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- 1 Background
- 2 Consumer activist
- 3 Texas State Senate
- 4 “Killer Bees”
- 5 Congress
- 6 Chile
- 7 Socialist connections
- 8 Katz client
- 9 "Dirty Thirty"
- 10 Supported by Council for a Livable World
- 11 Anti nuclear waste campaign
- 12 Echkhardt's Funeral
- 13 Colombia Support Network letter
- 14 2006 letter to Condoleezza Rice on Colombia
- 15 2009 letter on Colombia
- 16 Populist Caucus
- 17 Peace Pledge Coalition
- 18 Endorsed Creamer's book
- 19 Castro stumps for votes at Stonewall Dems meeting
- 20 Pro Wisconsin union rally
- 21 May Day with SWU
- 22 Socialist financial plan
- 23 Multimillion Dollar Corporate Bonuses Act
- 24 Congressional Letter for Neutrality, 2014 Salvadoran Elections
- 25 JStreet endorsement
- 26 Communist connections
- 27 TARA connections
- 28 Workers Defense Project
- 29 COOL vote
- 30 Condemning Criticism of Islam legislation
- 31 TOP connections
- 32 CPC
- 33 Letter on US-Mexico security Co-operation
- 34 H.Res.233
- 35 External links
- 36 References
Lloyd Doggett, born 1946, is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 25th district of Texas, extending from Travis County, Austin, to Bexar County San Antonio.
At the University of Texas in Austin, Doggett was elected Student Body President in 1967 and graduated first in his class from the College of Business Administration. Later, he graduated from the UT School of Law with honors, while serving as an associate editor of the Texas Law Review. Elected to the Texas Senate, he became known for his untiring work ethic.
Doggett’s wife, Libby, serves as Director of an initiative at the Pew Charitable Trusts to promote smart state policies and investments in quality, home-based programs for new and expectant families.
In the early 1970s, consumer activist Lloyd Doggett helped draft Texas' Consumer Protection Act.
Texas State Senate
In 1973 Doggett was elected to the Texas State Senate.
Members of the “Killer Bees,” a group of 12 Democrats who hid out in Austin for five days in 1979 to break a Senate quorum, playfully restrain Gene Jones in a secluded West Austin garage apartment the day they went into hiding. Most of the state senators still had on their ties, expecting the quorum break to be short. A few hours later, Jones’ claustrophobia so agitated him he became impossible to live with, and the others let him go. First row, from left: Lloyd Doggett, Carl Parker and Gene Jones. Middle row: Babe Schwartz, Oscar Mauzy, Robert Vale, Ron Clower and Carlos Truan. Back row: Carrin Patman, Gene Kothmann and Bill Patman.
Doggett is ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Human Resources, which has jurisdiction over issues that relate to child care, child and family services, child support, foster care, adoption, and unemployment compensation.
As a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Doggett has been a vocal advocate for tax code reform and has sought to close tax loopholes that favor large corporate interests to the detriment of small businesses and individual taxpayers. He was featured in a CBS News 60 Minutes segment by Lesley Stahl and on MSNBC’s Morning Joe regarding his longstanding efforts to address multinational corporate tax abuse. He has also been a leading advocate of budget scrutiny of “tax expenditures” made available through preferential treatment in the Tax Code.
Lloyd Doggett has a long history with Chile.
Renato Espinoza came to Texas in 1963 through an exchange program administered by the University of Texas International Office. (Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Dave McNeely, Ricardo Romo, Carol Keeton Rylander, Lowell Lebermann, Dave Oliphant, John Wheat, Sara Speights, and former Observer editor Kaye Northcott were among the Texans who traveled to Chile as part of the program. Alice Embree was a participant in the last exchange in 1967.)
Funded by the U.S. State Department, the program was buffeted by political change in both Chile and the United States. The Chileans were student leaders in parties of the left and right. They asked Texans questions about Vietnam and civil rights and got answers that weren’t always welcomed by the State Department or UT administrators.
On October 21, 1998, many Members of Congress wrote a letter to President Bill Clinton, urging him to release information to a Spanish judge investigating former Chilean President Pinochet for alleged crimes committed during and after the overthrow of the Marxist Allende government.
- Dear Mr. President:
- The October 17 arrest of General Augusto Pinochet in London is a good example of how the goals you outlined in your anti-terrorism speech at the United Nations can be put into practice. Indeed, when the rule oflaw is applied to combat international lawlessness,humanity's agenda gains...we call upon you to ensure that the U.S. government provides Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon material related to Pinochet's role in international terrorism -- material and testimony that the U.S. government has thus far withheld.
