[COMM-ORG] What's New at CVH?

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Sun Mar 14 16:54:12 CDT 2010

From:     Talia L. Schank <talia at cvhaction.org>


Members of Community Voices Heard have been off to quite a start this 
year. A few updates:

*Local Jobs for America Act*
Members in New York City and Newburgh have worked hard since January to 
gather support from local elected officials to push for a community jobs 
bill to help revitalize families and local communities. Their work paid 
off today with the introduction of the Local Jobs for America Act, 
written by U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-CA), which would create 1 million 
public and private sector jobs. The bill will provide $75 billion over 
two years to local communities to hold off on planned cuts or re-hire 
workers who were laid off because of budget cuts.

Earlier in the year, the New York City and Newburgh chapters held press 
conferences announcing the support of various elected officials signing 
on as co-sponsors of the bill. CVH will keep you posted as the bill 
progresses through Congress.

*Women for Economic Justice Briefing*
Welfare & Workforce Development campaign members traveled to Washington, 
D.C. in late February to attend and participate in the briefing hosted 
by Women for Economic Justice, a coalition

Members met with various elected and agency officials to create 
awareness on job creation and public assistance. Meetings included 
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's office, staff of Health and Human Services 
to discuss Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Chief of 
Staff with Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), and staff of the House Ways and 
Means Committee. 

Briefings at the House and Senate were highly attended.

*2010 U.S. Census
*CVH is working with its members to reach out to local communities to 
increase awareness and participation in the 2010 U.S. Census. In 
addition to determining electoral districts, the Census is a critical 
determinant for the allocation of federal funds. CVH members are working 
to ensure that populations and needs of low-income communities are 
represented and funded accordingly. 

This past weekend, members from our Newburgh Chapter knocked on doors, 
urging people to be counted. The article linked below notes estimates 
that for every 100 people not counted, approximately "$1.2 million [is 
lost] over the next decade in federally funded programs."

Door-to-Door Visits Target Newburghers, Urging Reply to Census 

The work of our members is possible because of your support of our 
Direct Members, who pay membership dues of $60 a year. Please join us 
today in our fight for economic justice by becoming a Solidarity Member 
with a gift of $120. 

In Solidarity,

Your friends at Community Voices Heard

Randy Stoecker

e-mail:  rstoecker at wisc.edu

Department of Community and Environmental Sociology
350 Agricultural Hall
1450 Linden Drive
Madison, Wisconsin

Tel: (608) 890-0764
Fax: (608) 262-6022 

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