Ben Jealous – Norman Lear – PFAW

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In a Washington Post op-ed earlier this year, People For co-founder and World War II vet Norman Lear wrote:


The right to vote is foundational…. It is at the heart of everything I have fought for in war and in peacetime.


The right of the People to choose our leaders and hold them accountable through elections when they don’t serve the People’s interests … to cast a vote and have that vote count … and the peaceful transfer of power based on the results of free and fair elections. American democracy has never been perfect but over our nation’s history it has been improved and expanded to be more inclusive.


The preservation and perseverance of American democracy is something generations of veterans have fought for, and our commitment to the freedom to vote and a peaceful transfer of power honors them.


Please take a few moments to join the fight here at home to preserve democracy and protect the right to vote.


1. If you have not already, please sign our petition urging the Senate to pass the Freedom to Vote Act, which includes groundbreaking protections for voting rights. >>


2. Find an event near you during this week’s grassroots week of action to show your support of this and other critical voting rights protections. >>


And please take a few minutes to read (or re-read) Norman’s op-ed about the right to vote; it’s well worth it.


Thank you for all that you do.


– Ben Jealous, President

Petition! More right-wing “blame the victim” bullshit!

Blame the 15 yr old victim 1

A 15 year old girl at Hawthorne Academy was suspended after she came forward about her Sexual Assault by another classmate. She had been harassed by this boy almost daily and one day he followed her into the girls bathroom, pushed her into a stall. and sexually assaulted her. She reported it to the school and the school contacted law enforcement. The boy admitted what he had done and was charged. The school then informed the mom of the 15 year old girl that they didn’t find any evidence that the assault took place so they were suspending her daughter and forcing her to take a calls called “Sexual Assault Is Preventable.” The mom told the school that the police had made an arrest and the boy admitted to the assault. The school informed her that the police’s investigation had nothing to do with their own. 

The girl now feels as if she is being punished for coming forward. The school staff and board members are refusing to make any statements on the matter. 
Victims of SA rarely come forward because they fear they won’t be believed. Situations like this prove them right. 

Hold the staff and school accountable. Sign this petition and call for their resignation.Stand with the victim.


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