Civil Rights

We must invest more in local agriculture to help the hungry

Food.  It’s a basic necessity for all of us. But tonight, almost a billion people around the world will go to bed hungry. For them, what’s for dinner becomes a question of life and death rather than recipes and key ingredients. In fact, more than 8,000 children die every day from hunger-related causes, even though there is plenty of food to feed all of us.


The AARP’s misleading drug study

The AARP is continuing to mislead seniors with another in its series of distorted studies. In the latest example, the seniors’ lobby examined a select group of popular pharmaceuticals and found that prices increased much faster than general inflation last year, rising 8.3 percent. AARP officials were quick to use the results to denounce the drug industry.


Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” now (Rep. Lynn Woolsey)

Most every day that Congress has been in session, I have taken to the floor to express my deep conviction that we must bring our troops home from, first, Iraq, and, now, Afghanistan.
This is a statement of my respect for our men and women in uniform – I don’t believe they should be made to sacrifice for a misguided and fundamentally immoral mission.
And this conviction also stems from my commitment – in fact, my oath – to do everything possible to protect America.


Immigration reform is a national issue, an LGBT issue, and it’s long overdue

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) recently introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010. It includes the Uniting American Families Act, which allows citizens to sponsor their same-sex partners, and the DREAM Act, which would give young people who came to the U.S. as children a chance to achieve citizenship through completing two years of college or spending two years in the military.


Struggle of immigrants is a continuation of the civil rights movement (Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez)

Today, I want to talk about two important words: Hard Work.

I want to talk about the men and women who clear the dishes in restaurants.  The man who supports his family by working as a janitor.  The women bent over sewing machines making our clothes -- the women caring for America’s children – the families picking America’s fruit.

It’s hard work.


Congress must pass legislation to protect Jewish students from anti-semitic harassment

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 requires that colleges and universities redress racial and ethnic discrimination, or risk losing their federal funding.  Thus, if African American or Hispanic students are harassed on campus, they can complain to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), which is mandated to enforce Title VI and ensure that their schools fix the problem.  But Title VI does not clearly protect Jewish students, as we found out after the Zionist Organization of America filed a Title VI complaint with OCR on behalf of Jewish students at the University of California, Irvine (UCI).


Obama administration shows lack of respect for privacy (Rep. Jason Chaffetz)

The federal government – and this Administration in particular – seems to suffer paranoid schizophrenia with regard to privacy issues.  When it comes to the American people, no level of scrutiny is sufficient to secure our safety.  A federal government increasingly suspicious of everyone wants to look closer at our private lives, examining our bodies, our homes, our cars, and our businesses.  But when we the people want to know what our government is doing, the Administration sees no such need for transparency.


DADT is on its last unconstitutional leg

Yesterday was a sad day for our men and women in uniform and every American whose freedom they fight to protect. Senator John McCain led the Republicans in a game of partisan politics in filibustering the annual defense bill and won – for now.


Cheap political stunts should not hold up repeal of DADT

Is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid trying to thwart the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes an historic provision to repeal the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) law, before the mid-term elections? It sure appears that way judging by the stunts being pulled with this very important piece of annual legislation.


Repealing "Don't ask,don't tell" is the right choice

Over the last two days, the LGBT direct action civil rights group GetEQUAL has partnered with H.E.R.O. - an Arizona-based grassroots group of community organizers -- and Sanctuary Project Veterans -- a ministry advocating for the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) -- to pressure key decision-makers standing in the way of repealing DADT, the ban on lesbians and gays serving openly in the military.