Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Add your name: Suspend Jared Kushner

Michael Flynn is not the only member of Trump's inner circle who has been dishonest about his dealings with Russia.

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

Yesterday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz confirmed that Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, may have committed a felony by not properly disclosing payments from Russia when applying for his security clearance.1

And Flynn's not the only member of Trump's inner circle who has been dishonest about his dealings with Russia. Earlier this month, Donald Trump's son-in-law and White House senior adviser, Jared Kushner, failed to report dozens of meetings with foreign agents, including meetings with Russian government agents as recently as December 2016, while completing the same questionnaire as Flynn required for top-secret security clearance.2

Will you sign and share my petition to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the FBI to demand that Jared Kushner's interim security clearance be suspended immediately?

Suspend Jared Kushner's interim security clearance immediately. 

This appears to be another attempt to conceal the meetings the Trump transition team had with Russian foreign agents. The American people need to make it clear to this administration that we will continue to compel them to be honest and transparent about their ties to Russia.

Until such time as Jared Kushner fully discloses all relevant meetings he had with foreign agents, his interim security clearance needs to be suspended.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thanks!

—Elizabeth Miller

Sources:

1. "House oversight committee: Flynn might have broken the law," CNN, April 25, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/9737?t=5&akid=182018.10220574.Gjjm7Y

2. Ibid.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Watch: Immigration detention centers

No ban. No wall. No raids. From Trump's Muslim ban to deporting a DACA recipient who had the legal right to live, work, and study in the United States, his actions are a relentless and escalating assault.

Dear MoveOn member,

Donald Trump is ramping up deportations and criminalizing immigrants. From his Muslim ban to deporting a DACA recipient who had the legal right to live, work, and study in the United States, Trump's actions are a relentless assault on our immigrant communities.

That's why MoveOn members are joining allies from Movimiento Cosecha and the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) in May Day actions on May 1, 2017, including boycotts, strikes, marches, and other acts of solidarity with immigrant and refugee communities. These actions will take place across the country and will help drive the message that if Trump comes for any of us, he'll have to face all of us.

Brutal deportations are, sadly, not new, but Trump is escalating them to a frightening degree, promising to spend billions on a senseless border wall and militarized deportation force. Meanwhile, his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, is threatening cities that have created safe communities while resorting to xenophobic fearmongering and anti-immigrant rhetoric.
 
It's easy to focus only on the sheer numbers of people affected and Trump's specific policies. But if we do, we risk losing a connection to the human stories of those on the front lines of this horror—past and present.

Dena Takruri, a journalist with AJ+, recently did a three-part series focused on families who are directly affected by deportation policies. 

In one part, she visits a detention center with Adela, whose husband has been in a detention center for two years. Click here to watch and share the video on Facebook.

Click here to watch the video on Facebook.

(If you're not on Facebook, click here to watch the video on YouTube.)

Adela's husband has been detained simply because of his immigration status. That's enough to keep him locked up as a prisoner, separate from his family, for two years. Eloy Detention Center, where Adela's husband is detained, is run by a for-profit company, as are many detention centers across the country. According to Dena, the same center has come under fire for the highest number of detainee deaths in the country. 

When profits are put over people, it's no surprise that the deportation process is costing people their lives. Those who profit from this broken and abusive system rely on being able to operate without close scrutiny—which is why it is so critical that more Americans of all walks of life see videos like this, understand the cruelty of our deportation system, and stand together in solidarity on May Day and every day. Drawing attention to the conditions of centers like Eloy is one step toward creating the public outcry necessary to shut them down.

Click here to watch Adela's story and share it with your family and friends.

Stories like Adela's and her husband's allow us to see the brutal human costs of mass deportations and the criminalization of immigrants.

MoveOn members have, just in the past few months, supported immigrants rights organizations in the call for mayors and local elected officials to support "sanctuary cities" that do not collaborate with aggressive deportations. And just last week, MoveOn members joined allies in decrying the deportation of a young DACA recipient who had the legal right to live and work in the United States. But as this video reminds us, there is so much more work to do.

As we gear up for May Day actions across the nation, in solidarity with immigrant and refugee communities—all immigrant communities, including undocumented immigrants, Muslim immigrants, Latino immigrants, Black immigrants, and any who fall in multiple categories at once—we wanted to share this important story with you, your friends, and your family as we all prepare to take greater action to stop the deportation machine. 

Watch and share Adela's story now.

Thanks for all you do. 

