Monday, July 27, 2015

Planned Parenthood hacked?

Anti-abortion hackers have reportedly attacked Planned Parenthood. The hackers say that they plan to release internal Planned Parenthood emails "soon."
Dear MoveOn member,

Late last night, anti-abortion hackers reportedly attacked Planned Parenthood. The hackers say that they plan to release internal Planned Parenthood emails "soon."
1

MoveOn has launched an emergency effort to defend Planned Parenthood by mobilizing public support. Will you chip in $3—and stand with Planned Parenthood in its moment of need?

Click here to chip in and help MoveOn defend Planned Parenthood and stop the attacks on abortion rights.

Yesterday's data breach is the latest in a two-week-long string of attacks. Here's what's happened so far:

  • Two weeks ago, a heavily edited, blatantly misleading video was released attacking Planned Parenthood.2
  • Within days of the video's release, Republicans in Congress started scheduling votes to defund Planned Parenthood and preparing even broader attacks on abortion rights.3
  • Next, another deceiving, doctored video was released, continuing the smear campaign against the largest reproductive health care provider in America.4
  • Yesterday, Senator Rand Paul announced he's trying to force a vote to eliminate Planned Parenthood's federal funding.5
  • Then late last night, Planned Parenthood's servers were reportedly hacked. The hackers plan to release internal emails "soon."6

It's clear that Planned Parenthood is under intense, sustained attack from the radical right. It's up to MoveOn members to stand with them now, and in the months ahead. Will you chip in $3 as we fight to defend Planned Parenthood?

Yes, I'll chip in to help MoveOn defend Planned Parenthood and stop the attacks on abortion rights.

It's particularly unnerving that employee information from Planned Parenthood may have been stolen last night. That could literally put lives at risk. A leader of one of the groups consulting on the anti-Planned Parenthood videos runs an organization whose members have bombed abortion clinics and assassinated an abortion provider.7

It's up to us to stand with the brave women and men of Planned Parenthood who are under attack—and who risk their lives to advocate for access to reproductive rights and abortion services

Will you chip in $3 and show your support? 

Click here to chip in and help MoveOn defend Planned Parenthood and stop the attacks on abortion rights.

These ongoing attacks will inevitably hurt access for over 2.7 million people who turn to Planned Parenthood's nonprofit clinics each year for affordable health care services—not just abortion, but also cancer-prevention tests, well-woman visits, and access to birth control.8

With your help, we'll flood Capitol Hill with phone calls and mobilize grassroots voices all over the country to defend Planned Parenthood. Will you chip in $3?

Yes, I'll chip in to help MoveOn defend Planned Parenthood and stop the attacks on abortion rights.

Thanks for all you do.

–Victoria, Maria, Matt, Nick, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Anti-abortion hackers attack Planned Parenthood, release databases, employee data," The Daily Dot, July 27, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305614&id=126262-10220574-JicAkOx&t=1

2. "Planned Parenthood: Video latest in 10 years' harassment," KSBY, accessed July 23, 2015  
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305573&id=126262-10220574-JicAkOx&t=2

3. "Republicans plan new abortion push," Politico, July 16, 2015 
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305574&id=126262-10220574-JicAkOx&t=3

4. "Second Heavily Edited Planned Parenthood Attack Video Is Also a Big Bust," Slate, July 21, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305575&id=126262-10220574-JicAkOx&t=4

5. "Rand Paul pushes to defund Planned Parenthood as group cites 'smear' effort," The Guardian, July 26, 2015 
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305584&id=126262-10220574-JicAkOx&t=5

6. "Anti-abortion hackers attack Planned Parenthood, release databases, employee data," The Daily Dot, July 27, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305614&id=126262-10220574-JicAkOx&t=6

7. "The Extreme And Violent Background Of The Group Consulting On The Anti-Planned Parenthood Videos," Media Matters for America, July 21, 2015 
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305578&id=126262-10220574-JicAkOx&t=7

8. "Who We Are," PlannedParenthood.org, accessed July 26, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305587&id=126262-10220574-JicAkOx&t=8

