‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR JULY 19, 2019: Freshmen Progressive Congresswomen Speak Out…Historic Meeting in Africa…Headlines on House Passage of $15 Min. Wage and More..

After announced immigrant raids all but fizzled, this week, the Trump administration turned to attack four progressive members of Congress, all women of color, who fought back. And as the politics of distraction heats up before the 2020 election, progressive activism keeps the focus on policy and human needs. Plus headlines:

  • Rep. Ilhan Omar introduced a resolution Wednesday affirming the use of boycotts as a tactic that is a constitutionally-protected form of free speech.
  • The House of Representatives passed the Raise the Wage Act, aimed at guaranteeing all American workers a minimum wage of $15 an hour.
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders gave a presidential campaign speech about Medicare for All at George Washington University.
  • The Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act was passed in the House Natural Resources Committee.
  • A coalition of environmental justice and national climate organizations announced the Equitable and Just National Climate Platform.
  • The new Hollywood drama, ‘Official Secrets,’ about government lies told in the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, was previewed at two standing-room-only events in DC.

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