Additional Information on Carolyn Maloney

* In 1986 Maloney supported the efforts of the so-called Great Peace Marchers, a group of several hundred activists who walked some 3,500 miles from Los Angeles to Washington, DC, to promote the cause of global nuclear disarmament. When the marchers, on their way to DC, arrived in New York City on October 23, 1986, Maloney and several other local politicians—including David Dinkins, Mark Green, Ruth Messinger, Jerrold Nadler, and David Paterson—greeted them warmly. A few days later, the Communist Party USA‘s People’s Daily World sponsored a reception for 25 of the marchers.

* In 1990, Maloney personally endorsed the New YorkCity  mayoral campaign of David Dinkins, a well known member of the Democratic Socialists of America.

* On August 6, 1993, Maloney spoke at a rally to commemorate Hiroshima Day at the United Nations‘ Dag Hammarskjold Park. The event was intended “to kickoff a national campaign to collect a million signatures supporting a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, commend President [Bill] Clinton for extending the nuclear testing moratorium, urge renewal of the Non Proliferation Treaty, [and] urge swift and complete nuclear disarmament.” Other speakers included Leslie Cagan, David McReynolds of the War Resisters LeagueJerrold NadlerMajor OwensCharles Rangel, and Alyn Ware of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy. For a list of additional speakers, click here.

* A noteworthy constituent of Maloney’s congressional district in the 1990s was Lori Berenson, a member of the Marxist-Leninist Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement in Peru. In 1996, Peruvian authorities convicted and imprisoned Berenson under their government’s strict anti-terrorism laws. Maloney subsequently interceded on Berenson’s behalf, traveling to Peru in 1997 to meet with her in prison, and thereafter making numerous public callsfor her release. Berenson was eventually paroled in 2010.

* In 1997 Maloney co-sponsored Congressman Matthew Martinez’s Job Creation and Infrastructure Restoration Act, which proposed to use $250 billion in federal funds for the establishment of union-wage jobs rebuilding infrastructure (e.g., schools, hospitals, libraries, public transportation, highways, and parks). Martinez had previously introduced this bill in 1995 at the the request of the Los Angeles Labor Coalition for Public Works Jobs, whose leaders were all supporters or members of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA).

* In 2007, Maloney was one of 90 Members of Congress who signed an open letter to President George W. Bush, stating: “We will only support appropriating funds for U.S. military operations in Iraq during Fiscal Year 2008 and beyond for the protection and safe redeployment of all our troops out of Iraq before you leave office.” The letter was initiated by the Peace Pledge Coalition, an alliance led by such notables as Medea Benjamin, Bill Fletcher, Kevin Zeese, and representatives of the Progressive Democrats of America, Democrats.com, AfterDowningStreet.org, Velvet Revolution, and the Backbone Campaign.

* One of Maloney’s passions has been the “normalization” of U.S. relations with Cuba. In 2013, she was one of 59 House Members who signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to “support travel to Cuba by granting general licenses for ALL current categories of travel.” (Emphasis in original)

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