Dõna Ana County Democrats Commemorate the Life and Legacy of César Chávez

Today, March 31, the Democratic Party of Dõna Ana County commemorates the life and legacy of César Chávez and his enduring vision of human rights and dignity for all.

In these difficult times we stand by César Chávez’s commitment to unity and strength. We always will. “From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength” Chavez said.

As Democrats, we believe in hope for the future. Like Chávez, we believe this nation is great enough to share the blessings of liberty among all of us. We believe in building a better life for all, and like César Chávez and the movement he helped forge, we vow that we shall never be turned back. “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community” he said. “Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”

We agree with César Chávez, and all of the champions of freedom of our history that no American is free until all of us are free. We are proud to stand alongside all of the leaders of the American past, including César Chávez, who sacrificed so much for the civil and human rights of all, and we honor those Americans who continue to work toward that vision that we all should strive to carry on.

We know there remains much work to be done. Today the Democratic Party of Dõna Ana County calls on all of us to recommit ourselves to the great call of America’s history, to achieve the promise of equality and dignity of all, to stand by the rights of working people, and to win for ourselves and for our children the greatness César Chávez hoped for, the blessings of freedom, dignity and fairness in he workplace, and the security of justice.

In commemorating the life of César Chávez, today on the anniversary of the date of his birth, we call on all of us to work toward those common values we, as Americans, most cherish. Today we should all rededicate ourselves to that dream, so eloquently inspired by the life Chavez and his contemporaries, and promise to continue to work toward that day when every American is afforded the same opportunities and freedoms regardless of skin color, ethnicity, work status, gender, religious belief, income, sexual orientation, ability or disability, or place of birth.

Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney: Joining Together to End Medicare

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are a perfect match. Romney and Ryan share a clear vision for the future – ending Medicare as we know it so that millionaires and billionaires can get a tax cut, and paying for it with deep budget cuts that cost jobs and hurt average Americans, especially seniors, veterans, and children.

The Romney-Ryan proposals would cut over $1 trillion from Medicaid over the next ten years. Both plans would result in over 50 million people being denied coverage, including low-income children, pregnant women, nursing home patients and people with disabilities.

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President Obama Keeping His Promises: Manufacturing Jobs

“To those who think that the decline of American manufacturing is inevitable or that manufacturing has no place in the 21st century economy, we way say right here and right now that the fight for manufacturing’s future is the fight for America’s future.” —Barack Obama, April 14th, 2008

Four years ago, President Obama promised to fight for American manufacturing. Watch this video to see how he’s kept his word—and why manufacturing helps build our economy “up and down the supply chain.”

Making Prescription Drugs Affordable for Seniors

David Lutz is a community pharmacist from Hummelstown, PA, and the story he tells of his customers not being able to afford their prescription medications has unfortunately been too common in communities across the nation. But the Affordable Care Act is already helping turn their difficult situation around.

For years, David says, many of his customers have come in and asked him which of their prescriptions they could skip or which pills they could cut in half. They needed to make tough choices to save money on prescription drug costs. This was especially true for seniors on fixed incomes and unable to keep up with rising health care costs. Some of them were choosing between their rent and their medicines.

“They were splitting pills, taking doses every other day, missing doses, stretching their medications,” he says, noting that not taking their medications as prescribed was not good for their health.

But, according to David, this has begun to change since the passage of the Affordable Care Act. The new health care law provides important relief to seniors, including a 50 percent discount on brand-name prescription drugs for those in the coverage gap known as the “donut hole.” The donut hole will be closed for good by 2020.

In 2010 and 2011, more than 5.1 million seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare have saved more than $3.1 billion, or an average of about $600 per person, on prescription drugs. These savings resulted from a one-time $250 rebate check to seniors who hit the donut hole coverage gap in 2010, and the 50 percent discount on brand-name drugs in 2011. The average person with Medicare will save approximately $4,200 from 2011 to 2021, while those with high prescription drug costs will save much more.

“People cannot take their medications if they can’t afford them. This [Affordable Care Act] will make them affordable and they’ll take their medications on time, the way they’re supposed to, which will improve their health,” Lutz says. “There’s no question about it.”

And as seniors see their costs go down as a result of the Affordable Care Act, they are also getting new important benefits, such as free preventive services like mammograms, cancer screenings, and an annual wellness visit to sit down and talk with their doctor.

With strong tools to crack down on fraud, waste and abuse, recovering more than $4 billion in taxpayer dollars last year alone, and other efforts, the Affordable Care Act is strengthening Medicare, so that it’s there also for our children and grandchildren. That’s important to the peace of mind of David’s customers and millions of other Americans.

Tackling Gender Discrimination, State by State

Insurance companies can charge a woman up to double what a man pays for the same policy—an unfair practice that the Affordable Care Act will end by 2014.

Take a look at this chart showing how gender discrimination affects women in your state and the impact the Affordable Care Act will have across the country. Then be sure to pass it on.

Building the Workforce of the Future at Community Colleges

Dr. Jill Biden was at the Mercer County Community College in New Jersey this morning, the latest stop in her “Community College to Career” tour. Last month, Dr. Biden and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis hit the road for a bus tour through Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia where they visited community colleges that have formed innovative partnerships with local business leaders to train students with the skills they need to join the area workforce.

Employers today are looking for skilled, educated workers, and they should be able to find those workers right here in the United States. Adam Dalton, a machine shop instructor at the Tennessee Technology Center in Harriman, Tennessee, said that “I have people calling me every week saying ‘I need guys and gals with this skillset, and we need them now.’”

Secretary Solis said that community colleges are becoming more adept and more agile at listening to the needs of local businesses, and are helping pair trained workers who need jobs with the employers who are looking to hire.

When Gatorade, for example, opened a new facility in Wytheville, Virginia, it brought new technologies that local workers had no experience with. The local community college worked with the company to train new employees in industrial maintenance, and hundreds of people now have jobs because of their partnership.

Dr. Biden, a community college professor herself, said she was inspired by the bus tour. Programs they visited are offering people “hope—that they can get a job, get training, and support their families—and that’s what they are looking to do.”

Watch the video above to learn more about the schools and programs Dr. Biden and Secretary Solis visited on their trip.

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