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Immigration Documentary Screening

In our nation’s fierce battle over immigration, before Arizona, there was Prince William County, VA. As in Arizona, politicians in this outer suburb of Washington, DC, bowed to popular hysteria and tried to criminalize “looking like an immigrant.”

“9500 Liberty,” the highly-acclaimed documentary about that Virginia struggle, is the subject of the ADA Education Fund’s February Congressional briefing.  Following the film’s screening, the director, Eric Byler, will be on hand to answer questions from the audience.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 22, Noon-2
WHERE: 2456 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington D.C.

Working Families Win Update

ADA's Working Families Win program, in conjunction with the Coffee Party USA, is supporting the Commonwealth Project, which seeks tax fairness by highlighting the differences between how wealth and work are taxed, while it gathers "money" stories through house meetings.

In New Hampshire, WFW has joined with NH Citizen's Alliance to host “The State of Healthcare” to educate people about upcoming legislation that affects the implementation of the new federal health care law. In Iowa, WFW continues to add critical support and guidance to Occupy Cedar Valley, organize students to be active and educated for the 2012/2013 budget process and will host a panel discussions linking retirement security to the issues of youth and minority un/under employment.

Equal Rights Moving Forward (slowly)

The marriage equality battle has moved forward this week, but not without challenges.  Washington state is now the 7th state in the nation to legalize the freedom to marry right to marry for all Washingtonians.  Today, in New Jersey, the state Senate approved a same-sex marriage bill.  While the vote was a win, Republican Gov. Chris Christie has promised to veto equal rights for all New Jersey citizens.  Finally, Maryland is moving forward with its fight for marriage with the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese adding her voice in favor for marriage equality in Maryland. 

Noteworthy:

  • The war on women is brewing in the U.S. Senate.  While Republicans would deny the right for contraceptive methods, the latest compromise (which would allow religiously affiliated colleges, universities, and hospitals to avoid paying for birth control while permitting women to receive contraceptive coverage from the insurance company at no extra cost) has won over 2 female Republican Senators
  • Read Bob Lucore's latest blog:  Don’t “Save” the Postal Service by Destroying It.

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