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

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


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!
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.


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.


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

Thanks for your support.

Jon Soltz
Iraq War Veteran

Sierra Club …. Fracking


Sierra Club - Explore, enjoy and protect the planet

Tell President Obama to Protect Our Communities from Fracking!

An LNG export facility.

Do you remember when rivers caught on fire before the Clean Water Act passed? The only thing worse than a river on fire would be your drinking water on fire. Yet thanks to fracking, that’s exactly what’s happened to countless American families.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a dangerous way of drilling for natural gas — and if President Obama does not step in by the end of the year, the Department of Energy (DOE) could write the gas industry a blank check for more fracking.

President Obama needs to hear from 40,000 of us in the next two days — send your letter today, telling him to protect communities from the dangers of fracking!

Fracking is an unsafe drilling method where secret toxic chemicals are injected into rock formations to release natural gas. The fracking industry wants to ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) to other countries to profit even more, while leaving our communities to deal with consequences — including poisoned drinking water, extreme air pollution, and destroyed coasts. It is up to us to tell President Obama the natural gas industry does not deserve a blank check to put our communities at risk.

Right now, DOE is studying whether or not we should start exporting fracked LNG. Unfortunately, they are only evaluating the business-side economics of exports, not the environmental and public health effects of fracking.

It is critical that DOE looks at the entire picture, from the effects of a fracking well in Pennsylvania or Colorado to the construction of pipeline to carry LNG to a coastal export facility in Louisiana or Washington State.

Please tell President Obama that this study does not look at the full picture and that the public health and environmental costs of LNG must be part of the decision.

Thanks for all that you do,

Deb Nardone
Director, Beyond Natural Gas Campaign
Sierra Club

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