Utah? Gay marriage in Utah?
Originally posted on February 5, 2014
Mark LawrenceFounder of Restore Our Humanity
Restore Our HumanityThe Utah marriage equality group fighting Amendment 3.
New Organizing InstituteGiving voice to a special breed of social change champions -- engagement organizers.
MoveOn.org8 million progressives fighting for change.
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After strikes by low-wage workers at the Pentagon and months of organizing by Good Jobs Nation, President Barack Obama is issuing an executive order that would increase minimum wage for future federal contractors to $10.10.
Read the Demos report that unveiled federal workers’ low wages and lack of benefits here. The report, published in 2013, specifically called for the president to issue an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors.
Watch Obama’s announcement of the executive order, delivered at the 2014 State of the Union address, here (starting at about 34:00).
Thousands of environmental activists took to the streets after the long-awaited U.S. State Department environmental impact report on Keystone XL claims the pipeline wouldn’t substantially worsen carbon pollution.
17 philanthropic foundations worth $1.8 million in investments pledge to divest from dirty energy holdings and start investing in clean energy.
The environmental group 350.org has campaigned for divestment from dirty energy since 2010.
Behind closed doors, Louisiana’s health department is finalizing medically unnecessary rules that could close all of the state’s five abortion clinics.
Ellie Schilling, an attorney representing the state’s clinics, told the Nation: “What it amounts to is a back-door abortion ban. The public definitely doesn’t know what’s going on.”
Someone tell Louisiana: Abortion rate in the US is at its lowest since Roe v. Wade, thanks to birth control, no thanks to restrictive reproductive laws
According to the Guttmacher Institute, in 2011 there were 17 abortions in every 1,000 women. That’s down 13 percent from 2008 and almost as low as 1973, when Roe v. Wade was decided.
Bye, abusive stop-and-frisk practices! New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says he is going to drop the city’s appeal on a ruling that called the program unconstitutional.
As part of a deal, de Blasio is also pushing to settle two long-standing lawsuits about the stop-and-frisk program, while implementing reforms and appointing an outside monitor, as ordered by Judge Shira A. Scheindlin in August.
9 in 10 people stopped and frisked are innocent of any wrongdoing. The overwhelming majority of those stopped and frisked are blacks and Latin-Americans.
Bad news: The new Congress-approved farm bill will cut $8 billion from the food stamp program over the next decade. Good news: House Republicans wanted the cuts to be five times bigger than that.
- Obamacare will cut 2.5 million full-time jobs by 2024.
- Don’t listen to the Republicans! This is good news. The law is helping Americans leave jobs they hate, but had to keep because they need the health insurance.