US Politicians Standing Up For What Is Right?

[tweetmeme] I mentioned earlier that Rep. Brian Berman (D-CA, 28th district) showed some political gall by publicly admiring the group Americans for Peace Now – a group that often butts ideological heads with the powerful AIPAC organization.  I figured that Berman would not receive any lovin’ from the Israeli lobby for the move and, well, I was right.  Yesterday the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) slammed Berman for his association with Americans for Peace Now (via twitter, which is odd I thought).  Here is the transcript of the twitter debate (“twiderbate”?).

Despite the Israeli lobby’s knee-jerk condemnation of politicians who support human rights in Palestine, a group of 54 Congressmen and women wrote a letter to President Obama calling on him to push Israel to lift the blockade of Gaza. My state’s representatives – Mike Michaud (202-225-6306) and Chellie Pingree (207 -774-5019) – and senators – Olympia Snowe (202 224-5344) and Susan Collins (202 224-2523) are unfortunately absent from the list (if you are from Maine, click on your representative’s name to send them a message or call).  Haaretz reports that a letter signed by 33 US Senators to Secretary of State Clinton warning of the difficulty of Gazan students reaching universities in the West Bank.  Click here to read the letter from the honorable representatives (I have yet to find the letter to Clinton).

Here is the list of representatives that signed the letter to Obama.  I urge you to call and thank them for their devotion to human rights.  Of your Congressman or woman did not sign the letter, please call or email them and let them know that you will not allow human dignity and human rights to corrode under the watch of the US.

Raul Grijalva AZ (202) 225- 2435
Barbara Lee CA (202) 225- 2661
Bob Filner CA (202) 225- 8045
Diane Watson CA (202) 225- 7084
Fortney Pete Stark CA (202) 225- 5065
George Miller CA (202) 225- 2095
Jackie Speier CA (202) 225- 3531
Lois Capps CA (202) 225- 3601
Loretta Sanchez CA (202) 225- 2965
Lynn Woolsey CA (202) 225- 5161
Michael M. Honda CA (202) 225- 2631
Sam Farr CA (202) 225- 2861
Jim Himes CT (202) 225- 5541
Bruce D. Braley IA (202) 225- 2911
Andre Carson IN (202) 225- 4011
John A. Yarmuth KY (202) 225- 5401
James P. McGovern MA (202) 225- 6101
John Tierney MA (202) 225- 8020
John W. Oliver MA (202) 225- 5335
Michael E Capuano MA (202) 225- 5111
Stephen F. Lynch MA (202) 225- 8273
William D. Delahunt MA (202) 225- 3111
Donna F. Edwards MD (202) 225- 8699
Elijah E. Cummings MD (202) 225- 4741
Carolyn C. Kilpatrick MI (202) 225- 2261
John Conyers MI (202) 225- 5126
John D. Dingell MI (202) 225- 4071
Betty McCollum MN (202) 225- 6631
James L. Oberstar MN (202) 225- 6211
Keith Ellison MN (202) 225- 4755
David E. Price NC (202) 225- 1784
Bill Pascrell, Jr. NJ (202) 225- 5751
Donald M. Payne NJ (202) 225- 3436
Rush D. Holt NJ (202) 225- 5801
Eric Massa NY (202) 225- 3161
Maurice D. Hinchey NY (202) 225- 6335
Paul Tonko NY (202) 225- 5076
Yvette D. Clarke NY (202) 225- 6231
Marcy Kaptur OH (202) 225- 4146
Mary Jo Kilroy OH (202) 225- 2015
Earl Blumenauer OR (202) 225- 4811
Peter A. Defazio OR (202) 225- 6416
Chaka Fattah PA (202) 225- 4001
Joe Sestak PA (202) 225- 2011
Glenn C. Nye VA (202) 225- 4215
James P. Moran VA (202) 225- 4376
Peter Welch VT (202) 225- 4115
Adam Smith WA (202) 225- 8901
Brian Baird WA (202) 225- 3536
Jay Inslee WA (202) 225- 6311
Jim McDermott WA (202) 225- 3106
Gwen Moore WI (202) 225- 4572
Tammy Baldwin WI (202) 225- 2906
Nick J Rahall II WV (202) 225- 3452

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