Maxine Waters
American politician
Maxine Waters
Maxine Waters is the U.S. Representative for, and previously the 29th district, serving since 1991. She is a member of the Democratic Party. She is the most senior of the 12 black women currently serving in the United States Congress, and is a member and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Before becoming a member of Congress she served in the California Assembly, to which she was first elected in 1976.
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This Black Org Helped Oust Bill O' Reilly By Hitting Fox Where It Hurts
Huffington Post - 4 days
When Fox News failed to hold former anchor Bill O’ Reilly accountable for his prejudicial banter on the network, Color Of Change (COC), a racial justice advocacy group, decided to organize against O’Reilly and his plaftform.  The organization, which dedicates itself to issues of racial inequality, took issue with O’Reilly’s ongoing race-baiting. A 2006 broadcast in which O’Reilly claimed he was attacked during the LA riots was reputed to be a lie by several of his former colleagues in 2015.  In March of that year, COC began an advertising boycott urging companies to pull ads airing during “The O’Reilly Factor.” The campaign, which fluctuated in momentum throughout its first two years, gained traction last month after O’Reilly inappropriately remarked that Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ hair looked like a wig that the late James Brown would sport. But months prior to O’Reilly’s comments on Waters, a wave of allegations that he sexually harassed former Fox employees began to mak ...
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Maxine Waters On The Strong Black Women Who Taught Her To Create Her Seat At The Table
Huffington Post - 6 days
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Maxine Waters is having a moment
CNN - 6 days
It lasted all of 30 seconds. Rep. Maxine Waters was at the podium to explain just what she thought of FBI Director James Comey after a briefing on the Russia investigation.
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Rep. Waters leads impeach Trump chant
CNN - 9 days
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) speaks in Washington where protesters are marching for President Trump to release his tax returns.
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It's Spring And 3 Big Trump Protests Want You To Come Out
Huffington Post - 10 days
function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); April brings three major protest marches against President Donald Trump and his policies over three consecutive weekends. Here is all you need to know to join in. April 15: Tax March  Saturday, April 15, marks the annual Tax Day in the United States (although taxes are actually due on April 18 this year), and protesters will gather across the nation in an effort to push Trump to release his tax returns. Calls for some kind of demonstration began in Janu ...
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I Blame Us
Huffington Post - 12 days
Here’s the thing: Yes, Mitch McConnell is a terrible human being, and an awful influence upon the United States. We could make a long list of politicians equally craven and/or evil. That could be matched by the list of those who are “merely” stupid, foolish, or incompetent. And, for each of the very worst of them, there are – quite literally – millions upon millions of citizens who support them in their efforts to roll back civil rights, gender equality, and environmental protection accomplishments won over the past several decades (among other essential, and civilized, aspects of our society). There is no shortage of people at whom to point, and shriek, “Shame!” But, it’s our fault. We let it happen. I blame us. And, by “us,” and “we,” I mean the ones who know better. The ones who understand the atomically simple fact that the verb “progress” is the one to which a sane society ought to, and must, aspire. That the noun “progress” is something every sane society should aspire to ...
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Women Will Take Down Men Like Trump, O’Reilly And Ailes
Huffington Post - 13 days
By Kica Matos Everyone, likely even much of his audience, knows Bill O’Reilly is a bad man. A mention of his name among groups of women will usually elicit shudders of disgust. Notwithstanding, 21st Century Fox decided to extend the contract of this serial sexual harasser while helping to pay the $13M in legal fees for his harassment of women. Are we surprised? Appalled maybe, but not surprised. This is after all, the same network that supported the election of an admitted sexual assaulter as President of the United States and which until recently was run by a man who himself was a serial harasser who used his power at the network to make women submit to him. O’Reilly, Trump and the current and former head of Fox News have one common denominator: They are conservative white men in positions of power. Power and domination tie these men inextricably. As does disrespect for women. While neither Trump nor O’Reilly created the problem of harassment and assault in America, they ...
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Advertisers Boycotting Bill O'Reilly Ignored Years Of Offensive Comments
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Rep. Maxine Waters: O'Reilly needs 'to go to jail'
CNN - 19 days
Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters said Fox News host Bill O'Reilly should be arrested over the continued allegations of sexual harassment and slammed President Donald Trump for defending the embattled Fox host, calling them "two of a kind."
