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Action Alert   May 23, 2020
Join Us for a Healthcare for ALL Virtual Town Hall
Are you tired of struggling -- or watching friends and family struggle -- to get life-saving healthcare? Do you think healthcare is a human right? Do you agree that West Virginians deserve better? We do! And we need your help. Tune in for a Healthcare for All Virtual Town Hall this Tuesday, May 26 at 6pm, to share your ideas and join the Healthcare for All WV movement. Save your spot today! More
Issues: HealthcareInequality
Action Alert   May 8, 2020
Help Fix Our Broken Health Care System – Tell Us What You Think
Many of us were already struggling to get healthcare. Now, a global pandemic has uncovered even more gaps in the system.  Even more West Virginians are falling through the cracks.  It's unacceptable. We deserve better. And this Spring we we showed that when we come together for better healthcare -- healthcare that values people over profit -- we can win. So, what should we do next to fix our broken healthcare system? Tell us what you think! More
Issues: HealthcareInequalityMedicareWorkers
Action Alert Gary Zuckett April 22, 2020
Earth Day 2020: Strike, divest, and vote for our future
This year, on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we're taking action online at a scale the climate movement has never done before. On April 22-24, millions of people around the world are going online for a three-day mobilization to stop the climate emergency. Activists, performers, influencers, and thought leaders are coming together to host a 3-day digital event full of teach-ins, performances, and more. Click here to find out more. More
Issues: Climate JusticeEnergyInequalityOur children our futurePollutionSustainability
Action Alert   April 17, 2020
Collective Care in the Time of Covid-19
Our health and safety depends on the health of the person next to us, and the person next to them. It was true before COVID. It will be true after COVID. But in this pandemic, it must be our guiding principle. It is also true that individual action and social distancing–while critical–aren't enough. Join us this Saturday for "Collective Care in the Time of COVID," a livestream about getting a strong, inclusive public response that takes care of everyone.  More
Issues: HealthcareInequalityKids and familiesSick leaveWorkers
Newsletter   April 8, 2020
Capital Eye Vol. 13 No. 9 – Spring 2020
In this Spring edition of the Capital Eye: Legislative Wrap Up & What's Next - Big Victories for Health Care for All WV Coalition - Attacks on the Courts Defeated; Reforms, Informed Voting in Judicial Elections Needed - Absentee Voting Available to All Due to Coronavirus Emergency - Coming Together, Building Grassroots Power - Awards Dinner Postponed but Not Our People First Agenda - 4 Things You Can Do During the Covid-19 Pandemic More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeCriminal JusticeEnergyFair CourtsHealthcareInequality
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
Action Alert   March 4, 2020
So close to the finish line…
With only days left in session, it's imperative our legislators hear from us fast and frequently. Here are a few updates on some of the bills we've been following this session and quick actions you can take today. More
Issues: Civil JusticeClean electionsFair CourtsHealthcareInequalityKids and families
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett February 29, 2020
One Week to Go
Anti-protest bill HB 4615 (so-called protecting critical infrastructure) is now in Senate Judiciary. Calls to Chair Charles Trump are needed to ask him to ignore it and let it expire. Back-up messages to Judiciary members to vote no are also encouraged, if it does make the committee agenda. This is the bill that adds felonies and high fines tor those charged with civil disobedience (or even conspiracy to do so) at so-called "critical infrastructure" sites! More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeEnergyHealthcareInequalityKids and families
Newsletter   February 29, 2020
Capital Eye Vol. 13 No. 8: One Week to Go
Legislative committees will be meeting Saturday with one week left in the session. Several bills need our help to pass or expire. See below for critical actions needed now. Saturday calls or e-mails would be very helpful right now! More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeEnergyHealthcareInequalityKids and families
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett February 25, 2020
Staring Down Crossover
The pace ramps up again as the legislature faces down the "drop dead" date of February 26th - Crossover Day - after which all bills not passed out of their house of origin are considered done for this year. That being said, bills can still be amended into other bills that have made the journey across and other parliamentary tricks can be engaged when leadership wants a bill to stay alive. Many terrible bills will expire on Wednesday along with several good ones we’ve been working, watching, and rooting for. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesDiscriminationHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesPoverty
Newsletter   February 25, 2020
Capital Eye Vol. 13 No. 7: Staring Down Crossover
The pace ramps up again as the legislature faces down the "drop dead" date of February 26th - Crossover Day - after which all bills not passed out of their house of origin are considered done for this year. That being said, bills can still be amended into other bills that have made the journey across and other parliamentary tricks can be engaged when leadership wants a bill to stay alive. Many terrible bills will expire on Wednesday along with several good ones we’ve been working, watching, and rooting for. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeClean electionsDiscriminationHealthcareInequalityKids and families
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
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett February 4, 2020
Everything but the Kitchen Sink: Gary’s Weekly Round-Up
Twenty four environmental and justice groups from around the state set up displays in the Senate Hall for annual Environment Day at the legislature on Tuesday. They came from near and far. See them in a quick walk through at the beginning of our Facebook live stream of the opening and speakers. After that a large group of citizens went to House Health Committee Chair Hill to ask him to put the Clean Drinking Water Act on his committee’s agenda. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesEnergyEventHealthcareInequalityKids and familiesPollutionWater
Newsletter article Julie Archer January 28, 2020
Criminal Justice Reform Has Positive Momentum
Criminal justice reform is one of the few issues that enjoys bipartisan support among legislators. As the 2020 session got underway, key legislative leaders indicated parole and other reforms would be a priority as a way to reduce prison overcrowding, save the state money, and help with the state’s workforce participation rate, in addition to giving those who have been incarcerated a second chance. More
Issues: Civil JusticeDiscriminationInequality
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett January 28, 2020
MLK Day Leads Week Three
MLK Day was celebrated in Charleston with the traditional ecumenical service at Asbury UMC and the noon bell ringing at the capitol. Reverend King’s courage and vision is a constant call for racial, civil, economic and social justice! More
Issues: Budget prioritiesCivil JusticeDiscriminationEnergyFair taxationInequalityWater
Advocacy Letter   January 25, 2020
WV Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Urges Legislators to Support Comprehensive Reform Package
A broad coalition representing tens of thousands of West Virginians sent a letter to members of the WV Legislature urging them to support a comprehensive criminal justice reform package this session. More
Issues: Civil JusticeDiscriminationInequality
Newsletter article Gary Zuckett January 21, 2020
Week Two with Two Marches
The legislative session is building momentum but still has a month to the frantic deadlines for bills to crossover to the other house or die. So far 988 House bills and 594 in the Senate have been introduced. As mentioned last time, blessedly the majority won’t make the crossover, or even make a committee agenda. More
Issues: EventHealthcareInequalityWaterWorkers
Newsletter   January 21, 2020
Capital Eye Vol. 13 No. 2: Insulin, Guns, & Democracy
Welcome back to Week 2! Read our latest update articles here to see what's been happening since we touched base last Wednesday. Happy reading! More
Issues: Clean electionsEventHealthcareInequalityWaterWorkers
Newsletter   October 31, 2019
Capital Eye Vol. 12 No. 10 – Fall 2019
In this edition of the Capital Eye: Building power through the WV Citizen Action Network; Restoring the Voting Rights Act to halt voter suppression; #CountMeInWV strives to count everyone; Getting ready for 2020 - the year of the unlikely voter; Call to action for pro-voter reforms and diversity on the bench; Our Healthcare for All Platform; Be #WVProDemocracy; and more. More
Issues: Clean electionsDiscriminationHealthcareInequalityMedicare
Action Alert   October 8, 2019
Raise Your Hand & Your Voice for the Rx Drug Day of Action
Drug corporations, their powerful Pharma lobbyists and their allies in Congress are gearing up to stop any legislative that takes away their unlimited power to price-gouge patients and inflate their profits. It’s up to us to fight back! Wherever you are, join us by signing the petition supporting the “Lower Drug Prices Now” campaign principles and urging members of Congress to act. If you're in the Charleston area, join us for an "Rx Day of Action" to Lower Prescription Drug Prices this Thursday, Oct. 10, 12:15 - 1 PM outside Senator Shelley Moore Capito's office at 500 Virginia St. East in Charleston. More
Issues: HealthcareInequalityPoverty
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