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Elizabeth Warren was a Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and part of the Risk Policy Working Group at the The Tobin Project.[1]

She has written eight books and more than a hundred scholarly articles dealing with credit and economic stress. Her latest two books, "The Two-Income Trap" and "All Your Worth," were both on national bestseller lists. She has been principal investigator on empirical studies funded by the National Science Foundation and more than a dozen private foundations. Warren was the Chief Adviser to the National Bankruptcy Review Commission, and she was appointed as the first academic member of the Federal Judicial Education Committee. She has recently served as part of the five-member Congressional Oversight Panel created to oversee the implementation of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act.[2]

Warren was elected to the U.S. Senate on November 6, 2012.[3]

Personal life

Warren is married to Bruce Mann, a legal historian and law professor also at Harvard Law School. She has a daughter, Amelia Warren Tyagi, with whom she has coauthored two books and several articles, and a son, Alexander Warren.

Influence

The National Law Journal named Warren one of the Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade, and she has been honored by the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association with the Lelia J. Robinson Award.

In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Elizabeth warren served as Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). Her "independent and tireless efforts to protect taxpayers, to hold Wall Street accountable, and to ensure tough oversight of both the Bush and Obama Administrations won praise from both sides of the aisle". The Boston Globe named Elizabeth Warren Bostonian of the Year in 2009 for her oversight efforts.

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"Progressive" Cabinet "nominee"

In September 2008, Chicago based socialist journal In These Times asked its editors and writers to suggest their top progressive choices for a potential Obama Cabinet.[5]

We asked that contributors weigh ideological and political considerations, with an eye toward recommending people who have both progressive credentials and at least an arguable chance at being appointed in an Obama White House.

This group of people would represent at once the most progressive, aggressive and practical Cabinet in contemporary history. Of course, it is by no means a definitive list. It is merely one proposal aimed at starting a longer discussion about the very concept of a progressive Cabinet—and why it will be important to a new administration, especially if that administration is serious about change.

David Sirota suggested Elizabeth Warren for Secretary of the Treasury:

If treasury secretaries have legacies, the two with the most memorable in the last 16 years are Clinton Treasury Secretary Bob Rubin and recent Bush Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. At different points in their careers, both men championed extremist free-trade policies, had a hand in the deregulatory policies that led to corporate meltdowns; contributed to boom-bust cycles; and spent time heading investment banking behemoth Goldman Sachs. Perhaps the latest financial meltdown will break Goldman Sachs’ death grip — and maybe, just maybe, Elizabeth Warren will be the first woman to head this key department.
A renowned Harvard Law professor, Warren may seem an unconventional choice for a position typically held by a business titan. But a presidency whose economic prospects will pivot on cleaning up conservatives’ laissez-faire wreckage could use a tough-minded regulator at the helm of the government apparatus responsible for collecting taxes and policing Wall Street. Warren fits that description perfectly as one of the nation’s leading experts on the laws and regulations that the treasury department is supposed to enforce, but too often doesn’t.
Having made national headlines as a bestselling author and a leader in the fight against the lobbyist-written Bankruptcy Bill of 2005, Warren would set a new tone for a treasury department that has often been a bought-and-paid-for appendage of Corporate America.

Capitalism: A Love Story

In 2009, Elizabeth Warren appeared in Michael Moore's film Capitalism: A Love Story.[6]

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau possibility

In 2010, Americans for Financial Reform circulated an online petition asking President Barack Obama to appoint Elizabeth Warren to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau , and a rap song urging same—―Got A New Sheriff‖ by the Main Street Brigade, also appeared.[7]

"Elizabeth Warren is one of the great experts in the country on the economics of middle class families and supporting them and protecting them" said Heather Booth, head of Americans for Financial Reform. "There's no one who has a background with the depth on the issues and the willingness to stand up to those biggest banks."[8]

Heather Booth connection

Working with Booth in 2009

According to Dave Johnson, a fellow with Campaign for America's Future, writing in October 2009;[9]

I was on a blogger call today with Elizabeth Warren to discuss this bill. This call was hosted by Heather Booth, Americans for Financial Reform, a coalition of 200 organizations fighting for this other reforms of our banking and financial system. Warren is Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel – COP – but was not on the call in that capacity. She was on the call to explain why we need the CFPA. Warren originally proposed the idea of a CFPA,

Early AFR endorsement

In July 2010, , a coalition of groups fighting to reform the nation's financial system formally endorsed Harvard Law professor and bailout watchdog Elizabeth Warren to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Americans for Financial Reform, an alliance of more than 250 organizations that has spent the past year advocating for financial reform legislation, said that Warren is the "most experienced, effective and independent person" to serve as the critical first chief of the new agency.

