Pro act campaign – Proact Now Thu, 17 Nov 2022 23:23:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pro act campaign – Proact Now 32 32 Human Rights Campaign Thanks House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer for Decades of Congressional Leadership and LGBTQ+ Equality Championship Thu, 17 Nov 2022 23:23:23 +0000

“Leader Hoyer has always been a strong advocate for our community, even long before the LGBTQ+ covenant was a popular or widely accepted position to take,” said incoming Human Rights Campaign chair Kelley Robinson. “From helping pass the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and repealing the discriminatory ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Act, to his enduring advocacy at the On behalf of persons with disabilities, HRC sincerely expresses gratitude for the friendship Leader Hoyer has extended to our movement towards greater inclusion and equality.However, we are not yet finished, as the enactment of the respecting marriage before the end of his term as Majority Leader will further enshrine his legacy of achieving greater progress for everyone, everywhere.

This year, the pro-equality US House passed the Respecting Marriage Act, which is about to pass the Senate. The legislation will codify federal marriage equality by securing federal marriage rights, benefits and obligations in the federal code; repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA); and affirm that public documents, records and procedures must be recognized by all States.

In 2019, under his same leadership, the House passed the Equality Act, which would ensure that LGBTQ+ people cannot be evicted from their homes, kicked out of a public business, or denied government services simply because of who they are, for the first time in history – giving the bill a top 10 number indicating its high priority for him and his caucus.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ+ people are considered full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

Our stories about the Boebert-Frisch campaign in the months leading up to Election Day Thu, 10 Nov 2022 18:13:13 +0000

If you weren’t following the race between U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and her Democratic challenger Adam Frisch during the campaign, here’s your chance to catch up a bit, browsing the Colorado Time Recorder contest coverage.

Boebert campaign again refuses to commit to accepting election results if it losesNovember 3. elections if she loses.

Frisch’s Democratic lead opponent is now working alongside Frisch to oust BoebertNovember 3. many voters in Colorado’s 3 Congressional District.

Court still has no record of payment for Boebert’s 2017 debt, fines, interest and costs, October 29 “In response to a request from the Colorado Times Recorder, the Garfield County, Colorado court said through a spokesperson that it had no record of the representative’s restaurant. American Lauren Boebert (R-CO) – which closed this year – paying a debt assessed by Judge Jonathan Prototsky in 2017.”

LOOK: Frisch’s TV commercial released on October 25.

LOOK: Boebert announces Adam is for sale on October 26.

As his race tightens in the CO, Boebert takes his friends and family to Mar-A-Lago, October 26. “With less than two weeks until election day, most candidates are furiously knocking on doors, trying to get every last voter they can reach to vote. Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, who recent polls show has a shrinking lead in a race that was not expected to be close, flew to Mar-A-Lago with her family and friends for a visit — presumably a fundraiser — with former President Donald Trump.

Frisch increases mileage to build a bipartisan coalition that can beat BoebertOctober 16. “Adam Frisch, an Aspen businessman and Democratic candidate challenging U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, visited a few dozen supporters Saturday morning at the Luttrell Barn, Craig’s meeting center, a remote stop in a chain of town hall meetings in the district he hopes to represent.

LOOK: Frisch Veterans TV ad released September 16.

LOOK: The Boebert Get Back to Basics commercial was released on October 6.

“People want the circus to stop,” Frisch, Boebert’s opponent, said at the Grand Junction town hall meeting on Oct. 13. “About 100 people filled Adam Frisch’s town hall meeting with standing room Tuesday at Edgewater Brewery in Grand Junction. Most of the attendees were enthusiastic supporters of the Democratic nominee’s campaign to represent Colorado’s 3rd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives The crowd also included a handful of people supporting his opponent, Republican incumbent Lauren Boebert.

Boebert’s Leading GOP Opponent Endorses Democrat Adam Frisch, Presidents Group, ‘Republicans for Frisch’, October 12. “In an open letter released today, Sen. Don Coram (R-Montrose), who was defeated in April by U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO) in Colorado’s Republican primary, endorsed the opponent Boebert Democrat Adam Frisch, writing that Boebert “always voted against legislation that would benefit the 3rd congressional district.”

Written candidate quits race for Boebert seat, backs Democrat FrischOctober 11. “Archuleta County businesswoman Marina Zimmerman, who quit the Republican Party and was running as a write-in independent for the congressional seat held by Lauren Boebert, has suspended her campaign and is urging her supporters to vote for the Democrat Adam Frisch.

Adam Frisch launches campaign tour as poll shows race against Boebert narrowingOctober 10. The race for the U.S. House of Representatives seat held by Republican Lauren Boebert de Silt is ‘on the line’, her Democratic challenger Adam Frisch told supporters in Walsenburg after a poll showed him closing in of the controversial MP a month before the election.”

