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Sherrod Brown

Sherrod Brown is a Democratic member of the United States Senate, representing Ohio. Previously, he was a member of the House from 1993 to 2006, representing Ohio's 13th district. He has served Ohio’s Secretary of State, as a member of the Ohio General Assembly, and has taught in Ohio’s public schools and at The Ohio State University. [1]

In the early 1990s, Brown taught democracy and government in Poland as that nation was making the transition from communism to democracy.[2]

Brown is married to Pulitzer-prize winning columnist Connie Schultz. They live in Avon, Ohio, and have three daughters, a son, and a grandson.[3]


Brown is just the sixth Ohio Senator in history to serve on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee where he works to ensure that Ohio receives its fair share of federal resources and investments. He also serves on the Senate Banking Committee, where he played an instrumental role in passing the historic Wall Street reform law, and is Chairman of its Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Subcommittee. From his position on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Brown is a staunch supporter of providing comprehensive benefits and body armor to our nation’s service members, even as an early and outspoken opponent of the Iraq War.

Brown is also the first Ohio Senator in 40 years to serve on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, where he has been instrumental in strengthening the farm safety net and addressing childhood hunger.

Described as “Congress’ leading proponent of American manufacturing,” Brown is working with the Obama Administration on the creation of a national manufacturing policy that would invest in manufacturing innovation, strengthen our component supply chain, connect workers with emerging industries, and align our trade policies to promote our national interests.

And as a long-time advocate for fair trade, Senator Brown is working on trade policies that promote our workers and manufacturers while creating jobs and expanding markets for businesses through an aggressive export promotion strategy.[4]

Young radical

While a senior at Mansfield Senior in 1970, Brown and friends Paul McClain and John Todd organized a rally for the first Earth Day.


With Brown at the center, about 1,000 kids marched down Park Avenue West.

McClain admits the march was the highlight.

"We had no program. We had no speakers but me and Sherrod," he said with a laugh. "We gave a few comments and everybody went home. Even then, Sherrod was thinking about others, which is why I love the guy."

Brown is thinking of a much bigger role. The U.S. senator, Mansfield native and noted Democrat is considering running for president and challenging Donald Trump in 2020.

"I think that's tremendously exciting," said Joe Mudra, head of the Richland County Democratic Party. "I will fully support him if he decides to run. It's a daunting task, but he can do it."

Brown has been politically active since his high school days. Classmate Dave Busler said Brown became student council president and used his forum to protest the Vietnam War and advocate for black studies.

"He pissed some people off," Busler said of Brown's stance on the Vietnam War.

Busler was another member of the Mansfield Senior Class of 1970. He and Brown didn't have the same teacher until fifth grade.

Brown is the son of Charles Brown and Emily Brown. His father was a physician, while his mother was an outspoken civic activist.

Brown's parents met in Washington in 1946 after Charles returned from World War II.

Emily Brown passed away in 2009 at the age of 88, of complications from leukemia. She established her own legacy as an advocate for social justice and racial equality.

She led the Mansfield YWCA, helped found the Mansfield-area Habitat for Humanity and the Ohio Hunger Task Force while also helping run the local Democrats.

Emily Brown had a profound influence on her son.

"Sherrod's mom was great," McClain said. "I think Sherrod gets a lot of his personality from his mother. She really had a sense of justice and fairness."

Emily Brown influenced Busler's own political career. He served as a Mansfield city councilman from 1985 to 1987.

Sherrod Brown's interest in politics developed in high school, prompting him to run for student council president.

McClain said he helped in Brown's campaign. Busler was a little more discreet.

"I knew the person who was running against him," Busler said. "I kind of laid low, but I voted for Sherrod."

After earning a degree in Russian studies from Yale University, Brown was asked to run for state representative by the local Democrats.

Brown upset the incumbent, becoming the youngest state representative in Ohio history in the process. He was 22.[5]

Earth Day 50 Years On


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2020 AT 11 AM – 12 PM

Earth Day Town Hall Featuring Sherrod Brown

Event by United Church of Christ, The Pollinator and Yvonka Hall

Join with others from the Cleveland area in marking the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with this digital town hall gathering. Senator Sherrod Brown and others will address the multiple, intertwined crises faced today with the pandemic, societal inequities, and climate change. Cleveland was an epicenter of change 50 years ago when the response to the Cuyahoga River catching fire played a central role in igniting a nationwide movement that led to the first Earth Day, the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the passing of the Clean Water Act. Once again Cleveland is becoming an epicenter of change. Be part of the movement and join us for this hour long program.

Program Speakers Include:

Moderator: Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt, United Church of Christ

Call to Action: Chad Stephens, Sierra Club[6]

Anti NAFTA rally

In November 1993 Jobs with Justice and Cleveland Women Against NAFTA organized an anti NAFTA rally in the Sheet Metal Workers Local 13 Hall in Cleveland. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur gave a "ringing indictment" of NAFTA, and called for intense last minute lobbying to ensure its defeat. "Keep the pressure on" she said "we can win this one".

Reps Sherrod Brown and Eric Fingerhut were also present, and added their voices for the defeat of NAFTA.

Other speakers included Susan Spat from the Canadian Auto Workers, Berta Lujon, president of Mexico's Authentic Federation of Workers and Virginia Aveni of the Ohio Environmental Council.[7]

Communist Party USA connections

Tamir Rice memorial

Molly Nagin gave a speech on July 16. 2022 at the Rice Butterfly Memorial Ceremony. Tamir Rice was killed by police on November 23, 2014, and would have turned 20 this year. Molly Nagin, Vice President of the Tamir Rice Foundation and Chair of the Cleveland Club CPUSA, designed the original butterfly garden in 2015.

This year it was renovated and expanded into a memorial designed by Design Jones LLC under the direction of Tamir’s mother, Samaria Rice. More than 250 people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, including about 10 families of police murder from the city, state, and country, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and his wife and journalist Connie Schultz, Ohio State Senator Nickie Antonio, and Cleveland City Councilwoman Jenny Spencer.[8]

Speakers included Samaria Rice; Tamir’s siblings Tajai, Tasheonna and Tayvon Rice; Josiah Quarles and Molly Nagin of the Tamir Rice Foundation; U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown; Rev. Evan Regis Bunch, Transitional Pastor, Fifth Christian Church Disciples of Christ; Chicago artist Michael Rakowitz and Dr. Diane Jones Allen, principal landscape architect for the Butterfly Garden. Musical artists Anuvybe performed.[9]

Communist coordinating Campaign for Sherrod Brown

Sherrod Brown's campaign launches in Northeast Ohio! Khalid Sarsour, Che Gadison, and Aleena Starks are making calls and organizing neighbors to get involved in electing Sherrod in November. [10]

Unemployed Crisis Center

Unemployed Councils cropped up across the country in the 1930s during the Great Depression and again in the 1980s after the mass layoffs in the steel industry. Bruce Bostick was a part of the effort to start up such a council in Lorain, Ohio.

