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Deb Haaland


Deb Haaland is a New Mexico activist.

Support from Onward Together

Onward Together supported Deb Haaland as a candidate for the 2018 midterm elections.[1]

Activism

in 2012, Deb Haaland was the state Native American vote director for President Obama’s reelection campaign.

After I worked for the president, that’s when I decided to run for lieutenant governor, and then after we lost our general election, I decided I would run for state chairwoman of the Democratic Party.[2]

Deb Haaland served as the chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, and the tribal administrator of the San Felipe Pueblo.

Congressional run

In 2018 Deb Haaland secured the Democratic Party nomination for NM (1).

The Red Deal

Activist Cheyenne Antonio lists the toxic legacies left by resource extraction and industry on Navajo lands: Superfund sites, coal mines, uranium contamination. But fracking, she says, “is a beast times ten that we cannot contain.”

Antonio, 25, has seen the impacts in her home Torreon, a small Navajo community surrounded by oil and gas development in northwest New Mexico.

Antonio is a lead organizer with the coalition The Red Nation, whose mission calls for “the liberation of Native peoples from capitalism and colonialism” and to “center Native political agendas and struggles through direct action, advocacy, mobilization, and education.” The group is calling for a Red Deal, a new movement with a broad platform that includes treaty rights, land restoration, restoration of watersheds and waterways, and a moratorium on oil and gas extraction.

Last week she joined other activists from the Red Nation to protest the latest round of oil and gas leases auctioned by the BLM. Barred from accessing the BLM’s offices in Albuquerque, a couple dozen activists protested on a street nearby, chanting, “You can’t drink oil, keep it in the soil!” and “We won’t drink your fracking water!”

At the BLM protest, organizer Nick Estes told protesters, “Everything is up for sale: our water is up for sale, our land is up for sale, our future is up for sale,” adding: “Nobody except for us is protesting today.”

In fact, several tribal entities did file formal protests against the June 20th sales, including the All Pueblo Council of Governors and the Ojo Encino and Torreon/Starlake Chapter Governments of the Navajo Nation. They cited concerns about increasing carbon emissions as well as pollutants from oil and gas development. In its protest, the All Pueblo Council said the BLM “failed to provide adequate and meaningful tribal consultation” and violated the National Historic Preservation Act as well as the National Environmental Policy Act.

Melanie Yazzie is one of the founders of The Red Nation. She says while the BLM protest addressed fracking, it’s fundamentally about clean water.

“We understand the movement to protect water and the movement to have a thriving future for everyone on the planet is what’s at stake,” she says.

The Red Deal is inspired by Congress’ Green New Deal spearheaded by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, Yazzie explains, and is not meant to compete with it.

“We’re trying to develop a movement that is confronting climate change head on,” she says. The Red Deal is not just fighting resource extraction, Yazzie emphasizes, but “reclaiming a relationship with our ancestral land, and treating the land and the water as a relative.”

Melissa Tso is an activist and social worker originally from Chinle, Arizona, who notes that when The Red Nation hosts educational events “people get inspired and want to take action right away,” and calls the BLM protest a way to “propel people into an action to save the earth.”

At a workshop to introduce the Red Deal held in Albuquerque near the University of New Mexico the day before the protest, activist Antonio addressed a full room of 75 Native and non-Native participants, ranging from students and educators to longtime community activists.

“We’ve been in this fight for 500 years and we’ve made multiple deals,” she said, “but this is the one where we actually get shit done.” Estes, another organizer, emphasized that “the best forms of environmental policy and protection comes not from the top down but from the bottom up.”

After a prayer and a hearty meal of bison stew, participants broke into groups to work on drafting solutions. Estes called for creating “clusters of action,” that he said could translate to different contexts, including governments at the city, state, or tribal level.

Congresswoman Deb Haaland, sent a representative to the workshop. Haaland says The Red Nation activists “are absolutely right, for far too long the US government has not lived up to its obligations to Indian tribes, and this is a new era.” Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo, is a co-sponsor of the Green New Deal and says she plans to make sure tribes are included as it is developed.

Haaland says she’s also fighting for permanent protection for Chaco Canyon, a sacred site for many tribes and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In recent months the greater Chaco area received new protections from oil and gas development after both the New Mexico State Land Office and the Interior Department declared short-term moratoriums on drilling. Yet lands outside the 10 mile buffer zone remain unprotected. In May, a federal court ruled certain past leases were improperly approved by BLM without considering environmental impacts, yet the agency continues to approve new leases.