AFR includes top labor groups and progressive advocacy organizations with deep ties to the Obama administration, including AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union.

"[Elizabeth] Warren has shown a steadfast and tireless commitment to protecting consumers throughout her distinguished career and is without question the best candidate to run the new CFPB," Heather Booth, AFR's director, said in a statement.

"We join many others in encouraging the White House to quickly move to nominate Elizabeth Warren to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau," Booth added.[10]

Warren/Booth webinar

April 6th 2010, Americans for Financial Reform, and Americans for Fairness in Lending hosted a special webinar discussion with Professor Elizabeth Warren and AFR Director Heather Booth for the general public. It focused on "where things stand in the movement for financial reform, and how everyday citizens can get involved in the fight to rein in the big banks and get the economy back on track".[11]

  • Find out about reform efforts in Congress-including the Senate bill currently being debated, and the House bill which passed in December.
  • Learn why we need a Consumer Financial Protection Agency to protect us from abusive financial products.
  • Ask Professor Warren and Heather Booth your question about financial reform.
  • Hear about ways to join the fight around the country and online.

Young Professionals Event

On March 21, 2012, Young Professionals Event fundraiser was held at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Boston, for Elizabeth Warren

Hosted by: Alisha Bhagat, Heather Booth, Paul Booth, Robert Borosage, Chris Bowers, Denise Bowyer, Laura Clawson, Carla Ohringer Engle, Robert Friedman, Rich Goldberg, Adam Green, Sarah Harrison, Sabrina Hersi Issa, Mike Lux, Kate Ottenberg, Jonathan Parnes, Ami Patel, Cecilia Poon, Joel Silberman, Stephanie Taylor, James Williams, Jenny Wu, Zaid A. Zaid

Contribution: $1,000 chair; $250 Sponsor (VIP reception included); $50 guest.[12]

Midwest Academy awards

Elizabeth Warren, Midwest Academy awards dinner
Elizabeth Warren, Midwest Academy awards dinner
Bob Creamer, Heather Booth, Roberta Lynch, Elizabeth Warren
Bob Creamer, Heather Booth, Roberta Lynch, Elizabeth Warren

When Democratic Socialists of America controlled Midwest Academy held its annual award ceremony December 12, 2012, at the Eatonville Restaurant, Washington DC, Elizabeth Warren was guest speaker.

Pictured below, Elizabeth Warren mingles with Heather Booth, and Democratic Party strategist and long time DSA associate Bob Creamer, and in the background, well known Chicago Democratic Socialists of America member Roberta Lynch.

Long time Democratic Socialists of America member Julian Bond was given a “Lifetime Achievement Award”, while another one time DSAer Mike Lux, was given a Progressive Leadership Award, as was Damon Silvers.[13]

Hosted by Silvers and McBride

Jamie Raskin, Elizabeth Warren
Jamie Raskin, Elizabeth Warren

State Senator Jamie Raskin announced a visit by Elizabeth Warren to Maryland, April 21, 2012,, to be held at the home of his friend Damon Silvers, and Elissa McBride.

District 20 is the progressive Democratic heartland of Maryland so it makes sense that the sensational progressive Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, is coming to visit us here tomorrow! Please join me and true-blue Democrats from all over our community and state in giving Elizabeth Warren a rousing Maryland welcome tomorrow, Saturday, April 21, between 2:00 and 3:30 pm at the home of my friend Damon Silvers, a key force in the labor and consumer movement, in Takoma Park. We have the opportunity to give a big financial boost to Elizabeth's campaign, which is essential to holding the U.S. Senate and taking back Congress in November. Join us!
As you know, Elizabeth Warren is America's passionate champion of the struggling middle class and has proven herself time and again willing to fight against corporate fraud and the capture of government by predatory special interests. The populist thinker who came up with the idea for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, she has done more to advance the cause of consumers and workers over the last decade than anyone else in America. Imagine what she can do in the U.S. Senate seat held by Teddy Kennedy when she beats Scott Brown![14]

