Sunday, May 28, 2017

Al Franken's new book is great (no joke)

Senator Al Franken's new book is about to come out. So here's the deal: You could pre-order it from a big, corporate bookstore—or you could get a copy of Franken's hilarious and insightful book from MoveOn instead, and we'll put your money to work to fight Donald Trump's agenda and elect more progressives like Al Franken to the Senate!

Dear MoveOn member,

Senator Al Franken’s new book is about to come out. So here's the deal: You could pre-order it from a big, corporate bookstore—or you could get a copy of Franken’s hilarious and insightful book from MoveOn instead, and we'll put your money to work to fight Donald Trump's agenda and elect more progressives like Al Franken to the Senate!

It seems like a no-brainer, right? Then don't wait—act now!

Pre-order your limited-edition copy of "Al Franken, Giant of the Senate" from MoveOn—and your money will be used to support our resistance to Trump's corrupt agenda.

Al Franken’s improbable journey—from "Saturday Night Live" writer to winning the closest Senate election in history (and then doing fantastic work in office!)—is incredible and provides progressives with a roadmap for anti-establishment, unorthodox candidates and causes.

His new book is a must-read, and because Franken is a former professional comedy writer, it's quite a bit more entertaining than other political books you may have read. And if you get it through MoveOn, your gift will support the resistance, not a fat cat corporate retailer.

Pre-order your limited-edition copy of Sen. Franken's new book NOW. They're gonna go fast.

Thanks for all you do.

—Emily, Jadzia, Manny, Schuyler, and the rest of the team

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

These NY Democrats need to stop acting like Republicans

Dear New York MoveOn member,

Hi! I’m Cynthia Nixon.

If you know me, you probably know at least a few things: I am an actor and an activist, a proud New Yorker, and a passionate advocate for public education and a state that works for ALL of us.

State Senate Republicans allied with Trump have been a major obstacle in the way of progress here in New York.

Here's the good news: After a special election on Tuesday, Democrats now hold a numerical majority of 32 seats in New York’s State Senate!1 That should put them in control and allow our state to make critical progress in resisting Trump and enacting a progressive agenda. But ...

Some senators elected as Democrats have allied themselves with Republicans. They call themselves the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), and thanks to their alliance, the Republicans unfairly control the State Senate.

What’s worse, IDC leader Senator Jeffrey Klein just said that "if I have anything to do with it, (Republican Leader) Flanagan is going to be the leader for a long, long time."2

Trump’s administration is an imminent threat to our communities, our children, our health, and our values. We can’t afford to wait one minute longer for Democrats to start acting like Democrats.

Add your name to mine: Tell the IDC to end their alliance with Republicans in New York's State Senate immediately.

This isn't a new fight for me. For 15 years, I've been fighting for fairer and more equitable public schools—ever since my oldest child, Sam entered, kindergarten (Sam is now 20!).

But on public education and every other issue, Trump’s actions in the White House have raised the stakes for working families here in New York.

Trump's health care plan and budget are cruel monstrosities engineered to harm the most vulnerable. On immigration, civil rights, mass incarceration, the climate crisis, affordable housing, and more, he’s taken direct aim at New Yorkers.

And these IDC senators—elected as Democrats—want to keep Trump Republicans in charge for a "long, long time"? That’s absolutely outrageous.

If Republicans here are going to act as Trump Republicans, we need progressive Democrats here who will stand up and RESIST—full stop.

Add your name to mine: Tell the IDC to end their alliance with Republicans in the State Senate immediately.

We the people sent them to Albany to be Democrats. It's time for them to start acting that way.

Thank you.

—Cynthia Nixon

Sources:

1. "Democrats Gain Majority in N.Y. State Senate, but GOP Still in Control," The Wall Street Journal, May 23, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/10264?t=16&akid=183609.10220574.7mrgz4

2. "Independent Democratic Conference head plans to keep partnership with Senate GOP strong," NY Daily News, May 22, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/10266?t=18&akid=183609.10220574.7mrgz4

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Friday, May 26, 2017

No justice in Trump's Department of "Justice" (Video)

We will not be silent about the increasing levels of harm communities of color are experiencing under the Trump administration.

Dear MoveOn member,
 
Jeff Sessions isn't just a liar. He's dangerous. Under his leadership, Trump's Department of Justice has callously reversed years of progress, and its new policies will adversely impact people of color.
 
From making it harder for people of color to vote to bringing back harsher punishments for drug offenses, the Department of Justice is less about justice and more about systematically disenfranchising people of color.
 
We made a quick video to summarize some of the policies that are rapidly changing under Trump, Sessions, and the new Department of Justice. Click here to watch and share with your friends and family.

(And if you're not on Facebook, click here to watch it on YouTube instead.)
 
Novelist and scholar Zora Neale Hurston said, "If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it."
 
That's why we will not be silent about the increasing levels of harm communities of color are experiencing under the Trump administration. We know that simply sharing the worst that the Trump administration is doing isn't enough, but making sure our friends are aware of these destructive actions is a critical step toward taking greater action, which we are and will continue to do with allies across the civil rights, immigrant rights, and human rights movements. Sessions and Trump are counting on us to be too distracted by the many other outrages to even notice these measures, and we can't let that happen.
 
