Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I'll get right to the point

If progressives want to win in 2014 and beyond, we need to make the ground shake with voters who are mobilized and passionate about blocking a Republican win.
Dear MoveOn member,

I'll get right to the point: MoveOn's proven, game-changing elections work is incredibly important and effective. But it's also incredibly resource-intensive. Can you help keep MoveOn's elections work going through Election Day?

Yes, I'll chip in $3.

We've got 13 days. If progressives want to win in 2014 and beyond, we need to make the ground shake with voters who are mobilized and passionate about blocking a Republican win.

We need MoveOn's Voters Rising team to save the Senate. And MoveOn needs our support right now—so that it can expand its efforts in the face of increasingly tight races and increasingly high stakes.

Let's save the U.S. Senate and wake up on November 5 with a fighting chance of taking back our nation—together. Can you help out with $3?

Please give what you can to MoveOn's Voters Rising. And give now.

Thanks for all you do.

–U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.)

 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

You can stop voter suppression in your community

Dear MoveOn member,

The election is only 14 days away, and that means that things are coming down to the wire. MoveOn members all over the country are making millions of calls to encourage progressive voters to make it out to the polls. But the other side is hard at work as well.

All around the country, as people who actually appreciate democracy are urging citizens to vote, shadowy front groups are spreading a different message. They are trying to do everything in their power to confuse, intimidate, and discourage likely Democratic voters from making it to the polls.

That why we need to make sure we're keeping an eye out for voter intimidation and suppression around the country. Will you join our Voter Protection Squad and help us make sure every eligible voter is able to cast a ballot on or before November 4?

Yes, sign me up!

Here are some examples of tactics we've seen as part of past voter suppression efforts:

  • Mailings trying to convince folks that they'll be ineligible to vote if they don't register again by some urgent deadline, even if they've been registered for years.1
  • Signs, often targeting lower-income neighborhood and people of color, trying to scare folks from going to the polls.2
  • Individual poll workers using their position of authority to disseminate false information about voting.3

As part of the Voter Protection Squad, you'll keep an eye out for these and other forms of voter suppression. We'll follow up on your tips and investigate each incident, bringing in our legal team if necessary.

Sign up today to join the squad and help protect everyone's right to cast a ballot on or before November 4!

Yes, count me in!

Thanks for all you do,

Maria, Erica, Joan, Manny, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Kochs now harassing voters in Illinois with registration mailers," Daily Kos, October 15, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301335&id=103435-10220574-Aq4PdAx&t=3

2. "'Voter Fraud' Billboards In Ohio Meant To Intimidate, Advocates Say (UPDATE)," The Huffington Post, October 12, 2012
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=282615&id=103435-10220574-Aq4PdAx&t=4

3. "Topeka seniors shut out of primary by ID law, poll worker," The Topeka Capital-Journal, August 8, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301286&id=103435-10220574-Aq4PdAx&t=5


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

New York Times: Major election shake-up

The New York Times reports that a populist progressive in South Dakota—of all places—could decide control of the Senate!
The New York Times reports that in the race for control of the U.S. Senate, Rick Weiland—a guitar-strumming, Citizens United-slamming, honest-to-goodness progressive populist from South Dakota—could be the tiebreaker.

We're only $55,960 short of the $200,000 we need to enter the race. Can you chip in $3 to help us save the Senate by electing Rick Weiland?

Chip in $3

Dear MoveOn member,

This is, as Joe Biden might say, a BFD: The New York Times reports that a populist progressive in South Dakota—of all places—could decide control of the Senate!1

This is a huge opportunity that's fallen into our laps. What happens in South Dakota could determine who controls the Senate. And we are agonizingly close to raising the $200,000 we need to expand our election program there. But we're still $55,960 short—that's less than a penny per MoveOn member. Will you chip in?

Yes, I'll help MoveOn expand into South Dakota.

It's incredible that a guitar-strumming, Citizens United-slamming, honest-to-goodness progressive populist could determine whether or not the Senate falls into Republican hands.

