Saturday, December 3, 2016

Add your name: Tell Wall Street to demand that Trump fire Steve Bannon

Wall Street must show its employees and customers that it rejects hatred and bigotry by demanding that Steve Bannon be fired from the White House.

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Alexis Goldstein, a MoveOn member in Washington, D.C., and I started a petition to the CEOs of nine major Wall Street banks, which says:

Wall Street must show its employees and customers that it rejects hatred and bigotry by demanding that Steve Bannon be fired from the White House.

Every major Wall Street bank has staff associations devoted to communities of color, religious groups, and LGBTQ people. Yet the big U.S. banks have been silent now that Trump has named both a white nationalist (Steve Bannon) and an anti-Muslim bigot (Michael Flynn) to his cabinet.

Last week, the ranking members of the House Financial Services and Senate Banking committees, Rep. Maxine Waters and Sen. Sherrod Brown, were joined by Rep. Keith Ellison and Sen. Elizabeth Warren in a letter to financial services leaders, demanding that they condemn the appointment of Steve Bannon to Donald Trump's administration. They asked the industry, "What message will it send to your customers and employees if you stay silent?"1

We agree. Wall Street must show its employees and its customers that the industry will not remain silent in the face of bigotry, prejudice, and white nationalism.

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

Thanks!

—Alexis Goldstein

Source:

1. Letter to Financial Services Leaders, House Financial Service Committee Democrats, November 16, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/6986?t=4&akid=174131.10220574.FNZvSd

You're receiving this petition because we thought it might interest you. It was created on MoveOn.org, where anyone can start their own online petitions. You can start your own petition here.

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Click here to chip in $2.70, or whatever you can afford. 

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

FW: When Trump threatens MoveOn

Trump responded to MoveOn's campaign with a threatening letter from his lawyers. But we didn't back down.

Hi Eddie—I just wanted to make sure you saw this message from Justin.


Dear MoveOn member,

Long before Donald Trump announced that he was running for president, MoveOn member Angelo Carusone started a petition calling on Macy's to stop carrying Trump's brand of products because of Trump's bigoted attacks on President Obama and his long history of despicable behavior. MoveOn put together a powerful campaign demanding that Macy's dump Trump.

Trump was outraged, and Trump's lawyers even sent Angelo a threatening letter. But we refused to back down.

Not only did we not back down, we continued the fight for years. And ultimately, we won. Macy's dumped Trump.1 NBC cut ties with him.2 We've been fighting against Trump for a long time, and we know what it takes.

To be clear, what we're facing now is far more difficult than convincing Macy's to dump Trump. It's the greatest challenge that we've ever faced.

I'm telling you this story for a reason: MoveOn knows how to deal with difficult situations. We know how to work relentlessly for victory and win in the long run, even when there are major obstacles. Being in the opposition—while not our preference by a mile—is what built MoveOn. It's our bread and butter.

Remember the anti-war movement that mobilized millions of Americans under George W. Bush? Or the fight against Bush's ultimately failed attempt to privatize Social Security? Or when Nancy Pelosi took charge of the House and stymied Bush's legislative agenda? MoveOn members were critical in all of those moments of progressive might. Those are the fights that powered us to growth, victory, and political power.

It's going to take grit and guts to stand up to Donald Trump and his enablers when they try to slash Medicare ... or when they bully, stifle, and distract the media from his corruption ... or when they try to ban Muslims from the United States ... or when they decide to march toward another war. And it will require more resources than MoveOn's ever had in its 18-year history. But know this: When MoveOn members take action in great numbers, it makes a huge difference.

Which is why I'm asking you today: Will you make a monthly gift to MoveOn to help us oppose Donald Trump every step of the way in the weeks and months ahead?

Yes, I'll chip in $5 a month to stand up to Donald Trump's hateful agenda.

No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation.

Trump and his deplorable team are gearing up to build a wall on our border, create a government registry of Muslims, dismantle environmental protections, bankrupt our nation to benefit the super-rich, and let Wall Street run wild—all while treating our national coffers like a funnel into Trump's personal piggybank.

We can't let these outrages go unanswered. We have to fight Trump's agenda every step of the way. We cannot give an inch.

