Thursday, September 18, 2014

Huge breakthrough

We have a breakthrough strategy that could double the impact of our program to get progressive voters to the polls. This secret weapon needs to remain hidden from Republicans, but it really works. Can you chip in $3 to fund it?

Chip in $3

Dear MoveOn member,

Big news: MoveOn has a new weapon to save the Senate from a Republican takeover this fall. And it really works!

According to a recent field test, this new innovation could make our get-out-the-vote operations twice as effective as they were in previous years.

We'd love to tell you exactly what this secret weapon is. But we can't give it away in a mass email because the billionaire Koch brothers—who are spending $500 million this year to try to buy control of the Senate for the Republicans1—would love to know it too.

We can tell you this: In 2012, with MoveOn member support, we launched our first secret weapon program. Rachel Maddow hailed it as an innovation that's "tested ... and effective. And nobody else is doing it."2 And I know that, with your help, we can do it again, and bigger.

Can you chip in $3 to launch our "secret weapon" innovation and help us save the Senate? 

Yes, I'll help MoveOn save the Senate.

With our secret weapon, the same number of MoveOn volunteers, making the same number of phone calls, can turn out twice as many voters.

This discovery was made by the stats wizards at the Analyst Institute, whose data-driven approach helped elect President Obama. This isn't a new, unproven technology—it's a solid, data-driven strategy that will help turn out the folks who voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012 but are likely to stay home on Election Day this year.

We expect that MoveOn volunteers will make 5 million phone calls to bring out these voters. And if we can implement this amazing new strategy along with these calls, our 5 million calls we'll make will have the impact of 9 to 11 million calls.

Can you chip in $3 to make a huge impact in this fall's election?

Yes, I'll chip in.

This brilliant new weapon may be a secret for now, but it's no secret that this election matters. And it's definitely not a secret that MoveOn has accomplished great things in the past because of its dedicated members—and that with your help, we can do it again.

Can you chip in $3 to help roll out this secret weapon, turbocharge MoveOn's elections work, and help us prevent a Republican takeover of the Senate?

Yes, I'll help out.

Thanks for all you do.

–Ilya, Nick, Manny, Kristin, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Exclusive: Inside the Koch Brothers' Secret Billionaire Summit," The Nation. June 17, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=299744&id=101593-10220574-WAaRilx&t=1

2. "YOU were on Rachel Maddow's show!" MoveOn.org, February 2, 2013
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=286855&id=101593-10220574-WAaRilx&t=2

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

34,000 calls last night

MoveOn: Voters Rising
MoveOn members are off to an incredible start with this year's Voters Rising program. Together, we made more than 34,000 calls last night to progressive voters. But tomorrow, our goal is to hit 50,000. Can you join a shift and call voters from the comfort of your home tomorrow night? 

Yes, I'll Call from Home!

Dear MoveOn member,

34,178.

That's how many calls MoveOn members made on our first full night of calling to get out the progressive vote. Incredible.

More than 3,000 voters picked up the phone, and out of everyone we spoke with, an incredible 85% pledged to vote for the progressive candidate this fall.

We're talking about Senate races that'll determine if Mitch McConnell calls the shots and starts forcing through a right-wing agenda as Senate majority leader—or if the Senate stays in Democratic hands for the next two years. And some races are so close that they'll almost certainly be decided by just thousands, if not hundreds, of votes (Al Franken, anyone?).

So here's our next challenge: Make at least 50,000 calls Thursday night. Are you in?

Yes, I'll call from home tomorrow!

MoveOn's most reliable callers are members like you—people who've picked up the phone before in pivotally important moments—whether it was to help mobilize campaign volunteers, turn out voters, or call members of Congress.

Now the progressive movement needs you again—for the final sprint toward November 4—starting this week. As of today, we officially have less than seven weeks to save the United States Senate from a Republican takeover.

That means we'll need callers willing to speak with voter after voter between now and Election Day to make sure they show up at the polls. Folks who join every calling shift they can, because this election is just that important.

