You see, as a friend of mine used to say: “You see my glory, but don’t know my story.” Donna struggled to raise her son Jared, put food on the table, and make sure that her son had all he needed to succeed. She put him through college and she forged ahead building a career for herself as a lawyer, an advocate for battered women, and a fighter for the environment in her community. She didn’t do it for the applause or accolades. That’s just what we black women do. We do it all not because we can, but because we must. People are depending on us to succeed.
- That is why I am so passionate about my support for Congresswoman Donna Edwards in her historic run for U.S. Senator from Maryland. She’s one of us. She knows our struggles because she has lived them. For all of us. She is the reason our ancestors fought, -and died, scrimped, saved- and prayed that someday she would arrive at her seat at the table.
- Let’s do whatever we can do to get Donna over the finish line. It will be a race determined by turn-out and we know that black women have historically carried many other Democrats over the finish line. This time it is for one of our own! Getting Donna elected to the U.S. Senate means all of us win.
Writing in the Huffington Post of September 8, 2008, in an article entitled "From Organizer To Elected Official" Democratic Socialists of America member Peter Dreier listed several serving US politicians who had begun their careers as "community organizers". They were US Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, Representatives John Lewis of Georgia, Jan Schakowsky and Danny Davis of Illinois, Raul Grijalva of Arizona, Linda Sanchez of California, and Donna Edwards of Maryland, Washington House of Representatives Speaker Frank Chopp, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, state legislators Beth Low of Missouri, Michael Foley of Ohio, Gilbert Cedillo of California, Tom Hucker of Maryland, Tony Hill of Florida, and Crystal Peoples of New York, Alameda County (California) Supervisor Nate Miley, City Council members Jay Westbrook of Cleveland, Chuck Turner and Sam Yoon of Boston, and Melvin Carter of St. Paul, and San Francisco School Board member Jane Kim. 
Donna Edwards has served as either a chairperson, trustee, board member, or executive director of the Arca Foundation in Washington, DC; the National Network to End Domestic Violence, which she co-founded; NNEDV; Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington; Common Cause; the League of Conservation Voters; the Center for a New Democracy; the Funders' Committee for Civic Participation; and the Franklin Pierce Law Center in New Hampshire, from which she received her Juris Doctorate. She was a lobbyist for the nonprofit Public Citizen organization.
She co-founded and served as the first executive director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence and received national recognition for her work leading the effort to pass the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.
Edwards began her career at the United Nations Development Program and was a systems engineer for Lockheed Corporation with NASA's Space Shuttle program.
- Secure a "living wage" for working people
- Ensure the independence of the federal judiciary
- End capital punishment
- Protect Social Security
- Promote labor and human rights both nationally and internationally
House Ethics Committee
Donna Edwards is a member of the Republican chaired House Ethics Committee as of August of 2011. It is well known that she is anti-Israel in her leanings. She voted to bar members of Congress from attending Glenn Beck’s Restoring Courage rally in Jerusalem, Israel on during the week of August 24th, 2011. Also during this time she received substantial campaign cash from the George Soros funded J Street. 
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 Donna Edwards in her successful House of Representatives run as candidate for Maryland.
J Sreet endorsement
Institute for Policy Studies
Donna Edwards is a long time affiliate of the Institute for Policy Studies.
Letelier-Moffit Award presenter
On October 15, 2008, the Institute for Policy Studies hosted the 32nd annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) presented Francisco Soberon and the Peruvian-based Asociacion Pro Derechos Humanos (APRODEH)with the International Award for being the driving force behind the current trial of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori. Barbara Ehrenreich presented The Indian Workers Congress with the Domestic Award for their courageous stand against modern-day slavery.
This year's program marks the 32nd anniversary of the September 21, 1976 car bombing that killed Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier and American Ronni Moffitt. IPS has continued to host the annual human rights awards in the names of Letelier and Moffitt to honor these fallen colleagues while celebrating new heroes of the human rights movement from the U.S. and elsewhere in Latin America.
According to a Youtubed version of the speech, the IPS's John Cavanagh introduced Edwards with the words .."she will help us end the war in Iraq....she will help us build an economy that serves people and the planet...."
Edwards stated that she had attended several previous award ceremonies, as an audience member, and she was "among friends."
Campaign for America's Future
Donna Edwards was on the list of 153 speakers at the 2006 Take Back America conference, which was organized by the Institute for Policy Studies, and Democratic Socialists of America dominated Campaign for America's Future.
She was back in 2007.
On March 17, 2008, at the Take Back America conference in Washington D.C. Dianne Archer, Robert Borosage, Donna Edwards and Van Jones spoke in the Opening Plenary entitled "The Progressive Plan for Victory".
Donna Edwards 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.