Boebert, on campaign tour, sees Pelosi as his main election target – not Adam Frisch, his opponent, October 7. “Boebert wraps up a speech at a rally in La Junta. (Photo: Karin Zeitvogel) U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO) asked for divine intervention to oust corrupt politicians and urged donors to ‘get ahead of the lies’ on Wednesday during a tour flash from cities in Colorado’s Congressional District 3, where she is running for re-election.

On the war in Ukraine, Boebert “not only votes against the Democratic Party, she votes against 90% of the Republican Party”, says Frisch, October 5. Adam Frisch, the Democratic candidate who was taking on Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, tore up the representative’s vote against aid to Ukraine in a recent radio interview, calling his actions “pro-Putin.”

“They put litter boxes in schools for people who identify as cats,” Boebert says. “That’s not true,” responds Durango School District, October 4. “U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO) spoke at a Mesa County Republican Women’s Luncheon on Monday, where she mentioned she received a call last week from a father whose child had problems at school because he had stepped on a furry one.”

Democrat Frisch ‘must do more, better’ to beat Boebert, political analysts say, September 27. “With six weeks to go, some political analysts say congressional candidate Adam Frisch, the Aspen businessman, needs to step up his game to unseat U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO). They say Frisch, who narrowly beat Puebloan Sol Sandoval in the Democratic primary in June, should talk less about statistics and politics, move away from innovative campaigns and call Boebert’s extremism the danger he poses to society. democracy.

‘The Feds Should Get Away’, Boebert on Abortion, Christian Nationalism, September 21. “US Representative Lauren Boebert appeared on Ross Kaminsky’s radio show last Thursday and argued that the federal government should ‘get rid of’ abortion access legislation. Boebert’s remarks were in response to Kaminsky asking Boebert for his thoughts on the 15-week abortion ban proposed by U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

First debate between Lauren Boebert and Adam Frisch passionate, sometimes humorous, September 11th. “U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert was combative even before the first debate question was asked. Boebert had agreed to debate Democratic opponent Adam Frisch at the Robinson Theater at University Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction, hosted by the 20 Club, a coalition of counties, individuals, businesses and associations from across the western Colorado.

BRIEF: Boebert’s opponent accuses him of “more than 600 days of ineffectiveness”, September 2. “The opponent of U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) in the November election issued a press release last week detailing what he considers gross negligence on the part of Lauren Boebert during her tenure in the House. representatives.”

SHORT: Boebert calls Mitch McConnell a “turtle”, August 22. “Comedy Central’s left-leaning audience never got sick of Jon Stewart calling Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell a ‘turtle’. How could they?”

Boebert on climate and health care bill, August 10. “US Representative Lauren Boebert, who in 2021 belatedly revealed her husband was a well-paid oil and gas consultant, said on Twitter on Monday that she would vote against the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and its more Biggest ever, $369 billion investment in renewable energy.

Photo: Sharon Sullivan.

]]> Vandalism cases of campaign signs increase in El Paso, Teller and Jefferson counties as election nears | Subscriber Content Wed, 02 Nov 2022 20:54:01 +0000

As the Nov. 8 midterm elections approach, the theft and vandalism of signs promoting certain candidates or positions on voting issues is rampant on both political camps, according to campaign officials.

But Republican signage appears to be hardest hit in the Pikes Peak area, where the number of registered Republican voters outweighs Democrats.

In Teller County, half of the six 4-by-8-foot road signs endorsing Erik Aadland, a Republican candidate for Colorado’s 7th congressional district, were either stolen or damaged, said Tim LeBlanc, a campaign volunteer for Aadland. of Florissant.

“These vandals want freedom of speech but they won’t let us have ours,” he said. “That’s not how we act in America.”

The signs were placed legally, LeBlanc said, with permission from landowners along highways through Woodland Park and Divide.

In one case, sturdy plastic ties securing the wooden frame to a sign erected near Republican Party headquarters were cut, causing the frame to break, LeBlanc said.

“Then I used yarn,” he said.

Another sign was cut on the wall of a building.

He points the finger at people supporting Democratic candidate Brittany Pettersen in the tense battle for the redesigned congressional seat.

“We don’t mess with their signs,” he said of Aadland’s opponent.

Mark Hatton, Pettersen’s campaign manager, said they, too, had signs vandalized in Teller and Park counties. One was “torn to shreds,” he said.

“Our campaign condemns anyone who defaces any party placards,” he said. “We denounce any vandalism of campaign signs.”

Large road signs cost about $75 each, said Kel Koop, field engineer for Aadland in Jefferson County.

About 40 signs were stolen or damaged on highways near Evergreen, Golden and Arvada, he said.

In one instance, an Aadland sign was removed from the waiting posts and replaced with a Democrat sign, Koop said.

However, Koop said: “We have no evidence, in many cases there is nothing left and no witnesses” of the vandalism.

