Sunday, May 1, 2016

MoveOn under attack

Donald Trump backers are flooding MoveOn with hate mail and threats. We're beefing up our security to keep our staff and systems safe.

Dear MoveOn member,

My name is Ann Lewis, and I'm the Chief Technology Officer at MoveOn. I'm writing because MoveOn is under attack by Donald Trump, and we need your help.

Here's the situation: Over the past few months, as Donald Trump has campaigned from city to city, MoveOn members have turned out for peaceful demonstrations against his carnival of hate.

In response, Trump attacked us in the media, calling MoveOn members "not a good group of people," while his media surrogates explicitly blamed MoveOn for violence he incited at his rallies.1,2

That's when things started getting ugly. We've been flooded with hate mail, spam, and personal threats to our staff and online security.

As a result, we're conducting a top-to-bottom security audit to secure our systems in advance of the general election. We won't back down from Trump, but we need to be prepared. Will you chip in $3?

Yes, I'll chip in to help MoveOn stand up to Donald Trump and his threats.

Over the years, MoveOn has gone head to head against everyone from Dick Cheney to Sarah Palin to the Koch brothers. But what we’re seeing from Trump and his supporters is something different—and scary.

We've all seen the videos of Trump supporters punching and shoving protestors—as well as Trump's explicit statements encouraging violence. What the public doesn't see is the avalanche of threats that come in through email and social media. It's more hate mail of a more vicious nature than we received even when we took on the NRA or helped take down the Confederate Flag. It's frightening.

The Trump strategy is clear: He picks a target, demonizes them, and then tries to bully them into silence. It's what he's done to Muslims, women, immigrants, reporters, people with disabilities—and now, he's trying to do it to MoveOn.

But we won’t back down.

Click here to chip in and help stand up to Donald Trump and his threats.

MoveOn has already begun taking on Trump's hate directly by providing support for peaceful protesters outside his rallies, by exposing how Trump incites violence, and by joining with leaders of civil rights, economic justice, women's rights, labor, immigrant rights, environmental, veterans, and community organizations to launch a major initiative to stand up to Trump's hate.

But this is going to be one of the hardest-fought elections we've ever seen. It's also one of the most important: a fight for the heart and soul of America.

Will you chip in $3 to help provide the resources to ensure the security of our staff and systems we need to take on this fight and keep our staff and systems safe?

Yes, I'll chip in.

Thanks for all you do.

–Ann Lewis, MoveOn Chief Technology Officer

Sources:

1. Tweet by Fox News, March 11, 2016 
https://act.moveon.org/go/2083?t=17&akid=164669.10220574.Gte0xW

2. "Right-Wing Media Baselessly Accuse MoveOn.Org Of Inciting Violence At Trump Rally," Media Matters for America, March 15, 2016 
http://act.moveon.org/go/2780?t=19&akid=164669.10220574.Gte0xW

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Add your name: I stand with Target vs. discrimination

Target is under attack for standing up for transgender rights. Can you add your name to stand with Target in its fair treatment of all of our citizens?

Dear MoveOn member,

The American Family Association, an ultra-right-wing hate group, is attacking Target for adopting a non-discriminatory bathroom policy that keeps transgender customers safe from harassment. More than half a million people have pledged to boycott Target until Target repeals this much-needed policy.1 We must speak louder than this hate. Can you join me in pledging to stand with Target in support of transgender rights? Click here to sign the petition, which says:

I pledge to support Target and any other business that stands up for transgender rights and accommodates transgender people in their restroom use.

Target recently posted on its blog, "We welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity... Everyone deserves to feel like they belong."2

We need to stand up for transgender people and stand up for those who support transgender people. The AFA pledge to boycott Target currently has over 600,000 signatures. Let us show Target that we stand with them for fair treatment of all of our citizens.

As the late Senator Paul Wellstone said, "we all do better when we all do better."

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

Thanks!

—Douglas Miller

Sources:

1. "The Target boycott is spiraling out of control," Business Insider, April 26, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3416?t=5&akid=164620.10220574.wOuGjX

2. "Target: Customers welcome in fitting rooms, bathrooms corresponding with 'gender identity,'" The Washington Post, April 20, 2016
https://act.moveon.org/go/3417?t=7&akid=164620.10220574.wOuGjX

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mickey Mouse-shaped solar farm

Even Disney World is going solar. Find out why solar is the fastest-growing energy source in the U.S. and could work well for you.

