must see Vid from WH


 

 
President Obama Discusses Helping the Middle Class
 
During a press conference, President Obama explains his mandate to help the middle class get ahead and recover from the recession. November 14, 2012.

A Hug from the President


The White House

 
A Hug from the President

President Obama hugs Vice President Biden following remarks at McCormick Place in Chicago on November 6th, 2012. First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia join them on-stage.

President Barack Obama hugs Vice President Joe Biden following his election night remarks at a reception at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, Nov. 6, 2012. Joining them on stage are First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

New Resources: Tax Credits Outreach Materials


 

Spread the Word  
     
   
     
  Help us make sure families around the country know about valuable state and federal tax credits.  
     
  Download Toolkit  
     

National Women's Law Center 

Here’s a sad fact: Each year millions of American families forgo valuable income when they fail to claim tax credits for which they are eligible.

That means that millions of dollars of tax credits go unclaimed every year. Tax credits — including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), and Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) — provide an indispensable financial boost to vulnerable women and families struggling to make ends meet. But women and their families have to know about these tax benefits in order to claim them.

This is why we need your help to spread the word about tax credits. And this is why we are so delighted to debut our new and improved Tax Credits Outreach Resources. We’ve made it easier than ever for advocates to spread the word about these credits.

Our new resources include:

  • State-specific outreach fliers in English and Spanish
  • Our Toolkit for Advocates, with sample:
    • Newsletter
    • LTE
    • PSA script
    • Press release
    • Social Media tools
    • List of what to bring to free tax preparation sites
  • Fact sheets on tax credits for families and tax information for domestic violence advocates
  • A link to sign up to become an NWLC Community Partner

If you work or volunteer with families that are likely eligible for tax credits and/or in a program that supports children and families, you can help get the word out! Simply hanging fliers in classrooms, hallways, and offices, sending them home with young children, or talking about tax credits at parent meetings could make a difference for the families you work with. Be sure to let us know how you’re spreading the word about tax credits, or if there’s anything we can do to help, by emailing Amy Qualliotine at aqualliotine@nwlc.org.

Thanks for all that you do to help families learn about tax credits!

Sincerely,

 
Amy Matsui   Amy Matsui
Senior Counsel
National Women’s Law Center
 

P.S. If you missed our webinar “Tax Credits Outreach Made Easy: Tips & Tools for Advocates,” you can find a recording of the presentation here.

trying to swift boat John Kerry again!


 

votevets.org
They’re at it again.

If you saw the President’s press conference today, it’s become clear that the right-wing noise machine has chosen to start to launch smears against potential Obama administration nominees, before they’re even nominated. Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham are already smearing Ambassador Susan Rice, who might be a nominee for Secretary of State.

And now, the right is even raising old, debunked Swift Boat attacks against Senator John Kerry.

On his FOX News show, last night, Sean Hannity (who never served a day in his life) promised an “investigative” report into Senator Kerry, a decorated Veteran, who volunteered for the war in Vietnam. Let’s put an end to this now.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION TO FOX NEWS AND SEAN HANNITY

According to Hannity, Senator Kerry needs to be “vetted,” and he’s just the guy to do it.

In reality, Hannity’s just planning to rehash the Swift Boating that occurred in 2004 – a blatant smearing of a Veteran who served our nation with honor. It’s disgusting.

CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT SENATOR KERRY AGAINST RIGHT WING ATTACKS

Let’s stop this all of this smearing before it starts. Click here to sign our petition, today.

Thanks for your support.

Sincerely,
Jon Soltz
Iraq War Veteran
Chairman, VoteVets.org
@JonSoltz

Walmart workers plan to strike on Black Friday


Walmart has responded to workers voicing legitimate concerns with harsh retaliation.

Walmart: Always Low Wages

Demand that Walmart’s Board meet with workers and improve working conditions:

Add Your Voice

Retail workers at Walmart stores nationwide recently went on strike — for the first time in the megastore’s 50-year history.1

Unless Walmart takes immediate steps to improve basic working conditions, workers throughout the company’s vast operations — from factories and warehouses to retail stores — will participate in a massive walkout on Friday, November 23. “Black Friday” is traditionally the most important shopping day of the year for retailers, comprising upwards of 20-40% of their annual sales.2

Black workers comprise nearly 20% of Walmart’s workforce. By supporting Walmart workers in the fight for good jobs and a decent working environment, we can help raise the standard for the entire retail industry and show Walmart executives that there’s a price to pay for exploiting its workforce.

