Friday, July 22, 2016

Reject Shell's latest toxic proposal

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Adam Garber of the organization PennEnvironment, and I started a petition to Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, which says:

The last thing western Pennsylvania needs is another major air polluter. Please put public health first and reject Shell's ethane cracker permit.

Western Pennsylvania is already plagued by poor air quality and resulting health problems like asthma and high rates of cancer—yet Shell is trying to build a massive ethane cracker plant in Beaver County.1

Call on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to put public health first and reject Shell's ethane cracker permit.

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

Thanks!

—Adam Garber

Source:

1. "Shell moves ahead with ethane cracker in Beaver County," Trib Live, June 7, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/4726?t=4&akid=166869.10220574.FNpqRM

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

There's no going back (Donald Trump)

Donald Trump just accepted the Republican presidential nomination. There is no going back. He's going to be the nominee—just one step away from being president of the United States, and we have to do everything in our power to stop him.

Dear MoveOn member,

Donald Trump just accepted the Republican presidential nomination. There is no going back. He’s the nominee—just one step away from being president of the United States—and we have to do everything in our power to stop him.

The reality is this: Trump was surging in the polls BEFORE the convention.1 And former New York Times data wizard Nate Silver—who picked every single state with 100% accuracy in 2012—is estimating that this week, the Republican National Convention (even as crazy as it's been), could give Trump a 4 point gain in the polls.2 That’s enough to put Trump in the lead against Hilary Clinton.

We're running an emergency campaign to counter the bounce Trump is expected to get from his speech. Will you send an urgent contribution now to help our team mobilize in swing states to counter any bounce Trump gets from tonight’s speech?

Yes, I'll chip in $2.70 right now to help stop Donald Trump.

The next few days are going to be critical. Trump’s campaign will be ramping up, and with the Democratic National Convention happening next week, we cannot afford to become complacent. Stopping Trump will take all of us—including independent organizations like MoveOn. With your help, we will:

  • Use social media to educate voters about what's at stake, with videos that will be seen tens of millions of times. We're on track to reach an audience equivalent to that of a cable news TV show, without a dime of corporate advertising.
  • Launch door-to-door volunteer canvasses using in-person conversations, which are proven to be one of the most effective ways to get out the vote and swing elections. We've just finished our proof-of-concept canvass in Ohio, and we're gearing up to roll it out in 10 key states.
  • Get MoveOn spokespeople on TV—to reach millions of Americans about just how just much is at stake. We've been interviewed by TV stations multiple times outside of the Republican National Convention this week, but we need your help to invest more in media pitching, training, and staffing, so that we can get in front of voters from now through Election Day with the messaging that our research and polling have shown can mobilize key voters who could decide the election.

Will you make an emergency contribution to help us defeat Donald Trump?

Yes, I'll chip in $2.70 right now to help stop Donald Trump.

Thanks for all you do.

–Ilya, Iram, Scott, Justin K., and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "2016 General Election: Trump vs. Clinton," The Huffington Post, accessed July 21, 2016 
http://act.moveon.org/go/4738?t=12&akid=166968.10220574.yZZqal

2. "Election Update: Clinton’s Lead Is As Safe As Kerry’s Was In 2004," FiveThirtyEight, July 19, 2016 
http://act.moveon.org/go/4790?t=14&akid=166968.10220574.yZZqal

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Mike Pence: A personal story

I don't even want to think about what might have happened to her under Mike Pence's vision for America. We can't ever let that come to pass.

Dear MoveOn member,

With Mike Pence poised to take the stage tonight to formally accept the GOP nomination for vice president, I can't stop thinking about a bill he signed into law just months ago as governor of Indiana.

The bill makes abortion illegal in the case of fetal abnormalities.1

You see, a little less than six years ago, I was newly pregnant with twins, when my doctor told me that one of the fetuses had Trisomy 18—a genetic disorder that affects nearly every organ system in the body.2 Half of babies born with the disorder die within their first week of life; the median lifespan is five to 15 days.3 There’s a high risk of miscarriage or stillbirth with Trisomy 18—which put my other twin at risk, since I could go into labor very early or face other serious complications.

