Fw: [usgp-dx] Malik Rahim
- Forwarded from the GPUS national affairs discussion list -- Les
--- On Sun, 11/16/08, Marnie Glickman <marnie@...> wrote:
> From: Marnie Glickman <marnie@...>
> Subject: [usgp-dx] Malik Rahim
> To: "USGP Discussion" <natlcomaffairs@...>
> Date: Sunday, November 16, 2008, 6:53 PM
> Dear friends,
> It is time for every person on this list to make a
> contribution to Malik Rahim.
> If you are undecided or don't want to give a
> contribution now, you must read more about this amazing
> Malik Rahim has been a pioneering community organizer for
> decades. His chances are good to unseat the incumbent, who
> has weak political support and grave legal problems.
> Rahim is best known as co-founder of Common Ground in the
> aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. When state and federal
> officials failed to respond in the harrowing days after
> Katrina struck, Common Ground heroically organized thousands
> of volunteers to provide basic services like free healthcare
> to tens of thousands of suffering New Orleans residents.
> Rahim has also helped to found organizations such as
> Housing is a Human Right and the anti-death penalty
> Pilgrimage for Life, which he helped establish with Sister
> Helen Prejean.
> Rahim is running for Congress to spur federal assistance to
> Katrina victims and other poor and working folks across the
> country. He strongly supports H. R. 676, the United States
> National Health Insurance Act, which would institute
> universal single-payer healthcare in the US. He wants to
> restart the faltering economy by pushing for green jobs and
> supporting H. R. 4048, the Gulf Coast Civic Works Project.
> After visiting Iraq, Rahim, a Navy veteran, advocates
> bringing the troops home as quickly and safely as possible.
> He also supports increased funding for affordable housing,
> alternative sentencing for non-violent offenders, and
> transitioning to 20% renewable energy within 5 years.
> Rahim’s main opponent is Rep. William J. Jefferson, who
> gained national notoriety after he was filmed accepting cash
> bribes. In July 2005 the FBI videotaped Jefferson at a
> hotel accepting $100,000 in a leather suitcase. Days later,
> an FBI raid on Jefferson's home in Washington discovered
> $90,000 in his freezer. In June 2007, a federal grand jury
> indicted Jefferson on 16 charges of bribery, corruption,
> racketeering and money laundering.
> In the December 6 election, Rahim will also face
> Libertarian Party candidate Gregory Kahn, independent Jerry
> Jacobs and Republican Anh "Joseph" Cao, a former
> Jesuit priest and philosophy professor at Loyola University.
> Green Change has endorsed Malik Rahim. We ask that you do
> everything you can to help him.
> Marnie Glickman
> Executive director
> Green Change
> 503.313.7919 w
> 707.313.7919 f
> skype: marnieglickman
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