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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
Banking reform
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
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
Press Release   April 25, 2018
New Election App Helps Voters Choose Candidates
On 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. BallotReady is a non-partisan civic engagement tool that enables users to find comprehensive ballot information for their own voting precinct. The tool displays candidate bios, stances, endorsements, and relevant news all in one place; and helps users to find their polling place, make a plan to vote, easily save, and be reminded of the information prior to and on Election Day. More
Newsletter   April 24, 2018
Capital Eye Vol. 11, No. 10 – Spring 2018 Edition
In this Capital Eye: 2018 Legislative Wrap-Up, Trump Tax Scam Continues War on Health Care, Power to the People: WV CAG's Awards Dinner & Fundraiser, In Memory of a Big Hearted Water Warrior, Election 2018 (Be Ready to Vote: Voter ID Law Now in Effect, Follow the Money, Constitutional Amendments on the Ballot in November), Energy Efficient West Virginia (EEWV) Updates (FirstEnergy Drops Bid to Sell Pleasants Power Plant & more) More
Issues: Civil JusticeClean electionsEnergy efficiencyFair taxationHealthcareSNAPWorkers
Press Release   April 17, 2018
New ‘Tax Day’ Study Reports on How Tax Law Enriches Corporations, Wealthy While Putting Health Care, Public Services at Risk
Today, WV Citizen Action released a new report by Americans for Tax Fairness and Health Care for America Now detailing the affects of the tax cut package on families in West Virginia and compares that with the tax benefits that health insurance companies and prescription drug manufacturers receive under the same law. Read the full report and highlights here. More
Issues: Fair taxationHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesMedicareSNAPSocial security
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
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