“We need to be civil in the way we run these elections, not ‘How can we destroy the other side,’ which seems to be the approach.”

Colorado's unaffiliated voters top 300,000 ballots returned so far

Authorities have received a report of signs being destroyed in Woodland Park, Police Chief Chris Deisler said.

If a suspect is identified and the victim is willing to prosecute, the offense would likely be criminal mischief, he said, with the criminal degree depending on the amount of damages.

A 4-by-8-foot sign promoting Michael Bennet, a Democrat running to retain his U.S. Senate seat, was stolen in Teller County, said Laurie Glauth, chairman of the county’s Democratic party.

“They had to go across a barbed wire fence on private property to hang it up,” she said.

Teller County has more than three times as many registered Republican voters as Democrats.

Glauth said the action “should in no way be tolerated”.

“Anyone who damages the signs is wrong – it doesn’t matter which side of the room they are on,” she said.

In neighboring El Paso County, the Democratic Party has received reports of street signs being stolen, but none have been defaced, said a main office volunteer who declined to be named.

Tracking devices placed on signs led to a dumpster where some of the missing signs were recovered, she said.

“It’s not unusual,” she said of the situation. “We had at least 10 people come back and pick up others.”

Candidates buy the signs and provide them for distribution at party headquarters, she said.

In the Tri-Lakes area of ​​northern El Paso County, signs opposing a factory fee waiver initiative by Lewis-Palmer School District 38 in Monument were also hit by gunfire. vandals.

“They write obscenities, they spray paint our banners and cut them down,” said resident Derek Araje, who serves on a district finance committee and campaigns against the $5.6 million annual tax hike. dollars to raise the salaries of teachers and non-professionals. administrative staff.

How Voters in El Paso and Teller County Can Vote in the November General Election

“It’s a pattern, and it happens in every election here at Monument,” he said. “When they put up pro-MLO signs, they put anti-MLO signs on the floor.”

Nearly half of the anti-MLO signs – 70 out of 150 placed in the community – were also stolen, Araje said, calling the action “dirty politics”.

A poster on a Facebook group wrote: “Removing these ‘No MLO’ signs is a public service. Welcome.”

Kyle Blakely, director of ‘Yes’ on the MLO campaign, said three of their group’s signs were vandalized and yard signs were also missing.

“For adversaries to act as if only their signs are damaged or missing is quite dishonest,” he said. “We had several large ‘Yes on 4A’ signs vandalized and yard signs stolen.”

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated from its original version to indicate that the Teller County Democratic Party had at least one sign stolen and that the group supporting the proposed waiver Factory royalty in Monument is also the victim of a signaling offence. Additionally, a response from Democratic candidate Brittany Pettersen’s campaign to alleged sign tampering by supporters was added.

Why Donald Trump is pushing millions through a Save America PAC campaign loophole Sun, 30 Oct 2022 11:29:50 +0000

For all his golden toiletformer President Donald Trump is notoriously miserly—with personal funds as well as the hundreds of millions of dollars he has extracted himself from his supporters over the years. And that’s all the more reason government watchdogs are sounding the alarm over new campaign funding. deposit it shows, a month before the midterm elections, a staggering $20 million political donation from Trump.

The contribution — by far Trump’s largest — has grown from his PAC leading Save America on Oct. 3 to a new Trump-aligned super PAC called Make America Great Again Inc. That same day, a old pro-Trump super PAC threw another $8.9 million behind the new group.

Super PACs can spend unlimited amounts to support candidates, so on the face of it, the donation could be seen as Trump’s generous contribution to the MAGA cause in a critical election. But as a number of campaign finance experts have explained, the details here suggest that Trump is really trying to circumvent laws that would otherwise prevent him from spending his personal reserve on a 2024 presidential race.

Paul S. Ryan, a veteran campaign finance lawyer who currently serves as deputy executive director of the Funders Committee for Civic Participation, said that was “the only plausible explanation.”

“The only thing Trump can’t do with the millions and millions of dollars he’s raised for his PAC leadership is support himself. The only plausible explanation for this move is to convert that money to let it be spent on his own campaign,” Ryan told the Daily Beast.

Jordan Libowitz, director of communications at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, made the same observation.

“Trump can use Save America money for just about anything he wants except to support his own campaign,” Libowitz said. “If he wanted to use it to help Republicans midterm, he would just do it. Trump is always about Trump. It looks like a way for him to move the money around to help his candidacy before he declares himself.

When Trump created Save America after the 2020 election, he established it as PAC leadership, which has its pros and cons. For Trump, the obvious benefits would be lax spending regulations — leadership PACs are notorious as “slush funds” for personal spending. Trump could take the millions he’s raised and spend them on his businesses, his friends and his wife’s favorite luxury designer, for example.

