POPPING A CAP INTO WALL STREET-BACKED THIRD WAY — Center for American Progress (CAP) President Neera Tanden slammed Third Way’s leaders recent attacks on economic populism: “[The progressive] vision is far from ‘fantasy-based blue-state populism.’ in fact, it’s budget-hawks whose arguments find support in fictional evidence.” Tanden joins a slew of progressive groups and advocates renouncing the ‘centrist’ think tank after its leaders wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal instructing Democrats not to follow Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) “over the populist cliff” by supporting a bill to expand social security benefits.
Meanwhile MoveOn.org debuted “Isn’t Enough,” a new ad detailing the reasons Congress should increase funding for Social Security. Progressive Change Campaign Committee joined MoveOn.Org supporters and Social Security recipients last Wednesday in Washington to deliver a 125,000 signature petition renouncing Third Way’s attacks. CHECK OUT a recent feature on Progressive Change Campaign Committee’s pro-Warren efforts HERE.
GLAAD TIDINGS TO ALL – GLAAD launched “Our Holiday Wish,” a campaign encouraging same-sex families to send holiday cards and photos to governors of the 34 states that have yet to legalize gay marriage. Participants can choose to snail mail, e-mail, or tweet their messages. GLAAD National Spokesperson Wilson Cruz: “This holiday season, our only wish is that lawmakers will support the equality of all loving families.” TWEET #OnlyWish and LEARN more HERE.
FAMILY ACT GAINS MOMENTUM — CAP President Neera Tanden applauded the Family and Medical Insurance (FAMILY) Act, introduced last week by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT): “The FAMILY Act will ensure that no one has to choose between a critical day’s pay and caring for a loved one, and that men and women have an equal shot at achieving economic security.” The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 currently ensures 12 weeks of unpaid family leave, meaning that a majority of workers legally qualify for time off but cannot afford it. Currently only 12 percent of US workers recieve paid leave — the FAMILY Act would provide it for all.
CAP released multiple reports and issue briefs on the FAMILY Act. READ: “The FAMILY Act: Facts and Frequently Asked Questions, “The Economic Benefits of Family and Medical Leave Insurance,” and “Job Protection Isn’t Enough: Why Americans Need Paid Parental Leave,” co-authored by CEPR Senior Economist and Top Wonk John Schmitt and CAP Senior Economist and Top Wonk Heather Boushey.
JOIN ULTRAVIOLET’S ENROLL-A-THON — This Monday is the last day to sign up for Affordable Care Act coverage that starts on January 1. UltraViolet has launched an Enroll-A-Thon to get the word out for as many people to enroll before the deadline as possible. PLEDGE to help spread the word HERE.
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