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

URGENT: Planned Parenthood in trouble

Breaking news: Reuters reports that Senator Rand Paul is trying to force a vote to block federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
Dear MoveOn member,

Breaking news: Reuters reports that Senator Rand Paul is trying to force a vote to block federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has started a "fast-track process" to bring Paul's legislation to the floor for a vote soon.1

This is just the latest attack against Planned Parenthood since a heavily edited, blatantly misleading video was released attacking Planned Parenthood two weeks ago.2

"The folks behind it are part of the most militant anti-abortion movement," said Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards today. "This entire effort is a political smear campaign."3

We're launching an emergency effort to defend Planned Parenthood, and we have to get going immediately. Will you make a contribution now to help us defend Planned Parenthood?

Yes, I'll chip in to help defend Planned Parenthood and stop the attacks on abortion rights.

Within days of the video's release, Republicans in Congress started scheduling votes to defund Planned Parenthood—and preparing even broader attacks on abortion rights.4

Then, another deceiving, doctored video was released, continuing the smear campaign against the largest reproductive health care provider in America.5

And now—today—Sen. Paul announced he's trying to force a vote to eliminate Planned Parenthood's federal funding.6

It's clear we're facing a highly coordinated attack on reproductive rights. To fight back, we're recruiting local voices all over the country to speak out in defense of Planned Parenthood—including doctors, women and men who have visited Planned Parenthood clinics, and others.

Planned Parenthood urgently needs people to stand with them now. Will you show your support?

Yes, I'll chip in to help defend Planned Parenthood and stop the attacks on abortion rights.

The mainstream news media has done a miserable job fact-checking this story, so let's set the record straight: The claim that Planned Parenthood profits from the sale of fetal tissue is a disgusting lie.

Here's the truth: When a woman chooses to terminate a pregnancy and donate tissue for medical research, Planned Parenthood honors those wishes. These donations are hugely valuable for research into diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.7

This is 100-percent legal, consistent with medical ethics, and no different than what happens in thousands of other medical situations every day.

Here's something else you might not have heard in the media: The anti-choice activists behind the video probably broke the law with their secret recording.8 And one of their leaders runs an organization whose members have bombed abortion clinics and assassinated an abortion provider.9

We don't have much time to fight back—Republicans in Congress are pushing to schedule votes to defund Planned Parenthood as soon as possible.

With your help, we'll flood Capitol Hill with phone calls and mobilize grassroots voices all over the country to defend Planned Parenthood. Will you chip in $3?

Yes, I'll chip in to help defend Planned Parenthood and stop the attacks on abortion rights.

Thanks for all you do.

–Victoria, Maria, Matt, Nick, and the rest of the team

P.S. Planned Parenthood is under attack because of its strong advocacy for reproductive rights and abortion services. But the organization is also a health care provider more generally. Over 2.7 million people turn to Planned Parenthood's nonprofit clinics in the U.S. each year for affordable health care services—including cancer-prevention tests, well-woman visits, and access to birth control.10 

This is it. If Sen. Paul's bill passes and gets sent to President Obama's desk—or the vote is even close—it'll lead to even more vicious attacks on Planned Parenthood over the coming months and years. Will you chip in $3 and stand with Planned Parenthood right now in the face of this outrageous smear campaign?

Click here to chip in, help us defend Planned Parenthood, and stop these vicious attacks.

Sources:

1. "Rand Paul plans to keep pushing to defund Planned Parenthood," Reuters, July 26, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305585&id=126125-10220574-ZmqYQbx&t=1

2. "Planned Parenthood: Video latest in 10 years' harassment," KSBY, accessed July 23, 2015 
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305573&id=126125-10220574-ZmqYQbx&t=2

3. "Rand Paul pushes to defund Planned Parenthood as group cites 'smear' effort," The Guardian, July 26, 2015 
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305584&id=126125-10220574-ZmqYQbx&t=3

4. "Republicans plan new abortion push,"
Politico, July 16, 2015 
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305574&id=126125-10220574-ZmqYQbx&t=4

