Friday, March 22, 2019

Robert Mueller's report is finished. What's next?

This is it: Robert Mueller has just submitted his report on Donald Trump's potential collusion and obstruction of justice.

Dear MoveOn member,

This is it: Robert Mueller has just submitted his report on Donald Trump's potential collusion and obstruction of justice. His official findings have been sent to Trump's Attorney General William Barr, and it is now up to Barr to decide if the report will be made public.

Attorney General William Barr must make Mueller's report public. It's that simple. And if Barr attempts to conceal it, we must take to the streets.

This is a defining moment of our time. MoveOn has been preparing for this for months—and now, it is time to act.

Eddie, can you rush a contribution of $3 right now to help power the emergency work needed to build public pressure to ensure the Mueller report is released to the public?

This is one of the rare things that virtually all Americans agree on: 9 in 10 Americans want Mueller's report to be public, including a whopping 80% in Trump's own party, according to a poll released Wednesday.1

Barr owes it to the American people. But during his confirmation hearings last year, he refused to commit to releasing the report.2

That is why we have been preparing to go big and demand that the report is made public—and that appropriate action is taken to respond to the findings. Here is what we are ready to do, starting right now:

  • Launch a massive push to call on Attorney General William Barr to release the report by pushing out digital ads, asking MoveOn members to pledge to act if Barr refuses to release the report, working with our allies to build a groundswell of public pressure on Barr, and calling on Congress to do everything in their power to prevent a cover-up and compel full transparency from Barr.
  • Prepare to activate the Trump is Not Above the Law rapid response network if Barr refuses to make the report public. Over half a million MoveOn members and allies have signed up to attend rapid response events across the country. If word comes that Barr will not release the report, we'll organize events and flood the streets within hours.
  • Demand that Congress continue their investigation into Trump's wrongdoing, including subpoenaing key figures to the Judiciary and Intelligence committees of the House, examining conflicts of interest in his tax returns, and launching impeachment proceedings.

This is the moment to pull out all the stops. Please click here to chip in $3 right now to make sure we can move full speed ahead on these tactics right now.

Since the launch of the Mueller investigation two years ago there have been 199 criminal charges, 37 indictments or guilty pleas, and five prison sentences for individuals directly connected with Trump and his campaign.3

And yet through it all Donald Trump has called it a "witch hunt." Why? Because he is terrified. He is terrified of what is in this report. He is terrified that his crimes will come to light.

And today, as he hides out at Mar-a-Lago, he is surely more terrified than ever before. Which means he is more likely than ever before to do everything in his power to try and keep this report from the public, discredit its findings, and further consolidate his power.

This moment will test our democracy, and we are ready to meet it. Throughout the past two years, Trump has threatened over and over to shut down the investigation, but due in part to grassroots pressure from MoveOn members and our allies, he failed to stop Robert Mueller from completing his work.

That is what people-power looks like, and we are ready to flex our muscles again to defend our democracy and hold Trump accountable for his actions.

We do not have a moment to waste. Click here right now to rush an emergency contribution of $3.

Thanks for all you do.

–David, Kate, Kelly, Thad, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Poll: 87% say Mueller report should be made public," CNN, March 20, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/64081?t=5&akid=229898%2E10220574%2Ebt3iX2

2. "Trump won't commit to releasing Mueller report, says decision is up to AG," CNN, February 4, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/64083?t=7&akid=229898%2E10220574%2Ebt3iX2

3. Tweet by Common Cause, March 22, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/64082?t=9&akid=229898%2E10220574%2Ebt3iX2

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Sign the petition: Don't deport Liberian refugees

Thousands of Liberians are facing deportation on March 31 unless we stand up for them.

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

Liberians were granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in 1990 during the 14-year civil war in Liberia. Many have been in the United States since then—raising their children here, working, attending school, and more. There are many who came here as young children and have not returned to Liberia in 30 years. 

But now the Trump administration has decided to end the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status for Liberians. Thousands of Liberians are facing deportation on March 31 unless we stand up for them.

Extend the Deferred Enforced Departure status for Liberians and allow them to continue their lives in this country. 

After a 14-year civil war and an epidemic of Ebola virus, Liberia faces extreme poverty with a troubled health care system and very limited employment opportunities. These Liberians residing in America will be forced to return to a country without the infrastructure to sustain them.1 

Congress must pass H.R.6 to ensure the extension of status of Liberians, and the Trump administration should support extending the status of the Liberians to prevent deportation.

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

Thanks!