Please stand with Walmart workers fighting for humane working conditions: tell Walmart’s Board of Directors to put an end to endemic retaliation, wage discrimination and worker abuse.

Walmart is the largest retailer in the world and claims to be the largest employer of Black workers in the United States.3 With Black unemployment at 14.3%,4 many in our communities are increasingly reliant upon Walmart for employment — particularly where the retail giant has actively worked to price out smaller competitors.

Yet landing a job at Walmart is hardly a guarantee of a steady paycheck. More often, Walmart jobs serve to keep members of our community in poverty. Wages averaging $8.81/hour add up to just $15,576/year for a full-time employee.5 And even this level of remuneration is out of reach for many — Walmart routinely keeps workers from getting enough hours during the week, and arbitrarily switches up available hours to prevent workers from seeking supplemental employment elsewhere.6 It’s no accident that Walmart consistently has the largest number of employees who rely on public assistance.7

For over a year now, workers have been calling on Walmart to reform the company’s notoriously exploitative practices with regard to wages, scheduling, benefits and workplace safety. Walmart’s response has been ruthless. Workers brave enough to speak up have been slapped with retaliatory disciplinary actions including cutbacks on hours and even firings, while the company and Walton family continue rake in massive profits off the backs millions of low-wage workers.8

Privately-held Walmart has made the Waltons extraordinarily wealthy — this one family controls a fortune equal to the wealth of the bottom 42% of Americans combined.9 Yet the Waltons have refused to take even the most modest steps to address the yawning inequality driven by Walmart’s labor practices. Walmart could take action today to raise wages to $12/hour10 — substantially improving the lives of its lowest-paid hourly workers, 72% of whom are women11 — if there were political will to end the company’s culture of worker abuse.

What happens at Walmart has ramifications far beyond the walls of any of its stores. To date, Walmart has set the standard for driving down wages and maximizing profits. Instituting positive change at Walmart could effectively transform the retail industry and improve working conditions for millions of Americans.

Please join us to demand that Walmart’s Board meet with workers, and take immediate steps to implement fair pay and working conditions. And when you do, please ask your friends and family to do the same.

Thanks and peace,

— Rashad, Matt, Arisha, Aimée, Kim, Johnny and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
November 15th, 2012

References

1. “Walmart Strikes Mark New Chapter In Labor’s Fight With Mega-Retailer,” Huffington Post, 10-15-12
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/15/walmart-strikes-_n_1968095.html

2. “Holiday FAQ,” National Retail Federation, accessed on 11-13-12
http://www.nrf.com/modules.php?name=Pages&sp_id=1140

3. “Will Black Friday Be Blue for Wal-Mart?,” The Root, 10-13-12
http://www.theroot.com/views/why-black-friday-might-be-blue-walmart

4. “Employment status of the civilian population by race, sex, and age,” Bureau of Labor Statistics, 11-02-12
http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t02.htm

5. “Fact Sheet: Wages,” Making Change at Walmart, accessed on 11-14-12
http://makingchangeatwalmart.org/factsheet/walmart-watch-fact-sheets/fact-sheet-wages/

6. “Some Walmart workers want better wages, affordable benefits,” USA Today, 06-08-12
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/industries/retail/story/2012-06-05/walmart-workers-air-complaints/55450634/1

7. “Hidden Taxpayer Costs: Disclosures of Employers Whose Workers and Their Dependents are Using State Health Insurance Programs,” Good Jobs First, 01-18-12
http://www.goodjobsfirst.org/corporate-subsidy-watch/hidden-taxpayer-costs

8. “Wal-Mart punishes its workers,” Salon, 07-26-12
http://www.salon.com/2012/07/26/walmart_plays_dirty_again/singleton

9. “Walmart Worker Speaks Out: Raise the Minimum Wage to Get My Vote,” Huffington Post, 08-03-12
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marcus-edgerson/walmart-worker-speaks-out_b_1734556.html

10. “Living Wage Policies and Big-Box Retail,” UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, 04-01-12 (.pdf)
http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/retail/bigbox_livingwage_policies11.pdf

11. “Everyday Discrimination: Why the Wal-Mart sex-bias lawsuit is the most important case the Supreme Court will hear this year,” Slate, 03-28-11
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2011/03/everyday_discrimination.html

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