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John Bonifaz talks about the impeach Trump campaign
John Bonifaz talks about the impeach Trump campaign
Published: 2017/05/09
Channel: MassLive
John Bonifaz Calls for the Impeachment of Donald Trump, Feb. 16th, 2017
John Bonifaz Calls for the Impeachment of Donald Trump, Feb. 16th, 2017
Published: 2017/02/16
Channel: paulydc
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John Bonifaz's testimony at Conyers hearing on Iraq War
Published: 2006/09/15
Channel: hal9000xp
Watch John Bonifaz and Ben Clements Speak in Boston
Watch John Bonifaz and Ben Clements Speak in Boston
Published: 2017/03/13
Channel: impeachDTNow
Voter Action
Voter Action's John Bonifaz on CNN
Published: 2008/08/15
Channel: V0TERACTI0N
John Bonifaz Calls for the Impeachment of President Donald Trump
John Bonifaz Calls for the Impeachment of President Donald Trump
Published: 2017/02/17
Channel: World News
John Bonifaz Speaks at the Democracy Awakening
John Bonifaz Speaks at the Democracy Awakening
Published: 2016/05/04
Channel: freespeechpeople
John Bonifaz Speaks in Berkeley, CA on Impeachment
John Bonifaz Speaks in Berkeley, CA on Impeachment
Published: 2017/05/02
Channel: impeachDTNow
Jamie Raskin, John Nichols & John Bonifaz Discuss the Wealth Primary & Money in Politics
Jamie Raskin, John Nichols & John Bonifaz Discuss the Wealth Primary & Money in Politics
Published: 2016/07/25
Channel: freespeechpeople
John Bonifaz - Voter Advocate
John Bonifaz - Voter Advocate
Published: 2006/09/05
Channel: gk9127
How Big Money is Undermining Voting Rights
How Big Money is Undermining Voting Rights
Published: 2015/06/16
Channel: The Big Picture RT
John Bonifaz Speaks Rally for Truth: Northampton, MA (6/3/17)
John Bonifaz Speaks Rally for Truth: Northampton, MA (6/3/17)
Published: 2017/06/03
Channel: Northampton Community Television
watch live, TRUMP IN TROUBLE - JOHN BONIFAZ Calls For The Impeachment Of DONALD TRUMP,
watch live, TRUMP IN TROUBLE - JOHN BONIFAZ Calls For The Impeachment Of DONALD TRUMP,
Published: 2017/07/13
Channel: MODERN UPDATE
John Bonifaz Speaks at the Northampton March For Truth
John Bonifaz Speaks at the Northampton March For Truth
Published: 2017/06/06
Channel: impeachDTNow
John Bonifaz & Rep. Al Green (D-TX, 9th District) Join Democracy Now! to Talk Impeachment
John Bonifaz & Rep. Al Green (D-TX, 9th District) Join Democracy Now! to Talk Impeachment
Published: 2017/05/25
Channel: impeachDTNow
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Published: 2011/08/26
Channel: Paul Baker
Midweek Politics with David Pakman - Attorney John Bonifaz Interview (1 of 2)
Midweek Politics with David Pakman - Attorney John Bonifaz Interview (1 of 2)
Published: 2010/06/10
Channel: David Pakman Show
John Bonifaz - Free Speech for People at National Conference for Media Reform
John Bonifaz - Free Speech for People at National Conference for Media Reform
Published: 2011/04/11
Channel: Erich Vieth
John Bonifaz - Leadership (30 seconds)
John Bonifaz - Leadership (30 seconds)
Published: 2006/09/05
Channel: youcos
John Bonifaz dice que Trump podría enfrentar un juicio político si se comprueba un abuso de poder
John Bonifaz dice que Trump podría enfrentar un juicio político si se comprueba un abuso de poder
Published: 2017/06/11
Channel: NTN24
John Bonifaz - Kane Hall - March 2011
John Bonifaz - Kane Hall - March 2011
Published: 2011/03/15
Channel: Todd Boyle
John Bonifaz, Free Speech for People, interviewed by Sally Kohn
John Bonifaz, Free Speech for People, interviewed by Sally Kohn
Published: 2011/10/13
Channel: WomensMediaCenter
John Bonifaz
John Bonifaz's Statement On McCutcheon
Published: 2014/04/09
Channel: freespeechpeople
Joe Arpaio
Joe Arpaio's Pardon Could Be Reversed By Courts
Published: 2017/09/01
Channel: TYT Politics
Midweek Politics with David Pakman - Attorney John Bonifaz Interview (2 of 2)
Midweek Politics with David Pakman - Attorney John Bonifaz Interview (2 of 2)
Published: 2010/06/10
Channel: David Pakman Show
