Saturday, May 26, 2018

Stop Trump. Eat ice cream.

There is licking and there is loving. These days the most loving thing we can do is to stop Trump—and get a chance to lick some ice cream in the process.

Dear MoveOn member,

It's Ben and Jerry,

There is licking ... and there is loving. These days, the most loving thing we can do is to stop Trump—and get a chance to lick some ice cream in the process.

Trump and his Republican buddies came within spitting distance of repealing Obamacare. They passed a $1 trillion tax cut for millionaires and billionaires—and Trump says he wants to cut taxes AGAIN.1 The EPA is headed by a man who is gutting every environmental protection he can lay his corrupt hands on. And that's just the very tip of the iceberg.

Unless we are able to help Democrats take away control of the House from Republicans this fall, Trump and his administration will continue to dismantle our democracy, the gap between the super rich and everyone else will continue to grow, and things are certain to get far worse—worse than we can even fathom right now.

MoveOn is running a big, inspiring, and genuinely grassroots-fueled elections campaign to end Republican control of Congress and create a real check on this dangerous administration and its toxic agenda. MoveOn's endorsing 100 progressive congressional candidates, developing new, cutting-edge methods of voter persuasion, and providing the training and tools to thousands of activists around the country who will lead and organize in the races that will determine who'll control Congress come November 7.

Will you chip in $3 to MoveOn to help end Republican control of Congress in November? When you do, we'll enter you to win free Ben & Jerry's ice cream for a full year!

The latest polls say that the election outcome is looking grimmer. Trump's approval rating is going up, and Democrats have lost much of their lead in congressional races.2,3

It's clear that we do not have this election in the bag—not by a long shot. And, while we hate to bring it up again, in 2016, many of us thought that Trump couldn't possibly win. But he did.

But we can still win this November, if we work for it. We've been awed over the years by the kind of organizing that MoveOn does. MoveOn's elections plan is a great program. But it can happen only if thousands of us come together and chip in.

Click here to chip in $3, or whatever you can afford. You'll help fund MoveOn's "Resist & Win" elections program—and you might even win a year's supply of Ben & Jerry's ice cream!

Thanks for all you do.

–Ben & Jerry

Sources:

1. "Trump wants to cut taxes. Again. He just cut taxes." CNN, May 23, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/39998?t=16&akid=207684%2E10220574%2E_Y1ini

2. "CNN poll: Democrats' 2018 advantage is nearly gone," CNN, May 9, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/39128?t=18&akid=207684%2E10220574%2E_Y1ini

3. "CNN Poll: Trump approval steady amid rising outlook for the country," CNN, May 7, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/39999?t=20&akid=207684%2E10220574%2E_Y1ini

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 MoveOn?

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

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

No purchase, payment, or contribution necessary to enter to win. Void where prohibited. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on June 4, 2018. You may enter by making a donation here. Alternatively, you can enter without making a donation. One winner will receive the following prize package: 52 pints of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream (approximate retail value: $234). Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Promotion open to all U.S. citizens, or lawful permanent U.S. residents who are legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia and 18 or older (or of majority under applicable law). Promotion subject to Official Rules and additional restrictions on eligibility. Sponsor: MoveOn.org Political Action, 1442 Walnut Street #358, Berkeley, CA 94709.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Have a petition idea for Inwood?

Petitions are powerful. Start a petition today to make your voice heard.

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

I didn't know the power of petitions until I started creating them. They have helped me build real-world people power that helped save a few local families from being broken apart by Trump's deportation machine.

Click here to create your own petition to build power and support an issue, a person, or a group of people you care about in Inwood, or anywhere else in the country.

Here's one quick story:

We had 2 1/2 days. On a cold Saturday in November, 2017, we were asked to help a member of our community, Miriam Martinez-Lemus, avoid deportation before she was to board a plane for Guatemala and leave her daughter—who has diabetes and is a citizen of the United States—to fend for herself. Miriam's daughter's doctors said the medical system in Guatemala was not equipped to care for a child with complicated juvenile diabetes.

We immediately launched a MoveOn petition—signed by more than 10,000 MoveOn members like you—that lifted up Miriam's story, attracted media attention, and helped us mobilize dozens of people to a local demonstration and a vigil, which were also covered by local media.

And we won. The MoveOn petition effectively helped build the people power we needed to keep Miriam where she belonged—with her family.

By using MoveOn's user-friendly petition tools, you can create your very own petition. 

Do you have any ideas for a petition for Inwood or nationwide that could build power on an issue you care about? Click here to start building power with your petition.

