Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Citigroup action tomorrow in Manhattan: Break up "too big to fail" banks

Can you join Senator Elizabeth Warren's call to break big banks into pieces by participating at an action--tomorrow--in front of Citigroup's national headquarters?
Tomorrow at 11 a.m., MoveOn members will join allies at Citigroup's headquarters to call on Congress to break up "too big to fail" banks! Can you be there?

Join the Citigroup action!
Dear New York MoveOn member,

I imagine cheers erupting from Wall Street last weekend as news spread that bank lobbyists had undermined important financial regulations in a must-pass spending bill.1 

But Wall Street lobbyists must've been less happy when their stealth campaign was brought into the open and triggered a massive backlash from millions of Americans.

Last week, thousands of MoveOn members joined Senator Elizabeth Warren by calling Congress to demand that it strip out a provision written by Citigroup lobbyists that gutted some important protections in the Dodd-Frank Act—Wall Street reform safeguards put in place after the 2008 financial crisis.2

And tomorrow, we're joining our friends at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) who have called for an in-person action in front of Citigroup headquarters, beginning at 11 a.m., echoing Sen. Warren's call for Citigroup to be broken into pieces.3

Can you join tomorrow's action calling on Congress to break up "too big to fail" banks like Citigroup?

Yes! I'm in.

Wall Street gave tens of millions of dollars to Congress during the midterm elections.4 This spending legislation proves those campaign contributions was money well spent. But Congress doesn't answer to big banks such as Citigroup, JP Morgan, and Bank of America. Congress answers to us, the American people.

Can you show up tomorrow and stand shoulder to shoulder with progressive champion Elizabeth Warren who has come out swinging in opposition to this reckless legislation?

Yes! I'm in.

Here are all the details you need to participate:

What: Action outside of Citigroup's corporate headquarters, in support of Senator Warren's call to break up the big banks. Organizers will provide signs to hold.

Where: 399 Park Avenue (Midtown Manhattan)

When: Tomorrow—December 18—beginning at 11 a.m.

Who: Other MoveOn members, our friends at PCCC and the Working Families Party, money-in-politics reformer Zephyr Teachout, and more

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Justin K., Ben W., Erica, and the rest of the team

P.S. If you haven't yet, please take a moment to watch Sen. Elizabeth Warren shine a national spotlight on Citigroup. Listen to her call to arms from the Senate floor, where she says, "There is a lot of talk coming from Citigroup about how Dodd-Frank isn't perfect. So let me say this to anyone who is listening at Citi—I agree with you. Dodd-Frank isn't perfect. It should have broken you into pieces."  Please watch and share the video right now.

Sources:

1. "Obama quietly signs $1.1 trillion spending bill," Wall Street Journal, December 17, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=302044&id=106010-10220574-AUNpQkx&t=4

2. "Wall Street seeks to tuck Dodd-Frank changes in budget bill," The New York Times, December 9, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=301995&id=&t=4&id=106010-10220574-AUNpQkx&t=5

3 "Elizabeth Warren slams spending bill's Dodd-Frank provision," MSNBC, December 12, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=302045&id=106010-10220574-AUNpQkx&t=6

4. "Wall Street donors dump Democrats," CNN Money, November 3, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=301994&id=&t=5&id=106010-10220574-AUNpQkx&t=7

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Elizabeth Warren (let's go!)

Momentum is on our side. But the next step is crucial: We need to start building the kind of powerful field program it will take to win in Iowa and New Hampshire if she decides to run. And it needs to be ready the moment Sen. Warren says go.
Dear MoveOn member,

When we started talking about convincing Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for President, some people literally laughed out loud.

No one's laughing now.

Last week, Sen. Warren shook up Washington by blowing the whistle on a Wall Street bailout hidden in the must-pass spending bill to keep the government from shutting down.

Then, a group of 300 former Obama campaign officials joined the movement in calling on her to run for President.

And all the while, she's forcing a real debate over the appointment of a Wall Street multi-millionaire to a key position in the Treasury Department.

Momentum is on our side. But the next step is crucial: We need to start building the kind of powerful field program it will take to win in Iowa and New Hampshire if she decides to run. And it needs to be ready the moment Sen. Warren says go.

We can do it—but it'll take money. That's why we've set an audacious goal of raising $1 million to convince Elizabeth Warren to run for President of the United States. Will you chip in $3?

Yes, I'll chip in to help convince Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for President.

Raising $1 million will send a huge message to the media, party leaders, and Sen. Warren herself that she can raise the money necessary to win.

And we'll use that money to open campaign offices in Iowa and New Hampshire, to recruit volunteers and meet with local party leaders. Then we'll organize "Run Warren Run" chapters, to help identify potential precinct captains in every little town and county.

But the truth is, we don't have much time. I know, 2016 seems like a long way off. It's not. Local party leaders in Iowa and New Hampshire are already deciding whom they'll support. Debates could be just a few months away. And the Iowa caucuses themselves are just over a year away.

That's why, to make sure we have the resources to get this campaign off the ground, we're aiming to raise $1 million. Will you chip in $3?

Yes, I'll chip in to help convince Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for President.

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Maria, Alejandro, Mark, and the rest of the team

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Monday, December 15, 2014

VIDEO: Elizabeth Warren slams Citigroup

You need to watch this speech. It's electrifying. It's historic.
Dear MoveOn member,

You've got to see what Elizabeth Warren said to Citigroup executives. It's electrifying. It's historic.

And it could put Elizabeth Warren "into serious contention to be the next President of the United States."1

Ready? Then turn up your speakers and watch the whole thing.

When big banks wrecked our economy, they went to Congress for a half-a-trillion-dollar bailout. Now—six years later—Citigroup thought they could quietly sneak a provision into a must-pass spending bill to let them gamble with taxpayer money again. But Senator Warren fought back hard, and is winning in the court of public opinion.

Barack Obama's 2004 Democratic Convention speech launched him into the running for president. This could do the same for Elizabeth Warren.

Please watch the video right now. And then chip in to help MoveOn as we support Elizabeth Warren's work in the Senate and encourage her to run for president.

Thanks for all you do.

–Mark, Robert, Kristin, Ilya, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "The Speech That Could Make Elizabeth Warren the Next President of the United States," The Huffington Post, December 13, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=302028&id=105927-10220574-kmh4CNx&t=1

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Raise your voice for Mike Brown and Eric Garner

We need immediate federal action to seek justice for Mike Brown and Eric Garner.

Can you call President Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder now? Tell them:


"You have the power to prosecute Officer Darren Wilson and Officer Daniel Pantaleo under federal law. I am calling to urge you to do everything in your power to seek justice for Mike Brown and Eric Garner. But don't stop there. We also need federal action and reforms now."

President Barack Obama:
202-456-1111

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder:
202-353-1555


Report Your Call!
Dear MoveOn member,

This moment—sparked by the failure of grand juries in St. Louis and Staten Island to indict the police officers responsible or the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner—is literally history in the making.  

Hundreds of thousands of people across the country are taking action at all levels—filling the streets with songs, chants, and solidarity; staging powerful "die-ins" and walkouts; and adding their names to calls for justice.

The momentum can't stop now.

While local communities continue to push for larger reforms to our criminal justice system—a system that puts communities of color at far greater risk of harassment and life-altering confrontations—MoveOn members are joining that call and demanding justice for Eric Garner and Mike Brown.

President Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder have the power to launch a federal investigation and prosecute Officer Darren Wilson and Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

It will take all of us to bring the pressure necessary to spur federal action.

That's why we're joining with our friends at ColorOfChange to make these important calls today. Can you call President Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder now?

Here's where to call:

President Barack Obama:
202-456-1111

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder:
202-353-1555

You can say:

"You have the power to prosecute Officer Darren Wilson and Officer Daniel Pantaleo under federal law. I am calling to urge you to do everything in your power to seek justice for Mike Brown and Eric Garner. But don't stop there. We also need federal action and reforms now."

Then, please report your call by clicking here.

By refusing to indict the police officers responsible for the deaths of these unarmed Black men, the local judicial systems in St. Louis and Staten Island have failed our communities and our entire justice system. It's clear they cannot be trusted to police themselves.

It will take intervention at the federal level to ensure a just response to these tragedies.

Please, call President Obama and U.S. Attorney General Holder and tell them to authorize full federal investigations of these police officers and other police departments responsible for killing unarmed Black Americans and to initiate much-needed, longer-term reforms to ensure communities are safe from police violence.

Thanks for all you do.

–Corinne, Ben O., Justin R., Joan, and the rest of the team

P.S. Check out FergusonAction.com to find ongoing, peaceful demonstrations in your community.

 

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Calls needed this morning: Congress doesn't work for Wall Street

Congress is about to open the door to another taxpayer-funded bailout of our nation's largest banks—unless we act right now.

Can you call Rep. Meeks? Tell him, "Congress works for us, not Wall Street. Please save the Dodd-Frank Act and pass a clean budget."

Representative Gregory Meeks
Phone: (202) 225-3461

Report Your Call!
Dear MoveOn member,

Congress is about to open the door to another taxpayer-funded bailout of our nation's largest banks—unless we act right now.

You may have heard that members of the House and Senate submitted a spending bill to fund the majority of government programs for the rest of the fiscal year.1

But here's the deal: this spending bill has been corrupted by Wall Street banks that are actively working to undermine rules that currently prevent them from wrecking the economy. In fact, Citigroup lobbyists reportedly wrote the part of the bill that would actually gut some important protections in the Dodd-Frank Act—safeguards that were put in place after the 2008 financial crisis.2

Simply put, the spending bill as it stands raises the risk of more taxpayer-funded bailouts for the big banks. It is unacceptable in its current form and must be defeated. Here's where we come in.

Reports are that this bill may be decided as early as 10 a.m. TODAY. Can you call Representative Gregory Meeks right now?

Tell him, "Congress works for us, not Wall Street. Please save the Dodd-Frank Act and pass a clean budget."

Here's where to call:

Representative Gregory Meeks
Phone: (202) 225-3461

Then, please report your call by clicking here:

http://pol.moveon.org/call?tg=FHNY_05&cp_id=2176&id=105738-10220574-VLI6gfx&t=2

Americans know all too well what happens when financial institutions deemed too big to fail gamble with funds backed by the government. Our families still carry the residual burden of taxpayer-funded bank bailouts.

Wall Street gave tens of millions of dollars to Congress during the midterm elections.3 This spending legislation proves that was money well spent. But Congress doesn't answer to big banks such as Citigroup, JP Morgan, and Bank of America. Congress answers to us, the American people.

By making calls this morning, we're standing shoulder to shoulder with progressive champion Elizabeth Warren and others who have come out swinging in opposition to this reckless legislation.4

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Stephen, Jadzia, Matt, and the rest of the team

Sources: 

1. "Mammoth spending bill poised for passage," Politico, December 10, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=301996&id=105738-10220574-VLI6gfx&t=3

2. "Wall Street seeks to tuck Dodd-Frank changes in budget bill," The New York Times, December 9, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=301995&id=105738-10220574-VLI6gfx&t=4

3. "Wall Street donors dump Democrats," CNN Money, November 3, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=301994&id=105738-10220574-VLI6gfx&t=5

4. "Elizabeth Warren is really angry about Dodd-Frank change," CNN Money, December 10, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=301993&id=105738-10220574-VLI6gfx&t=6

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

VIDEO: Run Warren Run: 81% voted yes. Game on.

Watch this video to see why we need Elizabeth Warren's vision and track record in the race for president.

Dear MoveOn member,

The results are in—with 81.3% of all votes cast in favor, MoveOn members overwhelmingly agree that it's time we urged Senator Elizabeth Warren to enter the race for president.

Her life's story and record in public service all point to one truth: Elizabeth Warren is not afraid to stand up to Wall Street banks and powerful corporate interests—she's a fighter for working people and a champion for the middle class. And in this time of historic inequality, we need her vision and her track record in the race for president.

Watch this video to see why—then, if you're convinced that she'd make a great candidate, sign the petition today to say that Sen. Warren should run.

Run Warren Run Launch Video

We've heard from tons of MoveOn members who want to see Sen. Warren in the race for president. Like Eric A., from Pennsylvania, they're saying, "Sen. Warren is a true progressive, who can run as the People's Candidate" and, like Brad G. from Texas, that she's "a non-establishment candidate with the charisma to run, win, and change the nation!"

Now, the work begins—for all of us.

Check out the video, and then if you're convinced that Sen. Warren should run, add your name to the growing petition.

It's not every day that we have a chance to change history—but this could be exactly that kind of moment. Thanks for being part of it, and thanks for all you do.

–Ilya, Jadzia, Corinne, Justin K., and the rest of the team
#RunWarrenRun

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Should Elizabeth Warren run for president?

It was a grassroots, people-driven "draft Warren" movement that convinced Elizabeth Warren to run in 2012.

Dear MoveOn member,

Should MoveOn encourage Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for president?

Launching an effort like this is a decision so important that it can only be made by MoveOn members like you. This email is your ballot. Voting starts now.

Here's why this idea is on the table: This moment was made for Elizabeth Warren. We're at a crossroads in American history, with inequality soaring to levels not seen since the 1920s and an economic playing field rigged to favor Wall Street and corporate interests. Inequality, and the corrupting political power of big money, threatens to undermine every issue we hold dear—from climate change to racial justice, from student debt to the fate of Social Security.

And in the midst of all that, we hear the voice of Elizabeth Warren—rallying the nation with her transformative vision of giving everyone a fighting chance.

After listening closely to MoveOn members for the last several months, we've come to believe that Warren's powerful voice is needed right now on the nation's biggest stage—the 2016 race for president.

Warren's not in the race yet. But there's a precedent here: She was inspired to run for Senate in 2012 by a people-powered "Draft Warren" campaign. This fall, when asked by People magazine whether she might be on board for a run at the presidency, she answered, "If there's any lesson I've learned in the last five years, it's don't be so sure about what lies ahead. There are amazing doors that could open."1

It's up to us to help open that door. If we join our voices together, if we show her a groundswell of support, if our millions-strong community can make clear to Warren that if she runs, she'll have the grassroots army she needs to not only win a primary, to not only win the White House, but to create real change for middle-class Americans who urgently need help—then we believe she can be persuaded to run.

We think she can win. And even if she doesn't, we believe that a contested primary is best for everyone—for the eventual nominee, for the progressive movement, and for the country.

MoveOn is its members. This decision rests in your hands. As we have with all of our biggest decisions, we're putting this question to a vote.

Voting starts now, and closes at 9 a.m. ET/6 PT on Wednesday, December 10. Cast your official ballot by clicking below: Should MoveOn launch a major effort calling on Elizabeth Warren to run for president?

Yes, MoveOn should encourage Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president.

No, MoveOn should not do this.

If MoveOn members do vote to move forward, we'll go to bat to demonstrate to Senator Warren that if she runs, we'll be right there with her. We'll show her that Americans are hungry for a leader who is unafraid to stand up to the megabanks and corporate interests, and who will never stop fighting for families on the ragged edge of the middle class.

Our campaign would be called "Run Warren Run," and it would be 100% positive: lifting up the case for a Warren candidacy, not pulling anyone down.

Above all, it would be based on the belief that we need all our best candidates in the race. The 2008 primary ensured that President Obama was battle-tested by the time he reached the general election. And if it weren't for Hillary Clinton and John Edwards calling for health care reform in the primary, we may never have gotten the Affordable Care Act that millions of Americans rely on today. A contested primary means that progressives have a voice, the best ideas get an airing, and the eventual nominee is ready to face the best (or worst) that the Republicans and the Koch brothers have to offer.

That's what we've heard from countless MoveOn members. And it's why MoveOn's staff believes it's so important for Elizabeth Warren to enter the race. But now it's up to you.

Do you agree? Should MoveOn launch a "Run Warren Run" campaign encouraging her to enter the race?

Yes, MoveOn should launch a campaign encouraging Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president.

No, MoveOn should not do this.

Again, voting will remain open until 9 a.m. ET/6 PT on Wednesday, December 10. All MoveOn members are eligible to vote. Only your first click will be recorded, so please take care in making your choice. 

Thanks for all you do.

–Ilya, Anna, Ben, Mark, and the rest of the team

Source:

1. "An Early Halloween Fright for Wall St.: Elizabeth Warren for Treasury Secretary?" People, October 22, 2014 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=301987&id=105671-10220574-PRDUy5x&t=3

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