But the big downside for Trump as he prepares for his comeback in 2024 is that he can’t use PAC leadership money to fund his own political activity. That’s a lot of money—a total $138 million raised so far – with approximately $70 million still sitting there in his flagship fundraising account.

However, one thing Trump could do with that money is spend unlimited amounts of it to help his allies. In fact, Save America could act exactly like a super PAC in this regard. Which, according to Documented Deputy Executive Director Brendan Fischer, suggests that the Trump team is trying to “manufacture denial” so they can spend the money later on supporting Trump’s 2024 presidential race.

“Once Trump becomes a candidate, it would clearly be illegal to transfer funds from Save America to a super PAC. But Trump appears to be trying to manufacture denial by making the transfers now and asking MAGA Inc. to spend a certain amount midway through 2022. That way Trump’s team could claim that Save America gave MAGA Inc. to support Trump-endorsed candidates, and the super PAC just happened to be left with leftover money that it independently chose to spend supporting Trump’s 2024 run,” Fischer said. .

Moreover, if Trump’s goal was really to support midterm MAGA candidates, Fischer continued, there’s no reason for Trump to give Save America funds to a super PAC. In fact, the move puts more limits on how Trump could help his friends.

“As a hard-money PAC, Save America actually has MORE flexibility to support other candidates than a super PAC,” Fischer explained. “Save America and MAGA Inc. may spend unlimited amounts on advertising supporting candidates, but only Save America may also make direct contributions to candidates. By transferring funds from Save America to a super PAC, the money can no longer be used for direct contributions.

Ryan agreed. “Moving the money suggests he wants to spend it on himself,” he said. “It’s illegal, but that seems to be the motivation and he’ll probably get away with it.”

Ryan was referring to federal laws that prevent candidates from coordinating with super PACs on fundraising and spending, a notoriously difficult charge to prove.

Aaron Scherb, senior director of legislative affairs at Common Cause, said it looks like Trump will skate, thanks to historically lax federal enforcement on the issue.

“Coordination is still certainly illegal here, although the FEC has shown virtually no appetite for enforcement of coordination rules and laws. There’s no hard evidence here per se, but it looks like the exploitation of a loophole, and three GOP commissioners have shown no willingness to investigate and enforce existing coordination laws,” Scherb said. “Until they do, special interests and black money groups will continue to exploit loopholes at the expense of ordinary voters.”

But with this loophole, Trump has reversed the traditional “dark money” movement. For years, candidates have tried to find loopholes that would allow them to tap into super PAC money, which can be collected from megadonors and corporations in unlimited amounts. Trump’s Save America PAC, however, has a very different donor base.

“What Trump is doing is going after small donors,” Ryan said. “He doesn’t need to go the super PAC mega-donor route because he takes every dollar he can rip off small, often elderly donors and puts it in his campaign coffers. This move seems to somehow serve that purpose – finding a way to put this fraudulent money to political use.

The Justice Department has reportedly opened an investigation into Save America’s fundraising practices, after members of the House Jan. 6 committee exposed what they claim was a wire fraud scheme to defraud donors of hundreds of millions of dollars through election lies.

Fischer said that ultimately the bottom line won’t lie.

According to FEC reports, MAGA Inc’s super PAC has already spent about $11 million on the midterm elections. However, Fischer noted, that doesn’t mean the group used Trump’s money, since the super PAC had also already raised more than $11 million from sources other than Save America.

“That means the $20 million transferred from Save America to MAGA Inc is effectively still available for Trump’s 2024 run,” Fischer said. “And any transfers from Save America to the super PAC in these last few weeks before the election will probably never be spent.”

Chris Hemsworth + Jessica Mauboy join Support Act’s AMTD campaign via Mushroom Creative House – Campaign Briefing Wed, 26 Oct 2022 19:00:01 +0000

musical charity, support lawannounced that two of Australia’s favorite faces, Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Mauboy, have joined the stellar roster of ambassadors for its annual Ausmusic t-shirt day fundraiser and campaign via Mushroom Creative House, Friday, November 18.

The pair will join the 30 faces of Australian music, screen and stage who have already put their weight behind the day, including Darren Hayes, Casey Donovan, Kylie Minogue, The 046, Andrea Lam, Ball Park Music, Beccy Cole, Bodyjar, Cat Hope, Catherine Alcorn, Finch Charm, Claire Edwardes, Clint Stanaway, Cub Sport, Dave Gleeson, Devy, Ella Hooper, James Reyne, Jane Gazzo, John Coutis, John Williamson, Ladybeard, Kristal West, Mitch Tambo , Ocean Grove, Rob Mills, Siobhan Stagg, Tania Doko, Teeny Tiny Stevies and Urthboy.

Chris and Jess are new additions to the marketing campaign, which launched last week and was designed and produced by Mushroom Creative House, asking music lovers to raise their hands for Ausmusic and support the cause by wearing a t- Ausmusic shirt and donating to Support Act.

