Current Actions

  • Take Action! Tell your state legislator to reinstate the Earned Income Tax Credit

    As we are all preparing our 2013 taxes in preparation for the April 15th deadline, it is important to remember that this is the last time that North Carolinians will be able to receive the state EITC.

    In 2013, North Carolina lawmakers gave our state the dubious designation of becoming the first state ever to let the state EITC expire, resulting in a tax increase for over 900,000 working families in North Carolina, including 64,000 military families. By letting the EITC expire, the state legislature disregarded evidence that it is one of the most effective tools to combat poverty.

    • The EITC is also one of the best ways to combat child poverty, contributing to better child outcomes including improved school achievement and higher future earnings in adulthood.
    • It supports workers as they earn low wages and seek career mobility. 
    • And finally, it addresses the upside-down nature of our tax system that was made worse with the final tax plan that let North Carolina’s EITC expire.

    We urge you to Take Action! Call or email your state legislator and tell them to reinstate the EITC. 

  • TAKE ACTION! Tell your U.S. Senators to finish the job on the federal budget by supporting the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act and raising new revenues!

    Although the recently-passed comprehensive budget package for the next two years marks a step in the right direction, the deal just doesn’t go far enough—it only replaces the devastating sequestration spending cuts for two years and fails to raise new revenues.

    As a result, the deal represents another missed opportunity for replacing all of the cuts and putting the federal budget on a sustainable path by raising new revenues.  These cuts have already undermined families’ economic security by cutting programs such as Meals on Wheels serving vulnerable seniors, and the successful early childhood program Head Start.

    Tell your Senators that it’s time to end sequestration once and for all and invest in our prosperity making corporations pay their fair share in taxes. Our Senators need to replace sequestration with new revenues and the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act is the best place to start—it raises $220 billion in new revenues by closing corporate tax loopholes for things like off-shoring jobs.

    Tell them it’s time to invest in our families, children and seniors, not make them weather further cuts when new revenue can be raised by making corporations meet their end of the bargain.

  • TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to vote no on Fast Tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

    This moment could not be more important. Years of work against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are boiling down to this moment.

    This week U.S. Representative Dave Camp and Senator Max Baucus introduced a bill for Congress to grant President Barack Obama Fast Track trade authority. If Congress approves this bill, it will give away its constitutional authority to protect us from the numerous threats posed by the TPP.

    Write now and demand that your representative commit to you in writing to vote “no” on Fast Track.

    If the Fast Track bill passes, the TPP could be signed before Congress votes on it. Then the deal could be rushed through Congress with no amendments and limited debate. We must not allow Congress to give away its authority to save us from the TPP.

    Email your representative today and demand him or her to commit to vote “no” on Fast Track.

    The last thing we need is to Fast Track another so-called “free trade” agreement written for the benefit of big corporations instead of our workers, our families and our communities. Fast Track trade authority is how Clinton and Bush passed the WTO, NAFTA, CAFTA and other disastrous “trade” deals. If Congress grants President Obama Fast Track, then the TPP likely will be added to that list.

    There is almost no progressive movement or campaign whose goals are not threatened by the TPP. And vast swaths of public interest policy achieved through decades of struggle would be undermined by the deal if it gets Fast Tracked through Congress. The TPP would empower foreign corporations to sue governments in international tribunals if a country implements environmental, public health or other public interests policies that undermine corporations’ “expected future profits.” It would create new incentives to offshore more American jobs, and grant new monopoly privileges to Big Pharma that would raise medicine prices and cut consumers’ access to live-saving medicines.

    That’s only a sliver of the damage that could be done by the TPP. Write your representative now and help derail Fast Track and the TPP.

  • Take Action! Tell your U.S. Senators to renew federal unemployment insurance

    More than 1.3 million Americans were abruptly cut off of their federal unemployment benefits last week after attempts to renew the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program were blocked in both the House and Senate.  Another 72,000 unemployed jobseekers lost access to those federal benefits this past week, and an additional 72,000 will lose unemployment insurance this week and every week until the program is restored and lost benefits are paid retroactively.

    A bi-partisan 3-month reauthorization of federal EUC benefits is set to be the Senate's first order of business. It is co-sponsored by Senator Jack Reed, a Democrat from Rhode Island, and Senator Dean Heller, a Republican from Nevada, and would give Congress time to craft the provisions of a full-year renewal.

