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Tulsi Gabbard , entered Congress with the 2012 elections, as an (Hawaii Democrat, District 2). She sits on the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees as of April 2017.

Tulsi Gabbard is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[1]

Career

Tulsi Gabbard served as a Councilmember on the Honolulu City Council, representing over 100,000 constituents within the urban Honolulu community. Previously elected to the Hawai‘i State House of Representatives at the age of 21, Gabbard earned the distinction of being the youngest legislator ever elected in Hawai‘i, and the youngest woman ever elected in the nation. She withdrew from an easy re-election campaign when she volunteered for an 18-month long deployment to Iraq with the Hawai‘i Army National Guard in 2004; its first major deployment since the Vietnam War.

Upon returning home, she attended the Alabama Military Academy’s Officer Candidate School, and became the first female Distinguished Honor Graduate in the academy’s 50-year history. Tulsi went on to serve in the U.S. Senate as a Legislative Assistant for Senator Daniel Akaka. After two years in Washington, DC, Tulsi deployed to the Middle East a second time, and served as a Military Police platoon leader. Part of her mission included providing training to the Kuwait National Guard’s Counter-Terrorism Team. For this work, she became the first woman ever to receive an award from the Kuwait National Guard.

She is also Vice President and Co-founder of a successful environmental nonprofit, Healthy Hawai‘i Coalition, which focuses on grassroots organizing and advocacy, and education programs for youth.[2]

Condemning Veneuzela policy

Three members of the US Congress, California Rep. Ro Khanna, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar and Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, condemned the U.S. actions in Venezuela, the recognition of Guaidó, a $20 million aid package to the Venezuelan opposition, and the threat of further action, including military.[3]

North Korean connections

Resolution calling for a final settlement of the Korean War

February 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – As President Trump arrives to Hanoi, Vietnam, Rep. Ro Khanna, along with eighteen Democratic Members of Congress, have introduced a resolution calling for a final settlement of the Korean War, now officially in its 68th year.

The resolution -- which is backed by former President and Nobel Peace Laureate Jimmy Carter and a range of Korean-American and pro-diplomacy organizations -- urges the Trump Administration to provide a clear roadmap to achieve a final peace settlement while highlighting the importance of reciprocal actions and confidence-building measures between the parties.

“Historic engagement between South and North Korea has created a once-in-a-generation opportunity to formally end this war,” said Rep. Ro Khanna, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. “President Trump must not squander this rare chance for peace. He should work hand in hand with our ally, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, to bring the war to a close and advance toward the denuclearization of the peninsula.”

“I commend this important resolution that will help bring this nearly 70 year conflict to a close,” said President Jimmy Carter. “I have visited North Korea several times to talk with their leadership and study the best path forward for peace. Ending the threat of war is the only way to ensure true security for both the Korean and American people and will create the conditions to alleviate the suffering of the ordinary North Koreans who are most harmed by ongoing tensions.”

Co-led by prominent progressive Reps. Andy Kim, Barbara Lee, Pramila Jayapal, Deb Haaland, and Jan Schakowsky, the resolution calls on the Trump Administration to make greater efforts to include women in the peace process, citing the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017 which Trump signed into law. Women’s rights icon Gloria Steinem, founder of the peace group Women Cross DMZ, published an op-ed in the Washington Post on Sunday in support of the resolution.

The resolution clarifies that ending the war does not necessitate a withdrawal of US troops from Korea or an acceptance of North Korea as a legitimate nuclear power. The resolution calls on the Administration to continue the repatriation of servicemember remains, and expand cooperation to achieve reunions of divided Korean and Korean-American families and facilitate people-to-people exchanges and humanitarian cooperation.

Rep. Khanna has been a consistent voice for diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula. Shortly after Trump threatened “fire and fury” against North Korea, Khanna was joined by over 70 Congressmembers on his bipartisan “No Unconstitutional Strike on North Korea Act”, which would reinforce existing law prohibiting an unauthorized and unprovoked strike on North Korea. He has also been critical of those in both parties who have sought to restrict flexibility in negotiations, instead urging support for the diplomatic approach of our South Korean ally and its President, Moon Jae-in.

Rep. Khanna will travel to Atlanta next week to sit down with Pres. Carter to discuss developments on the Korean Peninsula and solicit guidance from the Nobel Laureate about how the next generation of policymakers can best pursue a pro-diplomacy agenda for America.

Current original cosponsors (18): Pramila Jayapal, Mark Pocan, Barbara Lee, Deb Haaland, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Jan Schakowsky, Raúl Grijalva, Bobby Rush, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Tulsi Gabbard, Adriano Espaillat, Andy Kim, Rashida Tlaib, Judy Chu, Jose Serrano, Gwen Moore.

