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U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 11

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Michael Ernest Kerr

Social Justice Advocate
15,694 votes (7.4%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Get Big Money out of our Elections and Government
  • Make our Foreign Policy benevolent for the people and not promote wars and actions to overthrow elected governments
  • Promote Medicare for All -Universal Healthcare

Experience

Experience

Profession:Social Justice Advocate
Maintenace Handyman, Self employed (1990–2012)
Lead Repair Technician, National Semiconductor (1979–1985)
E-5, U.S. Army Signal Corp (1972–1975)

Education

Heald College SF Associate Degree, Computer Technology (1978)
Northwestern University No Degree, 5 year Science Engineering study - short a few credits (1972)

Community Activities

Founded and managed Community Garden, Ambrose Park & Recreation District (2009–2014)

Biography

 

I was born in Duluth, Minnesota in a snowstorm, the first of two siblings.   My dad was a navigator on a bomber in the South Pacific during WWII.  My mom worked in the war industry.  They met later after the war.  My dad studied engineering at the University of Minnesota.  Eventually after my sister (Lawyer/Judge) and brother (Wildlife Biologist)  were born, we settled in Lansing, Illinois, a working-class neighborhood south of Chicago.

 

I was quite active in sports during high school.  I was on the track, cross county and swim teams  As a member of the Cross-Country team my sophomore year, I was the first to earn a letterman jacket in my H.S. class despite being smaller than even all the women.   I was MVP in Cross County my senior year.  I set the 2-mile record in Track my senior year and also was able to break 5 minutes in the mile 4:58.  I also played baseball in the summer and my Connie Mack team won the South Side Chicago championship after my junior year. 

 

Meanwhile, I was also on the H.S. honor Society both my Junior and Senior Years despite a rather lifelong poor memory for names.  My memory caused me to be very organized and as a lifetime Ralph Nader fan, critical thinking has been my greatest skill.

 

I somehow managed to be accepted into the elite Northwestern University after High School. I suspect this happen because of a convergence of two new situations. First, I had chosen a new field Science Engineering desperate for student majors. Secondly, this was the first year Blacks were accepted as students in the school’s 100 plus years of existence. Much later, I realized that I had also benefitted from Affirmative Action. I and a high school classmate were the first students, in anyone’s memory, from our poor working-class neighborhood who had been accepted into Northwestern.

 

I was in college during the height of the anti-Vietnam war movement with a low draft number staring me in the face. I was mostly clueless and never got really involved against the war. I was working off campus as a student engineer when Kent State happened. I missed all the campus actions, or maybe I might have become an anti-war activist sooner.  I probably did do some small things in college that were signs of my activism to come. I actually completed my 5-year Science Engineering program, but never graduated or ever practiced Engineering. Never had any regrets about that.

 

My activist days actually began in earnest when I was the last of the draftees in October 1972. After training at Ft. Polk, LA and Ft. Gordon, GA, I was assigned to the U.S. Army Signal Corp in South Korea. I sponsored a Korean orphan in Pusan and in Wonju, I became involved with a nearby World Vision orphanage. This led me to investigate corruption in the Korean orphan situation.

 

This would eventually lead me on a path of investigating the U.S. support of the South Korean dictatorship of Park Chung Hee. In 1974, I extended my time in the Army for another year time to stay in Korea. I then began exposing the U.S. support of the dictatorship in letters to Congress and President Gerald Ford. Each of my letters were usually signed by 5-6 other soldiers. On my 4-page letter to the President, I collected over 100 signatures from my base.

 

I was also applying to stay in Korea to both marry my Korean Language teacher Un Chong and travel around Korea as a civilian.  During a fake military exercise with most of my base personnel scattered across distant Korean hillsides, I was abruptly and secretly removed from Korea in July 1975 by the U.S. Military command at the demands of the Korean Government.

