August … a month full of historic events

270px-Hurricane_Katrina_Mobile_Alabama_flooded_parking_lot_20050829just another rant …

This month we remember Katrina … remind folks what happened on the Gulf Coast as the people fled, were forced out or died in the Katrina disaster trying to get out.

August 1, 1838 – Slavery was abolished in Jamaica. It had been introduced by Spanish settlers 300 years earlier in 1509.

August 2, 1776 – In Philadelphia, most of the 55 members of the Continental Congress signed the parchment copy of the Declaration of Independence.

August 4, 1962 – Apartheid opponent Nelson Mandela was arrested by security police in South Africa. He was then tried and sentenced to five years in prison. In 1964, he was placed on trial for sabotage, high treason and conspiracy to overthrow the government and was sentenced to life in prison. A worldwide campaign to free him began in the 1980s and resulted in his release on February 11, 1990, at age 71 after 27 years in prison. In 1993, Mandela shared the Nobel Peace Prize with South Africa’s President F.W. de Klerk for their peaceful efforts to bring a nonracial democracy to South Africa. In April 1994, black South Africans voted for the first time in an election that brought Mandela the presidency of South Africa.

August 4, 1964 – Three young civil rights workers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, were found murdered and buried in an earthen dam outside Philadelphia, Mississippi. They had disappeared on June 21 after being detained by Neshoba County police on charges of speeding. They were participating in the Mississippi Summer Project organized by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to increase black voter registration. When their car was found burned on June 23, President Lyndon Johnson ordered the FBI to search for the men.

August 5, 1861 – President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the first Federal income tax, a 3 percent tax on incomes over $800, as an emergency wartime measure during the Civil War. However, the tax was never actually put into effect.

August 6, 1965 – The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The Act suspended literacy, knowledge and character tests designed to keep African Americans from voting in the South. It also authorized the appointment of Federal voting examiners and barred discriminatory poll taxes. The Act was renewed by Congress in 1975, 1984 and 1991.

August 6-10, 1787 – The Great Debate occurred during the Constitutional Convention. Outcomes included the establishment of a four-year term of office for the President, granting Congress the right to regulate foreign trade and interstate commerce, and the appointment of a committee to prepare a final draft of the Constitution.

August 10, 1863 – The President meets with abolitionist Frederick Douglass who pushes for full equality for Union ‘Negro troops.’

August 9, 1974 – Effective at noon, Richard M. Nixon resigned the presidency as a result of the Watergate scandal. Nixon had appeared on television the night before and announced his decision to the American people. Facing possible impeachment by Congress, he became the only U.S. President ever to resign.

August 11, 1841Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave, spoke before an audience in the North for the first time. During an anti-slavery convention on Nantucket Island, he gave a powerful, emotional account of his life as a slave. He was immediately asked to become a full-time lecturer for the Massachusetts Antislavery Society.

August 11-16, 1965 – Six days of riots began in the Watts area of Los Angeles, triggered by an incident between a white member of the California Highway Patrol and an African American motorist. Thirty-four deaths were reported and more than 3,000 people were arrested. Damage to property was listed at $40 million.

On August 14, 1862, Abraham Lincoln did something unprecedented in presidential history up to that point: he met with a small delegation of black leaders (all free: 5 black clergymen). But the meeting did not auger a decision to give African Americans a voice in government. In essence, Lincoln sought to lobby these men in essence to agree to a divorce. In other words, the President wanted to get black Americans behind his plan to colonize them abroad. -Source;singlegenre=All;sort=occur;subview=detail;type=simple;view=fulltext;q1=August+14



August 14, 1935 – President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act establishing the system which guarantees pensions to those who retire at age 65. The Social Security system also aids states in providing financial aid to dependent children, the blind and others, as well as administering a system of unemployment insurance.

August 15, 1969 – Woodstock began in a field near Yasgur’s Farm at Bethel, New York. The three-day concert featured 24 rock bands and drew a crowd of more than 300,000 young people. The event came to symbolize the counter-culture movement of the 1960’s.

August 18, 1920 – The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, granting women the right to vote.

August 28, 1963 – The March on Washington occurred as over 250,000 persons attended a Civil Rights rally in Washington, D.C., at which Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his now-famous I Have a Dream speech.

