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Sept. CitizenAction Letter 1

Fire Postmaster General Louis DeJoy

Dear Chairman Duncan and members of the Board of Governors:

I am writing to urge you to remove Postmaster General Louis DeJoy from his post as the head of the United States Postal Service.

As you are fully aware, the USPS recently embarked on operational changes to cut costs, including eliminating overtime, leaving mail behind and ending extra package deliveries, as well as taking hundreds of sorting machines offline and removing mailboxes from city streets. These changes have caused substantial slowdowns in mail delivery and dangerous delays in life-saving medications putting thousands of lives at risk.

According to documents presented at a recent House Oversight Committee hearing, these changes coincided with the beginning of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s tenure at the USPS. DeJoy is a mega-donor to the Republican Party and Donald Trump, and he has no experience with the USPS. In fact, DeJoy has massive conflicts of interests with investments in direct USPS competitors. At the same time, Donald Trump has been publicly undermining vote-by-mail efforts and recently admitted that mail-in voting could help Democrats. This meddling by the Trump administration and a major donor to the Republican party — who have long wanted to privatize the postal service — is extremely concerning, especially amid a pandemic, as record numbers of voters will cast their ballots by mail. The integrity of our elections are at stake, and DeJoy must be removed as Postmaster General if the American people are to continue having trust in our democracy.

Please let me know how you intend to address this issue.

Sincerely,

[CREDO member’s name and address here]

Sept. CitizenAction Letter 2

Senate: Pass the HEROES Act now

Dear Sen. [Smith]:

I am writing to urge you to support passage of the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act or the HEROES Act.

America is facing a public health and economic crisis unseen in generations. Millions have contracted COVID-19, and tragically, we will soon reach 200,000 American lives lost. Millions are unemployed and are struggling to make ends meet. They are facing evictions and foreclosures and are having a hard time putting food on the table. Frontline workers still don’t have the gear or the compensation they need to protect themselves or the public. States and local governments are facing massive funding shortfalls, putting the jobs of first responders and teachers at risk. We still lack a unified national strategy to deal with the pandemic. This unprecedented crisis demands bold and immediate action.

On May 15, the U.S. House passed the HEROES Act, legislation to help governments deal with the crisis, expand unemployment benefits and food assistance, provide aid to disabled veterans, direct stimulus to families and extra funding for small businesses, billions for expanded health care, testing and contact tracing, and much more to stem the spread of the virus while taking care of Americans who are suffering. For more than 100 days, the Senate has refused to take up this bill — or any other meaningful bill to address this devastating crisis. Mitch McConnell called this wildly popular bill “dead on arrival” and a “blue state bailout,” even as so-called red states are now epicenters of the pandemic. Right now, the American people desperately need leaders who will address this crisis head on, without political games.

Please let me know how you intend to address this issue.

Sincerely,

[CREDO member’s name and address here]

August CitizenAction Letter 1

Pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

Dear Sen. [Smith]:

I am writing to urge you to support the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore the Voting Rights Act and honor the legacy of the late civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis.

In its misguided 2013 ruling in Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act that went to the heart of the law protecting the voting rights of many Black, Latinx, Asian American and Native people. Since that ruling, we’ve seen how this decision has had a significant discriminatory effect: States have passed voter suppression laws making it harder for voters of color, the elderly and young people to cast their ballots which has disenfranchised tens of thousands, if not millions, of voters. Last December, the U.S. House — presided over by John Lewis himself — passed the Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore the VRA, but the legislation has stalled in the Senate.

Sen. Patrick Leahy recently introduced the same legislation, with 47 original cosponsors, under a new name — the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act — to honor the late congressman who spent his entire life working to expand access to the ballot. According to Sen. Leahy’s office, the legislation “creates a new coverage formula that applies to all states and hinges on a finding of repeated voting rights violations in the preceding 25 years and…establishes a targeted process for reviewing voting changes in jurisdictions nationwide, focused on measures that have historically been used to discriminate against voters,” among other important provisions. This legislation will not only restore the voting rights of many voters of color, but it will also properly honor the legacy of a civil rights hero who dedicated his life to ensuring everyone can cast their ballots. I urge you to carry on John Lewis’s life’s work and support this legislation.