Donna Edwards spoke at the Take Back the American Dream Conference 2011, the annual conference of the Institute for Policy Studies-linked Campaign for America's Future. The conference was held from Oct. 3 - 5 at the Hilton Washington & Towers hotel, 1919 Connecticut Avenue, Washington D.C. Also speaking at the conference were Deepak Bhargava, Center for Community Change; Leo Gerard, United Steelworkers of America; Stephen Lerner, SEIU; and Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO. 
Take Back the American Dream Conference 2011
Donna Edwards was one of the 158 speakers who addressed the Take Back the American Dream Conference 2011 . The Conference was hosted by the Institute for Policy Studies, and Democratic Socialists of America dominated Campaign for America's Future, 
"Progressive Maryland" event, Silver Spring
Tues. Sept 20, 2011, Progressive Maryland, convened a "Take Back the Budget Debate", Silver Spring Civic Center, Ellsworth and Veterans Place, Silver Spring
- Turn Your Anger to Action on the Economy and Federal Budget - Come, spread the word, and bring everyone you can!
Panel speakers included : US Rep. Donna Edwards, MD State Senators Roger Manno and Jamie Raskin, Center for American Progress Senior Economist Heather Boushey, and Institute for Policy Studies Fellow Karen Dolan. Moderated by Progressive Maryland Board President and NAACP’s Elbridge James.
"Progressive Maryland" event, Prince George
On Monday Nov. 7, 2011, Progressive Maryland, convened a "Shift the Budget Debate", at Prince George's Town Hall in Largo.
Panel speakers include : US Rep. Donna Edwards, MD State Senator Paul Pinsky, Delegate Aisha Braveboy, Institute for Policy Studies fellow Karen Dolan, activist and former state senator David Harrington (moderator), Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, Fund Our Communities coordinator Jean Athey.
Progressive Maryland is a member of Fund Our Communities, Bring the War Dollars Home,* a Maryland Coalition affiliated with the New Priorities Network, and co-sponsor of the Town Hall event . Please join us for this critical opportunity to share ideas and address the disgraceful federal debt deal, unending wars, and political outrages of recent years.
Following the speakers above will be audience Q&A, then breakout groups to strategize and plan action to help fix the crisis of priorities in Washington and Annapolis and demand policies that are right, fair and just.
Please mark your calendar Nov. 7, invite everyone you know, and join our impressive panelists (above), and myself. You'll be glad you did.
Congressional Progressive Caucus
Congressional Black Caucus
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 Donna Edwards. 
In May 2009, leaders of 23 Maryland-based organizations wrote to Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD) thanking her for her “courage and foresight” in voting May 13th against the $96.7 billion supplemental for Iraq and Afghanistan.
The letter dated May 27th, and initiated by Baltimore United for Peace and Justice, commends Edwards, a freshman member of Congress for traveling to Afghanistan just before the vote “and observing first hand that there is no military solution to the crisis there.”
The letter continued, “We agree with you when you said this package means ‘war without end’ placing our soldiers in harms way without a plan for being there or a strategy for leaving Afghanistan.”
BUPJ is affiliated with United For Peace and Justice (UFPJ) which appealed this week to its affiliates to mobilize phone calls and visits to lawmakers offices urging them to vote “no” on final passage of the Iraq-Afghanistan Supplemental.
Signers include Jean Athey, leader of Peace Action, Montgomery County, Kevin Martin, National Executive Director, Peace Action, Jim Baldridge Vietnam Veterans Against the War, John Oliver, Baltimore Chapter, Veterans for Peace , Rev. Pierre L. Williams, VFP National Board Member, Rev. Heber Brown, III, Pastor, Pleasant Hope Baptist Church, Donna Blackwell, President, Winston-Govans Neighborhood Improvement Association, Gwen DuBois, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, Diane Witter, founder, Chesapeake Citizen, Gary Gillespie, Director, Baltimore Urban Peace Program of the American Friends Service Committee, Andre Powell, AFSCME Delegate to the Baltimore Metro Council, AFL-CIO, Sister Carol Gilbert and Sister Ardeth Platte of the Jonah House Community, and Max Obuszewski, Pledge of Resistance Baltimore. 
The Populist Caucus was founded on February 11, 2009 in the United States House of Representatives by Democrat Bruce Braley of Iowa. The caucus originally included 26 other Democrats in the House. Donna Edwards joined some time afterwards, and became New Media vice chair.
2009 letter on Colombia
From November 6th through December 7th 2009, a letter calling for change in U.S. policy towards Colombia was circulated through the House of Representatives. This letter called for a decrease in U.S. aid for Colombia's military and an increase in support for human rights and humanitarian efforts. The initiators of this letter were —Representatives James McGovern, Jan Schakowsky, Donald Payne, and Mike Honda.
