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Thank you for investigating Petroamazonas!
Now stop them from destroying the rest of Ecuador’s Amazon
Your petitions worked! Since last Thursday almost 10,000 of you signed the petition to Ecuador’s Minister of the Environment, Lorena Tapia, asking her to condemn a spill by state oil company Petroamazonas that contaminated the Aguarico and Parahuaico rivers where the indigenous Cofán, Secoya, Kichwa and Shuar communities drink, bathe, and fish.
Last week, Minister Tapia announced plans to open an investigation into Petroamazonas’ spill. Let’s thank the Minister and insist that she prohibit Petroamazonas, a company with a long history of negligence, from expanding its operations further into the Amazon.
The United States Is The Only Developed County Without Paid Maternity Leave
The United States remains the only member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, or OECD, that does not guarantee mothers any paid time off from work after the birth of a new child. The fact is not new, but it is so shocking that it deserves another look:
While mothers are technically guaranteed unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, research shows that only about half of working mothers in the United States can qualify for job-protected leave–and wage replacement is at the discretion of employers, except in the three states that have paid family leave laws enabling workers to access some form of wage replacement. Meanwhile, paid maternity leave has proven benefits for families and the society as a whole. Check out these two charts below:
Women who have access to paid leave after the birth of a new child are more likely to return to work than women who do not have access to paid leave.
Countries guaranteeing longer paid maternity leave have lower child poverty rates that countries that do not.
BOTTOM LINE: Americans pride themselves on being the best. It is frankly embarrassing that the United States comes in dead last on ensuring economic support for new moms. Our workplaces have changed–and we need policies that keep up.
Gabriel Muñoz is running for State Senate in the 15th District
The 15th District in the Lower Yakima Valley is Washington’s only majority Latino district.
Jim Honeyford has been its State Senator for 16 years, but he’s lost touch with the people he’s supposed to represent.
He’s worked to protect the interests of wealthy corporations, not working class people.
Even though his district is majority Latino, he’s repeatedly voted against The Dream Act and The Real Hope Act.
Residents of the 15th District need a public servant who will answer to their needs and be passionate about improving the community. They need Gabriel Muñoz.
Gabriel Muñoz is going to be the new direction the 15th District needs. A proud U.S. Veteran and businessman, Gabriel is committed to extending representation to those ignored by Jim Honeyford.
He is asking for the opportunity to serve his community because he is committed to the values of selfless service, integrity, and personal courage.
Gabriel will work tirelessly to create better paying jobs by reducing taxes on small locally owned businesses. He will prioritize public education with state funding, so Washington state children are set to compete in the workforce and global economy.
After 16 years of the same ineffective Senator, Gabriel is ready and determined to help improve conditions within the state and the 15th district.