Anas “Andy” Shallal, the Iraqi American scientist turned poet, painter, activist and multimillionaire restaurateur, is the hard-to-define outsider in this year’s Democratic primary for mayor. Shallal is a novice candidate but a natural politician. Despite the spoken-word, song and dance performances that surround his campaign, he also is no sideshow.
It would be easy to make a list of 10 bad things—wars, government shut-down, drone attacks, lack of progress on immigrant rights, lousy health-care reform. But it’s also been a year of extraordinary activism: whistleblowers, DREAMers, Walmart workers, peacemakers, gay rights advocates, garment workers. As the year ends, let’s pay tribute to the good things their efforts have wrought.
D.C. restaurateur Andy Shallal kicked off his bid for the Democratic nomination for mayor Tuesday, saying the city needs a fresh approach to grapple with a continued crisis of public education as well as a businessman’s acumen to leverage a wave of economic expansion, including expanding affordable housing.
2013 Advisory Board Members
Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva, the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), and Mike Honda, who chairs the CPC Peace and Security Task Force, today released the following statement on the end of U.S. military involvement in Iraq:
As we try to end the grinding wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Tom Hayden will be joining PDA as the lead person providing analysis and suggestions to the PDA network across America.