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CALL TO ACTION EPA 10/21/2018

       This week in Washington we are writing to protest the outrageous actions of the Environmental Protection Agency. According to Reuters, the EPA has withdrawn a proposed Obama-era rule change for uranium mining. The aim of this change was to tighten health and safety compliance rules for uranium miners. The proposal from EPA was to regulate byproduct materials produced by uranium recovery activities with a focus on groundwater protection and restoration. This week call EPA acting administrator Wheeler and let him know you feel strongly about protecting groundwater and protecting the environment from toxic uranium at (202) 564 7700.

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GUN CONTROL 10/28/2018 

This week in Washington we are writing to energize Amewricans in favor of gun control. The time has come to close the "gun show loophole, that allows people to purchase firearms without undergoing a background check. First, we ask President Trump to close the gun show loophole so that we can keep our communities safe. Second, we ask for a ban on "saturday night specials," small, low quality, in expensive hand guns  that can be easily concealed and used to take often innocent life.  Third, we ask for a renewal of the assault weapons ban. Weapons of war have no place on the streets of America. The White House can be reached at (202) 456 1414.

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VOTING RIGHTS 11/1/2018

       This week in Washington we are writing to protect voting rights. Two weeks ago the Supreme Court dealt a strong blow to the civil rights of Native Americans. The Court did so by allowing a restrictive voting rights identification law to stand in North Dakota. This law stipulates that voters are required to show identification with a residents instead of a PO Box. Americans living on reservations often do not have these kinds of street addresses, living in a traditional setting. Some 70,000 voters in North Dakota don't have an identification card that qualifies them to vote in the new system.

18,000 Native Americans don't have documentation that supports their new document system with their local Secretary of State. This week call North Dakota's Secretary of State and ask that he accept PO Box's as valid ID's on election day. Call Bismarck North Dakota toll free at 1 (800) 352 0867.

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Endangered Species Act 11/7/2018

This week in Washington we are writing to protect the Endangered Species Act from extinction. Interior Secretary Zinke is partnering with Congress to imperil grizzly bears and gray wolves. Big Energy Companies are pushing for authorization to engage in deforestation, mining, fracking and the right to drill for oil in the habitat of some of our most precious resources our wildlife. 

Interior Secretary Zinke is making it easier to remove species from the endangered list by conducting cost-benefit analysis of species on the endangered list. 273 university scientists as well as 9,000 working biologists have signed a letter opposing this move by the Interior Department and Congress. Polar Bears and Condors may not share a lot in common but they could both be extinct if we fail to act. E-mail Interior Secretary Zinke today @ www.doi.gov/contact-us 

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IMMIGRATION 11/21/2018

This week in Washington we are writing to protect undocumented Americans from persecution by the federal government. Washington is working through the Department of Homeland Secuity to force a choice between public assistance and citizenship for immigrants. Immigrants applying for public assistance like Medic Aid & Food Stamps would be denied visas, green cards and even have grounds for deportation under a new proposal from DHS. There is a three week comment period within which we urge our membership to contact DHS to postpone or reject this new rule. This rule would effect 24 million people and we strongly admonish the Administration to reconsider. Call DHS at (202) 282 8495.

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HEALTH CARE 12/14/2018

This week in Washington we are writing to preserve and protect health care for eligibile Americans all over this nation of ours. The Administration is attacking constitutional rights to birth control, cancer screenings and safe & legal abortions all across America. The Administration has imposed a 'gag rule' blocking women from having access to contaception and we call on the Department of Health and Human Services to relent it's assault on our rights. Call DHHS & (877) 696 6775.

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Health Care for Service Members 11/21/2018

This week in Washington we are calling to amend the Federal Tort Claims Act to allow service members to pursue medical malpractice claims. In the event of an injury or death it is critical that military members have a legal recourse in pursuing justice for a family member or an individual. We call for a repeal of the "feres" rule so that soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines can claim basic medical rights that most Americans take for granted. This week call 202 224 3121 and ask for your Senator by state.