John Bonifaz, Scott Greytak & John Nichols Discuss A City Ordinance to End Big Money
John Bonifaz, Scott Greytak & John Nichols Discuss A City Ordinance to End Big Money
Published: 2016/07/28
Channel: freespeechpeople
Bonifaz on the MA Senate, DN 1/21/2010
Bonifaz on the MA Senate, DN 1/21/2010
Published: 2010/01/26
Channel: Donovon Ceaser
John Bonifaz on computer voting, integrity, leadership
John Bonifaz on computer voting, integrity, leadership
Published: 2006/09/08
Channel: youcos
Hundreds of Thousands Sign Petition to Impeach Trump for Violating Constitution over Biz Interests
Hundreds of Thousands Sign Petition to Impeach Trump for Violating Constitution over Biz Interests
Published: 2017/01/27
Channel: Democracy Now!
John Bonifaz at the Downing Street Memo Hearings (6/16/05)
John Bonifaz at the Downing Street Memo Hearings (6/16/05)
Published: 2007/02/16
Channel: CoolLikeMiles
GRITtv: John Bonifaz: Supreme Court and Corporations
GRITtv: John Bonifaz: Supreme Court and Corporations
Published: 2010/04/15
Channel: The Laura Flanders Show
John Bonifaz on the Democrats Stunning Loss in Massachusetts 1 of 2
John Bonifaz on the Democrats Stunning Loss in Massachusetts 1 of 2
Published: 2010/01/21
Channel: mediagrrl9
John Bonifaz
John Bonifaz
Published: 2010/09/14
Channel: ontheearthproduction
John Bonifaz convention video
John Bonifaz convention video
Published: 2006/07/27
Channel: youcos
IMPEACH TRUMP! Here
IMPEACH TRUMP! Here's What Needs To Happen
Published: 2017/02/18
Channel: Bill Press Video
Impeach Donald Trump Now -- John Bonifaz
Impeach Donald Trump Now -- John Bonifaz
Published: 2017/02/18
Channel: RootsAction org
John Bonifaz on Electronic Voting Machines
John Bonifaz on Electronic Voting Machines
Published: 2012/05/08
Channel: knabe19
Ben Cohen and John Bonifaz Run For Congreess in Represent.US
Ben Cohen and John Bonifaz Run For Congreess in Represent.US's Run For Congress Simulator
Published: 2013/11/21
Channel: Stamp Stampede
John Bonifaz convention speech
John Bonifaz convention speech
Published: 2006/07/27
Channel: youcos
Conversations w/ John Bonifaz  Alice Swift
Conversations w/ John Bonifaz Alice Swift
Published: 2012/04/19
Channel: Amherst Media
LWV of Amherst Present: John Bonifaz
LWV of Amherst Present: John Bonifaz
Published: 2012/12/19
Channel: Amherst Media
John Bonifaz on the Democrats Stunning Loss in Massachusetts 2 of 2
John Bonifaz on the Democrats Stunning Loss in Massachusetts 2 of 2
Published: 2010/01/21
Channel: mediagrrl9
MoveOn.Org Money & Politics May 2010 Part 1 - John Bonifaz
MoveOn.Org Money & Politics May 2010 Part 1 - John Bonifaz
Published: 2010/05/29
Channel: MoveOnHudson
WT? answers your questions
WT? answers your questions
Published: 2007/10/17
Channel: WhyTuesday
MoveOn.Org Money & Politics May 2010 Part 2 - John Bonifaz
MoveOn.Org Money & Politics May 2010 Part 2 - John Bonifaz
Published: 2010/05/30
Channel: MoveOnHudson
Free Speech TV | Episode 211 - The End of the Super PAC - The Ring Of Fire
Free Speech TV | Episode 211 - The End of the Super PAC - The Ring Of Fire
Published: 2015/11/24
Channel: The Ring of Fire
Time for the People to Demand Impeachment with Rep Al Green
Time for the People to Demand Impeachment with Rep Al Green
Published: 2017/05/24
Channel: Bill Press Video
John Bonifaz addresses Occupy Boston on Citizen
John Bonifaz addresses Occupy Boston on Citizen's United Case
Published: 2012/01/21
Channel: Kevin McCarthy
"Corporations, the Constitution and Democracy" with Loyola Law School (Part 4 of 4)
"Corporations, the Constitution and Democracy" with Loyola Law School (Part 4 of 4)
Published: 2015/12/04
Channel: freespeechpeople
"People Should Govern Corporations, Not the Other Way Around": A Movement to Repeal Citizens United
"People Should Govern Corporations, Not the Other Way Around": A Movement to Repeal Citizens United
Published: 2013/03/13
Channel: Democracy Now!
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John C. Bonifaz
Born (1966-06-22) June 22, 1966 (age 51)
Wilmington, Delaware
Occupation attorney and political activist