–Wala Blegay

Source:

1. "'I was raised an American': Liberians await possible deportation from US," The Guardian, March 19, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/64028?t=9&akid=229890%2E10220574%2E6XkAUT

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

BREAKING: Trump just attacked MoveOn

Being singled out by Trump's campaign, Fox News, and the RNC has serious consequences—and already, the right-wing attacks are starting to snowball.

Dear MoveOn member,

Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee just directly attacked MoveOn on Twitter.1,2 And on Fox News, Donald Trump's 2020 campaign press secretary called us "despicable."3

The last time Trump called us out by name, MoveOn staff got hundreds of threats via email, phone, mail, and social media. We urgently need to rally together to beef up our internal security, while we double down on our work to stand up to Trump, Fox News, the RNC, and the right-wing media ecosystem that amplifies hate, lies, and attacks. Will you chip in $3?

Yes, I'll chip in now to help MoveOn stand up to Trump and his supporters and keep fighting without missing a beat.

Trump's campaign is attacking us for calling on the Democratic presidential candidates to skip this year's AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) conference—an event that will feature Benjamin Netanyahu, the corrupt, right-wing prime minister of Israel; a right-wing lobbying organization that champions him; and Mike Pence.

In 2015, while Barack Obama and MoveOn members joined forces to pass the historic Iran nuclear deal, Netanyahu gave a speech in front of Congress trying to get them to reject it. AIPAC also played a hand in spending tens of millions of dollars to block the deal. Netanyahu and AIPAC tried to exploit partisan politics in America to undermine Obama's historic Iran deal, but together, with President Obama, we successfully defended a diplomatic agreement that helped keep the U.S. off a path to war with Iran. (Trump has since tried to eviscerate the agreement while our allies in Europe are working hard to save it.)

And it's not just the Iran deal: AIPAC has become a hard-right, highly partisan organization that provides a platform for Islamophobic rhetoric while refusing to condemn blatant anti-Semitism from Donald Trump and Republican politicians.

Over 74% of MoveOn members who took our recent poll agreed that any progressive candidate vying to be the Democratic nominee for president should skip the AIPAC conference. The conference, you guessed it, seeks to shred the historic Iran nuclear diplomatic deal we fought so hard for—and to deny the basic human rights of Palestinians.

And Democratic candidates are listening. Just today, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O'Rourke, Julián Castro, and Pete Buttigieg, as of this writing, have all said they won't attend the AIPAC conference—which may be in part why Trump's attack dogs and other right-wing groups are going on the offense against MoveOn.

Our campaigning is striking a nerve. We can't back down now.

We must not let Trump and Netanyahu once again exploit partisan politics to sow hate, racism, xenophobia, and discord across the world. Please chip in $3 now and join the fight.

We have stood up to Trump and his bullying for two and a half years, and we will never back down or remain silent. But being singled out by Trump's campaign, Fox News, and the RNC has serious consequences—and already, the right-wing attacks are starting to snowball.

This is a breakthrough moment to change the power dynamics in Washington around how we support peace, diplomacy, and human rights, rather than AIPAC and its right-wing backers—which is why we need to keep pushing Democrats to skip the conference. It's also why we must fight back against the torrent of right-wing attacks, including from Trump's campaign.

Can you rush an emergency donation of $3 now so we can withstand these attacks and leverage the momentum of this moment to stand strong? Please click here now.

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Ilya, Iram, Emily, and the rest of the team 

Sources:

1. Tweet by Official Team Trump, March 21, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/64047?t=5&akid=229818%2E10220574%2EKjyQZY

2. Tweet by GOP, March 21, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/64048?t=7&akid=229818%2E10220574%2EKjyQZY

3. Trump Campaign 2020 National Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Fox News, March 21, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/64047?t=9&akid=229818%2E10220574%2EKjyQZY


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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

How we solve the Senate

Mitch McConnell just got some very, very bad news. The House of Representatives just passed H.R.1, the most sweeping campaign finance and ethics reform bill in a generation—which would be a major blow to Mitch and his legion of dark-money donors and lobbyists.

Dear MoveOn member,

Mitch McConnell just got some very, very bad news. The House of Representatives just passed H.R.1, the most sweeping campaign finance and ethics reform bill in a generation—which would be a major blow to Mitch and his legion of dark-money donors and lobbyists.

But the House passing this bill isn't even the worst of it for Mitch. The really bad news for him is that H.R.1 is wildly popular with voters.

That means that he has to make a choice that's sure to cause pain to him or his Republican caucus: allow this bill to come to a vote, risking his control of Washington, D.C., or face the wrath of voters.

And guess who's up for re-election in 2020? Mitch McConnell.

