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  • It's World Contraception Day - Will a Republican Government Ban It?

    Contraception is widely considered one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century. The benefits of contraception include improved health and well-being, reduced global maternal mortality, health benefits of pregnancy spacing for maternal and child health, female engagement in the work force, and economic self-sufficiency for women. Best of all, access to contraception prevents that cherished bugaboo of conservative leaders and Republican politicians. So why are we hearing rumblings that banning contraception may be on the table? The PEW Research Center reports that some states are already considering it. From the article: In Missouri, Republican lawmakers are going after the emergency contraception known as Plan B, as well as intra-uterine devices (IUDs). Idaho state Rep. Brent Crane said he would hold hearings on legislation banning emergency contraceptives and possibly IUDs as well. A Louisiana House committee passed a bill saying that “human personhood” begins at the point of fertilization, an interpretation that critics say could potentially be used to outlaw Plan B drugs, IUDs and perhaps other forms of birth control. Even if these state lawmakers are currently regulating certain medications which deal with the implantation of fertilized eggs (an ultra strict definition of pregnancy) these rulings are draconian, with the side effect of making providers and pharmacies reluctant to prescribe these medications which in some instance are life-saving and in others prescribed for several other diseases not associated with reproductive care. Given the Republican lack of concern for life after birth, it is clear that these initiatives have at their heart a Biblical desire to control women and turn them into baby machines, as well as a careless disregard for their lives. If we don't want America to turn into another Republic of Gilead from the Handmaid's Tale, we have to come out and vote for Democrats at every level. We hope to see you at the ballot box these midterms to save all women from this oppressive tyrannical vision of an American future. To support TSB's efforts to elect more progressive candidates, donate here.

  • The Republican Plan For Your Children Should Have You Worried

    If you thought the completely made up controversy over Critical Race Theory was the bottom of the barrel as far as your child's education was concerned, today comes the news that at the National Conservative Conference, an annual meeting of conservative politicians, thinkers, and religious leaders, the attendees pushed for a move towards dissolution of the separation between church and state and introduction of religion in public education. A statement of principles signed by the conference members said “Where a Christian majority exists, public life should be rooted in Christianity and its moral vision, which should be honored by the state and other institutions both public and private..." From the article on NBC News about the conference comes this other nugget: The Bible, the signatories agreed, should be taught as a source of “shared Western civilization in schools and universities.” It is tempting to think of this particular issue as one that the GOP has picked up purely to drive their faithful to the polls. Sadly, it appears that today's Republican party has been completely taken over by the evangelical movement that espouses a devotion (if selective) to Christian theology and takes (parts of) the Bible literally. Republicans have already refused to consider any measures to keep children safe in school other than having more armed guards and arming teachers(!). Even in the wake of a complete breakdown in law enforcement at Uvalde, there seem to be no new ideas from the GOP except guns, guns, and more guns. Republicans have also refused to protect children from the consequences of sexual attacks on them, as was seen in the case of the 10-year-pregnant child from Indiana who had to travel to a different state for an abortion. In Florida, Republicans are thinking of backing out of the National School Lunch program because it does not allow discrimination against any child due to race, gender, or sexual identity. Then there is the concerted attacks across the country on books that teach our children factual history. The Florida Education Department took exception to a set of mathematics textbooks, saying that they had elements of social-emotional learning that were not appropriate for the curriculum. Taken as a whole, this paints a really worrying picture for the future of public education in this country should Republicans come to power, both at the state level and at the federal level. It appears that the sanctity of life they tout so much stops at birth, and from then on, children are to be kept hungry, indoctrinated with Christian religious principles, and left to fend for themselves against shooters and sexual predators. Is this the America we want for our children? An America where they will have fewer rights, be more unsafe, and have fewer opportunities and prospects because of inferior education? If we don't want this future to come to pass, let's pledge to vote Democrat in the upcoming midterms and all future elections so our kids can have the same American dream that we came here for. To help TSB efforts to elect more progressive candidates, donate here.

