What Progressives Want


1. A National Public Option Healthcare Plan for ALL Americans that is less expensive per capita than the system we have now and which provides better care! http://www.pnhp.org/news/2010/july/improve-and-strengthen-medicare-by-expanding-it-to-all

2. Gun Control that would prevent tragedies like Tucson, Columbine and many others.

3. Full equal rights for ALL Americans regardless of race, color, gender, sexuality, creed, disability, religion, Veteran status, marital status, adult age or ethnicity.

4. Economic Justice as spoken about by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when he accepted his Nobel Peace Prize:  http://bit.ly/UWqdp and as put forth In 1944 by FDR: aneconomic bill of rights: http://j.mp/CDRXg  Watch: http://j.mp/9pGqq5

5. The eight-hour workday, five-day workweek, paid sick time, paid vacations, retirement and health-care benefits: http://tiny.cc/gm71j Progressives want US Labor Laws to be strengthened, not weakened or repealed as the GOP wants: Please read, learn and share this important US Labor History ALL Americans should know! http://workplacecredibleactivist.wordpress.com/labor-history-everyone-should-learn/

6. Make BANKS Pay for their Intentional Fraud of the American People! http://makewallstreetpay.org/bigbankdrain/ Wall St. crashed the economy, cost u & your state $$$. Create/Send your bill 2 their debt collectors http://bit.ly/eKwci4

7. To NOT allow harmful products to be sold, harmful chemicals in food/water/medicine – etc., and to PROTECT the courageous Whistleblowers who make these known since corporations keep these secrets to keep making more money! Visit this site to see what the GOP believes should be legal as long as it makes a profit: http://www.shardsofglass.com/

8. For Fraud to be fully prosecuted even if those who committed the fraud are powerful corporations or corporate executives like Dick Cheney, Enron execs, Halliburton execs, Blackwater Execs, etc.

9. For there to be NO Corporate regulatory or tax loopholes of any kind for any corporation doing business in the US. None for BP, none for fracking corporations, none for Halliburton, none for Blackwater, etc.

10. For LGBT persons who are found to be eligible to become parents based on the same standards used for heterosexual persons to be able to adopt children.

11. Passage of the DREAM Act.

12. Green Energy Investment to reduce and eventually eliminate US use of oil and coal, which are harmful to the environment and expensive. Also, NO NUKES, which are NOT SAFE!

13. Improved Infrastructure  throughout the US, ideally through the implementation of a new WPA program to employ the millions of unemployed Americans who are unemployed through no fautl of their own but because of the greed of US corporations who have chosen to create more jobs outside of the US than inside the US despite record profits.

14. Abortion fully funded for any woman who is medically cleared for one because it is legal.

15. The FULL separation of Church and State.

16. The FULL separation of Corporation and State – fully revamp Campaign Finance Reform and improve or eliminate lobbying as it has become literally a system of corporations bribing polititicans who are for sale.

17. OVERTURN the “Citizens United” Supreme Court Decision. Why? Corporations are NOT persons and this decision undermines Democracy. This is about You, your children, and your grandchildren! Why and how ALL constitutional rights for corporations should be addressed, see Why Abolish All Corporate Constitutional Rights and Not All Responses to Citizens United Are The Same.

18. Filibuster Reform and an end to secret holds.

19. Fully Prosecute all fraud against any form of government in the US (city, state, or federal) – make treble damages mandatory under Qui Tam laws.

20. Full prosecution of any and all crimes by public officials that lead to full punishment under the law including a mandatory loss of pension and pension benefits. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli in NYS is introducing suchlegislation in NYS.

21. All US Labor Laws fully enforced and increased funding and authority for OSHA, EEOC and DOJ for ADA Cases.

22. Make gag orders unlawful. Gag orders enable corporate and government malfeasance to continue and take advantage of harassed and intimidated complainants who are outspent legally.

23. Make all factory farming unlawful immediately. Make the use of antibiotics in any animal to be used for consumption illegal immediately.

24. Enforce the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act without any corporate loopholes.

25. Remove any and all corporate ties to any governmental regulation entity to prevent cronyism, corruption, and the kind of entirely preventable dysfunctions that led to the BP Oil Spill and the financial crisis. The Mining Agency and the SEC both failed to do their jobs and regulate their industies.

26. Revoke BP’s charter to do business anywhere in or with the US immediately. Do the same for any other company in or out of the US that commits egregious violations of labor, environmental, safety and other laws.

27. Tax all corporations at pre-Reagan rates. Empower the DOJ to investigate and fully prosecute corporate and individual tax evasion. Bernie Sanders Calls for Surtax on Millionaires, Ending Breaks for Big Oil http://bit.ly/eX2ILE

28. For US businesses that create more jobs out of the US than in the US, tax them doubly and demand that they legally apply all US labor laws to any employee outside of the US regardless of labor laws in other nations as well as abide by the International Human Bill of Rights.

