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Tell Rep. Joe Walsh: End the Vitriolic Rhetoric
At a recent town hall meeting, Congressman Joe Walsh of Illinois’ 8th District made a number of insensitive and inflammatory comments about the American Muslim community. These kinds of comments are not helpful to our national conversation and perpetuate a culture of violence against American Muslims. The following weekend, two different Muslim houses of worship were subject to violent, hateful attacks and a number of Muslim graves were vandalized in nearby Chicago suburbs. Violent rhetoric, like the language so often employed by Rep. Walsh, normalizes and enables this kind of violence. Rep. Walsh’s comments were inappropriate, unacceptable, and exemplify all-too-common rhetoric that perpetuates a culture of violence against American Muslims. We must speak out against this kind of hatred and intolerance. Please join us in asking Rep. Joe Walsh to apologize for his inflammatory comments and put an end to his vitriolic rhetoric.
30,000 Documented Abuses of Migrants is Enough - End the Border Patrol's Culture of Cruelty
Over the last 5 years, migrants have faced more than 30,000 incidents of abuse and mistreatment while in Border Patrol custody. Please join us in calling for an immediate end to the abuse, clear and enforceable standards for Border Patrol short-term custody, and independent community oversight of Border Patrol. The more than 30,000 incidents of abuses and mistreatment have been documented in a report just released by No More Deaths titled “Culture of Cruelty: Abuse & Impunity in Short-Term Border Patrol Custody.” This systemic abuse must be confronted aggressively at the institutional level, not denied or dismissed as a series of aberrational incidents attributable to a few rogue agents. The abuse, neglect, and dehumanization of migrants is part of the institutional culture of the Border Patrol, reinforced by an absence of meaningful accountability mechanisms. Please go to http://www.cultureofcruelty.org/">http://www.cultureofcruelty.org to learn more. We must get several thousand signatures on this petition right away in order to get President Obama's attention, so please share after signing.
Tell Bank of America: Reject Anti-Gay Bigotry
The North Carolina legislature has passed an anti-gay constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships in the state constitution. The measure will now go to a referendum before voters in May 2012. Same-sex couples in North Carolina are already prohibited under state law from marrying or obtaining a civil union, so the proposed amendment would actually go one step further and enshrine this institutionalized discrimination into the very document designed to protect and expand minority rights. We are calling on the following leading companies based in North Carolina that have adopted non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation to honor the spirit of non-discrimination by speaking up against this anti-gay bigotry and publicly opposing the institutionalization of intolerance in the state constitution. Please join us by signing a petition to: Bank of America BB & T Corp. Hanesbrands Inc. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. Lowe’s Companies Inc.
Keep the Cardenas Family Together
Raul and Judy Cardenas have been married for eight years with three children - their daughter, plus two sons from Judy's previous marriage who call Raul "Papi." The Cardenases are like many American families except that Raul was born in Mexico and faces deportation in April -- their family will soon be torn apart *unless you help*. Despite the fact that he is married to a U.S. citizen, and the father of another U.S. citizen, Raul is an undocumented worker and is scheduled to be deported by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in April. There is currently no pathway to legal U.S. residency for him.DHS has the discretion to defer Raul's case -- they have deferred similar cases -- but they need to feel political pressure. Please sign the petition to halt the deportation of Jose Raul Cardenas Gonzalez of Denver. Keep the Cardenas family together.