ELIZABETH WARREN ON HOW WE CAN FIGHT BACK AND CREATE CHANGE


I received this e-mail from Senator Elizabeth Warren:

A few days ago, I spoke at the Re/code conference – a room full of some of Silicon Valley’s top tech executives.

Somebody asked me:

“How are the 50% of people who can vote – that don’t – supposed to actually believe any politician who says we are going to rebuild this country? Energy infrastructure, Internet infrastructure, education – all these things matter… Why aren’t we doing that?”

I got a little wound up in the two-minute answer I gave him – but it seems to have struck a nerve with a lot of people. In the past couple of days, more than 2.3 million people have watched the clip on Facebook.

Go to this site to watch the clip:  http://elizabethwarren.com/recode

The truth is, I AM angry. Angry about a Washington that works really great if you’re a millionaire or billionaire or giant corporation that can hire an army of lawyers and lobbyists, but not so great for everyone else.

The only way we fix this is if people like you stand up and fight. Every time you share a video, sign a petition, call your member of Congress, or chip in $5, you’re proving that this isn’t just my fight – it’s yours, too.

Take a look at this video clip and share it with your friends. You’re helping us build a movement – and that’s the heart of real change.

Thank you for being a part of this,

Elizabeth

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HOW YOU CAN HELP EVERYONE EARN A LIVING WAGE


Stand with Senators Sanders and Warren: Federal contract workers deserve a living wage.

  • Tell President Obama:
  • “Issue an executive order giving preference in government contracting to ‘model employers’ who pay workers a living wage, decent benefits, and allow collective bargaining rights. American taxpayer dollars should reward good companies that create middle-class jobs, not companies that keep workers in poverty.”

In recent months, tens of thousands of CREDO members have taken actions in solidarity with low wage federal workers, who have been demanding President Obama to sign an executive order that requires the federal government to contract with companies who pay their workers a living wage.1

Now, progressive champions Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have joined that push by sending a public letter to President Obama asking him to issue the executive order.

Senators Warren and Sanders just gave those workers’ campaign a huge boost. It is time for us to rally around them.

Stand with Senators Sanders and Warren: Add your name and tell President Obama to sign a “model-employer” executive order for low-wage federal contract workers. Click here to sign the petition.

Right now, our tax dollars routinely pay for government contracts that reward companies who pay millions of workers poverty-level wages. The renewed attention to low-wage federal contract workers is in large part due to a major wake up call last month, when The Washington Post ran the story of 63-year-old Charles Gladden, a full-time U.S. Senate cafeteria worker who was revealed to be homeless.2

Many of those workers have to rely on public assistance programs like food stamps and Medicaid, hitting taxpayers a second time and forcing all of us to subsidize the greed of private companies.

And when millions of workers are routinely paid poverty wages on such a massive scale, it drags down national standards for all American workers across all industries. Which means that, right now, the government is playing an active role in rising economic inequality and a disappearing American middle class.3

In their letter to President Obama, Senators Sanders and Warren wrote:

We believe that our taxpayer dollars should reward good companies that create middle class jobs for America, not companies that force workers to depend on public aid programs. […]

You have held up profitable companies, such as Costco, as examples of model employers to be emulated because they pay their workers living wages and benefits as well as respect their right to organize unions. Now is the time to declare that the federal government will invest our taxpayer dollars to incentivize model employers that commit to creating good jobs and to rebuilding America’s ailing middle class.4

Stand with Senators Sanders and Warren: Add your name and tell President Obama to sign a “model-employer” executive order for low-wage federal contract workers. Click here to sign the petition.

The president has demonstrated that executive action can help workers. After low-wage federal contract workers went on strike in Washington, D.C., the president used the 2014 State of the Union to announce that he would sign the $10.10 Minimum Wage Executive Order. The president’s bold leadership set-off a chain reaction. In the following year, the CEOs of major companies – such as Gap, Inc., IKEA, Wal-Mart and McDonald’s – boosted starting pay, mayors issued executive orders to raise wages, and state and local governments passed minimum wage hikes.

That’s why we’re calling on the president to use his executive powers to help low-wage federal contract workers. He can do so by signing a “model employer” executive order that gives a preference to contractors that pay a living wage of at least $15 an hour, offer decent benefits like paid leave, and respect our right to collectively bargain so we don’t have to go on strike.

When the president leads, America follows. President Obama has said that income inequality is the defining challenge of our time, and that he would take executive action to help the middle class. Here is his opportunity to lead by example and lift millions of low-wage federal contract workers into the middle class.

Stand with Senators Sanders and Warren. Add your name and tell President Obama: Sign a “model-employer” executive order for low-wage federal contract workers. Click the link below to sign the petition:

http://act.credoaction.com/sign/Warren_Sanders_Letter?t=7&akid=14540.7785905.lxB9i_

Thank you for your standing up for workers.

Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

Michelle Chen, “Federal Contract Workers Just Went on Strike in DC,” The Nation, April 22, 2015.

Catherine Rampell, “The Homeless Man Who Works in the Senate,” The Washington Post, April 22, 2015.

Amy Traub and Robert Hiltonsmith, “Underwriting Bad Jobs: How Our Tax Dollars Are Funding Low-Wage Work and Fueling Inequality (PDF),” Demos, May, 2013.

Letter to President Obama from Senators Warren and Sanders (PDF), May 15, 2015.

