The “debt clock” must have been at 21:58 with minutes clicking on, when the leadership came to a deal . . . Good to have a deal – better if it is passed in both chambers this afternoon. But, the work is not screeching to a halt! Read more
We are still discovering the details of “the DEAL” to raise the debt ceiling. It is emerging that it is a mix of good news/bad news. There is something for everyone to hate. Progressives and Conservatives are likely to be unified in their dislike of the compromise. (Some say that evidences a good compromise.) Read more
NETWORK staff delivered the petition for a White House summit on the wealth gap to the White House on Monday July 25. We met with Jon Carson, Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, who actually was very engaging! We presented him with the petition, the list of 6170 names of people who signed the electronic version, including their comments, and the paper petitions signed by another 200 people.
The month of August is going to be a bit quiet here at the NETWORK office. Many are going on much-deserved vacations and I myself am moving to Chicago. I can’t say enough about the wonderful staff who work at NETWORK and the importance of their work. The Mind the Gap! campaign has been one of my favorite projects to have ever worked on, and I am quite sad to leave!
The percent of American workers belonging to a
union has been in decline since the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947.
The fall in union membership has contributed to increasing wage inequality and a
decline in civic engagement.
The PEW Research Center released a new report on the racial wealth gap this morning. The publications affirms that the gap between people of color and white people is widening- and is now at its largest on record!
Last night, President Obama and Speaker Boehner addressed the nation about the current impasse. A native Washingtonian, I have lived around political discord all my life. I have never seen it uglier. Read more