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Action Alert   May 15, 2018
Tell Your Representative to Protect Food Access, Vote No on the Farm Bill
The House Republican Farm Bill (H.R. 2) cuts $20 billion from SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) by creating new requirements, red tape, and bureaucratic hoops that will make it much harder to access critical benefits. Call your Representative today at 1-888-398-8702. Tell them to protect food access and vote NO on the Farm Bill that cuts food stamps for millions of Americans who can’t afford to eat.  More
Issues: Budget prioritiesFair taxationInequalityKids and familiesPovertySNAP
Action Alert   May 15, 2018
Join Us for a Now What? People Power & Policy Workshop
Now that the legislative session is over, you probably have questions about how to continue to participate in creating positive change, or how the policies passed this session might impact you. Maybe you want to learn new skills that will help you build on this momentum to move West Virginia and your community forward. If this sounds like you, join us for a Now What? People Power and Policy workshop in Wheeling this Saturday, May 19. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesHealthcareKids and familiesPovertySNAPWorkers
Action Alert   May 4, 2018
You’re Invited to WV CAG’s Annual Fundraiser & Awards Dinner
You're invited to our annual awards dinner and fundraiser at the Charleston Woman’s Club on Friday, June 1, honoring the late Paul Nyden and Cathy Kunkle. In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of our awardees, this is a great time to lift up the great work we all have been doing over this past year, and look forward to continuing the for a healthy environment,  healthcare for all, and a democracy that works for all of us — oh, and have some fun, too! Your evening will include time to visit with old friends & make new ones, a buffet dinner catered by Whimsy Catering, cash bar with beer & wine, and a chance to bid on eclectic items in our silent auction. Purchase your tickets today! More
Action Alert   May 1, 2018
Now What? Join Us for a People Power & Policy Workshop
Now that the legislative session is over, you probably have questions about how to continue to participate in creating positive change, or how the policies passed this session might impact you. Maybe you want to learn new skills that will help you build on this momentum to move West Virginia and your community forward. If this sounds like you, join us for a Now What? People Power and Policy workshop in Wheeling this Saturday, May 5. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesHealthcareKids and familiesPovertySNAPWorkers
Action Alert   April 25, 2018
Early Voting Starts Today – Check Out Our New App to Help Inform Your Vote
Today, the first day of early voting, WV Citizen Action Education Fund (WV CAEF), our 501c3 sister organization, is excited to announce a new resource for helping voters identify candidates and issues they support with a new, easy to use election app called BallotReady. The tool also helps users to find their polling place (including early voting locations), make a plan to vote, easily save, and be reminded of the information prior to and on Election Day. Remember, when you go to the polls, West Virginia’s new voter ID law is now in effect and everyone must show some form of ID. Click here to learn more about the app and the new voter ID requirement. More
Action Alert   April 12, 2018
Be Registered & Be Ready to Vote
With many important races on the ballot this year, it’s important to make sure you’re registered to vote and ready to vote. This means making sure you have your ID, informing yourself about the issues and candidates, and last but not least, getting yourself to the polls. If you want to vote in the May 8th Primary it's easy to register to vote, update or confirm your registration online. When you go to the polls, remember West Virginia's new voter ID law is now in effect and everyone must show some form of ID when then go to the polls. More details and helpful links here. #GoVoteWV. More
Action Alert   April 9, 2018
Save the Date for WV CAG’s Awards Dinner & Fundraiser
On Friday, June 1, we are hosting our annual awards dinner and fundraiser at the Charleston Woman’s Club. We hope you can join us! In honor of Paul Nyden, long-time Charleston Gazette investigative reporter who passed away earlier this year, we are dedicating, the Paul Nyden and Don Marsh Public Service Award, which recognizes a lifetime commitment to truth, justice, and service in the public interest. Cathy Kunkel will be the first recipient of this newly dedicated award. In addition to celebrating the accomplishments of our awardees, this is a great opportunity to lift up the great work we all have been doing over this past year -- oh, and have a little fun, too! More details here. More
Action Alert   April 3, 2018
Healthcare Town Hall – Find Out Where the Candidates Stand
This Thursday you'll have the opportunity to learn how the candidates who want to represent to represent us in Congress plan to fix our broken healthcare system. All candidates for Congress from WV's 2nd district and U.S. Senate have been invited to a Congressional Candidate Healthcare Town Hall. More details here. We hope to see you there. More
Issues: HealthcareMedicare
Action Alert   March 13, 2018
Tell Governor Justice: Don’t Let People Go Hungry, Veto HB 4001
A some what watered down version of HB 4001, which would further restrict access to food assistance (SNAP) by imposing work requirements on certain recipients, passed both houses of the legislature close to midnight on the final day of the session. This is still a bad bill that hurts vulnerable people and we need to urge Governor Justice for a veto. Please contact Governor Justice today and tell him not to let people go hungry. Tell him to veto HB 4001. Governor’s Office Phone: (304) 558-2000 or 1-(888)-438-2731 More
Issues: InequalityPovertySNAP
Action Alert   March 12, 2018
Tell Governor Justice to Veto HB 4006
The same day the Governor signed the bill to provide pay raises for  teachers and public employees, shady deals started happening under the dome. Late that night, the Senate Education Committee advanced a bill to eliminate the Department of Education and the Arts (HB 4006). The approved the bill on Friday, and, on Saturday, the House agreed to the Senate's amended version of HB 4006, sending the bill to Governor Justice for his signature or veto. The bill puts programs like AmeriCorps and Energy Express in jeopardy. These programs, our children, and our people are too important to gamble with for partisan and personal politics. Please contact Governor Justice today and tell him to veto HB 4006.  More