Signatories included Rep. Lloyd Doggett.
February 24, 2000, 31 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have sent a letter to President Clinton requesting full U.S. cooperation with the Spanish case against former Chilean General Augusto Pinochet, a thorough investigation into the car-bomb assassination of Orlando Letelier and American citizen Ronni Moffitt, and the release of all U.S. documents pertaining to human rights abuses in Chile.
- Dear President Clinton,
- We would like to take this opportunity to commend your Administration's recent activity concerning the ongoing investigation into former Chilean General Augusto Pinochet's role in the 1976 car bombing of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffitt in Washington D.C. We also appreciate your efforts to release documents pertaining to human rights abuses in Chile.
Signatories were George Miller (D-CA), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sam Gejdenson (D-CT), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Neil Abercrombie (D-HI), Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), Jim McGovern (D-MA), John Conyers (D-MI), Barney Frank (D-MA), Pete Stark (D-CA), Henry Waxman (D-CA), Lane Evans (D-IL), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Tim Roemer (D- IN), Howard Berman (D-CA), John Olver (D-MA), Mel Watt (D- NC), Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Patsy Mink (D-HI), Marcy Kaptur (D- OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), John Tierney (D-MA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Martin Sabo (D-MN), and Bob Filner (D-CA).
Socialist support in 1984
In July 1984, Texas Democratic Socialists of America members decided to support that years election campaign, by then State Senator Lloyd Doggett.
According to the August 1984 newsletter of Houston Democratic Socialists of America;
- At the July meeting we decided that DSA should provide identifiable DSA campaign workrs to the Lloyd Doggett campaign this Fall.
- Sen. Doggett is certainly a candidate we can all support enthusiastically...
- If you would like to be a DSA Doggett volunteer, call Bruce Griffiths at....
In June 2013 Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and several Senators. Robert Rosas was assigned as contact for Rep. Doggett.
Socialist contact 2014
In 2014 Progressive Democrats of America assigned activists to deliver their material to almost every US Congressman and Senator, Tim Duda, a one time leader of San Antonio Democratic Socialists of America was signed as the contact for Rep. Doggett.
Sofia Sepulveda with Lloyd Doggett, July 2018.
Remembering Glenn Scott
- Last night, a progressive warrior lost her struggle with cancer. Glenn Scott lived a life of service to our community. Her fierce ideals and fiery passion inspired so many of us to do more and be better.
"Green New Deal"
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 20 2018 included Lloyd Doggett.
Socialist influence operation
Austin Democratic Socialists of America added an event. January 29 at 11:28 AM ·
- Join us for our first canvass of 2019 as we continue to activate our community in making their voices heard to US Representative Lloyd Doggett. We will be meeting at the IBEW hall to discuss our campaign up until now and to make sure everyone is comfortable with block walking, followed by a couple hours of canvassing. Sofia Sepulveda from Texas Organizing Project will join us to provide an update on our coalition partners in San Antonio and to share her tips for successful conversations in the community.
- Medicare for All is a 2019 priority for Austin DSA and Lloyd Doggett is our most immediate target to move the needle on a national level. It is vital that we have the support of our DSA chapter members and local allies in this fight. If you've been looking for a way to get involved in DSA this is a great opportunity!
DSA flips Doggett
Austin Democratic Socialists of America May 22 2019:
- After over a year of going door to door talking to Rep. Lloyd Doggett constituents, we have WON our campaign to get Lloyd Doggett to sign onto Medicare For All.
- Austin DSA knocked on the doors of well over 10,000 of Doggett's constituents in Austin. We made videos to share the stories we heard from his constituents, we pressured him on social media, we showed up to his in person events in Austin and San Antonio, and together we made this happen.
- This would not have been possible without a strong coalition of progressive and labor groups to make this happen: so huge thanks to our partners at San Antonio DSA, Texas Organizing Project, National Nurses United, Our Revolution, Our Revolution - Texas, Labor Campaign for Single Payer, Physicians for a National Health Program, and of course Democratic Socialists for Medicare for All.
- And finally: isn't it about time that Congressman Joaquin Castro stops giving non-answers and signs on to #medicareforall?
According to a May 26 2019 memo:
Today we celebrate a victory for DSA.
Lloyd Doggett, the chair of the Health Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee, and member of the Budget Committee, has co-sponsored H.R. 1384, the Medicare for All Act of 2019. This is the first time Doggett has sponsored single-payer legislation, and it marks a major turning point in our campaign.
