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Jewish, Muslim and Progressive Leaders Welcome “Anti-Hate” Resolution
Grassroots Coalition Defeats Efforts to Smear and Reprimand Rep. Ilhan Omar
WASHINGTON - A grassroots campaign by dozens of organizations has flooded Democratic leadership with phone calls and emails over the past few days, urging them to condemn real bigotry and drop the bad-faith attacks on Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Culminating in a petition delivery to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday, the coalition celebrates the “Anti-Hate” Resolution introduced into the House today, which is focused on condemning all forms of bigotry.
Coalition members attribute this victory to the quick and vast mobilization of support for Congresswoman Omar by progressive organizations, individuals and members of Congress spanning intersectional social justice struggles.
“We are a movement that unequivocally rejects anti-semitism, Islamophobia, anti-Black racism and all forms of bigotry, and expect the same from Democratic leadership. It’s a new day where we no longer will accept attacks on our free speech and stifling of necessary debate on Israeli government policies against Palestinians. Let’s get back to work against the rise of white nationalism that threatens all of our communities and build a government and policies that respects every resident of this nation.” – Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of MPower Change and National Organizer with the Women’s March
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