My occupation is Teacher / Writer.
My qualifications are:
CANDIDATE STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS
I support improved Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, an end to our endless wars, a Marshall Plan for Central America, reparations for descendants of slaves and Native Americans, and full federal funding of public education.
Worked on the staff of Proposition 186, the 1994 initiative to create a California single payer system (which San Francisco approved).
Collected 10,000+ online signatures for the Green New Deal in 2019.
Organized and passed Proposition U, making it San Francisco policy to defund the Iraq War in 2008.
Worked in the San Francisco Public Schools for past 20 years; member, United Educators of San Francisco, AFL-CIO; past Executive Board member.
Represented Boston in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where I chaired the Progressive Caucus, and authored laws:
Banning Medicare “balance billing,”
Prohibiting public reimbursement for “union busting” costs,
Providing direct election of state employee and teacher members to pension fund investment boards,
Increasing unemployment compensation child allowance,
Regulating rail transport of hazardous material.
And sponsored: Gay rights, anti-sexual harassment, and recycling legislation.
United Nations Election Officer, East Timor, 1999.
Voter Registration and Election Supervisor, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 1997, 1998.
Election Observer, Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic, Macedonia, Russia, Ukraine, 2000-2018.
Chaired Boston Democratic Socialists of America.
“The Primary Route: How the 99% takes on the military-industrial complex” and
Numerous articles and reviews, many found at TomGallagherwrites.com.
Antiwar efforts since the Indochina Peace Campaign.
Pro-labor campaigns since the United Farm Workers Union grape boycott.