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–HERE, SIGN 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 HERE, SUBMIT 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 HERE, READ 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 HERE, SHARE 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 BBC: Enlightenment Economics Managing Editor and Top Wonk Diane Coyle slams British Parliament’s decision to burden the BBC with their welfare costs.
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