Thursday, February 23, 2017

Why we need Keith Ellison as DNC chair

Watch Keith Ellison lay out his vision for the Democratic Party

Dear MoveOn member,

How will the Democratic Party evolve to meet the unprecedented challenges of the Trump era?

There's an important election happening on Saturday that'll help answer that question. The contest over who will be elected Chair of the Democratic National Committee has become a fight over whether the Democratic Party can serve as an unapologetic ally to the fired-up grassroots progressive movement and become a people-powered alternative to Trump in all corners of the country—or whether it risks failing to meet the moment.

That's why an extraordinary coalition including MoveOn, progressive Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, progressive groups like Democracy for America, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, 350 Action, Working Families Party, labor partners like CWA and the AFL-CIO, supporters of both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, and many more communities and organizations have all united in support of Keith Ellison for DNC chair.

Keith Ellison's view on what the Democratic Party must stand for couldn't be more clear: "If you don't fight for social justice AND economic justice, you end up with neither one."

We need Keith Ellison as DNC chair. Will you watch this video of Keith Ellison laying out his vision and share why you support him for DNC chair TODAY—to get the word out before the DNC election on Saturday?

Keith Ellison for DNC Chair

The DNC chair is chosen by 447 DNC members from across the country. The Ellison team and allies have been privately reaching out to these members and earning support for months. But there are still dozens of undecided DNC members and the race for chair is going to go down to the wire.

That’s why it’s important to make as much noise on social media as possible ahead of the DNC vote on Saturday. We need to make sure that every DNC member knows that the grassroots of the broad progressive movement in this country supports Keith Ellison—and we need them to hear Ellison's vision to make the Democratic Party a vehicle for an inclusive populist agenda that can take on Trump, take back power, and take our country forward.

Watch Keith Ellison lay out his vision for the Democratic Party, then share the video with your friends and say why you support #KeithforDNC.

MoveOn has always been a home for progressives that's independent of any candidate or political party—and we'll always stay that way, even as we push the Democratic Party to serve as an electoral vehicle for the progressive movement.

Thanks for all you do.

–Ilya, Emily, Matt, Katie, and the rest of the team

P.S. Not on Facebook? You can watch and share the video on YouTube by clicking here.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Congress is home. Keep the pressure on.

Here's the truth: Republicans are in a panic. The American people have caught on to the fact that the repeal of Obamacare, without a plan to make it better, would be an absolute disaster.

Dear MoveOn member,

Here's the truth: Republicans are in a panic. The American people have caught on to the fact that the repeal of Obamacare, without a plan to make it better, would be an absolute disaster.

You see it at town hall meetings across the country, where constituents are telling their representatives, "NO! You are not going to get away with this. You are not going to kick Americans off of their health care. You are not going to tell any of the 20 million Americans who have finally received health insurance: 'forget about it, you’re gone. You’re off health insurance.'"

That is not going to happen.

Congress is home for another recess. And what we want to do is continue to keep the pressure on. Because it's working. We want to send a message, loud and clear, that the American people want to improve the Affordable Care Act, and we do not simply want to repeal the program.

On February 25, I will join those fighting at rallies to save health care for millions of Americans. Just like during our campaign, there are hundreds of events taking place across the country this week. They are happening in progressive areas, conservative areas, and everywhere in between.

Find an event in your community and RSVP to attend. Your participation is extraordinarily important.

Stopping the Republican assault on the working class of this country will require the active participation of Americans in every community. It will take engaging millions of people from all walks of life, regardless of whether they voted for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, or anyone else. It will take us continuing to build the political revolution that we started on our campaign.

Thank you for signing up.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders

RSVP TO ATTEND

 

 


Add your name: Appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Trump

Will you sign and share my petition telling Sessions to recuse himself and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Trump's ties to Russia?

Dear MoveOn member,

More than 50 members of Congress, including myself, are encouraging Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself and appoint a special prosecutor for the Department of Justice's pending investigation into contact between Donald Trump's team and Russian intelligence operatives.1

As an adviser to the Trump campaign, Sessions is too close to the situation.

Will you join me by signing and sharing the petition telling Sessions to recuse himself and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Trump's ties to Russia?

Recuse yourself and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Trump team's ties to Russia.

Did Mike Flynn break the law when he talked to the Russian ambassador? Did the Trump campaign contact Russian intelligence services? What is the relationship between Trump's team and the Russian government? What did Stephen Bannon and Donald Trump know, and when did they know it?

The American people deserve answers to all of these questions and more.

