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Encyclopedia > Ron Dellums
Ron Dellums
Ron Dellums

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 9th district
In office
1971-1998
Preceded by Jeffery Cohelan
Succeeded by Barbara Lee

Born November 24, 1935 (age 71)
Oakland, California
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse Leola "Roscoe" Higgs, Cynthia Lewis

Ronald Vernie (Ron) Dellums (born November 24, 1935), U.S. Democratic Party politician, is the mayor of the City of Oakland, California. He was a U.S. Representative from California from 1971 until his resignation on February 6, 1998 and, following that, a lobbyist. Image File history File linksMetadata Dellums. ... Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress, the other being the Senate. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The 9th Congressional District of California is a Congressional District that currently covers a significant portion of the East Bay portion of the San Francisco Bay Area, California. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Jeffery Cohelan (June 24, 1914 - February 15, 1999) was a United States Representative from California. ... Barbara Lee Barbara Lee (born July 16, 1946), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1998, representing the 9th District of California (map). ... November 24 is the 328th day (329th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... Oakland, founded in 1852, is the eighth-largest city in California[1] and the county seat of Alameda County. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other being the Republican Party. ... November 24 is the 328th day (329th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Oakland, founded in 1852, is the eighth-largest city in California[1] and the county seat of Alameda County. ... The House of Representatives is the larger of two houses that make up the U.S. Congress, the other being the United States Senate. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Lobbying is the practice of private advocacy with the goal of influencing a governing body, in order to ensure that an individuals or organizations point of view is represented in the government. ...


Dellums was the first African American elected to Congress from Northern California and the first openly socialist American Congressman since World War II.[1] An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... Socialism refers to a broad array of doctrines or political movements that envisage a socio-economic system in which property and the distribution of wealth are subject to social control. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...

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Early life

Dellums was born in Oakland. His father, Verney Dellums, was a longshoreman. He attended Oakland Technical High School and McClymonds High School.[2] Oakland Technical High School Oakland Technical High School, in Oakland, California U.S.A., known locally as Oakland Tech, is a public high school located on 4351 Broadway in North Oakland. ... A view of the entrance of McClymonds Educational Complex. ...


He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1954 to 1956. Dellums later received his A.A. degree from the Oakland City College in 1958, his B.A. from the San Francisco State University in 1960, and his M.S.W. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1962.[3] He became a psychiatric social worker and political activist in the African American community beginning in the 1960s.[3] He also taught at the San Francisco State University and the University of California, Berkeley.[4] The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military responsible for providing power projection from the sea,[1] utilizing the mobility of the U.S. Navy to rapidly deliver combined-arms task forces to global crises. ... An associate degree is an academic degree awarded by community colleges, junior colleges and some bachelors degree-granting colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study usually lasting two years. ... Laney College is a community college located in Oakland, California. ... Bachelor of Arts (B.A., BA or A.B.), from the Latin Artium Baccalaureus is an undergraduate bachelors degree awarded for either a course or a program in the liberal arts or the sciences, or both. ... San Francisco State University is a branch of the California State University system. ... The Master of Social Work (MSW) is a type of masters degree which is received from a graduate school that has been approved by the Council on Social Work Education. ... Sather tower (the Campanile) looking out over the San Francisco Bay and Mount Tamalpais. ... Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that studies and treats mental and emotional disorders (see mental illness). ... A social worker is a person employed in the administration of charity, social service, welfare, and poverty agencies, advocacy, or religious outreach programs. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... San Francisco State University is a branch of the California State University system. ... Sather tower (the Campanile) looking out over the San Francisco Bay and Mount Tamalpais. ...


Dellums is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African Americans.[5] He is a member of the fraternity's World Policy Council, a think tank whose purpose is to expand the fraternity's involvement in politics, and social and current policy to encompass international concerns.[6] Alpha Phi Alpha (ΑΦΑ) is the first intercollegiate fraternity established by African Americans. ... The Greek alphabet is an alphabet that has been used to write the Greek language since about the 9th century BCE. It was the first alphabet in the narrow sense, that is, a writing system using a separate symbol for each vowel and consonant alike. ... The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words and , meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Delta Sigma Phi, Rotary International, Optimist International, Ordo Templi Orientis or the Shriners. ... This article is about the institution. ...