The resolution is endorsed by organizations including the National Association of Korean Americans, Ploughshares Fund, Women Cross DMZ, Korean Americans in Action, United Methodist Church – Global Ministries, Win Without War, Peace Action, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), Just Foreign Policy, Beyond the Bomb, and Physicians for Social Responsibility.[4]

Christine Ahn connection

Christine Ahn March 14 2019

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With Tulsi Gabbard Aiyoung Choi and Ann Wright.

Korea Peace Now!

Korea Peace Now! Women Mobilizing to End the War Campaign Launch Posted on March 6, 2019:

Washington, DC — Following on the heels of the failed U.S.-North Korea summit in Hanoi, a delegation of South Korean women parliamentarians and civil society leaders will be in Washington, DC on March 11-13 to meet with U.S. members of Congress about getting diplomacy back on track for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

The South Korean Parliamentarians — Kwon Mi-hyuk, Lee Jae-jung, and Je Youn-kyung, all members of the Democratic Party of Korea — will hold closed-door meetings, roundtables, and a public event with members of the U.S. Congress. Among the members of Congress they are scheduled to meet with are Rep. Barbara Lee, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Rep. Andy Kim, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Grace Meng, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney.

Lee Jae-jung is the only woman on the Moon administration’s elite inter-Korean economic cooperation policy team.

The South Korean delegation is part of the official launch of the global campaign Korea Peace Now! Women Mobilizing to the End the War. Co-founded by Women Cross DMZ, Nobel Women’s Initiative, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and the Korean Women’s Movement for Peace, the campaign is part of a growing movement pushing for an end to war and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.[5]

Meeting with Kim Jong-hoon

Kim Jong-hoon, a member of South Korea’s National Assembly and co-chair of the progressive Minjung Party, led a delegation to Washington on March 20-21 2018 to appeal to U.S. lawmakers about supporting efforts for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

The U.S. Congress and Senate should not just watch Trump’s maneuvers from the sidelines but play an active role to make sure the talks succeed in achieving genuine and lasting peace, he wrote in The Hill. The Minjung Party was borne out of the candlelight revolution that unseated former President Park Geun-hye and is composed of workers, farmers and the urban poor.

In a meeting with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, Kim urged the senator to take the lead in building support for a successful summit:

No matter the motive for President Trump’s decision to meet with Kim Jong Un, dialogue is better than war. Military tension on the Korean peninsula had reached a feverish pitch last year, and real fear of impending war was shared by all Koreans, whether in the north or south. Leaders in Washington and the American people need to call on Trump to negotiate in good faith.

Senator Sanders expressed support for “peace talks between North Korea and the United States,” and the two lawmakers agreed to work together to facilitate dialogue between lawmakers of South Korea and the United States for a peaceful resolution of the U.S.-North Korea conflict.

Representative Kim also met with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who also expressed support for the upcoming North Korea-U.S. summit. “Dialogue is the best path to peace,” she said and discussed the false missile alert that had caused terror among residents of Hawaii earlier this year. The two lawmakers agreed that the people of Korea and Hawaii share a stake in resolving the current crisis peacefully. Congresswoman Gabbard said she will introduce a House resolution in support of the upcoming North Korea-U.S. summit.

Representative Kim also met with Congressman Jim McGovern and Congressman Dwight Evans, who both agreed to support the peace process in Korea.

Representative Kim also met with Reverend Jesse Jackson. The two leaders released a joint statement in support of the upcoming peace talks, and Reverend Jackson agreed to travel to South Korea in the near future to meet with members of the National Assembly and civil society organizations to discuss joint efforts for peace.

Representative Kim also met with peace activists in Washington and New York. He thanked them for their solidarity for peace in Korea. For the grandmothers fighting against the U.S. THAAD system in the village of Soseongri, he said, “Let us work together and redouble our efforts to establish a lasting peace system on the Korean Peninsula.”[6]

PowerPAC+ connection

Tulsi Gabbard was supported by PowerPAC+.

PowerPAC+ backing

PowerPAC+ is a political action committee formed in 2012 to build the political power of America’s multiracial majority. It emerged from the groundbreaking work of Vote Hope in 2007-08. At that time, then-Senator Barack Obama was assembling his Presidential campaign and California’s primary moved from June to a more influential month, February. "We created Vote Hope, the first super-PAC aimed at supporting Barack Obama’s bid for president. Vote Hope was the largest independent effort in the nation to increase voter turnout in communities of color. It drew in $10 million, and expanded to 18 states during the primary season".

Since then, PowerPAC+ has consulted with the leadership of the Democratic Party, organizations and campaigns about how to best build support in the communities of color.

