Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Victory! UPS workers reinstated

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Dear Inwood MoveOn member,

Great news! After 250 UPS drivers in Maspeth, New York were fired for protesting the termination of a fellow driver, Working Families created a MoveOn Petition to pressure UPS to reinstate them. More than 48,000 MoveOn members signed Working Families' petition—we won! On Monday, UPS folded under the pressure, giving all drivers their jobs back. 

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Here's a full update from UPS driver Jairo Reyes and Working Families:

I can't wait to tell you—late Monday night, after 10 hours of negotiating and weeks of grassroots pressure, UPS folded. My 250 co-workers and I won our jobs back!

I wouldn't even be close to having my job back if not for my 250 co-workers who bravely risked their jobs to save mine—and I want to give them as big a thank-you as they deserve.

When I was unfairly fired from UPS, 250 of my co-workers walked out in protest—and then each one lost their job. 

UPS fired my colleagues who stood in solidarity with me because they thought they held all the cards. It was David vs. Goliath—one local union agains a multinational corporation.

But then you added your voice to more than 100,000 others, calling on UPS to reverse the decision and give us our jobs back. You signed petitions, made phone calls to the CEO, and posted your outrage on UPS's Facebook and Twitter pages. 

The small actions we all take together add up—and UPS heard our voices loud and clear. Together, we showed a billion-dollar corporation what grassroots people power can accomplish. It's a lesson my family, and my co-workers' families, will never forget. 

We wouldn't be getting our jobs and our livelihoods back if not for our union, Teamsters Local 804, Joint Council 16. We wouldn't be here today if not for progressive elected heroes like New York City Public Advocate Tish James speaking up for us and demanding that UPS treat us fairly. And we wouldn't have had a prayer without the thousands of Working Families and MoveOn members who had our backs.

Tomorrow is a fresh start for my co-workers and me. Pretty soon, we're all going back to work, and your voice made that possible. 

Thank you for all that you've done, 

Jairo Reyes

UPS driver (newly re-instated) and Working Families member

Thanks for all you do.

Milan, Maria, Stephen, Jessica, and the rest of the team
 

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A special tax day message

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

I'm sick and tired of a tax system that favors the wealthy at everyone else's expense, so I put together a special Tax Day video that explains the problem—and what we can do about it.

I hope you'll watch:

The first step toward solving a problem is understanding it. If, after you watch this video, you agree that it's time to change things, please share the video with your friends.

Together, we can build an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthiest 1%.

Thanks for lifting up your voice in our democracy.

–Robert Reich


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Monday, April 14, 2014

The worst part of the immigration "system"

Dear MoveOn member,

It's like political background noise: Every time politicians debate immigration reform, someone starts banging on the table, saying we have to "secure the border."

But in our latest podcast, we've got the inside story on what that can really mean—the story of a hard-boiled investigative reporter who exposed a brutal killing by Border Patrol agents. His story sent shock waves across the country and won a string of awards. Now, he tells us how it came about.

Once you hear his tale, you'll never think about the "border security" debate in the same way again.

Listen to this incredible story now: Click here to open "The Good Fight," the MoveOn-powered podcast about people changing the world, on iTunes.


If you like it, be sure to subscribe and post a review! You can also listen on our website, via the Stitcher app for Android or iOS, or via RSS.

We interviewed Frey just after he won the Izzy Award, a prize for independent journalists reporting in the tradition of the great maverick reporter I.F. Stone. Frey's stories about Border Patrol violence, which aired on PBS, marked a turning point in Border Patrol accountability. After they aired, nobody could deny the need for oversight of the giant and growing police force that guards the southern edge of the country.

And the story behind the story, which Frey tells on this podcast, is as fascinating as what his reporting revealed. You can hear the resolve in his voice as he explains what happened. You'll hear his reaction to politicians who use fear of immigrants to gin up votes as he shares his perspective as a native son of the border who's seen a little too much reality to buy cheap rhetoric.

Click here to listen to this podcast on iTunes. And if you like it, you might want to subscribe.

Or you can listen on the "Good Fight" website .... and share it on Facebook.

It's a story that will stay with you.

Thanks for all you do.

–Ben

P.S. New to podcasts? Welcome! A podcast is a prerecorded radio show, distributed through the Internet. You can listen on your computer on our website or through iTunes, or on your phone (through iTunes for iPhones, or Stitcher for Androids).

We launched "The Good Fight" in partnership with MoveOn a few months ago to tell the inside stories of fights that matter, and inspire people to get involved. If you like the program, please subscribe, post a review, and drop us an email at show@thegoodfight.fm.

