Friday, May 27, 2016

Tell the IRS: Hold billionaires accountable

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Alexis Goldstein of the organization Americans for Financial Reform, and I started a petition to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, and IRS Chief Counsel William J. Wilkins, which says:

We urge the IRS to gather information so that the public can understand the TRUE amount of tax money we lose each year due to millionaire and billionaire private equity fund managers using the unfair carried interest tax loophole.

The carried interest tax loophole allows wealthy private equity managers to pay taxes at a lower rate than teachers, firefighters, and nurses. What's even worse is that we don't even know how much tax money we lose each year to millionaire and billionaire fund managers taking advantage of this loophole. But the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has the power to fix this, and to "show us the (lost) money."

We urge the IRS to require alternative asset managers—like private equity funds—to disclose in their annual tax filings the amount of carried interest they received.

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

Thanks!

—Alexis Goldstein

P.S. Want to learn more? See Americans for Financial Reform's letter to the IRS: bit.ly/showusthelostmoney

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Bernie Sanders, Bill McKibben, and Keith Ellison need you

Every vote that Bernie wins in California will get us closer to the "strongest progressive agenda that any political party has ever seen."

MoveOn for Bernie

Dear MoveOn member,

Bernie Sanders won "unprecedented say over the Democratic Party platform" this week and named progressive powerhouses, including climate change author and visionary Bill McKibben and Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Keith Ellison, to the party's platform drafting committee.1

Progressives now hold a majority of seats on this committee, which will set the Democratic Party's policy platform for the next four years.2

Every vote and every delegate that Bernie wins in California and the other states voting on June 7 will give Bernie's committee members more leverage to write the "strongest progressive agenda that any political party has ever seen” at the Democratic convention.3

California has more delegates at stake than any other state, and a new poll out yesterday shows the race in California is a dead heat.4

Can you help Bernie win California by calling Californians this weekend to help identify Bernie supporters? Bernie's staff and volunteers will then make sure those supporters get out and vote. Call from your own home or meet up with a friend and call together.

Democratic Party operatives typically appoint the 15-member drafting committee. But the strength of Bernie's political revolution forced party officials to the table to negotiate with Bernie’s campaign.

Bernie was able to appoint five members, who will be fighting for the Democratic Party to officially embrace a $15 minimum wage, break up big banks, ban fracking, and end our corrupt campaign finance system.

If Bernie wins big on June 7, his team will have the momentum and power to shape the Democratic Party platform for the next four years and beyond.

Will you sign up for one or more shifts this weekend to call Californians? Calling is fun and easy with Bernie's state-of-the-art tools, and it's the most effective way you can make a difference.

Thanks for all you do.

—Matt, Mark, Hannah, Emily, and the rest of the MoveOn for Bernie team

Sources:

1. "Sanders wins greater say in Democratic platform; names pro-Palestinian activist," The Washington Post, May 23, 2016
https://act.moveon.org/go/3928?t=4&akid=165429.10220574.-Kdy5q

2. "The Democratic Platform Committee Now Has a Progressive Majority. Thanks, Bernie Sanders." The Nation, May 24, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3909?t=6&akid=165429.10220574.-Kdy5q

3. Ibid.

4. "California Up for Grabs, Poll Finds, as Clinton and Sanders Battle," The New York Times, May 26, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3929?t=8&akid=165429.10220574.-Kdy5q

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Put the sun to work in Inwood

Make the simple, meaningful switch to solar energy for your home.

Dear MoveOn member,

One day last week, Germany generated so much renewable energy that power prices went negative—it had to pay people to use electricity!1 How amazing is that?

This suggests the vision of powering a country with 100% renewable energy is closer than we think. Adopting clean energy on a mass scale will make a big difference in the important fight against climate change.

With a simple step, you can be part of the big wave of Americans switching to clean energy and battling the climate crisis—go solar and help turn this renewable vision into reality.

MoveOn is working with solar company Sungevity to help members go solar in an easy, cost-effective way.

Find out more about switching to solar. Sungevity will give you a $1,000 discount on your solar system if you sign up this month via this email.