5. "Second Heavily Edited Planned Parenthood Attack Video Is Also a Big Bust," Slate, July 21, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305575&id=126125-10220574-ZmqYQbx&t=5

6. "Rand Paul pushes to defund Planned Parenthood as group cites 'smear' effort," The Guardian, July 26, 2015 
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305584&id=126125-10220574-ZmqYQbx&t=6

7. "Why We Still Need Fetal-Tissue Research," Time, July 21, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305576&id=126125-10220574-ZmqYQbx&t=7

8. "Lawmakers Ask Attorney General to Investigate Sham Group Attacking Planned Parenthood," RH Reality Check, July 22, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305577&id=126125-10220574-ZmqYQbx&t=8

9. "The Extreme And Violent Background Of The Group Consulting On The Anti-Planned Parenthood Videos," Media Matters for America, July 21, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305578&id=126125-10220574-ZmqYQbx&t=9

10. "Who We Are," PlannedParenthood.org, accessed July 26, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305587&id=126125-10220574-ZmqYQbx&t=10

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Saturday, July 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, July 22, 2015

Congress: Don't give sacred Apache land to a mining company

Dear MoveOn member,

Congress is poised to hand sacred Apache land in Arizona's Tonto National Forest to the multinational mining company Rio Tinto, after Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake tucked the giveaway into a military spending bill last December. Both senators have close ties to Rio Tinto.1

The Apache have held gatherings and ceremonies on the land, called Oak Flat, since "well before recorded history."2 Rio Tinto plans to establish a massive copper mine there, using an underground version of open-pit mining that will devastate the land.

But we can still save Oak Flat, because the land transfer isn't yet final. Today, Apache leaders are in Washington, D.C., meeting with members of Congress and rallying outside the U.S. Capitol.

Can you call Representative Gregory Meeks now? Tell him: "Please cosponsor the Save Oak Flat Act to stop a foreign mining company from destroying sacred Apache land."

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=2304&id=125539-10220574-z6O7a7x&t=1

The Save Oak Flat Act (H.R. 2811), sponsored by Arizona Representative Raul Grijalva, simply repeals the congressional giveaway.3

Senators McCain and Flake inserted it into the 1600-page military spending bill behind closed doors and literally in the dead of night, with the news leaking out just before midnight on the day before the vote. Senator McCain is the top congressional recipient of Rio Tinto campaign contributions, and Senator Flake used to be a paid lobbyist for the company.4

Between 2005 and 2011, bills allowing Rio Tinto to mine the federally protected land died in committee five times in the U.S. House of Representatives and six times in the U.S. Senate.5 The bills were going absolutely nowhere until Senators McCain and Flake bypassed the democratic process.

Oak Flat is now on the 2015 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.6

Apache leaders have been fighting back and building increasing pressure on Congress to reverse the land giveaway. At the rally today in Washington, D.C., MoveOn will join with Avaaz and others to deliver 885,000 signatures demanding Congress return the land to the Apache people.

With Apache leaders in Washington only through the end of the day, now is the time to act. Please help right a terrible wrong by calling Rep. Meeks now at (202) 225-3461 to save Oak Flat from copper mining before it's too late.

Thanks for all you do.

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

Sources:

1. "Selling Off Apache Holy Land," The New York Times, May 29, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305545&id=125539-10220574-z6O7a7x&t=2

2. Ibid.

3. "Grijalva Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Repeal Giveaway of Sacred Arizona Native American Land to Multinational Mining Conglomerates," House Natural Resources Committee Democrats, June 17, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305546&id=125539-10220574-z6O7a7x&t=3

4. "Rio Tinto Group, Profile for 2014 Cycle," Open Secrets.org
https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/summary.php?id=D000028746

5. "In Arizona, a controversial federal land swap leaves Apaches in the lurch," Aljazeera America, February 20, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305547&id=125539-10220574-z6O7a7x&t=4

6. "Grijalva's Save Oak Flat Bill Boosted by Historic Preservation Listing," Indian Country Today Media Network.com, July 20, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305553&id=125539-10220574-z6O7a7x&t=5

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Say. Their. Names.

