SCOTUS SLAMS VOTING RIGHTS — Last night the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) blocked a mandate issued by a federal appeals court that would have allowed same-day voter registration and out-of-precinct ballots to be counted in North Carolina in next month’s midterm elections. North Carolina NAACP President Rev. Dr. William J. Barber: “Tens of thousands of North Carolina voters, especially African-American voters, have relied on same-day registration, as well as the counting of ballots that were cast out of precinct, for years. As the appeals court correctly concluded, eliminating these measures will cause irreparable harm of denying citizens their right to vote in the November election–a right that, once lost, can never be recovered.” READ the full statement by the North Carolina NAACP and Advancement Project HERE.
TURN OUT FOR WHAT — Rock the Vote released Turn Out For What, a music video encouraging voter participation and featuring celebrities including Lena Dunham, Lil Jon, Fred Armisen, and Whoopi Goldberg. Only 24 percent of people ages 18 to 29 voted in the last midterm election in 2010. Lil Jon: “The work that Rock the Vote does is incredible. So it’s cool to collab with such an iconic organization.” WATCH the video HERE and REGISTER to vote HERE.
DON’T CAVE TO THE NRA – In the midst of the ongoing Ebola crisis, CREDO Mobilize drafted a petition urging the President and Senate Democrats to support the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy for US Surgeon General. President Obama nominated Dr. Murthy last November, however the National Rifle Association (NRA) has lobbied against him due to his stance on gun control … Former US Surgeon General Regina Benjamin: “The Surgeon General is America’s doctor … Not having one right now, you don’t have that face and that person that the American people can identify with as their doctor who’s looking out for them on a large scale.” SIGN CREDO Mobilize’s petition urging Senate Democrats not to cave to the NRA HERE.
UNITED FOR FERGUSON — A coalition of groups–including Advancement Project, Center for Popular Democracy, ColorofChange.org, Daily Kos, Democracy for America, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, RH Reality Check, RootsAction, The Nation, and Working Families–released United for Ferguson, an open letter to the executive branch demanding definitive solutions and critical reforms surrounding policing and strengthening the economic infrastructure. SIGN the letter HERE … THIS WEEKEND Hands up United, Organization for Black Struggle, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment and their partners are hosting Ferguson October, a national protest against police racial violence. TEXT 90975 for action updates and FIND OUT about logistics and registration HERE.
CELEBRATING AMERICA’S FUTURE – Campaign for America’s Future will host their annual gala THIS TUESDAY at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. Honorees include New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United Co-Founder and Co-Director Saru Jayaraman, and AFSCME President Lee Saunders. FIND out more HERE and PURCHASE tickets HERE.
WHAT’S AT STAKE – The Brennan Center for Justice and Mother Jones will host “What’s at Stake for 2014 and Beyond?,” a pre-election primer THIS TUESDAY in New York. The event will feature Brennan Center President and Top Wonk Michael Waldman, MSNBC’s “NOW with Alex Wagner” host Alex Wagner, Mother Jones Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn, and New York Post Editorial Writer Robert A. George. FIND OUT more and RSVP HERE.
PP MUST READ: “Improving Wages, Improving Lives: Why Raising the Minimum Wage is a Civil and Human Rights Issue,” released by Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality and The Leadership Conference Education Fund.
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