DFA’s BFD – Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders had three HUGE accomplishments last week: Democracy for America, one of the largest progressive organizations with over 1 million members, has endorsed the Senator from Vermont. Communications Workers of America, one of the largest unions in the country, has also thrown their endorsement behind the Senator’s campaign. In addition to these important endorsements, Bernie Sanders has broken a new record with over 2 million individual campaign contributions, a first for any presidential candidate in history at this point in the electoral process. Read what the Agenda Project’s President, Erik Altieri, had to say about these huge successes and what they mean for progressives HERE.
CHUCK TALKS @ TED TALKS – Patriotic Millionaire Chuck Collins gave a TEDx Talk last week that discussed the need for the wealthiest one percent of our nation to “come home” and invest in our country. The informative conversation came right after the Institute for Policy Studies published a report he co-authored on economic inequality. You can watch the TEDx Talk HERE and read his report on income inequality HERE.
BLACK LIVES MATTER MAKING HISTORY – The National Museum of African American History and Culture has assembled their staff to start a new project: documenting the Black Lives Matter movement. Recognizing the historical and cultural significance of the movement surrounding the fight against police brutality and racial injustice, the museum has collected over 40,000 artifacts from the movement.You can learn how the museum plans on telling stories through these artifacts HERE.
BACK TO THE FÜHRER – The Agenda Project Action Fund has released a new web ad against the fascist and racist rhetoric being utilized by the Republican Party, particularly that coming from the party’s front-runner Donald Trump. This video is the first in a yearlong campaign from the organization aimed at exposing this type of language as that of fear mongering, bigoted fascists that America should fear… if we have learned anything from 1930’s Germany. Watch the ad, Back to the FÜhrer, HERE.
OUR MOMENT – PolicyLink, the public policy organization focusing on restoring equity, recently wrapped up their Equity Summit for 2015. They produced an awesome music video for the summit that is sure to give you chills up and down your spine. Watch their music video, which serves as a rallying cry of hope, HERE.
WHAT DO WE HAVE TO DO? – American Women has released their new star-studded ad about paid family leave. The ad seeks to answer one question: what do we have to do to finally get paid family leave in this country? Join the fight for this important progressive cause and watch the ad HERE.
VOTING RIGHTS BEING CHALLENGED – After thorough field investigations and extensive research on North Carolina’s failure to uphold its federal voter registration obligations, Demos has filed a federal court complaint. The complaint would protect the freedom to vote for all North Carolinians by providing registration services through public agencies and the Department of Motor Vehicles. Read the full language of the federal court complaint HERE.
SPRING HAS SPRUNG – Democracy Spring, the campaign organized by 99Rise and Avaaz, has collected over 1,300 pledges from those willing to risk arrest and participate in a mass protest. The campaign is asking for people to join them in a demonstrate this spring in Washington, DC that will demand that Congress takes immediate action to end the corruptive influence of big money on our political process. You can take the pledge and learn more about the planned action HERE.
YEAR IN REVIEW – As 2016 approaches, America Votes invites you to check out their “year in review.” The progressive voting rights organization has been working tirelessly towards having a sustainable long-term impact on the voter registration process. An overview of their projects from this year can be found HERE.
SEATTLE PAVING THE WAY – Seattle has become the first city to let drivers for ride-hailing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, unionize. The proposal was approved by a unanimous vote of the Seattle City Council. This victory was made possible by the advocacy work of Teamsters Local Union 117. You can read more about the expansion of workers’ rights HERE.
… From the Wonk Wire…
Australia’s Tipping Point: ‘No One Was Taking Our Guns, We Were Giving Them Up’ – Talitha Fraser, blogger and advocate at Sojourners, talks about Australia’s efforts to ban guns and to advocate peace through faith. Read about her personal experience with the Anglican Church and Churches of Christ and their movement to ban firearms HERE.
15 Years after Bush v. Gore, How Far Have We Come? – Election Protection, the coalition organized by Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, analyzes the improvement of voting rights and voter access since the Bush v. Gore decision and gives proposals to break down barriers to the ballot box. You can read about the progress we have made and the work still left to do in their op-ed HERE.
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