Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Censure. Impeach. Remove.

This past weekend, a mob of white men marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, carrying flaming torches and shouting "Heil Trump." As a columnist in The Washington Post said, Trump might as well have "lit every one of those torches in Charlottesville."

Dear MoveOn member,

This past weekend, a mob of white men marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, carrying flaming torches and shouting, "Heil, Trump!"As a columnist in The Washington Post said, Trump might as well have "lit every one of those torches in Charlottesville."2

And now, after this weekend's horrific murder, Trump just keeps piling on the hate. Yesterday he again cast blame on "all sides" and refused to disavow his advisers with ties to white supremacist organizations.

Not only did Trump stoke the fires of racism and white supremacy to get elected, but once in office, he chose white supremacists Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, and Stephen Miller to be among some of his closest White House advisers.

That's why we're launching an emergency campaign to demand that lawmakers

1. Censure Donald Trump. Censure is a formal, public statement of disapproval that requires a vote by Congress. A bipartisan vote would send a strong message to Trump and the world that his behavior is unacceptable and doesn't represent American values.

2. Begin the impeachment process. For months now, we've been demanding that Congress begin the process to remove Donald Trump from office. Yesterday's behavior was yet another example of just how unfit he is for the office of the presidency. And how urgently impeachment is needed.

3. Remove Trump's white supremacist advisers from the White House. Congress controls Trump's budget, which gives them tacit control of his staffing and the power to demand the removal of white supremacist advisers from their positions.

Will you chip in $3 to help launch and drive forward the campaign to kick hate out of the White House?

Our work ahead won't be easy. But we have no choice but to work as hard as we can for as long as it takes—to condemn, isolate, and ultimately remove racist, neo-Nazi sympathizers from the White House and confront the stain of white supremacy wherever it appears in our country.

Here's some of what we're doing together already:

  • Demanding that Congress immediately censure Donald Trump, and begin an impeachment inquiry.
  • Standing with and amplifying the calls from allies and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle who are condemning hate, calling for congressional hearings, and demanding the immediate removal of Trump's white supremacist advisers.3
  • Cohosting a huge Sunday night call to identify ways all of us can engage in the essential work of dismantling systemic white supremacy and its symbols in America.
  • Growing MoveOn's proven Video Lab—which uses compelling and accessible fact-based content to cut through smoke screens and lies about Bannon, Gorka, Miller, the rise of hate groups since Election Day, and Trump's own hatemongering—and has already generated more than 300 million views in just over a year.

MoveOn members have opposed Trump's top white nationalist adviser, Steve Bannon, since the beginning. We issued a clarion call of outrage mere hours after Trump's announcement that he had appointed Bannon as a special adviser—and we've demanded his removal ever since.

In December, we worked tenaciously with more than a dozen allies to deliver more than one million petition signatures to Congress, putting lawmakers on notice by channeling grassroots fury and pressure. And we promised that we would not yield. Then, alongside veterans groups, MoveOn members campaigned for Bannon's immediate removal from the all-too-powerful National Security Council and cheered together when he was finally ousted.4

And then in June, we demanded that Congress launch an impeachment inquiry over Trump's flagrant abuse of power.

We know that our non-stop organizing is making a difference.

Trump's approval ratings are tanking. Media reports indicate that Bannon is on thin ice, openly reviled as the "lunatic fringe."And lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are speaking out against hate—but not nearly enough. Speaking out ourselves, and making sure our lawmakers join in and then take meaningful action, is what we must do.

With your help, it's time to expand our efforts to demand the formal censure of Trump, to redouble our efforts to push for an impeachment inquiry, and to demand the removal of not just Bannon, but of Gorka and Miller, too—men who are equally dangerous.

We don't have a moment to lose: news reports indicate that "alt-right" gatherings are spiking across the U.S.6

It's time to censure and remove the "alt-right's" most powerful and dangerous champions from inside the White House—before this toxic tidal wave gains more ground.

Will you chip in $3 and join MoveOn's ongoing effort to kick hate out of the White House?