Thanks to our many donors, we have been able to support some of the most exciting leaders to emerge in modern politics. From Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard – a two-time veteran and first Samoan in Congress, to Congressman Mark Takano – the first non-white openly gay member of Congress, to Ohio Minority Whip Nina Turner – who is standing up for voting rights in this important swing state – our group of social justice champions represent an exciting future for American politics.[7]

PowerPAC+ Dinner

PowerPAC+ February 12, 2014 ·

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Check out our photos from last night's PAC+ dinner with Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. Become a member of PAC+, and you'll get special invitations to events like these.
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Donors

In 2012 Tulsi Gabbard received money from executives with clean-energy businesses, well-known lawyers like Rick Fried, Sherry Broder, Lorraine Akiba and Paul Alston, business leaders like Don Horner and Ralph Inouye, and a lot of employees working at Down to Earth and the Noni Connection. Mark Geragos, the Los Angeles lawyer of celebrity clients, contributed $1,278 to Gabbard for in-kind food and beverages.[8]

Democratic Socialists of America connections

Tulsi Gabbard is very close to Democratic Socialists of America and its front groups allies and programs.

Women for Tulsi

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Nancie Caraway, Tulsi Gabbard

April 13th, 2012, a coalition of Hawaii women, including first lady Nancie Caraway, announced their support for Tulsi Gabbard in the race for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District.

“The person who holds the seat of our beloved Patsy Mink in Congress needs to be of the highest integrity and intelligence,” Caraway said Wednesday at a news conference on the state Capitol lawn to announce the launch of Women for Tulsi.

“I have seen Tulsi in action. I’ve seen her with people. She works beautifully with people. She listens to them. She thinks on her feet and she’s a genuinely reciprocal human being,” Caraway said.

Others declaring their support for Gabbard included City Councilwoman Ann Kobayashi and prominent diversity advocate Amy Agbayani.[9]

Backing Bernie

On Meet The Press Feb. 28, 2016, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) announced she is resigning from her position as vice chair of the DNC so that she can endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders for President. The Congresswoman, Iraq War veteran and now-former vice chair said she has deep concerns over our country’s foreign policy direction, having seen the toll of the Iraq War — which Secretary Clinton famously voted for and Bernie against — up close.

Vice Chair Gabbard had butted heads with DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz publicly the last several months. Particularly, Wasserman Schultz claimed that she consulted with her vice chairs before determining the debate schedule, leading to a rebuke from Gabbard, who later said Wasserman Schultz disinvited her from the next debate in retaliation. Wasserman Schultz denied this, but Gabbard’s fellow DNC Vice Chair and Mayor of Minneapolis R. T. Rybak stood up for Gabbard, stating that Wasserman-Schultz went on TV and "repeated a knowing untruth" about her.

The endorsement is the fourth now from a sitting member of Congress, and the former vice chair joins former DNC Chair and US Senator (and Ted Kennedy chief of staff and confidante) Paul Kirk (D-MA) in backing Bernie.[10]

Endorsed by Our Revolution

In 2016 Tulsi Gabbard was endorsed by Our Revolution, an organization run by former campaign workers and supporters of former socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.[11]

Florida socialists

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Ciera Smith March 8, 2016

With Matt Krieger, Kristellys Estanga, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Bri Feinberg and Lisa Peth at Bernie Sanders 2016 Miami Headquarters.

PDA connection

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Tulsi Gabbard with Donna Smith.

PDA endorsement

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Progressive Democrats of America endorsed Tulsi Gabbard in 2017;

"I'm honored by the endorsement of the Progressive Democrats of America. I respect the work and activism of the Progressive Democrats in Hawaii and across the country, and I look forward to continuing our work together as we fight to end the illegal, counterproductive war to overthrow the Syrian government of Assad, protect social security, empower voters with open and transparent elections, end harmful trade agreements such as TPP, and build a strong economy that benefits the American people."

PDA 2018 endorsement

In 2018 Progressive Democrats of America endorsed Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, HI-02.

The People's Summit

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At The People's Summit, Chicago 17-19 2016, a Saturday session was held "The People's Agenda";

Moderator Donna Smith - Progressive Democrats of America.

Speakers;

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Conference goers also heard about the importance of fighting against the neo-liberal approach to foreign policy during remarks by Tulsi Gabbard, the Hawaii congresswoman who had quit her position on the Democratic National Committee so she could campaign for Sanders.
Gabbard demanded that the U.S. end what she called its "disastrous policy of going overseas to overthrow governments it does not like.
"By trying to overthrow the Syrian dictator Assad we have made things worse for the people of Syria and this has caused the deaths of more than 400,000 of them and the worst refugee crisis ever. Even if we ever succeeded," she added, Syria would be turned over to ISIS and then see extermination of all political opponents, of people of other faiths and of LGBTQ people.
"And for us here at home, we will never be able to realize healthcare for all, $15 an hour and the social and economic justice we fight for, as long as these military adventures like the ones in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria drain our federal budget. Stop the regime change, stop the wars and rebuild America," she declared, bringing the thousands gathered to their feet in sustained applause.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Leadership Meeting

Erica Y. Lee, March 12, 2016:

“Our communities have often been the difference between winning and losing. The margin of victory makes a difference,” Tulsi Gabbard. Asian American and Pacific Islander Leadership Meeting #asianamericansforbernie

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https://berniesanders.com/press-release/sanders-meets-asian-american-pacific-islander-community-leaders-chicago/ — with Linh Nguyen, Bernie Sanders, Kristina Wong, Brad Jenkins, Annabel Park, Winnie Wong, Yesenia Vergara and Tulsi Gabbard in Chicago, Illinois.