Click here to watch and share the video on Facebook right now.
 
Thanks for all you do.

— Elsie, Anne, Seth, Sara, and the rest of the MoveOn Video Lab team

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Trumpcare = Radical redistribution to the rich

Behind closed doors and away from the cameras, Republican lawmakers are working overtime to reshape Trumpcare into something that could actually pass the Senate and become law. Behind closed doors and away from the cameras, Republican lawmakers are working overtime to reshape Trumpcare into something that could actually pass the Senate and become law.

Dear MoveOn member,

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's new official analysis of the health care bill passed by the House finds that 23 million people would lose health insurance and over 53 million would lose protections for pre-existing conditions—all to pay for hundreds of billions in tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations.1

And here's the worst part: Behind closed doors and away from the cameras, Republican lawmakers are working overtime to reshape Trumpcare into something that could actually pass the Senate and become law.

It's critical that MoveOn members have a shared understanding of the fight ahead. Which is why we wanted to send this uncustomarily long (but important) email, laying out the state of play.

Trumpcare remains a clear and present danger. Daily revelations about Trump's apparent obstruction of justice and ties to Russia are keeping us glued to our phones—and the GOP health care bill out of the news. Just where Republicans want it.

And just as Trump is willfully ignoring the normal procedures of the executive branch, Mitch McConnell is sidestepping the normal procedure for legislation and crafting the Senate's version of the health care bill outside of the normal democratic process of public hearings and committee deliberations. Instead, he's got a group of senators (all Republicans—often, men only) hammering out their bill in secret.2

The Republican goal is to keep their Trumpcare bill out of public view until they've got something that can squeeze through the Senate purely with GOP votes—and then suddenly rush it through a vote before the public can mobilize against it.And as they've demonstrated, they are willing to change rules, lock out the public, and use every legislative trick available when it serves their purposes.

It could work. Which is exactly why we have to mobilize now, before the secret deals are struck and it's already too late. (For more details on our work ahead, read on.)

Because the Senate Republicans are negotiating in private, the only things we know about their talks are from public statements, press leaks, and allies with their own GOP sources on Capitol Hill. Piecing those things together, here's our sense of the current situation and the path forward:

  • Senate Republicans are divided on Medicaid cuts and pre-existing conditions.4,5 Some want big Medicaid cuts—others want huge cuts. Whichever side wins, millions of kids with disabilities, seniors in nursing homes, and working families will lose health insurance and nursing home care. But the outcomes range from bad to devastating. This is a key area of division—and an issue that we should fight on, in phone calls and town hall meetings and protests at senators' local offices. Meanwhile, Ted Cruz and his hard-right allies might insist on attacking protections for people with pre-existing conditions, as ultraconservatives did in the House. So we can't neglect that fight either.
  • The GOP will use next week's Senate recess to test the public's anger on health care. We heard from a Hill source that Senate Republicans view the upcoming congressional recess, from May 26 to June 4, as a "barometer" of public attention to and outrage about their health care plans. That makes this an absolutely crucial moment to mobilize in force and tell them not to take away our care. MoveOn members will be working with allies to promote and recruit to town halls and other in-district events—because we know that we have the power to make noise in every corner of the country.
  • Republicans plan to introduce options, or even a bill, in early June—and to vote in late June or July. In other words, we have only a matter of weeks to make sure that Republican senators come to see health care cuts as politically toxic. If we can apply enough pressure in this period to prevent them from coming to an agreement, Mitch McConnell might schedule a vote on a bill anyway—a vote they'd lose—just to get health care over with and clear the way for tax cuts.6

A decisive win might be possible. The worst outcome for Republicans (and the best outcome for us) is for GOP lawmakers to remain deadlocked on health care as the five-week August recess begins—because the hailstorm of public pressure would almost certainly drive them farther apart.

To win, we need to peel off three Republicans. Republicans are using special rules to pass their health care bill with only 50 Senate votes (plus Mike Pence as tie-breaker)—meaning that Democrats can't filibuster. We need at least three of the 52 Republicans to oppose the bill that Mitch McConnell brings to a vote.

We'll use targeted pressure to peel off three Republicans, tailoring our approach to each individual senator—to push them to draw bright lines that make an eventual compromise impossible. For some, the uncrossable line might be Medicaid programs for opioid addicts. For others, it might be the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act. For still others, it's pre-existing conditions or defunding Planned Parenthood. We're working closely with a coalition of allies to map the most critical issues to raise with each senator as the negotiations proceed.

The bottom line? Game on. Republicans are coming for our health care. But they're divided, and we're united—and if we turn up the heat high enough, we may be able to stop them.

In the weeks ahead, we'll be organizing to press senators with every tactic at our disposal, from urging directly affected constituents to speak up at town halls, to flooding senators with phone calls, to organizing protests outside of their district offices.

