LANDMARK VICTORIES FOR PROGRESSIVES – Yale Law School Professor and Top Wonk Heather Gerken summed up last week’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) rulings: “Behind each of the high-profile cases in which the court leaned left rather than right, the country had already made the shift.” In case you missed it: SCOTUS ruled in favor of eradicating residential segregation, preserving 6.4 million Americans’ access to health care, and making same-sex marriage the law of the land.
… AND THE WINS CONTINUED THIS WEEK: SCOTUS took a stand against political gerrymandering in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission–due in large part to the concerted efforts of Common Cause, The Brennan Center for Justice, ACLU, and League of Women Voters of Arizona … ELSEWHERE, Center for Reproductive Rights President and CEO Nancy Northup lauded SCOTUS’s decision to stay the closure of nine abortion clinics in Texas: “Now it’s time to put a stop to these clinic shutdown laws once and for all.” SIGN a petition against the proposed regulations on health care clinics HERE.
BUT SOME ROADBLOCKS REMAIN … SCOTUS ruled to return the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury and Air Toxic Standards, which would have effectively saved 11,000 lives by reducing mercury levels by up to 90%, according to findings by the Natural Resources Defense Council. SIGN a petition to Congress demanding a strong Clean Power Plan HERE.
FREE BREE – CREDO Action has raised over $120,000 for the bail and legal defense fees of Bree Newsome, the activist arrested for taking down a South Carolina Confederate flag from Capitol grounds last Saturday. Newsome spelled out why the flag needs to come down: “It’s time for a new chapter where we are sincere about dismantling white supremacy” … South Carolina officials re-raised the flag almost immediately thereafter.
OVERTIME IN THE US – 5 million workers will gain a wage boost after President Obama’s rule change to raise the overtime salary threshold to $50,440 takes effect in 2016, according to new findings by Economic Policy Institute (EPI). READ the full findings HERE, FIND OUT how much you could benefit from overtime reform HERE, and SIGN a petition telling the Department of Labor you support new overtime protections HERE.
A VOTE FOR THE VOTE – The Leadership Conference President and CEO Wade Henderson celebrated the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA) introduced this week: “Voting is the language of American democracy: if you don’t vote, you don’t count.” The VRAA would restore section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which enabled Section 5 to regulate discriminatory voting laws. READ “The Persistent Challenge of Voting Discrimination: A Study of Recent Voting Rights Violations by State” and SIGN Project Vote’s petition telling Congress to pass the VRAA HERE.
WHAT RECOVERY? – Fed Up–a coalition organized by Center for Popular Democracy and Action for the Common Good–rallied outside the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Tuesday to urge the nation’s central bank to keep interest rates low until the economy recovers. The coalition also includes EPI, AFL-CIO, Campaign for America’s Future and Demos. READ Fed Up’s agenda HERE and LEARN MORE about the coalition HERE.
THE HEALTH OF STATE DEMOCRACIES – Center for American Progress Action Fund is hosting “The Health of State Democracies: Liberty and Justice for All?” next Tuesday, July 7 at 10:00 AM in Washington, DC. Featured panelists include Former Sen. Nina Turner (D-OH), Sen. Richard Katz (R-ME) and Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-VA). RSVP HERE.
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