Saturday, April 25, 2015

Have an idea for a petition?

Do you have an idea for a petition? Help change the world and start your own MoveOn petition today.

Dear MoveOn member,

Ever heard Margaret Mead's famous saying? "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

That's the story of MoveOn. In 1998, when a Republican Congress was focusing all its efforts on impeaching President Clinton, two people with no political experience started a simple online petition: "Censure President Clinton and Move On to Pressing Issues Facing the Nation."

They shared their petition with their friends, and within days they had hundreds of thousands of signatures. Today, MoveOn has over 8 million members—mostly folks who got involved by signing an online petition, and have stayed active in helping to fight for a progressive America.

That's why we launched MoveOn Petitions where you can start your own online petition and invite your friends to sign it. We'll send the most popular petitions to other MoveOn members to help build support for your cause.

It's easy to get started—just click here.

Thanks!

–Milan, Corinne, Maria, Ben, and the rest of the team

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

VIDEO: Why Elizabeth Warren should run

On Monday, I gave a speech in NYC about why Elizabeth Warren would be the best presidential candidate to take on big money in politics. Will you give it a watch and maybe share with a friend?
Run Warren Run

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

On Monday, I spoke with a room full of MoveOn members about the critical need to get big money out of our politics—and why I think Elizabeth Warren would be the best presidential candidate to take on this challenge today.

Will you watch me explain why and then share the video with friends?

Larry Lessig at Run Warren Run event

We all know that there's a laundry list of issues that need to be addressed by our next president—climate change, Social Security expansion, and more. But I believe wholeheartedly that the root of corruption in our government and economic inequality in our country today is the rampant, unaccountable money in our politics.

Elizabeth Warren has consistently shown that she has the independence, passion, and commitment to tackle this problem.

That's why I hope you'll watch me explain why we need her voice in the 2016 presidential debate and then share my video with a friend or two.

Thanks for all you do.

–Lessig

Lawrence Lessig is a professor at Harvard Law School and a co-founder of Mayday PAC, which fights to get big money out of politics.


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Elizabeth Warren

I'm joining the growing, grassroots movement and calling on Elizabeth Warren to run for president.
Dear MoveOn member,

This is Lawrence Lessig, the founder of Mayday PAC. Last night I made a big announcement: I'm joining the growing, grassroots movement and calling on Elizabeth Warren to run for president.

Now that I've spoken out, I'd like you to join me.

Will you support the campaign to draft Elizabeth Warren for president?

America is facing huge challenges. Growing income inequality. Money in politics. Wall Street corruption.

And the reality is that too many of these issues will simply be ignored without someone like Elizabeth Warren in the race.

Now you've probably heard that Senator Warren says she isn't running for president. But you know who also said that? Barack Obama.

He's not the only one. Dwight Eisenhower insisted he wouldn't run until the January before the election in 1952. (Check the calendar—January 2016 is nine months from now.) People started urging Ted Kennedy to run for president all the way back in 1968, and he finally ran in 1980.

In each of these cases, the candidate changed his mind because of an outpouring of grassroots support.

And that's what we're seeing today—but it's up to us to keep the momentum going. Will you chip in $3?

Yes, I'll chip in to help keep the Run Warren Run movement going strong.

Thanks for all you do.

–Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig is a professor at Harvard Law School and the founder of Mayday PAC, which fights to get big money out of politics. 

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Governors Scott Walker and Chris Christie are joining forces

Governors Scott Walker and Chris Christie are joining forces with 24 other state leaders to challenge the White House's historic deportation deferment policy. On Friday, the federal appeals court opened its hearing on this case—and hundreds of activists rallied to support immigration reform. Join them in standing up for immigrant families and telling Governors Scott Walker and Chris Christie to drop this bogus lawsuit. Click here to add your name.


Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Matt Hildreth of America's Voice, and I started a petition to Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. Scott Walker, which says:

Withdraw your support for the lawsuit attacking immigrant youth and undocumented parents of U.S. citizens.

Two Republican presidential hopefuls, Gov. Scott Walker and Gov. Chris Christie, have joined forces to attack an estimated five million immigrants with deeps roots to their communities.1

Last November, after months of pressure from millions of immigration reform activists, President Obama announced two new immigration policies to protect millions of people who grew up in America without papers and parents of US citizens who don't have an immigration status from deportation.

This was one of the biggest wins for the immigrant community in nearly a generation, but Gov. Walker and Gov. Christie have joined a host of Republican Governors and state attorneys general on a bogus and mean spirited lawsuit designed to delay the implementation of these new programs.

I'm so sick of Republicans playing politics with the lives of so many people.

Please join me in demanding that Gov. Walker and Gov. Christie withdraw their support for the bogus lawsuit attacking immigrant youth and undocumented parents of U.S. citizens.

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

Thanks!

–Matt

Source:

1. "Christie Tacks Right by Joining Republican Immigration Lawsuit," Bloomberg Politics, March 26, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=304094&id=112362-10220574-10rg5zx&t=2

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Call Pres. Obama: Strike a blow vs. Citizens United

Dear MoveOn member,

Can you take a moment to call President Obama and ask him to strike a blow against Citizens United? He needs to hear from you today.