All of this will take focus. It will take conviction. It will require protest; sometimes, the most effective protest is the simple act of publicly telling our personal stories. And it will take resources, so if you can you chip in to stop Trumpcare from passing the Senate, please help out with a $3 donation now.

Yes, I'm in! I'll chip in now to help stop Trumpcare.

This is one of those fights that not only defines our political landscape, it defines the kind of country we live in now and in which our children will grow up. And our response to this moment defines who we are. Ultimately, we need Medicare for All—a universal program that ensures that all of us get the care we need. But today, we need to stand and defend what we've built so far. Lives depend on it.

Thanks for all you do.

–Ben, Emily, Emma, Gabby, and the rest of the team

P.S. If a new bill passes the Senate, won't it be impossible to reconcile with the bill that passed the House? Don't bet on it. Republicans will know that whatever passed the Senate (almost certainly without a single vote to spare) is their one shot to gut Obamacare and Medicaid. There's a dangerously high chance that Paul Ryan will simply ram the Senate bill through a House vote with zero modifications—something he could potentially do in less than a day. At that point, it's game over. Which is why we've got to stop this thing in the Senate.

Click here now to chip in $3 to help stop Trumpcare in the Senate.

Sources:

1. "The CBO Renders Its Verdict on the Republican Health-Care Bill," The Atlantic, May 24, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/10239?t=4&akid=183545.10220574.F-0TaR

2. "McConnell steps into Obamacare firing line," Politico, May 21, 2017 
http://act.moveon.org/go/10218?t=6&akid=183545.10220574.F-0TaR

3. "Hope You Don't Expect The Senate GOP To Be Transparent About Obamacare Repeal," The Huffington Post, May 13, 2017 
http://act.moveon.org/go/10219?t=8&akid=183545.10220574.F-0TaR

4. "Senate hard-liners outline health-care demands with Medicaid in the crosshairs," The Washington Post, May 11, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/10220?t=10&akid=183545.10220574.F-0TaR

5. "Divisions emerge in the Senate on pre-existing conditions," The Hill, May 23, 2017 
http://act.moveon.org/go/10221?t=12&akid=183545.10220574.F-0TaR

6. "McConnell steps into Obamacare firing line," Politico, May 21, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/10218?t=14&akid=183545.10220574.F-0TaR

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Click here to chip in $3, or whatever you can afford.


Start a petition to resist Trump in New York?

Will you start a petition to resist the worst of Trump and the GOP's agenda in your own state?

Dear New York MoveOn member,

We're in an extraordinary moment. All across the country, people are standing up against Donald Trump's dangerous and regressive right-wing ideas and demanding action at all levels of government to make our communities safer and more just.

To sustain this broad resistance to Trump and protect our families, neighbors, and communities, MoveOn members across all 50 states—including New York—need to take the lead.

That's where you come in.

By using MoveOn's open and free tools, you can create your very own petition to your mayor, governor, members of Congress, the New York legislature, and even local businesses to resist the worst of Trump and the GOP's agenda and stand up for immigrants, economic justice, equality, and other progressive ideas and policies you care about.

Will you start a petition right now on an issue that affects New York that you're passionate about? Click here to get started.

Petitions can be powerful building blocks for broader resistance organizing efforts. Signatures can be delivered to decision-makers, highlighted to media outlets, and circulated online to raise awareness and grow our progressive community. And the MoveOn members who sign your petition can be engaged in your ongoing work at the community, state, or even national level. 

We'll be here to assist you, from helping to build support for your petition by connecting you to other MoveOn members to reimbursing you for printing costs if you choose to deliver your petition in person (one of the best ways to get your message heard and make an impact).

Click here to create your petition now and join the resistance.

Thanks for all you do.

—Corinne, Maria, Alex, Erica, and the rest of the team

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Journalist body-slammed for asking about health care

A journalist was viciously attacked by a billionaire GOP candidate for Congress in Montana who's running against MoveOn-endorsed prairie populist Rob Quist—with election day looming. A journalist was viciously attacked by a billionaire GOP candidate for Congress in Montana who's running against MoveOn-endorsed prairie populist Rob Quist—with election day looming.

Dear MoveOn member,

News broke tonight that Greg Gianforte, the far-right Republican millionaire running in Thursday's special election for Montana's U.S. House seat against progressive champion Rob Quist, has viciously assaulted a reporter who was simply trying to ask questions about the GOP plan to take away health care from 23 million people.1

Details are still coming in—The Guardian has just released shocking audio of the incident—but one thing is clear: Whether it's on the playground or at a political event, bullying and violence are NOT acceptable.

This is outrageous, and we have to act fast.

This special election in a flippable district is within single digits, and the polls close in less than 24 hours. Our media team is working into the night to launch a rapid-response digital ad blitz using the audio of the assault to make sure that as many Montanans as possible learn about this before they head to the polls tomorrow.2

That's why we're reaching out tonight to ask you, Eddie: Can you rush an emergency contribution to help us cover the cost of rapid-response digital ads about Gianforte's assault of a reporter? We'll run these emergency ads until the polls close tomorrow, and then we'll use any leftover funds to support our resistance of the Trump Republican agenda, including supporting progressive Jon Ossoff's fight in the close special election in Georgia on June 20.

