Monday, April 13, 2009

Fight hate crimes and give DC voting rights

  • Give D.C. Residents a Voice in Congress: Washington, D.C., residents pay federal income taxes, serve on juries, and fight and die in our military to protect our nation. Yet they do not have full-voting representation in the U.S. Congress. The District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act (H.R. 157) will provide Washington, D.C., residents with a full-voting member in the House of Representatives for the first time in our nation’s history.
  • Fight Hate Crimes and Help Ensure Safety and Security for All People: Hate crimes remain a continuing and horrifying problem in the United States. Although there are laws on the books to deter hate crimes and protect their victims, significant gaps remain unfilled. The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act (LLEHCPA) would give the federal government jurisdiction over prosecuting hate crimes in states where the current law is inadequate. The legislation would also facilitate federal investigations and prosecutions when local authorities are unwilling or unable to achieve a just result. Send a message to Congress through the Human Rights Campaign's "Fight Hate Now" website.