ITS TIME TO FIX OVERTIME … PRESENTE AGAINST #TRUMPHATE … HUMAN RIGHTS FIRST CELEBRATES FEDERAL RULING … LCV Opposes Attacks on Wildlife … A Utility Giant Almost Grew In Maryland

ITS TIME TO FIX OVERTIME – According to a new report from the Center for American Progress, salaried workers are not guaranteed overtime pay unless they make less than $23,660 per year, almost half of what it would be had the overtime salary threshold kept up with inflation since 1975. READ ”How Overtime Rules Would Benefit Millennials” and FIND OUT how much you could benefit from overtime reform over at the Economic Policy Institute HERE.

PRESENTE AGAINST #TRUMPHATE – Presente organized a petition to Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus and Republican Party leadership demanding they denounce Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric towards Latinos and Immigrants. SIGN the petition HERE.

HUMAN RIGHTS FIRST CELEBRATES FEDERAL RULING – Human Rights First (HRF) celebrated a victory when a federal court ruling required that detained children be released immediately to a family member. According to a recent report from HRF, the Department of Homeland Security requested additional funding to expand family detention at an average daily cost of $343 per person in 2016. READ the full report HERE.

LCV OPPOSES ATTACKS ON WILDLIFE – Last week, The League of Conservation Voters organized a petition to protect the Endangered Species Act (ESA) which allows the federal government to protect animal populations and plant species deemed endangered or threatened. SIGN the petition HERE and READ more about the ESA over at the Natural Resources Defense Council HERE.

A UTILITY GIANT ALMOST GREW IN MARYLAND – Public Citizen celebrated a huge victory Tuesday when the D.C. Public Service Commission rejected Exelon’s $6.9 billion deal to acquire Pepco, which would have given the utility giant a near monopoly over all of D.C.’s energy services. Over 1,500 Marylanders and 41 organizations–including Public Citizen, Sierra Club and Labor Network for Sustainability–opposed the deal. READ about the Exelon-Pepco merger HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE 
… WHEN WE SHORTCHANGE OUR TEACHERS: American Constitution Society for Law and Policy President and Top Wonk Caroline Fredrickson explains the ripple effect of mistreating college professors.

… TAKE TRUMP SERIOUSLY: Demos Senior Fellow and Top Wonk Richard Brodsky shows why it’s necessary to take the presidential candidate seriously.

… NOT INTERESTED IN HIGHER INTEREST: Center for Economic Policy and Policy Research Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker illuminates the Fed’s role on the War for Poverty.

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REMEMBERING THE LIFE OF JULIAN BOND, HAPPY BIRTHDAY SOCIAL SECURITY!, A YEAR AFTER FERGUSON, The Case for Debt-Free College, Color of Change & Presente Against Private Prisons, The League of Conservation Voters Against Shell

REMEMBERING THE LIFE OF JULIAN BOND – Southern Poverty Law Center’s first president and co-founder and longtime NAACP Board Member Julian Bond passed away Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock commended Bond’s legacy: “The grateful citizen heirs of the civil and human rights legacy of Julian bond can neither be counted nor confined to a generation. Many of the most characteristically American freedoms enjoyed by so many Americans today were made real because of [...] Julian Bond.” READ ”Julian Bond: Race Man, Poet, Movement-Builder–and Friend” over at Campaign for America’s Future.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SOCIAL SECURITY! – AFSCME, American Family Voices, Working Families, National People’s Action and 13 Progressive organizations celebrated Social Security’s 80th birthday with a petition to US Congress to protect and expand Social Security for millions of Americans. According to the Daily Kos, Social Security has cut the percentage of America’s seniors living in poverty from 50% to 8%SIGN the petition HERE and CHECK OUT Save Our Retirement, a website launched by AARP, AFL-CIO, Better Markets and Americans for Financial Reform HERE.

A YEAR AFTER FERGUSON – The Economic Policy Institute released “The Making of Ferguson: Public Policies at the Root of its Troubles“–a report detailing the history of the ostensibly race-neutral public policies that disparately impacted Ferguson’s African American residents–on the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death. READ the full report HERECHECK OUT ”Race and Beyond: White Privilege in the Age of Ferguson” over at Center for American Progress and SIGN a petition over at the ACLU demanding the Department of Homeland Security cease conducting surveillance on #BlackLivesMatter activists HERE.

THE CASE FOR DEBT-FREE COLLEGE – According to a new report from Demos, while 96 percent of Americans believe it is important to have a college degree, almost 80 percent of Americans believe a college education is unaffordable to those who need it. READ ”The Case for Debt-Free College” over at Demos and SIGN a petition over at the Daily Kos in support of free community college HERE.