Dear MoveOn member,

Solar power is so mainstream that last week a giant Mickey Mouse-shaped solar farm starting powering Walt Disney World.1

It's near Epcot Center, and the plant produces enough energy to power 1,000 homes.

Surprised Disney World is going solar? You shouldn't be, because solar is the fastest-growing energy source in America, and it's now cost competitive with fossil fuels in many places across the country.2

If you've ever considered going solar, we want to help. MoveOn has partnered with an innovative solar company, Sungevity, that makes going solar easy for homeowners.

Here's how it works: If you sign up for information, Sungevity will call you and walk you through the options, based on satellite mapping of your home and information about your energy use. They handle all of the details and have different financing options, including 0% down.

Click here now to connect to Sungevity and see if solar panels are right for your home. If you make the switch via MoveOn, Sungevity will give you a $750 discount on your solar system.

Sungevity designs, installs, helps finance, and manages solar systems. They help figure out a way for your family to go solar, reduce your impact on the environment, and quite possibly save money at the same time.

And by going solar with Sungevity, you'd also support MoveOn's campaigns for clean energy and to fight climate change, because Sungevity would put $750 into our campaign work. Sungevity is a company that gives back. They've raised more than $1.5 million to support their nonprofit partners, which now include MoveOn.3

Learn more today about going solar. Sungevity will give you a $750 discount on your solar system if you switch via MoveOn.

Thanks for all you do.

—Emily, Tzyh, Robert, Bobby, and the rest of the team


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Sources:

1. “Disney's new solar farm is not-so-hidden Mickey,” Orlando Sentinel, April 12, 2016
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/brinkmann-on-business/os-disney-duke-solar-20160412-story.html

2. “US Solar Market Set to Grow 119% in 2016, Installations to Reach 16 GW,” Solar Energy Industries Association, March 9, 2016
http://www.seia.org/news/us-solar-market-set-grow-119-2016-installations-reach-16-gw

3. “Power in the palm of your hand,” Sungevity.com, accessed April 12, 2016
http://www.sungevity.com/sungevity-solar-company

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Imagine Bernie winning tonight (then help make it happen!)

Bernie is authentic. He's the same person today that he's been his whole life

MoveOn for Bernie

Dear MoveOn member,

Bernie Sanders awakened something powerful in me—and the political revolution sweeping the country shows I’m not the only one. That’s why I’m doing everything I can to make sure Bernie wins in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island, and Connecticut in today's Democratic primaries. Will you join me? Click here to make calls to voters in these states today.

Bernie is authentic. He’s the same person today that he’s been his whole life, fighting for the little guy from Brooklyn to Burlington to the halls of the U.S. Senate. Bernie is against fracking, a dangerous practice that could devastate communities like the one where I live in upstate New York. Bernie is out on the picket line with workers fighting for their rights. Did you see him out there standing with striking Verizon workers last week? Incredible.

Bernie keeps defying the odds and upending the establishment—and if we all play our role, this political revolution will only keep getting bigger.

Will you join me in talking to voters in today's primary states by making calls from your home right now?

There’s a crisis in the American political system, and too many people have given up.  But giving up is exactly what the bad guys want us to do.

Instead, with Bernie we’re waging a powerful movement, showing it’s possible to take care of each other, and for politicians and government and all of us to have a role. If we all do our part, we can carry the load together. That’s how we make change today.

Let’s prove the insiders wrong this week and show that we haven’t given up on our political system. Because it’s not about Bernie or me, it’s about us.

In solidarity,

—Mark Ruffalo
 
Bernie Sanders and Mark Ruffalo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Demand that the Treasury Department protect retiree pensions

Pensions are under attack: Hundreds of thousands of retirees may lose up to 70% of their pensions. Call on the U.S. Treasury Department to protect—not cut—workers' pensions.

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Joellen Leavelle of the organization Pension Rights Center, and I started a petition to the U.S. Treasury Department, which says:

Please reject the Central States Pension Fund's application to cut retiree pensions. If allowed, these pension cuts would be catastrophic to individuals and their families, and could lead to cuts in other severely underfunded multiemployer pension plans—affecting more than a million people. These retirees fear they will lose their homes, won't be able to pay for medicine, and won't be able to support their families.

The requested cuts, allowed by the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014, are extreme, ill-conceived, and won't solve the problems faced by Central States and other severely underfunded multiemployer plans. We call on the Treasury Department to reject the application and to work with Congress toward a bipartisan solution to fix underfunded multiemployer plans while preserving pension promises to workers, retirees, and their families.

