Paparian for Congress

Former Mayor of Pasadena Bill Paparian is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in California District 29 on the Green Party ticket. The website is

He’s challenging Adam Schiff, a DINO (Democrat in Name Only) who supports the war and votes with the Republicans more often than not.

Paparian says:

It is time to end the war in Iraq and bring the troops home.

When elected, I will represent the majority of this Congressional District’s opposition to George Bush, not collaborate with him.

I am running in order to give voters a choice, for a change; to give voters a Congressman who will tell the President, his henchmen and cronies, ‘No More!’

Also on the campaign site is text of a speech Paparian made in 1996 on the Armenian genocide, an vital issue for this district with a large Armenian population.

Every year, we come to this hallowed site to honor the memory of our 1.5 million martyrs. Armenians the world over do the same on this day, each and every Armenian honoring our collective loss.

But, we also know that the Genocide is not over. It continues silently, relentlessly, insidiously.

He is also known for his tireless work on Cuba.

Paparian is perhaps best known for his efforts to end the U.S. blockade of Cuba. While serving as Mayor of Pasadena he convened a conference on the future of U.S.-Cuba relations at Occidental College. He was twice called to Washington D.C. where he testified at a hearing on U.S. Economic and Trade Policy toward Cuba before the House Committee on Ways and Means. Paparian has traveled frequently to Cuba to coordinate the delivery of critically needed medical supplies and equipment to the children of Cuba and has worked closely with the Cuban Council of Churches and Havana’s pediatric hospitals in responding to their medical needs.

The photo shows Bill with The Dalai Lama.

Bill Paparian, the Dalai LamaFull disclosure: I designed the campaign website and first met Bill in 2003 when he was Josh Conolle’s lawyer. Conolle had been unjustly accused of torching Hummers in a case that drew wide attention. The FBI eventually was forced to apologize to Conolle and pay him $100,000.

Bill Paparian is someone we need in Congress.

Progressives, Greens, liberals, and those opposed to the war who live in Los Angeles might want to involved with his campaign.

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