—Iram, Jo, Michael, Mark, and the rest of the team

P.S. In Part 1 of her series, Dena also spoke to undocumented immigrants living in fear of deportation especially now. Click here to watch Part 1. And in Part 3, she spoke to immigrants who had been deported. Click here to watch Part 3.

P.P.S. Join the actions on Monday, May 1! Later this week, we'll be sharing information on specific actions happening all around the country. There will be opportunities to march and rally—and many MoveOn members will join allies in strikes and boycotts that day, as well as wearing yellow in solidarity with immigrant communities. We hope you can take action near you. 

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Monday, April 24, 2017

3 minute survey (re: Trump's first 100 days)

Can you take a few minutes and tell us about your experience these first 100 days?

Dear MoveOn member,

We are nearing the end of the first 100 days of Donald Trump's disastrous administration. From the appointment of the wealthiest, most incompetent cabinet in recent history, to the ongoing attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, to dangerous attempts at a Muslim ban, Donald Trump has been busy destabilizing years of progress for civil liberties and civil rights in America. Not only that, but his administration has consistently attacked the environment, escalated global conflicts, and favored the wealthy and corporations over regular Americans. 

However, these have also been the first 100 days of a remarkable resistance, in which Americans from of all walks of life have shown up to take action in historic numbers in city and town squares, airports, and Congressional offices. On the phones, on social media, and in the streets, America has been flooded with voices defending our communities, our Constitution, and our values.

Can you take a few minutes and tell us about your experiences these first 100 days? Just click here.

Since January 20, MoveOn members and allies have helped save health care for millions by defeating the first Trumpcare push. We flooded town hall meetings during two Resistance Recesses. We made history by participating in the Women’s March with millions of women and men all over the world.

Together, we stood up to Trump’s swamp cabinet picks, helped force the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions from investigations into Trump's Russia ties, pushed for the removal of white supremacist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council, held Congress accountable at weekly #ResistTrumpTuesdays rallies and office visits, and more.

We know the resistance has been flourishing across the country, and we want to know what it has looked like to you, so we can effectively support the resistance over the next hundred days and beyond. 

Click here to complete the survey about your experience!

Your feedback is critical—it helps us learn and maximize our impact as we plan future actions.

Thanks for all you do.

—Chris, Anna, Vicki, Justin, and the rest of the team

P.S. Join us Sunday, April 30 at 8 p.m. ET (7 CT/6 MT/5 PT) for our national Ready to Resist Call as we celebrate 100 Days of Resistance and commit together to take on the struggles ahead. Click here to register for Sunday's national Ready to Resist Call.  

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

The EPA

Will you sign and share my petition calling on Congress to denounce Trump's budget and to not destroy the EPA or eliminate the Superfund program?

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

I can tell you from firsthand experience that living in a toxic environment, with little hope of getting out, is a family's worst nightmare. More than 20,000 tons of chemical wastes were buried in my community—the Love Canal neighborhood within Niagara Falls, NY—causing disease and painful illness.1

As Congress returns back to work, their top priority will be to pass a budget to avoid government shutdown before the end of this month. And Trump's proposed budget includes terrifying cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency.2

Will you sign and share my petition calling on Congress to denounce Trump's budget and to not destroy the EPA?

You must not let Trump's budget destroy the EPA or the Superfund program. No person deserves to live in a toxic nightmare.

I lived at Love Canal—which was the catalyst for the national EPA Superfund program—with my two small children.3 My daughter had a rare blood disease, and my son suffered from many medical problems, including liver disease, asthma, and epilepsy. Our house was worthless and our American dream taken away through no fault of our own.4

Will you sign my petition to make sure the Superfund program isn't eliminated in the 2018 budget?

I am also old enough to remember the black smoke of the steel mills, the rivers catching fire, and sickness and death in communities that surrounded the factories. The magnitude of cuts suggested by this administration will take America back decades.

There is no gentle way to state the obvious: Donald Trump's priority is corporations over people, children, and the planet. These cuts will gut the agency removing protections for American families.

We cannot let this happen. Join me by signing my petition telling Congress not to destroy the EPA or eliminate the Superfund program. Click here to sign.

Cuts in the EPA budget mean no one is watching the polluters. No one will be there to make the polluters pay for cleanup and the costs of sick children from with asthma, cancer, birth defects, and so much more.

Rather than weakening the EPA and environmental protections, we should be strengthening rules to protect communities from the impacts of factory farms, fossil fuel production and use, and other pollution sources, and we should be working to ensure all people have access to clean water, safe food, and a livable climate.

