CLIMATE MARCH *THIS SUNDAY* — Join members from Sierra Club, 350.org, MoveOn.org, NRDC, 1,000 other organizations, and 100,000 people in New York this Sunday for the largest climate march in history. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will join the demonstrators in advance of the UN Climate Change Summit this Tuesday. “We need to be in the streets, to make sure the politicians listen to us.” RSVP HERE.
JUST LIKE THE SIGN SAYS — Business for a Fair Minimum Wage (BFMW) launched “Just Like the Sign Says,” a new video featuring business owners throughout 15 states, including National Business Products CEO and Smart Capitalist Steven Prince. The video was released in conjunction with BFMW and Main Street Alliance’s national campaign that provides businesses with free decals and posters to show their support for a federal minimum wage of at least $10.10. WATCH the video HERE and ORDER a free decal or poster HERE.
READ: “Walk In Their Shoes” by American Income Life Insurance Company President and CEO Roger Smith.
SAVE THE NET — Over 2 million people took action in last Wednesday’s Internet Slowdown Day in support of net neutrality. The day of protest was organized by Fight for the Future and backed by organizations including the ACLU, Common Cause, Color of Change, DailyKos, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Free Press Action Fund, Greenpeace, MoveOn, Presente, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Progressives United, the Other 98%, and WAM. The FCC is currently conducting a series of policy roundtables for the ongoing net neutrality debate. WATCH live HERE.
DEMOCRACY FOR ALL? — Demos President and Top Wonk Heather McGhee reacted to the Senate’s debate on the Democracy for All resolution last week: “The promise of American democracy is that we are all afforded an equal say over the policies that shape our lives. Instead, today’s campaign finance system allows wealthy donors and corporate interests to use million-dollar megaphones to influence government, drowning out the voices of the 99 percent of Americans who don’t make large campaign donations.”
PP MUST READ: “Assault Weapons Revisited: Policy Options for Regulating Rifles, Shotguns, and Other Firearms 20 Years After the Passage of the Assault Weapons Ban” over at the Center for American Progress.
VOTERUNLEAD — VoteRunLead–a new organization dedicated to recruiting and training women to run for office on state and local levels–launched “Invitation Nation,” an online campaign where users can invite women to run for office. VoteRunLead President Erin Vilardi: “We want to reach out to diverse communities of women, women of color, women in rural communities, and really shift the perception of what a political leader looks like for women… We want to help women think beyond their power as voters, and think about their power and political leaders.” FIND OUT more about VoteRunLead and “Invitation Nation” HERE.
GREEN GROWTH — The Center for American Progress (CAP) and the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) released new findings that investing $200 billion annually–just 1.2 percent of the current US GDP–would cut energy consumption by 30 percent, expand clean energy production by 40 percent, and create a net increase of 2.7 million jobs. CAP Senior Fellow Bracken Hendricks: “This is a story of hope and opportunity, but the window for action is small and narrowing.” READ the full report HERE.
WISCONSIN VOTING WOES — Advancement Project and the ACLU filed for a rehearing in their case challenging Wisconsin’s highly restrictive voter ID law on Tuesday. The law, which was initially struck down as an unconstitutional violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, was upheld by a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week. With only seven weeks until Election Day, this change has the potential to affect more than 300,000 registered voters. Advancement Project Senior Attorney Katherine Culliton-Gonzalez: “It is not only unreasonable–but also mathematically, logically and physically impossible–that by November 4, hundreds of thousands of voters will learn about the need for photo ID, collect the multiple underlying documents, get to a DMV office, and obtain the ID suddenly required to vote since last Friday afternoon.”
AGAINST INVERSIONS — Citizens for Tax Justice (CTJ) released a new report that Congress should require corporations to pay deferred taxes they owe in the US before reincorporating abroad, thereby limiting the amount of taxes a corporation could avoid through inversion. READ the full report HERE.
UNDERSTANDING “SECRET LAWS” — The Sunlight Foundation is hosting a discussion on “Bringing Law into the Light” on Monday, September 22nd at 2:00pm. Panelists will include CREW Policy Director Daniel Schuman, ACLU Legislative Counsel and Policy Advisor Gabe Rottman, OpenTheGovernment.org Executive Director Patrice McDermott, and Council of the District of Columbia General Counsel V. David Zvenyach. RSVP HERE.
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… FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich thinks the professors at Harvard Business School need to teach their students to improve society as a whole, not just to maximize profits for shareholders.
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