Yes, I'm in! To defeat the millionaire bullies like Greg Gianforte, I'll contribute $6 to get rapid-response ads on the air in Montana.

The bottom line is that Trump has empowered a new crop of rich bullies who don't respect the rule of law and have complete disdain for the press and for their constituents. This special election in Montana was already neck and neck, and this violent incident has the potential to change the outcome. If we can win this election in Montana tomorrow, it'll be seen as an unmistakable rejection of the kind of violence that Trump has injected into our political culture over the last two years, and a sign of what's to come for Republicans.

Let's help Rob Quist bring this race home tomorrow, then help Jon Ossoff win in Georgia, and then support progressive candidates across the country—showing Republicans that there are consequences for their unacceptable attacks on the press, extreme and reactionary agenda, and escalating assault on our values.

Rush an emergency contribution of $6—or whatever you can afford. We were not prepared for such a story to break at the last minute and urgently need your help to tip the balance in Montana.

Thanks for all you do.

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

Sources:

1. "Republican candidate 'body-slams' Guardian reporter in Montana," The Guardian, May 24, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/10243?t=16&akid=183490.10220574.loXEqw

2. GOP Candidate Greg Gianforte Body-Slams Reporter, MoveOn.org, May 24, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/10244?t=18&akid=183490.10220574.loXEqw

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

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Monday, May 22, 2017

LAST CHANCE: Resistance Summer!

Just 48 hours left—join 1,000 MoveOn members fighting Trump this summer. LAST CHANCE to apply for Resistance Summer and help reclaim our democracy!

Dear Eddie,

We know you don't want to miss out on Resistance Summer—and this is your last chance to apply. The application deadline is just 48 hours from now!

All you have to do to apply to become a Resistance Summer Mobilizer is fill out a three-part application by this Wednesday. Don't wait until the last minute!

Apply now to participate in Resistance Summer—or forward this email to someone you know who'd be great for this program! 

We were all shaken to our very core by last week's political crises, not to mention the previous four months of attacks on vulnerable communities. If you're the kind of person who yearns to take effective action to help reclaim our country, Resistance Summer is for you.

As part of Resistance Summer, 1,000 lucky MoveOn members like you will get expert, individualized coaching from nationally renowned organizers and a small stipend of $150 per month to cover expenses. And most important of all, you'll have the support and resources to organize your own communities to effectively fight back against Trump and the Republican Congress.

Don't wait until Wednesday to apply. Click here to submit your application now to be considered for taking part in Resistance Summer!

Want to learn more about the program?

Resistance Summer is a 12-week volunteer program for emerging community leaders and activists who want to gain or deepen their organizing skills and be part of an ongoing national network of organizers standing up to Trump's agenda. We believe that in order to protect our communities and win back power, we must organize. It's resistance with resilience.

There are three key parts of the Resistance Summer program: trainings, actions, and cohorts.

Trainings

You'll participate in weekly virtual trainings (webinar-style, Facebook Live, videos, or readings) that last about 60 minutes each. They will be offered on Sunday evenings, but you can complete them at a time that's convenient for you each week. Trainings will be led by expert trainers and cover key organizing principles and skills such as:

  • Developing a campaign strategy
  • Effective recruitment
  • How to get media coverage for your actions and build relationships with reporters
  • Organizing vs. mobilizing
  • How did we get here? Political education and analysis
  • And much more!

Yes, I want to apply for Resistance Summer and receive expert training on organizing!

Actions

The best learning comes from action, so we'll put our trainings into practice with national days of action in June, July, and August. By taking action together all across the country, our impact is amplified.

In June, we'll kick off the summer by gathering in fellowship for community cookouts. Getting neighbors and friends together builds relationships and community ties that make our readiness for action stronger and keep us invested for the long haul. They're also an opportunity to lay out the opportunities for action in July and August and get folks excited to join you in action.

In July, we'll demonstrate that the resistance is building the power to win elections. We'll come together for a voter contact day of action, where we'll gain experience talking to voters in our communities about the issues that are important to them. We'll gain valuable skills of having the conversations that make a difference in elections, and we'll gather valuable information about the mood of voters where we live.

In August, when members of Congress are home for their month-long summer break, we'll hold them accountable for their actions and make our demands clear at town hall meetings and other events.

Yes, I want to apply to lead the Resistance in my community this summer!

Cohorts

You will be organized into cohorts, or groups, of 25 MoveOn Mobilizers, grouped by strategic focus (e.g., do you live in a congressional district with a Republican representative who is vulnerable in the next election? Do you live in a big city with a Democratic mayor and want to support pro-active progressive policy?).

Each cohort will be matched with an expert Cohort Facilitator—an experienced organizer and movement leader who will support you through the trainings and actions. Cohort Facilitators are people such as veteran organizer and founder of the Midwest Academy Heather Booth, elections veteran Emmy Ruiz, and direct action organizer Yong Jung Cho.