Alongside coalition partners like NNU and The Texas Organizing Project, our own Austin DSA played a major role in pressuring Doggett to stand on the side of workers and not insurers. For well over a year, Austin DSA has run a targeted campaign, incorporating a number of tactics, to apply pressure and force Doggett to sign on to Medicare For All, with San Antonio DSA serving as a crucial partner in the fight.
Hundreds of DSA members from Austin to San Antonio participated in this campaign in some way:
Since early 2018, DSA members went door to door talking to working-class people in Doggett’s district about single-payer.
- They held educational events and town halls on Medicare For All.
- They crashed his fundraisers and public events.
- They created videos highlighting the healthcare horror stories of people in his district to circulate on social media.
- And they engaged a growing number of allies in organized labor and progressive politics to turn up the heat.
Doggett’s sponsorship is especially important because he sits on the powerful Ways and Means Committee which Medicare for All must pass on its way to floor vote in the House.
How To Run a Pressure Campaign
Doggett’s co-sponsorship could have a domino-like effect but only if we take advantage of our momentum. To that end, we are organizing a national Medicare for All weekend of action on June 15th & 16th. If your chapter can participate, sign up here and one of our regional organizers will be in touch.
The path to single-payer is real and that path runs through mass politics. No great reform is brought about without the pressure of organized and mobilized working people. Our success depends on an army of campaigners knocking doors, bird-dogging politicos, educating in town-halls and agitating in our unions. As we pressure legislators to endorse Medicare for All we are creating a litmus test: Will they stand with the insurance oligarchs or workers? Will they stand with their donors or their constituents? The rich or the rest of us?
Doggett is just the start. This is our power and it’s time to build it.
Dustin Guastella, DSA Medicare for All Campaign
October 2019 National Nurses United’s long-running campaign to garner congressional support for Medicare For All has won several key lawmakers – Reps. Adam Smith, D-Wash., Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, and Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y. – to the cause.
Signing up Doggett is important. He chairs the House Ways and Means Health subcommittee, which co-writes medical care legislation on that side of Capitol Hill. NNU will now concentrate on members of his panel and on a recalcitrant Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., who chairs the other key panel for health care bills, the Energy and Commerce Committee.
Chicago radical Marilyn Katz founded MK Communications, Inc., a public-relations firm bearing her initials. The firm's clients have included the ACLU, Amnesty International, Chicagoans Against War & Injustice, the Harold Washington 1983-1987 Mayoral Campaign, AND Lloyd Doggett’s 1984 Senate Campaign.
A vocal opponent of the Vietnam War, Bill Aleshire applied for, and got, conscientious objector status, an issue that he says caused more than a little conflict with his military officer father. Part of the work he did as community service in lieu of military service was to work in the Texas Legislature. He worked as a volunteer for The Dirty 30, a group of reformist legislators that included Reps. Sissy Farenthold and Lloyd Doggett, among others.
Supported by Council for a Livable World
The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Lloyd Doggett in his successful House of Representatives run as candidate for Texas.
Anti nuclear waste campaign
Paul Wellstone was back in Texas in 1998, responding to requests from a coalition of groups in West Texas, Wellstone became the Senate’s greatest single obstacle to a plan that would have made the tiny town of Sierra Blanca the nation’s next nuclear waste dump.
Wellstone was the only U.S. Senator to stand with members of the Texas House delegation and residents of Sierra Blanca in opposition to the Sierra Blanca site. He joined Lloyd Doggett, Ciro Rodriguez, Silvestre Reyes, and Sierra Blanca Catholic pastor Rev. Ralph Solis at a Capitol press conference called by opponents of the Sierra Blanca dump. 
At former Congressman Robert Eckhardt's funeral Nov. 17 2001, writer Molly Ivins, Rep. Lloyd Doggett, and AFL-CIO President Joe Gunn, among many others, eulogized the man Gunn remembered as having fought heroically for Texas working people, of having always defended the principle that "dignity is a right, not a privilege."
Colombia Support Network letter
The letter called on President Pastrana to end a military blockade on the Colombian town of San Jose de Apartado, a sister community of Madison Wisconsin, where the Colombia Support Network is based.
- We write to you to bring your attention to the humanitarian crisis facing the civilian population of the Peace Community San Jose de Apartadó and its outlying settlements.
- We urge the appropriate authorities of your government to dismantle the paramilitary checkpoint on the road between San Jose and Apartadó, ensure the continued safety of the road, and fully investigate recent threats and attacks on the Peace Community.
