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About Dennis Kucinich

Dennis Kucinich's courageous and visionary restoration of America's basic manufacturing and
presidential campaign excited a new generation of young infrastructure. He is currently leading an effort to support
Americans to involvement in the 2004 Democratic the role of NASA in the development of basic research for
Primary elections. His speech to the 2004 Democratic civil aeronautics.
Convention will long be remembered as a clarion call to Kucinich first came to national prominence in 1977
purpose in the Democratic Party. when he was elected mayor of Cleveland at age 31; the
Kucinich's Presidential candidacy was a continuation of youngest person ever elected to lead a major American
his challenge to the war in Iraq. He led 125 Democratic city. In 1978, Cleveland's banks demanded that he sell the
Members of Congress in opposition to the war. His city's 70 year-old municipally-owned electric system to its
"Prayer for America" speech in Los Angeles in February of private competitor (in which the banks had a financial
2002 inspired tens of thousands of emails, many urging interest) as a precondition of extending credit to city
him to run for President. He insisted government. Kucinich refused to sell
early on there was no proof of any Muny Light. In an incident
"weapons of mass destruction". He unprecedented in modern American
toured the country, warning America politics, the Cleveland banks plunged
about the dangers of attacking a nation the city into default for a mere $15
which did not attack us. Today he is million. Kucinich lost his re-election bid
seen as the prophet who predicted in 1979. Fifteen years later, Kucinich
hundreds of billions of dollars wasted, made his first step toward a political
countless lives lost, America's comeback, winning election to the
credibility in the world severely Ohio Senate on the strength of the
undermined. Today he insists that the expansion of the city's light system
United States must withdraw from which provides low-cost power to
Iraq. almost half the residents of Cleveland.
Kucinich has advocated the creation In 1998 the Cleveland City Council
of a cabinet-level Department of Peace, honored him for, "having the courage
to make non-violence an organizing and foresight to refuse to sell the city's
principle within our society. He municipal electric system."
believes that peace, not war, is Kucinich was born in Cleveland,
inevitable, if we are willing to work for Ohio on October 8, 1946. He is the
peace. He sees the world as being eldest of 7 children of Frank and
interconnected and interdependent. Virginia Kucinich. He and his family
This vision always strives to find the commonalities, the lived in twenty-one places, including a couple of cars, by
points where unity can be formed. He believes the United the time Kucinich was 17 years old. "I live each day with a
States can best lead the way through full support of the grateful heart and a desire to be of service to humanity,"
Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, the Kyoto Climate he says.
Change Treaty, the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Kucinich has promoted a national health care system,
Biological Weapons Convention; joining the International preservation of Social Security, increased Unemployment
Criminal Court, signing the Landmine Treaty and the Insurance benefits, and the establishment of wholesales
Small Arms Treaty. As we rejoin the world in full support cost-based rates for electricity, natural gas and home
of principles of international law, we help build the cause heating oil. When the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory
of human unity, he believes. In his fifth term in the United arbitration could be a condition of employment, Kucinich
States House, Kucinich has been a leader for Universal introduced a bill to reverse the Court's decision.
Health Care, a full employment economy, fully-paid tuition
In his Cleveland, Ohio district, Kucinich has been
at public colleges and universities, repeal of the Patriot
recognized by the Greater Cleveland AFL-CIO as a tireless
Act, the development of bio-fuels as alternative energy and
advocate for the social and economic interests of his sacredness of all species. In the 106th Congress, his call for
community. He is currently leading a civic crusade to save labeling and safety testing of all genetically engineered
Cleveland's 90 year-old steel industry and the thousands of foods provoked a $50 million advertising campaign by the
jobs and retiree benefits it provides. While hundreds of biotech industry. Kucinich hosted an international
community hospitals have been closed throughout the parliamentary session, attended by officials of 18 countries,
country, Kucinich led a powerful citizens' movement on the social, economic, political and health impact of
which reopened two Cleveland neighborhood hospitals. genetic food technologies. More recently he was one of the
He was prepared to block a railroad merger at the Surface principal speakers at an international conference on water
Transportation Board until he gained an agreement from rights, where he called for governments to reserve public
the nation's largest railroads which improved rail safety ownership of water resources. Kucinich is a dynamic,
while diverting a heavy volume of train traffic away from visionary leader who combines a powerful activism with a
heavily populated residential areas. His promotion of rail spiritual sense of the essential interconnectedness of all
safety improvements gained him the top award from the living things. His holistic worldview carries with it a
Ohio PTA in 2000. His efforts on behalf of Cleveland's passionate commitment to public service, peace, human
poor gained the recognition of the National Association of rights, workers rights, and the environment. His advocacy
Social Workers. He continues to be a local and national of a Department of Peace seeks not only to make
advocate for the homeless. nonviolence an organizing principle in our society, but to
Congressman Kucinich acts upon his belief that make war archaic. His is a powerful, ethical voice for
protection of the global environment is fundamental to nuclear disarmament, preservation of the ABM treaty,
preserving the life of all species. He has been honored by banning weapons in outer space, and a halt to the
Public Citizen, the Sierra Club, Friends of the Earth and development of a 'Star Wars' - type missile defense
the League of Conservation Voters as a champion of clean technology.
air, clean water and an unspoiled earth. He was an early He has been recognized for his advocacy of human
critic of nuclear power as being risky economically, and rights in Burma, Nigeria and East Timor. Together with
environmentally, raising questions about nuclear waste the late Rep. Joe Moakley (D-Mass), he has led a concerted
byproducts. As a state senator he raised so many questions effort to close the School of the Americas, which has been
about a planned siting of a nuclear waste dump in Ohio an incubator of human rights violations in Central
that the idea was eventually scrapped. Early in his first America. On the eve of the World Trade Organization's
term in Congress he thwarted an effort to repeal a Seattle conference, Rep. Kucinich organized 114
provision of the Clean Air Act. As a congressional Democrats to help convince President Clinton to seek
representative to the global climate treaty talks, human rights, workers rights and environmental quality
Congressman Kucinich encouraged America to lead the principles as preconditions in all US trade agreements.
way toward a sustainable, shared stewardship of the planet Kucinich marched with workers through the streets of
through carbon reduction, and investment in alternative Seattle protesting the WTO's policies and with students
energy technologies. through the streets of Washington, DC, challenging the
He not only believes in sustainability, he practices it. structural readjustment policies of the IMF.
Congressman Kucinich is one of the few vegans in Dennis Kucinich is the 2003 recipient of the Gandhi
Congress, a dietary decision he credits not only with Peace Award.
improving his health, but in deepening his belief in the

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