Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tom Price

Will you sign and share the petition asking the Senate to reject Tom Price as health and human services secretary?

Sign before tomorrow's hearing: Stop Tom Price

Dear MoveOn member,

Tom Price—Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of health and human services—could destroy health care as we know it. Not only does Price have a ready-made plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, he pushes extreme policies that would affect nearly every American: he wants to slash and privatize Medicare and shift costs to seniors, gut Medicaid, allow discrimination against pre-existing conditions, and defund Planned Parenthood.1,2

And on top of all that, he's facing calls for an ethics investigation over a string of stock trades in medical companies that he made while advocating for legislation that could affect their share price.3 Just last night, CNN broke the news that he "invested in a company, and then introduced a bill to help it" less than a week later.4

Tomorrow morning, we're joining Planned Parenthood to deliver hundreds of thousands of signatures to the Senate during Rep. Price's confirmation hearing, to oppose his nomination. Will you sign the petition now to make sure your name is included?

Block Tom Price's nomination for secretary of health and human services. His brazen apparent ethics violations and support for extremist policies—from privatizing Medicare to gutting Medicaid to defunding Planned Parenthood and repealing the Affordable Care Act—would hurt millions of Americans.

You can learn about Rep. Price by looking at his close associations. He is an active, long-standing member of the fringe Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, which has published reports pushing long-debunked claims that vaccines cause autism, HIV does not cause AIDS, and there is a link between abortion and breast cancer.5 In a 2011 speech to this group, he called their executive director "a hero of mine."6

Trump has made clear that Price will be driving his administration's health care agenda. Senators—especially Democratic senators who now more than ever need to stand up and fight—must look at his record and do everything they can to prevent Tom Price from becoming the secretary of health and human services.

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

Health care is a human right. Price's policies would make it a privilege for the few. In this dark moment, even as we think big about the positive agenda we're fighting for—Medicare for All—we've got to demonstrate that we'll fight back against those who would strip away the progress we've made. Advocates are using the hashtag #PriceIsWrong. Let's spread the message far and wide, and stand up for what's right.

Thanks for all you do.

—Emma, Ben W., Justin K., Jamiah and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Tom Price's radically conservative vision for American health care," Politico, November 29, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/7530?t=6&akid=176488.10220574.kLThRw

2. "By picking Tom Price to lead HHS, Trump shows he’s absolutely serious about dismantling Obamacare," Vox, November 28, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/7531?t=8&akid=176488.10220574.kLThRw

3. "Donald Trump’s Pick for Health Secretary Traded Medical Stocks While in House," The Wall Street Journal, December 22, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/7621?t=10&akid=176488.10220574.kLThRw

4. "First on CNN: Trump's Cabinet pick invested in company, then introduced a bill to help it," CNN, January 17, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/7620?t=12&akid=176488.10220574.kLThRw

5. "Tom Price Belongs to a Really Scary Medical Organization That Promotes Anti-Vaccine Hysteria," New York Magazine, December 1, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/7536?t=14&akid=176488.10220574.kLThRw

6. "Rep. Tom Price, health reform update - 9/30/2011," Association of American Physicians and Surgeons YouTube channel, uploaded October 4, 2011
https://act.moveon.org/go/7622?t=16&akid=176488.10220574.kLThRw

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Act now: Host an office visit to "Stop Trump's #SwampCabinet Nominees"

We need to do all we can to stop Republicans from confirming Trump's #SwampCabinet nominees. Sign up today to host an office visit to your senator and let them know that we will hold them accountable for stopping Trump's nominees.

Dear MoveOn member,

On Sunday, while 14,000 people attended 500 community meetings in 40 states to plan local resistance to Trump's attacks on our communities, Republicans were running for cover—literally. 

In Colorado, Representative Mike Coffman literally ran out the back door of a listening session when confronted by constituents about why he was taking away their health care.1

This is how we build power and win, even when the odds seem stacked against us. 

Already, dozens of MoveOn members have stepped up to host a rally at their senator's local office next Tuesday, January 24 to demand Republican senators reject Trump's #SwampCabinet—and to demand Democratic senators use every tool in their toolbox to stop these dangerous nominees.

Can you host a "Stop Trump's #SwampCabinet" rally outside Senators Chuck Schumer's and Kirsten Gillibrand's office near you in New York next Tuesday, January 24? Click here to register your event.

