Dear MoveOn member,
Trumpcare's passage last week was bad enough. Donald Trump's obstruction of justice by firing FBI Director James Comey takes the threat facing our country to a whole new level. By taking an unprecedented action to block investigations that could threaten his grip on power, Trump has led us into nothing short of a constitutional crisis.
We are fighting back, and planning for a summer of resistance. If you are outraged by Trump's obstruction of justice in firing Comey, by his assaults on immigrants and Muslims, by Republicans voting to take away our health care, and by the rest of this administration’s attacks on our communities, and if you’re ready to take your resistance to the next level, Resistance Summer is for you. As part of this program, we’re looking for 1,000 MoveOn Mobilizers to start organizing their communities, building relationships, turning up the heat on their elected officials, talking with and registering voters, and laying the groundwork for an unprecedented progressive tsunami next year.
By entering our summer-long volunteer leadership program, Mobilizers will be teamed up with cohorts led by expert Resistance Facilitators, participate in weekly online trainings, put their skills into practice by organizing monthly events in their community, and receive a $150 monthly reimbursement to help cover the hidden costs of volunteering.
It’s been a truly terrible 100+ days since Trump took office. But in the face of some of the greatest political challenges of our lifetime, we, the people—many of us new to political action—have risen up and have not wavered. Collectively, our broad movement has halted Trump’s Muslim Ban, blocked much of his devastating budget proposal, strengthened our networks and resolve to protect our communities, and filled the streets in record-smashing numbers.
We know the Resistance is a marathon, not a sprint. And we’re going to face many challenges this year and moving forward—from a president who encourages white supremacists and bigots, to the deliberate undermining of our democratic institutions, to climate chaos and denial. The only way to sustain our movement and continue to win the victories we need is to organize and mobilize.
That’s why we’re launching Resistance Summer—and recruiting 1,000 people across the country to receive training, support, and coaching as the first class of MoveOn Mobilizers.
Resistance Summer has three core objectives:
1. build organizing skills and leadership capacity in communities across the country,
2. build and demonstrate the power of the Resistance, and
3. win tangible victories this summer against Trump's agenda through both defensive and proactive campaigns.
First step: We’re looking for 1,000 fierce, resolute MoveOn Mobilizers for Resistance Summer, who can volunteer 5–10 hours per week over the summer to organize high impact efforts in their community.
You might be a MoveOn Mobilizer if you …
… are outraged by the Trump administration's attacks on our communities
… want to deepen your skills and knowledge of leadership, organizing, mobilizing, strategy, nonviolence, and political education and history
… are willing to do the hard work of recruiting, training, and organizing others via media events, voter contact, and direct action.
As a Mobilizer, you’ll volunteer 5–10 hours per week over the summer, organizing one event each month in your local community. You’ll work closely with a small cohort of other Mobilizers matched from communities facing similar challenges and opportunities, have an experienced movement leader working with you all summer to help you learn and grow as an organizer, participate in weekly trainings, and upon completion of the 12-week program, have an opportunity to join MoveOn’s national rapid-response network to help your community respond to critical national moments.
You don’t have to have any previous experience in politics or community organizing—though if you do, this is still an opportunity to take your capacity to the next level. You do need to have the fire in your belly to fight this Trump administration every step of the way. Together, we’re going to keep our democracy intact and our communities strong—and pave the way for a better future.
Thanks for all you do.
—Victoria, Gabby, Michael, Josh, and the rest of the team
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