September 28 is the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion.
(by Tara Romano)
Worldwide, approximately 47,000 women die per year from consequences of unsafe abortion. With the re-introduction of an expanded Global Gag Rule, reproductive health advocates are concerned that number will go up.
We know that the rate of unplanned pregnancies is what drives the abortion rate; not whether or not abortion is legal. The rate of abortion is slightly elevated in what are called "developing countries", many of which have very restrictive abortion laws. Threatening to cut off needed USAID funding to any organization that provides comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information to clients, including how to access safe abortion, will only leave many women more vulnerable to unplanned pregnancies and to unsafe abortion. Threatening to cut off funding to stop organizations from advocating for safe abortion in order to save lives in their country is playing politics on the backs of poor women.
I am a constituent calling from ____________ to urge Rep./Sen. _____________ to please advocate for safe access to abortion services instead of threatening to cut off funding for organizations that provide these services. Please protect the right of women to seek and receive reproductive health care. Thanks for taking my call.
Oppose the "Middle Class Tax Cut."
(by Jennifer Alexander)
The Republican plan being hailed by the administration as a "middle class tax cut" will in fact cut taxes, but not for the middle class. So who benefits? The über-wealthy and corporations! Only those earning more than $418,000 pay the top individual rate now and they will see their tax rate cut from 39.6 percent to 35 percent. The corporate tax rate would also be cut from 35 percent to around 20 percent. Congressional experts say that most savings from cutting the corporate rates flow to investors, not ordinary workers. The plan would also cut the rate for so-called pass-through businesses to 25 percent; currently, they are taxed under the individual code. Tax analysts are concerned that the lower rate for pass-throughs could wind up being a giant loophole for the wealthy, who could reclassify their income to take advantage of it. The proposal would increase the bottom tax rate from 10 to 12 percent, which primarily affects low-income households. While it's proposed that the standard deduction would be doubled, and the child tax credit increased, the deduction for state and local taxes would be on the chopping block. Americans who itemize their taxes would be punished because some of cuts to some of those deductions. Economists say that the proposed tax plan could still balloon the federal deficit up to $1.5 trillion in additional red ink over a decade. Rather than the massive economic growth being touted by the administration, economists estimate that the tax cuts would add only 0.1 or 0.2 percent to GDP growth over the next couple of years. Lets call a spade a spade. This is far from a "middle class tax cut." Let's tell our Senators that we do not support tax cuts for the top 1% and corporations that don't even benefit the average American and could further burden our poorest citizens. Let's tell our Senators that we don't support tax breaks that will cause a massive increase in the federal deficit. Let's tell our Senators we are ready for a tax plan that helps the average American and not the uber wealthy and large corporations on the backs of middle class and poor Americans.
I am a constituent calling from __________ to oppose the GOP plan that would cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations. Please let Rep./Sen. ___________ know that I want to make sure that any new tax plan actually helps working and middle-class people. I would also like to know how the government plans on paying for these cuts. The kind of growth numbers touted by the administration and unreasonable and unrealistic. Thanks for taking my call.
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Donate to and Volunteer for Puerto Rico Relief Efforts:
We know that Puerto Rico is a massive humanitarian crisis, and while we still need to call and petition our leaders to do their job and take care of the people whose lives and homes were devastated by this massive storm. Here are a few ways you can help out:
1) Donate or Volunteer with Puerto Rico Rises. They have several drop-off locations (if there is not one in the Triangle yet, it should be available soon). In addition to supplies, they are looking for volunteers to support and transport goods and to put them on pallets. https://m.facebook.com/groups/205524156652442
2) Donate through our fundraiser to Habitat for Humanity Puerto Rico. https://www.facebook.com/donate/1407541179341863/279931799190413/