Sunday, July 27, 2014

Netroots to Obama: Don't kill the Internet

Dear MoveOn member,

When President Obama visited Silicon Valley and Los Angeles this week for fundraisers, our protests filled the news coverage from California to Washington—on ABC, NBC, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Hill, and more.

It was awesome. Hundreds of activists with MoveOn.org, Free Press, CREDO, Color of Change, Demand Progress, and other grassroots, Internet-based groups came out to deliver a message to President Obama: fulfill your promise to protect Net Neutrality, and stop the FCC's proposal to turn the Internet into a pay-to-play scheme that favors wealthy corporations.

Have a look for yourself—and then share this short video of the big day with everyone you know, so that pressure mounts on President Obama to speak out to stop the FCC's plan to kill the Internet before it's too late:

Watch the video!

We're being heard. The president's motorcade drove right by us—aides and reporters rolling down windows to get a glimpse of our signs and hear our chants: "Barack Obama, yes you can, stop Tom Wheeler's stupid plan!"

Since his first campaign for president, President Obama has promised to preserve the open Internet that helped him get elected and that every American relies on to access information, start a new business, and compete on a level playing field. But he has yet to address the issue this summer or push for the FCC to preserve true "Net Neutrality" by treating broadband Internet as a public utility.

Now, President Obama is sitting on the sidelines while Tom Wheeler, the FCC chair that he appointed, moves ahead with a plan that would kill the Internet as a level playing field for all.

The president has a choice—allow the FCC to do the bidding of Verizon and Comcast and oversee the death of the open Internet, or use his political megaphone to call for the real solution: treating the Internet as a public utility.

There's still time for the president to call for what's right. And there's time for us to demand that he take that stand.

Can you watch and share this video so that more people know that, yes, President Obama can take a stand to save the Internet?

Thanks for all you do.

–Maria, Rosy, Bobby, Victoria, and the rest of the team


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Got an idea for a petition?

Got an idea for your own campaign? Click below to start a petition on MoveOn's petition website.

Start your Petition

Dear MoveOn member,

Here's how it'll go:

You see something that needs a change, so you start a petition on MoveOn's website.

You recruit your friends to sign it and they, in turn, get their friends.

We send it out to some of our members and they get really excited about it, so we send it to everyone in your city, your state, or maybe even all 8 million MoveOn members.

Now that you have a bunch of people on board, you organize them. We give you the support you need. You use our email tool to have them call their representatives, get more signers, go to events.

MoveOn pays for you to print up copies of your petition, and you deliver it to the person you're petitioning. You get on TV and in the newspaper. 

And you win.

It's happened hundreds of times already. It could very easily happen to you. All you need is a good enough idea and the willingness to put in the time. Show us you mean business and we'll be with you every step of the way. You really can do this. How about it?

Click here to start your own petition right now.

Thanks for all you do.

–Milan, Maria, Bobby, Mark, and the rest of the team

P.S. If you get 20 signatures on your petition, we'll email it to at least 1,000 people in your area to help it grow (assuming, of course, that it's consistent with MoveOn members' progressive values).

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Suing Obama

Sign the petition: Tell Speaker Boehner and House Republicans to stop wasting millions of our tax dollars on their partisan lawsuit against President Obama and move on to the real issues facing our country.

"Speaker Boehner and House Republicans: Stop wasting millions of our tax dollars on your partisan lawsuit against President Obama. Please move on to the real issues facing our country."

Sign the Petition!

Dear MoveOn member,

House Speaker John Boehner just took his next step toward a taxpayer-funded lawsuit against President Obama. His reason? President Obama has used his executive authority to get things done, while Congress has dithered.

In a recent membership vote, 88% of MoveOn members said that if John Boehner launched this wasteful lawsuit, then holding him accountable should be a top MoveOn priority.

So we're fighting back. Together, we can elevate the profile of this ridiculous lawsuit, expose it as partisan politics at its worst, and ensure that it reinforces the worst of the GOP brand, backfiring on Republicans in the November elections.

Will you sign our petition to demonstrate your opposition to this latest Republican outrage? We've set a goal of 100,000 signatures—and we'll be reporting the numbers to the media in real time.

The petition says: "Speaker Boehner and House Republicans: Stop wasting millions of our tax dollars on your partisan lawsuit against President Obama. Please move on to the real issues facing our country."

Click here to sign, and then pass it on to your friends.