#ElectionsMatter for our next generation



the Senate Pro-Forma CONGRESS until September 6 the House

USflagSchedule for Pro Forma Sessions and Tuesday, September 6, 2016
The Senate stands adjourned to then convene for a pro forma session only, with no business conducted on the following dates and times:

Friday, July 15 at 11:30am

Tuesday, July 19 at 1:00pm

Friday, July 22 at 1:00pm

Tuesday, July 26 at 10:00am

Friday, July 29 at 10:00am

Tuesday, August 2 at 10:00am 


 Wrap UP for Jul 14, ’16 9:07 PM

Roll Call Votes Motion to invoke cloture on compound motion to go to conference on S.2943, NDA

A; invoked: 90-7. Shaheen motion to instruct the conferees (re: Afghan visas); agreed to: 84-12. Sullivan motion to instruct the conferees (re: military operations); agreed to: 85-12. Motion to invoke cloture upon reconsideration on the motion to proceed to…


House Floor Activities
Legislative Day of July 25, 2016

12:30:03 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
12:30:15 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Mac Thornberry to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
12:30:36 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. Michael Tyrrell, Jesuit Conference, Washington, DC
12:31:38 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to section 8(a) of H. Res. 820, the Journal stands approved.
12:31:52 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
12:32:11 P.M. S. Con. Res. 50 Considered as privileged matter. S. Con. Res. 50 — “Providing for an adjournment of the House of Representatives.”
12:33:25 P.M. S. Con. Res. 50 On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to without objection.
12:33:30 P.M. S. Con. Res. 50 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12:34:07 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had the honor to transmit a sealed envelope received from the White House on July 22, 2016, at 5:56 p.m., said to contain a veto message from the President whereby he returns without his signature H.R. 1777, the “Presidential Allowance Modernization Act of 2016.”
12:34:08 P.M. H.R. 1777 The Chair laid before the House the veto message from the President.
12:34:36 P.M. H.R. 1777 The Chair announced that the objections of the President to H.R. 1777 would be spread at large upon the Journal and the veto message would be printed as a House document (114-155).
12:34:56 P.M. Further consideration of the veto message and the bill, H.R. 1777, is postponed until the legislative day of September 23, 2016
12:37:19 P.M. Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico – Pursuant to section 409(b) of the Puerto Rico Overisght, Management, and Economic Stability Act, and the order of the House of January 6, 2015, the Speaker appointed the following members of the House to the Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico: Mr. Duffy and Mr. MacArthur.
12:37:36 P.M. Congressional Task Force on Economic Grwoth in Puerto Rico – Pursuant to section 409(d) of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, and the order of the House of January 6, 2015, the Speaker appointed Mr. Hatch of Utah, as its Chair.
12:37:55 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to S. Con. Res. 50. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on September 6, 2016.


House Floor Activities
Legislative Day of July 21, 2016

9:00:30 A.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
9:00:40 A.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Michael K. Simpson to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
9:01:06 A.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rev. Vincent De Rosa, St. Peters Catholic Church, Washington, DC
9:02:20 A.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to section 8(a) of H. Res. 820, the Journal stands approved.
9:02:45 A.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
9:03:38 A.M. ADJUSTMENT OF WHOLE HOUSE – Under clause 5(d) of rule XX, the Chair announced to the House that, in light of the passing of the gentleman from Hawaii, Mr. Takai, the whole number of the House is 433.
9:04:05 A.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 8(b) of H. Res. 820. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on July 25, 2016.

House Floor Activities
Legislative Day of July 18, 2016

2:30:13 P.M. The House convened, starting a new legislative day.
2:30:19 P.M. The Speaker designated the Honorable Luke Messer to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.
2:30:59 P.M. Today’s prayer was offered by Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff, Retired Chaplain, United States Navy, Washington, DC.
2:32:21 P.M. The Speaker announced approval of the Journal. Pursuant to section 8(a) of H. Res. 820, the Journal was approved.
2:32:27 P.M. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair led the House in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
2:32:28 P.M. The House received a communication from Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader. Pursuant to section 409(b) of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA), Ms. Pelosi notified the House that she had appointed the following Members to the Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico: Ms. Velazquez of New York, and Mr. Pierluisi of Puerto Rico.
2:33:02 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on July 15, 2016 at 9:57 a.m.: That the Senate passed H.R. 4904 and S. 1935.
2:34:12 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on July 15, 2016 at 1:07 p.m.: That the Senate agreed to S. Con. Res. 50, and H. Con. Res. 142, and passed H.R. 2607, H.R. 3700, H.R. 3931, H.R. 3953, H.R. 4010, H.R. 4425, H.R. 4747, H.R. 4761, H.R. 4777, H.R. 4877, H.R. 4925, H.R. 4975, H.R. 4987, H.R. 5028, and H.R. 5722.
2:35:15 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Pursuant to the permission granted in Clause 2(h) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she had received the following message from the Secretary of the Senate on July 15, 2016 at 2:20 p.m.: That the Senate passed S. 3282, S. 2854, S. 2614, S. 3283, S. 3028, S. 818, S. 817, S. 1443, S. Con. Res. 41, and S. Con. Res. 46.
2:36:18 P.M. The House received a message from the Clerk. Under Clause 2(g) of Rule II of the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Clerk notified the House that she herewith designates Mr. Robert Reeves, Deputy Clerk and Mr. Robert Borden, Legal Counsel, to sign any and all papers and do all other acts for her under the name of the Clerk of the House which they would be authorized to do by virtue of this designation, except such as are provided by statute, in case of her temporary absence or disability, which shall remain in effect for the 114th Congress or until modified by the Clerk.
2:37:26 P.M. The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to section 8(b) of H. Res. 820. The next meeting is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on July 21, 2016.


