President Obama Speaks …

May 19, 2012 by    

President Obama discusses the reforms to Wall Street that he put in place to protect consumers and make Wall Street play by the same set of rules — and calls on lawmakers to finish implementing these reforms so that we can prevent excessive risk-taking and help create an economy that is built to last.

May 18, 2012 by    

President Obama announces a new alliance between government leaders and private sector partners to reduce hunger and lift 50 million people out of poverty by investing in Africa‘s agricultural economy. May 18, 2012.

Campaign 2012 – Barack and Biden

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Because of your unprecedented support, we’ve put 75 Republican seats in play — and we’re not done yet. We need to win 25 seats on Election Day – 25 weeks from today – to win a Democratic Majority in the House.
If not, it’ll be 2 more years of these radical Republicans obstructing President Obama’s agenda.

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Help Senator Mikulski(D-MD) get the Paycheck Fairness Act passed

Ladies, put your lipstick on, square your shoulders, and get ready to do battle. This calls for a revolution!”

That’s what Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) said on the floor of the Senate during the successful fight to pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. And now she needs our help for the next battle over equal pay — passing the Paycheck Fairness Act.

In the coming weeks, we expect a Senate vote on this vital legislation so we need you to contact your Senators today

Please tell your Senators to show their support for equal pay by co-sponsoring the Paycheck Fairness Act.

The Paycheck Fairness Act would deter wage discrimination by updating the nearly 50-year-old Equal Pay Act and barring retaliation against workers who disclose their own wages to coworkers.

No law prohibits employers from penalizing and even firing employees just for TALKING about their salaries. By leaving workers in the dark, workers are prevented from ever learning they are experiencing pay discrimination in their workplace.

Please take two minutes to tell your Senators to co-sponsor the Paycheck Fairness Act and support equal pay.

Your Senators need to hear from you now! The last time the Senate voted on the Paycheck Fairness Act, in 2010, it fell just a few votes short of moving forward. Women and their families can’t afford for that to happen again.

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Fatima Goss Graves Vice President for Education and Employment National Women’s Law Center

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VIDEO: We Are Not ‘Garbage’ … Axel Caballero from Cuéntame

Few industries have a greater impact on neighborhoods, residents, workers’ rights and environment than the waste and recycling industry. Their drive for profit has left a trail of abuse, neglect and indifference and in some instances – death. Enough is enough, the community is standing up and saying: We are not garbage!
Watch this moving and powerful video and send a message to public officials that they must act now!
One of the worst offending companies is American Reclamation. A company that represents precisely what is wrong with this industry across the country – with dozens of health and safety violations that have resulted in official investigations. Even so, these companies are on the brink of securing major city contracts.
We must show that we stand behind our recyclers. They are listening right now. So leave or send your comment and we will deliver it to the appropriate official!
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Yours, Axel Caballero and the Cuéntame team.

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It’s time to do something about unequal pay

Last month, Wisconsin repealed its Equal Pay Enforcement Act. In the run-up to that vote, a state legislator said:

“You could argue that money is more important for men. I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious.”

Oh, really?

Women aren’t breadwinners? And it’s okay to discriminate because women are expecting to be taken care of? So much so that Wisconsin doesn’t need a strong fair pay law?

Sorry, pal; Wisconsin DOES need better fair pay laws — in fact, women across the nation need stronger fair pay laws. We need the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 797).

In the next few weeks, we expect a vote on this important bill. The vote could come at any moment, so we need you to contact your Senators today. Tell your senators to support fair pay: Cosponsor and support the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 797)!

The Paycheck Fairness Act would deter wage discrimination by closing loopholes in the Equal Pay Act and barring retaliation against workers who disclose their own wages to coworkers. Without this bill, employers can penalize and even fire employees for talking about their salaries. This egregious practice leaves workers in the dark, preventing them from ever finding out about pay discrimination in the workplace.

So send a message today to help make unequal pay a thing of the past! To send a message, visit AAUW Two-Minute Activist or click on the “Take Action” link in the upper right hand corner of this email.

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