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Changes at ADA

Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), today, announces a staff  and organizational restructuring. This shift will allow the organization to focus on its core capacities. Don Kusler, a veteran political organizer who has held senior staff positions at ADA for 11 years, will assume the newly created position of Executive Director.  He will direct ADA's staff and exercise continuing oversight responsibilities for ADA's Working Families Win project, which he has directed since 2007.

Michael J. Wilson, a former International Vice President for the United Food & Commercial Workers and former ADA Board member,who joined ADA as National Director in 2009, is departing as part of this shift, but will remain as a consultant during the transitional period.  We thank Michael for his committed leadership on issues such as marriage equality and the jobs crisis.

Upcoming Events

Last week, the ADA Education Fund hosted "Public Investment:  The Key to Prosperity", a congressional briefing which made the case for wise public investment. But what’s the best way to fund that investment? Next month we’ll address that question with a “summit” round-table of leading advocates for a fairer tax system.  

Tax Equity:  Paying Our Fair Share”  
     When:  Wednesday, April 11, 2012 – Noon to 1:30 PM
     Where:  Capitol Visitors Center, Room SVC 201-00

The April panel will focus on inequities in the tax code and how to make the system more fair.  Topics will include the lower rate on investment income vs. earned income; the mischaracterization of high-end salaries as investment income; offshore tax avoidance schemes; corporate tax loopholes; and the income cap on Social Security contributions.

Confirmed Panelists:  

  • John Nichols, Nation magazine (moderator)
  • Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research
  • Elspeth Gilmore, Resource Generation
  • Mike Lapham, Responsible Wealth/United for a Fair Economy                      
  • Chuck Marr, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Robert McIntyre, Citizens for Tax Justice
  • Rebecca Thiess, Economic Policy Institute

RSVP for this event today!

ADA and Working Families Win is also coordinating a rally for tax fairness April 17 as part of the "Invest in America" campaign. Stay tuned for details!


  • Working Families Win Iowa has been very active organizing students, parents, and faculty at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) to fight against outrageous cuts to academic programs and the closure of the universities K-12 lab school. This week the student chapter will be organizing both a rally to save UNI and a mock funeral mourning the cut academic programs.
  • Other upcoming WFW Iowa events include participation in our National Tax Day actions, community forums in Waterloo and Mason City covering medicare, social security, and unemployment.
  • As spring nears so does the opening of the WFW community garden. This last week WFW/ADA chapter members started nearly 1,000 heirloom vegetables, herbs, and flowers seeds.  Now it’s time to watch them grow.
  • WFW New Hampshire continues to fight against the Tea Party led legislature to preserve public services and protect against an anti-worker agenda.
  • As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments in determining the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, ADA organizers and activists continue to educate local leaders on the implementation and personal impact of the new law. ADA Ed Fund organizer, Jillian DuBois continues her excellent work on health care in New Hampshire as part of that effort.
  • Do you think the economy would grow if we all paid our fair share?  Read “State and Local Governments Can Raise Revenue from High-Income Taxpayers”, a new blog by Bob Lucore. 

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