After my doctor explained my options and the risks, I made an anguished but clear decision to have a "selective reduction"—an abortion of the fetus with Trisomy 18, which would have been illegal under Pence’s law—to save my baby.

About seven months later, I delivered a healthy, nearly 9 pound baby girl. My daughter is now five years old. She is strong, kind, and sings constantly.

I don't even want to think about what might have happened to her under Mike Pence's vision for America. And we can't ever let that come to pass. That's why we have to do everything we can to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.

Will you chip in $3 now to MoveOn's campaign to keep Trump and Pence out of the White House?

Yes, I'll chip in now.

If you think Trump and Pence can't win, I beg you to take them seriously.

In addition to being a very proud mom, I'm a political junkie and a campaign director at MoveOn. I've been poring over the polls, and they are not looking good. Of the last five national polls released this week, all five were within the margin of error—meaning it's a tight race.4

MoveOn is working to counter the spin that Pence is a cool-headed, proven leader who balances Trump’s ticket, when in reality, he makes it even more extreme. Most voters don't yet know who Pence is, so we need to get the facts out right now.

That's why I'm sharing my story. Up until now, only a handful of my very close family and friends knew I was ever pregnant with twins. But we just can't stay silent or sit on the sidelines, given how much is at stake.

Please chip in $3 to MoveOn now to help stop the disaster of a Trump-Pence White House.

Pence has said, "I long for the day Roe v. Wade is sent to the ash heap of history.”5

And that's not all. In addition to rabidly opposing abortion rights, Pence thinks that women who work cause their children to have "stunted emotional growth."6 When he was in Congress, he sponsored the very first bill to defund Planned Parenthood—and then he continued to push for the legislation year after year.7 And Pence doesn't think women in the military should be in combat roles.8

So it's no surprise that Pence is the vice presidential pick of a man who once said, “Women, you have to treat them like shit.”9

For my daughter—and for girls and women everywhere—we must stop these two dangerous men from getting to the White House.

Join me now by chipping in $3.

Thanks for all you do.

–Emily Figdor

Sources:

1. "ACLU, Planned Parenthood sue Indiana over new abortion law," AP, April 8, 2016 
http://act.moveon.org/go/4745?t=17&akid=166916.10220574.ek1zwx

2. "Trisomy 18 and 13," Stanford Children's Health, accessed July 20, 2016 
http://act.moveon.org/go/4746?t=19&akid=166916.10220574.ek1zwx

3. "Trisomy 18," Medline Plus, accessed July 19, 2016 
https://act.moveon.org/go/4747?t=21&akid=166916.10220574.ek1zwx

4. "2016 General Election: Trump vs. Clinton," The Huffington Post, accessed July 20, 2016 
http://act.moveon.org/go/4738?t=23&akid=166916.10220574.ek1zwx

5. "Mike Pence has made no secret about his views on abortion. Will this help or hurt Trump?" Washington Post, July 15, 2016 
https://act.moveon.org/go/4749?t=25&akid=166916.10220574.ek1zwx

6. "Pence in 1997: Working mothers stunt emotional growth of children," CNN Politics, July 19, 2016 
http://act.moveon.org/go/4750?t=27&akid=166916.10220574.ek1zwx

7. "Mike Pence launched Republicans’ war on Planned Parenthood," Vox, July 14, 2016 
http://act.moveon.org/go/4751?t=29&akid=166916.10220574.ek1zwx

8. "Mike Pence Used Disney's 'Mulan' to Argue that Women Shouldn't Serve in the Military," Fortune, July 18, 2016 
http://act.moveon.org/go/4752?t=31&akid=166916.10220574.ek1zwx

9. "Donald Trump Hates Women," Slate, March 24, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/2589?t=33&akid=166916.10220574.ek1zwx

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Our response to the RNC

We knew the Republican National Convention was coming to Ohio. And two months ago, local Ohio organizers reached out to us wanted to do something proactive in response to the hate mongering of the RNC setting up shop on their turf.

