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Looking to 2022, People’s Action Launches Game-Changing Electoral Strategy to Boost Progressive Power

Building on Success of 2020 Deep Canvassing Program to Defeat Trump, National Organizing Network Plans to Elect Progressive Champions in Competitive Federal Races Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action today launched a game-changing electoral strategy, Rise Up 2022, to boost progressive power in the U.S. Senate and House by organizing in competitive races […]

Progressive Health Care Advocates Launch New Campaign Against Blue Cross Blue Shield on Same Day As Insurer’s Annual Shareholder Meeting

“Care Over Cost” Campaign Demands Behemoth Health Insurer Put People Before Profit by Halting Rate Increases and Approving Claims Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—On the same day as Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield’s (BCBS) annual shareholder meeting, health insurance consumers and health justice advocates launched Care Over Cost, a campaign against the behemoth […]

People’s Bailout Coalition Places New York Times Ad With Nearly 200 Progressive Groups Calling on Congress to Go Bigger and Bolder to Deliver Jobs and Justice

As Biden Proposes Reducing His Recovery Package, campaigns Urge Congress to Invest $10 Trillion Over Next Decade on Climate, Jobs, and Justice Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—The People’s Bailout today placed an ad in The New York Times along with three other networks and nearly 200 organizations calling on Congress to go bigger […]

People’s Action Rebukes President Biden’s Walkback on Infrastructure

Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action today released the following statement by Climate Justice Campaign Director Kaniela Ing in response to President Biden’s surrender to Senate Republicans on his infrastructure bill: “President Biden’s bill was already three times too small before this attempt to placate Republicans and their billionaire backers. Republicans don’t want […]

St. Paul Council Member Yang Joins People’s Action to Host National Stop Anti-Asian Hate Teach-In

Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—In the middle of a month dedicated to uplifting the Asian-American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community, People’s Action was joined by St. Paul Council Member Nelsie Yang to host a teach-in in response to the rise of targeted violence against AAPI, fueled by anti-Asian rhetoric in politics and anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

Justice is Global Joins 65 Orgs: Cold War with China is a Dangerous and Self-Defeating Strategy

Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—In response to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s recent vote to advance the Strategic Competition Act of 2021 (SCA), and reports that it will receive a Senate floor vote this week, Justice is Global (a project of People’s Action) joined 65 organizations yesterday to release the following statement: “We, the undersigned organizations that […]

People’s Action Announces Endorsement of Minneapolis City Council Candidates and Yes 4 Minneapolis Public Safety Charter Amendment

Contact: Johanna Kichton, 202.660.0605, [email protected] WASHINGTON, D.C.–People’s Action today announced three endorsements for the Minneapolis City Council and its support for the Yes 4 Minneapolis Public Safety Charter Amendment campaign. The candidates are running movement politics, people-powered campaigns and will fight for the People’s Action People’s Platform once elected. The candidates and the Yes 4 […]

People’s Action Opposes Sen. Stabenow’s Growing Climate Solutions Act

Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action today released the following statement by Senior Strategist on Rural Policy and Organizing Shawn Sebastian opposing Sen. Stabenow (D-MI)’s Growing Climate Solutions Act, a bill which would have dangerous consequences for rural communities and family farms: “This bill would let big polluters greenwash their emissions while using […]

People’s Action/Justice is Global Statement on White House Support of the TRIPS Waiver

Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—Justice is Global Director Tobita Chow today released the following statement in response to Ambassador Katherine Tai’s announcement of U.S. support for the TRIPS waiver, which would suspend patent rights for COVID-19 vaccines so countries like India and South Africa can access live-saving medication: “The White House’s decision today […]

People’s Action, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Cori Bush, and Sunrise Movement Host National Day of Action for Green New Deal

Groups Push Newly Introduced Green Legislation: Green New Deal Resolution, Civilian Climate Corps, and Green New Deal for Cities Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action today joined U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, Cori Bush, D-Mo., and Sunrise Movement to lead a national day of action to support the Green New Deal (GND). Participants will call their elected Members of Congress […]

People’s Action Statement on President Biden’s American Families Plan

Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action Campaigns Director Sondra Youdelman today released the following statement in response to President Biden’s American Families Plan: “We are heartened to see President Biden’s commitment to working class families. There is enormous potential to jumpstart our economy by redistributing the wealth in our country to make sure […]

People’s Action and The New Conversation Initiative Join Forces to Launch Nation’s First Deep Canvass Institute

Growing in Popularity as Movement Tool, Deep Canvassing is a Method Used to Defeat Trump, Pass LGBTQ Rights, and Win Big Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action and The New Conversation Initiative today announced the launch of the nation’s first Deep Canvass Institute. Deep canvassing is a groundbreaking conversation methodology that is proven […]