With elections approaching, this could be political suicide for Republicans. If we shine a huge spotlight on this insanity, it could drive down GOP popularity like the government shutdown last fall. New polling confirms that a large majority of Americans—including many Republicans—do not want the GOP wasting millions of our tax dollars on this political stunt.1

Yet today, the Republican-controlled House Rules Committee moved forward with legislation to authorize the lawsuit—laying the groundwork for a vote on the full House floor next week. Once that happens, Speaker Boehner will actually file suit.

And then he'll lose. Virtually every legal expert who's weighed in expects this lawsuit to be rejected on the merits.2 But John Boehner is filing it anyway, because he's afraid to stand up to his far-right Tea Party base. Impeachment may be next.

Will you sign the petition, so we can make sure House Speaker Boehner and Republicans know you've had enough? 

Sign the petition: Tell Speaker Boehner and House Republicans to stop wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on this partisan lawsuit, and move on to the real issues facing our country.

We have to fight back and ensure the courts aren't the only place that Republicans lose. Once at least 100,000 people sign our petition, MoveOn members will deliver it to their Republican representatives in GOP-held House districts—and we'll invite members of the media too—so that Republicans' constituents know what they're up to. We'll generate national press coverage exposing Republicans for the partisan obstructionists that they are, and run ads that carry this message to swing voters. If we play our cards right, we can make this sham lawsuit backfire in a big way.

The first step is generating as many signatures as possible today—so we can deliver the petition to Republican representatives and generate media coverage before the House votes.

Click here to sign, and then share the petition with everyone you know.

If this feels a bit like deja vu, it's because it's reminiscent of MoveOn's founding petition—against the Republican Congress that impeached Bill Clinton instead of attending to the pressing business facing the country in 1998. Once again, it's on the American people to stand up and fight back.

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Jo, Jessica, Nick, and the rest of the team

SOURCES:

1. "Poll: Boehner lawsuit a 'political stunt,'" The Hill, July 14, 2014.
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=300069&id=98969-10220574-NYwSnWx&t=8

2. "Why experts see little hope for GOP plan to sue Obama over law's delay," Los Angeles Times, July 19, 2014.
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=300070&id=98969-10220574-NYwSnWx&t=9

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Call Rep. Meeks: Vote on Friday to stop a new Iraq War

Can you call Rep. Meeks? Tell him: "On Friday, please vote for House Concurrent Resolution 105 to stop a new Iraq war. As your constituent, I strongly oppose U.S. military involvement in Iraq." 

Representative Gregory Meeks
Phone: (202) 225-3461

Report Your Call!
Dear MoveOn member,

This was a news sub-headline today: "Total U.S. Military Personnel in Iraq Now at 825."1 Let's call the situation what it is: the steady drip of military escalation towards another war in Iraq.  

Tomorrow morning, the House of Representatives will vote on a resolution, House Concurrent Resolution 105, to stop this march towards a full-blown Iraq war. Introduced by champions of peace Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA), Walter Jones (R-NC), and Barbara Lee (D-CA), the new resolution would require President Obama to seek explicit congressional authorization before further stepping up U.S. military involvement in Iraq—authorization that currently does not exist.2 

That means the House vote tomorrow is a vote to stop America from getting dragged into Iraq War III. The vote's timing also comes just as lawmakers are preparing to return to their home districts for the annual August recess. It's important that public opposition to a new Iraq war remains fresh in their minds, especially as the crisis there threatens to boil over at any minute—with nearly a thousand of our military personnel already in the crosshairs.  

Can you call Rep. Meeks right now?

Tell him: "As your constituent, I'm calling to ask you to vote for House Concurrent Resolution 105, which would keep America from sliding back to war in Iraq. Along with the rest of the American public, I strongly oppose U.S. military involvement in Iraq. Thank you." 

Here's where to call:  

Representative Gregory Meeks
Phone: (202) 225-3461

Then, please report your call by clicking here:

http://pol.moveon.org/call?tg=FHNY_05&cp_id=2111&id=98961-10220574-scdkcIx&t=2

With Congress voting on Friday, we need have our voices heard and make our message unmistakably clear. The situation in Iraq is difficult, but the solution is not American bombs or troops. Lawmakers need to hear that along with scores of foreign policy experts, military leaders, and veterans, constituents in their home districts don't want U.S. military intervention in Iraq either.3 Let Rep. Meeks know: miring America in another Iraq war would be a disastrous mistake.

Thanks for all you do.

Anna, Stephen, Matt, Corinne, and the rest of the team

P.S. In case you missed it, check out this new video on Iraq and share it with your friends and family: http://front.moveon.org/video-dont-go-back-to-iraq/.