    Now is the time to contact your U.S. Senators and tell them to renew federal unemployment insurance and restore this vital lifeline for more than 1.3 million Americans. You can contact Sen. Hagan and Sen. Burr by:

    • Email, using the form below or;
    • Phone by calling 877-267-2485 to be connected to your U.S. Senator.

    The Reed-Heller bill has the support of all 53 Democrats and 2 Independents, but 60 votes are needed to even allow the bill to come up for debate.  At least four Republican Senators will be needed to join Sen. Heller in favor and allow an up-or-down vote on the bill.  It is crucial that both of your Senators hear from you.

    Call today, call tomorrow, call the next day—and every day until the renewal of federal unemployment benefits passes!

    The expiration of federal EUC benefits is causing severe hardship for the more than 1.3 million Americans and their families who had these vital benefits shut down December 28.  Many unemployed jobseekers and their families will swiftly slide into poverty and homelessness unless these benefits are restored and EUC is renewed.  The Senate must do the right thing and act responsibly on behalf of the American people, their unemployed constituents and the nation's economy.

    Contact Sen. Hagan and Sen. Burr today. Tell them to renew federal unemployment insurance and restore this vital lifeline for more than 1.3 million Americans.

  • TAKE ACTION! Tell your US Senators to support the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act and finish the job on replacing all of sequestration with new revenues!

    While it appears that Congress has finally settled on a federal budget agreement for the next two years, the deal just doesn’t go far enough—it only replaces half the devastating spending cuts known as sequestration and fails to raise new revenues.

    As a result, the emerging deal represents another missed opportunity for replacing all of the cuts and putting the federal budget on a sustainable path by raising new revenues.  These cuts have already undermined families by cutting programs such as Meals on Wheels serving vulnerable seniors, and the successful early childhood program Head Start.

    Tell your Senators that it’s time to end sequestration once and for all and invest in the future prosperity of all of us by making corporations pay their fair share in taxes. Our Senators need to replace sequestration with new revenues and the Stop Tax Haven Abuse Act is the best place to start—it raises new revenues by closing corporate tax loopholes for things like off-shoring jobs.

    Tell them it’s time to invest in our families, children and seniors, not make them weather further cuts when new revenue can be raised by making corporations meet their end of the bargain.

  • TAKE ACTION: Three Easy Ways to Take Action on Immigration Reform

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    The news media are telling us that immigration reform is dead for 2013.  They are telling us there is no time before the holidays for Congress to take up this important issue.  But we know that while members of Congress can go home to enjoy the holidays with their families, immigrant mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters will continue to be detained, deported, and live under extreme fear in their daily life.

    Some courageous activists have been fasting in Washington DC since November 12 to show Congress the urgency of the campaign for immigration reform. While many of us are enjoying Thanksgiving dinners with our families this week, we can at least take a few simple steps to remind Congress how important this issue is to our families and to share our stories of why reform is so desperately needed

    You can help create change by:

    • Use the form below to send a message directly to your Congressperson, urging a vote on immigration reform. You can also use the language as a script when you call 1-866-940-2439 to be connected with your Representative. Then ask your friends, neighbors, congregation members, etc. to join you in supporting fair and compassionate immigration reform;
    • Leave a short message, text, photo, or video about why YOU want immigration reform at:  919-675-2409; or
    • “Like” us on Facebook at NC Path to Justice – Camino Hacia La Justicia, to follow the latest updates on immigration reform and read about those continuing to fight for a fair and humane immigration reform that doesn’t criminalize immigrant communities.

    Thank you for your support, and for continuing to support the struggle for immigrants’ rights.

    Learn more about how immigration reform could positively impact North Carolina's economy in this new brief from the NC Justice Center's Budget & Tax Center.


    ¡Toma medidas de acción! Hay tres maneras fáciles para tomar medidas de acción sobre la reforma migratoria

    Los noticieros nos comunican para el restante del 2013, la reforma migratoria ha muerto. Nos dicen que ya no hay tiempo para que el congreso se enfoque en este antes de que el congreso entre en vacaciones. Pero sabemos que mientras los congresistas se van a casa a celebrar las fiestas con sus familias,  familias inmigrantes, madres, padres, hijos, hijas  seguirán siendo detenidos, deportados y viviendo bajo miedo extremo cada día.

    Algunos activistas valientes en Washington DC han
    estado de ayunas desde el 12 de noviembre para demostrarle al Congreso la urgencia de la reforma migratoria. Mientras que muchos de nosotros estemos disfrutando de la cena de Acción de Gracias junto a nuestras familias, podríamos tomar algunas medidas para recordarle al congreso lo importante que es para nosotros y nuestras familias compartiendo nuestras historias acerca de lo importe que es para nosotros la reforma migratoria.