Dear MoveOn member,

For months, we've known the Republican National Convention was coming to Ohio—and sure enough, it arrived last night complete with angry rhetoric against immigrants and Muslims, plagiarism, and tirades against political correctness. We can only expect more of the same—or worse—over the nights ahead.

But this past weekend, MoveOn members and local organizers across Ohio had a bold and uplifting response to the Republican convention: #OhioAgainstHate—a door-to-door campaign where Ohio neighbors spoke to each other about the importance of voting against Donald Trump and his hate, bigotry, and xenophobia.

#OhioAgainstHate brought out many first-time canvassers who eagerly spoke to neighbors, voters, and even their former students!

 

Pokémon Go isn't the only thing bringing millennials out to the sidewalk; #OhioAgainstHate attracted our two youngest canvassers, Marta and Emma (pictured below). They're millennials who want to ensure Trump doesn't make it to the White House and who understand the power of young people in this election. 
 

From coffee shops to a local fabric store, small business owners who cared about the messages of unity and love we were looking to spread throughout Ohio donated most of the meet-up spots for our canvassers. And our volunteers looked fabulous in their #OhioAgainstHate swag.

#OhioAgainstHate even had the support of former Ohio state senator Nina Turner, who came out to canvass on Friday afternoon and left a message for how the RNC should behave while in her hometown of Cleveland.

Not only did MoveOn members and our allies reach out to thousands of voters in Ohio, we trended on Twitter in Ohio and Twitter even selected #OhioAgainstHate as one of its big "moments" of the day—which means millions more people heard our message of voting to stop Trump.

Research shows that face-to-face voter outreach is most cost-effective way to persuade voters. That's why we're getting ready to apply the lessons we learned in Ohio—from how to harness social media attention to maximizing the impact of new technology—nationally. Our goal? To launch grassroots voter mobilizations in the 10 battleground states that will not only decide the presidential race, but also decide who controls the Senate—and maybe even the House. 

To pull it all off, we need your ongoing support. Will you help out with $3 a month?

Yes, I'll make a monthly donation to help ramp up MoveOn's actions to defeat Trump and his message of hate, take back the Senate, and involve more voters in the election.

No, I can't become a monthly donor today.

We hope this glimpse into the powerful organizing of everyday Ohioans in response to the Republican National Convention was a good chance to take a break from the constant barrage of division and hate coming out of the RNC. If you enjoyed reading about #OhioAgainstHate and feel like more people should see this, forward it to five of your friends or family members.

Thanks for all you do.

—Victoria, Manny, Ilya, Iram, and the rest of the team

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Stop bobcat and wolf fur export!

Thousands of bobcat and wolf pelts are exported every year. We need a public review of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's export program now.

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Sarah Goeth of the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC), and I started a petition to President Barack Obama, which says:

We need a public review of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's export program, which facilitates the export of thousands of bobcat and wolf pelts each year, and continues to operate without environmental oversight. To date, the Fish and Wildlife Service has refused to carefully consider the environmental impacts of not only the bobcat and wolf pelt export, but the effect on other species that are also caught and killed in traps.

Under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regulates the export of animal pelts. The Service has illegally failed to evaluate the export program, resulting in the trapping and killing of native and endangered species.1

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

Thanks!

—Sarah Goeth

Source:

1. "Group seeks to halt US exports of fur from bobcats, wolves," The Washington Times, Mary 4, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/4734?t=4&akid=166870.10220574.DTwJdc

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

FW: Meet Mike Pence

It's official: This morning, Donald Trump formally introduced Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate.

Hi Eddie!—It's official: This morning, Donald Trump formally introduced Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential running mate. There isn't a moment to lose. We've already raised more than $50,000 for our emergency campaign to make sure America hears the truth about Mike Pence. Your urgent contribution will help us hit our goal of $100,000 by Monday. Can we count on you to help out?

Yes, I'll chip in $2.70 right now to help expose Mike Pence as a right-wing ideologue.

For more information on our emergency campaign, see Ilya's email from Thursday night, below:


Dear MoveOn member,

Donald Trump just selected Indiana Governor Mike Pence for vice president.1 And that means that the next five days could be the most important of Trump's entire campaign.