The Lorain Communist Party club played the key role in establishing and running a storefront coalition grouping, the Unemployed Crisis Center, that won benefits for workers and positively affected how organized labor and public officials treated the unemployed. They were able to concretely help thousands of unemployed workers and, as a side benefit, recruited new folks to the CPUSA.

When a major cutback, with big layoffs, hit our local, it caused cutbacks throughout the surrounding community of local shops, businesses, and public services. A major crisis developed, with misery and suffering affecting most of the people we knew.The party felt they had to react, to do something to help out.

The club pushed the union to stand up and fight by setting up an official Unemployed Workers Committee.

According to Bruce Bostick:

A concern we had was that workers would turn against our union if they saw them not fighting hard. Unfortunately, the majority of leadership at that time was still conservative, influenced by red-baiting and some levels of racism. When the issue was raised, the grievance committee turned it down, seeing it as adding more work, plus it saw no reason to do that work anyway.

George Edwards tugged on my chain at that time, as I was angry, wanting to blast other union leaders for failing to set up that committee. As always, he pushed to help us understand why it was so important to continue to fight for unity, to insist that the unemployed (as well as the left) were part of our labor movement. As at other critical moments, he pointed out that unemployed workers were part of our unions and that we could not let them be isolated and pushed out. If that were to happen, it would weaken us all.
I had a good friend, the craneman I worked with in the mill, Willie Gardner. He was a wonderful guy who’d known Martin Luther King, Jr., and had been involved in civil rights struggles in Alabama before coming to Lorain. He was also a pastor, heading Mt. Zion Church in Lorain. While we had “joked” about joining each other’s groups, the Communist Party and the church, Rev. Gardner also very seriously asked for the party’s help in setting up a food program to help unemployed workers and their families.
Discussing this project, the party club decided that it was an important one because the people needed help and the church might just do some of us some good!
Working at Mt. Zion, we set up a “Crisis Center” that was able to begin filling in some gaps in needs that laid-off workers had. We were able to put together a solid multi-racial leadership. We got food to some workers and also became experts in all the possible benefits workers might be eligible for.

We also attended the official Central Labor Council meetings, making sure the African-American leaders of what we now called the Unemployed Crisis Center (UCC) felt at home, spoke at the meetings, and were part of CLC activities.

Relationships were developed between unions and rising authentic community leaders, especially Curtis Nelson and David Flores. Flores was a leader that had been a steelworker, taking advantage of the Consent Decree to gain a carpenter’s card. He pushed hard for upgrading less-developed, mainly Hispanic areas. Dave also became president of the non-teaching employee’s union and a leader of the labor federation. The Campedo area was heavily Puerto Rican and was without sidewalks or sewer development. We worked to support the drive, led by Flores, to upgrade this area. Flores, along with then Rep. Sherrod Brown, became long-range future leaders fighting for labor and minority communities.

Now-Sen. Sherrod Brown was then our congressman. He would report to us on any legislative developments, allowing us to mobilize crowds to pack the hall and speak on issues. One issue was an attempt by Republicans to stop a proposed extension of Unemployment Benefits. We packed an old bus and rode to Columbus to demand, with organized labor, that the extension be granted.
Of course, there would be no UCC if not for the Communist Party club. Unions would not have moved to represent laid-off workers if not for the club. Beyond that, People’s World became a semi-official organ for UCC. It was always at the storefront and leaders subscribed.
If anything happened there, we made sure it was written up. UCC was a place we discussed socialism, the possibility of a new society run by workers, where there would be no lay-offs. One time, we even had a Soviet worker, in the U.S. representing their labor movement, drop in to talk.[11]

Support from communist Rick Nagin

In 1990, the office of Ohio Secretary of State Sherrod Brown gave a certificate of recognition to Rick Nagin, chairman of the Ohio Communist Party USA. Nagin collected the award in Columbus for registering more than 2,000 voters during his losing campaign for Cleveland City Council[12]

In 2006, Rick Nagin served on the staff of AFL-CIO Labor 2006 campaign for Sherrod Brown and Ted Strickland.[13]

Rick Nagin, speaking to a meeting June 25 of the Communist Party USA’s national committee, in New York, said the labor movement and other progressive forces are using a ballot referendum to raise Ohio’s minimum wage to reach out to voters in rural and southern Ohio, a bastion of the Republican Party. The referendum could prove decisive in Rep. Sherrod Brown’s drive to oust Republican Sen. Michael DeWine, Nagin said.[14]

Column reprinted in communist paper


Sherrod Brown wrote a commentary on medicare privatization for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Dec. 11, 2003. It was reprinted by permission of the author, in the Communist Party USA's People's World of December 19, 2003.

"New Deal" event

The Main branch of the Cleveland Public Library has been hosting a display of labor and New Deal (visual) art from January 18 - March 24,2013, and on February 23 was host to Laborfest: a multimedia celebration from videos and powerpoint presentations to live drama and music.

Audience members were warmly welcomed by Leonard DiCosimo (President, Cleveland Federation of Musicians), who introduce Harriet Applegate, (Executive Secretary of the North Shore Federation of Labor), who introduced Patrick Gallagher (USW).

They were followed by three speakers: Prof. Ahmed White, Colorado School of Law; Prof. Patricia Hills, Boston University; and Dr. M. Melissa Wolfe, Curator of American Art at the Columbus Museum of Art.

Mr. White covered the infamous 'little steel' strike of 1937, ranging from the Chicago Massacre, in which ten strikers were killed, through actions in Ohio, to the eventual, inadequate settlements, concluded in 1942. (he used the phrases 'class struggle' and 'class consciousness' positively and freely, and observed openly contributions made by Communists and 'fellow travelers').

Ms. Hills spoke on Art and Politics in the Popular Front: The Union Work and Social Realism of Philip Evergood. She displayed works and covered the life of several other labor/New Deal artists, including William Gropper, Louis Lozowick, and Hugo Gellert. Many artists of the period gravitated to the CPUSA, and to the John Reed Clubs.

Her talk emphasized the Popular Front era of the Party in the late 1930's, which focused on stopping fascism and expanding union organizing.

Ms. Wolfe presented the life and works of Joe Jones - a worker/artist. Joe - who started out as a house painter - said he wanted to make art that would knock holes in walls, rather than merely make them pretty. Ms. Wolfe: "What did it mean to be a Communist artist, as Jones clearly decided he would be?...To be a Communist artist during the Third Period of the Communist Party - between 1928 and 1935 - meant that you were a class-conscious worker whose production - art - acted as a weapon to incite a revolution that would end Fascist structures of power and give workers control of their production..."

Senator Sherrod Brown and his wife - the well-known progressive writer Connie Schultz - were there as well.[15]

OARA endorsement

Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans endorsed Sherrod Brown in 2012.[16]

SOAR rally

The White House Commission on Aging (WHCA) was set up, funded, under the ERISA Act in 1974, part of the Older Americans Act. It meets only once a decade in D.C. to set government policy on seniors/retirement security, and is supposed to be non-partisan in its approach. For 40 years, the WHCA did just that, with both main national political parties generally cooperating in this task. All that has now ended!

