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Champaign County Democrats endorse Congressman Keith Ellison for DNC Chair

Champaign County Democrats endorse Congressman Keith Ellison for DNC Chair

Contact: Robert Naiman, Just Foreign Policy, naiman@justforeignpolicy.org

Champaign, IL – On Wednesday, January 25, the Champaign County Democratic Central Committee voted overwhelmingly to endorse the candidacy of Keith Ellison to be the next chair of the Democratic National Committee. On the weekend of February 24, members of the Democratic National Committee will meet and vote to determine the new DNC chair at the DNC's Winter Meeting. [1]

Democratic precinct committeemen who supported the resolution to endorse Keith Ellison included Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing, Urbana City Clerk Phyllis Clark, Party Chair Maryam Ar-Raheem, Urbana Aldermen Aaron Ammons and Eric Jakobsson, County Board Member Josh Hartke, former Urbana Alderman Ruth Wyman and former County Board Members Jan Anderson and Robert Naiman.

In declaring their support for Keith Ellison to lead the DNC, Champaign County Democrats join the Democratic Party of DuPage County and Kankakee County Democratic Party, as well as U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, State Rep. Carol Ammons, State Party Vice-Chair Karen Yarbrough, U.S. Rep Jan Schakowsky, and the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association. [2]

Conyers-Grijalva-Ellison-Pocan Express Concern About Democracy in Brazil

 On January 18, Members of Congress wrote to the Ambassador of Brazil, expressing deep concern about the current state of democracy and human rights in Brazil.

The letter is here.

 

 

In defense of Keith Ellison: key documents

Link to this file:
http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/1708 

MoveOn petition: Stand with Keith - and condemn the smear campaign against him
 
Key Keith documents:
Keith platform:
https://keithfordnc.org/platform/ 
Keith endorsements:
https://keithfordnc.org/endorsements
Keith statement on Medium:
https://medium.com/@ellisonforcongress/listening-more-talking-less-2bb36e171dca

Ilya Sheyman statement in support of Keith Ellison

“As a Jewish refugee from the former Soviet Union, and as someone who’s worked closely with Keith Ellison for years, I know Keith Ellison represents the diverse and inclusive vision the Democratic Party needs to stand for, and I know his commitment to a 50-state deep organizing strategy that the DNC needs.”

 
- Ilya Sheyman, Executive Director of MoveOn.org Political Action
 
 
 

Questions about Honduras for candidates for U.S. Secretary of the Treasury

Given that U.S. policy at the international financial institutions reports to the Secretary of the Treasury, Just Foreign Policy asked U.S. advocates concerned with U.S. policy in Honduras: what questions would you like to ask candidates for Secretary of the Treasury concerning U.S. policy in Honduras?

 What follows is a lightly edited compilation of the responses we received.

 1. Will you oppose funding of Agua Zarca and other harmful dam projects planned over the objections of local communities?

 2. Will you ensure that international law is upheld and that local indigenous communities are properly consulted regarding any planned development projects before IFI support is approved for such projects?

 3. Given that senior Honduran government officials have been involved in planning so-called "Employment and Economic Development Zones," in which several articles of the Honduran constitution, as well as international laws regarding labor and other human rights would not apply, will you oppose any IFI support for such zones, or for projects in them?

27 Senators who voted to stop the US arms sale to Saudi Arabia

The following Senators voted against tabling a motion to stop the sale of $1.15 billion in tanks and other military equipment to Saudi Arabia. Effectively, these Senators were voicing opposition to the sale.

Baldwin
Blumenthal
Booker
Boxer
Cantwell
Durbin
Franken
Gillibrand
Heinrich
Heller
Hirono
Kirk
Klobuchar
Leahy
Lee
Markey
Murphy
Murray
Paul
Reid
Sanders
Schatz
Stabenow
Tester
Udall
Warren
Wyden

Lieu-Yoho-Conyers-Mulvaney letter: Let Congress Debate New Weapons Sale to Saudi Arabia

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43 HOUSE DEMOCRATS URGE SECRETARY KERRY TO CALL FOR DEMOCRACY IN BRAZIL (updated)

Reps. Conyers and others put out the following press release on the letter. A PDF of the letter is here.

UPDATE: since the below press release was sent out, three Members of Congress signed on to the letter - 
Lloyd Doggett (TX-35)Karen Bass (CA-37), and Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-7).
An updated PDF of the letter is here.

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For Immediate Release:

Catholic bishops support Conyers amendment to ban transfer of cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia

Text of statement of the Office of International Justice and Peace, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:

Office of International Justice and Peace

3211 FOURTH STREET NE • WASHINGTON DC 20017-1194 • 202-541-3160 WEBSITE: WWW.USCCB.ORG/JPHD • FAX 202-541-3339

HR 5293 — Conyers Amendment on Blocking of Funds Related to Transfer of Cluster Munitions

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) urges support for the Conyers amendment blocking funds from being used to transfer or authorize the transfer of cluster munitions to Saudi Arabia.

(The PDF is here.)