1. So you lost your Hispanic Outreach director....
Pablo Pantoja, the Director of Hispanic Outreach officially left the Republican party and became a Democrat.
He wrote in an email: “It doesn’t take much to see the culture of intolerance surrounding the Republican Party today. I have wondered before about the seemingly harsh undertones about immigrants and others. Look no further; a well-known organization recently confirms the intolerance of that which seems different or strange to them.”
2. They turn away candidate for GOP Chair in IL because he actually supports gay marriage...
State Rep. Ron Sandack supported bill for marriage equality in Illinois and subsequently, was no longer a viable candidate for taking on the chair position. Which brings the question: If the party was actually looking to change, wouldn't they accept someone who the majority of American's agree with? Someone who you know, stand for equal rights!!?!?! Read full story here.
3. Remember when Rand Paul spoke at Howard University?
Looking to court young African American voters, Rand Paul gave a speech at Howard University back in April. He did try to make some claims, such as never once wavering in supporting the Civil Rights Act, despite his stance that it was overly protective of black people in the workplace expressed in a 2010 interview with Rachel Maddow.
4. And this would be their smooth attempt at appealing to women...
...restricting contraception, cutting Planned Parenthood, mandating medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds, forcing physicians to lie that abortion and breast cancer are linked, defeating VAWA, voting against equal-pay laws, and the occasional ‘rape’ blunder...
However, they assume somehow, they can gain support from “mommy blogs” - See USA Today.
5. Most recently, the Heritage Foundation believes amnesty would cost the US $6.3 trillion...
The study shows that an amnesty program would bring in $3 trillion into the US economy, but would be offset by a $9.4 trillion drain. Co-author of the report, Jason Richwine has been in the news before for his 2009 doctoral dissertation at Harvard entitled, “IQ and Immigration Policy,” and has made the claim that non-white immigrants, especially Latinos, have a genetically deficient IQ. When in fact, "the best study we have on the fiscal effects of immigration reform, from the CBO, finds the impact to be minimal or positive."
75.5% of Michigan Residents Support Same-Sex Marriage
12 states already have passedmarriage equality laws, and Equality Michigan is working hard to repeal the state's 2004 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
With more than 3/4 of the state in favor of marriage equality, including 56% of Republicans polled, the state is coming closer to repealing the law.
Why is this important?
We can’t do this without your help. Please sign our petition so that we can keep you up to date on the march toward equality in Michigan. When the curtain comes up on the campaign for civil marriage we will make sure that you have a chance to sign the official petition that will put the repeal on the ballot in 2016.
Last night at a forum on immigration, Rep. Frederica Wilson was able to connect with a family and stop a father of four from being deported at 4AM.
The bombshell request came from 18 year old Carlos Rivas: "My dad, he was two months ago arrested by ICE. I have my family right here: My mom and my three brothers and sisters. We don’t know what to do, pretty much."
The Representatives were stunned yet when they began to say it was too late, a voice from the crowd spoke up: "It's never too late." With that, the forum ended just after 9PM. There were literally mere hours left before Mr. Rivas was set to leave. However, the Democrat representatives launched into action. After many late night calls led by Rep. Fredrica Wilson (pictured right), they were able to save Mr. Rivas from deportation with a one week reprieve.
There are thousands across the nation just like Mr. Rivas and clearly, US representatives can not save them all from such a fate. However, it is small actions such as this that show us it is indeed never too late and Congress can make a significant difference in the lives of their constituents.
*Special thanks to DFA's Southern Regional Field Organizer, Franco Caliz, for sharing this story. For the full story details, please see Part 1 and Part 2 via The Miami Herald.
1. The first 3 months of 2013 were the worst on record for student loans.
2. In those 3 months, $3.5 billion in gov’t and private loans went bad.
3. In the last 30 years the cost of college has sextupled.
4. Over 6.8 million federal student loan borrowers have defaulted.
5. US Department of Education system for collecting bad loans is struggling to keep up with over $85 billion debt.
We need to solve the impending student loan crisis before it’s too late. Here's our chance, Sen. Elizabeth Warren has introduced a bill that will give students the same ultra low interest rates as big banks.
“As a country, every time we advance money to the big banks at low interest rates, we invest in those banks. We should be making at least that same kind of investment in our students.”
Sen. Warren wants to help college students drowning in debt by putting them in the same boat as the big banks. She continues to do all that she promised and more - showing the American people what a true progressive can do in Washington.