Saturday, March 28, 2015

Elizabeth Warren (I'm in!)

I'm writing to you because I want Elizabeth Warren to run for President, and I'm asking you to join me.
Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard professor and the founder of MAYDAY Super PAC—the "SuperPAC to end all SuperPACs"—which many MoveOn members helped launch. I'm writing to you because I want Elizabeth Warren to run for President, and I'm asking you to join me.

The biggest problems we face—a rigged economy, climate change, the engulfing corruption of our political system by big money—have something in common: If we don't tackle them soon, we won't get another chance. 

It keeps me up at night. 

But what wakes me up in the morning is another thought: We really do have a chance to win in 2016. If we can elect leaders with the courage and independence to tackle the hard stuff—and build the mega-movement necessary to make sure they actually do it—we could see the kind of progressive sea change that brought the Gilded Age to an end more than a century ago.

But honestly? The only way I see this working is if Senator Elizabeth Warren runs for president.

That's why—as my next big project—I've joined the Run Warren Run campaign. I'll be giving a major speech in New York on April 20 to lay out the case. But right now, today, I'm asking for your help to supercharge this effort—before conventional wisdom congeals and everyone decides that the 2016 primaries are already over.

Can you chip in $3 to help fund the Run Warren Run campaign?

Yes, I'll chip in and help convince Elizabeth Warren to run for president.

Look: From everything I know, running for president is really, really hard. Most sane people would hate doing it. So I completely understand why my friend and former colleague has, to date, not shown any interest in doing so. 

It's just that the more I think about it, the more I'm convinced that she should reconsider. 

We're now facing the prospect of no vigorous Democratic primary, potentially a primary season without even a single debate, generating a nominee who has not had to enlist the support of a genuine grassroots base. That's dangerous—not just for Democrats, but for our democracy. 

Elizabeth Warren would change all of that. Not just because she'd guarantee a primary where every candidate has to take a stand. But because she (and, I believe, she alone) would galvanize the kind of movement that we'll need if the next President of the United States is to have a prayer of tackling the hardest, most urgent crises of our time. 

The Run Warren Run campaign is doing something extraordinary: By organizing on the ground in the early primary states, it's keeping open the possibility of a Warren candidacy, in a moment when the primary is supposedly sewn up—and in the process forcing issues like economic inequality and political corruption to the center of the debate. But it can only keep going with our support. 

Can you chip in $3?

Yes, I'll chip in, and help the campaign to draft Elizabeth Warren keep going and growing.

I don't pretend to know whether Elizabeth Warren will ultimately decide to run. But I do know this: There's always been one thing, and one thing only, that could convince her to take on a challenge. Not money. Not power. Just one thing: the realization that her jumping into the fray was necessary to make a difference.

This is one of those moments. And the more of us that raise our hands and say we're ready to fight by her side, the more clear it will become to her that she has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to fight the central battles of our nation. Not alone. With a movement. That's our role: to show her how much energy is waiting to be unleashed if she enters the race. 

Can you chip in $3 to help with this campaign?

Yes, I'll chip in.

Thanks for all you do.

–Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig is a professor at Harvard Law School and the founder of MAYDAY Super PAC, which fights to get big money out of politics. 

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Write a letter to the editor?

This is big: The Boston Globe became the first newspaper to endorse the Run Warren Run effort. Now let's get more papers on board.
Run Warren   Run

Dear MoveOn member,

This past Sunday, The Boston Globe surprised almost everyone by publishing a full-page, full-throated, editorial in which it joined the call for Elizabeth Warren to run for president.1

This was a huge announcement. The Globe's endorsement dominated political news coverage, from CNN to The Washington Post to MSNBC, and has upended conventional wisdom about what the Democratic primary might end up looking like.

But as The Nation's Washington correspondent, John Nichols, explained, this is exactly how draft campaigns work. Here's what he wrote on Monday:

The first element of a movement to draft a candidate for the presidency—and, make no mistake, a serious effort to draft Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren into the race for the 2016 Democratic nomination is now afoot—involves popular mobilization. Grassroots activists have to get engaged in the development of a campaign that tells a reluctant candidate that there really is a base of support out there in first-caucus and first-primary states—and across the country. This has happened, as an increasingly ambitious "Run Warren Run" movement has taken shape in Iowa, New Hampshire and other states.

The second element is trickier. To the grassroots mobilization must be added a measure of elite opinion that might tip a reluctant prospect (as Warren surely is) toward serious consideration of a candidacy. ... And now The Boston Globe has provided formal confirmation of the enthusiasm.2

The Boston Globe editorial shows how we can translate grassroots energy into elite opinion. But let's not stop with The Boston Globe. Letters to the editor are the first step in showing editorial boards across the country that there's a groundswell of support for the newspaper to take a position.

Can you write a letter to the editor of your local paper right now?

