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July 22
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WV Premiere of “Oxyana” ~ July 23, 2013 in Charleston with a Panel Discussion to Follow

A free, one-time screening for the state premiere of the talked-about film followed by a discussion of solutions to the state’s prescription drug abuse problem.

WHAT: While Oxyana received much media attention in advance of its release, few in the state have seen it. The West Virginia International Film Festival is sponsoring a free screening of the film to facilitate a full discussion of the film, with a panel discussion to follow. The panel of experts will reflect on the film with a focus on solutions to the problem currently being utilized and ways to improve them. The panel will also participate in a brief question-and-answer session. Media attendees can record the panel discussion and interview the experts after the event. Information about Oxyana can be found at oxyana.com.


WHEN: July 23, 2013 Screening ~ 7:00 pm; Panel Discussion ~ 8:30 pm

: Park Place Cinemas, 600 Washington St E, Charleston, WV 25301

: Panelists include The Honorable Brent D. Benjamin, Chief Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, to discuss West Virginia’s drug courts and the legal options for addressing prescription drug abuse; and Kim Miller, MA, AADC-S, CCJP, MAC, Director of Development for the Prestera Center, to discuss treatment of prescription drug addiction, how it is being implemented in the state, and continuing challenges and successes; and possible additional panelists to be confirmed.

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Bills Introduced to Increase the Minimum Wage ~ Opportunities to Support this Effort

July 24, 2013 will mark four years since the last time Congress raised the minimum wage.  This anniversary is an opportunity to lift up this issue and highlight the story of impacted workers in our communities and the media. 

The minimum wage of the past was a stronger standard, providing significantly more buying power than it does today. After its creation in 1938, the value of the minimum wage rose relatively steadily until its value reached a high point in 1968 (when its nominal value was $1.60 an hour).  Thereafter, it suffered dramatic erosion as Congress failed to adequately correct for inflation over time. The minimum wage of $1.60 an hour in 1968 would be $10.56 today when adjusted for inflation [see the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index inflation calculator.]

In the U.S. Senate, the Fair and Minimum Wage Act of 2013 (S. 460) has 30 co-sponsors (including lead sponsor Senator Tom Harkin).  In the U.S. House of Representatives, the bill's counterpart (H.R. 1010) has 141 co-sponsors (including lead sponsor Representative George Miller). The Fair and Minimum Wage Act of 2013 would:

  • Raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2015, in three steps of 95 cents each.

  • Adjust the minimum wage to keep pace with the rising cost of living starting in 2016 - a key policy reform know as "indexing," which ten states are already using to prevent the minimum wage from falling in value each year.

  • Raise the minimum wage for tipped workers -- which has been frozen at a meager $2.13 per hour for more than 20 years -- to 70% of the full minimum wage.

More resources and information are available at  http://www.raisetheminimumwage.com/.

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 Join the Communication Workers of America for a Rally this Saturday

Come support our CWA Brothers & Sisters in Locals throughout

West Virginia as they fight for a fair contract!

WHEN: Saturday, July 27, 2013 ~ 12:00PM – 4:00PM

WHERE: Frontier Headquarters,1500 MacCorkle Avenue, Charleston, WV 25396

 Speakers include CWA District 1 Vice President, Chris Shelton; CWA District 2-13 Vice President, Ed Mooney; and others.

 Special Guest Speaker: UMWA President, Cecil Roberts

*Bring Lawn Chairs*

Food & Beverages Will Be Served ~ Face Painting, Snow Cones Also Available

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