Eddie Bernice Johnson
Template:TOCnestleft Eddie Bernice Johnson is is serving her 10th term representing the 30th Congressional District of Texas. The 30th District is entirely within Dallas County and encompasses a large portion of the City of Dallas as well as the entire cities of DeSoto, Lancaster, Wilmer, Hutchins, and Balch Springs. Portions of the cities of Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Glenn Heights, Ferris, and Ovilla are also in the district. The Dallas portion of the district is home to the downtown central business district and Arts District, as well as the neighborhoods of Fair Park, Cadillac Heights, the Cedars, Victory Park, Uptown, Oak Lawn, Love Field, Urban Park, Pleasant Grove, Joppa, South Oak Cliff, Deep Ellum, Munger Place, Swiss Avenue, Lower Greenville, Forest Hills, and West Dallas.
Congresswoman Johnson studied nursing at St. Mary's College at the University of Notre Dame. She returned to Texas when she successfully passed the National Board Examination in Nursing. She later became Chief Psychiatric Nurse at the VA Hospital in Dallas and received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Texas Christian University in 1967. She received a master's degree in public administration from Southern Methodist University in 1976. Congresswoman Johnson is the first nurse to be elected to the U.S. Congress.
Congresswoman Johnson was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1972 and became the first woman in Texas history to lead a major Texas House committee, the Labor Committee. As an advocate for workers, children, and families, she was recognized and appointed by President Jimmy Carter to serve as Regional Director of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in 1977. In 1986, she was elected a Texas state Senator, becoming the first female and African-American from the Dallas area to hold this office since Reconstruction.
Humanitarian Needs in Cuba letter
December 16 2021 , House Rules Committee Chair James McGovern (D-MA), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Gregory Meeks (D-NY), House Appropriations subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations Chair Barbara Lee (D-CA), and House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Energy Chair Bobby Rush (D-IL) led 114 Members of Congress in a letter to President Biden asking him to prioritize the well-being of the Cuban people as they experience the worst economic and humanitarian crisis in recent history...
In the wake of this year’s protests, the members urged the administration to support the Cuban people by suspending U.S. regulations that prevent food, medicine, remittances, and other humanitarian assistance from reaching the Cuban people...
Signatories included Eddie Bernice Johnson.
Support for the Council on American Islamic Relations
For Ernest McMillan, a 1963 honors graduate of Dallas' Booker T. Washington High School, war and racism were the beasts.
After withdrawing from Morehouse College in Atlanta, he registered voters and demonstrated in the South before bringing his passion and training back to North Texas in 1965. After briefly enrolling and protesting at Arlington State College (now the University of Texas at Arlington), he established a Dallas chapter of SNCC as the group's militancy was intensifying.
In 1968, marchers in South Dallas, including Ernest McMillan, supported the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign. Downtown, Ruth Jefferson, Mr. McMillan and other protesters occupied the state welfare office demanding better benefits; others picketed the selective service center.
McMillan was indicted for draft evasion. Authorities said he refused to take the induction oath, an allegation he denies.
Freed after posting bond, he traveled to Connecticut in June 1969 to address a church group. While he was there, his attorney told him that he could be arrested for leaving North Texas. He fled, was captured in Cincinnati in late 1971, and was returned to Dallas and sentenced to three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to violating terms of his release.
After prison, Ernest McMillan became an aide to then-state, now U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson. He organized a prison-justice project before moving to Houston, where he founded a program to empower young inner-city men.
Back in Dallas, the 64-year-old grandfather remains an adviser to the Houston program. He volunteers at his church, Munger Place United Methodist, the Dallas Peace Center and with Pastors for Peace.
A World of Women for World Peace
"Since coming to Congress, Congresswoman Johnson has earned the reputation of being a stateswoman who is dedicated to improving U.S. foreign relationships and policies. She works tirelessly towards improving human rights around the globe. Congresswoman Johnson’s acclaimed initiative “A World of Women for World Peace” has been nationally and internationally recognized."
