FEATURE STORY – DEBATES IN DEMAND: Thanks to the efforts of advocates demanding for more Democratic debates, MoveOn.org will be hosting a Democratic Forum where questions will come directly from MoveOn members. Senator Bernie Sanders has already confirmed his attendance and looks forward to your questions. Read coverage of the victory in Time Magazine HERE while we await more information regarding forum details.
PROGRESSIVE MERGER - Wellstone Action has announced that they will be absorbing the New Organizing Institute, the innovative group known for their digital and data training programs for organizers and advocates. Read more about the two progressive groups and merger HERE.
#MYHUNGERGAMES – The AFL-CIO has launched their newest campaign, Odds in Our Favor. The campaign seeks to take back the narrative surrounding the daily realities of income inequality. Learn how you can ‘Join the Resistance’HERE.
LET IT GO, GOP - American Family Voices has released a hilarious parody of “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen, poking fun at the GOP for their involvement with the Benghazi Special Committee after members came forward and debunked the committee’s credibility. Watch the music video HERE.
TAX HAVENS - The Agenda Project has teamed up with 16 other major leaders from the progressive movement to call on Congress to make big corporations pay their fair share of taxes on profits they have stored in offshore tax havens. Thousands of you have already signed, but for those who haven’t, sign the petition HERE.
END CAMPUS RAPE – This week Ultraviolet, the community mobilizing to fight sexism and expand women’s rights, launched their new campaign, EndCampusRape.com. Watch the emotionally powerful video that will undoubtedly make you raise your voice against rape culture HERE.
WOMEN’S RIGHTS, NO LAUGHING MATTER - American Civil Liberties Union has announced their new Celebrity Ambassador for Women’s Rights, SNL comedian Sasheer Zamata. Watch Sasheer find a way to take on the important topic of gender inequality with a sense of humor HERE.
BLM v. DNC - Black Lives Matter has partnered with ColorofChange.Org to circulate a petition demanding an official BlackLivesMatter Presidential Debate framed with policy recommendations and substance, rather than rhetoric. This petition came right before the DNC had lended their support for a presidential town hall to the organization, but refused to add a formal debate. Sign the petition HERE and read more about the DNC’s negligence HERE.
DEAN’S LIST – The Natural Resource Defence Council has produced a short video that explains the recent EPA publication, outlining the final rules in the comprehensive Clean Power Plan. Count the ways the Clean Power Plan will cut carbon pollution with the video HERE.
WHISTLEBLOWERS CALL IN – At this year’s ‘Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference,’ co-chaired by Free Press, whistleblower Edward Snowden called into an interview with fellow whistleblower Mike German to discuss the future of U.S surveillance policy. Read about the chilling and eye opening conversation HERE.
ANTI-IMMIGRATION BILL FAILS – The nation’s premier civil and human rights coalition, the Leadership Conference, is celebrating this week as the Senate has rejected a bill seeking to end sanctuary cities. Read about the victory in rejecting the dangerous bill HERE.
ENDING JIM CROW – The Restaurant Opportunity Center, widely known for their mission to improve wages and working conditions for the nation’s restaurant workforce, has released a report studying how restaurant workers are effectively separated by race and gender through a divide between livable wage and poverty wage positions. Read the attention-grabbing report HERE.
WEEKLY $1000 WINNER - Democracy for All has announced their weekly winner for their video challenge! Watch “Greedy Ballot Box” by Tomas GasparHERE.
K-12 LIFE - The Advancement Project has initiated an important conversation about the school-to-prison pipeline through an educational game titled the Game of K-12 Life. Watch the game being used as an educational tool to discuss the pipeline HERE.
… From the Wonk Wire…
401(k)s are a Negligible Source of Income for Seniors - In this week’s Economic Snapshot, Dr. Monique Morrissey, retirement security expert at the Economic Policy Institute, discusses how 401(k)s are not a sufficient source of income for seniors. Read the snapshot HERE.
Supporting the Department of Labor’s “Best Interest Rule” Is Good for All Business - Leo Hindrey, ‘Patriotic Millionaire’ and Co-Chair of the Task Force on Jobs Creation, analyzes the “Best Interest Rule” and how major corporations need to put people before profits. Read his article and suggestions HERE.
Corporate Vultures Circling the Dead for Profit, Seeking to Change Unclaimed Property Laws - Karl Frish, Director of Allied Progress, talks about life insurance companies profiting off of the unclaimed properties of deceased. Read his analysis of the flaws in the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act HERE.