I cannot believe how quickly summer is turning into fall. As we welcome the change in season, it is critical now more than ever to make sure our voice and the voices of our communities are heard through voting!
Today is National Voter Registration Day. Do you have one minute to check your voter registration status at 9to5.org/govote? There has been so much change and progress towards our shared goals this past year and we must carry this momentum forward to ensure our voices are heard every year. Every election is incredibly important in building the strong future that we want for ourselves, our children, and our communities.
Spotlight: Why are the light bills so damn high in Georgia?
Light bills are sometimes higher than rent in Albany, Georgia. 9to5 Georgia’s People Over Profit: The Campaign for Utilities Justice in Albany, GA report highlights the main causes of high utility bills and how working families of color are most impacted.
High utility bills are not just a problem in Georgia. Over 30 million Americans have been unable to pay their light bills in full over the past 12 months. Working families across the country are faced with choosing between keeping the lights on and other basic needs.
We need to tell Congress that utilities are a basic human need and not a product to profit from. Click here to write them now.
Highlights from the field:
Tenants of a Colorado apartment complex have teamed up with 9to5 Colorado to organize a petition to demand decent living conditions. The corporate owners of the complex have already been cited by the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment, but issues with water, pests, sanitation, and structure continue. Read more:
Our September Virtual Chapter Meeting focused on redistricting, how political maps are drawn, and the role we all have in ensuring our communities are respected and represented. The recording includes an overview of the redistricting process and how racist practices like gerrymandering have affected Georgia. Watch here:
9to5 Wisconsin has been rallying members to contact Congress to support paid leave and affordable child care in the federal budget process. Join us and tell your representatives & senators to prioritize these issues and ensure they are inclusive, affordable, and accessible to all working families. Send a letter now:
What We’re Reading
- Colorado must keep mobile-home living affordable
- The Cost of Essential Work for Black Women
- Climate Change Is Worsening Ozone Problems On The Front Range. Hispanic Communities Feel It The Most
- The Fight For Paid Parental And Medical Leave Has Officially Begun
- Map: Here’s how many people could face evictions across the U.S.
- How abortion restrictions like Texas’ push pregnant people into poverty