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 Tom Andrews in his successful House of Representatives run as candidate for Maine.
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.
There were also speeches and toasts by Senator Al Franken (D-MN), Representative Shelley Berkley, former Representative and PeacePAC chairman Tom Andrews (D-ME), former Cabinet Secretary Norman Mineta and Communications Workers of America President Larry Cohen.
The Congressional Progressive Caucus was founded in 1991 by freshman Congressman Bernie Sanders. Sanders' CPC co-founders included House members Ron Dellums, Lane Evans, Tom Andrews, Peter DeFazio, and Maxine Waters.
New Hampshire talk
Speaking at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Portsmouth on January 27, 1996, People for the American Way President Tom Andrews urged progressive Americans to mobilize a truly pro-family grassroots movement. He talked about "The Politics of the Family", relating how the Religious Right, while calling itself pro-family, has pushed a political agenda that greatly harms American families. The Religious Right has been extremely successful in using language, symbols, and (frequentIy untrue) stories to advance its right-wing political, economic, and social agenda.
"The American Way is about heartfelt American values -- freedom of conscience; respect for differences, equal opportunity, responsibility to the community," said Andrews: "It is outrageous that the political forces that are attacking these principles have wrapped themselves in the language of religion and values. For our families and our futurei we can't let them get away with it. We won't let them get away with it." ,
Andrews urged about 200 church members and local activists to join the nonpartisan Expose the Right! campaign under way in New Hampshire. The Campaign aims to mobilize citizens to expose the Right wing's political tactics and challenge presidential candidates to reiect the Right's extreme agenda.
People for the American Way is a national advocacy organization with over 300,000 members committed to fighting the political agenda of the Religious Right and building a new progressive movement in America. This process of rebuilding a progressive coalition in New Hampshire is, I believe, essential to our long-term success in opposing the Right: We must mobilize a broad range of progressives -- including DSAers, clergy, environmentalists, artists, feminists and pro-choice people, gay rights activists, students, and civil rights activists -- to meet, develop, articulate, and begin to achieve our positive moral vision for a socially just world. If you have comments, questions, or suggestions about a progressive coalition in New Hampshire.
America's Future Now!
- CLW website: Meet Our Candidates
- Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation website. Council for a Livable World 50th Anniversary Celebration
- Progressive New Hampshire - January/February 1996
- Our Future website: Take Back America 2010 Speakers (accessed on July 12, 2010)