Friday, November 28, 2014

TODAY: Massive strike at Walmart

This. Is. Huge. Walmart workers are going on strike on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year.
Dear MoveOn member,

Today is Black Friday, the largest shopping day of the year—and Walmart workers have launched a massive strike to demand better wages and reasonable pay.

This. Is. Huge.

For years, Walmart has paid wages so low that employees are forced to survive on food stamps.1 The company has also been incredibly anti-union.2 Many of the workers who participate in the walkout will lose wages. Some may get fired.

So to help make sure they have the resources to win, we're aiming to raise $100,000 by the end of today. 

We'll contribute some of the money to the Walmart workers' strike fund to make sure people who take part in the strike can still put food on the table for their families. We'll use the rest for organizing for workers' rights and social justice around the country. Can you chip in $3?

Yes, I'll chip in to stand with Walmart workers this Black Friday.

Let's face it. There's only one reason Walmart pays such low wages: Greed.

Walmart makes $16 billion a year in profits, and the Walton family is worth more than $150 billion, making them the richest family in America.3 And yet Walmart pays the majority of their associates less than $25,000 a year.4

There's another reason why this fight is so important. Walmart is the largest private employer in the world, and any concessions it makes will have a massive ripple effect across the economy.

So here's the plan: First, MoveOn has been using our huge online membership to help recruit people for the Walmart protests today, and elevating their stories through petitions.

And we'll make a donation to the Walmart strike fund to make sure these workers don't have to go hungry just because they stood up for their rights.

Will you chip in $3?

Yes, I'll chip in to stand with Walmart workers this Black Friday.

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Bobby, Jadzia, Stephen, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Report: Walmart Workers Cost Taxpayers $6.2 Billion In Public Assistance," Forbes, April 15, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301837&id=105231-10220574-rUGl1Sx&t=1

2. "Walmart Workers Get Organized—Just Don't Say the U-Word," Mother Jones, March/April 2013
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301838&id=105231-10220574-rUGl1Sx&t=2

3. "Wal-Mart Stores Inc.," MarketWatch, accessed November 25, 2014
http://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/wmt/financials

"America's richest families: 185 clans with billion dollar fortunes," Yahoo Finance, July 8, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301839&id=105231-10220574-rUGl1Sx&t=3

4. "More Than Half of Wal-Mart's Hourly Workers Make Less Than $25,000," Bloomberg, October 23, 2013
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301840&id=105231-10220574-rUGl1Sx&t=4

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gov. O'Malley: Ban fracking in Maryland

The Washington Post just reported that Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is going to allow fracking in Maryland.1 There's still time for him to change course. Can you sign actor and activist Mark Ruffalo's petition to tell Gov. O'Malley to ban fracking? Click here to sign.

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm actor and activist Mark Ruffalo, and, along with the organization Food & Water Watch, I started a petition to Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley and Brigid Kenney of the Maryland Department of the Environment, which says:

Gov. O'Malley, the nation is watching. In your last two months as governor of Maryland, you have a unique opportunity to safeguard public health and the environment by keeping fracking out of the state.

A ban on fracking in Maryland would set a strong example for elected officials around the country, one that promotes informed choices based on sound, independent science and places constituent safety and well-being first. What happens in Maryland impacts all of us.

The time to ban fracking is now.

Several weeks ago, Gov. O'Malley's administration released the last report that will be used to make a decision about whether or not to allow fracking in Maryland.

The administration has already found that fracking poses high risks to public health. A health report commissioned by the O'Malley administration and conducted by the University of Maryland found that fracking will have significant negative impacts on air quality, drinking water, and other essential resources, and that it will ultimately threaten public health, particularly affecting children, the elderly, and the poor.

We know that Governor-elect Larry Hogan will move to frack in Maryland's five gas shale basins. Gov. O'Malley can still protect Maryland residents from a legacy of fracking by taking decisive action now. States like Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas that allow fracking have seen long-term damage to public health and the environment.

