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- A Call To Action In the Wake of Uvalde
In the aftermath of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012, British political commentator Dan Hodges tweeted, "Sandy Hook marked the end of the U.S. gun control debate. Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over." As yet another shooter armed with an AR-15 took the lives of multiple children and teachers on May 24, 2022, the impotency and the unwillingness of American legislators to do even the most basic of gun reforms, like an assault weapons ban and background checks have once again been thrown into sharp prominence. And we know exactly who are to blame for Uvalde and why. Here is Steve Kerr, legendary coach for the Golden State Warriors, himself a victim of gun violence, laying it out in black and white. There is really nothing more to be said. We know that GOP senators representing 21% of the American population are stymying any efforts to address the epidemic of gun violence in the country. So let's talk about what we, each and every American citizen, can do about it. - HR-8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Bill, passed in the House twice, but the Senate has still not voted on it. Call your senator, Republican or Democrat, and ask them to force a vote on this so they can be on the record with their opposition to background checks, which are supported by 90% of Americans. You can find the number to call your senator here. Better still write to them , the how-to is on this site. Hand-written letters from constituents have a huge value. - Make sure you vote in the midterms and vote GOP senators out. Democrats with a filibuster proof majority in the Senate can be persuaded to enact sensible gun reforms at the federal level, because state-level law, however strict are not enough because of interstate traffic. ( though this chart on firearm mortality from the CDC is pretty clear that states with lax gun laws have a distinctly worse statistic on deaths by guns.) - Find an event against gun violence in your state. Or start one. - If you are in North Carolina, Madhavi Karat of Moms Demand Action is helping organize a Triangle Wear Orange picnic on Saturday, May 28, 2022. Survivors and volunteers will gather at John Chavis Memorial Park at 10 a.m. The Wear Orange events continue on Sunday with a walk through downtown Raleigh with state representatives. The event starts at 11 a.m. at the General Assembly. Other Moms Demand Action events in your state can be found here.
- The Great Replacement Theory and What it Means for Indian Americans
It has only been three days, but we already know a lot about why an 18-year-old white man travelled to Buffalo, NY, entered a store frequented by members of the African American community, and gunned down ten innocent people on May 14, 2022. In a 180-page screed he allegedly left behind as a shareable Google doc, the gunman talked about one particular conspiracy theory called the Great Replacement Theory. It is early days yet, but law enforcement officials believe that this was the primary motivation behind the hateful and senseless crime. What is Great Replacement Theory (GRT)? Simply put, GRT is a belief that whites in the United States are being replaced by “others.” When this theory first emerged in the fringes of the extreme right-wing population, it blamed the slow “replacement” of whites on Jews. But as this theory began making the rounds among disaffected, angry white men, slowly other ethnicities began getting their share of the blame, especially since there is a strong racist component to it. The theory has been cited by several mass shooters since 2018, including Robert Bowers, who has been charged with killing 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, in 2018; Patrick Crusius, who allegedly killed 23 people in an El Paso, Texas, Walmart; and John Earnest, who pleaded guilty to murdering one and injuring three others at a Poway, California, synagogue in 2019.] The tragedy of GRT is not just that deranged white men have used it to carry out horrific acts of mass murder. The bigger tragedy, in some ways, is that it is no longer a fringe element of the American right. The almost unbelievable statistic is that today it appears that almost 1 in 3 adults subscribes to the theory that whites are being replaced by immigrants for electoral gain. GRT is espoused publicly by several new GOP candidates for Congress and Senate, and even establishment Republicans have stayed complicitly quiet so as not to anger voters who have swallowed this theory hook, line, and sinker. (The lone exception is Senator Liz Cheney.) The reason is painfully obvious. A steady drumbeat of GRT supposition from Fox News and pervasive right-wing talk radio has made the folks in the conservative media bubble more and more fearful. Once deployed as a political strategy to engage voters and drive them to the polls in fear, today the demon is out of control as the credibility and legitimacy given to GRT by certain media and establishment politicians has encouraged extremist elements in the party to take up arms in its cause. We Indians Americans are not unfamiliar with this kind of theory. There is a significant part of Hindu-majority India that believes in a similar theory back home, except the “culprits” are Muslims. But here we are that minority of “others,” and we are fast approaching a time when believers in the Great Replacement Theory will not care that we are a model minority, or care about our contributions to American society and economy. If the shooter in Buffalo could travel hours to achieve his aim, there is no safe, gun-free, privileged bubble we are safe in. What are our options then? The one thing we can do is to punish the silence of our elected representatives about GRT with our votes. Let us target each and every cowardly politician who refuses to condemn white supremacist ideology and the ones who spread it like Tucker Carlson on Fox and work to unseat them. If we send a message that, as voters, we will not stand for such candidates, it might lead to a self-examination by GOP candidates, and perhaps some of them will grow a spine. But so long as GOP congresspeople and senators depend on the votes of these no longer fringe elements to remain in power, they will only embrace white supremacism more and more. We do have the power to make a difference with our votes. Let’s not waste that opportunity in the midterms. Have you turned in your primary ballot yet? Make sure you haven’t voted for someone who is too cowardly to condemn GRT and the Buffalo shooter, or someone who actively supports such beliefs. Image from CNN.com
- If Your Vote Didn't Matter, Would They be Trying to Suppress It? - Voting in the Midterms