Yes, I'll chip in.

Thanks for all you do.

–Jo, Stephen, Mark, Amy, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Trump lit the torches of white supremacy in Charlottesville. We must extinguish them." The Washington Post, August 13, 2017 
https://act.moveon.org/go/12621?t=4&akid=188300%2E10220574%2ExAOf2P

2. Ibid.

3. "Democrats press GOP to scrutinize rise in white supremacy," Politico, August 14, 2017 
http://act.moveon.org/go/12568?t=6&akid=188300%2E10220574%2ExAOf2P

4. "MoveOn statement on Bannon being removed from NSC," MoveOn.org, April 5, 2017 
https://act.moveon.org/go/12572?t=8&akid=188300%2E10220574%2ExAOf2P

5. "Bannon in Limbo as Trump Faces Growing Calls for the Strategist's Ouster," The New York Times, August 14, 2017 
https://act.moveon.org/go/12574?t=10&akid=188300%2E10220574%2ExAOf2P

6. "White nationalists planning rallies in SF, Berkeley," San Francisco Chronicle, August 15, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/12655?t=12&akid=188300%2E10220574%2ExAOf2P

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 towards sanity, decency, and the kind of future that we must never give up on. And to do it we need your support, now more than ever. Will you stand with us?

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


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sign the petition: Censure Donald Trump

Congress must show that all Americans speak with once voice in rejecting the "alt-right," neo-Nazis, and white supremacy.

BREAKING: At a press conference tonight, Donald Trump doubled down on his vile refusal to condemn white supremacist terrorism in Charlottesville, VA. He said that there were "fine people" in the white supremacist rally and blamed "both sides" for the violence and hate witnessed on all of our TV screens.1

Sign the petition: Congress must immediately censure Trump over his failure to denounce white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

Dear MoveOn member,

Former KKK grand wizard David Duke said what he saw in Charlottesville, VA, last weekend "fulfills the promises of Donald Trump."2

White supremacists, neo-Nazis, and members of the "alt-right," chanted "Heil Trump!" while marching through the streets of Charlottesville; they injured dozens of demonstrators. The rally led to an act of domestic terrorism that killed a woman peacefully standing up to white supremacy.3

But all that Donald Trump could muster in response was one weak statement where he seemed to call out the white supremacist movement. Yet, he also tweeted a picture of a "Trump Train" smashing into a CNN reporter today, which bore a chilling resemblance to this weekend's brutal terrorist attack.4 And then at a press conference tonight, he, once again, blamed bigotry and violence on "many sides."5

Trump's response is horrifying and unacceptable, which is why we're calling on Congress to formally censure him for refusing to explicitly call out white supremacy and call it terrorism. Will you join us by signing this petition?

Censure is a formal, public statement of disapproval that requires a vote by Congress.

A bipartisan vote would send a strong message to Trump and the world that his behavior is unacceptable and doesn't represent American values. Several Republicans have spoken out already. That's a start, but it's not enough.

Click here to sign the petition demanding that Congress formally vote to censure Donald Trump, and then pass it along to your friends.

Why won't Trump condemn these white supremacist terrorists? Is it because they're part of the coalition that got him elected? Is it because he has advisers in his White House who are close to these hateful and violent groups? Is it because his campaign fueled the climate in which hate groups like these thrive and commit violence in the open?

Congress must vote to formally censure Trump. We must show that Americans speak with one voice in rejecting the alt-right, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists by formally censuring Trump in both houses of Congress.

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

Thanks for all you do. 

