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January 7, 2006
Thanks to actions by ACORN members from around the state of Pennsylvania and intense media attention, on December 15 the Pennsylvania State Legislature passed a bill to move $20 million into an Emergency Energy Assistance Fund.
Press Releases and Newsletters: New Year’s Day Minimum Wage Boost Helps Low-Wage Workers Without Hurting Economy
The annual cost-of-living adjustment in Oregon’s minimum wage set to take effect on New Year’s Day will help low-wage working families keep up with the cost of living without dampening job growth.
In this written testimony submitted for a December 15 hearing of the New York State Assembly's Social Services Committee, CUF Project Director David Fischer assesses an important recent shift in state welfare-to-work programs.
Press Releases and Newsletters: Americans United Hails Federal Court Ruling Against 'Intelligent Design' In Public Schools
The federal court decision against the teaching of “intelligent design” in Dover, Pa., is a significant blow to Religious Right-led efforts to sneak fundamentalist dogma into public schools under the guise of science, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Press Releases and Newsletters: Jubilee USA Relieved that IMF Board Approves Debt Cancellation for Countries Promised by G-8
Following the announcement by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board, Jubilee USA Network breathed a sigh of relief that 19 impoverished countries will see their debts cancelled in early 2006. Jubilee USA urges the World Bank Board to also approve debt cancellation without delays when it meets in early 2006.
Press Releases and Newsletters: Ohio Unemployment Compensation: You Must Make Even More to Qualify in 2006
An Ohio minimum-wage worker who works 37 hours a week every week in 2006 will not qualify for unemployment compensation.
Media Matters announced broadcast journalist, former newspaper bureau chief, former presidential speechwriter, and author Chris Matthews has earned the title of 2005's "Misinformer of the Year."
The state Senate passed a bill that would put a hold on New Jersey's death-penalty law, which has not resulted in any executions, while a commission studied whether it deterred crime and was "consistent with evolving standards of decency."
Press Releases and Newsletters: Washington Health Policy: Medicare Drug Prices Higher Than VA and more
In this issue: Health Groups See Second Chance to Stop Budget Provisions; Consumers Group Finds Medicare Drug Prices Higher Than VA; Opportunities for Health Care Innovations in Post-Katrina Reconstruction; and much more.
AARP opposes the Pension Protection Act because this legislation would clarify the legal status of cash balance pension plans without providing protections for older, long-service workers involved in cash balance plan conversions and without including a prohibition on all discriminatory age based "wearaway." This bill would also, for the first time, permit defined contribution pension plans to provide investment advice subject to inherent financial conflicts.
Press Releases and Newsletters: National Latino Organizations Express Extreme Disappointment with White House Support of Sensenbrenner Legislation
Four of the leading national Hispanic advocacy organizations in the U.S. released the text of a letter to President George W. Bush stating that they are “shocked and saddened” by the White House statement in strong support of the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act. The legislation is unduly harsh and punitive yet highly unlikely to resolve any current immigration concerns.
Press Releases and Newsletters: Costs of WTO 'Development Round' Could Outweigh Benefits for Developing Countries
The World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations in Hong Kong are being billed as a 'development round,' emphasizing the potential benefits that new trade agreements might bring to developing countries. Now, current negotiations indicate that the concessions being asked from developing countries could outweigh these small potential benefits of an agreement.
Press Releases and Newsletters: Media Matters for America Applauds CNN Decision to Drop Robert Novak
Media Matters for America applauds CNN's official announcement that it will not renew its contract with controversial conservative commentator and syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak after 25 years of serving as a CNN commentator and program host. On December 7, Media Matters delivered nearly 5,000 letters from concerned viewers to CNN's Washington Bureau urging them not to renew Novak's contract.
In this issue: Year in Review: More Poor Budgetary Stewardship; Patriot Act Negotiations Come to a Head; A Year of Attacks on Advocacy, Flawed Anti-Terrorism Measures; Regulatory Year in Review: 2005; and more.
Press Releases and Newsletters: Straight A's: State and Local Reforms, Achievement Gaps, and more (PDF)
In this issue: High School Reform Garners National Headlines, but Most Work Done at State and Local Levels; Percentage of Students Reading "Below Basic" Over 50 Percent in Some Cities; and more.
After members of the ACORN Katrina Survivors Association discovered that the Urban Land Institute’s plan to rebuild New Orleans called for redevelopment focused on downtown and a few other selected parts of the city, ACORN Survivors in Houston, Memphis, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Dallas held press conferences and testified at the Commission’s hearings, demanding a plan that would rebuild their communities and give survivors a voice in the process.
Update 12/22/05: The Senate failed to end a filibuster of the Defense Appropriations bill over a provision added at the last minute that would open up oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The close vote tally was 56-44 (60 votes are necessary) on December 21. (The House had already passed the bill with ANWR drilling on December 19 by a vote of 308-106.) The Senate then passed the Defense Appropriations without the ANWR drilling provision and the House passed the bill minus the ANWR provision today. Republican leaders still hope to find another vehicle for passing the ANWR drilling provision.
The Center for American Progress invites you to a special screening of the new film by Albert Brooks from Warner Independent Pictures and Shangri-La Entertainment: Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World is the hilarious story of what happens when the U.S. Government sends comedian Albert Brooks to India and Pakistan to find out what makes the over 300 million Muslims in the region laugh. Brooks, accompanied by two state department handlers and his trusted assistant, goes on a journey that takes him from a concert stage in New Delhi, to the Taj Mahal, to a secret location in the mountains of Pakistan. Written and directed by Albert Brooks, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World is a funny and insightful look at some of the issues we are dealing with in a post-9/11 world. The comedy also stars John Carroll Lynch, Sheetal Sheth, Jon Tenney, and Fred Dalton Thompson. With special appearance and introduction before the film by writer, director and star Albert Brooks. When: Sunday, January 8, 2005 Doors open 2:30 PMScreening starts at 3:00 PM SHARP Admission is free. Where: Regal Cinemas Gallery Place Stadium 14701 7th Street NW Washington, DC 20001 Metro: Gallery Place RSVP: SPACE IS EXTREMELY LIMITED therefore RSVP Required. First come, first served. RSVP online or call (202) 741-6246. Please let us know in advance if you have any needs for special accessibility so that we can be sure to accommodate you. Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World opens nationwide on January 20. Learn more about the film.
Demos, Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Alliance for Quality Education and The Century Foundation will host a roundtable discussion on whether increased economic inequality produces increased educational inequality. Joining us will be New York City Councilperson Robert Jackson, Rick Kahlenberg of The Century Foundation, Jorman Nunez of Sistas and Brothas United and Ellen Yan of Newsday as moderator. Jackson will be looking back at the triumphs and challenges of a twelve-year legal battle for adequate school funding throughout New York State - a lawsuit in which Jackson was the lead plaintiff. Kahlenberg will discuss growing school segregation along economic-class lines while Nunez will provide on-the-ground examples of how to enact effect policy reform in low-income communities and communities of color. The Inequality Matters event series, highlights the profound and alarming implications of three decades of rising inequality. Inequality Matters: The Growing Economic Divide in America and Its Poisonous Consequences, released in December, is a new book on inequality edited by Demos and published by The New Press. www.inequality.org. When: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 5:30-7:30pm Where: Demos 220 Fifth Avenue 5th Floor New York, NY Register:
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