Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Refugee children in court alone?

Children fleeing violence are seeking refuge in the United States in record numbers. Every child is entitled to an immigration hearing, but there is no guarantee these children—who may have experienced unspeakable trauma—will have legal support.

The MoveOn community is raising funds for much-needed legal support for these children—donating every penny to Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), the leading organization providing legal representation to children entering the U.S. alone. Can you make a donation to KIND to ensure these children have the legal counsel and support they need when they face an immigration judge?


Chip in $3
Dear MoveOn member,

Thousands of children fleeing violence from their home countries have come to the United States—sometimes traveling long distances without their parents—seeking refuge. This humanitarian crisis has overwhelmed the existing support the United States provides for children who have been victimized by violence.

These children—some just barely older than toddlers—are crowded into temporary shelters, detention centers, and even facilities on military bases.

United States immigration law guarantees all children from certain Central American countries due process, including an asylum hearing in front of an immigration judge. These hearings are crucial to protecting refugee children. Sending some of these kids back could be, in the words of Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, "to send them back to certain death."1

During the hearings, an immigration judge hears from each child and determines if that child is eligible for refugee status or humanitarian protection. But these children aren't guaranteed legal representation when they face the court and could find themselves alone in the hearing that will determine the rest of their lives.

That's why we're coming together as a MoveOn community to raise funds for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), an organization dedicated to providing legal support to children. We'll give every penny of your contribution to KIND.

Can you chip in to make sure these refugee children get the legal counsel and representation they need?

Yes, I can contribute $3 to help a child seeking refuge from violence receive legal support.

Since 2012, the number of children seeking refuge in the United States has soared from three Central American countries: Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Stories of the violence these children are fleeing are chilling. This region, known as the Northern Triangle, has some of the highest murder rates in the world, and children may come to the United States having witnessed family members and friends hurt, raped, or killed in rampant outbreaks of gang violence.2

For many of these children, what happens during these immigration hearings could be the difference between life or death. No child should be forced to appear in court alone.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees reports that nearly two-thirds of the children and families from Central America may be eligible for humanitarian protection under international guidelines3—but we are treating them like criminals.

Can you contribute $3 to make sure these children have legal representation when they appear before an immigration judge?

MoveOn members across the country have stepped up before to provide support for those impacted by major humanitarian crisis. When Hurricane Sandy left thousands without power, food, and shelter, MoveOn members opened their homes to help. And MoveOn members helped provide temporary housing for more than 30,000 people displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

By making a contribution now, you can help again, and make sure children looking to the United States for protection from deadly violence receive the chance they are legally guaranteed to share their stories and plead their cases.

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Stephen, Matt, Maria, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "O'Malley: U.S. shouldn't send immigrant children back to 'certain death,'" CNN, July 11, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=299998&id=98878-10220574-TLcOxsx&t=4

2. "Why are so many minors fleeing Central America for the U.S. border?" KSHB, July 16, 2014 

http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=299999&id=98878-10220574-TLcOxsx&t=6

3. "Children on the Run," United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees, March 12, 2014 

http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=300000&id=98878-10220574-TLcOxsx&t=8


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Monday, July 21, 2014

We crashed the FCC's website!

The FCC's plan to kill Net Neutrality created such a backlash that it actually crashed their website last week. Now we need to keep up the pressure. Can you chip in $3 to save the free and open Internet?

Chip in $3

Dear MoveOn member,

This is what saving the Internet looks like: So many people wrote to the FCC last week protesting its latest proposal to kill Net Neutrality that the FCC's own website crashed!

It's the most comments the FCC has received on any issue—rivaling the public response for Janet Jackson's famed "wardrobe malfunction."1

MoveOn members have been sounding the alarm—and it's working. Can you chip in $3 so we can lean into this momentum and win this fight?

Yes, I'll chip in to help save the free and open Internet.

We've got a two-part approach: First, we'll flood the FCC with comments again, during the second and final comment period for their rules on Net Neutrality. We'll make it clear that it's Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T vs. millions of Americans, small businesses, tech companies, and artists.

Second, we'll hold President Obama accountable to his promises to save the open Internet that helped propel him to office twice. And we've got a golden opportunity, if we can seize it.

This Wednesday, July 23, President Obama is heading to California for two fundraisers—one in Silicon Valley, the center of the Internet world, and the other in Los Angeles, at the home of Hollywood producer Shonda Rhimes ("Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy"), who herself is a Net Neutrality advocate.2

We'll be outside these events, calling on President Obama to use his megaphone to call on the FCC to save the Internet by treating it as a public utility. But doing the event right will take money—for signs and banners, for getting the word out to more activists on short notice, for high-quality photos and video of the event to reach a wide audience.

In addition, keeping the comments flowing to the FCC and getting more members of Congress to speak out will take organizers—and our only source of funding is you, the MoveOn member. Can you chip in to save the Internet?

Yes, I'll chip in to help save the free and open Internet.

