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Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 9:08pm
Address: CO
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Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 1:26pm
Address: CO
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Become a 2016 People Mover

CAAAV - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 7:22pm

The People-Powered $10K Challenge (#PP10K) is CAAAV’s 10-day grassroots fundraising campaign that activates the collective power of our friends, families, and social networks to raise $10,000 or more to support racial and economic justice.

REGISTER TODAY FOR THE #PP10K!

 

The challenge is really simple! All we need is 100 People Movers to sign up to fundraise $100 from Monday, 10/3, to Wednesday, 10/12. With our collective power, we can easily raise $10,000…

During last year’s #PP10K, 58 individuals became People Movers and fundraised over $14,000. That $14,000 resulted in system-wide impact for low-income Asian immigrant communities.

This year, as our campaigns for affordable housing and language access heat up, we know our #PP10K can do even better with new and returning People Movers like you.

So how about it? Does CAAAV give you hope?
Can you tap into your own power to support our leaders? SIGN UP TO BE A PEOPLE MOVER!

 

We want the #PP10K Challenge to be a growth opportunity for everyone. As a registered People Mover, you will be provided with:

  • Your Personal Fundraising Page
  • Fundraising Toolkit with tips and templates for asking your friends
  • Fundraising Trainings for NYC-based People Movers
  • Personal Check-Ins from our motivational Fundraising Coaches
  • List of Previous Donors to your fundraising page (for past People Movers)
  • Opportunities to meet other People Movers

Thank you for being awesome and joining the People-Powered $10K Challenge!

For Frequently Asked Questions, click here.
If you have other questions or concerns,
contact Ruben at ran@caaav.org or call 212-473-6485.

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Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 5:52pm
Address: CO
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Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 5:49pm
Address: CO
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Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 5:22pm
Address: CO
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Just Borders t-shirt on sale now!

NNIRR - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 5:07pm
Subtitle:  Human rights, safety and dignity for all migrants and refugees Sort Order:  1
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Just Borders t-shirt

NNIRR - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 4:36pm
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Just Borders t-shirt

NNIRR - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 4:30pm
T-shirt Show your support for human rights and justice at borders! $20.00 + $3.50 domestic shipping/$12.00 international shipping Special Offer


The Just Borders t-shirt is available in charcoal grey in both men's sizes (S-M-L-XL) and women's (S-M-L-XL). The women's version is slightly tapered and has cap sleeves. Both are in 100% cotton. 

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Exercise Your Rights 2016

VWC - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 3:03pm

Run or walk a 5k, 10k or 1/2 marathon this September and raise money to support the ongoing organizing work of the VWC. The weekend of September 10th VWC leaders will be participating in Exercise Your Rights across the state. 

We're asking YOU to join the team and race with us! Grassroots organizing is hard work and exercising is one way we stay healthy and have some quality rest and reflection time. We have set a goal to raise $15,000 for our grassroots organizing — in particular, our Work with Dignity and Healthcare Is a Human Right campaigns.

How can I join the Team?

1) Register for a Race. There are multiple options across the state happening the weekend of September 10th, check out the list below: 

2) Set up a personal fundraising page. Once you're registered for the event, it’s time to start fundraising! Set up your own personal fundraising page here. Join the Team by clicking the blue button to "Fundraise" and customize your personal page. You can set your own fundraising goal, upload pictures, and tell your story about why you joined Team VWC to Exercise Your Rights.

3) Get the word out to your friends, family, and colleagues! Download our fundraising tips and a sample fundraising email and letter for helpful fundraising strategies. We are here to help you be successful, so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need fundraising tips, admin support, or encouragement.

Why should you sign-up for Exercise your Rights?

Three reasons. 1) You believe in the Vermont Workers’ Center’s mission and want to support it financially. 2) You want to challenge yourself physically and adding a fundraising goal to that challenge will make you more successful. Having financial supporters is like having a whole cheerleading squad on the sidelines. 3) It’s good for you. Exercising your body and exercising your rights just feels great.

 

Contact Us

For more information, contact: Megan Sheehan, megan@workerscenter.org

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Exercise Your Rights 2016

VWC - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 3:03pm

Run or walk a 5k, 10k or 1/2 marathon this September and raise money to support the ongoing organizing work of the VWC. The weekend of September 10th VWC leaders will be participating in Exercise Your Rights across the state. 

We're asking YOU to join the team and race with us! Grassroots organizing is hard work and exercising is one way we stay healthy and have some quality rest and reflection time. We have set a goal to raise $15,000 for our grassroots organizing — in particular, our Work with Dignity and Healthcare Is a Human Right campaigns.