Yes, I want to join Resistance Summer and work with a cohort of my peers across the country and an expert Cohort Facilitator! 

Calendar

Here are some key dates to mark on your calendar for Resistance Summer:

Wednesday, May 24: Applications Due
Friday, June 2 through Friday, June 9: Program Participants Announced
Monday, June 19: Virtual Training Kickoff
Saturday, June 24, and Sunday, June 25: June Action—Resistance Summer Community Cookouts
Weekends in July: July Action—Voter Contact Day of Action!
August 1-28: August Action—Congressional Summer Recess
August 29-September 1: Debrief
Wednesday, September 6: Graduation

Yes, I want to apply for Resistance Summer by the Wednesday, May 24 deadline.

What happens after Resistance Summer?

Why, the resistance continues! And you will have more tools in your toolbox and more inspiration for the long haul. Upon successful completion of the Resistance Summer program, you will have the opportunity to join a national network of local volunteer organizers ready to organize locally for nationally impactful campaigns, including responding to rapid-response crisis moments and preparing for elections.

Expectations

We believe that good organizers set clear expectations and follow through on commitments. We have worked hard to make this learning and action opportunity available to the widest range of people of different backgrounds. If you can commit an average of 5 hours per week during the summer, can access a smartphone or computer with an internet connection, and want to organize events in your community that will make a difference, Resistance Summer could be for you!

Here are the expectations for Resistance Summer program participants: 

  • I am available throughout most of the summer (gone for no more than 3 weeks total, with no more than 2 weeks at a time).
  • I understand the expectation that as part of Resistance Summer I will complete a weekly training module, a weekly organizing assignment, and a weekly report, and that I will participate in a monthly action to apply the trainings to practice (June community cookouts, July voter contact events, August town hall or other congressional recess action).
  • I can commit an average of 5 hours per week from June 19 to Sept. 6 (12 weeks).
  • I understand that this is a volunteer role. I understand that I can choose to receive a $150 monthly stipend (once per month for 3 months) contingent upon completing the requirements of the program.
  • I have or can get regular access to a smartphone or computer with internet access and enough data for about 60 minutes of video each week to complete the weekly assignments.
  • I agree with this Resistance Summer vision statement: I believe that we can build a country with room for all of us, with an economy that works for all of us, that welcomes refugees and immigrants, that takes action to address climate change, that makes it easier, not harder, to vote, that values Black lives, that stands against sexism, racism, Islamophobia. I share a commitment to nonviolent action to achieve this vision.

Yes, I want to help lead the Resistance this summer.

Thanks for all you do.

—Gabriela, Amy, Marie, Matt, and the rest of the team

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, May 20, 2017

Tell Secretary Kelly: Extend immigration protections for Haitian families now!

Will you sign and share this petition urging DHS Secretary John Kelly to renew the Temporary Protected Status of thousands of Haitian families before it's too late?

Dear MoveOn member,

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has until Tuesday, May 23, to renew an immigration program that shields thousands of Haitians from deportation. If he does not renew this program, thousands will be deported.1

Will you sign and share this petition urging DHS Secretary John Kelly to renew the Temporary Protected Status of thousands of Haitian families before it's too late?

We demand that Secretary Kelly stop the deportation of thousands of Haitian families by renewing their Temporary Protected Status immediately!

Known as Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, the program currently allows some 50,000 Haitians to work in the United States while keeping them safe from Donald Trump's deportation force.2

If Secretary Kelly does not renew TPS for Haitian families, then thousands of families would be forced to return to a country that is dealing with a severe food crisis and the aftermath of two major earthquakes.

We cannot allow Secretary Kelly and Donald Trump to continue to terrorize immigrant communities across the United States! Please join me in demanding that Secretary Kelly take immediate action and renew Temporary Protected Status to Haitians.

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

Thanks!

—Juan Escalante, America's Voice

Sources: 

1. "Trump's Latest Target: Haitians," Bloomberg, May 19, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/10203?t=22&akid=183264.10220574.dIK4Rd

2. Ibid.

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.

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Whoa, Resistance Summer is taking off!

Can you apply now, or forward this application to someone you know who'd be a great volunteer MoveOn Mobilizer this summer?

Dear MoveOn member,
 
In the midst of one of the most remarkable political crises in decades, it's no surprise that we're getting massive national interest in Resistance Summer—with over 1500 MoveOn members like you already applying around the country to become Resistance Mobilizers and organize your communities over the months ahead! 
 
However, we are still looking for more Resistance Mobilizers across the country.
 
Get your application in now, before our Monday application deadline, or forward this email to a friend of yours who you think would be a great MoveOn Mobilizer. It will take only five minutes to complete part A of the application.
 
Thanks for all you do.
 
—Gabriela
 
P.S. Read more about the program at the Resistance Summer About page.
 

Dear MoveOn member,

Resistance Summer is coming.