The only way to avoid these threats is to ban fracking in Maryland now.

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

Thanks!

–Mark Ruffalo

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Source:

1. "O'Malley says he is ready to allow 'fracking' in Western Maryland, with strict safeguards," The Washington Post, November 25, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301873&id=105169-10220574-ngNkqWx&t=4

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Senate Democrats: Let diplomacy with Iran work

We're calling Congress to say: Let diplomacy with Iran work!

Can you call Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand? Tell them:

"Members of Congress must avoid any new sanctions or other measures that could undermine negotiations with Iran and put our nation on a path to another war. Let the negotiations work."

Senator Charles Schumer
District Office:
    Syracuse: 315-423-5471

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
District Office:
    Melville: 631-249-2825

Report Your Call!
Dear MoveOn member,

Important news broke Monday regarding the Obama administration's work to resolve a standoff over Iran's nuclear program—and we need to make sure all our senators hear a strong pro-diplomacy message right away.

Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed that negotiators working to find a peaceful resolution to the U.S.-Iran nuclear negotiations have extended their deadline to July 2015.1 Parties have also agreed to keep a November 2013 deal in place in the meantime, continuing to freeze Iran's nuclear program.2

If negotiators are successful, they will have prevented Iran from building nuclear weapons and locked in comprehensive and lasting safeguards.

The pending agreement has the potential to stand as a powerful example of an important U.S. foreign policy milestone—demonstrating the power of tough, principled diplomacy in lieu of a rush to use military force. An issue that's this important to all of our collective security is worth taking the time to get right.

Yet even as negotiators make plans to return to work in December, a small group of Democrats is poised to join reckless war hawks like Senator John McCain to undermine President Obama's diplomatic efforts, which could put our nation on the path to war.

So MoveOn is joining with our friends at CREDO Action to put all Democrats on notice. We support diplomacy and will oppose any attempt to derail the significant and hard-won progress made thus far.

Can you call Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand at one of their district offices?

Here's where to call:

Senator Charles Schumer
District Office:
    Syracuse: 315-423-5471

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
District Office:
    Melville: 631-249-2825

You can say:

Members of Congress must avoid any new sanctions or other measures that could undermine negotiations with Iran and put our nation on a path to another war. Let the negotiations work.

Then, please report your call by clicking here:

http://pol.moveon.org/call?tg=FSNY_1.FSNY_2&cp_id=2168&dofcs=1&id=105145-10220574-XtZZ5Ax&t=2

During a press briefing from Vienna, where the most recent talks were held, Secretary Kerry gave an impassioned plea for the international community to let diplomacy work, lifting up the progress made on painstaking efforts to date.3

We want all senators to hear a strong pro-diplomacy message from constituents right now—both our champions in the Senate, to ensure they know we have their backs, and those who may be inclined to join with Sen. McCain. Every single call is important.

Thanks for making sure our senators hear this pro-diplomacy message right now.

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Kristin, Nick, Justin R., and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "U.S. and Allies Extend Iran Nuclear Talks by 7 Months," The New York Times, November 24, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=301825&id=105145-10220574-XtZZ5Ax&t=3

2. "Iran nuclear talks extended seven months after failing to meet deadline," Reuters, November 24, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=301826&id=105145-10220574-XtZZ5Ax&t=5

3. "U.S. and Allies Extend Iran Nuclear Talks by 7 Months," The New York Times, November 24, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=301825&id=105145-10220574-XtZZ5Ax&t=6

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Justice for Mike Brown

Dear MoveOn member,

Last night, a St. Louis grand jury refused to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the brutal killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown.

Missouri's politicians and political system have failed to seek justice for Mike Brown. If the story ends here, the person responsible for Mike Brown's death, Officer Darren Wilson, may never be held accountable—and will never be tried in a court of law.

But the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Mike Brown's death, too, and has the power to arrest and prosecute Officer Darren Wilson under federal criminal charges. So our friends at the civil rights organization ColorOfChange.org have launched a petition calling for the Department of Justice to do exactly that.

