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Working Families Win is a project of Americans for Democratic Action (ADA).  Working Families Win volunteers across the country are working with ADA volunteers to win fair wages, affordable health care and equitable tax reform.  To get involved in local organizing activities please visit the Americans for Democratic Action webpage.  Thank you!

On Super Bowl Sunday, support our labor brothers and sisters by hosting a Union Made Super Bowl!  Click here for a complete list of union made party snacks.

Working Families Win Iowa hosted a teach-in on the fiscal cliff as a part of WFW's committment to tax equity.  Dozens of commnity residents learned about the impact of the potential fiscal cliff and later took action on the issue of tax equity.

This Thanksgiving, support our brothers and sisters by having a Union-Made Thanksgiving!

The 2012 Election Season with Working Families Win

On November 6, Working Families Win volunteers and staff from across the country came together to secure major victories for working family advocates at levels of elected office.  Not only was President Obama elected to his second term in office, working family advocates gained strength in both chambers of Congress and in state legislatures across the country.  Working Families Win played a major role in fighting back against the extreme conservative agenda.

Below are some highlights from the 2012 election season:

New Hampshire
WFW New Hampshire placed over 5,700 calls into the race for Governor, Senate District 12 and Senate District 9. According to America Votes NH, we “Had a major impact. [Your] calls went into some of the most important legislative races in the state.” Working Families Win advocates won in the gubernatorial race, SD12, and just 210 votes separate the SD9 candidates, which sends the race to recount. WFW NH also played a role in President Obama’s win in this presidential battleground state.

Iowa
In Iowa WFW again used a state- level strategy to impact ballot races. The WFW Iowa crew canvassed over 1,800 homes using literature that compared candidate positions on issues and called almost 5,000 voters. Our GOTV efforts helped ensure the Democrats’ win in the Iowa senate by 600 votes!  The targeted congressional races split, with Bruce Braley winning in CD1 and Christie Vilsack losing to Steve King in CD4. Again, WFW played a role in a presidential battleground state that President Obama won.

Nevada
WFW Nevada targeted a tight state senate race, SD15. Two incumbents were pitted against one another, with a strong progressive, Sheila Leslie, narrowly defeated by 266 votes. Working Families Win volunteers called over 2000 irregular Washoe County voters. Unfortunately we were just shy of pulling a victory in this state senate race. While that was disappointing, WFW again played a role in this presidential battleground state.

Working Families Win Iowa Hosts The "Nuns on the Bus" Tour.  Sister Simone Campbell spoke to a packed house at the WFW IA office about the devastating impacts of the Romney/Ryan budget on the most needy. 

Click here to read news coverage of the event. 

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 Working Families Win Opens a New Office in Iowa
In Iowa, Working Families Win opened a new office in downtown Waterloo. This new Main Street office offers increased visibility and a large classroom that will be used for organizing meetings and community events.

Working Families Win Iowa Co-Sponsors Forum Celebrating the 47th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid.  The fourm highlighted ways in which The Affordable Care Act strengthens two of America's most successful prorgams.  Read more about the event here.

Working Families Win is proud to report that activists from 21 states answered the call to “Buy American” this Fourth of July!  On JuVolunteers across the country from Alaska to Georgia and from Arizona to Maryland helped educate their friends, family and neighbors about the benefits of Buying American.  We will continue to promote policies that Invest in America and we hope you will continue to stay involved.  Check back here soon for additional action items!

Working Families Win celebrates the U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its entirety.  The ACA has expanded healthcare coverage to millions of Americans and has touched many Working Families Win volunteer lives.  Click here to read stories about more Working Families Win volunteers who have been touched by the ACA.  
Although we celebrate this recent victory, tomorrow the insurance lobby and their Republican allies will ruthlessly work to dismantle the ACA piece by piece. We must work across the country to pass a well established, successful, and uniquely American model for healthcare reform and that’s Medicare Part ‘E’ – “Medicare for Everyone.” Since its establishment in 1965, Medicare has been a national treasure providing coverage to 45 million people 65 and older and those with disabilities. Now let's get to work and finish the job!

STEVE KING: A PROFESSIONAL LIAR! 

Working Families Win Iowa recently kicked off its 2012 bird-dogging season at a campaign event in Mason City Iowa hosted by Congressman Steve King of Iowa’s new 4th congressional district.  When Working Families Win organizer Chris Schwartz called out Rep. King on his false assertions that the President's new health care law would decrease health insurance coverage by 30 million, King became agitated and unable to handle the facts, calling in back up to have Schwartz thrown out of the event.  See what all the fuss is about here.