Far more people showed up for the June 13, 1998 funeral of James Byrd, Jr. than the New Bethel Baptist Church in Jasper, Texas, could hold.
In just a week, the gruesome lynching of Byrd has generated mass outrage against the racism in the United States.
Among those attending the funeral were family and friends of Byrd plus members of Congress including Congressional Black Caucus leader Rep. Maxine Waters and Texas Reps. Sheila Jackson-Lee, Eddie Bernice Johnson and Jim Turner, Texas Land Commissioner Gary Mauro, Houston Mayor Lee Brown, Houston City Councilperson Jew Don Boney and NAACP President Kweisi Mfume.
Congresswoman Johnson has also served in position of Senior Democratic Deputy Whip; Chair of the House Metro Congestion Coalition; Co-Chair for the Congressional Caucus on Homelessness, and Co-Chair for the TEX-21 Congressional Caucus that is a forum to address Texas transportation needs through the reauthorization of TEA-21. She is Founder and Co-Chair of the Diversity and Innovation Caucus and of the House Historical Black Colleges and Universities Caucus. In addition, Congresswoman Johnson served as Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus during the 107th Congress.
Communist Party connections
Gene Lantz connection
Gene Lantz November 21, 2021.
DALLAS LABOR has benefitted greatly from the tenure of EBJ in Congress. RETIREES have reason to love her even more. She voted with labor over 90% of the time and with retirees a solid 100%.
The bugaboo with some unions in the past was fair trade. The UAW considered it the make-or-break issue and never forgave her for voting with President Clinton on it. She called me the night before the vote, because she knew about the tension her vote would cause.
Even before that, there was a strain that is very hard to account for.
I met Eddie Bernice Johnson when she was running for State Senate. She had come to my union hall, but was not allowed in because the UAW supported another Democrat. I talked to her in the lobby outside the main hall. She had already served successfully as a state rep and had a good shot at her next goal, despite union opposition.
EBJ beat us in that election, but she never showed an ounce of resentment about it. When we managed to get a Civil Rights Committee going and began to hold a few events at the hall, EBJ was always available to help the union, despite the fact that some union political leaders disparaged her when she wasn't around.
Martin Luther King pointed out that labor and civil rights belong together because, as he said, the race baiter and the labor hater are the same guy. EBJ proved that in all of her actions.
Back in the old days, I wasn't the only one from my local that looked up to EBJ. Pancho Medrano, the international union's civil rights man, loved her, and she him. After he died, she had a post office named after him.
Then came the new century and a new chance to organize retirees. I was just starting the first chapter of the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans when George Bush announced that his top priority was to privatize Social Security. I organized a sizeable "Town Hall" meeting at the CWA hall with EBJ as speaker. EBJ organized 4 more of them that I attended. Almost single-handedly, EBJ stopped privatization as far as North Texas was concerned.
Bush and Company soon passed the egregious drug bill under Medicare. They pushed it through in the wee hours of the morning, but EBJ stayed awake to denounce it on my radio show. Hers was the voice of clarity against the gigantic giveaway to big Pharma.
When I became President of the Texas Alliance, EBJ helped us with the biggest fund raiser in our history.
The Alliance for Retired Americans started giving out "Hero" awards to Congresspersons with 100% pro-retiree voting records. EBJ won it every time.
Don't say nothing bad about EBJ to me, or to any retiree!
TARA ZOOM meeting
Texas Alliance for Retired Americans August 5 2020:
Dallas TARA chapter President Kenneth Williams presided at the Zoom meeting which celebrated the 55th birthday of Medicare/Medicaid and the 85th birthday of Social Security. Cong. Eddie Bernice Johnson and Cong. Colin Allred also joined the meeting as shown in other posts. Cong. Marc Veasey received another ARA HERO award with a 100% voting record on retiree issues. He spoke to members about the importance of continuing the fight for these vital earned benefit programs we are celebrating.
