PROGRESSIVES FIGHT BACK AGAINST FAST TRACK – The Coalition to Stop Fast Track–which includes AFL-CIO, ACLU, Sierra Club, Public Citizen, CREDO Action, Free Press, MoveOn.org, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, Democracy for America, USAction, Working Families Party, and Campaign for America’s Future (CAF)–is launching a seven-figure ad campaign to pressure congressional Democrats to block the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) … This latest push comes on the heels of Congress granting President Obama fast-track authority for the proposal. Over 1,000 people–organized by CAF, National People’s Action (NPA), USAction, and Alliance for a Just Society–took to the streets to protest fast-track last weekend in Washington, DC.
READ “The Trans-Pacific Partnership is Unlikely To Be a Good Deal for American Workers” over at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), SIGN UP to call your members of Congress through AFL-CIO HERE, and FLOOD Washington with calls and emails **TODAY** as part of the Internet Vote HERE.
MAJOR CORPS ROBBING THE ECONOMY – Citizens for Tax Justice released new findings that fifteen Fortune 500 companies paid no federal income tax on $23 billion in profits in 2014, and they paid almost no federal income tax on $107 billion in profits over the past five years. All but two of these companies actually received tax rebates in 2014. READ: “Fifteen (of Many) Reasons Why We Need Corporate Tax Reform: Companies From Various Sectors Use Legal Tax Dodges to Avoid Taxes” and “Who Pays Taxes In America in 2015?”
POPULISM2015: BUILDING A MOVEMENT FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET – NPA, USAction, Alliance for a Just Society, and CAF gathered 750 organizers and activists in Washington, DC at Populism2015 last weekend to outline a 12-point policy agenda for economic, environmental and racial justice. Speakers included CAF Co-Director and Top Wonk Robert Borosage, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), and many more.
NPA Executive Director George Goehl TELLS PP: “Leaders from more than 30 states–including key primary and swing states like Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, and Virginia–are going home from Populism2015 to inject the ideas from our people and planet first agenda into the political debate.” LEARN MORE HERE.
EVERYTHING’S BIGGER IN TEXAS, INCLUDING DISENFRANCHISEMENT – The Brennan Center for Justice launched a new web series this week highlighting stories of voters blocked in the 2014 elections due to Texas’s restrictive photo ID law. The series comes just ahead of oral arguments on the law in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals next week. READ the first two installments HERE and HERE.
NOT SUCH A BUDGET BATTLE? – Both the House and Senate budget plans get 69% of their non-defense cuts from low- and moderate-income programs, according to a new analysis from Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) President Robert Greenstein. As the House and Senate attempt to resolve the differences between their budget plans, this analysis shows that they are largely aligned. READ: “Ten Serious Flaws in the House and Senate Budget Plans.”
UNDER THE BUS NYC EVENT – Demos, The New Press, and ColorofChange.org are hosting a discussion next Wednesday, April 29 in New York City about Under the Bus: How Working Women are Being Run Over, the much-anticipated new book by American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) President and Top Wonk Caroline Fredrickson. READ ”ACS President: For Vast Majority of Working Women, ‘Lean In,’ and ‘Opt Out,’ Do Not Cut It,” WATCH a trailer for the book HERE, and LEARN MORE HERE.
IN YOUR BACKYARD – Two years after the deadly explosion in West, Texas, the Center for Effective Government released a new report looking at potentially hazardous chemical facilities and the lack of information that local communities have about some of the dangerous substances they use. READ ”Chemical Hazards in Your Backyard: Do Your First Responders Have the Information They Need in an Emergency?” and CHECK OUT the accompanying interactive map HERE.
PP BOOK PICK: “The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them” by economist and Top Wonk Joseph Stiglitz, out this week from W. W. Norton.
WOMEN IN COMBAT – On Monday, April 27 No Exceptions–an initiative by the Truman Project and Center for National Policy in support of full combat inclusion–is participating in “Women in Combat: Where They Stand” at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. Panelists will include Pentagon officials, members of Congress, and Truman & CNP Executive Director Michael Breen. LEARN MORE about No Exceptions HERE and the event HERE.
… SPEAKING OF GENDER EQUALITY, the inaugural It’s Time 2015: The Partnership Summit to Elevate Women’s Leadership will be held May 1-3 in Baltimore. Featured speakers will include Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien, and actress Rosario Dawson. LEARN MORE HERE.
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