October 8th marks the women’s online day of action to raise the minimum wage, as well as Latina Equal Pay Day. Please join MomsRising, National Women’s Law Center (NWLC), the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, American Academy for University Women (AAUW), and Elianne Ramos for a #WEmatter twitter storm on Wednesday, October 8th to discuss how issues of #EqualPay #Igualdadsalarial and efforts to #RaiseTheWage are critical to the economic security of women and families.
One of the things we’ve heard over the years is that disability justice isn’t obvious to people. It’s invisible to many.
—Suzanne Fast from EqUUal Access on why the U.S. Senate should vote to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) [x]
CRPD is about countries around the world making a promise to treat people living with disabilities with dignity and respect. The dehumanization of people living with disabilities is so ingrained in society, and as a result it has left many unable to participate in the same opportunities that others take for granted.
—Suzanne Fast from EqUUal Access on disability justice and why the U.S. Senate should vote to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) [x]
When Congress returns from recess there will be a small window for a vote on raising the minimum wage. We’ve come up with a few ways you can help increase the public pressure: http://www.uusc.org/updates/the-pressure-is-on
I’m amazed at how petty and abusive some of these practices are. Cutting corners is increasingly seen as a sign of libertarianism rather than the theft that it really is.
—New York’s attorney general, Eric T. Schneiderman talks to the NY Times about wage theft [x]
Every religion forbids theft. Climate change is theft from our own children and from the most vulnerable people on the planet.
—Rev. Fred Small, Senior Minister, First Parish in Cambridge, Unitarian Universalist
Everyday 1,400 children die from unsafe water and/or lack of toilets. Ask Congress to pass the Water for the World Act.
Great news! President Barack Obama has signed the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act into law! This law will bolster oversight of and accountability for U.S. aid to Haiti but also increase awareness of the needs of vulnerable populations.
Visit www.uusc.org/haitiactsuccess to sign our letter thanking Congress for their bipartisan effort!