Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson is a best-selling author and activist. In 2014 she ran as an independent candidate for California’s 33rd Congressional District. One of her main issues is advocating for at least $100 billion in reparations for slavery.

Previous Work Around Poverty and Opportunity

  • Has advocated for at least $100 billion in reparations for slavery.
  • Founded the nonprofit Project Angel Food, which provides meals for those with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses

On the Issues

Jobs: Supports a Green New Deal focused on creating jobs through infrastructure, transportation and a renewable energy system.

Affordable Housing: No firm public stances.  

Health Care/Insurance: Favors a Medicare for All system.

Education: In support of universal preschool and free college. Wants to expand federal aid for subsidized free lunches and breakfast. Favor low-cost education for middle- and older-aged low-income people.

Criminal Justice: Promotes prisoner rehabilitation and re-entry support through job training and emotional literacy. 

Minimum Wage: Supports a minimum wage tied to the regional cost of living and indexed to inflation.

Safety Net: Believes in protecting Social Security, and supports raising the cap on income subject to payroll taxation in order to raise revenue for the program.

Children/Families: Supports paid and medical leave. Argues that paid vacation should be mandatory for all workers as well.

Taxes/Tax Credits: Wants to remove the cap on payroll taxes, increase taxes on estates, roll back tax breaks for big business and eliminate tax loopholes. Interested in the prospect of a $1,000 per month universal basic income for those between the ages of 18 and 65.

News Articles

Marianne Williamson: Everything you need to know about the 2020 candidate” (Axios: 2/19/2019)

Marianne Williamson is Oprah’s spiritual adviser. She’s also running for president” (Vox: 1/30/2019)

9 Things to Know About Marianne Williamson” (Public Integrity: 3/27/2019)