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Kate Gould and Yasmine Taeb Speak at Netroots Nation

July 16, 2016 in St. Louis, MO

By Yasmine Taeb

On Saturday, July 16, FCNL's Human Rights and Civil Liberties lobbyist Yasmine Taeb spoke on a panel with Reps. Keith Ellison (MN) and Jan Schakowsky (IL) at the progressive conference Netroots Nation. FCNL's Middle East lobbyist Kate Gould moderated the panel.

See photos of the panel.

This annual gathering brought together thousands of activists, journalists, and political leaders to network, learn, and plan strategies for the year ahead. This year's gathering took place in St. Louis, Missouri. More information on Netroots Nation.

Ending the Endless War and Advancing a Progressive Global Vision

Saturday, Jul. 16 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

For too long, the progressive movement writ large has largely ignored foreign policy while neocons and war hawks have set our country’s agenda. We must as a movement join together to push back on the ever-escalating militarism in the Middle East and around the world. In this panel, we discuss practical solutions and organizing strategies to counter U.S. militarism and transform U.S. engagement with the world. We talk about how to push our congressional allies to end drone warfare and how to mobilize support for a diplomatic solution to the Syrian civil war, among other goals.

Moderated by: Kate Gould, FCNL


  • Rep. Keith Ellison (MN)
  • Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL)
  • Yasmine Taeb, FCNL

Find out more about the panel.

Yasmine Taeb

  • Legislative Director for Human Rights and Civil Liberties

Yasmine directs FCNL’s work on a number of human rights and civil liberties issues, including lobbying for increased resettlement of refugees, more transparency and oversight of the U.S. lethal drones program, calling for the closure of Guantanamo, and for the repeal of the 2001 AUMF, among other issues.