Washington E-Memo

December 2, 2019 U.S. says it does not see Israeli settlements as illegal On November 18 the U.S. announced that it no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to necessarily be illegal under international law. The move is the latest in a series of actions benefiting Israel, including relocating the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and…

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Gaza family’s dreams

Taha Mqat, his wife and seven children have watched their home be destroyed or damaged by Israeli bombs three times. The family lives in Gaza, a strip of land that is 139 square miles — about the size of Detroit. Gaza is home to 1.8 million people, who have endured three military conflicts between Israel…

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An education for all

Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, is quoted as saying, “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.” Congress continues to discuss the possibility of passing the Restoring Education and Learning (REAL) Act, which would provide access to Pell Grants…

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Cut funding for detention and walls

Take Action   Ask your members of Congress to cut funding for detention, deportations and walls. Background: As Congress debates spending bills for Fiscal Year 2020 – and a temporary continuing resolution – it is important to encourage your members to reduce funding for detention, deportations and border militarization. For the current fiscal year, Congress funded an average daily…

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Support common-sense gun legislation

Take Action Background: Please encourage your senators to support legislation to reduce gun violence. On February 27, the House passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act (H.R. 8), to require background checks for all firearm sales, including private, online and gun show sales. Polling shows broad public support among both Republicans and Democrats for expanded background checks.…

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