Participating and making a real difference start with an easy first step. Just join one of our next calling shifts—tomorrow night at 5:30 or 8:30 p.m. ET—and see how it goes!

Will you sign up for one of tomorrow night's shifts and call from home?

Yes, I'll call from home!

Thanks for all you do.

–Matt, Nick, Joan, Stephen, and the rest of the team

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Ready for another war in Iraq?

Dear MoveOn member,

The last time America went to war in the Middle East, it took nearly a decade to get out. It cost more than $2 trillion.1 4,491 Americans died and 32,000 were wounded.2 And at least half a million Iraqi men, women, and children were killed.3

Do we really want to go back?

In the last week, Washington, D.C., has gotten swept up in yet another fevered rush to war. But with so many unanswered questions, only one thing is really clear: We need to slow down and have a real debate.

MoveOn has teamed up with allies including Veterans for Peace and Win without War to demand that Congress stop and answer the difficult questions before going off half-cocked (again). Can you donate $3 to help pay for the ads and organizers we need to stop this rush to war?

Yes, I'll donate $3 to help stop another rush to war.

There are so many questions that clearly have not been answered. Questions like:

  • What are our objectives?
  • What's our exit strategy?
  • Could U.S. weapons fall into the hands of terrorists?
  • Will bombing create more terrorists than we kill?
  • If there's no imminent threat to the U.S., why are we doing this at all?

If we don't stop and think this through, we could get stuck in another quagmire before most Americans even know what's going on.

So today, we're running a full-page ad in the influential Washington newspaper Politico. Then we're leading more than two dozen national organizations in a day of action to demand Congress ask the hard questions and vote on any authorization for a new war in Iraq and Syria.

All this costs money—on top of all the critical campaigns and elections work we're taking on this fall. That's why we're counting on you.

Click here to donate $3 and help stop the rush to war.

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Matt, Nick, Corinne, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Iraq war costs U.S. more than $2 trillion: study," Reuters, March 14, 2013
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=300324&id=101460-10220574-l6uUAHx&t=3

2. U.S. Casualty Status in the Middle East, U.S. Department of Defense, September 15, 2014
http://www.defense.gov/news/casualty.pdf [PDF]

3. "Iraq Death Toll Reaches 500,000 Since Start Of U.S.-Led Invasion, New Study Says," Huffington Post, October 15, 2013
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=300326&id=101460-10220574-l6uUAHx&t=4

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Another war? Call Congress today re ISIS, Syria, Iraq


The United States is rushing headlong into another open-ended war in the Middle East. We've got to tap on the brakes and make sure we have our facts straight. Can you call Sen. Schumer, Sen. Gillibrand, and Rep. Meeks right now? Tell them: "Before the United States even considers committing to another open-ended war in the Middle East, we need answers to tough questions. Congress must debate and be held accountable for the United States' next steps in Syria and Iraq—so we don't make the same mistakes we've made in the past."

Senator Charles Schumer
Phone: (202) 224-6542

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Phone: (202) 224-4451

Representative Gregory Meeks
Phone: (202) 225-3461

Report Your Calls!
Dear MoveOn member,

Few, if any, decisions a nation makes are as consequential as the decision to go to war.

That's why, over the last few days, MoveOn members have submitted and ranked thousands of questions that must be asked, debated, and answered before the U.S. even considers expanding military operations in Syria and Iraq.

Today, as Congress considers appropriating funds to arm and train Syrian rebels, we've joined with more than two dozen allied organizations to say "America Must Know" the answers to these questions.

As part of this national day of action, we're running a full-page ad in the DC insider paper Politico, and sharing top questions with members of Congress, the media, and the White House.

Now we've got to call our members of Congress, so they hear from us directly.

Congress must engage in a transparent, fact-based debate prior to any expanded U.S. military intervention in the Middle East. It's critical that lawmakers know their constituents' key concerns and questions right now.