- The Peace Community San Jose de Apartadó and its settlements, including the village of La Union, receive the permanent accompaniment of international organizations.
- These include Peace Brigades International (PBI), as well as the U.S. Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), which currently has two US citizens in La Union. We support the work of these two respected organizations as well as the Peace Community in its effort to build a non-violent alternative to the conflict.
2006 letter to Condoleezza Rice on Colombia
Alleged Colombian Army killings prompted Fellowship of Reconciliation to work with Representative Sam Farr to forge a response that would impact the 17th Brigade, the unit allegedly responsible for the violence against San José de Apartadó and communities throughout northwestern Colombia.
- Letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
- (Deadline for Congressional representatives to sign: February 22)
- We applaud the decision, noted in your certification letter of August 2005, that the US "will not consider providing assistance to the 17th Brigade until all significant human rights allegations involving the unit have been credibly addressed." Because the Brigade is a component of the Colombian Armed Forces' command structure and has been implicated in the above referenced human rights violations, we implore you to abide by both the letter of the law and the spirit of the law by withholding human rights certification for Colombia until the following conditions are met:
Signatories included Lloyd Doggett .
2009 letter on Colombia
From November 6th through December 7th 2009, a letter calling for change in U.S. policy towards Colombia was circulated through the House of Representatives. This letter called for a decrease in U.S. aid for Colombia's military and an increase in support for human rights and humanitarian efforts. The initiators of this letter were —Representatives James McGovern, Jan Schakowsky, Donald Payne, and Mike Honda.
- Dear Secretary of State Clinton,
- The FY 2011 budget will contain the twelfth year of a major aid package to Colombia—an aid package originally slated to phase out after six years.
- After eleven years, it is time to scale down assistance for Colombia's military and more systematically "Colombianize" such programs, within both the State Department and Defense Department budgets.
Signatories included Lloyd Doggett.
The Populist Caucus was founded on February 11, 2009 in the United States House of Representatives by Democrat Bruce Braley of Iowa. The caucus originally included 26 other Democrats in the House, including Lloyd Doggett.
Peace Pledge Coalition
In 2007 90 Members of Congress, pledged in an open letter delivered to President Bush: "We will only support appropriating funds for U.S. military operations in Iraq during Fiscal Year 2008 and beyond for the protection and safe redeployment of all our troops out of Iraq before you leave office." The letter was initiated by the Peace Pledge Coalition. The Coalition was led by Tim Carpenter, Progressive Democrats of America, Bob Fertik, Democrats.com Medea Benjamin, CodePink, Bill Fletcher, co-founder of Center for Labor Renewal David Swanson, AfterDowningStreet.org, Democrats.com, Progressive Democrats of America, Kevin Zeese, Voters for Peace, Democracy Rising, Brad Friedman, co-founder of Velvet Revolution, Bill Moyer, Backbone Campaign.
Endorsed Creamer's book
Congressman Lloyd Doggett endorsed Robert Creamer's 2009 book "Listen to Your Mother: Stand Up Straight - How Progressive Can Win".
- Progress takes more than passion, it requires planning. This book is a blueprint for victory.
Castro stumps for votes at Stonewall Dems meeting
Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) and State Representative Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) appeared before members of Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio on August 15. 2011 to pitch their campaigns for the newly created Congressional District 35, which will run from San Antonio’s Southside to the south side of Austin.
District 35 is one of four new congressional districts awarded to Texas as the result of the 2010 census and is designated as an “Hispanic opportunity” district.
Doggett, accompanied by County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson, spoke first and touted his outspoken criticism of Governor Rick Perry as well as his liberal voting record in Congress the past 16 years. He acknowledged voting for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 and said that attitudes have dramatically changed on same-sex marriage since then and would vote to repeal DOMA today.
Doggett also cited his high congressional scorecard rating with the Human Rights Campaign on LGBT issues. He labeled a recent PlazaDeArmasTX.com article questioning his lack of support for openly gay U.S. attorney candidate Robert Pitman as a “smear campaign” and explained that he and other Texas Democrats in Congress were supporting Hispanic candidates for this post and that he congratulated Pitman after President Obama announced his appointment.
Pro Wisconsin union rally
MoveOn.org organized a rally, in support of Wisconsin workers, February 26, 2011.