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Equal Pay Day Is Not Equal At All for Women of Color
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"We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn't a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change." —Beyoncé, in The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink Today is Equal Pay Day in the United States. This means that on average, women in the United States had to work all of 2016 plus this far into 2017 to catch up to what men earned last year. According to Sheryl Sandberg in a USA Today Opinion piece penned today: “In 2016, women on average were paid 80 cents for every dollar men earned. If you break the pay gap down by race and ethnicity, it’s even worse: black women were paid 63 cents; Latinas, 54 cents for every dollar white men made.” The numbers for what black men earn as compared to white women and women of color are likewise revealing. According to ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Maxine Waters
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 75
    On March 27, 2014, Waters introduced a discussion draft of the Housing Opportunities Move the Economy Forward Act of 2014 known as the HOME Forward Act of 2014.
    More Details Hide Details A key provision of the bill includes the collection of 10 basis points for “every dollar outstanding mortgages collateralizing covered securities” estimated to be approximately $5 billion a year. These funds would be directed to three funds that support affordable housing initiatives, with 75% going to the National Housing trust fund. The National Housing Trust Fund will then provide block grants to states to be used primarily to build, preserve, rehabilitate, and operate rental housing that is affordable to the lowest income households, and groups including seniors, disabled persons and low income workers. The National Housing Trust was enacted in 2008, but has yet to be funded.
  • 2013
    Age 74
    On July 24, 2013, Waters voted in favor of Amendment 100 included in H.R. 2397 Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014.
    More Details Hide Details The amendment targeted domestic surveillance activities, specifically that of the National Security Agency, and if ultimately passed would have limited the flexibility of the NSA's interpretation of the law to collect sweeping data on U.S. citizens. Amendment 100 was rejected 217-205.
  • 2012
    Age 73
    On September 21, 2012, The House Ethics Committee completed a report clearing Waters of all ethics charges after nearly three years of investigation.
    More Details Hide Details Previously, she had served on the Committee on the Judiciary. Waters resides in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles, which is approximately six miles west of downtown. Her second husband, Sid Williams, played professional football in the NFL and is a former U.S. Ambassador to the Bahamas under the Clinton Administration. In 1990, Waters, along with 15 other African American women and men, formed the African-American Women for Reproductive Freedom. Articles
    With the retirement of Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) in 2012, Waters became the ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee.
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  • 2011
    Age 72
    Waters has been very critical of the Tea Party movement. On August 20, 2011, while at a town hall discussing some of the displeasure that supporters of President Obama have had with the Congressional Black Caucus not supporting the president, Waters stated, "This is a tough game.
    More Details Hide Details You can’t be intimidated. You can’t be frightened. And as far as I’m concerned, the ‘tea party’ can go straight to Hell... and I intend to help them get there."
    In 2011, Waters voted against the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 as part of a controversial provision that allows the government and the military to indefinitely detain American citizens and others without trial.
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  • 2010
    Age 71
    The matter was investigated by the House Ethics Committee, which charged her with violations of the House's ethics rules in 2010.
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    In 2010, Waters came under investigation for ethics violations and was accused by a House panel of at least one ethics violation related to her efforts to help OneUnited Bank, where her husband had been a director and in which he had stock holdings, receive federal aid.
    More Details Hide Details Waters' husband is a stockholder and former director of OneUnited Bank and the bank's executives were major contributors to her campaigns. In September 2008, Waters arranged meetings between U.S. Treasury Department officials and OneUnited Bank, so that the bank could plead for federal cash. It had been heavily invested in Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, and its capital was "all but wiped out" after the U.S. government took them over. The bank received $12 million in Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) money.
  • 2009
    Age 70
    Citizens Against Government Waste named her the June 2009 Porker of the Month due to her intention to obtain an earmark for the Maxine Waters Employment Preparation Center.
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  • 2007
    Age 68
    Waters asserted in 2007 that President George W. Bush was trying to "set Congress up" by continually requesting funds for an "occupation" that is "draining" the country of capital, soldier's lives, and other resources.