Issues: EducationKids and families
Action Alert   March 7, 2018
Tell Senators to Vote NO on SNAP Work Requirements
The Senate Health and Human Resources Committee is moving forward with consideration of a bill (HB 4001) that  would further restrict access to food assistance (SNAP). HB 4001 would implement work requirements in some of the state's poorest counties, and will only replicate the failures of the state’s nine-county pilot project which enacted a work requirement for SNAP that failed to boost employment but succeeded in lowering enrollment. Please contact members of the Senate Health Committee and your Senators and tell them to vote NO on HB 4001. More
Issues: InequalityKids and familiesPovertySNAP
Action Alert   March 5, 2018
Most E-Day Events Cancelled for Tomorrow, GREEN Jam Still On
The WV Environmental Council has made the decision to cancel E-Day tabling and speakers due to the ongoing teachers' strike. Today saw the largest crowds yet, and at one point the Capitol was closed to further visitors due to capacity concerns by Capitol Police and the State Fire Marshall. This is unprecedented. Of course folks are still welcome to come to the Capitol to lobby their legislators. If you decide to make the trip, arrive early if you can and be prepared to wait in line for at least and hour to get into the building. If you don't want to brave the crowds, the GREEN Jam will still be taking place at the Empty Glass starting at 4:30pm.   More
Action Alert   February 28, 2018
WV Senate rejects SB 600
THANK YOU! In another victory for ratepayers, Senate Bill 600 failed to get a majority vote today in Charleston. While the bill was rejected, we know that the utilities are fighting for it and we don’t want to see SB 600 reconsidered today or tomorrow. More
Issues: EnergyInequality
Action Alert   February 25, 2018
We Need Real Solutions to the Healthcare Crisis
Healthcare is shaping up to be a major issue in the 2018 elections. More and more West Virginians are struggling to afford healthcare, and Congress is taking us in the wrong direction with threatened cuts to crucial programs like Medicare and Medicaid. Join us at one of two upcoming healthcare forums to learn more about how our healthcare system got so complicated, why it's under attack and what we can do in 2018 to push for real solutions to the healthcare crisis. More
Issues: HealthcareMedicare
Action Alert   February 25, 2018
SB 600: Handouts to Industry at the Expense of the Rest of Us
SB 600 offers discounted electric rates to industrial users and manufacturers whose rates, like everyone’s, have continued to skyrocket in the past few years. However, someone is going to have to make up the cost of these discounts and, it’s not going to be the utility shareholders. The bill is on the fast track, having cleared two Senate committees in two days, and is now on the Senate floor where it will be up for a final vote on Tuesday. Call or email your Senators now and ask them to oppose SB 600. Tell them not to give manufacturers a discount on their electric bills at the expense of the rest of us.  More
Issues: Energy
Action Alert   February 21, 2018
Ask the House Finance Committee to Pass the LEEP Act
Great news! We're one step closer to growing energy efficiency jobs in West Virginia. On Tuesday, the House Energy Committee approved HB 2534, the Local Energy Efficiency Partnership (LEEP) Act. Please email Finance committee members and ask them to approve the bill and send it to the full House for a vote.  More
Issues: EnergyEnergy efficiency
Action Alert   February 10, 2018
Don’t Punish Families That Rely on SNAP & Other Safety Net Programs
Similar to last year, some members of the West Virginia House have introduced a bill (H.B. 4001) that would further restrict access to food assistance (SNAP) and other vital safety net programs. On Monday, February 12 at 8:30AM, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on HB 4001 in the House Chamber. If you can’t make it to Charleston, please contact House Judiciary Committee members and your delegate(s). Tell them not to punish families who rely on SNAP, Medicaid, and other safety net programs. More
Issues: InequalityKids and familiesPovertySNAP
Action Alert   February 6, 2018
Radical Constitutional Amendment Up for Vote by WV Senate
The Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced a radical constitutional amendment (SJR 12) that targets Medicaid coverage for abortions for low-income women and opens the door for further attacks on the reproductive rights of all West Virginia women. Please take action by emailing and calling your Senators. Tell them to stand with West Virginia women and families to protect our healthcare and our rights, and vote NO on SJR 12. More
Issues: DiscriminationHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesPoverty
Action Alert   February 4, 2018
Health Not Politics – Public Hearing on HB 4012, Calls to House Judiciary Needed
When a woman in West Virginia is enrolled in the state's Medicaid health insurance program, all of her reproductive health services should be covered including annual check-ups, prenatal and maternity care, family planning services including birth control, and abortion. HB 4012 aims to take away abortion coverage under Medicaid and we must stop it! Please contact House Judiciary Committee members and tell them they shouldn't be playing politics with women's health care.  More
Issues: DiscriminationHealthcareInequalityKids and families
Action Alert   February 2, 2018
Join the Movement for Medicare for All
It will take a revolution – our revolution – to get Medicare for All in this country. The insurance and drug companies are spending millions to fight it and to take away the health care we currently have. Drug companies alone spent $240 million on lobbying in 2016. But the movement for Medicare for All is growing too. Medicare for All legislation has record numbers of co-sponsors in the House and the Senate. We’re going to be doing our part here in West Virginia in 2018 by putting pressure on candidates and making Medicare for All a major issue in Congressional elections. Join the movement. More
Issues: HealthcareMedicare
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