COLOR OF CHANGE & PRESENTE AGAINST PRIVATE PRISONS – Color of Change and Presente launched separate attacks against the private prison industry this week with petitions against predatory prison phone rates and private prison industry lobbyists. Presente called out Hillary Clinton for accepting almost $130,000 from Akin Gump, the primary lobbyist for the largest private prison company in the US. SIGN a petition demanding Hillary Clinton and the DNC cut their ties from the private prison industry HERE and SIGN a petition from Color of Change demanding an end to predatory prison phone rates HERE.

THE LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS AGAINST SHELL – The League of Conservation Voters organized a petition to deliver to President Obama and the Interior Department expressing their disappointment in their decision to allow Shell to drill in the Arctic Ocean. SIGN the petition HERE.

MOVEON’S NO WAR WITH IRAN – MoveOn is organizing a No War with Iran action on Wednesday, August 26 at 12:00 PM in front of local offices of Congress across the US. REGISTER to host an event at your local Congress member’s office HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE 

… RIGHTEOUS REGISTRATION: Voter Participation Center Founder and President and Top Wonk Page Gardner calls on unmarried women to channel their inner Susan B. Anthony and register to vote.

… CANDID CANDIDATE: Harvard academic and Top Wonk Lawrence Lessig details why a run for presidency might be his best shot at fighting money in politics.

… WATCHFUL WOMEN: Demos President and Top Wonk Heather McGhee warns female voters about GOP policies.

… NOT INTERESTED IN HIGHER INTEREST: Center for Economic Policy and Policy Research Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker questions the need for an interest rate increase in light of China’s currency devaluation.

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The $64,000 Democracy Challenge, A Bank Raises Their Minimum Wage, “Donor-Strikes,” and more.

Are you up for the $64,000 Democracy Challenge? Democracy for All has enlisted over 150 organizations to participate in a video challenge, with weekly prizes of $1,000 and an overall $25,000 grand prize. Click HERE to find out more about the contest and participate. (Full disclosure: The Agenda Project is a partner organization for the competition)

Amalgamated Bank announced that they will now pay all employees at least $15 an hour and issued a challenge to the rest of banking industry to follow suit.

MoveOn.Org is organizing a “donor-strike” against Senator Schumer’s for his position against the Iranian nuclear deal. So far, they have announced that over $8.3 million in pledged donations from 17,636 people are to be withheld from the DSCC and Senator Schumer.

Move To Amend has announced three new co-sponsors of HJR 48, the We The People Amendment. You can click HERE to email your representatives to also sign on in support.

Economic Policy Institute President Lawrence Mishel issued this statement on the new SEC rule requiring disclosure of publicly traded companies CEO pay ratio in comparison to the median wage of their workers. Read more about CEO pay HERE.

State Innovation Exchange (SIX) released a report regarding their Top 10 progressive legislative priorities for 2015 and achievements made throughout the country so far this year.

The Brennan Center for Justice issues Just Facts, Americas Non-Existent ‘Spike in Crime’ to combat the false media narrative that crime rates on are the rise throughout the country.

The Center for Economic and Policy Research published a new jobs report citing that African-American unemployment has reached its lowest level since February of 2008.

The Center for Effective Government denounced the silencing of factory farm whistleblowers as a constitutional violation of 1st amendment rights.

A joint action from AFSCME, Alliance for Retired Americans, National Peoples Action, and others are circulating a petition to celebrate the 80th anniversary of Social Security which calls upon presidential candidates and members of Congress to protect and expand the program.

 

…from the Wonk Wire…

What’s the Federal Reserve?: Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich put together a great short video on the Federal Reserve and its impact on the lives of everyday Americans

Top Wonk Zephyr Teachout, the new Executive Director for MayDay PAC, was interviewed by Slate.com on how to tackle money in politics – listen HERE.

 

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Celebrating The Voting Rights Act, A Tip Of The Hat To Prison Education, Fixing Unemployment, MomsRising For Healthy Food, Happy Birthday Medicare!

CELEBRATING THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT – Common Cause is rallying behind the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act with a protest against the 2013 Supreme Court ruling that gutted the law where they will be setting up voter registration booths for the 2016 elections. They also launched a petition asking 2016 Presidential contenders if they support restoring the Voting Rights Act (VRA). READ ”50 Years Later, Voting Rights Act Under Unprecedented Assault” over at The Brennan Center for Justice and SIGN a petition over at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in support of the Voting Rights Advancement Act HERE.

… ELSEWHERE, Project Vote launched the Nonprofit Partners Initiative–a new program that offers in-person trainings to food banks, community centers and housing programs across America to bring voter registration to their communities. Progressive organizations including Aspira, Federation of Neighborhood Centers, and Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition have all co-hosted training sessions with Project Vote. LEARN MORE about the initiative HERE and INQUIRE on how to bring a free training to your nonprofit HERE.

