Elliot Kort is a participant in the RAC's Machon Kaplan program for college students. He is student at the University of Kansas and an intern at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. I love the Metro. I mean, seriously. As far as adoration for any means of public transportation goes, my love for the DC metro rail system knows no bounds. So while preparing myself for the idea of picking up life in Kansas and planting myself in the nation's capital for a summer, I was intrigued to hear that there are...Read More
I just walked out of a meeting with General Scott Gration, President Obama's Special Envoy to Sudan. Here's the latest on Darfur and Sudan:
There are somewhat conflicting reports on the situation on the ground in Darfur. Sima Samar, United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Sudan, gave a report on Tuesday saying that "land and air attacks by government forces on civilians in Darfur" had taken place in the last year, and continue to take place. The impact of the casting out of relief groups...Read More
Today I find myself once again fasting for Darfur. My first fast for Darfur, which I did only a few days after being arrested with Representative John Lewis, four other members of Congress, and leaders of Darfur advocacy groups, was undertaken to underline the urgency of the suffering in the internally displaced persons camps in Darfur after President Bashir had expelled over a dozen aid groups from the region.
Now, though, three months later,...Read More
On Sunday, the RAC made its first ever march in the DC Capital Pride Parade! We carried posters with messages of support, handed out RAC stickers, and did an excellent job representing the Reform Movement's outspoken stance in favor of LGBT rights. Many parade attendees were excited (and many were surprised!) to see religious organizations marching in the parade, and we got a lot of love from the crowd because of it.
Take a look below to see some pictures from the festivities!
The RAC contingent before the parade stepped...Read More
Earlier today the Senate passed with very broad-based support a bill allowing the FDA to regulate tobacco products. Now, this was not token broad-based support, but in fact the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act passed by an overwhelming margin of 79-17.
Not too shabby, right?
The bill will...Read More