People’s Action Statement on Conviction of Derek Chauvin

Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action Director George Goehl and Deputy Director Bree Carlson today released the following statement in response to the conviction of Derek Chauvin: “No verdict will bring George Floyd back, or deliver justice to his family  and others who have suffered state-sanctioned police violence. Today, we breathe a sigh […]

Alongside Reps. Cori Bush and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, People’s Action Launches Local Green New Deal Campaign

Campaign Aims to Unleash Local Power by Winning $1T for Budget-Strapped Local Governments to Organize Environment Projects Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action today launched a new climate justice campaign, Local Green New Deal, with a joint petition, video, and new Green New Deal federal legislation alongside U.S. Reps. Cori Bush, D-Mo. and […]

People’s Action Member Orgs Mobilize to Call On Congress to Pass Transformational Recovery Package

As President Biden Announced American Jobs Plan, Grassroots Activists Took Action Across the Country to Urge Congress Pass $10 Trillion Package Addressing Climate, Care, Jobs, and Justice Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action member organizations across the country yesterday called on Congress to pass a transformational economic recovery and infrastructure package, like the […]

People’s Action Statement on President Biden’s American Jobs Plan

Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action Climate Justice Campaign Director Kaniela Ing today released the following statement in response to President Biden’s American Jobs Plan: “President Biden’s American Jobs Plan is a strong start. It begins to seriously address some of our government’s past failures, fix our broken down physical infrastructure, and rapidly […]

People’s Action Statement on CDC Moratorium Extension

Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action Homes Guarantee Campaign Director Tara Raghuveer today released the following statement in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention temporarily extending the national eviction moratorium to June 30th:  “The Biden administration did the right thing by extending the eviction moratorium. But, beyond introducing a new […]

People’s Action Announces First Slate of 2021 Municipal Endorsements

Contact: Johanna Kichton, 202.660.0605, [email protected] WASHINGTON, D.C.–People’s Action today endorsed its first slate of 10 city-level candidates for election. The candidates are running movement politics, people-powered campaigns and will fight for the People’s Action People’s Platform once elected. Each of these candidates is also endorsed by one of People’s Action member organizations: One People’s Campaign, […]

People’s Action Statement on President Biden’s $3T Infrastructure and Jobs Package

Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action Climate Justice Campaign Director Kaniela Ing today released the following statement in response to news reports of President Biden’s upcoming $3 trillion infrastructure, jobs, education, and climate package: “I’m encouraged to see President Biden driving forward his campaign promise to create millions of good jobs to tackle the climate crisis. But […]

People’s Action Endorses Reps. Jayapal and Dingell Medicare for All Reintroduction in House

As Nation Looks Towards Post-Pandemic Future, Medicare for All Offers Transformative Solution to Global Health Crisis Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action today endorsed the reintroduction of Medicare for All by Reps. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.,  and Debbie Dingell, D-Mich.,  in the House of Representatives. People’s Action member organizations helped secure original congressional cosponsors and secured the inclusion […]

“People Over Profit” Rallies Push Pharmaceutical Companies to Commit to Equitable Global Vaccine Distribution

Activists gathered across U.S. calling for lower-income countries ravaged by COVID-19 to get immediate access to lifesaving vaccines  Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 NEW YORK, N.Y. ––  Today, activists gathered at rallies in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia as part of a day of action calling for pharmaceutical companies to prioritize “people over […]

People’s Action: COVID Bill a Welcome Relief, Reminder of Work Ahead

Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action Director George Goehl today released the following statement in response to the imminent final passage of the American Rescue Plan through Congress: “This rescue plan brings much needed relief to struggling people and communities from coast to coast. We look forward to President Biden signing this far-reaching […]

People’s Action Statement on House Passage of PRO Act

Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605  WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action Campaigns Director Sondra Youdelman today released the following statement in response to the House passage of the PRO Act: “Workers face an uphill battle, and they need a strong labor movement to protect them as we recover from this pandemic. We have to fight to make sure that corporations and […]

People’s Action to Senate: Listen to Workers—Keep $15 In

Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action today released the following statement by Director George Goehl calling on the Senate to do everything it can to include a minimum wage increase in the COVID relief package moving through Congress: “We need Congress to fight for everyday people. It is undemocratic to allow an unelected […]

On Day Rent is Due, People’s Action Hosts Day of Action Solidarity Rallies and Calls for Rent Cancellation

Tenants and Community Members Reclaim Stories at Courthouses, Apartment Complexes, and Homes Across the Country and Call on Senate to Stand Up for Renters Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action’s Homes Guarantee Campaign is today hosting a Day of Action in which tenants and community members across the country are holding rallies in […]

People’s Action Statement on Senate Parliamentarian Decision to Block Minimum Wage Hike in COVID Relief Bill

Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action today released the following statement by Campaign Director Sondra Youdelman in response to the Senate Parliamentarian blocking a minimum wage increase from being included in the COVID relief package moving through Congress: “Republicans will stop at nothing to do the bidding of corporate America and the ultra […]

Majority Leader Schumer and Sen. Sanders Join People’s Action Town Hall to Call for Real COVID Relief

As COVID Deaths Pass Half a Million, People’s Action Calls On Congress to Deliver Immediate, Just, and Comprehensive COVID Relief for All  Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—As Congress works through the reconciliation process and the nation passes 500,000 COVID deaths, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders joined People’s Action […]

Leading Progressive Drug Policy Orgs Cheer Reintroduction of Bipartisan MAT Act

In Letter Last Month, 192 Orgs Called on Biden to Save Lives by Removing Barriers to Life-Saving Treatment and Passing MAT Act Contact: Johanna Kichton, 202.660.0605, [email protected] WASHINGTON, D.C.—Leading harm reduction, drug policy, and health care organizations People’s Action, VOCAL-NY, the Drug Policy Alliance, and National Harm Reduction Coalition today released the following statement in response to […]

HEAL Food Alliance & People’s Action Statements on the Confirmation of Tom Vilsack as Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture

February 24, 2021 – Yesterday, the Senate confirmed former Iowa governor, Tom Vilsack, as Secretary of  Agriculture. This is Vilsack’s second time leading the Department of Agriculture (USDA), having done so first from 2009 to 2017 during the Obama administration. In response to Secretary Vilsack’s confirmation, Navina Khanna, Executive Director of HEAL Food Alliance  issued […]

Over 90 Grassroots Health Care and Labor Groups Urge Senate to Immediately Confirm Xavier Becerra to HHS

Groups Push Senators for Swift Action on Historic Confirmation Amid Pandemic in New Letter Led by People’s Action  Contact: Johanna Kichton, 202.660.0605, [email protected]  WASHINGTON, D.C.—Over 90 grassroots health care and labor groups today wrote to Senate leadership urging them to immediately confirm Attorney General Xavier Becerra as the Secretary of the Department of Health and […]

Student Action on Student Debt Cancellation: We Need More

Contact: Johanna Kichton, 202.660.0605, [email protected]  WASHINGTON, D.C.—Student Action released the following statements from Program Director Adiel Pollydore and Iowa Student Action Lead Organizer Denise Cheeseman on the resolution introduced in Congress last week that calls on President Biden to forgive $50,000 of federal student loan debt per borrower through executive action: “We applaud champions in […]

People’s Action Announces New Deep Canvass Campaign for COVID Relief

After Deep Canvass Successes in Presidential Election and Georgia Runoffs, People’s Action to Engage People Around Recurring Cash Payments in West Virginia, Arizona, and Missouri Contact: Johanna Kichton, 202.660.0605, [email protected]  WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action today announced a new deep canvassing campaign to help secure recurring cash payments in the next COVID relief bill. People’s Action will […]

As Congress Negotiates COVID Relief Bill and Budget Reconciliation Process Begins, People’s Action Announces Priorities to Protect Everyday People

In New Letter to Congressional Democratic Leaders, People’s Action Demands Lawmakers Fight for Cash Payments, Vaccines for All, Rent Relief, Good Jobs and Pay, Debt Cancellation, and State Funding Contact: Johanna Kichton, 202.660.0605, [email protected]  WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action today sent a letter to congressional Democrat leadership demanding they protect everyday people in any new COVID relief […]

People’s Action: We’re Living Through a Climate Emergency. Now Let’s Act Like It

Contact: Johanna Kichton, 202.660.0605, [email protected] WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action released the following statement from Climate Justice Campaign Director Kaniela Ing after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called on President Biden to endorse the THRIVE Agenda and declare a climate emergency for the United States: “This echoes the demands of thousands of grassroots organizers, the declarations of 1,864 jurisdictions […]

People’s Action: Protect People, Not Banks

Contact: Johanna Kichton, 202.660.0605, [email protected]  WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action Deputy Director Bree Carlson today released the following statement in response to news reports that President Biden is expected to appoint Michael Barr to lead the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC): “Millions of people face foreclosures and evictions, the loss of their businesses and farms, […]

People’s Action Statement on President Biden’s Executive Orders

Contact: Johanna Kichton, 202.660.0605, [email protected]  WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action today release the following statements in anticipation of President Biden’s executive orders on climate, housing, and immigration: Climate “The Biden administration’s commitment to act on climate and revoke the Keystone XL pipeline’s permit are encouraging first steps in the direction of climate and environmental justice,” People and […]

On Eve of Inauguration, People’s Action and Tenants Facing Eviction Demand Lawmakers Seize Moment to Protect Tenants