29. Stop Torture by US military, CIA, FBI, etc.

30. Stop the GOP’s war on American workers’ rights to bargain collectively; even Ronald Reagan said, “Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost.” http://deck.ly/~Ub27h

31. Stop FBI and other government harassment of nonviolent activist groups.

32. An END of US support of dictatorships an end to all torture and rendition programs: Egyptian Activists Expose Torture Tools and Files, Tied to US Renditions http://firedoglake.com/?p=136554

33. Accurate and truthful journalism. Fox “news” is not news and should not be allowed to legally call itself “news”; Fox News lies so much that Canadian law bars them from broadcasting there http://t.co/9r5BMyj

34. Progressives wanted all of this great legislation, but the GOP blocked it all! Bills Republicans Have Blocked- http://www.addictinginfo.org/?p=284

35. Progessives want US workers to have improved labor law enforcement, improved compensation and improved working conditions. Here are some comparisons of labor benefits, compensation and other workplace issues in the US as compared to other nations in the world: http://www.bls.gov/fls/charts.htm

36. Progressives want to Boycott any businesses that contribute to GOP candidates and elected officials: Boycott Scott Walker Contributors (via @blcnn) http://fb.me/VPeq7cso

37. Progressives want Candidates for Political office to tell the truth about their agendas before they’re elected so Americans can know what they’re voting for.  Don’t vote for the American political party (GOP) that says what Hitler said: ” We must reduce workers’ salaries and take away their right to strike.” ~Adolf Hitler, May 2, 1933

38. Progressives want their elected officials to vote in ways that represent what the majority of their constituents want – NOT want rich donors want!

39. Evolution taught in schools along with other accurate science, mathematics, and history – including LABOR HISTORY (not creation and revisionist history)

Remain updated on how your elected officials vote on Labor and other issues: Sign up to see how your elected officials vote on various issues: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/megavote/ Make sure you tell them you want workers’ rights to be protected and improved – not gutted by the GOP who are destroying workers’ rights because they accept large campaign donations from the Koch Brothers and other corporations.

Progressives want ALL of these Labor Laws (below) to be complied with and NOT violated:

YOU HAVE RIGHTS!

If you believe you have been discriminated against because of your race, color, national origin, age, or disability, you have the right to file a complaint.  In certain programs, discrimination based on sex, religion, citizenship, or political affiliation or belief is also against the law.

This brochure is intended to help you get the results you deserve.  In order to ensure that your complaint is being handled properly, please follow the instructions given.

First, find the program or activity that you are involved in.  Then make sure that alleged discrimination charge is covered in that program.  Send your complaint to the agency listed.

Your complaint must be filed within 180 days of the alleged incident.

Make sure you include all the information that is important to your complaint.

Please write or type your letter legibly.

FEDERAL AGENCY

Department of Education Office of Civil Rights

Mary E. Switzer Bldg

330 C Street Southwest

Washington, DC  20202

(202) 205-5557; 1-800-421-3481

Equal Employment Opportunity          Commission (EEOC)

131 M Street NE, Fourth Floor Suite 4NW02F Washington, DC  20507

(202) 663-4900; 1-800-669-4000

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights

200 Independence Avenue SW

Washington, DC  20201         

(202) 619-0403; 1-800-368-1019

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

451 7th Street SW

Washington, DC  20410

(202) 708-4252; 1-800-669-9777

Department of Labor Civil Rights Center

200 Constitution Avenue, NW Room N-4123

Washington, DC  20210         

(202) 693-6500

 

PROGRAM/ACTIVITIES COVERED

Educational institution, private employers, State and local governments

State and local governments, educational institutions, unions’ apprenticeship programs employment agencies and private employers with 15 or more employees

Private employers, state and local governments, post secondary educations institutions in the health field, hospitals, nursing homes, social service agencies and facilities.

State and local governments and housing authorities

Private employers, State and local governments if participants in Department of Labor programs.

 

BASIS OF DISCRIMINATION

Race, color, sex national origin, and disability

Race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, and disability

Race, color, sex, national origin, religion, and disability

Race, color, sex, national origin, religion, and disability

Race, color, sex, national origin, disability, political affiliation or belief, and citizenship

FEDERAL AGENCY

Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)

200 Constitution Ave NW, Room C-3325

Washington, DC 20210

(202) 693- 0101

National Labor Relations

1099 14th Street NW, Room 9700

Washington, DC 20570

(202) 273-3891

Small Business Administration of Equal Employment Opportunity & Civil Rights

Compliance

409 3rd Street SW

Washington, DC 20416

(202) 205-6750

Department of Labor Office Wage & Hour Division (WHD)

200 Constitution Ave NW, Room S-3502

Washington, DC 20210

(202) 693- 0563

U.S. Postal Service

Office of Equal Employment Opportunity 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW

Washington, DC  20260

(202) 768-1000; 1-888-308-7654

COVERED PROGRAM/ACTIVITIES

Federal contractors and sub contractors, contractors and sub-contractors and federally assisted construction.

Prevents and remedies unfair labor practices by employers and labor organizations.

Aids and protects small business interests through financial investment, procurement and management assistance.  Ensures that beneficiaries of SBA’s programs are in compliance with civil rights legislation

Federal minimum wage, overtime pay, child labor requirements; Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, wage garnishment provisions of the Consumer Credit Protection Act

Handles complaints of discrimination from employees, present and former

BASIS OF DISCRIMINATION

Race, color, sex, national origin, disability, disabled Veterans and Veterans

* If your complaint does not appear to be covered by one of the above-listed agencies, you should contact your State government for the name of the organization within the State that would handle your complaint.

 

(U.S. Department of Labor, 2009) 

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