Please let me know how you intend to address this issue.

Sincerely,

[CREDO member’s name and address here]

August CitizenAction Letter 2

End the authoritarian police state tactics

Dear Acting DHS Sec. Chad Wolf:

I am writing to urge you to end the authoritarian police state tactics against protestors in cities across the country.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects our right to peaceably assemble. So that’s why I am appalled your agency is sending federal troops to violently suppress people’s constitutionally protected right to protest in cities across the country. These peaceful protests demanding justice, racial equality and the end of police brutality have made clear how much more we all must do to end centuries of systemic racism in our country, but the dangerous irony is that instead of working to end police violence, you and your agency are escalating it. Your federal troops in unmarked military garb have tear gassed moms and dads and violently beat a Navy veteran. Your secret police forces have shot munitions at the heads of innocent people. They’ve illegally kidnapped protestors and have thrown them into unmarked. These fascist police state tactics resemble something our country fought against decades ago.

What’s more, the administration with your help is escalating the federal police state with “Operation Legend” and “Operation Diligent Valor,” politically motivated programs to send armed federal officers to more cities to terrorize communities. Our cities do not need secret paramilitary patrolling our streets. We need justice and accountability for the federal officers who brutalize innocent people. I urge you to end these authoritarian secret police programs across the country immediately.

Please let me know how you intend to address this issue.

Sincerely,

[CREDO member’s name and address here]

July CitizenAction Letter 1

Pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

Dear Sen. [Smith]:

I am writing to urge you to support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, recently passed by the U.S. House, as an important first step to reforming our criminal justice system.

The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, along with countless other Black people killed by other police departments, once again serves as a stark reminder of the ways white supremacy and systemic racism stack the deck of the criminal justice system against Black people. These murders and the subsequent protests have also again exposed the critical and urgent need to enact comprehensive reform of policing and the criminal justice system. Not only do George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Freddie Gray, Laquan McDonald, Philando Castile, O’Shae Terry, Michael Brown, and the thousands of other Black people whose names we do not know who have been killed by the hands of a brutal policing system deserve justice, but it’s time to stop an unaccountable policing system from brutalizing and murdering more people.

The House recently passed H.R. 7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020, legislation that will take important first steps to reform policing and enact more accountability. This bill will ban no-knock warrants and chokeholds, reform qualified immunity, establish a police misconduct database, mandate racial bias training, limit the transfer of military equipment to local police, make lynching a federal crime, and more. While this legislation won’t fix the structural racism that is pervasive in law enforcement and the criminal justice system, this bill will enact some immediate reforms to prevent the killing of more Black and Brown people at the hands of police.

Please let me know how you intend to address this issue.

Sincerely,

[CREDO member’s name and address here]

July CitizenAction Letter 2

Tell Attorney General Barr to Resign

Dear Rep. [Smith]:

I am writing to urge you to support efforts to begin impeachment proceedings against Attorney General William Barr.

Attorney General Barr has proven time and time again that he is unfit to serve as the nation’s highest law enforcement officer. He’s abused his office, politicized the Justice Department, ignored the rule of law, and acts as Donald Trump’s personal attorney, rather than working in the best interests of the American people.

Among the abuses of power and misdeeds AG Barr has recently committed include ordering the brutal attack, including the use of tear gas, on peaceful protesters in Lafayette Park so Donald Trump could have a photo op in front of a church; forcing the resignation of Geoffrey Berman, the U. S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who was investigating associates of Trump and Trump family business dealings; moving to drop the charges against Trump’s former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, after Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI; misleading Congress and the public about Robert Mueller’s findings and withholding subpoenaed information; and more.

The only remedy to prevent Barr from eroding the rule of law, undermining the judicial system, and abusing more power is to begin a full impeachment investigation. Rep. Steve Cohen recently introduced H.Res.1032, a resolution instructing the Committee on the Judiciary to further its inquiry into the misconduct of William P. Barr, Attorney General of the United States. I urge you to support this resolution and move forward swiftly to begin an impeachment inquiry.

Please let me know how you intend to address this issue.

