THE ONES THEY LEFT BEHIND — Smart Capitalist Antonio Elmaleh released “The Ones They Left Behind,” a new book detailing post-Civil War America through the eyes of veteran Harriman Hickenlooper. The Civil War Trust Washington, D.C. Senior Vice President Frank DeLuca: “In his first novel, Antonio Elmaleh lifts our spirits as basic human decency prevails and a good man finds redemption and love.” READ more HERE.
IMMEDIATE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION — AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called on President Obama to take bold executive action on immigration: “There has been enough consideration. The time for discussion, debate, and delay is over. Now, it is time to act” … Congressional Progressive Caucus and Senate Democrats also expressed their support … SIGN Presente’s petition HERE … *TONIGHT* at 8 p.m. EST. President Obama will outline his plan. TUNE IN HERE. Agenda Project Founder and President Erica Payne TELLS PP: “I cannot wait to see Republicans run against this in 2016 … and lose every single seat they gained this year.”
KEYSTONE DEFEAT, A VICTORY — Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) President and Top Wonk Frances Beinecke lauded the Senate’s narrow defeat of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline on Tuesday: “The Senate did the right thing to reject the misguided bill, and now the president should do the right thing and reject the pipeline.” The proposed 1,179 mile pipeline would pump tar sands oils from Alberta, Canada to Texas refineries. SIGN 350.org’s petition urging President Obama to reject the Keystone pipeline HERE.
READ: “The Grand Oil Party Takes Washington by Storm” over at The Nation and “The Shady PR War Unleashed Against Environmentalists Who Oppose Keystone Pipeline” over at AlterNet.
$15 AND FULL TIME — Walmart workers across the country are planning to strike for the third consecutive year against the retailer on Black Friday–the biggest shopping day of the year. The demonstrators, organized by OURWalmart, will push the nation’s largest private employer for more sustainable labor practices including a $15 hourly wage, more full-time work, and an end to retaliation against those who wish to form a union. SIGN the petition to Walmart’s owners HERE and WATCH a video explaining the day of protest HERE.
… THANKFUL FOR UNIONS: Main Street–a project of Working America, community affiliate of AFL-CIO–shared a union-made Thanksgiving shopping list. CHECK it out HERE.
… RAISING ILLINOIS’ WAGE: Business for a Fair Minimum Wage CEO Holly Sklar backed Illinois business owners’ call on state lawmakers to pass a minimum wage increase during the legislative veto session: “Nebraska, Arkansas, South Dakota, and Alaska passed binding state minimum wage increases on November 4 and other states passed significant increases earlier this year. Illinois can boost business and the state economy by passing an increase now.”
STORIES FROM THE STATES – The Brennan Center for Justice launched “Voting 2014: Stories from the States,” a new web-series featuring the stories of those affected by restrictive voting laws in the midterm election. READ the full series HERE.
PP MUST READ: “Fixed Fortunes: Biggest Corporate Political Interests Spend Billions, Get Trillions” over at Sunlight Foundation.
TRANSGENDER TIPPING POINT — In honor of Transgender Awareness Week, the American Constitution Society released “The Transgender Tipping Point: An Overview for the Advocate,” a legal issue brief written by Ramapo College of New Jersey Law and Society Professor Dr. Jillian T. Weiss. READ the full briefing HERE.
STOP EXAGGERATING – The NRDC released “The Exaggerator,” a video satirizing the misinformation surrounding the proposed Clean Water Protection Rule. NRDC Water Program Senior Attorney Jon Devine: “Contaminated water is no laughing matter … but industrial polluters’ ridiculous attacks on the president’s clean water plan to protect our nation’s wetlands, lakes and streams deserves a good mocking.” WATCH the video HERE, READ the NRDC’s full defense of the rule HERE, and WRITE to your Senators in support of the Clean Water Protection Rule HERE.
FROM THE WONK WIRE …
… FIGHTING FOR DEMOCRACY: Fordham University Associate Law Professor and Top Wonk Zephyr Teachout and Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School and Top Wonk Lawrence Lessig talk to Bill Moyers about their historic campaigns to take money out of politics.
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