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Seattle event 6/13: Innovation and Global Poverty


CARE Defending dignity. Fighting poverty.

 

CARE USA, Global Washington and Microsoft cordially invite you to a conversation with Helene Gayle, President & CEO of CARE USA and Steve Davis, President & CEO of PATH.

They will share updates and the latest innovations related to global health issues and food aid reform.

Innovative Efforts in the Fight Against Global Poverty // A Conversation with Helene Gayle & Steve Davis

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Registration: 4:30-5:00 pm Program: 5:00-6:30 pm
Microsoft Campus Redmond, WA 98052 *Exact location will be emailed to registered participants.
Cost: Free

If you have any questions, please contact Jonathan Young, CARE Regional Advocacy Coordinator, at jyoung@care.org or call 206-464-0787.

9 Popular Progressive Ideas


By ThinkProgress War Room

Progressive = Popular

The president signed the Violence Against Women Act today, which proves Washington can get things done if House Republicans drop their intransigent resistance long enough to allow important bills to come to a vote.

Here’s 9 other popular progressive ideas that should become the law of the land:

  1. Raising the Minimum Wage: In his State of the Union speech, the president called for the minimum wage to be raised to $9.00 an hour. And just this week, two leading progressives, Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), introduced legislation to raise it to $10.00 per hour. A poll out yesterday found that 71 percent of Americans back raising the minimum wage to $9.00.
  2. Universal Background Checks for Gun Purchases: The Senate Judiciary Committee is working on gun violence prevention legislation as we speak and is expected to advance a universal background check bill to the full Senate as soon as tomorrow. This is a no brainer. Not only would this be the most effective policy to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them, it’s supported by nearly everyone. The most recent poll, out just today, finds that 88 percent support universal background checks — including 85 percent of gun-owning households. Other polls have shown support of over 90 percent.
  3. Additional Revenues to Reduce the Deficit: A whopping 76 percent of Americans agree with the president that we need a balanced approach to reduce our deficit, one that includes both spending cuts and additional tax revenues. Just 19 percent back the Republican view that we should reduce the deficit through spending cuts alone.
  4. Job-Creating Infrastructure Investments: A majority of Americans support making investments to repair and replace our deteriorating national infrastructure — investments that could create hundreds of thousands of jobs. In fact, investmenting in our roads, bridges, airports, and other infrastructure was the most popular job creation policy. Unfortunately, Congressional Republicans have repeatedly voted down such proposals in recent years, citing their unwillingness to finance them using tax hikes on the wealthy and corporate special interests like Big Oil.
  5. Pathway to Earned Citizenship: A pathway to earned citizenship is an integral part of reforming our broken immigration system and bringing the 11 MILLION undocumented immigrants already here out of the shadows. Even 60 percent of Republicans support a pathway to earned citizenship, which receives the support of 70 percent of all Americans.
  6. Expanding the Medicaid Program: Two-thirds of Americans favor the part of ObamaCare that calls for expanding the Medicaid program. in order to insure millions of lower-income Americans. The Supreme Court made the expansion voluntary and, thankfully, even many conservative Republican governors are coming around and now support expanding the program in their states.
  7. Marriage Equality: Support for full marriage equality is now a mainstream, majority view. A study out today found that opposition to marriage equality is now concentrated “among a few narrow demographic groups.”
  8. Universal Access to Birth Control: ObamaCare requires health insurers to offer birth control at no additional cost, a policy supported by 70 percent of Americans. This policy is also supported by a majority of Catholics despite continuing opposition by Catholic bishops.
  9. Expanded Early Childhood Education: In his State of the Union speech, the president proposed universal pre-kindergarten for every four year-old and a significant expansion of other early childhood education programs. Unsurprisingly, two-thirds of Americans support making these kind of vital investments in our children — investments which come with significant returns.

BOTTOM LINE: Support for progressive ideas and values isn’t limited to Democrats or the left side of the political spectrum. Most progressive policies enjoy broad, bipartisan support and are simply mainstream views held by a majority of Americans. By contrast, conservatives are clinging to an ideology and views that are seen as extreme and out of touch by a majority of Americans.

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Internatio​nal Women’s Day : 3-8-13


CARE Defending dignity. Fighting poverty.

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate the potential of women and girls. To do amazing things. To change the world.

With activists this passionate, there was no way the threat of a massive snowstorm or even the weather shutting down the government could stop us. Right now, hundreds of CARE supporters like you are helping nurture this potential by meeting on Capitol Hill and demanding a change to the status quo – and an end to brutal violence against women and girls.

As someone who shares my belief in the power of women, as well as my horror at the epidemic of senseless, brutal attacks on little girls, mothers, and grandmothers – I hope you’ll do one more thing for women this week: Share this image on Facebook in honor of International Women’s Day, and all of the women and girls who are needless victims of violence and abuse. Or simply forward this email.

Survivors of rape and violence aren't invisible. We see you. We stand with you.

Whether it’s demanding change from our leaders, working with women AND men to shift attitudes, or preventing gender-based violence or treating its survivors – CARE is determined to create a better world  – one where girls and women don’t have to live in fear and shame.

We must make it impossible for our friends, family, and neighbors to ignore these women or their suffering. We must stand up for women all around the world who are threatened and harmed behind closed doors  or even out in the open. We must make visible what has become an invisible, but heartbreaking truth.

Thank you for everything you do to support CARE,

Helene Helene D. Gayle, MD, MPH President and CEO, CARE