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.

Find out more at www.TopWonks.org.

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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.

Find out more at www.TopWonks.org.

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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.

Find out more at www.TopWonks.org.
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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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TEXAS DECISION DEVASTATES ABORTION CLINICS…YOU VOTE, I VOTE, WE ALL VOTE…THE WORLD SAYS NO TO SURVEILLANCE…Internet Access For All…Big Coal Still Causing Big Problems…Infrastructure, A Civil Right… Racism in Retail…ASC National Convention 2015

TEXAS DECISION DEVASTATES ABORTION CLINICS – Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) President and CEO Nancy Northrup outlined the stakes of Thursday’s Fifth Circuit ruling in Texas: “Not since before Roe v. Wade has such a law or court decision had the potential to devastate access to reproductive health on such a sweeping scale.” CRR plans to appeal this case–which will leave 900,000 reproductive-age women in Texas more than 150 miles away from the nearest abortion provider–to the United States Supreme Court. SIGN their petition in support of the federal Women’s Health Protection Act HERE.

YOU VOTE, I VOTE, WE ALL VOTE – The Brennan Center for Justice released new findings this week that 50 million potential voters could be brought into the political process under Voter Registration Modernization, a system of voluntary and automated digital voter registration. This report coincides with the two-year anniversary of Congress gutting the Voting Rights Act (VRA). SIGN a petition from Every Voice in support of the Fair Elections Now Act HERE.

MEANWHILE, Hillary Clinton announced last Thursday that she will make VRA restoration a major touchstone of her campaign. Americans are on board: 81% of voters support the VRA and 69% want Congress to restore its key provisions. WATCH Clinton’s speech HERE and READ Hillary’s Game-Changing Voting Reform” by Brennan Center President and Top Wonk Michael Waldman.

THE WORLD SAYS NO TO SURVEILLANCE – The ACLU launched a call campaign to the President challenging Executive Order 12333 in response to the passage of the USA Freedom Act. The order–which gives the NSA the bulk of its authority–was left untouched by the new reform measures. CALL President Obama HERESIGN a petition from Electronic Frontier Foundation calling for reform to EO 12333 HERE, and READ the Reddit “Ask Me Anything” hosted by Edward Snowden and ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer HERE.

INTERNET ACCESS FOR ALL – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights co-sponsored legislation last week to provide internet services for low-income households … This legislation comes as telecommunication companies continue to sue the FCC to put net neutrality regulations on hold. If the suits are unsuccessful, the new regulations will go into effect tomorrow. CHECK OUT the Internet Health Test from Battle for the Net–which makes sure internet providers are following FCC rules–HERE.

BIG COAL STILL CAUSING BIG PROBLEMS – Taxpayers may have to foot the bill for $3.5 billion worth of cleanup if the coal industry defaults on its obligation to restore public lands to their original state, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Western Organization of Research Councils, and the National Wildlife Federation. Though coal industries are legally responsible for restoration, the projects’ costs are quickly outstripping the industry’s resourcesREAD ”Undermined Promise II” and WATCH ”Make Polluters Pay” by Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich over at MoveOn.org

INFRASTRUCTURE, A CIVIL RIGHT – The Leadership Conference slammed House Republicans for their cuts to key infrastructure investments–including Amtrak–in their FY 2016 budget: “Access to transportation is a civil right” … These poorly-timed cuts come as Amtrak ridership is increasing, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress. READ their full analysis HERE and WATCH Republican Cuts Kill…Again.”

RACISM IN RETAIL – A new joint analysis from Demos and NAACP finds that retail employers pay full-time workers of color 75% of the wages of their white peers, amounting to losses of up to $7,500 a year. READ: “The Retail Race Divide: How the Retail Industry is Perpetuating Racial Inequality in the 21st Century.”

ACS NATIONAL CONVENTION 2015 – The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is hosting its National Convention **TODAY** through Saturday in Washington, DC. Featured speakers include Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Former Attorney General Eric Holder, and Former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis. REGISTER HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE …

… PROTECT THOSE IN NEED: Journalist, author, and Top Wonk Naomi Klein points out the irony of Shell Oil seeking “protection” from protesters.

… BELIEVE IT WHEN I SEE IT: Harvard Economist and Top Wonk Lawrence Lessig doubts that any presidential candidate will make real reforms to money in politics.

… LESSONS NOT LEARNED: Demos Senior Fellow and Top Wonk Nomi Prins explores the shakeup at Deutsche Bank.

… JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED: Alliance for Justice President and Top Wonk Nan Aron urges Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) to stop obstructing nominees to the Seventh Circuit court, which has had a vacancy since 2010.

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SURVEILLANCE KEEPS ON…AMERICA FOR DETENTION…NO TO TPP…PICKING UP THE PIECES…Something We Can All Agree On…Pomp And Desperate Circumstances…A Clear Ruling On Clean Water…The Term Of The Century

SURVEILLANCE KEEPS ON – Fight for the Future, CREDO Mobile, ACLU, Free Press, and MoveOn.org launched Reset the Net–an encryption campaign to protect people from surveillance–in response to the passage of the USA Freedom Act on Tuesday. LEARN how to encrypt your data HERE.

AMERICA FOR DETENTION – Human Rights First slammed the Department of Homeland Security’s plan to increase spending on immigration detention by $345.4 million in 2016: “Seeking asylum is not a crime — it is our law.” The Dilley facility alone–a jail-like center that detains mothers and children fleeing persecution and violence in Central America–will cost the government over $260 million a year, or $300 a day per person held in the facility. Members of the House and Senate sent Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson separate letters this week opposing the plan. READ their letters HERE and HERE, and CHECK OUT ”I Know an American Internment Camp When I See One” over at ACLU.

NO TO TPP – Public CitizenFight for the Future, and Campaign for America’s Future launched call campaigns to the House of Representatives last week in the wake of the Senate’s vote to grant President Obama fast track authority. The President plans to use this authority to push the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through Congress, despite massive public oppositionLEARN MORE about TPP HERECALL your representative HERE, and TWEET #StopFastTrack.

PICKING UP THE PIECES – A new case study by the ACLU shows that black residents of Minneapolis are 8.7 times more likely to be arrested for low-level offenses than white residents, and Native American residents are 8.6 times more likely … The study comes on the heels of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) recent agreement with the City of Cleveland over police reforms to curtail their pattern of excessive forceREAD: ”Picking up the Pieces: Policing in America, A Minneapolis Case Study,” WATCH the accompanying video “Being Black in America,” and SIGN a petition to the DOJ demanding mandatory reporting of police data HERE.

SOMETHING WE CAN ALL AGREE ON – 84% of Americans agree that money in politics is out of control. FOLLOW presidential campaign contributions with Sunlight Foundation’s new presidential committee tracker HERE.

POMP AND DESPERATE CIRCUMSTANCES – Despite an improving economy, the class of 2015 continues to suffer unemployment and underemployment rates higher than pre-recession levels, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). The report is part of EPI’s Raise America’s Pay–a multi-year research and public education initiative to combat wage stagnation. READ ”The Class of 2015” and LEARN MORE about Raise America’s Pay HERE.

A CLEAR RULING ON CLEAN WATER – Sierra Club Executive Director and Top Wonk Michael Brune applauded President Obama’s new clean water regulations: “No longer will the Supreme Court’s confusing decisions on the issue allow dirty fossil fuel companies to threaten people’s health by dumping toxins into our lakes, rivers, and streams.”

… Before the passage of these regulations, 1 in 3 Americans got their drinking water from sources not clearly protected by federal clean water laws, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). SIGN a petition from NRDC telling President Obama to keep up his commitment to the environment by stopping Shell from drilling in the Arctic HERE.

THE TERM OF THE CENTURY – The Center for American Progress (CAP) is hosting “Three Cases that Could Change America: The 2014-2015 Supreme Court Term” on Monday, June 8 at 10:00 AM in Washington, DC. NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill will give the keynote address. RSVP HERE or WATCH a livestream of the event HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE …

… THE UN-COUNTED: ColorOfChange Executive Director and Top Wonk Rashad Robinson rebukes the U.S. for its complete lack of data on police violence.

… ONE PERSON, ONE VOTE: Columbia Law School Center for Law and Politics Director and Top Wonk Nathaniel Persily challenges the Supreme Court’s ability to calculate total American voters.

… DEMOCRACY, A BRUTAL CONTEST: Demos President and Top Wonk Heather McGhee asserts that democracy is an ideal that the U.S. has never truly achieved.

… LONE STAR AID: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich shows Texas’ erratic relationship with the federal government.