I'm introducing H.R.1 in the Senate because it's exactly what we need to fix Congress. MoveOn is joining me in the fight by helping to mobilize grassroots pressure demanding that McConnell allow a vote. And if he doesn't, they'll hold him and his fellow Republicans accountable in 2020. Will you join us and chip in $5 a month to help MoveOn stay in this fight for as long as it takes to win?

Yes, I'm with you, Jeff. I'll chip in monthly to MoveOn to stand up to Mitch McConnell, pass H.R.1, and hold Republicans accountable if they block a vote.

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

Every issue you care about: health care, military spending, climate change, you name it ... The solutions we need never get off the ground in Washington.

The House has already passed sweeping and historic reforms for democracy and voting rights and against Big Money. It approved bills to limit gun violence, and it is on its way to pass the Dream Act and take major steps to expand health care and combat climate change. But none of these critical bills will move in the Senate.

The reason why is that our democracy has been corrupted. Lobbyists, Super PACs, and big corporations control our elections, decide who runs, and have a huge impact on who wins. Then, politicians come to Washington and reward the corporate special interests that put them in power.

H.R.1 would end all that. This groundbreaking bill would

  • reject Citizens United and empower grassroots donors,
  • end partisan gerrymandering,
  • make Election Day a national holiday and voter registration automatic,
  • require paper ballots and expand vote-by-mail,
  • force dark-money groups to release their donors' names,
  • end the lobbyist revolving door between K Street and Capitol Hill, and do much, much more.

Sounds great, right? It does to you and me, but not to McConnell. Senator McConnell will not give up power willingly. Voters must take it from him.

That's why we need MoveOn's grassroots support to force a vote on H.R.1 in the Senate—or else hold accountable McConnell and other Republican senators standing in our way.

When I decided to run for re-election to the U.S. Senate rather than run for president, it was to commit to this fight to fix the Senate and solve the democracy crisis. If you're ready to join me in this fight, will you become a MoveOn monthly donor today?

Yes, I'll chip in monthly to MoveOn to stand up to Mitch McConnell, pass H.R.1, and hold Republicans accountable if they block a vote.

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

Thanks for all you do.

–Senator Jeff Merkley

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Yes, I'll chip in $5 a month.

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Monday, March 18, 2019

What do you think? (AIPAC and 2020 candidates)

We're curious to know what you think about Democratic candidates for president attending the AIPAC conference.

Dear MoveOn member,

The 2020 Democratic presidential primary is well underway, and the candidates vying to be the next Democratic nominee will be making some serious decisions between now and the convention in July 2020.

In those moments, it's important to have our voices heard so that candidates know where MoveOn members stand. And, as candidates may be considering whether to attend the AIPAC conference this week, this is one of those moments.

AIPAC is a lobbying group. And over the years, AIPAC has become increasingly partisan and actively worked to hinder diplomatic efforts by Democrats including the Iran nuclear deal, undermine Palestinian self-determination, and invite some of the most hawkish speakers and those actively involved in human rights violations to its stage.

Here are a few examples: 

  1. AIPAC spent tens millions of dollars in 2015 to defeat the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by President Obama along with our European and international allies. It was a historic diplomatic agreement that Trump has tried to derail since taking office.1 

  2. This year's AIPAC conference is headlined by Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, under whose leadership, according to the U.N., Israel may have committed war crimes in attacks on Gaza.2 Netanyahu has also been indicted on bribery and fraud charges,3 and he recently made a deal to bring the "Israeli KKK" ultra-racist party into the next government.4  

  3. In 2016, while Trump was running a racist, xenophobia, and anti-Muslim campaign, he was given standing ovations by the conference attendees.  

  4. AIPAC has also been known to peddle anti-Muslim and anti-Arab rhetoric while giving platforms to Islamophobes.5

  5. AIPAC has refused to condemn the anti-Semitism of Republicans, such as Trump's friend and adviser Steve Bannon. Bannon's wife reported that he had their kids removed from a school because of "the number of Jews that attend" and that "he didn't want the girls going to school with Jews."6 While many groups condemned Bannon, Politico reported that AIPAC "declined to weigh in."7 

Considering all of this, this year could be the year to make a difference and ensure Democratic presidential candidates don't feel the need to pander to an organization that has clearly shown it does not hold progressive values.

The survey below isn't a formal vote; it's just a way to get a sense of what you and other MoveOn members are thinking.

 MoveOn Member Survey 

Any progressive vying to be the Democratic nominee for president should skip the AIPAC conference. 

          Thanks for all you do.

