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Newsletter   February 25, 2020
Capital Eye Vol. 13 No. 7: Staring Down Crossover
The pace ramps up again as the legislature faces down the "drop dead" date of February 26th - Crossover Day - after which all bills not passed out of their house of origin are considered done for this year. That being said, bills can still be amended into other bills that have made the journey across and other parliamentary tricks can be engaged when leadership wants a bill to stay alive. Many terrible bills will expire on Wednesday along with several good ones we’ve been working, watching, and rooting for. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeClean electionsDiscriminationHealthcareInequalityKids and families
Action Alert   February 23, 2020
Weekend Wake-up: Urgent Actions Needed Tonight!
State lawmakers seem hellbent this session on pushing their religious views into our public school system. In doing so, they are waging an onslaught against the rights of religious minorities. Religious instruction is the job of parents and faith leaders, not public school employees. And yet, FOUR bills are moving this session that would allow teachers to instruct from the bible. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesEvent
Newsletter article   February 12, 2020
West Virginians Deserve Clean, Safe Drinking Water
The Clean Drinking Water Act of 2020 was introduced recently in the House by Delegate Hansen as HB 4542, and it’s counterpart in the Senate was introduced by Senator Ihlenfeld as SB 679. The Act aims to identify and reduce exposure to class of chemical toxins known as polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. These substances are “forever chemicals” and accumulate in the environment. A main source of exposure to PFAS is through contaminated drinking water. More
Issues: Water
Newsletter article   February 12, 2020
Stand Up for Democracy
WV CAG and allies are opposing a bill before the legislature that would discourage peaceful protest and stop people from criticizing the powerful. HB 4615 would create new criminal and civil penalties for conduct around “critical infrastructure facilities” that could be applied to individuals and organizations involved in peaceful protest. Just like voting or contacting elected officials, peaceful protest is an important way for everyday people to influence how the government makes decisions about our air, water, and land; when we go to war; and other issues. The right to peacefully assemble is protected under the First Amendment and has been an important way to make change in the history of our country. More
Newsletter   February 11, 2020
Capital Eye Vol. 13 No. 5: Hump Week – Halfway Over, Session Speeds Up
Last week we hit day 30 of the 60 calendar day session. Committees are meeting earlier and lasting longer, and floor sessions are going on for hours as the work of the 2020 legislative session barrels toward several deadlines this month. There are now 1,340 bills introduced in the House, and 740 in the Senate. Crossover Day, when these bills must move out of their house of origin or die, is a little over two weeks away - February 26th. The 11th is the last day to introduce bills in the House, and the 17th is the deadline for the Senate. More
Issues: Civil JusticeDiscriminationEnergyEventHealthcareKids and familiesWater
Action Alert   February 7, 2020
Act now to support insulin caps & your right to protest!
The West Virginia Legislature is considering a bipartisan bill, HB 4543, that would cap copays for life-saving insulin at $25 for a 30-day supply. Currently, the cost of insurance co-payments for insulin can exceed $600 per month. The average price of insulin nearly tripled between 2002 and 2013, and has continued to rise. As many as 1 in 4 diabetics, including many with insurance, have started rationing their insulin because of the higher prices. Rationing insulin can result in strokes, comas or even death. More
Issues: EventHealthcare
Newsletter   February 4, 2020
Capital Eye Vol. 13 No. 4: Insulin, Environment, & Healthcare
Welcome back to Week 4! We know you have a life and can't track everything that happens during legislative session, so let us help. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesEnergyEventHealthcareKids and familiesPollutionWater
Newsletter   January 28, 2020
Capital Eye Vol. 13 No. 3: Courts & Coal at the Capitol
Welcome back to Week 3! We know you have a life and can't track everything that happens during legislative session, so let us help. Read this week's update articles to see what's been happening since we touched base last week. Happy reading! More
Issues: Civil JusticeClean electionsDiscriminationHealthcareKids and familiesWater
Advocacy Letter   January 25, 2020
WV Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Urges Legislators to Support Comprehensive Reform Package
A broad coalition representing tens of thousands of West Virginians sent a letter to members of the WV Legislature urging them to support a comprehensive criminal justice reform package this session. More
Issues: Civil JusticeDiscriminationInequality
Newsletter   January 21, 2020
Capital Eye Vol. 13 No. 2: Insulin, Guns, & Democracy
Welcome back to Week 2! Read our latest update articles here to see what's been happening since we touched base last Wednesday. Happy reading! More
Issues: Clean electionsEventHealthcareInequalityWaterWorkers
Newsletter article   January 14, 2020
Join us for a VIRTUAL Citizen Lobbyist Training!
