Monday, May 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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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ice cream is delicious. This is disgusting.

This is Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Today I'm writing about something that leaves a foul taste in my mouth: money in politics.

Dear MoveOn member,

This is Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream—but today I'm writing about something that leaves a foul taste in my mouth: money in politics.

Jeb Bush has raised so much money that he's told his billionaire donors to give no more than $1 million now and save the rest for later—and he's going to let his Super PAC run his campaign.1,2 The billionaire Koch brothers have pledged $100 million to the candidates they support, likely including Governor Scott Walker's run for president.3,4 While Ted Cruz raised $4 million in a few days, he helped his Super PAC raise $31 million.5 And Hillary Clinton is planning on raising $200-300 million for Super PACs that back her—in addition to $2.5 billion for her own campaign.6

This system is disgusting. It's proof that our democracy is more awash in political spending than ever. It's a reminder that the richest 1%, corporations, and their lobbyists are going to own these elections—and that pushes the rest of us to the sidelines.

Fortunately, MoveOn's 8 million members are doing something about this—and I know, because I'm a MoveOn member, and I see the meaningful, long-term work MoveOn is doing to overturn Citizens United.

Which is why I'm writing today: Will you join me in supporting MoveOn's efforts to overturn Citizens United and combat its impact? If you donate $10 or more, my friends from MoveOn will send you a stamp that you can use to legally stamp your own dollar bills with this simple message: "Amend the Constitution—Stamp Money Out Of Politics."

Click here to chip in, join the campaign to overturn Citizens' United, and help stamp big money out of politics.

MoveOn members have a track record of effective work on these issues.

  • MoveOn members helped push the Senate to hold a historic vote on a Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United last fall. 
  • MoveOn members were part of the coalition that delivered 5 million signatures calling to overturn Citizens United this January.
  • Over 100,000 MoveOn members signed petitions, made phone calls, and attended rallies urging President Obama to issue an executive order that all federal contractors must disclose political spending.

And I know that my fellow MoveOn members and I are in this for the long haul—from achieving those executive orders to taking campaign finance reforms to the state level to ultimately bringing a constitutional amendment through Congress and to the nation.

There's work to be done—and it's not getting funded by Jeb Bush's Super PAC.

Will you join me in fueling MoveOn's work to stamp Big Money out of politics? And if you give 10 bucks or more, I'll send you your very own stamp so you can spread the message on your own.

Click here to get your stamp—and help stamp Big Money out of politics—with a donation of $10 or more.

I founded the Stamp Stampede because I've realized that getting money out of politics is the single most important fight of our generation. Whether you want to break up the big banks, reduce the Pentagon's budget, or fight climate change, you have to start by reclaiming our democracy.

The Stamp Stampede has grown into a movement of tens of thousands of Americans, stamping dollar bills and circulating important ideas throughout the American economy. The more we can spread the word, the more we can build the movement. Each stamped bill will be seen an average of 875 times; it's like a petition on steroids!7

So, I'm ready to send you a stamp—and I'm ready to add my own stamp of approval to MoveOn's work. Let's not let billionaires have all the fun. This is our country. Let's stamp out Big Money and take our democracy back.

Click here to let me send you a stamp—just pitch in $10 or more to MoveOn's ongoing, long-haul work to reclaim our political system.

With you in the fight,

–Ben Cohen, Stamper-in-Chief

P.S. Here's an example of what a stamped bill looks like:


What do you say? Are you ready to get stamping?

Yes, I'll chip in $10 or more, get my stamp, and join you and MoveOn in the fight to stamp money out of politics.

Sources:

1. "Jeb Bush asks donors to limit gifts to $1 million," Morningstar, March 4, 2015 

2. "The robots are here: Jeb Bush and the first super PAC-run campaign," The Washington Post, April 21, 2015

3. "Koch-backed network aims to spend nearly $1 billion in run-up to 2016," The Washington Post, January 26, 2015 

4. "Scott Walker Is King of Kochworld," Bloomberg Politics, February 17, 2015  

5. "Network of 'Super PACs' Says It Has Raised $31 Million for Ted Cruz," The New York Times, April 8, 2015

6. "Hillary Clinton Embraces a 'Super PAC,' Trying to Erode a Republican Edge," The New York Times, May 6, 2015

7. The Stamp Stampede, accessed May 12, 2015


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Friday, May 22, 2015

#5: Reinvent education

Are you ready to fight for the future of public education?
The Big Picture
Dear fellow MoveOn member,

Elementary school students waking at 2 a.m. with nightmares about high-stakes tests. Middle schoolers stuck in crowded classrooms in underfunded schools. College grads whose reward for surviving it all is a lifetime of debt.