A TIP OF THE HAT TO PRISON EDUCATION – Center for American Progress (CAP) Executive Vice President Carmel Martin lauded the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program: “Every dollar spent on prison education saves $4 to $5 in reduced incarceration costs during the next three years.” The pilot, announced by the U.S. Department of Education last Friday, will test the effects of restoring access to Pell Grants for incarcerated students. READ ”Allowing Inmates to Receive Pell Grants: A No Brainer” over at Demos and SIGN a petition over at the ACLU demanding President Obama ban the box on job applications HERE.

FIXING UNEMPLOYMENT – The Economic Policy Institute released new findings revealing the African American unemployment rate dipped below 10 percent for the first time in seven years. The findings were released along with an interactive map which shows unemployment rates by race and ethnicity across America. CHECK OUT the map HERE and READ ”Economic Snapshot: July 2015” over at the CAP.

MOMSRISING FOR HEALTHY FOOD – 15.8 million children in the United States live in households with inconsistent access to nutritious foods, according to findings from Feeding America. MomsRising launched a petition to fix this number by supporting the Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act–a bill introduced to Congress last month which would ensure children enrolled in daycares have access to healthy food. SIGN the petition HERE.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MEDICARE! – Working America celebrated Medicare and Medicaid’s 50th birthday last Thursday with a petition to presidential hopefuls demanding they support the programs. SIGN the petition HERE and READ ”Medicare: Protecting Seniors for 50 Years” over at Center for Effective Government.

FERGUSON WEEK OF RIGHTEOUS RESISTANCE – PICO National Network is hosting a Ferguson Week of Righteous Resistance August 7-10 featuring night walks, small group conversations, sabbaths and grassroots actions happening across the country. JOIN in the resistance HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE 

… MONEY AND PROBLEMS: Fordham University Associate Professor of Law and Top Wonk Zephyr Teachout dissects the market failure in US politics: the dwindling supply of good people.
… COMPLICATED COURT COUNTING: Columbia Law School Center for Law and Politics Director and Top Wonk Nathaniel Persily explains the new Supreme Court case that complicates “one person, one vote.”
… THE HIGH PRICE OF FREE IDEAS: Center for Economic and Policy Research Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker discusses the economic implications of free intellectual property.
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WE SUPPORT PLANNED PARENTHOOD … THE MOVEMENT TO FIGHT BIG MONEY … #BLACKWOMENEQUALPAY … Everytown For Gun Safety Demands Change … The Center For Popular Democracy Vs. Wall Street … Human Rights Campaign Supports Equality … Victory For Human Rights First

WE SUPPORT PLANNED PARENTHOOD – In the wake of the recent Planned Parenthood attacks, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and 91 organizations–including NARAL Pro-Choice America, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and People For the American Way–sent a letter to congressional leadership in strong support of the organization that provides 2.7 million men and women with health care each year. READ ”Hypocritical, Koch-Backed ALEC Goes Crazy For Anti-Choice Extremist” over at Real Koch Facts and SIGN a petition over at People For the American Way demanding Congress not defund Planned Parenthood HERE.

THE MOVEMENT TO FIGHT BIG MONEY – Demos, Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, Democracy Matters, Issue One and Public Citizen published “Fighting Big Money, Empowering People: A 21st Century Democracy Agenda,” which calls on the next President of the United States to prioritize campaign finance reform with a comprehensive 5-step plan … MEANWHILEPeople For the American WayDemocracy for America, and Common Cause each drove petitions this week calling for politicians to take money out of politics. READ the agenda HERECHECK OUT ”Throwing a Wrench in the Revolving Door” over at Center for Effective Government, and SIGN a petition demanding Hillary Clinton stand up against the revolving door HERE.

#BLACKWOMENEQUALPAY – Higher Heights for America, MomsRising, AFL-CIO and a slew of other Progressive groups took to Twitter this Tuesday to commemorate #BlackWomenEqualPay Day with calls to close the wage gap in the workforce. African American women typically make 63 cents for every dollar white, non-Hispanic men make, according to new findings from the NWLC. READ the statistics HERE and SIGN a petition over at MomsRising in support of the Paycheck Fairness Act HERE.

EVERYTOWN FOR GUN SAFETY DEMANDS CHANGE – Everytown for Gun Safety launched a petition to demand a vote to reform background check laws after the Lafayette movie theater shooting last Thursday. According to a recent report from Everytown, America’s gun murder rate is almost 20 times the average of other developed countries, making up nearly 90% of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s firearm homicide rate.

READ the full report HERECHECK OUT ”America Under the Gun: A 50-State Analysis of Gun Violence and its Link to Weak State Gun Laws” over at CAP and SIGN a petition demanding Congress reform background check laws HERE.

