a message from James Petty ~ Make Mike Pence Pay Back The Money He Wasted

James Petty just started a petition to House Oversight Committee demanding they

“Make Pence Pay The Money He Wasted Targeting Black Athletes Back”

Black people pay taxes too, we shouldn't have our money used to deny our rights!

Dear Friends

I just started a petition to the House Oversight Committee demanding they Make Pence Pay The Money He Wasted Targeting Black Athletes Back

On Sunday, Mike Pence spent an estimated $200,000 American tax dollars to stage a fake protest against athletes who chose to #TakeTheKnee. He flew from Indianapolis to Las Vegas, where the city and state spent thousands providing him security–only to use the game as an opportunity to instigate hatred against Black football players exercising their first amendment rights. The cynicism of this publicity stunt is punctuated by Pence telling his media detail not to move because they wouldn’t be staying at the game, his scheduled flight to California being set before he “protested” players kneeling, and Trump’s tweet where he boasted of setting the entire thing up beforehand directing Mike Pence to walk out of the gameFeigning respect for the military and veterans as his cause, Pence spent thousands of our dollars on a cheap political stunt instead of directing that money towards services that would actually benefit the people who served and need help.

Tell the House Oversight Committee to make Mike Pence pay back the $200K he wasted into the United States Department of Veteran Affairs!

This gross misuse of tax money to target Black players and Black protest falls into a long and deliberate pattern where the very money Black people pay in taxes is then used directly against them. Every dollar spent by Pence on this poorly thought out publicity stunt is one less dollar spent on improving schools, roads, and providing jobs. Every dollar spent on attacking Black protest is a dollar that could have been used to change our criminal justice system or voting system. If Mike Pence wants to demonstrate his love for veterans he would have written a check for the amount he’s wasted grandstanding towards helping Black veterans as they return to the states.

Under Jim Crow, Black tax dollars were used to maintain institutions we couldn’t utilize, now they’re also being used for shameful political attacks too. Make sure the House Oversight Committee acts!

We will no longer allow public money, our money, Black money to be used to oppress Black people. Pence’s trip to Indianapolis was a gross misuse of funds made worse so because the money was used for the express purpose of attacking the First Amendment rights of Black people. The House Oversight Committee should make Mike Pence return every cent to the people, or donate an equal amount towards helping Black veterans.

Join us if you want the House Oversight Committee to make Mike Pence pay the money back now!

Thank you,

James Petty

how WA can get benefits & better wages in the gig economy ~ workingwa.org

We are Working Washington

You’ve heard about the “gig economy,” right? It refers to the new model of work where apps like Instacart, Lyft, Uber, Postmates — and dozens more — hire workers for on-demand services. Gig economy work can include on-demand drivers, delivery people, home cleaners, child care workers…and just about any other service you can think of.

The Center for American Progress has just released a report about workers’ rights in the gig economy, and it’s a big step in making sure gig workers are included in the national conversation about workers’ rights!

It’s linked below if you want to check out the full report, but here are the basics. The report explains that workers in the gig economy often don’t have access to the same benefits and protections that every worker needs because the companies choose to classify them as “independent contractors.” And it points out that contractors like gig workers increasingly say they desire both the flexibility of gig work AND needed benefits.

It also makes three basic recommendations for policies that cities & states can pass to protect gig economy workers:

  1. minimum wage that covers independent contractors.

  2. Creating a way for gig workers to access needed benefits (like health insurance, unemployment, and more).

  3. Creating a board that brings together workers, companies, & the government to set labor standards in the gig economy.

Now that you know a little bit about work in the gig economy, what do YOU think about these recommendations? Take our quick poll to let us know what you’re thinking!

Another cool piece of news that’s tied to this: WA is already hard at work on recommendation #2! WA State Rep. Monica Stonier has announced that she’s going to introduce a bill in the WA Legislature to give gig workers access to benefits.

That means WA could lead the way on workers’ rights in the gig economy — just like we’ve led the way on raising the minimum wage, making sure all workers have access to paid sick days and paid family leave, & more.

– Emily, Working WA

a world without the ivory trade~ saveanimalsfacingextinction.org

All three of these milestones are incredibly important. In fact, the UK is the biggest exporter of ivory in the world, so this most recent update is great news.

But the ivory trade still exists in many places around the world.

And as long as it still exists, elephants will continue to be slaughtered. And we all know that this could be catastrophic.

on this day … 10/15 1883 – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Civil Rights Act of 1875. It allowed for individuals and corporations to discriminate based on race. 

1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte began his exile on the remote island of St. Helena in the Atlantic Ocean.

1847 – “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte was first published in London.

1860 – Grace Bedell, 11 years old, wrote a letter to presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln. The letter stated that Lincoln would look better if he would grow a beard.

1883 – The U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Civil Rights Act of 1875. It allowed for individuals and corporations to discriminate based on race. 

1892 – The U.S. government announced that the land in the western Montana was open to settlers. The 1.8 million acres were bought from the Crow Indians for 50 cents per acre. (taken)

1914 – The Clayton Antitrust Act was passed by the U.S. Congress.

1931 – “Cat and the Fiddle” opened in New York for the first of 395 performances.

1937 – “To Have and Have Not” by Ernest Hemingway was published for the first time.

1939 – New York Municipal Airport was dedicated. The name was later changed to La Guardia Airport.

1945 – Pierre Laval, the former premier of Vichy France, was executed for treason.

1946 – Hermann Goering, a Nazi war criminal and founder of the Gestapo, poisoned himself just hours before his scheduled execution.

1951 – “I Love Lucy” premiered on CBS-TV.

1953 – “Teahouse of the August Moon” opened on Broadway. It ran for 1,027 performances.

1964 – It was announced that Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev had been removed from power. He was replaced with Alexei N. Kosygin.

1966 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill creating the Department of Transportation. 

1966 – In Illinois, Cahokia Mounds was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

1966 – The First Bank of the United States was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

1973 – “Tomorrow” debuted on NBC-TV.

1983 – U.S. Marines killed five snipers who had pinned them down in Beirut International Airport.

1984 – The Freedom of Information Act was passed. 

1989 – South African officials released eight prominent political prisoners.

1989 – Wayne Gretzky, while playing for the Los Angeles Kings, surpassed Gordie Howe’s NHL scoring record of 1,850 career points.

1993 – U.S. President Clinton sent warships to enforce trade sanctions that had been imposed on Haitian military rulers.

1993 – South Africa’s President F.W. de Klerk and African National Congress President Nelson Mandela were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end the apartheid system in South Africa.

1997 – British Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green broke the land-speed record by driving a jet-powered car faster than the speed of sound.

1997 – The Cassini-Huygens mission was launched from Cape Canaveral, FL. On January 14, 2005, a probe sent back pictures of Saturn’s moon Titan during and after landing.

1998 – The U.N. condemned the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba for the seventh year in a row.

2001 – NASA’s Galileo spacecraft passed within 112 miles of Jupiter’s moon Io.

2011 – Legoland Florida opened in Winter Haven, Florida.