Foreigner Incarceration – Shades of yesterday seen today in U.S.

The free summer series Incarceration Then and Now: What Can We Learn? kicks off Saturday Aug. 4 with the opening of the exhibit Architecture of Internment: the Build-up to Wartime Incarceration, at 10 AM at Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport.

Source: Foreigner Incarceration – Shades of yesterday seen today in U.S. – News Lincoln County

Tell Congress You Oppose Religious Discrimination in Foster Care

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee inserted a poison-pill amendment into the Labor, HHS, and Education Appropriations Bill.

If passed, this amendment would require states to allow taxpayer-funded foster care and adoption providers to discriminate on the basis of their religion and cut child welfare funding for states that refuse to comply.

It is difficult to even convey how terrible this is—and sadly, there is a substantial chance this bill could pass.

We need you to take action now! Tell Representative Schrader that the welfare of children must come before religious dogma.

This amendment would require states to allow adoption and foster care placement agencies to discriminate against atheists and nonbelievers, religious minorities, single parents, LGBTQ people, or any other group of people they disfavor.

This kind of discrimination reduces the number of potential adoptive parents, making children in these systems less likely to find loving, permanent homes. Even worse, states that refuse to go along and allow religious discrimination will see their child welfare funding cut, which would only harm the vulnerable young people in the foster system.

This hateful provision could be used to allow foster parents to deny medical services or counseling to young people if it conflicts with their religious beliefs, agencies could refuse to reunite families if the parents are the “wrong” religion, or providers could kick LGBTQ children out of shelters. And they could do all this while receiving your tax dollars!

If this amendment is allowed to stand, this will be the first in a long line of federal attacks on religious equality at the state level.

This horrific agenda is being pushed by Christian nationalists, the Catholic Church, and organizations like the Heritage Foundation who want government funding for their so-called “charities” while they refuse to provide services for people they dislike. Only 10 states have passed laws adopting the twisted vision of “religious liberty” this bill espouses. But now they’re trying to use a must-pass appropriations bill to force it on the rest of us.

The majority of Americans oppose using religion as an excuse to discriminate. Together, we can stop this attack on religious equality.

Representative Schrader needs to hear from you today. Please take action now!

 

Sincerely,

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Alison Gill

Legal & Policy Director

American Atheists

Mother Says She Was Hounded About Why She Didn’t Take Her Husband’s Last Name

A mother and daughter were flying back from a European vacation when an agent at Customs and Border Protection couldn’t understand why their last names were different.“I was asked if Sybonae was my daughter and I said yes,” Sylvia Acosta wrote on Facebook. “Then they asked why if she was my daughter I didn’t have the same last name. I told them I had already established my career and earned my doctorate with my last name Acosta so I had decided not to change it.”

Source: U.S. Customs’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Moment: Mother Says She Was Hounded About Why She Didn’t Take Her Husband’s Last Name | Alternet

Black Oregon legislator says campaigning in own district triggered 911 call

Rep. Janelle Bynum, a Democrat who is running for a second term this fall in the state House, said she was knocking on doors and talking to residents for two hours along Southeast 125th Avenue in Clackamas. She was taking notes on her cellphone from the conversation she’d had with someone at the second to last of about 30 homes on her list around 5:10 p.m. when a Clackamas County deputy pulled up to her.

Source: Black Oregon legislator says campaigning in own district triggered 911 call | OregonLive.com

It’s Not About Cakes: Supreme Court Signals Approval for Discrimination Against Marginalized Communities

The Supreme Court’s decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case does not codify discrimination against LGBTQIA+ people, but it

Source: It’s Not About Cakes: Supreme Court Signals Approval for Discrimination Against Marginalized Communities | National Organization for Women

Bernice King on the 50 years since her father’s death: ‘This nation is awoke’

Martin Luther King’s daughter believes the challenges of the past 15 months have strengthened her father’s legacy, not diminished it

Source: Bernice King on the 50 years since her father’s death: ‘This nation is awoke’ | US news | The Guardian