Sources:

1. "U.S. Increases Surveillance, Military Advisers in Iraq," Wall Street Journal, July 24, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=300086&id=98961-10220574-scdkcIx&t=3

2. "Congress may take up bill to withdraw US advisers from Iraq," Al-Monitor, July 18, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=300087&id=98961-10220574-scdkcIx&t=4

3. "Quotes Against Military Intervention in Iraq," Win Without War, accessed July 24, 2014
http://winwithoutwar.org/quotes-iraq/

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Refugee children in court alone?

Children fleeing violence are seeking refuge in the United States in record numbers. Every child is entitled to an immigration hearing, but there is no guarantee these children—who may have experienced unspeakable trauma—will have legal support.

The MoveOn community is raising funds for much-needed legal support for these children—donating every penny to Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), the leading organization providing legal representation to children entering the U.S. alone. Can you make a donation to KIND to ensure these children have the legal counsel and support they need when they face an immigration judge?


Chip in $3
Dear MoveOn member,

Thousands of children fleeing violence from their home countries have come to the United States—sometimes traveling long distances without their parents—seeking refuge. This humanitarian crisis has overwhelmed the existing support the United States provides for children who have been victimized by violence.

These children—some just barely older than toddlers—are crowded into temporary shelters, detention centers, and even facilities on military bases.

United States immigration law guarantees all children from certain Central American countries due process, including an asylum hearing in front of an immigration judge. These hearings are crucial to protecting refugee children. Sending some of these kids back could be, in the words of Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, "to send them back to certain death."1

During the hearings, an immigration judge hears from each child and determines if that child is eligible for refugee status or humanitarian protection. But these children aren't guaranteed legal representation when they face the court and could find themselves alone in the hearing that will determine the rest of their lives.

That's why we're coming together as a MoveOn community to raise funds for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), an organization dedicated to providing legal support to children. We'll give every penny of your contribution to KIND.

Can you chip in to make sure these refugee children get the legal counsel and representation they need?

Yes, I can contribute $3 to help a child seeking refuge from violence receive legal support.

Since 2012, the number of children seeking refuge in the United States has soared from three Central American countries: Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Stories of the violence these children are fleeing are chilling. This region, known as the Northern Triangle, has some of the highest murder rates in the world, and children may come to the United States having witnessed family members and friends hurt, raped, or killed in rampant outbreaks of gang violence.2

For many of these children, what happens during these immigration hearings could be the difference between life or death. No child should be forced to appear in court alone.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees reports that nearly two-thirds of the children and families from Central America may be eligible for humanitarian protection under international guidelines3—but we are treating them like criminals.

Can you contribute $3 to make sure these children have legal representation when they appear before an immigration judge?

MoveOn members across the country have stepped up before to provide support for those impacted by major humanitarian crisis. When Hurricane Sandy left thousands without power, food, and shelter, MoveOn members opened their homes to help. And MoveOn members helped provide temporary housing for more than 30,000 people displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

By making a contribution now, you can help again, and make sure children looking to the United States for protection from deadly violence receive the chance they are legally guaranteed to share their stories and plead their cases.

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Stephen, Matt, Maria, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "O'Malley: U.S. shouldn't send immigrant children back to 'certain death,'" CNN, July 11, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=299998&id=98878-10220574-TLcOxsx&t=4

2. "Why are so many minors fleeing Central America for the U.S. border?" KSHB, July 16, 2014 

http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=299999&id=98878-10220574-TLcOxsx&t=6

3. "Children on the Run," United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees, March 12, 2014 

http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=300000&id=98878-10220574-TLcOxsx&t=8


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Monday, July 21, 2014

We crashed the FCC's website!

The FCC's plan to kill Net Neutrality created such a backlash that it actually crashed their website last week. Now we need to keep up the pressure. Can you chip in $3 to save the free and open Internet?

Chip in $3

Dear MoveOn member,

This is what saving the Internet looks like: So many people wrote to the FCC last week protesting its latest proposal to kill Net Neutrality that the FCC's own website crashed!

It's the most comments the FCC has received on any issue—rivaling the public response for Janet Jackson's famed "wardrobe malfunction."1

MoveOn members have been sounding the alarm—and it's working. Can you chip in $3 so we can lean into this momentum and win this fight?

Yes, I'll chip in to help save the free and open Internet.

We've got a two-part approach: First, we'll flood the FCC with comments again, during the second and final comment period for their rules on Net Neutrality. We'll make it clear that it's Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T vs. millions of Americans, small businesses, tech companies, and artists.