The Republican Party has openly declared war on retirees. As soon as they achieved a majority in congress they defunded the WHCA, refused to continue to support the Older Americans Act and every GOP candidate running for top office has announced that they'll support cuts in Social Security. Legislation attacking Social Security and pensions was the first thing passed by that majority. Many Democrats haven't been much better, looking for some type of 'grand bargain' to cut retiree security.

In this difficult situation, the Obama administration held hearings of the WHCA at various locations across the nation in 2015. While receiving little media coverage, regional hearings were held in Tampa, Phoenix, Seattle, Cleveland (Apr. 27) & Boston.

For a wide coalition of retirees, unions and supporters of retiree security, this was just not acceptable and it was felt that there needed to be a public event, alongside the WHCA Cleveland hearing, to assure that those impacted by government/corporate policies are actually held. The United Steelworkers, their retiree organization, SOAR (Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees), the Ohio AFL-CIO, Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA), the Cleveland Union Retiree Council & Senior Voice, a retiree based coalition in Cleveland), and others came together and have called a rally for 1:00 on 4/27/2015 at the Old Stone Church in that city, on Public Square, just a block from where the WHCA hearings are being held.

"We need to make sure that we are seen, and heard," stated Cleveland SOAR President Jim Reed. "We earned our pensions, they aren't anyone's 'entitlements.' Those pensions, and Social Security, support our families and the communities we live in. They are our lifeline and we intend to stand up and defend them."

Sen. Sherrod Brown, congress reps Marcy Kaptur & Marcia Fudge are scheduled to speak at the rally. The main speaker is to be Fred Redmond, USW Vice President. Todd Smith, local union musician, is providing entertainment and the coalition is videoing stories from retirees and others. Senior Voice is providing speakers on how policies have affect people in that community.

"Ohio ARA has to be part of this coalition, so that we can help raise, to the public's attention, how congress has helped corporations destroy retiree security for people in Ohio and elsewhere. Pensions, Social Security, are the only way retirees can life, pay medical bills, provide for their families and this idea of some that stealing from widows and retirees to enrich the wealthiest in our nation is just plain wrong! We need real retiree security again for all, not tax cuts and bailouts for billionaires!"[17]

According to Bruce Bostick, the Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans organized the rally. [18]

Congressional Progressive Caucus

In 1998 Sherrod Brown Democrat was listed as a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[19]

Senator Sherrod Brown on the Rachel Maddow Show

Communist inspired letter to defund Colombian military

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

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

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

Signatories were;Sam Farr, John Porter, Ron Dellums, David Bonior, Marty Meehan, Marcy Kaptur, Scott Klug, James McGovern, Elizabeth Furse, Jim Oberstar, Peter DeFazio, Maurice Hinchey, Gerald Kleczka,John Conyers, Pete Stark, Robert Wexler, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Lane Evans, David Price, Sherrod Brown, [20]

2006 letter to Condoleezza Rice on Colombia

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

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

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

Signatories included Sherrod Brown.[21]

Progressive Majority Advisory Committee

In 2003 Rep. Sherrod Brown served on the Progressive Majority Advisory Committee.[22]

DSA connections

DSA lobbying

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Take Back America Conferences

Sherrod Brown 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.[23]

He was back in 2007.

America's Future Now Conferences

Sherrod Brown 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.[24]

"Progressive voices in the United States Senate"

From Democratic Left, Fall 2012 page 14.

The Left must now build upon the accomplishments of Occupy. Democratic socialists must work to build a multi-racial coalition of working people, the unemployed, indebted students and the foreclosed that is capable of forcing politicians to govern democratically.
The first task of a movement to defend democracy is to work for maximum voter turnout in the 2012 election.
Building such a mass social movement for democracy is DSA’s major task; the 2012 elections are only a tactical step on that strategic path. Thus, while working to defeat the far Right, DSA and other progressive forces should work to increase the size of the Congressional Progressive, Black and Latino caucuses and to elect pro-labor candidates to state legislatures.
The election this year of Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), along with the re-election of Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), would increase the number of progressive voices in the United States Senate.

DSA support in Senate race

Ohio Democratic Socialists of America members campaigned for Brown in his successful 2006 Senate race[25].

Former Representative, now Senator Sherrod Brown is the most visible symbol of this change...A longtime critic of “free trade” agreements, frequently characterized as far left and out ofthe mainstream, Brown handily defeated the relatively moderate but free-trade proponent Mike DeWine.
Trade was also an issue in the narrow loss of Mary Jo Kilroy to Deborah Pryce. Local DSAers worked in both the Brown and Kilroy campaigns.

DSA approval

According to long time Democratic Socialists of America member Jack Clark, the 2018 midterm campaigns are going to present DSA-ers with a “yes or no option” in many cases. Democrats that are up for reelection are not going to come out overnight and say they are socialists. However, if their ideals and approaches approximate the vision of DSA, Clark said it’d be silly not to at least give them a shot. Senators like Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) represent a “pretty good group of Democrats” in Clark’s eyes.[26]

Peace Action support

In 2006, Peace Action PAC helped to elect several peace candidates like Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH).

Peace Action endorses and contributes directly to worthy candidates, sometimes with cash contributions through Peace Action PAC, more often by hiring experienced organizers to work on candidates’ campaigns in order to mobilize the peace constituency. We are the only peace organization in the peace movement that utilizes both of these political strategies, especially at the grassroots level.
We can help change the direction of our country next year by electing more progressives who reflect Peace Action’s values. The first steps toward developing real change in this country begins by electing candidates who believe real security comes through international cooperation, the abolition of nuclear weapons and the transfer of Pentagon bloat to government programs for human needs. Once elected, they’ll have the political power to throw off the yoke of the radical right[27]

"Trade Act of 2008"

The "Trade Act of 2008" (HR 6180) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Mike Michaud of Maine in early June.

It has gathered 63 cosponsors, including Illinois Representatives Danny Davis, Phil Hare, Jesse Jackson, Jr., Daniel Lipinski, Jan Schakowsky. In the Senate, the legislation (S 3083) was introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio and gathered 4 cosponsors.[28]

Ohio Conference on Fair Trade support

In June 2008, the Ohio Conference on Fair Trade commended Sen. Sherrod Brown and five members of Ohio's congressional delegation for co-sponsoring the groundbreaking Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and Employment (TRADE) Act, introduced by Sen. Brown and Rep. Mike Michaud yesterday in Washington D.C.

Representatives Marcy Kaptur, Dennis Kucinich, Tim Ryan, Betty Sutton and Charlie Wilson were among over fifty original House and Senate co-sponsors joining labor, environmental, family farm and faith groups in support of new consensus legislation which offers a positive vision for future U.S. trade policy.

"Fair and level global trade is long overdue and Ohio's workers and communities have paid a steep price," says Tim Burga, Ohio AFL-CIO Chief of Staff and OCFT member. The state's labor federation, representing over one million workers, praised Senator Brown's initiative. "Sen. Brown has taken the reins to address the economic meltdown that turning over our foreign trade rights to corporate profiteers has caused."

"This bill breaks new ground on the enforcement of labor rights, environmental protection, food and product safety, procurement, safeguards against surges of imports, trade remedies against unfair trade practices and the ability for countries to regulate foreign investment," said Bruce Raynor, President of UNITE HERE.

