Thursday, January 18, 2018

Sign the petition: Palestine refugees need our help

Sign to support critical education, health care, social services, and emergency protection needs of refugees.

Dear MoveOn member,

On January 16, the U.S. government made the decision to freeze millions of dollars to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). This is an unprecedented and extremely dangerous decision that will cause untold additional trauma and harm to Palestine refugees who rely on UNRWA's services in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.1

Please sign my petition asking the Trump administration to continue supporting Palestine refugees in need.

The U.S. government just made the decision to freeze millions of dollars to support refugees and the UNRWA. I want my tax dollars to support this work to provide critical education, health care, social services, and emergency protection to refugees in need.

Since UNRWA began its operations in May 1950, every administration, from Truman onwards, has stood with and provided strong, generous, and committed support to the agency. This administration is the only one to make the destructive decision to cut such funding.

Through UNRWA's humanitarian and development work, it is unique in providing vital services that are akin to those normally provided through governments, and it does so directly through over 33,000 staff, most of whom are Palestine refugees themselves.

As a neutral and impartial UN agency, it

•educates 525,000 girls and boys in 700 UNRWA schools, including education on human rights, conflict resolution, and tolerance;
•operates more than 140 health centers and delivers comprehensive primary health-care services, handling more than 9 million patient visits per year;
•provides cash assistance and shelter rehabilitation to help refugees meet their basic human needs of food, shelter, and environmental health to achieve a decent standard of living and improve infrastructure and living conditions in the 58 recognized Palestine refugee camps; and
•provides emergency humanitarian assistance through life-saving cash, food, and shelter support in Gaza and Syria.2

I implore the White House to reconsider this decision, as it is against our American principles, global security and safety, and common human interest. In line with the democratic and humanitarian values this country was founded on and stands for, the U.S. government's investment in UNRWA's work must be sustained, as it affects not only the lives of the over 5 million Palestine refugees the organization serves but the future and stability of the Middle East and beyond.

Click here to add your name to this petition to help refugees, and please pass it along to your friends.

Thanks!

–Abby Smardon, Executive Director
UNRWA USA

Sources:

1. "Schools, health could be hit by U.S. cut for Palestinian refugee funds: UNRWA chief," Reuters, January 17, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/30381?t=17&akid=197272%2E10220574%2EMsMVRk

2. Ibid.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sign the petition: Allow Jorge Garcia to return to his family

Will you sign and share my petition calling on Congress to allow Jorge Garcia to return to his family in Michigan? Click here to sign.

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

Jorge Garcia—a Michigan man who had lived in the U.S. for 30 years since he was 10 years old—has a story like so many immigrant stories: one filled with hard work, strong ties to his community, and love for his family. He has cooperated with the government, paid taxes, and has no criminal record. 

Yet, another tragic story is unfolding. On Martin Luther King Day, ICE agents escorted Jorge onto a plane bound for a country he barely knows, away from his wife and two children—who are all U.S. citizens.1

Will you sign and share my petition calling on Congress to stop separating families and demand Jorge Garcia be returned to his family in Michigan? Click here to sign.

Stop separating families! Allow Jorge Garcia to return to his family in Michigan and pass the Dream Act now.

We have been hearing stories like Jorge's over and over again.

This must stop. When immigrants arrive as children, attend our schools, and grow up as Americans, they should be allowed, when adults, to make the decision to stay or return. It should be their choice! This is a humanitarian issue.

Last week, a group of senators reached a bipartisan deal to pass the Dream Act, which may have protected Jorge from deportation. But Donald Trump rejected that deal, pushing our government closer to a shutdown as our members of Congress are forced to decide if they will fall in line with Trump's racist policies or support for immigrant youth.2

It's more important than ever that we speak up and demand that Congress keep families together and pass a clean Dream Act now.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thanks!

—Sharon Lafitte

Sources:

1. "After 30 years in U.S., Michigan dad deported to Mexico," Detroit Free Press, January 16, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/30365?t=17&akid=197218%2E10220574%2EZHlvlm

2. "House Republicans mull funding extension; 'Dreamer' deal not set," Reuters, January 17, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/30386?t=19&akid=197218%2E10220574%2EZHlvlm

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

RSVP: Ready to Resist 2018 kickoff call this Sunday!

