Nydia Velázquez

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Nydia Velazquez is the Democratic party representative from New York's 7th Congressional District. In 1992 Velazquez was the first Puerto Rican woman elected to the U.S. House. Velazquez is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus[1][2] and sponsor of the communist Medicare for All proposal.

Dinkins and the DSA

Velasquez received endorsements from Mayor David Dinkins,[3] Democratic Socialists of America (DSA),[4] Jesse Jackson, Rep. Jose Serrano and other prominent Progressives.[5] Karen Ackerman ran the effort for Dinkins in Brooklyn for the Central Labor Council in 1989. As Velasquez's campaign manager in 1992, Ackerman ran the successful campaign against incumbent Steven Solarz for the newly created Congressional seat in the 12th District of New York. Moving to Washington, DC after the race, Ackerman served as Chief of Staff for Rep. Velazaquez until 1996.[6]

Congressional career

In her speech to the Rainbow Coalition Leadership Summit, February 19, 1993, Velázquez paid tribute to the late Jesus Colon, a Communist Party USA (CPUSA) member and author of A Puerto Rican in New York. The speech was re-printed in full in the CPUSA's official organ, People’s Weekly World of March 6, 1993.

Immigration

Velesquez, Maxine Waters and Alcee Hastings were arrested and handcuffed in May 1994, in front of the White House in a protest against the Clinton administration policy of forcibly returning Haitian refugees.[7]

NAFTA

In 1995 Velázquez, Marcy Kaptur, Peter DeFazio, Gene Taylor and Bernie Sanders co-sponsored a Bill, to force the US to withdraw from NAFTA within 90 days.[8]

Jobs

On October 7, 1994 Velesquez, Bernie Sanders, Maurice Hinchey and Major Owens, introduced the "Jobs and Investment Bill" which would appropriate $42 billion for "make work" construction and infrastructure projects.[9]

In 1995, Nancy Pelosi, Velasquez, Bernie Sanders, David Bonior, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Cynthia McKinney, Maurice Hinchey, Major Owens, John Conyers, Bob Filner, Alcee Hastings, Lane Evans, Edolphus Towns, Jim McDermott, supported DSA Rep. Ron Dellums' "Living Wage, Jobs for all Act."

In 1997 Rep. Matthew Martinez of California introduced the "Martinez Public Works Jobs Bill" at the the request of the Los Angeles Labor Coalition for Public Works Jobs. The leaders of the Coalition and its only affiliate, the New York Coalition for Public Works Jobs, are all members and supporters of the Communist Party USA. The bill had 33 original co-sponsors, including Velasquez.

This is the most significant jobs legislation introduced in Congress since Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal established the Works Progress Administration (WPA). This bill is the WPA-type program for today.[10]

Institute for Policy Studies

Velasquez took part in an Institute for Policy Studies and Share The Wealth Project discussion on "Eliminating Corporate Welfare."[11]

Pardongate

See also: Hillary_Clinton_First_Lady#Pardongate

Joseph Connor, an author and anti-terrorism advocate, spoke to The Daily Wire about how his father was murdered by the FALN Puerto Rican terrorist group, and how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was directly involved in pardoning the terrorists.

"When Hillary Clinton was looking to run for senator of New York, she had no connection to New York at all. She was from Chicago to Arkansas," Connor said. "And she got approached by various pro-terrorist politicians.".[12]

These included Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), and New York City councilman Jose Rivera, who gave Clinton "a packet on clemency" and requested that she "speak to the president and ask him to consider executive clemency" for the FALN. A couple of weeks later, clemency was granted to the terrorists and Clinton's Senate campaign expressed support for the move.

Freddie Mac funding for toxic assets

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) joined Asian Americans for Equality June 2, 2003, to announce Freddie Mac's $1.5 million grant to the newly created Lower Manhattan Affordable Housing Trust Fund (LMAHTF). The Fund will support the development and preservation of affordable housing in the Lower Manhattan neighborhoods most affected by the September 11th World Trade Center disaster.