"When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging!" says Joe Logan, past President of both OCFT and the Ohio Farmers Union.

"Our ill-conceived trade policy has placed the American economy in great jeopardy." National Farmers Union President Tom Buis said.

Ben Burkett, President of the National Family Farm Coalition added: "(The TRADE Act) is clear that fair trade begins with farmers being able to earn fair prices reflecting cost of production, fair treatment of farm labor, and limitations against unfair dumping practices.

The TRADE Act also triggers a review of all existing trade agreements, and provides a process to renegotiate them. "Long overdue, this comprehensive approach allows us to reassess the failed trade model that has damaged workers and the environment, and jeopardized food security and public health," says OCFT President Simone Morgen, representing Columbus Jobs with Justice. "We have the opportunity for a new beginning that can spread the benefits of fair trade to the widest possible number of people. This is change we can really believe in!"[29]

"Progressive mandate"

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.”

Sen. Brown said candidates that won last night were unified around a common set of bold progressive themes.

“This election ushered in the next progressive era for our nation,” said Sen. Brown. “From health care to trade to education, progressive values will now be the priority in Washington. It’s time to get to work.”.[30]

PDA support

Brown with PDA, Ohio, April 2009
Brown with Wisconsin socialist and PDA activist John Nichols, Ohio, April 2009

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.

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.[31]

During the 2006 election cycle, PDA staff and activists backed progressives in dozens of Congressional races. PDA wins included Rep. John Hall, D-NY, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-OH.[32]

PDA contact

In 2013 Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and several Senators. Kurt Bateman, was assigned as contact for Sen. Brown.[33]

Jobs with Justice

On April 21, 2009, Heidi Hartmann spoke alongside Steve Husson, Arlene Holt-Baker, Barbara Ehrenreich, Ai-jen Poo, Kim Gandy, Johanna Moon, Sherrod Brown at the DC Lobby Day for members of the Workers Rights Board of Jobs with Justice - Employee Free Choice Act.[34]

Endorsed Creamer's book

Senator Sherrod Brown endorsed Robert Creamer's 2009 book "Listen to Your Mother: Stand Up Straight - How Progressive Can Win".

If Progressives are ready to move beyond the “Age of W” into a winning era, they can start with Stand Up Straight. This is more than a call to arms. This is a battle plan from one of the best campaign minds in America. Bob Creamer takes his readers from values to votes with practical tactics and insight gathered over decades of experience. This book is for players…spectators need not apply. If every activist in America read Listen to Your Mother: Stand Up Straight, we could change our country. This book will help bring on the New Progressive Era. It's that good.

Blue Green Alliance

The Blue Green Alliance sponsors the annual Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference. The 2009 conference was held from Feb. 4-6, 2009.

Conference speakers included:[35]

Health Care for America Now rally


Repeatedly chanting “Yes, We Can,” some 600 labor, retiree and community activists loudly voiced determination to win health care reform this year at a rally April 17, in Cleveland Heights sponsored by Health Care for America Now.

The crowd filling the sanctuary of Forest Hills Presbyterian Church cheered Sen. Sherrod Brown as he outlined plans for a “public option” in legislation expected to be introduced soon in Congress. Brown is seen as the lead Senator in the fight in Congress for health care reform.

“I would love to see a single payer system,” Brown said, referring to a national health care program without private insurance companies, “but that is not possible right now.” What is possible, he said, is a public option that, in effect, regulates the insurance companies and that “will keep the private plans a lot more honest.”

This is possible, Brown said, because “the days when the drug companies and insurance companies write health care legislation are over. The conservative era is over. We now have the opportunity for a national health care reform.”

The U.S., Brown said, has entered a “new progressive era” similar to the New Deal of the 1930’s and the Great Society of the 1960’s. “The government is on the side of middle class people,” he said, and high on the agenda is an overhaul of the failed health care system.

Brian Rothenberg, executive director of Progress Ohio, said the event was probably the largest of 50 similar actions held around the country during the Easter Congressional recess.[36]

Brown was joined by State Senator Sue Morano (D-13); Robyn Hales, president of Northeast Ohio Alliance for Hope (NOAH); Marjorie Mosely, co-chair of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN); Becky Williams, president of SEIU local 1199; and Brian Rothenberg, executive director of Progress Ohio and a coordinator of Ohio HCAN.[37]

"Kill the Bill" rally

In Mid March 2011, at the bandstand in Tappan Square, over 100 members of Oberlin College and the Lorain County community gathered outside in the rain to rally against Senate Bill 5, which would "eliminate all of Ohio public employees’ right to collectively bargain for adequate benefits, fair wages and safe working conditions" . Governor John Kasich and Republicans in the Ohio House and Senate had introduced the bill.

Beginning at 5 p.m. and moderated by Professor of Politics and East Asian Studies Marc Blecher, the rally featured speakers from the College and the Lorain County community, including statements by Senator Sherrod Brown and Lorain County Representative Marcy Kaptur.

“This is a bigger issue than just unions versus governors — it’s a fight for the middle class and a way of life,” Senator Sherrod Brown said in a statement read by Beth Thames, Brown’s deputy state director. “You can blame bad trade deals, irresponsible fiscal policies for Ohio’s financial crisis, but you can not blame public workers for the mess we’re in.”

Other speakers included Oberlin College faculty member Chris Howell, Executive Board of the Oberlin Ohio Education Association member Janet Garrett, Sub-District Director Pat Gallagher of the United Steelworkers of America, Vice President Ron Rimbert of the Oberlin NAACP, President Angie Martinez of United Auto Workers, Reverend Steve Hammond of Peace Community Church in Oberlin, and Bruce Bostick of the United Steelworkers of America Retirees organization.[38]

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 Sherrod Brown in his successful Senate run as candidate for Ohio.[39] He has also been previously supported by the Council.[40]

2012 CLW Senate victories

2012 CLW Senate Victories were;

Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Casey (D-PA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Chris Murphy (D-CT) Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jon Tester (D-MT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).[41]


The Council wrote, when endorsing Brown in 2012;[42]

An unabashed progressive, he is one of the most articulate and respected spokespeople for progressive causes in the United States, especially on universal health care, labor, reproductive rights, responsible gun ownership and gay marriage.

Totally committed to nuclear arms control and responsible national security policies, Brown has the voting record to match. On the two most recent Council for a Livable World Nuclear Arms Race Voting Records, he achieved a perfect 100%.
"The New START treaty makes us safer, reduces the number of nuclear weapons our grandchildren will have to pay for, and will maintain America’s strong military and global leadership in non-proliferation."
Brown was a strong proponent this past December of the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty, helping to beat back amendments designed to undermine the treaty.
A political activist since high school, he was inspired by his mother, a native of Georgia who was an early supporter of the civil rights movement. At Yale, he split his time between Russian studies and campaign work for liberal candidates.
In the Senate, Brown has been a strong advocate for passage of New START nuclear reductions treaty. He stated:
"The New START treaty makes us safer, reduces the number of nuclear weapons our grandchildren will have to pay for, and will maintain America’s strong military and global leadership in non-proliferation. Because of bipartisan involvement, we passed a stronger treaty that will allow for a 21st-century approach to missile defense and prevention of nuclear proliferation."