Political career

Dellums has been in politics for over Forty years. He has held positions on the Berkeley city council, in the US House of Representatives, and is the mayor-elect of Oakland, for the term beginning 1 January 2007. January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ...


Berkeley city council

Dellums was elected to the Berkeley city council, and served from 1967 to 1970.[7] Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern California, in the United States. ... A city council is the most common style of legislative government in a city or town. ...


U.S. Congress

He was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1970 after being recruited by anti-Vietnam War activists to run against the incumbent, Jeffery Cohelan, a white liberal close to organized labor who had not opposed the war early enough to win reelection in the district. Dellums defeated Cohelan in the Democratic Primary and won the general election, serving without interruption for 27 years.[8] Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is one of the two chambers of the United States Congress, the other being the Senate. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... Jeffery Cohelan (June 24, 1914 - February 15, 1999) was a United States Representative from California. ... American liberalism—that is, liberalism in the United States of America—is a broad political and philosophical mindset, favoring individual liberty, and opposing restrictions on liberty, whether they come from established religion, from government regulation, from the existing class structure, or from multi-national corporations. ... A union (labor union in American English; trade union, sometimes trades union, in British English; either labour union or trade union in Canadian English) is a group of workers who act collectively to address common issues. ...


His politics earned him a place on the so-called Nixon's Enemies List, where his notation stated Dellums "had extensive EMK-Tunney support in his election bid."[9] [10] Nixons enemies list was compiled by Charles Colson and sent to John Dean Nixons Enemies List is the informal name of what started as a list of President Richard Nixons major political opponents compiled by Charles Colson, written by George T. Bell [1] (assistant to Colson, special... Edward Moore Ted Kennedy (born February 22, 1932) is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. ... John Varick Tunney (born June 26, 1934), American politician, is a former U.S. Senator and Representative. ...


Vietnam war crimes hearings

Victims of the My Lai Massacre
Victims of the My Lai Massacre

In January, 1971, just weeks into his first term, Dellums set up a Vietnam war crimes exhibit in an annex to his Congressional office. The exhibit featured four large posters depicting supposed atrocities committed by American soldiers embellished with red paint. This was followed shortly thereafter by a series of hearings on alleged war crimes in Vietnam, which began April 25. Dellums had called for formal investigations into the allegations, but Congress chose not to endorse these proceedings. As such, the hearings were ad hoc and only informational in nature. As a condition of room use, press and camera presence were not permitted, but the proceedings were transcribed. A small number of other anti-Vietnam War congresspeople also took part in the hearings. Image File history File links My_Lai_massacre. ... Image File history File links My_Lai_massacre. ... Photographs of the My Lai massacre provoked world outrage and made it an international scandal. ... In the context of war, a war crime is a punishable offense under International Law, for violations of the laws of war by any person or persons, military or civilian. ... April 25 is the 115th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (116th in leap years). ...


Anti-apartheid campaign

In 1972, Dellums began his campaign to end the racist, apartheid policies of South Africa. Fourteen years later, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Dellums's anti-apartheid legislation, calling for a trade embargo against South Africa and immediate divestment by American corporations. The bill, The Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986, had broad bipartisan support. It called for sanctions against South Africa and stated preconditions for lifting the sanctions, including the release of all political prisoners. Ronald Reagan called for a policy of "constructive engagement" and vetoed the bill; however, his veto was overridden. It was the first override in the 20th century of a presidential foreign policy veto.[11] Petty apartheid: sign on Durban beach in English, Afrikaans and Zulu (1989) Apartheid (meaning separatism in Afrikaans cognate to English apart and -hood) was a system of racial segregation that was enforced in South Africa from 1948 to 1994. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). ... Superscript text This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Dellums' fight against apartheid in South Africa was the subject of a Disney Channel made-for-TV movie, The Color of Friendship, released in 2000. The role of Congressman Dellums was played by actor Carl Lumbly in the movie. [12] For the Disney Channel in other countries, see Disney Channel around the world. ... The Color of Friendship (2000) is an Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel Original Movie based on a true story about the friendship between two girls from different worlds who learn to overcome their differences and become friends. ... Carl Lumbly, born August 14, 1952, in Minnesota, is a film, stage, and television actor. ...


