Judy May Chu was born on July 7, 1953, in Los Angeles, California, to parents of Chinese ancestry. She earned a B.A. in mathematics from UCLA in 1974, and a Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1979. Chu subsequently served as a psychology professor at East Los Angeles College from 1981-88, a board member of the Garvey (California) School District from 1985-88, and a Monterrey Park City Council member from 1988-2001.
In 1982 Chu became an Interim Executive Committee member of the now-defunct Federation For Progress (FFP), a Marxist united front organization created by the highly militant Communist Workers Party (CWP). According to author/blogger Trevor Loudon, CWP not only “followed the policies of Mao Tse Tung, Joseph Stalin and ... Pol Pot,” but also “originally gave some support to the Islamists of the Iranian Revolution.” Chu's fellow FFP Committee members included such notables as Marxist professor Manning Marable, the Maoist nuclear physicist Michio Kaku, and Democratic Socialists of America member Musheer Robinson. Chu continued to serve as an FFP leader until at least 1984.
When CWP in 1985 changed its name to the New Democratic Movement and began trying to infiltrate the highest levels of the Democratic Party, Chu remained loyal to the group's agendas. As Trevor Loudon explains: “The CWP never abandoned Marxist revolution as its goal. It merely exchanged the subtle long-term infiltration of the institutions as recommended by Italian Communist Party leader, Antonio Gramsci, for the outdated, confrontational street-marching tactics of Mao Tse Tung.” Specifically, the new strategy sought to achieve power by exploiting racial and ethnic divisions. Chu demonstrated her allegiance to this approach in 1986, when she opposed a Monterrey Park City Council resolution endorsing English as the nation’s official language.
Chu served in the California State Assembly from 2001-06, and on the California Board of Equalization from 2006-09. In 2008 she initially supported the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, though she later shifted her allegiance to Barack Obama when the latter secured the Democratic Party's nomination. In June 2008 Chu co-organized a Los Angeles event where Communist Party USA leader Evelina Alarcon presented an award to Obama's younger sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng.
In a special election that was held on July 14, 2009, Chu won the race to represent California's 32nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She continues to serve in Congress, though in 2013 her district was renumbered as the 27th. Chu is a member of both the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus.
In September 2011 Chu proposed an amendment to the “See Something, Say Something Act of 2011,” a law that provided legal immunity to anyone who issued (to police) a good-faith report of suspected terrorist activities, even if that report ultimately proved to be unfounded. But Chu viewed “See Something, Say Something” as an invitation to racial profiling and declared: “If a person contacts law enforcement about something based solely on someone’s race, religion, ethnicity or national origin, they [sh]ould not receive immunity from civil lawsuits.”
When Republican Representative Peter King in 2011-12 organized a series of congressional hearings on the radicalization of Muslims in U.S. prisons and mosques, Chu characterized the entire endeavor as a useless “witch hunt for Muslim radicals.”
In 2012 Chu was a national co-chair of Obama For America (later known as Organizing For America), whose mission was to engage and mobilize pro-Democrat voters in all 50 states.
In 2013 Chu denounced the Supreme Court ruling that had recently struck down, as anachronistic, a Voting Rights Act provision requiring mainly Southern states to undergo—based on the presumption of their continuing racist tendencies—special federal scrutiny before being permitted to change their election laws in any way (e.g., by instituting Voter ID requirements or reconfiguring their voting districts). This “erosion of the Voting Rights Act,” said Chu, “and the continued efforts to impose Voter ID laws threaten the rights of every American to exercise their voice in our democracy.”
During Barack Obama's second term in the White House, Chu supported the President's executive actions designed to prevent the deportation of millions of illegals who were living in the U.S.—specifically, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (2012) and the Deferred Action Program for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (2014). Chu praised Obama for having taken “the legal and moral step of clarifying that those who have made America their home, have laid down roots, and are contributing to our communities, are not deportation priorities.”
Chu rejects the use of the term “anchor baby” in reference to the offspring of illegal aliens who give birth in the U.S. so that their children can claim American citizenship and all the social-welfare benefits that go with it. This “slur that stigmatizes children from birth,” says Chu, is a repugnant outgrowth of “xenophobia” that aims to “isolate immigrants.” What is most needed, the congresswoman explains, is “comprehensive immigration reform” that: provides a “pathway to citizenship”; fixes “a broken immigration system that forces families to live apart or live in fear”; and “integrate[s] the 11.5 million undocumented immigrants already living and contributing here.” “Our government should not be in the business of separating parents from children,” Chu emphasizes.
During her years in Congress, Chu has repeatedly voted against any and all limitations on women's right to taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand, and she has consistently received ratings of 100% from NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood. Moreover, Chu has garnered considerable political and financial support from the abortion-rights group EMILY's List.
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