February Newsline: Reflections & Highlights from the month!

Hi Friend,

It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about voting rights, utility justice, pay equity, housing rights, reproductive justice, or paid leave–we know that racism & sexism are baked into the institutions that uphold inequity. Our fight for a better future  inherently means fighting against anti-Blackness and the pervasive way racial divisions have been used to exploit workers throughout history. 

This Black History & Futures Month we must remember that racial justice and economic justice are inextricably linked and we cannot achieve one without the other. We must continue to confront and dismantle the systems of oppression that prevent our communities from thriving.

In Solidarity
Leng Leng

Spotlight: We’re Hiring

Communications Coordinator: Colorado

Full-time Senior Policy & Campaign Strategist: Colorado

Spanish/English Bilingual Climate Justice Canvasser- Colorado

Development Coordinator: Remote in USA or Atlanta

Housing & Utility Manager: Atlanta or remote in GA

Voter Registration Canvassers: Macon and Savannah

Highlights from the field:


Check out our legislative agenda. This year we’re once again at the forefront of the fight for housing justice in Colorado including mobile homeowners rights.


During this month’s virtual chapter meeting we shared our legislative priorities and trained our members on how to advocate for policy change.


Our team helped City of Milwaukee employees gain six weeks of paid parental leave. Read more about this step forward from State Director Christina Thor.

Child Tax Credits and Earned Income Tax Credits

This year the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax credit are bigger than ever. Last year’s monthly payments to parents were only half of the total due to parents and caregivers. To make sure you and your family get all the tax credits you are eligible to receive, file your taxes by April 18th, 2022. For more information visit ChildTaxCredit.gov

What we’re reading:

Dads, we need to support paid leave for all

This father shares how his experience with paid parental leave was valuable to him and how men should advocate for adequate paid parental leave for all.

Americans Are Entitled to Government That Truly Reflects Them. Let’s Start With the Supreme Court

As the Biden Administration prepares to nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court, this article reflects on the importance of having a government that reflects the people it represents and doesn’t perpetuate white, male power.

‘It doesn’t have to be this way’: How expanding paid leave could ease working parent woes, labor crunch

Efforts to pass paid leave have stalled in Congress and the Wisconsin state legislature. Learn about the benefits of paid leave for families, communities, and employers in this article. 

Amid a housing crisis, renters challenge firms they say are being exploitative

Across the country, corporations are buying rental properties, raising rent, and cutting costs wherever they can- including maintenance and repairs that make it dangerous for tenants.

More than $3 billion in stolen wages recovered for workers between 2017 and 2020

Each year millions of workers across the country are victims of wage theft—meaning they are paid less than the full wages to which they are legally entitled. Between 2017 and 2020, more than $3 billion in stolen wages was recovered on behalf of workers

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