  • AAPI Supports Senator Warnock: On the Ground in Georgia

    Guest post by Uma Palam Pulendran It was a rainy Friday afternoon, yet over a hundred people from the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) community gathered to support Reverend Warnock. Senator Warnock hosted a rally with members of the AAPI community in Duluth. Warnock’s bus tour is called “Working for Georgia.” During the stop in Duluth, he discussed his efforts to protect jobs in Georgia and lower costs for Georgia families across the state. The 2020 General and the 2021 run-off elections saw a huge voter surge among the AAPI community, including the South Asian community. Democratic AAPI grass roots organizations played a key role in in flipping both the presidential and senate seats to Democratic. Both Republican and Democratic campaigns are trying to woo AAPI voters for the mid-terms as well and believe that they will help towards the margin of victory. Reverend Warnock fought hard to pass two critical legislations to address Georgia students’ debt, costs, supply chain issues, and create and protect Georgia jobs in the Senate. He fought to pass the Inflation Reduction Act, including his provisions to cap the cost of insulin at $35 per month and cap out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for seniors in Georgia on Medicare. He spoke on the importance of the bipartisan infrastructure bill. “I want the 21st century — like the 20th century — to be the American century, and the way to do that is for us to do things together. That's why I'm glad we passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill.” He also fought to pass the jobs and competition bill, which was recently signed into law and will invest in domestic manufacturing, protect Georgia jobs, and reduce reliance on foreign nations like China. He said” I’m proud that we were able to pass the jobs and competition bill, because we shouldn't be waiting for chips that come from China when we can make those chips right here in Georgia, where we can put small businesses to work, where we can create jobs for our citizens.” Bob Christian, the Democratic nominee for the US House GA’s 6th district who attended the event told me, “I am always honored to share a stage with Senator Reverend Warnock. Through a lifetime of service, he has shown how much he cares for everyone who lives in Georgia. With all that is on the ballot in November, women’s rights, healthcare access and affordability, and voting rights (to name a few), it is critical that we re-elect Senator Reverend Warnock to a full term and strengthen his position by electing democrats up and down the ballot at every level of government.” Michelle Au, State Senator from District 48 said, “Senator Warnock, not his opponent, is working to ensure affordable healthcare access for every Georgian because he understands that fundamentally, at its core, healthcare is a fundamental human rights issue." Debashri Sengupta, a volunteer who attended the event, told me “It was an emotional experience listening to Sen. Warnock, after working hard to get him elected. I have been following his work in the U.S. Senate. I admire Sen. Warnock's sincerity, his dedication to making healthcare in GA affordable and accessible, and to actually fulfill his campaign promises by working with both Democrats and Republicans. I like that he doesn't resort to name-calling and that he stays focused on the job we elected him to do. We need his clear eyed, inspiring leadership in GA.” The Senator has been a key member of the Senate “to get things done” and making sure that the Senate passes important and impactful legislations that benefit all Georgians. He has been a beacon of light and hope for not only Georgians but for all Americans amid deep polarization and misinformation. He has been steadfast in doing the job that Georgians sent him to Washington DC to do. To support They See Blue's efforts to reelect Senator Reverent Warnock, join us here or donate here. Article previously published in NRI Pulse. It has been edited slightly to suit the format.

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  • Mobilizing South Asian American Voters to Elect Democrats | Theyseeblue