Cold War conflicts in southern Africa

As part of the Cold War struggle for influence in southern Africa, the United States joined with the apartheid government of South Africa in support of UNITA, led by the Jonas Savimbi, against the ultimately victorious Angolan forces of the MPLA supported by the Soviet Union and the Cuban armed forces. Dellums was criticized for his support of Fidel Castro's involvement with the MPLA in Angola and was called a "Castroite congressman" by the conservative press.[13] He also introduced legislation (which was unsuccessful) in September 1987 to prohibit economic and military assistance to Zaire, citing poor human rights, corruption, and alleged collaboration with South Africa.[14] For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ... A UNITA sticker The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, commonly known by the acronymn, UNITA, derived from its Portuguese name União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola, is an Angolan political faction and a former rebel force. ... Jonas Malheiro Savimbi (August 3, 1934–February 22, 2002) was a rebel leader in Angola who founded the UNITA movement in 1966, and ultimately proved a central figure in 20th century Cold War politics. ... The MPLA flag The Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (Movimiento Popular de Libertação de Angola) is an Angolan political party that has ruled the country since independence in 1975. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (born on August 13, 1926) is the current President of Cuba but on indefinite medical hiatus. ... The MPLA flag The Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (Movimiento Popular de Libertação de Angola) is an Angolan political party that has ruled the country since independence in 1975. ... Look up September in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Arms control

Throughout his career Dellums led campaigns against defense projects, saying that the funds would be better spent on peaceful purposes, especially in U.S. cities. Programs he opposed in particular included the Pershing and MX missiles, and the B-2 Spirit (popularly known as the "stealth bomber"). Dellums was committed to defense spending reductions although he did not oppose the closing the Naval Air Station Alameda in his own district.[15] The Pershing II Missile during a test flight The MGM-31 Pershing was a solid-fueled two-stage inertially guided medium range ballistic missile used by the U.S. Armys Missile Command. ... Test launch of Peacekeeper ICBM from Vandenberg AFB, CA (USAF) The LG-118A Peacekeeper is a land-based ICBM deployed by the United States starting in 1986. ... The Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit is a multi-role stealth bomber able to drop conventional and nuclear weapons. ... Naval Air Station Alameda (NAS Alameda) was a USN naval air station in Alameda, California, on San Francisco Bay. ...


Opposition to the MX missile
The MX "peacekeeper" missile
The MX "peacekeeper" missile

The MX missile was a "third-generation" inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM). One of its advantages over earlier missiles was its greater survivability. Unlike previous missiles, the MX was mobile. The design was for fifty missiles to be placed on trains that would be shuttled between numerous hiding sheds around a railroad loop located in remote Utah. Another advantage was that the MX was a MIRVed missile — each missile had up to ten nuclear warheads. Download high resolution version (800x1183, 236 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (800x1183, 236 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Test launch of Peacekeeper ICBM from Vandenberg AFB, CA (USAF) The LG-118A Peacekeeper is a land-based ICBM deployed by the United States starting in 1986. ... A Minuteman III missile soars after a test launch. ... In engineering, survivability is the quantified ability of a system, subsystem, equipment, process, or procedure to continue to function during and after a natural or man-made disturbance; nuclear electromagnetic pulse from the detonation of a nuclear weapon. ... Official language(s) English Capital Salt Lake City Largest city Salt Lake City Area  Ranked 13th  - Total 84,876 sq mi (219,887 km²)  - Width 270 miles (435 km)  - Length 350 miles (565 km)  - % water 3. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... A B61 nuclear bomb in various stages of assembly; the nuclear warhead is the bullet-shaped silver cannister in the middle-left of the photograph. ...