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

Sources:

1. "Trump Defends Initial Remarks on Charlottesville; Again Blames 'Both Sides,'" New York Times, August 15, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/12615?t=18&akid=188248%2E10220574%2EAxxE56

2. "David Duke: Charlottesville Rally ‘Fulfills The Promises Of Donald Trump,’" Talking Points Memo, August 12, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/12480?t=20&akid=188248%2E10220574%2EAxxE56

3. "A Witness to Terrorism in Charlottesville," The New Yorker, August 13, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/12481?t=22&akid=188248%2E10220574%2EAxxE56

4. "Trump Shares, Then Deletes, Twitter Post of Train Hitting Cartoon Person Covered by CNN Logo," The New York Ties, August 15, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/12618?t=24&akid=188248%2E10220574%2EAxxE56

5. "Trump Defends Initial Remarks on Charlottesville; Again Blames 'Both Sides,'" New York Times, August 15, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/12615?t=26&akid=188248%2E10220574%2EAxxE56

 

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

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Save the Date: Confronting white supremacy

Will you join an emergency Ready to Resist mass organizing call dedicated to a discussion of white supremacy and how to fight it?

Dear MoveOn member,

The violence in Charlottesville was yet another example that white supremacy is a real and active threat in today's America—and that we all have work to do to confront and combat it in all its forms.

Will you join MoveOn, Indivisible, Color of Change, the Working Families Party, the Center for Popular Democracy, People's Action, #Resist, and other movement allies for an emergency Ready to Resist mass organizing call dedicated to a discussion of white supremacy and how to fight it?

Click here to RSVP for the call this Sunday, August 20 at 8 p.m. ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT.

You'll receive a phone call at the number you provide on the RSVP page at 8 p.m. ET this Sunday, or you can stream the call live via the link you'll see when you register.

Ready to Resist calls first launched the weekend of the Women's March and since have had hundreds of thousands of participants by phone and via Facebook—and if tens of thousands more join together this Sunday, it can help fuel the movement for justice and equality that we so desperately need in America today

White supremacists weren't just on the streets of Charlottesville. They and their allies are in the halls of power, their enablers and apologists appear across the media, and their symbols dot our country.

While Trump has fueled this hatred, he did not create it—and if we are to fight that hatred, we need to have no illusions that Charlottesville was an isolated incident.

Click here to join this Sunday's training on how to confront white supremacy.

As neo-Nazis and white supremacists from the so-called "alt-right" terrorized Charlottesville, many people were stunned by the visuals of swastikas and torches.

But many people were already all too familiar with the ongoing presence of white supremacist organizations and policies in our country today—and throughout our history as a nation.

Whether you've long confronted institutional and vigilante racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and anti-Semitism or it's a challenge new to you, this Sunday call is an essential place to gather for

  • a discussion of white supremacy, its history in America, and what it looks like today;
  • campaigns and opportunities to fight against this form of bigotry, its public symbols, and those in power who are tied to white supremacist organizations; and
  • guidance for how to talk to your friends, neighbors, and family about this hateful right-wing movement, and how to challenge it in your own communities.

We cannot afford to think of what happened in Charlottesville as an isolated incident.

There is serious work to be done to challenge white supremacy, and this past weekend's events have only made the need for this work more starkly visible. Join this special Ready to Resist call to become further informed, engaged, and inspired. Together, we can resist white supremacy and the political leaders who fuel and capitalize on it.

Click here to RSVP for the call this Sunday, August 20 at 8 p.m. ET/7 CT/6 MT/5 PT.

Thanks for all you do.

—Victoria, David, Corinne, Michael, 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?

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

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

 

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Resistance Recess is happening now.

August congressional recess is here—and an opportunity to speak directly with our members of Congress about justice, health care, and defending our communities.

Dear MoveOn member,

This past weekend, following the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, we saw something remarkable: tens of thousands of Americans showing up at spontaneous vigils and rallies across the country to stand in solidarity with the people of Charlottesville and the communities of color that have been targeted by white supremacists. These events were a reminder that there are countless Americans ready to show up when it comes to fighting to make our country a more just and equitable one for all of us.
 
And now we have a very real, direct opportunity to bring a message of justice, inclusion, sanity, and accountability to our members of Congress, who are home for their August recess from now until September 4. Already, MoveOn members and allies have been holding actions at the home offices of senators and representatives to make known that THEY WORK FOR US. And over the next three weeks, we expect these actions—town halls, rallies, office visits, and more—to escalate.
 