In honor of the one-year anniversary of Ready to Resist, we will be hosting our first call of 2018 this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET (7 CT/6 MT/5 PT) LIVE from the Women's March "Power to the Polls" national voter registration tour kickoff in Las Vegas.

Dear MoveOn member,

One year ago, we hosted the inaugural “Ready to Resist” national organizing call, with the goal of providing resources for people around the country preparing to fight back against Donald Trump’s agenda.

We thought 1,000 people would attend (our original draft agenda even had that number written down as our goal!). Instead, over 60,000 people joined that first call the night after the inspirational Women's March—and helped to break a Guinness World Record! Hundreds of thousands have joined the 15 we have hosted since—learning everything from how to fight back against attacks on health care, to how to confront racism in our communities.

In honor of the one-year anniversary of Ready to Resist and celebrating the anniversary of the historic Women's March, we will be hosting our first call of 2018 this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET (7 CT/6 MT/5 PT) LIVE from the Women’s March “Power to the Polls” national voter registration tour kickoff in Las Vegas.

Click here to RSVP! (You'll register online, then receive a call at the number you provide shortly before Sunday's call begins—or you'll be able to listen online.)

On this Sunday’s call, we will …

  • Discuss the political state of play heading into the 2018 midterms with our Ready to Resist partners the Working Families Party, People's Action, and the Center for Popular Democracy.
  • Give an update on MoveOn’s Resist and Win election campaign, the tactics and tools we will use to help support hundreds of progressive candidates around the country, and how you can get involved.
  • Hear from representatives of the Women’s March who will share details about their Power to the Polls campaign, a national voter registration tour that will target swing states to register and engage voters and help elect women and progressives around the country.
  • And much, much more!

Click here to RSVP to this Sunday’s call!

2018 will be the most important test for our movement. At this moment, we are facing a major showdown over the DACA program, with the lives of nearly 800,000 young people hanging in the balance—and by Sunday we will know if we've secured the Dream Act, whether Democrats have stood their ground and demanded a deal, or even if Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress have gone so far as to shut down the federal government to support Trump's aggressive deportation agenda.

It has never been more important for us to come together and fight back. This year, we have the chance to take back power in Washington, create a real firewall to stop Trump’s agenda, and hold elected officials around the country accountable for their actions. But we have a lot of work to do to get there.

And it won’t be possible without a massive, energized movement of people around the country organizing in their communities, raising their voices, and marching all the way to the polls. Will you join us?

Click here to RSVP for this Sunday’s call!

And be sure to invite your friends. Click here to share info about the call on Facebook. And click here to share info about the call on Twitter.

Thanks for all you do.

–Victoria, Jayne, Schuyler, Matt, and the rest of the team

P.S. This weekend, of course, also marks the anniversary of the historic Women's March, the largest march in U.S. history. Tens of thousands of people will celebrate that anniversary this weekend at anniversary marches, rallies, and events. Click here to find one near you to attend, and then RSVP to join the call Sunday night with people all around the country.

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Will you join me in supporting Elizabeth Warren and Tammy Baldwin?

I believe, and I think you do too, that it is long past time for the United States to join the rest of the industrialized world in guaranteeing health care as a right to every man, woman, and child.

Dear MoveOn member,

I believe, and I think you do too, that it is long past time for the United States to join the rest of the industrialized world in guaranteeing health care as a right to every man, woman, and child.

Rich or poor, we are all born, we all get sick, we all have accidents, we all need health care at the end of our lives, and we all die. And in my view, the function of a sane health care system in this country should be to keep all of our people well in a cost-effective way, not to make health industry CEOs richer or to drive up the stock prices on Wall Street.

It wasn't long ago that the idea of Medicare for All was dismissed and ridiculed by the corporate media and political establishment in this country. Four years ago, I introduced the bill, and there wasn't a single co-sponsor. We were actually relentlessly attacked for the idea before the Iowa caucuses.

