General Assembly Holds Tribute Honouring Amir of Kuwait, Also Elects 15 Member States to Human Rights Council, Adopts Fifth Committee Resolution

13 Oct

The General Assembly today elected 15 States to the Human Rights Council, the United Nations body responsible for promoting and protecting all human rights around the globe.  It also paid tribute to the late Amir of Kuwait, with speakers remembering him as a champion of peace, diplomacy and humanitarian action.

Briefing Security Council, Special Envoy for Great Lakes Region Highlights New Strategy for Peace, Human Rights, Noting Situation Remains ‘Broadly Stable’

13 Oct

Amid concern about unceasing hurdles to the exercise of political freedoms and human rights in the Great Lakes region, the United Nations is launching a new strategy focused on preventive diplomacy, security cooperation and development, the Secretary‑General’s senior political official for the strife‑torn area told the Security Council today, noting that the plan would guide the Organization’s action for the next 10 years.

Daily Press Briefing by the Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

13 Oct

Marking International Day of the Girl, Zimbabwe Resident Coordinator Maria Ribeiro called for the protection of girls who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 compared to boys. Girls in Zimbabwe also face myriad challenges, including fewer opportunities in education and, for females under 24, a third of maternal deaths.

Secretary-General, at General Assembly Tribute, Hails Late Ruler of Kuwait as Distinguished Statesman, Outstanding Humanitarian, Bridge-Builder

13 Oct

Following are UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ remarks to the sixteenth plenary meeting of the seventy-fifth session of the General Assembly: Tribute to the Memory of His Highness Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, Amir of the State of Kuwait, in New York today:

Democrats Lay Out The Stakes: Health Care For Millions Is On The Line With Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee

13 Oct

At today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Senate Democrats uniformly laid out the high stakes in Trump’s Supreme Court nomination. Simply put, if he succeeds in rushing through this confirmation process, Amy Coney Barrett would vote to overturn the Affordable Care Act and jeopardize the health care of tens of millions of Americans in the middle of a pandemic.

Democrats laid out how health care for 20 million Americans and protections for as many as 133 million with preexisting conditions is at stake with this nomination.

Senator Feinstein: “The stakes are extraordinarily high for the American people. … Most importantly, health care coverage for millions of Americans is at stake with this nomination. … The president has promised to appoint justices who will vote to dismantle [the ACA].”

Senator Klobuchar: “With one stroke of a pen, one judge can decide if millions of Americans, including their family, would lose their insurance. One judge can decide if millions of Americans can lose their right to keep their kids on their insurance until they’re 26 years old. One judge can decide that if seniors’ prescription drugs, which already are too high, could soar even higher.”

Senator Hirono: “It’s personal to me too, because I know that having health insurance and access to health care saved my life. … It would bankrupt almost every family in this country if they didn’t have health insurance. I’m not special or unique. Serious illness can hit anyone unexpectedly.”

Senator Booker: “[A future without the ACA] looks like 130 million Americans with preexisting conditions, from cancer survivors to people with disabilities, being charged more or denied coverage completely. It looks like 20 million Americans losing their access to potentially life-saving care in the middle of a pandemic that’s already killed over 214,000 Americans.”

Democrats made clear that Trump is trying to overturn the Affordable Care Act through the Supreme Court and said he’d only appoint justices that would do just that.

Senator Durbin: “[Trump] made it clear that he wants his Supreme Court and this nominee to join him in eliminating the Affordable Care Act. This is his litmus test.”

Senator Coons: “Trump has promised over and over and over again that he would repeal the Affordable Care Act. He ran on that promise, but despite his very best efforts, he’s failed. My Republican colleagues here and in the House have voted over and over and over to repeal the Affordable Care Act since it was passed a decade ago, but thankfully for the people of our nation and my state, they too have been unsuccessful. And yet today, to make good on this promise, to achieve what they could not accomplish through the democratic process, they’re looking to the courts. In fact, to the court. They’re looking to this nominee.”

Democrats demonstrated how Amy Coney Barrett’s record makes clear that she would vote to overturn the Affordable Care Act.

Senator Whitehouse: “This Supreme Court nominee has signaled in the judicial equivalent of all caps that she believes the Affordable Care Act must go and that the precedent protecting the ACA doesn’t matter.”

Senator Blumenthal: “Judge Barrett, in all honesty, you have auditioned for this job … You’ve stated twice in effect that you would have voted to strike down the Affordable Care Act.”

Democrats highlighted how Republicans prioritized rushing through a SCOTUS nomination over delivering COVID relief to the American people.

Senator Harris: “Senate Republicans have made it crystal clear that rushing a Supreme Court nomination is more important than helping and supporting the American people who are suffering from a deadly pandemic and a devastating economic crisis.”

Senator Leahy: “Instead of talking about COVID and doing something to help the American people, we’re engaged in this mad rush to fill a Supreme Court vacancy on the eve of a presidential election.”

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In The Battlegrounds: DNC Launches Spanish-Language Print & Radio Ad Campaign Mobilizing Latino Voters

13 Oct

Today, the DNC is launching a new print and radio ad campaign reaching Latino voters across nine states. The ads direct readers and listeners to VoyAVotar.com — the DNC’s newly updated voter participation hub in Spanish, where voters can register to vote, check their voter registration, and make a plan to vote, whether in person or by mail.

The ad campaign is targeting Spanish-language outlets in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin. This follows a print and radio ad campaign reaching African American voters across the battlegrounds, which the DNC announced last week.

Check out what they’re saying about the ads across the country:

NBC: DNC launches new radio and print ad campaign to target Latino voters. “With early voting set to begin in several more key battleground states this week, the Democratic National Committee is rolling out a radio and print ad campaign aimed at boosting turnout among Latino voters for former Vice President Joe Biden. ‘Latino communities across the battleground states have a critical voice in this election, that’s why we are reaching out directly to these voters and ensuring they have the tools they need to make their plan to vote,’ Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez said in a statement.”

