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Citizen Action Group Blog   February 22, 2021
Letter to Speaker Hanshaw: Video stream ALL committees to promote transparency and openness in the legislative process
This letter to WV Speaker Hanshaw from the WV House of Delegates Democratic Caucus asks for all committees to provide video streams, so as to promote transparency and openness in the legislative process. More
Issues: Fair RepresentationTransparency
Citizen Action Group Blog Eve Marcum-Atkinson February 19, 2021
WV Bill Tracker – 2/19
Here are the bills we are tracking at the WV Legislature, and our update as of noon, Friday, 2/19.  More
Issues: BillWV Legislature
Citizen Action Group Blog CAG February 3, 2021
Broad Coalition of Organizations Calls on State Leaders to Protect Revenues, Public Services in Upcoming Legislative Session
With West Virginia still feeling the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic recession, the state’s leaders face difficult decisions in the upcoming legislative session. Increasing numbers of West Virginians are struggling to feed their families, remain in their homes, keep their businesses afloat, and protect their jobs, all while fighting to stay healthy. More
Issues: Covid-19Health CareHealthcareTaxes
Citizen Action Group Blog CAG January 29, 2021
40 WV Groups sign onto letter concerning public access at legislature
When the 2021 Legislative Session begins on February 10, the undersigned organizations encourage legislative leaders to take all necessary steps to assure an open and transparent session that allows for meaningful access to and input from all interested members of the public. Every West Virginian has a vested interest in ensuring that the legislative process is open to the public. Our organizations, representing thousands of West Virginians across this great state, are joining together to ask that you hold an Open Session. More
Issues: Covid-19Fair CourtsFair Representation
Citizen Action Group Blog Eve Marcum-Atkinson December 17, 2020
Thousands of WV Medicaid members get $1,000 in Dental Coverage Jan. 1st
Thousands of West Virginia Medicaid members, ages 21 and older, received a letter this week announcing that on January 1st, 2021, they will be able to get up to $1,000 in preventative dental care. WV Citizen Action Group was part of the Health Care for All WV coalition team that lobbied for this breakthrough. More
Issues: Health CareHealthcareInequalityMedicaid
Citizen Action Group Blog CAG December 17, 2020
People’s Action Letter – Re.: Need for a Secretary of Labor Ready to Usher in Structural Reforms
COVID-19 has revealed and exacerbated the extreme inequality that has come to be the norm in our country. That’s not how it’s always been; and that’s not how it needs to be. There were times in our history when this extreme division wasn’t the case. Our current stability as a country depends on us getting back to a more equitable society. Cabinet positions and other key personnel in federal agencies are critical for advancing the necessary agenda. More
Issues: Covid-19EconomyInequalityWorkers
Citizen Action Group Blog Gary Zuckett December 2, 2020
First Friday Progressive Happy Hour ZOOM – Dec. 4th, 5:30PM
Join us for our last virtual happy hour of 2020, meeting over ZOOM with other citizen activists, to chat politics, make new friends, catch up with old friends, and more. BYOB and favorite snacks for yourself – bring your favorite issues to share! More
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
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