Sincerely,

[CREDO member’s name and address here]

June CitizenAction Letter 1

U.S. House: Fully fund the U.S. Postal Service

Dear Rep. [Smith]:

I am writing to urge you to support proposals that provide full funding for the U.S. Postal Service.The U.S. Postal Service is an iconic institution and essential service, especially during the pandemic, that provides much-needed services to nearly all Americans. Seniors and people who live in rural areas and underserved communities rely on the postal service to deliver medications, groceries, and earned benefits via mail. But the USPS is facing intense financial hardships and could be forced to shutter its doors and lay off hundreds of thousands of workers in the coming months.

The USPS needs to be fully funded immediately to prevent any lapse in critical service, however, elected officials in Washington are using the USPS as a political football. Donald Trump has threatened to veto funding to the postal service unless the agency raises rates on big packagers like Amazon, which is part of an ongoing feud with the company’s CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, a news outlet that Trump dislikes. Furthermore, as concerns for voter safety during this pandemic remain front and center, mail-in voting has increasingly become a partisan issue, and some have suggested that a weakened postal service could help one political party over the other. These political games are unacceptable amid a pandemic when thousands of jobs are at stake, essential mail delivery could be ended, and our votes in upcoming elections could be threatened. I urge you to support emergency funding to save the U.S. Postal Service.

Please let me know how you intend to address this issue.

Sincerely,

[CREDO member’s name and address here]

June CitizenAction Letter 2

US Senate: Support the Essential Workers Bill of Rights

Dear Sen. [Smith]:

I am writing to urge you to support the Essential Workers Bill of Rights, proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

During the coronavirus pandemic, essential workers, like frontline health care providers, first responders, police and firefighters, grocery and domestic workers, delivery people, child care workers, farmworkers — nearly 60 million people — are risking their lives to keep our country running. They are working in high risk conditions without proper protective or safety equipment and little job security. Many are terrified of getting sick on the job and bringing the virus home to their families or infecting their coworkers. Reports show that essential workers may be contracting the virus at a higher rate than the general public. These essential workers deserve to be both physically safe and financially secure.

The Essential Workers Bill of Rights, a proposal by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ro Khanna, sets forward a detailed framework to protect our essential workers to ensure that their safety and security remain front and center during the pandemic. These proposals include universal paid sick leave and family and medical leave, personal protective equipment provided by employers at no cost, protections for whistleblowers and collective bargaining agreements, health care security to ensure all essential workers get the care they need during this crisis, regardless of their immigration status, funding to help child care providers, and reliable, safe, healthy, and high-quality child care for essential workers. I urge you to ensure these critical proposals are included in any future pandemic relief package.

Please let me know how you intend to address this issue.

Sincerely,

[CREDO member’s name and address here]

May CitizenAction Letter 1

U.S. House: Protect Access to Abortion

Dear Sen. [Smith]:

I am writing to urge you to protect access to abortion services and a woman’s right to choose during the coronavirus pandemic, and beyond.

Women have a fundamental right to seek high quality medical care, including reproductive services. Yet, repeatedly, anti-abortion lawmakers are quick to exploit any crisis to push their anti-choice agenda to restrict a woman’s right to choose. Right now, amid the coronavirus pandemic, some Republican lawmakers are using this crisis to tie additional restrictions on abortion access to unrelated funding for unemployed workers, small businesses, frontline health care professionals, increased testing, and more. As anti-woman governors across the country illegally restrict abortion access in their states, I’m increasingly concerned that women will not be able to seek essential health care they need, like reproductive services, especially if the federal government tries to restrict access even more.

This isn’t the first time Republican lawmakers have exploited public health emergencies to push their anti-choice agenda. In 2016, during the Zika virus outbreak, Republicans tried to block Planned Parenthood from receiving emergency funds. While Republicans’ recent attempts to add additional restrictions on reproductive freedom failed, it won’t be the last time they try. As additional legislation moves through Congress to help those affected by this pandemic, I urge you to reject any attempt by anti-abortion lawmakers to restrict a women’s fundamental right to choose.

Please let me know how you intend to address this issue.

Sincerely,

[CREDO member’s name and address here]

May CitizenAction Letter 2

NBC: No More Live Trump Event s

Dear Mr. Oppenheim:

I am writing to urge you to stop airing all future White House press briefings, especially those featuring Donald Trump, on live television.