Williams also made a special presentation about the 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act which is August 6. Field Organizer Judy Bryant shared information with members about a special day of action including a Caravan for the Voting Rights Act to Senator Cornyn’s office. Thanks to TARA Secretary Gene Lantz for his Zoom expertise as a meeting host. He also stressed the importance of TARA volunteers making phone calls for the November elections. Bryant told members about important Virtual Phone Bank Training set for Monday, August 10 at 2 pm by Lorraine Montemayor of the Texas AFL-CIO Labor 2020 campaign. If you are interested, please email her at Judy4tara@aol.com.
2014 Texas Alliance for Retired Americans event
On March 5, 2014, the Dallas TARA chapter celebrated the 4th Birthday of the Affordable Care Act with cake and coffee. Charletta Compton, Outreach Liaison for Cong. Eddie Bernice Johnson, "shared how the ACA has helped many Texans". Communist Party USA member Gene Lantz was in attendance
Honored by Gene Lantz
Judy Bryant of the Education Workers Union (Alliance/AFT) and Gene Lantz honored Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson for her work on health care at the union hall at 334 W Center, Dallas TX on Thursday, August 21, 2008.
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 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".
Gratitude from the left
At noon on November 13, 2009, activists from MoveOn, Organizing for America, Jobs with Justice, (including local leader Gene Lantz), and the Progressive Center of Texas poured into the offices of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. They were there to express their gratitude for her vote on the House version of national health care reform.
They were greeted by District Director Rod Givens, who told them that, "it is folks like you who keep the Congresswoman propped up!"The group brought a giant "thank you" card that each of them had signed. They also brought bouquets of yellow roses. What might be more important in the long run was a stack of signed cards pledging future support for the Congresswoman. Many of them carried pledges to work several hours in her next campaign.
Speaking with Gene Lantz
Retirees from all over North Texas cooperated to celebrate Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson's lifelong commitment to health care reform at the Alliance/AFT hall in Dallas on August 21, 2011. The bills for the event were shared by members of the Retired Members Committee of the Communication Workers of America, Alliance/American Federation of Teachers, United Auto Workers Local 848, and Jobs with Justice.
The event was chaired by AFT leader Judy Bryant. Aimee Bolender, President of the Local, welcomed the group. Gene Lantz showed the 11 minute introductory video for the Alliance for Retired Americans and conducted a discussion on the importance of organizing for such legislative goals as the Employee Free Choice Act. Congresswoman Johnson gave a thorough analysis of the need for health care reform and how to accomplish it through Congress. 
"Greetings and Good evening Brothers and Sisters, President Gene Lantz, Officers of Board of the TARA, Vice President Emeritus of the National AFL-CIO Linda Chavez Thompson, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Congressman Marc Veasey, Officers of the National Board of ARA, Members and Distinguished Guests.
- Today is a very special night as we honor congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, and it is a historical night for seniors.
- So, on behalf of the 4 million members of the national Alliance for Retired American with the AFL-CIO as our parent organization, and on behalf of Fort Worth Officer Bob Martinez our General Vice President of the Southern Territory of IAMAW and TCU and Danny Cook, President of the Texas Council of Machinist, it is with great pleasure and honor to pay tribute to you congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, a longtime friend and supporter of issues affecting Seniors and working families, but speaking for my own Union you have been a staunch supporter of Amtrak and other Rail Labor and Airline Issues from the time I was Texas State Legislative and Political Director in 1975 and later as Assistant National Legislative and Political Director from 1989 in Washington, DC until I retired in 2009 with 43 years of service.
- Congressman Marc Veasey, we also want to say thank you for the support you give to seniors and the Machinist union on issues before congress, and for your contribution to honoring Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson on this very special historical night.