          –Iram, Allison, Ilya, Matt, and the rest of the team

          Sources: 

          1. "AIPAC Spent Millions of Dollars to Defeat the Iran Deal. Instead, It May Have Destroyed Itself." The Nation, September 11, 2015 
          https://act.moveon.org/go/63981?t=14&akid=229506%2E10220574%2EHCwubk

          2. "U.N. report on Gaza says Israeli forces may have committed war crimes," The Washington Post, February 28, 2019
          https://act.moveon.org/go/63982?t=16&akid=229506%2E10220574%2EHCwubk

          3. "The Cases Against Netanyahu and a Decision to Indict," The New York Times, February 28, 2019
          https://act.moveon.org/go/63983?t=18&akid=229506%2E10220574%2EHCwubk

          4. "Netanyahu's election rivals merge as Israeli leader makes pact with extreme right," The Washington Post, February 21, 2019
          https://act.moveon.org/go/63984?t=20&akid=229506%2E10220574%2EHCwubk

          5. "How AIPAC Mainstreams Anti-Muslim Hate," The Nation, March 8, 2016
          https://act.moveon.org/go/63985?t=22&akid=229506%2E10220574%2EHCwubk

          6. "Anti-Semitic Trump campaign CEO Stephen Bannon not a big fan of 'whiny brat' Jews, ex-wife says," New York Daily News, August 27, 2016
          https://act.moveon.org/go/63986?t=24&akid=229506%2E10220574%2EHCwubk

          7. "Pro-Israel groups avoid denouncing Bannon," Politico, November 14, 2016
          https://act.moveon.org/go/63987?t=26&akid=229506%2E10220574%2EHCwubk

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          Yes, I'll chip in $5 a month.

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


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          Concrete action needed in the wake of New Zealand massacre


          Dear MoveOn member,

          I'm Muslim Advocates, and I started a petition to FBI, Google, Facebook, Twitter, and President Donald Trump, which says:

          A house of worship is a sacred place for people of all faiths. It is an unspeakable tragedy to see two mosques be so horrifically violated.

          In the wake of this heartbreaking, anti-Muslim mass slaughter, it is clear that more needs to be done to protect Muslims and all vulnerable communities from the very real dangers posed by hate and white nationalists.

          Thoughts and prayers are simply an inadequate response to this horrific attack. It is time for President Trump, elected officials, law enforcement and tech companies to act.

          It is not enough for President Trump to merely send thoughts and prayers. The President called neo-nazis and white nationalists 'very fine people. This hate-filled murderer drew inspiration from Trump, and the white nationalist movement has celebrated Trump’s words and policies.

          The President needs to immediately and unequivocally condemn and disavow this attacker and the white nationalist movement.

          Elected officials and law enforcement must do more to protect our community and all Americans from the white nationalist threat by calling on FBI Director Christopher Wray to prioritize the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of right-wing, white nationalist violence-the most significant threat to public safety in our nation today.

          Social media platforms and tech companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google need to do much more to detect and shut down online hate content. The New Zealand shooter was able to livestream a 17-minute video of his murderous rampage that continues to spread like wildfire online. This is flatly unacceptable.

          Tech companies must take all steps possible to prevent something like this from happening again. Further, hate groups have long used platforms like Facebook to organize, spread their violent messages and build their membership online. Facebook needs to do more to remove these hate groups before they inspire even more harm.

          With historic levels of hate crimes motivated by anti-Muslim bigotry in recent years here in the U.S., American Muslims have sadly been through so much. We will not allow this attack or this hate movement to prevent any of us from going about our daily lives, including attending our houses of worship and engaging with our communities. Together, with allied Americans of faith and goodwill, we will persevere and we will defeat hate.

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

          Thanks!

          —Muslim Advocates

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          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 support, now more than ever. Will you stand with MoveOn?

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

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          Friday, March 15, 2019

          New Zealand

          Our hearts go out to the communities in New Zealand—and to Muslims around the world, including in the U.S., who are no doubt waking to today's news with more fear and heartbreak. Together, we can take action.

          Dear MoveOn member,

          Just hours ago, a white-supremacist, anti-Muslim killer opened fire at two mosques in New Zealand, killing nearly 50 Muslims, destroying families and communities, and sending waves of terror across that country and around the world.

          The police commissioner, fearing for the lives of Muslims in New Zealand, even asked Muslims not to attend communal prayer on Friday—the Muslim holy day.

          This massacre is gut-wrenching—but sadly, it fits into patterns we know too well. There is a global wave of violence and discrimination against Muslims—from the Muslim detention centers in China to the Rohingya genocide in Burma to the Muslim Ban in our own country that has rejected over 37,000 visas from majority-Muslim countries in 2018 alone.1

          While we wait to hear how we can best help communities in New Zealand, we can act to turn the tide on our most-prominent anti-Muslim policies at home.