THE CENTER FOR POPULAR DEMOCRACY VS. WALL STREET – The Center for Popular Democracy, Right to the City Alliance and Occupy Our Homes organized a petition to hold Wall Street accountable for rebuilding home equity and community wealth after the 2008 crash and effectively save taxpayers $725 million each year … SIGN the petition demanding Wall Street pay for their recklessness HERE.

HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN SUPPORTS EQUALITY – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights President and CEO Wade Henderson lauded The Equality Act, a bill introduced last Thursday which would provide non-discrimination protections for LGBT Americans: “Civil rights can only be measured by a single yardstick and our nation’s blunt denial of basic protections to LGBT Americans [...] can no longer be tolerated” … The bill comes almost a year after the Center for American Progress released “We The People: Why Congress and the U.S. States Must Pass Comprehensive LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections” and called for full nondiscrimination protections for LGBT Americans. READ the full report HERE and SIGN a petition over at Human Rights Campaign in support of the Equality Act HERE.

VICTORY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS FIRST – Human Rights First, ACLU, and The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda celebrated California District Judge Molly Gee’s ruling to end the family detention policy which affects nearly 34,000 immigrants per day. Human Rights First Senior Director Eleanor Acer: “Locking up families seeking asylum is inconsistent with American ideals and sets a poor example for the rest of the world.” CHECK OUT the facts HERE and READ Deported Migrants Are Stripped of Their Dignity. They Shouldn’t Also Be Stripped of Their Belongings” over at ACLU.

FAIR CHANCE HIRING & BAN THE BOX – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is hosting a Demonstration for Fair Chance Hiring & Ban the Box at the White House **TODAY** at 11:00 AM in front of the White House at Lafayette Square. RSVP HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE 

… CALLING ON OBAMA TO THINK BIGGER: Brennan Center Justice Program Director and Top Wonk Inimai Chettiar urges the President to do more to reform the US criminal justice system.

… THE PERVERSION OF THE PRESIDENCY: Democracy 21 Founder and Top Wonk Fred Wertheimer muses on the presidential election and its loss of integrity under current campaign finance laws.

… LESSONS FROM THE GREAT DEPRESSION: Demos Senior Fellow and Top Wonk Nomi Prins considers lessons from the Great Depression in looking at Greece’s current debt crisis.

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… ON PP’S SUMMER READING LIST: “Patriotic Millionaires React to Hillary Clinton’s Capital Gains Proposal” …

… PP congratulates Top Wonk Zephyr Teachout on her new endeavour as CEO and Board Chair of Mayday PAC! …

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FIGHT FOR 15 VICTORY, ACLU URGES OBAMA TO BAN THE BOX, WHAT HAPPENED TO SANDRA BLAND?, Public Citizen Shuts The Revolving Door, This Is Our Selma, Stand Up For Planned Parenthood, Happy Birthday CFPB!, Stop War With Iran

JUST IN! FIGHT FOR 15 VICTORY – The National Employment Law Project celebrated a huge win yesterday when a New York panel affirmed the Fight for 15 with a recommendation to raise the minimum wage of fast-food workers across the state to $15 by 2018. Working Families Party Director Bill Lipton: “There’s clearly a new standard for the minimum wage and it’s actually a living wage for the first time in many, many decades.” This victory comes after nearly three years of concerted action from groups including The National Employment Project, Working Families, Economic Policy Institute, AFL-CIO, Center for Popular Democracy, and Center for American Progress (CAP). READ: “New York Fast-Food Workers Win Their Fight for $15” over at The Nation.

ACLU URGES OBAMA TO BAN THE BOX – The ACLU saw President Obama’s promise to fix the US criminal justice system and raised him one with a petition to Ban the Box … The petition comes on the heels of the President’s speech at the NAACP 106th National Convention where he spelled out the need for reform. SIGN the petition from ACLU urging President Obama to issue an Executive Order to Ban the Box HERE and READ ”8 Facts You Should Know About the Criminal Justice System and People of Color” over at CAP.

WHAT HAPPENED TO SANDRA BLAND? – ColorofChange is organizing a petition urging US Attorney General Loretta Lynch to fully investigate the death of Sandra Bland and hold the Texas Waller County Police Department and Prosecutors accountable. SIGN HERE and READ ”Sandra Bland and The Invisible Plight of Black Women in the Justice System” over at ThinkProgress.

PUBLIC CITIZEN SHUTS THE REVOLVING DOOR – Public Citizen released new findings that President Barack Obama appointed 56 people who spin through the Washington-Wall Street revolving door to government positions. The report coincides with the introduction of the Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act–a package of ethics reforms that would stop the revolving door–proposed to Congress last week. READ the full report HERE and SIGN a petition urging Congress to support the bill HERE.

