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May 13, 2016 Action Alert Ciera Pennington
No child left hungry
Kids shouldn’t have to go hungry – that’s a no-brainer, right? We thought so too, until we saw the House Education and Workforce Committee’s draft of the bill to reauthorize the children’s nutrition programs.
Issues: InequalityKids and families
May 9, 2016 Action Alert Ciera Pennington
Don’t forget to vote…twice!
Don't forget we want you to vote TWICE! Yes, you read that right; we want you to vote twice. First, vote for the issues you care about on the Our Children, Our Future Policy Platform Ballot; the deadline is tomorrow! After you vote for the issues, vote for your elected officials tomorrow, May 10th in West Virginia's primary election!
Issues: Clean electionsEnergy efficiencyHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesOur children our futureWater
April 29, 2016 Action Alert Ciera Pennington
Take Action for a Common Sense Solution for WV
Legislators are actively discussing our state budget in preparation for the upcoming Special Session. Will you take two minutes and ask your Senator(s) to support working families with a state Earned Income Tax Credit?
Issues: Budget prioritiesFair taxationInequalityKids and families
April 12, 2016 Action Alert Ciera Pennington
Your Invitation to the only WV Showings of “Where to Invade Next”
WV CAG is partnering with the WV International Film Festival to bring you Michael Moore’s newest documentary, Where to Invade Next. Opening night is this Friday, April 15th at 6 pm! We’ll have a panel discussion after the showing to talk about the issues brought up by the film. Come join us!
Issues: EventInequalityKids and families
April 7, 2016 Newsletter Ciera Pennington
Capital Eye: It’s all over…except for finding the money
Read our April 2016 newsletter with a wrap-up of session and a look ahead at the election!
Issues: Budget prioritiesClean electionsDiscriminationEnergy efficiencyEventInequalityKids and familiesOur children our future
March 23, 2016 Action Alert Ciera Pennington
Ask Governor Tomblin to veto the voter ID bill ASAP
On the last day of session, the legislature passed HB 4013, a bill that would require voters to provide identification at the polls. While automatic voter registration was amended into the bill, the fact that voter ID discriminates against minorities, students, low-income individuals, and seniors still stands. Now the bill's fate lies in the hands of Governor Tomblin who can either sign it into law or veto it by March 30th.
Issues: DiscriminationInequality
March 7, 2016 Newsletter Ciera Pennington
Capital Eye: Finally, the Last Week
The countdown is on! We are in the final days of the 2016 West Virginia Legislative Session...and to be honest, we can't wait for it to be over.
Issues: EventFrackingInequalityPoverty
February 29, 2016 Newsletter Ciera Pennington
Capital Eye: Triage
Wednesday is “crossover day” when all bills must be voted out of their house of origin (Senate or House of Delegates) and pass over to the other, or be considered “dead.” Dead is in quotes because there are numerous ways for leadership to resurrect a bill after crossover, but these zombie bills are a topic for another week. Triage is the word this week – the wholesale scrapping of all bills leftover on committee dockets on "crossover day".
Issues: DiscriminationEnergy efficiencyInequalityPovertySNAP
February 26, 2016 Action Alert Ciera Pennington
Oh, SNAP!
At the beginning of the year, Governor Tomblin imposed a pilot in nine counties across the state that would require Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - also known as Food Stamps - recipients to work 20 hours a week if they are able-bodied adults between the ages of 18 and 50; this pilot does include exemptions for individuals with dependents or who have mental or physical disabilities. During session, our legislature has been continuously proposing bills that would create stricter requirements and reduce SNAP benefits even further. While these work requirements may sound good, there are major issues we should consider before implementing such requirements.
Issues: InequalityKids and familiesSNAP
February 18, 2016 Action Alert Ciera Pennington
Take Action TODAY: Don’t Let Republicans Suppress the Vote
Republicans in the House of Delegates are pushing a bill that would suppress our right to vote. Last week, the House Judiciary Committee advanced HB 4013, which would require voters to provide photo identification when voting. The bill passed the committee on a strict party-line vote, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats opposed, and will be voted on by the full House TOMORROW. Take action NOW to stop Republicans from suppressing our right to vote!
Issues: DiscriminationInequality
February 14, 2016 Citizen Action Group Blog Julie Archer
House of Delegates Likely to Vote on Voter ID Requirement This Week
Statistically, an individual is more likely to be killed by lightning than to commit in-person voter fraud. HB 4013 is a “solution looking for a problem.” Please contact your delegates and ask them to vote “No” on this unnecessary and restrictive voter ID law.
Issues: Clean electionsDiscriminationInequality
February 11, 2016 Action Alert Ciera Pennington
Take action for a state EITC!
Support West Virginia enacting an Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)? Great! Here are a few actions you can take (if you haven't already!) to help.
Issues: Fair taxationInequalityPoverty
November 17, 2015 Action Alert Ciera Pennington
Speak up before we are out of time
Time is quickly running out. Congress must pass a spending bill before December 11th to keep the government running and provide the programs that millions of Americans rely on every day. Congress has made some progress by agreeing on how much money should be spent on defense and non-defense programs, but there is still a lot more to do.
Issues: Fair taxationInequalityKids and families
October 27, 2015 Action Alert Ciera Pennington
Help working families!
The West Virginia state legislature has created a temporary committee to look at ways to improve our tax system. Tell members of this committee that West Virginia will be a better place to live, work, and raise a family with an EITC.
Issues: Fair taxationInequalityKids and familiesPoverty
October 20, 2015 Action Alert Ciera Pennington
Take Action for Racial Equality in WV
Take Action for Racial Justice will be an opportunity to JOIN A TEAM that is working on a racial justice issue, such as reducing racial disparities in arrests in Charleston, Second Chance Employment Act & Let Me Drive, Let Me Work, juvenile justice reform, West Side/East End reinvestment, and racial justice dialogue and education.
Issues: DiscriminationEventInequality
October 20, 2015 Action Alert Ciera Pennington
Upside Down
Our tax system is upside down – big corporations pay lower tax rates than small businesses and the wealthy pay lower tax rates than the rest of us. But one way that our tax system helps people afford the basics is by giving them tax credits for work (Earned Income Tax Credit) and for child care (Child Tax Credit).
Issues: Fair taxationInequalityKids and families
September 29, 2015 Action Alert Ciera Pennington
Time is running out…
During the upcoming legislative session, one of WV CAG’s focuses will be on passing a state-based earned income tax credit (EITC); this happens to be one of the policy proposals for the Our Children, Our Future campaign. We need your help to get the WV EITC on the 2016 OCOF platform!
Issues: Fair taxationInequalityKids and familiesOur children our futurePoverty
September 22, 2015 Action Alert Ciera Pennington
Vote to decide the 2016 OCOF public policy platform!
Earlier this week, the Our Children, Our Future campaign held their annual Policy Summit. WV CAG, along with other member organizations and citizens from all across the state came to the capitol to hear about the 18 policy proposals, connect with others, and speak with legislators.
Issues: InequalityKids and familiesOur children our future
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