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thanks!

—Lois Gibbs, Center for Health, Environment & Justice + People's Action

Sources:

1. "Love Canal and the Poisoning of America," The Atlantic, December 1979
"https://act.moveon.org/go/8985?t=7&akid=180928.10220574.IYFwLA

2. "EPA hit hardest as Trump budget targets regulations," Reuters, March 16, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/8987?t=9&akid=180928.10220574.IYFwLA

3. "Love Canal and the Poisoning of America," The Atlantic, December 1979
"https://act.moveon.org/go/8985?t=11&akid=180928.10220574.IYFwLA

4. "Love Canal: My Story," SUNY Press, June 30, 1982

A note from the MoveOn team: This is one of thousands of petitions launched by individual MoveOn members and partner organizations in opposition to the Trump administration's dangerous agenda. Petitions like this one are useful building blocks of our broader resistance organizing efforts. They are delivered to decision-makers, highlighted to media outlets, and circulated online to raise awareness and grow our progressive community. You can start your own petition here.

Want to support our work? The MoveOn community will work every moment, day by day and year by year, to resist Trump's agenda, contain the damage, defeat hate with love, and begin the process of swinging the nation's pendulum back toward sanity, decency, and the kind of future that we must never give up on. And to do it we need your ongoing support, now more than ever. Will you stand with us?

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Reminder: Ready to Resist call Sunday—climate, immigration, and recess recap

Get ready to take action on climate justice, immigrant justice, and worker justice, with movement leaders on this Sunday's call.

Dear MoveOn member,

Thank you for signing up to join the Sunday evening Ready to Resist call series!

You'll receive a phone call on Sunday, April 23 at 8 p.m. ET (7 CT/6 MT/5 PT) at the number you provided when you subscribed to these calls. It will come from 202-750-5203, in case you want to save the contact in your phone. 

You can also listen in, follow the slideshow, and ask questions via the livestream of the call at moveon.org/readytoresist starting at 8 p.m. ET (7 CT/6 MT/5 PT).

If you'd like to change the phone number you want us to dial for the call, you can do so by re-registering at moveon.org/readytoresist before 4:30 p.m. ET (3:30 CT/2:30 MT/1:30 PT) Sunday. If you'd like to remove yourself from the RSVP list to this and future calls, click here to change your status.

Spring is bursting with opportunities to show up in the Resistance in exciting new ways! On this Sunday's call, we'll hear from movement leaders helping organize two exciting mobilizations: the People's Climate March for climate jobs and justice on April 29 and the May Day actions for immigrant and worker justice on May 1.

Can you let your friends know about Sunday's call?

Click here to share info about the call on Facebook. 

Click here to share info about the call on Twitter.

Sunday's call will feature some powerhouse organizers:

  • Wayne Frederick, Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council member and key organizer of the historic native resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline, will talk about Donald Trump's fossil-fueled future and how local resistance movements are feeding a global movement for climate action, including the People's Climate March in Washington, D.C., and over 200 sister marches around the country.

  • Donele Wilkins, president of the Green Door Initiative—an emerging green job and leadership training program that's helping to revitalize Detroit's communities—will talk about how addressing climate change requires tackling intersecting issues and building local power for a better future by organizing for climate jobs and justice. Then, she'll let you know how you can get involved with the People's Climate Movement. 

  • Gema Lowe, organizer with the immigrant-led organization Cosecha and the Worker Center of Western Michigan, will talk about the "Day Without Immigrants" strike on May 1—which is shaping up to be the largest worker strike in years—and how immigrants and allies can participate.

  • Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera, the Milwaukee-based community organization named the "Most Valuable Grassroots Group" by The Nation1, will speak about how May Day organizers in Wisconsin and around the country are working to win victories for workers on the local, state, and national level.

  • Amanda Johnson, Resist Here Director of the Working Families Party, will moderate the call. 

As Congress heads back to D.C. from recess—and we approach the end of Trump's first 100 days in office—the Resistance continues to grow with new strategies and energized mobilizations.

Last weekend, over 100,000 of us joined the Tax March to show Donald Trump that we want to see his tax returns more than ever and to demonstrate to Republicans in Congress that we'll hold them accountable if they continue to support Trump's stonewalling of basic transparency in government.

We've also seen what organizing can do, including getting members of Congress to reverse their positions when we held their feet to the fire at raucous Resistance Recess town hall events.2 So these next few weeks, let's turn up the heat even more.