… ELSEWHERE, Money, Politics and Transparency (MPT)–a joint-initiative between the Sunlight Foundation, Global Integrity and the Electoral Integrity Project–launched a new set of data that sheds more light on money’s influence on candidates and political campaigns. CHECK OUT the data HERE and JOIN the MPT Google Group HERE.

THIS IS OUR SELMA“ – The North Carolina NAACP and Forward Together Moral Movement gathered thousands of activists around the North Carolina state courthouse last Monday where inside the NAACP, Advancement Project, and the League of Women Voters began a federal trial against the state’s restrictive voter suppression law (H.B. 589). North Carolina NAACP President and Forward Together Movement Leader Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II said it best: “North Carolina is the test case for the national anti-democracy forces who desperately seek to constrict the new, multi-cultural, souther electorate.”

SIGN a petition over at Common Cause thanking North Carolinian activists for their solidarity HEREREAD ”Why North Carolina Is the New Selma” over at The Nation, and TWEET #ThisIsOurSelma.

STAND UP FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD – RH Reality Check released “A Network of Lies” a new infographic exposing the anti-choice radical groups orchestrating carefully planned attacks against Planned Parenthood. SEE the infographic HERE and SIGN a petition over at NARAL showing your solidarity with Planned Parenthood HERE.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CFPB! – Americans for Financial Reform celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act with a petition urging Congress to protect the act and an interview with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has returned over $10.1 billion to 17 million victims of fraudulent financial practices since its creation, according to findings by CAP. CONGRATULATE the CFPB with National People’s Action HERE.

STOP WAR WITH IRAN – Campaign for America’s Future, Other98, RootsAction, RH Reality Check and Demand Progress launched a petition urging Congress to defend President Obama’s Iran deal against Republican attacks. Truman National Security Project Executive Director Michael Breen lauded the proposed agreement: “This historic agreement demonstrates the power of strong, forceful diplomacy and [...] will make America and our allies safer and stronger.“ SIGN a petition urging Congress to support the deal HERE and READ ”The Real Promise of the US-Iran Agreement” over at The Nation.

A CALL TO END CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE – The Leadership Conference Education Fund, the ACLU and the Drug Policy Alliance are hosting a National Call Urging Congress to End Civil Asset Forfeiture **TODAY** at 2:00 PM ET. Featured speakers include The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights President and CEO Wade Henderson, the ACLU Criminal Law Reform Project staff attorney Emma Andersson, Institute for Justice attorney Darpana Sheth and MORE! RSVP HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE 

… WHEN AN AMENDMENT WON’T HELP: Harvard academic and Top Wonk Lawrence Lessig shows that real campaign reform starts with small-dollar funding systems, not a constitutional amendment.

… UBER, ABOVE THE LAW: Center for Economic and Policy Research Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker slams Uber and its resistance to follow public regulations.

… TAX TRICKERY: Center for Economic and Policy Research Senior Economist and Top Wonk Eileen Appelbaum evaluates Dodd-Frank on it’s fifth anniversary.

Find out more at www.TopWonks.org.

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… PP congratulates former 30-year veteran of the New York Times editorial board Dorothy Samuels on her new endeavour as Senior Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice! …

… ON PP’S SUMMER READING LIST: “Campaign Finance Reform is Good for Businesses” by Patriotic Millionaire Chairman Morris Pearl …

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ALL IN FOR EACH WOMAN…WITH CHARLESTON, WE STAND…HAPPY BIRTHDAY, THE NATION!..The Great White (Predatory Loan) Shark…Organizing 101: A Response to Police Violence…After Marriage Equality…Equal Opportunity in Education…US-China Cooperation On The Middle East

ALL IN FOR EACH WOMAN – All* Above All–a coalition including the Center for Reproductive Rights, NARAL, National Women’s Law Center, and Planned Parenthood–launched a new campaign in conjunction with the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH Woman) Act introduced to Congress yesterday. The new bill would ensure that abortion is available to every American woman regardless of her health insurance while also prohibiting any obstruction from lawmakers. CHECK OUT 100 Days for Coverage–a daily look at the organizations on the front line of the fight for a woman’s right to choose–HERESIGN a letter to Congress telling them you support the EACH Woman Act HERE, and STAMP your Facebook profile picture in support HERE.

WITH CHARLESTON, WE STAND – After a string of nighttime fires destroyed six churches in southern states last week, groups including PICO, Hands Up United, and Sojourners launched #ThisIsWORR, a week of righteous resistance consisting of peace walks and training sessions. LEARN MORE about #ThisIsWORR HERESUBMIT an action to the campaign HERE, and SIGN a petition over at Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) telling five Southern States to stop honoring the Confederate heroes with official holidays HERE.

