Progressive Democrat Norman Solomon Running for New North Coast Congressional District

FOR RELEASE — 1:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2011
Sean Penn to Campaign for Solomon in Congressional Race
     Former North Bay resident Sean Penn will return to the area next week for joint appearances with progressive Democratic candidate Norman Solomon, who is running for Congress in the new coastal district that stretches from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border.
     The Oscar-winning actor and director has been immersed in humanitarian aid work in Haiti since a devastating earthquake struck that country in January 2010.
     In December 2002, three months before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Penn and Solomon went to Baghdad together in an effort to encourage alternatives to war. Speaking alongside Solomon at a news conference in the Iraqi capital, Penn told journalists: “I sit with you here today in the hopes that any of us present may contribute in any way to a peaceful resolution to the conflict at hand.” (For a recent magazine article with background information, click here.)
     Solomon — a policy researcher, author and political activist — is an outspoken critic of Washington’s failure to create jobs, protect the environment and give priority to education, healthcare and retirement security. He is running as an independent progressive Democrat for an open seat in the new congressional district that includes Marin County and western Sonoma County as well as the North Coast counties of Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity.
     Now in his third consecutive term as a member of the California Democratic Party’s state central committee, Solomon is national co-chair of Healthcare Not Warfare. He was elected as an Obama delegate to the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
     Details about Penn’s upcoming appearances with Solomon on the campaign trail will be posted on the campaign website, SolomonForCongress.com.

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