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A BACKWARD STEP ON IMMIGRATION…BLACK WOMEN MATTER…Sunset the PATRIOT Act…Film The Police…The Reconnection Agenda **TODAY** In DC…Students Deserve Freedom from Debt…Min Wage Workers Are Older, Wiser, and Poorer

A BACKWARD STEP ON IMMIGRATION – Despite the fact that the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program (DAPA) would increase GDP by $164 billion and create over 20,000 jobs, the Bush- and Reagan-appointed judges of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked relief for immigrants through DAPA and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on Tuesday. National Council of La Raza Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation Deputy Vice President Clarissa Martinez-De-Castro slammed the decision: “Those who continue to block common sense relief to settle a score with the president should realize that their political gamesmanship is destroying lives and alienating an increasingly influential voting bloc.”

READ: “The GOP’s Xenophobia Primary” over at Salon and ”Authorized Status, Limited Returns” over at Economic Policy Institute.

BLACK WOMEN MATTER – Thousands protested in 17 cities across the country last Thursday as part of the #SayHerName Day of Action to combat the invisibility of black women who are killed by law enforcement officials. In conjunction with the Day of Action–organized by Black Youth Project 100, #BlackLivesMatter, and Ferguson Action–the African American Policy Forum released “Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women.” READ the full report HERE and DOWNLOAD a social media guide HERE.

SUNSET SURVEILLANCE – A broad coalition of organizations–including Free Press, CREDO Action, Fight for the Future, and MoveOn.org–organized protests in dozens of cities last Thursday against the reauthorization of the PATRIOT Act … 60 representatives HEARD THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE and wrote a letter to the Senate last week urging them to rejected the proposed USA FREEDOM Act, claiming that its modest reforms are inadequate for ending mass surveillance … The letter surfaced this week as top lawmakers scramble to find a last-minute compromise to save the PATRIOT Act, which expires Sunday at midnight. READ the representatives’ letter over at Sunlight Foundation HERE and TELL Congress to let the PATRIOT Act expire HERE.

FILM THE POLICE – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights President and CEO Wade Henderson testified in front of Congress this week about the potential impact of bodycams on reforming policing practices. WATCH Henderson’s testimony HERE and CHECK OUT ”Film the Police”–a new short film from Brave New Films–HERE.

… MEANWHILE, Sunlight Foundation announced last week that they will join the White House’s Police Data Initiative to help police departments create sustainable open data practices. LEARN MORE HERE.

THE RECONNECTION AGENDA – The Center for American Progress is hosting a discussion **TODAY** in Washington, DC on The Reconnection Agenda: Reuniting Growth and Prosperity, a new book by Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Senior Fellow Jared Bernstein. RSVP HERE.

FREEDOM FROM DEBT – More than 78,000 individuals and 51 national groups have signed letters urging the U.S. Department of Education to forgive student loans for all former students of the fraudulent Corinthian Colleges. READ the combined letter from Americans for Financial Reform, Democracy for America, National Consumer Law Center, Higher Ed Not Debt, American Federation of Teachers, National Association of Consumer Advocates, and Student Debt Crisis HERE and SIGN a petition telling Congress to protect Americans from the abuses of for-profit colleges HERE.

OLDER, WISER, AND POORER – According to new data from the Center for Economic Policy and Research, low-wage workers today are both older and better educated than low-wage workers of the past. Despite this, the current federal minimum wage sits well below the level of its historic peak in 1968. READ ”Low-Wage Workers: Still Older, Smarter, and Underpaid” and SIGN a petition in support of the federal Raise the Minimum Wage Act from the Economic Policy Institute HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE …

… SMALL REFORMS WON’T CUT IT: Brennan Center for Justice Deputy Director and Top Wonk Lawrence Norden blames weak half-measures for New York’s legislative corruption.

… ANTITRUST, A THING OF THE PAST: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich wonders what happened to antitrust laws that kept giant corporations in check.

… I COME TO BURY CENTRISM: Roosevelt Institute Fellow and Top Wonk Mike Konczal muses on the death of centrism.

… NAVIGATING GRAY AREAS: Fordham University Associate Professor of Law and Top Wonk Zephyr Teachout examines the fine points of the bribery case involving Senator Robert Menendez.

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HOORAY FOR L.A….TPP DEAL KEEPS GETTING WORSE, IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE…Promoting Police Accountability and De-Militarizing Police Forces…Debt is the New Normal, but Some Have It Worse than Others…Clean Water Win…Big Polluters Don’t Deserve a Voice at the UN…A Fair Work Week for All…Strengthening Intelligence Oversight

HOORAY FOR L.A. – National Employment Law Project Executive Director Christine Owens celebrated the Los Angeles City Council’s announcement Tuesday that it will raise its minimum wage to $15 by 2020: “…The L.A. City Council’s endorsement of $15 is further proof that what seemed like an unrealistic economic aspiration only two years ago is mainstream economic reality today” … READ: “Minimum Wage Increase Helps Workers, Employers” by Pennsylvania Business for a Fair Minimum Wage member and small business owner Amy Edelman.