 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Join me in denouncing the Koch brothers

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Robert Reich, and I started a petition to Charles and David Koch, billionaires and executives of Koch Industries, which says:

We, citizens of the United States, denounce you, Charles and David Koch, for using your vast wealth—more than the combined wealth of the bottom 40 percent of Americans—to corrupt our democracy. You are thereby undermining the most precious gift we possess, our democratic system of government. You deserve to be shamed and condemned by all Americans.

We do not denounce the Koch brothers because their wealth of more than $50 billion exceeds the combined wealth of the bottom 40 percent of all the citizens of the United States, or because they run and own one of the largest petrochemical businesses in the world, or because of their right-wing views.  

The Koch brothers are entitled to their wealth and to their opinions, but when they use their vast wealth to overpower the voices of average Americans, that is unfair and they should be held accountable.

They've established a political front group, Americans for Prosperity, and are building their own permanent political machine, including hundreds of full-time staff in at least 32 states. They are pouring money into federal and state races—including more than $30 million already to help Republicans win the Senate this year

The Koch brothers are thereby using their vast wealth to undermine and corrupt our democracy—a shameful betrayal of our nation for which they deserve to be widely denounced. It's time we join our voices together to publicly denounce the Koch brothers and their dangerous, corrupting influence. They may not be swayed by our voices, but when enough of us condemn what they're doing, taking their money will become a political liability.

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

Thanks!

–Robert Reich

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Going on offense against the GOP Medicaid blockade

Will you read, share, and like the new op-ed by MoveOn's executive director, so that it moves up on the Huffington Post and more political candidates, donors, pundits, and other decision-makers get the message that it's time to go on offense against the GOP's Medicaid blockade?

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Dear MoveOn member,

We just released new polling that reveals an Achilles' heel in Republicans' plan to win big in the fall elections: Voters in key states are ready to vote out Republicans who are participating in the GOP Medicaid blockade by standing between 5 million Americans and the health care they need.1 

The polling, funded by MoveOn members like you, has earned more than 30 media hits—TV, radio, and print—and is making waves where it matters—in the states.

This could be a turning point—if we make it one. Republicans think that bashing Obamacare is their golden ticket to winning even more seats in the House and taking over the Senate this fall. And too many Democrats have shied away from fighting back. It's weak, and it could cost us the election.

That's why MoveOn's executive director, Anna Galland, just published an op-ed in the Huffington Post making the case for progressives and Democrats to go on offense on health care—starting by calling out the GOP Medicaid blockade loud and clear.

Will you read Anna's op-ed that just went up on the Huffington Post, and then like it, share it, email it, or tweet it?

Yes, take me to the story!

On the Huffington Post site, just click on one of these buttons you'll see at the top of the page:

Huffington Post preview

The Huffington Post is the fourth-ranked news website—more people visit HuffPo than visit The New York Times, The Washington Post, or Weather.com online.2 We want to get this piece in front of every political candidate, every campaign manager, every donor, every pundit, every voter—everyone who's making decisions about what issues get discussed in election campaigns. If lots of people share and like the story on the Huffington Post—that will move up its placement on the site and ensure that more people see and read it.

Writing about MoveOn's campaign, The Washington Post's Katrina vanden Heuvel posed the question, "What if Democrats organized a clear, concerted effort to demonstrate how Republicans are denying millions of Americans access to health insurance?"3

That's the kind of message we need more people repeating. Can you help this message take hold by liking or sharing MoveOn's new op-ed on the Huffington Post?

Click here to read, share, and like the story of how Democrats can and should go on offense on health care to break the GOP Medicaid blockade and win elections.

Thanks for all you do.

–Victoria, Jessica, Stephen, Alejandro, and the rest of the team

P.S. More than 125,000 MoveOn members added their names to the banner that Louisiana members unveiled last week at the courthouse where a federal judge heard arguments in the lawsuit that the state of Louisiana brought against MoveOn Civic Action. They wanted us to take down the billboard we put up criticizing Governor Bobby Jindal's decision to deny health care to 242,000 of his own constituents.

The good news is the judge ruled in our favor and we're not only keeping the billboard up, we're extending our buy so that it stays up for months longer than we'd first planned—thanks to the donations of MoveOn members like you. Here's a photo you might enjoy of MoveOn members carrying the banner outside the courthouse. On the right (next to MoveOn's director, Anna Galland) is Robby Reed, who suffered a serious illness while in law school and living without health insurance because Gov. Jindal denied him—and 242,000 other Louisianans—Medicaid. Can you help move the campaign to break the GOP Medicaid blockade forward by sharing Anna's brand new-column in the Huffington Post?