MoveOn members like you are joining with Working Families Party, People's Action, and allies to organize peaceful, powerful rallies and media events at senators' local district offices across the country on Tuesday, January 24 as a part of #ResistTrumpTuesdays. We'll fortify Democratic senators for this fight—and let Republican senators know they'll be held accountable if they choose to confirm such dangerous, notorious nominees.

Here's Senators Chuck Schumer's and Kirsten Gillibrand's office we found closest to you:

780 Third Ave.
New York, NY 10017

We'll provide materials and training, support you in planning an agenda, and help you spread the word by recruiting other local MoveOn members to join you. And you'll meet other local volunteers doing great work in their communities and sharing tips. If that sounds good, sign up to host an office visit now!

Donald Trump riled up crowds claiming he'd "drain the swamp" and chase corruption out of Washington. But so far his politics have only furthered a culture of corruption, and nowhere is that clearer than in the greed and hate embodied by the nominees to his Swamp Cabinet. No wonder the Republicans are rushing them through and hoping the American people don't get a good look at these nominees, who have built their own power and wealth at the expense of the rest of us.

Here are just three of the #SwampCabinet nominees MoveOn members are opposing:

  • Jeff Sessions, attorney general nominee, known for long hostility toward racial equality, voting rights, and criminal justice,2 
  • Rex Tillerson, secretary of state nominee, a billionaire oil tycoon and longtime head of Exxon Mobil who has stymied action on climate change, and recipient of the Order of Friendship from Russian President Vladimir Putin;3
  • Tom Price, secretary of Health and Human Services nominee, a leading opponent of Obamacare who is under fire for trading hundreds of thousands of dollars in shares of health industry stock while pushing legislation that would benefit those stocks and himself.4

And these are only a few of Trump's the Swamp Cabinet nominees. Democrats and Republicans alike need to hear from us before this parade of greed and hate is confirmed to a Cabinet that will attack working people, civil liberties, and the environment, while benefiting corporations and fellow billionaires.

Will you sign up to host a rally and office visit at your senator's office on Tuesday, January 24, to make sure all senators know that the American people want to stop Trump's corporate Cabinet?

Democrats have succeeded in slowing down some of the Swamp Cabinet nomination hearings, but so far, they haven't used every tool in their toolbox to delay or stop Trump's nominees. They could pledge to run down the clock during upcoming floor votes; with inauguration day this Friday, every extra day they spend on Cabinet hearings and votes is another day that the Republican-controlled Senate is denied the ability to press their other dangerous priorities. 

We need to ensure that every Democratic senator is holding the line and that a few Republicans find reason to oppose, and we can do that by showing up in numbers at their offices, earning local media, and making sure our voices are heard. There's no time to waste! Whether this is your first rally or your 50th, sign up to host a Stop Trump's Swamp Cabinet rally at your senator's local office next Tuesday.

Thanks for all you do.

—Chris, Vicki, Gabby, Katie, and the rest of the team

P.S. After Sunday's 500 inspiring community meetings, volunteers jumped right into action! Nancy B. in Bend, Oregon, shared this: "A rally came out of one of the Bend ResistTrump meetings AND it was picked up by the press!" MoveOn members and allies greeted Republican representative Greg Walden as he visited a pharmaceutical company Monday, with signs reading "Don't Take My Care."5 Be like Nancy and host your own local rally next Tuesday. Click here to register your event and we'll support you every step of the way.

Sources:

1. "Colorado rep's departure agitates constituents at Obamacare meeting: reports," The Hill, January 15, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/7615?t=7&akid=176046.10220574.ds1oXK

2. “10 things to know about Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general," The Washington Post, January 10, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/7480?t=9&akid=176046.10220574.ds1oXK

3. “Who is Rex Tillerson, the ExxonMobil chairman who may become secretary of state?”, The Washington Post, December 13, 2016
https://act.moveon.org/go/7481?t=11&akid=176046.10220574.ds1oXK

4. "Pelosi calls for ethics probe into HHS pick Tom Price," The Hill, January 6, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/7597?t=13&akid=176046.10220574.ds1oXK

5. "Bend protesters greet Walden at start of Central Oregon visit," KTVZ.com, January 16, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/7625?t=15&akid=176046.10220574.ds1oXK

 

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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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Monday, January 16, 2017

Women's marches nationwide this Saturday

MoveOn has signed on proudly as a partner of the Women's March on Washington

Dear MoveOn member,

Today, we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who once said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." 