CLW 2018

Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for Senate was endorsed in 2018 by Council for a Livable World.

Senator Sherrod Brown is the most prominent elected Democrat in Ohio. He is a progressive populist champion on national security and domestic issues who has retained strong support among some blue collar workers who otherwise have drifted to the Republican Party.
Senator Brown has risen steadily in politics from the Ohio State House to Ohio Secretary of State, to the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years before defeating an incumbent Republican Senator in 2006 — with Council for a Livable World’s enthusiastic support. Recognizing his appeal to diverse groups of voters, he was mentioned as a candidate for Vice President in 2016.

In 2012, Senator Brown turned back a strong challenge from Josh Mandel (R), the 35-year-old Republican state treasurer, by 51–45 percent. Mandel announced he would run for the seat again, but dropped out of the race in early January 2018, citing his wife’s health. Ohio Republicans are currently attempting to find a viable candidate to compete with Senator Brown. The Cook Political Report rates the race “Lean Democratic.”
Senator Brown is a strong supporter of the Iran nuclear agreement, and has criticized the Trump’s administration decision not to certify the deal. He has also urged talks with a nuclear-armed North Korea, saying, “This is no time for bluster or empty threats.”

We need Senator Brown’s bold leadership and strong national security positions in the Senate. [43]

Council of Canadians connection

In late June 2011, Stuart Trew, Trade campaigner for the radical Council of Canadians spent two days in Washington, D.C. for meetings with U.S. allies and other organizations on the Beyond the Border perimeter deal. He was there with John Foster representing Common Frontiers. Together they met with the Institute for Policy Studies, Center for Economic Policy Research, Hudson Institute, AFL-CIO, a staffer in Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur’s office, Friends of the Earth (U.S.), the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and the Global Trade Watch team at Public Citizen. Separately, John Foster met with the Can-Am Business Council, Canadian embassy staff and a staffer in Senator Sherrod Brown’s office. Trew met with the American Civil Liberties Union and Privacy International - U.S.[44]

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.[45]

Sherrod Brown was one of 12 key progressives endorsed by 21st Century Democrats in the 2012 election cycle.

A longtime ally, 21st Century Democrats provided Brown active support in his Senate election in 2006. One of our first endorsees, we first helped this true progressive win his House seat in 1992.


21st Century Democrats endorsed Senate candidates Elizabeth Warren Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Jon Tester, Sherrod Brown and Martin Heinrich in 2018.[47]

Anti "speculator" bill

in April 2012 Ben Cardin joined a group of his Senate colleagues in sponsoring a bill, S. 2222, which "will give federal regulators immediate authority to invoke emergency powers to rein in speculators who are responsible for rapidly rising gasoline prices".

There is broad agreement among energy experts and economists that speculators are one of the causes for the rapidly rising price of gas. Domestic oil production has risen to its highest level in a decade, oil supplies are greater today than they were three years ago and demand for oil in the United States is lower today than it was in 1997. Yet gas prices continue to soar.

There is something wrong with this equation. There is no logical reason why gas prices should continue to rise if oil supplies are up and demand is down.
The American Trucking Association, Delta Airlines, the Petroleum Marketers Association of America, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and other experts all say excessive oil speculation in the futures markets significantly increases crude oil and gasoline prices. A Feb. 27, 2012 article in Forbes Magazine cited a recent report by the investment bank Goldman Sachs pointing out that excessive oil speculation adds 56 cents to the price of a gallon of gas.

This "speculators" bill would set a 14-day deadline for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to take emergency steps to stop excessive speculation by Wall Street traders in the crude oil, gasoline and other energy futures markets. Also co-sponsoring the measure were: U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Al Franken (D-MN), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Bill Nelson (D-FL).[48]

BIT briefing

In 2009, critics of U.S. trade policy, who had already helped to stall three pending trade deals, were taking aim at a lower-profile piece of the trade regime -- bilateral investment treaties.

The treaties, which are distinct from trade deals, are designed to protect American companies' investor rights in countries where the United States does not already have a commercial relationship. The agreements also guard the rights of companies in those countries when they invest in the United States.

Negotiated by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the State Department, the treaties are a key element of U.S. trade relationships abroad and are important to American corporations doing business overseas.

But they generally receive less attention -- and less legislative scrutiny -- than free-trade agreements. Trade pacts require approval by both the House and the Senate, but the bilateral investment treaties, known as BITs, require only Senate ratification.

Labor and environmental advocates -- who argue that U.S. efforts to open markets have sent jobs overseas, reduced worker rights and circumvented environmental standards -- were trying to draw greater attention to the treaties on the Senate side.

"Obviously, this is part of a larger debate," Sarah Anderson, director of the global economy project at the Institute for Policy Studies, said at a December, Washington DC briefing on BITs.

The briefing was sponsored by Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, a labor ally who is one of the Senate's staunchest opponents of recent trade agreements. Groups including the AFL-CIO, Sierra Club, United Steelworkers of America, Center for International Environmental Law, Earthjustice, Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University, Institute for Policy Studies, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, organized the briefing.

With little progress being made in global trade talks due to disputes between developed and developing countries -- and trade agreements with Colombia, South Korea and Panama stalled in Congress -- Anderson argued that the U.S. investment treaty framework should be a pressing matter of debate. "If you're looking for where the action is . . . the BITs is really where it's at," she said.[49]

The briefing "U.S. Investment Treaties and the Public Interest", was held Thursday, December 10, 2:30 – 4 pm Russell Senate Office Building, Room 385, 1st and C Streets, NE.

Speakers were;

High IPS rating

In 2012 “Congressional Report Card for the 99 Percent" , the Institute for Policy Studies examined 40 different legislation actions in the House and Senate—votes and legislation introduced—to ascertain the real allegiances of sitting members of Congress. These include votes to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, levy a Wall Street speculation tax, invest in infrastructure, and protect workers and student financial aid.

The Report Card also graded politicians for their commitment to reducing inequality and boosting the 99 percent. The report’s “Honor Roll” gave an A-plus grade to 5 members of the U.S. Senate, including Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Al Franken (D-MN), Bernie Sanders (VT-I), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).[51]

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).[52]

Cuba trip

A delegation of American lawmakers led by Senator Patrick Leahy arrived in Cuba on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in order to gauge the island's economic changes and to lobby on behalf of Alan Gross, an American whose detention has chilled relations between the two countries. The trip was the first to the Communist-run island by high-level US politicians since President Barack Obama's re-election in November.

The delegation also included, Republican senator Jeff Flake, the Democrat senators Sherrod Brown, Debbie Stabenow and Sheldon Whitehouse and the Democratic congressmen James McGovern (Massachusetts) and Chris Van Hollen from Maryland, Gross's home state.[53]

Organizing Collaborative connections

Pandemic Employment Compensation

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Health Care Reform Celebration Rally

Rally with Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy! Posted by Zachary Branstool on March 24, 2010.