John C. Bonifaz (born 22, June 1966, in Wilmington, DE) is an Amherst-based attorney and political activist specializing in constitutional law and voting rights. He is the President and Co-Founder of Free Speech for People.[1] He is also the founder of the National Voting Rights Institute and a former candidate for Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth. In 1999, he received a MacArthur Fellowship, popularly known as the "genius award."[2]

Constitutional challenge and hearings on 2003 invasion of Iraq[edit]

In February and March 2003, Mr. Bonifaz served as lead counsel for a coalition of US soldiers, parents of US soldiers, and Members of Congress in John Doe I v. President Bush, a constitutional challenge to President Bush’s authority to wage war against Iraq absent a congressional declaration of war or equivalent action. He argued that the President’s planned first-strike invasion of Iraq violated the War Powers Clause of the US Constitution.[3] The lawsuit was initially dismissed in February 2003 and in March 2003 the dismissal was upheld on appeal. Regarding the initial dismissal, Attorney Bonifaz said "They’re not supposed to sideline... Courts cannot shirk from responsibility when it looks like a political battle."[4] Regarding the affirmation of the dismissal, the appeals court held "...the text of the October Resolution itself spells out justifications for a war and frames itself as an 'authorization' of such a war." [5]

Bonifaz wrote the 2004 book Warrior-King: The Case for Impeaching George W. Bush,[6] which chronicles that case and its meaning for the United States Constitution. The book argues that the Iraq War was illegal.

In the aftermath of the release of the Downing Street Memo in 2005, Bonifaz co-founded After Downing Street and wrote a memo to Congressman John Conyers of Michigan, the Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, urging him to introduce a Resolution of Inquiry directing the House Judiciary Committee to launch a formal investigation into whether sufficient grounds exist for the House to impeach President George W. Bush. Bonifaz participated in a discussion with former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern led by Rep. Conyers, advocating Bush's impeachment for misrepresenting the case for the Iraq war.[7][8]

National Voting Rights Institute[edit]

Mr. Bonifaz is also the founder of the National Voting Rights Institute (NVRI), where he most recently served as General Counsel. In 2006, NVRI formed a partnership with Demos (US think tank), and as of January 1, 2007, Bonifaz signed on as Senior Legal Fellow with Demos. Founded in 1994, NVRI serves as a prominent legal and public education center dedicated to protecting the right of all citizens to vote and to participate in the electoral process on an equal and meaningful basis.

