Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Add your name: Suspend Jared Kushner

Michael Flynn is not the only member of Trump's inner circle who has been dishonest about his dealings with Russia.

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

Yesterday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz confirmed that Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, may have committed a felony by not properly disclosing payments from Russia when applying for his security clearance.1

And Flynn's not the only member of Trump's inner circle who has been dishonest about his dealings with Russia. Earlier this month, Donald Trump's son-in-law and White House senior adviser, Jared Kushner, failed to report dozens of meetings with foreign agents, including meetings with Russian government agents as recently as December 2016, while completing the same questionnaire as Flynn required for top-secret security clearance.2

Will you sign and share my petition to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the FBI to demand that Jared Kushner's interim security clearance be suspended immediately?

Suspend Jared Kushner's interim security clearance immediately. 

This appears to be another attempt to conceal the meetings the Trump transition team had with Russian foreign agents. The American people need to make it clear to this administration that we will continue to compel them to be honest and transparent about their ties to Russia.

Until such time as Jared Kushner fully discloses all relevant meetings he had with foreign agents, his interim security clearance needs to be suspended.

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

Thanks!

—Elizabeth Miller

Sources:

1. "House oversight committee: Flynn might have broken the law," CNN, April 25, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/9737?t=5&akid=182018.10220574.Gjjm7Y

2. Ibid.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Watch: Immigration detention centers

No ban. No wall. No raids. From Trump's Muslim ban to deporting a DACA recipient who had the legal right to live, work, and study in the United States, his actions are a relentless and escalating assault.

Dear MoveOn member,

Donald Trump is ramping up deportations and criminalizing immigrants. From his Muslim ban to deporting a DACA recipient who had the legal right to live, work, and study in the United States, Trump's actions are a relentless assault on our immigrant communities.

That's why MoveOn members are joining allies from Movimiento Cosecha and the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) in May Day actions on May 1, 2017, including boycotts, strikes, marches, and other acts of solidarity with immigrant and refugee communities. These actions will take place across the country and will help drive the message that if Trump comes for any of us, he'll have to face all of us.

Brutal deportations are, sadly, not new, but Trump is escalating them to a frightening degree, promising to spend billions on a senseless border wall and militarized deportation force. Meanwhile, his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, is threatening cities that have created safe communities while resorting to xenophobic fearmongering and anti-immigrant rhetoric.
 
It's easy to focus only on the sheer numbers of people affected and Trump's specific policies. But if we do, we risk losing a connection to the human stories of those on the front lines of this horror—past and present.

Dena Takruri, a journalist with AJ+, recently did a three-part series focused on families who are directly affected by deportation policies. 

In one part, she visits a detention center with Adela, whose husband has been in a detention center for two years. Click here to watch and share the video on Facebook.

Click here to watch the video on Facebook.

(If you're not on Facebook, click here to watch the video on YouTube.)

Adela's husband has been detained simply because of his immigration status. That's enough to keep him locked up as a prisoner, separate from his family, for two years. Eloy Detention Center, where Adela's husband is detained, is run by a for-profit company, as are many detention centers across the country. According to Dena, the same center has come under fire for the highest number of detainee deaths in the country. 

When profits are put over people, it's no surprise that the deportation process is costing people their lives. Those who profit from this broken and abusive system rely on being able to operate without close scrutiny—which is why it is so critical that more Americans of all walks of life see videos like this, understand the cruelty of our deportation system, and stand together in solidarity on May Day and every day. Drawing attention to the conditions of centers like Eloy is one step toward creating the public outcry necessary to shut them down.

Click here to watch Adela's story and share it with your family and friends.

Stories like Adela's and her husband's allow us to see the brutal human costs of mass deportations and the criminalization of immigrants.

MoveOn members have, just in the past few months, supported immigrants rights organizations in the call for mayors and local elected officials to support "sanctuary cities" that do not collaborate with aggressive deportations. And just last week, MoveOn members joined allies in decrying the deportation of a young DACA recipient who had the legal right to live and work in the United States. But as this video reminds us, there is so much more work to do.

As we gear up for May Day actions across the nation, in solidarity with immigrant and refugee communities—all immigrant communities, including undocumented immigrants, Muslim immigrants, Latino immigrants, Black immigrants, and any who fall in multiple categories at once—we wanted to share this important story with you, your friends, and your family as we all prepare to take greater action to stop the deportation machine. 

Watch and share Adela's story now.

Thanks for all you do. 

