In U.S., Wage Growth is Being Wiped Out Entirely by Inflation

FROM THE WASHINGTON POST

Rising prices have erased U.S. workers’ meager wage gains, the latest sign strong economic growth has not translated into greater prosperity for the middle and working classes.

Cost of living was up 2.9 percent from July 2017 to July 2018, the Labor Department reported Friday, an inflation rate that outstripped a 2.7 percent increase in wages over the same period. The average U.S. “real wage,” a federal measure of pay that takes inflation into account, fell to $10.76 an hour last month, 2 cents down from where it was a year ago.

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Trade Wars, Trump Tariffs, and Protectionism Explained

FROM BBC NEWS

US President Donald Trump has shaken the foundations of global trade, slapping steep tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of goods from the EU, Canada, Mexico and China. 

All these countries are responding in kind, retaliating with levies on thousands of US products. 

This puts the world's largest economies at each other's throats.

But what is a trade war? How does protectionism work? And how will it all affect you?

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END GERRYMANDERING NOW

CLICK HERE TO RAISE YOUR VOICE NOW!

Pass the Redistricting Reform Act and set up independent commissions to draw fair maps and put the people in charge, not politicians.

Voters should choose politicians -- not the other way around.

But extreme partisan gerrymandering lets political insiders and party bosses draw district lines that box out their competition and protect their own power. Gerrymandering robs voters of their right to a meaningful choice at the polls, and weakens our democracy.

We must stop this kind of political manipulation for good. The Redistricting Reform Act would count all Americans and put the people back in charge by setting up independent commissions that prioritize inclusive public participation, fair representation, and transparency when drawing maps.

Tell your lawmakers -- support this important bill and end gerrymandering now!

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The facts about the policy of separating families at the border

The president and top administration officials say U.S. laws or court rulings are forcing them to separate families that are caught trying to cross the southern border.

These claims are false. Immigrant families are being separated primarily because the Trump administration in April began to prosecute as many border-crossing offenses as possible. This “zero-tolerance policy” applies to all adults, regardless of whether they cross alone or with their children.

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Action Update

As Pride month approaches in June, we encourage you to read on for information about how you can advocate the New York State Senate to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA), as well as for information about our upcoming meeting, which will focus on how to be an LGBTQ Ally.

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Pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act

The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) is a proposed New York law which adds gender identity and expression as a protected class in the state's human rights and hate crimes laws. New York’s lawmakers have been working to pass this legislation since 2003 but have been repeatedly blocked. They need to hear from you if you support this law.

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