- Dear Secretary of State Clinton,
- The FY 2011 budget will contain the twelfth year of a major aid package to Colombia—an aid package originally slated to phase out after six years.
- After eleven years, it is time to scale down assistance for Colombia's military and more systematically "Colombianize" such programs, within both the State Department and Defense Department budgets.
Signatories included Donna Edwards.
House of Representatives
Edwards serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee where she sits on:
- The Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
- The Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
- The Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
She serves on the Science and Technology Committee where she sits on:
- The Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight - Ranking Member
- The Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics
She serves on the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.
She also serves as a member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.
Edwards received $1000 in lobbying funds from Planned Parenthood in 2008.
Edwards has been supported by EMILY's List during her campaigning.
- The radical Left can engage in electoral work to raise issues. This can take place at the level of local or statewide initiatives or referenda, or it can take place in the context of battling over the platform of a particular candidate. Initiatives and referenda are very straight to the point. With candidates such as that of Democratic nominee for Congress Donna Edwards (from Maryland), their candidacy can become a means to push a very progressive agenda--in her case, around the war.
21st Century Democrats support
21st Century Democrats is a Political Action Committee that has stood for Progressive causes for over 20 years. Founded in 1986 by Institute for Policy Studies affiliate, Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, Democratic Socialists of America affiliates, former Texas Agriculture Secretary Jim Hightower, and former Illinois Congressman Lane Evans. Its three main goals are to help elect progressive candidates, train young people about grassroots organizing, and lastly, to continue to support our elected officials after Election Day "through our comprehensive progressive network".
The mission of 21st Century Democrats is to build a "farm team" of progressive populists who will be the future leaders of the Democratic Party.
- In each election cycle, we endorse a diverse array of candidates who exemplify our values and show unusual promise to advance our progressive goals. We invest in some of the most competitive races as well as in some of the most challenging – those in which the candidates are outstanding but the traditional Democratic supporters are most reticent. We back candidates in primaries as well as general election races, and we focus the bulk of our resources on electing challengers and protecting vulnerable incumbents.
Twenty-six out of the 29 Democratic candidates who won seats previously held by Republicans in the House and Senate championed bold progressive economic positions, according to a new report released today by the Campaign for America's Future. The report shows that these progressive candidates’ victories represent a swing to the left of 34 votes in the House and 10 in the Senate, reflecting a clear mandate for progressive change.
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md., newly elected Rep.-Elect Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, and AFL-CIO political director Karen Ackerman joined Campaign for America's Future co-director Robert Borosage on a conference call with reporters November 4, 2008, to discuss the report’s findings.
“This was not simply a change election. It was a sea-change election that marks the end of the conservative era that has dominated our politics over the past three decades.” said Borosage. “Democrats won because they campaigned as progressives, not as moderates or conservatives. On core economic issues, voters gave these legislators a mandate for reform.”
Rep. Edwards, who easily won re-election last night, campaigned with several candidates in close races across the country. Rep. Edwards said the candidates she campaigned with embraced bold progressive positions on every major economic issue.
“Candidates across the country ran and won on a bold progressive agenda,” said Edwards. “Now our challenge is to govern on the progressive agenda – including smart investment in jobs, in infrastructure, in health care and energy, and bringing a safe and responsible end to the war in Iraq. It’s an exciting time and I am confident that we will be able to set priorities to deliver the bold solutions Americans expect.”
Progressive Democrats of America
PDA claimed successes
Tim Carpenter claimed that Progressive Democrats of America had chalked up several achievements in its short life, successfully promoting initiatives by PDA board members John Conyers and James McGovern.
- PDA was the driving force in the passage of resolutions opposing the war in Iraq by eight state Democratic Party meetings. The organization also was instrumental in the passage of resolutions in 10 states calling for the impeachment of President Bush.
- PDA is often referred to by Congressional Progressive Caucus Executive Director Bill Goold as the CPC’s field operation, because PDA has built relationships with members of Congress by delivering grassroots support for their initiatives – from Rep. John Conyers’ investigation of the 2004 Ohio voting fraud to Rep. Jim McGovern’s bill to cut off funding for the war in Iraq, a current priority effort.
The organization worked hard for Marcy Winograd against Jane Harman and for other "progressive " Democrats including Donna Edwards, Christine Cegelis, Jerry McNerney, Tony Trupiano, John Hall, Jeff Latas, Gabby Giffords and Herb Paine.
- While PDA is still only a progressive “pup” compared with big liberal dogs like MoveOn, PDA-backed candidates have taken some big bites out of conventional wisdom and centrist Democratic complacency. In Los Angeles, local PDA leader Marcy Winograd won 37 percent of the primary vote against entrenched pro-war Democrat Rep. Jane Harman with only two months of lead time. In Maryland, the dynamic Donna Edwards appears to have come only a few hundred votes short of toppling the multi-term Rep. Al Wynn in her first bid for public office, and she is seen as well-positioned to prevail in 2008. And in Illinois, with strong PDA support, Christine Cegelis, though outspent 8 to 1, nearly beat the candidate of the inside-the- Beltway Party leadership and Illinois party machine, Tammy Duckworth, to vie for the seat being vacated by Rep. Henry Hyde.