MoveOn members and Anna Galland outside the Louisiana court house

Sources:

1. "New Polling: GOP Medicaid Blockade Could Cost Republicans in November," MoveOn.org Political Action, April 8, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=297880&id=94340-10220574-l_rotJx&t=7

2. "Top Sites in: All Categories > News," Alexa, accessed April 10, 2014
http://www.alexa.com/topsites/category/Top/News

3. "Voters should know who's holding up their health care," The Washington Post, March 25, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=297881&id=94340-10220574-l_rotJx&t=8

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"I guess MoveOn doesn't believe in math"

Dear MoveOn member,

This week the U.S. Senate will be debating whether or not to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. But according to recent reports, a number of Senators are considering a compromise that would still leave millions of American workers stuck with poverty wage jobs.1 

The truth is, if we really want to grow our economy and actually lift workers out of poverty, then we should really be talking about raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, and not even debating anything lower than $10.10.

Last week, MoveOn members in Republican congressional districts across the country rallied outside of their members of Congress' offices demanding they support an increase in the minimum wage. 

But here's how one Republican Representative responded: "I guess MoveOn doesn't believe in math."2 

We're actually big believers in math here at MoveOn. So we thought we'd have former Labor Secretary Robert Reich explain it for them in 7 easy steps. Click here to watch.

It's shameful that some Senators seem to have no problem with millions of American workers earning poverty wages. So if after watching this video, you agree that Congress shouldn't even debate a minimum wage lower than $10.10 an hour, please take a minute today to call and let them know, then click here to report the call. 

Here are your senators' phone numbers:

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Phone: (202) 224-4451

Senator Charles Schumer
Phone: (202) 224-6542

With the Senate expected to vote on raising the minimum wage soon, it's important that every Senator hears from MoveOn members like you right away. If we can generate enough calls to Senate offices this week, we can help stop Democrats from caving to big business demands for a lower minimum wage and instead push for a real increase that could lift millions of Americans out of poverty. 

Thanks for all you do.

–Garlin, Anna, Matt B., Corinne, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Minimum wage deal emerging?," The Hill, April 1, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=297807&id=94243-10220574-kss%3DWgx&t=4

2. "Protesters urge increase in minimum wage," The Oakland Press, April 1, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=297808&id=94243-10220574-kss%3DWgx&t=5

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Monday, April 7, 2014

We won!

Dear MoveOn member,

We won! A federal judge just ruled that we can keep up our billboard criticizing tea party Governor Bobby Jindal for standing between 242,000 Louisianans and Medicaid.

(Quick recap: Republican governors and legislators are blocking a shocking 5 million Americans from accessing health care by refusing to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid. When we put up billboards in nine states calling out Republicans for standing in the way of health care, the state of Louisiana sued us, demanding we take down one of the billboards. But today, the judge issued a preliminary decision that allows our billboard to stay up and paves the way for the whole lawsuit to end with a victory).

But here's the funny part: When we first put up the billboard, we reserved the space for only a month—and had no idea we'd be facing a lawsuit. Now, even though our billboard can legally stay up, financially it will have to come down soon—unless we extend our buy.

Chip in to help us ensure our winning billboard will stay up.

Here's the deal: It costs about $4.50 an hour to keep the billboard up. If 15,000 MoveOn members chip in just $4.50, that's enough to keep the billboard up through the rest of Gov. Jindal's term. And of course, the more money each of us chips in, the fewer people it'll take. If you chip in $108, you'll have single-handedly helped keep the billboard up an extra day.

What do you say? Can you help make sure we're able to keep up the billboard we fought so hard to protect?

Yes, count me in. I'll chip in $4.50—enough to help keep the billboard up an extra hour.

I'll chip in $54—enough to keep the billboard up for 12 hours.

Actually, I'll chip in $108—enough to keep the billboard up for a whole day.

I'll contribute at a different level.

Here's an image of the billboard you'll help us keep up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana after our legal victory—showing that we don't back down:

Louisiana billboard

In her decision, the judge wrote: "In this Court's view, the Lieutenant Governor underestimates the intelligence and reasonableness of people viewing the billboard."

But this case was never about a billboard, it was about health care for millions of Americans. Thanks for helping to keep the issue front and center.

Thanks for all you do.

Anna, Matt P., Stefanie, Alejandro, and the rest of the team

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