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Citizen Action Group Blog Julie Archer January 15, 2023
WV NAACP Day at the Legislature: Shifting the Narrative on MLK, Jr. Day
This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, advocates and supporters are working to reframe the King Day narrative and focus on the power of healing and called for action on policies to reduce West Virginia’s disparities. More on shifting the King Day narrative here from Rev. Ron English, President of the Charleston Branch of the NAACP. More
Issues: DiscriminationInequalityPoverty
Citizen Action Group Blog Eve Marcum-Atkinson January 12, 2023
NAACP and others deliver an address on the “State of WV Children and Families”
In response to the Governor's State of the State address, groups gathered at the capitol to speak on the budget, and how the status quo is hurting WV children and families. More
Issues: Budget PrioritiesFair taxationInequalityKids and familiesPovertyWV Legislature
Newsletter article Eve Marcum-Atkinson January 31, 2022
Unbearable Without the Child Tax Credit
With the elimination of the enhanced Child Tax Credit (CTC), 50,000 West Virginia children have been pushed back below the poverty line. West Virginia mothers are traveling to Washington, DC to share their stories with senators in front of 500+ teddy bears at the US Capitol. We hope the stories will be heard by the senate and inspire action by the federal government. You can help amplify their voices More
Issues: InequalityKids and familiesOur children our futurePoverty
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Newsletter article Eve Marcum-Atkinson January 24, 2022
The Fight for Reproductive Rights in WV
Pregnancy is a complicated health care issue, fraught with serious challenges to both the carrying parent and the child. Individuals and their doctors need to be free to be able to make the hard choices concerning pregnancy, not politicians. More
Issues: HealthcareInequalityPovertyReproductive Justice
Press Release Eve Marcum-Atkinson January 14, 2022
PRESS RELEASE: West Virginia Groups Urge Senator Manchin To Negotiate Extension of Child Tax Credit
Charleston, West Virginia -- On Friday January 14th, a coalition of West Virginia organizations and directly impacted parents and grandparents held a press conference on the steps of the State Capitol to tell Senator Joe Manchin that families in West Virginia are worried that no deal has been made in Congress for an extension of the child tax credit.   More
Issues: InequalityKids and familiesPoverty
Action Alert Gary Zuckett March 10, 2021
ACTION ALERT: Tell your Legislators – Say YES to Medicaid Buy-in, NO to COVID Liability Immunity and NO to Income Tax cuts!
Contact Your Legislators! (1) Tell them TODAY to Say NO to SB 277 - Don't let Irresponsible Businesses Off the Hook! (2) Tell them to Say YES to HB 3001 - Create the Affordable Medicaid Buy-in Program. (3) Tell them to Say NO to SB 600/HB 2027 - Protect Public Services by Keeping the WV Income Tax! More
Issues: Covid-19DemocracyFair CourtsFair taxationHealthcareInequalityMedicaidPovertyWorkers
Action Alert   July 10, 2020
Charleston NAACP & Tuesday Morning Group Letter Proposing Economic Justice and Equity Fund
In May, the Charleston WV NAACP has submitted a letter to our state leadership including Governor Justice, Senate President Mitch Carmichael, and Speaker Delegate Henshaw requesting additional resources that address COVID-related health disparities in African American and poor communities in WV. The text of the letter can be found here. More
Issues: HealthcareInequalityPoverty
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   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   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 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
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
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