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Action Alert   August 2, 2019
Democracy Works Best When Everyone Can Fully Participate
Please join us Tuesday, August 6 at noon at the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse in Charleston to stand up for voting rights and call on Congress to restore the Voting Rights Act of 1962 by passing the Voting Rights Advancement Act (HR 4). More
Issues: Clean electionsDiscrimination
Newsletter   April 2, 2019
Capital Eye Vol. 12 No. 9 – Spring 2019
This year's legislative session proved once again that people power really can win on issues like education, healthcare, and public safety. But is also demonstrated that now is the time to tip the political scales so that we can start setting the political agenda, instead of fighting back bad ideas. This edition of the Capital Eye recaps our successes and highlights things you can do today to help us grow and build power this year.  More
Issues: Clean electionsDiscriminationEducationEnergyFair taxationHealthcareKids and families
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett March 4, 2019
One Week to Go @ WV Legislature!
Each week keeps getting wilder at the 2019 legislature. Last week was no exception. Wednesday was "Crossover Day", when all bills needed to be passed out of their "house of origin." It was a week of highs and lows, but mostly lows. Read on to see what mischief, mayhem and madness transpired. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesDEPDiscriminationEducationEnergyFair taxationHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesMedicareSocial securityWater
Newsletter   March 4, 2019
Capital Eye: Vol. 12 No. 8
Each week keeps getting wilder at the 2019 legislature. Last week was no exception. Wednesday was "Crossover Day", when all bills needed to be passed out of their "house of origin." It was a week of highs and lows, but mostly lows. Read on to see what mischief, mayhem and madness transpired this past week and what's ahead! More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeDEPDiscriminationEducationEnergyFair taxationHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesWater
Advocacy Letter   February 12, 2019
Letter from Religious & Civic Leaders Opposing Anti-Immigrant Legislation
WV CAG joins West Virginia civic and religious leaders in standing against any laws that attack immigrants, who make our state a better place every day. We embrace the diversity immigrants bring to our state, and we reject any attempts to demonize or degrade immigrant communities in the Mountain State. We are alarmed by a by a rash of bills that have been introduced into the legislature this session targeting immigrants, and sent the following letter to House Speaker Roger Hanshaw to encourage him to do everything in his power to ensure that none of these outrageous attacks on our neighbors becomes law. More
Issues: Discrimination
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 Savanna Lyons February 11, 2019
Say NO to charter schools (and other updates)!
This week, State Superintendent Steve Paine reportedly ordered the creation of a "charter school pilot" project in two predominantly Black communities in Cabell and Kanawha counties. The project would transform Mary C. Snow Elementary (in Charleston's West side neighborhood) and Spring Hill Elementary (and Huntington's Fairfield West neighborhood) into charter schools, after little or no conversation with these communities and their students, parents and educators. This announcement follows in the heels of Republicans' efforts to ram charter schools through the legislature as part of the education omnibus bill. More
Issues: DiscriminationEducationInequality
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett February 10, 2019
Half-Way There
Last Thursday was day 30 of the 60-day legislative session. It was also Environment Day (E-Day) and All Kinds Are Welcome Here Lobby Day. Meanwhile, the polluters and the bigots were busy doing their dirty work in committees and in the chambers. Now that the midpoint is passed, several significant deadlines are looming, which up the ante for those who are working to pass more progressive policies in a body with a conservative leadership. More here, on what's moving and languishing. More
Issues: DiscriminationEducationEnergyKids and familiesPollutionSNAPWater
Action Alert Gary Zuckett February 10, 2019
House Holding Monday Public Hearings on Ominous Education Bill & Guns on Campus
On Monday, the House of Delegates will hold two public hearings on the Omnibus Education Bill (SB 451). The House Judiciary Committee is also holding a public hearing that day on the so-called "Campus Self Defense Act," which would would force colleges to allow people to, with some exceptions, carry concealed guns on college campuses and in buildings. More here on how to weigh in on these proposals and tune in to the action. More
