Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The NRA has met its match

At a rally in Parkland, Florida, over the weekend, Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school student Emma Gonzalez had this message to share: "To the politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have ever been done to prevent this: We call BS!"

Dear MoveOn member,

At a rally in Parkland, Florida, over the weekend, Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school student Emma Gonzalez had this message to share: "To the politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have ever been done to prevent this: We call BS!"1

Brave students are leading the way, and it is up to us to follow them.

Click here to chip in $3 to help MoveOn raise $100,000 to organize in support of student-led efforts to end gun violence.

The students in Parkland are not just calling BS, they are turning their grief into action. Less than a week after 17 of their classmates and teachers were murdered in the hallways of their school, these students have made their demands very clear: They want to kick out members of Congress who take money from the NRA, make the NRA so toxic that no one else takes money from them in the future, and ban the assault weapons that have caused so much carnage in schools, nightclubs, concerts, and movie theaters across the country.2

Let's follow their lead and make sure we're mobilizing our resources for this fight. With your help, we will:

  • boost organizing for the student-led marches and walkouts in March and April by recruiting MoveOn's millions of members and using MoveOn's social media megaphone to help promote student-led events in Washington, D.C., and in communities across the country, and supporting as needed in other ways;
  • help ensure that millions of people hear what these young people are asking of all of us by amplifying videos of their speeches and interviews to our millions of social media followers;
  • keep campaigning to curb the power of the NRA all the way through this year's election by shining a spotlight on the politicians who are doing the NRA's bidding in Washington, D.C., and in states across the country, just as we helped do in the Virginia elections last year; and
  • look for ways to support youth leaders in future actions. The Parkland students have reminded all of us that young people will lead the way on this work. We will look for ways to support these and other student organizers as they plan and announce their next steps to fight for their lives against the gun lobby, and as students around the country identify specific needs.  

Click here to chip in $3 now to help rally behind student efforts to stop the epidemic of gun violence in our nation.

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Ilya, Anne, Manny, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Florida student Emma Gonzalez to lawmakers and gun advocates: 'We call BS,'" CNN, February 17, 2018
 
2. "Mission Statement," March for Our Lives, accessed February 20, 2018

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Monday, February 19, 2018

A major rebuke to Donald Trump

I'm writing to tell you about one of the most inspiring candidates running anywhere in the country in 2018. Her name is Stacey Abrams. Stacey is running for governor of Georgia, and when she wins, she'll be the first Black woman ever to be a governor in America. The first ever.

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm writing to tell you about one of the most inspiring candidates running anywhere in the country in 2018. Her name is Stacey Abrams.

Stacey is running for governor of Georgia, and when she wins, she'll be the first Black woman ever to be a governor in America. The first ever.

Stacey is a passionate, progressive leader who will be a tireless advocate for the people of Georgia and a much-needed voice in our national conversation.

She has spent her life standing up to injustice and fighting to make life better for everyone around her. And now it is our turn to do the same for her. Will you chip in now to support Stacey's campaign for governor?

Yes, I'm in! I'll chip in $3 to help Stacey Abrams win.

Stacey was the minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, which made her the first woman to lead a party in the state's legislature and the first Black person to lead a party in the Georgia House. She founded the New Georgia Project, which registered more than 200,000 voters of color between 2014 and 2016 and is on track to register an earthshaking 800,000 by 2024. And she runs a small business that helps other small businesses grow.

When MoveOn asked its members in Georgia whether to endorse in the governor's race, 82.5% said to support Stacey, and it is easy to see why.

She is an inspiration, and I am honored to stand with her.

And here's the thing: Shifting demographics, engaged Black voters, and Donald Trump's unpopularity make this a race Stacey can win—with our help.

So much is on the line in terms of our direction as a country, Eddie. Will you chip in $3—or whatever you can afford—to help out?

Click here now to donate to help Stacey Abrams become the next governor of Georgia.

I feel this in my heart: Stacey is the embodiment of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.

As Dr. King said, it's not just the vitriolic words and violent actions of bad people that are responsible for where we are as a country. It's also the appalling silence and inaction of good people.

For Stacey to ascend to where our country needs her to be, we must wake up the conscience of good people. Because the opposite of justice isn't injustice; it's inaction and silence.