I know from personal experience that the MoveOn team will be there to support you, from helping build support for your petition by connecting you to other MoveOn members to reimbursing you for printing costs to deliver your petition in person—one of the best ways to get your message heard and make an impact. 

Will you start a petition right now on an issue that you're passionate about that affects your community, or even the entire nation?

Thanks for all you do.

–Charla Nich, petition creator and MoveOn member

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.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Sign the petition: Don't let hunters bait bears with donuts and bacon

If these limits are rolled back, some of the most cruel means of hunting and trapping of bears, wolves, coyotes, and other animals could be allowed in National Park Service preserves.

Dear MoveOn member,

The U.S. Department of the Interior has proposed overturning a ban put into place by President Obama that rightly blocked egregious and cruel methods of killing wildlife on Alaskan National Park preserves, including killing hibernating bear cubs and wolf pups in dens.1 

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is pushing for the reversal of prohibitions put into place under the Obama administration. If these limits are rolled back, some of the most cruel means of hunting and trapping of bears, wolves, coyotes, and other animals could be allowed on National Park Service preserves. Tell the Department of the Interior it needs to keep these prohibitions in place.

These are among the unethical and offensive methods of wildlife killing that the Department of the Interior has proposed be allowed:

  • The use of donuts, bacon, and other baits to attract bears to be shot
  • The hunting of bears with dogs
  • Killing of wolves and their pups in their dens
  • Using blindingly bright spotlights to shoot mother black bears and cubs hibernating in their dens2

These methods of killing wildlife are antithetical to fair chase hunting and have no place on National Park Service lands. National Park Service preserves in other states prohibit these methods, and there is no rational purpose for allowing them in Alaska.

There is a 60-day public comment period open on this rule, and we are using this petition as a means to call for the protection of these precious animals. We will pass along your comments as part of the comment period to the National Park Service.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends who care about protecting wildlife.

Thanks!

–Mitch Merry, Endangered Species Coalition

Sources:

1. "Proposed Trump administration rule would roll back protections on Alaskan bear cubs, coyote pups," The Hill, May 21, 2018
http://act.moveon.org/go/39921?t=16&akid=207543%2E10220574%2EhEqYb6

2. "Interior Dept. moves to allow Alaska bear hunting with doughnuts, bacon," NBC News, May 22, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/39991?t=18&akid=207543%2E10220574%2EhEqYb6

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.

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 May 25th, 2018. To change your email address or update your contact info, click here. To remove yourself from this list, click here.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A bad night for Donald Trump

Huge news. Stacey Abrams—whom MoveOn members endorsed months ago, volunteered for, and raised more than $214,876 to help elect—just won her primary election!

Dear MoveOn member,

Huge news. Stacey Abrams—whom MoveOn members endorsed months ago, volunteered for, and raised more than $214,876 to help elect—just won her primary election!1

She is now the first Black woman in American history to win a Democratic nomination for governor in any state.2 And if she wins the general election this November, she'll be Georgia's first Democratic governor in 15 years, its first Black governor, and the first Black woman in U.S. history to be governor of any state.3

Will you chip in $5 a month to help Stacey Abrams and other MoveOn-endorsed progressive candidates win this November?

Yes, I'll chip in monthly.

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

Abrams didn't grow up with much, so as an adult, she has dedicated her career to helping make the lives of her fellow Georgians better and giving back to her home state. (Compare Abrams to Donald Trump, who has profited by being one of the biggest con men in history, defrauding investors, Trump University students, and countless others.)

Abrams founded the New Georgia Project, which registered over 200,000 voters of color from 2014 to 2016. And her electoral strategy, like Barack Obama's, is based on expanding the number of people who vote and reaching out to those who are ignored by conventional campaigns. (Trump came to power only because a historically low number of people showed up to vote in 2016, combined with the Electoral College.)

Abrams co-founded a successful financial services firm to bring more jobs to Georgia and help small businesses grow. (Whereas Trump is rich simply because his father was. In fact, if Trump had taken his father's money and invested it in the stock market, even while earning horrible rates of return, he'd be much richer today than he is.)

In 2011, Abrams became the House minority leader in Georgia's general assembly—the first Black woman to lead either party in the state. (Whereas Trump ran a divisive, racist campaign.)

As Rolling Stone magazine says, Abrams is "a composite of every quality that Sean Hannity and Donald Trump get on the phone and fret about at night."4

One of the best ways to fight back against Donald Trump and the Republican Party is to to elect Stacey Abrams and candidates like her this fall. Your ongoing support will help us do just that. Will you chip in $5 a month? 