Issues: DiscriminationEducationKids and familiesOur children our futureWorkers
Newsletter Gary Zuckett February 4, 2019
Capital Eye: Volume 12, Number 4
This week, two contentious bills were moving fast – the Ominous Education Overhaul bill and one putting foster kids into managed care organizations (MCOs). Both will get increased scrutiny as they move to the other side. More
Issues: Clean electionsDiscriminationEnergy efficiencyEventHealthcareWater
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   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 17, 2018
Join Us for Community Discussions on Restorative Justice & the Opioid Crisis
Please join us for these important community discussions in Charleston and Huntington on the importance of restorative justice practices and solutions to the opioid crisis. More
Issues: DiscriminationHealthcareInequality
Action Alert   July 9, 2018
Speak Out for Water Protections, Against Family Separations; Support Youth Organizing in WV
We're writing to let you know about opportunities this week to speak out for water protections for West Virginia, and against the Trump administration's separation of families. We also wanted to let you know about a special opportunity to support youth organizing in West Virginia this summer. Keep reading to learn more, then raise your voice and speak out on these important issues! More
Issues: DiscriminationInequalityKids and familiesOur children our futurePollutionWater
Action Alert   July 9, 2018
Raise Your Voice! – Speak Out for Water Protections, Against Family Separations; Support Youth Organizing in West Virginia
There are several opportunities this week to make your voice heard on water protections for West Virginia, the Trump administration's separation of families, the next nominee to the US Supreme Court, and more. We also wanted to let you know about a special opportunity to support youth organizing in West Virginia this summer. Keep reading to learn more, then raise your voice and speak out on these important issues! More
Issues: DiscriminationInequalityKids and familiesOur children our futurePollutionWater
Banking reform
Advocacy Letter   May 21, 2018
Consumer, Civil Rights, Community Groups Oppose HR 4439 and Sham Rent-a-Bank Payday Lending
In a letter to the House Financial Service Committee, 120 consumer, civil rights, labor, community and legal services organizations including WV CAG voiced their opposition to HR 4439 (Hollingsworth), the so-called Modernizing Credit Opportunities Act. The bill would allow payday lenders to use the fine print of loan terms and sham rent-a-bank arrangements to make loans at 100% to 400% APR or higher in states where those rates are illegal. The bill would undercut the historic power of the states to protect people from dangerous, usurious loans. More
Issues: DiscriminationInequalityPoverty
Newsletter   February 26, 2018
Capital Eye Vol. 11 No. 7
Last week was Strike Week at the Legislature, with Thursday and Friday being Day 1 and 2 of a statewide walkout by teachers and school service personnel demanding better wages and a permanent fix to PEIA. On Thursday, more than 5,000 people entered the Capitol through two public access points, with equally large crowds gathering on subsequent days of the ongoing strike. Despite the presence of thousands of outraged teachers and state employees and more pressing issues to deal with, the "bad idea factory" keeps churning undeterred.  More
Issues: Budget prioritiesClean electionsDiscriminationEducationEnergyHealthcareKids and familiesOur children our futurePovertySNAPWorkers
Newsletter article   February 26, 2018
Tell Your Delegate: A Tiny Minority Doesn’t Get to Decide My Rights
West Virginia made headlines in 2016 for passing more LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances than any other state. But a bill making its way through the state Legislature is designed to stop our march toward fairness and equality in its tracks. HB 4158 empowers the fringe to upend protections for real people. Please take action today! This bill is moving fast. More
Issues: DiscriminationInequality
Newsletter article Julie Archer February 18, 2018
SNAP Work Requirements Headed for a Vote in the House
HB 4001, which would further restrict access to food assistance (SNAP) and other vital safety net programs by imposing work requirements on recipients of public assistance, and require the West Virginia DHHR to implement a costly new comprehensive verification system is headed for a vote in the House of Delegates. After a public hearing on Monday, the House Judiciary Committee took up and passed a version of the bill that made significant changes to the proposal, however the proposed changes to SNAP will still hurt our people and our economy. Contact your delegate(s) and tell them to vote NO on HB 4001. More
Issues: DiscriminationInequalityPovertySNAP
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