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Oregon Passes Statewide Earned Sick Leave Standard

On June 12th, the Oregon state legislature passed a statewide earned sick leave bill, ensuring that almost 500,000 people across the state will no longer be forced to choose between a day’s pay and their families when illness strikes. The campaign was led by RFF grantee Family Forward Oregon. Oregon is now the fourth state with an earned sick leave law and, along with 19 city-level laws, brings the total number of workers with access to this important workplace right to over ten million nationwide.

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Criminal Justice Reform

RFF grantee, the Marshall Project, is dedicated to raising awareness about systemic problems that plague America's prisons and courts. Read its commentary on how mainstream press has missed the point on fixing Riker's Island.

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Alliance for Justice Challenges Forced Arbitration

Buried in everyday agreements for products, services, and jobs is fine print saying when you are harmed, you can’t go before an impartial jury or judge. See Alliance for Justice's documentary "Lost in the Fine Print" to learn more about how this practice undermines your civil rights.

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Two RFF Grantees Win MacArthur Awards:

RFF's grantees have won two of the nine awards for Creative and Effective Institutions announced by the MacArthur Foundation for 2015. The Campus Network program of the Roosevelt Institute, with more than 120 chapters in 38 states, strives to train and engage the next generation of leaders to identify and participate in national policy debates, and advocate for just and sustainable solutions. And the...

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...Nat'l Inst on Money in State Politics:

...also chosen by the MacArthur Foundation, tracks campaign contributions across 50 states to reveal trends in political giving, show how contributions drive public policy debates, and document how special interests fund candidates across state lines.  

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Talking Works:

Science magazine reports that support for same-sex marriage in California increased and persisted when gay canvassers were sent out by the Leadership Lab to engage voters on this issue.

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Mayor Announces Aggressive Climate Plan:

At the opening of the UN Climate Summit, Mayor de Blasio called for urgent action on climate change and announced plans for NYC to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% in the next four decades. 

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AAAS REPORT DEBUNKS CLIMATE DENIERS:

The AAAS’s “What We Know” report, sponsored by RFF, continues to reverberate and is cited regularly as a touchstone of credibility about the scientific consensus on climate.  A recent article in Salon uses the report to eviscerate the Wall Street Journal for allowing discredited and industry-paid advocates to continue to spread misinformation about accepted science in an Op-Ed piece.