5 million families live in an underwater home (where the mortgage amount is greater than current value). NAR is urging Congress to extend mortgage debt tax relief that expired at the end of last year so these homeowners are not forced to pay income tax on mortgage debt forgiven or cancelled by a lender in a loan modification or when the home is sold.
Happy birthday Diane Nash (born 5/15/38), lifelong activist who played a key role in the Nashville sit-ins, the Freedom Rides, SNCC, the Selma Voting Rights Movement, and more. Here is a profile of Nash from One Person, One Vote Project: http://onevotesncc.org/profile/diane-nash/ Here is a free downloadable lesson on the grassroots history of the Selma to Montgomery marches, including the pivotal role of Nash: http://www.teachingforchange.org/selma-lesson-role-play
Photo: A march down Jefferson Street of 3000 demonstrators toward City Hall to protest the Z. Alexander Looby bombing. Leaders are Rev. C.T. Vivian, front row left, Diane Nash of Fisk, Bernard Lafayette of American Baptist seminary, Curtis Murphy of Tennessee A&I, back row center, and Rodney Powell of Meharry. (Jack Corn / The Tennessean) 4/19/1960
House Bill 717 by Representative Pat Smith will ensure that survivors of domestic abuse are able to access emergency services without incurring unfair penalties from their city or parish government. It will now be voted on by the full House of Representatives, so please contact your district representative and ask for their support. You can find out who your legislators are here: http://www.legis.la.gov/legis/FindMyLegislators.aspx
House Concurrent Resolution 81 by Representative Ledricka Thierry will bring together educators, community partners, and legislators to tackle child hunger during the summer months when Louisiana students who receive free or reduced price breakfast or lunch are more likely to go hungry. It now goes before the Committee on House and Governmental Affairs, and those members need to hear from you. Please email them today and ask them to VOTE YES on HCR 81.
This week also featured an unprecedented victory in the fight for pay equity! Senator Murray’s equal pay legislation, Senate Bill 219, passed with bipartisan support from the Senate. It will now go before the House Committee on Labor and Industrial Affairs for approval. Send them an email today and ask them to VOTE YES on SB 219.