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Car Safety 12/1/2018

This week in Washington we are calling the National Highway & Traffic Safety Administration to get re called cars off the road. Most Americans drive cars and we ask that they be allowed to drive in safety. Automobile accidents with Takata airbags have turned deadly when airbags explode during collisions and we would like NHTSA to get these recalled cars off the road immediately. In addition we would like car dealers to be prohibited from selling the more than 57 million cars that have been recalled. We ask that cars that catch fire, with sticking acccelerator pedals and brake failure be taken off the road. Call NHTSA at (202) 366 4000

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A Safe & Secure Border 1/7/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to promote a safe & secure border. We ask that the United Nations send observers to protect new immigrants from harm. New arrivals should be greeted with warm blankets, food and shelter not tear gas and rubber bullets. International law requires America to review every application for asylum. This is a clear violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which the United States is a signatory. The Statue of Liberty reads "give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." E-mail UNHCR today to keep this covenant https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/contact-form.html 

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Net Neutrality 12/21/2018

This week in Washington we are writing to protect a free and open internet. The Congressional Review Act (CRA) gives Congress the ability to overturn the FCC's repeal and restore the 2015 Open Internet Order. The CRA has passed in the Republican controlled Senate and it must pass the House before the end of this legislative session if it is to have a chance at becoming law. CRA is supported by 177 Representatives in the House but still needs 41 members in order to gain passage. Whether you are a small business owner or a wall street tycoon. An American Represenative in the Congress or a factory worker on the assembly line should have free and fair access to the Internet. We've come miles in bridging the digital divide and we do not want to see that progress rolled back so we ask you to call Congress today in order to save net neurtality. One equal access pathway on the internet and no secondary status for average users like you and me. Call Congress today at 202 224 3121.

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Safety on Campus / Women's Rights 1/14/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to create safe and secure campuses for women across the country. We ask Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to abstain from first, relieving schools of the responsibility to investigate harrasment and assault unless survivors report to specific, designated employees. Second, we ask that Secretary DeVos not require universities to dismiss complaints about off-campus incidents. Third, we ask that the standard of evidence lean towards the rights of the women reporting the assault. Fourth, we ask that victims have the right to cross examine the perpetrators. Call Betsy DeVos today at 1-800-647-8733.

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Wall Street Reform 1/28/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to support the "Stop Walmart Act." Wealthy companies should be prevented from buying back their stock unless they pay their workers, part time employees, contractors & franchisees at least $15 an hour. We ask that employees receive seven days of paid sick leave. Third we ask that the CEO & highest paid employee not make more than 150 times the median salary. Call the United States Senate @      (202)-224-3121 and ask for an equal eceonomy for our country. 

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Big Pharma 2/1/2019 

This week in Washington we are writing to protect the American people. We call on Congress to pass the Schakowsky-Warren bill to break up big pharma cartels to lower generic pharmaceutical prices by puclicly manufacturing generic drugs. The World Health Organization critical "essential medicines," should be available at affordable prices. In addition if only one or two companies control the rights to a pharmaceutical the government should have the right to manufacture it to make it more affordable. We need to get the government in the business of saving lives by providing these critical life saving pharmaceuticals. Call Congress this week at (202) 224 321 and ask for your Senator by State.