 
 
Just weeks ago, our movement scored a huge victory, stopping Trumpcare from taking health care from millions of Americans. It is indicative of our strength and of our commitment to the Resistance. And we saw that power and resilience again this weekend, as our movement turned out quickly, peacefully, and passionately to stand against white supremacy—at more than 600 events hosted by allies and regular folks all around the country.
 
Let's use this recess to keep hammering home the messages we need Congress to hear: Together, we need to let our lawmakers know that they must stop Trump from taking us to war with his dangerous rhetoric. Health care is a fundamental right, and we'll continue to hold accountable those members of Congress who voted to take it away from millions of Americans. We will let them know that any tax cuts for the 1% are unacceptable. And we will demand that every lawmaker speak out forcefully against white supremacists and the so-called "alt-right" movement as we also fight for the rights of immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and all the communities targeted by the hate we saw on display in Virginia.

Can we count on you to host a Resistance Recess action near you? MoveOn will support you every step of the way and help recruit fellow members to your event. Just click here to get started!

Not interested in hosting? click here to find an event near you. Events are being added every day, so check back regularly. ***If you don't see one, you can always start one!***

Here’s how it works:

  • We show up at our elected officials’ events, town halls, and other public appearances to demand answers we are entitled to as constituents.

  • We will hold Republicans accountable for supporting the attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act—and let them know that when they attack our health care, our communities, and our democracy, it doesn’t go unnoticed.

  • Progressives demand a forceful, progressive, inclusive, populist agenda—resistance alone isn't enough. We need Democrats to take strong stands and build momentum for policies we want, such as single-payer Medicare for All.

  • When lawmakers hide from their constituents by not scheduling public events, we will hold our own. We will hold "People’s Speak-outs" to highlight the members of Congress who won’t even hear from the people they supposedly represent.

Can we count on you? Click here to organize an event near you or click here to see if there is already a Resistance Recess action in your area.

Thanks for all you do.

—Chris, Gabriela, Justin, Katie, and the rest of the team

P.S. What if there's no event hosted by your lawmakers listed on the site? First, call your representative's and/or senators' district and D.C. offices to see if they are planning on holding a public town hall or office hours. Then...

If YES, they say that they are holding a town hall or office hours, submit the event here, and we will invite other constituents to join you.

If you discover that your members of Congress are NOT hosting a town hall within a reasonable distance from you, you can host a People’s Speak-out—an event that constituents hold to have their voices heard and highlight their lawmaker's lack of a formal town hall. A People’s Speak-out is a great way to get media attention and elevate the fact that your lawmaker is avoiding constituents during the congressional recess!

How do you plan one?

  • Find a location—such as a library, event space, or even outside a member of Congress’s district office—and pick a time and date.

  • Invite your member of Congress.

  • Click here to post your event on ResistanceRecess.com, and MoveOn and partner groups will invite fellow constituents.

  • Put together an agenda and let the media know.

  • Check out our materials page for all the guides and information you need to plan an event.

  • Have an awesome event!

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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[video] The bigoted attacks continue

Within weeks, the Trump administration could decide to end a critical program that provides protection for immigrant youth. Watch to find out why.

Dear MoveOn member, 

The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the hands of white supremacists last weekend has turned national attention to the surge of bigoted hate speech and actions in America. Over recent months, brutal attacks have increased against many communities, including Black people, Muslims, Jews, the LGBT community, women, and, of course, immigrants. We, along with many others, are ready to stand up to these attacks, and just this past weekend, tens of thousands of Americans did just that at more than 600 spontaneous vigils and rallies across our nation. 

The escalation of hateful action is being accompanied by aggressive, state-sanctioned attacks on immigrants. Brutal deportations are tearing apart families, as immigration enforcement officers detain people who have lived in the United States for decades.

And now, an attack on an essential protection for immigrants could, within weeks, strip more than 800,000 immigrant youth who arrived in the United States as children of the opportunity to go to school, enter the nation's workforce, and support their families.1

That's why we teamed up with the immigrant rights organization United We Dream (UWD) to make a new video featuring Greisa Martinez, UWD's Advocacy Director, talking about DACA—the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program—which provides legal protection for more than 800,000 immigrants, and which is currently under attack.

