Deeply disturbing; please read. You can do something here to help. Agree? just sign, that’s all it takes.

In the
last week, Democrats have faced racial
slurs and death threats
. But Republican leaders have been mostly
silent or dismissed these deeply disturbing events as isolated incidents.
Will you sign the letter asking them condemn the bigotry and hatred?

Add
your name

Last
weekend, anti-health care protesters were out in force in Washington—and some of their behavior
was deeply disturbing.

A
crowd of tea partiers shouted the "n
word" at Congressman John Lewis
, a former civil rights leader
who marched with Dr. King. They yelled homophobic epithets at Rep. Barney
Frank, an openly gay congressman. And one protester actually spat on a Black
member of Congress.1

Then
this week, Democrats who voted for reform
began receiving death threats
—one had a coffin left on his
lawn and another was told snipers would kill the children of lawmakers who
voted yes.2 Several Democrats had their district offices vandalized,
and a gas line was cut at a home that tea partiers mistakenly believed belonged
to Rep. Tom Perriello.3

A
few Republicans have spoken out against the racism and violence, but most are
still treating them as "isolated incidents."4 They are not
isolated. They’ve been part of Republican-supported tea parties for almost a
year and they’re a natural consequence of
telling people that reform is a totalitarian plot
.5

It’s
an outrage, and no American should tolerate it. So we’re joining with our
friends at Color of Change to stand up to the hate. Can you add your name to
this letter asking Republican leaders to
unequivocally condemn bigotry, hate, and violence among their supporters?

http://pol.moveon.org/condemnhate/?id=19569-5520183-SPCIIAx&t=3

The letter asks the leaders of the Republican party to do
two simple things:

  1. Unequivocally condemn bigotry and hate among
    your supporters, and make clear that those who embrace it have no place in
    your party and that you reject their support.
  2. Make clear that you will not tolerate
    fear-mongering and coded appeals to racism from officials in the
    Republican Party, at any level.

Instead of calming the tea partiers’ anger, Republican
members of Congress have stoked it. NBC reported that on Saturday, Reps. Mike
Pence, Tom Price, and Michele Bachmann all addressed the tea partiers and that
Bachmann stirred them "into a tizzy."6 Protesters from
that rally then fanned out across Capitol Hill and were behind the assaults on
Reps. Lewis, Frank, and Cleaver.7

Yesterday,
Rep. John Boehner called the violence and threats "unacceptable."8
But just last week, he referred to fellow
representative Steve Driehaus as "a dead man"
if he voted
for health care reform.9 And while Boehner’s office insisted his
remark wasn’t meant to be taken literally, as Rep. Driehaus pointed out,
"It doesn’t really matter the way you meant it, nor the way I accept it.
It’s how the least sane person in my district accepts it."10

And
there’s more: During the debate on the floor of the House on Sunday, Rep. Randy
Neugebauer shouted "baby-killer" at Rep. Bart Stupak.11
And after the vote, Sarah Palin told
supporters "Don’t Retreat—Reload,"
and then
highlighted specific members of Congress she thinks are politically vulnerable
using gun cross-hairs.12

The
Tea Party movement has been marked by racially inflammatory and violent
outbursts since its inception a year ago. And while most Republicans are
probably disgusted by this behavior, the Republican Party and its leaders have
repeatedly tolerated it at events they support.13 But the hateful rhetoric and the tacit acceptance of
"isolated incidents" of violence have gotten way out of hand.

Will
you sign our letter to the leaders of the Republican Party telling them they
must stop it now?

http://pol.moveon.org/condemnhate/?id=19569-5520183-SPCIIAx&t=4

Thanks
for all you do.

–Justin,
Nita, Kat, Daniel, and the rest of the team   

Sources:

1.
"’Tea party’ protesters accused of spitting on lawmaker, using
slurs," The Washington Post,
March 20, 2010

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=87574&id=19569-5520183-SPCIIAx&t=5

2.
"FBI investigating threats to Democrats," The Associated Press, March 24, 2010
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=87575&id=19569-5520183-SPCIIAx&t=6

"Coffin
placed on Carnahan’s lawn," Politico,
March 25, 2010

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/34982.html

"The
backlash: Reform turns personal," Politico,
March 24, 2010

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/34907.html

3.
"The Map So Far," Talking Points Memo, March 24, 2010
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=87576&id=19569-5520183-SPCIIAx&t=7

"Severed
gas line found at home of Perriello brother," Charlottesville Daily Progress, March 24, 2010
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=87577&id=19569-5520183-SPCIIAx&t=8

4.
"Steele: Slur-hurlers ‘idiots’," Politico,
March 21, 2010

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=87578&id=19569-5520183-SPCIIAx&t=9

5.
"Swastika painted outside Congressman’s office," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 11, 2009
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=87580&id=19569-5520183-SPCIIAx&t=10

"10
Most Offensive Tea Party Signs And Extensive Photo Coverage From Tax Day
Protests," The Huffington Post, December 28, 2009
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=87579&id=19569-5520183-SPCIIAx&t=11

"Armed
and Dangerous?" Talking Points Memo, August 11, 2009
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=87581&id=19569-5520183-SPCIIAx&t=12

"We
have something to fear from fear-mongering itself," The Washington
Post
, March
24, 2010
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=87582&id=19569-5520183-SPCIIAx&t=13

6.
"Tea Party Protest Scene," MSNBC, March 20, 2010
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=87583&id=19569-5520183-SPCIIAx&t=14

7.
"’Tea party’ protesters accused of spitting on lawmaker, using
slurs," The Washington Post,
March 20, 2010

http://www.moveon.org/r?r=87574&id=19569-5520183-SPCIIAx&t=15

8.
"Leadership decries threats to lawmakers in wake of health vote," The Hill, March 24, 2010
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=87584&id=19569-5520183-SPCIIAx&t=16

9.
"Exclusive: House Minority John Boehner on the Health-Care Vote,"
National Review Online, March 18, 2010
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=87585&id=19569-5520183-SPCIIAx&t=17

10.
"Amid Death Threats, Dem Rep Driehaus Points The Finger At GOP
Leadership," Talking Points Memo, March 24, 2010
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=87587&id=19569-5520183-SPCIIAx&t=18

11.
"’Baby killer outburst fuels Republican’s new funding ad," The Houston Chronicle, March 24, 2010
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/6928920.html

12.
"Palin Uses Crosshairs To Identify Dems Who Voted For Health Care
Reform," Talking Points Memo, March 24, 2010
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=87586&id=19569-5520183-SPCIIAx&t=19

13.
"Tax Day Tea Parties Officially Endorsed By Republican Party," The
Huffington Post, May
15, 2009
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=87588&id=19569-5520183-SPCIIAx&t=20

"Steele:
I’d join the tea parties," Politico,
January 5, 2010

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0110/31177.html


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