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Big Pharma 2/14/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to protect the health care of the American people. Representative Ro Khanna (CA) 17 is taking on Big Pharma through legislation that will reduce prescription drug prices. This legislation will make American Pharmaceutical Companies set rates matching the rest of the industrialized world. If pharmaceutical companies refuse to lower their prices this legislation will introduce competition for generic drugs using free markets to increase competition and reduce cost. The Prescription Drug Price Relief Act will work with a newly created Office of Drug Price Manufacturing that can set prices at fair market values through competiiton to protect health care for the American people. Call Congress today and ask your representative to support the Prescription Drug Price Relief Act @ 202 224-3121

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Women's Rights 2/28/2018

This week in Washington we are writing to protect Wonmen's Rights. Whether you are a daughter, a mother, a grandmother or a sister your rights should be protected by the law not compromised by the law. We are writing today to 1) lift the global gag rule on family planning organizations imposed by the Department of Health & Human Services. 2) We demand equal pay for equal work. 3) We would like to see Planned Parenthood fully funded so that a safe and legal abortion is once more the law of the land not an expensive entitlement for the rich and the few. 4) We want to see Title IX protections enhanced not stripped so that sexual assault survivors are protected not intimidated into silence. Call Betsy Devos today at 1-800-647-8733.

 

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Save Apache Holy Land 4/1/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to protect the freedom of religion of Apache tribes. Resolution Copper is conspiring to build a copper mine on the Oak Flat in Indian Country in Arizona. Our friends in Congress are fighting back with the introduction of the "Save Oak Flat Act." Since the mining industry is exempt from the Clean Water Act the project would damage the Native American Tribes water supply. The Oak Flat is great and does not need a two-mile wide, 1,000-foot deep copper mine. Call Congress today and ask your Representative to vote in favor of the "Save Oak Flat Act," @ 202 224

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Student Debt Relief 3/28/2019

This week in Washington we are writing for student debt relief. Forty-four million Americans are carrying the burden of student loan debt, totaling $1.5 trillion dollars in 2017. Buying a home and starting a family are goals that are out of reach for Millenials due to these crushing obligations. One million Americans default on their student loans every year. By 2023, 40 % of borrowers will be in default of their student loans. We ask Congress to pass the Student Loan Forgiveness Act in order to bring relief to those struggling with student debt. Call Congress today @ 202 224 3121 and ask them to help those in need. 

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HIV / AIDS 3/1/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to combat the HIV / AIDS epidemic. Currently PrEP also known as Truvada is a medication that has proved that it can drastically cut infection rates. Unfortunately it's high cost of $ 1,700 dollars places it out of the reach of every day Americans. We would like to see PrEP become a covered part of preventative care. The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force announced that PrEP should be offered as a major form of HIV prevention. 1.2 million people are at high risk of contracting HIV but only 80,000 had access to PrEP in 2016. In the same year there were 40,000 new cases of HIV. Let's make HIV history by making PrEP an essential part of preventative care in the United States. Call the House Ways and Means Committee and ask for the  Sub Committee on Health @ 202 225 3625.

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New Year's Day 1/1/2019

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Christmas Day 12/25/2018

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Thanksgiving Day 11/22/2018 

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Martin Luther King Day 1/21/2019

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Chanukah 12/2-10/2018

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Facebook 2/7/2019

This week in Washington we are writing the Federal Trade Commission to initiate change at Facebook. A recent New York Times article found that Facebook gives away information on its 2.2 billion users to more than 150 companies. This is a situation that cries out for oversight. Since 2010 Facebook has made secret agreements to share private information from Ford Motor Company to Microsoft. We ask the FTC to; 1) conduct a public review of its practices, 2) hire an executive- level user advocate, 3) issue a public report with recommendations to improve the situation and 4) create a task force to see implementation through The FTC can be reached for comment at its Consumer Response Center at 1 877-382-4357.

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Social Security 3/14/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to expand social security. Rep. John Larson has introduced the Social Security 2100 Act  that will keep the program solvent for 80 years. If signed into law this Act will 1) increase social security for all of us, 2) compel millionaires and billionares to pay the same rate as everyone 3) protect low income workers by increasing monthly benefits, 4) protect against inflation by indexing benefits. This Week call Congress at 202 244 3121 to protect social security.