Gene Lantz, Judy Bryant, and Leah Witherspoon went to the office of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson on February 21, 2012 to discuss plans to fight voter suppression in Texas. Noted activist Jan Sanders joined us just as we sat down with Congresswoman's District Director, Rod Givens, and her Constituency Services Liaison, Collin Chlebak. The occasion was National Lobby Week as declared by the national Alliance for Retired Americans, but the issues of Social Security, Pensions, and health care did not take up a lot of time, because Copngresswoman Johnson has been the retirees' champion on these issues all along. She is up-to-the minute on the issues, and has already had a consultation with management at American Airlines, where 130,000 employees are threatened with having their pensions dumped off on the government's backup provider, the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation. Congresswoman, like the Texas Alliance, does not want to see that pension dumping happen.
The talk turned quickly to voter suppression. Congresswoman has been working to help Texans overcome the devastation that may come from the "Voter ID" bill passed in the last session. We took note that many states have similar laws. Although no "Voter ID" law is worse than ours, and the proposed redistricting that came out of the Texas legislature is as undemocratic as any anywhere, there are other forms of voter suppression. Some states have passed laws limiting voter registration and some even attempt to levy stiff fines on volunteers who register voters.
Congresswoman Johnson's assistants agree with the Texas Alliance that the solution for seniors over 65 is vote-by-mail. We agreed to promote the idea as widely as possible.
People's World article
Eddie Bernice Johnson, then chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, contributed an article to the Communist Party USA's People's World, of Dec. 7, 2001, entitled "Drug czar assures repeat of past failures".
- While the national drug movement and voter reform efforts move toward humane, effective strategies, John Walters, President Bush’s choice for drug czar is a giant step backwards.
- Walters’ nomination for director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy is pending before the Senate after being approved by the Judiciary Committee. I strongly disagree that if confirmed, Walters is the right man for the job. A protege of former drug director William J. Bennett, Walters is considered a hardliner in the drug fight. His writings depict him as viewing drug addiction as a problem to be solved by courts and prisons rather than a public health issue that can be resolved through hospitals and treatment.
- Walters’ law-enforcement approach runs afoul of the voter reform measures, such as California’s Proposition 36, which passed by a two-to-one margin. Critics have noted that decades of the law enforcement, lock-’em-up approaches supported by Walters have helped land 500,000 Americans behind bars and consumed tens of billions of tax dollars without reducing the demand whatsoever.
- Yet, Walters would continue that failed policy, according to his writings on drug policy. In a recent op-ed piece Walters wrote that research showing that the criminal justice system is imprisoning too many people for drug possession, unjustly punishes Black men and the sentencing is too long and harsh are “the three greatest myths of our time.”
- The choice of Walters is an embodiment of policies that have failed. They are mistakes we can’t afford to repeat.
At the 90th Anniversary of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, celebration, at Goucher College Baltimore, April 9, 2005, speakers were President of WILPF Int’l, Regina Birchem, and Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson.
2005 trip to Cuba
In July 2005, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and her staff member, Murat Gokcigdem spent three days in Havana, Cuba, "to explore first hand the issues facing the people of Cuba. An opportunity to foster a more pragmatic approach towards dealing with the Cuban government and finding constructive solutions to US/Cuba policy concerns". Johnson's trip cost $1,555.29 and was paid for by the Christopher Reynolds Foundation.
Pastors for Peace
In August 2005, Pastors for Peace, was in Dallas, "networking with local churches and peace and justice networks, and doing media outreach" . The group held a vigil in front of Dallas City Hall, along with representatives of the Dallas Peace Center, Pax Christi, and the homeless veteran population.
- Then we had the honor of receiving a two-hour visit from Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Rep. Johnson has visited Cuba twice, and pledged to increase her advocacy for the release of the computers for Cuba.
When the July 2007 Pastors for Peace caravan went through Dallas, one of the Caravanistas "Ernest" wrote on the IFCO/Pastors For Peace 2007 Caravan to Cuba blog;
- I can’t end this note and go back to my personal chores and diversions without thanking the Dallas Peace Center, the Jobs with Justice brothers and sisters, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, the Presbyterian “Peacemakers”, the Pan African Connection Bookstore (and any others I may have unintentionally left out) for their contributions- in word and in deed- to the overall efforts.