You see, Republicans want to use Gov. Pence to make it seem like Trump is prepared to govern. Pence was in Congress for 10 years, was the 4th highest ranking member in House leadership, and has been the governor of Indiana since 2013.

What Republicans don't want people to know is that Gov. Pence is one of the most extreme right-wing politicians in America.

Pence signed the notorious "license to discriminate" bill allowing businesses to deny service to LGBT people.2 He's so extreme on abortion that he voted for legislation that would give personhood rights to embryos and defund Planned Parenthood.3

He even compared Obamacare to the 9/11 attacks and threatened to block Hurricane Katrina reconstruction unless it was offset by cuts to Medicare, the National School Lunch Program, and PBS.4,5

That's why we're launching an emergency campaign to make sure America knows the truth about Mike Pence—and we're aiming to raise $100,000 to make it happen. Will you chip in $2.70 to help make sure America hears the truth about Trump's VP selection?

Yes, I'll chip in.

We need to make sure the American people know the truth about Gov. Mike Pence—and what a Trump-Pence administration would mean. So here's what we have planned:

  • We're putting our new Video Lab team to work to produce a video that we'll push out to social networks immediately. We need to ensure that millions of voters learn the truth about Donald Trump and Mike Pence's dangerous plans to divide this country. Our recent videos have been seen by more than 15 million people; we're operating at a scale that can have a real impact.
  • We'll ramp up massive, independent, door-to-door volunteer canvasses. Our team is already on the ground in Ohio, preparing to knock on doors this weekend. In-person conversations are one of the most effective ways to get out the vote and swing elections. With your help, we can roll this program out in other battleground states and ensure that key constituencies—young voters, people of color, women, and others who might need extra encouragement to vote—understand the stakes of this election and vote.
  • We'll leverage social media to spread important information to millions of progressives between now and Election Day. Already, we've launched an aggressive campaign to tell the truth about Donald Trump, and we must redouble our efforts now that he's selected his running mate. For the next 116 days, MoveOn will continue making timely videos and graphics for social media networks that will be seen tens of millions of times. While cheaper than TV ads, this can still be costly, and we need your support to keep this program running.

With the Republican message machine up revving up to pitch Trump's selection to the American people, we don't have much time to get this campaign off the ground. Will you chip in $2.70?

Yes, I'll chip in.

The next five days are crucial for the future of America. Every day from now through next week's Republican National Convention, Republicans will be selling him as proof that Donald Trump can be trusted with the most powerful office in the land.

But if we can get out front and define Mike Pence for the American people the same way we defined Mitt Romney in 2012, we can make Mike Pence backfire on Donald Trump the same way Sarah Palin backfired on John McCain.

We can't count on the media to tell the truth. It's up to us to set the record straight. Will you chip in $2.70 to help defeat Donald Trump and Mike Pence?

Yes, I'll chip in.

Thanks for all you do.

—Ilya, Iram, Scott, Justin K., and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Donald Trump selects Mike Pence as VP," CNN, July 14, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/4671?t=22&akid=166791.10220574.n0v4dy

2. "Say it Ain’t Pence: Is Trump About to Double Down on his Anti-LGBTQ Agenda?" Human Rights Campaign, July 12, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/4672?t=24&akid=166791.10220574.n0v4dy

3. "Trump’s Potential VP Mike Pence vs. Women’s Periods," The Daily Beast, July 13, 2016 
http://act.moveon.org/go/4667?t=26&akid=166791.10220574.n0v4dy

4. "Rep. Mike Pence Compares Obamacare Ruling To 9/11," ThinkProgress, June 28, 2012 
http://act.moveon.org/go/4666?t=28&akid=166791.10220574.n0v4dy

5. "The House Republican Study Committee's Proposals to Offset the Costs of Hurricane Relief," Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, October 5, 2005 
http://act.moveon.org/go/4665?t=30&akid=166791.10220574.n0v4dy

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Meet Mike Pence

Donald Trump just selected Mike Pence for vice president. And now the next 5 days could be the most important of the entire campaign.