Yes, I'll chip in monthly to help Abrams and other MoveOn-endorsed, progressive candidates win this November.

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

With your help, we will:

  • Endorse and support 100 inspiring progressive candidates in the House of Representatives races and 100 candidates in state and local elections. With input directly from MoveOn members, we are identifying leaders of tomorrow who will stand up for our values, block the Trump administration at every turn, and represent our communities, not special interests.
  • Expand our innovative, first-of-its-kind video program called Real Voter Voices to help get out the vote. We piloted this program in last year's special elections in Virginia and Alabama, and employed it in today's race in Georgia, and the preliminary results have been very exciting. That's why we're staffing up a full team to work on this project full time, to bring it to races across the country.
  • Train and mobilize MoveOn volunteer leaders around the country. Last year, we trained 1,000 organizers through our Resistance Summer program, and this year, we're expanding that effort and will train new leaders who will organize in their communities to register voters, support candidates, get out the vote, and more.

Are you in?

Click here to chip in $5 a month, or whatever you can afford.

Can't chip in monthly? Click here.

Last night, a broad movement—including MoveOn members—helped propel an inspiring candidate to a historic victory. Now, let's keep going and make history in November.

Thanks for all you do.

–Rahna, Isbah, Chris, Alex, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Stacey Abrams Wins Georgia Democratic Primary for Governor, Making History," The New York Times, May 22, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/39762?t=8&akid=207462%2E10220574%2EwzdFOa

2. Ibid.

3. "The U.S. Has Never Had a Black Woman as Governor. Stacey Abrams Plans to Change That." Cosmopolitan, November 27, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/39713?t=10&akid=207462%2E10220574%2EwzdFOa

4. "What Happens in Georgia Could Have National Implications for Years to Come," Rolling Stone, May 21, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/39714?t=12&akid=207462%2E10220574%2EwzdFOa

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, May 22, 2018

Sign the petition re: Gaza

Will you sign and share my petition to help stop the killing of unarmed Palestinians and commit to universally accepted standards of human rights?

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Rabbi Michael Lerner, a MoveOn member in Berkeley, California.

Many decent Israeli teens—drafted into the Israeli army—have been ordered  to shoot into crowds of unarmed civilian Gazans protesters. Following these orders is a violation of international law and human rights, and might be punishable decades from now in light of the many Gazans who have already been killed or wounded, yet refusing an order from their superior officers would likely result in being jailed by the Israeli military. These soldiers should not be placed in this situation, and nonviolent protesters should not be met with lethal force.

Will you sign and share my petition to help stop the killing of unarmed Palestinians and commit to universally accepted standards of human rights? Click here to sign.

Demand members of Congress from both parties condemn the violence against unarmed Palestinians and encourage all those involved to recommit to finding a nonviolent resolution.

The massacre of unarmed Palestinians living in Gaza is a violation of international law and universally accepted standards of human rights. B'tselem, the Israeli Human Rights organization, has called upon Israelis to recognize that they have an obligation in International Law to reject the orders of superiors that tell them to shoot into crowds of unarmed civilians, even if a handful of those civilians take provocative actions like attempting to cut down the border fence or burn tires or even throw Molotov cocktails at the well-armed Israeli soldiers (though most of those killed and the thousands who have been wounded by Israeli guns in this latest outburst of violence did none of these things).

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

Thanks!

—Rabbi Michael Lerner
Editor, Tikkun Magazine

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.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Grim poll numbers

If we don't do everything in our power, Trump and the Republicans will keep control of Congress, and they'll be emboldened to go even further to repeal the Affordable Care Act, cut taxes for the superrich, stack the Supreme Court with far-right conservatives, and march America on a path to war.

Dear MoveOn member,

We need to talk about the 2018 midterm elections.

Donald Trump has his highest approval rating in a year, and the Democrats' lead in the race for Congress is collapsing.1,2 Election experts are no longer projecting a "blue wave" and instead say the chance of ending Republican control of the House is now "50-50."3

And Republican mega-donors have learned from our past success and just announced plans to spend tens of millions on a MoveOn-style field operation to get out their vote.4

I can't stress this strongly enough: We do NOT have this election in the bag.

If we don't do everything in our power, Trump and the Republicans will keep control of Congress, and they'll be emboldened to go even further to repeal the Affordable Care Act, cut taxes for the superrich, stack the Supreme Court with far-right conservatives, and march America on a path to war.