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President's Day 2/16/2019

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Armistice / Veterans Day 11/11/2019

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Ash Wednesday 3/6/2019

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St Patrick's Day 3/15/2019

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Immigration Reform 4/7/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to initiate immigration reform. The crises at the border with Mexico demands an immediate and compassionate response. We ask that the Department of Homeland Security take the following steps: 1) stop prosecuting everyone who crosses illegally, 2) stop separating families by taking children away from them, 3) stop tightening asylum standards, 4) stop slowing down  the number of people allowed to apply for asylum every day, 5) stop forcing asylum applicants to remain in Mexico as they wait for their court dates.  Our Statue of Liberty asks us to grant protection to huddled masses yearning to breathe free. We ask that you call the Department of Homeland Security to keep this promise. (202) 282 8495

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Violence Against Women Act 4/14/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. We would like to see the United States Senate expand VAWA to include protections for survivors who are facing evictions from their homes because of their abuser's actions. Further, we would like to see a ban on firearms from stalkers and abusers looking to settle old scores. VAWA expired in February of this year and it was left out of a spending bill needed to keep the government open. We implore Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to act for the sake of the safety of women across the country. These women are our mothers, sisters, nieces, daughters and grandmothers. Call Senator McConnell at 202 224 2541

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Higher Education 4/28/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to make higher education affordable. We applaud and welcome Sen. Elizabeth Warren's plan to reduce crippling student debt as an investment in our country's future. Warren's plan would forgive $ 50,000 in student loans for Americans in household's earning less than $ 100,000. This would provide relief to 95 % of the country's 45 million Americans with student loans according to CNN. Sen. Warren's plan would also make public 2 and 4 year colleges free. This plan would be financed by a 2% tax on wealth above $ 50 million and a 3 % tax on wealth above $1 Billion. The time has come to end a lifetime of debt for our idealistic young Americans. Call Washington today at (202) 224 3121 and demand an end to student debt.

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A Green New Deal 5/1/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to create a Green New Deal. We know that the fate of our Earth hangs in the balance on this issue. Today we ask you to call Congress in favor of H. Res 109 and join Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to limit greenhouse emissions. This legislation would first force our country's largest polluters to cut emissions. Second, this legislation would require certain buildings to be retrofited with plants, solar panels and wind turbines. Third, this legislation would establish a renewable energy loan program. Fourth, H. Res 109 would study the feasibility of closing oil and gas power and replace these with renewables. Fifth, this would create thousands of well-paying blue collar jobs. Call Congress today at (202) 224 3121.

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Medicare for All Act 5/7/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to enact universal health care. In the House of Representatives H.R. 1384 and in the United States Senate S. 1129 are the Medicare for All Act of 2019. If enacted into law this legislation would create a single payer system that would include coverage of the more than 34 million Americans that lack health insurance. This legislation would be financed by increasing taxes on the wealthiest Americans and we believe it is time for all to do their fair share. According to National Public Radio this legislation would expand coverage while eliminating deductibles, co pays and premiums. Dental and vision care would finally become a reality for millions of Americans who often are compelled to pay out of pocket for basic medical expenses. Health care costs are a leading cause of bankruptcy even though America is the wealthiest country in the world. Call the House of Representatives Capitol Switchboard today @ 202 224 3121 and affirm your support for H.R. 1384 by asking for your Representatives vote.

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E.A.C.H. Woman Act 5/21/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to protect a women's right to choose. In this Administration we are witnessing an unprecedented assault on a women's reproductive rights and there is critical legislation pending before the Congress to remedy this situation. The Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act would ensure "that every woman who receives health care or insurance through the federal government will have coverage for all pregnancy-related services, including abortion" according to the All Above All campaign. This legislation would block the Hyde Amendment  an annual budget rider preventing federal funding for abortions. The EACH Act would repeal this rule and make a safe affordable abortion a right for women everywhere in the United States. Anti-Choice policies have a disproportionate effect on Americans with low-income and people of color according to Rewire News. In the House of Representatives this legislation has the support of Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Diana DeGette (D-CO).  Call Congress @ 202 224 3121 and ask for Congressional Support for H.R. 1692.