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Congratulations to Working Families Win DC and Americans for Democratic Action Education Fund for organizing a successful Progressive Tax Reform Summit & protest at Grover Norquist's office.  Click here to see CSPAN coverage of the Progressive Tax Reform Summit, hosted by John Nichols of The Nation.  Then check out the Invest in America:Tax Equity page to read more about the Tax Day rally at Grover Norquist's office!

We NEED YOUR HELP TO PROMOTE FAIR TRADE!  Click here to sign a petition demanding that U.S. officials move the Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement negotiations into the light of day.  Despite the far-reaching nature of the Trans-Pacific FTA, the U.S. Trade Representative has refused to release any of its negotiating proposals for public scrutiny.  That is not right and has to stop! 

Working Families Win Iowa fights cuts in academics at the University of Northern Iowa! 

Over 100 people braved the pouring rain for a rally where State Senator Jeff Danielson and State Rep. Bob Kressig spoke in supprt of their efforts. The following day volunteers held a funeral procession, mourning the loss of academic programs at UNI.

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Secretary Sebelius, HHS, references WFW New Hampshire volunteer Gail O'Brien on the Daily Show! Gail was the first person to get high risk healthcare coverage because of the Affordable Care Act. Way to go Gail & WFW NH!!  Click here to watch the episode.

Congratulations to Working Families Win New Hampshire for organizing a successful Afternoon with Howard Dean!  A special congratulations to the 2011 Progressive Leader Award recipient Kath Allen!  Thank you to all the volunteers, participants and donors who helped make this event a huge hit! 

Click here to see more photos from the event.

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Working Families Win stands in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

On November 17 Working Families Win New Hampshire turned out in solidarity for an International Day of Action with Occupy Wall Street and allies.  Click here to see local news coverage.

Click here to find out more at the Working Families Winn Occupy Wall Street solidarity page.

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ON NOV 8, IOWANS ELECTED LIZ MATHIS TO THE IOWA STATE SENATE, ENSURING THAT PROGRESS ON ISSUES SUCH AS UNIVERSAL PRE-SCHOOL, CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE, WORKERS RIGHTS AND MINIMUM WAGE IS NOT ROLLED BACK.  VOLUNTEERS FROM WORKING FAMILIES WIN IOWA MADE OVER 12,000 CALLS TO IOWA VOTERS IN THIS ELECTION.  CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WORKING FAMILIES WIN TEAM AND TO THE MATHIS CAMPAIGN!  WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH SENATOR ELECT MATHIS ON WORKING FAMILIES ISSUES.

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Working Families Win Iowa talk jobs creation with Congressman Dave Loebsack. 

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WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

Rep. Jan Schakowsky talks about her new Jobs Bill which will hire two million Americans to address our jobs crisis. 

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This week join trade activists all over the country in a NATIONAL WEEK OF ACTION against the three NAFTA-style trade deals with Korea, Colombia and Panama.

Click here to find out how you can participate.

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Working Families Win stands in solidarity with the thousands of Ohio working people who delivered over 1.3 million petition signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State in support of a referendum to overturn the anti-worker collective bargaining ban. 

 Voters in November will now have the opportunity to cast a vote against the attack on Ohio's working families!  Click here to read the news report.

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Working Families Win Iowa travels north to support Wisconsin's working families!

  

A delegation of Working Families Win Iowa volunteers rallied to show solidarity with the struggle of workers in Wisconsin, who are fighting to keep their right to collective bargaining.
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Working Families Win New Hampshire volunteer is the first person to get high risk health coverage because of the Affordable Care Act.

 Check Out Gail O'Brien's Story Here!

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Working Families Win

Organizes in Support of

 President Franklin D. Roosevelt's

Economic Bill of Rights

"Under which a new basis of security and prosperity can be established for allregardless of station, race, or creed."

January 11, 1944

• The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation;

• The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation;

• The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living;

• The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad;

• The right of every family to a decent home;

• The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health;

• The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;

• The right to a good education.

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Working Families Win, a project of Americans for Democratic Action and the ADA Education Fund, is empowering working families around the country by engaging citizens in public policies that affect their lives. To get involved, contact us today!