- This fall, in the House, PDA is focusing attention and effort on several strong progressives worthy of note and support in hopes of flipping several seats from red to blue. In California, Jerry McNerney is running a strong race against an incumbent Republican. In Michigan, Tony Trupiano, with one of the nation’s strongest grassroots efforts, has his sights on an open seat in a Republican-leaning district. And in New York, anti-nuclear activist John Hall has won the Democratic nomination to challenge a four-term incumbent Republican. In Arizona, while the local PDA primary candidate, Jeff Latas, did not prevail, PDA will now enthusiastically join forces with PDA Board Member Rep. Raul Grijalva and support the nominee, the equally progressive Gabby Gifford, as well as PDA-backed Herb Paine, who won a razor-thin primary victory in a neighboring district.
In the United States Senate primary races PDA unsuccessfully backed Jonathan Tasini against Hillary Clinton in New York, In Ohio, PDA backed successful candidate Sherrod Brown. In Connecticut, PDA campaigned to replace pro Iraq War Senator Joe Lieberman with Ned Lamont.
Progressive Democrats of America 2012 endorsement
In 2012, Donna Edwards (MD 4), was one of 14 leftist Congressional and Senate candidates endorsed by Progressive Democrats of America, an organization dominated by members or affiliates of Democratic Socialists of America and the Institute for Policy Studies.
PDA meeting, Maryland
Thursday March 15, 2012, PDA National Director Tim Carpenter, PDA National Vice Chair emeritus Stephen Shaff, PDA National Deputy Field Director Andrea Miller and Mike Hersh welcomed speakers Rep. Donna Edwards (Md-6), Professor Eric Kingson from Social Security Works, and Alex Lawson from We Act 1480 AM Radio to Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, Maryland.
Current and former PDA National Board Members Medea Benjamin, Joe Libertelli and Steve Cobble, Healthcare NOT Warfare co-chair Donna Smith, and Maryland Senator Paul Pinsky also helped welcome progressives to Prince George's County's newest meeting place. The turnout included several important progressive leaders from Maryland's 4th, 6th, and 8th districts.
Then, Rep. Edwards--her arm in a sling due to a broken shoulder--engaged the crowd in a stirring discussion of progressive values and goals. She joked that she'd given back worse than she got, a fitting comment considering that her theme which was: "I am tired of playing defense, it's time to go on the offense." This inspiring determination is familiar to PDA members who've enthusiastically supported all of her campaigns--in 2006, 2008, 2010, and again this year.
The Congresswoman voiced her strong support for PDA-endorsed congressional candidate Ilya Sheyman, whose primary election will be Tuesday March 20th in Illinois. She explained that PDA has led the way helping elect her and supporting her work on the issues including ending the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, creating jobs while defending the environment, and protecting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Sen. Pinsky--who represents Hyattsville in the Maryland legislature--offered tremendous praise for Rep. Edwards, and called upon the progressive at the event to keep struggling. He also brought good news about a revenues package the State Senate passed that day, which includes significantly more progressive tax brackets. Murray Hill Incorporated, the performance artist portraying a corporation running for Congress, also made an appearance. Mark Dudzic, Labor for Single Payer and friends from the Communications Workers of America joined the event, highlighting PDA's increasingly close cooperation with labor.
Closing out the program, Alex Lawson from We Act 1480 AM Radio led impassioned discussion of progressive media, the need to defend Social Security, and ways PDA and We Act radio can help each other moving forward. He explained that We Act will be on the air in Chicago just in time for the primary next week. Lawson revved up the crowd, explaining that We Act radio is hoping to dramatically change commercial radio in the USA.
Special thanks to the Very Important Progressive Host Committee including--Stephen Shaff; PDA board member Bill Fletcher, Jr., Raucus Activist Writer; Alex Lawson, Social Security Works and WE ACT Radio; Heather Booth, Activist; Steve Cobble, PDA Political Advisor, and Institute for Policy Studies; Medea Benjamin; Tom Hucker, MD Delegate, D-20; Greg Moore, NAACP/Political Consultant; Beth Becker, Progressive PST; Naomi Bloch, Activist who donated a small library of books; David Hart, Physicians for Social Responsibility; Beth Schulman, IPS; Greg Smith, Activist; Joe Libertelli; Mark Dudzic; Jimmy Tarlau, Communication Workers of America; Kerren-Pope Onwukwe, Attorney/Activist; and Andrea Miller.