Since Trump was inaugurated, he has told at least 18,000 lies to the American people, according to an analysis by the Washington Post. Many of these lies are told on live television on your networks, many times with no analysis or fact-checking. Over the
last few months, Trump has increasingly spread dangerous misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic — not just lies about how his administration has mishandled the crisis — but complete falsehoods about bogus cures and poisons that could have deadly consequences.

News organizations like NBC News and MSNBC have a responsibility to present the truth to their viewers and work to hold elected officials accountable when they spread lies. Even your company’s own highest-rated cable news host, Rachel Maddow, has called
on networks to stop airing Trump’s press briefings live, saying it’s “going to cost lives.” While recent efforts to cut away from briefings are commendable, it is still journalistically irresponsible to carry these events live. Instead, you must report on any Trump event — at the White House or at a campaign rally, during and after the coronavirus pandemic — after the fact, if it’s deemed newsworthy, and provide a full fact-check of Trump’s claims. By not doing so, Donald Trump will continue to hold campaign events filled with misinformation and propaganda disguised as official, newsworthy briefings — and the American people will suffer the consequences.

Please let me know how you intend to address this issue.

Sincerely,

[CREDO member’s name and address here]

April CitizenAction Letter 1

Pass Universal Vote by Mail

Dear Sen. [Smith]:

I am writing to urge you to support legislation that will allow all eligible voters to cast their ballots by mail for any reason in federal elections.

Voting is a fundamental right in our democracy, and the federal government should be making voting easier, not more difficult. Yet, access to voting remains extremely difficult for many Americans. Year after year, voters contend with long lines, broken voting machines, foreign interference, illegal voter suppression and other unnecessary restrictions that keep eligible voters from casting their ballots. Voting by mail would solve many of these issues and ensure every voter’s voice is heard in federal elections. Multiple states and municipalities have implemented voting by mail with great success while saving taxpayer money and increasing turnout.

Today, voting by mail is more important than ever. The Coronavirus pandemic has reinforced the urgency for the federal government to institute no-excuse universal mail-in voting. During crises like these, when Americans are urged or compelled to stay home to prevent virus transmission, voter participation could plummet, drastically affecting the outcomes of our elections. Multiple bills, including the Vote By Mail Act, the Universal Right to Vote by Mail Act, and the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act, could help ensure our elections are safer and more fair.

Please let me know how you intend to address this issue.

Sincerely,

[CREDO member’s name and address here]

April CitizenAction Letter 2

Ban Members of Congress from Trading Stocks

Dear Rep. [Smith]:

I am writing to urge you to support legislation to ban all members of Congress from trading individual stocks.

Our elected officials should always work in the best interest of their constituents and the voters who sent them to Washington. However, time and again, members of Congress have sought to use their status and positions of power to enrich themselves. Just recently, multiple U.S. Senators, who were privately briefed about the Coronavirus pandemic, traded millions of dollars in stock to gain a financial edge over the general public — at the same time telling their constituents that the crisis was overblown.

While current laws and ethics rules should prevent this kind of insider trading by members of Congress, these incidents make clear that more must be done to stop this political profiteering. The Ban Conflicted Trading Act would prevent all members of Congress and their senior staff from owning individual stocks and restrict their memberships on corporate boards. This ban will not only ensure our lawmakers and their staffs are not profiting from non-public information, but it will also curb conflicts of interest and help make sure members of Congress are making critical decisions in the best interest of the American people, not the best interest of their bank accounts.

Please let me know how you intend to address this issue.

Sincerely,

[CREDO member’s name and address here]

March CitizenAction Letter 1

Mitch McConnell: Stop Blocking Election Security Legislation

Dear Senate Majority Leader McConnell:

I am writing to urge you to protect the integrity of the American election system, work to prevent foreign interference and stop blocking the multiple election security bills that will protect our votes in the upcoming election.

Russia and other bad actors have repeatedly interfered in our elections, and recent reports revealed that Russia is once again meddling in the 2020 election. It’s not just a threat or a possibility — it’s reality. The U.S. House has passed multiple election security bills to combat foreign interference and protect the integrity of our election system, but you have single-handedly refused to bring these bills up for a vote.

