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A Full House for the 3rd Annual “What Would Martin Do?” Forum

Last Thursday, the ADA Education Fund hosted the 3rd annual “What Would Martin Do?” forum at Howard University in Washington, D.C.  The auditorium was packed with students, allies and ADA members eager to hear from our panel of distinguished speakers on how they believed the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. might approach critical policy issues facing the country today.

Watch the video of the forum, see pictures and read the winning essays from our national essay contest.

A special thank you to our speakers:  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; and Mr. Steve York, Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker.  In addition, this event would not have been possible without the help of Howard University, Professor Candy Shannon Lewis, our videographer David Spitzer, William Rice, and Ben Weiss.

Renew Unemployment Benefits Today

While the economy has been slowly improving, we’re hardly out of the jobs crisis.  Even so, Republicans in the House want to kick American workers when they’re down.  They have introduced H.R. 3630 which would:

  • Slash federal unemployment benefits by more than half in states with the highest unemployment;
  • Call for the mandatory drug testing of unemployment insurance claimants, stigmatizing jobless workers;
  • Force jobless workers to pay for their reemployment services;
  • Deny unemployment benefits to those who did not finish high school or obtain a GED;
  • Let states reduce benefits and divert unemployment benefit funds.

It’s getting better, but American workers still need our help.  Take action today.

Noteworthy:

  • ADA National Director Michael J. Wilson was interviewed on WPWC - We Act Radio 1480 about ADA’s response to President Obama’s 3rd State of the Union Address. “The challenges facing this country are too serious for delay," Wilson stated.  "We applaud the President’s actions to move forward and implore the Congress to work with him for the sake of all of our citizens.  It’s not the time for politics - it’s time to get to work.”
  • Occupy D.C. is scheduled to be evicted from McPherson Square in Washington, D.C. today.  ADA applauds their tenacity and their advocacy for America’s working families.  Their support for “the 99%” has already changed the debate in this country.  Watch the video of today's protest.
  • Read Bob Lucore's latest blog:  Government of, by, and for the Powerful.
  • Happy 130th birthday, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

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