PDA "hit its stride"
In 2012, PDA hit its stride electorally as well helping its National Board Members Congress members John Conyers (D-MI.), Donna Edwards (D-MD.), Keith Ellison (D-MN.), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ.), James McGovern (D-MA.) and Barbara Lee (D-CA.) sweep to victory. 
Socialist activist Tim Carpenter cut his teeth on campaigns that recognized the connection between transforming politics and transforming the country: as a kid working "behind the Orange Curtain" (in then hyper-conservative Orange County) for George McGovern in 1972 and for the remarkable radical intervention that was Tom Hayden's 1976 US Senate bid. Carpenter was a trusted aide to the Rev. Jesse Jackson's 1988 "Rainbow Coalition" run for the presidency, an inner-circle strategist for Jerry Brown's 1992 presidential run (addressing that year's Democratic National Convention and urging delegates to "Save Our Party" from ideological compromises and corporate influence), a key figure in Dennis Kucinich's antiwar presidential campaign of 2004.
He also worked on plenty of campaigns that lost—as well as winning campaigns such as those of Congresswoman Donna Edwards, D-Maryland, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and, to his immense delight, Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts.
Progressive Democrats of America had a moderately successful election 2012, cycle, with all of its incumbent allies—Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), James McGovern (D-Mass.) and Barbara Lee—holding on to their seats.
PDA 2016 endorsements
In 2016 Progressive Democrats of America endorsed;
- Sen. Bernie Sanders - President
- Rep. Alan Grayson - Senate (FL)
- Rep. Donna Edwards - Senate (MD)
- Jamie Raskin - US House (MD08)
- Tim Canova - US House (FL-23)
- Bao Nguyen - US House (CA46)
- Nanette Barragan - US House (CA44)
- Rep. Keith Ellison (MD05)
- Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ03)
- Rep. John Conyers (MI13)
- Rep. Barbara Lee (CA13)
- Rep. Jim McGovern (MA02)
- Rep. Mark Pocan (WI02)
- Rep. Rick Nolan (MN08)
- Rep. Hank Johnson - US House (GA05)
- Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL09)
Socialist financial plan
Sept. 30, the day after the original bailout compromise went down in flames. The progressive Democrats placed a new plan—the “No BAILOUTS Act” (Bringing Accountability, Increased Liquidity, Oversight, and Upholding Taxpayer Security)—on the table that John Nichols of The Nation says “would impose a securities tax equivalent to one quarter of one percent of profits and empower the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to deal more effectively with bank failures.”
The bill—sponsored by US Reps. Peter DeFazio(D-Ore.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Robert Scott (D-Va.), Elijah Cummings and Donna Edwards (both D-Md.), Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Rush Holt, Jr.,(D NJ) —would change the way securities are valued, applying “an economic value standard to measure the capital of financial institutions,” as opposed to a market standard, an increase in the federal deposit insurance maximum and other accounting measures designed to create breathing room. It also would require the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to purchase certificates that would be repaid.
“What I’m proposing is to use both market discipline and regulatory functions at virtually no cost to taxpayers to unclog the arteries of commerce so banks can begin lending again,’’ DeFazio said, according to The Oregonian.
In a letter introducing the plan, he said that Congress needed to “take swift, uncomplicated steps to ensure the financial markets return to working order. After that, we can work to resolve the housing crisis and pass effective job stimulus.”
Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, said the plan would “restore confidence in the financial markets without writing a blank check to the same Wall Street banks and CEOs who got us into this mess.”
“This is an important, short-term solution that protects taxpayers and their savings accounts,” he added. “To revive the economy over the long-term, we must address rising unemployment, stagnant wages, the healthcare crisis, and a tax system that is tilted in favor of the wealthy.”
DeFazio and the SEIU acknowledge that this is just the first step toward fixing the economy. Once a progressive rescue plan is in place, the Democrats create a rescue plan for homeowners facing foreclosure, enact a public works and green energy stimulus to get people working, fix the nation’s infrastructure and refocus the nation’s economy on sustainable principles. 
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. Donna Edwards was one of the signatories of the letter. The entire letter together with a complete list of signatories can be read by clicking here.
Supported Lifting the Gaza Blockade
On Jan. 27, 2010, U.S. Representatives Keith Ellison and Jim McDermott led 52 other members of Congress in signing a letter addressed to President Barack Obama, calling for him to use diplomatic pressure to resolve the blockade affecting Gaza. Donna Edwards was one of the signatories of the letter.  The entire letter together with a complete list of signatories can be read by clicking here.
