Wednesday, March 9, 2011

H.R. 1 Cuts; School-based Health Centers; Wal-Mart Case; Intro. 371; Transit Meeting; Redistricting

1) Save Funding for Women, Families & AmeriCorps
2) School-based Health Centers Hearing
3) Wal-Mart V. Betty Dukes
4) Intro. 371 Passes!
5) Transit Town Hall Meeting
6) Redistricting Reform Press Conference

On February 19, 2011, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, a bill that eliminates funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and all its service programs.  The WCC is on record opposing H.R. 1, as cutting CNCS funds will:
  • Cut support for vital services at every stage in women's lives, including maternal and child health, family planning, child care, Head Start, Pell grants to make college more affordable, job training, and Social Security offices.
  • The bill also halts funding to implement the health care law. This reckless proposal would eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs and damage the already fragile economy.
  • H.R. 1 would also immediately remove all AmeriCorps members from schools, after-care programs, health centers, food banks and thousands of other community and faith-based organizations. With essential support from AmeriCorps, a program called City Year engages more than 1,750 young adults in full-time service to help high-need schools. 
If you wish to help preserve funding for women, families, and AmeriCorps, CLICK HERE for information on how to contact your Members of Congress and for information to reference when you call.
As we were going to press, we learned that the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health is holding a hearing tomorrow to discuss cutting mandatory spending provisions in the health care reform law, including school based health center funding. If you oppose the elimination of these essential and effective centers, call the House of Representatives switchboard at (202) 225-3121 and ask for your Representative's office.
On March 1, 2011, the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case WAL-MART STORES, INC. v. BETTY DUKES, et al. Thirty-two organizations, including the WCC, endorsed the right of current and former women employees experiencing pay and promotion discrimination to join together in a class action suit.  Read our statement on page 18A.
The WCC is proud to have participated in this historic Supreme Court Case.  Please also sign the NWLC pledge to "Stand with the Women of Wal-Mart," an effort to raise awareness about the case and to continue fighting gender discrimination in the workplace.  CLICK HERE to sign the pledge.
Thank you to everyone who contacted their legislators regarding Intro. 371, legislation which will regulate deceptive practices of crisis pregnancy centers.  The passage of this bill is a huge victory for women's reproductive health and rights!
A new WCC Member, Cheska Tolentino, invites WCC members to attend a Town Hall Meeting and Community Forum on Mass Transit.  Share your experience taking mass transit and offer your ideas on how we can make the subways and buses safer, more reliable, accessible, and affordable.
  • WHAT: Town Hall Meeting & Community Forum on Mass Transit 
  • WHEN: Thursday, March 10
  • TIME: 6-8 PM
  • WHERE: Riverside Church, 91 Claremont Drive (120-122 Streets)
Current sponsors include: Transport Workers Union Local 100, New Yorkers for Safe Transit, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, the A. Philip Randolph Institute, and the Riverside Church. Transport Workers Union Local 100 is able to offer transportation to seniors and to individuals with disabilities.
Space is limited.  If you are interested in attending and/or obtaining transportation to the meeting, please contact Cheska Tolentino at
On Monday, March 14, Citizens Union's redistricting reform campaign, ReShapeNY, will hold simultaneous press conferences in Albany and downtown Manhattan at 12:30 p.m.  The campaign seeks to lead grassroots activities in legislative districts that have not expressed support for redistricting reform. 
Last week, ReShapeNY steering committee members, the WCC and the League of Women Voters of the City of New York, held a well-attended redistricting reform forum with the Brennan Center for Justice.  Thanks to all members who attended the program. 
To read the most recent press release regarding the state of redistricting reform, CLICK HERE.  If you would like to attend the March 14 press conference, check the Citizens Union's website later this week.
 For further information about topics covered in this email, please contact Lauren Clark, Director of Program and Administration, by email at or by phone at 212.353.8070, x 203. 
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