    Puedes ayudar:

    • Utiliza este formulario para enviar un mensaje directo a tu congresista insistiendo por la votación a la reforma migratoria. Usted puede utilizar el guion cuando llame al 1-866-940-2439 para conectarse con su representante. Pregúntele a sus amigos, vecinos, miembros de su congregación, etc... si quieren unirse a ti y apoyar a por una reforma migratoria.
    • Deje un mensaje corto, un texto, foto o video explicando por qué quieres una reforma migratoria al: (919) 526-0676 o
    • o por Facebook pica "Me gusta" en: NC Path to Justice – Camino Hacia La Justicia, para seguir las últimas actualizaciones sobre la reforma migratoria y leer acerca de los que continúan  luchando por una reforma migratoria justa y humana que  no criminalice a las comunidades de inmigrantes.

    Gracias por tu apoyo y por el continuo apoyo a la lucha por los derechos de los inmigrantes.

    Aprenda más con un nuevo informe del Centro de Presupuestos e Impuestos del Centro de Justicia sobre como la reforma migratoria influenciará de manera positiva la economía de Carolina del Norte.

  • TAKE ACTION! Stop cuts that feed more than 1.7 million North Carolinians

    Recent cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) already mean there are $36 fewer dollars a month available to a family of four who is struggling to put food on the table. The result will create even greater challenges for the 1 in 6 households who are faced with too few resources to meet their family’s nutritional needs.

    As Congress debates the Farm Bill even more drastic cuts are being considered that would amount to $40 billion reductions in SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) over 10 years and reduce access to food for thousands of North Carolina’s unemployed and low-income working families.

    Families continue to struggle to feed their families as the holidays approach and it is critical that the North Carolina federal delegation vote in the best interest of their constituents and conscience and reject the House proposal for the Farm Bill. 

    Please take a moment to send a message to your Representative and Senators to urge them to reject the House Farm Bill which would leave families without enough food on the table. Tell them to support the important role of SNAP for supporting struggling families in a jobless recovery.

  • Take Action! Tell NC Federal delegation that you’re tired of picking up the tab for corporate tax dodging

    The government shutdown is over, but as Congress turns to writing a long-term budget by December 13, the fight is just beginning. During these negotiations, some in Congress will seek to enact more spending cuts to key investments in education, healthcare, food assistance, or even Social Security—cuts that will only hurt our economy and increase poverty and hardship for too many Americans.  

    They can’t be allowed to succeed—now is the time to protect key investments, and address our federal budget challenges through new revenues, not through more spending cuts that increase poverty.

    One great source of new revenues involves closing the loopholes, deductions, and credits that allow so many large corporations to avoid paying their fair share of taxes.  Too many multinational corporations take advantage of these tax breaks to escape significant portions of federal tax liability. 

    Unless large corporations are asked to contribute more in new tax revenues, the rest of us will have to pick up the tab through more spending cuts to the initiatives so important to working and middle class families. 

    Here is one example of a tax dodger here in North Carolina:

    IBM, the technology giant with campuses in Charlotte and RTP, reported $45.3 billion in profits from 2008-2012, yet because the company was able to shelter $18.4 billion in profits in offshore bank accounts, more than one-third of its total profit escaped taxation.  By excluding these profits from taxation, the company’s effective tax liability—the percentage of their profits that they paid after deductions, loopholes, and offshore bank accounts—dropped from the statutory rate of 35 percent to 5.8 percent.

    Our Senators and Representatives need to know that large corporations should contribute to addressing our budget challenges instead of asking the rest of us to pick up the tab through more spending cuts.

    Take Action! Contact your Senators and Representatives and urge them to support new revenues by closing corporate loopholes and ending corporate tax dodging.

  • Tell Congress: Re-Open the Government!

    Take Action! Tell your North Carolina US Representative and Senator to re-open the government, raise the debt ceiling and pursue new revenue in deficit reduction.

    Much is at stake in the current negotiations by the US Congress and the President. They must act now to re-open the Federal government and raise the debt ceiling to protect American families and our economy from further damage. The ultimate outcome needs to be a plan which includes new revenue so that the national deficit can be reduced and families are not hurt by unnecessary cuts to vital investments in education, health and security of our country.

    Call or email your US Representative and Senator TODAY!