Time to Revive the Public Option

What if the Supreme Court…..?

On Wednesday, March 28th, three days of argument ended at the Supreme Court over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Given the hostility shown a number of Supreme Court Justices, there is every chance that at least the individual mandate will be invalidated.

There is a whole bunch of hand-wringing that will go on if the mandate is toasted, but let’s take a little look back at just where this mandate came from. Read more

From Selma to Montgomery

In 1965, the American South was a battlefield for civil rights.  A wealthy elite sought to block the rights and voice of the Black community.  This battle reached a tipping point in Alabama over the basic right to vote.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.  Almost fifty years later, many states have launched an undemocratic attack on workers’ rights, voting rights, and immigrant rights.

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We Don’t Have to be United States, Inc.

Photo by ToGa Wanderings

 

A couple of days ago, the New York Times reported that the super PACs backing President Obama had fallen far behind on fundraising, and it’s not clear they’re going to catch up with their Republican counterparts.

According to the Times, “Mr. Obama’s backers on Wall Street are leery of their money being used for attacks on Mr. Romney’s background in private equity, already the topic of millions of dollars’ worth of slash-and-burn advertising this year from a super PAC supporting Newt Gingrich.” Read more

New Main Street Alliance Video: Foxes Guarding the Hen House

The Main Street Alliance has a great new video highlighting the dominating role insurance companies are playing in state health insurance policy.   “Foxes Guarding the Hen House”  is part of MSA’s ongoing campaign to ensure that the health insurance exchanges that are created in each state work for small businesses.   Read more

ICAN Member Featured in CNN story

An Idaho student and member of Alliance affiliate Idaho Community Action Network was part of a CNN story about the 1965 Selma Re-Enactment March that took place last week in Alabama.   Civil rights activists from all across the country made the four-day trek from Selma to Montgomery  to mark the 47th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, and CNN cameras were there to capture the story.   Read more

Big Week for Alliance Bank Teams

Alliance for a Just Society bank teams in Washington, Texas, Colorado and Idaho had a busy week, making headlines with everything from birdogging presidential candidates to passing city ordinances.

Romney Action in SeattleWashington CAN and Working WA teamed up to greet a fundraiser for Mitt Romney in Bellevue yesterday. Protestors mocked the $2500 photo op fundraiser by taking pictures with a life-sized cut-out of Romney and chanting “THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE “ and “HEY YOU MILLIONAIRES, PAY YOUR FAIR SHARE.” Mila Dolan, a Washington CAN leader, gave perhaps the best quote of the day to the press: “We can’t keep carrying the rich. They are too much of a burden.”

Photos from the event: http://www.flickr.com/photos/workingwa/sets/72157629496275507/

And more press:

Seattle PI:  Seattle Protesters Mock Romney Guests

KING 5: Protesters Meet Romney at Bellevue Fundraiser

 

Occupy Austin – The Alliance for a Just Society and the New Bottom Line have been working with bank action teams in Austin, Texas, and have moved nearly $1.5 million in personal accounts from Too Big to Fail banks to local community banks and credit unions. Last week, the Austin City Council passed a unanimous responsible banking ordinance that directs the finance department to research alternatives to the city’s current banker, Bank of America.

Read more about the ordinance here:

Austin YNN:  City council votes to explore banking alternatives for city funds

KUT News: With Occupy-Inspired Item, city may shift banking to credit unions, local banks 

 

Colorado Foreclosure Work: The chain of title legislation that AJS affiliate Colorado Progressive Coalition  (CPC)  introduced this year received the endorsement of a local tea party organization, and is swiftly moving through the house.  CPC is mobilizing to move large numbers of homeowners to the capitol this week for grassroots lobbying and testifying at multiple hearings for the whole foreclosure legislation package. To learn more about how to help, visit CPC’s website here:  http://progressivecoalition.org/

 

Idaho Payday Lending Hearing – An informational hearing happened this week on the rate cap legislation introduced in the Idaho legislature this year. Idaho Community Action Network leaders packed an informational legislative hearing last week about rate cap legislation. The bill is currently being blocked, but with the big turnout in support of the legislation, ICAN was able to identify targets and move into next year’s session in a position of strength.  Tp learn more about this work, visit Alliance affiliate IdahoCAN’s website here:  http://idahocan.org/