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DANNY DAVIS Printer Friendly Page
 

 

  • Member of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the NAACP, and the Democratic Socialists of America
  • Was a member of the socialist New Party in the mid-1990s
  • Supported the notoriously corrupt community organization ACORN
  • Has called for the release of the incarcerated cop-killer and leftist icon Mumia Abu-Jamal
  • Favors comprehensive immigration reform and an end to the deportation of illegal aliens
  • Opposes Israel's blockade of the Gaza seaport


 

See also:  Congressional Black Caucus   New Party   NAACP

                 Congressional Progressive Caucus   Citizen Action

                 Democratic Socialists of America
   Democratic Party



Born the son of a sharecropper on September 6, 1941 in Parkdale, Arkansas, Danny Davis earned a BA in history from Arkansas Agricultural Mechanical and Normal College in 1961, an MS in guidance from Chicago State University in 1968, and a PhD in public administration from Union Institute in 1977. For information regarding his work experience prior to launching the
political career for which he is best known, click here.

In the late 1970s, Davis served on a “Citizen's Committee” supporting the unsuccessful congressional campaign of Timuel Black, a Chicago socialist who sat on the advisory board of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS).

In 1979 Davis began an 11-year stint as an alderman in the Chicago City Council. He subsequently
served as a member of Chicago's Democratic Ward Committee (1984-2000) and the Cook County (Illinois) Board of Commissioners (1990-96). After a failed 1991 bid for the office of Chicago mayor, Davis in '92 co-chaired the Clinton/Gore presidential campaign as well as Carol Moseley Braun's U.S. Senate run. In 1996 Davis was elected to represent the 7th Congressional District of Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he since has been reelected every two years. He is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the NAACP, and the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA).

In 1983 Davis served on the steering committee of Democrat Harold Washington's mayoral campaign in Chicago. That same year, he lectured at the Chicago DSA's Socialist School.

In August 1987 in Chicago, Davis addressed and endorsed the New Agenda Conference of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA). On October 31 of that year, he co-sponsored the Illinois Democratic Alternatives conference hosted by the Chicago DSA.

In May 1989 Davis delivered the opening address at the Chicago DSA's annual Eugene Debs/Norman Thomas/Michael Harrington dinner banquet, named in honor of three prominent American socialists. That same year, Davis was the keynote speaker at the annual fundraising banquet where the CPUSA raised funds for its newspaper, the
People's Weekly World. He went on to make numerous appearances at these same banquets in subsequent years, including 1990, 1997, 1998, 2000, and 2011.

In the early 1990s Davis supported Illinois state senator Alice Palmer, a socialist Democrat who was an early backer of Barack Obama's budding political ambitions, and who openly praised the Soviet Union during the Cold War era.

On November 10, 1991, Davis served as master of ceremonies for the Bicentennial Celebration of the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights (CCDBR), which was founded in 1960 as a CPUSA front and later became heavily influenced by the DSA and the CCDS.

In the mid-1990s Davis was a member of the New Party, a socialist coalition that also counted then-state senator Barack Obama among its members. At
Teamsters union rally a number of years later, in 2004, Obama said that Davis was “one of the greatest congressmen in the country … because he shares our values.”

In 1997 Davis served on the board of directors of Citizen Action of Illinois.

In 2002 Davis was a guest speaker at a convention of the pro-socialist, notoriously corrupt community organization ACORN, where he called for the enactment of a living wage, healthcare reform, a higher minimum wage, increased funding for public education, and affirmative action in employment and higher education. When the House of Representatives voted by a 345-75 margin to defund ACORN seven years later (in September 2009), Davis was one of the 75—all Democrats—who voted to continue funding the group. For a list of other legislators who voted as Davis did, click here.

In 2005 Davis and an aide took a seven-day trip to Sri Lanka, purportedly to investigate charges that one region of that country was not receiving an equitable share of foreign-aid funds in the aftermath of the December 2004 tsunami that had devastated the region. Davis's travel expenses were covered by the Tamil Tigers, a Marxist-Leninist group that the U.S. government classified as a terrorist organization, due in part to its use of suicide bombers and child soldiers. On his required congressional disclosure form, however, Davis indicated that the trip was paid for by an Illinois-based Tamil cultural organization, the Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America. The matter later came under scrutiny in August 2006, when eleven Tamil Tiger supporters were arrested on charges of conspiring to aid the terrorist group by means of money laundering, arms procurement, and bribing U.S. officials. Taking issue with the State Department’s designation of the group as a terrorist entity, Davis said: “The Tamil Tigers would be called ‘freedom fighters’ by many people throughout the world... The Tamils were always a minority who said they were discriminated against by the majority, the same way black folks were discriminated against by slave-owners, or groups in Ireland were discriminated against by the dominant group.”

In 2008 Davis signed a statement circulated by the Partisan Defense Committee, an organization calling for the release of the incarcerated cop-killer and leftist icon Mumia Abu-Jamal.

In December 2010, Davis, who had been seeking to represent the Democratic Party in a special Chicago mayoral election slated for February 2011, dropped out of the race in order to prevent the black vote from being split between himself and rival Democrat Carol Moseley Braun, a former U.S. Senator. Davis reasoned that by withdrawing from the race, he could increase the chances of a black person (Braun) being elected. His efforts were to no avail, however, as Rahm Emanuela white manwas the ultimate winner.

In March 2012 at CPUSA's headquarters in Chicago, the Communist Party news website People’s World honored Davis
—who was then a member of the House Committee on Homeland Securitywith a “social justice” award in recognition of his track record of “inspiring leadership.” The award was named after the late Chris Hani, a longtime member and leader of the South African Communist Party, and the Chicago-based left-wing activist Rudy Lozano. In his acceptance remarks, Davis recalled how he and Lozano had “worked closely together to try and build and a relationship between Latino and African-American activists and union types.” “We called ourselves 'Progressives,'” added Davis.[1]

On November 6, 2013, Davis was among some 150 demonstrators who were arrested for blocking a Chicago street during a protest in support of comprehensive immigration reform and an end to the deportation of illegal aliens.

In September 2014 Davis called for Israel to lift its blockade of the Gaza seaport, which had been instituted to prevent Hamas terrorists from importing weaponry via that port. Only two other members of Congress
Keith Ellison and Barbara Leehad previously spoken out against the blockade.

Over the years, Davis has received strong support from the organization J Street.

For an overview of Davis's voting record on a wide range of key issues, click here, here, and here.

For additional information on Davis,
click here.


NOTE:

[1] To view a video of Davis trying to avoid responding to reporter Andrew Breitbart's inquiry as to whether Davis was a supporter of the Communist Party, click here.

 

 

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