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Resources for 9/11 First Responders 6/1/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to keep faith with our first responders. After the horrific attacks of September 11th many first responders developed illnesses from their service at Ground Zero. Many workers developed cancer due to exposure to asbestos, burned jet fuel, burned computer parts, concrete and other toxic substances. People of good will are once more answering the call to serve. The James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act provides health screenings and medical benefits to our first responders and we must re-authorize it in order to keep faith with America. In two years, the Victim Compensation Fund will close. 10,000 Americans have been diagnosed with cancer and 184 of those are New York City Fire Fighters who have died as a result of their illnesses. Call the United States Senate today and re authorize S. 546 in the Senate and H.R. 1327 the Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act. We will never forget the service of our first responders and this legislation will help us keep the faith. Call the Capital Switchboard today @ 202 224 3121 ask for your Senator by state and ask to re authorize S. 546,

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Domestic Workers Bill of Rights 6/14/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to protect service workers in our 21st century economy. We ask Congress to pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. This critical legislation would extend labor laws to cover domestic workers. They would get Occupational Safety and Health Administration protections, help in cases of discrimination and harrassment, the right to overtime pay and the ability to form unions. In addition the bill would extend essential new protections - like retirement savings, affordable health care, training and development and the right to meal breaks, rest breaks, paid sick days, federal agency protections, contracts on paper, privacy and knowledge of their schedules in advance. These protections could set a standard that could have a ripple effect spreading protections to Amazon contractors and ride-share drivers. Domestic workers exempt from basic labor laws are often the target of abuse and exploitation. This legislation would reverse that trend. This week call Congress and support the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights @ 202 224 3121.

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E.Q.U.A.L. Act 6/7/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to strengthen our democracy. The Ensuring Quality Access to Legal Defense E.Q.U.A.L. Act would put limits on public defenders' workloads, raise their pay to match prosecutors' salaries, and increase federal funding for training opportunities and student loan repayment programs. Publicly funded criminal defense attorneys must have the same resources and support as prosecutors. In many jurisdictions public defenders are overworked and underpaid. This legislation would remedy this egregious situation. This Week we ask that you call the United States Senate and support the EQUAL Defense Act of 2019 @ 202 224 3121 ask for your Senator by state.

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A Family Bill of Rights 6/21/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to strengthen American families. We stand with Sen. Gillibrand in her call for a Family Bill of Rights. If enacted into law this legislation would provide for: i) paid family leave ii) universal pre-k in our nation's schools, iii) automatically enroll new borns into the Children's Health Insurance Program according to a press release from her office. Sen Gillibrand's proposal would give children access to Medicaid's Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment program. This program would be funded by higher taxes on Wall Street transactions with a .03% tax on all their transactions. This proposal would harvest $777 billion over ten years. Sen. Gillibrand's proposal has called for action in the first 100 days of her Admninistration. This proposal also calls for extending protections to same-sex couples while also safe guarding a woman's right to choose. A refundable tax credit would be available to couples choosing to adopt. It is critical to our democracy to safe-guard new familes and their children so that they can grow up to be strong. Call Washington today and ask for your Senator by state today @ 202 224 3121.

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Social Security & Wall Street 6/28/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to protect Social Security. We ask the Senate to "reject the provisions in the SECURE Act that would allow annuities providers," to cheat retirees amd taking away their "hard earned savings," as documented by CREDO. We believe in expanding Social Security through the passage of the Social Security 2100 Act that would expand benefits and make a comfortable retirement a reachable goal for the many not an accessibilie luxury for the few. "Safe harbor," allowing "annuities based on kickbacks" is an unsafe investment strategy. We can't afford to roll the dice on retirement and we stand with CREDO, Social Security Works and every organization aiming to protect the savings of retirees. Annuity Companies could declare bankruptcy and workers would have no right to sue their employers to recover their savings. Public employees have been left to the mercy of the elements and this is unaffordable, unfair and unnescessary. Call the United States Senate today @ 202 224 3121 and oppose the SECURE Act. 