They will feature in the campaign’s community service announcements, airing on TV and social media channels starting next week.

Other famous faces making an appearance in the campaign include Alex Dyson, Dale Ryder, Fitzy, Mitch Tambo, Montaigne, Mo’Ju, Dougy Mandagi of The Temper Trap and social media stars Dom Littrich (The Inspired Unemployed), Swag on the Beat and Tom Cardy, with music from The Chats.

Clive Miller, CEO of Support Act, said: “Chris Hemsworth has always been a huge supporter of Australian music, wearing a Teskey Brothers t-shirt in this year’s campaign, so having someone of his rank alongside “an artist as incredible as Jess Mauboy, really takes our fundraising and awareness of music workers in need to the next level.

Jess Tarpey, COO of Mushroom Creative House: “The Mushroom Group has always had an incredibly close relationship with Support Act, which is why we were delighted to take on this project on a voluntary basis. After these last difficult years, it has never been more important to support the health and well-being of workers in the music industry. We loved bringing together such a wide range of talent for such a great cause.

Ausmusic T-Shirt Day is an annual day of fun and awareness to celebrate Australian music and raise urgent funds for music workers in crisis. It is supported by ARIA and celebrated through triple j, Double J and ABC as part of Ausmusic month.

Funds raised through the campaign go to help Support Act continue its crucial work supporting musicians, managers, crew and music workers through crisis relief, mental health and and the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline, a free 24/7 telephone advice service.

To learn more and participate in this year’s campaign, visit

For more information about Support Act and its services, visit

Ron Johnson scores 7 out of 100 on Congressional Human Rights Campaign Scorecard – His anti-LGBTQ+, anti-choice record shows why Wisconsin can’t trust him with another six years on in the US Senate Thu, 20 Oct 2022 16:00:55 +0000

MADISON, Wisconsin— As Wisconsin voters head to the polls, Human Rights Campaign PAC (HRC PAC) is drawing attention to the anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-choice record of incumbent Senator Ron Johnson, who is up for re-election. Senator Johnson received a score of 7 out of 100 on the recently released HRC Congress Dashboard for the 117th Congress, which rated members of Congress based on a range of key indicators of support – including votes in the Senate to confirm historic pro-LGBTQ+ Biden-Harris cabinet officials and nominees to the judiciary, as well as co-sponsors on pieces of legislation that have a significant impact on LGBTQ+ people and their families.

“Ron Johnson’s recent about-face on support for marriage equality — ultimately deciding he won’t vote to protect it — provides Wisconsin voters with an illustrative example that he is completely out of touch with the views of a super majority of state voters. In this, in addition to his incomprehensible and harmful political positions, he has shown time and time again that the people of Wisconsin simply cannot count on him. said Wendy Strout, Wisconsin Human Rights Campaign Director. “Wisconsin believes in LGBTQ+ equality and the rights of all people to full participation in society. Wisconsin believes we need to control our own bodies and lives and not cede that power to politicians. Ron Johnson has failed for more than a decade to protect the LGBTQ+ community, and his score of 7 out of 100 on our Congressional scorecard is just one more data point to prove it. That’s why he’s not the right person to represent this state.

In recent months, Johnson left his head spinning when he turned the tide on the respect for marriage law, indicating that he would vote against the law – who would protect marriage equality for millions of LGBTQ+ and multiracial families – just weeks after he said he saw “no reason to oppose” The law project.

This latest deplorable action caps a long regressive record for the second-term Republican, including support abortion restrictions (including efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade), oppose discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ peopleand springing hateful rhetoric against transgender people.

Other members of the Wisconsin congressional delegation achieved the following scores:

  • Senator Tammy Baldwin (R): 100

  • Representative Scott Fitzgerald (R): 0

  • Representative Mike Gallagher (R): 0

  • Representative Glenn Grothman (R): 0

  • Representative Ron Kind (D): 98

  • Representative Gwen Moore (D): 98

  • Representative Mark Pocan (D): 100

  • Representative Bryan Steil (R): 12

  • Representative Tom Tiffany (R): 0

Ron Johnson is a candidate out of step with Wisconsin

Vote published in September by HRC showed that about two-thirds (64%) of likely voters in the 2022 battleground states – Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – support a law “protecting the national right to same-sex marriage”.

Likewise, in a poll published earlier this year by PRRI84% of Wisconsin respondents supported LGBT discrimination protections, 64% opposed denials of service based on religion, and 73% supported marriage equality.

When it comes to abortion, an analysis from the New York Times various polls over the past decade have shown that 54% of Wisconsin residents support access to abortion. A decade of polls released this year from Marquette Law School shows similar support.

