July 1, 2011

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Formed in December 2006, Change America Now (CAN) describes itself as "an independent political organization created to educate citizens on the failed policies of the Republican Congress and to contrast that record of failure with the promise offered by a Democratic agenda."

A coalition of some 30 partner organizations, CAN was established specifically to support the "100 Hour" legislative agenda outlined by the Democrat-controlled 110th Congress which first convened in January 2007. That agenda seeks to "increase the minimum wage, lift the prohibition on Medicare negotiating with pharmaceutical companies for lower prescription drug prices …, cut the interest rate on student loans in half to make college more affordable, and end tax breaks for big oil companies and invest new resources into alternative sources of energy." CAN aims to unite "progressive voices from across America to champion these issues and pass them into law as a down payment on advancing a broader agenda for American families." Prior to the first congressional session of 2007, CAN pressured the Representatives of more than 80 congressional districts, primarily moderate Republicans who had narrowly won re-election, to vote in favor of the "100 Hour" agenda.

To justify its support for this agenda, CAN consistently cites the findings of studies conducted mostly by the Center for American Progress, a George Soros-created leftist think tank run by Hillary Clinton and John Podesta, the former White House Chief-of-Staff under Bill Clinton. Links to these studies are provided in the "Resources" section of CAN's website. To a lesser degree, CAN also buttresses its positions with research published by the National Women's Law Center and Americans United for Change. (The latter organization was founded in 2005 to fight "President Bush, his allies in Congress, and the special interests who sought to break the solemn promise America made to its senior citizens by dismantling Social Security with an expensive and risky privatization scheme.") 

The CAN coalition is led by Campaign for America's Future (CAF), USAction, and Americans United for Change (AUC). CAF co-director Robert Borosage co-chaired CAN's initial meeting on December 6, 2006. "Democrats ran the most populist elections in memory," Borosage told those in attendance. "We need to make sure the Democrats deliver on their promises, and that the 100 Hours Agenda is just the first step in creating an economy that works for working people."

Additional CAN coalition partners include, among others, ACORN, American Family Voices, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the League of Conservation Voters, the League of United Latin American Citizens, MoveOn, the National Council of Churches, the National Organization for Women, the Older Women's League, People for the American Way, the Service Employees International Union, the Sierra Club, the United States Student Association, and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

In early 2007, CAN endorsed the Employee Free Choice Act (HR 800), which was co-sponsored by 227 congressional Democrats and 7 congressional Republicans. (Under previously existing law, an employer was not required to recognize a union until its employees had voted in a secret ballot to unionize. This procedure protected workers who preferred not to unionize from being intimidated, by union organizers, into acting against their own wishes. Under the new bill's "card check" provision, however, workers would be required to go on the record publicly for or against a union; once a majority of workers have filled out cards stating that they want to organize, the union would gain recognition.) Among HR 800's other organizational endorsers were: ACORN, the American Friends Service Committee, the American Library Association, the Center for American Progress, the Center for Community Change, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Democratic Socialists of America, the Earth Action Network, Human Rights Watch, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Council of Women's Organizations, the National Immigration Law Center, Pax Christi USA, the Sierra Club, the United States Student Association, and USAction.


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