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.”
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.
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.
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