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Critical Time to Advocate for Key Priorities

This year, the normal cadence of congressional activity – like so many other things – has been profoundly disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In many communities, the town halls, constituent meetings, and community events that would normally define congressional recesses have been replaced with Zoom meetings, conference calls, and socially distant gatherings. (Note: you can go to www.house.gov to connect
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AF Weekly Tip Sheet: Policy and Advocacy (8/25)

Below is the latest America Forward “Tip Sheet,” a weekly update on Federal activity related to education, workforce development, and other priorities of the America Forward Coalition.   Advancing Whole Learner Education   Last week, Arizona State Representative Jennifer Longdon (D-Phoenix) penned an op-ed in the Tucson Sun advocating to incorporate whole learner approaches to learning into fall plans, as
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America Forward Coalition: Responding to COVID-19 in Communities Across the Country

America Forward is proud to share this catalog of ongoing work in response to the COVID-19 crisis by America Forward Coalition members in communities across the country. This compilation highlights a broad range of nonprofits and social entrepreneurs across the America Forward Coalition and provides a snapshot of how these innovative, results-driven organizations are adapting and working tirelessly to serve their communities
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America Forward Statement: Justice in Policing Act of 2020

"Addressing the legacy of systemic racism, inequity, oppression, and unequal access to justice requires bold federal action. As a Coalition of over 100 high impact organizations working in 15,000 communities across the country to advance equity, increase opportunity, and achieve sustainable change, we recognize the urgent need for congressional action to end police brutality. America Forward believes the Justice in Policing
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Black Lives Matter

At this deeply painful time in America, I am reaching out to share a statement that New Profit/America Forward released this week about police brutality and the longstanding systemic inequities and injustice we see in stark relief all around us. Uniting our voices in collective advocacy for policies that combat systemic racism, advance equity, and expand opportunity has never been more
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New Legislation, Commission Report Support National Service as a Powerful Tool for COVID Relief

The following post was contributed by Shirley Sagawa, CEO of the Service Year Alliance and an America Forward Advisory Board Member.      With a global pandemic underway, it would be easy to have missed the release of the final report of the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service. This bipartisan national commission has worked for two years
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FREE RESOURCE: Advocacy in Times of Crisis Webinar

[NOTE: Link to recording and slide deck can be found at the bottom of this post] In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations might be wondering if advocacy work is impactful, or even appropriate. If the answer is yes, how can social entrepreneurs and nonprofits meaningfully advance key priorities in the midst of such massive disruption? This week,
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Announcement: America Forward and We The Action Partner to Help Nonprofits Navigate COVID Policy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  America Forward and We the Action Launch Partnership to Provide Legal Support to Nonprofits Navigating COVID-19 Relief Policy [Washington, D.C.] - America Forward, a national nonpartisan policy initiative and coalition that unites social entrepreneurs with policymakers on social problem solving, today announced a new COVID-19 relief partnership with We The Action, a free digital platform that helps
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AF Weekly Tip Sheet: COVID Policy & Advocacy (4/27/20)

Below is the latest America Forward “Tip Sheet,” a weekly update related to COVID-19 relief and recovery legislation. Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act Last week, the President signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which provides $484 billion in emergency funding in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The legislation includes $310 billion
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UPDATE: Senate Passes Bill to Provide More COVID Relief to Nonprofits, Small Businesses

On Tuesday, following a deal between Democrats and Republicans, the Senate voted to pass a new $484 billion COVID-19 response bill, which includes an additional $310 billion to replenish the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). In the face of enormous demand, the PPP, the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) forgivable loan program for businesses and nonprofits with under 500 employees had exhausted
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