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Last week, ADA’s field staff hosted a variety of events:  from panels discussing the need for fair courts to aiding in the organization of the Cedar Valley Pride Festival in Waterloo Iowa.  If you weren’t able to attend one of these great events, here’s what you missed:

Last Wednesday, ADA Delaware hosted “How is the Sequester Affecting You?” at the Appoquinimink Library in Middletown, Delaware.  Community members came together to learn about how the sequester has affected the MOT area and discuss federal corporate tax reform.  In Indiana, ADA’s local chapter hosted a Budget Forum on Protecting Social Security and Medicare to discuss the importance of preserving Social Security and Medicare.  Video highlights of that forum will be available soon on ADA’s facebook fan page.  

ADA Iowa had a busy week preparing for the Cedar Valley Pride Festival and hosting a Pre Pride Transgender Rights panel.  The Transgender Rights panel featured Dr. Katherine Imborek from the University of Iowa's LGBT Health Clinic and Liz Bendalin, a local Transgender woman and LGBT activist. The standing-room-only event featured a powerful presentation and conversation that highlighted the progress we’ve made for Transgender rights, as well as acknowledging that there is still much work to be done.

Two days after the successful panel, ADA Iowa celebrated the 2nd annual Cedar Valley Pride Festival.  ADA organizer Chris Schwartz played a key role on the board of directors, and ADA’s Jim Jontz Organizing fellows worked hard helping with everything from turnout to decorations. With over 3,500 people in attendance for the 12-hour festival, all of their hard work paid off.  Highlights included entertainment as well as educational and informational presentations that highlighted the beauty and diversity of Iowa's LGBT community.  You can check out the photo highlights from these two exciting events here.

If that wasn’t enough, earlier in the week ADA Iowa joined up with its fellow Iowa Fair Courts Coalition members to put on the Fair Courts Coalition Forum.  This fantastic panel discussion featured Marsha Turnis, a former Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice who was ousted by out-of-state lobby groups in the 2010 elections for her role in making Iowa a Marriage Equality State. The standing-room-only event drove home the point that Iowa's Senator Grassley must stop obstructing the appointment of federal judges including those to the D.C Circuit Court of Appeals.


  • Delaware ADA's First Chapter Meeting - Delaware ADA will host its first chapter meeting Wednesday, August 28. Come and learn more about our group; get to know fellow progressives, and brainstorm issues we'll be focusing on in the near future.  The meeting starts at 7 pm at the Newark library.  Afterwards everyone interested is welcome to retire to Home Grown for drinks and discussions.  Save the date - we will be meeting on the Fourth Wednesday of every month!  Contact us for more information.
  • This Thursday, August 29th, join ADA Delaware as they stand in solidarity with Wilmington low-wage workers.  Join us 2:15 pm - 4:00 pm as we make sure Wilmington fast food workers know the community has their back!  Contact us for more details.
  • Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech.  It's time for us to build on the legacy of the 1963 march by aiming for full employment.  Read more in Bob Lucore’s latest blog.  

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