    More Details Hide Details In particular, she argued that the very economic resources being "wasted" in Iraq were those that might provide universal health care or fully fund President Bush's own "No Child Left Behind" education bill. Additionally, Waters, representing a congressional district whose median income falls far below the national average, argued that patriotism alone had not been the sole driving force for those U.S. service personnel serving in Iraq. Rather, "many of them needed jobs, they needed resources, they needed money, so they're there." In a subsequent floor speech, Waters told her colleagues that Congress, lacking the votes to override the "inevitable Bush veto on any Iraq-related legislation," needed to "better challenge the administration's false rhetoric about the Iraq war" and "educate our constituents about the connection between the problems in Pakistan, Turkey, and Iran with the problems we have created in Iraq." A few months prior to these speeches Waters became a cosponsor of the House resolution to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney for making allegedly "false statements" about the war.
  • 2005
    Age 66
    Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) named Waters to its list of corrupt members of Congress in its 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2011 reports.
    More Details Hide Details She was accused of using her position to prevail upon officials to meet with OneUnited Bank without disclosing that she and her husband had significant stock holdings in the company. Since she was on the Financial Services Committee she largely had the role of determining where TARP funds would go. 12 Million in TARP funds went to OneUnited without her ever disclosing that she had a financial stake at the company.
  • 2004
    Age 65
    According to Chuck Neubauer and Ted Rohrlich writing in the LA Times in 2004, Maxine Waters' relatives had made more than $1 million during the preceding eight years by doing business with companies, candidates and causes that Waters had helped.
    More Details Hide Details They claimed she and her husband helped a company get government bond business, and her daughter Karen Waters and son Edward Waters have profited from her connections. Waters replied that "They do their business and I do mine."
  • 2002
    Age 63
    Waters voted against the Iraq War Resolution, the 2002 resolution that funded and granted Congressional approval to possible military action against the regime of Saddam Hussein.
    More Details Hide Details She has remained a consistent critic of the subsequent war and has supported an immediate troop withdrawal from Iraq.
  • 2001
    Age 62
    In 2001, Waters called Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan a "plantation owner."
    More Details Hide Details During the L.A. riots in 1992, Waters described the violence as a "spontaneous reaction to injustice." She held "economic, social, cultural, and political" factors responsible and that the riots should rightly be called a "rebellion" or "insurrection." Waters co-sponsored Rep. John Conyers' bill calling for reparations for slavery to be paid to black Americans. In September 2011, Waters called for the implementation of a federal "jobs program of a trillion dollars or more." "We’ve got to put Americans to work," she said. "That's the only way to revitalize this economy. When people work they earn money, they spend that money, and that's what gets the economy up and going." Waters opposed the 2004 coup d'état in Haiti and criticized U.S. involvement. Following the coup, Waters led a delegation to the Central African Republic along with TransAfrica Forum founder Randall Robinson and Jamaican member of parliament Sharon Hay-Webster to meet with Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and bring him to Jamaica, where he would remain until May.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1998
    Age 59
    In 1998, Waters wrote an open letter to Fidel Castro asking him not to extradite African-American activist Assata Shakur.
    More Details Hide Details After a woman drowned during an attempted escape from Cuba to the U.S. in 1999, leaving a six-year-old son, Elian Gonzales, who survived and requested asylum in the U.S., Waters called on President Bill Clinton to return him at once to Cuba.
    Waters has visited Cuba a number of times, praised Fidel Castro, and demanded an end to the U.S. trade embargo. In 1998 Waters wrote a letter to Castro citing the 1960s and 1970s as “a sad and shameful chapter of our history,” and thanked Castro for providing help to those who needed to “flee political persecution.”
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  • 1997
    Age 58
    Waters was chair of the Congressional Black Caucus from 1997 to 1998.
    More Details Hide Details In 2006 she was involved in the debate over King Drew Medical Center. She criticized media coverage of the hospital and in 2006 Waters asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deny a waiver of the cross ownership ban, and hence license renewal for KTLA-TV, a station The Los Angeles Times owned. She said that "The Los Angeles Times has had an inordinate effect on public opinion and has used it to harm the local community in specific instances." She requested that the FCC force the paper to either sell its station or risk losing that station's broadcast rights. According to Broadcasting & Cable, the challenges raised "the specter of costly legal battles to defend station holdings. At a minimum, defending against one would cost tens of thousands of dollars in lawyers' fees and probably delay license renewal about three months." Waters' petition was ultimately unsuccessful.
