For years, I've watched Michele Bachmann say inaccurate, outlandish and downright offensive things that should never be tolerated -- and I've watched the media give her a pass time and time again. It's horrifying.
Fortunately, I'm not the only one who is horrified. Amy Myers, a brave high school student in New Jersey has captured national media attention for challenging Michele Bachmann to a debate on U.S. History and Civics.
Sign our petition supporting Amy Myers and tell Michele Bachmann to debate her!
Earlier this week, we asked DFA members like you if they thought we should get behind Amy's efforts to debate Michele Bachmann.
The results are in: an incredible 94% of DFA members said they wanted us to run a campaign to support Amy Myers.
So today we're launching the campaign. Join us right now by signing our petition to Michele Bachmann.
Click here to tell Rep. Michele Bachmann: "Debate Amy!"
Here's the complete letter that Amy Myers sent to Michele Bachmann:
Dear Representative Bachmann,
My name is Amy Myers. I am a Cherry Hill, New Jersey sophomore attending Cherry Hill High School East. As a typical high school student, I have found quite a few of your statements regarding The Constitution of the United States, the quality of public school education and general U.S. civics matters to be factually incorrect, inaccurately applied or grossly distorted. The frequency and scope of these comments prompted me to write this letter.
Though I am not in your home district, or even your home state, you are a United States Representative of some prominence who is subject to national media coverage. News outlets and websites across this country profile your causes and viewpoints on a regular basis. As one of a handful of women in Congress, you hold a distinct privilege and responsibility to better represent your gender nationally. The statements you make help to serve an injustice to not only the position of Congresswoman, but women everywhere. Though politically expedient, incorrect comments cast a shadow on your person and by unfortunate proxy, both your supporters and detractors alike often generalize this shadow to women as a whole.
Rep. Bachmann, the frequent inability you have shown to accurately and factually present even the most basic information about the United States led me to submit the follow challenge, pitting my public education against your advanced legal education:
I, Amy Myers, do hereby challenge Representative Michele Bachmann to a Public Forum Debate and/or Fact Test on The Constitution of the United States, United States History and United States Civics.
Hopefully, we will be able to meet for such an event, as it would prove to be enlightening.
Wow. I'm proud to say I'm with Amy.
Amy's fight is the same fight you and I are a part of every day at DFA -- strengthening democracy by making our elected officials more accountable to the citizens they serve.
I'm with Amy. Are you? Tell Michele Bachmann that Amy deserves a debate.
Thanks for everything you do.
Arshad Hasan, Executive Director
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