Second, we'll hold President Obama accountable to his promises to save the open Internet that helped propel him to office twice. And we've got a golden opportunity, if we can seize it.

This Wednesday, July 23, President Obama is heading to California for two fundraisers—one in Silicon Valley, the center of the Internet world, and the other in Los Angeles, at the home of Hollywood producer Shonda Rhimes ("Scandal" and "Grey's Anatomy"), who herself is a Net Neutrality advocate.2

We'll be outside these events, calling on President Obama to use his megaphone to call on the FCC to save the Internet by treating it as a public utility. But doing the event right will take money—for signs and banners, for getting the word out to more activists on short notice, for high-quality photos and video of the event to reach a wide audience.

In addition, keeping the comments flowing to the FCC and getting more members of Congress to speak out will take organizers—and our only source of funding is you, the MoveOn member. Can you chip in to save the Internet?

Yes, I'll chip in to help save the free and open Internet.

We really do have a shot. Tom Wheeler, chairman of the FCC, responded to our pressure this spring and changed his proposal. It's still bad, but it includes the option that holds the solution—treating the Internet as the public utility that it is, just like telephone services and water. And that solution is hitting the mainstream.

Everyone from the heads of Etsy and Kickstarter to Eddie Vedder and Fred Armisen is speaking up in favor of reclassifying the Internet as a utility. And last this week, 13 Democratic senators joined them.

When the FCC's website crashed, our allies in Washington, D.C., scrambled to print out comments that were streaming in from members to hand-deliver them to the FCC, earning headlines in Time, Politico, and The New York Times.3

It's not every day we have a shot at defeating Comcast and Verizon.

Click here to chip in now.

Thanks for all you do.

–Victoria, Nick, Justin, Joan, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "FCC Extends Net Neutrality Deadline After Website Crashes," Time, July 15, 2014
http://time.com/2988157/net-neutrality-website/

2. "Creators Of Hundreds Of TV Shows Petition FCC To Not Cancel Net Neutrality," Consumerist, May 13, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=300008&id=98829-10220574-q9l1v9x&t=5

3. "FCC Web woes extend net neutrality deadline," Politico, July 15, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=300005&id=98829-10220574-q9l1v9x&t=7

"F.C.C. Is Deluged With Comments on Net Neutrality Rules," The New York Times, July 15, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=300006&id=98829-10220574-q9l1v9x&t=8

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Re: Smackdown! Elizabeth Warren vs. Mitch McConnell

Hi MoveOn member, I just wanted to make sure you saw this message from the other day.
Elizabeth Warren is going toe-to-toe with Mitch McConnell to provide some relief for families drowning in student debt. If we want her to win, we need to get behind her. Will you chip in $3 to help get her back? 

Chip in $3

Dear MoveOn member,

When Mitch McConnell filibustered Elizabeth Warren's bill to ease the burden of student debt, the pundits said the bill was dead and it was time to give up.1

But Elizabeth Warren isn't giving up—she's taking the fight to Mitch McConnell's backyard.2 And we need to get behind her.

Sen. Warren went to Kentucky to campaign with McConnell's challenger with a simple message: If Mitch McConnell keeps blocking help for families drowning in debt, it might just cost him his seat.

And since the latest polls show Mitch McConnell in a dead heat against his Democratic opponent, he's either gotta stop blocking help for students—or pay the price politically.

Sen. Warren can't force Mitch McConnell to back down all on her own. If we can raise $100,000, we'll get started by putting an ad on the Facebook page of every college student in the state of Kentucky letting them know that Mitch McConnell is almost single-handedly making them pay a higher interest rate on their college loans. Can you chip in $3?

Yes, I can contribute $3 to help Elizabeth Warren fight to reduce student debt.

This is exactly why we were so excited to have Elizabeth Warren in the Senate in the first place. Other Democrats talk about working families. She's fighting for them.

And here's why her strategy is so smart: Political experts think Republicans will win control of the Senate because of low turnout in a midterm election. But if college students turn out like they did in 2012, then Democrats will keep control of the Senate, and Mitch McConnell is finished.

Still, if we want Elizabeth Warren to win this fight, we need to get behind her. The opposition of the banks and the big student lenders is just too powerful for anyone to win alone.

Click here to donate $3 to help Elizabeth Warren fight to reduce student debt.

Thanks for all you do.

–Ilya, Alejandro, Corinne, Mark, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Elizabeth Warren's bill to refinance student loans dies in the Senate. Now what?" The Washington Post, June 11, 2014

2. "Alison Grimes and Elizabeth Warren rally for higher ed " The Courier-Journal, June 29, 2014

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