This is a once-in-an-election opportunity—and the kind of campaign MoveOn was meant to run. A campaign proving that progressive values can win elections—even in a deep-red state like South Dakota.

You can help save the Senate and send a message that progressives can win—even in deep-red states. Can you chip in $3 to make it happen?

Yes, I'll chip in.

Rick Weiland's race could be the tipping point for control of the U.S. Senate. Right-wing Republicans are banking on a win in South Dakota in order to take control of the Senate. But without South Dakota, it becomes virtually impossible for them.2

We saw how much right-wing craziness was unleashed when Republicans seized just one arm of Congress. We have to stop them from taking another.

Plus, if we win this, we'll get a genuine progressive as part of the bargain—not a Democrat-in-name-only. We can keep the Senate out of Republican hands—by electing a progressive!

That's why we're getting ready to go all-in. To start, we're rushing a six-figure ad buy onto the air—our ad has already been covered by the Times.3 Next, with your help, we need to shift volunteer resources to the state, run more ads, and make this election a big referendum on money in politics—one of Weiland's core issues. Are you in?

Yes, I'll help MoveOn expand into South Dakota.

We need your help because we didn't budget for South Dakota—at all. This is late-breaking news that no one was expecting. (The Republican candidate has been bogged down in scandal, there are multiple candidates on the ballot, and Weiland is running a strong campaign.) We've already made commitments in other states, and we can't afford to scale back the rest of our get-out-the-vote program in any case. Not with control of the Senate so close—because it's not enough to elect strong progressives, yet lose control of the Senate to Mitch McConnell.

The good news is, we don't have to make hard choices like that. Thanks to generous support from MoveOn members over the past week, we need only $55,960 more to campaign in South Dakota—and keep the rest of our program going. Will you help put us over the top?

Yes, I'll chip in.

This is the kind of race MoveOn's best at running—and winning. An audacious, Elizabeth Warren-style progressive who's fighting for the little guy and striking back against Citizens United. So if we go in, we go in big:

  • MoveOn members will hit the phones—we'll make a blitz of phone calls to South Dakota voters to increase turnout. We'll be using our new tools—our secret combination of technology and targeting that we're keeping hidden from Republicans—which will make MoveOn members' phone calls into South Dakota roughly six times more effective than the calls we made in 2012.
  • We'll run TV and online ads emphasizing the issue of money in politics—which is consistently MoveOn members' top priority when we ask our membership to vote.
  • And we'll support in-state MoveOn members who are ready and eager to help.

If you believe we should do all of this—and more—then will you chip in $3 now and put us over the top?

Yes, I'll chip in to elect Rick Weiland and help save the Senate.

Thanks for all you do.

–Mark, Kate, Milan, Stephen, and the rest of the team

P.S. This race could determine control of the Senate—and it's also a big referendum on money in politics. Are you in?

Yes, I'll chip in and help send a guitar-strumming, Citizens United-slamming, honest-to-goodness progressive populist to Washington.

Sources:

1. "Senate Contest in South Dakota Is Free-for-All," The New York Times, October 13, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301256&id=103337-10220574-5JPyZrx&t=1

2. Ibid.
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301256&id=103337-10220574-5JPyZrx&t=2

3. Ibid.
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301256&id=103337-10220574-5JPyZrx&t=3


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How I shocked my teenager

I'm going to start this story at the end.


Will you join members like Suzanne in calling voters to save the Senate this weekend?

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

Sometimes you just have to start a really good story at the end. So here goes.

I'll never forget the expression on my 13-year-old daughter's face as she watched me call progressive voters across the country from our Connecticut kitchen table and urge them to get out and vote on Election Day.

She looked proud, excited, and maybe—so like a teenager—just a little bit shocked to see me in action. Of course, I fight for her future every day. That's what moms do. But this was different somehow, because call by call, conversation by conversation, she could see me making a difference in real-time.

You know, it's one thing for me to talk with my kids about what I value—about democracy and about what happens when good people don't step up to make it work. That's important, for sure, and I wouldn't trade our dinnertime conversations for anything in the world.

But it's another thing entirely for my daughter to see me live our family's values—to walk the talk, so to speak.

