We're lucky in San Leandro to have one of the most progressive representatives in Congress, Pete Stark. He's often in the minority, specially in this congress, but he at least stands for his principles and constituency.
I wanted to highlight two pieces of legislation in which he's taken the right position. One is H.Res. 921 which condemned the recent attacks against Israel and ratified Israel's rights of self defense, while being completely silent in the rights of the Palestinian and Lebanese to rise up against tyranny - a right articulated in the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Pete Stark was one of only 8 representatives to vote against it. Even Barbara Lee did not have his courage.
He is also a co-sponsor of H.Con.Res 450 which calls for an immediate cease-fire, multi-party negotiations and an international peacekeeping force.
If you, like me, believe that human rights are an essential part of the progressive agenda, please write to Stark and thank him for his stands.Posted by marga at July 21, 2006 10:38 PM | TrackBack