 

Separated for 1½ years, Un Chong was finally able to come to the U.S. We were married in February 1977 in SF by a United Methodist minister at an elderly Mormon woman’s home with Quakers.   I graduated from Heald Technical College and worked at National Semiconductor for over 6 years.

 

When I learned later in 1979, of my wife’s sexual harassment by her Director at the SF Community College ESL Division, I joined her in a long a 6-year lawsuit. Radical Woman in SF and WOASH (Woman Organized Against Sexual Harassment) helped create a dynamic support team to help my wife in her struggle and in exposing the reality of sexual harassment to the general public. These were the early years of the sexual harassment movement. We were also both involved with the San Jose NOW.

 

In September 1985, my wife died from the severe emotional stress that had aggravated and seriously damaged her health. As my wife spent her final days in the hospital, two key witnesses to some of my wife’s sexual harassment were discovered. My wife died believing that she had won her long struggle for justice.

 

But justice and the legal system often are at odds. Laws passed to protect corporations and government entities quickly stole most the potential money damages from my wife’s case, causing our latest attorney to quit. Eventually, I was able to find another attorney, but I was forced to settle without the trial my wife and I had wanted. This lawyer then embezzled all the money.  Later, I did receive $50K from a lawyer trust fund a $30K malpractice lawsuit settlement.  I used the money to purchase the Peace House where I still reside.

 

In March 1989, I joined a caravan to El Salvador. Returning after 3 months,  I eventually helped bring 4 Salvadorian adults into U.S. including my wife to be. A year later we were able to bring her 3 young children to the U.S. The children are now all grown. I had a cordial divorce with my wife 20 years ago. However, I am still close with everyone.  For 20 years I was a gardener/handyman for various families until I retired in 2012.

 

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Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (3)

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid, and other infrastructure in the U.S.?
Answer from Michael Ernest Kerr:

A strong progressive tax on the upper 0.1% (about $3 million yearly income minimum) and coporations that do busineess in the U.S.  A strong infrastructure program would employ 100,000's at decent wages generating a fairer stronger economy returning in  taxes much of the funds provided by the government to stimulate the economy with infrastructure projects.

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages to secure affordable health care?
Answer from Michael Ernest Kerr:

Long time advocate for Medicare for All, not the corporate written Affordable Care Act which helped sweep Republicans into control of Congress in 2010 and Trump as President in2016.  We need to remove the financial worry of healtcare.  Medicare For All would also include Presccriptions, Dental, Vision. Mental, Hospice and Long Term Care.  I am disgusted with the AARP which claims to always promote Seniors best interest.  Medicare For All would end the nightmare paperwork choice of the right prescription plan.  Medicare For All would end all the medical bankruptcies.  We also need to eliminate Medicare claims on Senior's inheritances for past services.  Inheritance taxes have virtually been eliminated for the rich, but the inheritance of the poorest and sickest are raided.

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House of Representatives.
Answer from Michael Ernest Kerr:

End our cruel illegal foreign policy of wars, coups, sanctions and destabilzation of other nations that is the number one reason for mass immigration.  Grant Dreamers prompt opportunity for citizenship.  Grant everyone now in U.S. a permanent Greencard and a reasonable path to become citizens.  Issue 10 month work visas not tied to a specific job or corporation with 2 months outside of country for indefinite work visa renewals.  Encourage needed low skilled workers, but discourage family entry.  Right now the strict border control incourages family migration because too risky and expensive to come and go to the U.S.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

 

I have been a Peace and Social Justice Advocate most all of my adult life. This has been my vocation, my purpose in life. I have never been paid for my vocation. I have contributed my own money and time to my vocation. I have primarily acted independently, but often in coordination with other groups or organizations. I have been official members of some groups, but also so closely active with some that I would qualify as an active member. 

 

After being kicked out of Korean in 1975, I was involved with the Korean Human Right’s struggle. When my wife was severely sexually harassed, I became active in that movement.   After involvement with a rent control initiative in Sunnyvale, I ran unsuccessfully for City Council on behalf of renters.

