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Friday, June 10, 2011

Palestinian activists wrongly imprisoned

Palestinians have been rising up in protest across the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem to demand their freedom. They want the same things as Israelis, the same things that Egyptians fought for in Tahrir Square. But Israel, with the tacit support of the United States is jailing them. Last year it was Abdallah Abu Rahmah, finally released in March of this year. Now it is Bassem and Naji Tamimi, cousins from the village of Nabi Saleh. These committed nonviolent activists are trying to build a better future for both Israelis and Palestinians, and are being punished for it.

If you are outraged by this and want peace and justice, please join me in writing the U.S. State Department and demanding the Tamimis' release.

Thank 37 Senate Democrats for defending Medicaid

Dear Friend,
Democrats have been vocal in their opposition to the Republican attacks on Medicare. But even as recently as this week, major media outlets were speculating about whether Democrats would agree to severe cuts to Medicaid as part of a compromise with Republicans on raising the debt ceiling.
Fortunately, Democratic senators are working to put that fear to rest.
Yesterday, Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller, a leading defender of Medicaid, announced that thirty-six other Democratic senators joined him in sending a letter to President Obama vowing to oppose the Republican attacks on Medicaid.
When senators step up for important programs like Medicaid, they deserve our thanks. I just thanked Senate Democrats for co-signing the Rockefeller letter, I hope you do too.
You can find out more information and take action at the link below.