In July 2007, Black supporters of the John Edwards Presidential campaign included three congresspeople - Mel Watt (NC), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX), G.K. Butterfield (NC) - Danny Glover, and a grab bag of former state Supreme Court justices, community leaders, union activists, city council members and state legislators, including Missouri state Rep. Connie Johnson. 
Congressional Progressive Caucus
Congressional Black Caucus
In 2009, Barbara Lee and 10 other members of the House of Representatives have introduced a bill requesting an investigation into the Bush administration’s role in the 2004 "destabilization campaign and invasion" of Haiti. The original proposed legislation, called the Truth Act, has been submitted annually to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs by Congressperson Lee.
Lee stated in 2004: “We do not teach people to overthrow our U.S. government, and the Bush administration must not participate in the overthrow of other democratically-elected governments. The United States must stand firm in its support of democracy and not allow a nascent democracy like Haiti to fall victim to the Bush administration’s apparent policy of regime change.”
“Regime change takes a variety of forms, and this looks like a blatant form of regime change to me,” Congressperson Lee told Noriega. The bill, now known as H.R. 331, could make the congressional calendar for review in 2009.
The bill’s co-sponsors included Corrine Brown (Fla.), Chaka Fattah (Pa.), Michael Honda (Calif.), Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas), Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.), Donald Payne (N.J.), Charles B. Rangel (N.Y.), Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) and Maxine Waters (Calif.).
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 Eddie Bernice Johnson. 
13th annual "A World of Women for World Peace" conference
On May 4, 2013, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson held her 13th annual "A World of Women for World Peace" conference at the Federal Reserve of Dallas.
"I began my initiative, A World of Women for World Peace, to bring a greater visibility to the role of women who are victims of war and aggression," said Congresswoman Johnson. "It is my hope that we continue this dialogue to promote peace around the world."
The conference hosted over 200 local and international peace activists along with representatives from local government.
Panelists included Nazanin Boniadi, Iranian-American actress and official spokesperson of Amnesty International USA; Ronny Edry, Israeli Peace Activist, and Dr. Hind Jarrah, Executive Director of the Texas Muslim Women's Foundation. The panel was moderated by Zara Tariq of the Dallas Peace Center.
ARA endorsement, 2012
ARA PAF endorsement, 2014
Johnson has been supported by EMILY's List during her campaigning.
In 2013 Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and several Senators. Henry Johnson, and Liz Wally were assigned as contact for Rep. Johnson.
JStreet endorsed her again in 2016.
- She is a passionate supporter of a two-state solution and a strong ally of J Street.
Breakfast with the AFL-CIO
At the 2014 Dallas AFL-CIO Labor Day breakfast, Texas AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer John Patrick said: "We must focus for the next 64 days on the November elections. We consider this to be a life or death struggle!"
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson: "Today begins a new era in Texas politics. You can do it!"
Texas Lieutenant Governor Candidate Leticia Van de Putte: "Nothing is as important as education for our children! ...I call for an end to high stakes testing in Texas schools. We have to get back to where our teachers can teach! ...This election is not about us. It is about our children and grandchildren!"
Other speakers included Congressman Marc Veasey, County Judge Clay Jenkins, American Federation of Teachers leader Rena Honea, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1338 President Kenneth Day, and others representing efforts to win wage increases and win the November elections.
February 2015 , CWAers and partners from the Sierra Club, PICO, Citizens Fair Trade, SEIU, UAW, and other unions met with Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX 30), who brought U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman along.
CWA and allies took on Froman, challenging his misstatements, and pressed Johnson to oppose "Fast Track."
CWA D6 Vice President Claude Cummings, who attended the meeting, followed up with this piece in the Dallas News. Cummings challenged Froman on his claims that the TPP will set new labor and environmental standards. In fact, TPP will push more U.S. jobs offshore and will make "buy American" provisions illegal.