I'm signing up to make more calls this weekend and I just have to ask:

Will you join me and the thousands of other MoveOn members who've signed up to call voters and help us save the Senate together?

Yes. I'm signing up!

I have to be honest with you. I was dreading my Voters Rising call shift all week, almost like a root canal. Maybe you have some of the same worries that I had. I don't have great technical skills and I worried about imposing on folks.

But I told myself: "Just click the darn sign-up button, show up at your computer with your phone, and see what happens."

I'm so glad I did.

You can do it to! Can you sign up today?

Yes. I'm signing up!

As it turns out, making get-out-the-vote calls is really easy.

It took me two calls to get comfortable. On the third call, the magic took over. I found the courage to say the things that I only say out loud when I'm home alone, listening National Public Radio and doing a stack of dishes.

I talked with the person I phoned about why I cared so very deeply about their vote. I want equal pay for women and to get money out of politics. I want a just federal minimum wage and for wealthy folks and corporations to pay their fair share of taxes. I want my daughter to have say over what happens to her body—plain and simple as that.

It all just came pouring out. And the person responded with her own concerns and hopes.

From that point, it was clear sailing. Sure, I got some answering machines and some wrong numbers, but I also spoke with many voters who weren't thinking about the mid-term election, or who weren't planning to vote prior to getting my call because they were disillusioned or angry about the mess in Congress. I spoke with folks who were undecided and others who wanted to come out swinging in opposition to Mitch McConnell but just needed a little encouragement.

People wanted to hear what I had to say, as long as I spoke from the heart. That's the power of MoveOn's citizen-powered plan. That's the power you'll have when you sign up.

Can you? Right now?

Yes. I'm signing up!

Please don't miss the opportunity to join Voters Rising.

You'll have your own reasons for making these calls. For me, it's the love I have for my kids and this big, unwieldy democracy of ours—a democracy that's being eroded and corrupted before my eyes.

Well, not on my watch. Not any more.

And just one more thing. Like you, I have way too many things to get done in a day. I thought that signing up for a call shift would just add to the tired, back-to-school feeling that creeps in right about now. I was wrong. There's an irreplaceable feeling that comes from contributing like this, from exchanging ideas with folks across the country.

I'm uplifted. Hopeful. Raring to go. Because this is what democracy looks like.

And now that I've had a taste of it, there's no going back! Thank goodness.

And my daughter? She's hooked. And has promised to make dinner the next time I have a call shift. Now that's a deal.

Thanks for all you do.

–Suzanne, a MoveOn volunteer

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

We're coming down to the wire

You can help get women voters to the polls and save the Senate from a GOP takeover.
MoveOn:   Voters Rising


Will you sign up to host a call party next weekend to help get women voters to the polls?

Dear MoveOn member,

In 2012, the GOP's so-called "war on women" was as plain as day. From ridiculously offensive comments about "legitimate rape" to high-profile attacks on Planned Parenthood, it was hard not to understand that the Republican Party's core beliefs and policies were terrible for women.

After the election, even GOP leaders realized they had a problem. Their solution? Market themselves differently this year. While some candidates are desperately avoiding questions about women's health, others have invented bogus talking points about contraception or fair pay.

Let's be real. The GOP's attitudes towards women, and the policies they'll push if they gain more power, are as awful as ever. From control of women's bodies to equal pay for equal work, the GOP's stuck in 1950 (or worse).

And if women voters don't see through their deceptions and, instead, stay home on November 4, we're all in serious trouble.

That's why, as part of our massive get-out-the-vote program, we'll spend next weekend calling hundreds of thousands of women voters in key Senate states from fun, friendly call parties hosted by MoveOn members. We have the voter lists, the technology—now we just need some folks to step up and host the parties!

Will you sign up to host a call party next weekend? We'll provide all the materials you'll need and help recruit other MoveOn members.

Yes, I'll host a call party to get women voters to the polls.

This election season, a handful of votes in just a few states will have outsized impact on you as they determine which party controls the Senate.

