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Register for ADA National Banquet Honoring Amy Isaacs & Robert Reich

After 20 extraordinary years of leadership, Amy Isaacs, National Director of ADA, has announced plans to retire in June.  Amy's years of dedication will be honored at the annual banquet in Washington, DC on June 5th.  Other distinguished guests include Robert B. Reich, former secretary of labor under former President Bill Clinton.  Reception begins at 6:45 pm, dinner at 7:30 pm.  Early bird prices all this week.  (End March 15, 2009.)

If you or someone you know is a qualified applicant and interested in applying for the ADA National Director position, click here to view the job description.

Obama Overturns Ban on Federal Funding for Stem Cell Research!

Today, President Obama lifted restrictions on funding for human embryonic stem cell research.  The pro-life crowd is expected to be highly critical of this decision, thus it is important that the new Administration hear praise as well.  We encourage you to thank the Obama Administration for their decision to overturn a rule that prevented research which has enormous potential to further understand and treat many devastating diseases and conditions.

Support D.C. Vote, HR 157

This week democracy could arrive for residents of the District of Columbia.  The House may vote later this week on voting representation for DC by expanding the house to 437 members.  The Democratic leadership is working to resolve a weakening Senate amendment and move the D. C. House Voting Rights Act, HR 157, to the floor for a vote.  Contact your Representative and urge him or her to vote for, HR 157.

Watch ADA President Defend the Employee Free Choice Act on Fox

Real Unemployment Rate Jumps to 14.8%

The real unemployment rate released last Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is 14.8%, nearly 7 points higher than the rate officially reported.  Since December 2007, 5 million people have lost their job.  ADA's Real Rate of Unemployment represents a staggering 23 million people.  To learn more about the real unemployment rate, read ADA's press release.

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