Keystone Progress

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Tulsi Gabbard addresses Keystone Progress 2017.

National Nurses United endorsement

National Nurses United 2018 endorsements included Tulsi Gabbard HI 2.

California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus

Emily Cameron February 23, 2018 near San Diego, CA ·

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii is here at the California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus. ‬

Grassroots Political Summit

Tulsi Gabbard to Keynote Grassroots Political Summit Sept 22nd, 2018:

KEENE, NH – Rep. Tulsi Gabbard keynoted a gathering of several hundred progressive and grassroots activists from New Hampshire and Vermont in Keene, NH Sept 22nd, 2018.

Gabbard was the featured midday speaker during an awards ceremony at the annual Members’ Assembly & People Power Summit being hosted by Rights & Democracy and the Monadnock Progressive Alliance.

The day-long summit wwas held at the Keene Middle School in Keene, NH from 10AM – 5 PM on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said: “Coming together and working to protect our people, our planet and fighting for peace is more important now than ever before. I look forward to joining you as we work to make sure we have a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

“We are looking forward to hearing from Rep. Tulsi Gabbard who, like Rights & Democracy, challenges convention, upsets the establishment, and works with folks from all walks of life and backgrounds to bring about real change in our communities,” said Alison Nihart, chair of the Rights & Democracy Project’s Board of Directors. “Her perspective will be of particular importance as we approach this fall’s elections with the goal of electing RAD issue champions up and down the ballot in both states.”

Rights & Democracy is a national affiliate of Our Revolution.

“We are excited to welcome Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to New Hampshire during this crucial political moment and hear from someone who can inspire us as we head into these important mid-term elections,” said Amy Hathaway, of the Monadnock Progressive Alliance. “So many of us are working on multiple fronts to protect people from the dangerous policies of this administration, and Rep. Gabbard is a key ally in Congress on those fights.”

Rep. Gabbard will speak during a special midday ceremony celebrating movement builders in both states who are tackling tough problems in their communities and beyond by bringing people together from diverse perspectives and building lasting solutions. There will be six honorees – three leaders from each state – in the following categories: Youth, State House, and Community Organizing.

Movement Builder Awardees

New Hampshire

Youth: Anna McGuiness, Evie Iwanowicz, Daisy Young, Lily Denehy & Oni Saleh, Adam Minihan, Conor T. Hill, Hannah Lan for their leadership on common sense gun reforms, climate, and youth engagement

Community: Pat Martin for her work on energy & climate issues

State House: Executive Councilor Andru Volinksy for his work in holding Gov. Sununu accountable and advancing progressive ideas in NH.

Vermont

Youth: Ethan Sonneborn for his inspiring campaign for governor and his commitment to giving youth a voice in politics

Community: Brenda Siegal for her leadership on social & economic justice issues, especially how we address our addiction and overdose crises

State House: Rep. Kiah Morris for her leadership on social, racial, and economic justice issues and advancing needed conversations on tackling overt and systemic racism in Vermont.[13]

Patel connection

Cullen Tiernan April 13 2019:

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Ankur Patel and Tulsi Gabbard share an amazing moment 🕊🕊 would love to have been a fly on that wall! — with Micha Liberman, Ankur Patel and Shawnee Badger.

Huerta connection

Zenaida Huerta February 23, 2018:

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Hanging out with my inspiration and everything I want to be, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard! #CADEM2018 — with Henry Huerta.

Sanders Institute Fellows

The Sanders Institute Fellowship is comprised of leaders dedicated to transforming our democracy through the research, education, outreach and advancement of bold, progressive ideas and values.

Dr. Jane O'Meara Sanders, Prof. Robert Reich, The Honorable Nina Turner, Harry Belafonte, Prof. Jeffrey Sachs, Dr. Cornel West, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Bill McKibben, Danny Glover, Benjamin Jealous Dr. Stephanie Kelton, Michael Lighty, Shaun King.[14]

"Green New Deal"

From the Sunrise Movement:[15]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has released a proposal for a Select Committee on a Green New Deal, a plan that would transform our economy and society at the scale needed to stop the climate crisis.

We have the momentum to make a Green New Deal real, but we need a critical mass of Congresspeople to support the proposal.

Take action on Dec. 10 to show Congress the Green New Deal is a top priority.