Will you donate monthly to MoveOn to help ensure that we'll have the ongoing resources we need to stand up to Donald Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress on every important fight?

Yes, I'll chip in $5 a month.

No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation.

Thanks for all you do.

—Justin, Emily, Sky, Alex, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "First on CNN: Macy's dumps Donald Trump," CNN, July 1, 2015
http://act.moveon.org/go/6929?t=16&akid=174067.10220574.D5Inbf

2. "NBC dumps Trump after incendiary remarks on Mexicans," The Washington Post, June 29, 2015
https://act.moveon.org/go/6930?t=18&akid=174067.10220574.D5Inbf

Want to support our work? The MoveOn community will work every moment, day by day and year by year, to resist Trump's agenda, contain the damage, defeat hate with love, and begin the process of swinging the nation's pendulum back toward sanity, decency, and the kind of future that we must never give up on. And to do it we need your ongoing support, now more than ever. Will you stand with us?

Yes, I'll chip in $5 a month.

No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation.


Sign the petition re: Trump’s Muslim registry

This is a crucial moment. Shut down and resist any plans to implement a Muslim registry by the Trump administration.

Sign the petition: Urge President Obama to take immediate steps to stop Donald Trump's Muslim registry.

President Obama must immediately revoke the regulatory framework of the Bush-era registry program called National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), which predominantly targeted Muslim immigrants based on their countries of origin. In the hands of Donald Trump, this program can potentially be used to target, register, and deport Muslims—on a much larger scale than previously implemented. This is the moment to shut this program down once and for all and to resist any new effort.

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Fahd Ahmed, Executive Director of DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving), and we're working day and night to stop Donald Trump's Muslim registry from ever happening. 

But we could use your help. Will you add your name to our petition asking President Obama to take immediate steps to prevent the Trump administration from implementing a Muslim registry? Just click here.

Donald Trump and his appointees have proven that anti-Muslim and discriminatory policies will be among the hallmarks of the Trump administration.1 Just recently, Carl Higbie, a Donald Trump surrogate, went on Fox News and said that the Japanese internment camps during World War II were a "precedent" for a Muslim registry program.2

Despite how low Trump and his supporters continue to go, there are steps that President Obama can take right now to impede their efforts. And we need to make sure that he does.

Click here to sign our petition asking President Obama to help prevent Trump's Muslim registry.

The idea of a Muslim registry isn't new—and, unless President Obama acts, Trump doesn't even have to create the program from scratch. The infrastructure from a Bush-era program called National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) already exists and can be reactivated again if President Obama does not act immediately to dismantle it once and for all.3 If we succeed in applying enough pressure and ending NSEERS, Trump will be forced to either spend time undoing President Obama's actions or start from scratch and experience fierce resistance from grassroots movements and legal advocates alike.

At DRUM, we saw firsthand how our membership in New York City was adversely impacted by NSEERS. We heard from many family members whose male relatives went to register and were then detained for days—and some never returned home.

Sign our petition—and help make sure our membership and Muslim communities across the country never have to go through this again.

The NSEERS program registered over 83,000 immigrant men from Muslim-majority countries and put over 13,000 of them into deportation proceedings. Out of all the registrations and deportations, no one was ever connected to any violent activity.4 The program failed its stated goals—which means that there’s no justification whatsoever for trying to bring it back.

Now—in this moment—we need everyone to pour their energy into making sure President Obama shuts this program’s infrastructure down once and for all.

Click here to add your name to ask President Obama to stop the Muslim registry program, and then share this petition with your family and friends.

Thanks for all you do and your commitment to protecting Muslim and immigrant communities.

—Fahd Ahmed, Executive Director of DRUM (Desis Rising Up and Moving)

P.S. After signing the petition, be sure to click here to share this petition with your friends on Facebook.