Talk with you Sunday!

Thanks for all you do.

—Victoria, Chris, Michael, Iram, and the rest of the team

Sources: 

1. "The Progressive Honor Roll of 2012," The Nation, December 19, 2012
https://act.moveon.org/go/9642?t=7&akid=181675.10220574.8U0kSN

2. "4 takeaways from the town halls dogging the GOP," Politico, April 16, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/9647?t=9&akid=181675.10220574.8U0kSN

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Resist

My Republican colleagues in Congress put on a brave face, but I work with them every day, and I can tell that they're worried. That's why Trumpcare went down so fast, and why no significant legislation will get passed in Trump's first 100 days. This is Senator Al Franken, and I'm writing to tell you that what you are doing is working. The phone calls, the marches, the protests, the town hall meetings … It's all having a huge impact.

Dear MoveOn member,

This is Senator Al Franken, and I'm writing to tell you that what you are doing is working.

The phone calls, the marches, the protests, the town hall meetings … It's all having a huge impact.

My Republican colleagues in Congress put on a brave face, but I work with them every day, and I can tell that they know what's happening outside of Washington. And they're worried. That's why their first attempt at Trumpcare went down so fast, and why no significant legislation will get passed in Trump's first 100 days.

But there are so many more fights to come. Stopping Trump's tax breaks for rich people like himself. Standing up to Jeff Sessions' deportation force. Resisting attacks on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid—and more attacks on the Affordable Care Act. Protecting the environment.

I'm counting on you to keep marching, and protesting, and calling—and MoveOn will help amplify those calls and channel that energy as effectively as any group I know. Will you chip in $5 a month to MoveOn to help keep the resistance strong for the next four years?

Yes, I'll pitch in monthly to MoveOn to keep the resistance strong.

No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation.

I know that sometimes it seems like Washington, D.C., is so far away that your voices aren't being heard.

But I guarantee you that that's not true.

It started with the Women's March on Washington the day after the inauguration—a protest march that dwarfed the inauguration itself. Since then, the phones have been ringing off the hook.

At this point, Republicans are so terrified of their constituents that some won't even face them—a few have even run out of town hall meetings. You've probably seen the videos!

Even Trump is starting to crack, flip-flopping on campaign promises left and right, while blaming his staff for every screw-up.

I pledge to you that I will keep fighting in Washington, but let's be honest with ourselves: Republicans control everything. The House, Senate, and White House.

My fellow Democratic senators and I can't stop them alone. We need your help. We need you to keep calling, protesting, and marching. We need the Republicans (and Democrats, too) to hear what their constituents really think!

That's why I'm asking you to sign up to donate $5 a month to MoveOn. MoveOn's organizers are some of the best in the business, and MoveOn will put your money to work where it's needed most. What do you say? Are you in?

Yes, I'll chip in monthly.

No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation.

Thanks for all you do.

–Al Franken

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Tell us about your first 100 days of Resistance!

Thousands of people took part! How was your first 100 days of resistance?

Dear Eddie,

We are nearing the end of the first 100 days of Trump’s disastrous administration. From the appointment of the wealthiest, most incompetent cabinet in recent history; to the ongoing attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act; to his extremist Supreme Court appointment; to his dangerous attempts at a Muslim ban; Donald Trump has been busy destabilizing years of progress for civil liberties and civil rights in America, attacking the environment, escalating global conflict, and favoring corporations over regular Americans. 

However, these have also been the first 100 days of a remarkable resistance, in which Americans from of all walks of life have taken action in historic numbers at marches, airports, and Congressional offices, on phones and social media, to defend our communities, our Constitution, and our values.

Can you take a few minutes and tell us about your experience these first 100 days?

Since January 20, MoveOn members and allies have helped save health care for millions by defeating the first Trumpcare push, flooded town hall meetings during two Resistance Recesses, made history participating in the Women’s March with millions of women and men all over the world, stood up to Trump’s swamp cabinet picks, forced the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions from investigations into Trump's Russia ties, pushed for the removal of white supremacist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council, consistently held Congress accountable at weekly #ResistTrumpTuesdays rallies and office visits, seen dramatic swings in Congressional special elections, and more.

We know the resistance has been flourishing across the country through thousands of actions and experiences. We want to know what it has looked like to you, how you've been engaged and inspired, or when you've been frustrated or energized, so we can effectively escalate the resistance over the next hundred days and beyond. 

Click here to complete the survey about your experience!

