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.

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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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DID REPUBLICAN CUTS KILL AGAIN?…$15 AND A UNION…TPP TRANSPARENCY, PLEASE…Criminal Justice Briefing **TODAY** In Washington, DC…This Mother’s Day, How About Equal Rights?…Hold ALEC Accountable…A Right To Breathe Easily…With a Little Help from Organized Labor

DID REPUBLICAN CUTS KILL AGAIN? – Despite the Amtrak tragedy on Tuesday–and arguments by experts that better technology might have prevented the crash–yesterday, the GOP-led House Appropriations Committee voted to cut Amtrak’s funding by an additional $252 million.

Americans demand to know what role budget cuts played in the incident … READ: “After the Amtrak Crash, It’s Time To Get Serious About Transportation Infrastructure” over at The New Yorker and “Why Is Funding Amtrak Such a Struggle? Because Republican Districts Don’t Use It” over at The Washington Post.

$15 AND A UNION – Prominent labor leaders from unions including New York State AFL-CIO, 32BJ SEIU, 1199 SEIU, and New York Hotel Trades Council backed Governor Cuomo’s (D-NY) announcement last week that he will convene a Wage Board to advise raising the minimum wage in the fast food industry in New York state … The announcement comes after years of concerted effort by unions and Progressive organizations such as Business for a Fair Minimum Wage and Fight for 15, who organized the largest global minimum wage demonstration ever last month. READ Gov. Cuomo’s announcement HERE and SIGN a petition to the Wage Board in favor of a $15 minimum wage from Fight for 15 HERE.

TPP TRANSPARENCY – Sierra Club Responsible Trade Program Director Ilana Solomon lauded senators for blocking a bill that would grant President Obama Fast-Track authority to push the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through Congress: “Despite facing intense pressure from big polluters and other corporations to ram through a reckless trade deal, the Senate today stood up for our air, water, land–and democracy” … MEANWHILE, in a public Statement of Principles adopted by its National Governing Board, Common Cause called on Congress last week to adopt a more transparent and balanced review process for TPP. READ their Statement HERE.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE BRIEFING **TODAY** – The Brennan Center for Justice is hosting a Capitol Hill Briefing on “What Caused the Crime Decline?: The Need for Criminal Justice Reform“–with introductory remarks by Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar (both D-MN)–**TODAY** at 2:00 pm in Washington, DC. READ the accompanying report HERE and RSVP HERE.

THIS MOTHER’S DAY, HOW ABOUT EQUAL RIGHTS? – MomsRising–along with more than 30 other organizations including Center for American Progress, National Women’s Law Center, and Mi Familia Vota–launched #MissionPossible this week, a campaign for paid sick days, affordable childcare, fair pay, and family leave policies meant to build on the momentum of Mother’s Day. Members of the organization kicked off the campaign by delivering first hand accounts of motherhood to members of Congress. LEARN MORE HERE and SIGN a petition in support of the campaign HERE.

… ELSEWHERE, American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) President and Top Wonk Caroline Fredrickson was featured on Uprising Radio last Friday discussing her new book, Under the Bus: How Working Women are Being Run OverWATCH the segment HERE and READ interviews with Fredrickson over at Truthout HERE and Salon HERE.

HOLD ALEC ACCOUNTABLE – Common Cause–in conjunction with the Center for Media and Democracy–filed a second supplemental submission to the IRS on Tuesday with new evidence in support of a whistleblower complaint against the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), charging the organization with tax fraud. ALEC currently operates as a corporate lobbying group while enjoying the tax benefits of being registered as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit charityREAD the new supplemental complaint HERE and SIGN a petition to the IRS telling them to investigate ALEC HERE.

A RIGHT TO BREATHE EASILY – Over the past 10 years, federal grants to state clean air programs have dropped in value by 21% in inflation-adjusted dollars–and Congress is poised to reduce the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget once again, according to new findings from the Center for Effective Government. The report shows the need for stricter air quality regulation and presents policy solutions. READ ”Gasping for Support” and CHECK OUT an interactive map of air quality nationwide HERE.

WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM ORGANIZED LABOR – Last week, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) released a new report showing that partnership with unions has helped revitalize the American auto industry. Report co-author Martin Mulloy explained: “While the financial industry was still reeling from the recession in 2008, the auto industry was well along on a transformational journey, in large part due to its partnership with the UAW [United Auto Workers].” READ: ”The Decline and Resurgence of the U.S. Auto Industry.”

FROM THE WONK WIRE …

 TAKE IT TO THE BANK: Demos Senior Fellow and Top Wonk Nomi Prins doubts Hillary Clinton’s populist approach after her years of supporting big banks.

… NEW BOSS, SAME AS THE OLD: Brennan Center Fellow and Top Wonk Ciara Torres-Spelliscy explains how corruption and bad governance runs New York.

… JUST DON’T DO IT: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich blames unjust labor laws like TPP rather than individual corporations like Nike for bad labor practices.

… ENVIRONMENTAL NIGHTMARE: Sierra Club Executive Director and Top Wonk Michael Brune is disturbed by President Obama’s support for arctic drilling.

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BATTLE OVER FAST TRACK HEATS UP…RIGHT TO WORK JUST PLAIN WRONG…Marriage Equality Goes Before the Court…Congrats, Attorney General Lynch!…What Can You Get For $334 Billion?…Non-Candidates Gathering Funds and FEC Complaints…$12 by 2020…Schoolhouse to Jailhouse…Every Voice Center Launch…Bipartisan Solutions

BATTLE OVER FAST TRACK HEATS UP – Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) sent a letter to President Obama this week demanding that he release the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) text before the fast-track vote. While the President claimed the text of the agreement was open, the Senators pointed out that only members of Congress can view it and are then prohibited from discussing it in public … ELSEWHERE, a new paper from the Center for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR) shows that the gains from the World Trade Organization (WTO)–a previous multilateral trade liberalization agreement–are extremely small.

READ the full report HERE and the Senators’ letter HERE and SIGN a petition to President Obama from Democracy for America demanding that he release the text of TPP HERE.

RIGHT TO WORK JUST PLAIN WRONG – Wages in “right to work” states are 3.1% lower for both union and nonunion workers than in states without “right to work” legislation, according to new data from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) … The new report coincides with presidential hopeful Gov. Scott Walker’s (R-WI) trip to Iowa this week, where he promoted a federal right to work policy. READ the full report from EPIHERE.

MARRIAGE EQUALITY BEFORE THE COURT – This week, the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) blog launched an online symposium on the consolidated marriage equality cases currently before the Supreme Court. ACS hosted a briefing last Thursday, and the Court began hearing oral arguments this Tuesday. WATCH a video of their briefing HERE, and READ the two most recent symposium postsHERE and HERE.

CONGRATS, ATTORNEY GENERAL LYNCH! – Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights President and CEO Wade Henderson remarked on Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s long-belated confirmation last week: “After more than 165 days and countless meetings, marches, prayer vigils, press conferences, and hunger strikes, we’re pleased that the Senate finally did the right thing.” Lynch is the first African-American woman to hold this post. SEE which senators voted for and against her confirmation HERE.

WHAT CAN YOU GET FOR $334 BILLION? – With $334 billion in revenue, the government could cut the nation’s student debt by a third, replace or repair all public schools, and fix our wastewater and sewage systems, according to a new analysis by the Center for Effective Government. Instead, the House voted earlier this month to repeal the estate tax and give a $334 billion tax cut to some of the wealthiest individuals in the country … what’s up with that? READ the analysis from Center for Effective Government HERE and SIGN a petition from MovOn.org telling Senate Democrats to stay united against the repeal HERE.