Are you getting ready to lobby an elected official for the first time? Need to brush up on your skills? No sweat! This virtual training session will walk you through the basics of lobbying -- what to expect, how to prepare, and why you shouldn't feel nervous about speaking to elected leaders who answer to YOU. More
Issues: Event
Newsletter article   January 14, 2020
Say No to Removing Regulations of Tanks Near Drinking Water Intakes
HB4079 exempts certain tanks used by the oil and gas industry from the Aboveground Storage Tank Act. This bill is particularly alarming because it deregulates tanks that are located closest to our public drinking water intakes! Tell members of the House Energy committee to protect our drinking water and reject HB4079. More
Issues: Water
Newsletter   January 13, 2020
Capital Eye Vol. 13 No. 1: 2020 Session Kicks off with a State of the State Yawn
New year, new legislative session. We know you have a life and can't track everything that happens during legislative session, so let us help. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesClean electionsEventHealthcareWater
Action Alert   December 21, 2019
Power to the People: TWO Grassroots Trainings Coming in 2020!
We're excited to announce TWO days of powerful training, networking and campaign strategy planning in February 2020, hosted by a coalition of state and local organizations in WV. These events are especially for people involved in local grassroots groups and local campaigns, or people who want to be. But all are welcome! Scholarships are available. Learn more below, and register for either or both event days here. More
Issues: EventTraining
Newsletter   October 31, 2019
Capital Eye Vol. 12 No. 10 – Fall 2019
In this edition of the Capital Eye: Building power through the WV Citizen Action Network; Restoring the Voting Rights Act to halt voter suppression; #CountMeInWV strives to count everyone; Getting ready for 2020 - the year of the unlikely voter; Call to action for pro-voter reforms and diversity on the bench; Our Healthcare for All Platform; Be #WVProDemocracy; and more. More
Issues: Clean electionsDiscriminationHealthcareInequalityMedicare
Action Alert   October 8, 2019
Raise Your Hand & Your Voice for the Rx Drug Day of Action
Drug corporations, their powerful Pharma lobbyists and their allies in Congress are gearing up to stop any legislative that takes away their unlimited power to price-gouge patients and inflate their profits. It’s up to us to fight back! Wherever you are, join us by signing the petition supporting the “Lower Drug Prices Now” campaign principles and urging members of Congress to act. If you're in the Charleston area, join us for an "Rx Day of Action" to Lower Prescription Drug Prices this Thursday, Oct. 10, 12:15 - 1 PM outside Senator Shelley Moore Capito's office at 500 Virginia St. East in Charleston. More
Issues: HealthcareInequalityPoverty
Action Alert   September 21, 2019
Charleston Events You Don’t Want to Miss
Two Charleston events you don't want to miss! On Tuesday, September 24, help out WV Citizen Action while enjoying music and friends. Join us for a night of live, local music to benefit WV Citizen Action Group featuring That High Country Revival with special guests Chet Lowther, Trey Kay, Andy Park, and more. On Thursday, September 26 take part in a public rally during Climate Strike week to show our elected officials that we want meaningful climate action now! Details here. More
Action Alert   September 17, 2019
Easy Actions to Prevent SNAP Cuts, Protect Access to Justice
Click here for easy actions you can take to prevent cuts to SNAP benefits for 3 million people, and to protect access to justice for West Virginia consumers and workers. After you take action, keep reading for details on how you can participate in the People's Presidential Forum on Saturday, September 21.  More
Issues: Civil JusticeInequalityKids and familiesPovertySNAP
Action Alert   September 14, 2019
What the Heck is Medicare for All? Find Out Monday (9/16) in Charleston
You've heard the buzz, and you might be wondering... What the heck is Medicare for All? And what can it do for me? Find out Monday at a Medicare for All Forum in Charleston! If you're tired of not getting the healthcare you need, or paying through the nose, this event is for you. Learn how this big idea could help save money and lives across America... and how we can make it happen soon. More
Issues: HealthcareInequalityMedicare
Action Alert   September 4, 2019
What the Heck is Medicare for All? Find Out Tomorrow (9/5) in Beckley
You've heard the buzz, and you might be wondering... What the heck is Medicare for All? And what can it do for me? Find out tomorrow at a Medicare for All Forum in Beckley! If you're tired of not getting the healthcare you need, or paying through the nose, this event is for you. Learn how this big idea could help save money and lives across America... and how we can make it happen soon. More
Issues: HealthcareInequalityMedicare
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