Telemundo: Demócratas lanzan nuevos anuncios en español para amarrar el voto hispano en estados clave. “La pandemia del COVID-19 se ha cobrado la vida de más de 42,000 latinos y, en el inicio del voto temprano en varios estados clave, el Comité Nacional Demócrata lanzó este lunes una campaña de anuncios en español para instar a los hispanos a que voten el mes próximo como si su vida dependiera de ello.”

In Arizona:

Prensa Arizona: Intensifican Demócratas promoción del voto entre los latinos. “Al respecto Enrique Gutierrez, director de medios hispanos para el Comité Nacional del Partido Demócrata, indicó la importancia de que se haga sentir la presencai de todas aquellas personas que puedan votar en las urnas. ‘Nuestro voto es nuestra voz y la comunidad latina tiene el poder de cambiar y mejorar nuestro país. Este 3 de noviembre, nuestras vidas, nuestras familias, nuestros trabajos y nuestra atención médica están en la boleta. Necesitamos elegir líderes que ofrezcan soluciones reales para nuestra comunidad,’ indicó.”

In Colorado:

Colorado Politics: DNC debuts Spanish-language radio ads to boost Latino turnout. “The Democratic National Committee launched a Spanish-Language radio ad in Colorado on Monday to rally the Latino vote as ballots arrive in mailboxes. The 30-second spot, set to air on popular nationally syndicated shows in the Denver and Colorado Springs markets, directs listeners to the Spanish version of the DNC’s voter-participation website.”

El Comercio: Demócratas lanzan una nueva campaña para llegar a los votantes latinos en Colorado. “El Comité Nacional Demócrata inicia un esfuerzo para asegurar el voto que todos los votantes hispanos registrados para votar en Colorado. ‘En Colorado, unos 650 mil hispanos tienen derecho al voto. Y tenemos que asegurarnos que todos ellos emitan su voto y que su voto sea contado. Es importante que los hispanos usen su poder. Y el voto es la forma de expresar su voz. El voto de estos 650 mil hispanos puede hacer la diferencia en Colorado,’ dijo Tom Pérez, presidente del Comité Nacional Demócrata.”

In Florida:

Florida Politics: “Just off embargo — The Democratic National Committee is amping up its Latino outreach effort in the Sunshine State with a volley of print and radio ads in the Miami, Tampa, and Jacksonville media markets.”

In Nevada:

Life Affairs: Impactar plan de acción a latinos votantes con -Voy a Votar- objetivo en nueva campaña publicitaria del DNC. “Los votantes Latinos son una preocupación recurrente en cada principio, durante y final de elecciones en los estados unidos, es por ello que el Comité Nacional Demócrata conocido como DNC por sus siglas en inglés no ha dejado de insistir en su comunicación constante, nuevamente busca una conexión con los latinos votantes en Nevada; este esfuerzo será vía comunicación impresa o bien como auditorio en otras plataformas. Es por ello que lanzó hoy Lunes Octubre 12, 2020 una campaña nacional llamada ‘Voy a Votar’ actualizada en español y ‘I will vote’ en su website en Inglés; esto para verificar su registro y poder tomar un plan de acción firme y seguro para éste próximo Noviembre 03, 2020.”

In Texas:

Rio Grande Guardian: DNC Launches New Radio Ad Campaign Reaching Latino Voters in Texas. “The Democratic National Committee is launching a new radio ad campaign to reach Latino voters in Texas. The ads direct voters to VoyAVotar.com — the DNC’s voter participation website in Spanish. The ads will run on the El Show de Piolín and El Show de Alex ‘El Genio’ Lucas in the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, El Paso, Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth.”

In Wisconsin:

WDJT: Democrats roll out ad buy aimed at Latinos in Wisconsin ahead of Trump campaign stops. “Democrats are rolling out a six-figure print and radio ad campaign aimed at Latino voters in Wisconsin with about three weeks until Election Day. The ads from the Democratic National Committee focus on criticizing President Donald Trump’s response to the pandemic and encourage Latino voters to make a plan to vote.”

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DNC Launches New Radio & Print Ad Campaign Reaching Latino Voters in Wisconsin

13 Oct

Today, the Democratic National Committee is announcing a new print and radio ad campaign to reach Latino voters in Wisconsin.

“Latino communities across Wisconsin have a critical voice in this election — that’s why we are reaching out directly to these voters and ensuring they have the tools they need to make their plan to vote,”  said Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez. “We have seen how this administration’s failed response to the pandemic has disproportionately impacted the lives and livelihoods of Latinos in our country. Under Trump, Latinos have experienced more than 42,000 deaths due to COVID-19, millions of jobs lost under his recession, and the erosion of America’s values as a nation of immigrants. We must vote for leaders who will work to help our communities. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be those leaders.”

Part of a six-figure campaign across several battleground states, the print ads will run starting this week in the Spanish Journal and El Conquistador Latino, reaching voters across the Milwaukee, Racine, and Waukesha media markets. The radio ads will air on El Show de Piolin and El Show de Alex “El Genio” Lucas.

The ads, which were purchased through NAHP Media and Entravision, will direct individuals to VoyAVotar.com — the DNC’s newly updated voter participation hub in Spanish, where voters can register to vote, check their voter registration, and make a plan to vote, whether in person or by mail.

This ad campaign follows the recent rollout of new features on IWillVote.com and VoyAVotar.com that help voters easily request and return their ballot by mail, as well as learn important information about the voting process in their state as they make their plan to vote.

See the print advertisement below, and listen to the radio ad here.

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