U.S. security assistance, as it is currently conceived, does not work and is doing more harm than good. But often when confronted with the terrible reality of violent extremism, the desire of our political leaders to do “something” means that security assistance is the tool they reach for.
Whether you attended Spring Lobby Weekend this year or not, you may have heard us talk about the Shaheen-Portman (or Portman-Shaheen these days) energy efficiency bill. Our team at FCNL has worked on this for years, as have many of you -- thank you! Some of you have come to two Spring Lobby Weekends focused on passing this legislation.
Immediately following the events of September 11th, Congress effectively re-engineered the scope of the American presidency. After handing the executive branch an unprecedented expansion of authority in the form of a new blank check for war, legislators next devised and passed a bill that allowed the U.S. government to spy on its own citizens. This was the USA PATRIOT Act.
Every April thousands of people across the country participate in Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. Throughout the month, events are held to honor victims of past atrocities, educate the public about current atrocities, and advocate for the prevention of future atrocities.
Incarceration in the U.S. has gone beyond a system
of rehabilitation, retribution or even deterrence. It
has become mass incarceration—a set of practices
designed to exert control over entire swaths of the population.
Small steps are constantly being made in a long and difficult journey. We must learn from both the Torture Report and the recent Committee Against Torture review and admit responsibility. Only after acknowledging the full scope of U.S. torture can we heal and prevent these horrific mistakes from repeating themselves.
It is time for Congress to restore the value of the minimum wage, and to allow it to fulfill its intended purpose by raising the wage floor, eliminating the sub-minimum tipped wage, and affixing both to the nation’s median wage.