Friday, March 15, 2013

What going on offense looks like

Watch Robert Reich explain why raising the minimum wage is one of the smartest things we can do for our economy:
Click to see Robert Reich show why raising the minimum wage is a no-brainer.

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Dear MoveOn member,

It was a big week—both good and bad—in the fight for a fair economy.

Here's the bad stuff: President Obama again put devastating cuts to Social Security benefits on the negotiating table. Attorney General Eric Holder admitted that banks may be "too big to prosecute." And Paul Ryan released his latest outlandish budget plan—full of giant tax breaks for corporations, a plan to voucherize Medicare, and attempts to slash millions from Medicaid. 

But here's the inspiring part. Nearly 8 million MoveOn members are doing really terrific work, together with our allies, to hold both Democrats and Republicans accountable and put an end to austerity economics. 

Just in the past few days:
  • 250,000 MoveOn members joined with Reps. Grayson, Conyers, Ellison, and Grijalva and our friends at Social Security Works and The Other 98% to call for a one-sentence bill that would put an end to the sequester—and Rep. Grayson delivered the petition signatures directly to Speaker Boehner's office yesterday, with media watching closely.1
  • While Elizabeth Warren took bank regulators to the mat in Congress, 130,000 MoveOn members stood together with our allies at Campaign for a Fair Settlement to demand an end to "too big to jail" on Wall Street, and called for the Department of Justice to hold the banks that crashed the economy accountable. 
  • One of the best leaders on economic justice issues—the economist and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich—partnered with MoveOn to release a new video explaining why everyone should support raising the minimum wage. It's a simple policy change, proposed by President Obama in his State of the Union address, that could help make our economy work better for everyone.
And of course, day in and day out, MoveOn members are organizing in states around the country to push Republican governors to accept federal funding for Medicaid, challenge draconian local and state budget cuts, and stand up locally against the sequester.

So the fight for a fair economy has a lot of fronts. Right now, one simple thing you can do is to check out Robert Reich's video and pass it along—to equip others with the information about how we can make our economy work better for working people, not just big banks and Republican lobbyists.

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Manny, Jessica, David, and the rest of the team 


1. "Sequestration 2013: Lawmakers, activists call for end of sequestration," WJLA, March 14, 2013.

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