If you request more information with the link above, Sungevity will call you and walk you through the options. They’ll manage all the details of any installation and offer various financing choices, including 0% down.

Sungevity will also give MoveOn.org Civic Action $750 for each sign-up. This will help power our campaigns for progressive change, including the fight against climate change and the harmful influence of the Big Oil lobby in Congress.

Click here to learn more about how solar can work for you. If you switch in May via MoveOn, you’ll get a $1,000 discount.

Solar is the fastest-growing energy source in America, and it's now cost-competitive with fossil fuels in many places across the country.2 Fight climate change and help bring our 100% renewable energy future closer by switching to solar today.

Thanks for all you do.

—Tzyh, Robert, Bobby, Jamiah, and the rest of the team


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Sungevity offer valid for new solar energy plans entered into, or purchases made using MoveOn's referral code between 5/1/2016 and 5/31/2016. After this period, discount will revert to $750. Offer is non-transferable and cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions, or redeemed for cash. Payment will be made to MoveOn Civic Action within 90 days of system interconnection. Availability varies according to location, electricity usage, and utility company. Your actual savings will vary and are dependent on several factors, including your payment plan, system production, geography, weather, shade, electricity usage, and utility rate structures and rate increases. For more information on how we calculate savings, please visit http://www.sungevity.com/savings. Solar customers can earn credit from their utilities through a process called “net metering”. Net metering policies can be changed in the future by entities over which Sungevity has no control. In some areas, the right to claim environmental impacts may be sold in the form of renewable energy credits (RECs). More information can be found here: https://www.epa.gov/greenpower/renewable-energy-certificates-recs. CA CSLB 909236; MA HIC 168572; other contractor licenses: http://www.sungevity.com/contact-us. Sungevity Inc. 66 Franklin St. Suite 310, Oakland, CA 94607.

Sources:

1. “Germany had so much renewable energy on Sunday that it had to pay people to use electricity,” Quartz.com, May 10, 2016
http://qz.com/680661/germany-had-so-much-renewable-energy-on-sunday-that-it-had-to-pay-people-to-use-electricity/

2. “US Solar Market Set to Grow 119% in 2016, Installations to Reach 16 GW,” Solar Energy Industries Association, March 9, 2016
http://www.seia.org/news/us-solar-market-set-grow-119-2016-installations-reach-16-gw

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Attend a screening of my movie?

Dear MoveOn member,

Last week, I emailed MoveOn members offering them a copy of my latest movie, "Where to Invade Next," for a donation to MoveOn, and the response was just overwhelming. Tens of thousands of you responded by donating! Now I'm excited to announce that MoveOn members across the country will be opening their homes and hosting community screenings of "Where to Invade Next" next week, on Thursday, June 2.

I have to admit ... this is one of the very cool things about MoveOn members. You open your homes to each other. You get together in person to share ideas. These days, that's more important than ever, which is why I hope you'll join fellow MoveOn members to check out my film and get to know a few of your neighbors.

Good news: there's a screening near you on June 2. What could be easier? Want to go?

Yes, I want to attend a movie party to watch "Where to Invade Next"

The movie is about how America can grab some good ideas from the rest of the world to make our own economy and society work better for everybody. Other developed countries have successfully implemented progressive ideas such as breaking up the big banks, universal health care, and criminal justice reform, but the movie is also about how change happens—and how what seems impossible can become real, if we just work together, think big, and don't give up.

The movie party nearest to you is at  7:30 PM on June 2 in Flushing - Queens - NYC, NY.

RSVP now to attend this screening on June 2.

You can also click here to search by zipcode for other screenings in your area.

This will be a great opportunity to meet like-minded community members and discuss how we as a country can take back the conversation from Trump's divisive rhetoric and move our progressive values back to the center of the political debate.

Thanks for all you do.

—Michael Moore


You can see WHERE TO INVADE NEXT now on DVD, Blu-rayTM and On Demand.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Oh no no no no

The latest polling on Trump is very, very scary news for America. We need to act.