We really do have a shot. Tom Wheeler, chairman of the FCC, responded to our pressure this spring and changed his proposal. It's still bad, but it includes the option that holds the solution—treating the Internet as the public utility that it is, just like telephone services and water. And that solution is hitting the mainstream.

Everyone from the heads of Etsy and Kickstarter to Eddie Vedder and Fred Armisen is speaking up in favor of reclassifying the Internet as a utility. And last this week, 13 Democratic senators joined them.

When the FCC's website crashed, our allies in Washington, D.C., scrambled to print out comments that were streaming in from members to hand-deliver them to the FCC, earning headlines in Time, Politico, and The New York Times.3

It's not every day we have a shot at defeating Comcast and Verizon.

Click here to chip in now.

Thanks for all you do.

–Victoria, Nick, Justin, Joan, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "FCC Extends Net Neutrality Deadline After Website Crashes," Time, July 15, 2014
http://time.com/2988157/net-neutrality-website/

2. "Creators Of Hundreds Of TV Shows Petition FCC To Not Cancel Net Neutrality," Consumerist, May 13, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=300008&id=98829-10220574-q9l1v9x&t=5

3. "FCC Web woes extend net neutrality deadline," Politico, July 15, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=300005&id=98829-10220574-q9l1v9x&t=7

"F.C.C. Is Deluged With Comments on Net Neutrality Rules," The New York Times, July 15, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=300006&id=98829-10220574-q9l1v9x&t=8

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Re: Smackdown! Elizabeth Warren vs. Mitch McConnell

Hi MoveOn member, I just wanted to make sure you saw this message from the other day.
Elizabeth Warren is going toe-to-toe with Mitch McConnell to provide some relief for families drowning in student debt. If we want her to win, we need to get behind her. Will you chip in $3 to help get her back? 

Chip in $3

Dear MoveOn member,

When Mitch McConnell filibustered Elizabeth Warren's bill to ease the burden of student debt, the pundits said the bill was dead and it was time to give up.1

But Elizabeth Warren isn't giving up—she's taking the fight to Mitch McConnell's backyard.2 And we need to get behind her.

Sen. Warren went to Kentucky to campaign with McConnell's challenger with a simple message: If Mitch McConnell keeps blocking help for families drowning in debt, it might just cost him his seat.

And since the latest polls show Mitch McConnell in a dead heat against his Democratic opponent, he's either gotta stop blocking help for students—or pay the price politically.

Sen. Warren can't force Mitch McConnell to back down all on her own. If we can raise $100,000, we'll get started by putting an ad on the Facebook page of every college student in the state of Kentucky letting them know that Mitch McConnell is almost single-handedly making them pay a higher interest rate on their college loans. Can you chip in $3?

Yes, I can contribute $3 to help Elizabeth Warren fight to reduce student debt.

This is exactly why we were so excited to have Elizabeth Warren in the Senate in the first place. Other Democrats talk about working families. She's fighting for them.

And here's why her strategy is so smart: Political experts think Republicans will win control of the Senate because of low turnout in a midterm election. But if college students turn out like they did in 2012, then Democrats will keep control of the Senate, and Mitch McConnell is finished.

Still, if we want Elizabeth Warren to win this fight, we need to get behind her. The opposition of the banks and the big student lenders is just too powerful for anyone to win alone.

Click here to donate $3 to help Elizabeth Warren fight to reduce student debt.

Thanks for all you do.

–Ilya, Alejandro, Corinne, Mark, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Elizabeth Warren's bill to refinance student loans dies in the Senate. Now what?" The Washington Post, June 11, 2014

2. "Alison Grimes and Elizabeth Warren rally for higher ed " The Courier-Journal, June 29, 2014

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Stop unlimited carbon pollution now

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Representative Keith Ellison, and I started a petition to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, which says:

We have the EPA's back as they take on Big Coal and climate deniers in Congress by stopping unlimited carbon pollution.

Climate change is real and is already causing harm. We are already seeing more extreme weather, and scientists predict we will continue to see more intense heat waves, more superstorms, and lower air quality from unchecked climate change. 

And who is harmed most by this extreme weather? Those least able to cope: communities of color, who are more vulnerable to heat-related deaths and are also more likely to live near coal plants, contributing to higher asthma rates, as well as the poor, children, and the elderly. 

It is time to fight back, and the Obama administration is doing just that. The EPA has taken a historic step and, for the first time ever, is proposing to limit carbon pollution from power plants, which emit 40% of U.S. carbon pollution. Power plants will be required to reduce their pollution 30% by 2030. 

You can bet Big Coal will fight tooth and nail to stand in the way of a clean energy future. Congress itself is the last refuge for ignoring reality, with a whopping 160 climate science deniers who took nearly $60 million in dirty energy contributions. 

With the forces of the status quo rallying, we need to have the EPA's back and stand up for bold action to control dangerous carbon pollution from power plants. 

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

Thanks!

–Rep. Keith Ellison

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Monday, July 14, 2014

You've got to hear this feminist

Dear MoveOn member,  

Hobby Lobby. Rush Limbaugh. Campus sexual assault. You don't have to look hard to find attacks on women's rights. 