Dellums argued that constructing the MX would only propel the ongoing arms race and cause the Soviet Union to construct more weapons. He also argued that the issue of survivability of existing missiles was a red herring; the Soviet Union could not expect a first strike to go unpunished — U.S. nuclear-equipped submarines, bombers and cruise missiles would inflict devastating damage even if all American ICBMs were disabled. As part of the campaign, Dellums met with the Mormon church in Utah. In engineering, survivability is the quantified ability of a system, subsystem, equipment, process, or procedure to continue to function during and after a natural or man-made disturbance; nuclear electromagnetic pulse from the detonation of a nuclear weapon. ... Look up red herring in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the most-recognized architectural symbol of Mormonism For other uses, see Mormon (disambiguation). ...


The MX project was eventually cancelled and the last missile decommissioned in 2005 as part of the START II treaty. START II, the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty was signed by George H. W. Bush and Boris Yeltsin in January 1993, which banned the use of MIRVs and hence often cited as De-MIRV-ing Agreement. ...


Opposition to the B-2 Stealth Bomber
The B-2 Stealth Bomber
The B-2 Stealth Bomber

The B-2 Spirit (popularly known as the "stealth bomber") is a long range strategic bomber. It was a major technological step forward over the existing B-1 Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress, featuring "stealth" technology that made it far less visible to radar. However, it was designed during the Cold War for scenarios that were less relevant following the collapse of the Soviet Union and, at over two billion USD per aircraft, enormously expensive.[16] Dellums opposed the B-2 project and worked to prevent procurement beyond 21 planes. Seven secretaries of defense, including Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Casper Weinberger, signed a letter urging Congress to buy more B-2s, citing the difficulty in assembling a similar engineering team in the future should the B-2 be cancelled.[17] Ultimately, no more planes were purchased. Download high resolution version (750x617, 76 KB)B2-Spirit. ... Download high resolution version (750x617, 76 KB)B2-Spirit. ... The Boeing (formerly Rockwell International) B-1B Lancer is a long-range strategic bomber in service with the United States Air Force (USAF). ... The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a long-range, jet strategic bomber flown by the United States Air Force (USAF) since 1954. ... This long range Radar antenna, known as ALTAIR, is used to detect and track space objects in conjunction with ABM testing at the Ronald Reagan Test Site on the Kwajalein atoll[1]. Radar is a system that uses radio waves to determine and map the location, direction, and/or speed... For other uses, see Cold War (disambiguation). ... Richard Bruce Dick Cheney (born January 30, 1941) is the 46th and current Vice President of the United States, serving under President George W. Bush. ... Donald Henry Rumsfeld (born July 9, 1932) is a U.S. politician and businessman, who was the 13th Secretary of Defense under President Gerald Ford from 1975–1977, and the 21st Secretary of Defense under President George W. Bush from 2001–2006. ... Caspar Willard Weinberger (born August 18, 1917) is best known as United States Secretary of Defense under President Ronald Reagan from 1982 through 1987, and for his related roles in the Strategic Defense Initiative program (popularly known as Star Wars), and in the Iran-Contra Affair. ...


U.S. House Committee positions

Dellums served as chairman of the House Committee on the District of Columbia and the House Armed Services Committee. Dellums' rise to the Chairmanship of the Armed Services Committee was a result of a seniority system. He lost his Chairmanship after the Republican Party won control of the House as a result of the 1994 elections. The Committee on Government Reform is a House of Representatives committee that has existed in varying forms since 1816. ... The U.S. House Committee on Armed Services, commonly known as the House Armed Services Committee, is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives, the lower house of Congress. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. ...


Dellums also served on the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Post Office and Civil Service Committee, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Select Committee to Investigate the Intelligence Community.[18] The U.S. House Committee on International Relations (also known as the House International Relations Committee, the House Foreign Relations Committee or the House Foreign Affairs Committee), is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives which is in charge of bills and investigations related to the foreign... The Committee on Government Reform is a House of Representatives committee that has existed in varying forms since 1816. ... The U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is a committee of the United States House of Representatives, currently chaired by Peter Hoekstra. ...


Dellums co-founded the Congressional Black Caucus in 1971.[19] The Congressional Black Caucus is an organization representing African American members of the Congress of the United States. ...


Dellums' last Congressional election

Dellums easily won his next eleven elections in the traditionally Democratic 9th District. In his last House election race, in 1996, Dellums bested his opponent, Republican Deborah Wright, by a 77%-18% margin.[20] The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States, along with the Democratic Party. ...