Our simple online tools make it easy to submit your letter to one or more of your local papers. All you need to do is say, in your own words, why you think Elizabeth Warren joining the presidential race is so important.

Our Run Warren Run campaign undeniably has momentum, from hundreds of thousands of activists across the country to field offices in New Hampshire and Iowa to a growing shift in what media and political elites are thinking.

Let's keep that momentum going by getting more newspapers to showcase the Run Warren Run effort.

Click here to submit your letter to the editor now.

Thanks for all you do.

–Mark, Stephen, Ben O., Maria, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Democrats need Elizabeth Warren's voice in 2016 presidential race," The Boston Globe, March 22, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=303679&id=110394-10220574-EM1mRPx&t=3

2. "The 'Draft Elizabeth Warren' Campaign Gets a Big Boost from 'The Boston Globe,'" The Nation, March 23, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=303680&id=110394-10220574-EM1mRPx&t=4

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sign the petition: Obama, you can strike a blow vs. Citizens United

President Obama has the power to take on money in politics. Ask him to take action today.
Dear MoveOn member,

The New York Times just reported that "President Obama Could Unmask Big Political Donors."1 As the report explains, the president has a real opportunity to make progress on the fight to get money out of politics—and it doesn't require anything from Congress. 

But to make it happen, we need to show the president how important this issue is to all of us.

The action we need is an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending. If they are going to take taxpayer dollars and then pour corporate cash into candidate campaigns and shadowy organizations, we deserve to know.

With a stroke of his pen, President Obama could strike a blow against the destructive impact of Citizens United.

This is so important that we're joining a campaign led by Public Citizen to reach 500,000 signatures by April 2, which will be a national day of action on money and politics. Together, MoveOn, Democracy for America, Daily Kos, CREDO, and other allies can hit this goal. You can help by signing onto Public Citizen's petition, addressed to the president, which says:

Take a bite out of Citizens United by issuing an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending. The American people have the right to know what corporations with lucrative, taxpayer-funded government contracts are spending to influence elections.

How significant could this change be? Significant enough that it's attracting powerful enemies. The chief lobbyist of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce—which represents some of the country's biggest corporations—vowed that, in regards to this executive order, "We will fight it through any means necessary."2

If it's scaring them, that's because it's meant to. Requiring disclosure would put corporations on notice. Their contributions to right-wing think tanks and grassroots groups would no longer be hidden from the public. And who knows what we might find out in terms of the pay-to-play politics of government contracts?

But the U.S. Chamber of Commerce isn't going to make this easy, and President Obama is feeling pressure to continue with business as usual. That's why he needs to hear from us. "Business as usual" is unacceptable. Our system is broken. And if the president can take some measures to reduce the power of corporations, increase transparency, and tackle money in politics head-on, then he has a responsibility to do so.

The time is now—and our allies are planning a massive signature delivery to the White House, a signal that Americans are ready for action.

Click here to add your name to this petition—and give the president the momentum to take on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Citizens United.

Thanks!

–Jo, Justin K., Josh, Erica, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "President Obama Could Unmask Big Political Donors," The New York Times, March 23, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=303668&id=110320-10220574-b3UW62x&t=1

2. "Dark Money Casts a Sinister Shadow Across the Land," The Huffington Post, March 2, 2015     
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=303655&id=110320-10220574-b3UW62x&t=2

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Have an idea for a petition?

Do you have an idea for a petition? Help change the world and start your own MoveOn petition today.

Dear MoveOn member,

Ever heard Margaret Mead's famous saying? "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

That's the story of MoveOn. In 1998, when a Republican Congress was focusing all its efforts on impeaching President Clinton, two people with no political experience started a simple online petition: "Censure President Clinton and Move On to Pressing Issues Facing the Nation."

They shared their petition with their friends, and within days they had hundreds of thousands of signatures. Today, MoveOn has over 8 million members—mostly folks who got involved by signing an online petition, and have stayed active in helping to fight for a progressive America.

That's why we launched MoveOn Petitions where you can start your own online petition and invite your friends to sign it. We'll send the most popular petitions to other MoveOn members to help build support for your cause.

It's easy to get started—just click here.

Thanks!

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

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Tomorrow in Manhasset: Free Screening of "Genetic Roulette"

 
☆You're Invited!
     Free Screening of "Genetic Roulette"
Host: Lisa Oldendorp

Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock
48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset, NY 11030 

When: Tuesday, March 24, 7 p.m. 

What: Join us for a free screening of the award-winning documentary "Genetic Roulette," which reveals the health hazards of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and how companies like Monsanto are trying to force their GMO foods on U.S. consumers. Our allies from Food & Water Watch will be on hand to explain how we can fight back by working to pass a New York GMO labeling law! Will you join us?

Yes, I'll be there!
 