—Iram, Jo, Michael, Mark, and the rest of the team

P.S. In Part 1 of her series, Dena also spoke to undocumented immigrants living in fear of deportation especially now. Click here to watch Part 1. And in Part 3, she spoke to immigrants who had been deported. Click here to watch Part 3.

P.P.S. Join the actions on Monday, May 1! Later this week, we'll be sharing information on specific actions happening all around the country. There will be opportunities to march and rally—and many MoveOn members will join allies in strikes and boycotts that day, as well as wearing yellow in solidarity with immigrant communities. We hope you can take action near you. 

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Monday, April 24, 2017

3 minute survey (re: Trump's first 100 days)

Can you take a few minutes and tell us about your experience these first 100 days?

Dear MoveOn member,

We are nearing the end of the first 100 days of Donald Trump's disastrous administration. From the appointment of the wealthiest, most incompetent cabinet in recent history, to the ongoing attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, to dangerous attempts at a Muslim ban, Donald Trump has been busy destabilizing years of progress for civil liberties and civil rights in America. Not only that, but his administration has consistently attacked the environment, escalated global conflicts, and favored the wealthy and corporations over regular Americans. 

However, these have also been the first 100 days of a remarkable resistance, in which Americans from of all walks of life have shown up to take action in historic numbers in city and town squares, airports, and Congressional offices. On the phones, on social media, and in the streets, America has been flooded with voices defending our communities, our Constitution, and our values.

Can you take a few minutes and tell us about your experiences these first 100 days? Just click here.

Since January 20, MoveOn members and allies have helped save health care for millions by defeating the first Trumpcare push. We flooded town hall meetings during two Resistance Recesses. We made history by participating in the Women’s March with millions of women and men all over the world.

Together, we stood up to Trump’s swamp cabinet picks, helped force the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions from investigations into Trump's Russia ties, pushed for the removal of white supremacist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council, held Congress accountable at weekly #ResistTrumpTuesdays rallies and office visits, and more.

We know the resistance has been flourishing across the country, and we want to know what it has looked like to you, so we can effectively support the resistance over the next hundred days and beyond. 

Click here to complete the survey about your experience!

Your feedback is critical—it helps us learn and maximize our impact as we plan future actions.

Thanks for all you do.

—Chris, Anna, Vicki, Justin, and the rest of the team

P.S. Join us Sunday, April 30 at 8 p.m. ET (7 CT/6 MT/5 PT) for our national Ready to Resist Call as we celebrate 100 Days of Resistance and commit together to take on the struggles ahead. Click here to register for Sunday's national Ready to Resist Call.  

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

The EPA

Will you sign and share my petition calling on Congress to denounce Trump's budget and to not destroy the EPA or eliminate the Superfund program?

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

I can tell you from firsthand experience that living in a toxic environment, with little hope of getting out, is a family's worst nightmare. More than 20,000 tons of chemical wastes were buried in my community—the Love Canal neighborhood within Niagara Falls, NY—causing disease and painful illness.1

As Congress returns back to work, their top priority will be to pass a budget to avoid government shutdown before the end of this month. And Trump's proposed budget includes terrifying cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency.2

Will you sign and share my petition calling on Congress to denounce Trump's budget and to not destroy the EPA?

You must not let Trump's budget destroy the EPA or the Superfund program. No person deserves to live in a toxic nightmare.

I lived at Love Canal—which was the catalyst for the national EPA Superfund program—with my two small children.3 My daughter had a rare blood disease, and my son suffered from many medical problems, including liver disease, asthma, and epilepsy. Our house was worthless and our American dream taken away through no fault of our own.4

Will you sign my petition to make sure the Superfund program isn't eliminated in the 2018 budget?

I am also old enough to remember the black smoke of the steel mills, the rivers catching fire, and sickness and death in communities that surrounded the factories. The magnitude of cuts suggested by this administration will take America back decades.

There is no gentle way to state the obvious: Donald Trump's priority is corporations over people, children, and the planet. These cuts will gut the agency removing protections for American families.

We cannot let this happen. Join me by signing my petition telling Congress not to destroy the EPA or eliminate the Superfund program. Click here to sign.

Cuts in the EPA budget mean no one is watching the polluters. No one will be there to make the polluters pay for cleanup and the costs of sick children from with asthma, cancer, birth defects, and so much more.

Rather than weakening the EPA and environmental protections, we should be strengthening rules to protect communities from the impacts of factory farms, fossil fuel production and use, and other pollution sources, and we should be working to ensure all people have access to clean water, safe food, and a livable climate.

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

Thanks!