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

Thanks!

—Senator Jeff Merkley

Source:

1. "More Democrats call on Sessions to withdraw from Russia probe," The Washington Post, February 17, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/8445?t=5&akid=178567.10220574.E-t1bk

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 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.


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Your #ResistanceRecess event is today!

A few final reminders for your #ResistanceRecess event today

Dear Eddie,

Thanks so much for signing up to attend a #ResistanceRecess event today. 

Your event is one of more than 300 happening from coast to coast this week, with more than 20,000 MoveOn members and allies excited to attend these peaceful public gatherings. Together, we are sending a powerful message to make it clear to those who represent us, as well as to the media, that tolerance of Trump's hurtful agenda is unacceptable and politically toxic.

Here are the details for the #ResistanceRecess event you signed up for:

What: NJ District 3 - Forced Townhall w/ or w/o MacArthur
When: TODAY, Wednesday, February 22, 7:00 PM
Where: DeMasi School
199 Evesboro Medford Road, Marlton NJ 08053

Your Attendee Dashboard, where you can contact your host, invite friends, and more:
http://act.moveon.org/event/resistance-recess_attend/tools/?t=2&akid=178516.10220574.kNdrbg

And here are a few tips to ensure you have a great experience and make the biggest impact:

  • Amplify your impact via social media! Follow these easy instructions to broadcast from the event using Facebook Live and post photos on social media using the hashtag #ResistanceRecess and tagging @MoveOn and your member of Congress. After the event, send us the link to your Facebook Live videos using this form. When shooting video or taking photos, turn your camera horizontally—this will allow the image to appear bigger on mobile phones. Also, hashtags help folks all across the country see the work you are doing. If you're having a hard time fitting a hashtag onto the end of a tweet, try working it into the body of the tweet—e.g., "@SenToomey, your constituents demand that you hold a town hall during this #ResistanceRecess! @MoveOn <Insert a picture>."
  • Invite your friends. The more people who show up today, the harder it will be for our members of Congress to ignore our demands. Call friends and family and ask them to come along.
  • If you can, arrive early. This can help ensure you get a seat close to the front of the room and will allow you to greet and coordinate with other MoveOn members there to have an impact.

Finally, we appreciate your commitment to engage in nonviolent, peaceful action, to act lawfully, and to strive to de-escalate any potential confrontations with those who may disagree with our values. To be prepared, please be sure to review the de-escalation tips before arriving at your event.

Thanks for all you do.

—Katie, Emma, Victoria, Chris, and the rest of the team

P.S. Don't forget to take photos and post them to social media using #ResistanceRecess and email them to photos@moveon.org. 

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.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Deep trouble (for Trump and Republicans)

The resistance is working. The Trump White House is in "full-blown crisis" over the administration's ties to Russia, and the Republican Congress has achieved zero of its legislative priorities.

Dear MoveOn member,

The resistance is working. The Trump White House is in "full-blown crisis" over the administration's ties to Russia, and the Republican Congress has so far achieved zero of its legislative priorities.1

The New York Times described it this way: "Congressional Republicans, who craved unified control of the government to secure their aggressive conservative agenda, have instead found themselves on a legislative elliptical trainer, gliding toward nowhere."2

Compare it with the first four weeks of Barack Obama's presidency, when Democrats passed a landmark bill to stop pay discrimination, a nearly $1 trillion stimulus, and legislation to expand the children's health insurance program.3

This week, members of Congress are home for their first recess since Trump was sworn in. So we've put our foot on the gas—with Resistance Recess, a weeklong series of events in partnership with 20 other resistance organizations, including Daily Kos, Indivisible, and the Women's March, to make clear to our lawmakers and the media that we won't tolerate the Trump Republican agenda.

There are more than 350 events planned across the country this week, including elected officials' public events, town halls, and other public appearances—and the number of events is growing by the hour. When lawmakers refuse to host events to meet with us, we plan our own. This huge effort has already been featured on the front page of The New York Times.4

Now, we need your help to promote the events with Facebook ads, pay for conference calls with tens of thousands of MoveOn members organizing events, and produce riveting videos of lawmakers being confronted by their constituents. Will you chip in $3 to help fuel this week's Resistance Recess?

Yes, I'll chip in and help fuel this week's Resistance Recess.

Remember the summer of 2009, when the Tea Party swarmed August recess town halls? This reshaped the political moment, put President Obama and the Democrats on defense, and nearly scuttled the Affordable Care Act.