But then our political revolution really gained steam, and it became clear to candidates and elected officials alike that the American people were on board. They believe that it is the responsibility of the federal government to provide health care for all as a right, not a privilege.

And as a result of your passion, commitment, and enthusiasm on this issue, when I introduced my Medicare for All legislation earlier this year, 16 of my colleagues in the Senate signed on as co-sponsors. I can tell you that no one would have ever thought that was possible just a short while ago.

But if we want to add to that number, our job now is to support those who have come out in favor of our bill and defend them when they are under attack for doing so. So I want to ask you to do something very important for our our cause today:

Can you make a $3 donation to help re-elect me, Elizabeth Warren, and Tammy Baldwin? I'm running for re-election in Vermont, Elizabeth in Massachusetts, and Tammy in Wisconsin. Your donation will be split between our campaigns and MoveOn—or as you choose. Help us, and you help our effort to pass Medicare for All. Click here now.

My Republican colleagues in Congress tell us, over and over again, that we have the "greatest" health care system in the world.

Really?

Today, 28 million Americans have no health insurance, and many more are underinsured with high deductibles and copayments. We pay, by far, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. In fact, millions of Americans can't afford to purchase the medicine they need.

Too many Americans delay going to the doctor because of the cost, and too many others are forced into bankruptcy or financial ruin because of medical bills. It is not a radical idea to suggest that Americans should be able to get the health care they need, when they need it. Americans should not be dying because of their financial status.

There are millions of people who remain on their jobs today, not because they want to be there or enjoy their work, but because their present employer provides decent health care benefitsand they have no option.

Today the United States spends far more per capita on health care than any other nation on Earth. In fact, we are spending almost twice as much per capita as any other country, while our health care outcomes are often worse.

Instead of providing quality care to all in a cost-effective way, our current system is designed to provide hundreds of billions in profits to insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, and medical equipment suppliers.

That system doesn't sound so "great" to me.

Medicare for All would mean comprehensive coverage for all Americans. It would cover the entire continuum of health care: inpatient to outpatient care; preventive to emergency care; primary to specialty care, including long-term and palliative care; vision, hearing, and oral health care; mental health and substance abuse services; as well as prescription medications, medical equipment, supplies, diagnostics, and treatments. Patients will be able to choose a health care provider without worrying about whether that provider is in-network and will be able to get the care they need without having to read any fine print or trying to figure out how they can afford the out-of-pocket costs.

Of course, the insurance companies and drug companies in this country are extraordinarily powerful, and they are not going down without a fight. They have obscene amounts of wealth and have used that money to protect a dysfunctional system that allows them to make billions in profits while leaving far too many Americans behind.

They will spend enormous amounts of money to stop the movement for Medicare for All, and those who support it. But if we stand together, we will win. That's why it's so important for me to ask:

Can you split a $3 donation between my campaign, Elizabeth Warren's campaign, Tammy Baldwin's campaign, and MoveOn? Click here now.

It is time to wage a moral and political war against a dysfunctional health care system in this country. And that means supporting those who stand with us when they are under attack for doing so.

Thank you for taking action in support of our campaign to guarantee health care as a right in this country for every man, woman, and child.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Sign the petition re: Trump's racism

Will you stand with me and call on Congress to reject Trump's racism and all the policies that stem from it?

Dear MoveOn member,

I am an immigrant, a former White House aide, and a Haitian-American. 

Yesterday, in a moment of unbridled racism and during a meeting concerning changes in immigration policy, Trump referred to my homeland and African nations as "shithole countries."1

Will you stand with me and call on Congress to reject Trump's racism and all the policies that stem from it? Click here to sign and share my petition.

Reject Trump's racism and all the policies that stem from it. Pass a clean Dream Act now, repeal the Muslim Ban, and protect from deportation those who had been covered by the Temporary Protected Status program that Trump is determined to end.

Trump's recent comments just prove what we've already known for a long time: that the man who occupies the Oval Office is indeed a racist. 

