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North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer: Apologize for threatening acts of violence
  • Petitioned Tommy McKone

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Tommy McKone
U.S. House of Representatives
Massachusetts-05
Rep. Katherine Clark
Ohio-08
Rep. John Boehner
North Dakota-01
Rep. Kevin Cramer
California-12
Rep. Nancy Pelosi
Washington-04
Rep. Doc Hastings

North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer: Apologize for threatening acts of violence

    1. Bree Herne
    2. Petition by

      Bree Herne

      Brighton, MA

Kevin Cramer is the North Dakota's lone Congressman. He is a Republican and he has grossly offended our women and our Tribal leaders. This is absolutely appalling. Kevin Cramer should be ASHAMED of himself. Thanks to Melissa Merrick for putting pen to paper to let us know, you carried yourself well in the face of ignorance.
http://lastrealindians.com/north-dakota-congressman-kevin-cramer-verbally-attacks-native-victims-assistance-program-director-at-state-meeting-threatens-to-ring-spirit-lake-tribal-councils-necks-by-melissa-me/

Sexual assault rates across North America towards indigenous women are at a sickening high.

For every 1,000 indigenous women in a district, 330 of them will be assaulted.

1 in 3 will be raped.

2 in 5 will experience domestic violence.

3 in 5 will be physically assaulted.

The most unique thing about these statistics? 88% of the time, the perpetrator is non indigenous. Meaning one thing: We’re being targeted. Targeted to flawed laws, racism, and deep rooted corruption in the institutions set up to protect and serve the public. Up until recently, 7 March 2013 recently, when the Violence Against Women Act was reauthorized including tribal provisions, tribal governments had no authority to properly address cases.

Keep in mind, while the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act is a huge step, it only covers our indigenous sisters in the United States, leaving our indigenous sisters in Canada on the same continuing path. Aside from legal protection not being able to cover the indigenous women across Turtle Island, a signed bill, regardless of borders, will not bring down the rate of assault for years to come, or delete the racism and corruption from society.

Kevin Cramer showed his concern for white males instead of his concern for these statistics and punctuated it with threats of violence.

This is unacceptable.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Cheryll Berg, Grand forks, N.D. letter: Cramer’s conduct shows he’s wrong f

      Bree Herne
      Petition Organizer
    3. Three Affiliated Tribes chastise Cramer comments

      Bree Herne
      Petition Organizer
    4. U.S. Rep. disputes alleged tirade during meeting with Native American offic

      Bree Herne
      Petition Organizer
    5. Three Affiliated Tribes chastise Cramer comments

      Bree Herne
      Petition Organizer
    6. Reached 2,000 signatures
    7. When is it going to stop

      Bree Herne
      Petition Organizer

      Once a Victim always a victim? really Congressman??

      ND Abused Women Advocate Disputes Characterization Of Kevin Cramer "Tirade"

      The coverage of Rep. Kevin Cramer's alleged "tirade" against Native American tribes at a meeting of domestic violence advocates has been a little odd. Based on exactly one account of Cramer's comments from a known political operative, posting on a left-wing website no less, it has been reported that Cramer supposedly "verbally abused" the group and made threats.

    8. Video of Him

      Bree Herne
      Petition Organizer
      ND Abused Women Advocate Disputes Characterization Of Kevin Cramer "Tirade"

      The coverage of Rep. Kevin Cramer's alleged "tirade" against Native American tribes at a meeting of domestic violence advocates has been a little odd. Based on exactly one account of Cramer's comments from a known political operative, posting on a left-wing website no less, it has been reported that Cramer supposedly "verbally abused" the group and made threats.

    9. jezebel

      Bree Herne
      Petition Organizer
      Horrid Congressman Threatens Tribal Council With Violence at Hearing for Abused Women Services

      If you're at all like North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer, you'll know that the best way to comport yourself in a hearing at which a deeply disenfranchised population is attempting to redress the systematic injustices it has endured for centuries - with a focus on the disproportionate rate of murder and sexual assault its female population faces - is to belligerently ignore all of the presenter's comments, publicly threaten her people with violence, and, if you reduce a woman in attendance to tears with your vitriolic ignorance, it's best to seize her and embrace her against her will.