Every day brings new attacks on our democratic institutions—including the latest revelations Donald Trump may have obstructed justice, yet again, by asking James Comey, (formerly) the head of the FBI, to end an ongoing investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russia.This is on top of attacks on health care and voting rights, shutting out the free press—the list goes on.

The only way out of this disaster is to organize every community in the country. And that’s what Resistance Summer is all about. By organizing this summer, we can force politicians to stand up to Trump this year, and build up to a progressive tsunami in 2018.

That’s why we’re looking for 1,000 volunteer MoveOn Mobilizers to join us for Resistance Summer. As one of these volunteer leaders, you would spend an average of 5 hours each week organizing your community, receive personalized coaching from a nationally-renowned trainer, build relationships with a cohort of 25 other Mobilizers in similar communities, and receive a small stipend ($150/month) to cover the costs of organizing.

Apply now to lead the Resistance in your local community this summer—or forward this email now to someone you know who’d be great for the position.

The damage President Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress have already done to our democracy will take years to unwind—and the urgency to reclaim our government is unprecedented. Consider: Donald Trump asked the nation's top law enforcement official to end an ongoing federal investigation, and when Trump didn't get what he wanted, he fired him. Meanwhile, the administration is dismantling key federal agencies like the EPA, voter suppression efforts are rampant, and hundreds of right-wing extremist judges are waiting to be appointed to life-long posts. Far from serving as a check or balance in the face of possible treason, Congress is acting as an accomplice.

Through it all, though, there is hope. Our Resistance movement has swept the nation, mobilizing millions of people who’ve never seen themselves as political before. We’ve successfully stopped the Muslim ban and have so far turned repeal of Obamacare into a toxic third rail that many Republicans fear.

The MoveOn Mobilizer’s mission? Turning the heat up even further. This summer, we need town halls flooded with protesters, phones ringing off the hook, voters registering in unprecedented droves, and much, much more. You don’t need political experience—all you need is commitment and the desire to put in the hard work to organize your community—plus 5-10 hours a week to dedicate to the Resistance from June 15 to September 15. In that time, Mobilizers will go through a structured training program and, with expert support, organize one event each month over the summer.

So stop for a moment right now and think: Who do you know would be a great MoveOn Mobilizer for Resistance Summer? Is it you? A friend, family member, or colleague?

Thanks for all you do.

—Vicki, Anne, Brian, Justin, and the rest of the team

P.S. For more details on the structure of the program, check out the Resistance Summer About page.

P.P.S. Tonight's news about a special prosecutor to investigate Trump's Russia ties is an important step in our pursuit of the truth, and proof that our pressure is working. But it's not enough, as we keep up the fight for a full and immediate investigation including an independent commission and the public testimony of James Comey about Trump's obstruction of justice. Yet, this step forward is a reminder that grassroots organizing can work, and we'll keep up this and other fights throughout Resistance Summer. Apply now.

Sources:

1. "Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation," The New York Times, May 16, 2017

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, May 18, 2017

Senate: Add six more women to the Senate health care working group

Will you sign and share my petition demanding that Mitch McConnell add six women and remove seven men from the Senate working group on health care?

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Eve Hurwitz, a fellow MoveOn member in Annapolis, Maryland, and I started a petition to Sen. Mitch McConnell and the United States Senate, which says:

Women are 51% of the United States population. Yet there are 14 men and just one woman on the working group that is drafting the Senate bill on health care. We demand equal representation for this bill. Add six women to the health care working group and remove seven men.

Women represent more than half the population of the U.S. and deserve to be represented in the working group writing the health care legislation. 

Will you sign and share my petition demanding that the Senate working group on health care add six women and remove seven men so there is equal representation?

Earlier this month, Mitch McConnell announced that there was a team of 13 Republican men overseeing the nation's health care policies with no input from women. It was absolutely unconscionable. After Sen. McConnell's announcement, Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski expressed dismay by telling reporters, "I just wanna make sure we have some women on."1

And only after massive public outcry did Republican senators invite one woman to join the committee—Sen. Shelley Moore Capito—and it's unclear if she will remain on it permanently. Making matters worse, they also invited Sen. Ron Johnson to join permanently, making the permanent working group 14 Republican men.2,3

Fourteen Republican men and only one woman charting the fate of our entire health care system is not acceptable. Click here to sign the petition demanding Mitch McConnell have equal representation on his Senate health care committee.

Amid fears of pre-existing conditions and cuts to Medicare, this bill is extremely unpopular to Republicans and Democrats alike—only 21% of Americans surveyed by Quinnipiac University approved.4

The Congressional Budget Office also hasn't yet scored the Trumpcare 2.0 bill passed by the House earlier this month. Yet its score is reportedly going to be even worse than the assessment of the House's first health care overhaul bill introduced in March, in which estimates were that 24 million more Americans could be uninsured by 2026, compared to the current healthcare system.5

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

Thanks!