          You can help make a difference. Call your members of Congress now to demand they block Trump's Muslim Ban and the 'War on Terror" which has been used to justify wars in majority-Muslim countries. 

          Here is where to call:

          • Representative Gregory W. Meeks: (844) 707-9026
          • Senators: (844) 551-7606

          Islamophobia and anti-Muslim racism did not start with Donald Trump. It is all around us. There are politicians in both the Republican and Democratic parties who somehow are unable to see Muslims outside the framework of "terrorism." Our media outlets actively prop up Islamophobes and anti-Muslim rhetoric. A study was done that showed The New York Times talks more negatively about Islam than about cancer and cocaine.2 And then there's our judicial system, that has time and again protected torture techniques used by our government on Muslims and upheld Trump's Muslim Ban.

          From Guantanamo to the so-called "War on Terror," where the United States is literally bombing majority-Muslim countries in Africa and the Middle East to surveillance policies and entrapment tactics by the FBI impacting communities domestically, anti-Muslim racism is used as part and parcel of the way our government and society currently operate. Some of the most atrocious programs targeting Muslims in the U.S. were carried out under President Obama.3

          If we truly want to end the horrors of what we saw in New Zealand today, we must not be complicit, and that starts with acting in the U.S. to end our blatantly anti-Muslim programs. 

          Make a call to all of your members of Congress right now to take action, not just send thoughts and prayers, by blocking the Muslim Ban from further implementation and committing to end the so-called "War on Terror." 

          Here's where to call: 

          • Representative Gregory W. Meeks: (844) 707-9026
          • Senators: (844) 551-7606

          Here's what you can say: "The atrocious attacks in New Zealand against Muslims demand action. Condemn the attacks but also work to block the Muslim Ban from being implemented any further and commit to ending the so-called "War on Terror," which has been used to target majority-Muslim countries with warfare."

          Eddie, we're going into yet another election year. And Donald Trump has weaponized anti-Muslim racism publicly as an elected official, unapologetically attacking Islam, empowering Islamophobes throughout his administration, and boosting anti-Muslim websites. There's no doubt that anti-Muslim racism and fearmongering will be part and parcel of Donald Trump's campaign. Unfortunately, too many Democrats have yet to prove to Muslim communities that they stand with Muslim communities—and that they know how to effectively speak out against Trump's white supremacy, xenophobia, and clear anti-Muslim rhetoric.

          The New Zealand shooter professed his admiration for Trump—one more reminder of the truly terrifying global web of white supremacy and anti-Muslim hate, when a killer around the globe and the man in the White House are pulling information from the same hateful sources, such as Breitbart News.

          And since Trump's election, here in the U.S., anti-Muslim rhetoric and actions have been emboldened—along with attacks on communities of color, Jewish communities, and Middle Easterners and South Asians mistaken for Muslims.

          Just look at the violent threats faced by Representative Ilhan Omar, an outspoken, progressive member of Congress, who is one of the first two Muslim women to serve in the House, and the first to wear a hijab. She has faced death threats, been added to the hit lists of white supremacists planning violent massacres, and has reported that her community mosque has received threats. Fox News commentators have cast suspicion on her wearing of a hijab, and Republican lawmakers have questioned whether she can serve on congressional committees and receive intelligence briefings. And instead of standing with her, Democratic leadership has been quick to throw her under the bus.

          These anti-Muslim policies, rhetoric, and attacks won't end unless all of us join together to stand with Muslims and demand change. Call your members of Congress today to say we need more than thoughts and prayers: You must block Trump's Muslim Ban from being implemented and end the "War on Terror" to stop military action in majority-Muslim countries. 

          Here's where to call: 

          • Representative Gregory W. Meeks: (844) 707-9026
          • Senators: (844) 551-7606

          Violence like the massacre in New Zealand doesn't come out of nowhere. Islamophobia has long, deep roots—stretching back centuries. But since 9/11, official policies in the U.S. and elsewhere have increasingly been willing to vilify the entire Muslim community with broad strokes.

          Our hearts go out to the communities in New Zealand—and to Muslims around the world, including in the U.S., who are no doubt waking to today's news with more fear and heartbreak. We all know thoughts and prayers are not enough.

          Thanks for all you do.

          –Iram, Liia, Mark, Justin, and the rest of the team

          Sources: 

          1. "U.S. denied tens of thousands more visas in 2018 due to travel ban: data," Reuters, February 26, 2019
           
          2. "The New York Times Presents Islam More Negatively than Cancer and Cocaine, Says New Study," Telesur, March 5, 2016
           
          3. "Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)," Muslim Advocates, March 9, 2015