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Securing Reproductive Rights

"In the late 1990s, I was a teen girl that had slipped through the cracks of the foster care system, struggling first to survive and to stay in school. There are many things that helped me find housing, work, earn a college degree and achieve success; not least of which was the free contraception provided to me by the state of Colorado. The statistics demonstrate the success of this program, and Colorado was able to cut teen pregnancies in half: but the true benefit of such programs is immeasurable." - Fellow testimony

  • Securing Reproductive Rights

    "In the late 1990s, I was a teen girl that had slipped through the cracks of the foster care system, struggling first to survive and to stay in school. There are many things that helped me find housing, work, earn a college degree and achieve success; not least of which was the free contraception provided to me by the state of Colorado. The statistics demonstrate the success of this program, and Colorado was able to cut teen pregnancies in half: but the true benefit of such programs is immeasurable." - Fellow testimony

  • Expand Medicare

    I worked for thirty four years in the Navy as a software engineer. Like most federal employees, my pay, benefits, pension, and healthcare, were all affected by Congressional votes.  After twenty three years, I almost lost all I’d worked for when management tried to fire me for being active in my union.  I was lucky in that my union provided support and an attorney to help me save my job, my pension—and my healthcare.  But not everyone is as lucky as I am.  

  • Virginia 2021

    Republican Glenn Youngkin and the Virginia 2021 election show that our nation will regress if progressives fail to organize in swing counties, districts, and states. 

  • CIR Now Call to Action

    Immigration Reform Must Be Won By Organizing For Elections 
    Old Senate Rules Are Not The Way Forward

    It is not surprising that the US Senate Parliamentarian ruled that comprehensive immigration reform does not fit within the Byrd Rule for budget reconciliation. We should not make ourselves dependent on obscure US Senate rule change or executive action for our liberation. In our republic, changes to law are decided by Congress or, when that fails, the removal of those opposed and replacement with a pro-reform supermajority. We need organizers committed to building great progressive coalitions capable of electing super majorities to congress for immigration reform.

  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform Now

    (5 min read) - There are many stories that show why immigration reform concerns us all. In 2006 I met a young mother of two in Sarasota Florida who was gravely ill. Her farm work did not leave her with enough to afford treatment. Back then I was a Dreamer, my own experience being brought here as a child meant I knew how vulnerable the children and their mother were. We organized media attention and a community fundraiser so the family could obtain the treatment the mother needed. Over and over I have come across terrible situations like this where people suffer despite working hard for corporations that make tremendous profit off that labor. So why do poor migrants get blamed and not those that profit?