Congressional supporters by December 1 2018:

Medicare for All Act

In February 2019 Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduced H.R.1384 - Medicare for All Act of 2019. By May 29 she had 110 co-sponsors including Rep. Tulsi Gabbard.

Mucatine DSA

Nicholas Salazar April 16 2019·

Muscatine Democratic Socialists of America hosted a town hall meeting today featuring Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard to discuss the issues that are important to the community.

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Thank you Congresswoman for taking the time to meet with the residents of Muscatine.

Ellis connection

Erika Feresten February 24, 2018:

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With fierce progressive champions Kimberly Ellis and Rep Tulsi Gabbard at the CA Democrats State Convention. — with Kimberly Ellis at San Diego Convention Center.

VoteVets

VoteVets.org spent over $300,000 in support of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard in 2012.[16]

ARA endorsement

Alliance for Retired Americans endorsed Tulsi Gabbard in 2012.[17]

Asian American Action Fund supported candidate

In the 2012 election, Tulsi Gabbard was supported by the Asian American Action Fund.[18]

In the 2014 election, Tulsi Gabbard was supported by the Asian American Action Fund.[19]

Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

In 2013, Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) an Iraq War veteran, and Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) were new members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.[20]

In May 2013, Tulsi Gabbard was listed as a member the Executive Board of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.[21]

Kyrsten Sinema/Tulsi Gabbard joint fundraiser In Phoenix

Two of the youngest members of the U.S. House of Representatives will hold a joint campaign fundraiser in Phoenix August 2013. Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-CD9) hosted Hawaii's Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI).

The two did not publicize the fundraiser, but Arizona's Politics became aware of it after the "Gabbard Sinema Joint Victory Fund" filed its Statement of Organization with the Federal Election Commission ("FEC") last week. The Democratic National Committee is holding its summer meeting in Phoenix this week, and Sinema welcomed her counterpart via Twitter.[22]

Make Progress National Summit 2013

Generation Progress' Make Progress National Summit 2013 included speakers such as Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Special Assistant to the President David Simas, Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN), Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes, former Chief Technology Officer of the United States Aneesh Chopra, Amy Dacey of EMILY’s List, and Alex Wagner of MSNBC.[23]

LIBERT-E Act

June 18, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), Chairman of the House Liberty Caucus, and Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), the Ranking Member on the House Judiciary Committee, announced the introduction of bipartisan legislation to address National Security Agency surveillance.

H.R. 2399, the Limiting Internet and Blanket Electronic Review of Telecommunications and Email Act (LIBERT-E Act), restricts the federal government’s ability under the Patriot Act to collect information on Americans who are not connected to an ongoing investigation. The bill also requires that secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court opinions be made available to Congress and summaries of the opinions be made available to the public.

A coalition of 32 Members of Congress joined Conyers and Amash in introducing the bill. After introduction, Conyers and Amash issued the following statement:

The following Members of Congress cosponsored the legislation:

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) Rep. John Duncan (R-TN) Rep. William Enyart (D-IL) Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) Rep. Rush Holt, Jr. (D-NJ) Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-NC) Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME) Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) [24]

#cut50 Briefing in D.C. (January 22, 2015)

#cut50 packed the house with political movers and shakers on Jan. 22 2015, in Washington, D.C. to address the critical need for criminal justice reform. Speakers included Dream Corps Van Jones, Right on Crime's Vikrant Reddy, Former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Senator Cory Booker, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard.[25]

Standing Rock protest

Gabbard with Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II (center right) and supporters
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U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s (D-HI) Twitter handle is an accurate summation of the unpretentious woman who stood before 400 Veterans and Water Protectors at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, North Dakota. It was a frigid Dakota Saturday night, and you could have heard the proverbial pin drop echo against the metal walls as she addressed the crowd. Gabbard served two tours of duty in the Middle East, and she continues her service as a Major in the Army National Guard. In 2005 she completed a 12-month tour in Iraq, where she served in a field medical unit as a specialist with a 29th Support Battalion medical company. Gabbard was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal at the end of the tour.

The vets were proud to have one of their own in a visible leadership role. It was written on their faces and obvious in the occasional tear that was quickly wiped away.

In a show of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux, Congresswoman Gabbard is joining thousands of veterans from across the United States who have come to Standing Rock and the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation to protest the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The pipeline, if approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, would cross under the Missouri River and threaten not only the water supplies of Standing Rock, but also that of the Cheyenne River Sioux to the south.

In a statement to the Oceti Sakowin Camp Gabbard said, “I’m participating in the Dakota Access Pipeline protest because of the threat this project poses to water resources in four states serving millions of people.”

Addressing the universal issue of water quality, Gabbard said, “Whether it’s the threat to essential water sources in this region, the lead contamination in Flint, Michigan, or the threat posed to a major Hawaii aquifer by the Red Hill fuel leak, each example underscores the vital importance of protecting our water resources.”