Our broken education system is squashing passion for learning, eroding the love of teaching, and grinding up generations of young people. It's time to reinvent education, and I need your help to get the word out.

Watch and share "Reinvent Education," video #5 in my Big Picture series with MoveOn.

Reinvent Education

Powerful special interests see schools only as sources of potential profit, and they blame the same hard-working teachers who buy supplies out of their own pockets for all of the problems in American education. The last thing they want is for millions of Americans to see this video.

Please watch and share today, and not only will you help shed light on commonsense solutions—you will be voting for MoveOn to campaign on reinventing education, in close partnership with our allies.

Here's what American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten had to say about the video: "Reich's strategy to reinvent public education is a sensible, actionable way to give children the schools and services they need to succeed. Count me in."

If you want to fight for the future of education, please watch and share now.

Thanks for all you do.

–Robert Reich

P.S. In case you missed them, once you've watched Reinvent Education, be sure to check out the timely Fight for $15, Help Families Work, Expand Social Security, and Tame Wall Street videos, which you can access through the website.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Did you see this article?

Dear MoveOn member,

Did you see Nicholas Kristoff's article in The New York Times last week? He eloquently described the plight of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, who are stranded at sea in cramped, dangerous ships to escape persecution by their home country's religious majority.

As he noted, individual activists have been scrambling to prevent thousands of people from dying—without much help from world leaders: 

"Chris Lewa of the Arakan Project, a human rights group, said she has been in cellphone contact with two ships full of refugees, and she suspects that there are more farther from land and thus out of cellphone range. One is drifting without engines or adequate food, and she, as a private citizen, has been frantically trying to organize a search-and-rescue effort to save the passengers—so far, unsuccessfully."1

As Kristoff notes, the U.S. could stop this without military action. So why isn't President Obama doing so? Our friends at United to End Genocide have launched a powerful campaign calling on President Obama to take action now. Will you add your name?

President Obama, I call on you to help the Rohingya trapped at sea, fleeing the threat of genocide. The U.S. government must help with immediate search-and-rescue operations to find and rescue the Rohingya, use all influence they have to push countries in the region to welcome all those stranded at sea, and call on Myanmar to stop attacking the Rohingya so they can live safely in their homes.

Fleeing the threat of genocide, thousands of ethnic minority Rohingya from Myanmar are trapped at sea in crowded wooden boats. With food and clean water running low, their lives are in danger.

Because of our pressure, the governments of Indonesia and Malaysia announced they will accept 7,000 Rohingya fleeing the threat of genocide, and the U.S. is also willing to help with resettlement.2,3 It's an important first step, but accepting victims is not enough—they need to be found and rescued. The Andaman Sea is about to become a floating mass grave, and it's because of the failure of governments, including that of the United States, to do what is necessary.

President Obama should call the leaders of Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, urging them to rescue and shelter refugees. The United States should assist with these rescue operations, and we must also make it clear that the root problem—Myanmar's persecution of the Rohingya—must stop.

Unless the policies of hate end in Myanmar, the crisis will only escalate. We must act now to save those stranded at sea and take the steps needed to protect the Rohingya who remain in Myanmar.

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

Thanks!

–Anna, Bobby, Corinne, Manny, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Crisis at Sea," The New York Times, May 14, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=304470&id=116874-10220574-6znDZHx&t=2

2. "Indonesia and Malaysia to Help Muslim Migrants Stranded at Sea," The New York Times, May 20, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=304494&id=116874-10220574-6znDZHx&t=3

3. "U.S. Is Willing to Take in Rohingya Boat People," Time, May 20, 2015
http://time.com/3891541/rohingya-myanmar-asia-boat-people/

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Fight climate change: Stop the TPP

Dear MoveOn member,

President Obama and the U.S. Congress need to hear from you before they rush toward approving a massive new trade agreement that would benefit corporations and undercut serious efforts to fight climate change.

This deal—the Trans-Pacific Partnership or TPP—has been called "NAFTA on steroids."1 It's the latest and largest in a series of international agreements that have attacked working women and men, fueled mindless and carbon-intensive consumption, and prevented governments from enforcing their own laws to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

NAFTA-esque deals around the world have been a disaster for democracy, good jobs, and environmental justice, which is why I hope you'll click here and sign the petition to stop the TPP from being rushed through Congress.

Trade deals such as NAFTA and the TPP bestow corporations with outrageous new powers, including the right to directly challenge participating governments for enacting any measures that jeopardize their profits. These corporate grievances are heard by unelected, unaccountable trade tribunals—and as history has shown, the energy and mining giants will seize on them to try to gut all manner of environmental laws.2

Existing trade deals and World Trade Organization rules are already being used to block subsidies for renewable energy and other supports for the clean energy sector.3 And the expansion of such agreements has gone hand in hand with the accelerating rise in greenhouse gas emissions.4

In short, this corporate free trade model that the TPP represents isn't only destabilizing our economies—it's also a key reason why our governments have failed to come to grips with the climate crisis.

