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Action Alert   August 2, 2018
Help Families Reunite; Denounce Mayor Jones’ Scare Tactics
This weekend, People's Action affiliates around the country, including WV CAG, and their supporters will be hosting Families Belong Together Community Cookouts to bring together friends, family and neighbors to raise money and help migrant families get out of detention and reunited with their children. We're also asking Charleston residents to join us in urging mayoral candidates to publicly denounce Mayor Jones’s scare tactics, and pledge to engage in open dialogue about our drug epidemic. More
Issues: HealthcareKids and families
Action Alert   August 2, 2018
West Virginians Must Stop Kavanaugh & Protect Our Care
Nearly 800,000 West Virginians and their families will be directly affected if the GOP latest attack on the Affordable Care Act succeeds in court. We must come together and let Senator Manchin know we're counting on him to continue to protect our care. Too much is at stake. Please contact Senator Manchin today and urge him to oppose Brett Kavanaugh's nomination.    More
Issues: DiscriminationHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesMedicareOur children our future
Action Alert   July 25, 2018
Reminder: Opioid Crisis Forums Tomorrow and Saturday
Dealing with the opioid crisis -- preventing disease outbreaks, helping people into recovery and protecting public health and safety -- is one of the key challenges facing our state. We hope you can join us for one of two upcoming forums to get beyond the headlines and learn more about successful approaches to tackling the opioid epidemic from local and international public health experts. The forums will be held Thursday evening, July 26 in Charleston and Saturday morning, July 28 in Huntington. More details here. More
Issues: HealthcareKids and familiesOur children our future
Action Alert   July 19, 2018
What’s At Stake? Kavanaugh Could Harm Health Care if Confirmed
Last week, Trump announced his pick for the Supreme Court. Here's what's at stake: protections for the 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions, women's health and rights, Medicaid coverage for low-income families, and so much more. Kavanaugh will do everything in his power to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA), workers' rights, and reproductive justice. Senator Manchin has consistently voted to defend the ACA against Trump and the GOPs attacks. Tell Senator Manchin to continue fighting to #ProtectOurCare by opposing Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.  More
Issues: HealthcareKids and familiesWorkers
Action Alert   July 17, 2018
Join Us for Community Discussions on Restorative Justice & the Opioid Crisis
Please join us for these important community discussions in Charleston and Huntington on the importance of restorative justice practices and solutions to the opioid crisis. More
Issues: DiscriminationHealthcareInequality
Action Alert   July 9, 2018
Speak Out for Water Protections, Against Family Separations; Support Youth Organizing in WV
We're writing to let you know about opportunities this week to speak out for water protections for West Virginia, and against the Trump administration's separation of families. We also wanted to let you know about a special opportunity to support youth organizing in West Virginia this summer. Keep reading to learn more, then raise your voice and speak out on these important issues! More
Issues: DiscriminationInequalityKids and familiesOur children our futurePollutionWater
Action Alert   July 9, 2018
Raise Your Voice! – Speak Out for Water Protections, Against Family Separations; Support Youth Organizing in West Virginia
There are several opportunities this week to make your voice heard on water protections for West Virginia, the Trump administration's separation of families, the next nominee to the US Supreme Court, and more. We also wanted to let you know about a special opportunity to support youth organizing in West Virginia this summer. Keep reading to learn more, then raise your voice and speak out on these important issues! More
Issues: DiscriminationInequalityKids and familiesOur children our futurePollutionWater
Action Alert   June 26, 2018
Join Today’s National Call-In Day to Protect SNAP
The Senate is expected for vote on the Farm Bill this week. Join today's national call-in day to protect SNAP benefit levels and eligibility for those struggling to put food on the table. Urge your Senators to vote to protect and strengthen SNAP, to vote “YES” on the Senate Agriculture Committee version of the Farm Bill (S. 3042), and to vote “NO” on any and all harmful amendments that would cut or weaken SNAP. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesInequalityKids and familiesPovertySNAP
Action Alert   June 7, 2018
Don’t Miss These Climate Change, Fair Courts Events in Charleston
On Tuesday, June 12 celebrate science and honor two U.S. heroes from their work in defense of America at a luncheon hosted by Citizens Climate Lobby WV. The following week (Monday, June 18) WV Citizens for Clean Elections invites you to a training and discussion on the critical role the courts play in protecting our democracy and fundamental rights. We hope you can join us at one or both events. More
