By: Trevor Loudon
Because of redistricting, veteran Michigan congressman John Conyers is facing his first tough race in years.
Conyers is a ranking member and former chair of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, serving more than twenty term in Congress. He is the second most senior member of the House and dean of the far left Congressional Black Caucus. He was also a founding member of the DSA initiated Congressional Progressive Caucus and was an original member of President Nixon’s Enemies List.
Not wanting to lose such a valuable ally in Congress, the Michigan DSA Marxists are openly fundraising and campaigning for their man.
Democratic Socialists of America Political Action Committee held a fundraising reception for Representative John Conyers, Jr. at Colors Restaurant on Sunday, May 27th 2012, from 2-5 PM. Guest of honor was longtime DSA affiliate Jim Hightower — noted progressive radio commentator and editor of the Hightower Lowdown.
Co-hosts were David Bullock, President of the Detroit branch of Operation PUSH, DSAer Tim Carpenter, Executive Director of Progressive Democrats of America, DSAer David Hecker, President of the American Federation of Teachers-Michigan and Marjorie Mitchell, Executive Director of the DSA dominated Michigan Universal Health Care Access Network.
As you may know, Congressman Conyers faces a serious primary challenge in a new district. In the past, he has never needed to raise much money for his campaigns. This time is different. We anticipate significant negative advertising will be directed against him. He will require sufficient resources with which to respond.
John Conyers is an icon to the progressive community. He is the only elected official ever to be endorsed by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. As the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, he opposed the Patriot Act and has been a staunch defender of civil liberties. He is the sponsor of the Medicare for All Act (HR 676), a single-payer health insurance bill which would provide comprehensive health care benefits ton all Americans while simultaneously containing health care costs. He is the sponsor of the Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act (HR 870), a bill which would use a tax on financial transactions to create a national jobs program aimed at producing three to four million new jobs per year in infrastructure improvement, social services, and green energy. In short, Congressman Conyers shares our politics.
Yes, John Conyers does share DSA’s politics, which is why, hopefully, this will be comrade Conyers’ last term in office.