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June 30, 2023 – 1000th edition!

Voting rights, affirmative action, striking nurses, and more!

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  • AFFIRMATIVE ACTION—A PETITION TO SIGNThe Supreme Court has ruled that colleges and universities must use “colorblind” admissions policies, reversing decades of precedent allowing affirmative action. This decision will likely lead to precipitous declines in Black and Hispanic enrollment in selective colleges and universities. As all the implications of this decision become clearer over time, there will be many actions we can take to stop the damage and work toward progress. For now, however, we can sign a this petition from the racial justice organization Color of Change, telling U.S. colleges, and corporations to “take meaningful action to reduce racial bias and discrimination” in “admissions and hiring processes, and to combat racism in all forms.”
    Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL)’s hold to block military promotions, which he is using to object to the military’s policy to cover travel costs for service members seeking reproductive care, is having growing consequences. More than 250 promotions are already stalled, and on July 10th, the U.S. Marine Corps will be led by an acting commandant for the first time in 164 years as a result of Tuberville’s stunt. It is time for Democrats to stop letting him hold our national security hostage. Let’s contact our senators and push them to force floor votes on these promotions and make Republicans publicly go on record as to whether they back Tuberville’s holds or not. Since this will take extra floor time, let’s also ask them to cancel the August recess so they can move these and other stalled nominees if the holds are not lifted.

  • SUPPORT STRIKING NURSES Newly unionized nurses at two Ascension hospitals in Wichita, Kansas and one in Austin, Texas (approx. 1800 nurses in all) held a one-day strike on Tuesday. The main issue, over which the nurses have been negotiating, is staffing levels; the strike comes amid a nationwide nursing shortage and on the heels of a New York Times investigation in December into the Ascension chain’s years of cutting staff to increase profits.  Ascension is a nonprofit health care chain with about 139,000 employees in 19 states and more than $1.7 billion cash in hand as of June 30, 2022.  Nonetheless, Ascension has now locked out the striking nurses.  Let’s write to our MoCs supporting the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (S.567/H.R.20) and tell Ascension executives what we think of their labor practices–CEO Joseph Impicciche, 4600 Edmundson Rd, St. Louis, MO 6313, 314-733-8000.




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