Mike Siegel was an associate attorney with his father Dan Siegel's Oakland California law firm, Siegel & Yee. He practices law in the areas of civil rights, employment discrimination, criminal defense, and nonprofit business development. His clients have ranged from an NCAA Division I basketball coach who was wrongfully terminated from his contract, to members of the Green Party USA seeking to challenge the restrictions on third-party rights caused by California's Proposition 14 (2010), to defendants in the proposed gang injunction in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood.
Mike Siegel lives in Austin, Texas. Siegel’s career experience includes working as a public school teacher with Teach for America. He co-founded two nonprofit education organizations and serves as the executive director of Oakland Leaf. Siegel worked as a civil rights attorney and is currently an assistant city attorney in Austin
Mike Siegel graduated from Cornell Law School in May 2009. At Cornell, Michael was President of the National Lawyers Guild student chapter and recipient of the Freeman Award for Civil-Human Rights. He served as an intern at the Center for Constitutional Rights, researching issues such as civil liability for military contractors, and worked as legal coordinator for the "Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan" conference presented by Iraq Veterans Against the War.
Prior to entering the legal field, Siegel worked as a teacher in Oakland, California and Brooklyn, New York, and served as a union representative in the Oakland Education Association. He was also a co-founder and executive director of Oakland Leaf, a local nonprofit education organization focused on "community transformation through creative education." Michael also recently co-founded the nonprofit organization Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice, or CURYJ, which is dedicated to providing services and opportunities for youth and adults impacted by the prison industrial complex.
North Texas debrief
The Fight For Our Future
2020 Congressional run endorsements
By July 2019 the Mike Siegel campaign had garnered a number of key national and local endorsements such as: Ted Lieu, U.S. Congressman CA-33; Progressive Democrats of America (PDA); International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW); National Union of Healthcare Workers; Leslie Pool, Austin City Councilwoman; Brigid Shea, Travis County Commissioner; Former Rep. Elliott Naishtat; Mike Floyd, Pearland ISD School Board; Kendric Jones, Prairie View City Councilman; Eric Green, Alderman, City of Brookshire; David Butts, Austin political activist; and others.
People's Charter endorser
Endorsers included Mike Siegel.
December 10th, 2019 Today, Sunrise Movement announced a cluster of Congressional endorsements for Democratic candidates running in early 2020 March primaries. The endorsements span a range of political newcomers running on the Green New Deal, including Robert Emmons, Jr. (IL-01) and Marie Newman (IL-03) of Chicago, IL, Morgan Harper (OH-03) of Columbus, OH, and Mike Siegel (TX-10), whose district spans between Austin and Houston, TX. With the exception of Siegel — who is running to oust a Republican representative in a purple district — the candidates plan to unseat Democratic incumbents in blue districts. Though this announcement signifies the first bracket of Congressional endorsements, it comes after the separate endorsements of primary challenger, Democrat Jessica Cisneros of Texas’ 28th district, and Republican challenger, Democrat Audrey Denney of California’s 1st district.
“The scientists are telling us that 2020 is our last opportunity to elect climate leaders that can immediately enact bold, transformational action over the course of the next decade to save our planet. Meanwhile, establishment politicians of both parties are complacent. So I think that’s why we’re seeing this wave of candidates joining the urgent calls from young people in launching campaigns across the country boldly championing the Green New Deal. These candidates, such as the four we’re endorsing today, come from communities tired of political corruption and neglect, and vigilantly attuned to the linked climate and economic crises we are facing as a nation,” remarked Evan Weber, Political Director of Sunrise Movement. “These insurgent campaigns are a clear indicator of the appetite for an entire new way of doing things, and a restructuring of our society under a populist agenda that guarantees things like living wage jobs, affordable and safe housing, universal clean air and water, and Medicare for All — all policies which we see bundled into the Green New Deal framework.”
I am excited to be joined on stage by Andres Bernal as we discuss how we can work together with the labor, youth, and environmental movements to pass a Green New Deal.