Dear MoveOn member,

The unthinkable is happening: Donald Trump is surging in major new national polls out this past week.1,2,3

Now that he's the presumptive GOP nominee, Trump is polling within the margin of error—or even ahead—in match-ups against Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Their once substantial leads over Trump are gone.

We simply cannot indulge in the fantasy that Democrats have this election in the bag.

MoveOn has been preparing a three-pronged plan to make sure Trump never gets anywhere close to the nuclear codes. But these polls are telling us that we urgently need to speed up the timeline. Can you chip in $3 to accelerate the fight against Trump before he locks in a lead in the polls?

Click here to chip in right now to help stop a Trump presidency.

Remember the Republican primary, when the political data analyst Nate Silver gave Trump a 2% chance of winning the nomination?4

Let’s make a collective promise to ourselves: no more déjà vu. We need to stop underestimating Trump. 

We’ve got the right strategy (more on that below). We know that we’re united as a MoveOn community against Trump: In an all-member vote this April, 71% voted to launch a major campaign to show that America rejects Trump’s racism, misogyny, and violence, while continuing our work to support Bernie Sanders in the primaries and caucuses. And members made that commitment even before Trump locked up the primary—since then, the commitment of MoveOn members has only grown stronger.

The question now is whether we’ll have the resources to hit full speed ASAP in the anti-Trump campaign. Can you chip in?

Please click here right now to chip in $3 to help stop Trump’s momentum.

What’s the plan to beat Trump? It’s a 1-2-3 punch:

  • Wake everybody up. If progressives snooze, we’ll lose. MoveOn is reaching out to celebrities and other high-profile people of every sort to engage them in a campaign to reach every progressive in America and convince them that Trump may win this election. Our first video, featuring Van Jones, has already been viewed 1.3 million times. We’ve got to ramp this up until nobody on our side wrongly believes this election will be a cakewalk.
     
  • Persuade the conflicted middle. For millions of Americans, some aspects of Trump are repellent—but some are appealing. These voters aren’t centrists, they’re conflicted. We need to reach them where they are. We’ve begun an intensive research operation to figure out, for folks on the fence, exactly what ideas will pull them back from supporting Trump. Next up: a massive cultural campaign to ensure they hear the best messages from the right messengers.
     
  • Organize, organize, organize—leaving no voter behind. Political scientists talk about the “rising American electorate”: people of color, unmarried women, and millennials, who together will make up a majority of voters in 2016. Well, a lot of people on the right are determined to keep this electorate from rising. We won’t let them. We’re going to build a massive grassroots organizing program to turn out these and other anti-Trump voters, aiming to win—and to win big enough that we not only beat Trump, but we also beat Trump's hateful rhetoric. We have to make it crystal clear that stoking hate is not a viable strategy in American politics.

You might be thinking, “Great! But we need to get started on this yesterday.”

Fortunately, we did. Months ago, in fact. But we’ve still got to accelerate the timetable—because even though we told ourselves not to underestimate Trump, we didn’t think he’d move this far this fast.

Can you chip in to help us supercharge the anti-Trump campaign?

Yes, I'll chip in $3 now to help keep Trump out of the White House.

This fight is about more than winning an election. It’s about defining the kind of country we want to be.

Already in America, we’re hearing stories about Muslim children waking up scared, terrified that Trump will win and kick them and their families out of the country—or worse.5 Kids of all religions are seeing someone powerful on TV saying that this country is not for everyone, hurling insults, supporting violence, and bullying adults into submission.

We can’t wait any longer. This isn’t politics. This is about being able to tell future generations that when our nation's soul was on the line, we wasted no time and spared no effort.

Thanks for all you do.

