Why We Support Marcy Winograd

Marcy Winograd, with supporters Ahjamu Makalani, Patrick Briggs, Maddie Gavel-Briggs, and Kevin Lynn

Marcy Winograd, with supporters Ahjamu Makalani, Patrick Briggs, Maddie Gavel-Briggs, and Kevin Lynn

That the LA Progressive is supporting Marcy Winograd in the race for the 36th Congressional District should surprise no one. Since our magazine’s inception last year, we have proudly run articles that Marcy has written. Now that she’s gearing up for another race, we regularly carry notices of her campaign events. As we did at her lovely meet-and-greet organized by Suzanne Harris and Kevin Lynn in nearby Monterey Hills last weekend, we attend events where she’s speaking ourselves, nodding along to the music. With us, she’s preaching to the choir.

So, no surprise—we support her. Vote Marcy! Vote Marcy! Vote Marcy!

But here’s why we think you should join us in that support.

First, haven’t we all had our fill of tepid Democrats? Blue Dogs, Red State moderates, careerists, corporate shills, call them what you will; we don’t need any more Democrats in Congress who pose as up-from-the-grassroots voices for the common man, only to climb right in bed with the vested interests the moment they get to Washington.

If you’ve ever seen Marcy in action, you know she’s going to argue just as hard in Congress as she does on the campaign trail for issues that matter to us—ending the misbegotten wars in Afghanistan and Iraq sooner rather than later, fighting hard for true single-payer healthcare reform, developing sweeping immigration reform that respects the people we’ve invited to work and live in our country while protecting the wages of working men and women, and dealing with global climate change in a meaningful and effective way.

Marcy’s Democratic opponent, six-term incumbent Jane Harman, might make a feint in those directions as election day approaches, but her well-honed history is to vote the centrist line, as with her early support for the Patriot Act and FISA Amendments and her virtual silence on progressive healthcare reform and ending our Middle East adventuring.

That’s not what we need.

What we need is Marcy’s strong, liberal voice singing harmony with the likes of Oakland’s Barbara Lee, who stood virtually alone in opposing Bush & Company’s Iraq Invasion, Florida’s Alan Grayson, who “apologized” to the thousands of Americans who will die because we can’t join the developed world in providing healthcare for all its citizens…well, you get the idea.

We like it, too, that Marcy is truly “of the people.” She knows how regular folks live, the problems they face during this economic downturn, the hopes they have for themselves and their children. She was an English teacher at Crenshaw High School, a public school in the heart of South Los Angeles, for chrissakes! She knows first-hand what a mess our educational system has become, here in California and around the nation. And she’s a proven community leader through her work with the Progressive Democrats of America, whose Los Angeles chapter she helped found. Washington could use a few more teachers and a few more community leaders.

We don’t live in the 36th Congressional District, which runs up the South Bay from San Pedro to Venice. But we did live there together for a couple of years when we first got together nearly seven years ago, both of us have children residing there, and Dick lived in Manhattan Beach, Venice, and Torrance for a quarter century. So we know the racially and economically diverse district and its people well.

We encourage residents of the 36th CD to throw their support behind Marcy now, when that support can make so much difference. But we also include others like us—progressives, liberals, lefties, whatever—who don’t live in that district to contribute as well. As we’ve seen when Anthony Weiner (D-New York) speaks out on meaningful healthcare reform or Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) assails Wall Street, they are speaking for us as well in a forum where wealthy, established interests working through their paid toadies too often call the shots. By progressives joining forces and supporting progressive candidates in races across the country, we build a stronger coalition. — one that will eventually be strong enough to pass the types of legislation written with the people’s interest at heart, not the corporate interest.

So do what you can. Marcy faces a real battle. For all her proven activism and name recognition in liberal Los Angeles circles, her opponent is known to be the richest congressional representative in the country.  Her personal wealth is somewhere between $400 million and $600 million, which trumps a lot of bake sales and community bike rides up the coast.

The Winograd campaign could use your donations, and we’re told they’re looking for people to host “meet Marcy” events around town, like the one we attended last weekend. We’re thinking of hosting one ourselves. Drop us a line if you’d like to attend—and contact the campaign if you’d like to pitch in yourself.

Dick Price and Sharon Kyle

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