“NON-CANDIDATES” GATHERING FUNDS AND FEC COMPLAINTS – American Democracy Legal Fund filed another FEC complaint against unofficial presidential contender Jeb Bush this week, alleging that Bush is evading campaign finance restrictions by not officially declaring his candidacy. Campaign Legal Center and Democracy 21 filed similar complaints against Bush, Rick Santorum, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI), and Martin O’Malley last month. READ the latest complaint HERE and SIGN a petition from Common Cause telling the FEC to investigate all “non-candidates” HERE.

$12 BY 2020 – Yesterday Businesses for a Fair Minimum Wage (BFMW) launched a new sign-on statement for business owners and executives to support raising the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020. BFMW member Gina Schaefer will speak at the press conference **TODAY** where Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA) will introduce the new Raise the Wage ActSIGN if you’re a business owner or executive HERE.

SCHOOLHOUSE TO JAILHOUSE – Advancement Project and DeSoto County Parents and Students for Justice filed a Title VI complaint Tuesday against the DeSoto County School District and Board of Education in Mississippi, challenging the disproportionate suspension of Black students in DeSoto County Schools. READ the complaint HERE and LEARN MORE about Advancement Project’s “Ending the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track” program HERE.

EVERY VOICE CENTER LAUNCH – Public Campaign is now officially called Every Voice Center to better reflect the close relationship between Public Campaign and Every Voice (formerly Public Campaign Action Fund). Their new website launches in a few weeks. LEARN MORE HERE.

BIPARTISAN SOLUTIONS – Solutions: American Leaders Speak Out on Criminal Justice–edited by Brennan Center for Justice President and Top Wonk Michael Waldman and Justice Program Director and Top Wonk Inimai Chettiar–was released this week. The essay collection features contributions by a bipartisan group of prominent political figures. LEARN MORE HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE …

… PEOPLE WITHOUT POWER: Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich details how more and more parts of American society are disenfranchising the average American.

… UNASKED QUESTIONS: University of Missouri-Kansas City Economics and Law Associate Professor and Top Wonk William Black argues that Republicans’ failure to examine Loretta Lynch’s deal with HSBC shows again how both parties are ruled by big banks.

… HAUNTED BY HISTORY: Demos President and Top Wonk Heather McGhee connects every American to the legacy of slavery and shows how it is an intractable part of American society.

… DANGEROUS DECISIONS: Demos Senior Fellow and Top Wonk Nomi Prins reviews Janet Tavakoli’s book detailing her thirty years on Wall Street and how the seeds of the financial crisis had been planted decades before.

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PROGRESSIVES FIGHT BACK AGAINST FAST TRACK…MAJOR CORPORATIONS ARE ROBBING THE ECONOMY…Populism2015…Everything’s Bigger in Texas, Including Disenfranchisement…Not Such a Budget Battle?…Under the Bus NYC Event…In Your Backyard…Women In Combat…It’s Time Conference 2015

PROGRESSIVES FIGHT BACK AGAINST FAST TRACK – The Coalition to Stop Fast Track–which includes AFL-CIO, ACLU, Sierra Club, Public Citizen, CREDO Action, Free Press, MoveOn.org, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, Democracy for America, USAction, Working Families Party, and Campaign for America’s Future (CAF)–is launching a seven-figure ad campaign to pressure congressional Democrats to block the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) … This latest push comes on the heels of Congress granting President Obama fast-track authority for the proposal. Over 1,000 people–organized by CAF, National People’s Action (NPA), USAction, and Alliance for a Just Society–took to the streets to protest fast-track last weekend in Washington, DC.

READ The Trans-Pacific Partnership is Unlikely To Be a Good Deal for American Workers” over at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), SIGN UP to call your members of Congress through AFL-CIO HERE, and FLOOD Washington with calls and emails **TODAY** as part of the Internet Vote HERE.

