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Take Action Against the Shutdown

It’s time to end the government shutdown and make sure America pays its bills. That’s why we are joining forces with organizations across the country to turn the pressure up – one phone call at a time – and send a clear message to the House of Representatives.

Call 888.659.9562 and urge your Member of Congress to end the shutdown, no strings attached! It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Call 888.659.9562 and listen to the recording which will review the message you can deliver to your Member of Congress.
  2. Enter your zip code.
  3. When connected urge your Representative to act NOW to end the government shutdown and prevent the economic catastrophe of a government default, without conditions. Tell them next to restore funding for all of the services that families count on and to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and food stamps.
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Urgent Action Needed for Fair Pay!

Today, thanks to the great work of Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), the Paycheck Fairness Act will come up in the House of Representatives. Yes, you heard that correctly – your Representatives will have a chance to vote in support of PFA today.

Take Action: Make a quick phone call to your Member of Congress! It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Call the switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
  2. Ask to speak with your Representative. (Not sure who your representative is? Check here.)
  3. When you get someone on the phone say: “Hi my name is ____________ and I’m a constituent. I would like to urge Representative _______ to stand up for women and vote in favor of the Paycheck Fairness Act when it comes up later today.

It’s that simple. What are you waiting for? Read more »

Help #StopTheBans in North Dakota by Joining our Twitter Campaign

They're Wrong

When you try to ban abortion in one state — you are hurting women in every state: join our Twitter campaign and stand with the women in North Dakota.
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Last Friday, North Dakota's legislature passed a bill that bans almost all abortions in the state. This outrage comes on the heels of Arkansas politicians passing an extreme abortion ban in their state. These politicians don't think that people across the country will notice or care if they eliminate the rights of women in their state.

They're wrong. When you try to ban abortion in one state — you are hurting women in every state.

The abortion ban isn't the only harmful piece of legislation aimed at North Dakota women and families. In the next week, North Dakota politicians will work to push through a sweeping package of bills that also aim to close down women's health centers and could prevent couples from using in-vitro fertilization to build a family. In the face of such an assault, organizations across the country are joining together to remind North Dakota's women (and the politicians that are supposed to represent them) that we are watching.

Will you take two minutes to join our Twitter campaign and show your support for the women of North Dakota? It's simple:

  • First, make sure you're signed in to your Twitter account(s)
  • Visit our Thunderclap page at https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/1622-stop-the-bans and click "Support with Twitter"
  • A pop-up will appear — click on the orange "Add my Support" button
  • Another new pop-up will appear. Click the blue "Sign In" button on the left side of the pop-up
  • Once you click the blue button the pop-up will close and you'll be set

On Tuesday, March 19 at 2:00 p.m. ET, everyone who joins the campaign will send the same tweet at the same time to send one loud and resounding message to the state's politicians: RT 2stand w/ #NorthDakota women. Tell Gov Dalrymple 2veto and shut down abortion bans. #NDleg #stopthebans http://thndr.it/WlP5kA Read more »

Did You Know That Our Military Women Don’t Have Abortion Covered in Cases of Rape and Incest? Veterans Are Working to Fix This.

Yesterday was Veteran’s Day. I have had the honor of meeting some of the incredible veterans – retired military officers and non-commissioned officers – who have come together to right a wrong. Currently, federal law bans coverage of abortion for military women (and military dependents) who become pregnant due to sexual assault. The vets are working to get this unfair law changed.

These officers told us that the first thing they had been taught was that it was their responsibility to “take care of the troops.” To a person, these veterans are fighting against this ban as an extension of that responsibility.

Specifically, they support an amendment to the National Defense Re-Authorization Act (NDAA) that Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) offered in the Armed Services Committee to end this ban. And, they succeeded. The Shaheen Amendment passed out of Committee with a bi-partisan vote. In fact, both Senators Carl Levin and John McCain (the Chairman and Senior Republican on the Committee) voted for the provision. Read more »

What if we all stood up for working families? Call Right Now

End Tax Cuts for the Richest 2%, Not Working Families    

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Tell your Representative to vote for tax fairness!    

Call 1-888-744-9958 today!

Whew, that was a nail biter!

Last week, the Senate voted 51 to 48 to stand up for tax fairness. This week your Representative will cast a vote on two tax cut bills — one that would help millionaires and one that would help working families.

Demand Tax Fairness Now: Call 1-888-744-9958 and listen to easy instructions and a sample script.

