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May 29, 2023

Statement from President Joe Biden on the Enactment of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act

Uganda needs to be sanctioned for this act
https://twitter.com/WHCommsDir/status/1663231239157956631
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2023/05/29/statement-from-president-joe-biden-on-the-enactment-of-ugandas-anti-homosexuality-act/

The enactment of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act is a tragic violation of universal human rights—one that is not worthy of the Ugandan people, and one that jeopardizes the prospects of critical economic growth for the entire country. I join with people around the world—including many in Uganda—in calling for its immediate repeal. No one should have to live in constant fear for their life or being subjected to violence and discrimination. It is wrong.

Since the Anti-Homosexuality Act was introduced, reports of violence and discrimination targeting Ugandans who are or are perceived to be LGBTQI+ are on the rise. Innocent Ugandans now fear going to hospitals, clinics, or other establishments to receive life-saving medical care lest they be targeted by hateful reprisals. Some have been evicted from their homes or fired from their jobs. And the prospect of graver threats—including lengthy prison sentences, violence, abuse—threatens any number of Ugandans who want nothing more than to live their lives in safety and freedom.

This shameful Act is the latest development in an alarming trend of human rights abuses and corruption in Uganda. The dangers posed by this democratic backsliding are a threat to everyone residing in Uganda, including U.S. government personnel, the staff of our implementing partners, tourists, members of the business community, and others. As such, I have directed my National Security Council to evaluate the implications of this law on all aspects of U.S. engagement with Uganda, including our ability to safely deliver services under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and other forms of assistance and investments. My Administration will also incorporate the impacts of the law into our review of Uganda’s eligibility for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). And we are considering additional steps, including the application of sanctions and restriction of entry into the United States against anyone involved in serious human rights abuses or corruption.

The United States shares a deep and committed partnership with the people of Uganda. For more than 60 years, we have worked together to help millions of Ugandans live healthier, more productive lives.

Our programs have boosted economic growth and agricultural productivity, increased investments in Ugandan businesses, and strengthened our trade cooperation. In total, the U.S. Government invests nearly $1 billion annually in Uganda’s people, business, institutions, and military to advance our common agenda. The scale of our commitments speaks to the value we place on this partnership—and our faith in the people of Uganda to build for themselves a better future. It is my sincere hope that we can continue to build on this progress, together, and strengthen protections for the human rights of people everywhere.

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May 29, 2023

Statement from President Joe Biden on the Enactment of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act

Uganda needs to be sanctioned for this act
https://twitter.com/WHCommsDir/status/1663231239157956631
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2023/05/29/statement-from-president-joe-biden-on-the-enactment-of-ugandas-anti-homosexuality-act/

The enactment of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act is a tragic violation of universal human rights—one that is not worthy of the Ugandan people, and one that jeopardizes the prospects of critical economic growth for the entire country. I join with people around the world—including many in Uganda—in calling for its immediate repeal. No one should have to live in constant fear for their life or being subjected to violence and discrimination. It is wrong.

Since the Anti-Homosexuality Act was introduced, reports of violence and discrimination targeting Ugandans who are or are perceived to be LGBTQI+ are on the rise. Innocent Ugandans now fear going to hospitals, clinics, or other establishments to receive life-saving medical care lest they be targeted by hateful reprisals. Some have been evicted from their homes or fired from their jobs. And the prospect of graver threats—including lengthy prison sentences, violence, abuse—threatens any number of Ugandans who want nothing more than to live their lives in safety and freedom.

This shameful Act is the latest development in an alarming trend of human rights abuses and corruption in Uganda. The dangers posed by this democratic backsliding are a threat to everyone residing in Uganda, including U.S. government personnel, the staff of our implementing partners, tourists, members of the business community, and others. As such, I have directed my National Security Council to evaluate the implications of this law on all aspects of U.S. engagement with Uganda, including our ability to safely deliver services under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and other forms of assistance and investments. My Administration will also incorporate the impacts of the law into our review of Uganda’s eligibility for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). And we are considering additional steps, including the application of sanctions and restriction of entry into the United States against anyone involved in serious human rights abuses or corruption.

The United States shares a deep and committed partnership with the people of Uganda. For more than 60 years, we have worked together to help millions of Ugandans live healthier, more productive lives.

Our programs have boosted economic growth and agricultural productivity, increased investments in Ugandan businesses, and strengthened our trade cooperation. In total, the U.S. Government invests nearly $1 billion annually in Uganda’s people, business, institutions, and military to advance our common agenda. The scale of our commitments speaks to the value we place on this partnership—and our faith in the people of Uganda to build for themselves a better future. It is my sincere hope that we can continue to build on this progress, together, and strengthen protections for the human rights of people everywhere.

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May 29, 2023

Conservatives are making Pride merch 'toxic.' Their real goal is much worse.