How can I join the Team?

1) Register for a Race. There are multiple options across the state happening the weekend of September 10th, check out the list below: 

2) Set up a personal fundraising page. Once you're registered for the event, it’s time to start fundraising! Set up your own personal fundraising page here. Join the Team by clicking the blue button to "Fundraise" and customize your personal page. You can set your own fundraising goal, upload pictures, and tell your story about why you joined Team VWC to Exercise Your Rights.

3) Get the word out to your friends, family, and colleagues! Download our fundraising tips and a sample fundraising email and letter for helpful fundraising strategies. We are here to help you be successful, so please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need fundraising tips, admin support, or encouragement.

Why should you sign-up for Exercise your Rights?

Three reasons. 1) You believe in the Vermont Workers’ Center’s mission and want to support it financially. 2) You want to challenge yourself physically and adding a fundraising goal to that challenge will make you more successful. Having financial supporters is like having a whole cheerleading squad on the sidelines. 3) It’s good for you. Exercising your body and exercising your rights just feels great.

 

Contact Us

For more information, contact: Megan Sheehan, megan@workerscenter.org

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Inequality Tour 2016

VWC - Thu, 08/11/2016 - 12:24pm

Here in Vermont and across the country, conversations about economic and wealth inequality have shifted. For too long, lack of dignity on the job and race-to-the bottom economic policies have placed a rising number of families on the brink with devastating effects on our communities. Social services are strained to the breaking point as people struggle to make ends meet, while costs for basic needs like housing and healthcare continue to rise. Nearly 90% of the people we surveyed in the spring of 2016 said that inequality is a problem in Vermont and in our country— and that they see it represented in their own daily lives. We found that people across the state are really struggling with healthcare, work with dignity, and discrimination in ways that contribute to people having a hard time meeting their needs. For example, 60% of people surveyed had put off needed medical care because of cost, 20% of people had experienced some form of wage theft, and over 50% had experienced some form of discrimination based on race, gender or ability.

Organizing people and communities to fight the rising tide of inequality has long been part of the Vermont Workers’ Center’s mission — whether that’s been for livable wage jobs and universal healthcare, or our leadership development and educational trainings around economic, gender, and racial justice. This fall, we’re releasing the accessible Vermont Inequality Report — what causes inequality, how we experience it, and what we can do about it. We’ll be taking the report on the road, crossing the state in an Inequality Tour, to bring what we found back to the communities we surveyed and to organize people to address the roots of inequality.

The goals for the Inequality Tour are to build context and understanding about the roots of inequality and examine growing trends in Vermont, develop deeper connections between those of us in our communities that are directly experiencing inequality, put out an alternative progressive narrative during the election season, and support and lift up local stories and struggles around inequality. JOIN US!

Locations & Dates (still being updated):

  • Barre- September 22nd, Location TBA
  • Burlington- Date & location TBA
  • Brattleboro- Date & location TBA
  • Rutland- Date & location TBA

Any questions or to get involved, contact megan@workerscenter.org

How has inequality impacted your life? Let us know in the speakout below! It’s very powerful for people to share their stories on workplace, healthcare, or community issues, especially as a part of taking action together to change conditions and build power.

First Name * Last Name * Town * Phone * Email How has inequality impacted your life? I'm interested in hosting a stop on the inequality tour or getting involved with an event locally Yes I give permission to the Vermont Workers’ Center to share my story. Yes, use my story as part of the Inequality Tour Yes, use my story but please keep my name anonymous Yes, use my story but please keep my place of employment anonymous (if applicable) Leave this field blank
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3rd Annual Colorado School Discipline Report Card

Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Wed, 08/10/2016 - 3:40pm

Every year Padres & Jóvenes Unidos dives into the state data to see which school districts are performing well and to reveal the districts that have the highest racial disparities in suspensions and expulsions. This year we did find some good news, but our work is far from done. The Colorado School Discipline Report Card is an important stepping stone for students, teachers, administrators, judges, lawyers, parents and the public to begin having an honest discussion about how we can end the school-to-prison pipeline and ensure that every child's right to an education is fulfilled. The third edition is now available with updated data and key findings:

  • After a decade of steady reductions, the statewide out-of-school suspension rate increased by 19% in 2014-2015.

  • Expulsion rates continued to decrease in 2014-15.

  • Racial and ethnic disparities have decreased modestly, yet disparities still remain unacceptably high.