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Gay Rights 7/7/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to protect gay rights. We ask that the United States Senate pass the Equality Act. This path breaking legislation would apply the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the LGBTQ community. According to CREDO Mobile this legislation  would "ban discrimination in education, employment, housing, credit and federal jury service." We ask the United States Senate to stand with us in expanding the scope of civil rights to include the gay community. Civil rights should be protected no matter who you love. Americans have come a long way since the Stonewall Riots in New York City in the 1960's. The time has come for this urgently needed reform. Call the United States Senate @ 202 224 3121.

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Mother's Day 5/14/2019

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Memorial Day - 5/27/2019

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Easter Holiday 4/21/2019

Passover Holiday 4/19/2019 - 4/27/2019

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Independence Day Festivities 7/4/2019

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Student Debt 7/14/2019

This week in Washington we are writing for our country's future. We ask the United States Senate to take up and pass the Student Debt Cancellation Act of 2019. In the United States student debt is greater than $ 1.5 trillion. 40 % of Americans are expected to default on their loans. Student debt prevents people from starting families or opening a new business. In addition it keeps families from purchasing a new home. Unlike other forms of debt, student debt cannot be discharged in bankruptcy. The Student Debt Cancellation Act would prevent predatory practices by lenders trying to lure unwitting students into irresponsible debt and protect public education. This legislation would eliminate and forgive student loans. Ask the Senate to stand with us by calling the Capitol today and ask for your Senator at (202) 224 3121.

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Refugee Crises 7/21/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to protect the American Dream. The refugee crises at the border requires the immediate attention of the Department of Health and Human Services as well as the Department of Homelenad Security. They must unite families that have been separated not divide them. We stand with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and ask that the U.S. first, expand infrastructure capacity at all ports of entry and border stations. Second, we ask that the United States improve reception conditions, including child-friendly spaces. Immigrants should be greeted with warm food and blankets not kept in cages and prevented from using the bathroom in privacy. Third, we ask that America provide specialist care to meet humanitarian needs including medical and psycho-social support, child welfare and care for survivors of violence aned trauma. There have been 175 protest in 40 states with 800 letters being delivered to Congress asking for them to intervene in this crises. We proudly stand with organizations like United We Dream and the American Friends Service Committee in demanding an end to these practices. Call Congress today at 202 224 3121.

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Workers Rights 7/28/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to protect American workers. We call on Congress to "expand and restore overtime pay," by supporting the Restoring Overtime Pay Act. Barack Obama's Administration expanded overtime pay to 4 million workers. The current Administration through the Department of Labor has watered down this critical reform that would cost 8.2 million people overtime pay. Congress has introduced legislation to protect the integrity of the American worker. Sinvce 1975 the percent of workers earning over time has plummeted from 65 % to 11 %. For 41 years the threshold for overtime pay has been stuck at $ 23,660. Earning more than this amount would make you ineligible to receive overtime. In addition corporations often label workers managers in order to avoid paying them overtime. The Obama era regulation would set a new threshold of $ 47,000, rising with inflation to secure the American dream so that families earning above $23,000 would be able to receive overtime. Tell Congress to support the Restoring Overtime Pay Act today by calling 202 224 3121. 

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Bastille Day 7/14/2019

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A Wall Street Tax 8/1/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to tax Wall Street. We can accomplish this objective by imposing a small tax on each financial trade like a sales tax for Wall Street Banks. This measure if enacted would reduce speculation and raise billions of dollars. Progressive champions in Congress include Rep's Pramila Jayapal & Alexabdra Ocasio Cortez who have stood behind the Tax Wall Street Act. Recently Represenatives Barbara Lee and Sen. Bernie Sanders have introduced there own version of the legislation the Inclusive Prosperity Act there are minor differences in the bill but they both share the same objective. Creating equality by sharing the responsibility of raising government revenue. The Wealthiest 10% of Americans own more than 85 % of stock market wealth. High speed traders turn a profit by gaming small fluctations in price a small tax would discourage dishonest financial transactions and level the playing field for every day Americans. The United States once taxed Wall St. transactions as recently as 1966. Forty counties around the world have a financial sales tax and we ask Congress to stand with us and make equality an American value again. Call Congress today at (202) 224 3121 and ask them to support the Tax Wall Street Act.   