Over 500,000 Americans—including more than 100,000 MoveOn members—recently signed a petition asking the president to sign an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose all their political spending, which amounts to potentially hundreds of millions of dollars flowing from some of our nation's biggest corporations into political organizations. Then, two weeks ago, many Americans joined rallies across the country to sound the alarm.1

Now, it's time to call the president directly.

Can you call the White House to support an executive order combating political dark money?

When you call, deliver a message like this: "The president was right when he called for 'better politics' during his State of the Union address. That's why he should use his authority to combat dark money and sign an executive order requiring government contractors to disclose their political spending."

Here's where to call: 855-980-5638
You'll hear a short message about this executive order, then be directed to the White House comments line where you can speak to an operator.

Then, report your call so we can hear your feedback and count you among the thousands of Americans who are speaking out for reducing corporate influence in our political system.

Right now, the country's biggest corporations can funnel millions of dollars into political organizations without disclosing it—and some of these companies are federal contractors, which means they are using taxpayer dollars.2

We have a right to know whom they're donating to and how much. Shining a light on that information may reveal the contours of pay-to-play politics in America and may make CEOs think twice about how they are using their corporate coffers.

The president can take this step with a stroke of his pen—and Republicans in Congress can't stop him.3 But he needs to know that this is what the American people want.

Many of the other organizations that work on getting big money out of politics are asking members to call the White House today—and all of us together can create a clamor so loud that the president and the media will have to pay attention. That's why MoveOn members are joining this action today to help amplify this message—and why we'll stay in this fight against Citizens United for the long haul.

Please call the White House now and help strike a blow against Citizens United.

Please call now:

855-980-5638—which will direct you to the White House comments line.  

Then, click here to tell us about your call.

Thanks for all you do.

Jo, Jadzia, Bobby, Justin K., and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Will Obama Shine Light on Dark Money?" Bloomberg View, April 10, 2015  
http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-04-10/will-obama-force-corporate-donors-to-disclose-

2. "Dark Money Casts a Sinister Shadow Across the Land," The Huffington Post, March 2, 2015       
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=303774&id=&id=111935-10220574-m02KfUx&t=3

3. "President Obama Could Unmask Big Political Donors," The New York Times, March 23, 2015  
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=303773&id=&id=111935-10220574-m02KfUx&t=4

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Tweet now to defend diplomacy with Iran

Tweet your House member right now to ask them to sign on to the Schakowsky-Price-Doggett pro-diplomacy letter to President Obama.
Dear MoveOn member, 

Yesterday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed S.615, which is essentially an anti-diplomacy bill that—if it becomes law—would give hawks in Congress the power to block a deal with Iran.1

And today, the fight for diplomacy with Iran made its way to the House of Representatives, with three lawmakers—Representatives Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), and David Price (D-NC)—circulating a letter to President Obama expressing their strong support for the ongoing nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 nations and Iran.

We need MoveOn members to support these historic talks and the emerging framework for peace. Can you tweet at your representative right now asking that he or she sign on to the Schakowsky-Doggett-Price letter to President Obama? 

We've made it easy for you to tweet at your representative. All you have to do is click on the link below. The deadline for sign-ons is noon tomorrow.

Tweet your representative now.

Let's be clear: Yesterday's Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote on S.615, the so-called Corker bill, was a setback for MoveOn members who have fought long and hard for diplomacy. But it's certainly not the end of the fight, and diplomacy can still prevail.

The Schakowsky-Doggett-Price letter is an opportunity for us to get pro-diplomacy Democrats in the House on the record. And we'll need them to be visible as we press on to the June 30 deadline for negotiations. 

Signing on to a high-visibility, pro-diplomacy letter is a great first step.

Thanks for all you do.

–Jo, Erica, Ben O., Brian, and the rest of the team

Source:

1. "How Ben Cardin and Bob Corker clinched the Iran deal," Politico, April 14, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=304075&id=111844-10220574-9dwxr3x&t=1

  

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Elizabeth Warren: "I want to see who else gets in this race ..."

"... and what the issues are that they push." Have you heard Elizabeth Warren's recent interview? Check out this video.
Run Warren Run

Dear MoveOn member,

Just two days before Hillary Clinton made her candidacy for president official, this is what Senator Elizabeth Warren said on CNN when asked about whether she'd consider stepping into the presidential race:

I want to see who else gets in this race, and I want to see what the issues are that they push, because this is really key. What issues are people going to talk about?1

That's exactly what the Run Warren Run campaign is about—elevating that unique voice that Sen. Elizabeth Warren gives to the most important issues we face today and bringing it into the presidential debate.

Recently, Sen. Warren appeared on The HuffPost Show to talk about the issues that matter most to her—those that she considers to be the most pressing for our country.

The interview epitomizes the reason people can't stop talking about Elizabeth Warren. She speaks with conviction and moral clarity on the issues in a way nobody else is doing right now.

Check out the video today and share it with friends. It's the best reminder we've seen in a long time of the politics we should be aspiring to:

Elizabeth Warren on the HuffPo Show

Thanks for all you do.

–Mark, Stephen, Ben O., Maria, and the rest of the team

P.S. The interview's a little long, but it's entirely worth it. And be sure to watch the part where the hosts play a special message from actor and activist Mark Ruffalo that he recorded especially for Sen. Warren—it's just after the 21-minute point.

Sources:

1. "Elizabeth Warren: My 2016 dream candidate fights for middle-class families," CNN, April 10, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=304053&id=111820-10220574-EpEevFx&t=3

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