Yes, it’s that biannual ritual again and if you’ve voted in the past, chances are your ballots have arrived home. That is, if you’re in California or Oregon or one of the very few other progressive states where the government is actively trying to help you participate. (If you’re in a red state, I’m sorry. Let your local TSB chapter know how we can help with voter registration and getting out the vote.) A lot of us groan when the midterms come around. Midterms are not sexy. There is no buzz around Presidential candidates, no media attention, not much active solicitation for our vote. And let’s face it, we like being wooed. If you find yourself unexcited by the prospect of voting, perhaps it would be helpful to look at the process from this perspective: The government is a family concern that you don’t have time to manage on your own. You and your fellow managers need to hire employees or renew their contracts every couple of years. On one hand you have a candidate for employee who is kinda boring, isn’t perfect, and there are a few things he does that annoy you. But he’s competent, well-intentioned, and can be taught. On the other hand, you have a candidate who actively foments hate, doesn’t have any ideas, and is working to bring down your business itself from the inside. You decide to stay out of the process because, frankly, it seems like choosing the lesser of the two evils. Who picks the employee then? Unfortunately, the midterms are when elements from both parties take advantage of the low voter participation and try to push through extreme agendas, because they know sensible, thoughtful people have checked out of the process, and the only people who have traditionally voted in midterms have been those who are themselves extremist or who are easily manipulated through campaigns calculated to stoke fear and anger. For the rest of us, cynical chatter about how all government is corrupt, or how government doesn’t do anything seems to be doing a good job keeping us away from one of the most important civic duties we have. This year in particular, not voting in the midterms is a terrible idea. From school boards to the Supreme Court, the GOP is actively trying to push through a bunch of horrifically regressive initiatives – from book bans to removal of LGBTQ protections to women’s rights. Our vote will also decide if climate change will be addressed to leave the planet better for our children, and if our daughters will find that their parents’ apathy has lost them rights that their mothers had. Thanks to a GOP that is lurching even further right in the wake of Trump, there are no Republican votes we can count on for even the most bipartisan of ideas. If any of President Biden’s plans and policies are to get enacted, we need to deliver a strong majority in the Congress and Senate. This year, we’re not just voting to take the country forward, we’re trying to make sure we aren’t getting dragged backwards into an era where only white male votes count, where black and brown and poor people are relegated to second class status, where women lose further rights. Take just 30 minutes from your busy life and cast your vote in the primaries and in November. It’s not hyperbole to say your life might actually depend on it.
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- Democratic Nominees | They See Blue
The Top Democratic Nominees from Key Swing States Many political prognosticators believe a handful of states will decide the 2022 midterm election. We are focusing our get-out-the-vote efforts in these key states, including Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. As voters in these states choose their candidates in primaries, we will post brief profiles here — including their social media links and website where you can donate to their campaigns — for a few select Democratic nominees. Check back frequently for updates to this list. We also encourage you to visit our Chapters page and Resources page with links to Democratic political advocacy groups that will provide critical information about key races. Georgia Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia Former Georgia House of Representatives minority leader Abrams ran uncontested in the May 24 Georgia primary, and will face Gov. Brian Kemp in a rematch of the close 2018 gubernatorial contest. She is a former member of the Georgia House of Representatives, serving as the minority leader from 2011 to 2017. Globe Georgia Rev. Raphael Warnock U.S. Senator from Georgia Warnock captured 96 percent of the ballots cast in the May 24 primary, and will face off against his Republican opponent, former NFL player Herschel Walker. Warnock, who has served as senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta since 2005, assumed his current post in 2021, after defeating Sen. Kelly Loeffler in a special election. Globe North Carolina Cheri Beasley for U.S. Senate in North Carolina Former Chief Justice, North Carolina Supreme Court Beasley easily defeated her May 17 Democratic primary opponents, capturing 81 percent of the vote. She is a former longtime judge with the state Supreme Court, assuming the chief justice position in 2019. Before that, she served on the state Court of Appeals and with the North Carolina 12th Judicial District. Globe Ohio Tim Ryan for U.S. Senate in Ohio U.S. House Representative for the 13th District Ryan easily won his bid to represent Ohio in the U.S. Senate, with more than 73 percent of the vote in the May 3 Democratic primary. He has bee a U.S. House representative since 2003 for the state's 13th congressional district. He is co-chair of the Congressional Manufacturing Caucus. He will face Republican nominee J.D. Vance in the general election. Globe Pennsylvania Josh Shapiro for Governor of Pennsylvania State Attorney General Shapiro ran unopposed in the May 17 Democratic primary. A former state lawmaker and county commissioner, he ran for attorney general for Pennsylvania in 2017. Globe Pennsylvania John Fetterman for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor Receiving nearly 59 percent of the vote, Lt. Gov. Fetterman handily defeated his May 17 primary opponents U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta and Alexandria Khalil. Fetterman, who was mayor of Braddock, Pa., from 2005-2019, was elected lieutenant governor in 2018. Globe
- Meet the Candidates | They See Blue
MEET THE CANDIDATES Learn about the House, Senate, and Presidential candidates we are supporting. Raphael Warnock Learn More Georgia As Senator, Reverend Warnock will bring to Washington the concerns of struggling Georgia families who wonder why no one is looking out for them. He will focus on fighting for quality, affordable health care, for the dignity of working people who are paid too little as our government works more for Wall Street, and to make sure every voice is heard. Donate Josh Harder Learn More California Josh Harder is seeking re-election to CA District 10 in 2022 Donate