Dear MoveOn member,
Hi, I'm Vicki Kaplan, MoveOn's organizing director.
I'm writing you a personal note today to ask for your help.
One thing that the Trump presidency has taught us is that fighting Republicans on issue after issue using our old political playbook is simply not enough. There are too many critical fronts that demand our attention and, in most cases, victory means only stopping bad, cruel, or even dangerous things from happening.
The resistance needs to change the playing field.
That's why, as part of our broader efforts to build an anti-Trump wave and take back the House in 2018, MoveOn is launching a big, audacious new program that we're calling Resistance Summer.
It's a summer-long training program for 1,000 people across the country to learn how to organize and lead high-impact efforts in their own communities. That means turning up the heat on elected officials, engaging and registering voters, and building on-the-ground organizing capacity. And it means setting the stage for our elections program; it's a key step in laying the groundwork for an anti-Trump wave next year.
It's a massive program, but that's the scale of what this political moment and our country's future demands. And we're well on our way to making Resistance Summer a reality. The applications are in. (Actually, we were flooded with many more applicants than we can accept.) And we're in the process of hiring 40 of the most accomplished progressive organizers in the country to work with and mentor the participants.
But a program this big is expensive, and we've taken a huge leap of faith by launching the program before we've recruited enough monthly supporters to fully fund it. That's why I'm writing today on behalf of MoveOn with a simple request. Eddie, will you chip in $5 a month to help sustain this game-changing organizing program?
In the first months of Trump's disastrous presidency, we've blocked much of his and the GOP's agenda, strengthened our networks and resolve to protect ourselves and our neighbors, and convinced elected officials to act with a backbone they wouldn't have found without us. In the face of the greatest obstacles and setbacks, we have risen up, and we have not wavered.
But we need to be clear-eyed about the long-term challenges that we still face: slashing of the social safety net to benefit the wealthy; an escalation of saber-rattling and war-making; rampant racism, sexism, and anti-immigrant hate-baiting; deliberate undermining of our democratic institutions; and climate denial and environmental destruction.
The only way out is to organize and mobilize.
All of the organizing work that MoveOn has done over its long tenure—from knocking on doors and making calls to help take back the House in 2006, to our long, hard fight to elect Barack Obama president in 2008, to passing Obamacare, to engaging in direct action to stop a potential war with Iran—has been possible only because of support from members like you.
And now, in 2017, as we go toe-to-toe with Trump and an increasingly unhinged Republican Party that's willing to toss aside decades of political norms and change the rules to try to jam through their despicable agenda—and as we push Democrats to deserve to win, as a visionary progressive alternative and not simply the least-bad option on the ballot—we need your help once again.
Can you chip in $5 a month to help support Resistance Summer, to build organizing capacity in communities across the country, and to kick Republicans out of office in 2018?
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.
3. Win tangible victories this summer against Trump's agenda through both defensive and proactive campaigns.
As the program swings into action, we need more monthly donors to cover our costs, including a monthly stipend for the best trainers in the country and a $150 monthly reimbursement to each participant to help offset the often-hidden costs of volunteering, such as paying for transportation, cell phone minutes, and renting venues to hold events. We'll also need your ongoing support to make sure we can sustain the organizing we build through this program to win back power in 2018.
Thanks for all you do.
Together, we're going to keep our democracy intact and our communities strong—and pave the way for a better future.
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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