Republicans need to win six Senate seats to take control of the chamber. Of the states that polls show are still in play, eight are in Republican strongholds that Mitt Romney won in the last presidential election. Yet Democrats are managing to keep several races down to a 1—3% difference between the candidates—and women voters are the key reason why.

On a generic ballot, Republicans enjoy a nine-point advantage among men voters, but Democrats enjoy a 10-point advantage among likely women voters.1 The problem is that this year, as it has in past midterm years, women voters' turnout is expected to fall. That's where you come in.

By hosting a house party, you'll be providing a space for MoveOn members to come together and make a difference for the future of our country by getting a critical block of voters to the polls. President Obama can't be expected to veto every dangerous bill Republicans send to his desk if they're in charge for the next two years.

But by calling hundreds of thousands of women next weekend, we can help stop them from gaining control in the first place. So, will you host a call party next weekend to help get women voters to the polls?

Yes, I'll host a call party next Saturday or Sunday.

Thanks for all you do.

–Victoria, Corinne, Ben W., Kristin, and the rest of the team

P.S. Just because we're calling women all weekend doesn't mean these parties are exclusive. Issues like fair pay, access to health care, and reproductive rights are important to all of us. So, click here to sign up if you're ready to host a call party next weekend.

Source:

1. "Joni Ernst faces big problem in Iowa Senate race: women voters (+video)," The Christian Science Monitor, October 17, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301293&id=103279-10220574-E4eG6yx&t=7

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Preparing for an electoral apocalypse?

Senator Franken won by only 312 votes in his last election. Senator Merkley was boosted by a surge of new voters turning out to elect Barack Obama president.
Senator Al Franken won by only 312 votes in his last election. Senator Jeff Merkley was boosted by a surge of new voters turning out to elect Barack Obama president.

Close races sent them to Washington, where they've worked tirelessly to promote a progressive agenda. This year could be just as close—and they need us to help.

Can you chip in $3 to save these two champions?

Chip in $3

Dear MoveOn member,

It's the nightmare scenario: Young people, women, people of color, and other Democratic voting blocs stay home on Election Day. Voter suppression tactics disenfranchise thousands of key voters. Right-wing Republicans—riding a wave of fear and resentment—turn out in force.

And right now, it's a likely scenario. As The New York Times says, "Democrats may be preparing for an electoral apocalypse."1

We're working our socks off every single day to stop this outcome, but if the worst does happen and Republicans sweep into power in the Senate—we need to make sure our biggest progressive champions don't get swept out with the wave. 

There are no bigger champions in danger this year than Senators Jeff Merkley and Al Franken. Time and time again they've stood with us in the Senate. Now they need our help.

Can you chip in $3 to support Jeff Merkley and Al Franken—and help take on the tsunami of corporate money that's trying to sweep them out of office?

Yes, I'll chip in.

Together, Jeff Merkley and Al Franken have been part of the firewall that has stopped the most dangerous proposals coming from the House of Representatives. Along with senators like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, they are fighting the good fight. 

Senator Elizabeth Warren has called Senator Merkley her "mentor." He led the charge to pass filibuster reform—clearing the way for dozens of judges appointed by the president to be confirmed. He's been one of the toughest voices calling for Wall Street accountability. And he'll leave a social justice legacy for decades to come (just think of all the marriage equality momentum over the past months).

Al Franken has been one of the strongest voices in favor of net neutrality. He is a leader in the effort to get money out of politics and to undo the disastrous effects of the Citizens United decision. And he's been a fierce opponent of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger and other telecom horribleness.

But these two can fight the good fight only if they make it through this nightmarish election—against a deluge of corporate money that's backing their opponents.

Senator Franken won by only 312 votes in his last election. Senator Merkley was boosted by a surge of new voters turning out to elect Barack Obama president. Close races sent them to Washington, where they have worked tirelessly to promote a progressive agenda. This year could be just as close—and they need us to help.

We may not have the resources of conservative billionaires. But we have the ability to pull together and make sure that, no matter what happens on November 4, these two senators continue their work.

Can you chip in $3 to support progressive champs Al Franken and Jeff Merkley?