Will you take a minute to watch this important video?

Greisa's story

(Not on Facebook? Click here to watch the video on YouTube.)

Within weeks, the Trump administration could decide to end a critical program that protects immigrant youth. Unless we all act to show an outpouring of public support right now, 800,000 immigrant youth could be torn from their families, whether through immigration roundups at traffic stops and schools or through mass detainment and deportation.

This is why tomorrow, Tuesday, August 15, on the fifth anniversary of DACA, immigrant youth have organized dozens of events nationwide to show their pride and declare that they—and DACA—are #HereToStay. We encourage you to watch the video and learn how you can become involved in this fight to defend the rights and lives of our immigrant friends and neighbors.

Here are a few highlights from Greisa's interview:

"I came to the U.S. when I was seven years old, and all throughout growing up, the time before DACA, I was just really scared. The reality is, is that getting rid of DACA, it's a life-and-death issue for us."

"DACA means family. DACA means home. And for me, DACA means that I can help my mom out. She's currently fighting cancer, and I get to be able to help her get the medicines that she needs and the chemo treatments that she needs to be able to do that."

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and AGs from nine other states want President Trump to phase out DACA.2

"So, right now we're facing an imminent threat ... it's 800,000 young people whose lives would be completely upended if DACA were not in place." 

In the coming days and weeks, MoveOn members will rally with Greisa, United We Dream, and allied organizations to #DefendDACA and ensure that our nation lives up to its best values of dignity and justice for all, from tomorrow's nationwide events to more actions to come.

This weekend has seen an inspiring response to the wrenching violence in Charlottesville, as Americans of good conscience across the country have gathered in solidarity at hundreds of vigils and rallies, donated to groups doing work against racism, and explicitly condemned white supremacy. Now, it's essential that this same energy focuses on the real and dire threat facing America's immigrant youth who are part of the DACA program.
 
The first step is watching and sharing Greisa's interview. Together we can build the broad and unyielding public support it'll take to defend DACA and continue to build on the movement for justice for every community fighting against xenophobia, white supremacy, and hatred
  
Together we are strong.

Thanks for all you do.

—Corinne, Michael, Anne, Elsie, and the rest of the team 

Sources:

1. "Texas AG leads push to end DACA," Politico, June 29, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/11124?t=19&akid=188139%2E10220574%2EzqKLal

2. Ibid. 

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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Sunday, August 13, 2017

A state of emergency in Charlottesville

We, the people of the United States, denounce white supremacy.

Add your name: Denounce white supremacy

We stand united against white supremacy, neo-Nazis, and the "alt-right." We denounce their toxic hate, fear, and violence. We must come together to condemn the ideas that fueled the violence in Charlottesville this weekend.

Dear MoveOn member, 

A state of emergency was declared this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, after hundreds of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and members of the "alt-right" terrorized the city with toxic hate, fear,  and violence.1

With Donald Trump refusing to condemn the white supremacist hate and violence on open display this weekend, we need to show each other, as people in the United States, that together we are ready to stand against and denounce white supremacy and the ideas that fueled the actions in Charlottesville this weekend.

Sign and share this expression of unity and openly ask your neighbors, friends, and family to stand united against white supremacy today.

Thanks for all you do.

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

P.S. More than 680 vigils and rallies in solidarity with Charlottesville have been organized in the last 24 hours. Hundreds of events are happening this evening. Can you join the one near you tonight (most are at 7 p.m. local time)? Click here to find the event near you and join tonight. (By RSVPing you agree to these event agreements.)

Source:

1. "Man Charged After White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville Ends in Deadly Violence," The New York Times, August 12, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/12345?t=18&akid=188109%2E10220574%2E6H89qs

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.

 

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

TONIGHT: Stand with #Charlottesville in Inwood

Will you join an emergency vigil tonight or Sunday to stand with the people of Charlottesville and against white supremacy?

