Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Start a petition?

Dear MoveOn member,

Yesterday, we asked you in a survey what local issues you're paying close attention to, and you answered: "The funding for teachers, police and fire."

MoveOn can't take up every important local issue—but did you know that you can start up your own online petition on MoveOn's petition website?

Starting a petition is incredibly easy—in just a couple short clicks, you can immediately start sharing your petition with friends to collect signatures.

Click here to start your own petition right now.

Thanks for all you do.

–Milan, Alejandro, Joan, Bobby, and the rest of the team

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Sneak peek: Elizabeth Warren's new book

Elizabeth Warren's new book is coming out, and it's awesome. If you chip in $39 or more to MoveOn now, we'll send you a copy. Wouldn't you rather benefit MoveOn than some corporate bookseller?

Get Sen. Warren's book

Dear MoveOn member,

Next week, one of the most important books of the year is coming out: "A Fighting Chance," Elizabeth Warren's progressive political manifesto.

We've gotten a sneak peek, and it's awesome.

This book lays it all out there: how Wall Street continues to rip off the 99% and how corporations are using Citizens United to buy our democracy—as well as Elizabeth's own story of how she rose from being the daughter of an Oklahoma City maintenance man to becoming a U.S. senator.

So you want to buy this book, right? Of course you do. And you could go to your local big-box store or online retailer and preorder it. But we have a better way.

If you make a donation of $39 or more to MoveOn, we'll send you a limited-edition copy of the book. And instead of giving your money to a big, corporate bookseller, you're supporting MoveOn—and helping us actually work for Elizabeth's top causes.

Click here to get your limited-edition MoveOn copy of Elizabeth Warren's new book for a donation of $39 or more. 

No bookstore will take the money you spend buying Sen. Warren's book and put it directly to work to enact Sen. Warren's agenda. MoveOn will. It's the most subversive way to buy the most revolutionary book of the year. Get yours before supplies run out!

Thanks for all you do—and all you read!

–Ilya, Matt P., Manny, Stefanie, and the rest of the team

 

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Podcast: The NRA meets its match

Dear MoveOn member,

Huge news: Yesterday, Michael Bloomberg announced that he'll spend $50 million this year on political campaigning for gun reform. That's more than the NRA will spend on campaigning against it.

The strategy: To save lives, mobilize moms.  

Today, we're releasing an interview with the supermom in charge: Shannon Watts, head of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America—which is essentially the Mothers Against Drunk Driving of gun violence. She's a mother of five, a force-of-nature communicator, and the NRA's worst nightmare. 

Hear how mom-activists are taking on the gun lobby: Click here to open the "Good Fight" podcast on iTunes! (And if you like it, be sure to subscribe and post a review!)



You can also listen on our website, via the Stitcher app for Android or iOS, or via RSS.

Do you remember that awful day, exactly one year ago, when the Senate failed to pass a bill to close the loophole that lets criminals buy guns at gun shows without a background check? If you were furious then, you'll love this podcast now.

You'll love it because you'll realize that the fight didn't end there—it didn't even take a break. Shannon explains how the movement has scored victories in states across the country, won changes from companies like Starbucks and Facebook, and put together a plan to make sure politicians never again think that voting against public safety is the politically safe way to go.

This isn't radical stuff. Requiring background checks for gun purchases and securing guns so that kids won't accidentally hurt someone are lifesaving no-brainers, supported by the vast majority of gun owners and Americans in general. But until now, even the simplest reforms have been politically impossible.

At last, that's all changing.  

Hear how Shannon and the grassroots mom army are changing the politics and culture of guns in America—click here to open the podcast on iTunes.

Or listen here on the "Good Fight" website.

Shannon's life changed the day of the Newtown massacre. She'd never been an activist; she'd never been involved in politics. But on that day, she realized she had to do something. So she started a Facebook page ... and, suddenly, she was leading a movement. It's an inspiring story, and it's one that all of us can become part of.

Thanks for the chance to share it. And thanks for all you do.

–Ben Wikler

P.S. "The Good Fight" is a podcast (a prerecorded radio show, distributed online) launched in partnership with MoveOn a few months ago to tell the inside stories of fights that matter, and inspire people to get involved. If you like the program, please subscribe, post a review, and drop us an email at show@thegoodfight.fm about what you enjoy, how we can improve, and what we should cover next. Check out "The Good Fight" here on iTunes, and please do subscribe and post a review!


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Victory! UPS workers reinstated

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

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Dear Inwood MoveOn member,

Great news! After 250 UPS drivers in Maspeth, New York were fired for protesting the termination of a fellow driver, Working Families created a MoveOn Petition to pressure UPS to reinstate them. More than 48,000 MoveOn members signed Working Families' petition—we won! On Monday, UPS folded under the pressure, giving all drivers their jobs back. 

Have a campaign you want to win? Click here to start a petition on MoveOn's petition website.

Here's a full update from UPS driver Jairo Reyes and Working Families:

I can't wait to tell you—late Monday night, after 10 hours of negotiating and weeks of grassroots pressure, UPS folded. My 250 co-workers and I won our jobs back!