This week begins by honoring Dr. King, and it will end with an inauguration that stands in opposition to all that King and the civil and human rights movement stood for. And we all are in a political moment where we cannot afford to be silent.

That is why MoveOn has signed on proudly as a partner of the Women's March on Washington—and the 370 Sister Marches around the world—to stand with millions of people raising our collective voice against the dangerous and hate-filled politics and policies of Donald Trump.  

Click here to RSVP for a Sister March in your state—all are welcome. And note: if you agree to participate in this action, you agree to the terms found here.

These marches, organized on short notice, are an authentic, spontaneous, and powerful response to the election, and will be a visually impactful and motivational signal around the globe that on the day after the inauguration, the majority of us who did not vote for Trump are ready to confront his agenda and unite to keep our communities safe.

Women’s rights are human rights and the unity principles of these marches include ending violence and racial inequity, and protecting and advancing environmental justice and reproductive, LGBTQIA, civil, immigrant, disability, and workers’ rights.1

We are not single-issue progressives. The intersectionality of our collective goodwill must stand in witness at this moment. And that is why we are asking that you join a march near you, this Saturday, January 21.

We will not remain silent. We will raise our voices in unison against a hateful and dangerous demagogue and the culture of corporate corruption, white supremacy, and authoritarianism that surrounds him.

Join a Sister March and be part of history.

It's easy for the past few months to leave us feeling lonely and afraid—to give up hope. But our voices are loudest when we come together. The truth is, we are more powerful than ever before. And now is not the time to be silent about the things that matter. 

Thanks for all you do.

—Anna, Justin, Jamiah, Ilya, and the rest of the team

P.S. If you plan on attending the Women’s March on Washington, click here for more details. 

 Source:

1. "Unity Principles," accessed January 16, 2017

https://act.moveon.org/go/7593?t=7&akid=176361.10220574.FClclc


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Donald Trump vs. John Lewis (sign the petition)

Click here to add your name to our petition demanding that Democratic lawmakers past and present skip Trump's inauguration.

Dear MoveOn member,

Congressman and civil rights hero John Lewis and more two dozen other members of Congress have chosen to skip the inauguration of Donald Trump.1 Now, we need your help to make sure more lawmakers join them by Inauguration Day.

Click here to add your name to our petition demanding that Democratic lawmakers past and present skip Trump's inauguration.

Stand with civil rights hero Congressman John Lewis and skip Donald Trump's inauguration.

On the eve of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday weekend, Congressman John Lewis announced that he will not attend Trump's swearing-in ceremony.2

Trump's response has been to launch a fierce attack against Lewis, accusing the congressman—who has served our nation as a tireless leader of the civil rights movement and for 16 terms in Congress—of being "all talk, talk, talk - no action or results."3

This is Trump's latest, vicious outburst in what's become a terrifying pattern of using outright lies and insults to bully and subdue his critics.

But this time, Trump's well-worn tactic is falling flat.

Not only is Congressman Lewis standing strong, more two dozen other members of Congress are standing with him in a growing Inauguration Day boycott of demagogue-in-chief Trump.4

Eddie, will you sign the petition? MoveOn members like you can make sure this list of courageous members of Congress continues to grow by calling on lawmakers to skip Trump's swearing-in.

Congressman Lewis says he cannot view Trump's presidency as legitimate because of a now widely understood Russian effort to influence November's election.5

Congresswoman Barbara Lee has cited Trump's "divisive and prejudiced campaign."6

Congressman Luis Gutierrez referred to Trump's attacks on women, communities of color, and Muslims.7

Congressman Ted Lieu noted that Trump will be in violation of the Constitution the moment he's sworn in, due to numerous alleged conflicts of interest.8

In also choosing to skip Trump's inauguration, other members of Congress have cited Trump's threats to immigrant rights, the environment, national security, and more.9

And about Congressman Lewis, who has helped spark this growing boycott, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke said it best: "When you insult Representative John Lewis, you insult America."10

Congressman Lewis has shown yet again that when a leader takes a courageous action, others follow. If more members of Congress join him and skip the inauguration, we can strengthen the power of the opposition.

