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 … MEANWHILE, People For the American Way, Democracy for America, and Common Cause each drove petitions this week calling for politicians to take money out of politics. READ the agenda HERE, CHECK 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 HERE, CHECK 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.
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