For his work with NVRI, he is a 1999 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, also known as a "genius" award. In awarding the five-year fellowship, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation stated:

Bonifaz, a public interest lawyer, uses innovative litigation to reexamine campaign finance reform arguments typically debated on first amendment grounds. Through the National Voting Rights Institute, an organization he founded, Bonifaz recasts the legal arguments to focus on fourteenth amendment protections, challenging the relationship between money and politics.

Massachusetts Clean Elections Law[edit]

In 2002, the Massachusetts legislature declined to fund the clean elections law, a public financing measure passed by voters in 1998. Bonifaz and the NVRI sued Massachusetts on behalf of Warren Tolman, a candidate for governor who had qualified for public financing and was not receiving the money. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that the legislature must fund a law passed by the voters that it has not repealed.[9] When the legislature persisted in not releasing the necessary funds to pay Tolman and other candidates, Bonifaz went to court again, and secured a ruling allowing his coalition to force the sale of state property.[10][11] The legislature repealed the clean elections law after the 2002 elections.

Campaign for Secretary[edit]

In 2006, John Bonifaz ran for the Democratic nomination to be Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2006 against incumbent William F. Galvin. He declared his candidacy on December 1, 2005,[12] before it was known whether Galvin would run for re-election or for Governor. Galvin won the primary election, which was held on September 19, 2006.

During the campaign, Bonifaz was linked to the Green Party by his opponent, because he voted for Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader in Massachusetts in 2000, and because received a campaign contribution from Jill Stein, the Green-Rainbow Party candidate for Secretary of State. Jill Stein was one of the clients he represented in the Clean Elections lawsuit, and other clients from that case donated to his campaign, including Warren Tolman, a Democratic candidate for Governor in 2002. After unenrolling from the Democratic Party prior to the 2000 election, Bonifaz later re-registered as a Democrat and has never been registered as a Green.[13][14]

Bonifaz's campaign focused on election reform, promoting clean elections, same day registration, voting rights for minorities, and opposition to privately owned voting machines with proprietary software.

Free Speech for People[edit]

Following the Citizens United decision, Bonifaz co-founded Free Speech for People with Jeff Clements. "Free Speech For People is a national non-partisan campaign working to restore democracy to the people and to return corporations to their place as economic rather than political entities," to quote the organization's website. Bonifaz and Free Speech for People advocate for a new constitutional amendment to clarify that the Bill of Rights applies to people, not corporations.

Background[edit]

Bonifaz has also litigated international human rights and environmental law cases, and, with his father Cristobal Bonifaz, has litigated against Chevron Corporation regarding pollution in the Lago Agrio oil field in the Ecuadorian Amazon. (Cristobal Bonifaz is a native of Ecuador.)

Bonifaz's great-grandfather was Neptalí Bonifaz, who was briefly president of Ecuador in 1931.[15]

A graduate of Brown University in 1987 and Harvard Law School cum laude in 1992, Bonifaz is married to Lissa Pierce Bonifaz. Lissa holds a doctorate in bilingual education.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Free Speech For People Staff". www.FreeSpeechForPeople.org. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Biography at After Downing Street
  3. ^ CNN report on anti war lawsuit
  4. ^ The Crimson article
  5. ^ The Modern Tribune article on Doe v Bush
  6. ^ Warrior-King: The Case for Impeaching George W. Bush, (NationBooks-NY, 2004, foreword by Rep. John Conyers, Jr.) ISBN 1-56025-606-0
  7. ^ Bonifaz's testimony at the June 16, 2005 hearings convened by Rep. Conyers
  8. ^ Bonifaz's March 22, 2005 memo urging Rep. John Conyers to introduce a Resolution of Inquiry on Iraq
  9. ^ National Voting Rights Institute press release
  10. ^ Clean Money Repo Men
  11. ^ Legal Victory for Clean Elections in Massachusetts
  12. ^ John Bonifaz candidacy declaration
  13. ^ Galvin primary battle article
  14. ^ Romney's packed -- and unpacked -- a lot in 2006" article
  15. ^ The Dubious Lawsuit against Chevron in Ecuador - Part 1

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