| Congresswoman Ilhan Omar recently proposed dismantling systems of oppression found in housing, education, healthcare, and employment. Within minutes, the Republican National Committee and then Fox News were falsely claiming that Omar wanted to get rid of the entire U.S. economy and government.
Omar was flooded with hate mail and death threats. But her district's residents are being flooded with slick glossy flyers arriving repeatedly in their mailboxes. Rich, establishment, pro-Trump, and Israel-right-or-wrong funders from across the United States are maxing out on payments to her challenger.
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Omar's highest-profile primary challenger, a previously little-known attorney, raised an unprecedented $3.2 million in the last fundraising quarter. Much of that, as Buzzfeed reported last week, came from donors outside the state who maxed out at the chance to retire Omar by giving $2,800 each.
But we need Ilhan Omar in Congress. She's leading the way on all variety of issues, foreign and domestic. Read this excerpt of her op-ed in the Washington Post responding to the latest slanders:
"We need to jettison the zero-sum idea that one person’s gain is another’s loss. I want your gain to be my gain; your loss to be mine, too. When a refugee is able to flee oppression and come to America — that benefits all of us. And when we lose a member of our community to the virus or to health-care costs that are out of reach, we all fail."
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The policies that Omar has advanced and helped to enact reflect that humanitarian world view. They challenge U.S. exceptionalism — not out of cruelty, but out of caring combined with courage.
RootsAction activists can't 'max out' like her opponent's wealthy backers who are each donating $2,800, but if a lot of us donate a little -- perhaps even $28 -- we can help level the playing field.
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--- The RootsAction.org Team
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