Tag Archives: Politics Petitions Pop Culture

Mindful behavior / New Year Resolution … stop smoking


Every once in a while i come across info that i have to pass along.   i for one believe that great information definitely makes us think…hopefully, it also starts up a conversation that is not only positive but initiates reaction and action that causes change …  as an ex-smoker having stopped (cold turkey) years ago.  So,

The information below is old,  but you have to wonder just what the numbers are now!

Orzechowski and Walker, economic consulting firm says …                

   $1,712 is the average amt a pack-a-day smoker in the US spends annually

What can $1,712 buy?

  • 170 mosquito nets from nothingbutnets.net and prevent malaria transmission to African families.
  • Provide 11,900 meals for the nation’s hungry through feedingamerica.org
  • Donate to local programs to give 10 kids fun and creative after-school options every day for a month. aferschoolalliance.org for tips on finding an organization near you.

resource: internet

New Resources: Tax Credits Outreach Materials


Spread the Word  
  Help us make sure families around the country know about valuable state and federal tax credits.  
  Download Toolkit  

National Women's Law Center 

Here’s a sad fact: Each year millions of American families forgo valuable income when they fail to claim tax credits for which they are eligible.

That means that millions of dollars of tax credits go unclaimed every year. Tax credits — including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC), and Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) — provide an indispensable financial boost to vulnerable women and families struggling to make ends meet. But women and their families have to know about these tax benefits in order to claim them.

This is why we need your help to spread the word about tax credits. And this is why we are so delighted to debut our new and improved Tax Credits Outreach Resources. We’ve made it easier than ever for advocates to spread the word about these credits.

Our new resources include:

  • State-specific outreach fliers in English and Spanish
  • Our Toolkit for Advocates, with sample:
    • Newsletter
    • LTE
    • PSA script
    • Press release
    • Social Media tools
    • List of what to bring to free tax preparation sites
  • Fact sheets on tax credits for families and tax information for domestic violence advocates
  • A link to sign up to become an NWLC Community Partner

If you work or volunteer with families that are likely eligible for tax credits and/or in a program that supports children and families, you can help get the word out! Simply hanging fliers in classrooms, hallways, and offices, sending them home with young children, or talking about tax credits at parent meetings could make a difference for the families you work with. Be sure to let us know how you’re spreading the word about tax credits, or if there’s anything we can do to help, by emailing Amy Qualliotine at aqualliotine@nwlc.org.

Thanks for all that you do to help families learn about tax credits!


Amy Matsui   Amy Matsui
Senior Counsel
National Women’s Law Center

P.S. If you missed our webinar “Tax Credits Outreach Made Easy: Tips & Tools for Advocates,” you can find a recording of the presentation here.

trying to swift boat John Kerry again!


They’re at it again.

If you saw the President’s press conference today, it’s become clear that the right-wing noise machine has chosen to start to launch smears against potential Obama administration nominees, before they’re even nominated. Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham are already smearing Ambassador Susan Rice, who might be a nominee for Secretary of State.

And now, the right is even raising old, debunked Swift Boat attacks against Senator John Kerry.

On his FOX News show, last night, Sean Hannity (who never served a day in his life) promised an “investigative” report into Senator Kerry, a decorated Veteran, who volunteered for the war in Vietnam. Let’s put an end to this now.


According to Hannity, Senator Kerry needs to be “vetted,” and he’s just the guy to do it.

In reality, Hannity’s just planning to rehash the Swift Boating that occurred in 2004 – a blatant smearing of a Veteran who served our nation with honor. It’s disgusting.


Let’s stop this all of this smearing before it starts. Click here to sign our petition, today.

Thanks for your support.

Jon Soltz
Iraq War Veteran
Chairman, VoteVets.org

No Faking it

By ThinkProgress War Room

Obama Rejects Fake Tax “Compromise”

As the fiscal showdown begins in earnest, Republicans have been trying to at least sound like they’re open to a real compromise on taxing the wealthy. But a closer look at what they’re actually proposing shows that it is no compromise at all. In fact, it’s almost identical to the tax plan none other than Mitt Romney just ran on — and lost.

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO) said the president should find common ground by adopting policies “just like Romney suggested.” This ridiculous argument has been echoed by numerous other Republicans, including Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

What Republicans are proposing is to lower tax rates for the wealthy, close some unspecified loopholes, and then through magic expect to get more revenue. Republicans relied on this same sort of magic math to suggest that the Bush tax cuts would result in massive job growth and enough revenue to completely pay off the national debt by 2010. Instead we got massive deficits and the worst job growth in decades.

During a White House press conference today, the president rejected this kind of magical thinking on taxes. Obama derided “dynamic scoring” — the revenue increases that conservatives claim will occur after tax cuts — saying he would oppose any efforts to only “sorta-kinda raise revenue”:

What I will not do is to have a process that is vague, that says we’re going to sorta-kinda raise revenue through dynamic scoring or closing loopholes that have not been identified. And the reason I won’t do that is I don’t want to find ourselves in a position six months from now or a year from now, where low-and-behold, the only way to close the deficit is to sock it to middle-class families.

Watch it:

BOTTOM LINE: We have to address our fiscal problems using math, not magic. President Obama received a mandate from voters to ask the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share. Instead of trying recycle and repackage their failed plans, it’s time for Republicans to stop holding middle class tax cuts hostage and start making a deal.

Evening Brief: Important Stories That You Might’ve Missed

Romney tells donors that Obama only won because of “big gifts” to blacks and Latinos.

UN declares access to contraception a “universal human right.”

Is it game over for Grover Norquist?

Weeks after giving $100,000 to American Crossroads, coal company lays off workers.

Failure to extend unemployment insurance could cost 400,000 jobs.

Nancy Pelosi might be Speaker Pelosi again if not for the GOP’s extreme gerrymandering.

Romney co-chair says he would’ve “absolutely” won Wisconsin if the state’s voter ID law hadn’t been struck down.

How the tragic death of an Irish woman who was denied an abortion could become the norm in the U.S.

Most Americans support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.