November 15–20 Weekly Update

Dear friend,

As we get closer to the holiday season it is imperative that we are mindful of COVID-19 guidelines and refrain from gathering in large groups. It is up to us to remind our friends and family of how important it is to follow CDC guidelines, as our actions can directly impact the lives of those we love most.

You can view in-person testing sites that are offering free COVID-9 tests here in English, Hmong, Somali, and Spanish. Note: Testing is free, and you do not need insurance or identification.

Holding Facebook Accountable for Ongoing Violence in Ethiopia & Around the World

I sent out a letter to Mark Zuckerberg opposing the role Facebook has played in the violence around the world, most recently in Ethiopia. The letter raises serious concerns with the online hate speech that has contributed to the violence against Sri Lankan Muslims and the genocide against Rohingya people in Burma. To read the full letter click here.

Banning the Trump Administration’s Sale of Weapons to the UAE

I introduced a package of resolutions to ban the Trump Administration’s proposed sale of weapons to the United Arab Emirates. Earlier this month, the Trump Administration announced a $23 billion package of weapons sales to the UAE, despite consistent human rights violations by the regime. Amidst a deadly pandemic, we should be investing in our own communities here at home, not selling weapons to help dictators commit human rights abuses. To read more click here.

In service,

Ilhan Omar

Member of Congress

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Representing Minnesota’s 5th District in the People’s House.

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