Soros Chips in

On October 19,2011, a Reception/fundraiser was held at the home of Karen Mehiel , for Elizabeth Warren

Hosted by: Emily's List, Anne Hess & Craig Kaplan, Jane Hartley, Sarah Kovner, Fern Hurst, Victor Kovner, Sally Minard, Michael Connolly, Charles Myers, Elisabeth Benjamin, Jonas L. Blank, Madeline Blinder, Leonore Blitz, Gale Brewer, Debra Cooper, Patricia Duff, Floss Frucher, Gail Furman, David B. Harris , Geraldine Laybourne, Jean Avnet Morse & Stephen J. Morse, Elizabeth Nash & Thomas Nash, George Soros, Domna Stanton, Michael Vachon, Karen Mehiel. Contribution: $5,000 Host; $2,500 Sponsor; $1000 Individual.[15]

Demos connection

Daughter chairs Demos

Elizabeth Warren's daughter Amelia Warren Tyagi, is chair of the Demos Board of Trustees. [16]

Drum Major Institute/Demos event

In December 2003, Drum Major Institute for Public Policy welcomes Dr. Elizabeth Warren, author of Two Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Mothers and Fathers are Going Broke

The event was sponsored by Co-sponsored by Drum Major Institute for Public Policy and Demos.[17]

Demos 10th anniversary honor

On Tuesday, May 11th, 2010, Demos, a national, non-partisan public policy organization, honored TARP Oversight Committee Chair Elizabeth Warren, PBS Host Tavis Smiley and AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler at its 10th anniversary celebration in New York City.[18]

Stephen Heintz, President of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, was also an honoree.[19]

Demos support

Miles Rapoport, President of the "nonpartisan research and advocacy organization Demos", issued the following statement July 20, 2010 on the upcoming nomination of the inaugural director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB):[20]

“Our country is at a critical turning point. By enacting the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Congress has declared the end of the era of deregulation and delinquent government oversight that enabled the financial sector to reap oversized profit at the expense of American households and investors, ultimately caving our weakened economy in on itself. The centerpiece of this landmark legislation is the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a first-of-its-kind federal agency whose sole mission is to shield the credit and savings of everyday Americans from unfair and deceptive lending practices. However, the fledgling Bureau will only be as strong as its director is effective. We can think of no more qualified public leader than Elizabeth Warren.

“Professor Warren understands that, on issues of consumer financial protection, nothing less than the future of the American middle class is at stake. Her book 'The Two-Income Trap: Why Middle-Class Parents are Going Broke' revealed how the weight of ever-more-costly debt is preventing millions of hard-working families from achieving the American Dream. As Chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel monitoring the Treasury's conduct of the bank bailout, Warren has demonstrated a keen ability to cut through the political bramble to uncover whether the TARP program is operating in the best interests of the American taxpayer. In making the case for the establishment of the CFPB--a notion originated by Professor Warren herself--she has become known as a passionate advocate for regular Americans.

"Moreover, Professor Warren is not opposed to business; she is opposed to the unsustainable business models that have endangered our nation. The Great Recession should be ample evidence that reckless, anti-consumer lending is bad for business. American businesses will benefit from a Warren appointment, knowing that there will be a regulatory force in Washington putting the engine of our economy--the American consumer--first. Employers will thrive--and hire--when families can buy new products instead of losing a third of their paychecks servicing unproductive, high-interest debt. Professor Warren understands how the markets have failed on both Wall Street and Main Street; this makes her uniquely prepared to teach American business a fundamental lesson: sound regulation helps markets function better.

“The President should nominate, and the Senate should confirm, Elizabeth Warren as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The appointment of, and a vote for, Professor Warren will be a vote for America’s middle class.”

"Demos has long been a vocal supporter of Elizabeth Warren"

Demos president Miles Rapoport issued a press release in July 2011 praising her “leadership” in designing the CFPB.[21]

Demos has long been a vocal supporter of Elizabeth Warren and commends her for working tirelessly to set up the CFPB all while defending it from unrelenting and unfounded attacks...

