Corrine Brown

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Corrine Brown

Corrine Brown is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 3rd district of Florida. She was elected to Congress in 1992.


A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Congresswoman Brown served in the Florida House of Representatives for ten years before coming to Washington. Congresswoman Brown attended the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. She also received a Master's Degree and an Education Specialist Degree from the University of Florida. and an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree from Edward Waters College. She has been a faculty member at Florida Community College of Jacksonville, the University of Florida, and Edward Waters College.[1]


Brown was reelected to the U.S. House of Representatives for a tenth term in November 2010. In the 112th Congress, she will serve as the Ranking Member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials and as a senior member of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, as well as the Subcommittee on Water & Environment. Ms. Brown will also continue to serve on the Committee on Veterans Affairs and the VA Subcommittee on Health.[2]

DSA endorsement

In July 1996, the Democratic Socialists of America Political Action Committee endorsed Corrine Brown, Florida, 3 in that year's Congressional elections.[3]

Congressional Progressive Caucus

In 1998 Corrine Brown Democrat was listed as a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[4]

As of February 20 2009 Corrine Brown was listed as a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.[5]

Congressional Black Caucus

Corrine Brown is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus for the 113th Congress:[6]

Communist Party connections

Endorsed communist candidate


In 2002, with the motto, “Protect the real Florida – for working people!” Communist Party USA member Russell Pelle ran for the Soil and Water Conservation Board in Duval County Florida , "hammering Republican Gov. Jeb Bush for coddling corporate polluters and real estate developers".

Pelle called for protection of Florida’s fragile environment. “Everywhere I go, I tell voters I am running against Jeb Bush,” Pelle told the Peoples Weekly World. “The Soil and Water Board is pretty low on the electoral totem pole but Bush’s policies have been a disaster for the Florida environment. If I am elected, I will fight urban sprawl, fight to protect the people from toxic wastes.”

Pelle was endorsed by the North Florida Central Labor Council (NFCLC), Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) and by Tony Hill, a community organizer for the Service Employees International Union who won the Democratic nomination for State Senate from Jacksonville in Florida’s Sept. 10 primary.[7]

The Communist Party's Peoples World of November 2, 2002 claimed that Peoples' World readers, and Rep. Corrine Brown, were actively helping Pelle's campaign.

Russell Pelle is running for Soil and Water Conservation Board (District 1) with the help of labor, elected officials, including Corrine Brown, and readers of the World.

Rep. Corrine Brown also sent an e-mail reply to the People's World in which she stated, “We can beat Jeb Bush and send a message to his brother that the American people don’t support his Robin Hood (in reverse) policies of stealing from the poor to give tax breaks to the rich.” [8]

Another link to communist Russell Pelle

In January 2010 Communist Party USA member Russell Pelle was on the phone with his fiancee when she started to scream. Calling from Haiti, she was in a building that started to shake from an aftershock following the earthquake.

"I told her to get outside as quickly as possible," said Pelle, who didn't hear from her again for three days.

Pelle was one of the people who attended Saturday's news conference with U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Florida, and senior pastors from Jacksonville. The pastors will urge parishioners to bring water and make donations to Haiti relief funds today during church.

"I am confident that our nation will provide emergency relief and support to the Haitian people during this critical time," Brown said.

Pastors from St. Paul Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church, Open Arms Christian Fellowship, Abyssinia Baptist Church and Sanctuary at Mount Calvary will take part.[9]

Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project

The Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project was conceived in Jacksonville, Florida by Communist Party USA member Russell Pelle several months after the January 12, 2010 earthquake. In March 2010, it was presented to and supported by Florida State Senator and Communist Party USA sympathizer Anthony Hill at a Haitian-American beach party. An Executive Board was established and project incorporated November 10, 2010. The first formal endorsement came from Senator Hill Nov. 24, 2010.

In 2011, the project was endorsed by Jacksonville Fl, Mayor Alvin Brown, U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown, and U.S. Senator Bill Nelson.[10]

UFPJ rally

On October 27th 2007, United for Peace and Justice held an Anti-war National Mobilization, near Orlando, Florida at Lake Eola.[11]

Speakers Included:

Staffer's 2004 trip to Cuba

In May 2004, Roshan Hodge from the office of Congresswoman Corrine Brown spent four days in Havana, Cuba, for the purpose of "fact finding". The trip cost $1,350.16 and was paid for by the Christopher Reynolds Foundation.[12]

Supported "single payer"

The movement for universal single-payer healthcare is growing, announced Kentuckians for Single Payer Healthcare in December 2005. Six new co-sponsors added their names to John Conyers' "single payer" bill HR 676: Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.), Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio), Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) and Michael Capuano (D-Mass.). The total number of co-sponsors was now 57.[13]

Peace Pledge Coalition

In 2007 90 Members of Congress, pledged in an open letter delivered to President Bush: "We will only support appropriating funds for U.S. military operations in Iraq during Fiscal Year 2008 and beyond for the protection and safe redeployment of all our troops out of Iraq before you leave office." The letter was initiated by the Peace Pledge Coalition. The Coalition was led by Tim Carpenter, Progressive Democrats of America, Bob Fertik, Medea Benjamin, CodePink, Bill Fletcher, co-founder of Center for Labor Renewal David Swanson,,, Progressive Democrats of America, Kevin Zeese, Voters for Peace, Democracy Rising, Brad Friedman, co-founder of Velvet Revolution, Bill Moyer, Backbone Campaign.