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Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Wed, 08/10/2016 - 1:31pm
Address: CO
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RELEASE: Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign responds to health insurance rate decisions

VWC - Tue, 08/09/2016 - 7:18pm

Click here to share your health care story and get involved

For Immediate Release: 9 August 2016

Contact: Jessica Morrison, 310-560-8193, jmariemorrison@gmail.com

Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign responds to health insurance rate decision

Montpelier - The Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign today condemned the approval of rate hikes for 2017 Vermont Health Connect plans, noting that increased health insurance costs add to the significant barriers to healthcare and economic insecurity already faced by thousands of Vermont residents. [1]

Over 140 people submitted public comment overwhelmingly opposed to the proposed rate hikes, while two Green Mountain Care Board members offered dissenting opinions on the BCBS decision, raising concerns about affordability and unnecessarily high administrative costs and salaries.

“Every time insurance rates increase, my family is forced to make decisions about whether to continue to pay for health insurance, whether to pay utility bills, and if we can afford the groceries and gas money and car insurance,” said Barre resident Emily Dwyer. “This is an embarrassing and unsustainable state of affairs, and is not the type of decision any family should be forced to make. Many hard working families are one health crisis away from financial ruin and poverty. We can do better.”

The Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign argues that instead of a system where insurance companies control access to care and raise rates year after year, Vermont must follow through with Act 48 in providing healthcare as a public good, financed equitably based on ability to pay.

“While hospitals, pharmaceutical corporations, and insurance companies make more and more money every year, poor and working families continue to see our wages decline amidst rising costs for fundamental needs like healthcare,” said Jessica Morrison, a Burlington resident and healthcare provider. “The solution to ballooning healthcare costs is right in front of us, already on the books - moving forward with Act 48 and treating healthcare as human right.”

NOTES FOR EDITORS

  1. The Green Mountain Care Board announced late Tuesday that it would approve a 7.3% average annual rate increase for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont plans - affecting more than 77,500 people - along with a 3.7% average annual increase for MVP Health Plan Inc. plans.

  2. Board members Cornelius Hogan and Allan Ramsay filed dissenting opinions. Ramsay stated, “Nonprofit insurers should not be retaining excessive reserves simply to cover administrative costs, pay unreasonably high salaries, or provide other forms of compensation to their management.” Link: http://ratereview.vermont.gov/sites/dfr/files/2016/BCBSVT/008_16rr_BCBSVT_Final.pdf
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RELEASE: Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign responds to health insurance rate decisions

VWC - Tue, 08/09/2016 - 7:18pm

For Immediate Release: 9 August 2016

Contact: Jessica Morrison, 310-560-8193, jmariemorrison@gmail.com

Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign responds to health insurance rate decision

Montpelier - The Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign today condemned the approval of rate hikes for 2017 Vermont Health Connect plans, noting that increased health insurance costs add to the significant barriers to healthcare and economic insecurity already faced by thousands of Vermont residents. [1]

Over 140 people submitted public comment overwhelmingly opposed to the proposed rate hikes, while two Green Mountain Care Board members offered dissenting opinions on the BCBS decision, raising concerns about affordability and unnecessarily high administrative costs and salaries. [2]

“Every time insurance rates increase, my family is forced to make decisions about whether to continue to pay for health insurance, whether to pay utility bills, and if we can afford the groceries and gas money and car insurance,” said Barre resident Emily Dwyer. “This is an embarrassing and unsustainable state of affairs, and is not the type of decision any family should be forced to make. Many hard working families are one health crisis away from financial ruin and poverty. We can do better.”

The Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign argues that instead of a system where insurance companies control access to care and raise rates year after year, Vermont must follow through with Act 48 in providing healthcare as a public good, financed equitably based on ability to pay.

“While hospitals, pharmaceutical corporations, and insurance companies make more and more money every year, poor and working families continue to see our wages decline amidst rising costs for fundamental needs like healthcare,” said Jessica Morrison, a Burlington resident and healthcare provider. “The solution to ballooning healthcare costs is right in front of us, already on the books - moving forward with Act 48 and treating healthcare as human right.”

NOTES FOR EDITORS

  1. The Green Mountain Care Board announced late Tuesday that it would approve a 7.3% average annual rate increase for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont plans - affecting more than 77,500 people - along with a 3.7% average annual increase for MVP Health Plan Inc. plans.

