More Than 10 Million Workers Win A Raise In 2016
In early 2016, the Governors of California and New York worked with their state legislatures to become the first in the nation to ensure a $15 minimum wage for hourly workers. And in November, voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington raised their states' minimum wage at the ballot box. These victories are proof that direct action and community organizing are vital for social and economic justice!
Thousands Win A Fair Workweek Across The Country
2016 was a breakthrough year in the movement for a family-sustaining workweek, thanks to the leadership of our partners and powerful coalitions across the country. In Seattle and Emeryville, tens of thousands of people working in the retail and food service industries won Fair Workweek policies that guarantee them predictable, balanced hours that allow them to plan ahead. And in November, San Jose's historic Opportunity to Work Initiative passed overwhelmingly at the polls!
John Stumpf Resigns From Wells Fargo And The Fed
When it comes to bad banks, Wells Fargo ranks among one of the worst. And under the leadership of CEO John Stumpf, the bank opened nearly two million fraudulent bank accounts at the expense of customers' pocketbooks and credit scores. To make matters worse, John Stumpf also served on the Federal Advisory Council. In late 2016, a coalition of national leaders and our partners won two victories: not only did we get Stumpf to resign from the Fed, we also got him to resign as Wells Fargo's CEO and chairman!
Voting Rights Prevail In Texas And Wisconsin
In July 2016, a federal judge dramatically weakened Wisconsin's voter ID law that would have prevented tens of thousands of voters from casting their ballots in November. And just two days later, a federal appeals court ruled that Texas' voter ID law, the strictest in the country, was racially discriminatory and in violation of the Voting Rights Act. These victories were made possible by voting rights organizations, lawyers, and community activists coming together to fight against restrictive laws that disenfranchise our communities and suppress the vote.
Key Issues Endorsed In The Democratic Party Platform
The Democratic Party made history in 2016 by ratifying the most progressive, forward-thinking platforms in its history. The platform included reforms for the Federal Reserve, a commitment to bolstering voting rights for all Americans, and a $15 national minimum wage — three campaigns core to CPD Action's work. And while Hillary Clinton did not win the presidential election, we have faith that we are on the right track towards a fair, inclusive America for all.
Clinton, Sanders, And Warren Acknowledge Diversity Problem At Fed
In May 2016, 126 members of Congress, including Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and others released a letter criticizing the Federal Reserve for its striking diversity problem and failure to properly represent and reflect our communities. In response, Hillary Clinton’s campaign released a statement saying that “commonsense reforms” like getting bankers out of the Fed’s governance are “long overdue.” Our Fed Up campaign was largely responsible for this shift in perspective by injecting the voices of working families and communities of color into the debates about America's monetary policy!
Voting Rights Restored to 40,000 Ex-Offenders In Maryland
Thanks to the hard work of our coalition led by CPD Action's state partner Maryland Communities United, in early 2016 the Maryland General Assembly voted to override Governor Larry Hogan's veto and restore voting rights to more than 40,000 previously incarcerated Marylanders. Restoring the right to vote to those with felony convictions strengthens our democracy, public safety, and communities across the country. States from coast to coast are starting to have this conversation, and the movement is growing!
Federal Reserve Board Chairs meet with us, our partners
More than 6,000 members of the CPD Action community signed petitions asking the Federal Reserve to meet with working families to understand how the economic "recovery" is impacting Main Street, not Wall Street. This summer, the Fed Up campaign and our local partners met with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and the rest of the Fed governors and the presidents of the banks in San Francisco, St. Louis, Kansas City, Boston, Atlanta, and New York.
NY state likely to give 180,000 fast food workers a raise!
For three years, CPD Action partners have led in the #FightFor15 in New York and across the country. This summer, the CPD Action community took action after the New York state wage board recommended a raise to $15 an hour for fast food workers in the state. Governor Cuomo will soon decide whether or not to accept the recommendation of the wage board and raise the wages of 180,000 fast food workers in New York state, a decision that could create a ripple effect for millions of low-wage workers in America.
13,000 tell the CFPB: Happy Birthday
CPD Action teamed up with our friends at Americans for Financial Reform, Home Defenders League, and National People's Action to wish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau a happy birthday! For 4 years, the CFPB has stood on the side of the American consumer. More than 13,000 people signed our birthday card and 2,000 people from across the country wrote the CFPB thanking them for their hard work thus far.