| Congresswoman Ilhan Omar from Minnesota, and Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, in their first terms in office have become two of the strongest and most consistent progressive representatives in Washington D.C., including -- as is all too rare -- on questions of foreign policy.
They are both being challenged in primaries by corporate, right-leaning Democrats. We cannot afford to lose them. We need them in Congress for the good they do, and as examples to other districts and candidates around the country. We have to show that when we finally get people in office doing what we've always wanted, we can keep them there.
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The Democratic House of Representatives just passed an extension of the civil-liberties-abusing PATRIOT Act, and the co-chairs of the Progressive Caucus voted for it, but Omar and Tlaib took a stand and voted No.
Earlier this year, these two women sought to enter Palestine in support of human rights. Israel banned them, a move that clearly backfired. Supporting human rights for Palestinians is going mainstream.
We need more people with the courage to do the right thing, not fewer.
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Tlaib and Omar are leaders in Congress for a Green New Deal, tuition-free public college, and Medicare for All. And they aren't afraid to demand that resources be moved from militarism to human and environmental needs. Earlier this year Congresswoman Tlaib said:
"Spending $733 billion on fighter jets and nuclear weapons not only brings our communities no closer to the economic opportunity we all deserve, it actually makes our nation less safe to do so. . . . It would cost $71 million to fix the lead-tainted plumbing in the Detroit Public Schools Community District – or about half of the $140 million this budget allocates for just 8 military helicopters."
Congresswoman Omar's website says:
"I believe in an inclusive foreign policy — one that centers on human rights, justice and peace as the pillars of America’s engagement in the world, one that brings our troops home and truly makes military action a last resort. This means reorienting our foreign affairs to focus on diplomacy and economic and cultural engagement. I strongly advocate for international programs that address the climate crisis, increase economic opportunity, end mass incarceration, and protect vulnerable populations, just as I do domestically."
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--- The RootsAction.org Team