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ACT OF SOLIDARITY

BETSY DEVOS: NO CUT TO SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN THE BUDGET

As you may have heard, Betsy DeVos, the Secretary of Education, wants to cut the Special Olympics from the 2020 budget. Presently, there is quite a backlash against this around the country. Obviously, this would hurt children with disabilities and would eliminate nearly $18 million in cuts. Such a cut could impact 272,000 children across the country. At the same time that DeVos wants to cut funds for the Special Olympics, she wants to increase executive salaries by 15.6%. Also, lets not forget that we always have funds for locking up children of immigrants, and for the wall at our southern border for which Mexico was supposed to pay.

Please contact Betsy DeVos and tell her not to cut funds for the Special Olympics and other important programs our children rely upon.

Here is the contact information you need:

Secretary Betsy DeVos
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202

1-800-872-5327

1-202-401-2000

REPEAL TRUMP'S MUSLIM BAN

In the wake of the New Zealand mosques attack that killed 50 people and injured just as many, we in America who mourn this attack must do more to end President Trump's Muslim ban. Our President's hateful racist rhetoric has brought white supremacists to the forefront not only in America, but around the world. We must demand that Congress repeal the ban and curb the crisis facing our world. NO to white nationalism.

Rep. Judy Chu and Sen. Chris Murphy have reintroduced legislation that would make President Trump's Muslim ban unconstitutional and stop him from using federal funds from financing it. Please help by contacting your elected officials in Washington and urging them to support Rep. Chu and Sen. Murphy. Tell your officials to repeal Trump's Muslim ban now.

Thanks so much for getting involved and taking the time to do this.

 

CHILD BRIDES IN THE UNITED STATES

Are you aware that only one state in the U.S. has a law against child marriage? That's right! The state of Delaware is the only one prohibiting child marriages.

Thousands of children in the U.S. are married each year. Very often they aren't even asked if it's OK with them. Only the parents or a judge need to OK it. It's a very sad state of affairs in the U.S. But we can help to stop it by pushing our state Governor to act against it NOW. Please get involved by contacting your Governor and urging him/her to stop the practice in your state. As was stated above, only Delaware now has a law against child marriage.

Why, you ask, is this allowed in America? The answer is customs. Customs allow the exploitation of children who deserve our protection. Child marriages lead to increased school drop-outs, poverty, domestic abuse, trafficking, and psychological distress. States are working on ending this practice, but religious exceptions keep standing in the way so the issue, wrongly, is dropped.

We understand that religions have their traditions and their customs, but this is America. Please help to change child marriage laws in the U.S. by contacting your Governor and speaking out against child marriage. We see it as a human rights abuse.

Thanks for getting involved.