Andrés Bernal is a professor of Urban Studies at CUNY Queens College and a doctoral student in public policy at The New School focusing on The Green New Deal. He’s a policy advisor most notably having been a part of the 2018 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Campaign and currently the Jessica Cisneros for Congress campaign. He’s a research fellow at the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity and a visiting research fellow at the University of Missouri’s Kansas City Department of Economics.
Bay Area support
Mike Siegel is coming to town on June 15 2019 for an event to build support for his congressional campaign in the Texas 10th Congressional District.
Siegel’s father, Dan Siegel, is an Oakland civil rights attorney and former Oakland School Board member who ran for mayor in 2014.
A progressive Democrat, Siegel has spent 20 years in public service as a school teacher and civil rights lawyer. In 2018, as the Democratic nominee in TX-10, Siegel garnered national publicity when he successfully pushed Waller County to reverse vote suppression policies that threatened the voting rights of students at Prairie View A&M, an HBCU.
Other Bay Area supporters of Mike Siegel include Sen. Loni Hancock (ret.), Anne Butterfield Weills , Dan Siegel, the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), Paul Kranz, Sal Rosselli, Gay Plair Cobb, Walter Riley, Marc van der Hout and Jody LeWitter.
“I am grateful for the broad base of support we have received in our campaign to flip this seat. Through the 2018 election I narrowed the Republican incumbent’s advantage from 19 percent to 4 percent, running on a progressive platform including demands for universal healthcare, just taxation, an end to the War on Drugs, and a Green New Deal. Now, the Texas 10th is a national battleground district, and I am running again to finish the job.”
Mike Siegel for Congress - TX-10 August 14 2019·
Proud to stand with my brothers and sisters from AFSCME Local 1624, local unions and the Texas AFL-CIO to oppose the corrupt and abusive policies promoted by the American Legislative Exchange Council. — with Bob Cash, Montserrat Garibay, Austin AFSCME, Central Texas Building Trades - CTBT and Texas AFL-CIO.
Brand New Congress
"Support Bill Ayers"
In October 2008, several thousand college professors, students and academic staff signed a statement Support Bill Ayers in solidarity with former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bill Ayers.
In the run up to the U.S. presidential elections, Ayers had come under considerable media scrutiny, sparked by his relationship to presidential candidate Barack Obama.
- We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack...
- We, the undersigned, stand on the side of education as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment, and liberation. We oppose the demonization of Professor William Ayers.
Lawsuit against Oakland Police Department
November 14, 2011, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Oakland Police Department (OPD) for its egregious constitutional violations against Occupy Oakland demonstrators. The lawsuit asks for an emergency temporary restraining order to stop police violence against political protesters. The restraining order is urgent because another police encounter with demonstrators is imminent, after the removal of the Occupy Oakland camp early this morning. The case is currently before United States District Court Judge Richard Seeborg, who immediately issued an order requiring the City to respond by 5pm tomorrow. If OPD uses excessive force against protesters again, it will need to justify its actions to the court.
The ACLU-NC and the NLG are suing OPD on behalf of Timothy Scott Campbell, a videographer who was shot with a bean bag projectile while filming police presence during Occupy Oakland on the night of November 2-3, 2011, and other demonstrators subjected to excessive force during recent demonstrations. Additional plaintiffs include Kerie Campbell, Mike Siegel, and NLG Legal Observer Marcus Kryshka.
"I was filming police activity at Occupy Oakland because police should be accountable," said Campbell. "Now I'm worried about my safety from police violence and about retaliation because I've been outspoken."
"Excessive police force is never acceptable, especially when it's in response to political protest," said Linda Lye, staff attorney at the ACLU of Northern California.
"OPD's unconstitutional actions against protestors on those two nights were wholesale and flagrant violations of Oakland's own Crowd Control Policy," said Rachel Lederman, an NLG attorney.
On October 26, 2011 The ACLU-NC and NLG sent a public records request seeking information about OPD's use of force against Occupy demonstrators. OPD refused to hand over information about its actions.