Will you click here now, sign the petition, and send a message to President Obama and your representatives in Congress that if they're serious about fighting climate change, they must not rush the TPP through Congress?

History tells a clear story of poorly written trade agreements spelling disaster for the environment. In 2009, Canada's largest province, Ontario, passed the Green Energy and Green Economy Act—an ambitious plan to curb fossil fuels. For four years, it increased the production and use of renewable energy and created 31,000 jobs, and by 2013, only one coal plant remained in operation.5

That's where the good news ends.

Because of Ontario's attempts to build its local wind and solar industries, Canada was challenged for violating trade obligations—and soon, a core element of the province's green energy plan was scrapped.6 The message was clear for governments everywhere: If you take robust steps to fight climate change that threaten multinational corporations, you'll be challenged—and beaten—in unelected trade tribunals.

After years of runaway emissions growth, scientists warn that this is our last chance to prevent catastrophic climate change. The TPP would make that job significantly harder. Yet the U.S. Congress could vote next week to rush through the TPP without debate or amendment.

Please take a moment to send an important message to President Obama and the U.S. Congress: The world is watching. Allowing corporations to challenge democratic laws condemns us all to an unlivable future. Don't continue this downward spiral—reject the TPP, and reject the attempt to fast-track it through Congress.

Thank you. Keep up the fight.

–Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, activist, and author of "The Shock Doctrine", "No Logo", and her most recent book, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate."

Sources:

1. "NAFTA on Steroids," The Nation, June 27, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=304178&id=&id=&t=2&id=116782-10220574-uJkFuyx&t=1

2. "What Is ISDS?" AFL-CIO, accessed May 4, 2015
http://www.aflcio.org/Issues/Trade/What-Is-ISDS

3. "Some Very Initial Thoughts on the US-China Deal," This Changes Everything, November 12, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=304282&id=116782-10220574-uJkFuyx&t=2

5. "Trading Away Our Environmental Future: The Trans-Pacific Partnership," Truthout, January 21, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=304283&id=116782-10220574-uJkFuyx&t=3

6. Ibid.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The way to tame Wall Street that no one wants to talk about

This is the fourth idea in our series, "The Big Picture: Ten Ideas to Save the Economy."
The Big Picture
Dear fellow MoveOn member,

There is only one way to truly tame Wall Street, so that everyday Americans like you and me don't end up losing our jobs or our savings or our homes.

You won't see this solution on mainstream TV. Please watch and share it now.

Tame Wall Street

This is the fourth idea in our series, "The Big Picture: Ten Ideas to Save the Economy." And while it may seem like a big, crazy idea to the Washington beltway crowd, it's actually totally reasonable—and we've done it before.

If you want to make it real, I encourage you to watch and share the video today—because MoveOn will be launching campaigns on the ideas in this series that win the most shares from members like you.

Thanks for all you do.

–Robert Reich

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Monsanto at it again

Recently introduced legislation (H.R.1599) would prohibit any state efforts to require labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs).
Dear MoveOn member,

Recently introduced legislation (H.R.1599) would prohibit any state efforts to require labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs), overruling legislation already passed in Maine, Vermont and Connecticut as well as bills moving in many other states.1

That's why I started a petition to the U.S. House of Representatives, which says:

I urge you to reject Representative Mike Pompeo's "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act" (H.R.1599), which would prohibit states from requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods, or GMOs.

This bill, which is being promoted by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, would prevent states from requiring GMO labels at any time. In fact, this bill is so anti-consumer it is commonly referred to as the "Deny Americans the Right to Know (or DARK) Act."

I urge you to reject this industry bill. We have a right to know what is in our food so that we can make informed choices about the food we eat.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, an industry group that represents Monsanto, Nestle, Dow, and Pepsi, is pushing this bill because it would let its members continue to keep quiet about their production and use of GMOs. 2

We need to make sure our members of Congress hear from their actual constituents, since they're already hearing from the industry lobbyists. Over 90% of voters support required labels for GMOs.3 Industry should not use Congress to undermine the public's right to know or the decisions of state legislatures that are responding to what their citizens want.

It's our right to know what's in our food, and corporations should not be allowed to keep us in the dark.

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

Thanks!

–Sarah

Sources:

1. "State Labeling Legislation Map," Center for Food Safety, Accessed May 18, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=304462&id=116471-10220574-8lE8ycx&t=1

2. "Monsanto Wants to Keep You in The DARK," Food & Water Watch, March 25, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=304463&id=116471-10220574-8lE8ycx&t=2

3. Ibid.

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