    10. Save Wįyąbi Project

      Bree Herne
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for your support

    11. Red Lake Nation News

      Bree Herne
      Petition Organizer
      North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer Verbally Attacks Native Victim's Assistance Program Director at State Meeting - Red Lake Nation News

      North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer Verbally Attacks Native Victim's Assistance Program Director at State Meeting Threatens to Ring Spirit Lake Tribal Council's Necks As the Director of Spirit Lake Victim Assistance, I am a member of three coalitions: First Nations Women's Alliance, Native Women's Society of the Great Plains, and North Dakota Council on Abused women Services (NDCAWS), which is the ND state coalition.

    12. Reached 1,500 signatures
    13. North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services Statement on Kevin Cramer

      Bree Herne
      Petition Organizer
    14. Spirit Lakes Official Respondse to Cramer

      Bree Herne
      Petition Organizer

      Spirit Lake Nation Official Response to Kevin Cramer (ND Congressman)

      PRESS RELEASE Spirit Lake Tribe March 29, 2013 Spirit Lake, North Dakota - Spirit Lake Tribal representatives were disheartened today to learn of the comments made by Congressmen Kevin Cramer on March 26, 2013 at the North Dakota Council on Abused Women Services (NDCAWS) state coalition meeting.

    15. Release from Melissa Merrick in response to Congressman Kevin Cramer

      Bree Herne
      Petition Organizer
      Release from Melissa Merrick in response to Congressman Kevin Cramer

      March 29, 2013 The Honorable Kevin Cramer United States House of Representatives 1032 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Congressman Cramer: This letter is in response to your phone call and statements in the Grand Forks Herald this week. The women professionals who work with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault had...

    16. coverage in fargo

      Bree Herne
      Petition Organizer
    17. Reached 250 signatures
    18. Still not an apology

      Bree Herne
      Petition Organizer

      “But to people who are working with victims and who may be victims themselves, that may not seem like the right argument. It was probably not the right situation for that style of discussion. And how they heard what I said is not their fault.” -- this is not an apology

      http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/260004/group/homepage/

      Rep. Cramer disputes account of 'tirade' during meeting with American Indians, but apologizes for tone | Grand Forks Herald | Grand Forks, North Dakota

      Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., told a gathering of victim assistance professionals from the state's American Indian reservations in Bismarck this week that he would not feel "safe" on the reservations because of new provisions in the recently adopted Violence Against Women Act that would allow non-natives to be tried in tribal courts, according to one official who was present.

    19. Apology for tone is not an apology for threatening violence

      Bree Herne
      Petition Organizer
      North Dakota Republican apologizes for berating Native Americans at victims aid meeting | The Raw Story

      By Eric W. DolanThursday, March 28, 2013 17:31 EDT Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota apologized on Thursday for his tone during an argument over the Violence Against Women Act. The Republican congressman told the Grand Forks Herald a report of his comments to a group of Native American victim assistance professionals in Bismarck this week was "not an accurate account" of what happened.

    20. He disputes her claim

      Bree Herne
      Petition Organizer
      Rep. Cramer disputes account of 'tirade' during meeting with American Indians, but apologizes for tone | Grand Forks Herald | Grand Forks, North Dakota

      Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., told a gathering of victim assistance professionals from the state's American Indian reservations in Bismarck this week that he would not feel "safe" on the reservations because of new provisions in the recently adopted Violence Against Women Act that would allow non-natives to be tried in tribal courts, according to one official who was present.

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    • Jo lowenthal LYNNWOOD, WA
      • 3 months ago

      Threats of Violence are a form of violence already... This man should step down, any white male in a position of power should be ashamed in these modern times to act so barbaric and ignorantly of the needs of all women against violence

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      • 6 months ago

      One of my dearest friends is Ojibway-havent' we damaged them enough? Also am a victim of male violence-when will it stop?

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    • Meghan McDonald AUSTIN, TX
      • 6 months ago

      You are an elected leader! Act with respect

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    • Stanislav Zadnik PARMA, OH
      • 7 months ago

      Kevin Cramer lacks the modicum of decency to hold office.

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    • douglas colhoff REDLAKE, MN
      • 7 months ago

      its wrong and shouldent be happening like a lot of other things that should be petitioned also

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