—Eve Hurwitz

Sources:

1. "Senate Group Draws Fire for Lack of Women Working on Health Care," NBC News, May 9, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/10098?t=23&akid=183211.10220574.HFk2QL

2. "Senate GOP invites female senator to healthcare group after criticism," The Hill, May 9, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/10182?t=25&akid=183211.10220574.HFk2QL

3. "Senate healthcare group adds a woman, huddles on Medicaid expansion," Washington Examiner, May 9, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/10183?t=27&akid=183211.10220574.HFk2QL

4. "The final version of the House GOP healthcare plan just got a brutal review in a new poll," Business Insider, May 11, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/10099?t=29&akid=183211.10220574.HFk2QL

5. "The CBO score for the updated version of 'Trumpcare' is out, and it's even worse than the original," Business Insider, March 23, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/10100?t=31&akid=183211.10220574.HFk2QL

You're receiving this petition because we thought it might interest you. It was created on MoveOn.org, where anyone can start their own online petitions. You can start your own petition here.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Taking the Resistance to the next level

The Resistance movement has swept the nation. For Resistance Summer, we're recruiting 1,000 volunteer MoveOn Mobilizers to take the fight to the next level. Apply now for coaching from expert organizers + a stipend to cover expenses.

Dear MoveOn member,

Resistance Summer is coming.

Every day brings new attacks on our democratic institutions—including the latest revelations Donald Trump may have obstructed justice, yet again, by asking James Comey, (formerly) the head of the FBI, to end an ongoing investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russia.This is on top of attacks on health care and voting rights, shutting out the free press—the list goes on.

The only way out of this disaster is to organize every community in the country. And that’s what Resistance Summer is all about. By organizing this summer, we can force politicians to stand up to Trump this year, and build up to a progressive tsunami in 2018.

That’s why we’re looking for 1,000 volunteer MoveOn Mobilizers to join us for Resistance Summer. As one of these volunteer leaders, you would spend an average of 5 hours each week organizing your community, receive personalized coaching from a nationally-renowned trainer, build relationships with a cohort of 25 other Mobilizers in similar communities, and receive a small stipend ($150/month) to cover the costs of organizing.

Apply now to lead the Resistance in your local community this summer—or forward this email now to someone you know who’d be great for the position.

The damage President Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress have already done to our democracy will take years to unwind—and the urgency to reclaim our government is unprecedented. Consider: Donald Trump asked the nation's top law enforcement official to end an ongoing federal investigation, and when Trump didn't get what he wanted, he fired him. Meanwhile, the administration is dismantling key federal agencies like the EPA, voter suppression efforts are rampant, and hundreds of right-wing extremist judges are waiting to be appointed to life-long posts. Far from serving as a check or balance in the face of possible treason, Congress is acting as an accomplice.

Through it all, though, there is hope. Our Resistance movement has swept the nation, mobilizing millions of people who’ve never seen themselves as political before. We’ve successfully stopped the Muslim ban and have so far turned repeal of Obamacare into a toxic third rail that many Republicans fear.

The MoveOn Mobilizer’s mission? Turning the heat up even further. This summer, we need town halls flooded with protesters, phones ringing off the hook, voters registering in unprecedented droves, and much, much more. You don’t need political experience—all you need is commitment and the desire to put in the hard work to organize your community—plus 5-10 hours a week to dedicate to the Resistance from June 15 to September 15. In that time, Mobilizers will go through a structured training program and, with expert support, organize one event each month over the summer.

So stop for a moment right now and think: Who do you know would be a great MoveOn Mobilizer for Resistance Summer? Is it you? A friend, family member, or colleague?

Thanks for all you do.

—Vicki, Anne, Brian, Justin, and the rest of the team

P.S. For more details on the structure of the program, check out the Resistance Summer About page.

P.P.S. Tonight's news about a special prosecutor to investigate Trump's Russia ties is an important step in our pursuit of the truth, and proof that our pressure is working. But it's not enough, as we keep up the fight for a full and immediate investigation including an independent commission and the public testimony of James Comey about Trump's obstruction of justice. Yet, this step forward is a reminder that grassroots organizing can work, and we'll keep up this and other fights throughout Resistance Summer. Apply now.

Sources:

1. "Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation," The New York Times, May 16, 2017

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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Obstruction of justice: Call now

Yesterday, The New York Times reported that Donald Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to shut down an investigation into his Michael Flynn, Trump's former National Security advisor. Yesterday, The New York Times reported that Donald Trump asked FBI Director James Comey to shut down an investigation into his Michael Flynn, Trump's former National Security advisor.

Dear MoveOn member,

Yesterday, The New York Times reported that Donald Trump asked then FBI Director James Comey to shut down an investigation into Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security advisor.1

Make no mistake: This is huge—it’s clear obstruction of justice. Even some Republicans in Congress are beginning to say that, if true, these revelations will warrant impeaching Trump.2

We need to see the Comey memo. We need Comey to testify publicly. A special prosecutor must be appointed to get to the bottom of this. And we need a full, independent investigation launched immediately to get all the facts before Republicans can stamp out this smoldering ember.

