Single-Payer Amendment in Senate
A single-payer health care system will be heard on the Senate floor. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) filed Senate Amendment No. 2837 with two co-sponsors, Senators Roland Burris (D-IL) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). Read more and Take Action!
Also, make sure your Senators know you do not support abortion restrictions in this health care legislation. Send them an email.
Spotlight on Unemployment
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announced on Friday that the unemployment rate for November fell to 10%. This figure represents 15.4 million officially unemployed people. In reality there are over 26 million Americans who are either jobless or underemployed. The "real" jobless rate takes into account part-time workers seeking full-time work, discouraged job seekers and persons furloughed from full-time to part-time status. The real rate of unemployment is 17.2% and is a more accurate indicator of the labor market. Read ADA's full report on November's unemployment here.
Listen to ADA Director Michael J. Wilson talk about unemployment on the Union Edge - Labor Talk Radio.
Send ADA's latest letter on youth unemployment to the editor of your local newspapers.
ADA Calls Afghanistan a Quagmire
Washington, DC - In response to President Obama's announcement that he will send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, Michael J. Wilson, national director of Americans for Democratic Action, issued the following statement:
"Clearly President Obama's thoughtful and deliberate decision-making is a marked improvement from the cowboy diplomacy of the past Administration. However, his plan to send 30,000 more U.S. soldiers to Afghanistan is a monumental mistake. After consultation with our Board and our grassroots leadership, I feel compelled to express ADA's opposition to the policy as stated. Read the rest of the statement here.
What do you think of President Obama's plans for Afghanistan? Tell us.
In the Press
Read ADA National Director Michael J. Wilson's op-ed pushing for a comprehensive job plan appearing nationwide.
Jaime Contois, New Hampshire organizer for ADA's Working Families Win project, calls for a "Fair Trade Turnaround" in the Keene Sentinal. Read it here.
ADA National Secretary, Maria Wilkinson, with Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to reintroduce Trade Act. Click here.