Namaste and best wishes for Diwali.
Our Diwali celebrations this year are going to be noticeably different than any other year. Many people are facing great challenges during this pandemic – whether it’s difficulty paying the bills, relationship problems, stress, anxiety, or loneliness.
Society is becoming more and more divided. Everything is politicized as we’re pitted against each other along battle lines of race, class, religion, gender, age, or values. Unity has given way to tribalism. The good of the whole has been replaced by “what’s in it for me or those like me?”
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
We can focus on the truth found in aloha … and namaste — that we are all connected, all brothers and sisters worthy of each other’s love, respect, and compassion.
So as we celebrate Diwali, let us remember Lord Ramachandra whose appearance in this world and example can serve as a guide to us all. He never fails to show us where we should put our faith, our trust, our hope for deliverance from even the most dangerous of situations. While we may experience heartbreak or betrayal, the Supreme Soul, our Supreme Friend will never betray us, He will never leave us. His unconditional love for us, the shelter He provides, His desire for our well-being is unflinching. And just as Lord Rama heroically rescued Sita from the clutches of Ravana, the Lord is standing by to rescue us from our difficulties, if we simply take shelter in Him.
So as we light our candles on Diwali, let us find inspiration in how the Supreme Soul delivers victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.
I wish you peace, joy, and comfort during these difficult times.
Jaya Lord Ramachandra. Jai Sri Krishna. Tulsi
On November 11th our nation pauses on Veterans Day to recognize the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. To my fellow veterans, I love you and am proud and grateful to stand amongst your ranks.
Today we remember the incredible debt that is owed to our veterans and their families. Although we will never be able to repay that debt, we should strive to honor their sacrifices.
Politicians should understand that war is a last resort, and never forget the servicemen and women, and their families, who pay the price for war.
Here is my message to all of our elected leaders:
The best way to honor our veterans is to stop waging unnecessary wars, work for peace, stop creating new war veterans, and care for those who have come home.
With aloha, Tulsi
This year and this election have given many of us many reasons to tune out, look away, or stay home.
But we can’t afford to stay home.
There are important issues that impact our everyday lives being decided by local elected officials, state legislatures, and national office holders.
That’s why it is so important for us to vote. If we want change, reform, and leaders who are focused on serving the people who entrusted them with their vote, we have to participate. Apathy only empowers the corrupt.
Whether you vote by mail or in person (based on the laws and deadlines in your state), take the spirit of aloha with you to the ballot box and nothing else. If you’ve already voted, please forward this email to a friend or loved one and urge them to join you. Rise above the noise, hate, and divisiveness that’s flooding your TV, mailbox, and feed, and let your principles guide your decision.
Voting is a sacred right. So, show up and vote — for yourself, your family, and our future.
Aloha and be well,
Daniel Ellsberg was once named 'the most dangerous man in America' by Henry Kissinger for bravely exposing US government lies about the Vietnam War. Nixon wanted Ellsberg thrown in jail. Charged under the Espionage Act, he faced 115 years in prison. I caught up with him last year where we talked about his experiences, and what must be done to uphold freedom of the press and ensure whistleblowers are able to defend themselves through a fair trial.
Tulsi is in U.S. Army Reserves Civil Affairs training this month with Congress being in recess. While she’s out, we want to continue to bring awareness to the vital issues she’s been working on.
In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers, exposing lies and war crimes committed by the U.S. Government intended to escalate the war in Vietnam. He became the first person charged as a source for violating the Espionage Act.
In 2010, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks released cables and documents showing war crimes against civilians in the Middle East.
And in 2013, Edward Snowden leaked thousands of documents, opening the nation’s eyes to the illegal and unconstitutional mass surveillance of Americans by security agencies.
All three of these brave whistleblowers took great personal risk to hold those in power accountable for their actions. Yet, all three have been prosecuted under the Espionage Act — a law written in 1917 that prevents those accused under it from having a fair day in court.
But as we have clearly seen time and time again, the First Amendment and a free press are fundamental to forming a more perfect union. This freedom must be fiercely protected, not undermined.
This is why Tulsi introduced H.R. 8452, the Protect Brave Whistleblowers Act, which would allow whistleblowers like Daniel Ellsberg, Julian Assange, and Edward Snowden to have a fair day in court by allowing them to defend their actions and state their motivations in a legal defense. She also called for the charges against Edward Snowden and Julian Assange to be dropped immediately with bipartisan House Resolutions 1162 and 1175.
Let’s stand with Tulsi and urge Congress to stand up for the American people, stand up for our freedoms, give these brave Whistleblowers a fair day in court, and pass this critical legislation now.
With aloha, Team Tulsi
Those who hold public office must have certain qualities, chief among them a commitment to serve, put the well-being of people and our planet ahead of political interests, and treat others with respect.
Sadly, there are too few in positions of power who embody these qualities.
While millions suffer, those in power feed us lies and sow divisiveness because it’s good for their politics, increases their ratings, and fattens their wallets.
We need leaders now more than ever who will rise up to face these unprecedented times with courage, strength, and aloha 一 leaders who embody the principle of service above self.
That’s why we’ve started a new organization, Tulsi Aloha, so that our mission will continue by raising awareness around the important challenges we face, and supporting leaders who embody the spirit of aloha, putting service above self 一 leaders who are committed to upholding our Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms, protecting our civil liberties, our environment, and ending regime change wars, the new Cold War, and nuclear arms race.
It’s going to take all of us coming together in service to our country and one another.
When we stand united, there is no challenge we cannot overcome. I hope you’ll join me.
With warmest aloha, Tulsi
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