Sources:

1. "Donald Trump: The Islamophobia president," Al Jazeera, November 9, 2016 
http://act.moveon.org/go/6926?t=9&akid=174029.10220574.TzQKPB

2. "Japanese American internment is ‘precedent’ for national Muslim registry, prominent Trump backer says," The Washington Post, November 17, 2016
https://act.moveon.org/go/6917?t=11&akid=174029.10220574.TzQKPB

3. “The Bush-era Muslim registry failed. Yet the US could be trying it again,” CNN, November 18, 2016 
http://act.moveon.org/go/6849?t=13&akid=174029.10220574.TzQKPB

4. “Donald Trump’s proposed 'Muslim registry,' explained,” Vox, November 16, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/6850?t=15&akid=174029.10220574.TzQKPB

Want to support our work? The MoveOn community will work every moment, day by day and year by year, to contain the damage of Donald Trump's presidency, to defeat hate with love, and to begin the process of swinging the nation's pendulum back towards sanity and decency and the future that we must never give up on. And to do it we need your ongoing support, now more than ever. Will you stand with us?

Yes, I'll chip in $5 a month to help MoveOn continue its critical work.

No, I'm sorry, I can't chip in monthly.

Contributions to MoveOn.org Civic Action are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. This email was sent to Eddie Alfaro on December 1st, 2016. To change your email address or update your contact info, click here. To remove yourself from this list, click here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Add your name: The House must investigate Trump's finances

Will you sign and share the petition demanding that the House Oversight Committee chairman launch a formal investigation into Trump's finances?

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

I'm Annette Handley Chandler, a MoveOn member in New York, and I started a petition to House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, which says:

Investigate Donald Trump's businesses and finances to avoid entanglements and possible conflicts of interest. Protect us all and launch a formal probe.

It is in the interest of the citizens of the United States to know the entanglements and potential conflicts of interest that Donald J. Trump's businesses and investments have with his job as our president. We want to make sure that presidential decisions are made in the best interest of our country and its citizens, not in the interest of Mr. Trump's businesses.

That's why Rep. Elijah Cummings and 17 fellow members of the House of Representatives already called on Rep. Chaffetz to use his position as chair of the House Oversight Committee to pursue this investigation.1 And why we all need to add our voices to call on Rep. Chaffetz to follow through on his commitment to hold the next president accountable regardless of party.

Earlier this month, Rep. Chaffetz affirmed this commitment in an interview with the The Daily Caller, stating that it is his panel's "job and responsibility ... to oversee all expenditures by the executive branch, no matter who the president is."2

Will you sign and share the petition demanding that the House Oversight Committee chairman launch a formal investigation into Trump's finances?

And while Trump tweeted just last night that he would leave his businesses "in total," vague statements on Twitter—where he has lied and misled the public countless times in the past—are not enough. Trump can't tweet his way out of a profound conflict of interest. So long as he or his family continue to own businesses through his Trump Organization, his personal financial interests will conflict with the nation’s.3

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

Thanks!

—Annette Handley Chandler

Sources:

1. "Rep. Elijah Cummings Leads Call To Investigate Trump's Business Entanglements," NPR, November 29, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/6968?t=5&akid=173998.10220574.FSbeFw

2. "Chaffetz Promises Same Oversight Standard For Trump As For Obama," The Daily Caller, November 15, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/6948?t=7&akid=173998.10220574.FSbeFw

3. "Trump announces he will leave business ‘in total’ — leaving open how he will avoid conflicts of interest," The Washington Post, November 30, 2016
https://act.moveon.org/go/6942?t=9&akid=173998.10220574.FSbeFw

You're receiving this petition because we thought it might interest you. It was created on MoveOn.org, where anyone can start their own online petitions. You can start your own petition here.

Want to support our work? The MoveOn community will work every moment, day by day and year by year, to resist Trump's agenda, contain the damage, defeat hate with love, and begin the process of swinging the nation's pendulum back towards sanity, decency, and the kind of future that we must never give up on. And to do it we need your support, now more than ever. Will you stand with us?

Click here to chip in $3, or whatever you can afford.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

When Trump threatens MoveOn ...

Trump responded to MoveOn's campaign with a threatening letter from his lawyers. But we didn't back down.

Dear MoveOn member,

Long before Donald Trump announced that he was running for president, MoveOn member Angelo Carusone started a petition calling on Macy's to stop carrying Trump's brand of products because of Trump's bigoted attacks on President Obama and his long history of despicable behavior. MoveOn put together a powerful campaign demanding that Macy's dump Trump.

Trump was outraged, and Trump's lawyers even sent Angelo a threatening letter. But we refused to back down.

