21 August 2015

8/20/15: Remembering Julian Bond, Social Security turns 80, A Year after Ferguson, The Most Important News from the Progressive Movement brought to you by the Agenda Project Action Fund 20AUG15

The Most Important News from the Progressive Movement brought to you by the Agenda Project Action Fund
REMEMBERING THE LIFE OF JULIAN BOND -- Southern Poverty Law Center's first president and co-founder and longtime NAACP Board Member Julian Bond passed away Saturday night in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock commended Bond's legacy: "The grateful citizen heirs of the civil and human rights legacy of Julian bond can neither be counted nor confined to a generation. Many of the most characteristically American freedoms enjoyed by so many Americans today were made real because of [...] Julian Bond." READ "Julian Bond: Race Man, Poet, Movement-Builder--and Friend" over at Campaign for America's Future.  
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SOCIAL SECURITY! -- AFSCME, American Family Voices, Working Families, National People's Action and 13 Progressive organizations celebrated Social Security's 80th birthday with a petition to US Congress to protect and expand Social Security for millions of Americans. According to the Daily Kos, Social Security has cut the percentage of America's seniors living in poverty from 50% to 8%SIGN the petition HERE and CHECK OUT Save Our Retirement, a website launched by AARP, AFL-CIO, Better Markets and Americans for Financial Reform HERE.  
A YEAR AFTER FERGUSON -- The Economic Policy Institute released "The Making of Ferguson: Public Policies at the Root of its Troubles"--a report detailing the history of the ostensibly race-neutral public policies that disparately impacted Ferguson's African American residents--on the anniversary of Michael Brown's death. READ the full report HERECHECK OUT "Race and Beyond: White Privilege in the Age of Ferguson" over at Center for American Progress and SIGN a petition over at the ACLU demanding the Department of Homeland Security cease conducting surveillance on #BlackLivesMatter activists HERE
THE CASE FOR DEBT-FREE COLLEGE -- According to a new report from Demos, while 96 percent of Americans believe it is important to have a college degree, almost 80 percent of Americans believe a college education is unaffordable to those who need it. READ "The Case for Debt-Free College" over at Demos and SIGN a petition over at the Daily Kos in support of free community college HERE
COLOR OF CHANGE & PRESENTE AGAINST PRIVATE PRISONS -- Color of Change and Presente launched separate attacks against the private prison industry this week with petitions against predatory prison phone rates and private prison industry lobbyists. Presente called out Hillary Clinton for accepting almost $130,000 from Akin Gump, the primary lobbyist for the largest private prison company in the US. SIGN a petition demanding Hillary Clinton and the DNC cut their ties from the private prison industry HERE and SIGN a petition from Color of Change demanding an end to predatory prison phone rates HERE.  
THE LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS AGAINST SHELL -- The League of Conservation Voters organized a petition to deliver to President Obama and the Interior Department expressing their disappointment in their decision to allow Shell to drill in the Arctic Ocean. SIGN the petition HERE
MOVEON'S NO WAR WITH IRAN -- MoveOn is organizing a No War with Iran action on Wednesday, August 26 at 12:00 PM in front of local offices of Congress across the US. REGISTER to host an event at your local Congress member's office HERE
... RIGHTEOUS REGISTRATION: Voter Participation Center Founder and President and Top Wonk Page Gardner calls on unmarried women to channel their inner Susan B. Anthony and register to vote.  
... CANDID CANDIDATE: Harvard academic and Top Wonk Lawrence Lessig details why a run for presidency might be his best shot at fighting money in politics. 
... WATCHFUL WOMEN: Demos President and Top Wonk Heather McGhee warns female voters about GOP policies. 
... NOT INTERESTED IN HIGHER INTEREST: Center for Economic Policy and Policy Research Co-Director and Top Wonk Dean Baker questions the need for an interest rate increase in light of China's currency devaluation. 
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