These urgent bills would increase transparency, require paper ballots and improve ballot design, compel campaigns to report offers of foreign assistance, prevent foreign agents from advertising on social media, block voter suppression efforts and stop foreign interference. But these bills are sitting in your legislative graveyard, collecting dust, while Russia and other potential bad actors seek to influence the outcome of our elections. With meddling already happening, it’s more important than ever to protect our future of our democracy in the 2020 election.

Please let me know how you intend to address this issue.

Sincerely,

[CREDO member’s name and address here]

March CitizenAction Letter 2

Devos: Cancel Debt for Defrauded Students

Dear Sec. DeVos:

I am writing to urge you to cancel debt for students who were defrauded by for-profit colleges.

Over the last few years, tens of thousands of students have been defrauded by predatory for-profit colleges. Under the “borrower defense to repayment” program, students who have been defrauded or misled by for-profit colleges are eligible to have their student loans canceled, yet your department has continuously denied applications for forgiveness and issued complicated and watered down rules to keep students who have been defrauded from receiving compensation.

More than 200,000 students have filed claims asserting that predatory for-profit schools lied to them about job prospects and the value of their education. These students are now holding on to worthless degrees, facing poor job prospects and enormous piles of student debt. Many have had their lives ruined, been evicted from their homes, had their wages stolen and their tax refunds seized. Even as your own staff recommended that these students were entitled to have their loans forgiven, you overruled their recommendations. You have an obligation to follow the law and work in the best interests of students, not in the interests of corrupt for-profit colleges.

Please let me know how you intend to address this issue.

Sincerely,

[CREDO member’s name and address here]

February CitizenAction Letter 1

Senators: Regulate Toxic PFAS Chemicals

Dear Sen. [Smith]:

I am writing to urge you to pass the PFAS Action Act of 2019, a bill that would regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), clean up contamination, and protect public health.

PFAS chemicals are found in drinking water across the United States and in common household items, like non-stick pans, stain-resistant carpets and waterproof clothing. PFAS contamination has been found in almost 1,400 sites in 49 states, and more than 110 million Americans may have PFAS in their drinking water. PFAS exposure is linked to a host of diseases including cancer and harm to the reproductive and immune systems. These toxic fluorinated chemicals are commonly referred to as “forever chemicals” because they don’t degrade in the environment and take a very long time to leave the body.

If enacted, the PFAS Action Act of 2019 would list PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances, allow the EPA and other federal agencies to direct federal funding appropriately and clean up contaminated sites to stop the spread of these toxic chemicals. This bill would go a long way to protect our families and clean up our communities.

Please let me know how you intend to address this issue.

Sincerely,

[CREDO member’s name and address here]

February CitizenAction Letter 2

Facebook: Remove False Political Ads

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg:

I am writing to urge you to remove all political ads containing proven lies to protect the integrity of the 2020 elections.

Facebook has publicly promised to stop the spread of misinformation, but the recent policy changes by your company to allow politicians to outright lie in their advertisements will have dangerous consequences in the 2020 elections. Rule #13 of your ad policy states that Facebook “prohibits ads that include claims debunked by third-party fact checkers,” but your company recently exempted politicians and political parties, including Donald Trump, who is spending tens of millions on your platform, to explicitly spread misinformation.

Facebook has an obligation to stop accepting cash from politicians who will spread blatant lies on its platform. Given your company’s troubling history of Russian interference, fake news and election meddling in the 2016 campaign, you have a responsibility to ensure this year’s election is free from the spread of misinformation – not profit from allowing politicians to lie. Twitter recently announced it would ban most political advertising, and CNN refused to air an ad by the Trump campaign that contained fact-checked lies. Your company must follow their lead to protect the upcoming elections.

Please let me know how you intend to address this issue.

Sincerely,

[CREDO member’s name and address here]

January CitizenAction Letter 1

Pass the Universal School Meals Program Act

Dear Rep. [Smith]:I am writing to urge you to pass the Universal School Meals Program Act, a bill that would help ensure that every student in America can have free breakfast, lunch and dinner at school.

Right now, only students from homes with incomes below 185% of the poverty line are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. But, many students who should qualify are deemed ineligible, and not all eligible students participate – many because they fear being labeled poor.