A crowd of about 1,000 listened to music led by Bill Oliver and friends. Texas Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett addressed the crowd, as did former Texas Agricultural Commissioner and populist pundit, Jim Hightower. Austin’s demonstration was one of many throughout the country and coincided with the largest turnout in Madison to date. More than 70,000 demonstrators gathered in Madison despite freezing temperatures.
May Day with SWU
Southwest Workers Union hosted an International Workers Day Celebration Tuesday, May 1st 2012, at 1412 E. Commerce, San Antonio.
Socialist financial plan
Sept. 30, the day after the original bailout compromise went down in flames. The progressive Democrats placed a new plan—the “No BAILOUTS Act” (Bringing Accountability, Increased Liquidity, Oversight, and Upholding Taxpayer Security)—on the table that John Nichols of The Nation says “would impose a securities tax equivalent to one quarter of one percent of profits and empower the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to deal more effectively with bank failures.”
The bill—sponsored by US Reps. Peter DeFazio(D-Ore.), Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio), Robert Scott (D-Va.), Elijah Cummings and Donna Edwards (both D-Md.), Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Rush Holt, Jr.,(D NJ) —would change the way securities are valued, applying “an economic value standard to measure the capital of financial institutions,” as opposed to a market standard, an increase in the federal deposit insurance maximum and other accounting measures designed to create breathing room. It also would require the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to purchase certificates that would be repaid.
“What I’m proposing is to use both market discipline and regulatory functions at virtually no cost to taxpayers to unclog the arteries of commerce so banks can begin lending again,’’ DeFazio said, according to The Oregonian.
In a letter introducing the plan, he said that Congress needed to “take swift, uncomplicated steps to ensure the financial markets return to working order. After that, we can work to resolve the housing crisis and pass effective job stimulus.”
Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, said the plan would “restore confidence in the financial markets without writing a blank check to the same Wall Street banks and CEOs who got us into this mess.”
“This is an important, short-term solution that protects taxpayers and their savings accounts,” he added. “To revive the economy over the long-term, we must address rising unemployment, stagnant wages, the healthcare crisis, and a tax system that is tilted in favor of the wealthy.”
DeFazio and the SEIU acknowledge that this is just the first step toward fixing the economy. Once a progressive rescue plan is in place, the Democrats create a rescue plan for homeowners facing foreclosure, enact a public works and green energy stimulus to get people working, fix the nation’s infrastructure and refocus the nation’s economy on sustainable principles. 
Multimillion Dollar Corporate Bonuses Act
In 2013, U.S. Sens. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Stop Subsidizing Multimillion Dollar Corporate Bonuses Act, S. 1476, which would restrict the tax deductibility of executive pay for all employees of publicly traded corporations to $1 million and eliminate the exception for commission- and performance-based compensation. U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX,35) introduced a companion bill in the House, HR 3970, in January 2014]
Congressional Letter for Neutrality, 2014 Salvadoran Elections
On Monday December 16, 2014 Reps. Juan Vargas (D-CA), Mike Honda (D-CA) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) sent a letter to Sec. of State John Kerry – signed by 51 Members of Congress – calling for a public statement of neutrality by the State Department before the first round of El Salvador’s presidential elections on February 2, 2014.
The letter, , highlighted several “important steps” that the current government has taken to “strengthen its democratic system and expand the right to vote to all citizens,” including those living outside of the country, who will be voting by absentee ballot for the first time in February. Since the election of Mauricio Funes, the first President from the Marxist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) party, the government has increased the number of polling places four-fold to increase accessibility, especially in rural areas.
“We’re glad to see so many Members of Congress expressing respect for the right of the Salvadoran people to determine their own future. That’s an attitude that’s sorely lacking in much of the US’ policy in Central America, especially with regard to economic policy,” said Alexis Stoumbelis, Executive Director for the pro-communist Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), in Washington, DC, which has observed every post-war election in El Salvador, starting in 1994.
Signatories included Rep. Lloyd Doggett..
JStreet endorsed him again 2016.
- In the House of Representatives, Doggett has been a steadfast supporter of Israel and a two-state solution.
Jaime Martinez's "friend"
In November 2014 Doggett wrote;
- The Cesar Chavez Foundation in San Antonio used a letter to the President that I signed calling for bold action on immigration at a protest yesterday. I support the good efforts of local groups like the Cesar Chavez Foundation, led by my friend Jaime Martinez, in our work to keep families together. 
July 4, 2012 rally with Radle and Martinez
More than 120 people rallied on San Antonio's West Side on July 4 2012, to call for expanded immigration rights before marching along a nearly 2-mile route to observe what they said was the historic meaning behind Independence Day.