Your feedback is critical—it helps us learn, maximize our impact as we plan future actions, and elevate stories about the work MoveOn members are doing.

Thanks for all you do.

—Chris, Anna, Vicki, Justin, and the rest of the team

P.S. Join us Sunday, April 23 at 8 p.m. ET (7 CT/6 MT/5 PT) for our national Ready to Resist Call as we prepare to fight for climate justice, immigrant justice, and worker justice as part of upcoming mobilizations. Come hear from Wayne Frederick of the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council, Donele Wilkins of Green Door Initiative, Gema Lowe of Cosecha, Christine Neumann-Ortiz of Voces de la Frontera, and Amanda Johnson from Working Families Party. Click here to register for Sunday's national Ready to Resist Call.  

Want to support our work? The MoveOn community will work every moment, day by day and year by year, to resist Trump's agenda, contain the damage, defeat hate with love, and begin the process of swinging the nation's pendulum back toward sanity, decency, and the kind of future that we must never give up on. And to do it we need your ongoing support, now more than ever. Will you stand with us?

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Ready to Resist call Sunday — climate, immigration, and recess recap (RSVP now!)

Get ready to take action on climate justice, immigrant justice, and worker justice with the movement leaders on this Sunday's call.

Dear MoveOn member,

Spring is bursting with opportunities to show up in the Resistance in exciting new ways!

On this Sunday's call, we'll hear from movement leaders helping organize two exciting mobilizations: the People's Climate March for climate jobs and justice on April 29 and the May Day actions for immigrant and worker justice on May 1.

If you're ready to keep the Resistance rolling, can you join the Ready to Resist call this Sunday, April 23 at 8 p.m. ET (7 CT/6 MT/5 PT)?

Click here to RSVP for the call! 

Sunday's call will feature some powerhouse organizers:

  • Wayne Frederick, Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council member and key organizer of the historic native resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline, will talk about Donald Trump's fossil-fueled future and how local resistance movements are feeding a global movement for climate action, including the People's Climate March in Washington, D.C., and over 200 sister marches around the country.

  • Donele Wilkins, president of the Green Door Initiative—an emerging green job and leadership training program that's helping to revitalize Detroit's communities—will talk about how addressing climate change requires tackling intersecting issues and building local power for a better future by organizing for climate jobs and justice. Then, she'll let you know how you can get involved with the People's Climate Movement. 

  • Gema Lowe, organizer with the immigrant-led organization Cosecha and the Worker Center of Western Michigan, will talk about the "Day Without Immigrants" strike on May 1—which is shaping up to be the largest worker strike in years—and how immigrants and allies can participate.

  • Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera, the Milwaukee-based community organization named the "Most Valuable Grassroots Group" by The Nation1, will speak about how May Day organizers in Wisconsin and around the country are working to win victories for workers on the local, state, and national level.

  • Amanda Johnson, Resist Here Director of the Working Families Party, will moderate the call. 

Click here to RSVP for the call.

As Congress heads back to D.C. from recess—and we approach the end of Trump's first 100 days in office—the Resistance continues to grow with new strategies and energized mobilizations.

Last weekend, over 100,000 of us joined the Tax March to show Donald Trump that we want to see his tax returns more than ever and to demonstrate to Republicans in Congress that we'll hold them accountable if they continue to support Trump's stonewalling of basic transparency in government.

We've also seen what organizing can do, including the culmination of the campaign to remove bigoted Bill O'Reilly from his soapbox at Fox News,2 members of Congress reversing their positions when we held their feet to the fire at raucous Resistance Recess town hall events,3 and more.

So these next few weeks, let's turn up the heat even more.

Click here to RSVP for the call, and we'll dial you in this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET (7 CT/6 MT/5 PT). 

And be sure to invite your friends. Click here to share info about the call on Facebook. And click here to share info about the call on Twitter.

You can also listen in live via web stream at that same link. So get a few friends together and join in with tens of thousands of people from around the country.

Talk with you Sunday!

Thanks for all you do.

—Victoria, Chris, Michael, Iram, and the rest of the team

Sources: 

1. "The Progressive Honor Roll of 2012," The Nation, December 19, 2012
https://act.moveon.org/go/9642?t=5&akid=181665.10220574.dg_PtL

2. "Bill O'Reilly Is Forced Out at Fox News," The New York Times, April 19, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/9645?t=7&akid=181665.10220574.dg_PtL

3. "4 takeaways from the town halls dogging the GOP," Politico, April 16, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/9647?t=9&akid=181665.10220574.dg_PtL

Want to support our work? The MoveOn community will work every moment, day by day and year by year, to resist Trump's agenda, contain the damage, defeat hate with love, and begin the process of swinging the nation's pendulum back toward sanity, decency, and the kind of future that we must never give up on. And to do it we need your ongoing support, now more than ever. Will you stand with us?

