As the world grapples with the novel coronavirus, we are witnessing just the beginning of the most severe public health and economic crisis in decades. Our call to Congress and the administration during this crisis continues to be: protect all people, and put those most vulnerable at the center. Urge Congress to support the most vulnerable communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As we witness protests in Minneapolis, Louisville, and across the United States we see an all-too-familiar anger, frustration, and pain. Changes to federal laws are vital to ensure that law enforcement training, use of force policies, and data collection address historic and systemic racial injustices.Urge your members of Congress to pass police reform legislation.
Comprehensive paid sick days and paid family and medical leave are of the upmost importance for individual workers, their families and entire communities. However, one in four workers, including nearly half of the lowest paid workers, do not have access to paid sick leave, and the United States is the only developed country to not guarantee workers paid family or medical leave.
In the 116th Congress, Representative Terri Sewell (D-AL) introduced the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019 (H.R.4). The bill would improve the voting process in the United States by modernizing the preclearance formula to cover states with a pattern of discrimination that puts voters at risk, protecting voters from the types of voting changes.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is the United States' most comprehensive resource for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. VAWA is up for reauthorization every five years - including this year. Each reauthorization provides a new opportunity to enhance these safeguards and ensure survivors of gender-based violence have to access to the resources and protections they need.
The right to asylum in the United States in under attack. Act now to tell your members of Congress to restore this essential right for those in need!
Despite multiple state and federal hate crime statutes, many law enforcement agencies lack the resources and training to identify and respond to hate crimes. By providing federal grants to modernize reporting systems, establish state hotlines, and train law enforcement officers, the Senate’s Khalid Jabara and Heather Heyer NO HATE Act (S.2043) and the companion bill in the House (H.R.3545) will promote more accurate data collection and assist victims of hate.
The ongoing wounds of slavery and more than four centuries of entrenched racial oppression continues to impact every part of American society. Systemic disparities and injustices will endure unless proactive steps are taken to acknowledge and eliminate them. One way to address entrenched racial discrimination is through the study and development of reparations proposals. Urge your elected officials to cosponsor the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act (S. 1083/H.R. 40).