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Biography

Marianne Williamson is a bestselling author, activist, and lecturer. She lectured at the Philosophical Research Society in Los Angeles in 1983. Williamson began facilitating support groups and counseling for people with terminal illnesses. She founded Project Angel Food which is a volunteer food delivery service which caters to people with AIDS and life threatening illnesses. She also cofounded The Peace Alliance which is a nonprofit grassroots and education advocacy organization. Her activism emphasizes women’s empowerment, poverty alleviation, racial justice, climate change and the reformation of the criminal justice system. On January 29, 2019 she announced her campaign for the Democratic nomination of the 2020 presidential elections.

 


On the Issues

AAI tracks the official and campaign-trail statements of each presidential candidate on the issues we care about most.

Click the icon, issue area, or scroll to see what Marianne Williamson has said on the campaign trail.

For our take on why these are the 12 issues that are critical for our community, read here.

DOMESTIC POLICY

Democracy Reforms

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Bigoted Speech

Hate Crime

NO BAN Act

Immigration

Surveillance

Criminal Justice Reform

FOREIGN POLICY

Iran Tensions

Israel Palestine

U.S. Presence in the Arab World

Ongoing Conflicts


DOMESTIC POLICY


Democracy Reforms  

  •  “But for politicians, including my fellow candidates, who themselves have taken tens of thousands -- and in some cases, hundreds of thousands -- of dollars from these same corporate donors to think that they now have the moral authority to say we're going to take them on, I don't think the Democratic Party should be surprised that so many Americans believe yada, yada, yada. It is time for us to start over with people who have not taken donations from any of those corporations and can say with real moral authority: That is over. We are going to establish public funding for federal campaigns. That's what we need to stand up to. We need to have a constitutional amendment. We need to have -- we need to have legislation to do it.” (7/30/2019 Democratic Debate, transcript, NBC) 

  • "IF I’M ELECTED, MY ADMINISTRATION WILL SUPPORT THE FOLLOWING:

    •  A state-by-state rejection of politicized gerrymandering.

    • A Constitutional Amendment to establish public financing of our federal campaigns.

    • Elimination of unfounded restrictions on eligible voters, such as voter picture ID’s.

    •  Lowering the voting age to 16. The institution of automatic voter registration at the age of 16.

    • Guarantees that our voting systems are secure from internal as well as external threats.

    • Establishment of election day as a national holiday (or Saturday), and guarantee of enough time and polling places to allow for easy access to voting.

    • Holding special interest and corporate lobbyists accountable to the rule of law.

      A Williamson administration would work assiduously to address the above-mentioned external issues, and I would bring the full extent of my professional experience to help the American people connect the dots, understand what has happened, and work in their own communities to save our democracy.(https://www.marianne2020.com/issues/democracy-at-risk)

  • "Changes to the Constitution should not be taken lightly, but at this point there is too much of a risk to our democracy when the popular vote can be so easily overridden. Therefore, I do support the elimination of the electoral college."(7/21/2019, The Washington Post

  • "I believe that an individual Senator who strongly opposes a piece of legislation should be allowed to hold the floor for as long as she can stand," Williamson told The Post. "But given the unprecedented partisanship that Republicans have thrust on this country — exemplified by their refusal to even hold hearings on Merrick Garland — I do not believe that the Senate can function if legislation requires a super majority to pass. Thus, I believe that individual filibusters should continue to be an option, but that they be followed by a simple up or down, majority-wins vote."(7/21/2019, The Washington Post

 

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 

  • “I don’t believe that the average American is a racist, but I do believe that the woefully undereducated about the history of race in the United States. Enslaved persons were first brought over here from Africa in 1619 and slavery was not abolished until 1865. That was followed by another 100 years of institutionalized violence against black people.”

    “You put all this together, you’re talking about 350 years of institutionalized violence against black people,” said Williamson. “That is longer than the United States has been in existence.” (https://www.marianne2020.com/posts/democratic-presidential-candidate-marianne-williamson-on-why-she-supports-reparations)

  • “When I become President, rest assured, all citizens will be afforded all their God-given inalienable rights and protection.” (Marianne 2020) 

  • “I propose a reparations council to be made up of black scholars and black leaders from across the spectrum of black culture in America today. I propose an expenditure of $200 to $500 billion. ”( https://www.marianne2020.com/posts/democratic-presidential-candidate-marianne-williamson-on-why-she-supports-reparations

  • “Reparations carry moral force, in that there is an inherent mea culpa, there is an inherent acknowledgement of a wrong that has been done, a debt that is owed and a nation now willing to pay it,” she said.