—Lois Gibbs, Center for Health, Environment & Justice + People's Action

Sources:

1. "Love Canal and the Poisoning of America," The Atlantic, December 1979
"https://act.moveon.org/go/8985?t=7&akid=180928.10220574.IYFwLA

2. "EPA hit hardest as Trump budget targets regulations," Reuters, March 16, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/8987?t=9&akid=180928.10220574.IYFwLA

3. "Love Canal and the Poisoning of America," The Atlantic, December 1979
"https://act.moveon.org/go/8985?t=11&akid=180928.10220574.IYFwLA

4. "Love Canal: My Story," SUNY Press, June 30, 1982

A note from the MoveOn team: This is one of thousands of petitions launched by individual MoveOn members and partner organizations in opposition to the Trump administration's dangerous agenda. Petitions like this one are useful building blocks of our broader resistance organizing efforts. They are delivered to decision-makers, highlighted to media outlets, and circulated online to raise awareness and grow our progressive community. You can start your own petition here.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Reminder: Ready to Resist call Sunday—climate, immigration, and recess recap

Get ready to take action on climate justice, immigrant justice, and worker justice, with movement leaders on this Sunday's call.

Dear MoveOn member,

Thank you for signing up to join the Sunday evening Ready to Resist call series!

You'll receive a phone call on Sunday, April 23 at 8 p.m. ET (7 CT/6 MT/5 PT) at the number you provided when you subscribed to these calls. It will come from 202-750-5203, in case you want to save the contact in your phone. 

You can also listen in, follow the slideshow, and ask questions via the livestream of the call at moveon.org/readytoresist starting at 8 p.m. ET (7 CT/6 MT/5 PT).

If you'd like to change the phone number you want us to dial for the call, you can do so by re-registering at moveon.org/readytoresist before 4:30 p.m. ET (3:30 CT/2:30 MT/1:30 PT) Sunday. If you'd like to remove yourself from the RSVP list to this and future calls, click here to change your status.

Spring is bursting with opportunities to show up in the Resistance in exciting new ways! On this Sunday's call, we'll hear from movement leaders helping organize two exciting mobilizations: the People's Climate March for climate jobs and justice on April 29 and the May Day actions for immigrant and worker justice on May 1.

Can you let your friends know about Sunday's call?

Click here to share info about the call on Facebook. 

Click here to share info about the call on Twitter.

Sunday's call will feature some powerhouse organizers:

  • Wayne Frederick, Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council member and key organizer of the historic native resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline, will talk about Donald Trump's fossil-fueled future and how local resistance movements are feeding a global movement for climate action, including the People's Climate March in Washington, D.C., and over 200 sister marches around the country.

  • Donele Wilkins, president of the Green Door Initiative—an emerging green job and leadership training program that's helping to revitalize Detroit's communities—will talk about how addressing climate change requires tackling intersecting issues and building local power for a better future by organizing for climate jobs and justice. Then, she'll let you know how you can get involved with the People's Climate Movement. 

  • Gema Lowe, organizer with the immigrant-led organization Cosecha and the Worker Center of Western Michigan, will talk about the "Day Without Immigrants" strike on May 1—which is shaping up to be the largest worker strike in years—and how immigrants and allies can participate.

  • Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera, the Milwaukee-based community organization named the "Most Valuable Grassroots Group" by The Nation1, will speak about how May Day organizers in Wisconsin and around the country are working to win victories for workers on the local, state, and national level.

  • Amanda Johnson, Resist Here Director of the Working Families Party, will moderate the call. 

As Congress heads back to D.C. from recess—and we approach the end of Trump's first 100 days in office—the Resistance continues to grow with new strategies and energized mobilizations.

Last weekend, over 100,000 of us joined the Tax March to show Donald Trump that we want to see his tax returns more than ever and to demonstrate to Republicans in Congress that we'll hold them accountable if they continue to support Trump's stonewalling of basic transparency in government.

We've also seen what organizing can do, including getting members of Congress to reverse their positions when we held their feet to the fire at raucous Resistance Recess town hall events.2 So these next few weeks, let's turn up the heat even more.

Talk with you Sunday!

Thanks for all you do.

—Victoria, Chris, Michael, Iram, and the rest of the team

Sources: 

1. "The Progressive Honor Roll of 2012," The Nation, December 19, 2012
https://act.moveon.org/go/9642?t=7&akid=181675.10220574.8U0kSN

2. "4 takeaways from the town halls dogging the GOP," Politico, April 16, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/9647?t=9&akid=181675.10220574.8U0kSN

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Resist

My Republican colleagues in Congress put on a brave face, but I work with them every day, and I can tell that they're worried. That's why Trumpcare went down so fast, and why no significant legislation will get passed in Trump's first 100 days. This is Senator Al Franken, and I'm writing to tell you that what you are doing is working. The phone calls, the marches, the protests, the town hall meetings … It's all having a huge impact.