    VIEW OUR POLITICAL ADS FOR 2022. CLICK HERE. View Key Senate Races View Key House Races View Key Governor Races Make an impact now! Turnout is critical. Writing postcards is a proven way to help spur voters, especially irregular or reluctant Democrat-leaning ones, cast their ballots. Help us r each out to Desis through postcards. SIGN UP NOW! They See Blue ® ABOUT US Grassroots organization for Americans of South Asian origin Engage voters in democratic process Mobilize to elect Democrats in all races It's World Contraception Day - Will a Republican Government Ban It? READ THE BLOG POST CASE STUDIES from THE DEMOCRACY LABS Donate to They See Blue ® PROTECT OUR RIGHTS As South Asians, we must unite to protect the rights of our families in a thriving democracy. Your support of They See Blue ® will enable us to reach South Asians through targeted channels, encourage them to vote BLUE, elect more Democrats and expand our majorities in the House and Senate in 2022. They See Blue ® is an all-volunteer organization with minimal overhead. Your contribution goes directly to support voter outreach. FEATURED Chapters Resources Join Us Voter Info YouTube Latest Blog Post Achievements by President Biden and the Democratic Congress in 2021-2022 ( Hover over the boxes to get a snapshot and click for more information ) Supreme Court Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson is confirmed by Senate April 8. She is the first Black woman on the high court. Jobs More than 6.6 million jobs were added in the first 12 months of Biden's presidency, the strongest of any president in their first year. Infrastructure The $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was enacted Nov. 21, 2021. Read about its potential benefits. Juneteenth June 19 is now a federal holiday to honor the end of slavery in Texas, three years after the Emancipation Proclamation. American Rescue Plan $1.9 trillion package includes stimulus payments; boost in jobless benefits; state, local and school funding among other benefits. Anti-lynching Law The law was passed in March 2022 after 200 previous attempts to codify such legislation. It makes lynching a federal hate crime. Jobless Rate Unemployment shrunk to 3.6% at the end of March 2022, just above the half-century low of 3.5%. Postal Reform The Postal Service Reform Act will continue mail service 6 days a week and revamp postal worker benefits. Reversing Trump-era Policies In his first 100 days in office, Biden reversed some policies like stopping the southern border wall construction and instituting environmental and diversity policies. JOIN US

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    They See Blue ® ABOUT US Grassroots organization for Americans of South Asian origin Engage voters in democratic process Mobilize to elect Democrats in all races Exercise Your Right to Vote DesisVote.org is a new site aimed at helping Americans of South Asian and Asian origin and others allies to register and update their voter registrations as well as to help them mobilize their networks and communities to reach family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. The hub was launched by the Indian American Impact Project. VISIT DesisVote.Org Donate to They See Blue ® PROTECT OUR RIGHTS As South Asians, we must unite to protect our rights and those of all Americans. To do that, we must be actively engaged in our democracy against those who want to see it crumble. Your contribution through ActBlue will help us elect more Democrats and expand the majorities in the House and Senate in 2022. Donate to They See Blue ® PROTECT OUR RIGHTS As South Asians, we must unite to protect our rights and those of all Americans. To do that, we must be actively engaged in our democracy against those who want to see it crumble. Your contribution through ActBlue will help us elect more Democrats and expand the majorities in the House and Senate in 2022. Our democracy is strongest when everyone participates and ... our democracy as a nation is weaker when people are left out. So this is the fight. This is the fight of our lifetime." — Vice President Kamala Harris July 8, 2021 'We are all in mourning.' We at They See Blue are heartbroken at the senseless loss of life from gun violence. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killed by a gunman May 24. We also grieve for the 10 people murdered by a mass shooter just 10 days before at the Tops Friendly Markets store. in Buffalo, New York. It is unfathomable what the families of the deceased and injured are going through but we are there for them. As Joe Perez, a minister at the Getty Street Church of Christ near the school, said people from all over Texas are grieving. "We are all in mourning." The scene at Uvalde, Texas. Photo by Michael Stravato, The Texas Tribune . Story by Mandi Cai. FEATURED Chapters Join Us YouTube Resources Voter Info Latest Blog Post Achievements by President Biden and the Democratic Congress in 2021-2022 ( Hover over the boxes to get a snapshot and click for more information ) Supreme Court Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson is confirmed by Senate April 8. She is the first Black woman on the high court. Jobs More than 6.6 million jobs were added in the first 12 months of Biden's presidency, the strongest of any president in their first year. Infrastructure The $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was enacted Nov. 21, 2021. Read about its potential benefits. Juneteenth June 19 is now a federal holiday to honor the end of slavery in Texas, three years after the Emancipation Proclamation. American Rescue Plan $1.9 trillion package includes stimulus payments; boost in jobless benefits; state, local and school funding among other benefits. Anti-lynching Law The law was passed in March 2022 after 200 previous attempts to codify such legislation. It makes lynching a federal hate crime. Jobless Rate Unemployment shrunk to 3.6% at the end of March 2022, just above the half-century low of 3.5%. Postal Reform The Postal Service Reform Act will continue mail service 6 days a week and revamp postal worker benefits. ​ ​ Reversing Trump-era Policies In his first 100 days in office, Biden reversed some policies like stopping the southern border wall construction and instituting environmental and diversity policies. JOIN US

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