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Convention Time

ADA’s 63rd Convention is just around the corner and the combination of speakers, panels, policy commissions, and 2012 election momentum is creating the perfect storm.  Will you join us June 15-17th at the University of Illinois Chicago at what promises to be the best ADA convention yet?

Take part in history by joining one of our policy commissions, partake in panel discussions (topics include Occupy movement, health care, feminism, and voter suppression,), award presentations, and so much more!  For participants arriving on Thursday, there will be a pre-registration and networking reception at the Exchequer Pub in the Chicago Loop starting at 7 pm.

RSVP now and take advantage of our discounted hotel rates!  ADA has reserved rooms at the two hotels closest to the University:

Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites -- Chicago Downtown
  506 West Harrison St
  Chicago, IL 60607
  (312) 957-9100
  ADA Convention Discount - $139 per night

The Marriott Chicago at Medical District UIC
  1007 W Harrison
  Chicago IL 60607
  (312) 491-1234
  ADA Convention Discount -- $189

Please ask for the ADA or Americans for Democratic Action Rate when making your reservation.

We hope you will join us, and together we will create a New Deal 2.0.  Learn more and register today!

Act Now to Help Millions of Students Struggling with Student Loans

Tomorrow, the Senate plans to vote on whether to start debating a plan to control spiraling student loan interest rates.  The future of our nation depends on the education of our workforce and children.  When it is cheaper to go to Harvard than a public state university, it's a strong signal that we need to take a serious look at the costs of higher education.  Without this debate and action, student loan interest rates for 7.4 million students will  double on July 1st.

While both parties agree that the current 3.4% interest rate should be frozen for another year, they disagree entirely on how to pay for it.  At a $6 billion price tag, Democrats would pay for this necessary measure by collecting more Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes from high-earning owners of some privately held corporations.  The Republicans balk at the notion of the top 1% chipping in, and instead advocate financing it by eliminating preventive health provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Republicans are expected to block tomorrow’s vote to close the tax loophole for the rich to fund the lower interest rate.  Please use our online action tools and send a message to your Senator now and urge them to put education above the narrow interests of the 1%.

Send a message to your Senator now!

Noteworthy:

  • WFW Iowa successfully pulled together a coalition of students, parents, teachers, unions, professors, and community groups who will now work together to combat the attacks on UNI.  This coalition plans to counterattack the conservatives’ war on education in Iowa and nationally.
  • For almost 40 years the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has promoted regressive ideas in state legislatures throughout the nation. While the Trayvon Martin tragedy has caused  scrutiny of ALEC’s role in promoting its model “Stand Your Ground” legislation and voter ID laws, ALEC  continues to be a sinister link between corporate interests and right-wing legislators.  Read ADA blogger Bob Lucore’s latest to learn more.



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