Not only did we not back down, we continued the fight for years. And ultimately, we won. Macy's dumped Trump.1 NBC cut ties with him.2 We've been fighting against Trump for a long time, and we know what it takes.

To be clear, what we're facing now is far more difficult than convincing Macy's to dump Trump. It's the greatest challenge that we've ever faced.

I'm telling you this story for a reason: MoveOn knows how to deal with difficult situations. We know how to work relentlessly for victory and win in the long run, even when there are major obstacles. Being in the opposition—while not our preference by a mile—is what built MoveOn. It's our bread and butter.

Remember the anti-war movement that mobilized millions of Americans under George W. Bush? Or the fight against Bush's ultimately failed attempt to privatize Social Security? Or when Nancy Pelosi took charge of the House and stymied Bush's legislative agenda? MoveOn members were critical in all of those moments of progressive might. Those are the fights that powered us to growth, victory, and political power.

It's going to take grit and guts to stand up to Donald Trump and his enablers when they try to slash Medicare ... or when they bully, stifle, and distract the media from his corruption ... or when they try to ban Muslims from the United States ... or when they decide to march toward another war. And it will require more resources than MoveOn's ever had in its 18-year history. But know this: When MoveOn members take action in great numbers, it makes a huge difference.

Today is Giving Tuesday. Which is why I'm asking you today: Will you make a monthly Giving Tuesday gift to MoveOn to help us oppose Donald Trump every step of the way in the weeks and months ahead?

Yes, I'll chip in $5 a month this Giving Tuesday to stand up to Donald Trump's hateful agenda.

No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation.

Trump and his deplorable team are gearing up to build a wall on our border, create a government registry of Muslims, dismantle environmental protections, bankrupt our nation to benefit the super-rich, and let Wall Street run wild—all while treating our national coffers like a funnel into Trump's personal piggybank.

We can't let these outrages go unanswered. We have to fight Trump's agenda every step of the way. We cannot give an inch.

Will you donate monthly to MoveOn to help ensure that we'll have the ongoing resources we need to stand up to Donald Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress on every important fight?

Yes, I'll chip in $5 a month this Giving Tuesday.

No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation.

Thanks for all you do.

—Justin, Emily, Sky, Alex, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "First on CNN: Macy's dumps Donald Trump," CNN, July 1, 2015
http://act.moveon.org/go/6929?t=16&akid=173942.10220574.WjP3AH

2. "NBC dumps Trump after incendiary remarks on Mexicans," The Washington Post, June 29, 2015
https://act.moveon.org/go/6930?t=18&akid=173942.10220574.WjP3AH

Want to support our work? The MoveOn community will work every moment, day by day and year by year, to resist Trump's agenda, contain the damage, defeat hate with love, and begin the process of swinging the nation's pendulum back toward sanity, decency, and the kind of future that we must never give up on. And to do it we need your ongoing support, now more than ever. Will you stand with us?

Yes, I'll chip in $5 a month.

No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation.


Sign my petition to stop a Big Pharma/GOP donor giveaway?

We need to invest in medical innovation in America, but we shouldn't do it by handing over control to Big Pharma and Republican donors.

Dear MoveOn member,

We need to invest in medical innovation in America—and Congress has spent years negotiating a pretty decent bill. But in the final days of this Congress, that 21st Century Cures bill has been hijacked by Big Pharma and big Republican donors. And the House of Representatives is likely voting on the bill tomorrow.

Will you join me in calling on my fellow members of Congress to put a stop to this harmful bill that would line the pockets of Big Pharma and put patients' lives at risk?

Stand up to Big Pharma and vote NO on the 21st Century Cures Act until we get a better deal.

From the beginning, I've argued that that any "cures" bill must include substantial new funding for medical research (via the National Institutes of Health), or it's not going to cure anything. Democrats and Republicans had agreed that a medical innovation bill would not go forward without substantially more money for NIH, but the Cures deal has only a tiny fig leaf of funding for NIH.

21st Century Cures doesn't reduce crushing drug prices. It doesn't really expand the invention of new cures. And it doesn't increase access to lifesaving therapies.

What does it do?