I remember very well the hatred and prejudice shown to Muslims both after 9/11 and during the TFG campaign. The TFG Muslim ban was a sad and disgusting stunt. Now the RWNJs want to demonize and attack LGBTQ individuals for political gain. The attacks on drag performances, trans youths seeking gender affirming care and now Pride merchandise are all part of a pattern that seeks to replicate the hatred and prejudice that previously inflicted on Muslims.

I remember TFG attacking Muslims as part of his campaign to make America great. Hatred of the "other" is part of the MAGA mindset and now the MAGA assholes are targeting LGBTQ individuals.

https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1663228830327226395
https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/msnbc-opinion/targets-pride-month-boycott-shows-disturbing-gop-plans-rcna86496?cid=sm_npd_ms_tw_ma&taid=6474da2d3e63f90001080e7f&utm_campaign=trueanthem&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

These physical threats of violence are deeply alarming — but not that surprising. They are the expected, and even intended, result of the concerted campaign by both Republican-elected officials and leading conservative voices to make all things LGBTQ-related “toxic.” They also strike a nerve for other communities, such as my own Muslim American community, whose members have experienced the wrath and concerted attacks from conservatives with similar objectives — to alienate, make toxic and further marginalize from mainstream society — in the past. And for those who doubly identify as LGBTQ and Muslim, this new method of attack is a sore reminder of the harm this relentless conservative effort to marginalize them is capable of.

“The goal is to make ‘pride’ toxic for brands,” right-wing commentator Matt Walsh wrote on Twitter. That sentiment was reiterated by conservative outlet Daily Wire commentator Michael Knowles, who urged his listeners “to make that symbol toxic, the pride flag symbol, we need to make that toxic.” ....

The extreme voices on the right did their best to make anything Muslim inherently toxic. For example, GOP members of Congress in 2009 claimed that Muslim American organizations were planting “spies” as interns in congressional offices. Other members of Congress including then-Rep. Michele Bachmann spread Islamophobic rumors that Muslims were “infiltrating” the government. The goal was to keep us out of American politics.

Some on the right even demanded in 2011 that Urban Outfitters stop selling fabrics bearing the pattern of the Arabic scarf known as a kaffiyeh because they claimed it was tied to terrorism. Like Target, Urban Outfitters gave in to the bigots, pulling the item “due to the sensitive nature” of the scarf while apologizing “if we offended anyone.”.....

Conservatives’ goal of making Pride merchandise “toxic” is not just bigoted, and it’s not just about merchandise. Ultimately, conservatives and GOP leaders saw that anti-Muslim hate was a losing strategy. We need to show them that anti-LGBTQ bigotry will not help them. Only then will they stop.

There is a method to these attacks and we cannot ignore the hatred and bigotry that these MAGA assholes are trying to generate.

BTW, my youngest child is LGBTQ and we went into our local Target looking for the Pride display and we were sad when it was not up.
May 29, 2023

Conservatives are making Pride merch 'toxic.' Their real goal is much worse.

I remember very well the hatred and prejudice shown to Muslims both after 9/11 and during the TFG campaign. The TFG Muslim ban was a sad and disgusting stunt. Now the RWNJs want to demonize and attack LGBTQ individuals for political gain. The attacks on drag performances, trans youths seeking gender affirming care and now Pride merchandise are all part of a pattern that seeks to replicate the hatred and prejudice that previously inflicted on Muslims.

I remember TFG attacking Muslims as part of his campaign to make America great. Hatred of the "other" is part of the MAGA mindset and now the MAGA assholes are targeting LGBTQ individuals.

https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1663228830327226395
https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/msnbc-opinion/targets-pride-month-boycott-shows-disturbing-gop-plans-rcna86496?cid=sm_npd_ms_tw_ma&taid=6474da2d3e63f90001080e7f&utm_campaign=trueanthem&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

These physical threats of violence are deeply alarming — but not that surprising. They are the expected, and even intended, result of the concerted campaign by both Republican-elected officials and leading conservative voices to make all things LGBTQ-related “toxic.” They also strike a nerve for other communities, such as my own Muslim American community, whose members have experienced the wrath and concerted attacks from conservatives with similar objectives — to alienate, make toxic and further marginalize from mainstream society — in the past. And for those who doubly identify as LGBTQ and Muslim, this new method of attack is a sore reminder of the harm this relentless conservative effort to marginalize them is capable of.

“The goal is to make ‘pride’ toxic for brands,” right-wing commentator Matt Walsh wrote on Twitter. That sentiment was reiterated by conservative outlet Daily Wire commentator Michael Knowles, who urged his listeners “to make that symbol toxic, the pride flag symbol, we need to make that toxic.” ....

The extreme voices on the right did their best to make anything Muslim inherently toxic. For example, GOP members of Congress in 2009 claimed that Muslim American organizations were planting “spies” as interns in congressional offices. Other members of Congress including then-Rep. Michele Bachmann spread Islamophobic rumors that Muslims were “infiltrating” the government. The goal was to keep us out of American politics.

