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LeeAnn Hall: $15 Minimum Wage Can’t Happen Soon Enough

LeeAnn Hall, co-director of People’s Action Institute, provided this statement today on the $15 minimum wage proposal: Organizations that make up People’s Action Institute have been fighting for a $15 minimum wage on the city and state level for years, helping lead the fight in Seattle – the first city to adopt $15 – and […]

Activists Pledge to Keep the Health Care Fight Alive Back Home

WASHINGTON – More than eight hundred grassroots community leaders gathered at the People’s Action “Hometown Rising Town Hall” on Tuesday to launch the next stage in the fight to stop Republicans from repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), gutting Medicaid and the Indian Health Service, and trading away health care for tax giveaways to corporations […]

Leeann Hall: Republicans In The House Budget Committee Just Voted To Shutter Small Town Clinics And Hospitals

WASHINGTON – Republicans in the House Budget Committee voted today to advance health repeal legislation that would force 24 million people off health care, slash $880 billion from Medicaid, drive up health care costs for older and poorer people, and cause thousands of deaths. The committee voted without discussion of recent Congressional Budget Office Analysis […]

George Goehl: Trump’s Budget is Not Who We Are

“The Federal budget is a statement of our values and priorities as a nation.  This budget proposal from the President would lead anyone to believe  we are morally bankrupt. This is not who we are.” President Trump’s proposed budget would cut the Environmental Protection Agency budget by 31percent, and eliminate 15,000 EPA workers. A statement […]

Disney Refuses to Drop Trump’s Advisory Council

WASHINGTON – People’s Action has collected more than 65,000 petition signatures calling on Disney CEO Bob Iger to resign from President Donald Trump’s economic advisory council and stop collaborating with Trump. Together with allies at SumOfUs, CREDO, Color of Change, the Center for Public Democracy, and others we delivered over 370,000 petition signatures to Disney […]

The Health Care Uprising Is Just Beginning

WASHINGTON – In the dead of night, the Senate voted to confirm Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as Secretary of Health and Human Services. The vote was 52 to 47, along party lines, with Democratic Senators unanimously opposing Price, a drug corporation insider who has pushed legislation that would benefit corporations in which he has investments. […]

Statement on Trump’s Order Shutting the Door on Refugees

President Trump’s executive order Friday, calling for “extreme vetting,” suspends refugee admissions to the U.S., and shuts the door on Syrian refugees and other vulnerable families when they are most in need. Mehrdad Azemun is the campaigns director for People’s Action. His family immigrated from Iran to the United States in the late 1970s. He […]

Climate March in Communities Nationwide on April 29

WASHINGTON. – Climate activists have announced a major “People’s Climate March” on April 29 in Washington, D.C. and throughout the country. The effort is being organized by the coalition formed out of 2014’s People’s Climate March, which brought over 400,000 people to the streets of New York City and many more around the world. The […]

Trump immigration orders desecrate our shared principles

Today, Donald Trump signed executive actions to build a wall along the southern border, create a deportation force, and exact retribution against sanctuary cities. President Trump is also expected to order a Muslim ban, in the form of an immigration ban targeted at several majority Muslim countries, and a shutdown of our country’s refugee program. […]

Thousands Rise Up Nationwide for Resist Trump Tuesday to Oppose Nominees and Resist his Dangerous Agenda

  NATIONWIDE – More than 10,000 activists and concerned people are taking part in over 200 peaceful #ResistTrumpTuesday rallies outside in-district Congressional offices today, urging Senators to Stop Trump’s #SwampCabinet. Activists with People’s Action,, and the Working Families Party organized rallies to urge the Senate to delay Cabinet confirmations until more is learned about […]

More Than a Hundred Protests Planned for First Rise Up and Resist Trump Tuesday

Media Advisory Visuals: Stop the #SwampCabinet” actions will feature excellent visuals with creative props and groups of activists. WASHINGTON – Momentum is growing following this weekend’s historic mobilizations opposing Donald Trump and his agenda. People throughout the country will again come together on Tuesday, in more than 100 actions targeted toward U.S. Senators, demanding that […]

Trump’s First Act: A Big Giveaway to Wall Street Elites

On Friday, immediately after he was sworn in as America’s 45th President, Donald J. Trump signed a series of Executive Orders, including the roll-back of a Federal Housing Authority insurance premium cut. Liz Ryan Murray, policy director for People’s Action, a national progressive grassroots advocacy organization, issued the following statement. “Donald Trump’s inaugural speech proclaimed […]

Third Way Leading The Democrats The Wrong Way?

