News and Notes
U.S. House passes “Rachel’s Law”
Washington, DC – The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H.R. 6146, crucial legislation that will protect American citizens from foreign libel judgments that undermine their fundamental First Amendment free speech rights.
The bill was inspired by a New York State Libel Terrorism Protection Act, commonly known as “Rachel’s Law,” signed into law in New York earlier this year, and declared that foreign libel judgments are unenforceable in New York courts.
Author and investigative journalist Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld, director of American Center for Democracy and a member of the Board of Advisors of our sister organization, American Congress for Truth, championed the New York law during her intense legal battle with Saudi billionaire Khalid Salim bin Mahfouz.
In response to the action by the House Ehrenfeld said, "This bill is a first step in the right direction." However, she said, “more still needs to be done to deter libel tourists from ruining our great tradition of free speech. Specifically, we must allow authors and reporters to countersue for damages. This way, those who exploit foreign libel laws will think twice before bringing these junk lawsuits.”
We at ACT! for America wish to heartily thank Dr. Ehrenfeld for her tireless work on behalf of this legislation. We also want to thank each of you, our members, who contacted elected officials in New York early this year, and more recently, in the U.S. House and Senate.
We also want to thank our Patriot Partners and other financial supporters, who are helping make this kind of grassroots action possible. We are making a difference!! If you can help us with a contribution today, please click here. And remember, if you become a Patriot Partner who contributes $20 per month, or if you make a one-time contribution of at least $100, we’ll send you a personally autographed copy of Brigitte Gabriel’s latest book, They Must Be Stopped.
Status of Petition calling for congressional hearings
We had planned to deliver to Congress this month the petition calling for congressional hearings to review extremist materials that have been found in mosques in America. However, given how consumed Congress has been and continues to be with the financial crisis on Wall Street, and the fact that as soon as this remaining business is wrapped up they will likely adjourn, we have decided to postpone delivering the petition until after the new Congress is elected.
PC Outrage of the Month
If you have seen any articles that make your blood boil, we need those submissions! Please email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The entry selected for September’s “PC Outrage of the Month” will receive an autographed copy of Brigitte Gabriel’s new book, They Must Be Stopped.
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