Haaland says she’s “disheartened” the latest leases were approved by the BLM. “The last thing we need are more fossil fuel projects on public land,” she says, noting that 25 percent of all US carbon emissions comes from fossil fuel production on public lands, according to a recent USGS study. “Unfortunately this administration is hellbent on pleasing the gas and oil industry at every single opportunity,” she adds.

The Red Nation activist Yazzie says given the circumstances, their coalition has no choice but to take action. “Fighting against fracking and all types of resource extraction fundamentally is about trying to allow us to have a livable future on the planet,” she says. “We really don’t have much time.”[3]

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]

Netroots/Aimee Allison connection

Aimee Allison August 3, 2018 ·

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With DeJuana Thompson, Kamala Harris, Tram Nguyen and Sayu Bhojwani.

This Friday at NetRoots I will gather together some of our nation's top political strategists who are fighting to win in swing states across the country - Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Arizona, Virginia. It's the first conversation of its kind - highlighting the excellence, vision, and skill of these women of color leading the New American Majority playbook. Tram Nguyen LaTosha Brown Sayu Bhojwani Crystal Zermeno @ DeJuana Thompson.

Remarks by Deb Haaland, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren.

She the People

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Anathea Chino, advancement director for UltraViolet and co-founder of Advance Native Political Leadership, introduces her friend Deb Haaland, at She the People, 2018.[5]

She the People's three-year initiative kicked off with its inaugural She the People Summit on September 20, 2018 at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. The sold-out, first-ever national summit of women of color in politics drew nearly 600 attendees, mostly women of color, from 36 states.

Speakers included Deb Haaland.

Communist friends

Prairie Rose Seminole July 13 2019·

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Unexpected blessings in Philadelphia. Attending Netroots Nation 2019 and my nephew, my oldest nephew, Koda Fountain saw that I was in the same town and reached out to me. I hadn’t seen Koda in probably close to 25 years! His mom Linda Fountain had brought him closer to us when he was young and they moved away. Most of us kids were still young when they moved, as I’m only 9 years and some months ol... See More — with Crystal Echo Hawk, Libero Della Piana, Judith LeBlanc, Sarah Sunshine, Ruth Anna Buffalo, Koda Fountain and Deb Haaland. Sarah Sunshine· July 13 2019·

L-R: NDN Collective Creative Director, Jade Begay; Native Organizers Alliance Executive Director, Judith LeBlanc; Congresswoman Deb Haaland; IllumiNative Executive Director, Crystal Echohawk; and NDN Collective Director of Communications, Sarah Sunshine Manning

With Jade Begay, Judith LeBlanc, Crystal Echo Hawk and Deb Haaland.

National Nurses United endorsement

National Nurses United 2018 endorsements included Deb Haaland NM 2.

Our Revolution influence

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Our Revolution has over 200,000 members and 600 groups across the country (and a few in Europe). Under David Duhalde’s tenure, Our Revolution won over 70 races in the 2018 general election cycle, including electing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Deb Haaland to the U.S. House of Representatives.[6]

New Mexico/WFP connection

Maurice Moe Mitchell August 13 2018:

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Excited to engage a packed house at OLE NewMexico, one of our Working Families Party affiliates to discuss how we organize a new sort of politics that inspires us to turn towards each other and win for the long term. — with JD Mathews, Rey Garduno, Javier Benavidez, Deb Haaland, Laurie Weahkee, Eric Shimamoto, Flora Lucero and Felice Garcia.

Campaign staff

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With Adrian Angulo, Morgan Mitchell, Caitlin Carzerano, Beth Ashley.

"Green New Deal"

From the Sunrise Movement:[7]

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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:

HR 109 endorser

By February 20 2019 endorsers of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's HR 109 (Green New Deal) included Deb Haaland.

Sunrise slate 2018

Sunrise Movement August 2 2018:

We're thrilled to introduce you to our first-ever round of candidate endorsements: the #SunriseSlate2018!

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These candidates are some of the earliest adopters of the #NoFossilFuelMoney pledge and, if elected, would lead the fight against oil and gas lobbyists in state capitols and Washington, DC. They’re putting forward big policy solutions to the climate crisis, like championing a Green New Deal and supporting a just and rapid transition to a 100% renewable energy future that leaves no community behind.

Learn more and support our efforts here! https://www.sunrisemovement.org/2018-endorsed-candidates — with Katie Muth for PA Senate, Deb Haaland for Congress, Alessandra Biaggi, Kaniela Ing, Jess King for Congress, Julia Salazar for State Senate, Dana Hamp Gulick for PA 97th, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Representative Anna Eskamani, Abdul El-Sayed, Danielle Friel Otten for PA District 155, Cynthia Nixon for New York, Benjamin Jealous, Jumaane D. Williams, Ilhan Omar for Congress, Randy Bryce, Zellnor Myrie for New York and Rashida Tlaib For Congress, Penelope Tsernoglou Michigan State House, Michele Wherley Pennsylvania State House. .