Issues: Civil JusticeClean electionsEnergyOur children our futureSustainability
Action Alert   June 5, 2018
Join Us for a Now What? People Power & Policy Workshop
Have questions about how to continue to participate in creating positive change, or how the policies passed this session might impact 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 Martinsburg this Saturday, June 9. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesHealthcareKids and familiesPovertySNAPWorkers
Action Alert   May 24, 2018
Join Us at Our Awards Dinner & Fundraiser on Friday, June 1st
Just a friendly reminder that we are hosting our annual awards dinner and fundraiser next Friday, June 1st at the Charleston Woman’s Club (1600 Virginia Street). We hope you can join us in honoring long-time Charleston Gazette investigative reporter Paul Nyden and Cathy Kunkel, the first recipient of the Paul Nyden & Don Marsh Public Service Award. If you haven't already, you can purchase tickets or sponsorships at www.wvcag.org/awards. You can also reserve your ticket(s) by emailing alexandra@wvcag.org and paying at the door. More
Citizen Action Group Blog   May 23, 2018
Check Out Some of the Eclectic Items in Our Silent Auction
We're hosting our annual awards dinner and fundraiser Friday, June 1st at the Charleston Woman’s Club (1600 Virginia Street). Here are a few the items that will be in our silent auction. These include handmade mugs, West Virginia books, jewelry, eclectic masks, folk art, and more. This year our auction will also feature photography by Betty Rivard, a weekend at the Benedict Haid Farm, and an hour long drum circle for you & your friends donated by Drum n Fun. Come out for an opportunity to bid on these items and more. More
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Advocacy Letter   May 21, 2018
Consumer, Civil Rights, Community Groups Oppose HR 4439 and Sham Rent-a-Bank Payday Lending
In a letter to the House Financial Service Committee, 120 consumer, civil rights, labor, community and legal services organizations including WV CAG voiced their opposition to HR 4439 (Hollingsworth), the so-called Modernizing Credit Opportunities Act. The bill would allow payday lenders to use the fine print of loan terms and sham rent-a-bank arrangements to make loans at 100% to 400% APR or higher in states where those rates are illegal. The bill would undercut the historic power of the states to protect people from dangerous, usurious loans. More
Issues: DiscriminationInequalityPoverty
Action Alert   May 21, 2018
Farm Bill/SNAP Cuts Defeated, but House May Reconsider
In a last-ditch effort to revive the bill, House Speaker Ryan filed a motion to reconsider. This request for a new vote on the Farm Bill expires tomorrow (Tuesday). Please call West Virginia Reps. David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins, today at 1-888-398-8702. Urge them to reconsider their support for the bill if it comes up for another vote. More
Issues: Fair taxationInequalityKids and familiesPovertySNAP
Press Release   May 18, 2018
House Farm Bill Should Protect SNAP and Health Care Rather Than Attacking Our Most Vulnerable
In response to the partisan vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on a version of the Farm Bill that includes new restrictions and cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Health Care for America Now released a statement calling on lawmakers to continue to reject partisan bills that cut food assistance and threaten health care, and develop a bipartisan measure that recognizes the importance of ensuring people have enough food to eat. More
Issues: HealthcareKids and familiesPovertySNAP
Citizen Action Group Blog   May 15, 2018
Congress Wants to Cut Food Stamps After Giving 1% a Big Tax Break
The partisan Republican farm bill isn’t fooling anyone: punishing kids, seniors, people with disabilities and low wage workers won’t get people back to work or help the economy just like tax breaks for the rich haven’t created jobs or helped the middle class. Instead, the current Republican SNAP proposals are designed to shrink the food stamp program so that Republicans can free up more money to pay for their massive tax giveaway. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesFair taxationInequalityKids and familiesPovertySNAP
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 Parkersburg 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
Citizen Action Group Blog   May 3, 2018
Stopping the Opioid Profiteers: How Policymakers & Communities Can Fight Back
In recent years, billionaire pharmaceutical executives and hedge fund managers have made billions in profit by creating, feeding, and treating a crisis of opioid addiction in the United States. As the opioid crisis has turned into a full-blown national public health epidemic, these same companies have sought profit from treating overdoses and addiction. This report examines how the biggest opioid profiteers operate, and offers a roadmap for how policymakers and communities can fight back. More
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