Monthly Archives: July 2017

Opinion | In 50 Years, the Income Gap for Blacks Hasn’t Closed

“In 2015 — the most recent year for which data are available — black households at the 20th and 40th percentiles of household income earned an average of 55 percent as much as white households at those same percentiles. This is exactly the same figure as in 1967.

“Indeed, five decades of household income data reveal a yawning and uncannily consistent income gap between black and white Americans across the economic spectrum. Fifty years ago, black upper-class Americans had incomes about two-thirds those of white upper-class Americans, while the black middle class — those in the 60th percentile — earned about two-thirds as much as its white counterpart. Those ratios remain the same today.”
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Disability-Rights Activists Are the Real Heroes of the Health-Care Fight

“But the greatest credit for blocking “skinny repeal” and averting schemes to cut and cap Medicaid…goes to the remarkable activists who fought for their lives and for our future on Capitol Hill over the past several weeks. Americans who rely on Medicaid, for their own survival and for the survival of their children and families, traveled to Washington at great physical and economic expense to save the program—and to argue for a health-care system that provides all Americans with the care, assistance and dignity they have a right to demand. Called to action by ADAPT, a grassroots disability-rights organization with chapters in 30 states, and by Disability Action for America and other disability-rights organizations nationwide.”
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CPD Action | Keep Wall Street lawyer out of the Fed

I need your help on something not healthcare related: please click the link to get connected to your Senators to block the nomination of Randal Quarles to the Federal Reserve and save the economy. Click the link for talking points and instructions to call your Senators TODAY.

Making Quarles the nation’s top bank regulator for the next 14 years (that’s right) is like putting Putin in charge of cyber security, like putting Jeff Sessions in charge of voting rights, like putting Scott Pruitt in charge of the EPA.

Trump and the GOP are breaking every democratic principle and pushing a bill that no one has seen that will kick 16 million people off of healthcare and make premiums skyrocket — all so they can deliver a tax cut for the rich. In their craven pursuit of their one goal to make the rich richer, they’re willing to do anything, including kill millions of people.

So it’s no surprise that the GOP is once again using the chaos they’ve created around healthcare to sneak through an agenda to let Wall Street run wild, to make the big banks even richer, while everyone is spinning just to keep the healthcare that keeps them alive. It’s how they cram through an agenda that enriches billionaires by putting all of us at risk. It’s part of their playbook.

On the SAME DAY that the House passed the AHCA, they also pushed Dodd-Frank repeal, the Financial CHOICE Act, through committee. Today, as our attention is focused on ACA repeal in the Senate, they are sneaking through an appointment to the Federal Reserve that will repeal Dodd-Frank through the back door — with 7 days notice. They make us fear for our lives, hoping we don’t notice they’re gambling with our livelihoods.

Randal Quarles is a self-described Wall Street lawyer who is against regulation, who never saw the crash coming, but then managed to collect billions in bailouts. He doesn’t care if deregulation results in another crash (do you remember how hard it was to find a job? How many plans of young graduates had to be deferred because there was nothing out there? Because people in their 40s were taking entry level jobs? How hard it was to get a raise? The 401ks that were wiped out? The homes we lost? The broad devastation? It was less than 10 years ago) because to Quarles, the crash didn’t mean losing his home or his job, it meant getting billions in tax payer bailouts. How do you think he is going to do as Wall Street’s watchdog?

The good news is that since this is a somewhat obscure nomination, every call is going to have a much bigger impact. Call your senators and tell them to reject Trump’s appointment of “Wall Street lawyer” Randal Quarles to the Federal Reserve. #BlockQuarles

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Calls to Kill TrumpCare – Indivisible Guide

It’s insane that we have had a series of crisis, emergency, all hands on deck moments just so that we can avoid being subject to a mystery bill that will make 20-30 million people sicker and die sooner. People don’t want this, but in order to stop death, sickness, and bankruptcy for the sake of a rich few, we have no choice but to keep calling to try to convince our Senators to not kill us.

I know I’ve said this 100 times, but it’s true this week: the next few days are going to be intense deal making, amendments, and debate. Call your Senators. And if you have democratic senators, use this tool to phone bank to get people in key states to call their Senators.

Nothing has been stopped yet, this can all still be stopped. But the next few days are going to be the test.

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TrumpCare Ten | Indivisible Project

Today is the day that Republicans are trying to force a vote that will take healthcare away from at least 20 and up to 30 million people. We don’t know the impact because they won’t even disclose what they are voting on. Friends, please take a minute this morning to call your Senators and tell them to vote no on the motion to proceed. They plan to vote THIS AFTERNOON and if the motion to proceed passes, something terrible that takes healthcare away from millions could all be law within a week.

Arizona: Call Jeff Flake: (202) 224-4521: Matt McDuff
Nevada: Call Dean Heller: (202) 224-6244; Hanna Andrews, Meghna Philip
Ohio: Call Rob Portman: (202) 224-3353: Casee Coleman, Wayne Shyy,
Louisiana: Call Bill Cassidy: (202) 224-5824: Stas Is, Lindsay Bardes, Thomas Frampton, Anjali Prasertong
Pennsylvania: Call Pat Toomey: (202) 224-4254: Aaron Ritz, Tyler Perrin, Gina Patnaik, Kendra Brooks, Myra Clemens, Keesha StrivingFor Moore, Matt Nelson, Tashia Nelson, Rachael Svizard, Thomas Kovacs,

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