… MEANWHILE, SPLC President Richard Cohen urged the U.S. House and Senate to start conducting hearings on the threat of domestic terrorism: “The devastation of June 17 did not occur overseas. It occurred on American soil [...] 500 miles from Washington, DC.” READ the full letter HERE and SIGN a petition over at MoveOn urging Congress to stop domestic terrorism HERE.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, THE NATION! – President Obama lauded The Nation as it celebrated its 150th birthday on Monday: “It’s more than a magazine–it’s a crucible of ideas forged in the time of Emancipation, tempered through depression and war and the civil-rights movement, and honed as sharp and relevant as ever” … The celebration continues with a **NEW WEBSITE**, an Oscar-winning filmmaker’s documentary, and ongoing events across the country. CHECK OUT the website HEREREAD the quintuple-length special issue HERE, and TAKE a tour through 150 years of Nation archives HERE.

THE GREAT WHITE (PREDATORY LOAN) SHARK – National People’s Action, Americans for Financial Reform and Rootstrikers dove straight into Shark Week with a new campaign to put an end to the Great White Predatory Loan Shark. According to the coalition, the $10 billion industry ensnares 4 out of 5 payday borrowers into signing a follow-up loan within 14 days. READ the facts HERE and SIGN a petition telling the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to regulate debt trap HERE.

ORGANIZING 101: A RESPONSE TO POLICE VIOLENCE – Only 0.1% of stop-and-frisks in New York resulted in the discovery of a concealed weapon, according to new findings from The Center for Popular Democracy and PolicyLink. CHECK OUT the full toolkit, “Building Momentum From The Ground Up: A Toolkit for Promoting Justice in Policing,” LEARN more about justice in policing HERE, and SIGN a letter telling Governor Andrew Cuomo to appoint a special prosecutor in future cases involving police violence HERE.

AFTER MARRIAGE EQUALITY – Over 100 organizations–including ACLU, Project TAG, and SAGE–have partnered together to start Our Tomorrow, a campaign to engage the LGBTQ community in a conversation about next steps after winning marriage equality. FOLLOW the conversation HERESHARE your own thoughts HERE and READ ”We the People: Why Congress and U.S. States Must Pass Comprehensive LGBT Nondiscrimination Protections” over at CAP.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY IN EDUCATION – The highest poverty school districts in the country receive about $1,200 less per student than affluent districts, according to a letter from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to the U.S. Senate. The letter–signed by the ACLU, AFL-CIO, National Council of La Raza and PolicyLink–supports adding an amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act, a GOP-led update to the No Child Left Behind bill, which would level the disparity in education resources between well-off and impoverished school districts. CALL senators and voice your support for the amendment HERE and READ ”Time to End the Vicious Cycle of Inequality Begetting Unequal Education” over at the Economic Policy Institute.

US-CHINA COOPERATION ON THE MIDDLE EAST– CAP is hosting “US-China Cooperation on the Middle East” on Monday, July 13 at 10:00 AM in Washington, DC. Featured panelists include CAP Senior Fellows Rudy deLeon and Brian Katulis as well as Shanghai Institutes for International Studies Chairman of the Council of Academic Affairs Yang Jiemian and Deputy Director of Department of American Studies Wu Chunsi. RSVP HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE 

 A TRAIN OFF ITS TRACKS: Sierra Club Executive Director and Top Wonk Michael Brune denounces the Department of Transportation’s weak regulations on shipping crude oil by train.

… THE COST OF HIGHER EDUCATION: Demos President and Top Wonk Heather McGhee reframes the debate around higher education and the federal government’s investment in the future.

… A BACKROOM DEAL STRAINS BBCEnlightenment Economics Managing Editor and Top Wonk Diane Coyle slams British Parliament’s decision to burden the BBC with their welfare costs.

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LANDMARK VICTORIES FOR PROGRESSIVES…FREE BREE…OVERTIME IN THE US…A Vote For The Vote…What Recovery?…The Health of State Democracies

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 CauseThe Brennan Center for JusticeACLU, 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.

SIGN a petition demanding all charges against Bree Newsome be dropped HERESUPPORT Bree Newsome’s defense fees HERE and TWEET #FreeBree.

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 HEREFIND 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.

FROM THE WONK WIRE 
… THE CONSTITUTION, LITERALLY: Columbia Law School Center for Law and Politics Director and Top Wonk Nathaniel Persily highlights where the Supreme Court went right this week.

… OBAMACARE’S ACHILLES’ HEEL: Institution for Social and Policy Studies Director and Top Wonk Jacob Hacker ponders what we can expect now that Obamacare has survived the Supreme Court.

 GIVEN THEIR TRACK RECORD: Center for Economic and Policy Research Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker refutes the economists who failed to predict the 2008 housing crash.

… WOMEN IN THE WORKFORCE: American Constitution Society for Law and Policy President and Top Wonk Caroline Fredrickson reveals how women will benefit from Obama’s newest overtime initiative.

