REMINDER: Advocacy Groups to Demand PUCO Reject AT&T’s Request to Drop Out of Lifeline Program

 

Despite raking in $20 billion from the corporate tax cut bill, AT&T is trying to abandon over 10,000 of Ohio’s most vulnerable residents

 
   
 
 

For Planning Purposes Only
August 14, 2018
Contact: Tyler Dillon, (937) 267-6493, tyler@progressohio.org

Advocacy Groups to Demand PUCO Reject AT&T’s Request to Drop Out of Lifeline Program
Despite raking in $20 billion from the corporate tax cut bill, AT&T is trying to abandon over 10,000 of Ohio’s most vulnerable residents

Columbus – TODAY, Tuesday, August 14, The NAACP, Ohio Poverty Law Center, Alliance for Retired Americans, ProgressOhio and Communications Workers of America District 4 will hold a press conference demanding the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) reject AT&T’s request to drop out of the Lifeline program. Lifeline subsidizes vital phone and internet services for over 10,000 Ohioans – including the elderly, veterans and low-income households.

AT&T Ohio has applied to end its participation in the federal Lifeline program with the PUCO, which is collecting comments from the public until August 31. The coalition will present over 1,000 comments already collected that oppose AT&T Ohio’s attempt to abandon their customers. The groups will also encourage Ohioans to continue submitting comments until the deadline.

What: Press Conference to demand AT&T Ohio stay in Lifeline program

When: TODAY, Tuesday, August 14 at 10:00 a.m.

Where: Ohio Statehouse in the State Room, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Who:

Norm Wernet, President of the Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans
Tom Roberts, President of the Ohio Conference of the NAACP
Susan Jagers, Director of the Ohio Poverty Law Center
Bianca Edwards, Community Organizer, Ohio Organizing Collaborative
Tyler Dillon, ProgressOhio Managing Director
Ron Gay, Staff Representative of the Communications Workers of America District 4

*The press conference will be streamed live at facebook.com/ProgressOhio*

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Will Brad Schimel Fire Himself?

Attorney General Said He Terminated Employee for Violating Open Records Law, But Schimel Himself Sought to Hide Records of Junket to Hate Group Conference

Press Release

For Immediate Release
August 13, 2018
Media Contact
Mike Browne, Deputy Director
Will Brad Schimel Fire Himself?
Attorney General Said He Terminated Employee for Violating Open Records Law, But Schimel Himself Sought to Hide Records of Junket to Hate Group Conference

MADISON, Wis. — Attorney General Brad Schimel said in comments to the media that he fired Ed Wall, the author of a tell all book critical of his performance in office, because he said Wall sought to subvert the state open records law. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross asked how Schimel intends to sanction himself for his attempts to evade disclosure about his attending a conference hosted by an anti-LGBTQ organization classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

“According to Brad Schimel, trying to avoid the state open records law gets you fired,” said One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross. “So is Schimel going to fire himself for trying to keep secret his attendance at a conference put on by an anti-LGTBQ hate group?”

One Wisconsin Now noted in May that the Alliance Defending Freedom, designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, paid over $3,800 in expenses and a $300 appearance fee for Schimel to travel to a luxury resort in California, to attend their conference and to participate in a panel discussion on “states’ rights.”

Subsequent investigation revealed that Schimel intended to keep his junket secret and evade the state open records law, telling an aide in an email in the week leading up the the conference that, “… I do not plan to have any portion of it become public information.”

Schimel’s Department of Justice has also recently refused to fulfill One Wisconsin Now’s request under the state open records law for updated information on purchases of promotional swag, claiming that reviewing the records would be too burdensome.

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One Wisconsin Now is a statewide communications network specializing in effective earned media and online organizing to advance progressive leadership and values.