Corrine Brown signed the letter.[14][15]

Defending ACORN

In 2009, the scandal over the undercover videos prompted a September vote in the House to follow the Senate and vote on an amendment denying funding to ACORN. The vote, on a provision attached to a student aid bill, was 345-75, with Democrats supplying all the “no” votes.

Florida Democrats voting no included Robert Wexler of Boca Raton, Kathy Castor of Tampa and Corrine Brown of Jacksonville.[16]

Haiti Bill

In 2009, Barbara Lee and 10 other members of the House of Representatives have introduced a bill requesting an investigation into the Bush administration’s role in the 2004 "destabilization campaign and invasion" of Haiti. The original proposed legislation, called the Truth Act, has been submitted annually to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs by Congressperson Lee.

Lee stated in 2004: “We do not teach people to overthrow our U.S. government, and the Bush administration must not participate in the overthrow of other democratically-elected governments. The United States must stand firm in its support of democracy and not allow a nascent democracy like Haiti to fall victim to the Bush administration’s apparent policy of regime change.”

“Regime change takes a variety of forms, and this looks like a blatant form of regime change to me,” Congressperson Lee told Noriega. The bill, now known as H.R. 331, could make the congressional calendar for review in 2009.

The bill’s co-sponsors included Corrine Brown (Fla.), Chaka Fattah (Pa.), Michael Honda (Calif.), Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas), Dennis Kucinich (Ohio), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.), Donald Payne (N.J.), Charles B. Rangel (N.Y.), Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) and Maxine Waters (Calif.).[17]

Voting rights press conference

July 13, 2011 WASHINGTON, DC-- Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) made this statement today at the voting rights press conference:

"[In Ohio] We have one of the most draconian voter suppression bills in the United States. If we are going to have a society that involves all of its citizens, we cannot allow for these kinds of bills to be passed by legislature after legislature... Across this country, 11% of all people who are eligible to vote do not have a government issued ID. That's 21 million people. Every time we take one step forward, we take two steps back. And we're not going to allow it to happen. "

Members in attendance:

Rep. Bennie Thompson, Rep. Corrine Brown, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. Charles A. Gonzalez, Rep. Tim Ryan, Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Betty Sutton, Rep. Hank Johnson, Rep. Maxine Waters, Rep. Donna Christensen, Rep. Maxine Waters, Rep. Steve Cohen, Rep. Karen Bass.

Organizations and leaders in attendance:

Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Tamika Mallory, National Action Network, Barbara Arnwine, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Laura Murphy, American Civil Liberties Union Hilary Shelton, NAACP, Rafael Collazo, National Council of La Raza/Democracia USA, Nichole Austin-Hillery, Brennan Center for Justice, Campus Progress, Center for American Progress, Diallo Brooks, People for the American Way.[18]

ARA endorsement, 2012

Alliance for Retired Americans endorsed Corrine Brown in 2012.[19]

PDA contact

In 2013 Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and Senator, Joey Jackson, was assigned as the contacts for Rep. Brown.[20]

EMILY's List

Brown has been supported by EMILY's List during her campaigning.


The following have worked as staff members for Corrine Brown:[21]

External links


  1. Congressional bio, accessed Aug. 4, 2011
  2. Congressional bio, accessed Aug. 4, 2011
  3. Democratic Left, July/August 1996, page 21
  4. DSA website: Members of the Progressive Caucus (archived on the Web Archive website)
  5. Congressional Progressive Caucus website: Caucus Member List
  6. Congressional Black Caucus: Members (accessed on Feb. 24, 2011)
  7. Unions back fired prof. for soil & water post, PPW, Evelina Alarcon & John Pappademos, October 17 2002
  8. PW, Florida labor, women get out vote to oust Jeb Bush, by: Noel Rabinowitz, November 1 2002
  9. Jacksonville churches band together to help Haiti, florida times Union, January 17, 2010
  10. Haitian Memorial Pyramid Project, about page
  12. American Radio Works website: Trips sponsored by the Christopher Reynolds Foundation
  13. Peoples World, This week in labor, December 3, 2005
  14. War Is A Crime .org, Peace Pledge Coalition
  15. [ Sign the Pledge for Peace petition. Bob Fertik August 19, 2007
  16. [ Florida may do battle with ACORN September 18, 2009]
  17. WW, Thousands of Haitians demonstrate to demand Aristide’s return By Abayomi Azikiwe Published Mar 18, 2009
  19. ARA endorsements 2012
  20. PDA May 2013 Educate Congress Digest Letter drops (191 in total – 105 in April )
  21. Legistorm: Corrine Brown (accessed on Aug. 24, 2010)