  2. Board members Cornelius Hogan and Allan Ramsay filed dissenting opinions. Ramsay stated, “Nonprofit insurers should not be retaining excessive reserves simply to cover administrative costs, pay unreasonably high salaries, or provide other forms of compensation to their management.” Link: http://ratereview.vermont.gov/sites/dfr/files/2016/BCBSVT/008_16rr_BCBSVT_Final.pdf
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I want to build a city that I’m proud of – not a zombie development

SWOP - Tue, 08/09/2016 - 4:19pm

This post is written by Maya Garcia, a student at AIMS@UNM, and an intern with the Youth Employment Summer Institute (YES!).

Albuquerque is known for its culture, food, and beautiful sights – and traditional barrios. This image and aesthetic is what attracts tourists to our city and helps us thrive- and it’s all set to dissipate under the weight of the Santolina Master Plan.

Santolina is part of a master plan that would develop and build on the outskirts of Albuquerque to “help population growth.” This master plan is supposed to help for the future of the youth living in Albuquerque. Since I am 14, I am a part of this target audience, and I see the plans of Santolina as being stupid and of no help at all, seeing as how we are in a drought and we live in a city that is known for its older communities. Whether it becomes a Zombie Development or a new community, it would not improve our city in the Land of Enchantment.

SWOP’s Summer Environmental Justice team, from left: Juan Reynosa, Maya Garcia, and Antonio Maestas.

I have lived, grown up, and spent my childhood in the South Valley. Growing up, me and my family faced many problems in the South Valley that are concerned with water. I also grew up in Mexico, which taught me to look at the world through more open eyes and be aware of the problems people are going through. Growing up in these communities taught me a lot of valuable things and I now find myself to be more connected to my roots and culture.

It is very hard for me to even look at Santolina’s development plans, and how they would hurt the city of Albuquerque, particularly affecting the South Valley. I believe that the city needs to address the problems in our older communities, like the bad air quality in San Jose and other polluting industry in communities with many homes. We can not improve our air quality by continuing to build out urban sprawl. We have issues with water, air quality, and the general well-being of communities- plans like Santolina won’t fix our problems.

There are only so many resources like water and tax dollars to go around, and building Santolina would soak up a lot from existing communities. Many of these communities are being ignored because they are older communities with older families, and they may be too close to industrial sites that affect their air quality. Most of these families are living in poor living conditions and are facing bitter effects to their health. For example, the elementary school of East San Jose, which is situated by Gibson and Broadway, is currently facing increased asthma rates between their students. In the San Jose community, there are homes that are sitting across the road from the Honstein Oil Company, which has operated for many years without an air permit.

One of the reasons that the developers gave for building this new development is to help with “population growth”. As stated in their frequently asked questions (under the question, “Why is Santolina needed?”), they say that Santolina is needed for long-term growth. This is contradictory to what recent data has shown about the population of Albuquerque in recent years. At the end of the year of 2013, the data came back showing that we grew by only .3%. This meant that it has been the third year in a row where the percentage of growth in the city has decreased. This then shows that the if the Santolina plan would go into action, it would probably result in a vacant community – becoming a Zombie Development.

Looking at it from another perspective, we know that Albuquerque is not known for places like Uptown, but is known for its older communities like Old Town. Old Town in the main attraction for tourists coming into Albuquerque. With developments like Santolina, the city would be losing itself through these newly developed communities. The city has many old, traditional barrios that need love and care for the people that already live here. Instead, the city and its developers are ignoring and throwing aside these communities to build new communities that we do not even need.

As the target audience for these future communities, I would say that I want developers to focus on what makes Albuquerque, Albuquerque and work to build a city that we could be proud of. We should improve the living conditions for all residents in all communities and have issues like air quality be at the forefront of our policy efforts. If the Santolina developers really wanted what is best for the residents of Albuquerque they wouldn’t be proposing such an absurd project that would not help us at all. I want to build and live in a city that I could be proud of and enjoy with good health.

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Lawsuit: Federal Government Withholding Records About Immigration Raids that Targeted Women, Children

NNIRR - Tue, 08/09/2016 - 1:49pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Immigration Prof Story Publisher:  Law Professor Blogs Network

The federal government has failed to release records under the Freedom of Information Act that would shed light on immigration raids that took more than 100 women and child

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Dorrian, Westchester

CVH - Mon, 08/08/2016 - 1:57pm

Click here to view Dorrian's video on why building power at CVH is important to him and his community in Yonkers. 

I have lived in New York for 37 years and in my community of Yonkers for 23 years. The changes I have seen within my community of Yonkers is the education level has decreased and kids are not learning the amount they are supposed too. Upcoming generations are not excelling and the youth are not able to move upward. Overall, everything about this town has gone backwards.

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