Convention Round Up
ADA's Convention and Banquet were an unqualified success! If you were there, you heard U.S. Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Steve Cohen (D-TN) discuss the current state of progressive issues on Capitol Hill. You heard excellent panels, including one on health care that featured Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), and impressive policy and campaign experts; an issues panel moderated by Michigan Lt. Governor John Cherry on cutting edge policy issues; and another on the future of social and new media. You heard also heard from an Iowa field organizer in the Working Families Win grassroots campaign.
The Banquet honored William Burrus, President of the American Postal Workers Union and Liz Smith, the recently retired Political Director of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and featured the newly elected President of ADA, Rep. Lynn Woolsey! See pictures here.
Same Sex Sunday Podcast
Catch our national director, Michael J. Wilson, on Same Sex Sunday. The interview covered topics such as Maine's Question One, allies and the LGBT within the greater progressive movement. Listen to the podcast now!
The Jobs Battle on the Hill Continues...
The long struggle on the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act (H.R. 4213), which will continue the extended federal unemployment insurance programs, continues this week. A vote on the Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) amendment, which will continue the FMAP increase for six months, as well as a possible vote a COBRA amendment, which will add the COBRA subsidy back in for the nation's unemployed, is expected this week as well. Contact your Senators and ask for their support.
Returning to Core Values on Unemployment
Read our latest Huffington Post blog about funding for the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps and the Job Corps as ways to reduce youth unemployment in America.
Trade on the Agenda
This week members of eight Trans Pacific Partnership ("TPP") nations will be meeting in San Francisco to work out the details of a trade agreement that will benefit working families, the environment, family farms and consumers. In order to prevent this agreement from having the catastrophic effects of NAFTA, please contact your Member of Congress to dissuade the inclusion of any "free trade" principles and to promote the goals of the TRADE Act.
- On June 22, the ADA Education Fund will host a special screening of a soon-to-be-completed documentary, Brothers On The Line. This film explores the legacy of the Reuther brothers - Walter, Roy, and Victor - pioneering labor organizers and social justice statesman, and their remarkable leadership of the United Auto Workers union. Walter Reuther, of course, was also a founder of ADA. Preceded by a reception, it will be shown at the Letelier Theater in Georgetown. A limited number of passes are available.
- If you live in the Greater Washington area, mark your calendars for July 15th as the Greater Washington ADA chapter holds an event to celebrate local progressive heros! More details to follow!
- ADA recently lost a great staff member, Will Rice, to long time ADA board member and Maryland State Senate candidate Cheryl Kagan. We wish them both the best on the campaign trail!
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