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Tuesday November 8, 2022 — California General Election
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U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 10

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Michael Ernest Kerr

Social Justice Advocate
52,904 votes (21.1%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Military Industrial Complex control of media and the two main political parties and censorship of alternative information from their profit driven narratives
  • Our government and media are not treating climate change like the serious crisis it has become
  • The Military Industrial Media Complex has split the country into extreme hatred between Republicans & Democrats despite both having similar basic needs and wants

Experience

Experience

Profession:Social Justice Advocate
Gardener/Home Maintenace, Self Employed (1990–2011)
Cook/Driver/Manager, Rocket Pizza (1990–1996)
Computer Technician, National Semiconductor (1979–1985)
E5, U.S. Army Signal Corps (1972–1975)
Cook/Manager, Ricks Restaurant (1968–1972)

Education

Heald College SF AS in Computer Technology, Computer Technology (1978)
Northwestern University Completed 5 years of study and drafted into U.S. Army without a degree, Science Engineering (1972)

Community Activities

Activist at Beale AFB and Creech AFB in protest of U.S. Drone Assassination, Code Pink and Veterans for Peace (2016–current)
Created/Financed/Managed Community Garden in Bay Point, CA, Myself (2009–2014)
Prepared Monday-Friday Meals for Bay Point Homeless Community, Myself (2008–2009)
Support House Manager, Nuremberg Actions at Concord Naval Weapons Station (1988–1989)
Activist/President/Candidate, Sunnyvale Renters Association (1982–1985)

Biography

I am currently mostly active with 3 groups: Veterans For Peace, Code Pink , Oscar Grant Committee. I have also been involved with Our Revolution, Diablo Greens, Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center, Crosses of Lafayette and ACCE of Bay Point.

With VFP and Code Pink I have protested against my country’s illegal immoral Drone Assassination Program with vigils and arrests at both Beale AFB and Creech AFB, Nevada.

I was involved with Our Revolution Contra Costa as a founder and Board member from 2017 until I ran for Congress in 2020. I was among thousands active outside the 2016 Democratic Party Convention in Philadelphia in support of Bernie Sanders.

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 police.

In late 2007, when Loaves and Fishes temporarily closed I personally fed 20-40 people for several months. Later I and the homeless community built a community garden which I managed for 5 years.

In 2006, I became involved with the Crosses of Lafayette which represents the now over 8000 American young men and women who have died in the illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan according to our Constitution and International Law.

I have been involved in several environmental actions concerning the approaching Climate Catastrophe including an arrest at Monsanto Headquarters concerning Round-up’s Glyphosate poison and their GMO terminator seeds.

When the Veterans for Peace made a call for veterans to gather at Standing Rock, South Dakota in late November 2016 in support of the Sioux and other Native Americans fighting to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), I made the journey with two other fellow activists.

(NA) on September 1, 1987, when Peace activist Brian Willson and two others were run over and assaulted by an ammunition train at the Concord Naval Weapons Station. I soon became a full-time member of Nuremberg Actions and Peace House manager of the two-year 24/7 vigil action in front of the Naval base. With over 500 hundred arrests, we blocked every military ammunition train for 2 years along with countless weapons trucks. Weapons were mostly destined for right wing dictatorships oppressing their own people in Central America. I currently own and live in that Peace House ever since the action wound down in late 1989.

I was accepted into elite Northwestern University after High School. I realized later that I had probably benefitted from Affirmative Action. I and another classmate were the first students 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 and never got really involved against the war.

My activist days began in earnest when I was the last of the draftees in October 1972. After training, I was assigned to the U.S. Army Signal Corp in South Korea. There I became involved with Korean orphanages and investigated some corruption. 

Eventually I was investigating the U.S. support of the South Korean dictatorship of Park Chung Hee. In 1974, I began exposing the dictatorship in letters to Congress and President Gerald Ford. In July 1975, I was secretly removed from Korea by the U.S. Military at request of Korean Government.  My official orders stated that I was a discredit and embarrassment to the United States of America.

During my removal processing, I was to publicly disobey my First Sargent numerous times always forcing him to allow Un Chong to be with me. In the back of a jeep on that two-hour ride to Seoul that night we exchanged vows with rubber band rings. Separated for 1½ years, my Korean love, Un Chong was finally able to come to the U.S. and married in February 1977 in SF.

My wife was sexually harassed by her Director at the SF Community College ESL Division.  During a long a 6-year lawsuit, SF Radical Woman and WOASH (Woman Organized Against Sexual Harassment) helped my wife. These were the early years of the sexual harassment movement. We were involved with the San Jose NOW.