In New Letters, Campaign that Helped Lead #CancelRent Movement Urges Biden to Issue Eviction Moratorium With Teeth And Demands Congress Finally Cancel Rent and Rental Debt Contact: Johanna Kichton, [email protected], 202.660.0605 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action today united with tenants facing eviction to host a press conference to call on President-Elect Biden to immediately issue an eviction moratorium that […]

Over 200 Drug Policy, Harm Reduction, Health Care, and Community Groups Call on Biden Administration to Prioritize Public Health Solutions to Curb Overdose Crisis and Dismantle Drug War

Amid Spike in Overdose Deaths Exacerbated by Failed Response to Pandemic, Groups Send Letter Urging Biden Team to Focus on Harm Reduction and Abandon Criminalization Contact: Johanna Kichton, 202.660.0605, [email protected] WASHINGTON, D.C.—Over 200 drug policy, harm reduction, health care, and community based organizations from across the country today sent a letter to Rahul Gupta, Team Lead for the Office […]

People’s Action Statement on Impeachment of Donald Trump

Contact: Johanna Kichton, 202.660.0605, [email protected]  WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action Director George Goehl today released the following statement in response to the U.S. House of Representatives impeaching Donald Trump on the charge of “incitement of insurrection”: “Donald Trump’s presidency has been one of many firsts, and that now includes being the first president to be impeached twice. Republicans chose […]

People’s Action: Congress Must Reconvene to Remove Trump

Contact: Johanna Kichton, 202.660.0605, [email protected]  WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action Director George Goehl today released the following statement in response to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building yesterday and reports that Congress would adjourn until after the January 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden: “The Republican Party has played with fire for years, aiding and abetting […]

People’s Action Celebrates Senate Runoff Elections in Georgia

Contact: Johanna Kichton, 202.660.0605, [email protected]  WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action today released the following statement by Deputy Director Bree Carlson after Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff both won their special elections in Georgia and flipped the Senate: “We congratulate Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff on their historic elections, and we look forward to working alongside […]

People’s Action Announces Results of Massive Deep Canvassing Campaign in Georgia to Flip Senate

After Calling More than 1.2 Million Voters, People’s Action Congratulates Warnock As Count Continues Contact: Johanna Kichton, 202.660.0605, [email protected] WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action today announced the results of its deep canvassing campaign to turn out voters in the Georgia Senate runoff elections in support of Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. People’s Action focused on turning […]

People’s Action: “Heartless” GOP Demands Turned COVID Relief Bill Into a Band-Aid

Group Calls on Congress to Pass the Legislation as a Down Payment on More Robust Response December 20, 2020Contact: Derrick Crowe, 512.516.5067, [email protected]  WASHINGTON, D.C.—People’s Action Director George Goehl today released the following statement in response to information released about the agreement reached by congressional negotiators on COVID relief legislation:   “To say this relief package […]

People’s Action and 24 Member Groups Urge Biden Admin in New Letter to Transform DOL and Protect Workers

Groups Demand Biden Meet the Moment and Transform DOL’s Focus to Support and Build Worker Power in an Era Domineered by Corporate Control and Gig Economies Contact: Johanna Kichton, 202.660.0605, [email protected] WASHINGTON, DC—People’s Action and 24 directors of its member groups today sent a letter to the Biden administration urging it to transform the Department […]

Leading progressive groups launch public pressure campaign for Biden to address fossil fuel pollution and the climate crisis

Today, organizations representing millions of environmental, racial, and economic justice advocates across the country are launching a new campaign to hold President-elect Joe Biden accountable to his promises for bold climate action. The Build Back Fossil Free campaign includes 25 crucial executive actions Biden must take the moment he enters office to prevent climate chaos, […]

People’s Action Statement on Tom Vilsack’s Appointment to Head the USDA

Contact: Johanna Kichton, 202.660.0605, [email protected]  WASHINGTON, DC—People’s Action Senior Strategist for Rural People and Planet First Campaigns Shawn Sebastian today released the following statement in response to President-elect Biden’s official nomination of Tom Vilsack to lead the Department of Agriculture (USDA):  “It is a huge mistake by President-elect Biden’s transition team to completely dismiss the swift, strong, […]

People’s Action to Congress: Stop Being Lap Dogs for Corporations and Deliver People Urgent Relief Now

Contact: Johanna Kichton, 202.660.0605, [email protected] WASHINGTON, DC—People’s Action Director George Goehl today released the following statement in reaction to the bipartisan COVID relief bill being negotiated in Congress:  “It’s unconscionable that we have COVID relief proposals on the table that deny people direct cash assistance and offer corporations a get-out-of-jail-free card for the consequences of forcing employees […]