Dear MoveOn member,

Can you join a vigil this weekend in solidarity with the people of Charlottesville in response to today’s act of terror by white supremacists? Click here to find a vigil near you. (This link will take you to a partner's site with events around the country. You can also check Facebook and ask your friends, as many events are popping up).

If you haven’t seen the sickening news, here’s a brief recap: Hundreds of neo-Nazis and white supremacists gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia yesterday and today, using the removal of a Confederate statue as an excuse to exhibit their violence. The people of Charlottesville, led by young people, students, and people of color, turned out to stand peacefully against this display of hate. A person, now in custody, plowed a car directly into the crowd of peaceful counter-protestors, killing at least one and injuring at least 19 others.

Donald Trump has refused to use the term white supremacist or to condemn white supremacist violence.

Racial terror and violence is one of our history’s darkest legacies. The struggle to end it is one of the nation’s greatest heritages. Let’s stand united with the people of Charlottesville and generations before us against racism, white supremacy, violence and hate, and continue the work of creating a country that lives up to our ideals.

MoveOn is joining with, Indivisible, Womens’ March, Working Families Party, Democracy for America, PCCC, and other partners in supporting non-violent gatherings of solidarity tonight and Sunday.

Click here to find a vigil or rally near you to stand with the people of #Charlottesville and to #StopWhiteTerrorism.

Also, check Facebook and Twitter and ask your friends; solidarity vigils and events are popping up every minute. People for Bernie is keeping a running list on Twitter here. Or, gather a few friends, make signs, head to your city hall, and snap photos and video and share them using #Charlottesville and #StopWhiteTerrorism.

Thanks for all you do.

—Victoria, Corinne, Ben, Ilya, and the rest of the team

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

North Korea

Click here sign the petition demanding diplomacy first with North Korea, and then pass it along to your friends.

Dear MoveOn member,

Today, Donald Trump threatened to unleash "fire and fury" against North Korea.1 Already, North Korea has responded—with threats to bomb the U.S. military base in Guam.

Donald Trump is making us all more unsafe with every unhinged comment, tweet, and threat. His rhetoric threatening North Korea is exacerbating a dangerous situation, putting the people of Guam—and everyone around the world—in grave danger. While a nuclear North Korea is a real concern, the answer must be diplomacy first, not a rush to a potentially devastating nuclear war.

Will you join me in demanding a diplomacy first approach, and an end to Trump's saber-rattling, which could lead to nuclear war? Click here to sign the petition, which says:

Stop the insanity. Don't provoke a war with North Korea.

With Donald Trump putting us on a potential pathway toward nuclear war with North Korea, the stakes couldn't be higher.

Please. Click here to sign the petition demanding diplomacy first with North Korea, and then pass it along to your friends.

Thanks for all you do.

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

Source:

1. "Trump Threatens ‘Fire and Fury’ Against North Korea if It Endangers U.S.," The New York Times, August 8, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/12181?t=17&akid=187833%2E10220574%2EewvFN0

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, August 5, 2017

Add your name: Reject Keystone XL

The comment window is open for the last permit needed to build the Keystone-XL tar sands pipeline. Sign the petition now!

Dear MoveOn member,

The Keystone XL needs just one more permit to get the green light to flood the U.S. with more dirty tar sands oil—and we have a key opportunity to stop it!

The Nebraska Public Service Commission is asking for public input on whether to approve pipeline company TransCanada's proposed route through Nebraska's farmland, over the precious Oglala aquifer, and on land seized from native nations opposed to the project. Click here to tell the Nebraska Public Service Commission to reject the Keystone-XL route, and your signature will be delivered in person on Wednesday.

The Nebraska Public Service Commission must reject the TransCanada request to route the Keystone-XL pipeline through the farmlands, native nations, and beautiful natural scenery of Nebraska.

