Sunday, July 16, 2017

When they come for___, will you stand up?

MoveOn is looking for people in every state to respond immediately in moments of national crisis. MoveOn is looking for people in every state to respond immediately in moments of national crisis.

Dear MoveOn member,

We know that Donald Trump is erratic and dangerous. In the aftermath of North Korea's recent ballistic missile test, it's not hard to imagine him responding to international conflict—or an attack within the U.S.—with a dramatic military escalation or an assault on Americans' civil liberties.1
At such a moment, MoveOn members will be called on to mobilize rapidly and strategically to disrupt a domestic crackdown or block a march to war. Let's not wait to prepare the sharpest, most effective response.
Eddie, MoveOn is assembling a group of trained MoveOn members in every state who will be ready to jump into action and help respond within a matter of hours in the event of a national or international emergency.
Are you someone who could take action to stop a rush to war or help stop an unconstitutional domestic crackdown? If you're raising your hand, then click here to help your community respond in an emergency.
MoveOn's goal is to assemble a team of volunteers within the next two weeks. Then, if there is a moment when Trump attempts to rush us to war or attacks our communities, we will be ready to spring into action with events around the country that will send a clear message to Trump, Washington, and the world: Not on our watch! 
MoveOn will join with allies to offer trainings and equip community volunteers to mobilize together quickly. This network will take on local organizing all over the country, share plans and ideas, and be visible in standing together for peace, diplomacy, and civil rights and liberties.
Are you or is someone you know interested in helping your community respond in an emergency? Then click here right now! We can't afford to wait another day.

Look: There's reason to believe that this type of escalation could come, and, possibly, quite soon. 
As the investigation into Russia's interference with our 2016 election pushes Trump deeper into a corner, he may be actively looking for an emergency that can be exploited to turn the country's attention away from his misdeeds. That's just how he thinks; remember, he once tweeted that Obama might launch a strike in Iran or Libya to boost his popularity.2

What's more, Trump has made repeated threats to use massive force—even nuclear force—in response to national and global problems.3 And he's making good on his threats already.4 He's on his third attempt to implement a Muslim ban.5 He approved the use of the "mother of all bombs" in Afghanistan.6 He asked Congress to increase the current $611 billion military budget by another $54 billion.7 And his escalation of armed conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan has been both erratic and deadly.8 

We're campaigning against Trump's agenda every day. And on some fronts, we're winning. But we'll need MoveOn members to respond at an unprecedented scale and with incredible speed during an emergency moment—these teams of trained volunteers will help lead local efforts to respond peacefully, lawfully, and effectively, whether that's bringing community members into the streets, organizing vigils or rallies, standing in solidarity with a targeted community, or promoting alternatives to knee-jerk militarism and authoritarianism.

Click here to sign up to be trained to help your community respond in an emergency.

Thanks for all you do.

–Jo, Jessica, Alex, Gabby, and the rest of the team


1. "U.S. Confirms North Korea Fired Intercontinental Ballistic Missile," The New York Times, July 4, 2017

2. Tweet by Donald Trump, October 9, 2012

3. "9 terrifying things Donald Trump has publicly said about nuclear weapons," ThinkProgress, August 4, 2016

4. "Reckless Endangerment: President Trump and the Use of Military Force," Center for American Progress, May 1, 2017

5. "Trump Asks Supreme Court To Reinstate Travel Ban On 6 Majority-Muslim Nations," NPR, June 2, 2017

6. "Air Force drops non-nuclear 'mother of all bombs' in Afghanistan," The Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2017  

7. "The US spent $611 billion on its military in 2016 — more than the next 8 countries combined," Business Insider, May 1, 2017

8. "Trump Weighs Sending as Many as 5,000 More Troops to Afghanistan," NBC News, May 9, 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?

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

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

Contributions to Civic Action are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. This email was sent to Eddie Alfaro on July 16th, 2017. To change your email address or update your contact info, click here. To remove yourself from this list, click here.

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