Senate run

On September 14, 2011 Warren declared that she intended to run for the Democratic Party's nomination to oppose Scott Brown for the United States Senate in Massachusetts.[22] She defeated Brown in the November 6, 2012 election.[23]

Coalition for Social Justice 17th Banquet and Awards Ceremony

The Coalition for Social Justice 17th Annual banquet, was held Thursday, May 17, 2012, at the Venus de Milo, 75 Grand Army Highway (Rte. 6), Swansea, MA 02777.

Keynote speaker was Elizabeth Warren, Candidate for U.S. Senate[24]

AFL-CIO "Teach-In"

Massachusetts Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren was scheduled to appear in an AFL-CIO sponsored “National Teach-In”, October 12, 2011. with two leading members of Democratic Socialists of America.

The AFL-CIO urged activists to join “Elizabeth Warren, Frances Fox Piven, Barbara Ehrenreich (invited) and student activists for a national teach-in on the jobs crisis and student activists’ fight for worker’s rights, equal access to education, fair taxation, and economic and social justice.”

According to the AFL-CIO press release;

America wants to work, and a new movement of students and young people is growing to demand that our leaders get to work creating good jobs. As part of that movement, we are organizing a National Teach-In at the University of California Washington Center on Oct. 12 that will be webcast live across the country. Frances Fox Piven, other featured speakers and student activists will discuss the roots of the jobs crisis and how unions, students and community groups are fighting back to defend the core values of our country. You can join by organizing a teach-in on your campus that tunes into the live webcast and then continues to discuss local and state issues and campaigns. The National Teach-In is part of a nationwide campaign that week to impress upon our political leaders and corporate power-brokers: Now is the time for big, bold action to put America back to work, retain good jobs and rebuild the U.S. economy.

The teach-in will examine the disaster caused by corporate control of our economic and political system. Americans are working harder than ever today while earning less – as corporate profits soar. The big banks are stripping away the wealth of consumers, homeowners, students and young workers. Meanwhile, our infrastructure erodes and corporations offshore millions of jobs overseas – while hoarding more than $1.3 trillion in cash that could be used to create jobs. Schools, day care centers, senior citizen facilities, health clinics, parks and firehouses are starved for funds so corporations and the wealthy can get billions of dollars in tax break…

Unions, student organizations and community groups are fighting back against these abuses of corporate power and the efforts of the right wing to reduce wages, maintain tax breaks for the wealthy and eliminate social safety net programs. In Wisconsin, students and workers joined together to protect the rights of public-sector workers to bargain collectively. In August 2011, more than 700 corporate accountability events – rallies, town hall meetings and demonstrations at congressional offices – were held in 48 states to tell political leaders to stop protecting tax breaks for the wealthy and focus on putting America back to work….
We are on the cusp of a new social movement to resist and roll back the corporate domination of political and economic systems by the banks, big corporations and Wall Street profiteers. Please join the National Teach-In: Students Rising for Jobs and Economic Justice to be part of this movement.

Council for a Livable World endorsement

Council for a Livable World announced its endorsement Elizabeth Warren for Senate from Massachusetts, October 20, 2011.

Council president Gary Collins called Warren: “intelligent, articulate and unwavering in her commitment to strong principles.”

Collins added “In a few short weeks Warren has proved to be a nimble candidate who is attracting support in Massachusetts and around the country.”

Ira Lechner, Council’s chairman, pointed out that Warren faces candidates who have a strong background on national security issues, Alan Khazei, City Year founder and 2010 Senate candidate endorsed then by Council for a Livable World, and State Representative Thomas Conroy.

Lechner said that Massachusetts is once again presenting a list of excellent candidates. He noted while both Khazei and Conroy are quality candidates, they trail far behind Warren in primary election polls and Brown in the general election polls.

He added “we are excited to get involved early in a campaign that has impressed voters in Massachusetts and supporters around the country.”[25]

According to the Council for a Livable World;[26]

Elizabeth Warren supports the Kissinger-Shultz-Nunn-Perry vision of moving toward a world free of nuclear weapons. She strongly backs President Obama’s goal of securing and retrieving vulnerable nuclear-weapons usable materials worldwide within four years. She opposed the Iraq War and would accelerate the withdrawal of American troops out of Afghanistan. If elected to the Senate, Warren would vote to approve the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

The organization says that it raised more than $200,000 to support Elizabeth Warren's successful campaign against ex-Republican Senator Scott Brown.[27]

Council for a Livable World, 50th Anniversary

On June 6, 2012, Council for a Livable World, along with its sister organizations Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and Council for a Livable World’s PeacePAC, celebrated the 50th Anniversary of their founding by Leo Szilard in 1962.