The lawsuit, Timothy Scott Campbell, et al, vs. City of Oakland and Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Attorneys for the plaintiffs are: Alan Schlosser, Michael Risher and Linda Lye for the ACLU Foundation of Northern California; Rachel Lederman, Carol Sobel, Bobbie Stein and R. Michael Flynn for the National Lawyers Guild; and James B. Chanin and Julie M. Houk from the Law Offices of James B. Chanin.
Won Democratic primary
Siegel won 70 percent of the vote to Tawana Walter-Cadien’s 30 percent.
Walter-Cadien is a three-time challenger to McCaul and registered nurse educator in Cypress, and Siegel, is an Austin assistant city attorney. Siegel said he has a campaign organized to help unite supporters throughout the nine-county district, which stretches from Austin almost to Houston.
In the March primary, Siegel won 40 percent of the vote. Walter-Cadien finished second with 18 percent in a seven-person race.
Walter-Cadien had been endorsed by two of the March candidates, Tami Walker and Madeline Eden, who won 16 percent of support and 14 percent respectively. Siegel enjoyed support from major labor unions, Austin Democratic clubs and Austin City Council Members Gregorio Casar, Pio Renteria, Delia Garza and Leslie Pool.
Both told the American-Statesman in May they want to protect the Affordable Care Act, increase public education funding and push for better wages for people in the district.
"End the Forever War"
END THE FOREVER WAR PLEDGE
- The United States has been in a state of continuous, global, open-ended military conflict since 2001. Over 2.5 million troops have fought in this “Forever War” in over a dozen countries – including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Jordan, Niger, Somalia, and Thailand. I pledge to the people of the United States of America, and to our military community in particular, that I will (1) fight to reclaim Congress’s constitutional authority to conduct oversight of U.S. foreign policy and independently debate whether to authorize each new use of military force, and (2) act to bring the Forever War to a responsible and expedient conclusion.
2020 signatories of the Common Defense pledge.
Non-Incumbent Federal Candidates
John Hickenlooper, Adrian Perkins, Dani Brzozowski, Moe Davis, Wendy Davis, Kara Eastman, Kristy Gnibus, Joan Greene, Jon Hoadley, Donna Imam, Sara Jacobs, Mondaire Jones, Ike McCorkle, Hillary Mueri, Michael Muscato, Marie Newman, Julie Oliver, Roger Polack, Qasim Rashid, Mike Siegel, Candace Valenzuela.
Texas Students United 2018 Congressional endorsements:
DSA staffer cited
The campaign for congressional candidate Mike Siegel said one of their staffers was arrested October 2018 after he delivered a letter to the Waller County Elections Administrator’s Office.
The campaign for Siegel, a Democrat running for Texas’ 10th Congressional district, said Jacob Aronowitz was arrested Wednesday and charged with failure to identify.
The campaign added law enforcement detained Aronowitz after he took a photo to prove the letter had been received.
Siegel said the letter demanded the county fix Prairie View A&M students’ voter registration forms after a last minute policy change which allowed students to choose from two addresses for their voter registrations. But the county changed it to just one address two weeks before the voter registration deadline.
Siegel said this change in policy will discourage students from voting.
News 88.7 reached out to the Waller County Sheriff’s office for comment. Captain Manuel Zamora said Aronowitz was not arrested, but given a Class-C citation and is scheduled to appear in court in 30 days.
Zamora said officers responded to a “breach of peace” at the Elections Administrators Office after an administrator complained about Aronowitz taking excessive photographs of her and then refusing to delete them.
Mike Siegel for Congress - TX-10, December 3, 2017:
Yesterday I had the distinct honor of sitting on a panel with Vanessa Rodriguez and Cristina Tzintzun of Jolt Texas to discuss the Senate Bill 4 litigation, statewide organizing of Latino voters, and how to support the movement of DACA youth. Thanks to the Capital Factory and Ainee Athar for the invitation. I am inspired by the work of Vanessa, Christina and countless others in fighting for justice and fair immigration policies, and will stand in solidarity with their work through my campaign.