 

I am currently mostly active with 4 groups: Veterans For Peace, Code Pink , Oscar Grant Committee and Our Revolution Contra Costa. I have been less active recently, but more in the past, with Diablo Greens, Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center, Crosses of Lafayette and ACCE of Bay Point.

 

I am involved with Veterans For Peace and Code Pink for past 7+ years fighting against my country’s illegal immoral Drone Assassination Program in the greater Middle East. I have been involved in nearly monthly vigils at both Beale AFB (home of the Global Hawk spy drone) and Creech AFB, Nevada (home of the Predator and Reaper attack drones). I have been arrested for civil disobedience countless times at these bases.

 

I am active with the Oscar Grant Committee especially these past 3-4 years. The OGC works with and on behalf of families who have had their loved ones senselessly murdered or attacked by local community police officers. We have been active in helping a number of local Bay Area families. OGC involves itself in community meetings, events and city council meetings on behalf of the families.

 

I am a member of the Diablo Greens, attending meetings and supporting various Green Party, Peace & Freedom Party candidates against Corporate controlled Democrats and Republicans. I was active in supporting Jill Stein for President in 2016 after the Democrat Party’s shenanigans and their super delegates gave corporate Hillary Clinton the nod over Bernie Sanders as Democrats nominee for President. In past Presidential elections, I have supported Ralph Nader, my childhood hero and whom I consider the greatest American ever!

 

I have been involved with the local Bay Point chapter of ACCE (Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment).

 

After several years of involvement, When the Bay Point Residence Association dissolved with the election of several members to the Ambrose Park District and appointments to the Bay Point MAC, I soon became involved with the Bay Point Garden Club.

 

In late 2007, when Loaves and Fishes had closed down its food operation for the homeless and needy, I used my home equity funds to personally feed a community of over 20 people at a local park Monday thru Friday for a number of months. Eventually, Loaves & Fishes returned to Bay Point later in 2008. I sent letter signed by about 35 of my homeless community to the Bill Gates Foundation asking that they consider possibly financing a high school in Bay Point whose teens had to travel many miles to another town’s High School. The Gates Foundation rudely rejected our plea exposing their foundation’s fake concerns  and possible corruption!

 

I secured permission from Ambrose Park District to build a community garden in a vacant lot next to the community center, With my home equity money and a loan from the District, I and many of my homeless community friends built the garden in just over a month. For 5 years, I financed and managed the garden with help from friends and community volunteers until the Park District took the garden away from me.. This was clearly done in retaliation for my successful efforts in saving the community pool from destruction. The Pool has since been remodeled, but sadly the community garden has mainly been neglected and ignored by the Park District as I predicted.

 

I have been involved with the Crosses of Lafayette project since its founding in 2006. I built, painted and erected 75 of the first 300 crosses. That first New Year’s Eve, I helped lead a night long candlelight vigil display by each of the then 1000 crosses. The Crosses of Lafayette, now with 4000 crosses represents over 8000 American young men and women who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both wars are clearly illegal according to our Constitution and International Law.

 

I have been involved in a number of environmental actions along with Idle No More, Extinction Rebellion and other groups to call the public’s attention to the rapidly approaching Climate Catastrophe. I was arrested at Monsanto Headquarters in Woodland over their environment poisoning with Round-up’s Glyphosate and their GMO terminator seeds terrorism of farmers.

 

Became involved with Nuremberg Actions (NA) a few days after September 1, 1987 when Peace activist Brian Willson was run over and assaulted by an ammunition train at the Concord Naval Weapons Station. I soon became a full-time member of the two-year 24/7 vigil action in front of the Naval base. Brian’s words became our rallying cry “We are not worth more; They are not worth less!” With over 500 hundred arrests, we blocked every military ammunition train for 2 years along with countless weapons trucks. These weapons were mostly destined for right wing dictatorships oppressing their own people in Central America. Eventually, I became the NA support Peace House manager.

