Dear MoveOn member,
The resistance is working. The Trump White House is in "full-blown crisis" over the administration's ties to Russia, and the Republican Congress has so far achieved zero of its legislative priorities.1
The New York Times described it this way: "Congressional Republicans, who craved unified control of the government to secure their aggressive conservative agenda, have instead found themselves on a legislative elliptical trainer, gliding toward nowhere."2
Compare it with the first four weeks of Barack Obama's presidency, when Democrats passed a landmark bill to stop pay discrimination, a nearly $1 trillion stimulus, and legislation to expand the children's health insurance program.3
This week, members of Congress are home for their first recess since Trump was sworn in. So we've put our foot on the gas—with Resistance Recess, a weeklong series of events in partnership with 20 other resistance organizations, including Daily Kos, Indivisible, and the Women's March, to make clear to our lawmakers and the media that we won't tolerate the Trump Republican agenda.
There are more than 350 events planned across the country this week, including elected officials' public events, town halls, and other public appearances—and the number of events is growing by the hour. When lawmakers refuse to host events to meet with us, we plan our own. This huge effort has already been featured on the front page of The New York Times.4
Now, we need your help to promote the events with Facebook ads, pay for conference calls with tens of thousands of MoveOn members organizing events, and produce riveting videos of lawmakers being confronted by their constituents. Will you chip in $3 to help fuel this week's Resistance Recess?
Remember the summer of 2009, when the Tea Party swarmed August recess town halls? This reshaped the political moment, put President Obama and the Democrats on defense, and nearly scuttled the Affordable Care Act.
This week is our moment to show up. The difference is we're doing it earlier in a presidency than the Tea Party, and we're not an angry minority. We're a principled majority.
With Trump embroiled in serious scandals that threaten our national security and Republicans on the run over their signature effort to take health care away from tens of millions of Americans, we can force Congress to investigate Trump's financial conflicts of interest and ties to the Russian government, blunt his right-wing agenda, and reclaim the political landscape.
Here's what Resistance Recess looks like:
- Hundreds of events, including massive turnout at town hall meetings. If you've seen footage of Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah confronted by his constituents, you know that a show of force at town hall meetings can make national news—and shift the momentum in critical fights.
- Demanding town halls—and hosting our own if members of Congress refuse to organize events. We've launched dozens of petitions and are earning media coverage to shame cowards in Congress who won't meet with their constituents. And for those who still won’t meet with us, we’re hosting "empty chair" town hall meetings to draw attention to their refusal and hold them accountable.
- A clear set of demands at these events, from calling for an independent investigation into Trump's ties to Russia and financial conflicts of interest, to defending frontline communities, to stopping Republican efforts to take away our health care. We're bringing this message to Republicans who need to feel the pressure, as well as to Democrats who need to stand up and fight.
- A stream of videos, pictures, and social media stories that can fuel this surging resistance movement.
- A steady flood of phone calls to make sure that the phones in every lawmaker's office are ringing off the hook.
This is a huge moment. Can you chip in $3 so we can make the most of this week's Resistance Recess?
Thanks for all you do.
—Victoria, Corinne, Nick, Chris, and the rest of the team
1. "Flynn departure erupts into a full-blown crisis for the Trump White House," The Washington Post, February 14, 2017
2. "G.O.P.'s Grand Visions for Congress Now Look Like a Mirage," The New York Times, February 16, 2017
4. "Congress Goes Home, and Constituents Fired Up Over Health Care Are Waiting," The New York Times, February 17, 2017
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