We need right now to create momentum—and that starts with you, Eddie.

Click here right now to chip in $3 to Stacey's campaign for governor.

Thanks for all you do.

–Senator Cory Booker

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Hit the streets: Protect the Trump-Russia investigation (Event near you!)

MoveOn members and our allies are turning out in force during the congressional recess to make sure members of Congress and local media know that Americans are determined to protect our democracy.

YOU'RE INVITED!
"Expose the #CoverUpCaucus" Event
 
  
 
Where: Peter King's Office  (in Massapequa Park)
When: Thursday, February 22, 4:00 PM
What:

 Action to expose Trump's cover-up caucus and protect the Trump-Russia investigation!


Donald Trump is leading our country into authoritarianism, and he's doing everything he can to stop the investigation into his team's ties to Russia. But he's not acting alone. Trump can't obstruct the investigation without cover from his enablers in Congress, the #CoverUpCaucus.

That's why, throughout next week's congressional recess, MoveOn members and our allies will ask our members of Congress: Do you protect the Constitution, or do you protect Donald Trump? We will gather in support of the Trump-Russia criminal investigation, ask our members of Congress to call out or quit the #CoverUpCaucus, and make the demand: "Hands off the investigation—No President Is Above the Law."

Will you turn out this week to defend our democracy?
 
  
A person holding a sign! YES, I'LL BE THERE! People holding signs!
By choosing to attend this event, you are committing to participate nonviolently and in accordance with the law, to work to de-escalate confrontations with others, and to obey the orders of authorized event marshals and of law enforcement. You also acknowledge that you are solely responsible for any injury or damage to your person or property resulting from or occurring during this event and that you release all event sponsors and organizers (and their officers, directors, employees, and agents) from any liability for that injury or damage.

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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Saturday, February 17, 2018

The National Rifle Association

Sign and share my petition demanding politicians reject funding and campaign support from the National Rifle Association.

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

I am a teacher and practice "lockdown" drills now on what to do in the event of a school shooting. I should not have to make my students imagine a deranged gunman hunting them through the hallways of their place of learning and community.

Every time a tragedy such as Parkland occurs, we wring our hands, debate online, then forget about it, fail to take action, and it happens all over again while too many politicians are lining their pockets with tainted money from an evil organization that cares more about profits from gun and ammunition sales than it does about the lives of innocent men, women, and children.

That's why I started a petition demanding that politicians reject funding and campaign support from the National Rifle Association (NRA). Click here to sign and share my petition.

Stop taking money from the NRA.

After the Sandy Hook massacre of first graders and their teachers, more than 400 people have been shot in more than 200 school shootings.1

This doesn't even count churches, concerts, and other public spaces where people who have had too easy access to weapons specifically designed to kill people en masse have used them.

Politicians who take NRA money are complicit in gun violence. It's time that all politicians reject the NRA.

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

Thanks.

—Jody Hill

Source: 

1. "After Sandy Hook, More Than 400 People Have Been Shotin Over 200 School Shooting," The New York Times, February 15, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/33992?t=17&akid=199083%2E10220574%2EF9Xxjr

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Add your name: Ban assault weapons

Sign the petition to support a ban on assault weapons and large capacity magazines.

Dear MoveOn member,

Yesterday, another mass shooting took place in a school leaving 17 people dead and many others severely injured. It was the 18th school shooting in 2018, and it's only February.1,2

The shooter used an AR-15, a military-style assault weapon with large capacity magazines. This type of weapon was also used in previous mass shootings, including Aurora, Newtown, San Bernardino, Sutherland Springs, and Las Vegas.3

We do not want to hear our state and federal officials offering their thoughts and prayers for this latest tragedy—we want action now!

Sign the petition to ban military-style assault weapons and large capacity magazines in civilian society. They are designed to kill and injure large numbers of people in a short period of time.

Our schools must be havens for learning where students can feel safe and not have to worry about being gunned down in their own classrooms or on the playground. Military-style assault weapons are weapons of war and have no place in our communities.

We cannot allow the daily carnage in our country to be the new normal.

Tell Trump, Congress, and Florida legislators to act now to ban military-style assault weapons and large capacity magazines.

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

Thanks!