Will you make a call to Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Representative Gregory Meeks right now? In addition to this basic message, you can add any questions that you want answered:

Before the United States even considers committing to another open-ended war in the Middle East, we need answers to tough questions. Congress must debate and be held accountable for the United States' next steps in Syria and Iraq—so we don't make the same mistakes we've made in the past.
Here's who to call:

Senator Charles Schumer
Phone: (202) 224-6542

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Phone: (202) 224-4451

Representative Gregory Meeks
Phone: (202) 225-3461

Then, please report your call by clicking here:

http://pol.moveon.org/call/oneoffs/isis_iraq_syria.html?tg=FSNY_1.FSNY_2.FHNY_05&cp_id=2150&id=101419-10220574-G5vTxNx&t=2

Your calls today are essential because this week, in addition to considering funding Syrian rebels, House and Senate members are holding hearings with folks like Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of State John Kerry, and General Martin Dempsey.

Make no mistake. This is a rush to war. And today—together—we're saying, "Stop. Tell us how this ends."

We must make sure lawmakers know we're listening for our questions to be asked and answered—for our concerns to be aired and deliberated.

MoveOn members know the costs are simply too high to get this wrong.

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Justin, Kristin, Ben O., and the rest of the team

P.S. Here's the ad MoveOn and Win Without War published in today's Politico newspaper, as Congress considers funding to arm and train Syrian rebels, and high-ranking officials go to Capitol Hill for hearings. Click here to call your representatives to raise the questions that Congress must consider before rushing to war, and to see the questions that MoveOn members have voted up.


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Want to work behind the scenes to save the Senate?

With just seven weeks until Election Day, MoveOn members are gearing up to make five million calls to save the Senate from a Republican takeover. We need to double the size of our top-secret support team to power this program. Can you apply right now for Support Corps and work behind the scenes to save the Senate?

Yes, I'll apply now!

Dear MoveOn Member,

I'll let you in on a little secret: there's a select group of extraordinary volunteers who help make MoveOn's progressive victories possible.

They're called Support Corps. And you've been chosen to apply to this special team.

Support Corps members have always helped MoveOn win elections—from answering urgent questions from house party hosts to locating every Romney campaign office in the country, this team epitomizes people power. During the 2012 election alone, Support Corps fielded more than 14,000 questions from members in need and reviewed more than 2,100 call parties.

This year, our election plan is even bolder: over the next seven weeks, MoveOn members will make five million calls to turn out progressive voters and save the Senate from a Republican takeover. But to do it, we need to double our number of Support Corps volunteers as soon as possible.

Will you join Support Corps and work behind the scenes to save the Senate with one of MoveOn's most important teams?

Yes—I want to learn more and apply to Support Corps!

This election will be close. Whether the Senate remains under the control of the Democratic Party or falls into the hands of the GOP could be decided by just a few thousand voters in a handful of battleground states.

Fortunately, we have a powerful election program that will mobilize MoveOn members across the country to pull off this high-stakes rescue. We've got offices in key cities, we'll be organizing parties in just a few weeks, and tomorrow, we're kicking off our call-from-home initiative.

But this plan will succeed only if members step up to join Support Corps.

We need volunteers with stellar editing, computer, or interpersonal skills. Most important, we need volunteers who are passionate about building progressive power and winning this November. Are you in?

Yes—I want to learn more and apply to Support Corps!

Previous experience with campaigns is not required—we will fully train you for your new role and provide continued support so that you can keep gaining new skills.

Thanks for all you do.

–Ilya, Matt, Jadzia, Kristin, Erica and the rest of the team

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Which questions need to be answered?

MoveOn members have submitted thousands of questions that need to be answered before going down the path to war. Will you take a few minutes to help rate the ideas you think are most important to get asked, debated and answered?

Get started
Dear MoveOn member,

Over the past 48 hours, MoveOn members like you have submitted thousands of questions that Congress, the president, the media, and the American people must ask, debate and understand before any decision can be made to move forward with expanded military action in Iraq or Syria.

We're mounting a big effort so that the media, Congress and President Obama hear the questions to which Americans must know answers before going to war.