Late last year, Central States Pension Fund retirees, widows, and spouses were notified that their hard-earned pensions might be slashed by as much as 70%.1

These proposed cuts are made possible by the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014, a law that torpedoes 40 years of established federal private pension law and could ultimately impact millions of American workers and their families.2

Between now and May 7, the Treasury Department is expected to rule on Central States' dangerous proposal. Please stand with retired truck drivers, dock workers, office workers, spouses, widows and others who could be affected by the law by urging the Treasury Department to reject the unfair and ill-conceived cuts proposed by the Central States Pension Fund.

If these pension cuts are approved, hundreds of thousands of lives will be affected, setting a dangerous precedent for future cuts in other multiemployer plans, which would affect more than a million people.

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

Thanks!

—Joellen Leavelle, Pension Rights Center

Sources:

1. "Retired truckers protest potential pension cuts on Capitol Hill," Cleveland.com, April 14, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3284?t=4&akid=164449.10220574.Sa0K52

2. "Retirees Rally at the Capitol, Protesting Pension Cuts," The New York Times, April 14, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3285?t=6&akid=164449.10220574.Sa0K52

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Friday, April 22, 2016

He's one of us

Bernie Sanders is my choice, because he's the only candidate who has called for a national fracking ban.

MoveOn for Bernie

Dear MoveOn member,

The climate change and anti-fracking movement's have only one choice in this election: Bernie Sanders. 

For the past eight years, I’ve been part of a growing movement of “fractivists” across the nation who are engaging in the political revolution that Bernie talks about. We’ve been taking action because families who live near fracking wells are suffering from contaminated water, skin and respiratory problems, and, in some cases, seeing tap water that actually catches on fire. 

We know that fracked gas is the worst possible fuel that we can develop for the climate, rivaling even dirty coal in greenhouse gas emissions. We’ve been taking to the streets and refusing to back down, because we know that the future of our planet is at stake. 

Bernie exemplifies our movement’s values of telling the truth and sticking with the science, and he is not beholden to the corporate interests that try to silence those who speak out. Bernie Sanders is my choice, because she's the only candidate who has called for a national fracking ban, he has correctly identified climate change as the biggest national security threat to the United State's, and he doesn't have a Super PAC. In other words, he is one of us.

Bernie's campaign has set a huge goal of making 3.5 million calls to voters before next Tuesday, when voters in five more states go to the polls. Will you sign up to call voters for Bernie this weekend so that we can elect a president who will take on climate change and ban fracking?

The climate change and anti-fracking movements could be the difference in this election. It’s on us, and now we’ve got to get out there and do everything we can to make sure that Bernie wins the Democratic nomination and presidency.

For so long, we’ve been been crying out for a political leader with a chance of winning the presidency to say the kinds of things that Bernie is saying on the national stage—so now it’s our turn to get behind him.

Sign up to call voters for Bernie this weekend as we head into critical primary elections in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

Whether this will be your first call or your 500th, please join me in signing up to help Bernie meet his goal of 3.5 million calls to voters this weekend. We've seen what's possible when we join together in actions big and small, and this is our moment to make it happen!

Thank you,

—Josh Fox
Anti-fracking activist, director of Gasland and the new film How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can't Change

Josh Fox

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Big news on marijuana

The Drug Enforcement Agency will soon consider whether to reclassify marijuana and remove it from the Schedule 1 list. Tell the DEA to decriminalize marijuana and open it to medicinal research.

Dear MoveOn member,

The Drug Enforcement Administration just announced that they'll soon consider whether to reclassify marijuana and remove it from its Schedule 1 "dangerous drugs" category.1 Will you join me in calling to decriminalize marijuana? Click here to sign the petition to President Barack Obama, which says:

If the DEA doesn't act, issue an Executive Order to remove the Schedule 1 classification from marijuana and decriminalize this natural herb.

There are well over 100 scientific studies showing definitive benefits of medical marijuana pertaining to pain management, sleep management, anger management, anxiety disorders, seizures, cancer, and other ailments.2

Decriminalizing marijuana is the right thing to do, and it is necessary to do. We must end the destruction of hundreds of thousands of young lives by criminalizing them for possessing a harmless, natural substance.

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

Thanks!

—Eric Bruce Eichbauer

Sources:

1. "DEA Plans To Decide Whether To Reschedule Marijuana By Mid-Year," The Huffington Post, April 5, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/2991?t=5&akid=164332.10220574.vu4COo

2. "Emerging Clinical Applications For Cannabis and Cannabinoids: A Review of the Recent Scientific Literature," NORML, accessed April 18, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3055?t=7&akid=164332.10220574.vu4COo

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