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Stop Profiting Off Student Loan ScammersWith 40 million Americans facing an uncertain future because of student loans, logging onto Facebook or searching Google shouldn't result in predatory companies trying to sell you an offer of false hope. Everyday borrowers like me log onto our computers and we face a relentless steam of ads promising us the world when in reality they want to take our money for helping us do things are are already free. Facebook should unfriend all student loan scammers. Google should live up to their "Don't Be Evil" motto by kicking out all student loan scammers. Until we can get real a path to a debt-free future, these two companies can make our online experience safe from scammers.
Justice for Eric Garner: Fire Officer Daniel PantaleoThe grand jury would not deliver justice to the officer who killed Eric Garner. This miscarriage of justice also demands swift action from New York City's leaders. Ending the career of Eric Garner's killer won't be justice, but it is an important step in the right direction.
Support Syracuse Univeristy's Diversity and Transparency MovementIt has become apparent to many in the student body that the Syracuse University administration has made a series of closed-door decisions that were neither accurately nor fairly communicated to the campus community, and were executed without respect or regard for the will of governing bodies such as the University Senate or the Student Association. This lack of transparency can be seen in: - the closure of the Advocacy Center – the decision to not divest from fossil fuels (divestment was passed by overwhelming majorities in the SA and US) – the defunding of the POSSE program – the lack of diverse student representation in FastForward and in other administrative decisions in general – the rejection of the University Senate’s proposed tenure and promotion policy in May 2014 The student body also recognizes that issues of privilege and discrimination are pervasive on campus, yet unrecognized by the SU administration. Ultimately, students with marginalized identities feel unsafe and unsupported at SU. The student body recognizes that these are not personal problems to be borne by the individual, but structural problems which the administration has a responsibility to address in order to ensure the the safest campus possible. This lack of support for diversity can be seen in: - violent and derogatory language that is normalized within and beyond the classroom – that no senior administrator has gone through the CARE or SPSS diversity trainings – that many faculty are the perpetrators of microaggressions and macroaggressions, and that those with tenure can not be compelled to complete any sort of training – the lack of a Yes Means Yes policy – that the SU Title IX Coordinator has not gone through extensive enough sexual assault advocacy training – the lack of accessible services and facilities for students with disabilities – the lack of accessible gender-neutral bathrooms on campus – the disconnect between students and DPS – the vast limitations of current mental health support systems – that the depth and urgency of these issues are misunderstood by the senior administration
URGE OUTSIDE GROUPS TO DISCLOSE DONORSSo far, outside groups have spent $12 million in the Alaska Senate race -- making this the most expensive Senate election in Alaska’s history. That money came in part from groups that do not disclose their donors -- including groups linked to the billionaire Koch brothers and Karl Rove. Ever since the Supreme Court passed Citizens United, outside money has flooded into elections all across the country. Senator Begich has been fighting it since the very beginning -- calling for passage of the DISCLOSE Act, reversal of the effects of Citizens United, and adoption of an Alaska law requiring groups to disclose their top three donors in their ads. Right now, he’s calling on groups spending millions in Alaska to disclose their donors. Alaska voters deserve to know who is trying to influence their votes. Join Senator Begich in urging outside groups to disclose their donors -- sign the petition.
Let The Bloomingfoods Workers Exercise Their Right to OrganizeThe right to organize, and to engage in other protected concerted activities to improve conditions in the workplace, is one of the most important principles in U.S. labor relations. Guaranteed under the National Labor Relations Act, specifically Section 7 (please see link below), all covered workers have the right to organize themselves in whatever manner they choose regardless of the opinion or actions of their employer. Under the original intent and spirit of the act, the decision to organize and bargain collectively, or take any other action pursued by two or more workers to improve conditions, should take place without interference by the employer. As we know, this right has been interfered with, eroded, attacked, diminished, and rendered weak by hostile legislation and by an anti-worker consulting industry that generates billions in profit by interfering with the basic right to organize. Employers large and small have engaged in campaigns of intimidation, harassment, captive audience meetings, threats, and dismissals, all known as unfair labor practices, to prevent workers from exercising their rights. We can make sure this does not happen here. Bloomingfoods is an important institution in our community, reflective of the basic values of many of our residents who are committed to social justice, equal rights, and sustainability. Let’s make sure Bloomingfoods adheres to these basic principles during this organizing drive.
Raise the minimum wage in Los AngelesLos Angeles is not only a high profile place to raise the wage -- its workers need it as well. Los Angeles has more income inequality than the nation as a whole. Its housing market is the country's most unaffordable.Rents continue to rise even as the median income declines. If we don't raise the wage, low income families will struggle to afford living in the City of Angels.
Union Organizing is a Civil RightAs go unions, so go middle-class jobs. Decades ago, unions and the civil rights movement marched arm in arm towards a common future -- an America free of discrimination, with opportunity for all. Today, workers still face numerous forms of discrimination and can be illegally fired for standing up for their rights. Workers can appeal, but the current process takes years. Companies have quickly learned to fire workers first and ask questions later. We can’t sit back and hope for the best while union busters and the Supreme Court tear apart the foundation of the middle-class. We need to go on offense. With your help, we can begin to fix a broken system. We can ensure that workers join together on the job without fear of unjust termination or a drawn-out and often ineffective process. Together we can rebuild and give voice to the middle-class.
Prioritize Wisconsin families above partisan politicsScott Walker's refusal to accept the Medicaid expansion resulted in nearly 63,000 Wisconsinites being dropped from BadgerCare. Now, reports are showing that around 38,000 of those people don’t have insurance through the federal health care exchange. When people lose their health care coverage, they don’t stop getting sick. They still need care. But without insurance, the rest of us end up paying the cost. Scott Walker’s political decision to reject federal funding has hurt Wisconsin families. This is just another example of Walker putting politics ahead of taxpayers. I’m calling on him to reverse his decision and accept federal funding. Join us in demanding that Scott Walker prioritize Wisconsin families above partisan politics.
Pass Immigration ReformTaking this action, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, would provide long-term advantages for our nation’s economy and that will benefit every American. Congress must address the root causes of migration, including development programs in countries in Central America. We can help not only to reduce hunger and poverty but also to stop the tide of undocumented immigrants to our country.