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Ed Fund Congressional Briefings

In a series of Congressional briefings this spring and summer, the ADA Education Fund presented diverse panels of experts explaining and exploring two topics receiving a lot of attention—the federal budget and marriage equality—and one that deserves much more: youth unemployment.

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Corps Values: Combating Youth Joblessness

Introduced at ADA's instigation, Rep. Jim McDermott's H.Res. 216 calls for doubling the budgets of three public service programs that primarily employ young people: the Job Corps, the Peace Corps, and AmeriCorps.

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Cyber Sisters: Ed Fund's New Website

The ADA Education Fund, though sharing ideals and an address with its sister organization, Americans for Democratic Action, has a separate identity, most recently expressed through its own website.

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On the Line: WFW Conference Calls

In support of it's educational mission as a community organizer, Working Families Win has been holding monthly national conference calls, featuring expert speakers on timely topics.

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NYC Banquet Features Former Mayor

Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins keynoted the annual banquet of the city's ADA chapter.

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ADA Honors House Democratic Leader Pelosi

One groundbreaking American stateswoman—Nancy Pelosi—will be honored with an award named for another—Frances Perkins—while two leading progressive advocates will be similarly linked to their distinguished predecessors, all at ADA’s 64th annual awards banquet September 13.

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Job One: ADA Pushes Employment

ADA has launched a "Vote for Jobs" campaign, championing three bills that would put America back to work.

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ADA President Retiring From Congress

U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) has served her Northern Californina district—and the causes of progressive politics—for 20 years.

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Intern Essays: Why I'm At ADA

ADA's three summer interns discuss what brought them to ADA, what they're learning, and what they hope to do next.

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Ed Fund Briefings: Federal Budget

The inaugural briefing in May took on the federal budget by challenging the issue’s dominant narrative.

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Ed Fund Briefings: Youth Unemployment

Five experts in different aspects of youth unemployment offered up an informative and impassioned  presentation on how to avoid a “lost generation” of the jobless at the June event.

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Ed Fund Briefings: Marriage Equality

Advocates from the political, legal and religious worlds weighed in on the practical and moral dimensions of the fight for marriage equality at the July Congressional briefing.

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Voter Suppression: ADA Pushes Back

Because Republicans are once again pursuing a voter suppression strategy—this time under the guise of  “voter ID” laws—ADA has reactivated its successful anti-suppression campaign of three years ago.

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Voter Suppression: Background

It’s clear the aim of new "voter ID" laws is not to protect the integrity of the electoral system but to enhance the ability of Republicans to win more elections.

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Congressional Essay: Sen. Dick Durbin

The DREAM Act gives undocumented children a chance to earn legal status if they have good moral character and go to college or serve in the military. 

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Congressional Essay: Rep. Keith Ellison

Republicans argue that our country is broke and therefore we have to “control spending” to fix the deficit.  Ironically, the very programs they want to cut have a strong track record of creating jobs—and it’s job creation that will ultimately stimulate the sluggish economy.

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Congressional Essay: Rep. Jim McDermott

New legislation would prevent same-sex couples and the enlightened companies that provide them equitable health benefits from being penalized on their federal taxes. 

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Essay: Progress Through Perserverance

ADA's leading role in the most recent drive to raise the minimum wage illustrates the patient diligence required to bring about significant change.

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Essay: Unemployment's True Measure

Policymakers must focus their attention on the most important and most immediate economic problem facing the nation: pervasive and long-lasting unemployment.

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Essay: Defending Social Security

Since its birth in 1935, Social Security has been a prime target for conservatives who dislike government; from its founding a dozen years later, Americans for Democratic Action has offered up a stream of facts and productive ideas to protect this prime promoter of economic justice.

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Essay: The End of Interventionism

United States involvement in the Libyan war may turn out to be the straw that broke the political and philosophical back of the military interventionists.

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Pages: Review of "A Liberal Mandate"

In his new book, “A Liberal Mandate”, Keith Martin argues that our founding documents call for a “big L” Liberal approach to governance.

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Boardmember Spotlight: Mary Lee Turk

Mary Lee Turk was introduced to ADA by her brother, former Indiana Congressman and past ADA President Jim Jontz, a dynamic progressive leader who died far too young. Now she works both to preserve her brother's legacy and create one of her own, fighting for LGBT rights.

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Essay: Youth Unemployment

Young workers face peculiar challenges in trying to get a first foot on the job ladder. But this generation of change, progress, and innovation is using those core strengths in their quest for meaningful employment.

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