Veterans for Standing Rock,” are assembling at the Standing Rock Reservation from December 4-7 to relieve the water protectors from the harsh winter conditions and the constant emotional pressure and presence of militarized law enforcement.

“We are veterans of the United States Armed Forces, including the U.S. Army, United States Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard and we are calling for our fellow veterans to assemble as a peaceful, unarmed militia at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation on Dec 4-7 and defend the water protectors from assault and intimidation at the hands of the militarized police force and DAPL security,” the organization said.

News reports of Morton County’s use of the same weapons on Americans that veterans used against terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq have mobilized the veteran’s community, including Wesley Clark, the son of Gen. Wesley Clark. Clark has been instrumental in fundraising for the group. So far they have raised over $1 million.[26]

Native Nations Rise March and Rally

March 10, 2017 Tribal leaders, indigenous rights advocates, and members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe held a rally in Washington DC, to oppose the Trump administration’s approval of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines and to support Native American tribal land rights. Musical performers included the Akwesasne Mohawk Women Singers, Prolific the Rapper, and Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas.

Speakers were Dave Archambault, Chair Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Gabriel Ayala, Classical Musician, Candi Brings Plenty, Director Equi Institute, Lisa DeVille Activist Mandaree, Maria DeVille, Vice President Modern Day Warriors, Peggy Flanagan, Member White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Tulsi Gabbard U.S. Representative [D] Hawaii, Mayda Garcia Representative, , Society of Native Nations, JoDe Goudy Chair Yakima Nation Tribal Council (Washington), Kim Howe, Activist, Judith LeBlanc, Native Organizers Alliance, Melissa Mark-Viverito Speaker New York, NY City Council, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Hip Hop Artist and Activist, Alice Brown Otter, Activist, Prolific the Rapper, Fawn R. Sharp, President Quinault Indian Nation, Faith Spotted Eagle, Activist, Wes Studi, Actor and Film Producer, Taboo, Rapper, Ulali, Activist, Eryn Wise, Activist, Eagle Woman, Activist North Dakota, Royal Yellow Hawk Representative Rosebud, South Dakota-Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council.[27]

The rallym organized by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Indigenous Environmental Network, comes a month after the Army greenlighted completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline without an environmental study.[28]

Syria

Tulsi Gabbard is very supportive of Syria, a Russia client state=.

Skeptical of Bashar al-Assad's role in Syrian chemical attack

Tulsi Gabbard questioned whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for an April 2017 chemical attack against civilians in Syria.[29]

Syria visit

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said on CNN 25th January 2017, that she met with President Bashar Assad during a recent trip to Syria.

"Whatever you think about President Assad, the fact is, he is the president of Syria," Gabbard, said on CNN's "The Lead," to Jake Tapper. "In order for any peace agreement, in order for any possible viable peace agreement to occur, there has to be a conversation with him. The Syrian people will determine his outcome and what happens with their government and their future."

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) returned to Washington, DC after a week-long visit to Damascus, Aleppo, and Beirut to see and hear firsthand the impact of the war in Syria directly from the Syrian people. She heard stories of suffering, pain, courage and hope from people all across the country. She met with refugees, Syrian opposition leaders who led protests in 2011, widows and family members of Syrians fighting alongside groups like al-Qaeda, as well as those fighting on the side of the government. The Congresswoman also met with Lebanon’s newly-elected President Aoun and Prime Minister Hariri, U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Elizabeth Richard, Syrian President Assad, Grand Mufti Hassoun, Archbishop Denys Antoine Chahda of Syrian Catholic Church of Aleppo, humanitarian workers, students, small business owners, and more.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard meets with Syrian religious leaders in Aleppo, led by Archbishop Denys Antoine Chahda of the Syrian Catholic Church of Aleppo, and joined by Archbishop Joseph Tabji of Maronite Church of Aleppo, Rev. Ibrahim Nseir of the Arab Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Aleppo, and others.

Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did not know about the trip in advance. Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services‎‎ (AACCESS)–Ohio paid for the trip, Gabbard said. She had to get the trip cleared before leaving, and has to file another detailed report about the costs upon return.

“I return to Washington, DC with even greater resolve to end our illegal war to overthrow the Syrian government. I call upon Congress and the new Administration to answer the pleas of the Syrian people immediately and support the Stop Arming Terrorists Act. We must stop directly and indirectly supporting terrorists—directly by providing weapons, training and logistical support to rebel groups affiliated with al-Qaeda and ISIS; and indirectly through Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, and Turkey, who, in turn, support these terrorist groups. We must end our war to overthrow the Syrian government and focus our attention on defeating al-Qaeda and ISIS.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was invited by former Congressman and Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich to travel to Lebanon and Syria on a fact-finding trip organized by the Arab American Community Center for Economic and Social Services (AACCESS)–Ohio. The 7-day trip was approved by the House Ethics Committee, as required by House rules, and was not taxpayer funded. The trip included visits to Aleppo, Damascus, and Beirut from January 14-22, 2017. Other members of the delegation included Dennis Kucinich's wife, longtime peace advocates Elie Khawam and Bassam Khawam, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's husband, Abraham Williams.[30]

“From Iraq to Libya and now in Syria, the U.S. has waged wars of regime change, each resulting in unimaginable suffering, devastating loss of life, and the strengthening of groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS.

