Ombudsman Act, Advocacy Campaign, Fair Pay and More

Posted on June 21, 2017

Community Service Ombudsman Act: At the city, county and state levels, nonprofit organizations provide a great deal of the social services that residents need. The Community Service Ombudsman Act creates an office of ombudsman whose job is to help those nonprofits in their interactions with government, allowing them to provide even more and better services.

Available in two weeks—Voicing Our Values: A messaging guide for policymakers and advocates, Third Edition: If you describe our policies issue-by-issue, most Americans are progressive. But persuadable Americans, the ones who swing advocacy and political campaigns one way or another, don’t vote based on a list of issues. When they engage in politics, they’re mostly asking themselves a much broader question—who is on my side? Read more about how to persuade in the latest IdeaLog, our blog intended to raise eyebrows and engage minds.

How to run a successful advocacy campaign: Wednesday, June 28 at 3pm Eastern, 2pm Central, 1pm Mountain, Noon Pacific. To make progress, progressives need to go on the offensive and execute thorough and efficient advocacy campaigns, involving both lawmakers and advocates. This webinar will describe the advice in our new book, Preparing to Win: A guide for successful advocacy. To register, click here.

Straight out of college, women make about $3 less per hour than men: The Economic Policy Institute just published a study showing that young men are paid substantially more than their women peers right out of college. This data makes the case, once again, for fair pay legislation.

Database of police shootings: The Washington Post has a continuously updated database of police shootings. So far in 2017, 452 people have been shot and killed by police. There are also separate databases that detail police shootings of 991 people in 2015 and 963 in 2016.

Repro Rights Report: So far in 2017, 133 proactive abortion-out-loud bills have been introduced in 33 states and four localities. Most recently, a coalition of Michigan lawmakers and advocates coordinated the high-profile introduction of ten abortion rights measures. Read the latest edition here.


Job Piracy, Ban the Box, Climate Alliance and More

Posted on June 7, 2017

Job Piracy Cease Fire: Nobody likes job piracy (tax breaks and subsidies to attract individual companies) but people think there’s nothing you can do about it. They’re wrong. The Job Piracy Cease Fire Act...


Progressive Economics, Non-Compete Clauses, How to Fight Back and More

Posted on May 24, 2017

Protection Against Unfair Non-Compete Clauses Act: There is widespread abuse of non-compete clauses in employment contracts—even fast food workers, personal care aides and janitors are being forced to sign them. States are starting to...


Amendment Strategy, Six Steps, Federal Threats and More

Posted on May 10, 2017

Continuity of Family Planning Services Act: Maryland recently became the first state to guarantee if the federal government cuts off Title X family planning funding to clinics that provide or refer for abortion services,...


Fracking Prohibition, Internet Privacy, Regulating Drones and More

Posted on April 26, 2017

Fracking Prohibition Act: Hydraulic fracturing, known as “fracking,” is an extremely dirty method of drilling for oil and gas. Numerous studies have found that fracking is linked to a wide variety of negative health...


Internet Privacy Protection, Build a Policy Coalition, Effective Advocacy and More

Posted on April 13, 2017

Internet Privacy Protection Act: Conservatives in Washington recently overturned a Federal Communications Commission rule that was designed to stop Internet service providers (ISPs) from selling their customers’ browsing histories and other private information. Legislators...


Build a Volunteer Base, Worker-Friendly Policies, Carbon Pricing and More

Posted on March 29, 2017

Salary History Anti-Discrimination Act: In recent months Philadelphia became the first city and Massachusetts became the first state to ban employers from requesting a prospective employee’s salary history. The reason is that salary history...


Constitutional Rescission Resolution, Hold a Press Event, House Health Plan and More

Posted on March 15, 2017

Constitutional Convention Rescission Resolution: As a recent article from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities explains, the right wing is (perhaps) only six states short of successfully calling a federal constitutional convention—and they’re...


Student Assessments, Long-Term Advocacy, Women’s Agenda and More

Posted on March 2, 2017

Student Assessments for Deeper Learning Resolution: The federal Every Student Succeeds Act, enacted in 2016, empowers states to develop their own accountability systems. In order to give teachers the freedom to encourage deeper learning...


Resolution Strategy, Hate Speech, Rx Pricing and More

Posted on February 15, 2017

Prescription Drug Fair Pricing Act: A coalition in Maryland has developed the strongest state prescription drug pricing legislation in the nation. It’s divided into two bills, one that prohibits price gouging and another that...