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Citizen Action Group Blog CAG November 23, 2020
VIDEO – “Climate Generations” Webinar, Oct. 22, 2020: West Virginia Center on Climate Change
VIDEO - "Climate Generations" Webinar, October 22, 2020: from the West Virginia Center on Climate Change "What Do We Tell The Kids -- and What Are They Telling Us? -- Generational Perspectives and the Climate Crisis." More
Issues: Climate ChangeClimate JusticeEnvironment
Citizen Action Group Blog Eve Marcum-Atkinson November 6, 2020
Join WVEC’s Virtual Annual Meeting to Talk About the Future of West Virginia’s Environment, Nov 12, 6PM
Register Today for the WV Environmental Council's virtual Annual Meeting to Talk About the Future of West Virginia’s Environment, on Thursday, November 12 from 6:00 -8:00 pm. This meeting will focus heavily on 2021 legislative priorities, including a confirmed panel of West Virginia lawmakers who will be participating in discussion and taking questions. More
Issues: Climate ChangeEnvironment
Citizen Action Group Blog CAG October 22, 2020
17 West Virginia Non-profits Call on Governor Justice to reallocate remaining CARES Act funding
As part of federal COVID-relief legislation passed in March, West Virginia received $1.25 billion to address the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. As of October 19, there is still over $969 million remaining unspent with a December 30 deadline for utilizing the funds. More
Issues: ACAHealth CareHealthcare
Citizen Action Group Blog CAG October 21, 2020
WV Early Voting Locations – 2020 General Election
WV Early Voting Locations - 2020 General Election More
Issues: VotingVoting Rights
Citizen Action Group Blog CAG October 21, 2020
IN THE NEWS: Organizations share concerns about ‘Obamacare’ lawsuit ahead of oral arguments
The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, the West Virginia Citizen Action Education Fund, West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, and Cabin Creek Health Systems held a briefing about the legal challenge to “Obamacare” and the effects of justices possibly striking down the ACA. More
Issues: ACAHealth CareHealthcare
Citizen Action Group Blog CAG September 28, 2020
IN THE NEWS: ATF Statement on Trump Tax-Dodging Scandal Revealed by the New York Times
Yesterday, the New York Times released a major investigative story about President Trump’s taxes, showing that in 11 out of 18 years from 2000 to 2017 he paid no federal income taxes. He paid a paltry $750 in 2016, the year he first ran for president, and again in 2017, his first year in office, when he rammed through a major tax cut that largely benefited wealthy people like himself... More
Issues: Fair taxation
Citizen Action Group Blog CAG September 28, 2020
RACE-CLASS: OUR PROGRESSIVE NARRATIVE
Both economic and racial justice are core progressive priorities, but too often we discuss them separately. In fact, racial and economic harms are intertwined as are our desired solutions to them. Wealthy elites exploit racial fears to turn working people against each other and government; economic pain increases racial resentment, fueling anti-immigrant sentiment and lending credence to the notion of a “rural-urban” divide... More
Issues: ClassInequalityRace
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
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