March 19, 2010
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of members of People For the American Way, and in recognition of the more than hundred thousand who will gather on the National Mall on Sunday, we urge the Senate to take action on comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). This issue is as critical to the welfare of our country as issues like healthcare reform and jobs. Addressing it means addressing the needs of all Americans.
In a vote last week, the Texas Board of Education approved a Social Studies curriculum rewritten to emphasize conservative ideology and whitewash topics that don’t align with board members’ beliefs. The curriculum, which is due to receive final approval in May, was changed to emphasize the Board’s religious and political objectives by, for instance, adding flattering details about disgraced conservative Senator Joseph McCarthy, increasing focus on violent fringe members of the peaceful civil rights coalition, and even downplaying the importance of Thomas Jefferson du
In April of 2007, Florida took a significant step toward full democracy for ex-offenders seeking to have their right to vote restored. Governor Charlie Crist persuaded the state's Clemency Board to adopt new regulations. The new rules "automatically" restore the rights of ex-offenders who have committed non-violent crimes, have completed their sentences and probation, and paid victim restitution.
Justice has been in exile for eight long years. It needs to be restored.
That means restoring checks and balances, accountability, transparency and the rule of law -- some of our most fundamental constitutional values that have been stepped on and undermined by the previous administration. It's going to take a lot of effort and all three branches of government.