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WE, AS A COUNTRY, HAVE TO RECKON … TPA BETRAYAL … NOTHING IN THIS WORLD IS INDIFFERENT TO US … One Flew Over The FEC … Police Body Cameras Conversation … In The Fine Print … How To Monetize Your Own Disaster … Gay Rights Are Human Rights

WE, AS A COUNTRY, HAVE TO RECKON – Advancement Project Co-Director Judith Browne Dianis summed up the tragedy of the Emmanuel AME Church shooting last week in Charleston: “We must call racism and White supremacy what it is and continue the work toward dismantling all forms of discrimination” … Since South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) urged the removal of the Confederate flag from government grounds on Monday, six major corporations–including Wal-Mart, Target, and Amazon–removed Confederate flag merchandise from their stores, and five other Southern states have taken steps to remove Confederate symbols from parks, license plates, and government buildings.

… BUT SYMBOLS ONLY GO SO FAR. NAACP North Carolina President and Forward Together Movement Leader Rev. Dr. William J. Barber hit the nail on the head: “[The families of the victims] are challenging the schizophrenia of American morality, which allows political leaders to condemn the crime but embrace the policies that are its genesis.” GOP efforts blocked the last federal bill to expand background checks for firearm owners and the National Rifle Association supported an amendment to the CDC budget that prevents research that could be used to advocate for gun control.

READ ”The Greatest Threats to American National Security are Guns and the Police” over at The NationJOIN Everytown for Gun Safety in #RisingForCharleston HERE and SIGN a Rising for Charleston postcard to your members of Congress telling them to pass stronger gun control laws HERE.

TPA BETRAYAL – Despite massive opposition from the public, labor unions, and progressive organizations including DemosFight for the FuturePublic CitizenCommon Cause, and Presente, the Senate voted on Tuesday to grant President Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to push the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership through Congress. Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean unequivocally outlined the consequences for the few Senate Democrats who voted in favor of TPA: “This vote will be remembered, it will not be erased, and we will hold you accountable.

SIGN a petition from Stop Fast Track telling your Senators, “If you vote yes on Fast Track, we pledge to vote against you in the next election” HERE.

NOTHING IN THIS WORLD IS INDIFFERENT TO US – Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) President Rhea Suh applauded Pope Francis’ Encyclical on climate change: “Putting belief into action drives progress.” The Encyclical comes as nations around the world prepare for the World Climate Summit in Paris this December. READ ”From Bonn to Paris: Navigating the Course to an Effective International Climate Agreement” over at Center for American Progress (CAP) and CHECK OUT a map of oil and pipeline spills in the US at the Center for Effective Government HERE.

ONE FLEW OVER THE FEC – This week, Public Citizen refiled Federal Election Commission (FEC) Chairman Ellen Weintraub’s earlier petition in which she pleaded with her own agency to do its job and regulate dark money corruption in campaign spending. Weintraub reiterated what 84% of Americans already know: campaign finance needs a complete overhaul. READ suggested provisions from the American Anti-Corruption Act HERE and SIGN a petition over at Public Citizen urging President Obama to get big money out of politics HERE.

POLICE BODY CAMERA CONVERSATION **TODAY** – The Brennan Center for Justice is hosting “Candid Cameras?: The Impact of Body Cameras on Privacy, Law Enforcement, and Community Policing“ **TODAY** at 12:00 PM in Washington, DC. The event will feature Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann, Brennan Center Senior Counsel Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Streetwise and Safe Senior Policy Counsel Andrea Ritchie, and ACLU Senior Policy Analyst Jay Stanley. RSVP HERE.

IN THE FINE PRINT – Despite the 78,000 consumers and 71 Progressive organizations–including Alliance for Justice, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and National Council of La Raza–calling on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to end the practice of forced arbitration clauses, House Republicans introduced new legislation last week intended to keep these clauses alive and well. SIGN a petition over at Other98 telling the CFPB to reign in forced arbitration clauses HERE.

HOW TO MONETIZE YOUR OWN DISASTER – The same Wall Street firms that triggered the 2008 housing crash have profited over $20 billion by buying the titles of 200,000 foreclosed homes, according to a new report from the Center for Popular Democracy. READ: Do Hedge Funds Make Good Neighbors? How Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac & HUD are Selling Off Our Neighborhoods to Wall Street.

GAY RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS – A new report from CAP reveals that 50 million LGBT people worldwide flee persecution from their countries for their sexual orientation. READ ”Humanitarian Diplomacy: The U.S. Asylum System’s Role in Protecting Global LGBT Rights” and CHECK OUT Immigration Equality, an organization that provides legal resources to LGBT and HIV-positive immigrants.