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. 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.
“I applaud you for your service to others, and for your devotion to bringing about a world in which people of various ethnicities and religious beliefs share in a common humanity, where all people are considered equal, and none are thrown to the margins of our society.” - Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) (September 2014). 
“CAIR’s work is essential in making democracy work for everyone.”
Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) (October 2017).
2016 Cuba trip
In March 2019, an international delegation of women peacebuilders traveled to Washington DC, New York, and Ottawa to officially launch the women-led global campaign Korea Peace Now! Women Mobilizing to End the War.
In Washington, D.C., the delegation of women — which included three Parliamentarians from South Korea (R.O.K) — met with members of Congress to discuss how to advance a new U.S. policy on North Korea that improves security for everyone. This included a breakfast roundtable with Reps. Barbara Lee and Jan Schakowsky, both co-sponsors of H.Res. 152, which calls for an end to the Korean War, and the discussion of a possible joint commission of U.S. and R.O.K. lawmakers and civil society. The delegation also met with Sen. Bernie Sanders and urged him to introduce a Senate companion bill to H.Res. 152.
Resolution calling for a final settlement of the Korean War
February 26, 2019 Press Release
Washington, DC – As President Trump arrives to Hanoi, Vietnam, Rep. Ro Khanna, along with eighteen Democratic Members of Congress, have introduced a resolution calling for a final settlement of the Korean War, now officially in its 68th year.
The resolution -- which is backed by former President and Nobel Peace Laureate Jimmy Carter and a range of Korean-American and pro-diplomacy organizations -- urges the Trump Administration to provide a clear roadmap to achieve a final peace settlement while highlighting the importance of reciprocal actions and confidence-building measures between the parties.
“Historic engagement between South and North Korea has created a once-in-a-generation opportunity to formally end this war,” said Rep. Ro Khanna, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. “President Trump must not squander this rare chance for peace. He should work hand in hand with our ally, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, to bring the war to a close and advance toward the denuclearization of the peninsula.”
“I commend this important resolution that will help bring this nearly 70 year conflict to a close,” said President Jimmy Carter. “I have visited North Korea several times to talk with their leadership and study the best path forward for peace. Ending the threat of war is the only way to ensure true security for both the Korean and American people and will create the conditions to alleviate the suffering of the ordinary North Koreans who are most harmed by ongoing tensions.”
Co-led by prominent progressive Reps. Andy Kim, Barbara Lee, Pramila Jayapal, Deb Haaland, and Jan Schakowsky, the resolution calls on the Trump Administration to make greater efforts to include women in the peace process, citing the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017 which Trump signed into law. Women’s rights icon Gloria Steinem, founder of the peace group Women Cross DMZ, published an op-ed in the Washington Post on Sunday in support of the resolution.
The resolution clarifies that ending the war does not necessitate a withdrawal of US troops from Korea or an acceptance of North Korea as a legitimate nuclear power. The resolution calls on the Administration to continue the repatriation of servicemember remains, and expand cooperation to achieve reunions of divided Korean and Korean-American families and facilitate people-to-people exchanges and humanitarian cooperation.
Rep. Khanna has been a consistent voice for diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula. Shortly after Trump threatened “fire and fury” against North Korea, Khanna was joined by over 70 Congressmembers on his bipartisan “No Unconstitutional Strike on North Korea Act”, which would reinforce existing law prohibiting an unauthorized and unprovoked strike on North Korea. He has also been critical of those in both parties who have sought to restrict flexibility in negotiations, instead urging support for the diplomatic approach of our South Korean ally and its President, Moon Jae-in.
Rep. Khanna will travel to Atlanta next week to sit down with Pres. Carter to discuss developments on the Korean Peninsula and solicit guidance from the Nobel Laureate about how the next generation of policymakers can best pursue a pro-diplomacy agenda for America.
