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  • Keith Ellison: Stop denying insurance coverage for gender reassignment


    Posted: Dec 18 2015
    Despite monumental gains in civil rights for the LGBTQ community, trans people still face discrimination, violence, limited access to healthcare, poverty and unemployment. A staggering 41 percent of transgender Americans attempt suicide at least once in their lives. More than 55 percent of trans Americans have been fired due to their gender identity. Trans Americans are four times more likely to be living in extreme poverty than the general population.
  • The most prominent Muslim elected official in America sees a ‘message of hope’ in Trump’s ‘weakness’


    Posted: Dec 14 2015
    Keith Ellison, the most prominent Muslim elected official in America, was having a pretty good day. Never mind that the Republican front-runner in the presidential contest — Donald Trump — had proposed to temporarily bar all people of the congressman’s faith from entering the United States, roughly a quarter of the world’s population. Never mind that his House colleague — Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson, the only other Muslim in Congress — received another death threat. And never mind that a Republican colleague — Iowa Rep. Steve King — was, at that very moment, questioning his patriotism in the press, saying the Detroit-born progressive Democrat has not sufficiently denounced Sharia law. Ellison had greeted King with a smile several times that day, even shaking his hand.
  • U.S. Rep. Ellison emerges as key political leader amid Jamar Clark protests


    Posted: Nov 29 2015
    U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison abruptly left Washington earlier this month to fly back to Minneapolis and emerged at the center of explosive confrontations between black activists and police outside the Fourth Precinct station. In those first, uncertain days after a fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in north Minneapolis, Ellison displayed credibility among different factions of the black community, and also had stature in the mayor’s office and could help broker a sit-down meeting between Gov. Mark Dayton and the family of the shooting victim, Jamar Clark.
  • U.S. Rep. Ellison emerges as key political leader amid Jamar Clark protests


    Posted: Nov 29 2015
    U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison abruptly left Washington earlier this month to fly back to Minneapolis and emerged at the center of explosive confrontations between black activists and police outside the Fourth Precinct station. In those first, uncertain days after a fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in north Minneapolis, Ellison displayed credibility among different factions of the black community, and also had stature in the mayor’s office and could help broker a sit-down meeting between Gov. Mark Dayton and the family of the shooting victim, Jamar Clark.
  • Keith Ellison: Community to 'assert Muslim-Americanness'


    Posted: Nov 18 2015
    Washington (CNN)Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress and one of only two members in the Capitol, said Wednesday that in the wake of anti-Muslim rhetoric after the Paris attacks, Muslims are feeling a need to assert even more how patriotic they are. The Minnesota Democrat said when he hears other lawmakers suggesting Christian Syrian refugees should be allowed into the country but Muslim Syrian refugees should not, it reminds him that the First Amendment to the Constitution establishes freedom of religion. "I'm telling you that these folks are letting fear make them forget our Constitution, and they shouldn't do it," Ellison said Wednesday on MSNBC. "The fact of the matter is, we don't do that. That's not who we are as a nation."
  • Congressman Keith Ellison Endorses Bernie Sanders for President


    Posted: Oct 12 2015
    MINNEAPOLIS—Congressman Keith Ellison released the following statement today, announcing his endorsement of Senator Bernie Sanders for president: “I am happy to support my friend and colleague Senator Bernie Sanders in his candidacy for president. For decades, Bernie has demonstrated a willingness to push for progressive ideas that will help American families and restore balance to our economy, which has favored the millionaires and billionaires for way too long. A founder of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, he is committed to investing in our education system and infrastructure, raising the minimum wage, addressing climate change, fixing our criminal justice system, reforming our financial markets, and pushing for peace and diplomacy abroad.
  • Pope Francis Is Speaking Truth to Power. Let's Answer His Call to Action.


    Posted: Sep 25 2015
    This week the Pope, the world's most influential religious leader, is speaking to the world's most powerful legislature. The Pope's message of helping the poor, healing the planet, and balancing the scales of justice is a timely call to action. People everywhere will hear the Pope speak their truth to the most powerful interests in the world.
  • First Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison Rips 'Bigotry' From Trump, Carson


    Posted: Sep 25 2015
    Rep. Keith Ellison blasted Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson Sunday for statements by the Republican presidential candidates condemning the idea of a Muslim president. Ellison, D-Minn., became the first Muslim-American to be elected to Congress in 2007 when he was sworn in on a Quran rather than a Bible as is traditionally done.

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