  • 1996
    Age 57
    Following a 1996 San Jose Mercury article alleging the complicity of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the Los Angeles crack epidemic of the 1980s, Waters called for an investigation.
    More Details Hide Details Waters questioned whether "U.S.-government paid or organized operatives smuggled, transported and sold it to American citizens." The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it had failed to find any evidence to support the original story. The Los Angeles Times also concluded after its own extensive investigation that the allegations were not supported by evidence. The author of the original story, Gary Webb, was eventually transferred to a different beat and removed from investigative reporting, before his death in 2004. Mr Gary Webb was found in his apartment with two bullet holes in his head. His death was declared a suicide. Following these post-publication investigations, Waters read into the Congressional Record a memorandum of understanding in which former President Ronald Reagan's CIA director rejected any duty by the CIA to report illegal narcotics trafficking to the Department of Justice. Undeterred, Waters told the Los Angeles Times in 1997: "It doesn't matter whether the CIA delivered the kilo of cocaine themselves or turned their back on it to let somebody else do it. They're guilty just the same." The same CIA inspector general then released a second volume to this report, wherein his investigative team admitted that CIA assets traded in cocaine and crack, and that the CIA had pressured Department of Justice agencies (such as the DEA and FBI) to drop or suspend their own drug-related investigations of such assets.
  • 1994
    Age 55
    On July 29, 1994, Waters was challenged for remarks made during the House Banking Committee’s Whitewater hearings denouncing Rep.
    More Details Hide Details Peter King, with whom she had argued the night before. She said, “Men and women, the day is over when men can badger and intimidate women!"
  • 1992
    Age 53
    When south-central Los Angeles erupted in riots — in which 58 were killed — after the Rodney King verdict in 1992, Waters gained national attention "when she helped deliver relief supplies in Watts and demanded the resumption of vital services."
    More Details Hide Details Waters described the riots as a rebellion, saying "If you call it a riot it sounds like it was just a bunch of crazy people who went out and did bad things for no reason. I maintain it was somewhat understandable, if not acceptable." In her view, the violence was “a spontaneous reaction to a lot of injustice.” In regards to the looting of Korean-owned stores by local black residents, she said: “There were mothers who took this as an opportunity to take some milk, to take some bread, to take some shoes... They are not crooks.”
  • 1990
    Age 51
    She has been re-elected consistently with at least 70% of the popular vote in the California's 35th congressional district after significant parts of the pre-1990 29th California Congressional District were folded into the newly defined 35th California Congressional District when California gained seven additional seats in the House following the 1990 United States Census.
    More Details Hide Details Waters represented a large part of south-central Los Angeles and the Los Angeles coastal communities of Westchester and Playa Del Rey, and the cities of Gardena, Hawthorne, Inglewood and Lawndale.
    Upon the retirement of Augustus F. Hawkins in 1990, Waters was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for California's 29th congressional district with over 79% of the popular vote.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1976
    Age 37
    Waters entered the California State Assembly in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details While in the assembly she worked for the divestment of state pension funds from any businesses active in South Africa, a country then operating under the policy of apartheid, and helped pass legislation within the guidelines of the divestment campaign's Sullivan Principles. She ascended to the position of Democratic Caucus Chair for the Assembly.
    Before becoming a member of Congress she served in the California Assembly, to which she was first elected in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details As an Assembly member, Waters advocated for divestment from South Africa's apartheid regime. In Congress, she was an outspoken opponent of the Iraq War. Waters was charged, and exonerated, by the House's subcommittee on ethics with violations of the House's ethics rules in 2010.
  • 1973
    Age 34
    In 1973, she went to work as chief deputy to City Councilman David S. Cunningham, Jr..
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  • 1970
    Age 31
    She later enrolled at Los Angeles State College (now California State University, Los Angeles) and graduated with a sociology degree in 1970.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1966
    Age 27
    She worked in a garment factory and as a telephone operator before being hired as an assistant teacher with the Head Start program at Watts in 1966.
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  • 1961
    Age 22
    She graduated from Vashon High School in St. Louis, and moved with her family to Los Angeles, California, in 1961.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1938
    Born
    Waters was born 1938 in Kinloch, Missouri, the daughter of Velma Lee (née Moore) and Remus Carr.
    More Details Hide Details Fifth out of thirteen children, Waters was raised by her single mother once her father left the family when Maxine was two.
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