“When the founding fathers made the statement, ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,' they meant it for all,” said Jaime Martinez, founder and board president of the Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation and a march organizer. “We are not second-class citizens.”
The march began with a rally at the Guadalupe Theater, where speakers included Bexar County Sheriff Amadeo Ortiz, Democratic congressional candidates Lloyd Doggett and Joaquin Castro and Texas Communist Party affiliate Patti Radle, a West Side community leader and San Antonio school district trustee.
The march was one of several events organized nationwide to promote the “Viva El Pueblo Latino” procession to the Lincoln Memorial on Sept. 15 in Washington, D.C.
In August 2012 Jaime Martinez celebrated his 66th birthday at Pueblo Hall with about 150 of his closest friends, which included Congressman Lloyd Doggett, Commissioner Tommy Adkisson and many others.
Washington immigration rally
The Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation took over the US capitol Friday afternoon September 14, 2012. They were joined by Congressmembers Lloyd Doggett, Gene Green, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee, Ruben Hinojosa and Congresswoman Judy Chu from Califormia, who met with the Latino activist, Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, SEIU, AFSCME, civil and human immigrant rights activist from all over the country.
Jaime Martinez, organizer of the events, along with Dr. Eduardo Ibarra, from Puerto Rico, President of El Colegio de Dotores, and chairman of the board of a national organization, “Viva El Pueblo Latino.” Ask both political parties to work together for a just pathway to citizenship and to support the students “Dreamers” in their efforts to obtain equality in their education.
Congressman Lloyd Doggett said that this movement that came to the steps of the US capitol was both a celebration and a reflection of “a time in which we are asking individuals of all political parties to recognize the importance of having comprehensive immigration reform at the top of the agenda”.
"Hunger in America" symposium
In 1968 CBS News aired "Hunger in America". Forty-five years later, Inner City Development showed the documentary to a packed house at the Guadalupe Theater in San Antonio. U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett, D-TX35, attended the showing on March 23, 2013, and addressed the audience, as did Mayor Julian Castro.
- This spring, with the inspiration leadership of Patti and Rod Radle in San Antonio, we re-watched the 45-year-old "Hunger in America," discussing the progress we've made in #SanAntonio on fighting hunger and the remaining challenges.
Hunger Free San Antonio began with the work of Patti and Rod Radle, executive directors of Inner City Development. After the showing, many attendees signed up to join a coalition to fight hunger in the San Antonio area.
2014 César E. Chávez March for Justice
In March 2014, the Cesar E. Chavez March for Justice made its imprint on the city with 25,000 people marching from the West Side to the Alamo, the largest crowd in the history of the event.
As grand marshal, University of Texas at San Antonio President Ricardo Romo led the 2.5-mile procession to Alamo Plaza, where the convoy was greeted by live music and a troupe of feathered dancers.
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, said he was inspired to see thousands of people rallying to advocate changes to federal immigration policy.
“The (immigration) bill has been sitting in Congress since last June. They are wasting their time in Washington,” he said, calling for the White House and Congress to act on deportations. “We believe in family values, and we want to see them stay together. We must not take no for an answer.”
Doggett was joined onstage by Martinez, U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Texas, and LULAC member Henry Rodriguez, who helped organize the first César Chávez march in San Antonio. The four community leaders encouraged the crowd to continue rallying for immigration reform and keep themselves educated on local issues.
2014 Immigration rally
Immigration Town Hall
Henry Cisneros (from left), U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett and Jaime Martinez of the Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation headline a town hall meeting and discussion panel at Immaculate Conception Church on Saturday, August 30, 2014.
With immigration reform stuck axle-deep in the federal mud of Washington, more than 100 citizens and activists gathered Saturday at a town hall meeting to try to figure out how to give it a little push.
The message was anything but subtle: “President Obama: Sign an Executive Order Now. Stop Deportations and Family Separations,” read the large sign hung in the parish hall of Immaculate Conception Church deep on the West Side.
Doggett, whose lavish introduction provoked a quick round of “Si se puede,” walked the crowd through the last two years of congressional failure to act on immigration reform, and said there is no relief in sight.