HRC’s Commitment to Wisconsin

Equality voters, including the more than 710,000 in Wisconsin, are a voting bloc of demographically and geographically diverse Americans who are united by the advancement of LGBTQ+ equality. Equality Voters are younger, more racially diverse and more female than the general electorate, they recognize and trust the HRC brand, and they are more likely to identify with issue-specific organizations than to candidates or political parties.

Across the country, HRC PAC works every day to elect pro-equality leaders who support policies that will support the rights and lives of LGBTQ+ people. During the 2020 election cycle, HRC field staff recruited 5,800 individual volunteers across the country who completed 28,500 hours of voter contact in over 2,650 volunteer events. HRC engaged in strong digital and online GOTV efforts, including sending over 2.7 million person-to-person text messages, a massive increase from 2018 when approximately 500,000 texts were sent . HRC sent over 2.5 million letters, had over 930,000 phone conversations with voters and engaged over 200,000 voters through the HRC Voter Dashboard at

Paid for by Human Rights Campaign PAC ( Authorized by Mandela Barnes for Wisconsin.

Dr William H Kitchen: The campaign against academic selection should continue Wed, 19 Oct 2022 07:33:09 +0000
The independent review of education in Northern Ireland has been published

The DUP-appointed panel released its interim report on 10/12/22. A disturbing reality lurked beneath the surface, found on page nine of the report. In addition to the work undertaken by the panel, other literature reviews were undertaken, one of which was on the ‘Impacts of Academic Selection in Northern Ireland’. This review of academic selection was undertaken by a research company called “Pivotal”, presumably to provide an even greater sense of independence. The group does not explain in its interim report why, for example, it did not conduct a literature review on program design and effectiveness, which might have been expected given Dr. Bloomer’s own commitments ( group chair) to focus on the program and evaluation. I will come back to this later in the article.

In this uninspiring “literature review” we see a series of flawed arguments, based on a selective literature base, buttressed by the same old, tired and seemingly ignorant arguments for academic selection. While Mansfield (2019) is cited as the pro-selection argument (as is often the case), it is quickly (and weakly) refuted and consigned to a simple footnote.

The failure to undertake a solid literature review is illustrated by the argument that: “contrary to the argument that selection allows for social mobility, evidence shows that the selective system prevents children from different socio-economic backgrounds and different academic abilities to learn together Academic selection can act as a structural barrier to equity (Shewbridge, et al., 2014, p.20) with transfer testing acting as a social sorting mechanism (Wilson, 2016, p.117).

The review authors conclude: “In summary, there is little evidence to support the argument that high schools are an important tool for social mobility. While some children from disadvantaged backgrounds may succeed in entering high school, a quality education should be available to all children. In fact, school selection poses a structural challenge to equity in Northern Ireland, because children who attend secondary schools are more likely to perform better academically than those who do not, and we know that children from affluent backgrounds are much more likely to attend grammar schools.

In this they are simply wrong. First, the last concluding sentence that (erroneously) links a tentative multivariate relationship between high school attendance, wealth, and academic performance is a simple error of analysis of the variables at play in this equation. It should be of great concern to us that such rudimentary analysis is undertaken incorrectly. Moreover, in a seminal work by Heath, Ermisch and Gallie (2005), examination of a plethora of evidence led to the following conclusions: . They also found that: “The main conclusion of sociological research must be that much of this reform activity, such as the introduction of comprehensive schooling, has been ineffective in reducing social inequalities in outcomes.” In other words: the abolition of academic selection had no impact in terms of reducing the social inequalities that prevailed at the societal level.

The reader should at this point be led to ask precisely why a research agency, charged with reviewing all the available literature, might conclude that there is ‘limited evidence’ to support the continued use of selection in Northern Ireland. North. This literature is not hard to find! More worryingly, I personally presented this evidence to previous and current education ministers and their officials, most recently in November 2021. I also provided this evidence as part of a TUV submission to the Independent Panel . Why is it ignored?

Finally, to come back to a final remark. The choice of literature reviews is unsurprising, but worrying. Earlier in this article I asked why a literature review had not been undertaken in the potty studies program that we continue to use in Northern Ireland. Perhaps because if they had undertaken such a search, they would have found the real culprit of academic inequality and underachievement in NI.

Indeed, the Northern Ireland curriculum mirrors Scotland’s ‘curriculum of excellence’ in structure and design, which has recently been described as ‘the betrayal of a generation’ because of ‘what it does teach children. It belongs to a current of curricular thought known as constructivism. It is the same for Northern Ireland. I also presented this evidence to the current Minister of Education and her officials, when I presented the conclusion of the eminent Harvard scholar, Jean Chall: a more formal and traditional education. … The teacher-centered approach was also more effective for students with learning disabilities at all social levels.

Unfortunately, this evidence continues to be ignored. The obsession with abolishing academic selection in Northern Ireland looks set to continue. His adversaries will continue to conspire for his ultimate elimination, not because of anything so honorable as evidence. New decade, new approach? I do not think so.