#WhereDoTheyGo Video Launched Highlighting Homelessness Crisis In Utah

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 13, 2018

CONTACT:

Katie Matheson | Alliance for a Better Utah

katie@betterutah.org | 845.775.7901

Jessica Roadman | Crossroads Urban Center

jessica@crossroadsurbancenter.org | 801-364-7765

#WHEREDOTHEYGO VIDEO LAUNCHED HIGHLIGHTING HOMELESSNESS CRISIS IN UTAH

Salt Lake City, UT Last Thursday, Crossroads Urban Center and Alliance for a Better Utah hosted a launch event for the preview of a short video bringing attention to the homelessness crisis in Utah. The video outlined the growing affordable housing issue in Utah and asked the question about impacted Utahns, “where do they go?” Today, the two groups released the video on social media, along with a petition calling on Governor Herbert to include financial resources in his 2019 budget to provide for increased affordable housing and rapid rehousing options for singles and families facing homelessness.

“Unsheltered homelessness rates are up in Utah,” said Jessica Roadman, community outreach coordinator for Crossroads Urban Center. “A solution has been presented by elected officials in the form of three new shelters to replace the downtown shelter, but the reduced number of shelter beds in this proposal will not be adequate to address the growing problem of homelessness in Utah. With housing prices rising exponentially in the state, we call on Governor Herbert to include room in his 2019 budget to address this issue.”

“Utahns’ wallets are feeling the pinch of rising housing costs,” said Chase Thomas, policy and advocacy counsel for Better Utah. “There are families in our neighborhoods that are just one incident away from unsheltered homelessness. Communities coming together to discuss this growing issue is the next step in making positive change for our state. We hope Governor Herbert will heed the voices of his constituents calling for funding to reduce homelessness.”

The video was previewed in its entirety, but will be released in three segments over the next three weeks. The first segment can be found here. The petition can be found here (English) and here (Spanish).

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Alliance for a Better Utah is a good government advocacy and watchdog organization based in Salt Lake City. The organization works to improve the lives of all Utahns by ensuring balance, transparency, and accountability in Utah politics, policy, and government. More information at www.betterutah.org.

Tariffs: Answer the Question, Scott Walker

Press Release

For Immediate Release
August 13, 2018
Media Contact
Mike Browne, Deputy Director
Answer the Question, Scott Walker
Yes or No, Do You Support Donald Trump’s Call for Boycott of Harley-Davidson?

MADISON, Wis. — On Sunday Donald Trump, via tweet, endorsed a boycott of Wisconsin’s iconic motorcycle manufacturer, Harley-Davidson. Gov. Scott Walker has not responded directly when asked about his views on Trump’s boycott.

To make it easy, One Wisconsin Now is providing the following cheat sheet to help Scott Walker:

Previously Walker has dodged questions about Donald Trump’s trade stances that hurt state farmers and policy separating migrant families and keeping small children in “baby jails.”

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One Wisconsin Now is a statewide communications network specializing in effective earned media and online organizing to advance progressive leadership and values.

RELEASE: Representative Yousef Rabhi Named Progress Michigan ‘Legislator of the Month’

Progress Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

News from Progress Michigan 

August 13, 2018

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574, sam@progressmichigan.org

Representative Yousef Rabhi Named Progress Michigan ‘Legislator of the Month’

Rabhi named for his commitment to universal health care, financial disclosure

LANSING — Progress Michigan has named Representative Yousef Rabhi its ‘Legislator of the Month’ for July. Rabhi was named for being in a leader in crafting legislation to create MiCare, a universal health care plan that would provide all Michiganders with basic health, mental health and dental care. In addition, Rabhi joined colleagues in July to call for legislation to require financial disclosure of elected officials in Michigan.

“Representative Rabhi is not afraid to tackle the problems facing Michigan families, and his health care plan shows he understands how many families are one medical emergency away from poverty,” said Hugh Madden, communications director at Progress Michigan. “He is also willing to put his money where his mouth is by disclosing his own finances when calling for legislation to require transparency from all candidates for state office. This is the type of leadership all Michiganders can be proud of.”