In 1997, Dellums announced that he was retiring from Congress in the middle of his term and a special election was called — which created a series of five special elections in 12 months as various East Bay politicians ran for different political office. For more detailed information, see Special election musical chairs. A by-election or bye-election is a special election held to fill a political office when the incumbent has died or resigned. ... Special Election Musical Chairs is a term used by editorialists to describe a series of special elections triggered by the mid-term resignation or death of an officeholder, with elections being won by other officeholders, triggering further special elections until either the next election required to replace a vacant office...


Dellums' successor, Barbara Lee won the 2000 election by an even larger, 85%-9% margin.[21] Barbara Lee Barbara Lee (born July 16, 1946), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1998, representing the 9th District of California (map). ...


Voting record

Dellums' voting records in Congress were "almost without exception straight As" from groups such as the Sierra Club, the National Organization for Women and the AFL-CIO.[15] He received 100% on consumer group Public Citizen's scorecard. [22] The Sierra Club is an American environmental organization founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. ... The National Organization for Women (NOW) is an American feminist group, founded in 1966, with 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. ... American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, commonly AFL-CIO, is a national trade union center, the largest federation of unions in the United States, made up of 54 national and international unions (including Canadian), together representing more than 10 million workers. ... Public Citizen is a U.S. non-governmental organization, founded by Ralph Nader in 1971 and based in Washington, DC. Its activities span across a diverse range of issues, including energy policy, trade policy, campaign finance reform and accountability, consumer protection, medical malpractice, and public health. ...


In contrast, he received an 'F' from NumbersUSA, a group dedicated to limiting immigration, and a score of seven out of a possible 100 from the League of Private Property Owners, a property rights organization. [23][24] NumbersUSA is an immigration reduction organization whose intent is to reduce United States annual immigration to pre-1965 levels, but without the country of origin quotas that were in place during this period. ...


Oakland mayoral election

Dellums was recruited to run for Mayor of Oakland by an informal committee called "Draft Dellums" which collected 8,000 signatures and presented them to the former Congressman at a public meeting at Laney College[25]

Oakland by night
Oakland by night

In October 2005, reportedly after weeks of deliberation and speculation, Dellums announced that he would run for mayor of Oakland. The current mayor, former California Governor Jerry Brown, is term-limited and is the California Attorney General-elect. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (3456x2304, 2321 KB) Summary Photographed by and copyright of (c) David Corby (User:Miskatonic, uploader) 2006 Oakland California from across Lake Merritt. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (3456x2304, 2321 KB) Summary Photographed by and copyright of (c) David Corby (User:Miskatonic, uploader) 2006 Oakland California from across Lake Merritt. ... Oakland, founded in 1852, is the eighth-largest city in California[1] and the county seat of Alameda County. ... For the whistleblower, see Gerald W. Brown. ... In most common law jurisdictions, the Attorney General is the main legal adviser to the government, and in some jurisdictions may in addition have executive responsibility for law enforcement or responsibility for public prosecutions. ...


On June 16, 2006, after nearly two weeks of ballot-counting and a dispute over whether votes for unqualified write-in candidates such as George W. Bush and Homer Simpson counted towards the total, Dellums was unofficially declared the winner in the Oakland mayoral race. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters said Dellums garnered a 50.18 percent majority — just 155 votes more than needed to avoid a runoff with City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente. Dellums received 41,992 votes, about 10% of the city's population.[26] George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... Homer Jay Simpson is a fictional character in the animated television series The Simpsons, voiced by Dan Castellaneta. ...