H.R. 15, introduced by House Democratic leaders, would end Bush-era tax cuts that benefit only the richest 2% of Americans and extend improved tax credits for low- and moderate-income working families.

H.R. 8, introduced by Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), would leave no millionaire behind by continuing Bush-era tax cuts for the richest 2% of Americans — and end improved tax credits for low- and moderate-income working families.

And here's the kicker. More than one in three families with children — and three out of four low-income families with children — would lose out under H.R. 8. Read more »

Take Action: Tell your Representative Not to Mess with Abortion Access for D.C. Women

Stop the restrictions!

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Tell your Representative to oppose the effort to limit access to abortion for women who live in Washington, D.C.
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With only a few days left until August recess, this is what they are prioritizing — an anti-abortion bill that the Senate will never consider? Well, the House of Representatives is at it again and this time, just to add insult to injury, they are going after women who have no voting representation in the House.

Tell your Member of Congress to oppose the D.C. Abortion Ban and stop your Representative from making decisions for women about their reproductive health.

H.R. 3803, also known as the "D.C. Abortion Ban," would ban almost all abortions in Washington, D.C. for women starting at twenty weeks post-fertilization. The legislation seeks to ban abortion after twenty weeks regardless of a woman's situation and without exceptions for rape, incest or to protect a woman's health.

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A Victory for Tax Fairness! How did your Senators vote?

Did your Senators do the right thing?

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Find out how your Senators voted on ending the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest 2 percent. And send them a quick message!
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Yesterday, the Senate voted 51 to 48 to end the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest 2 percent of Americans. Ending these tax cuts would save $1 trillion over the next 10 years and help protect programs that are critical to women at every stage of their lives.

While some Senators did the right thing, others did not. Take two minutes to find out how your Senators voted and send them a message.

Our advocacy isn't done when the vote is tallied. We need to make sure your Senators know that you are watching their votes because this issue will come up again. Read more »

24 Hours to Turn Up the Heat!

 Stand Up for Tax Fairness
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Call your Members of Congress at 1-888-744-9958 and tell them that it's time for the richest Americans to pay their fair share.
Call 1-888-744-9958 today!

It's go time!

In less than 24 hours Congress will start to vote on whether to end — or extend — the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest two percent.

Ending the Bush-era tax cuts on income above $250,000 per couple, as President Obama and Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) have proposed, would help restore fairness to the tax code and protect programs vital to women and their families. It would give 98 percent of Americans their full tax cuts next year.

And the wealthiest two percent would still receive tax breaks on their first $250,000! We simply can't afford to give even more tax breaks to those who need them least when so many women and families are struggling just to make ends meet.

Calling is easy. And only takes a couple of minutes. Dial 1-888-744-9958 and listen to easy instructions and a sample script. Read more »

Tell Congress: Women Can't Afford More Tax Cuts for the Richest Two Percent

Stand Up for Tax Fairness
Call your Members of Congress Today
Call your Members of Congress at 1-888-744-9958 and tell them that it's time for the richest Americans to pay their fair share.
Call 1-888-744-9958 today!

It's time for Congress to restore some fairness to the tax code. As early as next week, Congress will start to vote on whether to end — or extend — the Bush-era tax cuts for the richest two percent.

Extending the Bush-era tax cuts on income up to $250,000 per couple as President Obama has proposed would give 98 percent of Americans their full tax cuts next year. And the wealthiest two percent would still receive tax breaks on their first $250,000! We simply can't afford to give even more tax breaks to those who need them least when so many women and families are struggling just to make ends meet.

Call your Members of Congress at 1-888-744-9958 and tell them that it's time for the richest Americans to pay their fair share: we need to end the Bush tax cuts on income over $250,000. Read more »

New York Residents: Keep Up the Momentum on Minimum Wage

There's good news and bad news for women and families in New York this week.

The good news: The State Assembly recently voted to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 per hour and tie it to the rising cost of living. That would mean an extra $2,500 each year for minimum wage workers in New York, nearly two-thirds of whom are women.

The bad news: To keep up the momentum on this critical issue, we need strong leadership from Governor Cuomo and the state Senate — or the bill is likely to stall.

More good news: You can help. Tell Governor Cuomo to fight for a strong minimum wage increase and tell your state Senator to pass the minimum wage bill, A. 9148. They need to hear from you! Read more »