Please call your lawmakers in both the House and Senate right now. Here's where to call: 

  • Representative Gregory W. Meeks - (202) 225-3461
  • Senator Charles E. Schumer - (202) 224-6542
  • Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand - (202) 224-4451

Tell the person who picks up the phone that you are a constituent and where you live. If you leave a message, be sure to include your name and full mailing address, so that they know that you are a constituent. Here's an example of what you might say:

"I'm outraged by the reports about Donald Trump interfering with an FBI investigation. Comey must testify in public, and all related documents must be released. A special prosecutor must be appointed to get to the bottom of this. If news reports are true, this is obstruction of justice, and Congress must impeach." 

After calling, click here to tell us how your call went. We'll make sure to tell members of the media how many calls MoveOn members are making today.

News reports say that this could be the first of numerous memos Comey wrote after meetings with Trump. And the case for an independent investigation was already boiling over even before this week's news broke.3 If Trump committed obstruction of justice, he needs to be impeached.

We're closing in on holding Trump and the GOP accountable for Trump's toxic and corrupt presidency. Let's keep demanding the truth and keep the momentum going.

Thanks for all you do.

—Jo, Justin, Anna, Schuyler, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation," The New York Times, May 16, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/10144?t=3&akid=183133.10220574.jWZ8nC

2. "First Republican raises impeachment for Trump," The Hill, May 17, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/10145?t=5&akid=183133.10220574.jWZ8nC

3. "Calls grow for an independent special prosecutor to investigate Trump campaign ties to Russia, Los Angeles Times, May 10, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/10146?t=7&akid=183133.10220574.jWZ8nC

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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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Here's how we start to hold Trump accountable

Trump should be in deep trouble. According to breaking news from The New York Times, Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey in February to drop the investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Donald Trump should be in deep trouble. According to breaking news from The New York Times, Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey in February to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser.

Dear MoveOn member,

Donald Trump should be in deep trouble. According to breaking news from The New York Times, Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey in February to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser.1

Trump obstructed justice last week by firing Comey, who was in charge of investigating his campaign's possible collusion with Russia. He's accepting foreign payments to his businesses in possible violation of the Constitution. We learned just within the last 24 hours that Trump revealed classified information to Russia. And now we find out he may have obstructed justice yet again by asking the head of the FBI to end an ongoing investigation?!2

And yet, despite all this, Republicans in Congress are refusing to create an independent commission or appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Trump's reckless administration and campaign.

What more will it take for Republicans in Congress to finally put our country before their party and act to hold Trump accountable? Two things:

First, Trump must lose support among Republican voters.

And second, Republicans need to start losing congressional seats that they've long held, making it clear to them that the survival of their congressional majority is at risk.

That's why winning next week's special election to fill an open House seat in deep-red Montana is so critical.

The race pits a populist, progressive Democrat, Rob Quist, against a billionaire Republican who's closer to Washington lobbyists than everyday Montanans.

Quist has a real chance to win. While he's trailing the Republican candidate, Greg Gianforte, by six points in a recent poll, Quist has the momentum and is closing the gap with just nine days left.3

MoveOn is pulling out all the stops to elect Quist. But there are just a few days left to chip in while the Quist campaign and MoveOn can put your money to use to win this election. Will you chip in $6 to the Quist campaign and MoveOn's efforts to elect him?

Yes, I'm in! I'll chip in right now to help Rob Quist win on May 25.

Candidates like Rob Quist don't come around that often. As he says in his ads, "There are nearly 300 millionaires in Congress, but not one Montana folk singer." He's a supporter of Medicare for All, believes in protecting public lands, is an unequivocal champion of reproductive freedom, and he's ready to take on the millionaire interests and the lobbyists they support. He's also loudly calling for an independent investigation of Trump's ties to Russia and his firing of James Comey. 

By electing Rob Quist, we're not just sending a message to Republicans in Washington that their days in office are numbered, we’re also sending a message to the Democratic Party that these are the kinds of candidates that need to run.

MoveOn is launching a blitz of online ads across the state targeting independent voters, letting them know that Quist's opponent sides with Washington lobbyists over regular Montanans.

We’re also sending hundreds of thousands of get-out-the-vote texts to progressive voters and partnering with groups like Democracy for America and Swing Left to make thousands of calls to support the insurgent and exciting Quist candidacy.

We don't know what the next few days will reveal about Trump's obstruction of justice, and you can be sure MoveOn members will continue to fight for an independent investigation into Trump's foreign and financial entanglements. But making a difference in this race is something we can do right now.

With just nine days left, we are running out of time to accept donations and put them to good use. In a state like Montana, your donation will go a long way, which is why we’re asking:

Will you join thousands of other progressives and split a donation between Rob Quist's campaign and MoveOn's efforts to elect him? Click here to chip in $6—or whatever you can afford.

Thanks for all you do.

—Matt, Anne, Nick, Marie, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation," The New York Times, May 16, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/10143?t=4&akid=183109.10220574.1j_VLE

2. Ibid.

3. "Democratic Poll Gives Gianforte Single-Digit Lead in Montana," Roll Call, May 7, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/10132?t=6&akid=183109.10220574.1j_VLE

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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