“Originally, I had no intention of meeting with Assad, but when given the opportunity, I felt it was important to take it. I think we should be ready to meet with anyone if there’s a chance it can help bring about an end to this war, which is causing the Syrian people so much suffering.

“The U.S. must stop supporting terrorists who are destroying Syria and her people. The U.S. and other countries fueling this war must stop immediately. We must allow the Syrian people to try to recover from this terrible war."[31]

Peace movement support

February 1, 2017, United for Peace and Justice has joined with the U.S. Peace Council, Progressive Democrats of America, Veterans for Peace and several other national peace organizations to initiate a public campaign in support of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s (D-Hawaii) STOP ARMING TERRORISTS ACT (H.R. 608), which she originally introduced to the Congress on December 8, 2016.

Please sign the petition urging support for the Stop Arming Terrorists Act.

H.R. 608 is a bipartisan bill, which has been co-sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-California), Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky), Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vermont), Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-North Carolina), and Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Florida).

The Stop Arming Terrorists Act aims “To prohibit the use of United States Government funds to provide assistance to Al Qaeda, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and to countries supporting those organizations…”. More specifically, it demands that “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no funds made available to any Federal department or agency may be used to provide covered assistance to Al Qaeda, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, and ISIL, and any individual or group that is affiliated with, associated with, cooperating with, or adherents to such groups.”

We believe that the Stop Arming Terrorists Act is a courageous and important first step toward ending the U.S. Government’s policy of forced regime change in other countries with the help of terrorist organizations. This policy has led to endless wars in the past decades, and has cost trillions of dollars at the expense of American taxpayers.

H.R. 608 has been referred to both the House Intelligence Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Given the present state of politics in our country, the chance of these committees approving the bill seems very slim in the absence of massive public expression of support for it.[32]

End the war in Syria

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"As veterans we took an oath to preserve and defend the Constitution of the United States. The threat to the Constitution comes not from Russia, China or ISIL but from within the walls of Washington D.C. where the Congress and the Executive branch have enmeshed the country in ongoing unnecessary, illegal and unconstitutional wars. As Veterans for Peace we seek to restrain our government from intervening, overtly or covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations," said Barry Ladendorf, President of Veterans for Peace. "Certainly, the U.S. government should not be supporting regime change wars nor directly or indirectly supporting known terrorist organizations, proxy groups and their allies to violently overthrow established governments. We also thank Rep. Gabbard, a veteran of the Iraq War, for introducing this important bill, Stop Arming Terrorist, which Veterans For Peace proudly supports and for her recent important fact finding trip to Syria," continued Ladendorf, who served as a naval officer during the Vietnam War.[33]

Donna Smith, Executive Director of Progressive Democrats of America said, "Progressive Democrats of America believes that it is fundamentally wrong for the United States to fund those groups or individuals aligned with al-Qaeda, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, ISIS, or other terrorist/extremist organizations. The 'Stop Arming Terrorists' bill authored by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, of Hawaii's 2nd Congressional District, would help bring an end to the human tragedy unfolding in Syria where the haunting eyes of the innocent children of Aleppo call on us all to stop supporting those who threaten and kill them with ferocious intention. War is war, and terrorism is terrorism whether waged by the state or from external forces. PDA supports this measure."

Alfred Marder, President of the U.S. Peace Council said, “The U.S. Peace Council is honored to endorse and support the ‘Stop Arming Terrorists Bill’ as a major contribution to peace. This legislation will serve to galvanize the anti-war movement and the opposition to regime change policies that characterize our present foreign policy.”[34]

"Et tu Dennis?"

Bassam Khawam, a former executive director and current board member of the Arab American Community Center for Economic and Social Services (AACCESS-Ohio), said that Tulsi Gabbard's 2017 trip to Syria wasn’t the first trip his Cleveland-based organization has coordinated for U.S. lawmakers to the Middle East. Founded in 1991 to serve the Arab American community in Ohio, AACCESS has organized three trips to the region for Dennis Kucinich, the former Democratic congressman from Ohio, between 2006 and 2011; Khawam said the group did the same for Gabbard, a two-term Democratic congresswoman from Hawaii, because of her expressed interest in the region.[35]

Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project

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January 4 2017, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (center), lead sponsor in the House of the Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2015, pose for a photo with leaders of the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project, from left Jon Melegrito, Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, FilVetREP Chairman, Ben de Guzman and Marie Blanco.

