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The ADA Education Fund's March panel kicks off our "Invest In America” campaign, an effort spearheaded by the ADA’s community organizing project Working Families Win.  This panel will explore how public investment in physical infrastructure (roads, bridges, sewers, transit), as well as in human resources (such as through education and health care), makes the modern economy possible and leads to general prosperity. The event will rebut the notion that "government doesn't create jobs."    

Public Investment:  Key to Prosperity” 

When:  Wednesday, March 14, 2012 – Noon to 1:00 PM
Where:  Capitol Visitors Center, Room SVC 209-08
Panelists:  
     Brian Miller, United for A Fair Economy; co-author "The Self-Made Myth" (moderator)
     Ethan Pollack, Economic Policy Institute
     Richard Sims, National Education Association
     Debbie Weinstein, Coalition on Human Needs

In April, the ADA Education Fund will hold a round-table discussion focusing on inequities in the tax code and ways to make the system fairer.

“Tax Equity:  Paying Fair” 

When:  Wednesday, April 11, 2012 – Noon to 1:00 PM
Where:  Capitol Visitors Center, Room SVC 201-00
Panelists:  
     John Nichols, Nation magazine (moderator)
     Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research
     Mike Lapham, Responsible Wealth campaign, United for a Fair Economy
     Chuck Marr, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities
     Robert McIntyre, Citizens for Tax Justice
     Rebecca Thiess, Economic Policy Institute

ADA/Working Families Win is also coordinating a rally for tax fairness April 17 in Lafayette Park. Stay tuned for details!

Victory for Equality in Maryland -- Let’s Fight to Keep It

Last Thursday, Governor Martin O'Malley (D) signed marriage equality into law, making Maryland the 8th state to recognize the need for all residents to have equal rights.  While congratulations are in order, the fight is not over.  The new law does not take effect until January 2013, and anti-equality forces are preparing a ballot referendum to scare voters into thinking equality is disruptive to society.  We must defeat the referendum.  Send us a contribution today to help us continue to organize and educate on this ongoing struggle for civil equality.

Noteworthy:

  • A study prepared for the U.S. Department of Labor estimated that between ten and 30% of all employers are involved in misclassification (of contractor status) which creates a loss of well over $3 billion per year.  Learn more in Bob Lucore’s latest blog.
  • The Working Families Win Iowa student chapter have organized a protest against cuts to academic programs at the University of Northern Iowa.  The “study-in” protest is being held outside the main campus administration building where students have gathered to draw attention to the academic programs that will suffer under the proposed budget-cuts.  
  • In addition to assisting with the student protest, Working Families Win Iowa is offering two citizen lobbying training's this week for community members who wish to lobby the state legislature on the drastic cuts in funding that have plagued UNI.

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