STOP FAST TRACK FOR TOXICS


  • CREDO action
    Tell the House: Stop Fast Track for toxics
    Petition to members of the U.S. House of Representatives:
    “Commit to voting no on Fast Track for environmentally dangerous trade agreements such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).”
  • Tell the House: Stop Fast Track for toxics
    A new trade treaty being negotiated by the Obama administration could cause cancer. Yes, you read that right.

The European Union (EU) was in the process of banning 31 pesticides that had been linked to both cancer and infertility. But now threats from the United States have reportedly stopped EU officials from taking this common sense action to protect public health. Why? To avoid undermining a massive trade treaty called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).1

As soon as next week the House of Representatives will vote on whether or not to Fast Track several major trade agreements including TTIP and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – all but guaranteeing that the agreements are finalized. If these treaties become law, foreign corporations could have the final say over public health and safety regulations.

Tell the House of Representatives: Publicly oppose and vote against Fast Track for environmentally toxic trade agreements. Click here to sign the petition.

The White House wants us to believe nothing in the TPP or TTIP will endanger the health or safety of Americans. Yet they insist on keeping the content of the TPP a secret.

Even members of Congress can only read the TPP draft agreement if they enter a secure room in the United States Capitol without their cell phone. They are not allowed to take away any notes, photos or copies. And once they leave the secure room they are not permitted to share what they have seen with anyone who does not have “top secret clearance.”2 Not their constituents – not even their own staff.

The little we do know about the TPP is due to drafts of some of its chapters that have been leaked out in the public. Experts who have examined the provisions say it is even worse than they imagined.

The text contains a provision known as Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS), which allows corporations to sue governments if they pass laws that interfere with their ability to make profit. The suits take place before an international tribunal staffed by corporate trade lawyers, some of who will end up working for the very companies whose cases they are judging.

This could put a halt to some of our most basic environmental protections.

ISDS is one of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s principal objections to both the TPP and Fast Track. She explained recently that the impact of ISDS is not a “hypothetical problem.”3 The examples Senator Warren provided include Philip Morris using ISDS “to try to stop countries like Australia and Uruguay from implementing new rules that are intended to cut smoking rates – because the new laws might eat into the tobacco giant’s profits,” and Swedish company suing Germany because “Germany wanted to phase out nuclear power for safety reasons.”4

Already the EU has stopped its effort to regulate cancer-causing pesticides because of trade agreements such as TTIP. Imagine the impact on our country when Vietnamese and Malaysian companies sue to halt our environmental laws based on ISDS provisions in the TPP.

  • To stop the TPP and TTIP, we need to stop Fast Track.
  • Tell the House of Representatives: Publicly oppose and vote against Fast Track for environmentally toxic trade agreements. Click the link below to sign the petition.

http://act.credoaction.com/sign/tpp_toxics?t=6&akid=14525.7785905._eYu2N

Thank you for speaking out. Your activism matters.

Murshed Zaheed, Deputy Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

Add your name:

Sign the petition ►
Glyn Moody, “EU dropped plans for safer pesticides after pressure from US,” Ars Technica, May 26, 2015.
Representative Marcy Kaptur’s Facebook post, May 13, 2015.
Senator Elizabeth Warren, “I agree with Hillary Clinton,” Elizabethwarren.com, May 7, 2015.

Make Your Voice Heard On School Vouchers


“From: AAUW Nevada <aauwnevada@gmail.com>
Date: May 27, 2015 6:51:29 PM PDT
To: Aauw Nevada <aauwnevada@gmail.com>
Subject: AAUW Nevada – ALERT . . . STOP VOUCHERS IN NEVADA

AAUW Members:

Today’s Reno Gazette Journal had the following news article today:

Imagine the state of Nevada writing a $5,000 check to parents for every child they homeschool or take to private school, instead of enrolling in public school.
In what would be an unorthodox use of taxpayer money, state lawmakers pushed forward a bill on Tuesday that would pay students to not attend public schools.
Nevada’s public school system is commonly ranked among the worst in the nation.
Senate Bill 302 provides students with 90 percent of the usual state education funding to instead be taken for private school. That includes religiously oriented private schools, and a recent amendment that would pay parents to homeschool their children.

SB 302 passed the Senate Finance Committee today and will go to the full senate very soon. Contact your senator and assembly person IMMEDIATELY and urge them to vote NO!! Also, make sure to “Share Your Opinion” on the Nevada Legislature website, https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/Opinions/78th2015/A/&#8221;

  • WE  NEED TO RESPOND TO THIS REQUEST FOR ACTION BY THE RENO GAZETTE JOURNAL & THE AAUW

The budget for public schools, K-College, continues to be cut. This bill will be spending public tax money for children who can afford private school and take away money from the public schools which are already in dire need of funding.

This would only be another goodie for the rich who don’t need it while the rest of the school population would get a higher pupil/teacher ratio, poorer quality facilities and materials, and fewer course offerings.

The door to Higher Education is also closing for all but the rich as State public education funding cuts to State Higher Education Institutions have already resulted in enormous hikes in tuition for residents. The result: less access of the general public to higher education, less mobility, fewer better jobs, less chance for greater income or better housing, and the door to a better life is closing fast.

We need to draw a line in the sand on Education for future generations of all Nevada youth now! Tell your Representatives to vote AGAINST SB302.

Voting Rights Denied For The Majority of Americans

McCarthyism is Alive and Well on the Republican Right

Republicans continue their campaign against the Middle and Lower Classes by cutting funding for Higher Education