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what's On Our Mind 1-21-2022

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Tomorrow is the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. This year’s commemoration will be a solemn occasion, as the fate of that life-changing decision hangs in the balance. The solidly anti-choice majority on the SCOTUS will most likely strike down Roe, dealing a consequential blow to women for generations to come.
 

What's On Our Mind 1-7-2022

One year after the insurrection at the Capitol we know that the attack on our democracy is not over.
 
Armed extremism is on the rise across the country, fueled by hate and the leaders of the far-right. The GOP continues to spread lies about the 2020 election. They are already planting dangerous seeds of doubt about the integrity of the 2022 election. Some of those that supported and participated in the violence of January 6th are now running for Congress. If elected, they will undoubtedly bring with them that same destructive animus.
 

What's On Our Mind 12-10-2021

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The House took an important step on Thursday to strengthen our democracy with the passage of the Protecting Our Democracy Act.
 
This act is a historic package of pro-democracy reforms to create new and strengthen existing guardrails to prevent the abuse of executive power, restore Congress as a meaningful check on executive authority, and reinvigorate Congress’s exercise of its own constitutional power.
 

What's On Our Mind 11-19-2021

The passage of President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill, which had bipartisan support, does give our country something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, during an extremely challenging time. As he said, it was” a monumental step forward as a nation.” In another historic achievement, the House passed the President's Build Back Better Act early this morning and it now moves onto the Senate. 
 

What's on Our Mind 11-12-2021

On Tuesday we marked the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht. It was a turning point in the autocratic takeover of Germany by the Nazis. No longer did the Third Reich engage in antisemitic rhetoric. Now it was condoning and fomenting violence. That horrific night set in motion the mass extermination of Jewish communities across Europe.
 

What's on Our Mind 10-29-2021

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After four years of a president who stoked antisemitism subtly and overtly, there was a calming sigh of relief with Joe Biden’s election. However, the dangerous wave of antisemitism encouraged by his predecessor is proving difficult to contain. 
 
Antisemitism continues to rise. A third of Jewish college students say they have personally experienced antisemitism in the last year, according to a Hillel and ADL survey.
 

What's On Our Mind 10-22-2021

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On Thursday, the GOP members in the Senate used a procedural move to block debate and obstruct voting on a bill that would enact voting protections into Federal law. The bill would make it harder for the GOP to purge voter rolls and prevent minorities from voting. It would also standardize voting access in all states.
 

What's On Our Mind 10-8-2021

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The Senate’s inability to pass meaningful gun safety legislation is costing lives. Every day, over 100 people are shot and killed in America and hundreds more are injured. Despite the surge in gun violence, the NRA has doubled down on its extremism and dangerous rhetoric. 
 

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