The Legislator of the Month award is given to an elected official who demonstrates a commitment to a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

 

 

 

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Advocacy Groups to Demand PUCO Reject AT&T’s Request to Drop Out of Lifeline Program

 

Despite raking in $20 billion from the corporate tax cut bill, AT&T is trying to abandon over 10,000 of Ohio’s most vulnerable residents

 
   
 
 

For Planning Purposes Only
August 13, 2018
Contact: Tyler Dillon, (937) 267-6493, tyler@progressohio.org

Advocacy Groups to Demand PUCO Reject AT&T’s Request to Drop Out of Lifeline Program
Despite raking in $20 billion from the corporate tax cut bill, AT&T is trying to abandon over 10,000 of Ohio’s most vulnerable residents

Columbus – On Tuesday, August 14, The NAACP, Ohio Poverty Law Center, Alliance for Retired Americans, ProgressOhio and Communications Workers of America District 4 will hold a press conference demanding the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) reject AT&T’s request to drop out of the Lifeline program. Lifeline subsidizes vital phone and internet services for over 10,000 Ohioans – including the elderly, veterans and low-income households.

AT&T Ohio has applied to end its participation in the federal Lifeline program with the PUCO, which is collecting comments from the public until August 31. The coalition will present over 1,000 comments already collected that oppose AT&T Ohio’s attempt to abandon their customers. The groups will also encourage Ohioans to continue submitting comments until the deadline.

What: Press Conference to demand AT&T Ohio stay in Lifeline program

When: Tuesday, August 14 at 10:00 a.m.

Where: Ohio Statehouse in the State Room, Columbus, Ohio 43215

Who:

Norm Wernet, President of the Ohio Alliance for Retired Americans
Tom Roberts, President of the Ohio Conference of the NAACP
Susan Jagers, Director of the Ohio Poverty Law Center
Biance Edwards, Ohio Organizing Collaborative
Tyler Dillon, ProgressOhio Managing Director
Ron Gay, Staff Representative of the Communications Workers of America District 4

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San Juan County Clerk Must Immediately Resign from Office

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 11, 2018

CONTACT: Katie Matheson | Alliance for a Better Utah

katie@betterutah.org | 845.775.7901

SAN JUAN COUNTY CLERK MUST IMMEDIATELY RESIGN FROM OFFICE

Salt Lake City, UT – Following a federal judge’s finding that San Juan County Clerk John Nielson falsified an official document which led to the contested removal of Willie Grayeyes from the November ballot, Alliance for a Better Utah called for Nielson’s immediate resignation from office.  

Katie Matheson, communications director with Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement in response:

“While we continue to support an investigation into his actions, we now call on Mr. Nielson to immediately resign from his office. Mr. Nielson’s intentional falsification of an official county document resulting in the improper disqualification of a political candidate is a serious ethical violation and categorically unacceptable. Elections are quickly approaching and San Juan County residents deserve a county clerk who they can trust to justly uphold the state’s election laws.”

Alliance for a Better Utah has released a petition asking for Mr. Nielson’s immediate resignation and urges San Juan County and Utah residents to join in calling for his resignation. The petition can be found here: http://act.betterutah.org/sign/san-juan-county-clerk-must-immediately-resign-office/.

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Alliance for a Better Utah is a good government advocacy and watchdog organization based in Salt Lake City. The organization works to improve the lives of all Utahns by ensuring balance, transparency, and accountability in Utah politics, policy, and government. More information at www.betterutah.org.


MEDIA ADVISORY: Saturday, August 11th 10am Young Nevada Activists to be Trained on Mobilizing Tactics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

August 11, 2018

CONTACT: Charlotte Hancock 202-495-3692

CHancock@americanprogress.org

Kait Krolik 585-978-1482

KKrolik@battlebornprogress.org

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ADVISORY: Young Nevada Activists to be Trained on Mobilizing Tactics

This is Generation Progress’ eighth We Are Progress training this year and will be followed by more events across the nation to train and mobilize local young activists

Las Vegas, NV— On Saturday, August 11, Generation Progress will visit Las Vegas, Nevada for the eighth stop of its summer-long series We Are Progress: Turning Vision to Action, a string of trainings in cities across the nation that equip young activists with the tools and resources necessary to mobilize their communities around the issues that they care about. We Are Progress will bring together community members from across Nevada and will feature speakers, workshops, and seminars, on citizen lobbying, civic leadership, and media engagement. Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani will deliver a keynote address to kick off the day at approximately 10:15 AM.