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

BREAKING: Boston Globe calls for Warren to run

It's a potentially game-changing development—and comes on the heels of four months of powerful organizing by MoveOn members and allies as part of our Run Warren Run campaign.
Run Warren Run

Dear MoveOn member,

Today, the editorial board at the Boston Globe, one of the nation's largest newspapers and the leading publication in Elizabeth Warren's home state of Massachusetts, called on Senator Warren to run for president.

It's a potentially game-changing development—and comes on the heels of four months of powerful organizing by MoveOn members and allies as part of our Run Warren Run campaign.

Take a look at this excerpt from their piece, then click here to read the entire article:

Some of Warren's admirers feel she'd be better off fighting for those causes in the Senate—but her opportunities to enact reforms there are shrinking, which should make a presidential run more attractive. As a member of the minority party in the Senate, her effectiveness is now much more limited than when she first won election, since Republicans control the legislative agenda. Democrats face an uphill challenge to reclaim the Senate in 2016 and face even slimmer prospects in the House. For the foreseeable future, the best pathway Warren and other Democrats have for implementing their agenda runs through the White House.

A presidential campaign would test Warren as never before. Her views on foreign policy are not fully formed. And on many other important issues—climate change, gun control, civil rights—Warren could struggle to articulate clear differences between herself and Clinton. That's a risk she should be willing to take.

If Warren runs, some Massachusetts voters are bound to see it as abandoning the state that sent her to the Senate—but that shouldn't discourage her either. Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry pursued their presidential ambitions without suffering much of a backlash at home. If Warren runs with conviction, and can clearly articulate voter unease with the widening divide between the 1 percent and the struggles of middle-class Americans, her candidacy will be welcomed.

Click here to read the entire editorial and then share with your friends today.

From rallying more than 310,000 supporters, to building a larger campaign infrastructure in Iowa than any expected candidate, to creating growing consensus that tackling income inequality should be central to this coming presidential election, MoveOn members have been setting the conversation and creating the space for a transformative presidential candidacy from Elizabeth Warren.

Share this article with a friend today!

Thanks for all you do.

–Ilya, Jadzia, Ben W., Brian, and the rest of the team

P.S. Here's a look at the Ideas and Opinions section of today's Boston Globe:

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Tell Anheuser-Busch: Support clean water

Thousands of MoveOn members across the country have fought for clean and safe drinking water—from banning fracking to stopping dangerous oil pipelines. Now, the federal government is considering revising the Clean Water Act to better protect our water supply, and many major industries that use water—like breweries—are on board.

But the largest American brewery, Anheuser-Busch, has not yet given public support to, and may actively be working against, reform.1 For this revision to be enacted, we need to show that there's broad support from both industry and individuals. Can you stand with our friends at Environment America and tell Anheuser-Busch to put the health of its communities above their short-term profits and publicly support clean water?


Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Russell Bassett of the organization Environment America, and I started a petition to the president and vice president for corporate affairs and communications of Anheuser-Busch, which says:

Clean, abundant water is crucial for our survival—and beer making. That's why many breweries are supporting the proposed federal rule designed to restore protections to our streams and drinking water. As the nation's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch has a big stake in ensuring our waters are protected.

Anheuser-Busch has not publicly supported the clean water rule, and there is even evidence to suggest the company is working to block it.1 Anheuser-Busch makes a product beloved by millions that depends on clean water. Please make a clear and public statement in support of the Waters of the U.S. rule.

Loopholes have been carved into the Clean Water Act that leave more than half our nation's streams and the drinking water of 117 million Americans at risk for pollution. Thankfully, the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers have proposed a rule to restore these protections, which has broad public support.2

Understanding that great beer takes great water, many of the nation's breweries have come out in support of the clean water rule.3 Noticeably absent from those supporting the rule making is the nation's largest beer company, Anheuser-Busch.

On its website, the company claims, "Water is a key ingredient in the brewing of all our beers and vital to life on the planet." That's exactly why everyone—including Anheuser-Busch—needs the clean water rule to pass.

You canĂ¢€™t make good beer with bad water, and Anheuser-Busch—which operates a dozen breweries in the United States—relies heavily on clean water to make its popular products. Please tell Anheuser-Busch to make a clear and public statement in support of the clean water rule.

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

Thanks!

–Russell

Sources:

1. "You can't make good beer with bad water," Environment America, March 10, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=303612&id=110130-10220574-9_D_D_x&t=2

2. "Clean Water Act; Definitions: Waters of the United States," Regulations.gov, accessed March 11, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=303480&id=110130-10220574-9_D_D_x&t=3

3. "Comment submitted by Rene Greff, Owner, Ann Arbor Brewing Company, et al.," Regulations.gov, accessed March 11, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=303481&id=110130-10220574-9_D_D_x&t=4

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