About 40 people wait patiently in a side room at the Venice Library on a recent weekday afternoon. Among them average folks, retirees, some middle-aged hippies and eager young people all there to hear Marianne Williamson, candidate for Congressional District 33 to replace Rep. Henry Waxman this November.
More than anything, however, the group is here to be inspired, because that’s what Williamson has been doing for the past 30 years. When she arrives just a few minutes late she barely takes a moment to catch her breath before launching into her message, which at its core she says is about disrupting the system.
“The way I see it, this is a job interview,” she begins. “Even though there are 18 people running in this race, there are only two conversations. One is about how to perpetuate the system as it is…That in my opinion is not what we need. I believe we need to disrupt the system.” ( read more)