PROTECT PUBLIC HEALTH — The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in King v. Burwell, the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act. 68 organizations–including MomsRising, The Center for Reproductive Rights, League of Women Voters, NARAL, National Employment Law Project, People for the American Way Foundation, Planned Parenthood Foundation, and UltraViolet–joined the National Women’s Law Center on an amicus brief last month opposing the challenge. READ the brief HERE and SIGN a “People’s Brief” from MomsRising HERE.
KING V. BURWELL MUST READS: “How the Supreme Court’s Decision in King v. Burwell Could Affect the Public’s Health” over at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) and “The Koch Cash Behind the Latest Attack on Obamacare” over at The Nation.
RIGHT TO WORK JUST ISN’T RIGHT– Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt slammed legislators for advancing a “right to work” bill in the State Senate last week: “Republican senators clearly weren’t there to listen to their constituents or vote in the best interests of all Wisconsinites” … Thousands of workers who agreed rallied outside the state capitol this weekend in protest.
… MEANWHILE, Economic Policy Institute (EPI) Research Associate Gordon Lafer testified about his report, “‘Right to Work’ is the Wrong Answer for Wisconsin’s Economy,” at a public hearing about the legislation this week. READ his full report HERE and “Middle Class Incomes Suffer Without Collective Bargaining,” also from EPI.
SEX, LIES, & JUSTICE — ACS–in partnership with The American Prospect and EPI–will host “Sex, Lies and Justice: A Discussion on campus Sexual Assault, Title IX Compliance, and Due Process” next Thursday at 12:00 pm in Washington, DC. RSVP HERE.
THE STATE OF POLICING — Daily Kos’s Shaun King summed up the response to the Presidential Task Force on 21st Century Policing’s Interim Report: “[It is] powerful, thorough, thoughtful, and, you guessed it, imperfect–just like your best ideas” … Yesterday, the Department of Justice also released a lengthy report finding patterns of racial bias in Ferguson’s police department and municipal court. READ the report HERE and SIGN a petition from Advancement Project supporting Black Future initiatives HERE.
Sunlight Foundation released an inventory of public and privately-produced criminal justice data last week. Their first analysis looks at data related to “Stop and Frisk” policies in four major cities. READ the analysis HERE and CHECK OUT their full inventory HERE.
CLOSING RETIREMENT LOOPHOLES — SaveOurRetirement.org–a coalition made up of AARP, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Americans for Financial Reform, Better Markets, Consumer Federation of America, and Pension Rights Center–lauded President Obama’s support last week for a proposed Department of Labor rule to protect those receiving retirement investment advice. According to a recent White House report, these conflicts of interest are costing middle-class families and individuals up to $17 billion each year.
MEDICAID MATTERS — Last week, volunteers from MomsRising and their children went to Capitol Hill to meet with Senators and discuss the importance of Medicaid for families around the country. READ about their trip HERE and SHARE your own stories about why Medicaid matters to you HERE.
NO MORE PAY-TO-PLAY — More than 50 organizations–coordinated by Public Citizen and including Center for American Progress, Center for Effective Government, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, Courage Campaign, Demos, Everyvoice, Main Street Alliance, MoveOn, NAACP, People for the American Way, Public Campaign, Sierra Club, Sunlight Foundation, and more–signed an open letter Monday asking President Obama to issue an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose their political spending … The letter comes on the heels of the news that the 2014 midterm elections were officially the most expensive in history. READ the letter HERE.
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