 

I am a 9/11 truther! Since the release of the 9/11 Commission report in 2005 which I consider a flat out confession by my government, I have offered an unclaimed reward of $100,000 to the first person who can prove or at least demonstrate to my satisfaction that my government did not plan, manage, execute and cover-up the events around the September 11, 2001 attacks. My website is http://www.911reward.org.

 

Position Papers

Trump's Impeachment

Summary

One must realize, this impeachment ignored all the real crimes Trump has done that actually affect people. These two Articles of Impeachment involve one corporate party trying to punish the other for daring to smear one party’s, would be, anointed corporate candidate Joe Biden. Except for Trump’s offense behavior, Corporate Democrats actually like much of what Trump has done to further Deep State control of America and the World.

One must realize, this impeachment ignored all the real crimes Trump has done that actually affect people. These two Articles of Impeachment involve one corporate party trying to punish the other for daring to smear one party’s, would be, anointed corporate candidate Joe Biden. Except for Trump’s offense behavior, Corporate Democrats actually like much of what Trump has done to further Deep State control of America and the World.

Jimmy Dore alleges criminality by the FBI and discusses why the Democrats can’t oppose Trump on policy, why the impeachment is a ‘circus show,’ how the military-industrial complex, Big Pharma, health insurance companies own both the Republican and Democratic parties, and more! Jimmy Dore: Trump impeachment is a circus show by Democrats! 

On November 22, 2019, Ralph Nader, Louis Fisher, Bruce Fein wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging her to act on their proposed 12 Articles of Impeachment.

 

Excerp of Letter: The House impeachment inquiry into President Trump should be commensurate with the frightening breadth of his constitutional lawlessness, including multiple obstructions of justice.

 

Narrowly focusing on the solicitation of bribery and an illegal foreign campaign contribution connected to Ukraine while leaving the vast number of other constitutional wrongs or usurpations unsanctioned would be disastrous for moving public opinion in favor of impeachment.

 

The unrebuked usurpations would set a precedent that would lie around like a loaded weapon ready for use by future occupants of the White House who claim limitless executive power except a Ukraine-type shakedown. They would downgrade the quality of presidential candidates and lower public expectations of the presidency to alarming levels.

 

Moreover, Mr. Trump will repeatedly claim his other impeachable abuses are meritless. Since a Democratic majority in the House did not act more broadly, he will denounce the accusations as lies and fake news. November 22 Letter to Nancy Pelosi

Simple List of 12 Articles of Impeachment

 

  1. CONTEMPT OF CONGRESS

  2. ABUSE OF THE POWERS OF THE PRESIDENT AND ABUSE OF PUBLIC TRUST.

  3. APPROPRIATIONS CLAUSE, REVENUE CLAUSE

  4. EMOLUMENTS CLAUSE

  5. TREATY CLAUSE.

  6. DECLARE WAR CLAUSE

  7. TAKE CARE CLAUSE; PRESENTMENT CLAUSE

  8. DUE PROCESS CLAUSE

  9. APPOINTMENTS CLAUSE

  10. SOLICITING A FOREIGN CONTRIBUTION FOR THE 202O PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN AND BRIBERY.

  11. VIOLATING CITIZEN PRIVACY

  12. SUPPRESSION OF FREE SPEECH

 

12 Articles of Impeachment

American Exceptionalism

Summary

I find that the United States Government leadership prefers to ignore and/or downplay all the evil actions that have occurred continuously in the United States since its founding. Thus, for our country’s leadership, a nation's greatness is based solely on its wealth and power in the world regardless of how this wealth and power was obtained. In simple terms they believe in "My Country, Right or Wrong!".

I find that the United States Government leadership prefers to ignore and/or downplay all the evil actions that have occurred continuously in the United States since its founding. Thus, for our country’s leadership, a nation's greatness is based solely on its wealth and power in the world regardless of how this wealth and power was obtained. In simple terms they believe in "My Country, Right or Wrong!".