Democratic lawmakers past and present have a choice to make. Help make sure they stand on the right side of history—with Congressman John Lewis, not Donald Trump—by signing and sharing this petition with your family and friends.

Thanks for all you do.

—Jo, Victoria, Kenia, Manny, and the rest of the team

P.S. Donald Trump is a threat to our nation. And any politician who attends Trump's inauguration is normalizing and legitimizing a presidency that should only be resisted. Denounced. Defied. Boycotted. Click here to add your name, and then share the petition with your friends.

P.P.S. Our friends at CREDO Action have said this is no time for decorum and have led the call for Democrats to skip Trump's inauguration. Let's join them and show the power of the opposition movement.

Sources:

1. "More than two dozen members of Congress are boycotting Donald Trump’s inauguration," Fusion, January 15, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/7568?t=10&akid=176352.10220574.mY73YW

2. "These Democratic Lawmakers Won't Attend Trump's Inauguration," NBC News, January 14, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/7566?t=12&akid=176352.10220574.mY73YW

3. Ibid.

4. "More than two dozen members of Congress are boycotting Donald Trump’s inauguration," Fusion, January 15, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/7568?t=14&akid=176352.10220574.mY73YW

5. "These Democratic Lawmakers Won't Attend Trump's Inauguration," NBC News, January 14, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/7566?t=16&akid=176352.10220574.mY73YW

6. Ibid.

7. Ibid.

8. Ibid.

9. Ibid.

10. Ibid.

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Yes, I'll chip $5 a month.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Obamacare (We can stop repeal! Here's how.)

While pulling an all-nighter, the GOP landed their first strike in the fight against Obamacare when most Americans were sleeping.

Dear MoveOn member,

They did it. While pulling an all-nighter, the GOP landed their first strike in the fight against Obamacare when most Americans were sleeping.1

The marathon voting session ended with Republicans passing a budget reconciliation bill that sets the wheels in motion for repealing the Affordable Care Act.

But all hope is not lost.

MoveOn has an all-hands-on-deck plan to fight this repeal by making Republican Congressional phones ring off the hook, confronting legislators with their constituents' searing personal stories, and ensuring they're met with a firestorm of protest everywhere they go—from the streets to social media. If we win, we stop the Trump agenda in its tracks and save health care for tens of millions of Americans at the same time.

To win, we need to act fast. Can you chip in $3 to help supercharge our plan to save Obamacare?

Yes, I'll chip in $3.

Though they've succeeded in taking the first step to repeal health coverage for tend of millions of Americans, the GOP's scheme is not going smoothly.

The plan had been to repeal Obamacare quickly—their original deadline was next Friday, January 20—and then come up with a replacement later. That's out the window. At least seven Republicans have said they want to wait until a replacement is ready before they'll repeal.2

And then the other shoe dropped: Donald Trump flatly contradicted everyone in his party this week, saying that Obamacare repeal and replace should happen "essentially simultaneously," "probably some time next week."3,4 This is impossible. Trump would need eight Democratic senators to vote with him on an Obamacare replacement, at a time when Democrats are standing firmly in opposition.

Republicans are cracking. It's time to drive a chisel into the GOP's cracks and pound until they break into pieces.

Will you donate $3 now to help us ensure their plan cracks under pressure?

Repealing Obamacare was supposed to be a cakewalk for the GOP—but there are critical faults in their plan's foundation:

  • Reality is sinking in: this would be a disaster. Repeal would tank insurance for 30 million people, cost 3 million jobs, and blow a hole in the deficit.5,6,7 But the clincher is the individual families whose lives would be thrown into chaos or worse. If the public blamed Republicans for causing one tragedy after another, the GOP would be political toast.
  • The GOP's big idea is hideously unpopular. The poll results are arriving, and they're ugly. Only one in five Americans wants repeal without a replacement.8 Four in five don't. The mounting progressive pushback is making this very vivid, very fast.
  • Republicans can't agree on a replacement ... for good reason. The public wants a system that is more liberal—with better coverage for more people and lower costs for patients. But all the plans that Republicans have floated are far stingier than Obamacare, covering millions fewer people.9 That's why none of them has come close to getting broad Republican support: because when people start looking at them, all of the GOP plans would be political stinkers. And, again, Republicans would need at least eight Democratic Senate votes to pass a replacement. Not going to happen.

