When Helen finally got to go home, her supporters and community threw a party for her, complete with Disney-themed favors, pink balloons and table settings, and a giant banner with her name on it. The 5-year-old, kidnapped from her family by the Trump administration under the barbaric “zero tolerance” policy, had spent 55 days under U.S. custody. While the girl is free, she is not free from her trauma. “I sense she’s feeling isolated and sad,” her grandma, Noehmi, said in a Families Belong Together video. “They don’t do well after such an experience. Psychologically, they get out affected.” Detention is traumatizing for children, and the longer kids are detained, the longer it takes to overcome this trauma. Minors have been detained for months, some for as long as a year. This is state-sanctioned child abuse, and now that the administration is seeking to keep kids and their families detained longer, perhaps indefinitely, we need to speak out. You can help by submitting a public comment here calling on officials to stop this rule change and keep children out of detention. “People shouldn’t forget that there’s families still going through this, that families still don’t have their children,” advocates said in the video, calling on all to continue fighting for justice for these children. “It took 55 days for this child, with an advocacy organization that is very strong, with help from national groups … all of those children, maybe they don’t have that.” Children belong free from detention and with their families. Watch Helen’s video below, then make sure to submit a public comment here.
Republican Rep. Jason Lewis is in a tough re-election fight, and this is probably not going to help him with women voters. Before he was elected to Congress, Lewis had a radio show—a radio show on which he commented extensively about sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain (remember him?) that came out during his Republican presidential primary run: «I don't want to be callous here, but how traumatizing was it?» Lewis said. «How many women at some point in their life have a man come on to them, place their hand on their shoulder or maybe even their thigh, kiss them, and they would rather not have it happen, but is that really something that's going to be seared in your memory that you'll need therapy for?» «You'll never get over? It was the most traumatizing experience? Come on! She wasn't raped,» Lewis added, using a voice mocking an emotionally distraught woman. How many women? Pretty much all of them, jackass. And it’s true, it’s not always the most traumatizing, seared-in-your-memory experience. But when it is traumatizing, seared-in-your-memory stuff is when the hand on the thigh or the kiss comes from a boss, someone who can make or break a career or even just a woman’s ability to pay next month’s rent. When it is traumatizing, seared-in-your-memory stuff is when the hand on the thigh or the kiss seems like the prelude to rape, when it’s physically threatening and doesn’t seem like it will stop there. That said, sexual harassment and sexual assault need not have been deeply traumatizing to be f*#king wrong. One of the things we’ve seen from the testimonies of the #MeToo movement is how many women’s careers have been derailed because they left a good job to get away from a predatory man—even if he didn’t rape them. Unfortunately, the Brett Kavanaugh saga showed us that Lewis is not outside the mainstream of his party, or at least its male elected officials. “Come on! She wasn’t raped” is a good translation of many Republican responses to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony against Kavanaugh, and if anything, these comments from Lewis are soft, because Ford was in therapy in part as a result of Kavanaugh’s assault and it still wasn’t meaningful enough for Republicans to acknowledge it as a real sign of trauma. Even though Lewis’ comments from back then would have been standard Republican fare during the last couple months, he apparently realizes they may be a problem this time around, just weeks away from the election: when CNN asked his campaign for comment, the response it got was a letter threatening legal action if it posted the audio of his comments. (CNN posted the audio anyway. It's here.) Get out the vote: Join the MoveOn text team. Double your impact: Help take back the House by giving $1 to each of these amazing Democratic women.
Just one in three Americans has a lot of confidence in the Supreme Court following Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. That’s more people than think Kavanaugh told the truth: Just one in four believe Brett was completely honest before the Senate Judiciary Committee. That means that 75 percent of Americans believe the Senate confirmed a Supreme Court justice after he committed a crime in front of them. Here’s the oath the Senate Judiciary Committee uses for folks testifying: Do you solemnly swear that the testimony you will give at this time will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God? To be clear, lying to the Senate would be a crime even if Kavanaugh weren’t under oath. No doubt that’s part of why just 35 percent approve of Kavanaugh’s confirmation while 43 percent disapprove. If consistently terrible numbers weren’t enough, high-profile figures in law and policy continue to voice their concerns about Kavanaugh’s presence on the court. xJimmy Carter: Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court was a «very serious mistake» https://t.co/t03MHfFkwm pic.twitter.com/lG5UROptNX— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 19, 2018 “I think most of the American people were not in favor of his being on the Supreme Court,” said former President Jimmy Carter when speaking to students at Emory University this week. On a more personal note, Carter added that while Kavanaugh seemed legally qualified, “I think he did attack [Dr. Ford] sexually and I know that I saw him lose his cool.”
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