Still I Rise – Poem by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in


the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

FDA/USDA ~~ August Alerts & Safety

08/23/2016 02:40 PM EDT

Baptista’s Bakery, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of a limited number of 7.2 oz. Snack Factory® Original Pretzel Crisps® and 7.2 oz Snack Factory® Sriracha Lime Pretzel Crisps® packages because they may contain undeclared milk ingredients. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume the affected product.

08/17/2016 11:19 AM EDT

Cary, IL, Sage Products announced today it is expanding its voluntary nationwide recall to include an additional lot of Comfort Shield Barrier Cream Cloths at the distributor and healthcare facility/user level. The recall is being initiated due to product contamination with the bacteria, Burkholderia cepacia.

Updated information is now available. A list of retail consignees has been posted for recall 061-2016, Bar-S Foods Company Recalls Chicken and Pork Hot Dog and Corn Dog Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination (Jul 19, 2016).
08/15/2016 03:16 PM EDT

DSM Biomedical B.V., the Netherlands, Cook Medical’s supplier of hydrophilic coating for the Roadrunner® Uniglide® Hydrophilic Wire Guide, recalled certain lots of material due to concerns about a potential contamination by glass particles ranging in size of approximately 4 to 280 µm. Cook received one lot of the affected recalled coating. This prompted Cook Medical to initiate a recall of 8,750 units of the Roadrunner UniGlide Hydrophilic Wire Guides on June 24, 2016.

08/12/2016 05:25 PM EDT

Oriental Packing Co., Inc., Miami, Florida is recalling approximately 377,000 lbs. of the following blended seasoning curry products because it is contaminated with lead. Lead can accumulate in the body over time and can cause serious and sometimes permanent adverse health consequences

08/11/2016 09:38 PM EDT

Rabbit Creek Products of Louisburg, KS is recalling certain flavors of Bread mixes, Muffin mixes and Brownie mixes under the Rabbit Creek Products and other Private label brand names due to the potential presence of Escherichia coli O:121 (E. coli O:121). People usually get sick from E. coli O: 121, also referred to as STEC O:121, 2-8 days (average of 3-4 days) after swallowing the bacteria. Most people develop diarrhea (often bloody) and abdominal cramps.

08/12/2016 11:51 AM EDT

Ton Shen Health of Chicago, IL, is recalling its “DHZC-2” Tablets because they have the potential to be contaminated with elevated levels of lead, a naturally occurring element which can affect multiple body system and particularly harmful to young children. Lead poisoning can happen if a person is exposed to high levels of lead over short period of time.

08/10/2016 12:35 PM EDT

Country Home has initiated a voluntary recall of Gourmet Chocolate Chunk Salted Caramel Cookies sold at ShopRite stores in its Fresh Bake department. These cookies were sold in 12- and 24-count containers and may also be part of the 12- and 24-count variety packages of cookies.


Sam Kane Beef Processors, LLC Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible Foreign Material ContaminationSam Kane Beef Processors, LLC, a Corpus Christi, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 60,350 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with foreign materials, specifically metal.

