ABB Introduces the Schedules that Work Act!

Dear Friend,
Today, A Better Balance is headed to the U.S. capitol to demand fair schedules for all workers. ABB Co-President Sherry Leiwant will be speaking this afternoon at a Congressional Briefing on the Schedules That Work Act, introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives (see the image below for more information on the briefing). This groundbreaking legislation would alleviate the burden of abusive scheduling practices that wreak havoc on millions of working families.
Currently, workers at all income levels experience difficulties caring for their families while holding jobs that require around-the-clock availability. Low-wage workers are hit the hardest, often facing erratic yet inflexible schedules that make arranging childcare and transportation a daily struggle. A lack of control over hours makes it difficult for many workers to hold a second job or advance their education, and dramatic fluctuations in weekly or monthly pay make effective budgeting impossible.
The Schedules That Work Act would give workers greater control over their work hours. Among other protections, it would give workers a right to request a schedule change without fear of retaliation, create a right to schedule changes in certain situations, like a childcare emergency, and provide additional payment for workers called in at the last moment. ABB is proud to have worked on this bill, and we hope you will join us in spreading the word about the need for fair schedules. If you’d like to learn more about the Act, we encourage you to read our blog post and join our upcoming webinar this Thursday. Please click here to register. 
Thank you for all that you do,
Sherry, Dina, Phoebe, Jared, Liz, Elizabeth, Risha, Rachel & Morenike 

TODAY: Remember Renisha

 Matt Nelson,
Renisha McBride was fatally shot through a door by Theodore Wafer, as the 19-year-old Black woman sough help after a car accident.
Justice for Renisha now!

Remember Renisha

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Nineteen year-old Renisha McBride — an unarmed Black woman from Detroit — was tragically shot dead in a mostly white suburb of Dearborn Heights, MI on Saturday, November 2, 2013. She was seeking help after being involved in a car accident nearby. Renisha was lost and frightened when she approached the home of 54-year-old Theodore Wafer. But instead of offering this distressed innocent young woman a helping hand, Wafer fatally shot her through the front door of his home.1

Jury selection in the trial of Theodore Wafer is set to begin today.2 Now is our chance to demonstrate that Renisha’s family is not alone in their calls for justice and that they have the love and support of people across the country who are counting on the Wayne County Prosecutor, Kym Worthy, to deliver justice the first time so that this case won’t have to be argued in higher court.

Show your love and support for Renisha. Please share this image with your friends and family to send a powerful message that we’re paying close attention, we want a full, fair and just trial and that we are prepared to take action.

The tragic murder of Renisha hasn’t stopped calculated attempts to smear and criminalize her by Cheryl Carpenter, Wafer’s defense attorney. Carpenter recently requested a judge let jurors see photos of Renisha that show her with wads of money, alcohol and marijuana.3 As the trial gets underway this is likely the storyline that the media will run. But we can change this narrative and make it clear that this trial is not about calling up ugly racist stereotypes; its about justice, ensuring that Black lives are valued and protected, and that perpetrators who commit unconscionable, violent or deadly acts against Black folks are held accountable.

Renisha’s life was cut brutally short in circumstances that have become far too familiar — a young unarmed Black person gunned down by a white person harboring dangerous racist stereotypes, deep-seated and unfounded fear and a proclivity for racial profiling.4 Renisha is lovingly recalled by her family as “a caring person who loved cars and shopping, worked for Ford Motor Co. and had aspirations of becoming a police officer.” Renisha deserves to be alive today to fulfill her dreams. And while a murder conviction could never bring Renisha back, by sharing this powerful graphic we can send our love and support to her family, loved ones and Detroit community and fight back against irresponsible efforts aimed at criminalizing and putting the victim on trial.

Please share this powerful image to show your love and support for Renisha. And when you do, please ask your friends and family to do the same.

Thanks and peace,

— Rashad, Matt, Arisha, Aimée, Jamar and the rest of the team
July 21st, 2014

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1. “Community rallies, demanding justice for 19-year-old Renisha McBride,” Fox Detroit, 11-07-13

2. “Theodore Wafer Trial Judge Disallows Victim’s Texts,” Huffington Post, 06-27=14

3. “Defense May Question Renisha McBride’s Lifestyle In Murder Trial,” Newsone, 04-04-14

4. “Yes, It Is About Race,” Huffington Post, 03-13-14

5. “After funeral, Renisha McBride’s family looks to ‘bring the tenor down’ on outcry as shooting investigation continues,” MLive Detroit, 11-08-13

The New Populist Movement

“More liberal, populist movement
emerging ahead of 2016 elections.”

Front page, The Washington Post, December 1, 2013:

The past two years have been scarred by a government shutdown, the sequester, the near default of the US government and a Tea Party Congress blocking everything.


And yet –

In the midst of the wreckage, we’ve helped build a populist movement that the media and the politicians no longer can ignore.

That movement – that you, the Campaign for America’s Future and others are forcing onto the table the changes that the American people want.

Take a look at last year:

  • We blocked politicians from cutting one dollar of Social Security and Medicare benefits — and now our champions in Congress are pushing to expand those programs.
  • We put economic inequality on the national agenda and drove demands for a higher minimum wage.
  • We pushed for investment in jobs and full employment and against job-killing austerity.
  • We demanded prosecution of banks and bankers who tanked the economy – and pushed to break up too-big-to-fail financial institutions.
  • We stopped Larry Summers from becoming Federal Reserve chairman.
  • We challenged job-killing trade agreements and the corporations that wrote them in secret.

In this election year, we need to keep up the fight. We need to support political champions like Senator Elizabeth Warren. We must keep up the fight for the minimum wage and pre-school for every child. We can’t do this without you.   We need your energy and we need your help with a donation.

Can you help with a $10 donation to build this movement?

Thanks for all you do,

Roger Hickey & Robert L. Borosage
Co-Directors, Campaign for America’s Future

Aurora, two years later

Everytown for Gun Safety

My heart sank when I heard the news about the shooting two years ago in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. It was opening day of The Dark Knight Rises and 12 people had just been shot and killed at a midnight showing — 58 wounded.

The only thing I could think to do was go to Aurora. I visited the survivors and family members in the hospital.

One of the amazing survivors of the shooting I met was Steve Barton — a guy who just happened to be passing through on a cross-country bike trip when he stopped to go to the movies with friends.

Tomorrow marks two years since the Aurora shooting. Click here to watch Steve’s moving story and then share it with your family and friends to mark this somber anniversary.

Watch Steve Barton's powerful message

After the shooting, Steve focused his incredible talents on fighting for public safety measures that will prevent others’ lives from being affected by gun violence like his was. I’m inspired by his resilience and dedication.

The fact is, there’s a lot more we can do to cut down on gun violence. After the Aurora shooting, Colorado passed a strong law that has already blocked criminals from easily buying guns without a background check.

But making that kind of progress in other states or at the federal level is going to require elected officials with the backbone to act. That’s why it’s so important to support local, state and federal candidates who will push for common-sense gun laws.

On this sad anniversary, let’s all recommit ourselves to turning tragedy into meaning.

Watch Steve’s powerful message now and then spread the word:

It’s an honor to stand with Steve, with you and with all Americans fighting to reduce gun violence.

Thank you,

Christian Bale

Christian Bale