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Norman Solomon in Humboldt

Congressional candidate Norman Solomon is bringing his campaign for the North Coast’s new District 2 to Humboldt County.  Check him out at the following locations:

  • Sep. 5th 2011 – Garberville 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM Lamport Legal Docs 867B Redwood Dr.
  • Sep. 6th 2011 – Fortuna 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Green Living Center 1201 Main Street
  • Sep. 6th 2011 – Arcata  7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Green Way Partners 1385 Eighth Street, Suite K
  • Sep. 7th 2011 – Eureka 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Labor Temple in Eureka 840 E Street

More at SolomonforCongress.com.

Press release below.

Gearing up his run for Congress in the North Coast’s new District 2, progressive Democrat Norman Solomon will be “listening and speaking” in Mendocino and Humboldt counties during Labor Day week. The appearances follow the mid-August designation of the new congressional district stretching from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border.

“I feel a deep and strong connection to California’s northern coast and its communities,” said Solomon, who has been living on the coast in Inverness Park for more than a dozen years. “This is a truly special region — not only for its stunning beauty, but also for its vibrant history of political independence and progressive values.”

Solomon’s schedule includes meetings and public events in Garberville, Fortuna, Arcata, Eureka, Ukiah and Caspar. (For details, please click here.) “Politicians make ‘swings’ through towns all the time, but I want to carefully listen, talk and connect. Our economic, social and environmental problems are extensive — but our capacity to solve them is huge when we work together.”

Solomon, author of a dozen books and a longtime policy researcher and political activist, is an outspoken critic of Washington’s failure to create jobs, protect the environment and give priority to education, healthcare and retirement security.

The new District 2 has raised concerns about a north-south wealth divide — unemployment has hit North Coast counties particularly hard — but Solomon sees an opportunity to tackle such concerns head-on.

“I went through many years of adult life near the poverty line,” Solomon said. “I understand the urgency here — people are hurting and struggling. We need Democrats in Congress who will take on Wall Street, bring our troops home, and bring that money to Main Street to create lasting employment.”

Solomon, who served as co-chair of the Commission on a Green New Deal for the North Bay, stressed the need to move beyond old jobs-versus-environment arguments. “I’m firmly committed to using federal dollars to create sustainable jobs across this district — jobs that give people real opportunity while protecting this vital and beautiful environment for future generations.”

Now in his third term as an elected delegate to the California Democratic Party central committee, Solomon was also elected as an Obama delegate from Sonoma and Marin counties to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He is also national co-chair of the Healthcare Not Warfare campaign, along with Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Donna Smith of the California Nurses Association.

In addition to appearances at Labor Day gatherings in Santa Rosa and Ukiah, Solomon is scheduled to speak at a half-dozen North Coast public events from Monday evening through Friday evening.

  1. turk
    September 5, 2011 at 7:24 am

    From Norman’s Facebook page:

    My statement on the Dutra asphalt plant near Shollenberger Park in Petaluma: “Any environmentalist should oppose this project and not doing so is a conscious choice. The general concept of supporting the environment is good but when the rubber meets the road, there are often important interests that are being protected. And the silence can be deafening.

    Guess Norm is a Democrat with a small d.

  2. Plain Jane
    September 5, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Your post is confusing and lacks context, Turk.

    If you are quoting yourself, how does what you posted on Solomon’s FB page reflect on whether he is a Democrat or a democrat?

    If you are quoting Solomon, why would his opposition to an asphalt plant on environmental grounds make him a small “D” democrat?

  3. September 5, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Hi, the NCJ’s ad has the Fortuna location at the Green Living Center, rather than the Angelina Inn, which is located in Fernbridge. Just thought you might wish to clarify the location.

  4. September 5, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Thanks, Carol. That must have been old information. I fixed it.

  5. Julie Timmons
    September 5, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Late breaking news: Norman Solomon will also attend the HCDCC’s “Democrat of the Year” dinner on Friday, Sept 16 at the Eureka Woman’s Club. This means that three of the four declared Democratic candidates (Solomon, Supervisor Susan Adams and Assemblyman Jared Huffman) will be available to meet and greet. Tickets available through the Humboldt Democrats’ website or call 445-3366.

  6. September 5, 2011 at 11:28 am

    If he felt so close to the northcoast he might meet where there is parking – LOL

  7. High Finance
    September 5, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I don’t know why you guys are bothering. The Democrat machine will tell you who the nominee will be and that person will be the next Congressman.