Far too many unarmed black men and women are dying at the hands of police. Will you chip in to fight back?
Dear MoveOn member,

We've just learned about an incredible opportunity to get the Black Lives Matter message out to millions of people—but we need to move quickly.

You know those giant billboards in Times Square? Tens of thousands of people see them every day—and they're usually not available for a nonprofit group like MoveOn to even consider.

But we've just gotten word that a major corporate advertiser canceled its ad buy at the last minute—and if we act now we can get it for the next month at a price we can actually afford.

Will you help us jump on this amazing opportunity?

Click here to chip in.

Our plan is to use the space to list the names of unarmed Black women and men who recently were killed by police or died in police custody.

Eric Garner. Freddie Gray. Tamir Rice. Michael Brown. Walter Scott. Sandra Bland. The list goes on.

For years, the federal government has refused to even track this information. But now news sources like The Guardian have begun compiling complete lists of all the unarmed people killed by police—and this ad will allow us to begin making those names—and the problem of police violence—visible to millions more people.1

Usually one of these big Times Square billboards is way too expensive for a non-profit group like MoveOn. But because of this last minute cancellation we can snap up the billboard now. And a hard-hitting, potentially controversial ad like this could generate news media attention that you couldn't pay for if you wanted to.

But we don't have much time. The ad sales rep is literally sitting by the phone right now waiting to hear back from us.

If we can raise enough money in the next few hours, we'll be able to grab this billboard for at least 30 days starting August 1. Will you chip in $3?

Click here to chip in and help jump on this amazing opportunity.

Thanks for all you do.

–Corinne, Ben O., Victoria, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "The Counted: People killed by police in the US," The Guardian, accessed July 21, 2015
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=305548&id=125402-10220574-Eloxpqx&t=1

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Should MoveOn support this petition?


Dear MoveOn member,

A MoveOn member named Regina DeFalco Lippert recently created a petition on our public petition website entitled "Tell the CA Coastal Commission to say NO to SeaWorld!"—and we'd like to know what you think of it.

The petition is addressed to California Coastal Commission, San Diego Office, and reads:

SeaWorld in San Diego wants to build an enlarged killer whale "habitat," and has petitioned the California Coastal Commission for a permit to do so. But no tank or artificial "habitat" can EVER be large enough! Killer whales, and dolphins, belong ONLY in their natural habitat—the ocean—swimming wild and free! Captivity is cruelty!

Sign Regina's petition.

Here's what Regina wrote about it:

Orcas and dolphins suffer in captivity. They are sentient, highly intelligent marine mammals that live in family groups, and do not belong living in a chlorine-laden, confined tank their entire lives.

SeaWorld claims they love their orcas and dolphins, but 44 orcas have died at SeaWorld. They currently confine 23 orcas in their facilities, and these orcas have been separated from their mothers. In the wild, orcas seldom leave their mother's side, even when fully grown.

SeaWorld blatantly lies in it's newest TV ads, claiming that their orcas live the same lifespan as they do in the wild, but over 90% of their orcas have not survived beyond 25 years! In the wild, a female orca can live up to 80 to 90 years. All SeaWorld cares about are their profits—if they truly cared about the orcas and dolphins, they would NOT keep them in captivity in the first place! SeaWorld should NOT be granted a permit to build a larger tank—they need to stop imprisoning orcas, and dolphins!

Can you click to let us know what you think?

I want to sign this petition.

I don't think MoveOn should support this petition.

We'll decide whether to send this petition out to additional MoveOn members in your area based on your feedback.

In case you haven't heard about it, MoveOn's petition site allows anyone to start an online petition and share it with friends and neighbors to build support for their cause.

Thanks for all you do. 

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

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

FW: New York needs 8,935 signatures

Did you see this petition? Add your name to thank President Obama for pursuing peace with Iran, and call on Congress to stand with him.
Hi MoveOn member—I just wanted to make sure you saw this message.
Sign the Petition!

In New York, we're still 8,935 people short of our goal of 18,968 signatures on the petition thanking President Obama for pursuing peace with Iran—and calling on Congress to stand with him.

Click below to add your name now.

Sign the petition!


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