Anti-war activists who are crying bloody murder in the streets over the US
occupation of Iraq, parents who can't afford food or healthcare for their
children, people who feel locked out of the political process, anyone who
sympathizes with progressive causes listen up!
Congressman Dennis Kucinich wants your vote in the Democratic Party
primaries next March. Kucinich, once derided in his hometown of Cleveland,
Ohio, as 'Dennis the Menace'and the 'Boy-Mayor' who drove that city into
default some 25 years ago, has risen from relative obscurity as author of a
bill that would create a US Department of Peace. He also led the failed
battle to halt congressional authorization for a pre-emptive strike against
The Department of Peace legislation, supported by 47 members of Congress,
would create an executive branch department advising the president on issues
of peacekeeping diplomacy and address domestic issues of family and
gang-related violence, as well as hate-motivated crime.
But the peace candidate, 56, is no docile puppy when it comes to his
politics. When Kucinich speaks he shakes his fist and shouts to make a
point, then breaks into a cappella renditions of the national anthem. This
five-foot-five vegan gets in people's faces.
"I'm passionate. Being for peace doesn't imply passivity," Kucinich told
the Weekly in an interview on the campaign trail in Los Angeles. "There are
people today who might be uncomfortable with the insistence on peace while
our armies are in Baghdad, but I say it is urgent that we speak out for
peace because the whole world is at risk now. This war is wrong. It's
illegal. It's immoral."
Kucinich, co-chair of the Democratic Progressive Caucus with Oakland Rep.
Barbara Lee, is running on an anti-war platform that also includes universal
health care and strengthened environmental protections. He rails against
President Bush's plans for the economy and has vowed to defend the working
class on every issue.
He aims to be inclusive of minority voters, and has succeeded, said
Congresswoman Hilda Solis, D-Monterey Park, and former California Rainbow
Coalition Caucus leader Ralph McKnight Kucinich has the full endorsement of
Los Angeles Congresswoman Diane Watson and actor-activist Ed Asner, who
called him a perfect candidate and introduced him to some 300 liberal LA
voters at a campaign stop in LA's Koreatown earlier this month.
Those who endorse Kucinich credit him with bravery for his dissent against
Bush. Ed Asner, a regular at anti-war protests in Los Angeles, introduced
Kucinich during a recent stop in LA's Koreatown and fully endorsed him.
"He's letter perfect," Asner told the Weekly. "He's unique in this day and
age with nothing but supreme cowards all around us. His opponents keep
fumbling and fumbling and fumbling. This man has yet to trip."Watson, who
serves with Kucinich on the Progressive Caucus, has given Kucinich her full
endorsement while also condemning other Democrats for supporting the Bush
AND HE DOES NOT ACCEPT CORPORATE CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS!!
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