It’s time to celebrate the historic passage of health care reform!

Join us this Thursday, April 1, for a rally with two of our greatest champions of health care reform: Senator Sherrod Brown and Congresswoman Mary Jo Kilroy!

  • WHAT: Health Care Reform Celebration Rally.
  • WHEN: Thursday, April 1 at 7 PM.
  • WHERE: Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 189 – 1250 Kinnear Rd, Columbus, OH 43212

SPONSORS: Progress Ohio, Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans, UHCAN Ohio, Ohio AFL-CIO, SEIU 1199, UA Local 50 Plumbers, Steamfitters and Service Mechanics Toledo OH, Toledo Area Jobs with Justice Coalition, Organizing For America, The Ohio Faith and Democracy Collaborative, The Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative, the Northeast Alliance for Hope.[54]

Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative

August 16, 2010 Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today joined the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative, community leaders, and anti-hunger advocates at Neighborhood Ministries in Youngstown to discuss legislative efforts aimed to combat childhood hunger and promote access to nutritious foods in Ohio schools and underserved communities.

"Families are struggling to regain their footing as our economy recovers. That's why we're taking bold steps to end childhood hunger," said Brown. "Thanks to organizations like Neighborhood Ministries, Children in Youngstown and throughout Ohio can count on getting healthy, nutritious meals, but the federal government must provide new tools and resources to address the challenges posed by food deserts. By improving school nutrition standards and cutting red tape for families and administrators, we can ensure that the most vulnerable children are getting the meals they need to learn and succeed. The next step is ensuring that families - no matter where they live - have access to fresh produce and nutritious foods."

"The Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative is proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Senator Sherrod Brown to release the results of our recent Health Equity Campaign Report, which proves beyond the shadow of a doubt why the Healthy, Hunger Free-Kids Act is so important for our Valley's future," said Executive Director of the Mahoning Valley Organizing Collaborative Kirk Noden.

As Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Hunger, Nutrition, and Family Farms, Brown helped craft the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The legislation auto-enrolls eligible children and eliminates the duplicative paperwork that costs schools and families valuable time and access to healthy meals. [55]

OOC leaders meet with Sherrod Brown


On Monday, January 14th, 2013, Senator Sherrod Brown met with twelve Ohio Organizing Collaborative leaders from Akron, Canton, Dover and Youngstown. The discussion focused on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

At the meeting, Senator Brown reflected on a story of a woman telling him she was 63 and hoped she would live just 2 more years to receive her benefits. He said stories such as that one can make a huge impact on legislators and talked about the importance of having representatives hear and understand the stories of everyday people. He urged all attendees to share their personal stories with friends, neighbors, and representatives in order to educate them on how these issues affect all Ohioans in one way or another.

Donald Vild of Dover said "When people retire they usually lose 10 to 15 percent of their income. For some people that means going from chicken and beef to beans. Social Security and Medicare are significant factors in determing whether or not many people can make ends meet. My wife is a nurse. There are many people working jobs like hers with high physical demands that they can't work until they're 70. A lot of people who work jobs that are physically demanding or environmentally hazardous don't seem to live long enough to enjoy their retirement. Oftentimes these jobs break their bodies down and they have several health issues before they retire."

Senator Brown was firm in his belief that the Social Security eligibility age should not be raised. Senator Brown stated “It makes more sense to reduce the amount of money we spend on Medicare by reducing fraud, looking at Rx drug prices and smarter ways to save like 'economic incentives' to keep people from bouncing back to hospital stays without taking away needed services.” OOC leaders and Senator Brown discussed the possibilities of working toward Medicaid expansion in the state. Attendees responded that the meeting was hopeful, informative, refreshing, intimate, helpful, promising, and exciting.

OOC looks forward to having similar discussions with Senator Brown in the future.[56]

Visiting Sherrod Brown


Ohio Organizing Collaborative December 11, 2013 ·

Team OOC meets with Senator Sherrod Brown in DC, a champion for retirement security. #OOCRetirementSecurity

Working with OOC

From the National People's Action website January 13, 2014;

Ohio Organizing Collaborative (OOC) has been up to quite a bit lately: meeting with Congressmen & strategizing over issues most important to their members, rallying hundreds on mass incarceration, and gaining nationwide attention in their effort to win fair wages in the workplace.
This month OOC leaders met with Senator Sherrod Brown to strategize around protecting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, issues crucial to Ohio constituents and of course folks nationwide.
Senator Brown has been a leader in supporting grassroots efforts to protect our social safety net. OOC’s retirement security organizers also previously met with the Senator in December to thank him for championing Social Security and working with the OOC around long term care issues. [57]

Congratulating Sherrod Brown


When Senator Sherrod Brown was given a "Progressive Leadership" award in December 2017 by the Midwest Academy, DaMareo Cooper and other Ohio Organizing Collaborative staff sent a video message congratulating him, and Cooper said the "looked forward to working with you (Brown) in 2018."[58]

21st-Century Green Industrial Transformation

December 10, 2013, Sherrod Brown, joined leaders from the BlueGreen Alliance, the Institute for America’s Future and the Center for American Progress to release a new report that "offers a bold strategy to lead a 21st-century green industrial transformation".

The report, “The Green Industrial Revolution and the United States: In the Clean Energy Race, Is the United States a Leader or a Luddite?,” proposes maximizing the national strength of U.S. manufacturing by employing a region-focused strategy for clean energy manufacturing.

“We need solutions now to ensure that America competes at the highest level of the global clean energy manufacturing sectors,” said Sen. Brown. “This report is a valuable tool to help ensure that we take advantage of the strengths of our country, like our regional diversity and our ability to innovate at all levels of government...We need to capitalize on America’s competitive advantages—like our skilled workforce that lends itself to advanced manufacturing—to ensure a vibrant domestic clean energy manufacturing base.”

“The green industrial revolution has already begun. It will inescapably be a leading source of jobs, innovation and dynamism in the next decades. The countries that forge the lead here will reap the benefits in good jobs, expanding markets and global leadership against the threats already being posed by catastrophic climate changes,” said Robert Borosage, Founder and President of the Institute for America’s Future and a member of the BlueGreen Alliance Advisory Board. “This report outlines a strategy that builds on America’s strengths—combining a regional approach with proactive national policies that provides a sensible way forward.”

“We’ve seen great clean energy successes here at the national level in the U.S.—including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—but our real strength will come from bottom-up regional action,” said Kate Gordon, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and board member of the Apollo Alliance Project of the BlueGreen Alliance. “Energy is an inherently regional issue, and a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach won’t cut it. It’s time for Washington to step up and promote regional clean energy strategies as part of an overall national commitment to taking action on climate change.”

