CONGRATULATIONS: PATRIOTIC MILLIONAIRE & TOP WONKS IN POLITICO’S TOP 50! — Patriotic Millionaire Nick Hanauer and Top Wonks David Doniger, Daniel Lashof, Lawrence Lessig, and Zephyr Teachout are featured in ‘The POLITICO 50‘–a list of thinkers, doers, and dreamers reshaping American politics in 2014. READ more HERE.
FAST FOOD AND FAIR WAGES — Fast food workers in 100 cities are walking off the job TODAY, supported by members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, to protest for fair wages and the right to unionize. The demonstrations, organized by coalitions including Fast Food Forward, Fight for 15, and the Service Employees International Union, will also feature sit-ins. The restaurant industry employs 10.6 million Americans, one in six of whom live below the poverty line, according to new findings at the Economic Policy Institute by Department of Labor Chief Economist and Top Wonk Heidi Shierholz. SIGN Low Pay Is Not Ok’s petition, calling for $15 an hour wages and the ability to form a union without intimidation, HERE … meanwhile, Los Angeles is poised to propose a $13.50 hourly minimum wage.
Time for a Raise created Give $10.10 a Vote, a campaign to identify and pressure 23 members of the House to complete a discharge petition that would force a vote on the Harkin-Miller Fair Minimum Wage Act.
MIN WAGE MUST READS: “Let’s Tell Congress to Raise the Minimum Wage … Right Now!” over at The Nation and “The $15 Minimum Wage Is a Bellwether of the New Living Wage” by National Employment Law Project Campaign Strategist Arun Ivatury.
PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH – Join members from Sierra Club, 350.org, MoveOn.org, the National Resources Defense Council, and 1,000 other organizations in New York on September 21st for the largest climate march in history. RSVP HERE.
FOLLOW THE MONEY — 310 donors have funneled $11.6 million in “McCutcheon money” into the 2014 midterm elections in the wake of the Supreme Court’s April ruling that abolished individual spending caps on campaign contributions … meanwhile, the Senate is expected to vote on a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United this MONDAY, September 8th. WATCH Move to Amend’s Legalize Democracy documentary and SIGN their petition supporting the amendment HERE.
READ “Myths and Facts About the Koch Brothers” over at Media Matters.
WHOPPER WITH A SIDE OF TAX AVOIDANCE – CEPR Senior Economist and Top Wonk Eileen Appelbaum denounced Burger King’s plan to renounce its US citizenship by merging with Canadian fast food giant Tim Hortons in its latest move to dodge taxes: “The corporate defense that companies need to do what’s best for their shareholders and take advantage of every loophole in the corporate tax code rings hollow when these companies employ an army of lobbyists to make sure that the tax code is riddled with loopholes.” SIGN Former Secretary of Labor and Top Wonk Robert Reich‘s Democracy for America petition to tell Burger King to drop its plans for inversion HERE.
READ: “The Biggest Tax Scam Ever” over at Rolling Stone.
REVIVING STRONG UNIONS – Campaign for America’s Future (CAF) released a new report detailing the need for strengthened unions in order to rebuild the middle class. CAF President and report author Robert Borosage: “It is not a coincidence that prosperity was widely shared when unions were at the height of their power in the decades after World War II, and that inequality has soared as unions have been weakened.” READ the full report HERE.
WHERE DOES THE PUBLIC STAND ON NET NEUTRALITY? — Sunlight Foundation released a unique visual representation of hundreds of thousands of comments submitted to the FCC on net neutrality. Their analysis indicates that less than one percent of commenters clearly opposed net neutrality. CHECK it out HERE.
NYT ENDORSES TEACHOUT RUNNING MATE TIM WU – The New York Times endorsed Zephyr Teachout’s running mate Tim Wu for lieutenant governor of New York just days after declining to endorse a candidate for governor: “Mr. Wu, a political newcomer, offers a fresh perspective and a new voice to counter Albany’s entrenched players. Mr. Hochul does not, and she has a deeply troubling record on health reform, gun control, and environmental deregulation. For these reasons, we recommend Mr. Wu in the Democratic Primary.”
Teachout has received endorsements from Americans for Democratic Action’s New York chapter, The Nation, National Organization for Women’s New York chapter, Sierra Club, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and the New York State Public Employees Federation.
PP MUST READ: “How the Government Created Stop-and Frisk for Latinos” over at The Nation.
ABORTION RIGHTS PROTECTED IN TEXAS — A federal judge struck down two key provisions of a Texas anti-abortion law that would have forced the closure of all but a few clinics in the state. Center for Reproductive Rights President and CEO Nancy Northup: “… today’s victory is vital in preventing politicians’ scorched-earth assaults on women’s health care from causing even more harm than they already have.” READ more HERE.
BOOK RAFFLE: AGAINST AUSTERITY **LAST CHANCE TO ENTER** — Enter for a chance to win a copy of Richard Seymour’s book Against Austerity: How We Can Fix the Crisis They Made. The book examines the austerity fervor plaguing political discourse worldwide and supplies strategies for preventing future crises. The WINNER will be REVEALED in PP on September 11! E-MAIL PP Editor Hannah Hendler at email@example.com with the subject line “AGAINST AUSTERITY submission.”
FROM THE WONK WIRE …
… CORRUPTED CAPITALISM: Nobel Prize winner and Top Wonk Joseph Stiglitz argues that wage stagnation and rising inequality are not a result of capitalism itself, but of a capitalism corrupted by our political system.
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