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You won’t want to miss ADA’s 65th annual banquet on Wednesday, September 12th at the National Education Association headquarters in Washington, DC, honoring (and roasting) Rep. Dennis Kucinich.  Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) will emcee as Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) and other celebrities will do the roasting.  We will honor other special people with the Frances Perkins Award for Outstanding Government Services, the Reuther Chavez Award for Labor Leadership, and the Winn Newman Lifetime Achievement Award.  Check out pictures from last year’s event, featuring House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. John Kerry, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, and our President, Rep. Lynn Woolsey. 

It's hard to believe that it has been 65 years, but we have seen much progress, and have fought many battles.  None are as important as the ones we face today.  We hope you can join us in celebrating -- purchase your table, tickets and ads today!

Tax Equity -- More Important Than Ever

With the announcement that Paul Ryan will be Mitt Romney’s running mate, the issue of tax equity has never been more important.  ADA’s Will Rice has been hard at work on the issue all year with great success.  ADA’s sister organization, the ADA Education Fund, hosted a standing-room-only Congressional Briefing on Tax Equity which was carried live on C-SPAN.  ADA also led a coalition rally outside the D.C. offices of anti-government zealot Grover Norquist on Tax Day that was covered by the Wall Street Journal and the PBS NewsHour. Rep. Ryan’s budget, passed by the Republican House, has been dubbed Reverse Robin Hood on Steroids, the largest redistribution of income from the bottom to the top in modern US history.

Now, ADA is working on generating grassroots advocacy for tax fairness in key states through letters to the editor and op-eds. While we’re currently working with the Maine People’s Alliance—which along with ADA is a member of the national coalition Americans for Tax Fairness—we are looking to broaden our efforts.  Please contact us if you’d like help drafting and/or targeting a letter or op-ed on tax equity and public investment in your community.

New York Reception Honoring Rep. Barney Frank

On November 8th, ADA is hosting a reception to honor the legendary leader (and former ADA President), the Honorable Barney Frank. 

When:  November 8th, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Where:  New York City home of Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary)

We hope you will join us in celebrating his lifetime career and achievements.  Details on how to purchase tickets will be announced shortly. 


  • With the selection of Paul Ryan to be Mitt Romney’s running mate, the contours of November’s election have become much more distinct. Bob Lucore’s latest blog post features a comprehensive list of articles that explain exactly what a Ryan proposed/Romney endorsed budget means.

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