Dear MoveOn member,

Donald Trump just selected Indiana Governor Mike Pence for vice president.1 And that means that the next five days could be the most important of Trump's entire campaign.

You see, Republicans want to use Gov. Pence to make it seem like Trump is prepared to govern. Pence was in Congress for 10 years, was the 4th highest ranking member in House leadership, and has been the governor of Indiana since 2013.

What Republicans don't want people to know is that Gov. Pence is one of the most extreme right-wing politicians in America.

Pence signed the notorious "license to discriminate" bill allowing businesses to deny service to LGBT people.2 He's so extreme on abortion that he voted for legislation that would give personhood rights to embryos and defund Planned Parenthood.3

He even compared Obamacare to the 9/11 attacks and threatened to block Hurricane Katrina reconstruction unless it was offset by cuts to Medicare, the National School Lunch Program, and PBS.4,5

That's why we're launching an emergency campaign to make sure America knows the truth about Mike Pence—and we're aiming to raise $100,000 before the weekend to make it happen. Will you chip in $3 to help make sure America hears the truth about Trump's VP selection?

Yes, I'll chip.

We need to make sure the American people know the truth about Gov. Mike Pence—and what a Trump-Pence administration would mean. So here's what we have planned:

  • We're putting our new Video Lab team to work to produce a video that we'll push out to social networks immediately. We need to ensure that millions of voters learn the truth about Donald Trump and Mike Pence's dangerous plans to divide this country. Our recent videos have been seen by more than 15 million people; we're operating at a scale that can have a real impact.
  • We'll ramp up massive, independent, door-to-door volunteer canvasses. Our team is already on the ground in Ohio, preparing to knock on doors this weekend. In-person conversations are one of the most effective ways to get out the vote and swing elections. With your help, we can roll this program out in other battleground states and ensure that key constituencies—young voters, people of color, women, and others who might need extra encouragement to vote—understand the stakes of this election and vote.
  • We'll leverage social media to spread important information to millions of progressives between now and Election Day. Already, we've launched an aggressive campaign to tell the truth about Donald Trump, and we must redouble our efforts now that he's selected his running mate. For the next 116 days, MoveOn will continue making timely videos and graphics for social media networks that will be seen tens of millions of times. While cheaper than TV ads, this can still be costly, and we need your support to keep this program running.

With the Republican message machine up revving up to pitch Trump's selection to the American people, we don't have much time to get this campaign off the ground. Will you chip in $3?

Yes, I'll chip in.

The next five days are crucial for the future of America. Every day from now through next week's Republican National Convention, Republicans will be selling him as proof that Donald Trump can be trusted with the most powerful office in the land.

But if we can get out front and define Mike Pence for the American people the same way we defined Mitt Romney in 2012, we can make Mike Pence backfire on Donald Trump the same way Sarah Palin backfired on John McCain.

We can't count on the media to tell the truth. It's up to us to set the record straight. Will you chip in $3 to help defeat Donald Trump and Mike Pence?

Yes, I'll chip in.

Thanks for all you do.

—Ilya, Iram, Scott, Justin K., and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Donald Trump selects Mike Pence as VP," CNN, July 14, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/4671?t=17&akid=166729.10220574.vRc6rd

2. "Say it Ain’t Pence: Is Trump About to Double Down on his Anti-LGBTQ Agenda?" Human Rights Campaign, July 12, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/4672?t=19&akid=166729.10220574.vRc6rd

3. "Trump’s Potential VP Mike Pence vs. Women’s Periods," The Daily Beast, July 13, 2016 
http://act.moveon.org/go/4667?t=21&akid=166729.10220574.vRc6rd

4. "Rep. Mike Pence Compares Obamacare Ruling To 9/11," ThinkProgress, June 28, 2012 
http://act.moveon.org/go/4666?t=23&akid=166729.10220574.vRc6rd

5. "The House Republican Study Committee's Proposals to Offset the Costs of Hurricane Relief," Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, October 5, 2005 
http://act.moveon.org/go/4665?t=25&akid=166729.10220574.vRc6rd

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