During this time, I joined a rent control initiative on the ballot in Sunnyvale, and later unsuccessfully ran for City Council seat.

According to many lawyers who became aware of my wife’s case, it was considered one of the worst sexual harassment incidents they had ever heard.  My wife’s health declined eventually requiring Kidney Dialysis. In September 1985, she died from the severe emotional stress that had aggravated and damaged her health.

I was slowly recovering from the loss of my wife when Brian Wilson was attacked by the train at the Concord Naval Weapons Station (CNWS). 

In March of 1989, I joined a caravan to El Salvador.  When I returned the Peace House was for sale and Nuremberg Actions had mostly ended. With money from Un Chong's Lawsuit, I was able to purchase the Peace House.

I had lived with a large family in El Salvador and had developed a romantic relationship with the eldest daughter. With a friend who spoke Spanish and after two harrowing weeks I helped bring her and 3 relatives into the U.S in December 1989. I married Felicita, a year later she brought her 3 young children to the U.S. The children are now all grown, and I had a cordial divorce with my wife 20 years ago. However, I am still close with everyone.

I am a 9/11 truther! Since the release of the 9/11 Commission report in 2005 I have offered a reward of $100,000 to the first person who can 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.

I joined millions across the globe protesting the impending invasion of Iraq in 2003. 

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Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

What legislation, if any, would you support to reduce American greenhouse gas production?  Please explain the reasons for your position.
Answer from Michael Ernest Kerr:

New Green Deal - creates new jobs in alternative energy fields would promote use and creation of products away from need for fossil fuels,

 

Medicare for All - besides creating affordable comprehensive healthcare for everyone it would encourage government as the payer to promote more healthy diets (less corporate fossil fuel agriculture) and to promote the elimination of toxic sources of pollution

 

Tax the billionaires and those with more than $10 million out of existence through aggressive income tax and wealth taxes.  These super wealthy people distort our government system by helping elect politicians that cater to their profit-making desires rather than the long term needs of the people and society.

 

Guaranteed livable income for all American adults that would (besides Medicare for All) end the economic grip of the "for short term profit" multinational corporations in favor of more local small and co-op business workers that would care more for long term health, safety, and sustainability of their society

Use of 100% renewable, reusable and repairable products that would drastically cut down of extraction and waste of the world's valuable resources.

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.
Answer from Michael Ernest Kerr:

Change our foreign policy into one that acts in the best interests of both the American people and the people in other lands.  Provide foreign aid to other countries that will help the people live better lives instead of more military aid that promotes the worst in these countries.  If we help to make other countries better for the people living there then there is less pressure for them to immigrate except in a more natural regulated way.

 

As to our near neighbor, Mexico, and other countries, I would propose creating a simple low cost 10-month work entry visa for anyone to enter the U.S. which is renewable as long as they leave the U.S. for at least two months between Visa entries.   This would help eliminate most of the "coyote" business, the need for the dangerous illegal entry, and discourage the need to bring families.   No control of immigrant workers by any specific business or corporation.  Might require some proof of employment and special Social Security # via same documents other Americans have with the IRS.   Not sure how to deal with pregnant women that might enter U.S. just to give birth to an American citizen.  Maybe not a problem!

As Congress Member what, if any, policies or legislation would you support to preserve democracy for all US residents?
Answer from Michael Ernest Kerr:
Keep the internet free and do not allow social media giants to censor and control speech for any political reasons. There has been massive censorship, banning and removal of videos and posts that do not support the government/ corporate media narratives. This is the major tools of authoritative and Fascist governments. Bring back and expand the fairness doctrine that was eliminated in the early 80s. It has resulted in divisive talk shows, news outlets that have polarized the nation into hate filled Democratic and Republican constituencies. Eliminate the open primary unless the top 4 candidates along with write-ins can go to the General election. Ballot statements for all candidates should be allowed without cost. These two items have effectively eliminated third parties from the full election system in CA. If the above items and others to create a well-informed population about issues from many viewpoints is addressed, then every American citizen 16 and older should be allowed to vote with no exceptions. Even the incarcerated should be allowed to vote according to their last known address or voting registration. No laws should be enacted that would prevent, discourage, or make difficult the ability for any American citizen to vote! There should be allowed local consideration for Green Card holders and eligible family to vote in some local elections such as school boards and park districts
The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of projects and laws.  What, if any, new programs or projects or reforms to existing programs and projects would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Answer from Michael Ernest Kerr:

Water resources and distribution systems should never be allowed to be privatized for profit.    Corporate agriculture farming that grows water intensive plants should be discouraged such as rice in the central valley desert.   There should be a special water usage tax on the profits of large corporate farms for their water usage whether from canals, pipe systems, rivers, lakes or underground well sources.   Water costs should be determined by food crops grown, usage in CA, rest of the U.S. and the world market.