CHICAGO – Today, think tank Third Way announced the launch of a new $20 million political campaign that will study why Democrats lost in 2016 and how they can chart a path forward. In a story from POLITICO about the campaign, Third Way President Jonathan Cowan slammed “big government liberal populism.” George Goehl, the co-director of People’s Action, a national […]

Resistance Assemblies Gain Momentum as Trump Inauguration Nears

WASHINGTON – More than 500 resistance assemblies will be held nationwide Sunday with tens of thousands of people coming together in libraries, community centers, living rooms, churches and coffee shops to organize and plan resistance to President-elect Donald Trump, his agenda and his toxic cabinet nominees. The assemblies coincide with the national day of action […]

Trump Diverts Attention From Massive Conflicts of Interest, Wall Street Takeover of Washington

WASHINGTON – Today, President-elect Donald Trump held his first formal news conference since July 27, 2016. In response, LeeAnn Hall and George Goehl, co-directors of People’s Action, a national grassroots advocacy organization, issued the following statement: “Mr. Trump likes to point fingers but fails to take responsibility. At his first news conference since July 27, […]

Pro-Democracy Groups Demand McConnell Delay Confirmation Hearings Until Ethics Process is Complete

WASHINGTON – In less than a day, more than 164,000 people and dozens of leading pro-democracy organizations have signed onto a petition and letter demanding than Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators delay hearings for Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees until ethics reviews are complete. The sign-on letter was started Monday by People’s Action, a national grassroots advocacy […]

People’s Action Welcomes End to Discriminatory Muslim Monitoring Program

CHICAGO – Today, the Obama Administration announced that it is officially terminating NSEERS (National Security Entry-Exit Registration System), a program set up by the Bush Administration after 9/11 that profiled and discriminated against immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries. In response, People’s Action released this statement: “We commend the Obama administration for ending the discriminatory and ineffective NSEERS […]

Trump Puts Big Oil in the Driver’s Seat, Betrays Constituents (Again)

CHICAGO – President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday officially announced his selection of Exxon-Mobile CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State and former Texas Governor and current Energy Transfer Partners board member Rick Perry for Energy Secretary. In response to these nominations, George Goehl, the co-director of People’s Action, a national progressive grassroots advocacy organization, issued […]

Donald Trump’s Cabinet Nominees a Truly Toxic Swamp

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE People’s Action is planning and hosting resistance assemblies to counter nominations WASHINGTON – Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees signal a war on working people, the poor, people of color, immigrants and women. In response, People’s Action has launched an all-out effort to oppose these nominees that will engage its entire family of affiliates […]

Health and Human Services Appointee Underscores Trump’s Allegiance to Profits and Corporations Over People

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Washington, D.C. – The appointment of Rep. Tom Price, (R-Ga.) for Secretary of Health and Human Services is a “death sentence for millions of low-income people,” said LeeAnn Hall, co-director of People’s Action Institute, in a statement issued today. Price has focused much of his political career on overturning the Affordable Care […]

People’s Action Endorses 22 Candidates with the Values and Vision to Build the Progressive Political Revolution

WASHINGTON – People’s Action, a national organization of more than a million people, is endorsing 22 candidates around the country. The candidates exemplify the leadership qualities, values and vision necessary to build a strong future for everyone – not just the wealthy few. In endorsing these candidates, People’s Action is building on the progressive political […]

Maine Governor Calls for Jailing Minimum Wage Leaders

WASHINGTON – Just days after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested during a televised debate that Hillary Clinton should be jailed, Maine Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday that his political opponents should be imprisoned in a speech to the Lewiston-Auburn Chamber of Commerce. According to the Portland Press Herald, LePage said at a Thursday morning […]

Sen. Jeff Merkley Joins Consumer Advocates to Release Personal Stories from Families Devastated By Payday Lending Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Stop the Debt Trap campaign will host a press teleconference on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. EST/8 a.m. PST to discuss the overwhelming response from families urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to strengthen its proposed rule on payday lending. The campaign will release a book of personal stories describing the devastating experiences […]

Isaiah J. Poole Named Communications Director for People’s Action

Washington D.C. – Journalist and longtime editor of, Isaiah J. Poole, has been named communications director for People’s Action, a national organization with nearly a million members. Poole will oversee all communications and public relations for the organization, building visibility and awareness of the work on economic, racial, gender and climate justice. “As a […]

Native Organizers and Supporters Praise Government Decision to Halt Construction of Dakota Access Pipeline

Washington, D.C. – After the decision by a federal judge on Friday to not issue an injunction protecting Native lands threatened by the Dakota Access Pipeline, the Obama Administration issued a statement halting pipeline construction that is welcomed by the thousands of Native and non-Native activists who have gathered in protest against the project. The […]

Activists Nationwide Rally for Strong Federal Payday Rules

100 ACTIVISTS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY RALLY AT PAYDAY LOAN STOREFRONT CALLING FOR STRONG FEDERAL RULES Demand Local Payday Lender Support Common Sense Rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to Shut Down Payday and Car Title Loan Debt Trap Milwaukee – More than 100 activists from 25 states converged Monday on Speedy Loan, a […]

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