Dear MoveOn member,

This is Senator Al Franken, and I'm writing to tell you that what you are doing is working.

The phone calls, the marches, the protests, the town hall meetings … It's all having a huge impact.

My Republican colleagues in Congress put on a brave face, but I work with them every day, and I can tell that they know what's happening outside of Washington. And they're worried. That's why their first attempt at Trumpcare went down so fast, and why no significant legislation will get passed in Trump's first 100 days.

But there are so many more fights to come. Stopping Trump's tax breaks for rich people like himself. Standing up to Jeff Sessions' deportation force. Resisting attacks on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid—and more attacks on the Affordable Care Act. Protecting the environment.

I'm counting on you to keep marching, and protesting, and calling—and MoveOn will help amplify those calls and channel that energy as effectively as any group I know. Will you chip in $5 a month to MoveOn to help keep the resistance strong for the next four years?

Yes, I'll pitch in monthly to MoveOn to keep the resistance strong.

No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation.

I know that sometimes it seems like Washington, D.C., is so far away that your voices aren't being heard.

But I guarantee you that that's not true.

It started with the Women's March on Washington the day after the inauguration—a protest march that dwarfed the inauguration itself. Since then, the phones have been ringing off the hook.

At this point, Republicans are so terrified of their constituents that some won't even face them—a few have even run out of town hall meetings. You've probably seen the videos!

Even Trump is starting to crack, flip-flopping on campaign promises left and right, while blaming his staff for every screw-up.

I pledge to you that I will keep fighting in Washington, but let's be honest with ourselves: Republicans control everything. The House, Senate, and White House.

My fellow Democratic senators and I can't stop them alone. We need your help. We need you to keep calling, protesting, and marching. We need the Republicans (and Democrats, too) to hear what their constituents really think!

That's why I'm asking you to sign up to donate $5 a month to MoveOn. MoveOn's organizers are some of the best in the business, and MoveOn will put your money to work where it's needed most. What do you say? Are you in?

Yes, I'll chip in monthly.

No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation.

Thanks for all you do.

–Al Franken

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Tell us about your first 100 days of Resistance!

Thousands of people took part! How was your first 100 days of resistance?

Dear Eddie,

We are nearing the end of the first 100 days of Trump’s disastrous administration. From the appointment of the wealthiest, most incompetent cabinet in recent history; to the ongoing attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act; to his extremist Supreme Court appointment; to his dangerous attempts at a Muslim ban; Donald Trump has been busy destabilizing years of progress for civil liberties and civil rights in America, attacking the environment, escalating global conflict, and favoring corporations over regular Americans. 

However, these have also been the first 100 days of a remarkable resistance, in which Americans from of all walks of life have taken action in historic numbers at marches, airports, and Congressional offices, on phones and social media, to defend our communities, our Constitution, and our values.

Can you take a few minutes and tell us about your experience these first 100 days?

Since January 20, MoveOn members and allies have helped save health care for millions by defeating the first Trumpcare push, flooded town hall meetings during two Resistance Recesses, made history participating in the Women’s March with millions of women and men all over the world, stood up to Trump’s swamp cabinet picks, forced the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions from investigations into Trump's Russia ties, pushed for the removal of white supremacist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council, consistently held Congress accountable at weekly #ResistTrumpTuesdays rallies and office visits, seen dramatic swings in Congressional special elections, and more.

We know the resistance has been flourishing across the country through thousands of actions and experiences. We want to know what it has looked like to you, how you've been engaged and inspired, or when you've been frustrated or energized, so we can effectively escalate the resistance over the next hundred days and beyond. 

Click here to complete the survey about your experience!

Your feedback is critical—it helps us learn, maximize our impact as we plan future actions, and elevate stories about the work MoveOn members are doing.

Thanks for all you do.

—Chris, Anna, Vicki, Justin, and the rest of the team

P.S. Join us Sunday, April 23 at 8 p.m. ET (7 CT/6 MT/5 PT) for our national Ready to Resist Call as we prepare to fight for climate justice, immigrant justice, and worker justice as part of upcoming mobilizations. Come hear from Wayne Frederick of the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council, Donele Wilkins of Green Door Initiative, Gema Lowe of Cosecha, Christine Neumann-Ortiz of Voces de la Frontera, and Amanda Johnson from Working Families Party. Click here to register for Sunday's national Ready to Resist Call.  

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?

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