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

The storm that's coming

It's Al Franken, and I'm writing you today because I'm worried. Not about what Trump has tried (and, so far, failed) to do already, like Trumpcare and the Muslim ban. But about the storm that's coming. It's Al Franken, and I'm writing you today because I'm worried. Not about what Trump has tried (and, so far, failed) to do already, like Trumpcare and the Muslim ban. But about the storm that's coming.

Dear MoveOn member,

It's Al Franken, and I'm writing you today because I'm worried. Not about what Donald Trump has tried (and, so far, failed) to do already, like Trumpcare and the Muslim ban. But about the storm that's coming.

You see, we're just 90 days into the Trump presidency. Fortunately, we're also 90 days into a powerful resistance movement.

Up until now, we've been doing surprisingly well stalling Trump's agenda. But the thing is, he's just getting started—so we can't let up for a second. There are so many more fights to come: Stopping Trump's tax breaks for rich people like himself. Standing up to Jeff Sessions' deportation force. Resisting attacks on Medicare and the environment.

And we still have a year and a half before we've got a shot at taking back Congress.

Trump governs by chaos. He wants us to get tired and slow down, but we can't let him win.

My Democratic colleagues and I are counting on you to keep marching, and protesting, and calling. Will you chip in $5 a month to MoveOn to help keep the resistance strong for the next four years?

Yes, I'll pitch in monthly to MoveOn to keep the resistance strong.

No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation.

MoveOn members worked day and night to stop Trump from being elected. And then, the day after the election, MoveOn members began organizing to build the resistance, with vigils around the country. You never stopped.

In fact, after Trump was elected, there was a huge spike in grassroots energy—the biggest I've seen in my entire political career. Record-setting numbers of people flooded the streets. It was impossible to get a call through to Congress (believe me, I know, because my office phone lines were ringing off the hook). And while my Republican colleagues are trying to put on a brave face, I can tell that they are under stress. (And that stress helped defeat their first attempt at Trumpcare!)

But here's what has me worried: We're fighting on so many fronts. And if energy drops off, we'll start losing.

The antidote? Millions of us involved so that together we can continue to organize non-stop. The kind of organizing that MoveOn excels at.

We can't let up. I'm counting on MoveOn members like you to be there every day that Trump is in office—to help lead the resistance, stop his agenda in Congress, and help win back political power. Can you support the resistance with a monthly donation to MoveOn?

Yes, I'll chip in $5 to MoveOn to keep the resistance strong.

No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation.

As a senator, even one who's in the minority, there are a lot of things that I can do. I can ask nominees tough and important questions (see: Betsy DeVos, Jeff Sessions, and Neil Gorsuch). I can vote against terrible bills. I can shine a spotlight on the cruel and absurd.

But millions of activists like you, working together through MoveOn, can do even more.

When Republicans in the House tried to get the votes to take health care away from 24 million Americans, it wasn't me who stopped them. It was millions of activists like you.

When Republican town halls were packed, it was with activists like you.

And it was because of activists like you that Congress has been flooded with phone calls—including on the day when House Republicans were supposed to vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, when MoveOn members made 40,000 calls and Republicans couldn't muster the votes for repeal.

The resistance is working, and I hope you'll help keep it going. That's why I'm asking you to sign up to donate $5 a month to MoveOn. MoveOn's organizers are some of the best in the business, and MoveOn will put your money to work where it's needed most. What do you say? Are you in?

Yes, I'll chip in monthly.

No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation.

If we stop Republicans from passing Trumpcare for the next two years, it will be because activists like you don't let up, fund the resistance, and make your voices heard.

And winning back seats in special elections this year and in the Senate and House in 2018 won't happen without activists like you giving it your all.

So I hope that you'll keep doing whatever you can: calling your members of Congress, showing up in person at their local offices, getting involved in elections, and—if you can afford it—chipping in, too.

If you're ready to make sure that the resistance can organize every single day that Trump is in office, then will you become a MoveOn monthly donor today?

Yes, I'll chip in $5 a month to MoveOn.

No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation.

Thanks for all you do.