Trump has always been a racist. He started his business career as a racist. He started his political career as a racist. Now, in the White House, he is using his racism to drive his policy. Tell your members of Congress to stand with immigrants and reject Trump's racist policies.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thanks for all you do.

—Karine, Maria, Pulin, Iram and the rest of the MoveOn team

Source:

1. "The problem isn't just that Trump's a racist. It's that he keeps acting on his racism." NBC News, January 12, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/30158?t=17&akid=196990%2E10220574%2ErGJpNB

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Will you share why you support the Dream Act?

Reply to this message and share why you stand with Dreamers.

Dear MoveOn member,

Thank you for taking action to demand that Congress pass a clean Dream Act. Already more than 14,000 Dreamers have lost their legal protections since Trump canceled the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September—with 122 more becoming vulnerable to deportation every day. Just last night, a federal judge in California affirmed that the DACA program should never have been terminated. But until Congress acts, Dreamers are still being left in limbo.1 

It's critical that our senators understand that constituents from all walks of life are invested in this issue and want immediate action on the Dream Act. Part of that is making sure members of Congress hear WHY this issue is so important to so many of their constituents. 

Will you reply to this email and share why you support the Dream Act? 

When you reply, tell us about yourself: who you are, what you do, how long you've lived in your area, and why supporting Dreamers is so important to you. Maybe you have your own immigration story or your own connection to immigrants in your personal or professional life. These details help make your stories more compelling when we share them with members of Congress and over social media. 

The movement for a clean Dream Act—led by courageous immigrant youth—continues to grow. Hundreds of thousands of MoveOn members like you have added their names to petitions, made phone calls to legislators, visited congressional offices, and rallied for the Dream Act. 

We need to keep up the pressure: Congress needs to hear loud and clear why the Dream Act matters—and just how important this is to their constituents from all walks of life. Share your voice today, and we'll share your stories on Facebook, Twitter, and even back to legislators who need to hear your voice as we demonstrate all the reasons Americans want a Dream Act now.  

Reply to this email to share why you care so deeply about the lives of Dreamers.

Thanks for all you do. 

—Corinne, Milan, Seth, Jayne, and the rest of the team

Source: 

1. "DACA injunction: What a federal judge’s ruling means for 'dreamers,'" The Washington Post, January 10, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/29941?t=14&akid=196801%2E10220574%2EfF7bEy

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Yesterday, I was told to leave the United States.

Will you sign and share my petition to ensure families such as mine are not ripped apart and sent back to nations devastated by disasters and war?

Dear MoveOn member,

Yesterday, I was told to leave the United States. The Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program has allowed me to stay in the United States to seek safety from violence in El Salvador where I was born, but the Trump administration announced it will not renew protections for nearly 200,000 Salvadorans, including me.

As a working mother of four children who were born in the United States, I may be forced to rip my family apart and return to a nation devastated by a horrific and violent civil war. And I'm not alone.

That's why next week I'll be delivering this petition to Congress along with MomsRising and other organizations, calling on senators and representatives to find a permanent bipartisan solution in order to protect the hundreds of thousands of immigrants with Temporary Protected Status. Will you help me reach as many people as possible by signing and sharing this petition immediately? Click here to sign.

I am calling on Congress to find a permanent bipartisan solution to protecting immigrants with TPS. Please sign my petition to ensure families like mine are not ripped apart and sent back to nations devastated by disasters and war.

Taking away TPS or letting it expire has thrown families such as mine into chaos, as mothers and fathers lose their legal status to stay in the country. We could be forced to decide whether to divide our families or to take our children to dangerous and unfamiliar situations.

Congress needs to act before hard-working families have their lives torn apart. Click here to sign and share my petition before I personally deliver it next week.

TPS recipients are mothers, neighbors, caregivers, business owners, and community members. We are parents to children who have lived in the United States their whole lives and know no other home.

Removing TPS recipients from the country is inhumane, and it also makes no economic sense. It would cost the U.S. economy $164 billion over 10 years!

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thanks!

–Gabriela, MomsRising

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