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Citizen Action Group Blog CAG September 25, 2020
IN THE NEWS: How incremental healthcare reforms built the industries we’re fighting today (Part One)
There’s a common joke among single payer advocates that America’s healthcare system is not a “system” at all, in that its pieces don’t function or connect to each other particularly well, and that it has come together relatively ad-hoc, rather than being intentionally designed. This is certainly accurate in some respects. When you think about it, from providers to insurance companies to drug manufacturers the majority of the actual provision of healthcare in... More
Issues: Health CareHealthcareMedicaidMedicare
Citizen Action Group Blog Gary Zuckett September 22, 2020
“Don’t Weaken Water Quality Standards” – Press Conference on Rule 47CSR2
The Legislative Rule Making Committee meets tomorrow, 9/23, to discuss the Water Quality Standards Rule 47CSR2. This rule would weaken 13 of the human health criteria, making them less stringent than our current standards. More
Issues: EnvironmentWater
Citizen Action Group Blog Gary Zuckett September 21, 2020
NEW RELEASE: A Citizen’s Guide to Climate Change
The West Virginia Climate Change Alliance has created a new resource guide for all West Virginians passionate or just curious about Climate Change. "A Citizen’s Guide to Climate Change: The Causes, Impacts, and Potential Solutions" was officially released to the public today. More
Issues: Climate JusticeEnvironment
Citizen Action Group Blog Gary Zuckett September 10, 2020
WV Groups support national THRIVE Agenda released in Congress today
A coalition of grassroots groups, labor unions, Black, Brown and Indigenous leaders from across the nation, and members of Congress today announced the introduction of a bold plan for economic renewal known as the THRIVE Agenda. THRIVE — Transform, Heal, and Renew by Investing in a Vibrant Economy — was introduced today in Congress. More
Issues: Climate JusticeCovid-19EconomyHealthcareInequalityRacial JusticeTHRIVE
Citizen Action Group Blog   April 21, 2020
Have You Lost Your Health Care During COVID-19?
Our friends at the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy put together this helpful guide to outline the options that people have to maintain critical health coverage during this time. Please share! More
Issues: HealthcareKids and familiesUnemployment benefitsWorkers
Citizen Action Group Blog Gary Zuckett February 11, 2020
HB 4615 is Un-American: Testimony Against Anti-Protest Bill
Protest is part of our nation’s founding history. This bill about as un-American as it gets! HB 4615 a slippery slope toward the tyranny against which the original Tea Party protesters acted. It should be thrown in the trash heap of terrible legislative proposals and left to rot there. More
Issues: DiscriminationEducationEnergyInequalityPollutionWorkers
Citizen Action Group Blog Ciera Pennington April 30, 2019
Spring Fling – Get Your Tickets NOW!
One of West Virginia’s biggest strengths is its people. This beautiful state is full of passionate folks doing work to keep our people happy, healthy, and successful. That’s one reason why, each year, we host our Spring Fling: WV CAG Annual Awards Dinner & Fundraiser. More
Issues: Event
Citizen Action Group Blog Ciera Pennington April 25, 2019
Join the team: Volunteers / interns needed!
West Virginia Citizen Action Group & West Virginia Citizen Action Education Fund are in need of volunteers or interns to help with a variety of administrative, fundraising, and outreach tasks. While we can’t offer pay, we can help students meet volunteer requirements or earn college credit, and can teach volunteers new skills. We’re happy to work with anyone in any way we can to make this mutually beneficial for us and you! More
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
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
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
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
Citizen Action Group Blog Alexandra Gallo January 15, 2018
The Foundation to Build a Proper Medical Cannabis Program in WV
SB 386, passed during the 2017 legislative session, laid the foundation to build a proper medical cannabis program in West Virginia. By 2019, doctors will be able to start issuing medical cards to patients and by January 2020 patients will be able to purchase medical cannabis products. This years fight is focused on decriminalization of marijuana and amending SB 386 to allow the purchase and use of flower, in addition to allowing patients to grow small amounts of cannabis in their homes. Read excerpts from an interview with Rusty Williams, a cancer survivor turned patient advocate to learn how you can help. More
Issues: Healthcare
Citizen Action Group Blog Julie Archer January 2, 2018
Be Registered & Be Ready to Vote: WV Voter ID Law Now in Effect
West Virginia's voter ID law went into effect on January 1, 2018. 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. Learn more about the new law, and the various forms of photo and non-photo ID that will be accepted at the polls. More
Citizen Action Group Blog Emmett Pepper November 7, 2017
Charleston’s ordinance directed at homeless panhandling
On Monday, November 6, 2017, nine council members* from Charleston, West Virginia, City Council introduced a bill to change how soliciting works in Charleston. The bill is directed at a perceived homeless problem in Charleston, and so-called “aggressive panhandling.” WV Citizen Action Group has some concerns about this law. Stay tuned in this space for our specific comments. In the meantime, you can read the proposed ordinance here. More
Issues: Civil JusticeDiscriminationInequality
Citizen Action Group Blog Julie Archer October 11, 2017
Without disclosure, we don’t know what conflicts of interest our judges may have
Without common-sense disclosure laws, anyone could end up across the courtroom from another other party who has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to a dark money group supporting the judge ruling on their case. And they wouldn't even have the information, to ask the judge to recuse himself or herself. More
Issues: Clean elections
Citizen Action Group Blog   October 4, 2017
Update on WV Voter Registration Purge, Presidential Election Integrity Commission
In response to news reports that more than 67,000 voters had been removed from West Virginia’s voter registration rolls since January, representatives of the League of Women Voters of WV, ACLU of WV and WV Citizen Action Group met with Secretary of State Warner’s elections division staff to learn more about the process for removing voters from the rolls, and the reasons for their removal. Our organizations have also been monitoring the activities of the Presidential Election Integrity Commission. More
Issues: Clean elections
Citizen Action Group Blog   September 23, 2017
Health Care, We Care – Download Your Poster Here!
The Affordable Care Act is under attack again. Show your support by downloading and displaying this Health Care, We Care poster conceived by artist Betty Rivard with design work by Base Camp Printing. We must #ProtectOurCare! More
Issues: HealthcareKids and familiesMedicare
Citizen Action Group Blog   September 18, 2017
Friday Deadline to Register for the WV Grassroots Summit
The WV Grassroots Summit is just 11 days away! If you haven't registered, or invited a friend or colleague to register, please do so before the September 22 registration deadline. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesClean electionsDiscriminationHealthcareInequalityKids and families
Citizen Action Group Blog Valerie Woody September 8, 2017
Health Care Repeal Roller Coaster Rolls On
On January 1st it seemed inevitable that we would see the ACA repealed within months, if not weeks. Today, the public has little to no appetite for another attempt at repeal, and the Congress knows it. Health care as a right has entered the discussion, and grassroots groups around the country are growing in size and influence. We should be proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish, for it’s only the beginning of what is possible. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesHealthcareKids and familiesMedicare
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