And while Republicans have been gaining momentum, MoveOn has fallen $400,000 behind what we need to raise this month for our $15 million Resist & Win elections program. We urgently need to close that gap to keep rolling out our program on schedule and to avoid falling any farther behind. Will you rush an urgent donation of $3 to help stop Trump's momentum and end Republican control of Congress?

Yes, I'll chip in right now.

MoveOn's elections program is laser-focused on the most effective strategies that can turn a 50-50 toss-up election into a Democratic win. Here's what we have planned:

  • Endorsements in more House races than ever before. All told, we'll endorse 100 bold, progressive candidates in competitive districts across the country. If we can win just 24 seats, we can end GOP control of Congress. If we can win more, it'll be a blue wave that swamps the GOP.
  • A secret new program that could change the course of the election. We have to keep the details confidential right now, but MoveOn's analysts are currently developing new methods of voter persuasion that are an order of magnitude less expensive than any comparable program. The early results from the recent game-changing elections in Virginia and Alabama are extremely promising; the program has already made a huge difference in special elections. Now, MoveOn's gearing up to hire a dozen more analysts and other staff for this project, running more tests, and refining this program so that it's ready to go during election season.
  • A community organizing training program for hundreds of grassroots leaders. We will be training grassroots leaders in and around key districts on how to organize their communities to win back the House in 2018, hold their elected officials accountable after Election Day, and build a power base for the Resistance and elections in 2019, 2020, and beyond.

But the truth is that the only way all this can happen is if we first meet our grassroots fundraising goals.

The media has been saying for months that Democrats have this election in the bag—just like they said in 2016. Polls say most people assume Trump won't get reelected.5 And with the growing sense of complacency, grassroots donations are slowing down.

With Democrats falling behind and a $400,000 budget gap at MoveOn, there isn't a moment to lose.

Will you rush a $3 contribution to help stop Trump's momentum and end Republican control of Congress in November? Click here now.

Thanks for all you do.

–Matt, Katie, Lisa, Shari, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Trump's approval rating just reached its highest point in a year," Business Insider, May 14, 2018
http://act.moveon.org/go/39569?t=4&akid=207132%2E10220574%2EU3xnKi

2. "2018 Generic Congressional Vote," RealClearPolitics, accessed May 20, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/20972?t=6&akid=207132%2E10220574%2EU3xnKi

3. "The Democrats' Drive for 25 in the House: An Update," University of Virginia Center for Politics, May 17, 2018 
http://act.moveon.org/go/39568?t=8&akid=207132%2E10220574%2EU3xnKi

4. "GOP builds massive shadow army in fight for the House," Politico, May 17, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/39570?t=10&akid=207132%2E10220574%2EU3xnKi

5. "More than half of Americans think Trump will lose in 2020. But that hasn't doomed past presidents from getting reelected." CNN, March 29, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/39571?t=12&akid=207132%2E10220574%2EU3xnKi

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.


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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Disbar racist lawyer (sign the petition)

Sign the petition demanding Aaron Schlossberg be disbarred. His unethical and dangerous conduct makes it clear that he is not fit to be a credentialed lawyer.

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Ronen Kauffman, a fellow MoveOn member, and I started a petition after seeing some absolutely despicable video footage of a racist and xenophobic lawyer in New York City cursing at, threatening, and otherwise berating members of the public on multiple occasions.1

Sign the petition demanding the New York State Unified Court System investigate and disbar Aaron Schollberg for his unprofessional, unethical conduct.

Aaron Schlossberg was caught on camera multiple times making hateful, racist comments to complete strangers. His unethical and dangerous conduct makes it clear that he is not fit to be a credentialed lawyer. He must be investigated and disbarred.

Schlossberg is on camera yelling at women for speaking Spanish and says that they should be "kicked out of my country." Another video shows him yelling at a couple on the street, "I'm a citizen here. You're not. You're an ugly, f***ing foreigner, so f**k you!"2

It should come as no surprise that Schlossberg donated hundreds of dollars to the Trump campaign and is now apparently one of the many bigots emboldened by the administration's racist and xenophobic agenda.3

Sign my petition now to demand a full investigation into Schlossberg's racist and xenophobic history and for him to be disbarred, so that he can no longer practice law.

Thanks!

–Ronen Kauffman

Sources:

1. "New York attorney in racist rant has history of confrontations," CNN, May 17, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/39600?t=17&akid=207008%2E10220574%2Ek-CMDH

2. Ibid.

3. "Lawyer who threatened to call ICE about Spanish speakers is now target of complaint," The Washington Post, May 17, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/39601?t=19&akid=207008%2E10220574%2Ek-CMDH

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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