 

The federal government needs to declare the existing climate crisis an emergency and tackle the problem as we did when we mobilized for WWII.

 

Reservoirs have proved important in the past, but such projects must be highly scrutinized for cause-and-effect problems on the environment, people and species protection.  If it can be done energy and environmentally safe perhaps desalination projects might be possibility. 

 

Recycled use of water and keeping water from being polluted are also areas that should be addressed.  Single use bottled water and other drinks should have increased CRV costs and be evaluated as to their water sources and effects on various communities.   

 

As with all issues this candidate would never create or support legislation once in office without serious research and education that considers all viewpoints on every aspect of the issue.

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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.

We have a government and mainstream media under the control of the military-industrial-prison complex and a few hundred powerful and rich people who comprise the Deep State. They are real and too be feared. They act to smear and frame those who might successfully oppose them. When that fails, they have orchestrated the deaths of outspoken leaders such as JFK, RFK, MLK and Malcolm X. They attack imprison, exterminate whistleblowers and activists like Karen Silkwood, Brian Willson, Judi Bari, Mumia Abu Jamal, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Daniel Ellsberg, Ralph Nader, among others. They conspire to keep or remove from political office those who would defy them publicly, such as Dennis Kucinich, Cynthia McKinney and Bernie Sanders since 2015.

The Deep State relentlessly promotes racial, religious, and social issues to divide, control and conquer us. The Republican and Democratic Parties along with the Corporate Media have become the Deep State tools to subvert us. Only when we understand this will we have a chance to unite and slay this demon that would willingly destroy us and the world for power and wealth.

With the Corporate Media long censoring opposing viewpoints of the government narrative on important issues, now we are seeing massive flagrant censorship in social media platforms at a level only seen in the most authoritative of governments.

 

My activist days actually began in earnest when I was the last of the draftees in October 1972. After training, I was assigned to the U.S. Army Signal Corp in South Korea.  My investigation of corruption in the Korean orphanages, lead me to U.S. support of the South Korean dictatorship of Park Chung Hee. In 1974, I began writing letters to Congress and President Gerald Ford. My letters were usually signed by 5-6 other soldiers. On my 4-page letter to the President, had over 100 signatures from my base.  In July 1975, I was abruptly and secretly removed from Korea by the U.S. Military command at the demands of the Korean Government.  My official removal orders stated that I was a discredit and embarrassment to the United States of America.

In 1979, when I learned 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.

According to many lawyers who became aware of my wife’s case, it was considered one of the worst sexual harassment incidents they had ever heard. In September 1985, my wife died from the severe emotional stress that had aggravated and damaged her health.   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, forced to settle without the trial my wife and I had wanted.

I was introduced to Nuremberg Actions (NA) on September 1, 1987 when Peace activist Brian Willson and two others Rev. David Duncomb and WWII Veteran Duncan Murphy were 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.

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.

I was arrested along with a couple dozen others including Daniel Ellsberg and the President of the Pacific Stock Exchange. The invasions and occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria are all War Crimes in violation of our Constitution and International Law. Our overt involvement in the coups in Libya, Honduras, Ukraine, Bolivia, and failed attempt in Venezuela are also War Crimes. Every American should be ashamed. With NO respect for national sovereignty and Human rights, we have a terrorist government run by the Deep State.

I have been arrested about 40 times most recently protesting U.S. drone assassination program.   I am also active with the Oscar Grant Committee to defend and support families of police violence and abuse.

 

In closing, I would prefer people use critical thinking in looking closer at the issues I am highlighting in my website and campaign. Rather than win any election, I would love to see people finally vote based on the issues rather than blindly supporting Democrat or Republican candidates. Both Parties are owned by the Deep State. If a candidate is financed by corporate big money interests, you need to be very concern about whose interests they will promote. It probably won’t be yours!

Videos (1)

My Country's War Crimes — April 10, 2022 Michael Ernest Kerr

I briefly describe my removal from Korea by U.S. Military at the demands of the Korean Dictatorship after month long letter campaign to Congress and President Ford. 

I then describe my current efforts to expose the U.S. Drone Assassination progrram which is being used to terrorize the people of many nations we are not at war.  

I then briefly explain that the 9/11 attack in 2001 was totally an inside job by my government to enact the Patriot Act weaking our Constitutional Rights & Liberties and then to allow for the unilateral unending attacks on other nations in violation of our U.S. Constitution and International Law.

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