Mayor-Elect Dellums' transition to office involved 800 Oaklanders who joined 41 task forces to make recommendations on issues ranging from public safety to education and affordable housing.[27]


Party affiliations

Dellums describes himself as a socialist. In the 70's, Dellums was a member of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee(DSOC), an offshoot of the Socialist Party of America. He later became vice-chair of the Democratic Socialists of America(DSA)[28], which was formed by a merger between the DSOC and the New American Movement, and which works within and outside the Democratic Party. As of 2006 Dellums is no longer a vice-chair of the DSA. Socialism is a social and economic system (or the political philosophy advocating such a system) in which the economic means of production are owned and controlled collectively by the people. ... The Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee (DSOC) was founded in 1973 by the bulk of those members of the Socialist Party of America who opposed the partys takeover by the followers of Max Shachtman. ... The Socialist Party of America (SPA) is a socialist political party in the United States. ... Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the United States and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International, a federation of socialist, social democratic and labour parties and organizations. ... The New American Movement (NAM) was founded in 1971 by a group of leaders of opposition to the Vietnam War to serve as a forum for discussing where and how to redirect their activities. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other being the Republican Party. ...


While running for mayor of Oakland, Dellums was registered as a member of the Democratic party, and has run as a Democrat in all his congressional races.[29][7] Voter registration is the requirement in some democracies for citizens to check in with some central registry before being allowed to vote in elections. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other being the Republican Party. ...


Drug use allegations

In 1983, Dellums and his aide John Apperson were investigated for cocaine and marijuana use by the House of Representatives, based on allegations from a House doorkeeper. After eight months, the investigation closed, having found no basis for the charges.[30][10][31] Cocaine (see also: crack) is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... A Cannabis sativa plant The drug cannabis, also called marijuana, is produced from parts of the cannabis plant, primarily the cured flowers and gathered trichomes of the female plant. ...


Family life

Dellums has been married three times. He married his second wife, attorney Leola "Roscoe" Higgs, in 1961. The two divorced in 1998.[28] He married his third wife, Cynthia Lewis, in 2000.


Dellums has seven children: Joshua, Alexander, Kimiko, Erik, Piper, Brandy, and Michael. Erik Todd Dellums, born in 1964, is an actor and the son of United States politician Ron Dellums. ... Piper Dellums is an author and producer, and the daughter of United States politician Ron Dellums. ... Michael Dellums is a convicted murderer. ...


Grenada and Cuba controversies

In 1982 Dellums took a trip to the socialist nation of Grenada at the invitation of then leader Maurice Bishop. Grenada was building an airstrip that U.S. administration officials claimed could be used for Soviet military aircraft. Dellums traveled to Grenada on his own fact-finding mission and described his findings before Congress: Socialism refers to a broad array of doctrines or political movements that envisage a socio-economic system in which property and the distribution of wealth are subject to social control. ... Maurice Bishop Maurice Rupert Bishop (May 29, 1944 – October 19, 1983) was a Grenadian revolutionary leader. ...

...based on my personal observations, discussion and analysis of the new international airport under construction in Grenada, it is my conclusion that this project is specifically now and has always been for the purpose of economic development and is not for military use…. It is my thought that it is absurd, patronizing and totally unwarranted for the United States Government to charge that this airport poses a military threat to the United States’ national security.[32]

A U.S. Marine invasion of the island later obtained the diary of the former Grenadian defense minister. One entry in it read: "The Revo has been able to crush counter-revolution internationally. Airport will be used for Cuban and Soviet military."[13]


The invasion also recovered a letter from Dellums' chief of staff Carlottia Scott to Maurice Bishop, describing Dellums' feelings towards Bishop and, presumably, Cuban President Fidel Castro. Maurice Bishop Maurice Rupert Bishop (May 29, 1944 – October 19, 1983) was a Grenadian revolutionary leader. ... The President of Cuba is the Head of State of Cuba. ...

Ron [Dellums] has become truly committed to Grenada, and has some positive political thinking to share with you…. He’s really hooked on you and Grenada and doesn’t want anything to happen to building the Revolution and making it strong. He really admires you as a person and even more so as a leader with courage and foresight, principles and integrity…. The only other person that I know of that he expresses such admiration for is Fidel.[32]

Additional information was recovered showing that Dellums had sent a draft copy of his report on Grenada to Bishop for editing before presenting his report to Congress. [13]. Conservative journalist David Horowitz suggested Dellums' actions were treasonous.[32] David Horowitz is an American conservative writer and activist. ...


