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Press Release Alexandra Gallo April 29, 2021
THRIVE Act introduced: $10 trillion infrastructure plan prioritizes climate, care, jobs and justice
Members of Congress backed by a cross-movement nationwide grassroots organizing effort announced the formal introduction of the THRIVE Act in Congress today. More
Issues: Clean EnergyEnvironmentHealth CareJobsUnions
Press Release   April 20, 2021
Green New Deal Network Applauds introduction of Green New Deal legislation and Civilian Climate Corps Act
Today, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Senator Ed Markey, and congressional allies re-introduced the Green New Deal Resolution and introduced accompanying legislation including the Civilian Climate Corps Act. More
Issues: Climate ChangeEnergyInequalityJobsWorkers
Press Release Gary Zuckett March 31, 2021
Report Just Released – THRIVE Agenda Would Create 50K New WV Jobs!
A new coalition of labor, economic justice, and environmental groups announced the formation today of the WV New Jobs Coalition with the release of a jobs report by the PERI Institute at U of Mass. that estimates a gain of 50,000 new jobs would be created in WV from the enactment of the THIRVE agenda, soon to be introduced in Congress.  More
Issues: Clean EnergyClimate JusticeEconomyEnergy efficiencyInequalityJobsRacial JusticeSocial JusticeSustainability
Press Release Eve Marcum-Atkinson March 29, 2021
PRESS ADVISORY: West Virginia Working Families Party, WV Citizen Action Group, and Sierra Club Announce Formation Of ‘WV New Jobs Coalition’
On Wednesday, March 31st at 10 AM, West Virginia Working Families Party, WV Citizen Action Group, Service Employees International Union, Sierra Club, and others will hold an online press conference announcing the formation of the “WV New Jobs Coalition”, the release of the WV New Jobs report and announce ten days of action April 1 - 10, calling on Sen. Manchin and Sen. Capito to support the THRIVE ACT.  More
Issues: AgricultureClean EnergyClimate JusticeHealth CareInfrastructureJobsLiving wage
Press Release Gary Zuckett February 12, 2021
WV’s Lone Billionaire, Gov. Jim Justice, Got $12M Richer During Pandemic – How Will Elimination of Income Tax Increase His Wealth?
The wealth of West Virginia’s only billionaire, Gov. Jim Justice, increased by $12 million between mid-March of last year and Jan. 29 of this year, according to a new report by Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF), Health Care for America Now (HCAN) and West Virginia Citizen Action Group. While the governor’s bank account is getting fatter, he is expected to outline a plan to eliminate the Income Tax in his State of the State address today. How much wealth will he gain from this proposal? More
Issues: Coronavirus ReliefCovid-19Health CareHealthcareTaxes
Press Release CAG January 29, 2021
Media Advisory – Bi-Partisan Legislative Effort Launches to make Diabetes Drugs and Supplies more Affordable
A virtual press conference will take place at 2:45 on Tuesday, February 2nd over Zoom to announce a bipartisan effort to pass legislation to make diabetes treatment more affordable. More
Issues: Health CareHealthcareInequalityMedicaid
Press Release   January 7, 2021
PRESS ADVISORY: 115 Orgs sign on to letter stating “The essential need for further relief”
115 national, state and local organizations have signed on to a letter sent today to the Biden-Harris transition team, calling for urgent additional COVID-relief that meets the scale of the crisis. More
Issues: Covid-19
Press Release CAG December 14, 2020
PRESS RELEASE: Renewable energy is key to West Virginia’s economic future
Titled “West Virginia’s Energy Future,” the report shows that ramping up renewable energy and energy efficiency would be cost-effective and can be done in a way that creates thousands of jobs — and may even save consumers money. More
Issues: Clean EnergyEnvironmentJobsSustainability
Press Release Gary Zuckett December 9, 2020
PRESS RELEASE: Citizen Groups Call on Governor and Senate to be a Santa not a Scrooge on Covid Relief & Call for more Federal Covid Aid
State community organizations held a virtual press conference today to call on governor Justice and our Senators to be Santas not Scrooges and to cap this holiday season with actions that keep families fed, housed and healthy as we move into 2021. More
Issues: Covid-19Federal Aid
Press Release Gary Zuckett October 27, 2020
PRESS RELEASE: WV Citizen Action Statement on Barrett Vote
Charleston, WV -  Following Senator Capito’s vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, WV Citizen Action Group’s Executive Director, Gary Zuckett, released the following statement: More
Issues: Covid-19Health CareHealthcareSCOTUS
Press Release CAG October 24, 2020
PRESS ADVISORY: Oct 26th, 11AM – WV Groups to Speak Out on SCOTUS Vote Outside Sen Capito’s Office – Members want Covid Relief, not Court Packing
Charleston, WV – State and local community groups will hold a press conference on Monday, Oct 26th outside Sen Capito’s downtown Charleston office to make statements opposing the vote on a Supreme Court nominee ahead of the November elections and before Congress passes a desperately needed second Covid Response Package to help struggling citizens, small businesses, and local governments. More
