HUGE DEMAND FOR A HIGHER WAGE – Over 21 million Americans would be directly affected by a federal wage increase to $10.10 per hour, according to a new state-specific infographic by Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC). PCCC also created a petition calling on congressional republicans to publicly support a federal raise in the minimum wage. SIGN HERE. Just last week, female Democratic senators came together to demand an increased minimum wage, joining ranks with PCCC, EPI, Demos, the NAACP, over 600 economists, and 62 percent of Americans.
Former publisher of The American Conservative Ron Unz: “I advocate for business but also believe businesses should pay their way and not burden taxpayers. They will reap benefits in the long run from raising workers out of poverty.” READ: “6 Reasons Conservative Ron Unz Wants to Raise the Minimum Wage to $12 an Hour” over at AlterNet.
MORAL MARCH ON RALEIGH — The Forward Together Moral Movement is organizing a march of thousands this Saturday in Raleigh to protest the notoriously oppressive and regressive agenda of Gov. Pat McCrory and the General Assembly. The coalition, which consists of over 160 civil rights, women’s rights, faith-based, labor, LGBT, immigrant justice, student and environmental communities and is led by the North Carolina NAACP, will march to the State Capitol. Last year they held over 30 Moral Monday rallies. North Carolina NAACP and Forward Together President Rev. William J. Barber, II: “Last year they had their time to vote and abuse power. This year we will vote with our voices to show power of the people.”
NO TO THE BIG OIL STATUS QUO — Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Top Wonk Jeffrey Sachs sums up the recent findings from the State Department Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone Pipeline: “According to the State Department Report, we are trapped in the Big Oil Status Quo We Can Believe In.” Since 1990, pipelines in the U.S. have spilled more than 110 million gallons of crude oil and petroleum, including oil from tar sands that is 15 to 20 percent dirtier than conventional petroleum. The proposed 1,179 mile Keystone XL Pipeline would pump tar sands oils from Alberta, Canada to Texan refineries.
MEET THE (ALL MALE) PRESS — 24 women leaders and organizations–including WAM! Executive Director Jaclyn Friedman, NARAL President Ilyse Hogue, and MomsRising Executive Director and CEO Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner–penned an open letter to the six network and cable news heads urging them to increase the diversity on their Sunday morning political talk shows. The effort came in response to a recent Media Matters report that found that the vast majority of hosts and guests were men. READ their full report HERE.
FAMILY ACT TURNS 21 — An expansion in the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) would increase access to leave for up to 8.3 million more employees, according to new findings from The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) in honor of FMLA’s 21st anniversary. READ: “Expanding Federal Family and Medical Leave Coverage: Who Benefits from Changes in Eligibility Requirements?“
THE VOTING RIGHTS PLAYBOOK – The Center for American Progress (CAP) published a new report detailing the need for federal voting protections post Shelby County vs. Holder. The controversial ruling struck down Section 4(b) of the Voting Rights Act, which had enabled Section 5 to regulate discriminatory voting laws. READ: “The Voting Rights Playbook: Why Courts Matter Post-Shelby County v. Holder.”
FROM THE WONK WIRE …
… PAY TO PLAY: Director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University and Top Wonk Lawrence Lessig recounts his 185-mile walk across New Hampshire that focused on grassroots efforts to remove big money corrupting politics.
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