"Increased homeownership has been shown to promote community development through increased neighborhood involvement and investment in local businesses. Freddie Mac's generous contribution is an important step towards this goal and will help place more local residents on the road to home ownership." [13]

United for Peace and Justice

Velázquez was listed as an endorser of the Jan. 27, 2007 "Act Now to End the War" event, organized by Institute for Policy Studies partner organization, United for Peace & Justice.[14] Also endorsing the event was Democratic Socialists of America, Socialist Party USA, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy & Socialism, National Lawyers Guild, National Organization for Women and the Communist Party USA.[15] At the event, peace activists "converge[d] from all around the country in Washington, D.C. to send a strong, clear message to Congress and the Bush Administration: 'The people of this country want the war and occupation in Iraq to end and we want the troops brought home now!'".[16]

Communist front

Circa 2007 Valezquez was listed as a member of the US "Regional Workshop" of the former USSR front organization, Women's International Democratic Federation, along with Howard Dean, Angela Davis, and A.N.S.W.E.R.[17]

Pro-sex slave advocate

In September 2009, following the lead of their Senate colleagues, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to cut off funds to ACORN. The vote was 345-75. All of the 75 were Democrats, and included Nydia Velázquez.[18]

Iran nuke deal

In a rebuff to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, four key Brooklyn congresspeople, representing large concentrations of Jewish voters, came out in support of the Iran nuke deal. Early defense of President Obama's diplomacy by the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Progressive Caucus played a role., as well as the work of Leader Pelosi's office.

A national day of action, initiated by MoveOn, focused on meetings with congresspeople who were still on the fence. The grassroots group Brooklyn For Peace played an important role in mobilizing on short notice over 200 constituents to meet with undecided Democratic Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, Yvette Clarke, and Nydia Velasquez.[19]

Anti "Muslim ban"

Protesters and elected officials gathered in Battery Park to speak against President Donald Trump’s executive orders banning immigrants from seven Muslim majority countries. Among the speakers were Sens. Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Velazquez, activist Linda Sarsour and Rep. Jerry Nadler.[20]

Abolish ICE

On July 12, 2018 Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) introduced H.R. 6361, in the House to abolish ICE. Eight House Democrats signed on as cosponsors: Pramila Jayapal and D. Adam Smith of Washington; Adriano Espaillat, José Serrano, Nydia Velázquez, and Yvette Clarke, all from New York; Earl Blumenauer of Oregon; and James McGovern of Massachusetts. Sens.[21] Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and other Democrats all rallied behind the “Abolish ICE” banner.

Green New Deal

The Green New Deal was introduced as H.Res.109 with 84 Democrat co-sponsors on February 7, 2019, including Velazquez.[22][23]

References

  1. DSA website: Members of the Progressive Caucus (archived on the Web Archive website)
  2. Congressional Progressive Caucus website: Caucus Member List
  3. People’s Weekly World 1993, page 18
  4. Democratic Left, Sep./Oct. 1992, page 20
  5. People’s Weekly World August 29, 1992 page 15
  6. http://www.politico.com/arena/bio/karen_ackerman.html
  7. Lawmakers Protesting Haitian Repatriation Arrested, LA Times, May 06, 1994]
  8. People’s Weekly World, January 21 1995, page 4
  9. People’s Weekly World, October 8, 1994, page 1
  10. The Job Creation and Infrastructure Restoration Act of 1997 (H.R. 950), from the New York State Communist Party email list 16 March 1997, accessed June 14, 2010.
  11. CREED NYC Calendar #10 9/2/95
  12. EXCLUSIVE: FALN Victim's Son Says Hillary Was A Key Figure In Pardoning The Terror Group, The Daily Wire.
  13. PR Newswire, Senator Schumer, Rep. Velazquez Join Asian Americans for Equality To Celebrate Freddie Mac's $1.5 Million Grant To Promote Affordable Housing in Lower Manhattan, June 2
  14. UFPJ website: January 27th Endorsers -- Individuals (accessed on Jan. 26, 2011)
  15. UFPJ website: January 27th Endorsers -- Organizations (accessed on Jan. 26, 2011)
  16. UFPJ website: Bring the Mandate for Peace to Washington DC on Jan. 27, Nov. 13, 2006 (accessed on Jan. 26, 2011)
  17. Women’s International Democratic Federation, regional workshops USA, accessed Feb. 22, 2011
  18. The 75 Democrats who are pro-sex slave ACORN defenders, By Ethel C. Fenig], American Thinker, September 18, 2009.
  19. PW, Brooklyn reps rebuff AIPAC, back Iran deal by: Chris Butters September 9 2015
  20. Protestors in Battery Park Respond to JFK Detainees, Jemima McEvoy and Sayer Devlin, Square News, January 29, 2017
  21. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/6361/cosponsors?r=4
  22. https://web.archive.org/web/20190208215631/https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/5729035/Green-New-Deal-FAQ.pdf
  23. https://www.dataforprogress.org/blog/2018/12/11/congressional-support-for-a-green-new-deal