Category: Resistance

The Declaration of Independence

When did you last read the Declaration of Independence? It grows increasingly relevant… “In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.” Makes you wonder if King George III assaulted women and had an orange comb-over.

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‘He was a quiet and normal kid’: The infantilization of young, white male domestic terrorists

Enough already. That is what we should be saying to the media and to white America about its pathological need to humanize white men who commit mass shootings. It is a pattern that people of color are all too familiar with. It is a pattern that some women can see clearly. But, at this point, it should also be really familiar to anyone who is paying attention. And just like Parkland, Fla., school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez implored us to do when it comes to our excuses about why we can’t have sensible gun control in this country, we need to unequivocally and loudly “call B.S.” each time this happens.

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Campaign Action Sign the petition to the U.S. Senate: Pass a bill to fully fund the Census Bureau and 2020 census activities.

The census historically undercounts communities of color, low-income people, and immigrant communities. The 2010 census failed to count over 1.5 million people of color. 1.5 million people weren’t counted when it was time to map voting districts and fund vital human services. Undercounting will have even harsher impacts on communities of color if we let Trump purposely starve the Census Bureau. 

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Sign the petition to US Senate: Reject armed Secret Service agents at polling places

Knowing armed agents could show up to polling places at any time at wouldn’t only intimidate voters in the moment—it could also keep people targeted by the Trump administration’s voter suppression efforts, like immigrants and people of color, from the polls in the first place.

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Tell Your Senators: End Our Unauthorized War in Yemen

This doesn’t happen very often—the Senate will soon debate and vote on an American war. Specifically, it will take up a bipartisan resolution (S.J.Res. 54) to end U.S. participation in the Yemen civil war.

This is a big deal. The United States’ role in the Yemen war is complicated and controversial. Importantly, it also hasn’t been authorized by Congress.

For too long, Congress has ceded its war powers to the executive branch. That’s always been a dangerous trend—but it’s especially perilous now that Donald Trump is the commander-in-chief.

There’s a lot at stake here. Here’s what you need to know.

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A guide to the gun bills in Congress

A veritable pot pourri of fragmented ideas. Taken all together, they approach a meaningful response to today’s horror of gun violence, though still fall woefully short of controlling the ownership and use of military grade firearms. I call for a national Permit to Purchase that excludes anyone who has a violent crime conviction or stipulation, whether felony or misdemeanor; that excludes anyone with diagnosed mental health issues that a qualified mental health professional will not certify represent no elevated risk of violence; and, excludes anyone with a restraining order for domestic violence. That would be a good start.

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Campaign CALL TO ACTION- Add your name: Immigrant youth can’t wait. Pass the Dream Act NOW.

On December 22, sixty-six senators, including 17 Democrats, voted to pass the year-end spending bill without the inclusion of legislative protection for undocumented youth. By voting for a spending bill without the Dream Act, our political leaders BROKE YET ANOTHER PROMISE and voted for the deportation of immigrant youth.

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RSS US House Activity Excerpt

  • H.R.2905
    Justice for Victims of IRS Scams and Identity Theft Act of 2017 (04/18/2018 legislative day)
  • H.R.5444
    Taxpayer First Act (04/18/2018 legislative day)
  • H.R.5445
    21st Century IRS Act (04/18/2018 legislative day)
  • H.Res.831
    Providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5444) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modernize and improve the Internal Revenue Service, and for other purposes, and providing for consideration of the bill (H.R. 5445) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve cybersecurity and taxpayer identity protection, and modernize the […]

RSS US Senate Activity Excerpt

  • S.J.Res.57
    A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to "Indirect Auto Lending and Compliance with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act". (04/18/2018 legislative day)
  • S.140
    A bill to amend the White Mountain Apache Tribe Water Rights Quantification Act of 2010 to clarify the use of amounts in the WMAT Settlement Fund. (04/18/2018 legislative day)
  • PN1359
    James Bridenstine, of Oklahoma, to be Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, vice Charles F. Bolden, Jr., resigned. (04/18/2018 legislative day)
  • PN568
    Carlos G. Muniz, of Florida, to be General Counsel, Department of Education, vice James Cole, Jr. (04/18/2018 legislative day)
  • S.Res.426
    A resolution supporting the goals of International Women's Day. (04/18/2018 legislative day)

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