Cory’s Colorado


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Colorado’s Women Deserve Better Than What Cory Gardner Has To Offer

A new report released today by CAP Action shows the ways U.S. Senate candidate and Colorado Congressman Cory Gardner’s actions have consequences for Colorado women, despite what he would have you believe. Ever since he decided to run for Senate, Gardner has been attempting to remake the conservative image he has cultivated during his time in the House. But his record stands as a testament to his true convictions and showcases the types of harmful policies he would execute if elected to the Senate — and a new CAP Action poll released by Public Policy Polling shows that women aren’t buying his change of heart.

Squashing economic equality: Gardner has voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act even though women lead nearly three times as many households as men in Colorado, yet earn just 80 cents for every dollar a man earns. He opposes (and has voted against) a minimum wage increase even though 61% of Colorado women support raising the minimum wage.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act: Rep. Gardner has voted dozens of times to repeal the ACA, meaning he opposes more than 145,000 Colorado women having access to affordable health care. Health insurance offers financial protection even if serious health issues arise, making this an economic concern for women and families.

Rolling back reproductive rights: As a Senate candidate, Rep. Gardner has tried to muddy the waters on his position on women’s reproductive rights, releasing an ad in which he states his support for over-the-counter contraception and saying he “can’t support personhood going forward.” 60 percent of women say they “don’t trust Gardner when he says he no longer supports a personhood amendment,” perhaps because he remains a co-sponsor of federal personhood legislation, the Life at Conception Act, which would ban abortions completely and could outlaw some methods of birth control.

Overall, women in Colorado support Sen. Mark Udall over Rep. Gardner 51 percent to 40 percent.

BOTTOM LINE: Colorado women don’t trust Gardner, and they don’t support his policies that would hurt women and families. He has opposed expansion of health rights and protections gained by women at every turn and refuses to acknowledge the economic realities that they face. He may try to convince the people of Colorado that he’s changed, but actions speak louder than campaign promises.

Bring Voting into the 21st Century! Will YOU Help


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States Act To Expand Voting Rights For Citizens

Busy Months with minimum wage news: first, Senate Republicans in Washington, D.C. blocked increasing the federal minimum wage; then, a coalition of business, labor, and community leaders in Seattle, Washington announced a deal to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15.

But there have also been a number of positive developments in the states on other issues, including efforts to expand voting access. We’ve put together a run-down of some of the best from the last few weeks:

1. Wisconsin: Federal Judge Strikes Down Voter ID Law, Finds That ‘No Rational Person Could Be Worried’ About Voter Fraud. The April 29 decision, in an overwhelming win for plaintiffs who argued that the voter ID law suppresses ballot access in the state, could still be overturned on appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. But U.S. district judge Lynn Adelman did not hold back: he found not just that the law disproportionately deters minorities and low-income individuals from voting; but also that purported instances of voter impersonation are so infrequent, if they exist at all, that “no rational person could be worried about it.”

2. Hawaii: Aloha State Enacts Strong Voting Rights Law Including Same Day Registration. In 2012, even with its native son Barack Obama atop the ballot, just a paltry 44 percent of eligible Hawaii voters showed up to vote–the worst turnout rate in the country. On April 29, though, Hawaii lawmakers passed legislation to fix that, allowing citizens instead to register to vote when they show up to cast a ballot. Academic studies have found that allowing same-day registration increases turnout between 7 and 14 percentage points.

3. Minnesota: One Day After Judge Orders Online Voter Registration Shut Down, Legislature Passes Law To Revive It. This Monday, a district judge ordered Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to shut down the state’s online voter registration portal by Tuesday night because he lacked legislative authority when he launched it in September. On Tuesday, the Minnesota state legislature passed and Gov Mark Dayton signed into law a bill giving him that authority. Minnesota becomes the 23rd state to have online voter registration, which makes it easier for anybody with access to a computer to register and is simply common-sense for the 21st century.