Criticisms of lobbying activities

Dellums has worked as a lobbyist, which has drawn criticism described in the East Bay Express, a local newspaper.[15] Shortly after leaving office, Dellums began consulting for an international health-care company, Healthcare Management International aimed at starting HMOs in third-world countries. The move was seen as controversial by some as the company stood to profit from Dellums' continuing advocacy of aid for Africa. The East Bay Express (founded 1978) is an Emeryville-based weekly newspaper serving the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... HMO can mean the following: Health maintenance organization Houses in multiple occupation Home Media Option (Tivo) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...  High human development Medium human development Low human development Unavailable (colour-blind compliant map) The terms First World, Second World, and Third World can be used to divide the nations of Earth into three broad categories. ...


Dellums also continued to work in Washington, D.C., as a lobbyist for clients such as the East Bay Peralta Community College District and AC Transit, the organization that runs bus service in much of Dellums' old district. Others of his clients are more controversial: Lobbying is the practice of private advocacy with the goal of influencing a governing body, in order to ensure that an individuals or organizations point of view is represented in the government. ... A part of the East Bay showing Concord, Walnut Creek, Martinez, Pleasant Hill and Clayton The East Bay is a subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States. ... The Peralta Community College District is the community college district serving northern Alameda County, California. ... AC Transit (in full, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District) is a regional bus agency serving parts of Alameda County and Contra Costa County in the eastern San Francisco Bay Area. ...

  • Dellums' firm lobbied for Rolls Royce, a company which manufactures military aircraft engines.
  • Dellums' company lobbies for the San Francisco International Airport in its attempts to build an additional runway, which has been vigorously opposed by environmental groups.
  • His company has been engaged in community relations work for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: the lab generates and stores radioactive waste and has long had a contentious relationship with its residential neighbors and the city government.
  • Dellums also works for Bristol-Myers Squibb, a multinational pharmaceutical corporation.
  • Dellums worked as a lobbyist for the nation of Haiti in 2001-2002. Dellums worked to support Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the overthrown former President of Haiti[33]

When running for mayor of Oakland, Dellums listed his most recent profession as "retired Congressman" in election filing forms.[34] When assistant City Clerk Marjo Keller informed the Dellums campaign that this description was unacceptable, the campaign elected to leave the occupation field blank. Rolls-Royce plc is a British aircraft engine maker; the second-largest in the world, behind General Electric Aviation. ... FAA diagram of SFO “SFO” redirects here. ... The Berkeley Lab is perched on a hill overlooking the Berkeley central campus and San Francisco Bay. ... Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY), colloquially referred to as BMS, is a pharmaceutical corporation, formed by a 1989 merger between pharmaceutical companies Bristol-Myers Company, founded in 1887 by William McLaren Bristol and John Ripley Myers in Clinton, NY (both were graduates of Hamilton College), and Squibb Corporation. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Progressive journalist Doug Ireland wrote a column titled "Dellums for Dollars" criticizing Dellums' lobbying, and said of Dellums, "Ron has gone bad, I'm afraid. He talks the talk, but he doesn't walk the walk anymore."[15]


Speaking in defense of Dellums, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson said that, if asked, Dellums would likely say "just because of the fact that I'm advocating for a company that may be paying me consulting fees, I'm not selling out my beliefs." [15]


Congressional tribute

Upon his resignation, several members of Congress, including Nancy Pelosi,[35] Jane Harman,[36] William Coyne, Nick Rahall, Ike Skelton, Juanita Millender-McDonald and Tom DeLay gave speeches on the floor of the House in honor of Dellums. Millender-McDonald described Dellums as a "distinguished, principled [and] educated man." Her tribute went on: Nancy Patricia Pelosi or The Lioness (born Nancy Patricia DAlesandro on March 26, 1940) is currently the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and is the first woman to hold that position. ... Jane Lakes Harman (born June 28, 1945), is a six-term Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 36th District of California (map). ... William Joseph Coyne (born August 24, 1936) was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. ... Nick Joe Rahall II (born May 20, 1949), American politician of Lebanese descent, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing West Virginias 3rd Congressional District since 1977(map). ... Isaac Newton Skelton IV (born December 20, 1931), an American politician, has been a member of the United States House of Representatives since 1977. ... Juanita Millender-McDonald Juanita Millender-McDonald (born September 7, 1938), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1996, representing the 37th District of California (map), which includes most of South Central Los Angeles and the city of Long Beach, California. ... Thomas Dale DeLay (born April 8, 1947) is a former member of the United States House of Representatives from Sugar Land, Texas. ...