Current original cosponsors (18): Pramila Jayapal, Mark Pocan, Barbara Lee, Deb Haaland, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Jan Schakowsky, Raúl Grijalva, Bobby Rush, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Tulsi Gabbard, Adriano Espaillat, Andy Kim, Rashida Tlaib, Judy Chu, Jose Serrano, Gwen Moore.
The resolution is endorsed by organizations including the National Association of Korean Americans, Ploughshares Fund, Women Cross DMZ, Korean Americans in Action, United Methodist Church – Global Ministries, Win Without War, Peace Action, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), Just Foreign Policy, Beyond the Bomb, and Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Key staff, 2019
Washington, D.C. Office
- Murat Gokcigdem - Chief of Staff/Legislative Director
- Nawaid Ladak - Legislative Assistant
- Jonathan Jackson - Legislative Assistant
- Tonia Wu - Legislative Assistant
- Dominique Brown - Director of Operations
- Sameer Assanie - Communications Director
- Kardal Coleman - Outreach Coordinator
- Ellisha Terry - Constituent Services Liaison
- Antonia Hernandez - Constituent Services Liaison
- Joseph Green-Bishop - District Media Coordinator
The following are past and present staff:
- Jacqueline Alexander
- Melanie Alvord
- Kwamme Anderson
- Thomas Edward Anfinson (Ed)
- Susan Lynn Anfinson
- Thomas Elmer Anfinson (Tom)
- Tammy Barnes
- Bradley Bauman (Brad)
- Aryele Bradford
- Cherri Branson
- Paul Brathwaite
- Janis Brooke
- Carrye Burley Brown
- Brianna Brown
- Aisha Bunton
- Yadira Castellanos
- Mardi Chev
- John Collin Chlebak (Collin)
- Earnestine Cole
- Caryn Compton
- Dena Craig
- Christopher Crowe (Chris)
- Josia Daniel
- Kiona Daniels
- Kim Dao (Tiffany)
- Willie Davis
- Devona Dolliole
- Robert Michael Duffey
- Michael Elazier
- Jonlyn Brystol English (Brystol)
- Alexander Enriquez
- Monica Epps
- Carol Ditta Ertel
- Sherry Ferguson
- Brian Fernandez
- Beverly Ann Fields
- Eulice Brandon Garrett (Brandon)
- Anthony Gibbs
- Byron Gipson
- Roderick Vincent Givens (Rod)
- Tiffany Glenn
- Murat Gokcigdem
- Roderick Hall (Rod)
- Scott Hall
- Barbara Jenell Hamlett
- Eric Hammond
- Lisa Hanna
- Cathleen Harrington
- Bridgette Harris
- Fatima Hasan Ali
- Brian Hawthorne
- Myra Yvette Hernandez
- Troy Howard
- Elizabeth Howie
- Jamie Lee Jackson
- Ilhaam Jaffer
- Frank Johnson
- Emma Jones
- Stefanie Jones
- Christopher Kelley (Chris)
- Nakia Kelly
- Wendy Kent
- Rosalyn Kumar
- Anita Savage Lawson
- Joe Leonard
- Jacqueline Lewis
- Becky Lynn Lewis
- William Lucas (Larry)
- Andrea Martin
- Justin Maturo
- Sylvia McDonald-Kaufman
- Dorothy McMullen
- Dianne McNair
- David McNamire
- Cedric Mobley
- Alani Mundie
- Ashanti Narce
- Julie Newman
- Adrain Noe
- Peter Osborne
- John Jioni Palmer(Jioni)
- Marcus Paulsen
- Kimberly Placek
- Vess Polk
- Vivian Portis
- Latrice Powell
- Aleysha Roshele Proctor
- Joye Purser
- Trisha Raines
- Peggy Reagins-Sternes
- Annetta Reeves
- Julie Reistrup
- Barbara Reynolds
- Opal Robertson
- Arturo Aaron Saenz
- Jacquelyn Savoy (Jackie)
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