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National Focus on Paid Leave

In a memo to federal agencies to advance paid parental leave and in his State of the Union address, Pres. Obama urged Congress to pass legislation guaranteeing seven paid sicks days a year to all workers. A recent poll found that a large majority of voters across the political spectrum favor workplace reforms that provide paid sick days, equal pay, and affordable child or elder care.

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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.

Updates

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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.