An evening celebration was held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Congressman Barney Frank acted as the Master of Ceremonies and, in the process, received a lifetime achievement award from former Rep. Tom Downey, a member of the Council’s Board of Directors. The Robert F. Drinan Peace and Human Award was presented to former Representative and PeacePAC Chairman David Bonior and the late Edith Wilkie, a longtime advocate and leader for peace and justice.

Videos were shown in which Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren celebrated the organization’s 50 years although they were not able to attend in person.[28]

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".

Carol Moseley Braun, a former US Senator from Illinois, and long time Communist Party USA affiliate, serves on the organization's Advisory Board. Long time Board chair was Democratic Socialists of America member Jim Scheibel, a former Mayor of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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.[29]

Warren was one of 12 key progressives endorsed by 21st Century Democrats in the 2012 election cycle.[30]

Progressive Democrats of America

Progressive Democrats of America heavily supported Elizabeth Warren in 2012.

Progressive Democrats of America endorsement

Warren with PDA head Tim Carpenter - once a leader of Orange County Democratic Socialists of America
Warren with PDA head Tim Carpenter - once a leader of Orange County Democratic Socialists of America

In 2012, Elizabeth Warren, 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.

Elizabeth Warren...was one of the nine victorious congressional candidates backed by PDA, which favors an 'inside-outside' strategy for change.[31]

NNU and PDA

Wrote Michael Lighty, Director of Public Policy National Nurses United and Progressive Democrats of America Advisory Board Member;

The RNs of NNU have found a natural alliance with PDA, who are never slow in the fight against austerity to win prosperity for all. RNs and PDA activists joined in campaigns across the country for insurgent progressives like Elizabeth Warren, now Senator-elect from Massachusetts, Medicare for All supporter Ami Bera, soon to be Congressman from California, and Alan Grayson returning to the people’s House from Florida." [32]

PDA "hit its stride", phonebanking

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.

Other PDA-endorsed winners included Congress members Mark Pocan (D-WI.), Alan Grayson (D-FL.), and Senator Elizabeth Warren, (D-MA.). PDA generated 1000s of Get Out the Vote calls for the above candidates, as well as for newly-elected Ami Bera (D-CA.)[33]

Hosting PDA

According to a New Year 2013 press release from Progressive Democrats of America;

Progressive Democrats of America accomplished a lot in 2012--thanks to your help and support. Together, we helped defeat Tea Party extremists and helped elect strong progressives to Congress. We educated members of Congress every month in our home districts, and in the halls of Congress in Washington, DC. Now, PDA is starting 2013 in a big way!

In just a few days, on January 3rd, our team will be on Capitol Hill as special guests of our newly elected and re-elected progressive candidates including our board members our friends Representatives Alan Grayson, Dr. Ami Bera, and Mark Pocan; as well as newly-elected Senators Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren. If you're going to be in the DC-area, join us for these exciting swearing in ceremonies, and help us pass out leaflets for our exciting January 19th events![34]

Supported by Jay Livingstone

According to Eleanor LeCain, writing in the The Yankee Radical, a "true progressive is running for state representative" in Boston/Cambridge — Jay Livingstone — in a special election being held on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013.

Livingstone is an experienced community leader with a proven record of hard work in advancing progressive ideals—let’s help him win by making some phone calls now, and helping on Election Day, May 28th.

A Massachusetts native, Livingstone teaches at Northeastern University and operates his own law practice, standing up against employer discrimination. He has been a key organizer in the campaigns of Rep. Ed Markey, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Gov. Deval Patrick. As a "State Rep Jay will work hard for quality, affordable public education; increased funding for at-risk youth, the disabled and the elderly; improved public transportation; and sensible development that works for small businesses and preserves the quality of neighborhood life".

