We Support James Risen Because We Support a Free Press

The Justice Department is now considering whether to attempt to force New York Times reporter James Risen to testify against one of his alleged sources. If Risen refuses, as he has vowed to, he would likely face harsh fines or imprisonment.

Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg says: “The pursuit of Risen is a warning to potential sources that journalists cannot promise them confidentiality for disclosing Executive Branch criminality, recklessness, deception, unconstitutional policies or lying us into war.”

Born Free USA: Time's Running Out: Help Get Primate Bill Across the Finish Line!

Good news! In a gridlocked Congress, a compassionate bill has attracted support on both sides of the aisle. The Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 2856/S. 1463) passed the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works last week, setting it up for a vote in the whole chamber.

This progress comes after Charla Nash, the inspirational woman who survived a brutal pet chimpanzee attack in 2009, spoke before the media and members of Congress in July about her ordeal. Her message: she does not want what happened to her to happen to any other person, because it’s preventable. Her courageous story has galvanized support throughout Congress.

This progress also wouldn’t have happened without your tireless outreach to legislators. Every member of Congress prioritizes bills that constituents care about, so we need to keep letting them know that this bill deserves attention.

We still have a long way to go before the interstate trade of pet primates ends once and for all. Even if you have done so before, please call your Senators and Representative in Congress. (You can find their phone numbers here.) The phone call can be very short; simply say that you are a constituent and that you urge them to support S. 1463 (for the Senate) or H.R. 2856 (for the House). Then, send a follow-up email.

Let’s get this bill passed!