Archive for the ‘Employment’ Category

Unemployment Insurance: To Extend or Not Extend?

Capitol Hill

Did you know that roughly $1.3 million Americans will lose their unemployment benefits before the end of the year? Yes, this is true if Congress does not act to extend the long term unemployment benefits. To date, Congress is finalizing the passage of a budget bill that will fund federal agencies through fiscal 2014, which […]

Fab Labs

Fab Lab

Are you familiar with the term “Fab Lab”? Last week Senators Dick Durbin and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-IL and D-NY respectively) introduced legislation, the National Fab Lab Network Act, aimed at investing in the next generation of American entrepreneurs and innovators by establishing a national network of fabrication laboratories, known as “fab labs.” Fab labs are […]

Message from Anita Estell: March on Washington, 50th Anniversary Reflection

Congressman John Lewis and Anita Estell

Congress is still on August recess, but activity in Washington, DC picked up this weekend with the March on Washington and celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s I Have a Dream speech. Thousands of people from various walks of life participated on Saturday, and events will continue over the […]

Message from Anita Estell: 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington (MOW)

50th Anniversary March on Washington for Jobs and Justice

The struggle for good paying jobs, quality education, housing and equality are fleeting notions for millions of Americans. Fifty years after the March on Washington (MOW) I find myself sobered by the level of despair and deprivation confronting so may people in the US.  I know folks who did all of the right things: went […]

Addressing Poverty In America

Poverty In America

Did you know that poverty has been growing faster in the suburbs than in urban and rural areas? The Brookings Institution recently released a new book, Confronting Suburban Poverty, chronicling the increase in poverty beyond the urban core, an issue which has gone largely unnoticed by policymakers. The book reveals that poverty has been growing […]

Grow Our Economy AND Shrink Our Deficit: VIDEO

Is it really possible? Yes, it absolutely is, asserts President Obama. He also asserts that his recently proposed FY ’14 budget proposal is a blueprint for achieving both goals in concert. Republicans in Congress however, do not agree and have said the budget is a non-starter. In a speech delivered in the Rose Garden, President […]

Funding for Key Programs Cut Under Either Fiscal Plan

House Passes Paul Ryan Budget

Are you surprised to hear the many programs that will be cut under either proposed fiscal plan? As Eduardo Porter, NYTimes columnist points out in his recent article, Goodbye, Government, Under Either Fiscal Plan, funding of programs will be cut regardless which side of the aisle ultimately prevails in negotiations. Recently he wrote, The truth […]

Allstate-National Journal Heartland Monitor: Message from Anita Estell

Message from Anita Estell

Want a snapshot of where Americans stand on the issues? I received the following information from Allstate.  The note references the release of the Allstate-National Journal Heartland Monitor poll.  Interestingly, most of those polled support compromise and policy makers working together to invest in education, training, infrastructure and other activities that help our nation’s economic […]

Have you heard of the We The People Petition System?

We the People

Have you heard of the We The People petition system? Last September, the White House unveiled a new platform that allows Americans across the globe to more easily petition the federal government. We The People gives all Americans a way to create and sign petitions on a range of policy issues. If a petition gathers […]

Women in the Running

Women Running for Congress

Are you wondering why women represent 51% of the population, but only 17% of Congress? You aren’t alone. In fact, over at the Women’s Campaign Fund, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in office, you can read about all the women who are currently running for Congress. From Senator Claire McCaskill […]

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