    All else is fluff on the Northcoast.

  8. Anonymous
    September 5, 2011 at 11:41 am

    At $75 each, Democrat Of The Year is reserved for its well-heeled republicrat base. The HCDCC offers Chicken By The Sea to fullfill it’s “big tent” illusion. For the average American worker the New Segregation is rapidly expanding.

    If I want to see Virginia Bass and Matt Owen, I’ll just go to Websters for free and look up “deceit”.

  9. Auntie Arkley
    September 5, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Hi Fi: the very same can be said of the Republican machine and the Republican zombies.

  10. Steve
    September 5, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    What’s his views of Israel? Our government’s foreign policy and economy is already controlled by the 2% Jewish minority and here Democrats are being asked to elect another one to a key political position? Not until he tells us if elected he will stand for self-determination by Palestinians and not the rubber stamp approval that Jewish congressmen and advisors to continued unquestioning support for the Apartheid racist Israeli government.

  11. 06em
    September 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Hey Steve, instead of framing him as “another one” maybe you should stand down from your stereotype long enough to get down to one of his numerous upcoming local appearances and ask him yourself. That was the advice from one of the speakers at the Labor Day picnic in Eureka today — ask now about where they stand on your big issues while they are still candidates, so that you can (hopefully) hold them to their statements if elected. Of course it’s a lot easier to take pot shots from behind your keyboard.

    This particular candidate scored extra points in my book when I noticed one of his campaign tchochkis was a packet of Lemon Queen variety sunflower seeds with his candidate badging on it. If you are hip to it, this is the variety that The Great Sunflower Project uses in the citizen-powered, backyard honey bee health monitoring project you can read about here. Very creative way to get your name out there in a positive way, I thought.

  12. tra
    September 5, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    …economy is already controlled by the 2% Jewish minority…

    Ah yes, the old “beware the evil cabal of Jews who are secretly controlling our economy” schtick. Gee whiz, how very original.

  13. Steve
    September 5, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    tra, all you or anyone has to do is look at the Jewish over-representation in high levels of U.S. gov’t, finance, and media to see that the world’s richest minority group is set up to control American policies and does so. Hell, Israel has us tied around it little finger even though Israel is rapidly becoming a pariah just like Apartheid South Afrika became and for the same reasons. I don’t want to continue Americans giving this blank check to the Jewish religious enterprise at our expense. And it’s against the Constitution protecting us from mixing Church and State. And this over-representation of Jews is happening here too, btw, where Jewish activists outnumber the Gentiles in most Progressive activist orgs and again we see the economy here going into the toilet as activists bring down the major economic support system for Humboldt county, replacing it with anti-corporate rhetoric.

    And, btw, all we Jews have to do to get past being branded an evil cabal as you say is stop acting that way…

  14. September 5, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Wow – a new generation of antisemitism rears its ugly head. I thought the Nazis were all dead.

  15. Julie Timmons
    September 6, 2011 at 9:15 am

    If only. Tickets for Democrat of the Year start at $65. Anonymous’s invitation must have been lost in the mail. The honorees are two very deserving citizens, Debbe Hartridge of (among other organizations) Six Rivers Planned Parenthood and Ira Blatt, Esq. of Redwood Legal Assistance and NAMI. Honor these wonderful folks, meet your Congressional candidates and have a great evening and dinner!

  16. Anonymous #147
    September 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Steve Lewis, is that you?

  17. Anonymous
    September 6, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Our region is the poster child for touchy-feely non clasical liberalism. As a nation all can see that after 50 years of this we are in very dire straights. Mr Solaman is more of the same. I’m sure he thinks Obama is great

  18. 06em
    September 6, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    8:32 – what utter bullshit. The dire straits from “the last 50 years” has been mostly the natural consequences of the complete corporate takeover of the once legitimate republican party and the more conservative elements of the democratic party. Touchy feely? Seriously? Good God. Your mindset is what seems to come from 50 years ago. How did you figure out how to hook your Smith-Corona up to a computer? And as to your assertion that Solomon “thinks Obama is great” I can only guess that was pulled out of the same body cavity from which you pulled the typewriter.

  19. jr
    September 7, 2011 at 6:01 am

    Read Norman’s book False Hope.

  20. Anonymous
    September 7, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Learn more about him on his website http://www.normansolomon.com/norman_solomon/

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