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ENVIRONMENTAL & CLIMATE JUSTICE

We all have a fundamental right to clean air and water and as communities of color are least likely to have clean air and clean, safe water, we need our government to fully fund the Environmental Protection Agency and strengthen its enforcement authority.
We want to eliminate pollution. It is low income and/or communities of colors who bear the brunt of environmental toxins.
We need to generate energy through sources that don’t pollute our communities. We can do this and create jobs at the same time by transitioning to 100% clean energy.
Climate change is not a hoax and it is hitting communities of color hardest, and we need our government to establish an aggressive policy agenda to address global warming.  We want our government to be better prepared for equitable disaster response, relief and recovery.
CLAIM YOUR RIGHT TO ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE BY VOTING ON NOVEMBER 6, 2018! 

HEALTH

The 2018 midterm elections are critical for advancing basic rights, fairness and opportunity for African Americans, including their access to health care. Tell your candidates and elected officials:  Across all racial and ethnic groups, Americans have benefited from the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. 
The ACA also reduced the uninsured gap for people of color. From 2013 to 2016, the rate of uninsured African Americans fell from 17% to 12%; for Latinos, from 26% to 17%; for Asians, from 15% to 8%; and for whites, from 12% to 8%. We need to strengthen and not repeal the Affordable Care Act. We need to expand Medicaid coverage for low-income people and affordable health insurance in general. We deserve to be able to pay for health care when we need it.  We need health plans that cover essential benefits, like outpatient care, mental health services, and screenings, to help us prevent disease or manage disease more effectively.  

We need to help and protect those with pre-existing conditions to get the care they need, not make it harder for them to get health care. 
It’s time for proactive health care – enough with a reactive system!
VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6 –THE HEALTH OF AFRICAN AMERICANS AND ALL AMERICANS DEPENDS ON IT! 

ECONOMIC JUSTICE

This year we commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Poor People’s Campaign when we stood with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for economic justice and equality for poor people, and the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act to protect buyers and renters from discriminatory practices.  Today the struggle continues… Although we have made some economic strides, we are still economically disadvantaged.  Vote and take a stand against discriminatory practices that perpetuate racial and economic inequality and stand up for economic opportunity and economic justice. 
Increase the federal minimum wage to a livable wage that will enable families to sustain themselves.
Protect labor rights and equal pay for equal work, so that individuals in the same or similar workplaces receive equal pay.
Protect and grow small business development.
Protect Social Security benefits so they are available now and for future generations.
Protect the Fair Lending Act to stand up against unfair and discriminatory lending practices.
Protect affordable housing.
Protect public housing subsidies.
VOTE ON NOVEMBER 6 – ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY IMPACTS HOW WE LIVE!

EDUCATION

Education policy is not an island disconnected from who gets elected.
Our democracy is in crisis.  This also impacts the quality of education of many children of color.
The General Accounting Office found that schools serving more students of color are less likely to offer advanced courses and gifted and talented programs than schools serving mostly white populations, and students of color are less likely than their white peers to be enrolled in those courses and programs within schools that have those offerings. Successful completion of advanced courses and gifted and talented programs often matter for college access and even college funding.
The U.S. Civil Rights Commission found that low-income students and students of color are often relegated to low-quality school facilities, and that inequalities in educational opportunities are exacerbated by racial segregation and concentrated poverty.
Register to vote and mobilize other voters — but you can do more.  If we don't also participate in ELECTION PROTECTION AND EFFORTS TO STOP DISCRIMINATORY REDISTRICTING, they can still steal our votes.  Don't let them!”