–Al Franken

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Trump deported the first-known DACA recipient

Will you join me by signing and sharing my petition demanding that Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly take immediate action to return Juan Manuel Montes to his family?

Dear MoveOn member,

Going against his own promises, Donald Trump's administration deported the first DREAMer we know of—someone with the legal right to live, work, and study in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. His name is Juan Manuel Montes.1

Will you join me by signing and sharing my petition demanding that Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly take immediate action to return 23 year-old Juan to his family? Click here to sign the petition now.

Return Juan Manuel Montes to his home and family immediately.

On February 17, Juan Manuel was walking to a taxi stand in his hometown in California when he was approached by border officials who asked for his papers. Though Juan Manuel was legally authorized to live and work in America through the DACA program, he was deported to Mexico just hours later.2

This is a direct consequence of Trump's mass deportation agenda and an unaccountable agency. Juan Manuel, who suffered a traumatic brain injury as a child and has a cognitive disability, must be reunited with his family in California as soon as possible. 

Click here to add your name to this petition, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thanks!

—Greisa Martinez, United We Dream

P.S. MoveOn members are joining May Day actions across the country in solidarity with immigrant communities. Save the date, and look for more information soon on how to join May 1 strikes, boycotts, and rallies.

Sources:

1. "Report: First protected ‘Dreamer’ deported under Trump," The Hill, April 18, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/9628?t=5&akid=181621.10220574.9LRwPm

2. Ibid.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Huge blow to Donald Trump

Tonight the ground shifted beneath our feet. In a district where Republicans have won easily for decades, progressive Democrat Jon Ossoff has won a commanding victory.

Dear MoveOn member,

Tonight the ground shifted beneath our feet.

In a district where Republicans have won easily for decades, progressive Democrat Jon Ossoff has won a commanding victory tonight, with a first-place finish that will give him much-needed momentum for a likely runoff election in June. And it’s all thanks to you.

When Donald Trump took office just 88 days ago, it was hard to hold onto hope.

Now, Trump is reeling under scandal and investigations, Republicans in Congress are facing down outraged citizens at every town hall, and the GOP plan to take away health care from 24 million Americans is stalled out.

Many Democrats are embracing a bold progressive platform, riding a wave of resistance energy, and now have a real shot of doing what nobody thought was possible: winning back control of Congress in 2018.

So take a minute to celebrate tonight and believe in this resistance movement we've built, because we've still got a long fight ahead of us.

Even before the likely Georgia runoff, in just 37 days, we have the chance to send another Trump-resisting, progressive Democrat to Congress in Montana—progressive cowboy, musician, and poet Rob Quist.

Will you chip in $3 to support Rob Quist and MoveOn's efforts to send him to Congress?

Yes, I'll chip in to support the Rob Quist campaign and MoveOn's effort to help send him to Congress.

A key part of Jon Ossoff's success was that his campaign was powered by tens of thousands of small donations from progressives across the country. Republican Super PACs poured millions into the race, but Ossoff had the resources to respond to every attack and get out the vote.

MoveOn members stepped up big time too. Over 16,000 of us contributed over $314,000 to help fund Ossoff's campaign. MoveOn members outside the district targeted over 10,000 progressive voters in the district with a texting blitz. Strong member support also allowed us to launch a last-minute ad blitz throughout the district in the final week, highlighting Republican support for the deeply unpopular bill to repeal the ACA.

That's exactly what it'll take to win in Montana. Rob Quist is running a progressive populist campaign in the mold of Bernie Sanders. In fact, Bernie just announced that he will be campaigning alongside Quist throughout the state next month.1

Here's what Quist says in his great new ad running in Montana now:

"Did you know that in Congress there are are nearly 300 millionaires? No wonder their so-called health care reform was just another tax break for the rich. No wonder they want to sell our public lands to private developers and hand our Social Security to Wall Street. This should not be the millionaires club; this is the House of Representatives."2

Far-right Republican millionaire Greg Gianforte is expected to pour millions of his own money into the Montana race. He spent $6 million of his own money to try to win the Montana governor's race last year but was defeated by five points (even though Trump won the state by 20 points). Right-wing groups are also pouring in money, since they know that this race will go down to the wire. 

And just as we did successfully in Georgia, MoveOn will be mobilizing our 19,000 Montana members to join the Quist campaign, creating powerful videos promoting Quist and holding the Republicans accountable, and using the latest innovations and technology to help get out the vote.

As Jon Ossoff heads to a likely runoff after all the results are in tonight, we'll double down on our efforts supporting him and boosting his bold progressive message.

