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Awarding Experience: Kerry, Pelosi Headline Annual ADA Banquet

A deficit “Super Committee” member who was also a recent Democratic candidate for president and a former Speaker of the House of Representatives who may well regain her title next year headlined an overflowing 64th annual ADA awards banquet September 13.  Over 300 people attended the event, including a dozen members of Congress.

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Ed Fund Update: Finding the Next Generation of Board Members

Both Americans for Democratic Action and the ADA Education Fund are looking for dynamic volunteers to donate their time, talents and resources to the two organizations' boards.

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WFW Update: Steering Occupiers to Political Outreach

Almost since the Occupy movement began, supportive mainstream progressives have pondered how the energy and idealism of the protests could be translated into effective political action.  Iowa Working Families Win has taken a small but significant step towards bridging the worlds of Occupation and politics.

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Ed Fund Briefings: Affordable Care Act Advances At State Level

Three expert panelists at the September Ed Fund Capitol Hill briefing describe how despite the noisy denunciations of the Affordable Care Act by Tea Party conservatives in Congress and Republican presidential hopefuls on the campaign trail, many states are quietly going about the business of making reform work for their citizens.

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The Man Behind the Lecture: The Legacy of Jim Jontz

The late Congressman and ADA president was the kind of progressive leader who succeeded as progressives always should: by educating, engaging and listening to the public he served.

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Ed Fund Briefings: The Power of Nonviolent Change

Director Steve York screened part of his documentary about the overthrow of South Africa's apartheid regime at the August Ed Fund Capitol Hill briefing, arguing in the discussioin period that followed that nonviolent civic action is the most effective kind.

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Ed Fund Briefings: Securing Social Security

Experts at the October Education Fund Capitol Hill briefing explain why Social Security should not be included in deficit-reduction talks, for the simple reason that the 76-year-old insurance program adds nothing to the deficit.

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Pelosi Receives Inaugural Frances Perkins Award

The House Democratic leader and former Speaker expresses admiration for both her award's namesake and ADA as she pushes job creation in her acceptance speech.

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Jack Blum Honored As Fraud-Busting Investigator

Jack Blum, currently ADA's counsel, recieved the Winn Newman Lifetime Achievement Award for his work uncovering international financial scandals as a Senate committee investigator in the '70s and '80s.

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NEA's Van Roekel Receives Reuther-Chavez Labor Award

The teachers' union chief is honored for upholding the rights and dignity of public employees in the face of fierce attacks.

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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown on Fair Trade

Senator Brown (D-OH) offers legislation to combat China's manipulation of its currency, which costs the U.S. well-paying manufacturing jobs.

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U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich on Afghanistan

Arguing that the U.S. is trapped in a war it cannot win, Representative Kucinich calls for the immediate removal of American forces from Afghanistan

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ADA At War: The Evolving Views of A Liberal Group on the Proper Role of Military Power

As a progressive internationalist organization, ADA's positions on U.S. wars do not answer to a single doctrine, and have over the years been complex, controversial and evolving.

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Labor on Labor: Jobs Act Will Put Teachers to Work, Serving Kids and Society

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, argues that President Obama’s American Jobs Act would create an estimated 1.9 million good jobs over the next two years without adding a dime to the deficit. It would prevent the layoff of 280,000 teachers, and keep police and firefighters on the job. It would provide funding to hire construction workers to repair and modernize our schools and make sure our bridges and roads are safe and efficient. It would boost the stagnant economy by creating jobs that would allow millions of families to purchase homes, buy cars and pump money into local economies.

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Labor on Labor: Increased Bargaining Power Will Lead to a Good Jobs Economy

The Communications Workers of America president, Larry Cohen, highlights a reason working families have been losing ground for the past 40 years: diminishing power to negotiate for better pay, benefits and working conditions. America's economy will never truly recover until workers' once again have some say over the quality of their jobs.

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Labor On Labor: Walmart Workers' Organizing Efforts Good For Them and The Economy

The president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union describes the efforts of the employee group Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) to improve wages and working conditions at the nation's largest private employer, blazing a trail for other workers that would boost both middle-class incomes and the U.S. economy.

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Insured Success: Social Security's Viablity Only Threatened By Today's Pollitics

A grandson of FDR explains why his grandfather's greatest legacy should not be on the deficit-cutter's chopping block: Social Security benefits do not contribute to the federal budget deficit because they are not part of the federal budget

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Second Act: Obama's Jobs Plan Echoes An Earlier Landmark Employment Bill

The granddaughter of the late Congressman Gus Hawkins (D-CA), co-author of the Humprhey-Hawkins Full Employment and Balanced Growth Act of 1978, finds echoes of that earlier legislation in President Obama's American Jobs Act.

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Lose-Lose: How Free Trade Hurts All Involved


Since so-called free trade agreements cost jobs, threaten consumers and undermine democracy in this country, you might think that at least our partners in those deals would experience some compensating benefits.  But you’d be wrong.  Trade policy as currently pursued by the U.S. performs the difficult feat of harming all involved.  All, that is, except the driving force behind the deals: multinational corporations.

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Across the Pond: Young Britain's Opinions of the U.S.


The “special relationship” between Britain and the U.S. first declared by the half-American British statesman Winston Churchill has never been trouble-free.  While Americans over the years have generally maintained a kindly opinion of the British, the British public has cast a more critical eye on the nation that after World War II supplanted their own as the world’s great power.  Disapproval of United States policies is most pronounced among young Britons, who are often disappointed that America fails to live up to its own ideals.

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Good Air: How Union Radio Supports and Expands Labor's Base

The story of the only radio show in the nation dedicated to broadcasting the message of America’s union movement.  “The Union Edge” mission is to provide an outlet for unions and their allies to express their views to the general public, engage working families on key issues, and promote action for change.

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Flat Wrong: The Dangers of Simple-Minded Tax Plans

Whether Herman Cain's "9-9-9" plan, Newt Gingrich's 15% proposal or Rick Perry's 20% scheme, tax rates that fail to take into account ability to pay inevitably reward the rich, punish the poor and starve public services.

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Boardmember Spotlight: Jack Blum

As a fraud-busting Senate investigator in the '70s and '80s, ADA's current counsel, Jack Blum, unearthed scandals from the Lockheed bribery case to the BCCI banking pyramid, and in the process "brought down more governments than Lenin."

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Pages: Review of Noam Chomsky's "9/11: Was There An Alternative?"



In this 2011 update of a book originally produced soon after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Chomsky critically examines U.S. foreign and military policies that led up to the “horrendous atrocities” of 2001, and those that followed, down to the May 2011 assassination of Osama bin Laden.

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