OLÉ New Mexico endorsement

OLÉ New Mexico May 2 2018:

OLE NewMexico Endorsements for Governor, Lt. Governor, Congressional District 1, and State Auditor.

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With Michelle Lujan Grisham, Rick Miera, Deb Haaland for Congress, and Bill McCamley for State Auditor.

Cindy Nava connection

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Deb Haaland with Cindy Nava.

Taeb connection

Yasmine Taeb February 11, 2018:

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I was happy to help host my friend Deb Haaland for Congress in Arlington today who is running for the 1st Congressional District in New Mexico. Deb is running a grassroots campaign and I'm looking forward to seeing her make history by becoming the first Native American woman elected to Congress: debforcongress.com — with Jennifer Van Der Heide and Deb Haaland.

NIAC Action Commends Resolution on JCPOA

July 16 2019 Washington DC – Moments ago, Reps. Barbara Lee, Jan Schakowsky, and David Price introduced a resolution calling for the United States to return to compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran deal, from which President Trump withdrew in May 2018.

In response, NIAC President Jamal Abdi issued the following statement:

Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal has put the U.S. on the brink of war with Iran and threatened to undo the hard won constraints against Iran’s nuclear program. Thankfully, many Members of Congress recognize that there is no military solution to the present crisis, and that the best way to de-escalate is for the U.S. to return to compliance with the nuclear deal. Representatives Lee, Schakowsky and Price should be commended for their years of leadership in advancing peace and diplomacy, including by introducing this important resolution.

“There remains strong political will in Congress to restore U.S. credibility and engage Iran diplomatically–despite Trump and Bolton’s push for war. For Members of Congress and Presidential contenders, it is good and important to call out Trump’s dangerous moves that have taken us to the brink of war. Yet, the root cause of this crisis was Donald Trump’s decision to kill a strong nuclear agreement with Iran, which is why signaling support for a return to compliance is so important. The Lee-Schakowsky-Price resolution helps solidify the growing consensus for a JCPOA return while signaling that the window for diplomacy is not shut, nor is the opportunity to restore U.S. credibility with both the international community and the Iranian people.

The resolution was co-sponsored by Reps. Don Beyer, Earl Blumenauer, Steve Cohen, Gerry Connolly, Lloyd Doggett, Anna Eshoo, Ruben Gallego, Raul Grijalva, Deb Haaland, Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna, Andy Levin, Alan Lowenthal, Donald Payne, Jr., Mark Pocan, Jamie Raskin, Peter Welch, John Yarmuth.[8]

Assed connection

Deb Haaland, June 4 ·

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With Paulette Jordan and Samia Assed.

Assed supporting Haaland

Samia Assed, June 2 2018

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We will rise! Go out and vote sisters! Vote your heart, vote your conscience, vote to make history! I will for Vote for Debra Haaland! She has worked so hard to get our vote.She has proven that she will speak truth to power, and that commands respect. In a world of cookie cutter candidates that will not hear the voices of community, Debra brings a light of hope!
In light of the recent out of state super pac add attacks on our 2 highly qualified and capable CD1 female candidates , I feel a vote for Debra Haaland is strategic.The add was not only misogynist, it was meant to split the Womens vote.I had planned to stay publicly neutral on the candidates, but this kind of out state super Pac meddling into our local politics infuriated me.The State is ours, this Congressional seat is ours to win!We are the people, we are the power and we will dictate the winner.

So many of us had been at the forefront of the fight against Trump.We marched and said no to hate, no to Misogyny, no to Xenophobia, no to Islamophobia.We made our voices loud and clear to stand for all human rights no matter ethnicity, religion or gender. This is the year of the Women! We made history when we marched by the millions to D.C.!Let's make history by electing the first Native American Congresswoman! #Untamed2018 — with Deb Haaland, Rachel Discenza and Fidaa AZ.


Defend DACA

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Proud to join my community yesterday to #DefendDACA & to protest the racism & xenophobia in our #WhiteHouse. #HereToStay #nmpol

With Samia Assed Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice.

September 6 2017.

PSL connections

ANSWER-NM

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Deb Haaland for Congress February 8 2018, With Danny Hernandez, Deb Haaland, JD Mathews, Roxanne Allen, Marcus 'Aurelius' Porter and Zack Quintero at Abq Journal..