President Obama and Attorney General Holder's actions in this moment will have a major impact—not just on Mike Brown's family, but for the broader cause of ending racial profiling, discriminatory policing, and police brutality in America. Will you sign ColorOfChange's petition demanding justice for Mike Brown now?

Click here to sign ColorOfChange's petition now.

–Corinne
Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org, and I started a petition to President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and the United States Department of Justice, which says: 

A St. Louis grand jury has refused to indict Officer Darren Wilson, who targeted and killed 18-year-old Black teenager Mike Brown more than three months ago. I urge you to do everything in your power to secure justice for Mike Brown and the people of Missouri. I call on you to arrest and prosecute Officer Darren Wilson to the fullest extent of federal law, and to defend protesters' First Amendment right to free speech.

As president and U.S. attorney general, you have both the power and responsibility to secure justice for Mike Brown and systemic reforms to law enforcement. I urge you to take definitive action to indict Officer Darren Wilson and to overhaul the policies and practices that led to Mike Brown's death, as well as those that perpetuate the nationwide crisis of discriminatory policing.

Yesterday, a St. Louis grand jury refused to indict Mike Brown's killer—police officer Darren Wilson. On August 9, the nation was horrified to learn that Mike Brown was targeted and killed by police as he walked down the street with a friend.

Now his killer may never be held accountable—unless President Obama and U.S. Attorney General Holder take action. The Department of Justice has the power to arrest and prosecute Officer Wilson under federal criminal charges. Raise your voice today to ensure our national leaders secure justice for Mike Brown immediately.

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

Thank you.

–Rashad Robinson

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Got an idea for a petition?

Got an idea for your own campaign? Click below to start a petition on MoveOn's petition website.

Start your Petition

Dear MoveOn member,

Here's how it'll go:

You see something that needs a change, so you start a petition on MoveOn's website.

You recruit your friends to sign it and they, in turn, get their friends.

We send it out to some of our members and they get really excited about it, so we send it to everyone in your city, your state, or maybe even all 8 million MoveOn members.

Now that you have a bunch of people on board, you organize them. We give you the support you need. You use our email tool to have them call their representatives, get more signers, go to events.

MoveOn pays for you to print up copies of your petition, and you deliver it to the person you're petitioning. You get on TV and in the newspaper. 

And you win.

It's happened hundreds of times already. It could very easily happen to you. All you need is a good enough idea and the willingness to put in the time. Show us you mean business and we'll be with you every step of the way. You really can do this. How about it?

Click here to start your own petition right now.

Thanks for all you do.

–Maria, Milan, Corinne, Ben O., and the rest of the team

P.S. If you get 10 signatures on your petition, we'll email it to at least 1,000 people in your area to help it grow (assuming, of course, that it's consistent with MoveOn members' progressive values).

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Stand with Walmart workers on Black Friday

Hi there—We wanted to make sure you saw this message from Diana Tigon, a Walmart worker and Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) member in Arlington, TX.

Too many Walmart workers like Diana are unable to provide dinner for their families—for Thanksgiving and year-round—because Walmart chooses to manipulate workers' hours and cap workers' pay to keep them in poverty. Will you stand with Diana and OUR Walmart members around the country to protest Walmart on Black Friday?—Maria

Friends,

I'm working 40 hours a week for a company owned by America's wealthiest family, and I still make so little that I have to skip meals to pay my bills. On the toughest weeks, I go whole days without a meal. Sometimes I have to rely on friends in the neighborhood who share food with me. And I'm far from the only one of my coworkers falling back on donations: Walmart even organizes canned food drives for its own employees!

If Walmart wants to help struggling workers, it can start by paying us enough to eat. But when workers like me speak out about the company's hypocrisy, we're met with bullying, threats, and illegal retaliation. Now we're going on strike to stand up to Walmart's attempt to silence us on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, and we want you there with us.

Check out this website to find a Black Friday protest near you. If you can't find one, there are instructions on how to take action on your own.