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Food Stamps 8/7/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to protect the food security of the American people. The current Administration is moving to remove 3 million people from Food Stamps. New regulations would curtail the  leeway of states to automatically enroll welfare recipients. If income is less than 200% of the poverty level Americans should be automatically enrolled. We are the wealthiest country in the world and no child or family should ever grow up in the shadow of hunger. Call Congress today at (202) 224 3121 

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Civil Rights & Fair Housing 8/14/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to protect civil rights. Despite decades of progress in integrating colleges & universities, assuring equal access to public accomodations and transportation access housing has remained a continuing challenge in civil rights. Sen. Kamala Harris has laid out a bold proposal for change. 1) Invest $ 100 billion to provide down-payment and closing cost assistance to 4 million homebuyers who rent or live in historically red-lined communities. 2) Strengthen anti-discrimination lending laws and implement stricter enforcement. 3) Ensure these new homebuyers have the necessary financial literacy to stay in their homes by increasing funding for the Housing Education and Counseling Program. Three quarters of white households are home owners while only 45 % and 47 % of black and hispanic families are. The time has come for peaceful social change. No American should be denied the right to purchase a home on the basis of the color of their skin. Change for Progress asks that Americans be judged by the content of their character. We ask that you call Congress today at 202 224 3121. 

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Gun Control 8/28/2019

In the last few weeks the country has mourned the loss of 20 people cut down in the prime of their lives in El Paso Texas with dozens injured. 9 were killed in Dayton Ohio with 27 injured. For too long weapons of war have haunted the streets of American cities and countryside. Thoughts and prayers are not enough to stop the epidemic of gun violence in America. In February, Congress passed two pieces of legislation designed to close loopholes in background checks for gun purchases. H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112 are the cures to the epidemic gripping a fevered nation. The Bipartisan Background Checks Act & Enhanced Background Checks Act are the first steps toward a more peaceful nation and the beginning of the end of the fever of violence that has been a part of our national dialogue for far too long. Call the Senate today and ask for your Senator by state at (202) 224 -3121.

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The Death Penalty 8/21/2019

This week in Washington we are writing in opposition to the death penalty. In past Supreme Court decisions the Court has ruled in opposition to this barbaric action. In Furman v. Georgia the Court ruled against the death penalty citing it's violation of the constitutional violation of the 8 th Amendment, the prohbition against "cruel and unusual punishment."We ask the office of the Attorney General to abide by this idealistic standard. The application of the death penalty is neither swift, quickly applied, certain applied with consistency or severe enough, as criminals often face a deadly death on the street. The death penalty hasn't been right in the past for the people and it should no longer be applied. We ask the Attorney General to stand with the people in the application of the standard conferred by the Court in Furman v. Georgia and discontinue this barbaric action. Call Attorney General William Barr today and ask for an end to the death penalty at (202) 727 3400.

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Election Security Act 9/1/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to protect our election system. Senator Amy Klobuchar has shown leadership in identifying the means to solving our electoral problems in the United States. The ranking member of the Senate Rules Committee with oversight of federal elections, Klobuchar has introduced the "Election Security Act." This critical legislation can accomplish a number of goals; a) require backup paper ballots, b) provide $ 1 billion in election security grants to the states for cyber security audits and improvements, c) strengthen federal response to election security interference, d) establish accountability measures for technology vendors. Securing our elections is a step towards increasing the quality of our democracy and we ask that you call your Senator by state @ 202 224 3121 on the Capital switchboard.

