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Eight Scary Words:

Newt Gingrich.  Ron Paul.  Mitt Romney.  Rick Santorum.  

While the GOP candidates fight for delegates, ADA is doing all that we can to make sure that their dreams - our nightmares - don’t come true. ADA’s Working Families Win campaign has already been on the ground in Iowa and New Hampshire, reaching out to targeted communities and providing them with real information on the candidates, the economy and real solutions. Also, the ADA Education Fund has been holding monthly congressional briefings on Capitol Hill with legislative staff and allied organizations on critical issues like vote suppression and health care.  Won’t you help us continue to make a difference?

What Would Martin Do?

The ADA Education Fund will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy at our upcoming “What Would Martin Do?” annual forum in Washington, D.C.

WHEN:  Thursday, January 26, 2012, 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Howard University
      Digital Auditorium, Blackburn Center
      (Map & Directions here.)

This free forum will feature a panel of distinguished speakers addressing the question of how the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., might approach critical policy issues facing the country in the 21st century. Audience participation is encouraged in a Q&A session.

Speakers include:

  • Mr. William Lucy, President of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
  • Ms. Aisha Moodie-Mills, Advisor for LGBT Policy and Racial Justice at the Center for American Progress
  • Dr. William Spriggs, Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus
  • Mr. Steve York, Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker

Watch last year’s event featured on C-Span.  More information available at the ADA Education Fund’s website

Why Black Gay and Transgender Americans Need More than Marriage Equality

Last week, ADA’s National Director Michael J. Wilson was a guest on the panel, “Why Black Gay and Transgender Americans Need More than Marriage Equality”, hosted by the Center for Americans Progress.  Watch the full event video here

Noteworthy:

  • Recently Mitt Romney’s waffling about releasing his tax returns has been a focus in the news. Another story, which has escaped media attention, is a new report released by the IRS showing that tax cheating robbed the public of about $385 billion during a single year. That's right -- $385 billion.  More here.
  • 39 years after Roe vs. Wade, we still must fight for the right to choose. Join Trust Women Week online, and continue the struggle.
  • Yesterday, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords announced that she will step down from office this week to focus on her recovery.  We wish her continued progress.

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