I wouldn't even be close to having my job back if not for my 250 co-workers who bravely risked their jobs to save mine—and I want to give them as big a thank-you as they deserve.

When I was unfairly fired from UPS, 250 of my co-workers walked out in protest—and then each one lost their job. 

UPS fired my colleagues who stood in solidarity with me because they thought they held all the cards. It was David vs. Goliath—one local union agains a multinational corporation.

But then you added your voice to more than 100,000 others, calling on UPS to reverse the decision and give us our jobs back. You signed petitions, made phone calls to the CEO, and posted your outrage on UPS's Facebook and Twitter pages. 

The small actions we all take together add up—and UPS heard our voices loud and clear. Together, we showed a billion-dollar corporation what grassroots people power can accomplish. It's a lesson my family, and my co-workers' families, will never forget. 

We wouldn't be getting our jobs and our livelihoods back if not for our union, Teamsters Local 804, Joint Council 16. We wouldn't be here today if not for progressive elected heroes like New York City Public Advocate Tish James speaking up for us and demanding that UPS treat us fairly. And we wouldn't have had a prayer without the thousands of Working Families and MoveOn members who had our backs.

Tomorrow is a fresh start for my co-workers and me. Pretty soon, we're all going back to work, and your voice made that possible. 

Thank you for all that you've done, 

Jairo Reyes

UPS driver (newly re-instated) and Working Families member

Thanks for all you do.

Milan, Maria, Stephen, Jessica, and the rest of the team
 

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A special tax day message

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

I'm sick and tired of a tax system that favors the wealthy at everyone else's expense, so I put together a special Tax Day video that explains the problem—and what we can do about it.

I hope you'll watch:

The first step toward solving a problem is understanding it. If, after you watch this video, you agree that it's time to change things, please share the video with your friends.

Together, we can build an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthiest 1%.

Thanks for lifting up your voice in our democracy.

–Robert Reich


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Monday, April 14, 2014

The worst part of the immigration "system"

Dear MoveOn member,

It's like political background noise: Every time politicians debate immigration reform, someone starts banging on the table, saying we have to "secure the border."

But in our latest podcast, we've got the inside story on what that can really mean—the story of a hard-boiled investigative reporter who exposed a brutal killing by Border Patrol agents. His story sent shock waves across the country and won a string of awards. Now, he tells us how it came about.

Once you hear his tale, you'll never think about the "border security" debate in the same way again.

Listen to this incredible story now: Click here to open "The Good Fight," the MoveOn-powered podcast about people changing the world, on iTunes.


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We interviewed Frey just after he won the Izzy Award, a prize for independent journalists reporting in the tradition of the great maverick reporter I.F. Stone. Frey's stories about Border Patrol violence, which aired on PBS, marked a turning point in Border Patrol accountability. After they aired, nobody could deny the need for oversight of the giant and growing police force that guards the southern edge of the country.

And the story behind the story, which Frey tells on this podcast, is as fascinating as what his reporting revealed. You can hear the resolve in his voice as he explains what happened. You'll hear his reaction to politicians who use fear of immigrants to gin up votes as he shares his perspective as a native son of the border who's seen a little too much reality to buy cheap rhetoric.

Click here to listen to this podcast on iTunes. And if you like it, you might want to subscribe.

Or you can listen on the "Good Fight" website .... and share it on Facebook.

It's a story that will stay with you.

Thanks for all you do.

–Ben

P.S. New to podcasts? Welcome! A podcast is a prerecorded radio show, distributed through the Internet. You can listen on your computer on our website or through iTunes, or on your phone (through iTunes for iPhones, or Stitcher for Androids).

We launched "The Good Fight" in partnership with MoveOn a few months ago to tell the inside stories of fights that matter, and inspire people to get involved. If you like the program, please subscribe, post a review, and drop us an email at show@thegoodfight.fm.

 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Join me in denouncing the Koch brothers

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Robert Reich, and I started a petition to Charles and David Koch, billionaires and executives of Koch Industries, which says:

We, citizens of the United States, denounce you, Charles and David Koch, for using your vast wealth—more than the combined wealth of the bottom 40 percent of Americans—to corrupt our democracy. You are thereby undermining the most precious gift we possess, our democratic system of government. You deserve to be shamed and condemned by all Americans.

We do not denounce the Koch brothers because their wealth of more than $50 billion exceeds the combined wealth of the bottom 40 percent of all the citizens of the United States, or because they run and own one of the largest petrochemical businesses in the world, or because of their right-wing views.  

The Koch brothers are entitled to their wealth and to their opinions, but when they use their vast wealth to overpower the voices of average Americans, that is unfair and they should be held accountable.

They've established a political front group, Americans for Prosperity, and are building their own permanent political machine, including hundreds of full-time staff in at least 32 states. They are pouring money into federal and state races—including more than $30 million already to help Republicans win the Senate this year

The Koch brothers are thereby using their vast wealth to undermine and corrupt our democracy—a shameful betrayal of our nation for which they deserve to be widely denounced. It's time we join our voices together to publicly denounce the Koch brothers and their dangerous, corrupting influence. They may not be swayed by our voices, but when enough of us condemn what they're doing, taking their money will become a political liability.

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

Thanks!

–Robert Reich

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