Issues: Covid-19Health CareHealthcareSCOTUS
Press Release Gary Zuckett October 23, 2020
PRESS RELEASE: Billionaires wealth increased 29% so far during Covid Shutdown
Billionaires’ Wealth Increased by 29% Between March and September, While Pandemic Batters West Virginia’s Economy - Meanwhile, State & Local Government Services Face Deep Cuts as Congress Prioritizes Confirmation of Anti-ACA Supreme Court Justice Over Passing an Overdue Coronavirus Financial Aid Package More
Issues: ACACovid-19Health CareHealthcareInequalityMedicarePovertySCOTUS
Press Release CAG October 5, 2020
IN THE NEWS: PSC approves settlement on AEP’s energy efficiency programs
Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power customers will continue to have access to energy efficiency and demand-response programs but spending will be reduced while benefits are modified, according to a settlement approved by Public Service Commission of West Virginia on Wednesday, Oct. 9. More
Issues: Energy efficiencyLEDs
Press Release CAG October 1, 2020
PRESS RELEASE: Municipalities Can Now Save Money Through LED Street Lighting
Starting today, municipalities, housing developments, and others who have Mon Power or Potomac Edison as their electric utility can save money by converting to light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights. LEDs are growing in prevalence due to their low maintenance costs and energy usage.  The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that within five years upwards of 90% of all outdoor lights installed will be LED. More
Issues: Energy efficiency
Press Release Gary Zuckett September 29, 2020
PRESS RELEASE: WV Citizen Action Rejects President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee and Rushed Confirmation Before the Election
Long-time consumer advocate organization, WV Citizen Action Group (WV-CAG) went to bat for people who get coverage and consumer protections under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) today with an alert to the public about the negative consequences of President Trump’s efforts to appoint a new anti-ACA justice to the Supreme Court in the wake of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. More
Issues: ACACivil JusticeHealth CareHealthcare
Press Release Gary Zuckett September 24, 2020
PRESS RELEASE: Groups to Hold a Car-A-Van Around Senator Capito’s Office
Charleston WV- WV Community groups will be holding a press briefing along with a physical-distanced roving Car Demonstration to underline their message that, instead of taking time to consider any Supreme Court nominations, the Senate should be doing its job and passing a second round of Covid relief to protect families from eviction, provide food security and protect front line workers. More
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Press Release CAG September 23, 2020
IN THE NEWS: Legislators & citizen groups call for a stronger water quality rule
West Virginia legislators called for a strong water quality rule at a virtual press conference hosted by West Virginia Citizen Action Group and the West Virginia Environmental Council. More
Issues: EnvironmentWater
Press Release CAG September 23, 2020
PRESS RELEASE: Community Health and Justice Groups Call on Senate to Protect Our Care, Let Next President Appoint to SCOTUS
As we continue through the worst health crisis the United States--and the world--has seen in our lifetime, no less than the health care of the entire country is in the hands of the Supreme Court. Looming over the discussions of installing a new justice before the November 3rd election is the lawsuit challenging the Affordable Health Act (ACA). This lawsuit, California vs US,  is due to be heard at our highest Court on November 10th. More
Issues: ACADemocracyHealthcareInequalityMedicaid
Press Release   May 12, 2020
At-Risk Workers Shouldn’t Lose Unemployment
WV-CAG joined 20 other legal, social justice, labor and faith groups in calling on Gov. Jim Justice, Commerce Secretary Ed Gaunch, and Workforce WV to use their emergency and regular powers to protect workers from losing unemployment if they or family members are at risk due to COVID-19 and they decline to immediately return to work when their employers reopen. More
Issues: HealthcareUnemployment benefitsWorkers
Press Release   March 27, 2020
Coalition Calls on Governor to Reduce Jail Populations Due to COVID-19
With the daily spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in West Virginia, public and private entities are taking significant steps to prevent a flood of cases that would overwhelm our health care system. In this context, public health experts, homelessness advocates, criminal justice leaders, and other concerned individuals call on Gov. Jim Justice to use his executive authority to minimize the harm inflicted on inmates and correctional staff in West Virginia – and, by extension, the harm inflicted on our communities. More
Issues: Criminal JusticeHealthcareInequality
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