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Shadow Politics is a grass roots talk show giving a voice to the voiceless. For more than 200 years the people of the Nation's Capital have ironically been excluded from the national political conversation. With no voting member of either house of Congress, Washingtonians have lacked the representation they need to be equal and to have their voices heard. Shadow Politics will provide a platform for them, as well as the millions of others nationwide who feel politically disenfranchised and disconnected, to be included in a national dialog.
We need to start a new conversation in America, one that is more inclusive and diverse and one that will lead our great nation forward to meet the challenges of the 21st century. At Shadow Politics, we hope to get this conversation started by bringing Americans together to talk about issues important to them. We look forward to having you be part of the discussion so call in and join the conversation. America is calling and we're listening… Shadow Politics is about America hearing what you have to say. It's your chance to talk to an elected official who has spent more than 30 years in Washington politics. We believe that if we start a dialog and others add their voices we will create a chorus. Even if those other politicians in Washington don't hear you — Senator Brown will. He's on a mission to listen to what America has to say and use it to start a productive dialog to make our democracy stronger and more inclusive. If we are all part of the solution we can solve any problem.
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Over the past 33 years Senator Brown has been involved in many national and local political campaigns, including six Presidential campaigns. He has also been involved in the past ten consecutive Democratic National Conventions including being an Obama super-delegate in 2008 and 2012. Last November he was reelected with 207,000 votes, that's more votes than eight other United States Senators who are now serving in congress. In addition, he was on the staff of the Democratic National Committee and was a community activists and neighborhood commissioner in his hometown of Washington, DC. Senator Brown is a graduate of the University of Maryland. In 2008 Barack Obama said that, Even without a vote, Senator Brown has always been a strong advocate for the rights of DC residents. As a shadow senator, Brown receives no pay from the government, receives no budget from the government, and cannot vote on matters before the Senate. While he does not have an office in the United States Senate, the Government of the District provides him with an office in City Hall. His office is totally funded by contributions from DC taxpayers. Brown lobbies the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives on behalf of the citizens of the District in their attempt to gain full representation in Congress, self-determination, and eventually admittance to the union as a state. As shadow senator, Brown also works with the District's delegate, mayor, and council to advance the interest of local residents on Federal issues. Brown is a member of the Democratic Party.
My name is Michael D. Brown and since 2006 I have served the people of the District of Columbia as their volunteer United States Senator. That’s right, volunteer U.S. Senator. Ending "taxation without representation" in DC is what I work for every day. My job is to secure equal rights for the 700,000 hard-working, tax-paying Americans who live in our nation’s capital and have no voice because they have no vote.
No salary, little funding and just recently a law was passed that will provide matching funds for candidates – but my office was purposely left out because it represents the interests of the people and not that of the elected officials that created the law.
Elected like all other senators (receiving nearly 207,000 votes in the last election), I serve a six-year term representing the citizens of the District. Since 1801, DC residents have been denied the basic civil rights of full citizenship – even though they pay the highest per capita taxes in America, serve in the military at higher than the national average and in every way have been exemplary citizens for more than 200 years. We are the only country in the world that does this and I fight every day to end this tyranny of taxation without representation.
So please watch this video and consider making a small donation so that I can get re-elected and continue the fight. I’m counting on you!!!
The Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures. Over the past 40 years, he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil rights, gender equality and economic and social justice.
Rev. Jackson deferred his theological studies when he began working full-time in the Civil Rights Movement with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rev. Jackson’s two presidential campaigns broke new ground in U.S. politics. His 1984 campaign registered more than one million new voters, won 3.5 million votes and helped the Democratic Party regain control of the Senate in 1986. His 1988 campaign registered more than two million new voters, won seven million votes and helped boost hundreds of state and local elected officials into office.
In 1991, Rev. Jesse Jackson was elected United States Senator for Washington, DC, advocating for statehood for the nation’s capital and advancing the “rainbow” agenda at the national and international levels. Since then, he has continued to promote voter registration and lead get out-the-vote campaigns, believing that everyone should be encouraged to be a responsible, informed and active voter. He has spearheaded major organizing tours through Appalachia, Mississippi, California and Georgia.
On August 9, 2000, President Bill Clinton awarded Rev. Jackson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
Rev. Jackson has been called the “Conscience of the Nation” and “the Great Unifier” challenging America to be inclusive and to establish just and humane priorities for the benefit of all. He is known for bringing people together on common ground across lines of race, culture, class, gender and belief.
For his work in human and civil rights and nonviolent social change, Rev. Jackson has received more than 40 honorary doctorate degrees and frequently lectures at major colleges and universities including Howard, Yale, Princeton, Morehouse, Harvard, Columbia, Stanford and Hampton.
A very special guest - The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. - Founder and President of Rainbow PUSH Coalition! Marília and I will speak with the Rev. Jackson about the national struggle for voting right protections, DC statehood and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. The Rev. Jesse Jackson set the tone for an office that is now more than 30 years old. His leadership on the issue of DC statehood spans more than four decades and his advocacy continues to this day. We'll ask Rev. Jackson about the very first days of the DC Congressional Statehood Delegation and what he thinks our prospects are for passing the Washington, DC Admission Act, which currently has 46 cosponsors in the Senate.
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Dear Senator Brown,
I'm an avid listener and I want to say thanks for another great show this past Sunday. I am sorry to hear Senator about your mishap last week. I hope you will be back in good health in no time. On your show you had mentioned that both you & Kathleen had worked for President Carter’s campaign. What are the chances of having him on your show for an interview? I would truly enjoy having the two of you interview President Carter & get his perspectives on the current climate in the congress.
As always, thanks again and I look forward to your future shows.
Good afternoon Senator. I have been an avid listener to your show ever since it began. I enjoy the views you share on the topics of the day. And although I might not agree at times I do find them insightful.
I also enjoy the rapport you have with Kathleen & the sense of humor the two of you share.
I thought your show yesterday concerning public education was insightful and informative. I hope you have more shows in the future concerning this topic.
Thanks again & I look forward to more shows from you & Kathleen.
Joe from San Jose, Ca.