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CONTACT: Ileana Wachtel
Friday, November 22, 2013
Santa Monica, CA – Tonight, Marianne Williamson, independent candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in California’s 33rd District, spoke to a filled auditorium at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA about the need for a transformational politics in our country today.
Her run for Congress is a clarion call to action for the thousands of people in District 33 to join her in creating a new chapter in American history. A chapter that can transform politics as we know it.
In her speech she said , “We need a politics of conscience -- a new era of public discourse in which love is not minimized, the voices of women and children are not marginalized, and the future is not bartered for a pot of unrighteous gold.”
Williamson emphasized that our democracy itself is at risk today, and explained that the combined forces of money and power were at the heart of crippling our freedoms. “The assault on our freedoms by the combined forces of money and power,” she said, “is our single largest challenge – the issue underlying all other issues we face today: all other issues - climate change, poverty, the corruption of our food supply, our high incarceration rate -- all are derivative, until we deal with that, the health and well-being of the American people will always come second to the short term economic gain of the multinational corporate interests.”
And, to drive her point home she cited the need for a Constitutional Amendment to override Citizens United to make way for public financing of our political campaigns.
She also interjected in her speech the critical need for a massive investment in clean, renewable sources of energy; universal preschool; paid maternity leave; labeling of GMO’s and an end to the revolving door practice between the US government and its corporate benefactors.
Williamson’s work as a lecturer and best-selling author has influenced the lives of millions of people over three decades. Her work as a social and political activist has been evidenced by her founding of organizations such as Project Angel Food, a meals on wheels program assisting AIDS patients; The Peace Alliance, promoting legislation to establish a United States Department of Peace; and as a Board member on the RESULTS organization, working to end hunger and poverty throughout the world. As a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives she extends that work into creating a transformational politics.
Ending her speech she said, “Love should be our bottom line, in politics as well as in everything else.”