 

This was a philosophical principal that allowed Nazi Germany to seize power while ignoring the horrible consequences for tens of millions of people and the near destruction of "human civilization" in WW2.

 

This has also been the guiding principal of Corporations. Maximizing Shareholder Profits is what makes a corporation "exceptional" and not how it obtains that wealth. Any concern about employees, community, our country, the world, our environment is an afterthought. “My Corporation Right or Wrong”, My Wealth and Power, Right or Wrong” The end result has been the seizure of our government, most of our media and also our social culture by Multi-National Corporations (aka: The Military Industrial Prison Complex, The Deep State).

 

Profit and Power by any means necessary rules our country! The welfare of the average American means nothing! How is our situation different from what occurred in Nazi Germany! Profit and Power by any means necessary rules our country!

 

In the words of the scholar activist S. Brian Willson: "The culture and nation state of the United States of America is founded on the egregious and forceful dispossession of others. You might even call it an earlier version of fascism – institutional dehumanization for private profit… So, not only does the lie of “exceptionalism” enable us to avoid extremely unpleasant thoughts and feelings, but it also discourages asking enlightening, delving questions, about who we really are as a people. This makes us dangerously stupid.

 

Why mess with the apparent successful myth of being exceptional? But thoughtlessness – a suspension of critical thinking – today leads to a dangerous, nuclear, arrogant war-making society. Not unintelligent, but stupid. And the power brokers, and many in the population, have a vested interest in remaining stupid to protect the comfortable original lie, that requires countless subsequent lies, in turn, to preserve that original lie. "

 

9/11 Attacks

Summary

Having gone through a demanding 5 year Science Engineering program at Northwestern University, I knew, from day one on September 11,2001, that it had been an impossibility for the towers to have collapse absent explosive demolition. In a hundred years it had never happened before, yet 3 steel frame high rise towers all collapsed on the same day and none ever since.

Having gone through a demanding 5 year Science Engineering program at Northwestern University, I knew, from day one on September 11,2001, that it had been an impossibility for the towers to have collapse absent explosive demolition. In a hundred years it had never happened before, yet 3 steel frame high rise towers all collapsed on the same day and none ever since.

 

Only slowly did I start to learn of others who had problems with our government's conspiracy story and were doing their own amazing research. Families' of the victims literally had to publicly shame the government into conducting an actual investigation.

 

In 2005, the 9/11 Commission Report was finally released. I was shocked at how it ignored all the evidence uncovered by researchers , refused to answer questions of the families and yet still provided NO evidence of its own to support its conspiracy theory. To me, the 9/11 Commission Report was a confession that 9/11 had actually been an inside job organized, managed and covered up by my government. But to be more precise, 9/11 was done by the Deep State that has seized near total control of my government, its elected officials, legal system and mainstream media.

 

Since 2005, I have offered a $100,000.00 reward to the first person who can demonstrate otherwise. I have had no takers. People who continue to believe the government's 9/11 fairytale conspiracy theory need to put up or accept the horrid truth about our government. The movie "Operation Terror" banned from Corporate Movie Theaters is an accurate depiction of the 9/11 events based on known evidence.

In the words of Lt. Col. Shelton F. Lankford, U.S. Marine Corps (ret):

 

“September 11, 2001 seems destined to be the watershed event of our lives and the greatest test for our democracy in our lifetimes.

The evidence of government complicity in the lead-up to the events, the failure to respond during the event, and the astounding lack of any meaningful investigation afterwards, as well as the ignoring of evidence turned up by others that renders the official explanation impossible, may signal the end of the American experiment.

It has been used to justify all manner of measures to legalize repression at home and as a pretext for behaving as an aggressive empire abroad.

Until we demand an independent, honest, and thorough investigation and accountability for those whose action and inaction led to those events and the cover-up, our republic and our Constitution remain in the gravest danger.”

 

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