—Andy Pelosi, The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus

Sources:

1. "Death Toll Is at 17 and Could Rise in Shooting," The New York Times, February 14, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/33970?t=17&akid=198998%2E10220574%2EGCwb59

2. "There have already been 18 school shootings in the US this year: Everytown," ABC News, February 14, 2018
http://act.moveon.org/go/33971?t=19&akid=198998%2E10220574%2EGCwb59

3. "Why the AR-15 keeps appearing at America's deadliest mass shootings," CNBC, February 15, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/33972?t=21&akid=198998%2E10220574%2EGCwb59

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Expose the "Cover-Up Caucus"!

RSVP to an event to defend the Trump-Russia investigation.

Click here to RSVP for the Presidents Day congressional recess event near you to protect our democracy from Trump and the GOP Cover-Up Caucus!

Dear Eddie,

This is getting scary—the number three at the Department of Justice quit last week, opening the position that would oversee special counsel Robert Mueller if Donald Trump fires Mueller's current supervisor, Rod Rosenstein.1

We've got to step up our defense of the investigation and push back against the threats to our democracy from Trump and his GOP enablers. That's why MoveOn and our allies are hosting actions around the country from February 17-25 during the Presidents Day congressional recess aimed at exposing the Republican Cover-Up Caucus.

Fortunately, there's a #CoverUpCaucus event near you!

Can we count on you to attend? Click here to RSVP to the event.

It seems that Donald Trump is leading us further from democracy and closer to authoritarianism every day. The departure of the third in command at the DOJ, former Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, increases concerns that Trump could put a loyalist in charge of overseeing Robert Mueller's investigation by cherry-picking her replacement and firing the current supervisor, Rod Rosenstein (which, as recently mentioned, would trigger the Nobody Is Above the Law network of rapid-response protests). This development feels like a continuation of the slow-motion version of Richard Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre" happening in the administration, where individuals near the investigation are leaving or being forced out by Trump.

And of course Trump's refusal to release the memo drafted by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee who reject the credibility of the "Nunes memo" shows just how one-sided Trump's supposed effort to root out bias in the investigation really is.2 

Our Nobody Is Above the Law network has succeeded wildly in setting up more than 800 national events with more than 225,000 participants ready to spring into action if Trump fires the people leading the independent investigation. But we need to do more than react to a firing—we want to prevent one!

Click here to attend the event in your area and help expose Trump's "Cover-Up Caucus," who are weakening our democracy and helping Trump.

Amidst all this craziness, we cannot give up hope. One silver lining of the abuse Trump is inflicting upon our democracy is that it makes the lines clearer than ever between those lawmakers serving the Constitution and all of us and those serving Donald Trump and themselves. Together we can help force them to make their position clear: Will they continue the cover-up, or will they help us get to the truth?

Thanks for all you do. 

–David, Gabby, Lisa, Milan, and the rest of the team

P.S. If you can't attend the event but want to do your part to help out, can you chip in a few bucks to support these events and our rapid-response work to defend the investigation? Your contributions will go directly to the costs of pushing back against the #CoverUpCaucus, such as printing signs for rallies in key areas, sending thousands of text messages asking MoveOn members near events to attend, and much more!

P.P.S. Even as we continue to campaign on other issues, our hearts break for the families in Florida following the fatal shooting and for everyone who has had to confront gun violence. Add your name to the petition calling for a ban on military-style assault weapons and large capacity magazines—the deadly weapons used in Parkland, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, Aurora, San Bernadino, Newtown, and so many other massacres.

Sources: 

1. "The Official Next in Line to Oversee the Russia Investigation Just Stepped Down," Mother Jones, February 9, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/33582?t=7&akid=198872%2E10220574%2EOO0lP2

2. "Trump Won't Declassify Democratic Rebuttal to Nunes," The Atlantic, February 9, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/33583?t=9&akid=198872%2E10220574%2EOO0lP2


Blood on their hands

Columbine. Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook. And now Parkland. They all used to be schools. Now they are sites of massacres. The grief I feel for the students, teachers, and families of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is only matched by the rage of knowing that yesterday's tragedy was the eighteenth school shooting in the United States this year alone. And it's only February.

Dear MoveOn member,

Columbine. Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook. And now Parkland.

They all used to be schools. Now they are sites of massacres.

The grief I feel for the students, teachers, and families of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is only matched by the rage of knowing that yesterday's tragedy was the 18th school shooting in the United States this year.1 And it's only February.

This does not happen anywhere else in the world. Only here. And while Donald Trump and Republican lawmakers again send out their "thoughts and prayers," I know that, as always, they will fall in line with the NRA and refuse to take any action that will make this stop.

Enough is enough.

We must fight back against the NRA by kicking the elected officials in its pocket out of office this November. Click here to chip in $3 to this urgent fight.

At least 17 people lost their lives yesterday. Kids. High school students with their entire lives ahead of them. Stolen from their families and the world by a lone gunman with an AR-15.

Just like the 26 people in a church in Texas. The 58 people at a concert in Las Vegas. The 49 people at a nightclub in Orlando. The 20 first graders and six teachers at an elementary school in Newtown. Tragedies so frequent that we can't even name them all.

The arc of our national response to each of these horrors—the grieving, anger, and "thoughts and prayers"—is by now terribly familiar. As is the absolute refusal by Republicans to enact any gun control legislation in the aftermath of these tragedies.

And that's even though a vast majority of Americans want more sensible laws to prevent gun violence, such as the 91% of Americans—and 74% of NRA members—who support legislation requiring universal background checks for gun purchases.2 And the 80% of Americans who want to see assault weapons taken out of the hands of civilians.3

Even after the Las Vegas massacre, when Republican members of Congress proposed a limited reform—banning bump stocks—the legislation went nowhere. Instead, the first gun-related legislation Congress considered after that act of mass gun violence was a bill to increase guns on our streets, at concerts, and near schools.4

Practically the only people that do not support any form of legislation to stop gun violence are the employees of the NRA and the Republican politicians who they own.

This tiny group of people are holding the rest of our lives hostage. The blood is on their hands.

Let's show them what a powerful opposition can do. Chip in $3 now to help us fight against the stranglehold of the NRA and inaction of Republican politicians.

MoveOn members have successfully confronted the NRA before:

  • After the 2015 campus shooting in Oregon, a group of gun-owning MoveOn members stood up to demand stricter gun laws. Among these 30,000 gun owners, a group of 12 came to Washington, D.C., and met with President Obama's team, and then several of these MoveOn members stood with President Obama when he signed executive actions to curb gun violence in 2016—demonstrating that we can make progress when we stand together.
  • After the massacre in Las Vegas, MoveOn members declared we would stand up to the NRA's mythic power in Virginia elections—then just weeks away. (Virginia is where the NRA is headquartered.) We threw ourselves into that get-out-the-vote effort along with so many others. Democrats, including progressive Democrats, prevailed in an election outcome that showed that Republicans and, yes, even the NRA, can be beaten.
  • And we've continued to elevate the voices of champions—from gun-owner Mark Carman whose honest, self-produced, rapid-response videos have been seen many millions of times, to former representative Gabby Giffords, to Sen. Chris Murphy, who led a filibuster on the Senate floor to demand action on gun violence. We've spread their messages with videos and social media posts that have reached tens of millions of people.

Click here to chip in $3 now to our all-in fight to stop the NRA and their enablers in Congress.

When we're the only nation that witnesses this particular type of horror with such frequency, we can't claim there's no way to tackle this problem.

It is not too soon to talk about how to stop this from happening again. It is not too soon to talk about holding elected officials accountable. It is not too soon to mobilize.

But it's too late if we don't act right now.

Please, click here now to chip in $3—or whatever you can afford.

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Kelly, Robert, Ben, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "The Florida School Shooting was the 18th School Shooting of the Year. And it's Only February," Time, February 14, 2018 

2. "Polling on Background Checks/Gun Shows/Private Sales," Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, last accessed February 14, 2018
http://act.moveon.org/go/33892?t=8&akid=198916%2E10220574%2EdZyT1R

3. "Poll: Majorities Of Both Parties Favor Increased Gun Restrictions," NPR, October 13, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/33895?t=10&akid=198916%2E10220574%2EdZyT1R

4. "Three Weeks After Las Vegas, Legislation to Ban Bump Stocks Has Stalled Out in Congress" The Daily Beast, October 23, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/33894?t=12&akid=198916%2E10220574%2EdZyT1R

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