Walmart rakes in $16 billion a year in profits. The Walton heirs are worth more than $150 billion, making them the wealthiest single family in the country. It's ridiculous and offensive for their company to tell us to turn to our coworkers for donated food. Walmart can easily pay all of us $15 an hour, enough to live with dignity and raise a family.

Last week, workers went on strike in Ohio, where Walmart was caught telling associates to donate food to their coworkers last year. Meanwhile, community supporters are holding their own food drive to shame Walmart and the Walton family for leaving their workers struggling to survive. And this is just the beginning: workers and our community allies are planning even bigger actions for Black Friday. Will you be there?

Can we count on you? Click here to sign up for an action.

Thanks for standing with us!
Diana Tigon, Walmart worker and OUR Walmart member

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Republican insanity comes out

Republicans are going ballistic over President Obama's big immigration move. Will you help us get the President's back?
Dear MoveOn member,

Shouting about "ethnic cleansing." Predicting violence. Threatening impeachment—or even jail—for the president.

Republicans are going ballistic over President Obama's big immigration move. Will you chip in $3 and help us get the president's back? 

Yes, I'll chip in to help MoveOn take on Republican insanity and get the president's back.

Thursday night, President Obama announced that nearly 5 million parents of U.S. citizens and permanent legal residents no longer have to live in fear of deportation, and can now more fully contribute to our nation.

Here's what Republicans have to say about it:

  • John Boehner's spokesperson called the president "Emperor Obama."1
  • Representative Michele Bachmann expressed fears of "illiterate, foreign nationals" committing widespread voter fraud.2
  • Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn predicted the president's immigration reforms could lead to "violence."3   
  • Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach warned of "ethnic cleansing."4
  • Alabama Representative Mo Brooks—who suggested earlier this summer that President Obama is waging a "war on whites"—said Obama may have committed a felony with "a five-year in-jail penalty."5

Will you pitch in $3 to help us fight back against Republican insanity and get the president's back? 

Yes, I'll chip in.

President Obama's action acknowledges the contributions of people filling essential jobs in our economy and ensures that millions of families no longer have to face the fear of being torn apart.

This is a huge step that we can all be proud of.

But there's a big problem: Republicans aren't just trying to rile up anti-immigrant elements in their base—they're also trying to confuse ordinary Americans who support what the president is doing when they know the facts. 

We're already moving ahead with a big public education campaign to defend the president's actions and set the record straight—but we need your help to pay for it.

Will you pitch in $3 to help us promote and defend President Obama's big move on immigration?

Yes, I'll chip in to show that when President Obama fights for what's right, MoveOn members have his back.

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Erica, Alejandro, Corinne, and the rest of the team

P.S. As we stand behind the president's groundbreaking executive order on immigration, we also need to keep going on the offense, to ensure President Obama has the support he needs to move a progressive agenda forward—not just on immigration, but also on the Keystone XL pipeline, net neutrality, and other crucial issues.

With your help, we can do it all.

Click here to chip in $3 and help us keep fighting for President Obama to be bold.

Sources:

1. "The Meltdown Begins: Boehner Responds to Immigration Action By Calling Obama a Lawless Emperor," PoliticusUSA, November 19, 2014 
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301758&id=104987-10220574-2vtER5x&t=1

2. "Bachmann sees Obama helping 'illiterate' immigrants," MSNBC.com, November 20, 2014 
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301771&id=104987-10220574-2vtER5x&t=2

3. "GOP senator warns of violence after immigration order," USA Today, November 20, 2014 
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301760&id=104987-10220574-2vtER5x&t=3

4. "Kobach: Obama's Lawlessness Could Lead to 'Ethnic Cleansing' in America," Talking Points Memo, November 20, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301761&id=104987-10220574-2vtER5x&t=4

5. "Republican Rep. Mo Brooks Calls For President Obama to Be Sent To Prison for Five Years," PoliticusUSA, November 20, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301763&id=104987-10220574-2vtER5x&t=5

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