September will be BIG for official English!
Help us fight for English this September!
Thanks to your generous donations earlier this year, ProEnglish has been able to actively engage local and state officials across the country to advance official English legislation.
On September 14th, ProEnglish will testify before the Pennsylvania House Committee on State Government as the first step in the process to make English the official language of the state of Pennsylvania. The bill, H.B. 888, was introduced earlier this year by Rep. Scott Perry (92nd) and the hearing will be chaired by Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (12th).
Several recent national polls found that upwards of 85% of likely voters want English to be established as the official language of the United States, but politicians in both parties have been working to defeat our efforts over the years, especially in Congress. This is why ProEnglish is so committed to working at the state and local levels; we want to set a strong precedent for the Federal Government to follow the states’ example.
Summer is nearing its end and September 14th is just around the corner!
Over the past few months, ProEnglish’s efforts to gain new allies in Congress has yielded tremendous results! Thanks to thousands of calls into your representatives’ offices, Rep. Steve King’s (Iowa) English Language Unity Act of 2011 (H.R. 997) reached its 100th cosponsor this month. We are currently working with Rep. King’s office to push for a committee hearing on this bill sometime this year to hold the House Leadership’s feet to the fire.
ProEnglish’s presence in the various states combined with our unrelenting lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C. have motivated House Reps. Trent Franks (Arizona) and Trey Gowdy (South Carolina) to send a letter to the Census Bureau about concerns over misinterpretations and abuses of the bilingual ballot provisions in the Voting Rights Act of 1973.
Congressman Mike Coffman (Colorado) even took a cue from Reps. Franks and Gowdy and recently announced plans to introduce a bill that would repeal these foreign language voter ballots altogether in advance of the 2012 Presidential Election. Repealing the federal bilingual ballot “mandate” on local jurisdictions will save millions of taxpayer dollars from being wasted on printing these unnecessary ballots.
ProEnglish plans to help local jurisdictions aggressively fight against the costly bilingual ballot burden that will be placed upon them for the 2012 election. By donating just $10 today, you can help us assist these local jurisdictions and county clerks fight back against these expensive federal language mandates.
On August 18th, the Obama administration announced it would halt the deportation of illegal aliens as long as they have not committed ‘criminal offenses.’ This means that the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act that ProEnglish helped defeat at the end of 2010 will be implemented via Executive Order and that the Obama Administration will bypass Congress.
This is a dangerous step that will gradually erode our national language unity and further Balkanize the American people. ProEnglish will continue to oppose and actively work to reverse any “backdoor” amnesty in which English language assimilation is not required.
ProEnglish truly values the support of our nearly 100,000 online members who help make our official English movement possible. We rarely ask, but please consider pledging a $10 or $25 gift to ProEnglish today. Of course, larger gifts are welcome and every gift to ProEnglish is tax-deductible.
There is so much work ahead of us, but with your help, we can defeat the forces that seek to undermine our national unity and preserve and enhance the historic role of our common tongue – English.
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"ProEnglish has a particularly strong record in the rapidly evolving field of language law. Its legal team assists small businesses being sued by our very own government for adopting English-on-the-job rules, and it provides expert legal advice for cities and states wishing to adopt official English laws." ~ U.S. Senator, James Inhofe of Oklahoma
"ProEnglish is one of the most effective orgnaizations in the country working to make English the official language." ~U.S. Representative, Steve King of Iowa's 5th District
"ProEnglish receives no government funds. Its legal team has only a fraction of the money that groups like the ACLU and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) have to attack English in the courts. ProEnglish needs your financial support to fight those who want to divide us by language." ~ U.S. Representative, Paul Broun M.D. of Georgia's 10th District