Dear MoveOn member,
Today the package of mandatory spending cuts known as the "sequester" takes effect. There's just one word for the impact on millions of Americans: devastating.1
- 373,000 seriously mentally ill people are losing care.
- 70,000 kids are getting kicked out of Head Start.
- 100,000 formerly homeless people will soon be back on the streets.
This is madness. The Tea Party and austerity-obsessed billionaires have finally gone too far—they're holding kids and poor families hostage to force radical benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare and more. Dozens of MoveOn members have started petitions to stop these cuts—and thousands more around the country are asking how to stop the austerity lies once and for all.
Congress and the media are watching to see if the public will swallow the most savage budget cuts in a generation—and an outpouring of constituent anger can change the political calculus and end the politics of austerity once and for all. So MoveOn members are going to congressional offices TODAY at noon—and throughout the day, with an urgent message: Cancel the sequester.
Your closest office is at:
67-12 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Arverne, NY 11692
Can you drop by Rep. Gregory Meeks's office in Arverne today (on Friday) at noon or later with other MoveOn members to say, simply, cancel the sequester?
This is coming together quickly, as it's becoming clear that Congress is really going to let these cuts go into effect—so you don't need to prepare anything. We'll give you a letter to download and deliver to your Member of Congress, and you can wear blue to identify other MoveOn members who are there.
Let's make this the moment that the media and history books understand as the turning point in the Tea Party's attack on our government as a force for good in people's lives.
Thanks for all you do.
–Ilya, Joan, Nick, Manny, and the rest of the team
1. "The Sequester: Senate Democrats, GOP To Stage Votes On Rival Cuts," Huffington Post, February 28, 2013
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