CPC

Tulsi Gabbard had joined the Congressional Progressive Caucus by October 2017.[36]

AAPI Mobilization to demand a CLEAN DREAM ACT

South Asian Americans Leading Together November 27, 2017.

On Nov 15 and 16, SAALT along with NCAPA, AAJC, APALA, NAKASEC and other national partners rallied on Capitol Hill to press for the passage of a clean, bicameral Dream Act and Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Over 120 Asian American and Pacific Islander undocumented youth and allies, including two young South Asian DREAMers brought in by SAALT, hosted a press conference, rally, and individual meetings with House and Senate leadership. This included Representative Judy Chu, Representative Luis Gutierrez Representative Ro Khanna, Senator Dick Durbin, and Senator Dianne Feinstein, among many others. The young leaders demanded a clean DREAM Act that doesn’t compromise the future of other immigrants or negatively impact our immigration system.

Attending the rally were Al Green, Tulsi Gabbard, Judy Chu, Pramila Jayapal, and Raja Krishnamoorthi. [37]

Potential president

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Letter with NIAC

Washington, D.C. – December 208, National Iranian American Council worked with Rep. Jared Huffman and a group of 13 lawmakers who sent a letter to the the State Department regarding the dire humanitarian impact of U.S. sanctions on the Iranian people. On February 15, the State Department sent its response to the lawmakers. Rep. Huffman’s letter requested responses on the following questions:

Is it a deliberate strategy of the Trump administration to starve the Iranian people or deprive them of basic medicines? If not, what substantive steps has the administration taken to ensure the Iranian people have continued access to life-saving medicines?

Which foreign nations have expressed concern about the humanitarian impact of U.S. sanctions on Iran, and what have they asked the administration to do to ensure the free flow of humanitarian goods to Iran?

According to a report in The Guardian, the United Kingdom, France and Germany have pushed both the State and Treasury Departments to produce a “white list” that would “give clear guidelines about what channels European banks and companies should follow to conduct legitimate transactions with Iran without fear of future penalties.” Has the State or Treasury Departments acted upon this proposal to establish a white channel to ensure the flow of humanitarian goods? If not, why not?

What additional measures have been contemplated to ensure the free flow of humanitarian goods to the Iranian people? If these were rejected, why were they rejected?

Are broader license authorizations or exemptions necessary to ensure the flow of humanitarian goods to Iran? If not, what is the evidence for this assessment?[38]

Other signatories included Reps Barbara Lee, Mark Pocan, Bobby Rush, Ro Khanna, Jim McGovern, Tulsi Gabbard, Zoe Lofgren, Don Beyer, Mark DeSaulnier, Jan Schakowsky, Matt Cartwright, Earl Blumenauer, Anna Eshoo.[39]

Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders for Bernie

Erica Y. Lee, June 1, 2016:

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Photo Credit: Arun Chaudhary — with Tulsi Gabbard, Timmy Lu, Jane Sandoval, Aparna Shah and Bernie Sanders.

Tulsi for President?

Rania Batrice, an adviser to Tulsi Gabbard and deputy campaign manager on Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, has been putting out feelers for digital and speechwriting staff for Gabbard. One person approached about the positions say that 2020 wasn’t mentioned explicitly, but it was heavily implied.

Batrice denied that the staffers are being hired for a presidential campaign. She did not dispute, however, that Gabbard is considering joining what’s expected to be a crowded field of Democratic presidential contenders.

“I think everybody is focused on 2018, but we will see what happens after that,” Batrice said in an interview. “Someone like Tulsi, with her experience, is an important voice in the party and the country.”

Amid the clamor of Trump headlines and focus on higher-profile candidates, Gabbard has been quietly making the traditional moves of a presidential candidate. She recently visited Iowa, where locals urged her to run for president, according to the Iowa City Press-Citizen. She keynoted a progressive gathering in New Hampshire in September. And she’s writing a book due out this spring titled, “Is Today the Day?: Not Another Political Memoir.”

Gabbard became a darling of the left in 2016 when she resigned as a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee after fighting against a primary debate schedule that seemed designed to give Hillary Clinton an advantage. She was one of the first members of Congress to endorse Sanders.

“There’s a very clear contrast and clear difference when it comes to our two Democratic candidates,” Gabbard said at the time, “and who will exercise good judgment” in matters of war.[40]

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Communist approval

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Rick Nagin January 18 2019:

Tulsi Gabbard was one of four Congresspeople to endorse Bernie Sanders (the others being Grijalva (AZ), Ellison (MN) and Kaptur (OH)). She then resigned as vice chair of the DNC. She broke with Clinton over Clinton's regime change foreign policy (Honduras, Iraq, and Syria, especially). This showed extraordinary courage and progressive independence. She will make a tremendous contribution to the primary debate and help move the electorate in a progressive direction. I have great confidence that she would be a great president. Her election would be an enormous defeat for rightwing extremism and its policies of racism, male supremacy and war.

Staff

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