“Young people are the leaders of today’s progressive movement. Young people are flexing their political muscle by organizing against gun violence in their high schools, running for political office, and demanding solutions to their student debt crisis. Young people will not back down until politicians hear their voices and act on their demands,” said Maggie Thompson, Executive Director of Generation Progress. “We’re excited to be in Las Vegas to train attendees on successful mobilizing tactics and arm them with the tools they need to be powerful leaders in their own communities.” 

“In the past year, Nevada’s youth have organized like never before to influence their elected leaders in local, state, and federal government on issues related to gun violence prevention, immigration, education policy, and protecting clean air,” said Will Pregman, Community Organizer for Battle Born Progress.  “We’re excited to have Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, a long-time progressive champion, joining us to inspire young minds to build a Nevada that works for everyone.”

Over the last few years, our country has been exposed to the power of young people at the polls, on the streets, and through the media. These trainings will enhance and elevate the work of young activists that are mobilizing in their local communities, cement their power, and establish them as current and future leaders of our country.

WHO: Local students, activists, and community members.

Featured Speaker: Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani (10:15am)

WHAT: Mobilization trainings

WHEN: 10AM PT – 3:30PM PT, Saturday, August 11, 2018

WHERE: College of Southern Nevada, 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue, North Las Vegas, NV 89030

For more information or to speak to an expert, contact CHancock@americanprogress.org.

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Online Version

Generation Progress, the youth division of the Center for American Progress, is a nonpartisan organization that works with and for young people to promote progressive solutions to key political and social challenges. Through advocacy, policy, digital organizing, and events, Generation Progress engages a diverse group of young people nationwide, inspires them to embrace progressive values, provides them with essential trainings, and helps them to make their voices heard on important policy issues. Launched in 2005 and formerly called Campus Progress, we support national and local advocacy campaigns; manage the Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign; provide advocates with the necessary tools to push for progressive policies; and have held over 1,000 public events. For more information, please visit genprogress.org.

Battle Born Progress, through strategic communication efforts, empowers, engages and mobilizes Nevada voters to build a state where everyone has a fair opportunity to succeed.  For more information, please visit battlebornprogress.org/.



Kait Krolik


Communications Director
Battle Born Progress
Institute for a Progressive Nevada
(c) 585-978-1482 

Join us on August 11th for our We are Progress Youth Summit where we're training and inspiring youth leaders to take action on the most important issues facing us today! Are you a part of an organization? Sponsor a table at our Summit! 

MEDIA ADVISORY: Saturday, August 11th 10am Young Nevada Activists to be Trained on Mobilizing Tactics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

August 10, 2018

CONTACT: Charlotte Hancock 202-495-3692

CHancock@americanprogress.org

Kait Krolik 585-978-1482

KKrolik@battlebornprogress.org

A close up of a signDescription generated with very high confidenceA picture containing plate, tableware, dishwareDescription generated with very high confidence

ADVISORY: Young Nevada Activists to be Trained on Mobilizing Tactics

This is Generation Progress’ eighth We Are Progress training this year and will be followed by more events across the nation to train and mobilize local young activists

Las Vegas, NV— On Saturday, August 11, Generation Progress will visit Las Vegas, Nevada for the eighth stop of its summer-long series We Are Progress: Turning Vision to Action, a string of trainings in cities across the nation that equip young activists with the tools and resources necessary to mobilize their communities around the issues that they care about. We Are Progress will bring together community members from across Nevada and will feature speakers, workshops, and seminars, on citizen lobbying, civic leadership, and media engagement. Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani will deliver a keynote address to kick off the day at approximately 10:15 AM.

