Training will begin at 9:30am. At 10am we will head out into the community to spread the word about my candidacy, and return at 2pm.
Please wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Bring a bottle of water and leave your heavy bags at home. Simply bring an open heart. Thank you so much for your commitment to ensure we win the primary on June 3. There is no way to overestimate the importance of the field campaign.
Our headquarters is: 11645 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 602 Los Angeles 90025.
Our field director Michael Daley will be heading the canvassing effort.
I am running for Congress because I believe America has gone off the democratic rails. We are currently in the process of dismantling the most basic social contract between the American people and our government, a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people" has transitioned before our eyes into a government "of a few of the people, by a few of the people, and for a few of the people." A toxic brew of shrinking civil liberties, expanding corporate influence and domestic surveillance is poisoning our democracy.
That's the bad news, but there is good news as well: we can change this! Anything is possible in America. And with elections, we have the opportunity to prove it.
Moneyed forces now wield an influence on our political functioning totally disproportionate to the influence wielded by the average American citizen. And this issue -- the issue underlying most all others -- is responsible for huge amounts of unnecessary suffering in the United States and elsewhere. From child poverty to untenable college loan debt to massive incarceration, Americans are weighed down by unjust social and economic forces. In response to this, we must develop a new, independent conversation and display our commitment to it at the polls. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, "As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew." As someone who is not a politician, I feel qualified to help break the current political mold and move our country beyond it.
Slavery ended because abolitionists began the move to abolish it. Women got the vote because suffragettes rose up to achieve it. Legalized segregation ended because the civil rights movement paved the way for civil rights legislation. Now, in our era, it’s time for the people of the United States to rise up and once more do what is necessary to correct our country’s course.
The political status quo cannot be trusted to fix a problem that they themselves created. Many politicians address the symptoms of our deeper problems, but it's time to address the disease itself: the system of legalized corruption that now threatens to replace the will of the people – intended by our Founders to be the true governing force in America -- with the will of a moneyed few. If elected to Congress, I will take a stand for human values, not economic ones, as the ordering principle of our society. I will promote a politics of conscience and a new bottom line. I will put the health and wellbeing of our children above the health and wellbeing of Wall Street. I will add my voice to the movement supporting a Constitutional amendment that outlaws the undue influence of money on our politics, and foster a more enlightened perspective about America and our role in the world today.
On June 3, we have the chance to introduce a new spirit and a new feel into the politics of our community. I hope you will join with me in taking a stand for a new conversation, a new politics, and in time a new and better world.
FORMER MICHIGAN GOVERNOR JENNIFER GRANHOLM ENDORSES WILLIAMSON FOR CONGRESS IN CA-33
March 3, 2014
Los Angeles, CA – Today, Marianne Williamson’s campaign for Congress in CA-33 announced the endorsement of former Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm.
"I have known Marianne for years and have witnessed the positive impact she's had on many lives,” Granholm said. “It's wonderful that she is running for Congress. She has tremendous talent and skill to bring to the country at large."
“I'm grateful for Jennifer’s endorsement, as she represents many of the qualities I most admire in a political leader," says Williamson. "I've watched her combine steadiness and dignity with humanity and compassion both in and out of office, working tirelessly to make government do a better job at improving the lives of real people."
Granholm became Michigan's first female Governor, serving from 2003-2011. She was also a member of President Obama's presidential transition team before he assumed office on January 20, 2009.She is a Distinguished Practitioner of Law and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. With her husband Daniel Mulhern, she coauthored A Governor's Story: The Fight for Jobs and America's Future, released in September 2011.
Come visit our new headquarters!
11645 Wilshire Blvd (one block w. of San Vicente). Suite 602. Anytime between 10Am and 7:30PM.
We need help with phone banking, data input, general clerical and calling volunteers.
BELOW IS THE MARCH CALENDAR OF FREE PUBLIC EVENTS:
Friday, March 14 at 12:00 PM
Beverly Hills Library
444 N Rexford Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Friday, March 14 at 7:30 PM
Center for Spiritual Living - Redondo Beach
907 Knob Hill Ave
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Saturday, March 15 at 05:00 PM
844 Lincoln Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Saturday, March 15 at 07:30 PM
Crest Theatre Westwood
1262 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Marianne was featured January 13th on the front page of the LA Times, click to read the full article
LA TIMES: Marianne Williamson's spiritual path into political realm
Author and spiritual leader Marianne Williamson speaks to supporters of her bid for the congressional seat held by Rep. Henry Waxman at the Source Spiritual Center in Venice in December. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
The friend of Oprah, best-selling author and charismatic spiritual leader is challenging Rep. Henry Waxman.
Jan. 13, 2014
It was a Thursday night, normally a slow time for churches and synagogues, but the sanctuary of The Source Spiritual Center in Venice was packed.
When a diminutive woman stepped to the front of the room, people paused in their scramble for a chair or purchase of a T-shirt and engulfed her in cheers and applause.
She called for a moment of silence. The audience stilled. She dedicated the evening ahead "to all that is good … to the fulfillment of love" in everyone.
"And so it is," concluded Marianne Williamson — friend of Oprah, associate of Hollywood elites, best-selling author and charismatic spiritual leader.
Williamson has spent three decades offering a path to inner peace for those who seek it. Now she's entering an arena in which inner — and outer — peace seems in particularly short supply: She's challenging Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) for the congressional seat he first won when Gerald Ford was president and the country was preparing to celebrate its bicentennial.
Marianne was featured January 16th on LA Weekly, click to read the full article
LA WEEKLY: Marianne Williamson Aims to Defeat Henry Waxman, and Save Washington's Soul
Marianne Williamson doesn't like most articles about her. She seems to remember every slight, every snarky subhead that called her a shaman, a prophet, an ex–lounge singer.
"The press creates a caricature," she says.
Take, for example, the most recent headline from The New York Times: "Marianne Williamson, New-Age Guru, Seeks Congressional Seat."
" 'New Age guru,' " Williamson scoffs. "First of all, what is the suggestion here, that the 'old age' is working?"
Williamson is sitting on a wooden bench beside her press person, Ileana Wachtel, inside a vegan/organic/raw food café in Santa Monica called Rawvolution. "I've never worn a velvet scarf in my life. You label somebody 'New Age,' and that's automatic mockery: 'She cannot possibly be a serious thinker.' "
Marianne was recently featured in an article on the MOON Magazine click here to read the full article
Marianne Williamson | Campaigning for the soul of America
The MOON: You’re known as a spiritual teacher and author. Why are you running for office?
Williamson: As President Eisenhower said, “Politics should be the part-time profession of every American.” Any citizen should feel that running for office is something to consider, yet we’ve developed in this country the myth of a political class. We treat politics as a spectator sport, and the average citizen is just watching the game played by others. That’s the problem right there. The House of Representatives was intended to be “the House of What’s Happening Now.” The farmer would leave his farm and become a member of the House for a while. A shopkeeper would come and be a member of the House for a while. A candle maker would come and be a member of the House for a while. And it shouldn’t be any different today.
People often create artificial distinctions between things that aren’t really distinct. There’s no place where spirituality stops and anything else in life begins, because spirituality is simply the journey of the heart—the journey from fear to love, from limitation to limitlessness, from living in the past to living in the present. So why wouldn’t someone with a prime focus on spirituality, with a skill set having to do with developing more loving and compassionate viewpoints and behavioral patterns, go into politics? Can you think of a place where such things are needed more?