Congressman Ron Dellums is revered on both sides of this aisle because of his integrity and his commitment to progressive ideas. He was always on the cutting edge of the issues. California will miss him in the ninth district, but the State has been enriched by Ron Dellums. While he towers above most of us physically, this attribute is matched by his intellect, faith in the process and optimism for peaceful resolution of conflict.[37]

Congressman Danny Davis of Illinois described Dellums: Several people have been named Danny Davis: Danny K. Davis is a U.S. Congressman from Illinois Danny Davis (wrestler) is the professional wrestler who trained Brock Lesnar Danny Davis (country musician) won a 1970 Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance This is a disambiguation page — a navigational...

A creative, piercing, probing, incisive, thought-provoking, inspiring, charismatic, careful, considerate and deliberative mind. The mind to stand up when others sit down. The mind to act when others refuse to act. The mind to stand even when you stand alone, battered, bruised and scorned, but still standing. Standing on principle, standing tall and standing for the people.[38]

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay described Dellums as "...one of the most giving, open and stalwart, a real stalwart man when he was Chairman" Thomas Dale DeLay (born April 8, 1947) is a former member of the United States House of Representatives from Sugar Land, Texas. ...

We are losing one of its finest Members, a Member that I have great respect for, because he always did his homework, was so articulate and eloquent on this floor. He always got my attention when he stood up and took the microphone. He would stop every Member in their tracks to hear what he had to say, and there are very few Members that have served in this body that can claim the respect that both sides of the aisle had for the gentleman from California. And the incredible reputation that the gentleman from California has brought to this House; he has elevated this House. He has elevated the distinction of this House by serving here, and this House will greatly miss him when he leaves.[39]

References

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  2. ^ "Mayor-elect Ron Dellums: Oakland ‘can be a great city’", People's Weekly World, June 24, 2006.
  3. ^ a b Jim Herron Zamora, Janine DeFao. "Dellums enters Oakland mayor race as favorite", San Francisco Chronicle, October 8, 2005.
  4. ^ "Ron Dellums, an Active Presensce from California", The African American Registry.
  5. ^ Alpha chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha. Retrieved on October 24, 2006.
  6. ^ Alpha Phi Alpha's World Policy Council. Retrieved on October 24, 2006.
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  10. ^ a b Megan Rosenfeld. "A 21-Gun Send-Off", The Washington Post, February 7, 1998, p. A06.
  11. ^ Lynn Norment. "How African-Americans helped free South Africa", Nelson Mandela and the New South Africa, Ebony, August, 1994.
  12. ^ http://www.starpulse.com/movie/The_Color_of_Friendship/V184737/0/0/
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  14. ^ Jeffrey M. Elliot and Mervyn M. Dymally, Voices of Zaire: Rhetoric or Reality, p. 16
  15. ^ a b c d e Will Harper. "The Radical Insider", East Bay Express, April 3, 2002.
  16. ^ "B-2 Spirit", Federation of American Scientists, November 30, 1999.
  17. ^ "The B-2 Bomber", opensecrets.org.
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  27. ^ Heather MacDonald,"Dellums Makes 4 Additions to His Staff." Oakland Tribune, February 27, 2007
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  34. ^ Jim Herron Zamora. "Dellums to leave occupation line blank on ballot", San Francisco Chronicle, March 10, 2006.
  35. ^ Nancy Pelosi. "Tribute to Congressman Ron Dellums", February 3, 1998.
  36. ^ Jane Harman. "Tribute to the Honorable Ronald V. Dellums", February 03, 1998.
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  38. ^ http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?r105:H11FE8-235:
  39. ^ http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/F?r105:1:./temp/~r1051D58xM:e45:

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United States Representative for the 7th Congressional District of California
1971–1975
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1975–1993
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