Civil and Human Rights
Our government is founded on the belief that individuals have a number of “inalienable rights” enshrined in the Constitution. I believe that the protection of those rights is a fundamental obligation for each member of Congress, and I take that duty very seriously. It is important that we work to end discrimination and human rights abuses wherever they occur.
In my work in the House of Representatives, where I was previously a member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and Vice Chair of the Human Rights Commission, I do my best to make sure a proper balance between security and liberty is maintained, and that government’s reach into our private lives is kept to a minimum.
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Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declared that Adolf Hitler had not used chemical weapons:
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement in response to a bomb threat made on the Hyde Park JCC caused panic and evacuations:
“Fear and anxiety in the Jewish community continues to mount, and the hateful threat made to the Hyde Park JCC is the latest example of rising anti-Semitism in the United States. It is not an isolated incident, coming as part of a rise of instances of ‘telephone terrorism’ targeting Jewish spaces around the country.
Chicago- Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement in response to a violent act of anti-Semitic vandalism perpetrated on the Chicago Loop Synagogue this weekend:
“I have decided to join the growing group of my colleagues who will not attend the Inauguration in protest of a President who used bigotry, fear, and lies to win an election that was tainted by foreign interference and voter suppression — and who intends to betray the interests of the ordinary working people who put him in office.
Today, after joining 168 of her colleagues in a letter asking President-elect Donald Trump to take back his appointment of Steven Bannon as Chief White House Strategist: