Monday, September 25, 2017

I need a second of your time. Just one.

I'm going to cut right to the chase, because we don't have much time. This week, probably on Wednesday or Thursday, Senate Republicans are planning to vote on the latest—and cruelest—version of Trumpcare.

Hi, MoveOn member,

This is Robert Reich. I'm going to cut right to the chase, because we don't have much time.

This week, probably on Wednesday or Thursday, Senate Republicans are planning to vote on the latest—and cruelest—version of Trumpcare. To stop the bill, we need three Republicans to vote no. So far, a handful of Republicans have expressed concerns—and John McCain came out on Friday saying he couldn't vote for the bill, which is a huge relief.

But don't be fooled: We don't have enough public commitments from Republican senators yet. If we ease up on the public outcry against this bill, it could absolutely still pass this week and yank health care away from over 32 million people.

We have just a couple of days left to mobilize the overwhelming grassroots pressure needed to save health care for tens of millions of people. Will you help MoveOn pull it off?

Yes, I'll chip in $3 and help stop Trumpcare.

Like previous versions of the bill, the Graham-Cassidy proposal will take away health care from tens of millions of Americans, remove protections for pre-existing conditions, and end Medicaid as we know it.

But this bill includes new and especially damaging provisions:

  • It explicitly aims to take money away from states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act—mostly blue states—and give it to the Republican states that refused to allow their working poor to access the program.
  • Medicaid is turned into a block grant program, and states aren't even required to use the money to provide health care.
  • It eliminates the individual mandate and doesn't even try to replace it with another approach, virtually guaranteeing the collapse of the individual market as healthy people flee the market leaving only the sickest and most expensive clients paying in.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said that the bill is even "more radical" than the previous versions of Trumpcare.1 Insurance companies have come out against it, as has a national organization of Medicaid program directors, with includes members from the reddest of red states.2,3

And the polling shows that the bill is as unpopular as it deserves to be. Just 24% of Americans support this latest version of Trumpcare, while the Affordable Care Act is supported by 54%.4

This is pretty much the worst piece of legislation that I've ever seen. We must defeat it. Will you chip in $3?

Yes, I'll chip in and help defeat Trumpcare.

I believe that MoveOn's plan to fight this bill can work. With your help, they will:

  • Ensure that Republicans are flooded with hundreds of thousands of phone calls in the final 72-hour stretch by reaching out directly to Americans who need a personal phone call or text message to take action.
  • Make sure that people know about rallies, protests, and vigils in their community—and encourage them to participate.
  • Run hard-hitting ads featuring stories of Americans in key states who will lose coverage if this travesty of a bill becomes law.
  • And more.

Will you chip in $3 and help MoveOn's plan succeed?

Thanks for all you do.

–Robert Reich

Sources:

1. "I've covered the GOP repeal plans since day one. Graham-Cassidy is the most radical." Vox, September 20, 2017 
https://act.moveon.org/go/15979?t=5&akid=190458%2E10220574%2Eec_ZeH

2. "Medicaid directors issue warning on new ObamaCare repeal bill," The Hill, September 17, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/16256?t=7&akid=190458%2E10220574%2Eec_ZeH

3. "Top doctor, hospital, and insurance groups release joint statement urging the Senate to reject Graham-Cassidy bill," Business Insider, September 23, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/16257?t=9&akid=190458%2E10220574%2Eec_ZeH

4. "Poll: only 24% of Americans approve of Graham-Cassidy," Vox, September 22, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/15980?t=11&akid=190458%2E10220574%2Eec_ZeH

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 towards 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 MoveOn?

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


Fight Trumpcare. Right now. From anywhere!

Call progressives whose senators support Trumpcare.

Dear MoveOn member,

The fight to stop the latest attack on health care is in a critical 72-hour sprint as Republicans seek to push through the Graham-Cassidy bill that would take health care from 32 million Americans, slash protections for pre-existing conditions, and end Medicaid as we know it. While it will come down to getting just three Republican senators to vote no, there is action that you can take even if you're represented by two senators who already oppose this bill—and you can take it now, in just a few minutes, from your own home.

MoveOn has teamed up with our friends at Indivisible, who have set up a tool that allows you to call progressive voters in key states and urge them to call their senators. We know that calls to Senate offices make a difference—and you can play a role by asking fellow progressives to make their voices heard.

Click here to start making calls to progressives in the states with key Republican senators and help them demand that their Senators oppose Trumpcare. (You will not be added to new mailing lists and nobody will see your phone number in this process.)

Last time, we defeated Trumpcare on the Senate floor by just ONE vote—and this time could be just as close.

Your senators have already stated that they oppose this bill, so they don't need to hear from you on this issue right now (though you could call and say thanks). But we do need two more Republican senators to oppose taking health care away from 32 million Americans—which is why we're asking members in "safe" states to call progressives in a dozen key states to encourage them to contact their senators. Will you join in?

Click here to start making calls to progressives in the states with key Republican senators to urge them to flood their own senators' offices with calls.

We know that this tactic works. In July, activists with MoveOn's close partner Indivisible made 100,000 calls to progressives in key states in the final days before the Trumpcare vote, during which time MoveOn members were also generating hundreds of thousands of calls to the Senate. Now, as MoveOn members in key states continue to make tens of thousands of calls, fellow MoveOn members across the country can join Indivisible in supercharging this national call program.

Click here to start making calls to progressives in the states with key Republican senators.

Heading into the last Trumpcare vote, the odds were stacked against us. But we took those odds, and we did everything we could in spite of them. Now, with just days left to defeat Trumpcare for good, we owe it to ourselves to give it everything we've got.

Thanks for all you do—again and again!

–Justin, Matt, Elsie, Emma, and the rest of the team

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 September 25th, 2017. To change your email address or update your contact info, click here. To remove yourself from this list, click here.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

A frightening (and dangerous) Trumpcare moment

Imagine waking up three days from today, turning on the news, and feeling like you've been punched in the gut.

Dear MoveOn member,

Imagine waking up just a few days from now, turning on the news, and feeling like you've been punched in the gut.

Imagine finding out that, in the dead of night, 50 Republicans (with help from Mike Pence) flipped just three Senate votes and passed the Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare bill—a bill that would take away health care from tens of millions of Americans, drive up insurance premiums, slash Medicaid funding by hundreds of billions of dollars, and eviscerate protections for pre-existing conditions.

That's a terrible thing to imagine—but could come true in just a matter of days.

Now imagine the alternative: The resistance—that includes you, Eddie—mounts an all-hands-on-deck, 72-hour push to stop Trumpcare ... And together, we win!

Imagine tens of millions of Americans—including those actively fighting cancer or dealing with debilitating chronic conditions—celebrating getting to keep their health coverage. The resistance, once again, showed that we are powerful. Energized, we've set the stage to win a clean Dream Act, block the worst elements of Trump's "Robin Hood in reverse" tax plan, and build the groundwork and infrastructure that progressives need to take back power in 2018 and 2020, as well as setting the stage for a more proactive debate on truly expanding access to health care as a human right.

Republicans have never been this close to passing Trumpcare—to stop them, we need three Republicans to commit to voting against it, and that hasn't happened yet. Though momentum seems to be on our side, with Senator John McCain announcing his apparent opposition to the bill on Friday, this is still WAY too close for comfort. We have just days before a key procedural deadline to ensure we defeat this terrible bill, and a vote is expected as early as Wednesday.

What our future will look like is up to us—and how well we organize. Which is why I'm writing you to ask:

Will you support MoveOn's emergency 72-hour sprint to save health care for 32 million Americans? Click here to chip in $3 or whatever you can afford.

The latest version of Trumpcare is really bad—it's the worst one so far. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said that the bill is even "more radical" than the previous versions of Trumpcare.1 Insurance companies have come out against it, as has a national organization of Medicaid program directors, with includes members from the reddest of red states.2,3

In short: The Graham-Cassidy bill is pretty much the worst piece of legislation that I've ever seen. And the polling shows that the bill is as unpopular as it deserves to be. Just 24% of Americans support the latest version of Trumpcare, while the Affordable Care Act is supported by 54%.4

I could give you reason after reason why this latest version of Trumpcare shouldn't be considered. (Is tens of millions of Americans losing their health care reason enough? How about taking away protections for pre-existing conditions?)

Senator Chuck Grassley recently said, "Republicans campaigned on this so often that you have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign."Republicans believe that they must pass this bill because they promised their most hard-right supporters that they would—no matter how deadly it is. The only way to stop them is to make them realize that their constituents will hold them accountable if they follow through. We have to get Republicans to see that the political price is just too high.

And that's where MoveOn's all-hands-on-deck push comes in. With your help, MoveOn will reach every possible constituent of on-the-fence senators, make sure that senators' phones ring off the hook, ensure that protests happen at senators' offices, and that hard-hitting ads run during the crucial last 72 hours.

Will you chip in $3 to support MoveOn's emergency 72-hour sprint to save health care for 32 million Americans? Click here if you can.

I know that a lot has been asked of you in recent months. But the moment we're in requires sustained effort from all of us. If you're frustrated, you're not the only one—believe me, I'm frustrated, too. And so is former President Barack Obama. He recently said that it's "frustrating to have to mobilize every couple of months to keep our leaders from inflicting real human suffering on our constituents."6

But consider how well our mobilization is working so far. We're successful because we don't give up.

Sustained mobilization during dark political times is the only way that permanent progress will be won, so I hope that you'll join me in this huge push for our collective values.

Thanks—so much—for all you do.

–Robert Reich

Sources:

1. "I've covered the GOP repeal plans since day one. Graham-Cassidy is the most radical." Vox, September 20, 2017 
https://act.moveon.org/go/15979?t=5&akid=190329%2E10220574%2EhGMiyB

2. "Medicaid directors issue warning on new ObamaCare repeal bill," The Hill, September 17, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/16256?t=7&akid=190329%2E10220574%2EhGMiyB

3. "Top doctor, hospital, and insurance groups release joint statement urging the Senate to reject Graham-Cassidy bill," Business Insider, September 23, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/16257?t=9&akid=190329%2E10220574%2EhGMiyB

4. "Poll: only 24% of Americans approve of Graham-Cassidy," Vox, September 22, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/15980?t=11&akid=190329%2E10220574%2EhGMiyB

5. "The one major reason Graham-Cassidy could pass," CNN, September 21, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/16258?t=13&akid=190329%2E10220574%2EhGMiyB

6. "Obama: It's 'Frustrating' To Have To Convince Lawmakers Not To Inflict 'Real Human Suffering,'" The Huffington Post, September 20, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/16259?t=15&akid=190329%2E10220574%2EhGMiyB

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 towards 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 MoveOn?

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


Saturday, September 23, 2017

FW: Stop this moral atrocity.

Eddie—There's still time to defeat Trumpcare if enough of us come together to raise our voices and put grassroots pressure on the Republicans.

Eddie—There’s still time to defeat Trumpcare if enough of us come together to raise our voices and put grassroots pressure on the Republicans. Donate $3 now to defeat the GOP's Graham-Cassidy "health care" plan by supporting MoveOn's work to win over senators who are still on the fence.

For more details on what MoveOn is doing and why your support matters so much, please see my message from earlier this week, below:


Dear MoveOn member,

After multiple failed attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, my Republican colleagues in the Senate are trying one last-ditch, desperate effort to take away health care access from tens of millions of Americans.

Here's the truth: This bill, the Graham-Cassidy plan, is an even more damaging draft of Trumpcare than the ones before. Republicans know that it can't pass in the Senate under normal circumstances, so they're putting fast-track efforts into play.

They have until September 30 to pass this bill without the 60 votes they'd normally need, and because they know this plan is so harmful and is already incredibly unpopular, they are recklessly rushing to a vote in less than two weeks. They're not even letting the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office give a comprehensive score of the bill—including an estimate of how many millions of people would lose health care if this moral atrocity passes.

We need to stop this bill from passing, so that's why I'm asking you to support MoveOn's emergency campaign to defeat it. Your donation will pay for rapid-response ads and grassroots organizing to stop this bill now— before it's too late.

Will you pitch in $3 to support MoveOn's campaign against the Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare bill? Click here.

Here's what MoveOn is working on, and needs your help to expand:

  • Keeping the phones ringing off the hook. They are actively driving calls over email and using advanced analytics and phone technology to empower volunteer teams to call and send text messages to millions of folks who are represented by Republican senators.
  • Protesting on Capitol Hill and across the country to show the intensity of opposition to this bill. Just yesterday, MoveOn organized an emergency rally outside the Capitol that I and a dozen other senators attended—and now they are rolling out actions with allies all around the U.S. over the next 10 days.
  • Running ads in targeted states that expose the horrific cost of repealing the Affordable Care Act.
  • Making grants to local organizers in key states to aid emergency organizing efforts.

Can you donate $3 now to make sure that MoveOn has the resources to fight and defeat the latest—and scariest—GOP plan to repeal health care?

For many Americans, this legislation could mean the difference between life and death. The Graham-Cassidy bill not only rolls back protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, but also includes devastating cuts to Medicaid, dramatic cost increases for seniors and people with disabilities, and many other awful provisions.

If we don't act right now to stop Republicans from rushing this bill into law by September 30, millions of Americans will lose their health insurance.

Eddie, I need you to step up and join us in this fight now. Can I count on you to chip in to fund MoveOn's critical rapid-response work today?

Click here to contribute $3, or whatever you can afford, to help MoveOn defeat Trumpcare.

I believe that we can defeat this bill—once and for all. But we can only succeed if all of us work together.

Thanks for all you do.

–Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

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 towards 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 MoveOn?

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


Friday, September 22, 2017

Sign the petition re: Cassidy-Graham repeal proposal

Will you sign and share the petition urging senators to defeat the newest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act?

Add your name: Save health care for 2,212,000 people in New York

The Cassidy-Graham bill is the newest version of Trumpcare that will take away health care from millions of Americans. We, the people of New York, urge our senators to defeat all efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Dear New York MoveOn member,

I'm a retired physician who believes that we need to save lives by passing Medicare for All—the only health care bill that will help all Americans achieve access to health care.

But until that day comes, we must defeat every attempt to make our health care worse—like the newest version of Trumpcare, the deadly Cassidy-Graham proposal in the Senate.

Because of massive grassroots pressure, Sen. McCain just announced that he is against the Cassidy-Graham proposal. But this bill is not dead yet—Republicans need only a few more votes to pass it.1

We must take action NOW—the Senate is planning to vote on this proposal next week and the outcome is still uncertain. Click here to sign my petition.

If the Cassidy-Graham bill is passed, 2,212,000 people are estimated to lose insurance in New York alone—11.20% of the state's total estimated population.2,3

We must defeat this bill so that the Affordable Care Act can remain in place to save lives until we, the people, convince our representatives to pass Medicare for All.

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

Thanks!

–Michael Rushnak

Sources:

1. "McCain Comes Out Against GOP Health Care Bill," NBC, September 22, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/16057?t=18&akid=190297%2E10220574%2EOl1mYc

2. "Coverage Losses by State Under the Graham-Cassidy Bill to Repeal the ACA," Center for America Progress, September 20, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/14769?t=20&akid=190297%2E10220574%2EOl1mYc

3. "State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016," United States Census Bureau, Accessed September 21, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/14770?t=22&akid=190297%2E10220574%2EOl1mYc

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 September 22nd, 2017. To change your email address or update your contact info, click here. To remove yourself from this list, click here.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Stop this moral atrocity

After multiple failed attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, my Republican colleagues in the Senate are trying one last-ditch, desperate effort to take away health care access from tens of millions of Americans.

Dear MoveOn member,

After multiple failed attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, my Republican colleagues in the Senate are trying one last-ditch, desperate effort to take away health care access from tens of millions of Americans.

Here's the truth: This bill, the Graham-Cassidy plan, is an even more damaging draft of Trumpcare than the ones before. Republicans know that it can't pass in the Senate under normal circumstances, so they're putting fast-track efforts into play.

They have until September 30 to pass this bill without the 60 votes they'd normally need, and because they know this plan is so harmful and is already incredibly unpopular, they are recklessly rushing to a vote in less than two weeks. They're not even letting the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office give a comprehensive score of the bill—including an estimate of how many millions of people would lose health care if this moral atrocity passes.

We need to stop this bill from passing, so that's why I'm asking you to support MoveOn's emergency campaign to defeat it. Your donation will pay for rapid-response ads and grassroots organizing to stop this bill now— before it's too late.

Will you pitch in $3 to support MoveOn's campaign against the Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare bill? Click here.

Here's what MoveOn is working on, and needs your help to expand:

  • Keeping the phones ringing off the hook. They are actively driving calls over email and using advanced analytics and phone technology to empower volunteer teams to call and send text messages to millions of folks who are represented by Republican senators.
  • Protesting on Capitol Hill and across the country to show the intensity of opposition to this bill. Just yesterday, MoveOn organized an emergency rally outside the Capitol that I and a dozen other senators attended—and now they are rolling out actions with allies all around the U.S. over the next 10 days.
  • Running ads in targeted states that expose the horrific cost of repealing the Affordable Care Act.
  • Making grants to local organizers in key states to aid emergency organizing efforts.

Can you donate $3 now to make sure that MoveOn has the resources to fight and defeat the latest—and scariest—GOP plan to repeal health care?

For many Americans, this legislation could mean the difference between life and death. The Graham-Cassidy bill not only rolls back protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, but also includes devastating cuts to Medicaid, dramatic cost increases for seniors and people with disabilities, and many other awful provisions.

If we don't act right now to stop Republicans from rushing this bill into law by September 30, millions of Americans will lose their health insurance.

Eddie, I need you to step up and join us in this fight now. Can I count on you to chip in to fund MoveOn's critical rapid-response work today?

Click here to contribute $3, or whatever you can afford, to help MoveOn defeat Trumpcare.

I believe that we can defeat this bill—once and for all. But we can only succeed if all of us work together.

Thanks for all you do.

–Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

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 towards 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 MoveOn?

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


Monday, September 18, 2017

The progressive movement just gained 1,000 new dedicated organizers.

1,000 people from all walks of life. Teenagers to retirees. From all 50 states. 40% are people of color. Over 70% are women. All took part in a 12-week organizing training and action program, learning how to be organizers and mobilizing to defend the Affordable Care Act, protect young immigrants from deportation, and hold members of Congress accountable.

Dear MoveOn member,

1,000 people from all walks of life. Teenagers to retirees. From all 50 states. 40% are people of color. Over 70% are women. All took part in a 12-week organizing training and action program, learning how to be organizers and mobilizing to defend the Affordable Care Act, protect young immigrants from deportation, and hold members of Congress accountable.

Resistance Summer was awesome.

A refresher: Resistance Summer has been our summer-long training program, with 1,000 MoveOn members in all 50 states learning how to organize and mobilize their communities to stand up and take action for progressive values.

These MoveOn Mobilizers just graduated and are ready to continue to organize for justice in their local communities, through the months and elections ahead.

The goal of Resistance Summer was both to win concrete victories this summer and increase the capacity of the Resistance for the long haul, looking beyond the short term (though resisting Trump in the here and now is paramount) to winning a redistribution of power within our communities in the long term.

Here's some of what we accomplished. We:

  • Helped save health care for tens of millions of Americans by stopping Trumpcare so far (though we know that the fight continues today), with over 490 high-impact neighborhood canvassing events against Trumpcare and for Medicare for All.
  • Trained 1,000 people from every state in the nuts and bolts of organizing, with trainings that covered everything from storytelling, to campaign strategy, to mapping power and privilege in their organizing spaces.
  • Organized over 1,450 events, led or supported by this cohort of 1,000 MoveOn Mobilizers, from Alaska, to Maine, to Arizona, to Florida.
  • Built community, with dozens of organizing cohorts teaming up regionally to meet and plan their actions.
  • Organized, in over 230 congressional districts, events around Congress members' town halls, or speak-outs during the congressional recess where members of Congress weren't hosting their own events. Many Mobilizers quickly organized vigils in the wake of the Charlottesville, Virginia attack, and put pressure on lawmakers to stand up to white supremacy by organizing events and making phone calls.

Now, we're going to keep building their organizing muscles with a new opportunity to take action where they live—this October, MoveOn members like you are organizing events at congressional offices nationwide to demand accountability from their elected officials. And we need your help to pull it off.

Building on this success is a long-term project, and we need your ongoing support to be able to devote some of our resources to building long-term results like these.

Can you chip in $5 a month to help us build more programs like Resistance Summer?

Yes, I'll chip in monthly.

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

Our organizers held events in almost every corner of the U.S.:

But it's the stories we remember.

There were the organizers in Philadelphia who made their cookout a community Iftar near the end of Ramadan, with over 100 people — Muslim and non-Muslim —coming together in a show of solidarity with the local Muslim community.