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Planned Parenthood 9/7/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to protect Planned Parenthood. In recent days the organization  was compelled to withdraw from the Title X family planning program. This 50 year old program provides testing for sexually transmitted disease, birth control, screenings for cancer and additional health care services for young Americans, people without insurance and the underinsured. The Gag rule enacted by the Department of Health and Human Services makes it unlawful for doctors, nurses and health care professionals to discuss abortions with patients. We ask the head of the DHHS to revoke the gag rule.  Call the Administration today at 202 690 7000.

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American Airlines 9/14/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to protect our safety in the skies. American Airlines is outsourcing the jobs of maintenance workers outside the United States to low-bid third party providers that are unregulated. In addition American Airlines is also outsourcing the work of facilities maintenance, fleet service logistics and other ground support in its push for profits. We want to make sure that American Airlines are fit for flight. Critical jobs like de icing and cabin security are at risk because of the race to the bottom to maximize profits at the expense of quality flight service. Call American Airlines today @ 1 800 633 3711

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Social Security 9/21/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to expand Social Security. If Senator Elizabeth Warren's plan is enacted into law it will increase Social Security benefits immediately by $ 200 a month -- $ 2,400 a year. In addition it will extend the solvency of Social Security by two decades by asking the top 2% of families to contribute. This plan will lift 4.9 million seniors out of poverty cutting the senior poverty rate by 68 %. These reforms will reduce the deficit by more than $ 1 trillion over the next ten years. Call the United States Senate today and ask your Senator to support the Warren Plan today @ 202 224 3121   

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Labor Day 9/2/2019

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United Auto Workers & General Motors 9/28/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to protect the American worker. Fifty thousand members at General Motors factories across the Midwest and the South are headed to the picket lines according to the New York Times. The union is pushing General Motors to 1) improve wages, 2) reopen idle plants, 3) add jobs, and 4) narrow the difference between pay for new hires and veteran workers. General Motors has been earning record profits $8.1 billion globally  yet still has idled 3 plants. We ask General Motors to be generous in responding to the requests of workers across America. Lincoln in a different conflict once said that "there is a great invisibile strength in a people's union." E-mail General Motors today @ mediaservices@gm.com 

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Climate Strike 10/1/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to save the environment. Mayor Pete Buttigieg has outlined a visionary plan to save our planet and we support his plan. First, we believe that we can and should achieve 100% clean electricity and zero emissions for new cars by 2035 with Net Zero Economy wide Emissions by 2050. Second, a price on carbon with revenue going back to low and middle-income Americans who disproportionately feel the effects of climate change. Third, we stand with the Mayor and ask to create 3 million clean economy jobs by 2030. Call Congress today @ 202 224 3121

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Happy Rosh Hashanah 9/30/2019

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Affordable Housing 10/7/2019

This week in Washington we are writing for affordable housing. We agree with Sen. Sanders plan. If enacted it would end homelessness and limit rent increases across the country with a national rent control standard. According to the New York Times this plan would expand public housing, cap annual rent increases nationally and increase the availability of affordable housing. The time has come for reform  Call Congress today @ 202 224 3121

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Happy Yom Kippur 10/9/2019

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Campaign Finance Reform - Disclose Act 10/21/2019

This week in Washington we are writing to enact campaign finance reform. The Disclose Act is a critical step forward for our democracy. First, this legislation would require all corporations to report campaign expenditures of $10,000 or more to the FEC, the Federal Elections Commission within 24 hours and to disclose all campaign-related expenditures to shareholders and members. Second, this legislation would strengthen the foreign money ban by prohibiting foreign nationals from participating in decision making about corporate campaign spending. Third, this legislation creates a 'stand by your ad' provision so that groups who are running and funding a political ad must state that they "approve this message." The 'Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections, the Disclose Act can pass with your support. Call Congress today @ 202 224 3121.