This week is our moment to show up. The difference is we're doing it earlier in a presidency than the Tea Party, and we're not an angry minority. We're a principled majority.

With Trump embroiled in serious scandals that threaten our national security and Republicans on the run over their signature effort to take health care away from tens of millions of Americans, we can force Congress to investigate Trump's financial conflicts of interest and ties to the Russian government, blunt his right-wing agenda, and reclaim the political landscape.

Please, chip in $3 to help fuel this week's Resistance Recess.

Here's what Resistance Recess looks like:

  • Hundreds of events, including massive turnout at town hall meetings. If you've seen footage of Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah confronted by his constituents, you know that a show of force at town hall meetings can make national news—and shift the momentum in critical fights.
  • Demanding town halls—and hosting our own if members of Congress refuse to organize events. We've launched dozens of petitions and are earning media coverage to shame cowards in Congress who won't meet with their constituents. And for those who still won’t meet with us, we’re hosting "empty chair" town hall meetings to draw attention to their refusal and hold them accountable.
  • A clear set of demands at these events, from calling for an independent investigation into Trump's ties to Russia and financial conflicts of interest, to defending frontline communities, to stopping Republican efforts to take away our health care. We're bringing this message to Republicans who need to feel the pressure, as well as to Democrats who need to stand up and fight.
  • A stream of videos, pictures, and social media stories that can fuel this surging resistance movement.
  • A steady flood of phone calls to make sure that the phones in every lawmaker's office are ringing off the hook.

This is a huge moment. Can you chip in $3 so we can make the most of this week's Resistance Recess?

Yes, count me in!

Thanks for all you do.

—Victoria, Corinne, Nick, Chris, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Flynn departure erupts into a full-blown crisis for the Trump White House," The Washington Post, February 14, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/8334?t=5&akid=178468.10220574.IOegHd

2. "G.O.P.'s Grand Visions for Congress Now Look Like a Mirage," The New York Times, February 16, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/8335?t=7&akid=178468.10220574.IOegHd

3. Ibid.

4. "Congress Goes Home, and Constituents Fired Up Over Health Care Are Waiting," The New York Times, February 17, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/8359?t=9&akid=178468.10220574.IOegHd

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 support, now more than ever. Will you stand with us?

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


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Reminder: Resistance Recess Sunday Kickoff Call with Indivisible, #AllofUs, and more

We're kicking off #ResistanceRecess with our biggest call yet.

Dear Eddie,
 
Thanks for signing up last week to join the Sunday evening Ready to Resist calls!

You'll receive a phone call tonight, Sunday, February 19, at 8 p.m. ET (7 CT/6 MT/5 PT) at the number you provided when you subscribed to these calls. You can also listen in and ask questions via the livestream of the call at moveon.org/readytoresist.

If you'd like to change the phone number you want us to dial for the call, you can do so by re-registering at moveon.org/readytoresist before 4:30 p.m. ET Sunday.

The first congressional recess of the Trump administration is underway. Your members of Congress—your representative and your two senators—have likely headed home for a week of "district work"; that is, to meet with constituents and hear from the communities they represent. This is one of our best opportunities to make our voices heard in person with our elected officials.

That's why tonight we're kicking off #ResistanceRecess with our friends at Indivisible, #AllofUs, Working Families Party, and more.

Can you let your friends and family know about the #ResistanceRecess kickoff call tonight?

Click here to share info about the call on Facebook.

Click here to share info about the call on Twitter.

Ready to Resist Call
Already, together we're making headlines—including hitting the front page of yesterday's New York Times—by showing up in droves at members of Congress's town halls and other in-person events back home.1 We're changing the conversation, making it harder for Trump to enact his agenda, and developing the kind of progressive, community-based, visionary leadership that will restore our country.

This is the fourth call in our popular Ready to Resist series, which we launched the weekend of the historic Women's Marches. We hoped 1,000 would join that first call; 60,000 did, breaking a Guinness World Record for the most people in a live conversation together.2 We can break that record again, but only if you join the call tonight night and spread the word!

This evening, we'll hear from

  • Yong Jung Cho, co-founder of #AllofUs and former Campaign Coordinator with 350 Action, who'll share stories of successful interactions with elected officials that have led to substantive commitments and action;
  • Ezra Levin, co-author of the Indivisible Guide and former congressional staffer, who'll walk us through what to expect at town hall meetings, district office visits, and other recess events, and how to make the most of the opportunity;
  • Rafael Shimunov, National Creative Director with the Working Families Party, who'll regale us with tips and ideas for making our own media;
  • Jezebel Jimenez, youth leader with Make the Road New Jersey, will brief us on how we can respond as a community to Trump's immigration sweeps; and
  • Activists sharing stories from recent town hall meetings and local actions.