Lloyd Doggett attended the Texas AFL-CIO Legislative conference on February 22, 2011. They were in the Sheraton hotel in downtown Austin. Prior to his general presentation, Doggett met with 25 union retiree leaders separately. Tony Padilla, Executive Board member of the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, organized the meeting. Carol Yoontz and Gene Lantz, also Board Members, were in the group. Lantz explained the importance of forming TARA chapters while waiting for the Congressman. Representative Doggett went over the Republicans' attempts to take away Social Security and other retieree benefits. He also called attentkon to the ongoing redistricting in Texas. He said that the U.S. Supreme Court has effectively eroded away all legal obstacles to partisan redistricting, usually called "gerrymandering," except for our rights retained from the 1965 Voting Rights Act. "They could make my district shaped like a pretzel," he said. Like several other speakers, Doggett indicated that simple legislative remedies are outside the reach of progressive Texans under the present regime because of the Republicans' sweeping victories in the 2010 elections. Building public support for justice and fairness is our main hope. As the after-lunch speaker, Doggett reminded all 200 AFL-CIO delegates that the financial crisis had been avoidable and was the direct result of Wall Street greed. Doggett drew several standing ovations. 
ARA endorsement, 2012
TARA in Austin
In July 2013 President Carol Yontz of the Austin Chapter of the Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) introduced and welcomed the group of about 40 and thank them for attending the "Human Chain" symbolizing our opposition to the cuts that will not heal if the Chain CPI formula used to cut Social Security benefits is not removed. President Carol Yontz and Regional Director of the National Alliance Emmett Shepherd presented to Congressman Lloyd Doggett’s Staff a letter of thanks for his 100% voting record on senior issues.
Alliance for Retired Americans members met with Congressman Doggett, February, 2015.
50th anniversary of Medicare/Medicaid
The Austin Chapter of Texas Alliance for Retired Americans held one of the 90 nationwide celebrations of the 50th anniversary of Medicare/Medicaid on July 25, 2015.
- Congressman Lloyd Doggett joined a program of luminaries, music, and information all designed to fortify our movement to defend and expand this important health insurance program. The President of the Texas AFL-CIO, John Patrick, joined Doggett on the platform. At least 125 people attended. Congressman Doggett asked the Austin Chapter to make it an annual event!
ARA PAF endorsement, 2014
- We had a terrific event on Saturday. We have put Austin TARA on the Austin/Central Texas political and advocacy map! Over 147 people attended the event which means we met our goal of 150! In part due to Congressman Doggett's great reputation, we brought in many new faces. We went well beyond the TARA contact list for this event.
- We built stronger ties with labor groups through this event. At least 8 unions or CLC and Building trades council contributed $. One key to turnout was our list of over 30 endorsing organizations. Most of the endorsing organizations sent at least 1 or 2 and some brought as many as 8 to 10. Austin DSA got 10 members there and TSEU brought the most with at least 12 or more. Congressman Doggett's staff was another factor, - they did a letter to constituents and sent emails and did press for us in addition to our own efforts.
Texas Alliance for Retired Americans February 2:
L-R: Texas AFL-CIO Secretary/Treasurer Montserrat Garibay, Congressman Lloyd Doggett, TARA Austin Chapter VP Cleaburn Zwernemann-ACC-AFT, TARA President Tony Padilla and the, Austin Chapter member Tom Herrera-TSEU.
Workers Defense Project
August 2015, National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson called the recent vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) a “disappointing, knee-jerk overreaction” and urged the U.S. Senate to continue its thoughtful handling of the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute. Johnson also noted that NFU will work with Congress on a clear path forward that will both resolve the WTO dispute and continue to provide consumers with accurate information about the origin of their food. “The House leadership is not interested in any reasonable solutions and blocked all amendments.” Johnson noted that in past disputes, WTO members found ways to work together to arrive at a resolution that worked for all parties. “Unfortunately, today’s action by the U.S. House of Representatives does not work towards a resolution that maintains the integrity of COOL and satisfies WTO obligations. “We call upon the U.S. Senate to avoid the rush to judgment demonstrated by the House today and work with COOL supporters on a viable alternative that will finally bring this long process to closure,” he said. Johnson said family farmers and ranchers across the country appreciated the work of: Reps. Collin Peterson, D-Minnesota; Rosa DeLauro, D-Connecticut; Jim McGovern, D-Massachusetts; Chellie Pingree, D-Maine; Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio; Rick Nolan, D-Minnesota; Thomas Massie, R-Kentucky; Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon; Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas; and others who stood strong for COOL and the right to know the origin of our food. “We greatly appreciate their continued willingness to stand up for America’s consumers and farm families,” said Johnson.