TPP DEAL KEEPS GETTING WORSE – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) have begun collecting signatures from Democrats on a letter rejecting the proposed Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. While the TAA is meant to help workers displaced by trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the current TAA proposal is funded by cutting health care benefits for seniors … READ their letter HERESIGN a petition from Democracy for America telling the Senate to reject Medicare cuts and Fast Track HERE, and CALL Minority Leader Pelosi at (202) 225-0100 telling her to STOP FAST TRACK, then REPORT how it went to MoveOn.org HERE.

… AS IF THREATENING TO CUT MEDICARE WEREN’T BAD ENOUGH, a new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) says that millions of jobs are at stake unless a provision is added to TPP to prevent currency manipulation. While the Obama administration has denied this danger, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka last week described their argument as “unadulterated horse waste.” READ: “Stop Currency Manipulation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.”

PROMOTING POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY – More than three dozen Progressive groups–including ACLU, ColorOfChange.org, Demos, Free Press, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, NAACP, and National Council of La Raza–released a set of guidelines last Friday to ensure that police-operated body cameras are used to enhance civil rights. READ: “The People’s Manifesto on Police Body-Cameras.”

… COMING ON THE HEELS of this coalition effort, President Obama announced Monday that his administration will ban federal transfers of certain types of military-grade gear to local police departments … READ: “Police Body-Worn Cameras: Evidentiary Benefits and Privacy Threats” over at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS).

DEBT IS THE NEW NORMAL – A new analysis from Demos shows that students of color have to take out higher loans than white students and are much more likely to drop out without receiving a degree, often because they can’t afford to continue. Report author Mark Huelsman: “…We have created a system based almost entirely on acquiring debt to get ahead, with no regard to how it would impact different communities.” READ ”The Debt Divide: The Racial and Class Bias Behind the ‘New Normal’ of Student Borrowing” and SIGN a petition from Democracy for America telling the Department of Education to discharge all debt for former students of the now bankrupt for-profit Corinthian Colleges HERE.

CLEAN WATER WIN – Sierra Club, MountainTrue, Southern Environmental Law Center, and Waterkeeper Alliance issued a joint statement this week in response to Duke Energy pleading guilty to nine violations of the Clean Water Act and pledging to close their Asheville coal plant: “Duke can do better, and our community deserves better” … This is the 190th closure of a coal plant since the beginning of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. LEARN MORE about the campaign HERE and SIGN their petition telling Congress not to follow the old fossil fuel agenda HERE.

… ELSEWHERE, a broad coalition of organizations–including 350.org, Corporate Accountability International, CREDO Action, Daily Kos, Greenpeace USA, League of Conservation Voters, People for the American Way, Rainforest Action Network, RH Reality Check, and Sierra Club–joined forces to demand that big polluters be barred from participating in the upcoming United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. SIGN their petition–which Corporate Accountability International will deliver to the Convention in Germany the first week of June–HERE.

A FAIR WORK WEEK FOR ALL – 61% of all women in the workforce are employed in hourly jobs, and over a third of women work part time according to a new report from the Center for Popular Democracy as part of their Fair Workweek Initiative. This leaves women disproportionately vulnerable to unsustainable scheduling practices and low wages. READ ”Hour by Hour: Women in Today’s Workweek” and LEARN MORE about the Fair Workweek Initiative HERE.

STRENGTHENING INTELLIGENCE OVERSIGHT – The Brennan Center for Justice is hosting a symposium on “Strengthening Intelligence Oversight: Lessons from the Church Committee” next Thursday, May 28 at 8:30 am in Washington, DC. The event will feature a keynote discussion with former Vice President Walter Mondale, former Senator Gary Hart, and Brennan Center Chief Counsel Fredrick A.O. Schwarz, Jr. RSVP HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE …

 IT TAKES A VILLAGE: Demos President and Top Wonk Heather McGhee speaks about how we need to accept government’s role in our economy.

… FAR FROM OVER: Sierra Club Executive Director and Top Wonk Michael Brune explains that even if Keystone is defeated, the fight against tar sands pipelines is just beginning.

… CORPORATE COOPERATION: Demos Senior Fellow and Top Wonk Nomi Prins predicts the Starbucks and Spotify partnership will set an important corporate precedent.

… TALK ABOUT INEQUALITY: Economist and Top Wonk Joseph Stiglitz discusses his new book, The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them.

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