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#JusticeforGeorge

George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, died in Minneapolis after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by Derek Chauvin, a white police officer. Chauvin handcuffed Floyd and put his knee to Floyd’s neck, pinning him to the ground for nearly 10 minutes. Captured on video, the incident has inspired protests around the country, once [...]

Thanking Rep. Will Hurd

Will Hurd (R-Tex.) represents the 23rd District in Texas, which includes 820 miles of the Mexican border. And he is unequivocal that the real opportunity to enhance border security is by addressing the root causes of migration patterns: violence and lack of economic opportunity. As for a wall, Hurd says a barrier only makes sense where [...]

Remembering Tuesday’s Children

It was a Tuesday. September 11, 2001 was a Tuesday. Just like today is a Tuesday. Today, I made a donation to Tuesday’s Children, which serves communities altered by terrorism and acts of violence. Never forget.

Operation Underground Railroad

I gave to Operation Underground Railroad last year, to help combat child sex trafficking. It’s a powerful story: Operation Underground Railroad has rescued 1,500 victims and assisted in the arrests of over 570 traffickers around the world in just four years. They send ex-special forces to coordinate operations with local enforcement, and they travel around the world [...]

The Pin Project

There are more refugees today than at any time in history: over 65 million people have been forced from their homes by war and violence. Can one small object give back opportunity to those who have lost it? That’s the objective of The Pin Project: to help displaced persons, returnees and refugees achieve long-term self-reliance through meaningful [...]

Operation Underground Railroad

Child sex trafficking. It’s a practice that universally abhorred. Yet it’s a problem that isn’t going away. Human traffickers enslave 24.9 million victims worldwide, according to the ILO. One organization that is fighting child sex trafficking is Operation Underground Railroad. In the past three years, OUR has rescued 745 victims and assisted in the arrests of [...]

Veteran’s Day and the USO

Veteran’s Day is when we honor those serving our nation. Today, I made a donation to the USO. We still have thousands of active-duty service members serving in conflict zones (notably Iraq and Afghanistan), not to mention hundreds of thousand posted overseas. The USO gives them moments of escapism, bringing them a entertainment, arts and [...]

Poppy Appeal

I landed in London this morning wanting to do something local. As it happens, the annual Poppy Appeal put on by the Royal British Legion launched two days ago. The Poppy Appeal is a fundraiser for British veterans and families of British soldiers killed in combat. Today, I gave to the Poppy Appeal and pinned [...]

Bataclan

Today, I visited the Bataclan, in Paris, to pay tribute to the victims of the horrific terrorist tragedy nearly two years ago. I was surprised, pleasantly, that the site has a certain normalcy to it, and only a small plaque out front. Moving on is good, but never forget.

World Refugee Day

June 20 is World Refugee Day. More than 65 million people have been forced to leave their homes and start over. But those circumstances shouldn’t define who they are as individuals. Each has a story to tell. Today, I donated my Facebook profile through the Western Union Foundation, to give the opportunity for a refugee [...]

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