Mike Siegel for Congress - TX-10 May 14 2018:
Every vote counts! Feels great to celebrate our hard work by taking a trip to the polls. Please share your voting pictures with us! — with Briana Burns, Lizza M. Harrison, Anne Weills, Dan Siegel and Romteen Farasat.
PDA 2020 endorsement
PDA 2018 endorsement
In 2018 Progressive Democrats of America endorsed Mike Siegel, TX-10.
Mike Siegel for Congress - TX-10 July 8 2018:
One of the most exciting parts of running for office as a Texas Democrat is working with other dynamic candidates up and down the ballot this year. Today I was honored to support Omar Kadir's Campaign Bake-Off in Williamson County, benefitting Omar's campaign for county treasurer, along with John Bucy III for State Representative, Hilda Montgomery, Round Rock City Council, Kim Collins Gilby, Blane Blane Conklin, and many more Wilco leaders and activists.
Williamson County is just north of the Texas 10th (it was part of the District in previous gerrymanders), but even though these folks are not my voters, we are all in this together. Every new voter we turn out in Cedar Park, Round Rock, and Taylor is another voter for our state and federal candidates, for Beto and Kim Olson and Justin Nelson and Lupe.
Mike Siegel for Congress - TX-10 June 29 2018·
We send our thanks to Bastrop County Indivisible for nominating Mike Siegel for a national endorsement from the Indivisible Project! So far in this campaign, we have been lucky enough to work with folks from Bastrop as well as Indivisible Austin, TX-10 Indivisible, Indivisible Cedar Park, Indivisible Fayette County, Indivisible Cypress, Texas, Indivisible Katy Huddle, and Indivisible Rosedale Huddle! This movement is amazing, and we are honored to be a part of it.
If any of you are Indivisible members in TX10, two things: first, thank you! And second, the ballot concerning Mike's endorsement will be sent out June 30. Your vote will help us access a national audience and increase our ability to build the strongest campaign possible. We'll see you soon! — feeling excited with Hedrich Michaelsen, Carol Wheeler, Charlene Shafer, Tara Lynn, Jacob Aronowitz, Whitney Peek, Lisa B. Schneider, Lizza M. Harrison, BC Sweets, Robin Conklin, Madi Eden, Eric Holguin, Annie Hartnett, Annie Compton, Isaiah Garcia, Romteen Farasat, Ryan Rutan, Lorri Haden, Randy Wilson, Karen Collins, Aly Fitzpatrick, Lori Ice, Jim Fritz, Ryan Rust, Fred Infortunio, Victoria R. Trevino and Stacey Contreras at Bastrop County, Texas.
Our Revolution Central Texas
Mike Siegel for Congress - TX-10 September 2 2018:
Some great conversations at the door today as we canvass across #TX10. Thanks to Our Revolution - Central Texas for co-hosting our Austin block-walk today!
Left Up To US endorsements 2018
- US Senate - Beto O'Rourke
- US House District 10 - Mike Siegel for Congress
- US House District 21 - Derrick Crowe for Congress
- US House District 25 - Chris Perri for Texas
- Texas Senate District 25 - Steven Kling for Texas Senate
- Texas House District 45 - Erin Zwiener for Texas House
- Texas House District 46 - Chito Vela
- Texas House District 47 - Candace Aylor for Texas House District 47
- 459th District Judge - Maya Guerra Gamble
- Travis County Court at Law #3 - Paul Quinzi for Judge
- Travis County Commissioners Court, Precinct 4 - Susanna Woody for Travis County Commissioner Pct 4
- Travis County Democratic Party Chair - Dyana Limon-Mercado for TCDP
- Travis County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 - Sylvia Holmes for Travis County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3
Left Up To US Closed Facebook group
Mike Siegel for Congress - TX-10 October 4 2018:
Vote Common Good 2018 endorsements
Vote Common Good 2018 endorsements included Mike Siegel.