08/08/2016 09:36 PM EDT

PharmaTech, LLC of Davie, FL, is voluntarily recalling all liquid products from October 20, 2015 through July 15, 2016 as a precautionary measure due to a potential risk of product contamination with Burkholderia cepacia.If a product contains B. cepacia, its use could result in infections in patients with compromised immune systems and in patients with chronic lung conditions such as cystic fibrosis. Some of these infections may be serious or even life-threatening in the at risk patient population

Updated information is now available. A list of retail consignees has been posted for recall ConAgra Foods Recalls Frozen Chicken and Beef Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination: 056-2016 (Jul 6, 2016) and 056-2016 EXP (Jul 15, 2016).

08/08/2016 06:52 AM EDT

Gel Spice, Inc. is expanding its recall of ground turmeric powder to include additional brands because of elevated lead levels. Lead can accumulate in the body over time. Too much can cause health problems, including delayed mental and physical development and learning deficiencies. Pregnant women, infants and young children especially should avoid exposure to lead.

08/04/2016 04:44 PM EDT

JM Exotic Foods, Inc. is recalling ground turmeric because samples from our supplier were found to contain elevated levels of lead. This product was solely distributed to a farmer’s market in Doraville, GA from May until August 2016.

08/05/2016 11:37 AM EDT

Lake Forest, IL – Hospira, Inc., a Pfizer company, is voluntarily recalling one lot of 0.25% Bupivacaine Hydrochloride Injection, USP (NDC: 0409-1159-02, Lot 59-064- DK, Expiry 1NOV2017) at the hospital/retail level due to the presence of particulate matter within a single vial. The issue was identified through a confirmed complaint


No lazy days of summer here. We’ve been busy

Headlines from the Frontlines – August 2016
Marking the United State of Women with the White House
On June 14, ABB was thrilled to attend the United State of Women Summit hosted by the White House in Washington, D.C. The day was jam-packed with inspiring speakers who called on attendees to keep up the fight to improve women’s health, economic security, and equality across American society. From Vice President Biden, who highlighted the bravery of sexual violence survivors working to combat assault on college campuses, to First Lady Michelle Obama, who urged women to know their own value, the summit celebrated the progress women have achieved while mapping out the changes necessary to continue that progress. President Obama brought down the house when he declared, “This is what a feminist looks like.” His recent essay in Glamour expanded on the themes of his speech, urging us all to change attitudes like the one that “congratulates men for changing a diaper, stigmatizes full-time dads, and penalizes working mothers,” and urging men to step up to fight sexism because “when everybody is equal, we are all more free.”
Status of America’s Fathers Summit
A Better Balance also attended the State of America’s Fathers Summit on June 14. The summit, held at the Paley Center for Media in New York City, featured the presentation of a new Promundo report on fatherhood in America. Two of the report’s lead authors, Brian Heilman and Gary Barker, spoke of the need for workplace policies that support parents of all genders and of the importance of valuing caregiving work. Other speakers presented diverse perspectives on fatherhood and included Esta Soler of Futures Without Violence, spoken word artist J.Ivy, Vicky Shabo of the National Partnership for Women & Families, Joe Jones of the Center for Urban Families, and former NBA player and father of seven Allan Houston.
The Advocate
Equality Federation Leadership Conference 
Preston Van Vliet (pictured at left), National Campaign Organizer of the LGBTQ Work-Family Project, attended and co-presented two workshops at the Equality Federation’s Leadership Conference in Portland, Oregon, from July 13th-16th. The conference is the annual meeting for state-based LGBTQ advocacy organizations within the Equality Federation’s network and other national organizational allies. Preston co-presented a workshop about the importance of cross-movement strategy in stopping statewide pre-emption of progressive issues, including paid sick days and LGBTQ non-discrimination ordinances. He also led a workshop about the importance of updating the definition of “family” in policies, with workplace leave policies as the main entry point, so that diverse families can access benefits that “nuclear families” have had access to for decades.
World Breastfeeding Week: A Better Balance Attends WIC Celebrations
In honor of World Breastfeeding Week (August 1–7), the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Program hosted celebrations at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals in Manhattan on August 2 and 3. A Better Balance presented know-your-rights trainings to new and expecting moms on their right to express breast milk in the workplace and other legal protections such as the New York City Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and Earned Sick Time Act. Other groups in attendance included Achieve Beyond, an organization that supports developmentally delayed and disabled children and their families, and the New York City Department of Transportation, whose representative presented a hands-on training on car seat safety for children and infants. ABB congratulates all new moms who are successfully breastfeeding and invites anyone with questions about their rights as a nursing mom to call our free and confidential legal hotline at (212) 430-5982.
A Better Balance Honored to be Included in Nashville Council on Gender Equity
On July 13, Mayor Megan Barry issued an executive order establishing the Nashville Council on Gender Equity, which will recommend solutions to address gender inequality in the city. Elizabeth Gedmark, Director of A Better Balance’s Southern Office, will be a member of the new Council, along with many talented civic and business leaders including musician Jack White. The new council will be co-chaired by Pat Shea, CEO of the YWCA of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, and Ronald Roberts, CEO of the public relations firm DVL Seigenthaler. The Council will focus on economic opportunities, family services, health and safety, and data integration. A Better Balance is honored to be included in such an esteemed group and looks forward to working with the Council and Mayor Barry.
New York City Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary of the Earned Sick Time Act
On July 30, 2014, workers in New York City were able to begin using their sick time under the NYC Earned Sick Time Act. A Better Balance led the way in fighting for this landmark law, which made New York City among the first jurisdictions in the country to guarantee workers the right to time off when they or a family member are sick, injured, or in need of medical care. Today, lawmakers around the country have followed in the footsteps of early leaders like New York City: five states and almost 30 localities now have paid sick days laws on the books.
For more information on the law, check out our comprehensive know-your-rights resources, including answers to frequently asked questions (also in Spanish) and our printable flyer (Spanish).  Domestic workers (people who work in someone else’s home like a nanny or a housekeeper) are covered under the law and can find out more about their rights with our revised fact sheet. If you’re a worker in New York City with questions about the law or think your sick time rights may have been violated, contact our free and confidential legal hotline in English or Spanish at 212-430-5982.
Voices from the Clinic
“I just want to thank you…for the dedication and time to listen to my concern as a nursing mother in a working environment. To know that my concerns [were] not taken in vain is absolutely helpful and amazing. Thank you for all of the feedback, following up, addressing all my concerns and questions, and even taking the time to do additional research of the laws (state and federal) to protect my rights as a nursing mother. A lot of nursing mothers are afraid to speak up for themselves to an employer because of fear of retaliation or that their voices just won’t be heard. You…make it possible.”
– Cheryl in N

