Thank you for reading another edition of my e-newsletter, the Carson Courier. For additional information on these and other topics, please visit my website at http://www.carson.house.gov.
Throughout this National Hispanic Heritage Month, I met with many of our local Hispanic leaders and reflected on their important contributions to City of Indianapolis. As this diverse community grows, it is vital we focus on ways to increase outreach to Latinos well beyond this celebratory month. That's why I am launching my Congressional Latino Advisory Council, comprised of a diverse array of leaders throughout Indianapolis, to provide advice and offer input on issues impacting their community. The qualifications and expertise of these leaders, combined with their diverse backgrounds, will offer an invaluable perspective. I am confident the Congressional Latino Advisory Council will enhance the ongoing dialogue between my office and the Latino community in Indianapolis and help me to better represent these Hoosiers in Congress.
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Supporting the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Ruling
For almost two decades, the Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) policy has allowed openly-gay members of the Armed Forces to be dismissed from the military. Despite widespread support for repealing DADT, efforts to do so in the Senate have failed. This week Judge Virginia A. Phillips issued an injunction banning enforcement of DADT and ordered the military to immediately "suspend and discontinue" any investigations or proceedings to dismiss service members. I am happy to see this injunction halt this extremely flawed policy, while allowing time for the Department of Defense to complete its review of DADT.
Any American willing to give his or her life in defense of this great nation should be honored as a hero - not forced to lie about who they are in order to serve. Yet, the continual enforcement of DADT has resulted in dismissal of thousands of qualified troops from service. In light of our longstanding military commitments in Afghanistan and Iraq, where many soldiers have served multiple tours of duty, we need the best, bravest and most talented soldiers regardless of their sexual orientation. Not only is it an important equal rights issue, it's a national security issue. The need for repealing DADT has never been greater, and I am hopeful that it will officially be repealed when Congress goes back in session.
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Combating AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Around the World and Here in Indiana
To date, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has saved almost 5 million lives by supporting prevention, treatment and care programs to combat these diseases. Across 144 countries, the Global Fund is increasing access to antiretroviral therapy for people living with HIV, expanding treatment of TB and Malaria, distributing bed nets, supporting community-based prevention services, strengthening health systems and funding numerous other proven interventions. These programs not only improve lives, they bring stability and economic growth to impoverished areas. For that reason, I was thrilled to hear that President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have pledged to increase funding to the Global Fund.
Make no mistake, the pandemic is far from over. Here at home, more than 10,000 Hoosiers are infected with HIV/AIDS. In fact, infection rates are increasing among women, youth and minorities. Indiana remains above the national average of young people under 25 who are living with AIDS. That's why on October 9, I participated in the 20th Annual AIDS Walk & Ride, an annual event that supports services and programs serving Hoosiers living with HIV/AIDS, in Downtown Indianapolis.
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Thank you for reading the Carson Courier. Please do not hesitate to contact me with your thoughts and concerns. For more information, please visit my website at http://www.carson.house.gov and my new Congressional Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/CongressmanAndreCarson. I value your views and your input which help me to better represent the people of Indiana's 7th District in Congress.
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