Dear MoveOn member,
After one bad Senate election, most Democrats in Washington are on the verge of full-fledged retreat.
Everything we've fought for together hangs in the balance. President Obama has signaled he's open to dramatically scaling back health care reform.1 The chairman of the Senate Banking Committee says he might gut the financial reform bill to appease Republicans.2 And on top of all that, the Supreme Court just opened the floodgates of corporate cash on politics!3
We need to show Democrats that we're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore. So MoveOn members are organizing an emergency rally in Brooklyn on Tuesday to urge Democrats to show some backbone—starting with passage of a real health care reform bill.
We need a big turnout to show Democrats we're still waiting on them to deliver the change we voted for—on health care and everything else. Can we count on you to attend?
The lesson from Massachusetts is that voters are angry and it's time for Democrats to stand up to corporate interests and fight for working families by passing health care reform and taking on Wall Street.
And make no mistake: Democrats still have the ability to pass health care reform and other progressive legislation. They have a larger majority in Congress than Republicans ever did under George W. Bush—and even in Massachusetts, polls show that voters continue to support a bold, populist agenda.4
But it took an unprecedented grassroots movement to elect this President and Congress—and it'll take all of us standing together now to get their attention, and get them to show some backbone.
Can you join the rally in Brooklyn on Tuesday?
Sorry, I can't make it: http://www.moveon.org/r?r=86107&id=18677-10220574-Qvbg8Dx&t=6
Thanks for all you do.
–Kat, Michael, Carrie, Lenore, and the rest of the team
1. "Obama Weighs Paring Goals for Health Bill," The New York Times, January 20, 2010
"Democrats begin discussing smaller health care overhaul after losing Massachusetts Senate seat," The Associated Press, January 21, 2010
"Obama, Dems regroup to cut back health plan," The Detroit Free Press, January 21, 2010
"In the aftermath, Dems debate path of party," The Hill, January 20, 2010
2. "Consumer Protection Agency in Doubt," The Wall Street Journal, January 22, 2010
3. "Justices Overturn Key Campaign Limits," The New York Times, January 21, 2010
"Lobbyists Get Potent Weapon in Campaign Finance Ruling," The New York Times, January 21, 2010
4. Poll conducted by Research 2000 January 19, 2010, commissioned by MoveOn.org, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and Democracy for America
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