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End Slavery in Libya

November 29, 2017

Researchers estimate 40 million people are enslaved around the world generating about $150 billion in illegal profits. Recent media attention has been called to the slave trade in Libya. A CNN report published earlier this month brought attention to this disturbing situation. This information has horrified The United Nations chief and caused outrage around the world.

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Don’t Dismantle Net Neutrality

November 27, 2017

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Pai is pushing to reverse net neutrality protections – important rules for protecting the free flow of information on the internet. Pai’s proposal allows the companies that provide our internet connection new measures of control over what we do online. This would be a devastating blow to the free and open internet we rely on for streaming videos, communicating with our networks – and yes, reading critical news stories about the state of our democracy.

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Get Smart, Weigh In on the Republican Tax Bill

November 13, 2017

Trump still hasn’t revealed his taxes, but that hasn’t stopped him from attempting to change the tax code in his favor. Last Thursday, Republicans in the House of Representatives shared Trump’s plan. As this New Yorker article describes, Trump stands to gain millions off the backs of working class Americans. Here’s what the Brookings Institute has concluded about Trump’s Tax scam:

The Tax Policy Center has produced preliminary estimates of the potential impact of proposals included in the “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code.” We find they would reduce federal revenue by $2.4 trillion over ten years and $3.2 trillion over the second decade (not including any dynamic feedback).

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Why Election Day Matters and What You Can Do

November 7, 2017

#GetCivic and get smart with us as we look at election day across the country. For many of us, we are focused on 2018, but there are a great deal of incredibly important elections being decided today in Virginia, Ohio, New York and Maine, along with mayoral races in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Seattle.

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Sign Up and Help Everyone Get Health Coverage

November 3, 2017

Open Enrollment began November 1st and it would seem the current Administration wants to keep the citizens who need healthcare in the dark about how to sign up for the ACA. As the Washington Post described a few weeks ago, the Health and Human Services Department “has done more to suppress the number of people signing up than to boost it.”

All-of-us must make sure everyone who needs health coverage knows how to sign up for the ACA.

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Show Up for Democracy in Virginia

October 30, 2017

From our friends at WallofUs.org: As the license plate says, “Virginia is for Lovers,” we have to keep driving the love to Virginia to ensure a victory for democracy this November 7th. In case you missed it last week, this article by Paul Krugman details how the Virginia state election is a crucial early test that many will be watching in preparation for 2018 elections.

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Get Smart on the Tax Plan

October 26, 2017

In Trump’s reverse Robinhood tax scam, he hopes to steal from the poor to give even more to the rich. Last week, Republicans passed a budget resolution in the House and the Senate, which no Democrats voted for. This now means that, just like with Healthcare, the GOP only needs 51 votes to pass the Trump Tax plan.

Re-Set the Precedent for Democracy

October 25, 2017

“Whatever happens in Virginia, the consequences will be huge.” Paul Krugman said in a recent New York Times op-ed.

President Obama understands how crucial the November 7th races in Virginia are. Last week, he made one of his first public appearances at a rally in support of Virginia Governor Ralph Northman, and here’s what he said:

“We need you to take this seriously because our democracy is at stake, and it’s at stake right here in Virginia,” …”You are going to send a message, all across this great country and all around the world what it is that America stands for.”

The stakes couldn’t be higher — with many races tied and Nov 7 fast approaching — Virginia is the state of both the despicable Charlottesville demonstrations and the withholding of Medicare expansion from millions.

Preserve Thyself, Preserve Thy Country

October 24, 2017

Now that our eyes and ears are open, it is hard not to take every day at full sprint, diving into the news and engaging heart and mind with every upsetting event. At this frenetic pace, our stamina for resistance and empathy will weaken, and falter.

We’ve said it from the start line, this is a marathon, not a sprint.