Tara Raghuveer, People’s Action


Would you rather be hungry or homeless? That’s the choice that low-income people are forced to make.

Under the administration of Ben Carson, the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, we’ve witnessed $31,000 being spent on office furniture. And on the other hand, little has been done to invest in our public housing infrastructure.

Add your name to the petition now to keep Carson from hurting poor and working people.

Tara Raghuveer
People’s Action

P.S. Here’s the email I sent a few days ago, in case you missed it. It has more information on the implications of Carson’s proposals.


Ben Carson’s logic is ridiculous: If the government slashes public assistance, poor folks will pull themselves out of poverty.

This assumes that public assistance is a choice. The fact is that people are poor due to a rigged economy and the ongoing legacy of racial and gender injustice.

Ben Carson is the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He and Donald Trump intend to raise rents and add work requirements for the lowest-income people living in public housing.

In order for people to work and increase their income, they need stability in their lives. And that’s exactly what housing-insecure people lack.

Sign the petition now to demand that poor and working people receive aid without absurd conditions.

Worse is that Carson plans to raise rents on top of work requirements.

Do you know a senior or someone with a disability? A rent increase, even a small one, means choosing between paying rent or putting food on the table. 4.5 million people will be at risk of losing their homes and falling into homelessness if their rents are increased.

People’s Action believes that housing is a human right. We also believe that people deserve good jobs. Let’s work toward an inclusive economy that provides income or jobs for all, rather than a 1% economy that increases inequality.

Add your name to the petition to fully fund HUD and stop this attack on poor and working people.

Tara Raghuveer
People’s Action

Big drug companies are lobbying to raise the cost of prescription medicine even higher.

Don’t let them get away with it: Tell Congress to protect the deal that lowers seniors’ drug costs!

Dear Friends,

Americans already pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world – and now the big drug companies are trying to make us pay even more.

They’re spending millions to try to convince Congress to undo the Medicare “doughnut hole” deal that lowers seniors’ drug costs. The good news is that we’ve already won this fight once, and we can win again!

Help us send a message that Congress can’t ignore: Tell your lawmakers that you’re counting on them to stand up to Big Pharma, and protect the deal that lowers drug costs for seniors!

The doughnut hole deal that Congress signed earlier this year was a huge win for seniors who are struggling to manage the high cost of prescription drugs. But the big drug companies don’t want to sacrifice their profits so you can afford the medicine you need – they’d rather break the deal and go back to price-gouging seniors, and passing higher costs onto those who can least afford it.

That’s why they’re pulling out all the stops to try and lobby Congress to overturn the deal, and raise seniors’ drug costs even higher.

It’s crucial that we make our voices heard, and show Congress that we’re watching, we vote, and we won’t accept any deal that raises our drug costs even higher.

Don’t wait until it’s too late: Tell Congress to stand up to the big drug companies, and protect the deal that lowers drug costs for seniors.

Thanks for speaking out today on this important issue.


Fred Griesbach
AARP Campaigns