“Backward-looking ideologues have pitted good jobs against the environment for far too long. Even some of their erstwhile allies in the energy sector are waking up to the reality that we need a different set of policies to address the undeniable reality of climate change,” said Derek Pugh, co-author and Senior Fellow at Campaign for America's Future.[59]

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. [60]

JStreet endorsement, 2012

In 2012, the the JStreet PAC endorsed seven Senatorial candidates, all of whom emerged victorious. The Senate slate, which has more than doubled in size since 2010, included pro-Israel leaders Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA), Sen. Maria Cantwell (WA) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI). The PAC also backed winning candidates in some of the most competitive Senate races in the country, raising more than $100,000 each for Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH), Rep. Tammy Baldwin (WI), Governor Tim Kaine (VA) and Rep. Martin Heinrich (NM).[61]


The socialist infiltrated, anti-Israel "two state solution" JStreet PAC endorsed several "off cycle" Senators in 2014, including Sherrod Brown. [62]


JStreet endorsed Brown in 2016.[63]

Honduras letter

On Thursday, May 23, 2013, U.S. Senator Cardin (D-MD) circulated a Senate sign-on "Dear Colleague" letter to Secretary of State John Kerry addressing deepening concerns about Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Honduras.

The letter states that violence and impunity for state security forces in Honduras has reached intolerable levels and cites concerns related to extrajudicial killings, linkages to death squads, and increasing militarization of civilian law enforcement. The letter also raises the concern that State Department certifications intended to ensure that U.S. foreign aid supports the rule of law in Honduras may contradict the reality on the ground.

The letter asks State Department to:

  • provide Congress with a detailed assessment of the efficacy of current Honduran government efforts to address this issue as mandated by FY12 Appropriations language;
  • conduct a detailed review of specific State Department actions to help ensure that no U.S. funds are being used to support police implicated in human rights violations; and
  • make every reasonable effort to help ensure that Honduras' upcoming November 2013 elections are free, fair and peaceful.[64]

In addition to Cardin, the letter was cosigned by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Jack Reed (D-RI), Mark Udall (D-CO), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Michael F. Bennet (D-CO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chris Coons (D-DE), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).[65]

Soros money

Two liberal politicians supportive of Bill de Blasio’s Agenda, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, also received campaign donations directly from George Soros.[66]

Secret Meeting/Progressive Agenda

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio held a closed-door meeting at his mayoral residence on April 2, 2015, to create the Progressive version of the 1994 Republican “Contract with America.” De Blasio called his update the “Progressive Agenda” and its stated purpose was to address “income inequality” in the U.S. A dozen far-left leaders attended the closed-door meeting, including George Soros’ son Jonathan Soros. Jonathan claims to support removing money from politics, yet hypocritically serves on several boards at the Open Society Foundation (OSF). OSF has given more than $550 million to liberal organizations. Other liberal leaders at the April 2 meeting were Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation, “disgraced” former Obama advisor and 9/11 Truther Van Jones, Marian Wright Edelman, and liberal economist Joseph Stiglitz. In an April 6 interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, de Blasio confirmed that key elements of the Progressive Agenda included: a progressive tax (driven by the Buffett Rule -- which argues that wealthier individuals should have to pay higher taxes), universal free pre-kindergarten, and a $15 minimum wage. De Blasio said the full Agenda would be unveiled at the May 12 event in Washington, D.C. [67]

According to Rolling Stone, other attendees included Sherrod Brown, the populist senator from Ohio, and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy. The novelist Toni Morrison showed up, delighting de Blasio and McCray. Other attendees included Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva, chair of the House Progressive Caucus.][68]

Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015

S 299, the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015, principal sponsors are Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.[69]

By May 20, it had accumulated 33 co-sponsors, including 26 Democrats - Sheldon Whitehouse, Tom Udall, Dick Durbin, Thomas Carper, Amy Klobuchar, Barbara Boxer, Jack Reed, Debbie Stabenow, Jeff Merkley, Chris Murphy, Benjamin Cardin, Chris Coons, Dianne Feinstein, Jeanne Shaheen, Sherrod Brown, Mazie Hirono, Brian Schatz, Tammy Baldwin, Ed Markey, Heidi Heitkamp, Jon Tester, Claire McCaskill, Ron Wyden, Tim Kaine, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, Michael Bennet, Martin Heinrich . [70]

The Farm Bill

The Nature Conservancy's Josh Knights and Adrienne Dziak with Senator Sherrod Brown (center)

Sherrod Brown worked with the Nature Conservancy to push through the Farm Bill in January, 2014. The legislation "represents the single-largest federal investment in private-lands conservation. The Conservancy is particularly supportive of funding for conservation easement programs and incentives for farmers to employ sound conservation practices on native grasslands and other environmentally sensitive lands. These practices now are a requirement for eligibility for crop insurance programs."[71]

Muslim connections

Senator Brown is close to several radical Muslim groups.

Al Bitar connection

Mo Al Bitar was an officer, of Arab Student Union and Muslim Student Association, Cleveland State University, Sep 2010 – May 2012.

Participated in multiple donation drives – in collaboration with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s office, Islamic Relief USA, and Helping Hands to assist and accommodate Syrian refugees in both states of Michigan and Ohio. Organized a solidarity march and informational sessions for the Egyptian January 25th revolution in Cleveland’s Public Square.[72]

Shammas Malik connection

Shammas Malik (Muslim Student Association) Administrative Intern, Office of Senator Sherrod Brown. Jan 2012 – Mar 2012, Columbus, Ohio.

Assisted in the management of the office, answered constituent inquiries, and conducted research on critical legislative issues, specifically the federal budget.[73]

The "Jihad" Caucus

In May 2015, a group of 14 U.S. senators, led by Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, wrote a letter to President Obama urging him to allow 65,000 Syrians into the United States as refugees. This would require a dramatic expansion of the refugee program, and virtually guarantee that a sizable number of ISIS fighters would slip in among them. Frank Gaffney's Center for Security Policy called these Senators the "Jihad Caucus" because practically speaking, Jihad is what this request will bring.

The 14 senators demanding this massive influx of Syrians were: Dick Durbin, Amy Klobuchar, Al Franken, Patrick Leahy, Dianne Feinstein, Patty Murray, Robert Menendez, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeanne Shaheen, Chris Coons, Tim Kaine, Ed Markey, Sherrod Brown, and Mazie Hirono.

These same 14 had sent another letter in April Demanding action on the Syrians.[74]


“CAIR is an important and influential organization in Ohio and throughout the country. For two decades CAIR has brought together people of all faiths, along with members of the community, to encourage compassion and understanding between all Americans.” - Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) (September 2014).[75]

Hafsa Khan connection

Former Muslim Student Association activist Hafsa Khan is an Immigrant Constituent Advocate for United States Senator Sherrod Brown. She started the job in 2014.

I am also a congressional aide in his state office and manage the internship program, page program, and staff and executive scheduling. This past year I have worked on special projects that include statewide conferences and initiatives that target key constituency groups in Ohio.[76]

Noor Islamic Cultural Center

On October 27th, 2015, "new bridges were built between the Muslim community of Central Ohio and the state government through invigorating discussion. As various community leaders introduced themselves and their faith-based organizations, United States Senator Sherrod Brown’s staff members John Ryan, Joe Gilligan and Hafsa Khan insightfully saw the impact our community has made. A wide spectrum of concerns were discussed as well, ranging from youth and education, to even immigration policy".[77]

USCMO meeting

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown May 2, 2017.