“Young people are the leaders of today’s progressive movement. Young people are flexing their political muscle by organizing against gun violence in their high schools, running for political office, and demanding solutions to their student debt crisis. Young people will not back down until politicians hear their voices and act on their demands,” said Maggie Thompson, Executive Director of Generation Progress. “We’re excited to be in Las Vegas to train attendees on successful mobilizing tactics and arm them with the tools they need to be powerful leaders in their own communities.” 

“In the past year, Nevada’s youth have organized like never before to influence their elected leaders in local, state, and federal government on issues related to gun violence prevention, immigration, education policy, and protecting clean air,” said Will Pregman, Community Organizer for Battle Born Progress.  “We’re excited to have Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, a long-time progressive champion, joining us to inspire young minds to build a Nevada that works for everyone.”

Over the last few years, our country has been exposed to the power of young people at the polls, on the streets, and through the media. These trainings will enhance and elevate the work of young activists that are mobilizing in their local communities, cement their power, and establish them as current and future leaders of our country.

WHO: Local students, activists, and community members.

Featured Speaker: Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani (10:15am)

WHAT: Mobilization trainings

WHEN: 10AM PT – 3:30PM PT, Saturday, August 11, 2018

WHERE: College of Southern Nevada, 3200 East Cheyenne Avenue, North Las Vegas, NV 89030

For more information or to speak to an expert, contact CHancock@americanprogress.org.

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Online Version

Generation Progress, the youth division of the Center for American Progress, is a nonpartisan organization that works with and for young people to promote progressive solutions to key political and social challenges. Through advocacy, policy, digital organizing, and events, Generation Progress engages a diverse group of young people nationwide, inspires them to embrace progressive values, provides them with essential trainings, and helps them to make their voices heard on important policy issues. Launched in 2005 and formerly called Campus Progress, we support national and local advocacy campaigns; manage the Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign; provide advocates with the necessary tools to push for progressive policies; and have held over 1,000 public events. For more information, please visit genprogress.org.

Battle Born Progress, through strategic communication efforts, empowers, engages and mobilizes Nevada voters to build a state where everyone has a fair opportunity to succeed.  For more information, please visit battlebornprogress.org/.



Kait Krolik


Communications Director
Battle Born Progress
Institute for a Progressive Nevada
(c) 585-978-1482 

Join us on August 11th for our We are Progress Youth Summit where we're training and inspiring youth leaders to take action on the most important issues facing us today! Are you a part of an organization? Sponsor a table at our Summit! 

‘The Only Thing Scott Walker Cares About Keeping Safe is His Own Job’

Bombshell Book From Former Head of State Corrections Department Reveals Walker Put Political Ambitions Before Protecting Public Safety

Press Release

For Immediate Release
August 10, 2018
Media Contact
Mike Browne, Deputy Director
‘The Only Thing Scott Walker Cares About Keeping Safe is His Own Job’
Bombshell Book From Former Head of State Corrections Department Reveals Walker Put Political Ambitions Before Protecting Public Safety

MADISON, Wis. — The former Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) has released a book detailing his experiences in the administration of Gov. Scott Walker.

Among the numerous revelations being reported by media outlets is Walker refused to meet with the head of the DOC to discuss the budget and the scandal at Lincoln Hills that has resulted in revelations of abuse of underage residents, dangerous working conditions, an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the payment of nearly $20 million by the state to settle a lawsuit brought by a young woman grievously injured while being held there.

The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross:

“It is outrageous that Scott Walker is currently running around the state claiming he will keep us safe when he was too afraid to meet with the head of the Department of Corrections out of concern for protecting his political ambitions.

“The only thing Scott Walker cares about keeping safe is his own job. There is nothing he won’t do to try to keep it, be it running a despicable fear mongering, racist campaign or putting his politics before public safety.”

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