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POLICY ISSUES


The Congressional Progressive Caucus has introduced a climate change resolution. To read their official statement and for a link to the full text of the resolution, click here.

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POLICY ISSUES


The Congressional Progressive Caucus has introduced a climate change resolution. To read their official statement and for a link to the full text of the resolution, click here.

Recently Released - Securing Autonomy - A White Paper on Women's Issues. Click below to read the full report.

OVERVIEW

 

It’s time that Congress acted as progressively as the people of the United States want them to.

Contrary to the insistence of media pundits that we are a “center-right” nation, polling demonstrates that the people of the United States are quite progressive: overwhelming majorities support progressive policies on everything from environmental regulations, to healthcare reform, to an increase in the minimum wage, to government guarantees of adequate food and shelter. 

The key to a more progressive America is leveraging our policy choices and media messages by building a direct connection between the progressive movement and elected progressiveMembers of Congress. 

Progressive Congress at the Juncture

Simply put, Progressive Congress was created to connect the progressive movement, its ideas, and Congress.  Founded by key leaders of the progressive movement and the leadership of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), the Progressive Congress board is composed of progressive thought-leaders, public intellectuals, and activists.  The organization’s most critical function is to elevate and amplify progressive ideals while building support around them so as to translate them into policies bringing deeper benefits to a broad cross-section of the American people .

Progressive Congress focuses efforts around four key policy areas:

  • Peace and global security;
  • Energy independence and environmental sustainability;
  • Civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights;
  • Public health, education and economic opportunity. 

Mission

The mission of Progressive Congress is to bring together the collective wisdom and experiences of progressives inside and outside of Congress and Washington, D.C. to promote

  • Peace and global security;
  • Energy independence and environmental sustainability;
  • Civil rights, civil liberties, and human rights;
  • Public health, education and economic opportunity. 

We serve as a unique and much-needed progressive intersection and as a communications, fact-finding, research and education hub for progressive organizations, leaders and other public policy-makers, issue advocates from the national to the grassroots levels of civil society, the media and the general public inside and outside of Congress and Washington D.C. 

Goals

  1. Progressive hub: We are the hub connecting Members of Congress with the progressive movement outside of Congress, and connecting the pieces of the progressive movement with each other. 
  2. Progressive policy incubator: We serve as a progressive policy incubator, funneling progressive concepts from think tanks and the world outside of D.C. into workable proposals and talking points usable by Members of Congress and their staffs. 
  3. Progressive echo chamber: We frame the critical policy debates the country faces in progressive terms and use all available channels – including traditional media and the grassroots – to get the public to think of the issues in terms that lead to progressive conclusions.

 

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Women's Initiative


Connecting reproductive rights and economic security to build a more

inclusive women's rights movement in the 21st century.

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Women's Initiative


Connecting reproductive rights and economic security to build a more

inclusive women's rights movement in the 21st century.

About the Women's initiative

The mission of the Women's Initiative is to advance the dialogue surrounding women's rights and reproductive rights on Capitol Hill and focus the conversation on reproductive access and economic security. In order to build a consensus around what women's rights can look like in the 21st century, we need to take into account what impacts a woman's right to choose.

If we want to have a truly inclusive conversation about reproductive justice that takes into account the full spectrum of an individual’s experience — income, employment, race, ethnicity, disability, education, marital status, history of abuse, mental health, sexuality, gender identity, gender expression and many other factors that directly impact a person’s reproductive choices — then we must examine how these factors not only impact a person’s practical right to choose but also may limit a person’s reproductive options.

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What This Fellowship Means for Women

Women have not always had a voice on Capitol Hill. It wasn't until the 1920s that women could even vote. Despite our great strides forward in the mission to advance gender equity, we still do not have paid family leave or paid sick leave. We are still fighting for the Equal Rights Amendment.  We have not instituted Equal Pay for Equal Work. Some women still have to choose between family life and education or career opportunities. Women today who have just graduated college on average earn $8000 less per year than their male counterparts, if they are lucky enough to graduate college (some 16% of women drop out due to pregnancy). Women are more likely to live below the poverty line. 85% of the people who experience domestic violence are women. 3 women are murdered every day by a current or former male partner in the U.S. Too many women experience sexual violence. Progressives have stood behind gender equity and supported national policies, but we still have a long way to go, and in order to fight for policies that uplift and empower women, we need to talk about the reality of daily life for women across the spectrum of life experience.

About the 2016 Women's initiative fellow

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Renuka Nagaraj, Esq.

As the Women’s Initiative Fellow, Renuka Nagaraj works within the Congressional Progressive Caucus to focus on integrating reproductive healthcare into the women’s economic security agenda.  Prior to joining Progressive Congress, Renuka worked at a general practice firm in Maryland, representing clients in family law, criminal defense and contract cases.  Renuka has long fought for women’s rights, particularly by providing legal services to domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.  She has held positions at the Sexual Assault Legal Institute, Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and the Legal Services of South Central Michigan.  Renuka earned a Juris Doctor degree from American University and a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University. She currently volunteers with the DC Abortion Fund.

 

 

 

Women's roundtable

The Women's Initiative Fellowship is a year-long project that builds on and amplifies conversations surrounding reproductive choice and financial security and helps shape a political strategy to advance a progressive outlook on women's rights in national policy. As part of the Fellowship, Progressive Congress in cooperation with the Congressional Progressive Caucus has organizedthe 2016 women's roundtable discussion: Securing Autonomy: The Link Between Reproductive Health Access and Financial Security, which will take place on Capitol Hill on April 28, 2016.

Progressive Congress Recently Released Securing Autonomy, A White Paper on Women's Issues. Click below to read the full report.

 

IN THE NEWS

What Abortion Has to Do With the Minimum Wage

Zoë Carpenter; The Nation, May 2, 2016

Study Links Abortion Access To Wealth Inequality Among Women, And Lawmakers Are Finally Talking About It

Mariella Mosthof; Bustle.com, April 29, 2016

 

Why Better Abortion Access Makes Women Richer

Catie L'Heureux; New York Magazine, April 27, 2016

 

Lack of access to abortion leaves women in poverty

Mary O'Hara; The Guardian, April 27, 2016

 

It’s Time to Talk About How Economic Security Affects Reproductive Health Access

Kierra Johnson, URGE; InsideSources, April 17, 2016

 

There are many great resources on women's rights and on economic security in the United States. Here is a brief list of some of the resources that we found useful in connecting reproductive rights and economic security.

Resources on reproductive rights and economic Security

 

Turnaway Study BY AINSIRH

TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN: Integrating Economic and Reproductive Justice          BY The Reproductive Health Technologies Project (RHTP)

United States Abortion Demographics by The Guttmacher Institute

Who Decides? The Status of Women's Reproductive Rights in the United States     by NARAL ProCHoice America