A great meeting with members of the Ohio delegation of the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations. Their work has never been more important - we must do more to stem the rise of anti-Muslim rhetoric, and support Americans of all faith.

NIAC connection


Radical staffer

Becca Lubow worked at Senate Office of Sherrod Brown until 2018.

Cleveland Jobs with Justice connection

Cleveland Jobs with Justice 18th Annual Spring Celebration were held May 2015 at the DoubleTree Downtown.

Baldemar Velasquez, Founder and President of Farm Labor Organizing Committee, was keynote speaker.

Award winners were:

Louis Stokes Award: US Representative Marcy Kaptur

George Smilnak Legacy Award: Maria Wilkinson

Rev. Bob Strommen Activist Award: Jose Mendiola

All of the award winners also received Special Recognition from US Senator Sherrod Brown.[78]

Resolution to Honor Civil Rights Hero Fred Korematsu

February 6, 2017, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced a resolution honoring Fred Korematsu, who challenged the internment of Japanese Americans.

Wyden and Merkley said the resolution honoring Korematsu’s work and advocacy of the civil rights and liberties of all people is timely, given the president’s executive order establishing a Muslim ban.

"Fred Korematsu’s brave advocacy for the civil rights of 120,000 Japanese Americans remains a timeless example of courage that resonates today and every day,“ Wyden said. “I am committed to fighting for the continued advance of civil rights he spent his life defending, and against those who would betray both the law and our history to impose an unconstitutional religious test on immigrants."

"Heroes like Fred Korematsu demonstrate the importance of fighting fiercely for our core American values, even when it is hard,” said Merkley. “His story reminds us that the time is always right to stand up for what is right. We must keep fighting for the freedom and equality that define our nation, and ensure that the Statue of Liberty continues to stand as a beacon of hope around the world."

The resolution is cosponsored by Senators Mazie Hirono, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Brian Schatz, Sherrod Brown, Sheldon Whitehouse, Maria Cantwell, Elizabeth Warren, Richard Blumenthal, Tim Kaine , Patty Murray, Chris Coons, and Dick Durbin.

A broad coalition of advocacy organizations support the resolution, including the Fred T. Korematsu Institute, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee & Defending Dissent Foundation, Demand Progress, Free Press Action Fund, Restore the Fourth, The Yemen Peace Project, and Fight for the Future.[79]

Phillips/PowerPAC connections

Midwest Academy award

Midwest Academy December 13, 2017

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Chatting with Jeff Blum

In December 2017 Midwest Academy honored Steve Phillips, founder of Democracy in Color, Senator Sherrod Brown, Jessica Pierce of the Movement Voter Project, and President Leo Gerard of the United Steelworkers.

Democracy for America

Sherrod Brown, U.S. Senate, Ohio, was endorsed by Democracy for America in 2018.

Subodh Chandra connection

Shaker Heights Democrats Host Forum on Voting Rights With Sherrod Brown, Subodh Chandra, Mon 10/17 @ 7PM, 2016.

One of the area’s most prominent voting rights lawyers who has been challenging Husted is Cleveland’s Subodh Chandra. So he’s the ideal person to talk about the state of voter rights in Ohio. He’ll be hosted by the Shaker Heights Democratic Club in a free forum that also features Senator Sherrod Brown, also a champion for voter rights.

The forum is provocatively — but accurately — titled “Keep On Scheming: How Ohio Secretary of State Husted, Attorney General Mike DeWine and the General Assembly Are Denying and Abridging the Fundamental Right to Vote.” It takes place at the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Community Center.[80]

Phillips on Brown

Stacey Abrams, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Benjamin Jealous and others appear to be part of a trend among minority candidates who have defeated moderate Democrats by campaigning on liberal policy priorities.

Key to that strategy is mobilizing people who don’t vote regularly, mostly people of color and progressive white voters. “You do that by organizing,” Jealous said. “We will build an army of organizers across our state to turn out voters by talking to them.”

Part of that strategy is recognizing the that there is often a gap between eligible Democratic voters and the margin of victory, said Steve Phillips, author of "Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority".

In Maryland, he said, only 800,000 Democratic voters turned out for Hogan’s 2014 election, compared to about 1.1 million who turned out to elect former Governor Martin O’Malley.

Those voters, Phillips and others have argued, could be swayed to turn out with a progressive agenda of economic and social justice.

Jealous said that as the former president of the NAACP, he knows how to bring out voters.

Like Ocasio-Cortez, he campaigned on Medicare for all, as well as free tuition at public colleges and universities in Maryland, police reform and legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.

Other Democratic candidates using this strategy include David Garcia, who is running for governor in Arizona, Chardo Richardson running in Florida’s 7th Congressional District and Cori Bush, running in Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District.

While candidates of color have embraced this strategy the most, Phillips said that white candidates “can and should” use it as well, citing New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Rep. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, as examples of those who are.

“Unfortunately much of the Democratic white establishment does not believe in this strategy,” Phillips said. “They still harbor this notion that you can win back Trump voters without the empirical evidence.”[81]

Holecko connection

Sherrod Brown with Steve Holecko, March 2018

"Be HEARD" Act

April 9 2019, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), top Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, was joined by Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA-5), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-7), to introduce the Bringing an End to Harassment by Enhancing Accountability and Rejecting Discrimination (Be HEARD) in the Workplace Act, legislation which takes critical steps to ensure businesses have more resources to prevent harassment and workers have more support when they seek accountability and justice, and sends a clear message to those who think they can get away with assault or harassment on the job: time is up.

Senator Murray announced the introduction at a news conference with survivors and advocates who shared their personal stories about workplace assault and harassment, including Adriana Cazorla, a Washington state domestic worker and advocate with National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Maria del Carmen Ruelas, farm worker with Justice for Migrant Women Advocates who also resides in Washington state. Additionally, leaders from the National Women's Law Center (NWLC), The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) participated and highlighted the urgent need to pass the legislation.

“No matter who you are or where you work—whether you are the only woman on the board, or a janitor, or farm worker, you should be treated fairly, respectfully, and with dignity. This should be true no matter your gender or race, your religion or sexual orientation or age—and regardless of whether you have a disability or are a veteran.” said Senator Murray. “For far too long and for far too many people in our country this hasn’t been true. So today, I’m proud to be standing up to fight for change and make clear that time is up.”

In addition to Senator Murray, the Senate bill is co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Kamala Harris (D-CA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Bob Casey (D-PA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ed Markey (D-MA), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). The House bill is being introduced by Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA-5), Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (D-MA-7), Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (D-MI-8), and Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL-26).[82]


  • Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee
  • Subcommittee on Energy, Science & Technology
  • Subcommittee on Production, Income Protection & Price Support
  • Subcommittee on Hunger, Nutrition and Family Farms
  • Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee
  • Subcommittee on Economic Policy
  • Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development
  • Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment
  • Select Committee on Ethics
  • Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (H.E.L.P.)
  • Subcommittee on Children and Families
  • Subcommittee on Employment & Workplace Safety
  • Veterans' Affairs Committee[83]


The following have worked as staff members for Sherrod Brown:[84]


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