  Securitization and Surveillance 

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Hate Crime  


Criminal Justice Reform 

  • "For many people of color in this country, the governmental response to crime has been part of a greater continuity of circumstances that began in the 1600s which still plagues us today. Mothers and fathers all over America each day are teaching their children — particularly their sons — how to avoid the unequal application of criminal justice in the United States. The message communicated from our governmental action has largely been a response of suppression rather than addressing the systemic problems that plague communities and families in this country head-on.” (Marianne 2020) 

Bigoted Speech: Instances of Condemnation and/or Use 

 

  • MARGARET BRENNAN: I want to pick up with the question I asked some of our other guests, which is is it important for Democrats to respond to tweets like the president has sent about Elijah Cummings? Or should you stay focused on issues?

    WILLIAMSON: Well first of all that is an issue and it's important for every American to respond. You know, Mr. Mulvaney said something very interesting to me on your show. When he was talking about what Elijah Cummings said- why the president came after him, Mr. Mulvaney said what he said was wrong. Now Mr. Mulvaney did not say what he said was inaccurate- the idea of children sleeping in their own feces, etcetera. He said what they- what he did was wrong. So really this is demagoguery. This is beyond- you know we use words like racism, but we need to understand and every American needs to understand, the president sends out warning shots. You criticize me, I'm coming after you. That's why many Republicans will not take him on. That's why certain Republicans chose not to even run again. And now he's doing that with someone like the congressman and I thought that was fascinating. What you did was wrong, it is wrong to come after me. That is how demagogues behave. (7/28/2019, CBS)

    "Fear, racism and bigotry have been turned into a political force. Our task is to turn Love, decency and compassion into a political force. Fear is insanity and leads to our destruction; Love is Truth and leads to our salvation. Humanity is up against a wall now and we must choose." (10/30/2018, Twitter)  

 


Immigration 

  • “We are a nation of immigrants, and we will always be a nation of immigrants. We need to re-examine our immigration policies to provide care and respect for those who come here. America, at its best, is a welcoming community, and we need to live up to our image, instead of tarnishing it.” (Marianne 2020) 
  • “Seeking asylum is not a scam; it is a statutory right. And immigrating to America I not a crim. The modern immigrant is chasing the same dream of a better life that lured the ancestors of every American who isn’t descended from either slaves or Native Americans. Even the language many tend to use in describing undocumented immigrants - calling them “illegal,” or “aliens," — is a means of dehumanizing the very people this nation was designed to cherish. (Marianne 2020) 
  • I support legislative reforms that includes a full path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who do not have serious criminal background issues. I would also work to reduce the cost of naturalization and increase resources to help people navigate that process more easily.” (Marianne 2020) 
  • I will push for legislative reforms that include a full path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who do not have serious criminal background issues. The cost of naturalization must also be reduced, and resources increased to help people navigate that process more easily and humanely. (Marianne 2020) 

 

NO BAN Act 

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FOREIGN POLICY 


Israel/Palestine 

  • “I would have an equally robust commitment to both the legitimate security concerns of Israel and the human rights, economic hopes, opportunities and dignity of the Palestinian people.” (6/19/21, New York Times 

Iran Tensions 

  

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U.S. Presence in the Arab World 

  • MARGARET BRENNAN: As commander in chief what do you think America's role in the world should be?

    WILLIAMSON: Moral leadership. Our grandparents would be rolling over in their graves to see something like, for instance, for the sake of a $350 billion dollar arms deal over the next 10 years....

    MARGARET BRENNAN: So you would cut funding for Saudi Arabia and the alliance? 

    WILLIAMSON:  It's not just about cutting funding to military. I want the military to have whatever it needs for legitimate security purposes. My critique is of political decisions that have more to do with short term profit maximization for defense contractors. We need to wage peace. Even Donald Rumsfeld who was the secretary of defense under- under George Bush said we must also wage peace, which is why I want a U.S. Department of Peace. We need to far- far beef up and- and support far more our peace building agencies within the state department. (7/28/2019, CBS)

      

 

Ongoing Conflicts  

  • We are giving aerial support to a genocidal war that Saudi Arabia is waging against Yemen. Tens of thousands of people have been starved, including children. Now I'm not saying that America was ever perfect, but there was a time on this planet when other nations, and Americans ourselves, saw that when it came to international policy we at least tried to stand for democracy and humanitarian.  (7/28/2019, CBS)