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With Teva Gabis-Levine, Roxanne Allen, Danny Hernandez and Victor Raigoza at Abq Journal..

Trans-gender Resource Center

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Deb Haaland, June 4, 2017.

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With Adrien Lawyer, Andrew Gans and Zane Stephens at Hartnett Park.

Veterans for Peace

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LaDonna Harris connection

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Dolores Huerta connection

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Progressive Change Campaign Committee

Deb Haaland for Congress July 30, 2017.

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Adam Green & Stephanie Taylor, Co-founders of Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

Center for Progress and Justice

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Deb Haaland at the Center for Progress and Justice.

Gabbard endorsement

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Kristin Seale connection

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Deb Haaland and Kristin Seale.

Womens March

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Deb Haaland with Marianna Anaya.

Teacher solidarity

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SWOP connections

Verizon protest

A demonstration outside of a Verizon shareholder’s meeting resulted in brief detainment and criminal citations for a group of union members and one New Mexico lawmaker.

Executive Director of the Southwest Organizing Project Javier Benavidez, New Mexico Federation of Labor President Jon Hendry and state Rep. Christine Trujillo, D-Albuquerque, were among those who received citations for blocking traffic near Old Town in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque police confirmed 15 protesters received citations, but said police made no arrests. These were just a portion of the hundreds of protesters who set up shop outside a Verizon shareholder’s meeting. Police also said there were no injuries at the peaceful protest.

The demonstrators, many of whom are members of the Communication Workers of America (CWA), were there to support Verizon workers on strike in the eastern part of the United States. The union criticized the company for outsourcing jobs and a reported attempt to force some technicians to work months away from home. The employees had reportedly been working without a contract since last August.

Tens of thousands of CWA members began striking against Verizon almost a month ago.

Bob Master, a CWA official from Manhattan, New York, was one of the demonstrators who was detained after effectively shutting Rio Grande Boulevard by sitting in the middle of the street with a banner that read “Verizon: Good Jobs No Greed.” Master told NM Political Report his goal was to raise awareness through a peaceful protest.

“There’s a long history of civil disobedience as a tactic to bring attention to injustice,” Master said. “That’s what we chose to do here today.”

Benavidez told NM Political Report he and others from SWOP took part in the protest because Verizon employees are “fighting a struggle” that he thinks “is emblematic of what’s going on with corporate America.” Benavidez said he finds it suspicious that Verizon would hold a shareholders meeting in New Mexico.

“It’s fascinating that Verizon chose Albuquerque to come to,” Benavidez said. “Far away from the east coast where they have 40,000 people striking.”

“We’re standing on the shoulders of those who went before us,” said Fitz Boyce, a CWA member from New York. “Now this is our fight.”

About a dozen police vehicles gathered at one end of the street and officers began warning protesters that they were violating the law. After giving the group of protesters a five minute warning, police took them one by one to issue citations. The whole situation was resolved by 9:00 a.m.

Local politicians also showed support on Thursday. Former City Councilor Rey Garduno along with his successor Pat Davis* showed support for union workers. New Mexico Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, and Deb Haaland, chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico also took part in the demonstration.[9]

Standing Rock

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Deb Haaland with State Senator Connie Triplett Standing Rock 2015.

Team

Deb Haaland for Congress September 7, 2017 ·

Four more incredible interns joined my team this week! I am so inspired by these young adults who want to get involved and help me get to Congress. Thank you Adrian Angulo, Caitlin Carcerano, Morgan Mitchell and Beth Ashley! So glad you're with us!

CPC new members

2018 Congressional Progressive Caucus new members included Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, Deb Haaland, Veronica Escobar, Jesus Garcia, Joe Neguse, Andy Levin, Mike Levin.[10]

DUH winning candidates 2018

DUH - Demand Universal Healthcare winning candidates 2018.

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Ro Khanna, Joe Neguse, Jared Polis, Jesus Garcia, Andy Levin, Jamie Raskin, Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Deb Haaland, Madeleine Dean, Mary Gay Scanlon, Joe Cunningham, Veronica Escobar,

Democracy Alliance

Freshly elected Reps.-elect Lucy McBath of Georgia and Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small of New Mexico attended the Democracy Alliance conference’s closing dinner on Friday night November 16 2018 in Washington DC.[11]

Van Jones show

Rep Jahana Hayes March 9 2019:

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Tune into The Van Jones Show on @cnn at 7:00PM. — with Rep. Ro Khanna, Congresswoman Deb Haaland, Van Jones, Rep. Lucy McBath and Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger.

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. Deb Haaland.

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