Co-Sponsor H.R. 40 “Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act” (Pro Forma Session Today)

I invite you to co-sponsor HR 40, the “Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act,” which
establishes a Commission to study reparation proposals and consider a national apology for the institution of slavery.  This legislation was first introduced by retired Member
of Congress John Conyers of Michigan in 1989, and was intended to examine the institution of slavery in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present, and further recommend appropriate remedies.

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Become an Original Co-Sponsor of the Brunei Sanctions Act

This month, the Sultanate of Brunei instituted a brutal and draconian new Penal Code that would strip away the human rights of its citizens and strengthen the government’s authoritarian grip. The recently announced Penal Code revisions mandate the death
penalty for numerous offenses – among them adultery, consensual same-sex relations, blasphemy, and robbery. The Penal Code also introduces stoning as the means of execution for those who engage in same-sex or extramarital relations. The Sultanate’s plan also
authorizes flogging for women who have abortions and amputation for those accused of theft. Further, the Penal Code would criminalize exposure of Muslim children to beliefs and practices of any religion other than Islam.

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RESCHEDULED – The Trump Administration’s Gun Exports Plan: An Update

            In recent years, easy access to firearms has fueled the rise of terrorist groups like ISIS and drug trafficking organizations such as Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel. Across the world, firearms kill as many as a thousand people every day. As the world’s
largest firearms exporter, the United States must focus on making sure that firearms don’t end up in the wrong hands. Unfortunately, the Trump administration’s new rule would actually weaken the rules for exporting firearms, posing serious risks to national
security and human rights.

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CLOSING SOON: Defend Afro-Brazilian and Indigenous Rights in Brazil! Cosign Letter to Secretary Pompeo – Deadline April 22

Please join us in signing this letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, expressing deep concern for attacks on the rights of indigenous peoples and Afro-Brazilian Quilombola communities (settlements founded and organized by escaped slaves and their descendants)
in Brazil. Though these communities have faced discrimination and violations of their collective rights for decades, the prospects under recently inaugurated President Jair Bolsonaro are simply alarming and require action.

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Become an Original Co-Sponsor of the Brunei Sanctions Act

This month, the Sultanate of Brunei instituted a brutal and draconian new Penal Code that would strip away the human rights of its citizens and strengthen the government’s authoritarian grip. The recently announced Penal Code revisions mandate the death
penalty for numerous offenses – among them adultery, consensual same-sex relations, blasphemy, and robbery. The Penal Code also introduces stoning as the means of execution for those who engage in same-sex or extramarital relations. The Sultanate’s plan also
authorizes flogging for women who have abortions and amputation for those accused of theft. Further, the Penal Code would criminalize exposure of Muslim children to beliefs and practices of any religion other than Islam.

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