And the organizers who canvassed Marco Rubio's neighborhood and found that most of his neighbors support Medicare for All and didn't know why their senator and neighbor didn't support it as well.

And the organizers in North Carolina who couldn't get their senator, Thom Tillis, to agree to an open, in-person town hall, so they held a "Missing: Senator Thom Tillis" event outside of his office instead, demanding that he answer questions on how he’d work to actively confront white supremacy after the events in Charlottesville.

We want to do more of this—much more. But we need your help.

Can you chip in $5 a month to help MoveOn continue to build and sustain programs like Resistance Summer?

Yes, I'll chip in monthly.

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

Resistance Summer has helped change the world — our organizers are part of why millions of Americans haven’t had their health care cut for now, and why Medicare for All is on the lips of millions — and it’s definitely changed lives. Take it from the Resistance Summer alumni themselves:

"I entered this program feeling hopeless, frustrated, and afraid. I feel like now I am stronger because I realized there are ways we can change the world and keep America great. Solid, concrete actions are available, and I can help make them happen. So while I am still concerned about where our country is headed, I now feel like I have a chance to do something about it." –Judy D., Newark, DE

"This program has given me the courage and confidence to keep going, keep organizing and mobilizing, and keep resisting." –Melissa O., Willow Grove, PA

"Thank you for the training and experiences I've received this summer. I plan to keep moving on with my activism more confidently now that I’ve been through your training.." –Desiree M., Miami, FL

"I am more aware of what is coming out of Washington, how it affects me, and what I can try to do about it. I don't have to just accept it." –Jean C., Kirtland, OH

Or if the stories don’t do it for you, just look at some of these pictures from the summer:

The progressive movement now has a 1,000-member-strong resource that it didn’t have three months ago. We're highlighting the efforts of just a small slice of organizers, but expect to see big things from all of these new organizers in the months and years to come.

But perhaps even more importantly: We’re just getting started on training MoveOn members to organize where they live—and Resistance Summer is an exciting first chapter, not the whole story.

Because, as we said when we introduced Resistance Summer, we know that this work — and organizing in general — is a marathon. And the challenges ahead this year and moving forward—from defending Dreamers, to standing against the Muslim ban, to demanding environmental and climate justice for hurricane survivors, to shutting down a rush toward war in the Korean peninsula—are going to require sustainability.

Let this Resistance Summer be the start of something really and truly new in organizing, beyond a single season of activity.

Please chip in $5 a month to help us think long-term—and dare to begin thinking of Resistance Years, beyond a single Resistance Summer.

Or, if you can't chip in monthly, cick here.

Thanks for all you do.

—Victoria, Lisa, Chris, Kate, Brian, Katie, Jayne, Cait, Marie, Jadzia, Henry, Matt, Jayne, Amy, Josh, and the rest of the MoveOn Resistance Summer team

P.S. Throughout the summer, organizers shared some of their favorite stories of events with us—like the People's Town Hall that made cardboard cutouts of their absentee representatives and senators in the "Where's Waldo?" outfit to "answer" questions from frustrated voters. Or the tiny conservative town where Mobilizers realized that virtually all of their neighbors support Medicare for All.

We've collected a few of those stories, alongside photos and videos from the summer, into a single webpage, at HowWeSpentOurSummerVacation.com. Click here to see some of the best moments from the summer. Here are a few additional snippets to whet your appetite:

"I am MUCH more comfortable being active and therefore, more likely to continue doing so even without the Resistance Summer structure under me. For instance, I quickly organized an event yesterday in response to the administration's decision on DACA; it would never have entered my mind before to do that, and I wouldn't have had a clue how to publicize it."–Melissa F., Long Lake, MN

"I don't know if Resistance Summer changed me, so much as allowed me to access parts of myself that were dormant since the election or that I did not engage with because of my day job, personal life, and feeling of being paralyzed into inaction. It gave me the boost I needed to get back into THE WORK." –Jessica S., Silver Spring, MD

"We need to get offline, come together, and continue listening to each other face-to-face. I enjoyed the face-to-face contact and listening to other Idahoans. It is up to us to continue fighting for our kids—and I will take what I learned this summer and keep going full force." –Megan G., Boise, ID

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