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Action Alert   August 28, 2020
Tell Senator Capito to Pass the Pandemic Relief Bill
Congress has taken no action to support families struggling with the threat of eviction, lack of healthcare and inability to put food on the table due to the pandemic driven recession. Meanwhile, the USPS and our right to vote are still under attack. Take Action Today. Call Senator Capito and tell her to Pass the Pandemic Relief Bill. More
Issues: Clean electionsCovid-19HousingHungerInequalityMedicaidPandemicPovertySNAPUnemployment benefitsUSPSVotingVoting RightsWorkers
Action Alert   August 12, 2020
Inaction is Unacceptable: Demand Senators Pass a #PeoplesBailOut NOW
Although the House passed the HEROES Act in May, the Senate has failed to pass another relief package, resulting in an interruption in benefits for more than 25 million Americans, leaving many of them unable to pay their rent, buy food or medicine, or take care of their families. This inaction is unacceptable. We must insist that our Senators do their job and pass a robust relief package in response to the ongoing crisis.  More
Issues: Covid-19HealthcareHousingHungerInequalityPovertySNAPUnemployment benefitsWorkers
Advocacy Letter   July 10, 2020
Economic Justice and Equity Fund Needed to Address Health & Economic Disparities
WV CAG and other organizations sent a letter of support for the Hope 20/20/20 Economic Justice & Equity Fund to Governor Justice and legislative leaders calling on them to make additional funding and resources available to address COVID-related and other health and economic disparities in African American and poor communities in West Virginia. More
Issues: DiscriminationHealthcareInequalityPoverty
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
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
Action Alert   September 17, 2019
Easy Actions to Prevent SNAP Cuts, Protect Access to Justice
Click here for easy actions you can take to prevent cuts to SNAP benefits for 3 million people, and to protect access to justice for West Virginia consumers and workers. After you take action, keep reading for details on how you can participate in the People's Presidential Forum on Saturday, September 21.  More
Issues: Civil JusticeElectionsFair CourtsInequalityKids and familiesPovertySNAP
Action Alert   March 1, 2019
Citizen Action Needed to Stop Guns on Campus, Protect Our Water & More
This end of the week update that is time sensitive. Several bad bills made it past Crossover Day and need to be stopped ASAP, while one bill expanding Medicaid coverage needs some help to pass. Both the House and Senate will be in session tomorrow (Saturday) so lawmakers will be at the Capitol at least through the morning. So please take a few minutes to make some calls before you get on with your weekend chores. Thanks! More
Issues: Clean electionsHealthcareOur children our futurePollutionPovertyWater
Newsletter article Savanna Lyons January 21, 2019
How You Can Help End the Government Shutdown
On Tuesday, about 50 people rallied at Senator Capito's Charleston office, asking her to "stop playing politics with our lives," end the government shutdown, and forget the border wall. Rally speakers emphasized how the shutdown does the most harm to the people who need the most support – seniors, struggling families, and kids. More here on how you can help end the shutdown. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesInequalityKids and familiesPovertySNAPWorkers
Action Alert   January 14, 2019
Tell Sen. Capito: Stop Playing Politics with Our Lives!
Thousands of West Virginia families are feeling the pain of the government shutdown: federal employees who aren't able to work, those who are working without pay, small business owners who rely on federal services, kids and families who rely on temporary assistance, and many more. Tell Senator Capito to stop playing politics with our lives, and stand down on the border wall issue so that the government can get back to serving the people. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesKids and familiesPovertySNAPWorkers
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   June 26, 2018
Join Today’s National Call-In Day to Protect SNAP
The Senate is expected for vote on the Farm Bill this week. Join today's national call-in day to protect SNAP benefit levels and eligibility for those struggling to put food on the table. Urge your Senators to vote to protect and strengthen SNAP, to vote “YES” on the Senate Agriculture Committee version of the Farm Bill (S. 3042), and to vote “NO” on any and all harmful amendments that would cut or weaken SNAP. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesInequalityKids and familiesPovertySNAP
Action Alert   June 5, 2018
Join Us for a Now What? People Power & Policy Workshop
Have questions about how to continue to participate in creating positive change, or how the policies passed this session might impact you? Want to learn new skills that will help you build on this momentum to move West Virginia and your community forward? If this sounds like you, join us for a Now What? People Power and Policy workshop in Martinsburg this Saturday, June 9. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesHealthcareKids and familiesPovertySNAPWorkers
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
Action Alert   May 21, 2018
Farm Bill/SNAP Cuts Defeated, but House May Reconsider
In a last-ditch effort to revive the bill, House Speaker Ryan filed a motion to reconsider. This request for a new vote on the Farm Bill expires tomorrow (Tuesday). Please call West Virginia Reps. David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins, today at 1-888-398-8702. Urge them to reconsider their support for the bill if it comes up for another vote. More
Issues: Fair taxationInequalityKids and familiesPovertySNAP
Press Release   May 18, 2018
House Farm Bill Should Protect SNAP and Health Care Rather Than Attacking Our Most Vulnerable
In response to the partisan vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on a version of the Farm Bill that includes new restrictions and cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Health Care for America Now released a statement calling on lawmakers to continue to reject partisan bills that cut food assistance and threaten health care, and develop a bipartisan measure that recognizes the importance of ensuring people have enough food to eat. More
Issues: HealthcareKids and familiesPovertySNAP
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
Action Alert   May 15, 2018
Tell Your Representative to Protect Food Access, Vote No on the Farm Bill
The House Republican Farm Bill (H.R. 2) cuts $20 billion from SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) by creating new requirements, red tape, and bureaucratic hoops that will make it much harder to access critical benefits. Call your Representative today at 1-888-398-8702. Tell them to protect food access and vote NO on the Farm Bill that cuts food stamps for millions of Americans who can’t afford to eat.  More
Issues: Budget prioritiesFair taxationInequalityKids and familiesPovertySNAP
Action Alert   May 15, 2018
Join Us for a Now What? People Power & Policy Workshop
Now that the legislative session is over, you probably have questions about how to continue to participate in creating positive change, or how the policies passed this session might impact you. Maybe you want to learn new skills that will help you build on this momentum to move West Virginia and your community forward. If this sounds like you, join us for a Now What? People Power and Policy workshop in Parkersburg this Saturday, May 19. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesHealthcareKids and familiesPovertySNAPWorkers
Action Alert   May 1, 2018
Now What? Join Us for a People Power & Policy Workshop
Now that the legislative session is over, you probably have questions about how to continue to participate in creating positive change, or how the policies passed this session might impact you. Maybe you want to learn new skills that will help you build on this momentum to move West Virginia and your community forward. If this sounds like you, join us for a Now What? People Power and Policy workshop in Wheeling this Saturday, May 5. More
Issues: Budget prioritiesHealthcareKids and familiesPovertySNAPWorkers
Newsletter   March 16, 2018
Capital Eye Vol. 11 No. 9 – 2018 Legislative Wrap-Up
The 2018 legislative session is FINALLY over, and this is our wrap-up edition of the Capital Eye. Of the 1,778 bills introduced, 260 made it through the sausage grinder to the other end. They all will be signed, ignored by the governor (and become law without his signature), or vetoed. We’re asking him to veto two of them (we’d prefer he veto scores but that’s not going to happen), so read on for why, and make your calls if so moved. A big THANK YOU to all who came to the Capitol, sent emails, and/or made calls on important legislation, and sent in donations of support. As we pivot to federal issues and work to make sure that voters ‘Remember in November’ we hope you can join us for one or more upcoming events. More
Issues: Clean electionsHealthcareKids and familiesPollutionPovertyWaterWorkers
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