Iraq: The Legacy of the 7-Year U.S. Occupation
On Sunday, August 29th 2010. at Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Sts. NW, Washington, D.C., an event "Iraq: The Legacy of the 7-Year U.S. Occupation" was held;
- Is the U.S. military really leaving Iraq or just rebranding? What is the toll of seven years of occupation on Iraqis, U.S. soldiers and our economies? What is the status of Iraqi refugees around the world? Is it still possible to hold accountable those who dragged us into the war or committed crimes such as torture? What role did Congress and the media play in facilitating the invasion/occupation? We'll also look at the role of the peace movement -- its strengths and weaknesses -- and draw key lessons to make our work for peace, including in Afghanistan, more effective.
- Congresswoman Donna Edwards
- Kymone Tecumseh Freeman, playwright, performer, reading Letters from Iraq
- Head-Roc, hip-hop artist
- Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies
- Raed Jarrar, Peace Action
- Manal Omar, author
- Bill Fletcher, Jr., labor leader, scholar
- Josh Stieber, Iraq Veterans Against the War
- Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK and Global Exchange
- Andy Shallal, Iraqi artist, owner Busboys and Poets
- David Swanson, author
- Gene Bruskin, U.S. Labor Against the War
- Felicia Eaves, activist
The event was sponsored by: CODEPINK, Peace Action, Institute for Policy Studies, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Global Exchange, Just Foreign Policy, Veterans for Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), U.S. Labor Against the War, ANSWER, World Can’t Wait, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, War is a Crime, Rivera Project, Washington Peace Center.
Leading with Love
Members of the Host Committee included Donna Edwards.
Freedom from Fear Award
Wei Chen, Bach Tong, Duong Nghe Le & Xu Lin: Philadelphia, PA, were Asian immigrant high school students who led an eight-day boycott to stop school violence. Rep. Donna Edwards presented Wei Chen, Bach Tong, with the Freedom from Fear Award, at Netroots Nation 2011.
Supporting Progressive Maryland
In 2011 Donna Edwards congratulated Progressive Maryland on its 10th anniversary.
Progressive Maryland endorsement
- DISTRICT 2: Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger
- DISTRICT 3: Rep. John Sarbanes
- DISTRICT 4: Rep. Donna Edwards
- DISTRICT 7: Rep. Elijah Cummings
"Nobody is winning from our policy there," the 3rd District Democrat said in an interview. "We aren't winning and they aren't winning. There's no question it's time to normalize relations."
Yarmuth and Democratic Reps. Steve Cohen of Tennessee and Donna Edwards of Maryland spent four days in Cuba. They met in Havana and other cities with government leaders, U.S. officials, scholars, economists, foreign diplomats, physicians,artists, farmers and journalists.
Meeting Marc Frank
0n March 23rd, Steve Cohen, John Yarmuth, Donna Edwards, and Sarah Stephens of Center for Democracy in the Americas, met with Reuters, and Financial Times journalist Marc Frank - former writer for the Communist Party USA's People's Daily World, and a propagandist for the Castro regime.
Lifting travel ban on Cuba
- 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. Edwards.
Donna Edwards addressed the National Association of State Highway and Transportation Unions Fourteenth Annual Conference May 6-8, 2013 - Washington, D.C.
November 2011, ARA event
Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Rep. Chris Van Hollen and Fred Mason of the Maryland AFL-CIO addressed the inaugural meeting of Maryland/DC Alliance for Retired Americans, November 19, 2011.   
On Valentine's Day (Feb 14, 2012), Donna Edwards visited with Maryland/DC Alliance for Retired Americans members, accepted a Valentine card re: love and appreciation for ACA and spoke about Alliance seniors support for ACA on House floor.
ARA endorsement, 2014
“When Women Succeed"
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic women rolled out a campaign on July 18th, 2013, called “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families.”
The campaign was announced at a press conference on the steps of the Capitol. Leader Pelosi was joined by several members of the House of Representatives and leaders of many organizations that address issues of working women. Amongst those present were the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the AFL-CIO, UFCW, the Feminist Majority, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Women’s Law Center, the National Partnership for Women and Families, the American Association of University Women, the National Council of Women’s Organizations and others. In addition to Leader Pelosi, Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (CT), Donna Edwards (MD), Nydia Velazquez (NY) and Doris Matsui (CA) participated in the press conference along with several women who told their stories.
The campaign agenda focuses on policies that address real economic needs facing women and families: ensuring equal pay for equal work, promoting work and family balance, and providing access to affordable child care.
Congressional Letter for Neutrality, 2014 Salvadoran Elections
On Monday December 16, 2014 Reps. Juan Vargas (D-CA), Mike Honda (D-CA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) sent a letter to Sec. of State John Kerry – signed by 51 Members of Congress – calling for a public statement of neutrality by the State Department before the first round of El Salvador’s presidential elections on February 2, 2014.
The letter, , highlighted several “important steps” that the current government has taken to “strengthen its democratic system and expand the right to vote to all citizens,” including those living outside of the country, who will be voting by absentee ballot for the first time in February. Since the election of Mauricio Funes, the first President from the Marxist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) party, the government has increased the number of polling places four-fold to increase accessibility, especially in rural areas.