Some on the right even demanded in 2011 that Urban Outfitters stop selling fabrics bearing the pattern of the Arabic scarf known as a kaffiyeh because they claimed it was tied to terrorism. Like Target, Urban Outfitters gave in to the bigots, pulling the item “due to the sensitive nature” of the scarf while apologizing “if we offended anyone.”.....

Conservatives’ goal of making Pride merchandise “toxic” is not just bigoted, and it’s not just about merchandise. Ultimately, conservatives and GOP leaders saw that anti-Muslim hate was a losing strategy. We need to show them that anti-LGBTQ bigotry will not help them. Only then will they stop.

There is a method to these attacks and we cannot ignore the hatred and bigotry that these MAGA assholes are trying to generate.

BTW, my youngest child is LGBTQ and we went into our local Target looking for the Pride display and we were sad when it was not up.
May 29, 2023

More Guns Won't Make Election Officials Safer

Back before county wide voting, I was an election judge several times over the years. As a favor to the election administrator, I was the republican election judge for my precinct's republican primary which was amusing. My youngest child was the election judge for the Democratic primary and there was no way for my youngest child to run both primaries. The local GOP sheriff can to our primary and was talking to the voters who were in line and I checked with the election office and was told that I did NOT have to run this idiot off.

I do not like guns at election cites and this proposed rule will make things harder.
https://twitter.com/BrennanCenter/status/1663275521218625553
https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/more-guns-wont-make-election-officials-safer

Armed vigilantes stalked Arizona ballot drop boxes during the 2022 election in a transparent bid to intimidate. It was a chilling reminder of the role that guns have historically played in terrorizing American voters. On Friday, the Texas House of Representatives passed a bill that completely ignores history — guns and voting do not mix.

The bill would permit election judges, early voting clerks, and deputy early voting clerks to carry handguns at polling places. The legislator responsible for the bill said it would ensure “law-abiding citizens who are election judges who want to carry to protect themselves” can do so “without fear of prosecution.

He got one thing right: election officials around the country are afraid. But they’re not afraid of weapons charges — they’re afraid of armed conspiracy theorists and the risk of gun violence at polling locations. According to a Brennan Center poll, nearly one in three officials has been harassed, abused, or threatened. One in five is worried about being physically assaulted on the job. And 45 percent are concerned for the safety of other election officials and workers.

Arming election officials is not the solution. The presence of guns risks escalating the increasingly fraught and hyperpartisan political climate of the modern era into potentially deadly conditions ...

Politicians can also stop lying about election fraud. In a letter cosigned by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the Brennan Center told Texas legislators that “false allegations of election fraud by politicians and others have dramatically raised tensions at the polls.” Drop the Big Lie, and many of these threats will go away without a shot being fired.

I am checking but I did not see if this bill got out of the Texas Senate. Hopefully this bill died since today is Sine Die (the last day of this session of the Texas legis)
May 29, 2023

More Guns Won't Make Election Officials Safer

Back before county wide voting, I was an election judge several times over the years. As a favor to the election administrator, I was the republican election judge for my precinct's republican primary which was amusing. My youngest child was the election judge for the Democratic primary and there was no way for my youngest child to run both primaries. The local GOP sheriff can to our primary and was talking to the voters who were in line and I checked with the election office and was told that I did NOT have to run this idiot off.

I do not like guns at election cites and this proposed rule will make things harder.
https://twitter.com/BrennanCenter/status/1663275521218625553
https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/analysis-opinion/more-guns-wont-make-election-officials-safer

Armed vigilantes stalked Arizona ballot drop boxes during the 2022 election in a transparent bid to intimidate. It was a chilling reminder of the role that guns have historically played in terrorizing American voters. On Friday, the Texas House of Representatives passed a bill that completely ignores history — guns and voting do not mix.

The bill would permit election judges, early voting clerks, and deputy early voting clerks to carry handguns at polling places. The legislator responsible for the bill said it would ensure “law-abiding citizens who are election judges who want to carry to protect themselves” can do so “without fear of prosecution.

He got one thing right: election officials around the country are afraid. But they’re not afraid of weapons charges — they’re afraid of armed conspiracy theorists and the risk of gun violence at polling locations. According to a Brennan Center poll, nearly one in three officials has been harassed, abused, or threatened. One in five is worried about being physically assaulted on the job. And 45 percent are concerned for the safety of other election officials and workers.

Arming election officials is not the solution. The presence of guns risks escalating the increasingly fraught and hyperpartisan political climate of the modern era into potentially deadly conditions ...

Politicians can also stop lying about election fraud. In a letter cosigned by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the Brennan Center told Texas legislators that “false allegations of election fraud by politicians and others have dramatically raised tensions at the polls.” Drop the Big Lie, and many of these threats will go away without a shot being fired.

I am checking but I did not see if this bill got out of the Texas Senate. Hopefully this bill died since today is Sine Die (the last day of this session of the Texas legis)

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