Voting is a Right NOT a Privilege ~~ The Struggle continues

Time to pass the VRA … update redistricting rules and make it easier for ALL Americans to VOTE

Dear @ChiefJusticeRoberts

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” -George Santayana


On March 7, 1965, hundreds of brave unarmed nonviolent women and men dared to March for African Americans right to vote.

The fact is that less than 1% of eligible Blacks could vote or register to vote.

People organized a Peaceful Protest March from Selma to the state capitol in Montgomery. However, as those protesters crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge to Montgomery. The police, some riding horses were ready for violence decided to engage in excessive use of force, which included brutally beating protesters with billy clubs, others sprayed water as well as tear gas at these kids, while journalists and photographers witnessed.

The brutal reaction by the police was not only caught on tape it forced then President Johnson, who was once against civil rights programs as a Senator to call on Congress for equal voting rights for all on March 15.


The Voting Act of 1965 was signed into law on August 6; is a landmark piece of national legislation in the United States that outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for the widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans in the U.S.

A day that started out peacefully quickly descended into an awful ugly March of death for the right to vote called ,”Bloody Sunday”.

Now, some 48 years later, a new “Jim Crow” era has emerged with a major step backward in the fight for civil and voting rights. There are conservative states targeting not only African Americans but also Senior citizens, first time voters, early voting, Students, low income, immigrants and the undocumented though Republicans call them (illegals) Dreamers. In addition, Governors from Republican controlled States are allowing election officials to purge voters, people without birth certificates were given limited or completely denied access to the voting booth failing to meet new voter ID regulations in time and were treated like possible (illegals). This  is the 21st Century; we should be on a progressive path toward equality for all not one that will re-engage folks in the act of racism or exclusion leading to suppressing participation in the election process. This year, new stricter voter ID legislation is pending in thirty-one states. This includes, voter ID proposals in thirteen states with proposals to strengthen existing voter ID laws in ten states, and eight states that will amend the new voter ID laws passed in 2011.

We need to push back  on all attempts to suppress the right to Vote.

With so much at stake, it is time to stop sitting on the sidelines. If we are going to succeed, Conservative lawmakers NEED to hear our Voices.

We cannot let the naysayers turn back the clock on Voting Rights or the next generation.

Thank You for Taking Action


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In recent years more and more tourists have begun popping up along the Northwest Passage. The trip is possible only because the Arctic’s ice is receding, and it is a powerful reminder of how far we have come in a century and a half of industrialization.

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