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Newsletter   February 11, 2019
Capital Eye: Vol. 12 No. 5
We're half-way through legislative session. Can you believe it?! Now that the midpoint is passed, several significant deadlines are looming for those trying to pass or kill off legislation. More
Issues: Clean electionsDiscriminationEducationInequalityOur children our futureWater
Newsletter article   February 10, 2019
Senate Sends Water Quality Rule to the House With No Updated Health Protections
The West Virginia Senate voted Thursday to pass the water quality standards rule (SB 163) without updated protections for drinking water. Join us in thanking the 12 Senators that voted NO on the bill that did not include the updated protections. Let them know you appreciate them being champions for public health and safe drinking water. We’ll need to put even more pressure on members of the House as they begin to consider the bill. The legislature is listening and there is a still a long way to go until the bill is law. Stay engaged! More
Issues: PollutionWater
Newsletter   January 28, 2019
Capital Eye Vol. 12 No. 3
The 2019 WV Legislature now has 1,119 bills on its plate and is starting to get a heartburn that Tums won’t cure. Foster care, education, and courts - described below in this week's articles - are a major source of the legislative indigestion. This tends to happen when one political party has control of all three branches of government - there is no reason to compromise so there is little reasoning going into major legislation. Rather, ideology prevails. Read on to learn more and find how you can take action! More
Issues: Civil JusticeEducationEnergyWater
Newsletter   January 21, 2019
Capital Eye Vol. 12 No. 2
Week two at the legislature was a busy one. Meetings with potential bill sponsors, checking daily bills introduced (now totaling 876), monitoring committees as they take up and amend legislation. This is just the daily grind. More here on some of the good, bad, and just plain ugly bills that we’re either promoting or trying to stop here, as well as actions you can take to help end the government shutdown, protect our water and our health, and strengthen our democracy. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesClean electionsKids and familiesOur children our futurePollutionWater
Newsletter article   January 21, 2019
Tell Lawmakers to Protect Our Health
Please call the members of the Senate Energy, Industry and Mining committee today. Tell them “to adopt the EPA-recommended human health criteria updates that strengthen our water protections!” More
Issues: PollutionWater
Newsletter   January 14, 2019
Capital Eye Vol. 12 No. 1
It's a new year, and a new legislature. In this issue of the Capital Eye, we give you a glimpse at some of the upcoming fights and things to watch for, as well as a list of resources to help you be an informed activist throughout the session. We've only scratched the surface of both the potential damage and opportunities that abound during this current 60-day legislative session, so please stay tuned to our weekly updates. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesClean electionsFair taxationKids and familiesWaterWorkers
Action Alert   January 14, 2019
Tell Sen. Capito: Stop Playing Politics with Our Lives!
Thousands of West Virginia families are feeling the pain of the government shutdown: federal employees who aren't able to work, those who are working without pay, small business owners who rely on federal services, kids and families who rely on temporary assistance, and many more. Tell Senator Capito to stop playing politics with our lives, and stand down on the border wall issue so that the government can get back to serving the people. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesKids and familiesPovertySNAPWorkers
Citizen Action Group Blog   January 14, 2019
This is What Democracy Looks Like, and You Are In It
The 2018 WV teachers' strike is a recent example of how people power works. We, the people, know how to make WV a better place to live. But we need to fix a broken system. Here's a solution. Help West Virginia Citizens for Clean Elections advance the Pro-Democracy, Anti-Corruption Platform during the 2019 West Virginia Legislative Session. More
Issues: Clean electionsKids and familiesOur children our future
Water vigil
Action Alert   January 7, 2019
Join Us Tomorrow for an Evening of Reflection & Action on Water
On Tuesday, January 8, join WV CAG and partners on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the 2014 water crisis for an evening of reflection and action. The event will feature discussion on water justice, current water quality issues, and a candlelight vigil on the banks of the Kanawha River. The evening is free and light refreshments will be served. More
Issues: PollutionWater
Action Alert   December 29, 2018
Help WV CAG Support Community Organizing
During the 2018 election cycle, local grassroots citizen groups knocked on over 22,000 doors before the election, learning from community members about important issues and educating voters on issues important to Citizen Action and our members. Your support is critical in order to build on this success in the upcoming legislative session and in preparation for the 2020 elections. We're excited about the groundswell of energy and grassroots activism in West Virginia right now, and we have a plan to harness that energy and support community organizing around the state. Are you with us?  If so, renew your membership and/or send a donation to WV Citizen Action today! More
Action Alert   October 30, 2018
Make a Plan to Vote & Vote Early
Early voting is underway now through Saturday, November 3. It’s important to make sure you’re 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. Use our election app to make a plan to vote and vote early. Can't vote early? Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeClean electionsHealthcare
Action Alert   October 16, 2018
Be Registered & Be Ready: Voter Registration Deadline is Today
Today is the deadline to register to in the upcoming election. With many important races on the ballot this year, it’s important to make sure you’re registered to vote and ready to vote. Check your status and/or register today. Don't miss a chance to make your voice heard in November.   More
Action Alert   October 12, 2018
October Events You Don’t Want to Miss
There are several upcoming events in Charleston that offer an opportunity to engage with other folks who are exploring ways to respond to climate change, how to achieve health care for all, and common sense solutions to fight the influence of big money in politics.There are also chances to learn more about and hear directly from the candidates in key races this election (see details here). More
Issues: Civil JusticeClean electionsEnergyFrackingHealthcare
Action Alert   October 5, 2018
Last Chance to Stop Kavanaugh – Call Now
Unfortunately, Brett Kavanaugh just got closer to confirmation. Earlier today, the Senate voted 51-49 to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to a final vote. Senator Joe Manchin was among those who voted to advance the nomination, but that doesn't mean the fight is over. He and other Senators who voted 'Yes' on this procedural vote could still vote 'NO' in the end. Please call Senator Manchin and tell him to vote NO on Kavanaugh before it's too late - (202)-224-3954. For the sake of every survivor, and for everyone of us who will be harmed by the anti-democratic decisions he will make if he gets a lifetime appointment to the court, we must continue to make our voices heard.  More
Issues: Civil JusticeDiscriminationHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesPollutionPovertyWorkers
Action Alert   September 29, 2018
West Virginians Must Stop Kavanaugh & Protect Our Care
Now that the Senate has agreed to let the FBI investigate sexual abuse claims against Kavanaugh, there is still time to contact Sen. Manchin and tell him to ‘Just Vote No, JOE’ on the lifetime appointment to the US Supreme Court. Even if cleared by the FBI (and we believe the women) Kavanaugh is still dangerous to our health care. More
Issues: DiscriminationHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesMedicare
Action Alert   September 4, 2018
Take Action to Save Our Courts
There's still time to make your voice heard. Senator Joe Manchin is continuing to solicit thoughts and concerns as he evaluates Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh ahead of a vote by the full Senate. While Kavanaugh's confirmation will push SCOTUS further to the right, it is quite possible that at the state level a single party, through a pre-planned partisan impeachment process, will seize control of the WV Supreme Court of Appeals for the next 2 years. Take action to save our courts, and if you're in the Charleston area, join us for a community conversation about the Supreme Court impeachments why they matter, and how they affect West Virginians. More
Issues: Civil JusticeClean electionsHealthcare
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
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