Friday, August 26, 2011

Rick Perry wants you to delete this email

The wave of Republican governors and state legislators elected in 2010 have passed a radical right-wing agenda and devastating budget cuts that have put the whole country on the verge of a double-dip recession. Now they're pushing for more. Can you chip in $15 a month to stop them?


Dear MoveOn member,

Last fall, when Republicans took complete control of the government in a whopping 20 states, we knew things could get ugly. But "ugly" is a polite word for what we've seen. 

Far-right governors like Scott Walker and Rick Perry—backed by GOP-controlled legislatures—have gone on a right-wing binge, with more than 60 new anti-choice laws, unprecedented attacks on workers' rights, and deep budget cuts that are pushing the whole country into a double-dip recession.1

The scariest part is, these right-wing extremists are pushing for even more. In states across the country, Republicans are calling "special sessions" to ram through even deeper budget cuts and partisan redistricting maps that will lock in GOP dominance for years to come.2

With so much at stake, we've launched a major effort to bring MoveOn's grassroots muscle and Internet organizing to state capitols all across the country. 

This is one of the biggest expansions we've ever taken on. Can you help give us the ongoing resources we need by making a donation of $15 per month? It's easy, and you can cancel at any time.

Yes, I can give $15 a month

Sorry, I can't

Even "blue" states like New York are being hurt by all these tea party governors, because their deep budget cuts are dragging down our entire national economy.

Plus, we've seen over and over how one terrible law like the Arizona immigration bill becomes a model for other states. And Republican governors like Rick Perry are some of the most dangerous challengers to Obama in 2012. That's why we're asking every MoveOn member to help fight back against the awful things these governors are doing.

To take on so many battles at once, we've launched an innovative new online organizing platform called SignOn brings MoveOn's grassroots muscle and Internet organizing know-how to the state level. And since local officials are so much closer to the people than Congress, grassroots campaigning can have an even bigger impact.

Here's a bit about how it works: 

  • SignOn gives local progressives free access to the basic tools to run their own MoveOn-style actions—including great online petitions, email alerts, savvy media campaigns, and more.

  • MoveOn staff provide expert advice on how to leverage the Internet for the most grassroots power—expertise a lot of local groups really appreciate.

  • MoveOn sends emails about the most urgent campaigns to our list of 5 million members, giving local campaigns a boost of grassroots support they couldn't get anywhere else.

The tea party Republicans have already done enormous damage, and public opinion is turning against them. But with more than a year till the next election, we need to redouble our efforts to stop the next wave of budget cuts and far-right social policies.

It's only with the support of our members that we can take on such an ambitious project. Can you commit to kick in $15? Click here to donate:

Yes, I can give $15 a month

Sorry, I can't

Thanks for all you do.

–Steven, Michael, Adam Q., Elena, and the rest of the team


1.  "State Budget Cuts in the New Fiscal Year Are Unnecessarily Harmful," Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, July 28, 2011

"2011 Mid-Year Legislative Wrap Up," Center for Reproductive Rights, August 10, 2011 [PDF] 

"Category Archive: Copy Cat Legislation," Immigration Impact, accessed August 19, 2011

"PSN 2011 Workers Rights Roundup: States Fight Back Against Unprecedented Attacks On Workers," Progressive States Network, August 18, 2011

2. "The GOP Redistricting Advantage," National Journal, June 22, 2011

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