Additional Information on Eleanor Holmes Norton

* In 1970-71, Norton was an adjunct assistant professor at New York University Law School.

* In May 1986, Norton joined Barney FrankGloria Steinem, and others as asponsor of a “New Directions” conference (supported by the Democratic Socialists of America) in Washington, DC.

* Before she was elected to Congess, Norton served as a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation.

* In the 1990s, Donna Brazile served as Norton’s communications director.

* In 1995 Norton supported Rep. Ron Dellums’s “Living Wage, Jobs For All Act,” along with David Bonior, John ConyersLane EvansBob FilnerAlcee HastingsMaurice HincheyJim McDermottCynthia McKinneyMajor OwensNancy PelosiBernie Sanders, Edolphus Towns, and Nydia Velazquez.

* A proponent of DC statehood, Norton contends that because the people of DC currently have no voting representation in Congress, they should not be required to pay any federal taxes.

* In 2007, Norton was one of 90 Members of Congress who signed an open letter delivered to President 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 theBackbone Campaign.

* In November 2009, Norton blamed Republican lawmakers for the high rate of HIV/AIDS in Washington, DC, because they objected to government funding for needle-exchange programs.

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

* In 2015 Norton introduced a bill designed to strip the National Football League of its federal antitrust protection as long as it allowed Washington’s franchise to use the name “Redskins.” Norton said that neither the league nor the team should be “benefiting financially from federal antitrust exemptions while they continue to promote a disparaging moniker that has been found by legal authorities to be a racial slur” that “mocks and insults Native Americans.” The previous year, Norton had attempted to force a name change through a bill that would have denied tax-exempt status to any professional sports league that allowed one of its teams to benefit from the name “Redskins.”

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