FROM THE WONK WIRE 

… FAILURE TO ENFORCE COMMISSION: Brennan Center Fellow and Top Wonk Ciara Torres-Spelliscy details the rule of law failure in the FEC’s selective enforcement of campaign finance regulations.

… MORE GAINS AT THE TOP: Center for Economic and Policy Research Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker shows exactly who will benefit from the growth that TPP is supposed to bring.

… A TALE OF TWO LEGACIES: Demos Senior Fellow and Top Wonk Nomi Prins thinks that in the dynastic presidential battle of Clinton vs. Bush, the real winners are the bankers and billionaires.

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GRASSROOTS VICTORY OVER TPP…BIPARTISAN SUPPORT TO END SECRET SEARCHES…IMMIGRATION OVERHAUL…Victims Aren’t Nuisances…Well Fed and Well Read…Pro-Choice And Pregnant…The Politics of Criminal Justice

GRASSROOTS VICTORY OVER TPP – Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch Director Lori Wallach celebrated the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) defeat in the House Friday: “[TPP] just hit the immovable object called transpartisan grassroots democracy” … Despite massive public opposition, the House extended the deadline to vote on the accompanying Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bill to July 30. TELL Congress to continue rejecting Fast Track HERE.

… MEANWHILE, Economic Policy Institute released a report last week on the Trade in Services Agreement–a secret trade deal published by Wikileaks that would constrain Congress’ ability to regulate US immigration policy. READ the report HERE.

BIPARTISAN SUPPORT TO END SECRET SEARCHES – 27 Progressive groups–including ACLU, CREDO Mobile, Fight for the Future, Free Press Action Fund, RootsAction.org, and Sunlight Foundation–called on the House last week to support an amendment to the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2016 that would ban secret, backdoor searches of Americans’ data. Though the amendment passed in the House last Friday, it still faces the threat of being stripped from the omnibus that eventually becomes a law. READ the coalition’s letter HERE and FIND your representative and REACH OUT HERE.

IMMIGRATION OVERHAUL – ACLU filed a class-action lawsuit against the US Border Patrol earlier this week for the harsh treatment that occurs in detention facilities in southern Arizona. It costs over $2 billion a year in taxpayer dollars to maintain these abusive facilities, according to a recent report from Human Rights First. READ the report HERE.

… UNLIKE IMPRISONMENT, programs like Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) would grow the US economy by $230 billion over 10 years, according to a new analysis from Center for American Progress (CAP). This analysis comes in the midst of a federal injunction on the two programs. READ the full analysis HEREEXPLORE the accompanying map HERE, and CHECK OUT ”Living the American DREAM: Profiles of DACA Recipients” over at National Council of La Raza.

VICTIMS AREN’T NUISANCES – A new case study from ACLU released this week reveals the devastating consequences of so-called “nuisance ordinances”–local policies popping up around the country that shift blame onto crime victims. In the ACLU’s sample case of Fulton, NY, 48% of incidents reported as nuisances were actually domestic violence conflicts. READ: “Silence: How Nuisance Ordinances Punish Crime Victims in New York.”

WELL FED AND WELL READ – As Congress prepares to consider federal child nutrition reauthorization, CAP suggested provisions that would give 40% of residents living below the federal poverty line access to the 2 billion meals the Child and Adult Care Food Program fundsREAD: “How the Child and Adult Care Food Program Improves Early Childhood Education.”

PRO-CHOICE AND PREGNANT – RH Reality Check launched a new blog last week in response to the anti-choice advocates who were shocked by NARAL President Ilyse Hogue’s pregnancy. CHECK OUT ”Pregnant, Parenting and Pro-Choice” and SHARE your own story HERE.

A PARTNERSHIP FOR JUSTICE – The Brennan Center and New America are hosting “The Politics of Criminal Justice” next Thursday, June 25 at 9:30 AM in Washington, DC. Participants include Brennan Center Justice Program Director and Top Wonk Inimai Chettiar and Right on Crime Founder and Policy Director Marc Levin. RSVP HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE 

… HOW LOW CAN THEY GO IN DISMANTLING ROE?: American Constitution Society for Law and Policy President and Top Wonk Caroline Fredrickson discusses the devastating impact of last week’s Fifth Circuit ruling in Texas with Melissa Harris-Perry.

 NO MORE SCARLET LETTERS: Voter Participation Center Founder and President and Top Wonk Page Gardner outlines the political perils of shaming single mothers, a la Jeb Bush.

… A FRESH START FOR DISTRESSED DEBTORS: Economist and Top Wonk Joseph Stiglitz and Columbia University Business School Postdoctoral Research Fellow Martin Guzman advocate for an international law for resolving sovereign-debt crises.

 STILL RECOVERING: Center for Economic and Policy Research Domestic Policy Director and Top Wonk Nicole Woo argues that it’s too soon for a federal funds interest rate hike.

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