Yes, I'll chip in to defend these progressive champs.  

Thanks for all you do.

Ilya, Alejandro, Justin, Aiyi'nah, and the rest of the team

 Source:

1. "Democratic Hopes Begin to Fade," FirstDraft, The New York Times, 7:18 a.m. ET, October 15, 2014
http://www.moveon.org/r/?r=301274&id=103243-10220574-%3DgcEU4x&t=4

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I wouldn't miss this call with Van Jones

Help save the Senate this weekend AND join a special call with Van Jones.
Callers This Week
3,475 of 5,000
Can you join in and call voters this weekend to make sure they vote on Election Day?

Hi there—

I wanted to make sure you saw the note below from Van Jones—former White House staffer for President Obama, CNN contributor, and leader in the movement for green jobs.

We're hosting a special live broadcast with Van on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET for everyone who signs up to make get-out-the-vote calls this weekend.

Van's got a special message for MoveOn members, and he's excited about what we're doing. That's why we'd hate to have to tell him that we didn't hit our goal this week. To finish on pace, we need another 1,525 volunteers signed up to make calls by Sunday night—and everyone who signs up will receive an invitation to the live broadcast.

Will you sign up for just two hours of calling this weekend to help hit our goal? Click here if you can make it.

You'll be joining first-time callers and volunteers who've been calling for weeks. It'll take all of us to hold the Senate this fall.

Thanks for all you do.

–Matt, Corinne, Ben W., Justin, and the rest of the team


Van Jones at Center For American Progress Event, source: http://www.moveon.org/r?r=301271&id=103226-10220574-y0Jlaax&t=4
Will you sign up to make get-out-the-vote calls to voters between now and Sunday, then join a special video call with Van Jones?

Dear MoveOn member,

What you do, or don't do, in the next 19 days until Election Day in November is crucial. 

That's because we're facing the very real threat of a Republican Party overrun by radicals who oppose everything from jobs programs and sane climate solutions to a woman's right to use contraception. 

If there was ever a time for the 99% to rise up and strike back, this is it.

So here's what I'm asking you to do:

Sign up for MoveOn's 99% Strikes Back phone banks and get out the vote—right from your home. Then join a special video call with me this Sunday night.

Now, let me explain. This isn't about the 99% versus the 1%. It's about the 99% fighting for the 100%—a nation we love in all of its multi-racial, multi-faith, gender fabulous, Twitter-addicted, and body-pierced glory. 

It's about everyday people fighting for an economy that works for everyone, not just the 1%. 

On the other side are politicians who stand with only the 1%. But the greater outrage is that they're rigging the game against the rest of us. Awash in right-wing billionaire and corporate cash, they're out to shrink the pie, hand it over to their wealthy donors, and toss the crumbs for everyone else to fight over.

That's not the vision for America I'd want for my children, or anyone's children.

Agreed? Good. 

Sign up to talk to voters in key states this weekend through MoveOn's 99% Strikes Back phone banks. Then on Sunday night, October 19, I hope you'll join me for a special video debriefing session at 8 p.m. ET.

To join the video call, first click here to sign up to phone bank with MoveOn, calling voters right from your home.

Let's be real: no one is saying you can get everything you want just by voting. But you can lose everything you've got by not voting. If the political disaster for Democrats that pollsters are predicting comes to pass on November 4, we could be looking at economic disaster in December and well beyond.

The answer is simple: get out the progressive vote. Hold the Senate firewall. Democracy begins with being a voter—and bringing other voters into the game.

So from now until Sunday, I believe MoveOn members will rise to the occasion and make hundreds of thousands of calls to voters. Then, on Sunday, October 19, join me on the debrief session to discuss what's at stake and why we're all doing this.

Ultimately, our work together comes down to the values to which this great nation aspires. In America, all of us should have a fair shot at success no matter how much money we have, where we pray, who we love, or what our skin color looks like.

That is the vision for our country I'm fighting for.

It's the good fight. And I'm glad to be fighting it alongside you. 

Thanks for all you do.

–Van Jones

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