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Religious Action Center Issues Statement on Threats Against Sarsour Family
WASHINGTON, May 26 -- The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism issued the following statement:

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In response to the recent threats and harassment directed at Linda Sarsour and her family, Reform Movement leaders issued the following statement:

In Jewish tradition, a preeminent principle is respect for the holiness of every individual. In that spirit, we unequivocally condemn the threats against Linda Sarsour and her family.

We have often vehemently disagreed with the positions and statements Ms. Sarsour has advocated, such as her support for BDS and anti-Zionism. When necessary, ... Show Full Article

NeighborWorks America Awards $27.5 Million in Neighborhood Stabilization Grants to 55 Nonprofit Organizations
WASHINGTON, May 26 -- NeighborWorks America issued the following news release:

NeighborWorks America today announced that $27.5 million in neighborhood stabilization grants have been awarded to 55 nonprofit organizations to help stabilize and revitalize distressed communities suffering from the direct and/or indirect effects of the foreclosure crisis. The one-time grants, awarded after a competitive process conducted by third party reviewers, are part of Project Reinvest, a limited and targeted program from NeighborWorks America, not related to its core grant operations.

The 55 grantees include ... Show Full Article

Islamist Ideology, Not Western Foreign Policy, Is Why ISIS Attack Us
LONDON, May 26 -- The Henry Jackson Society, a 501(c)3 non-profit that fights for the principles and alliances which keep societies free - working across borders and party lines to combat extremism, advance democracy and real human rights, issued the following news release:

The central cause driving Islamists, as they have repeatedly explained, is their desire to implement their version of shari'a. They have used several different narratives in the course of recruiting for this purpose.

In the 1990s, Islamists like al-Qaeda used the suffering in Bosnia to draw in people who had originally ... Show Full Article

IAVA to Honor the Fallen on Memorial Day with Arlington Wreath Laying and #GoSilent Digital Activation
NEW YORK, May 26 -- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America issued the following news release:

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the leading voice for the post-9/11 generation of veterans, will honor the fallen by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, visiting Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, and activating thousands of Americans across the country to #GoSilent for Memorial Day. IAVA will also be participating in Rolling Thunder programming on the National Mall.

This year, as a part of our campaign to support women veterans, IAVA is also drawing extra ... Show Full Article

Center Calls Upon Texas Governor to Veto Unconstitutional Abortion Restrictions
NEW YORK, May 26 -- The Center for Reproductive Rights issued the following news release:

The Texas legislature today passed SB 8--an omnibus measure which contains multiple abortion restrictions, including an unconstitutional ban on a safe, medically proven method of ending a pregnancy in the second trimester, with only a narrow exception for women facing immediate, serious medical risks. Reminiscent of 2013--when the Texas legislature held a special session to advance abortion restrictions which were eventually struck down by the Supreme Court--this provision was rammed through at the last ... Show Full Article

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC Applauds Senator Hirono's Introduction of the Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act
WASHINGTON, May 26 -- The Asian Americans Advancing Justice issued the following news release:

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC applauds Senator Hirono (D- Hawaii) for her introduction of the Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act with Representative Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii).

Filipino World War II veterans fought alongside Americans servicemen and have waited decades to be reunited with their loved ones. This bill will expedite the visa process for children of those veterans.

John C. Yang, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, issued ... Show Full Article

AFJ: Blog Posts Render Schiff Unqualified for Seat on Federal Bench
WASHINGTON, May 26 -- The Alliance for Justice issued the following news release:

Last week, the Alliance for Justice identified disturbing blog posts from John K. Bush, President Trump's nominee to the Sixth Circuit. This week, in reviewing the record of Damien Michael Hennessey Schiff of the Pacific Legal Foundation to serve on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Alliance for Justice has uncovered similarly troubling writings. It is it clear from these writings that Mr. Schiff holds extreme positions on key issues and that he lacks the judicial temperament to be a judge.

As just one example, ... Show Full Article