Dr. William H Kitchen is an academic and author, with expertise in mathematics education, educational philosophy, pedagogy, curriculum design, and assessment theory.

‘We rank 50th in crime: Zingers by Democrats at Senate campaign forum | Local policy Fri, 14 Oct 2022 15:15:00 +0000

Gary Chambers Jr., Luke Mixon and Syrita Steib tossed out some choice comments during a Wednesday night campaign forum hosted by Voters organized to educatea New Orleans-based group that lobbies for the government to spend more on creating jobs and educating school children to reduce crime.

US Senator John Kennedy, a Republican re-election candidate, did not attend the event. Mixon, Chambers and Steib are all Democrats. The primary is November 8. Early voting begins October 25.

“We rank 50th in crime, 48th in education, 46th in health care, 47th in economics and 48th in opportunity and 50th in crime. We have a US senator who spends more time on TV talking about crackheads than helping you and me as lawmakers” – Chambers.

Saying he was in favor of legalizing marijuana: “If we can legalize this across the country, Louisiana has a whole bunch of acres of fields where we can grow cannabis and create agriculture in the state and a new path. I see it as a gateway drug to better bridges, better roads, better schools and other things” – Chambers.

On abortion: “I never said I was pro-life. What I said is that I don’t believe in abortion for myself. I had a hard time getting pregnant. My daughter who is here tonight, my wife and I had to conceive her through IVF. I had two miscarriages before. – Steib.

Explaining his opposition to the death penalty: “You can’t be pro-life from birth, but be ready to kill people at the end” – Steib.

Speaking of Kennedy’s recent anti-crime ad: “He runs ads about the severity of the crime, but then votes against the Safeguarding Communities Act. It runs on funding for our police departments. But he voted against $350 billion for community policing when he voted against the US bailout. Don’t believe any of this hateful rhetoric. Everything is noise. He continues to fund the police ”- Mixon.

Labor coalition launches midterm campaign for Senate to vote on PRO law Tue, 11 Oct 2022 18:35:19 +0000

The Worker Power Coalition, made up of more than 40 unions and progressive organizations representing 24 million workers in the United States, has spear a campaign ahead of the 2022 midterm elections to pressure Democratic Senate leaders and U.S. senators from both parties to vote on the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. If passed, the PRO Act will institute the biggest overhaul of US labor law since the mid-twentieth century.

The legislation would have ban captive audience meetings held by employers to deter union organizing, increase penalties for employers for violating labor laws, and mandate prompt disclosure of contracts between employers and anti-union consultants. It would also establish mediation and arbitration processes to make it easier for new unions to get their first contract. (Under current conditions, it is common for employers to delay and prolong the bargaining process with relative impunity. As Bloomberg Law reported earlier this year, “the average number of days it takes newly unionized employers and their newly unionized workers to ratify a first contract rose to 465 days.” past in 1935 and has been seen for a long time by labor experts as broken, outdated and insufficient when it comes to protecting workers’ rights to organize unions today.

The legislation past in the House of Representatives in March 2021 with five Republicans and all but one Democrat, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), vote in support, but it has yet to receive a vote in the US Senate.

The legislation would have ban captive audience meetings held by employers to deter union organizing, increase penalties for employers for violating labor laws, and mandate prompt disclosure of contracts between employers and anti-union consultants. It would also establish mediation and arbitration processes to make it easier for new unions to get their first contract.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-VA) has reported his support for the PRO Act, while Democratic Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly of Arizona and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) refused to Support The legislation.

Organizers and worker delegations affiliated with the Worker Power Coalition have met with Senate Democrats in swing states such as Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, New Hampshire and Nevada, and are holding events to lobby Senate Republicans in Ohio, Wisconsin and Florida to show their support for workers by backing the legislation.

In Florida, labor organizers pushed Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott to support the legislation with little success. Organizers also backed Sen. Rubio’s Democratic challenger in November, Rep. Val Demmings, who vote for the PRO law in the House.

“We will work with any elected official; we don’t care about political parties. What we’re interested in is common sense legislation that supports working class people trying to live the American dream that we’re seeing increasingly slipping away from us, and a huge reason for that is elected officials like Marco Rubio , who, after repeated attempts over the years, refused to meet with us,” said Curtis Hierro, senior Florida legislative and policy officer for the Communications Workers of America (CWA). “This is one of the most important pieces of legislation we have seen for the labor movement of this generation.

At the end of July 2022, organizers and workers held a rally in Orlando, Florida, demanding Senator Rubio’s support for PRO law outside Rubio’s office. They also held webinars, meetings and political training sessions to educate members on the legislative process.