In other words, the GOP has painted itself into a corner: they promised their most partisan supporters that they would repeal Obamacare, but they've got no way to replace it, and repealing without a replacement would backfire completely.

Republicans have taken a step towards repeal with their recent vote in the dead of night, but we can drive the GOP off their tracks with your help.

Republicans gave themselves a new deadline of January 27 to actually vote on repealing the law, which means we have just two weeks to ensure they fail.

This is when it's most important to go big on health care—when the momentum is on our side and the Republicans are desperate. Can you contribute $3?

Yes, here's $3. Go for it!

Remember what happened last November: the fact that Republicans are in turmoil doesn't mean they're definitely going to lose. But it means they might lose. And that's why our strategy presses on all three of their key vulnerabilities.

Individual stories are at the heart of MoveOn's campaign—deployed through videos, speak-out events, and lobby visits in DC to hit uneasy Republicans right in the gut.

Through floods of phone calls (17,000 last week!), in-state protests (82 last month, many more in the works) and a slew of social media tactics, we're making sure they can't forget how unpopular their plan is. This weekend, MoveOn members will be gathering at more than 400 community organizing meetings at which defending our health care will be on the agenda—and showing up at dozens of rallies led by Democratic Senators and members of Congress to defend health care. In two weeks, we'll be back at Senate offices across the country continuing to hammer this message.

And, crucially, we're working hand in glove with Senate and House Democrats to keep them united in opposition. It's working. As Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told thousands of MoveOn members on a conference call this Monday night that also featured Senator Elizabeth Warren, "Not a single Democrat is negotiating. We ain't resting until the move to repeal the ACA has a dagger through its heart."10

Setting up a massive phone program, organizing coordinated local demonstrations, and setting up 9000-person national strategy conference calls with Senate leaders isn't cheap, but it's hugely valuable. Can you help make it possible?

Click here to chip in $3 to go on offense against the Republican extremism on health care.

This is a strange sort of fight we're in. Victory, if we achieve it, is unlikely to involve winning a decisive vote on C-SPAN. Instead, winning means keeping our side united and theirs divided—keeping Republicans busy negotiating a health care bill that never quite seems to click, battling for for months and beyond as Trump's momentum on every other issue leaches away. Every day they don't repeal Obamacare is a day we've won.

Bernie Sanders is calling this fight "Our First Stand."11 He's right. It's the Republicans' first big legislative test—and if we draw the line here, we slow them down on absolutely everything else. But it's more than that. By drawing the line here, we show our fellow Americans that, no matter their race or religion or even their politics, we believe their health and lives have value, and that health care is a right. We show what we stand for. And we show ourselves, no matter who holds office, the kind of country we want to be.

Thanks for all you do.

–Ben W., Gabriela, Jamiah, Alex, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Senate Approves First Step Toward Repealing Obamacare in Late-Night Session," NBC, January 12, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/7526?t=22&akid=176197.10220574.AXcEQH

2. "Push for Swift Obamacare Repeal Splits GOP Ahead of Key Vote," Bloomberg, January 10, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/7495?t=24&akid=176197.10220574.AXcEQH

3. "Donald Trump's big press conference transcript: Annotating everything the president-elect said," The Washington Post, January 11, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/7496?t=26&akid=176197.10220574.AXcEQH

4. "Trump Tells Congress to Repeal Health Care Law 'Very Quickly,'" The New York Times, January 10, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/7497?t=28&akid=176197.10220574.AXcEQH

5. "Implications of Partial Repeal of the ACA through Reconciliation," The Urban Institute, December 6, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/7253?t=30&akid=176197.10220574.AXcEQH

6. "Obamacare repeal costs: 3 million jobs gone, $1.5 trillion in lost gross state product," CNBC, January 5, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/7498?t=32&akid=176197.10220574.AXcEQH

7 "Fully repealing Obamacare will cost $350 billion," CNN Money, January 4, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/7499?t=34&akid=176197.10220574.AXcEQH

8. "Poll: Public Divided on Repealing Obamacare, But Few Want It Repealed Without Replacement Details," Kaiser Family Foundation, January 6, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/7500?t=36&akid=176197.10220574.AXcEQH

9. "What we know about how Republicans might replace Obamacare," Vox, January 5, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/7501?t=38&akid=176197.10220574.AXcEQH

10. "Schumer: No Democrat is compromising with GOP on Obamacare replacement," The Washington Post, January 10, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/7502?t=40&akid=176197.10220574.AXcEQH

11. "'Our First Stand' rallies set from coast to coast," Augusta Free Press, January 7, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/7503?t=42&akid=176197.10220574.AXcEQH

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 us?

