DETROIT’S WATER WARS — Detroit placed a temporary halt on dangerous water shutoffs following concerted action by the Detroit Water Brigade, People’s Water Board Coalition, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, We the People of Detroit, and many more. READ “Detroit’s Water War” over at Demos and SIGN the petition urging Detroit to permanently end water shutoffs HERE.
FIVE YEARS SINCE THE LAST MIN WAGE INCREASE — Minimum wage workers have faced cuts to their purchasing power since the federal wage was last raised in 2009, amounting to $6,090,903,277–and quickly rising–according to CEPR’s new Minimum Wage Workers Pay Cut Clock. To commemorate the anniversary, 66 paycheck fairness advocacy organizations including NELP, CAP Action Fund, MomsRising, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, EMILY’s List, NWLC, EPI’s Policy Center, Smart Capitalists for American Prosperity, and the Agenda Project challenged Congress to live off $77 for this week–the standard budget for full-time minimum wage employee. Participants include Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9), and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH-13). FIND OUT more about the Live the Wage Challenge HERE and TWEET #LiveTheWage.
Funny or Die released a new video parody of Mary Poppins quitting because she can’t live on the minimum wage … WATCH HERE! … COULD YOU live on the minimum wage for 30 days? PLAY “Spent” to find out HERE!
DON’T KILL THE INTERNET — Protesters from Color of Change, Common Cause, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and MoveOn.org gathered Wednesday outside a high-profile fundraiser with President Obama to urge the Administration to act and protect net neutrality. Over 1 million people submitted comments to the FCC before the comment period ended last Friday. READ: “The FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposal Explained” over at The Nation.
JUSTICE AGAINST GERRYMANDERING — A Tallahassee judge just ruled that Florida’s re-drawn congressional map intentionally favors Republicans and is thus in violation of anti-gerrymandering standards implemented in 2010. FairDistricts Florida Alliance Chairman Chris Findlater tells PP: “Sharing the Fair Districts victory to provide Florida citizens with representation demonstrates that our democracy lives on.” READ MORE about the ruling HERE.
VICTORY FOR LGBT WORKERS — American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Executive Director Anthony D. Romero lauded President Obama’s Executive Order barring workplace discrimination for LGBT workers: “This is one of the most important actions ever taken by a president to eradicate LGBT discrimination from America’s workplaces.” The order applies to 30,000 companies employing 28 million workers — one-fifth of the US workforce.
SUMMER FOR RESPECT — OUR Walmart and Columbia University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE) sent 20 students from across the country to help amplify the voices of Walmart workers and to organize them for higher wages and better working conditions. Participant Brian Kundinger tells PP: “Walmart really sets the bar for how other places decide how to treat their workers…we’re seeing the effects of Walmart strategically destroying the middle class in a very real way.” READ more about the project and LISTEN to Walmart employees’ stories HERE.
UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIPS – The Good Fight Host Ben Wikler sat down with Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) to discuss his alliance with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in pursuit of criminal justice reform. The unlikely duo has teamed up to push for passage of the REDEEM Act, which would remove barriers that non-violent offenders face upon reentering society post-incarceration. SIGN the MoveOn.org petition urging Congress to support the REDEEM Act HERE.
PREDATORY LENDING – Center for American Progress (CAP) released a new report exposing the dangers posed by short-term predatory lenders. The report offers policy recommendations for more efficient regulations and less risky credit alternatives for vulnerable consumers. CAP Director of Asset Building and Report Author Joe Valenti: “All too often, consumers find that the loan they thought would solve their problems only makes things worse.” READ the full report HERE.
THE STATE OF THE STATES – The Center for Reproductive Rights (CERR) released the State of the States, a 2014 Mid-Year Review on reproductive rights policies across the country. CERR Policy and Advocacy Advisor Kelly Baden: “From Arizona to Georgia, and many places in between, lawmakers are continuing to spend their time making women’s lives harder instead of addressing the real problems their constituents face.” READ: “11 Things you Need to Know.”
FROM THE WONK WIRE …
… FATHER KNOWS BEST?: Alliance for Justice President and Top Wonk Nan Aron slams the Supreme Court for its latest paternalistic treatment of women, citing three recent decisions that subject women to conditions never applied to men.
Find out more at www.TopWonks.org.
… ON OUR AGENDA … PP congratulates Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United Co-Founder Saru Jayaraman and National Employment Law Project Executive Director Christine Owens for being named Raise the Wage Champions of Change by the White House! …
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