“We have done the job of educating and organizing our members in the union, making sure they know that on one side you have Marco Rubio, who has literally been the definition of an elected official in a suit empty (I guess the only thing that fills that suit is corporate American and Wall Street money) and that opposes the workers’ agenda,” Hierro added. “Then you have another candidate, Rep. Demings, who whenever called upon to support our union, to support ordinary working people, [has] responded to this call.

On July 13, 2022, trade unionists and organizers held a rally outside Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson’s office in Milwaukee, demanding that he stop opposing the PRO law. They also support his Democratic opponent in November, Mandela Barnes.

“[It’s] it’s time to take back the state and educate people about PRO law,” said Clinton Rodgers, a CWA organizer in Milwaukee. Rodgers also noted that the PRO Act would “deal a blow to independent ‘right to work’ laws,” such as the one signed by former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in 2015.

“We will work with any elected official; we don’t care about political parties. What interests us is common-sense legislation that supports working-class people trying to live the American Dream that we see increasingly slipping away from us.

Curtis Hierro, senior Florida legislative and policy officer for the Communications Workers of America (CWA)

“Right to work” laws To allow workers to reap all the benefits of being represented by a union in the workplace without becoming a member or paying union dues, which drained the unions’ internal resources (and, therefore, their ability to represent and adequately defend members) and has contributed to union membership burnout in “right to work” states. The PRO law would allow unions to negotiate contracts to override “right to work” laws.

“The PRO law will allow workers to have a voice and [will] protect strikes and other demonstrations and activities, and [it] will make it illegal for employers to permanently replace striking workers,” Rogers added.

A investigation conducted in June 2021 by Hart Research Associates in nine battleground states – Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia – found overwhelming public support for PRO law in each of the States studied by at least 30 percentage points. According to the survey results, even a majority of voters who identify as Republicans support the PRO law.

“Across the country, corporations and the mega-rich are trampling on workers’ rights and our freedom to organize,” said Jimmy Williams Jr., president of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, which is part of the Worker Power Coalition pushing for PRO law. “A vote on the PRO Act will show us who the real pro-worker members of the US Senate are. It is high time for the Senate to follow the lead of the House and pass the PRO law.

Oyo APC Destroys Our Campaign Billboards – Oyo PDP PRO Allegations Sun, 09 Oct 2022 03:01:00 +0000

People’s Democratic Party Public Relations Officer, Oyo State Wing, Engr. Akeem Olatunji has sounded the alarm over the vandalism of political campaign billboards of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) by suspected APC apologists in the state.

The most recent example of such vandalism, according to the PDP spokesperson in Oyo State, occurred near the Muslim High School in the Muslim neighborhood of Oluyole, Ibadan, in the early hours of morning.

Olatunji confirmed the claim to reporters early Saturday morning (today), saying some residents saw the opposition party members but were unable to arrest them out of concern for their safety from vandals of the APC.

Olatunji added that the vandalism of the Muslim Grammar School notice board which he personally erected there among four others was the latest of such illegal actions.

He reaffirmed the party’s concerns about what he called apologists for Senator Teslim Folarin and the APC in the state’s unbridled desperation.

Olatunji urged the Department of State Security Services and Police Commissioner, CP Adebowale Williams, to step in and bring Folarin and his political allies to order before the situation escalates.

According to Olatunji, “it should be recalled that we have repeatedly drawn the attention of the police and the DSS to certain statements and conduct of Senator Folarin and the APC in Oyo State in order to avoid disturbing public peace as political campaigns begin.

There have been several acts of vandalism recorded on our party’s billboards in different places and at different times, but we have decided to handle matters internally and more peacefully, but it seems that they confuse our civil disposition and peaceful with cowardice.

“We know that APC is a corps of desperate politicians’ lie-spreaders with a sole mandate to tell lies, more lies and so many more lies to force wrongdoing and false propaganda down the throats of unsuspecting members of the public.

“We also know very well Teslim Folarin and what he is capable of doing as long as his political interest in becoming governor at all costs and by all means is at stake, which is why we are issuing this alert again so that all the authorities concerned shall act accordingly.” .

“It is evident that Seyi Makinde’s unparalleled success and achievements in less than four years in all sectors has become a nightmare for these political desperadoes in their bid to gain access to the government house of Agodi.

“We want to make it very clear that the APC in Oyo State is not the only opposition party and as such does not have a monopoly on violence. he thought he could get away with pure political robbery during this election campaign.

“We at the PDP are not only peaceful and law-abiding, but also seen and known to the general public as such, especially when engaging in our political activities. Our civility and peaceful disposition to politics should therefore not be mistaken for weakness or cowardice by Folarin or his APC apologists.

“We condemn in the strongest terms the vandalism of our party’s notice board at the Muslim Grammar School, among others, and warn Folarin apologists as well as ill-trained political neophytes in the APC’s state section of s ‘immediately refrain from any act of attack on our party’s political structures.’” Olatunji said.