MAJOR CORPS ROBBING THE ECONOMY – Citizens for Tax Justice released new findings that fifteen Fortune 500 companies paid no federal income tax on $23 billion in profits in 2014, and they paid almost no federal income tax on $107 billion in profits over the past five years. All but two of these companies actually received tax rebates in 2014. READ: “Fifteen (of Many) Reasons Why We Need Corporate Tax Reform: Companies From Various Sectors Use Legal Tax Dodges to Avoid Taxes” and “Who Pays Taxes In America in 2015?

POPULISM2015: BUILDING A MOVEMENT FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET – NPA, USAction, Alliance for a Just Society, and CAF gathered 750 organizers and activists in Washington, DC at Populism2015 last weekend to outline a 12-point policy agenda for economic, environmental and racial justice. Speakers included CAF Co-Director and Top Wonk Robert Borosage, Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), and many more.

NPA Executive Director George Goehl TELLS PP: “Leaders from more than 30 states–including key primary and swing states like Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, and Virginia–are going home from Populism2015 to inject the ideas from our people and planet first agenda into the political debate.” LEARN MORE HERE.

EVERYTHING’S BIGGER IN TEXAS, INCLUDING DISENFRANCHISEMENT – The Brennan Center for Justice launched a new web series this week highlighting stories of voters blocked in the 2014 elections due to Texas’s restrictive photo ID law. The series comes just ahead of oral arguments on the law in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals next week. READ the first two installments HERE and HERE.

NOT SUCH A BUDGET BATTLE? – Both the House and Senate budget plans get 69% of their non-defense cuts from low- and moderate-income programs, according to a new analysis from Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) President Robert Greenstein. As the House and Senate attempt to resolve the differences between their budget plans, this analysis shows that they are largely aligned. READ: “Ten Serious Flaws in the House and Senate Budget Plans.”

UNDER THE BUS NYC EVENT – Demos, The New Press, and ColorofChange.org are hosting a discussion next Wednesday, April 29 in New York City about Under the Bus: How Working Women are Being Run Over, the much-anticipated new book by American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) President and Top Wonk Caroline FredricksonREAD ”ACS President: For Vast Majority of Working Women, ‘Lean In,’ and ‘Opt Out,’ Do Not Cut It,” WATCH a trailer for the book HERE, and LEARN MORE HERE.

IN YOUR BACKYARD – Two years after the deadly explosion in West, Texas, the Center for Effective Government released a new report looking at potentially hazardous chemical facilities and the lack of information that local communities have about some of the dangerous substances they use. READ ”Chemical Hazards in Your Backyard: Do Your First Responders Have the Information They Need in an Emergency?” and CHECK OUT the accompanying interactive map HERE.

PP BOOK PICK: “The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them” by economist and Top Wonk Joseph Stiglitz, out this week from W. W. Norton.

WOMEN IN COMBAT – On Monday, April 27 No Exceptions–an initiative by the Truman Project and Center for National Policy in support of full combat inclusion–is participating in “Women in Combat: Where They Stand” at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. Panelists will include Pentagon officials, members of Congress, and Truman & CNP Executive Director Michael Breen. LEARN MORE about No Exceptions HERE and the event HERE.

SPEAKING OF GENDER EQUALITY, the inaugural It’s Time 2015: The Partnership Summit to Elevate Women’s Leadership will be held May 1-3 in Baltimore. Featured speakers will include Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien, and actress Rosario Dawson. LEARN MORE HERE.

FROM THE WONK WIRE …

… TAX TRICKERY: Center for Economic and Policy Research Senior Economist and Top Wonk Eileen Appelbaum outlines how private equity firm partners avoid paying millions in taxes each year.

… INEQUALITY, NOT OPPORTUNITY: EPI President and Top Wonk Lawrence Mishel explains why the country should focus on inequality rather than equal economic opportunity.

… SMART SUPPORTERS: Brennan Center Fellow and Top Wonk Ciara Torres-Spelliscy projects the importance of a growing part of the electorate: highly educated women.

… CHEATING THE CHIEF: Alliance for Justice President and Top Wonk Nan Aron supports Wisconsin Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson’s lawsuit against the partisan law attempting to strip her of her role.

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