Talk with you tonight!

And thanks for all you do.


—Victoria, Amy, Jayne, Jamiah, and the rest of the team

P.S. Check out resistancerecess.com to find or create events near you during #ResistanceRecess, now through February 26.

Sources:

1. "Congress Goes Home, and Constituents Fired Up Over Health Care Are Waiting", The New York Times, February 17, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/8359?t=5&akid=178319.10220574.zJu2HG

2. "Democrats, pushed by grass-root protests, unifying Trump opposition", USA Today, February 1, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/8030?t=7&akid=178319.10220574.zJu2HG

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.

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 February 19th, 2017. To change your email address or update your contact info, click here. To remove yourself from this list, click here.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Bigger than Watergate?

We're demanding that Republicans in Congress do their job and launch a full and independent investigation into Trump's potentially treasonous actions.

Dear MoveOn member,

Monday night, Donald Trump's national security adviser was forced to resign after lying about his conversations with Russia about U.S. sanctions during Trump's transition into office.1

Then on Tuesday, we learned that Trump’s campaign team was in repeated contact with Russian intelligence officials during his presidential campaign.2

And because we still haven't seen Trump’s tax returns, we have no idea what kinds of conflicts of interest or financial ties he has to Russia or anyone else.

We're demanding that Republicans in Congress do their job and launch a full and independent investigation into Trump's potentially treasonous actions. This investigation must start immediately, and we must keep the pressure on for as long as it takes for Congress to get to the bottom of Trump's Russia connection and expose the truth.

Will you chip in $5 to help our ongoing campaign to demand that Congress investigate and expose Trump's ties to Russia and his other conflicts of interest?

Yes, I'll chip in monthly to keep the pressure on.

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

Republicans are still refusing to perform their basic oversight responsibilities, but the most recent revelations may finally force them to act.

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather is saying that the Trump team's contact with the Russian government during the campaign could be a bigger scandal than Watergate, and he would know—he covered the Watergate scandal.3

Congressman and former Marine officer Seth Moulton has called it "the definition of treason" if Trump conspired with a foreign government to hack into the DNC to win an election.4

That's why in recent days, Senate Republicans like John Cornyn and John McCain have called for an investigation into Trump's ties to Russia.5 But Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are still covering for Trump, so we must keep pushing for as long as it takes.6

More than 300,000 MoveOn members have already signed a petition calling for an investigation, and on Wednesday MoveOn produced a rapid response video asking what Trump knew and when he knew it that's already been seen hundreds of thousands of times.

Next week is the first congressional recess since Trump was sworn in, and MoveOn members will help pack town hall meetings all over the country calling on both Republicans and Democrats in Congress to do their job. We're continuing to host organizing calls on Sunday nights and protests on Tuesdays. And we'll keep at it for as long as it takes—even through the 2018 midterms and beyond, if that's what's necessary. We won't let up until Congress really gets to the bottom of Trump's ties to Russia—and exposes his conflicts of interest.

Can you chip in $5 a month to help keep the pressure on?

Yes, I'll chip in to help hold Trump accountable.

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

Thanks for all you do.

—Jo, Tzyh, Ann, Manny, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Flynn resigns amid controversy over Russia contacts," CNN, February 13, 2017 
http://act.moveon.org/go/8322?t=6&akid=178260.10220574.N7y37D

2. "Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence," The New York Times, February 14, 2017 
https://act.moveon.org/go/8321?t=8&akid=178260.10220574.N7y37D

3. "Veteran US reporter Dan Rather raises Watergate spectre," BBC News, February 15, 2017 
http://act.moveon.org/go/8323?t=10&akid=178260.10220574.N7y37D

4. "Dem Rep: It Would Be 'Definition Of Treason' If WH 'Conspiring' With Russia," Talking Points Memo, February 14, 2017 
https://act.moveon.org/go/8324?t=12&akid=178260.10220574.N7y37D

5. "Flynn contact with Russia: Republicans join calls for investigation," BBC News, February 15, 2017 
http://act.moveon.org/go/8325?t=14&akid=178260.10220574.N7y37D

6. "GOP leaders offer no new investigation of Flynn, will rely on ongoing Russia probes," USA Today, February 14, 2017 
http://act.moveon.org/go/8326?t=16&akid=178260.10220574.N7y37D

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 $5 a month.

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