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


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sunday in Long Beach: Community meeting to resist Trump

Join MoveOn members and allies this Sunday at community meetings to resist Trump.

 
☆YOU'RE INVITED!☆
Community Meeting to Resist Trump in Long Beach this Sunday

Where: Long Beach West End

Long Beach, NY

When: 2:00 PM , Sunday, January 15

What: Join MoveOn members and our allies across the country as we come together to talk about what resistance looks like on the local level and to make a plan for how we’ll protect our communities, defend our democracy, and resist the new administration every step of the way. Nearly 9,000 MoveOn members have already signed up to attend more than 500 meetings across the country, all hosted by local volunteers. Can you join us at a community meeting to resist Trump this Sunday at 2:00 PM in Long Beach?

 
 

 

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 $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 January 13th, 2017. To change your email address or update your contact info, click here. To remove yourself from this list, click here.

Trump vs. CNN (sign the petition)

Will you sign my petition calling on the White House Correspondents' Association to stand strong against Trump's outrageous bullying of the media?

Dear MoveOn member,

At Donald Trump's first press conference as president-elect, he berated and blacklisted CNN reporter Jim Acosta for daring to ask questions in reference to CNN's bombshell reporting on Trump's relationship with Russia. The incoming White House press secretary threatened to throw Acosta out for daring to do his job and ask questions, and another Trump adviser verbally attacked him, too.1

Will you sign my petition calling on the White House Correspondents' Association to stand strong against Trump's outrageous bullying of the media?

If Trump blacklists or bans one of you, the rest of you need to stand up. Instead of ignoring Trump's bad behavior and going about your business, close ranks and stand up for journalism. Don't keep talking about what Trump wants to talk about. Amplify your colleague's inquiry or refuse to engage until Trump removes that person or media outlet from the blacklist.

You would expect that the press would be outraged at such behavior from the administration. But you would be wrong. The press acted like none of this happened.2 They ignored that their colleague was being punished and shut out right in the middle of the press conference and continued engaging with Trump as if nothing out of the ordinary was going on.

Trump has a history of doing this to the press—and worse.

He banned The Des Moines Register from covering his events. He banned Univision from attending his events. He revoked The Washington Post's credentials for a length of time in retaliation for a headline that he didn't like. He revoked Politico's credentials for a while to punish them for an article that he didn't like.3 BuzzFeed—which Trump called a "failing pile of garbage" during the press conference—has been on a blacklist since June of 2015.4 The Daily Beast is on the blacklist and is almost always denied credentials as a result.5 And this list isn't exhaustive.

But journalists covering Trump don't learn. Time and time again—as one outlet after another is frozen out—reporters continue to go about their interactions with Trump and his people as if nothing is wrong.

Enough is enough. Some principles are more important than competition among news outlets.

If a free press has any hope of surviving the next four years, we need the journalists covering Trump to pledge: If Trump blacklists one of you, the rest of you need to stand up.

Tell the White House press corps: If you see Trump blacklisting a reporter or a media outlet, speak up and fight back. If not, you could be next.

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

Thanks!

—Angelo Carusone, Media Matters

Sources:

1. "Acosta: Trump spokesman threatened to expel me," CNN, January 11, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/7504?t=5&akid=176180.10220574.l6DPqe

2. "Trump Just Shot Jim Acosta In The Middle Of Fifth Avenue And The Press Didn't Blink," Media Matters, January 11, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/7505?t=7&akid=176180.10220574.l6DPqe

3. "'The Blacklist': Here are the media outlets banned by Donald Trump," CNN, June 14, 2015
http://act.moveon.org/go/7506?t=9&akid=176180.10220574.l6DPqe

4. "Furious Trump torches BuzzFeed: It's a 'failing pile of garbage,'" Business Insider, January 11, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/7507?t=11&akid=176180.10220574.l6DPqe

5. "'The Blacklist': Here are the media outlets banned by Donald Trump," CNN, June 14, 2015
http://act.moveon.org/go/7506?t=13&akid=176180.10220574.l6DPqe

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