—Ben W., Maria, Scott, Hannah, and the rest of the team 

Sources:

1. "Poll: Election 2016 shapes up as a contest of negatives," The Washington Post, May 21, 2016
https://act.moveon.org/go/3860?t=17&akid=165323.10220574.0yJrSl

2. “Fox News Poll: 2016 national release May 18,” Fox News, May 18, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3830?t=19&akid=165323.10220574.0yJrSl

3. "Exclusive: Trump surges in support, almost even with Clinton in national U.S. poll," Reuters, May 11, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3831?t=21&akid=165323.10220574.0yJrSl

4. “Donald Trump’s Six Stages of Doom,” FiveThirtyEight, August 6, 2015
http://act.moveon.org/go/3832?t=23&akid=165323.10220574.0yJrSl

5. "Muslim child's fear: 'Is Trump going to exile us?'" Chicago Tribune, March 3, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3845?t=25&akid=165323.10220574.0yJrSl

 

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Verizon management: Can you hear us now?!

A month ago, Verizon workers went on strike. They walked out to demand fair jobs from a company that makes billions of dollars of profit a year and to protest plans to offshore more jobs, to make workers move outside of their communities, and weaken benefits for experienced workers and retirees.

Nearly 40,000 striking workers are now entering their third pay period without a paycheck, and, to date, Verizon hasn't budged. But the company is under increasing pressure, and if Verizon sees that enough of its customers and the customers of its competitors stand with workers to demand fair jobs, they'll have no choice but to listen to workers. Can you add your voice? Stand with Verizon workers and sign Verizon employees Jennifer Masferrer and Isaac Collazo's petition to tell Verizon to do the right thing.


Dear MoveOn member,

We're Jennifer Masferrer and Isaac Collazo. We're striking Verizon employees and members of the Communications Workers of America, and we started a petition to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, which says:

​Enough is enough. Settle a fair contract with Verizon and Verizon Wireless workers now.

We are on strike because we will do whatever it takes to create a better workplace for ourselves and those that follow.

We're standing together to make sure the needs of working families are met, instead of standing by as a handful of individuals get richer and richer.

We're standing together because Verizon has fired, threatened, and intimidated working people at Verizon Wireless who are trying to create a better future for themselves and their families.

We're standing together because we want to earn a living in our own communities instead of moving away from our homes and our families. We want good jobs to stay in the United States, not be sent overseas.

We're standing together to make sure that working people at Verizon like us can not only make a good living, but also have a good life.

Let Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam know that you stand with us.

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

Thanks!

—Jennifer Masferrer and Isaac Collazo

Sources:

1. "36,000 Verizon workers go on strike," CNN Money, April 13, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3753?t=5&akid=165300.10220574.XXXxjS

2. "Bernie Sanders Rallies With Striking Verizon Workers," NBC News, April 18, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3754?t=7&akid=165300.10220574.XXXxjS

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Poisoned by DuPont

DuPont has already agreed to compensate victims of its misconduct, but the company is lining the pockets of Wall Street billionaires instead. Sign the petition.

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Earl Botkin of Corporate Action Network, and I am dying from C-8, a chemical that DuPont deliberately dumped into the Ohio River and landfills, where it made its way into the water that I, my family, and thousands of others drink every day.1 I started a petition to DuPont CEO Ed Breen, which says:

DuPont already agreed to compensate me and the other victims of its misconduct, but the company is delaying helping us in order to line the pockets of a couple of Wall Street billionaires. People are dying. It's time to put health over Wall Street profits.

C-8 is a byproduct of Teflon, which DuPont manufactured in Parkersburg, West Virginia since the 1950s. The company knew the chemical was harmful since the 1960s, but they never told anyone, including the thousands of West Virginia and Ohio residents that were drinking it in their water every day.2

Now I and thousands of others are dying from C-8, and DuPont is delaying compensating us and cleaning our water in order to save money for Wall Street investors.3

Why are our lives worth less than theirs?

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

Thanks!

—Earl Botkin

Sources:

1. "Toxic legacy: key players," The News Journal, April 3, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3827?t=5&akid=165286.10220574.dLeFvP

2. "The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare," The New York Times, January 6, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3828?t=7&akid=165286.10220574.dLeFvP

3. "C8 victims, DuPont fight over merger documents," The News Journal, May 13, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3829?t=9&akid=165286.10220574.dLeFvP

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