4. Georgia: 12,000 Citizens Use New Online And Mobile Voter Registration System, More Than Double Than Expected. The new online system rolled out in the end of March, expecting around 5,000 users in the first month. Instead, more than 12,000 enrolled, including 7,000 newly registered voters, according to Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

And be sure to keep an eye out for…

5. Delaware: State Senate Set To Vote On Same Day Registration After Passing The House. The bill is an important step for expanding access to the polls in Delaware. But its not clear right now whether it’s a sure thing to pass.

BOTTOM LINE: Like we see with minimum wage legislation and so many other important issues for a more prosperous and just nation, cities and states are taking the lead while Congress stalls. When it comes to voting rights, at a time when some conservative-run swing states are doing whatever they can to roll back access, other states are showing the way forward for ensuring that voting is not a privilege, but a right.

Graphic showing facts about sickle cell disease


Graphic showing facts about sickle cell disease

10/14/2014 2:15 PM EDT

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is the most common inherited blood disorder in the United States. It affects about 100,000 children and adults in the United States—and millions of people worldwide. New treatments are needed to prevent and treat its serious complications. That’s why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working with patients and stakeholders, including those from academia and the pharmaceutical industry, to develop new products.

FDA also has met with patients to learn more about their experiences with SCD and their views on existing treatments. Additional meetings are being planned.

Read the Consumer Update to learn more.


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Microsoft’s CEO said that women shouldn’t ask for raises and should rely on “karma” instead.


Microsoft’s CEO said that women shouldn’t ask for raises and should rely on “karma” instead.

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Tell CEO Satya Nadella: Disclose Microsoft’s pay data immediately.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently told an audience full of women in technology that they shouldn’t ask for raises. That instead they should rely on “karma” for career advancement.

The CEO knew he had messed up, and almost immediately posted an apology onto Microsoft’s website.  (1)

The thing is: an apology isn’t enough. We need more than words to prove that this was just a slip up, and not a mentality that pervades Microsoft. We need evidence that the company is truly committed to diversity and inclusion.

For Black people, this isn’t just a women’s issue. Black men earn 73 cents for every dollar a white man earns, while Black women earn only 64 cents. (2)

If Black men and women are ever going to have a fair shot at Microsoft, or anywhere in the tech industry, big companies need to make their salary statistics public. We need to know how much Black folks are earning compared to their white counterparts.

We’re going to be waiting a long time for equality if we wait for karma to kick in. For-example, the pay gap has barely budged in a decade, and last year it got even worse for Black women. The pay gap takes $18,650 out of Black women’s pockets every year. (3) And since the recent financial crisis, the racial wealth gap has doubled: white families now have 22 times the household wealth Black families have. (4)

Microsoft is one of the biggest technology companies on the planet and employs 99,000 people – more than Apple or Google. (5) Despite a public commitment to diversifying their workforce over the last twenty years, less than a third of Microsoft employees are women, and only 3.5% are Black folks. That means the company’s workforce has four times fewer Black people than the American population. (6, 7)

With the CEO’s recent “karma” comment, the country is paying attention to what Microsoft does next. By taking action right now we can ensure that Microsoft releases its pay data — a crucial step in ensuring pay equity for Black people.

Add your name today.

Thanks and peace,

–Arisha, Rashad, Matt, and Bhavik for the ColorOfChange team
Sources:

  1. Microsoft CEO apologizes for ridiculous comments about women“, Salon, 10-10-2014.
  2. Unequal Pay Is Even More Unequal For Women Of Color“, ThinkProgress, 11-15-2013.
  3. See source #2
  4. Great Recession Doubled Wealth Gap Between Whites And African-Americans“, ThinkProgress, 06-21-2014.
  5. Samsung has more employees than Google, Apple, and Microsoft combined“, ArsTechnica, 09-25-2014.
  6.  “Our Global Diversity & Inclusion“, Microsoft.
  7.  “Our employee community“, Microsoft, 09-30-2014.