Broken Hearts: The Future of the U.S. Labor Movement

| February 26, 2013 - 6:52 pm

Tags: Labor Movement, middle class, organizing, sequester, working families

By Arianna Schindle, 2008 YP4 Fellow & 2012 Alumni Board Member 

The US labor movement and our country’s social safety net remain hanging from a thread. As the month of love nears its end, it will take new campaigns and visions to create a movement that can heal my broken heart.

Missouri Brings Voter ID Back from the Dead

Last week, Missouri’s House of Representatives attempted to resuscitate a failed voter ID law, approving two bills that would require voters to present valid, government-issued photo identification in order to vote. One of the bills would call for a November 2014 ballot measure to amend the state constitution to permit a voter ID requirement, and the other would implement the requirement if the measure were to pass.

Federal education vouchers funding creationism curricula

Federally funded private school voucher and tax credit programs are more numerous than ever. In its School Choice Yearbook 2012-2013, the Alliance for School Choice reported that $553 million of taxpayer dollars are funding 245,854 K-12 vouchers, an average of $5,686 per student.

Whatever Affects One Woman, Affects ALL Women

| February 19, 2013 - 4:28 pm

Tags: LGBT, native americans, VAWA, Violence Aganist Women Act

By  Bernardita "Beni" Yunis Varas, 2007 YP4 Fellow & 2008 FLLA Fellow

Election Protection: Our Broken Voting System and How to Repair It

Desiline Victor, you are not alone.

A report released on February 12, 2013 by the Election Protection coalition, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, pledges to address the “endemic yet solvable problems [that] continue to plague our system of elections and prevent too many eligible voters from fully participating in our democracy.”

Restrictions in Early Voting and Voter Registration Used for Partisan Gain

The past two years saw a dramatic rise in states attempting to enact voter suppression, the impact of which was certainly felt on Election Day. Under the guise of combating voter fraud and saving money, we saw strong pushes for ID and early voting and voter registration restrictions.

Florida was among the worst offenders.

UPDATE: Reported Voting Troubles

UPDATE: Shortly after the election, several voting rights advocacy groups released reports or statements detailing problems voters encountered at the polls. Demos put out a report describing how all the various voter suppression tactics affected the 2012 election. The American Civil Liberties Union issued a statement addressing the problems voters faced and the steps that should be taken to prevent future problems. Project Vote also released a statement praising diligent voters for overcoming adverse voting circumstances.

GOP Electoral College Scheme Advances in Virginia

It’s been less than three months since the presidential election, but GOP leaders unhappy with November’s results are already developing a multi-state plan that would further disenfranchise voters in their quest to achieve victory in 2016. On Wednesday, Republican state senators in Virginia cleared the first hurdle in their push to fundamentally change how state Electoral College votes are allocated. The Associated Press reports that under the proposed bill, Virginia would:

Somatics and Social Justice

| January 22, 2013 - 11:41 am

Tags: arts, self-care, social justice, somatics, sustainability, the body

Today my journey into somatics and social justice has begun!

PFAW Praises President Obama’s Common Sense Plan to Reduce Gun Violence

| January 18, 2013 - 3:57 pm

Tags: Barack Obama, gun control, gun violence, Sandy Hook

Following the Sandy Hook tragedy in December, President Obama declared this week that we, as a country, cannot tolerate another such incident.

If there is even one step we can take to save another child, or another parent, or another town, from the grief that has visited Tucson, and Aurora, and Oak Creek, and Newtown, and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that -- then surely we have an obligation to try.

People For the American Way praised President Obama for this week putting forward bold proposals to combat gun violence and joins him in urging Congress to take swift action on the issue.