But first we need your help. We've set up a tool so that all of us can together identify the top priority questions to be asked. Will you help rate which are the most important questions to ask?


On Tuesday, we'll send the top-ranked questions to reporters, the White House and key members of Congress for use in official hearings next week. 

There are so many powerful questions—it's hard to know where to begin. Here are a few that captured some of the diversity asked:

What would success actually look like? What makes us think that we can prevent the deep conflicts afflicting that part of the world from resurfacing?Susan H. in Oakland, CA

How will the United States fund this new military offensive? How much will it cost? Who will suffer as a result? Is anyone in the White House/Congress proposing alternatives to military force?Roger S. in Bridgeport, CT

What is the defined scope and extent of our mission from a military, economic, political involvement? What is our criteria for determining the success of our mission involvement? Do we have a clearly defined strategy for assisting the Kurds and the Iraqi government in effectively extinguishing the ISIS insurgency? What is our clearly defined exit strategy?—Susan C. in Montague, MA

It's vital that we slow down and engage in a real, full-throated debate—including discussion of all the alternatives we have for confronting ISIS—rather than rushing headlong into another open-ended war in the Middle East.


Thanks for all you do.

Anna, Kate, Jo, Aiyi'nah, and the rest of the team

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Make a difference this election: Call voters from home!

Republicans are on the verge of taking over the U.S. Senate and to stop them, we have to turn out progressive voters in key states on Election Day. That's why we've got a plan to make 5 million calls in the next seven weeks to make sure they show up and vote. If we're going to save the Senate, our calling program has to get off to a strong start. Can you join our first Voters Rising call shift this Tuesday? 

Yes, I'll Call from Home!

Dear MoveOn member,

All systems are tested and ready to go. It's time to kick off our 2014 Voters Rising program this Tuesday night.

Our goal is to make 5 million calls to progressive voters by Election Day—are you in?

MoveOn members' top priority this election is saving the Senate from a Republican takeover this fall, and to do it, we're making more than 5 million calls to progressive voters who otherwise might stay home on Election Day.

We've got offices in key cities, we'll be organizing call parties in just a few weeks, and right now, we're kicking off our call-from-home initiative to connect MoveOn members directly to the voters who need to hear from us most.

It's all part of our Voters Rising program to show that in our great democracy, having people power on our side is still greater than having big money on theirs.

You've picked up the phone for MoveOn before—either to call a fellow member, share an opinion with your member of Congress, or to get out the vote—and that's why we're hoping that you can join one of this Tuesday's call-from-home shifts.

Will you make calls to key voters this Tuesday and help launch this year's Voters Rising program?

If Democrats lose control of the Senate this November and Mitch McConnell wins his race, he'll ascend to the position of Senate Majority Leader—giving him control over the Senate's legislative agenda and immense power to shape the political environment.

But this future isn't written. If the same voters who showed up in 2012 show up to vote this November, we will save the Senate. It's up to us to let them know what's in store if they don't get out to the polls:

  • Repeated government shutdowns led by McConnell to force President Obama to "move to the center," which is fancy Washington talk for cutting Social Security and handing over more corporate tax breaks.1  

  • Underhanded schemes to slash funding for enforcement of our clean air and water laws, keeping our food safe, and protecting our public schools for all children.2  
     
  • More pointless and wasteful schemes like Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit against President Obama if Republicans control all of Congress.

Our plan could make the difference this fall—but we only have seven weeks to make 5 million calls to progressive voters. Are you in?

Yes, I'll call from home this Tuesday.

Saving the Senate won't be easy, but with 8 million MoveOn members championing a government of, by, and for the people, we can go toe-to-toe with big money—and win.

Thanks for all you do.

–Matt, Manny, Kristin, Alejandro, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "McConnell's plan to shut down Obama," Politico, August 20, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=300404&id=101346-10220574-AuhI2Fx&t=5

2. "Caught on Tape: What Mitch McConnell Complained About to a Roomful of Billionaires (Exclusive)," The Nation, August 26, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=300499&id=101346-10220574-AuhI2Fx&t=6

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