“We’re glad to see so many Members of Congress expressing respect for the right of the Salvadoran people to determine their own future. That’s an attitude that’s sorely lacking in much of the US’ policy in Central America, especially with regard to economic policy,” said Alexis Stoumbelis, Executive Director for the pro-communist Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), in Washington, DC, which has observed every post-war election in El Salvador, starting in 1994.
Signatories included Rep. Donna Edwards ..
Anniversary of King march
A march and rally marking the 50th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s March on Washington on Capitol Hill, beginning a day of events recalling the historic 1963 civil-rights demonstration.
The march along a 1.6-mile route downtown will pass several buildings with significance for the civil-rights era, including the Justice Department, U.S. Courthouse, Department of Labor and Washington Monument. The procession, to be led by a restored 1960s-era bus like that used by civil-rights activists the Freedom Riders, is expected to draw upward of 100,000 participants. The original march, which demanded jobs and equal rights for blacks, drew about 250,000.
The route ends about midday at the Lincoln Memorial, where President Barack Obama will speak while standing in the same spot on the memorial steps where Rev. King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech, a stirring vision of equality, exactly five decades ago. Mr. Obama will cap two hours of official speeches between 1 and 3 p.m.
Wednesday's speakers include former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, as well as civil-rights protest hero Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, the only surviving speaker from the original 1963 event. D.C.
H.R. 1534, The Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures Act
The 2015 Bill H.R. 1534 would reduce the number of nuclear-armed submarines operated by the Navy, to prohibit the development of a new long-range penetrating bomber aircraft, to prohibit the procurement of new intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Sponsor: Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3rd district). Co-sponsors were Reps James McGovern, Mark Pocan, Peter DeFazio, John Conyers, Raul Grijalva, Michael Quigley, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Sam Farr, Jackie Speier, Barbara Lee, Donna Edwards, John Lewis, Jared Polis, Louise Slaughter.
Netroots Nation 2015
Speakers at Netroots Nation 2015, in Phoenix Arizona, one of the largest gatherings of progressives and the Democratic activist base, included Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley, Elizabeth Warren, Rosa DeLauro, Donna Edwards, Keith Ellison, Ruben Gallego, Raul Grijalva, Hank Johnson, Robin Kelly, Mark Takano.
Iran deal/Iranian money
In 2015, in the House, the Democratic recipients of Iranian American Political Action Committee money came out for the Iran nuclear deal. Mike Honda, one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Iran Lobby backed the deal, As did Andre Carson, Gerry Connolly, Donna Edwards and Jackie Speier. '
She also received money for her congressional races in 2014, 2012, and 2010.
Anti Safeway rally
"This is an example of corporate greed," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D.-Md, at a rally in Upper Marlboro, October 2015 in support of some 900 Safeway supermarket employees who have been notified they will lose their jobs a few days before Christmas.
The employees are warehouse workers and truck drivers employed at the chain's distribution center located here in Upper Marlboro, the county seat of Prince George's county, a majority African American jurisdiction..
Rep. Donna Edwards, D.-Md., echoed the remarks of Van Hollen , as did former Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, several state delegates and senators and several members of the Prince George's County council, including the chairperson.
State Delegate Jimmy Tarlau said, "This is a perfect example of the redistribution of wealth - from workers to the corporate class."
Along with officers of the Teamsters locals, also attending the rally were representatives of the Operating Engineers, the Service Employees International Union and Local 400 of the United Food and Commercial Workers.
The following is a list of the top 20 contributors to Donna Edwards' campaign committee for the 2008 election.
The following is a list of the top contributors to Donna Edwards' campaign committee for the 2010 election, as of November 18, 2009.
|Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers||$10,000||$0||$10,000|
|Machinists/Aerospace Workers Union||$10,000||$0||$10,000|
|American Federation of Govt Employees||$7,500||$0||$7,500|
|Service Employees International Union||$7,500||$0||$7,500|
|Operating Engineers Union||$5,000||$0||$5,000|
|Wallace Global Fund||$4,800||$4,800||$0|
|United Auto Workers||$4,000||$0||$4,000|
|United Transportation Union||$2,500||$0||$2,500|
|Hugo Neu Corp||$2,400||$2,400||$0|
|American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees||$2,000||$0||$2,000|
|Communications Workers of America||$2,000||$0||$2,000|
|Cummings for Congress Campaign Cmte||$2,000||$0||$2,000|
|National Air Traffic Controllers Assn||$2,000||$0||$2,000|
|National Assn of Retail Druggists||$2,000||$0||$2,000|
Condemning Criticism of Islam legislation
On December 17, 2015, Rep. Don Beyer, Jr. introduced legislation condemning "violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States." The legislation is based on unsourced claims that there is a "rise of hateful and anti-Muslim speech, violence, and cultural ignorance," and a "disproportionate targeting" of "Muslim women who wear hijabs, headscarves, or other religious articles of clothing...because of their religious clothing, articles, or observances." The resolution, H.Res.569 - Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States 
The legislation was cosponsored by Rep. Michael Honda, Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Joseph Crowley, Rep. Andre Carson, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Betty McCollum, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Dan Kildee, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Rep. Charles Rangel, Rep. Scott Peters, Rep. Brad Ashford, Rep. Alan Grayson, Rep. Mark Takai, Rep. Brian Higgins, Rep. William Keating, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Rep. Gerry Connolly, Rep. Ruben Gallego, Rep. Cheri Bustos, Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Kathy Castor, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Rep. Michael Quigley, Rep. Elizabeth Esty, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, Rep. Robin Kelly, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Rep. Gregory Meeks, Rep. Grace Meng, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Katherine Clark, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Alcee Hastings, Rep. Sam Farr, Rep. Frank Pallone, Rep. Jim McDermott, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Donna Edwards, Rep. Robert Brady, Rep. Frederica Wilson, Rep. Michael Doyle, Rep. Albio Sires, Rep. Suzan DelBene, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. David Loebsack, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Steve Cohen, Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, Rep. John Yarmuth, Rep. Niki Tsongas, Rep. Jim Langevin, Rep. Mark Pocan, Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Rep. Mark Takano, Rep. 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.
“As a representative for Maryland’s Fourth Congressional District, I value the importance of the Council and its ability to empower American Muslims across my district to participate in political and social activism.” -Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) (August 2014) . 
Endorsemed by METRO DC DSA
In 2016 Metro DC DSA’s Steering Committee endorsed in three races in Maryland… the open seats in Congressional District 4 (Prince George’s/Anne Arundel) and Congressional District 8 (Montgomery). Both were open because CD 8 Rep. Chris Van Hollen and CD 4 Rep. Donna Edwards were opponents for the open Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Barbara Mikulski.
- Metro DC DSA is endorsing Edwards for the Senate seat, State Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk for the CD 4 seat and State Sen. Jamie Raskin for the CD 8 seat. None of them are shoo-ins. Pena-Melnyk has received the Washington Post’s endorsement but faces two establishment candidates. She has, however, received a late-March cascade of endorsements and money from Emily’s List and similar benefactors. Raskin (“too left-wing”) and Edwards (“not enough constituent service” is the WaPo attack line) have had their opponents get the local daily’s nod and favorable treatment, and been unfavorably treated themselves by the um, objective WaPo. Maryland readers of the Washington Socialist who have not already steeped themselves in these contentious and entertaining races are urged to do so, and actively support our endorsees if they have appeal.http://dsadc.org/2016/04/
As at August 24, 2010, the following served on Donna Edwards's staff.
- Adrienne Christian, Chief of Staff
- Angie Jean-Marie, Scheduler
- Terra Sabag, Legislative Director
- Dan Webber, Communications Director
The following have worked as staff members for Donna Edwards:
- Jillian Aldbron
- Galen Alexander
- Allyson Alvare
- Scott Baker
- Keiana Barrett
- Bradley Bauman (Brad)
- Jay Bluford
- Adrienne Christian
- Mary Cronin
- Chonya Davis-Johnson
- Jed Diamond
- Nausika Dounis
- Kyrie Eiras-Saunders
- Carletta Fellows
- Brian Fernandez
- Maria Fiorentino
- Eulice Brandon Garrett
- Janel George
- Benjamin Gerdes
- J. William Goold
- Jennifer Porter Gore
- Ricardo Gross
- Daniel Hartinger
- Heather Henry-Bryant
- Veronica Hernandez
- Akil Holmes
- Betty Horton-Hodge
- Sana Javed
- Angie Jean-Marie
- Denny Johnson
- Christine Kontra
- Joe Leonard
- Anne Lipsitz
- Andrea Martin
- Laura McDaniel
- Latreece McDonald
- Monique McElveen
- Lydia Melton
- Irene Mururu
- Kate Ostrander
- Katrina Owens
- John Jioni Palmer
- Amanda Partington
- Amanda Partington
- Genevieve Reardon
- William Roberts
- Terra Sabag
- Christopher John Schloesser (Chris)
- Irene B. Schwoeffermann
- Desmond Serrette
- Selena Mendy Singleton
- Monica Bell Speight
- Julia Stutz
- Alan Sundahl
- Veena Thangavelu
- Nathaniel Tipton
- Daniel Weber (Dan)
- Jasmine Wiggins
- Jeanne Patrice Willoughby
- Rahsheim Wright
- Stephanie Young
- George Zamora
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