Universal school meals don’t just benefit students. They also help their parents, teachers and schools. Students with access to free breakfast have improved attendance rates, and health outcomes. Parents will not be subjected to lunch debt or the outrageous threats that some school districts have used to try to get those debts paid. There will be fewer behavioral incidents and lower suspension rates.

The bill also increases the USDA’s reimbursement rates for school meals, provides incentives for locally sourced food, reimburses schools for all delinquent loan debt. and provides more options for summer meals. It will bring needed support to millions of children and should become policy now.

Please let me know how you intend to address this issue.

Sincerely,

[CREDO member’s name and address here]

January CitizenAction Letter 2

Microsoft: Stop funding surveillance

Dear Mr. NadellaThe occupation’s impact on Palestinian’s lives is horrible. Palestinians face forced segregation, daily humiliation at military checkpoints and the constant fear of being displaced.

Microsoft’s funding of AnyVision is enabling the high tech surveillance of this community. Reports indicate that AnyVisions’s facial recognition software is being used to surveil Palestinians who live in the West Bank.

This surveillance is at odds with your company’s facial recognition ethics principles that promise that Microsoft will “advocate for safeguards for people’s democratic freedoms in law enforcement surveillance scenarios and will not deploy facial recognition technology in scenarios that we believe will put these freedoms at risk.”

At a time when surveillance technology is increasingly being used to scare, manipulate and control communities across the globe, this is your chance to make good on your commitment to translate Microsoft’s ethical Artificial Intelligence principles into action, cut ties with AnyVision and stop enabling human rights abuses against Palestinians.

Please let me know how you intend to address this issue.

Sincerely,

[CREDO member’s name and address here]

December CitizenAction Letter 1

Pass the New Deal for New Americans Act

Dear Rep. [Smith]:

I am writing to urge you to pass the New Deal for New Americans Act (H.R.4928), a bill that would bring us one important step closer to ending today’s culture of fear, xenophobia and division.

The New Deal for New Americans Act lays out a visionary roadmap to help new and aspiring new Americans navigate and become full participants in the country’s social, economic and civic life. It would:

    • Mandate an Office of New Americans that would lead a federal immigrant and refugee inclusion and integration strategy coordinated with state and local governments.
    • Reduce naturalization application fees, expand fee waivers and offer automatic voter registration as an option to new citizens right after they take the oath.
    • Launch federal programs for English-language learning and workforce development.
    • Increase refugee admissions to a minimum of 110,000 per year and strengthen the country’s resettlement programs.
    • Expand immigrants’ access to support services, legal counsel and know your rights trainings.

It’s time for us to embrace a new vision for immigration, one that fulfills Lady Liberty’s promise, honors our country’s values as a diverse and welcoming nation, and offers solutions that allow new Americans to truly belong. I urge you to do everything in your power to pass the New Deal for New Americans Act.

Please let me know how you intend to address this issue.

Sincerely,

[CREDO member’s name and address here]

December CitizenAction Letter 2

NCAA: Expand Fair Pay to Play to every state

Dear Mr. Emmert:

NCAA athletes are incredible players who help generate billions of dollars each year for their schools, their coaches and the NCAA. Recently, California signed into effect the Fair Pay to Play Act, finally giving student athletes in the state the ability to be compensated for the use of their name, image and likeness. This was a huge win for those athletes, the majority of whom are students of color.

Now the NCAA has a choice. It can continue to reject attempts to let athletes share the benefits of the billion dollar college sports industry or it can help move fairness and equity forward. Similar laws are already moving forward in other states. A patchwork of state laws will negatively affect student athletes and college programs, but without the NCAA’s moral leadership, that’s exactly where we’ll end up as more and more states try to do right by their students.

The NCAA has the power to move forward now and voluntarily change its rules to allow players to hire agents and sign endorsement deals without losing eligibility. Figuring out how to make that happen should a priority of the working group led by Big East Commissioner Val Ackerman and Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith.

At a time when every institution should be committed to expanding equity for the people it serves, the NCAA is falling behind when it comes to equity for its student athletes. I’m counting on you to do better.

Please let me know how you intend to address this issue.

Sincerely,

[CREDO member’s name and address here]