We know there is more work to do to elect Ossoff, but for tonight, let’s celebrate this victory get right to work on winning the next fight.

Donate $3—or whatever you can afford—today to Rob Quist and MoveOn's campaign to put him over the top. Let's keep the resistance strong and Donald Trump on the ropes.

Thanks for all you do.

—Matt, Maria, Elsie, Schuyler, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Bernie Sanders coming to Montana to campaign for Rob Quist," Missoulian, April 17, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/9619?t=4&akid=181596.10220574.tjVZn9

2. "Montana Democrat Embraces Economic Populism In Congressional Campaign," The Huffington Post, April 15, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/9620?t=6&akid=181596.10220574.tjVZn9

Want to support our work? The MoveOn community will work every moment, day by day and year by year, to resist Trump's agenda, contain the damage, defeat hate with love, and begin the process of swinging the nation's pendulum back toward sanity, decency, and the kind of future that we must never give up on. And to do it we need your ongoing support, now more than ever. Will you stand with us?

Yes, I'll chip in $5 a month.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Resistance Recess so far

Resistance Recess is going strong for one more week. Check out the action.

Dear MoveOn member,

What a recess it's already been!

Fired–up voters chanted "You lie" at Representative Joe Wilson over his attempt to take health care away from his constituents and tens of millions of other Americans.

More than 2,000 people showed up for Rep. Greg Walden's first town hall in over four years in Bend, OR, the largest city in his district.

Local and national media have reported on the intense pressure to oppose Trump's agenda that "moderate" Republicans like Mike Coffman of Colorado and Ryan Costello of Pennsylvania have faced.

And just today, Nevada Senator Dean Heller took so much heat from his constituents that he publicly stated support for federal funding for Planned Parenthood, even though he voted two weeks ago to block its Title X funding. 

These are a few of the stories from the hundreds of events in the first week of Resistance Recess. Click here or on the image below to see some of the headlines and images from last week's actions—then click here to see if there are events near you over the week ahead (and if there aren't, you can add your own event!).

In addition to the town halls, hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets at Tax Marches across the country last weekend to demand the truth about Trump's financial entanglements—triggering a defensive tweet from Trump and helping focus media coverage on his scandalous, ongoing failure to release his taxes. And in the coming weeks, there will be wave after wave of mass protest: a Science March, a Climate March, a May 1 mobilization supporting immigrant rights, and rallies across the country this week with Bernie Sanders.

The resistance movement is real, growing, and becoming an electoral force. 

We saw this last week when a Democratic upstart came within a narrow margin of upsetting a Republican in a special election in a deep-red Kansas district. And we see it in the surprisingly strong showing of John Ossoff, who is making a run at Newt Gingrich's old House seat in Georgia in a special election tomorrow to replace Trump's secretary of Health and Human Services, the architect of the attempted repeal of the ACA.

Members of Congress are home for one more week, so don't miss your opportunity to talk with them. Find a local event to confront your representatives in person on issues that matter to you.

Thanks for all you do.

—Katherine, Emma, Justin, Michael, and the rest of the team

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TOMORROW (TUESDAY): Resistance Recess action near you! RSVP now.

Will you RSVP to help protect our communities, and our democracy? Will you RSVP to help save our health care, our communities, and our democracy?

YOU'RE INVITED!
TUESDAY: RESISTANCE RECESS ACTION NEAR YOU
 
WHAT: RESISTANCE RECESS ACTION
When: TUESDAY, APRIL 18
WHERE: NEAR YOU, CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

 
The first Resistance Recess, in February, was a huge success, and constituent activity has been widely credited with building the power that stopped Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan from taking away our health care. While Trump remains under FBI investigation, and as Congress continues to push his unconstitutional and dangerous agenda, we must make sure that no one allows the passing of time to normalize him and his harmful policies.

With your continuing help, we will show that our victory on health care was not a fluke, and that the resistance is not going away, but only growing stronger.

Will you join fellow constituents tomorrow (Tuesday) at a Resistance Recess action near you?
A person holding a sign! YES, I'LL BE THERE! People holding signs!
I can't make it Tuesday, but show me other happening events near me.

Want to support our work? The MoveOn community will work every moment, day by day and year by year, to resist Trump's agenda, contain the damage, defeat hate with love, and begin the process of swinging the nation's pendulum back toward sanity, decency, and the kind of future that we must never give up on. And to do it we need your ongoing support, now more than ever. Will you stand with us?

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