He has been endorsed by Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts and Boston Democratic Socialists of America — among many others.[35]

IPS donors

Lynn Raskin, a Washington D.C. realtor, and her husband, Marcus Raskin, a cofounder of the Institute for Policy Studies, contributed to progressive candidates in several tight congressional races during the 2012 election cycle. They donated to Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), and Elizabeth Warren, the Democrat running for Senate in Massachusetts. They've also given money to Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).[36]

Filibuster reform

The Communications Workers of America is to make filibuster reform a top cause and they're trying to bring the rest of the union movement along. The union reiterated that goal in post-election comments.

"The 2012 election makes the reform even more paramount," it said. "Seven Democratic senators-elect - Tammy Baldwin (Wis.), Martin Heinrich (N.M.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Mazie Hirono (Hawaii), Tim Kaine (Va.), Chris Murphy (Conn.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) - have all already pledged to Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., to support rules reform. And Maine's Independent candidate, former Gov. Angus King won on a platform included filibuster reform as a major campaign issue.

"The American people want their elected officials to debate and address the major issues of our time and to move past obstruction for obstruction's sake," added CWA Legislative Director Shane Larson.[37]

Immigration rally

Some 800 immigrants and their supporters rallied at Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall on April 6 2013, to demand comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship.

The lively and boisterous rally was organized primarily by SEIU and allied community organizations including Jobs with Justice , MassUniting and MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition).

SEIU Local 615 President Rocio Saenz, herself an immigrant from Mexico and a veteran of SEIU’s Justice for Janitors campaigns, led the rally. She spoke eloquently of the integral connection of immigrant rights with union rights and human rights. She also introduced supportive speakers Sen. Elizabeth Warren and new Mass. Congressman Joseph Kennedy III.[38]

The Faneuil Hall rally and march aimed to pressure Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, including a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million foreign-born immigrants living in the country illegally.

Both Democrats called for the passage of immigration reform once Congress resumes session following its Easter break.

“My Spanish may not be great but it’s coming from the heart,” Warren said with a chuckle that was met with laughs and cheers from the crowds, armed with flags and signs, who packed Faneuil Hall.

“It’s far past time . . . to have common sense, comprehensive immigration reform,” Warren said. “We need a path to citizenship, we need to support our dreamers, we need to fix the visa system and, most of all, we need to help families to stay together.”

Moments later, Kennedy led the crowd in chants of “Si se puede” — Cesar Chavez’s motto adopted as a rallying cry by the immigration movement — before launching into a speech, in which he also jumped between English and Spanish, about the country’s need to address its broken immigration system.

Right now we have the moment, we have the opportunity to change it,” he said. “We cannot let up for a minute.” [39]

Equal Opportunity for All Act

Job-hunters are increasingly being asked to agree to allow potential employers to view their personal credit information, a development that Sen. Elizabeth Warren says is unfairly keeping people out of the job market who've had financial setbacks or have reports that contain inaccurate information.

December 17, 2013 Warren introduced The Equal Opportunity for All Act in Congress, which would outlaw such credit checks in many cases except in areas such as national security. Warren told reporters in a conference call sponsored by the Demos Foundation, a liberal think-tank, that the legislation was long overdue.

"This is about basic fairness," said the first-term legislator, adding that many people have had their credit records tarnished during the recent economic downturn. "There is little to no evidence of any correlation between job performance and a credit score."

The bill is co-sponsored by by Sens. Patrick Leahy, D.-Vt., Edward Markey, D-Mass., Sherrod Brown, D.-Ohio, Jeanne Shaheen, D.-N.H., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. [40]

This legislation, drawing on Demos' research, would prohibit the widespread use of personal credit history in employment.[41]

