Did you see how politicians threw Muslims under the bus yet again?
Yesterday, Democrats staged a dramatic 16-hour sit-in on the House floor, following last week’s Senate 15-hour filibuster to force Republicans to vote on gun control. In the wake of the Orlando shooting which claimed 49 lives, it is refreshing to see lawmakers finally addressing the gun violence epidemic in the U.S.. If only that were the case!
Unfortunately, the Democratic proposal fails to address the realities of gun violence, and instead expands Islamophobic “War on Terror” policies that disproportionately target Arab and Muslim Americans. After four gun control bills died on the Senate floor last week—which called for sensible measures such as requiring individual background checks on all gun sales —the current bill House Democrats are fighting for bans assault weapon sales to individuals placed on the No Fly List which is almost exclusively Muslim.1
Rather than admitting they’re too weak to take on the NRA, politicians have once again scapegoated Muslims to score political points because they think they are too weak to push back. At United Voices, we’re working to change that.
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Once again, lawmakers are throwing Muslim Americans under the bus because they know our communities are vulnerable and think we won’t fight back.
This blessed month, will you donate $500, $250, $100 or any other amount to help us stand up for ourselves and push-back against political scapegoating? Every dollar helps and donations are zakat-eligible.
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Let’s work together to demand that our elected officials actually fight for the victims, take on the gun lobby, and advocate for genuine reform instead of fueling further backlash against Muslims.
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If you watched last night’s debate, there was a lot of talk about war in places like Iraq and Syria, but very little about how to care for the men and women who serve after they return home.
Today is Veterans Day — a fact that went unmentioned during the Republican debate. And that’s important, because the truth is that while planes and tanks and guns are a cost of war, so too is taking care of the service members who use those weapons and fight our battles.
Last year, as chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I authored and passed the most comprehensive veterans’ legislation in decades, reaching across the aisle to team up with Sen. John McCain. Amid reports of unacceptable wait times and calls to dangerously privatize veterans health care, we actually authorized funding for 27 new medical facilities and hired more doctors and nurses to care for the surging number of veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After two wars over 14 years, never before have so few been asked to do so much for our country. I voted against the Iraq War, which I think will go down as one of the worst foreign policy blunders we have ever seen, but I have never wavered from my commitment to caring for the women and men who served, and continue to serve, in that conflict.
You may not have heard much about it from the Republican candidates last night, but how we care for our veterans is going to be a central issue this election. The Koch-connected Concerned Veterans for America is prepared to spend untold millions of dollars supporting the privatization of veterans’ health care. And almost every Republican candidate running for president supports their plan to place the profits of private corporations over the promise made to our veterans.
I believe we should take a different approach — that we should stand with the majority of veterans who believe we should continue strengthening the VA. Now I want to know that you’re with us.
This issue is very important to me and it’s why I am so happy to receive so many letters from veterans who appreciate my work on their behalf.
People like Hilary from Polk County, Iowa who wrote to our campaign saying, “Bernie Sanders is the only candidate with a track record of fighting for veterans and veterans’ rights. I know as president he won’t send my brothers and sisters in arms into needless wars and for those that have served our country, he will ensure that they have access to the benefits and health care they earned through their service.”
And Peter from San Diego, “Retired Navy. Like [Bernie’s] stand on taking care of veterans. If you can’t afford to take care of veterans you can’t afford to fight a war.”
And also Jack from Massachusetts, “I’m a disabled Marine combat veteran, Bernie has always supported veterans with deeds and not just hot air. I’d love to have a President like that.”
I will always fight for Hilary, Peter, and Jack. And if we all stand together, we can protect and strengthen the care we provide for everyone who has served our country.
The United States has spent trillions of dollars sending our young men and women to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. Surely we can come together to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs has the resources needed to care for them when they return.
In just a few weeks, leaders from around the world will come together in Paris for the most important climate negotiations of our generation. This process — along with the new global goals — can put us on the path to a sustainable future, making it possible to achieve a world free of extreme poverty, with opportunity for everyone.
We’ve never been closer to taking bold international action on climate change. Countries around the world are committing to climate action because it’s in their best interest and results are within reach. But the UN climate talks in Paris will bring together more than just governments — businesses, NGOs, experts, activists, innovators, and people of all backgrounds will also be there to join the conversation about how every person and every sector will contribute.
It’ll take all of us to move the fight against climate change from words to action. Not everyone can be in Paris for these historic meetings, but we can all make a difference. Start by adding your voice to the call for climate action by using hashtag #EarthToParis to power this important moment for change.
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Earlier today, President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline — another in a growing list of strong moves to fight climate change.
Climate change deniers and their polluter allies have fought him every step of the way, and they’ve already said they’ll fight as hard as they can on this too.
The Keystone XL pipeline was a risky plan to transport oil from the Canadian Tar Sands to refineries on the Gulf Coast.
Not only would it have made climate change worse, it would have added to the risk of dangerous spills in our heartland. The risk just isn’t worth the reward — because most of the oil would be exported to the world market, it wouldn’t have put much of a dent in gas prices or made us more energy independent. And big claims about job creation just never added up.
As the President said this morning, the time to act on climate change is now. Not later, not someday, but right here right now — and we can do it while creating jobs, saving money, and growing our economy.
We can reduce energy prices and create jobs by supporting the switch to clean energy. Wind and solar power have tripled in the last few years, costs are falling fast, and these booming industries provide hundreds of thousands of Americans with good paychecks. Real infrastructure investments from Congress wouldn’t hurt, either.
President Obama has been fighting hard to stop climate change. Despite constant opposition from climate change deniers and their powerful polluter allies, we’ve made a lot of progress — through investments in clean energy, a groundbreaking plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants, and through international agreements with big developing countries like China and India.
There’s still a long way to go in this fight. But we can win it — if everyone who believes in a cleaner, safer future stands up for what they believe.
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