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Honoring Rep. Barney Frank

A former ADA President, The Honorable Barney Frank (D-MA) has dedicated his career to progressive values, advocating for civil and human rights,  sound economic policies, military budget reform, fair and affordable housing, banking reform and so very much more.  With his quick wit and keen mind, he’s been a stalwart voice for the very best liberal ideas and ideals.  

Please join us November 8 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. for a special reception at the New York City home of Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary), as we gather to honor and say thank you to the liberal giant of our generation. More information about tickets here.

ADA 65th Annual Awards Banquet

ADA hosted its 65th Annual Banquet last Wednesday, honoring Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Wade Henderson and the brave workers of Wisconsin.  The award presentation was followed by a special “roast and toast” of Rep. Dennis Kucinich with celebrity roasters  Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. John Conyers, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Rep. Barbara Lee, HBO host Bill Maher and actress Shirley MacLaine lining up for a chance to roast Dennis. 

Check out a slideshow of photos here.

We Support the Chicago Teachers’ Union

ADA's Working Families Win campaign sent a delegation of student activists to support the Chicago Teachers’ Union strike.  The strike now continues for a second week as union delegates continue to stand up for fair teacher evaluations, job security and the length of a school day.

State Sanctioned Voter Suppression

With the Presidential election around the corner, is your state suppressing your vote?  While we've had some victories in Texas, Colorado, and Florida, there are still many ongoing struggles to protect every American's right to vote.  The big battle is in Pennsylvania.  The case to require voters to carry a state issued ID is currently in the hands of the split (three Democratic and three Republican appointees) PA Supreme Court.  A decision is expected around the end of September.  Dems, labor and other non-profits are running aggressive educational campaigns and targeting potentially disenfranchised voters.  

Here is additional news on New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Ohio.

Occupy Anniversary

A year ago, ordinary people came together and said “enough is enough”.  They refused to go quietly and together stood up to raise awareness about a wide range of issues from social and economic inequality to the greed, corruption and undue influence that corporations have on our government.  ADA continues to support the Occupy movement across the country.

Noteworthy:

  • Back during the Republican convention, Mitt Romney asked if Americans are better off now than we were four years ago.   This question really makes no sense, as several observers have pointed out... (read more).

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