Condemning Criticism of Islam legislation
On December 17, 2015, Rep. Don Beyer, Jr. introduced legislation condemning "violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States." The legislation is based on unsourced claims that there is a "rise of hateful and anti-Muslim speech, violence, and cultural ignorance," and a "disproportionate targeting" of "Muslim women who wear hijabs, headscarves, or other religious articles of clothing...because of their religious clothing, articles, or observances." The resolution, H.Res.569 - Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States 
The legislation was cosponsored by Rep. Michael Honda, Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Joseph Crowley, Rep. Andre Carson, Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rep. Betty McCollum, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Dan Kildee, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Rep. Charles Rangel, Rep. Scott Peters, Rep. Brad Ashford, Rep. Alan Grayson, Rep. Mark Takai, Rep. Brian Higgins, Rep. William Keating, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Rep. Gerry Connolly, Rep. Ruben Gallego, Rep. Cheri Bustos, Rep. John Delaney, Rep. Kathy Castor, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Rep. Michael Quigley, Rep. Elizabeth Esty, Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, Rep. Robin Kelly, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, Rep. Gregory Meeks, Rep. Grace Meng, Rep. Al Green, Rep. Katherine Clark, Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Alcee Hastings, Rep. Sam Farr, Rep. Frank Pallone, Rep. Jim McDermott, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Donna Edwards, Rep. Robert Brady, Rep. Frederica Wilson, Rep. Michael Doyle, Rep. Albio Sires, Rep. Suzan DelBene, Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Jared Polis, Rep. David Loebsack, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Steve Cohen, Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, Rep. John Yarmuth, Rep. Niki Tsongas, Rep. Jim Langevin, Rep. Mark Pocan, Rep. John Conyers, Jr., Rep. Mark Takano, Rep. Timothy J. Ryan, Rep. Jose Serrano, Rep. Hank Johnson, Rep. Paul Tonko, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Lois Capps, Rep. David Price, Rep. Doris Matsui, Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Denny Heck, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Rep. John Carney, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Rep. John B. Larson, Rep. Dina Titus, Rep. Peter Welch, Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Rep. Jim Himes, Rep. Matt Cartwright.
Lloyd Doggett is close to the Texas Organizing Project.
November 2017 rally
August 2017 rally
Lloyd Doggett with Texas Organizing Project activists, August 3, 2017.
In 2017 Lloyd Doggett was a new member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Letter on US-Mexico security Co-operation
- Urgent alert from our friends at CISPES- Los Angeles Chapter : "The US plans to expand cooperation between Mexico and the United States to unfairly and inhumanely target Central American migrants and asylum seekers at the upcoming "Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America".
- We asked Representative Alan Lowenthal of Long Beach to author a letter to Secretary Tillerson calling for to put the human rights of Central Americans and all migrants and refugees front and center, and he's circulating a letter now. To have the biggest impact possible we need as many Members of Congress as possible to sign this letter!
- Call or email your representative today and ask them to join Mr. Lowenthal as a co-signer.
Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) led 37 Members of Congress, including top Democrats from the Armed Forces, Judiciary and Appropriations committees, in sending a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to raise red flags about “suggestions that the United States deepen security collaboration with Mexico along its southern border [with Guatemala] due to evidence that Mexico’s Southern Border Program has led to wide-spread human rights violations and abuses against migrants and asylum-seekers.”
Signers: Don Beyer (D-VA), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Mike Capuano (D-MA), Tony Cardenas (D-CA), Judy Chu (D-CA), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), John Conyers (D-MI), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Dwight Evans (D-PA), Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-Washington, DC), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Hank Johnson (D-GA), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Barbara Lee (D-CA) , Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Betty McCollum (D-MN), James McGovern (D-MA), Seth Moulton (D-MA), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Jose Serrano (D-NY), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Adam Smith (D-WA), Paul Tonko (D-NY), Maxine Waters (D-CA), John Yarmuth (D-KY).
Whereas extrajudicial killings perpetrated by the Government of the Philippines as part of a Government-directed antidrug campaign present the foremost human rights challenge in the Philippines;
Whereas the Department of State’s 2017 Human Rights Report notes numerous human rights concerns, including the persecution of human rights defenders and the detention of political prisoners in the Philippines, stating, “The most significant human rights issues included: killings by security forces, vigilantes and others allegedly connected to the government, and by insurgents; torture and abuse of prisoners and detainees by security forces; often harsh and life threatening prison conditions; warrantless arrests by security forces and cases of apparent government disregard for legal rights and due process; political prisoners; killings of and threats against journalists; official corruption and abuse of power; threats of violence against human rights activists; violence against women; and forced labor.”;
Sponsor: Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA-14].
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