External links

References

  1. Leadership
  2. Demos newsroom, May 10, 2010, Elizabeth Warren, TARP Oversight Chair, Among Honorees at Demos 10th Anniversary Celebration
  3. Washington Post "Elizabeth Warren defeats Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts," November 6, 2012
  4. Elizabeth Warren for Senate bio
  5. In These Times, 22 to KnowOur Picks for an Obama Cabinet, By In These Times Editors and Contributors, September 26, 2008
  6. Democratic left, Fall 2009
  7. The Yankee Radical, September/Oct. 2010, page 2
  8. NPR, Fight Over First Head Of Consumer Bureau Heats Up, Published: July 23, 2010, by John Ydstie
  9. Seeing the Forest blog, Stopping Banks From Fleecing, Looting, Scamming, Robbing, Swindling, Tricking, Cheating, Conning, and Generally Ripping Us Off, Posted on October 13, 2009 by Dave Johnson
  10. [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/19/financial-reform-coalitio_n_651151.html. HuffPo, Financial Reform Coalition Endorses Elizabeth Warren To Head New Consumer Agency.First Posted: 07/19/10]
  11. Back and Forth, PS, REMINDER April 6 Webinar with Elizabeth Warren on the CFPA, April 4, 2010
  12. OpenSecrets.org, Fundraising Events Senator Elizabeth Warren
  13. Midwest Academy Facebook, Academy Awards 2012! with special guest Elizabeth Warren, at Eatonville Restaurant
  14. [https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!topic/mcprogressivealliance/X2Inae8JLVQ, Google groups, Montgomery County Progressive Alliance › Tomorrow! Elizabeth Warren in Mont County!Mike Hersh 21/04/2012From: Senator Jamie Raskin <senatorja...@gmail.com>,Date: Fri, Apr 20, 2012]
  15. OpenSecrets.org, Fundraising Events Senator Elizabeth Warren
  16. Demos Trustees, accessed may 6, 2013
  17. Drum Major Institute for Public Policy to Host Lunch Discussion on New York's Middle Class with Dr. Elizabeth Warren, Publication: U.S. Newswire, Date: 2003-12-01
  18. Demos newsroom, May 10, 2010, Elizabeth Warren, TARP Oversight Chair, Among Honorees at Demos 10th Anniversary Celebration
  19. Demos press release , May 10, 2010, Elizabeth Warren, TARP Oversight Chair, Among Honorees at Demos 10th Anniversary Celebration
  20. Demos press release, 20 Jul, 2010
  21. [http://www.demos.org/press-release/demos-president-miles-rapoport-issues-statement-support-cfpb-director-nominee-richard-, Demos President Miles Rapoport Issues Statement In Support of CFPB Director Nominee Richard Cordray; Praises Elizabeth Warren's Leadership, July 18, 2011]
  22. Maya Jackson Randall, Warren Kicks Off Senate Campaign Wall Street Journal September 14, 2011.
  23. Bloomberg "Democrats Keep Senate Majority as Warren Defeats Brown," November 7, 2012
  24. Coalition for Social Justice website, banquet, accessed Dec. 28, 2012
  25. Council for a Livable World Endorses Elizabeth Warren for Senate Oct 20, 2011 | Posted by John Isaacs
  26. Democrat - Challenger, Endorsed for U.S. Senate by Council for a Livable World
  27. Council for Livable World directors endorse U.S. Rep. Edward Markey in anticipated Senate run Robert Rizzuto, The Republican By Robert Rizzuto, The Republican on January 18, 2013
  28. Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation website. Council for a Livable World 50th Anniversary Celebration
  29. 21st Century Democrats website, About us]
  30. 21st Century Democrats 2012 bio
  31. ITT, January 15, 2013, A Peoples’ Inauguration, BY Cole Stangler
  32. PDA email blast, Let's Tax Wall Street, Create Jobs, and Save the Social Safety Net
  33. blog for Arizona. PDA sponsors 'People's Inauguration' in DC on Jan 19: Watch live streaming
  34. PDA press release, Resolve to Make Progress with PDA in 2013
  35. TYR June 2013, page 3]
  36. Mother Jones, How Google Mixed Up Sherrod and Scott Brown—By Deanna Pan, Thu Aug. 30, 2012
  37. PW, Momentum grows for ending the filibuster, by: Mark Gruenberg November 12 2012
  38. Talking Union, SEIU Organizes Boston Rally and March for Immigrant Rights, Posted on April 7, 2013 by paulgarver
  39. [http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/04/06/warren-kennedy-join-hundreds-downtown-rally-for-immigration-reform/EC8Z137pLHrcGXs1XwufbN/story.html, Boston Globe, Hundreds assemble in Boston for immigration reform rally By Wesley Lowery, April 07, 2013]
  40. [http://www.cbsnews.com/news/should-employers-be-prohibited-from-using-credit-reports-in-hiring/December 17, 2013, 5: 12 PMCBS News, Should employers be barred from using credit reports in hiring?
  41. Demos newsletter, Dec 17, 2013
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