REPUBLICAN CUTS KILL – The Agenda Project Action Fund (AP Action) released “Republican Cuts Kill” on Monday–a multi-pronged blitzkrieg attack ad that implicates GOP budget cuts for the Ebola crisis. Daily Kos says: “..the toughest political attack ad in memory” … The Young Turks says: “Damn…that was a really aggressive ad” … AP Action President and Founder Erica Payne tells PP: “Republicans have run for 40 years on cutting government. It’s about time people understood the downside of their reckless fanaticism” … WATCH the ad HERE, read the accompanying report HERE, and CONTRIBUTE to put the ad on TV HERE.
…This morning, AP Action released a custom video–RCK II: Joni Ernst Wants to Cut–targeting Iowa voters. INTERESTED in a custom video for your state? CONTACT AP Action Director of Outreach Gene Haigh at 202-446-0489 or email@example.com.
WE STILL WANT JUSTICE — Over 50 people–including professor and author Cornel West and several religious leaders–were arrested last weekend when thousands gathered for Ferguson October protests. The weekend of resistance was organized by Hands Up United, Organization for Black Struggle, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, and their partners … SIGN United for Ferguson’s open letter demanding critical reforms surrounding policing and strengthening the economic infrastructure HERE. READ: “After #Ferguson” and “Can Ferguson’s Protests Build a Nationwide Movement Against Police Violence?” over at The Nation and “Ferguson in Focus,” a new report released by the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.
VOTING RIGHTS REGRESSION — Brennan Center Democracy Program Deputy Director Myrna Perez responded to a federal appeals court’s decision yesterday to reinstate Texas’s voter ID requirement: “This discriminatory law will make it harder for hundreds of thousands of voters, many of whom are minorities, to make their voices heard this November.” The organization filed an emergency appeal to the US Supreme Court yesterday. This decision is the latest in a series of cases addressing voter ID requirements across the country … MEANWHILE, comedian Lewis Black has joined forces with the ACLU to write “F*** Voter Suppression,” an open letter to politicians encouraging them to “get off [their] a**es and do the right thing.” SIGN HERE … and BEFORE YOU VOTE, check out nonpartisan database Project Vote Smart for information about candidates’ voting records, funding sources, and more, using data by Open Secrets and Follow the Money.
OVERCRIMINALIZED — The Nation, Brave New Films, and the ACLU have teamed up to launch the OverCriminalized campaign, which combats the mass criminalization of social problems like mental illness, substance abuse, and homelessness. WATCH the video series, HOST a screening, DOWNLOAD helpful resources, and SIGN the petition in support of H.R. 4574, the Strengthening Mental Health in Our Communities Act.
READ: “The Horror of One Mentally Ill Man’s Journey Through America’s Prison System” over at AlterNet.
DISCIPLINE DISPARITIES — Last week the Gay Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network) released two new reports detailing the overly harsh school disciplinary policies faced by LGBTQ and gender nonconforming youths of color … Advancement Project partnered with GSA Network to release a set of policy recommendations and infographics aimed at helping youths, teachers, administrators, and policy makers transform schools into safe and inclusive spaces. READ the full reports HERE.
EQUAL PAYBACK — Over the course of a career, a typical woman will lose $435,049 due to the gender wage gap. To combat this, comedian Sarah Silverman and creative agency Droga5 teamed up to launch “The Equal Payback Project,” a crowdfunding campaign that will direct funds to the National Women’s Law Center … CAP Middle-Out Economics Policy Analyst Brendan V. Duke: “It’s simple: When Americans don’t have disposable income, retailers don’t have customers. Our retailers won’t recover until their best customers–the middle class–recover.” READ “Retailer Revelations” HERE.
The National Employment Law Project released a breakdown of city minimum wage laws. CHECK it out HERE.
HUMAN RIGHTS OF WOMEN — Center for American Progress published “A Quick Guide on the Human Rights of Women,” a fact sheet providing an overview of the differences between reproductive health, reproductive rights, and reproductive justice. READ the full report HERE.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS — Anti-street harassment organization Hollaback! teamed up with the Thomas Reuters Foundation and the global law firm DLA Piper to release the first ever global legal resource on street harassment yesterday. READ the FAQ and full report HERE.
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… EDUCATION EQUALITY: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich argues that there is no justification for per-student government subsidies to be higher at private universities than at public ones.
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