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NY Sets an Example on Marriage

The battle for equal rights for the LGBT community took a giant step forward last week when New York became the largest state to enact marriage equality.  While this is an important milestone, we must keep in mind that constitutionally-suspect state laws as well as the ill-named Defense of Marriage Act remain in effect.  In spite of that, ADA National Director Michael J. Wilson declared the New York bill as a “really big deal in the nation’s civil rights history”. This article in the New York Times sums up the victory and future challenges.

ADA Education Fund Congressional Briefings:  Youth Unemployment

Last week, the ADA Education Fund hosted a Congressional Briefing focusing on the Youth Unemployment Crisis.  With an incredible panel of experts across the field, the audience received a dynamic and educational overview on the magnitude of the issue as well as potential solutions.  Check out more photos on our flickr page!

Stop the Bush-negotiated Free Trade Agreements

Three trade pacts left over from the Bush administration are on the verge of being brought to the House floor.  We urge you to use our easy online lobbying tools to contact your Representatives and ask them to firmly oppose attempts to bring three trade pacts to a vote until meaningful, enforceable modifications are made.  Learn more and contact your Representatives now!

Last Week for Galbraith Fellowship Applications!

Know an outstanding college graduate or graduate student interested in public policy?  The deadline for the prestigious John Kenneth Galbraith Fellowship is June 30th – don’t miss this great opportunity for a paid fellowship in Washington, D.C.  Find out more information and tell your friends!

Noteworthy:

  • Last week, ADA National Director Michael J. Wilson was a guest on the radio show “Inside Government” sponsored by the American Federation of Government Employees.  You can listen to the interview here.
  • Last Saturday, ADA participated in the White House Rally for DC Democracy.  The rally was to encourage President Obama to stand with the 600,000 disenfranchised residents of the District of Columbia who are fighting for full citizenship.
  • If you want to understand the economic crisis in Greece - the causes, the relationship to our own economic downturn and the prospects for recovery - then this interview with former ADA President Richard Parker is well worth your time.

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