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  • The Hill: Democrats Eye Action On Threat Of White Nationalism
    Posted in Articles on August 28, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Gun Violence, Equality, Oversight of the Administration

    Democrats eye action on threat of white nationalism BY MIKE LILLIS - 08/28/19 Democrats on Capitol Hill are pressing hard to adopt tougher gun laws following a pair of mass shootings this month that horrified the country and rekindled the on-again, off-again push to install higher barriers to owning firearms. But as Congress prepares to return to Washington next month from the long summer recess, Democrats also want to go a step further to tackle another scourge they consider to be related: the ... Read more

  • House Democrats Demand Answers On Trump Administration’s Attempts To Weaken Action On White Supremacist Extremism
    Posted in Press Releases on August 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality, Oversight of the Administration

    65 House Democrats, led by Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), sent letters today to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan seeking an explanation of the Trump Administration’s hampering of an effective, coordinated response to the growing threat of white supremacist extremist violence. Their oversight letter followed revelations that, despite high profile white supremacist-motivated acts of terrorism including the mass shooting in El Paso earlier this month, ... Read more

  • Democrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence
    Posted in Articles on August 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality, Oversight of the Administration

    The Hill | House Democrats on Thursday pressed the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to beef up their strategies to combat the threat of violence motivated by white supremacist extremism after the shooting in El Paso, Texas, this month. In letters to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, 65 House Democrats accused the Trump administration of withholding information from Congress about domestic terrorism committed by alleged white suprem... Read more

  • EDITORIAL: It’s been over 600 days since U.S. Park Police killed an unarmed man. We still have no answers.
    Posted in Articles on August 8, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    Washington Post | Six hundred and twenty-nine days. That’s how long it’s been since two U.S. Park Police officers opened fire on an unarmed 25-year-old accountant named Bijan Ghaisar, hitting him repeatedly in the head and killing him, after he was involved in a fender bender on the George Washington Memorial Parkway near Washington. Six hundred and twenty-nine days, and still not a word from the federal authorities who are supposedly investigating, not even an explanation of why it is taking th... Read more

  • Should Democrats gerrymander? No — it's bad politics, and there's a better way
    Posted in Articles on August 7, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    Salon | Last month the U.S. Supreme Court handed state legislators a blank check to gerrymander themselves whatever partisan advantage they might like during the 2021 redistricting cycle. After living under the thumb of brutal Republican gerrymanders for the last decade, some Democrats sound ready and eager to cash in where they can. “I don’t see how there’s any other options,” said Rep. John Yarmuth, the last remaining Kentucky Democrat whose seat would be a certain target of GOP mapmakers. He ... Read more

  • OP-ED: Don't like SCOTUS decision on gerrymandering? This bill would fix it, and make elections better
    Posted in Articles on August 1, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    The Hill | Like most Americans, I hoped that the U.S. Supreme Court would use the cases before it this term to finally put an end to the partisan gerrymandering that has done such damage to our democracy. Instead, in a 5-4 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the conservative majority ruled that all partisan gerrymandering claims were “nonjusticiable,” a political issue beyond the federal courts’ jurisdiction or ability to decide. The Court has effectively given a green light for poli... Read more

  • Beyer, House Democrats Introduce Fair Representation Act Following Supreme Court Decision On Gerrymandering
    Posted in Press Releases on July 25, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and a group of House Democrats today introduced the Fair Representation Act, an election reform bill to change the way U.S. Representatives are elected. The bill, which includes a provision requiring that all Congressional districts be drawn by independent commissions to prevent gerrymandering, came soon after the Supreme Court’s decision in Rucho v. Common Cause, which upheld political gerrymandering. “The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold political gerrymandering is the ... Read more

  • Bipartisan bill would improve reporting of hate crimes
    Posted in Articles on June 28, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    The Hill | Reps. Don Beyer (D-Va.) and Pete Olson (R-Texas) introduced legislation Thursday to improve reporting of hate crimes and expand resources for victims. Beyer and Olson unveiled the National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality (NO HATE) Act in response to high-profile attacks on the LGBTQ, Jewish, Muslim and other communities. They say reporting of such incidents by law enforcement has not kept up with a rise in the crimes. “The rise in hate crimes in the United States ... Read more

  • Beyer’s Fair Representation Act Would Fix Damage Done By Supreme Court Gerrymandering Decision
    Posted in Press Releases on June 27, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) issued the following statement today upon the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling against challenges to partisan gerrymandering in Rucho v. Common Cause: “This infuriating, political decision will dismay everyone who opposes partisan gerrymandering, which is a terrible and undemocratic practice no matter who does it. Any system that allows politicians to choose their voters instead of voters choosing their elected leaders is fundamentally wrong. With the Supreme Court's failure toda... Read more

  • Beyer And Olson Introduce Bipartisan NO HATE Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 27, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Equality

    U.S. Representatives Don Beyer (D-VA) and Pete Olson (R-TX) today introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen federal laws that combat hate speech, threats, and attacks. As incidents of hate crimes continue to rise, the National Opposition to Hate, Assault, and Threats to Equality (NO HATE) Act would improve reporting and expand assistance and resources for victims of hate crimes. “The rise in hate crimes in the United States has reached epidemic proportions in the last few years, and we nee... Read more