WHY THE VOTING GAP MATTERS – Demos published a new report finding that voter turnout–especially during midterm elections–is dominated by high-income individuals who tend to favor more conservative economic policies. Demos Research Assistant and report author Sean McElwee: “Politicians respond to voters, not non-voters“ … Meanwhile, big money groups are increasingly the biggest influence on politicians in the post-Citizens United landscape, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. READ: “Don’t Let Them Silence You: Vote, Dammit,” by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship over at AlterNet.
TO MAKE MEN FREE — The Brennan Center is hosting a discussion *TODAY* at 6:00 pm in New York with Historian Heather Cox Richardson about her new book, To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party. The discussion will center around “the implications and unintended consequences the Republican Party’s ideological vacillations have had for minorities, the middle class, and America at large.” RSVP HERE.
PP MUST READS: “Vote Working Families Party to Pressure Andrew Cuomo” and “No Quid Pro Quo, No Cuomo: Vote Howie Hawkins on November 4” over at The Nation.
INVASION OF THE DATA SNATCHERS — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) launched “Invasion of the Data Snatchers,” a new video exposing the inadequacy of privacy laws in the age of technology. WATCH HERE, SIGN a petition supporting limits on information that government and corporations can collect HERE, and READ “Invasion of the Data Snatchers: Big Data and the Internet of Things Means the Surveillance of Everything.”
PROTECT ALL WOMEN — Between 2001 and 2012, 6,410 women were murdered in the US by an intimate partner with a gun--more than the total number of US troops killed in action during Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined, according to the new campaign Protect All Women. The website–organized by the Center for American Progress (CAP)–showcases state-specific information about gun violence and domestic violence and highlights the work of groups including Americans for Responsible Solutions, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Everytown for Gun Safety, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and the Protect All Women Leadership Network. FIND OUT more HERE, READ “Women Under the Gun: How Gun Violence Affects Women and 4 Policy Solutions to Better Protect Them,” and TWEET #ProtectAllWomen.
DID YOU KNOW?? — The minimum wage buys LESS today than it did in 1950–Business for a Fair Minimum Wage crunches the numbers HERE … Meanwhile, the Roosevelt Institute breaks down the CEO Pay Debate HERE.
A GRASSROOTS VICTORY – Tar sands developers have lost $30.9 billion from 2010-2013–$17 billion of which can be attributed to citizen protests against pipelines and tar sands, according to a new report by Oil Change International and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. Oil Change International Executive Director Steve Kretzmann: “Industry officials never anticipated the level and intensity of public opposition to their massive build-out plans. Public opposition has caused government and its administrative agencies to take a second and third look.” READ “Material Risks: How Public Accountability is Slowing Tar Sands Development” and SIGN the NoKXL Pledge of Resistance organized by CREDO, Rainforest Action Network, and the Other 98% HERE.
TERM LIMITS FOR SCOTUS? — The American Constitution Society published “Supreme Court Term Limits: Pursuing Apolitical Predictability,” a three-part blog series by Bell Nunnally Associate and ACS Dallas-Ft. Worth Lawyer Chapter President Jason Steed that explores the idea of term limits for Supreme Court Justices. READ Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
FERGUSON 2 ORLANDO — A coalition of organizations–including Advancement Project, the Organization for Black Struggle, Ohio Student Association, and Dream Defenders–gathered at the 121st Annual Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in Orlando, FL on Monday to demand police accountability and a fundamental shift in relations between police and communities of color. Advancement Project Co-Director Judith Browne-Dianis: “It’s time for the IACP, police chiefs, and all policymakers around the country who have ignored the cries of Black and Brown youth to hear us. We are all Mike Brown. We are all John Crawford. We are all Eric Garner. We are all Shantel Davis. We are here to say to the Police Chiefs, no more.” READ more about the coalition’s demands HERE, SIGN a petition from ColorOfChange.org HERE, and TWEET #Ferguson2Orlando.
ANCHORS AWEIGH – Center for American Progress (CAP) released a new report outlining how “anchor institutions” such as universities and hospitals can play a large role in community revitalization and economic growth with aid from the federal government. READ: “Eds, Meds, and the Feds: How the Federal Government Can Foster the Role of Anchor Institutions in Community Revitalization.”
FROM THE WONK WIRE …
… VOLATILE VOTING RIGHTS: Advancement Project Co-Director and Top Wonk Penda D. Hair explains how the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act last year has left voting rights in a precarious position.
… HARDLY A TYRANT: Brennan Center for Justice Program Director and Top Wonk Inimai Chettiar argues that President Obama is not abusing his power, but is rather doing what is necessary to pass legislation in spite of a gridlocked Congress.
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