  • Legalizes fraud: It's against the law for drug companies to market drugs for uses not approved by the FDA. You can't sell a headache pill as a cure for cancer. Drug companies have paid billions in penalties for "off-label marketing." Instead of following the law, they've cozied up to Congress to have the Cures bill shoot holes in it.

  • Covers up bribery: Currently, drug companies have to disclose the buckets of money, gifts, giveaways, and free trips they give doctors and hospitals as kickbacks to use certain drugs. Once again, drug companies cozied up to Congress to gut that disclosure rule, allowing any gift related to "medical education" to be exempt.

  • Hands out special deals to GOP donors: A major Republican donor to Mitch McConnell's Super PAC has big business plans to sell dangerous, unproven stem cell treatments before they have been approved by the FDA as safe and effective. Now that donor is collecting on his investment. The Cures bill creates a special deal so people can sell these treatments without meeting the FDA gold standards for protecting patient safety, undermining the integrity of the FDA and the safety of untold numbers of desperate patients.

We must stand up to Big Pharma and say "no" to this destructive bill. Click here to sign my petition to Congress.

There's another scary thing hidden in this bill: For two years, Republicans have paid lip service to our nation's opioid crisis while refusing to spend money on it. Now that Donald Trump has won the presidency, Republicans have agreed to set aside a few million dollars to address the crisis on the condition that the Trump administration will have complete control over the money once he takes office.

There's more: Medicare cuts, making life harder for people with disabilities, raiding money from the Affordable Care Act, even a gun provision—but not even a 1% increase in funding for NIH.

Not everything in the bill is bad. Republicans have included some bipartisan, noncontroversial provisions in this bill—and have declared that all of those good ideas will die, today, unless we also agree to make it easier for giant drug companies to commit fraud, give out kickbacks, and put patients' lives at risk. That's not compromise. It's extortion.

On November 8, a majority of voters supported Democratic Senate candidates, and a majority supported the Democratic presidential candidate over the Republican. The American people didn't give Democrats majority support so we could come back to Washington to roll over and play dead. They sent us here to say NO to efforts to sell Congress to the highest bidder. They sent us here to stand up for what's right.

We need to invest in medical innovation in America, but we shouldn't do it by handing over control to Big Pharma and Republican donors. Tell the House and Senate to say NO to this deal and keep fighting for a better 21st Century Cures Act.

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

Thanks!

—Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator

Want to support MoveOn's work? The MoveOn community will work every moment, day by day and year by year, to resist Trump's agenda, contain the damage, defeat hate with love, and begin the process of swinging the nation's pendulum back toward sanity, decency, and the kind of future that we must never give up on. And to do it we need your ongoing support, now more than ever. Will you stand with us?

Yes, I'll chip $5 a month.

No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation.


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Monday, November 28, 2016

Add your name: Ask Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to demand that Steve Bannon not be appointed

A hero to white supremacists has no place in American government.

Dear New York MoveOn member,

I'm Suzanne Murray, a fellow MoveOn member in Garrison, New York, and I started a petition to New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, which says:

A hero to white supremacists has no place in American government. Demand that Trump immediately rescind Steve Bannon's appointment as chief strategist.

Senators Gillibrand and Schumer have forcefully spoken out against Trump's announcement that he will appoint Steve Bannon, but they have not specifically and publicly demanded that Donald Trump rescind his appointment of Bannon as chief strategist. Join me in asking them to do so now!

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

Thanks!

—Suzanne Murray

You're receiving this petition because we thought it might interest you. It was created on MoveOn.org, where anyone can start their own online petitions. You can start your own petition here.

Want to support our work? The MoveOn community will work every moment, day by day and year by year, to contain the damage of Donald Trump's presidency, to defeat hate with love, and to begin the process of swinging the nation's pendulum back towards sanity and decency and the future that we must never give up on. And to do it we need your ongoing support, now more than ever. Will you stand with us?

Yes, I'll chip in $5 a month to help MoveOn continue its critical work.

No, I'm sorry, I can't chip in monthly.

Contributions to MoveOn.org Civic Action are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. This email was sent to Eddie Alfaro on November 28th, 2016. To change your email address or update your contact info, click here. To remove yourself from this list, click here.