But over and over, attacks on women wind up backfiring—and that's no accident. As you can hear in this interview with Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of the group Ultraviolet and former national campaigns and organizing director at MoveOn, it's the result of a rising wave of young feminist leaders fighting to put a political and economic price on sexism. 

If you want to know how to win the war on women, you've got to hear this podcast.


Within days of Ultraviolet's launch in 2012, Nita and her team were taking on the likes of John Boehner and Rush Limbaugh, using cutting-edge rapid-response campaign tactics that sent their opponents reeling. 

Today, Ultraviolet is a grassroots force with hundreds of thousands of members, shining a powerful light on anti-woman politicians, sexism in pop culture and the media, and rape on campus. On this episode of "The Good Fight," you'll get to hear how it all came together—and what's next. 

The technology might be different, but feminism in 2014 comes from the same place it always has: the radical notion that women are people. Now, thanks to Nita and her allies, that idea's got an army behind it. 

Thanks for all you do.

–Ben Wikler 

P.S. Don't use iTunes? No problem. You can listen to the podcast on the Web, tune in via Stitcher (an Android and iOS app), or subscribe via RSS. And if you do use iTunes and you like the show, be sure to subscribe on iTunes .... and post a review!
 

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Re: Republican political suicide

Hi there—It looks like you recently considered a donation to help us fight the GOP's War on Women, but didn't complete it. Can you help out?

The Supreme Court decision striking down coverage for birth control shows how extreme and anti-woman the Republican Party has become. Now we need to hold them accountable with voters. Can you chip in $3?

Chip in $3

Dear MoveOn member,

For days, I've been angry about the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision. It's just so wrong, and so disrespectful to women.

But this morning I woke up with a different idea. It's time to stop being mad. It's time to get even.

Because the one good thing about this decision is that it shows for all the world that the Republican Party is flat-out, 100% against access to birth control. And that's political suicide.

Consider this: 99% of women use contraception at some point in their lives.1 Ninety-nine percent. Opposing birth control isn't a fringe view. It's the farthest fraying edge of the fringe.

So between now and November, we need to hold Republicans accountable by making sure that every female voter in every key state knows the Republican Party position on birth control. If they want to support legislation to overturn Hobby Lobby, great. But if not, we'll make sure it costs them their seats in Congress. Will you chip in $3 to help make it happen? 

Yes, I can contribute $3 to hold Republican politicians accountable for opposing access to birth control.

Remember 2012? Republicans lost the women's vote by 12 points while talking about "legitimate rape"—the biggest gender gap in history.2

They thought they could fix it by coaching politicians on messaging to women.3 But here's what the Republicans haven't learned: It's not just what they say—it's their policies.

And no Republican position is more out of the mainstream than their opposition to access to contraception.

Republicans are on the verge of taking control of the Senate, and if they do, then they'll have the power to block any Supreme Court nomination President Obama puts forward—locking in terrible decisions like Hobby Lobby for a generation or more.

But with your help, we can hang this decision like an albatross around the necks of Republican candidates all over the country. We'll show up at public events and challenge candidates directly. We'll run ads online. And any Republican who doesn't support legislation to overturn Hobby Lobby will have to answer to voters.

I'm tired of being mad. Let's fix this.

Click here to chip in $3 and help hold Republicans accountable for opposing access to birth control.

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Alejandro, Justin, Rosy, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Contraceptive Use in the United States," Guttmacher Institute, June 2014
http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_contr_use.html

2. "Gender Gap in 2012 Vote Is Largest in Gallup's History," Gallup, November 9, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=299877&id=98377-10220574-9fEg4Fx&t=5  

3. "GOP men tutored in running against women," Politico, December 5, 2013
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=299880&id=98377-10220574-9fEg4Fx&t=6  

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Boehner's lawsuit

Dear MoveOn member,

If you thought House Republicans couldn't get worse, I've got bad news. Speaker John Boehner is now threatening to sue President Obama because House Republicans are mad that President Obama is using his executive authority to get things done where Congress won't act.1

Such a ridiculous lawsuit would be a wasteful and inappropriate use of taxpayer dollars for political purposes, and we've hatched a plan to fight back.

Our legal team is investigating options to hold Speaker Boehner accountable if he moves forward—from launching a lawsuit of our own, to filing a formal complaint in Congress, to other responses. And we are planning protests outside of Republicans' district offices and other tactics that can break into the news. Together, we can help expose the lawsuit for the cynical political ploy that it is and generate press coverage that holds Republicans accountable as the November elections loom. 

Because MoveOn is its members, we want to know what you think before we decide whether to proceed. Do you think we should move forward—or do you want us focused on other things? Click to let us know:

Yes, MoveOn should fight to hold Speaker Boehner and House Republicans accountable if they use taxpayer dollars to sue President Obama.

No, I'd prefer for MoveOn to focus on other things (and tell us which other things).

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Bobby, Matt, Amy, and the rest of the team

Source:

1. "Boehner v. Obama: House lawsuit brings new twist to familiar conflict," CBS News, July 3, 2014

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