Stopping Keystone is critically important on its merits, and as a lynchpin in our commitment to protect the planet. The local effects of a possible tar sands spill are debilitating—tar sands is thicker and heavier than normal oil, so it sinks and is nearly impossible to clean up—and the current route runs right over one of the key sources of drinking water in the U.S.

On top of that, it would run roughshod over native and landowner rights, using land owned by both against their wishes. And then there's the climate cost, untapping one of the dirtiest sources of energy known to man and setting up decades of path-dependent investment in tar sands, just as we need to be doing everything in our power to get off fossil fuels.

We can have Keystone-XL, or we can have a livable climate; we probably can't have both. Tell the Nebraska Public Service Commission to reject TransCanada's permit to build the Keystone-XL pipeline.

Last year, it looked like we had won—after punting the decision for most of his term and relentless organizing from local groups, President Obama rejected the federal Keystone permit. But then came along Donald Trump, who wasted no time reversing this decision in his very first week in office.

The Nebraska Public Service Commission can still stop the pipeline in its tracks by rejecting the route that pipeline company TransCanada has proposed. Native Nations and local groups in Nebraska are planning a massive mobilization this weekend, ahead of the start of expert testimony next week, to oppose this permit. Let's join them in solidarity by adding our names to the public comment rolls to demand that the Nebraska PSC stand up for the people of Nebraska, the U.S., and the world.

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

Thanks for all you do.

—Justin, Robert, Anna, Elsie, and the rest of the team

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Marijuana

Will you sign my petition and call on your senators to join me in moving marijuana legalization on the federal level forward?

Add your name to the Marijuana Justice Act, which will remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances and look to reverse the decades of failed policies that disproportionately target communities of color.

Dear MoveOn member,

For decades, the failed War on Drugs has locked up millions of nonviolent drug offenders, especially for marijuana-related offenses. This has wasted human potential, torn apart families and communities, and squandered massive sums of taxpayer dollars.

That's why I introduced the Marijuana Justice Act on Tuesday to call for the legalization of marijuana at the federal level. Will you sign my petition and call on your senators to join me in moving this critical legislation forward?

If passed into law, this would have an immediate impact on our criminal justice system, on policing, on our communities, and even on the economy. This legislation would remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances, making it legal at the federal level.

The bill would also incentivize states to change their marijuana laws if those laws are shown to disproportionately affect low-income individuals and/or people of color. The Marijuana Justice Act would be applied retroactively for those already serving time for marijuana-related offenses, providing for a judge's review of marijuana sentences. That means we could reduce our prison population, a goal that Democrats and Republicans alike have claimed to support.

Add your name to show your support for national marijuana legalization.

States have, so far, led the way in reforming our failed drug policy and in beginning to fix our criminal justice system. Unfortunately, the federal government isn't doing its share—and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, among his many offenses, is working actively to undermine the progress in this area. We can't let Sessions roll back our progress, criminalize more Americans, and terrorize our communities by doubling down on failed policy.

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

Thanks!

—Senator Cory Booker

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Congress is coming home. Let's deliver a message in person.

Next week is the start of August congressional recess —and it will be an opportunity to speak directly with our members of Congress.

Dear MoveOn member,

Last week, we scored a huge victory, once again stopping the latest incarnation of Trumpcare from taking health care from millions of Americans. It was a testament to the strength of the Resistance—people of all walks of life speaking out directly to their members of Congress.
 
Now, House members and senators are coming back home for their August recess, and it's our opportunity to bring grassroots pressure to them directly—to their town halls, to their offices, and to other public events. It's our chance to assert that health care is a fundamental right, to hold accountable anyone who voted to take it away, and to remind every member of Congress that THEY WORK FOR US.
 
Throughout August, MoveOn members and allies are hosting and joining Resistance Recess events.

Together, we will make sure that members of Congress and the media hear that Americans won't tolerate the Trump Republican agenda, including more attacks on our health care, a tax plan to give away billions to the 1%, the Muslim Ban, brutal deportations, Trump's transphobia, and the trampling of our rule of law.

 
 
Here’s how it will work:
  • We will show up at our elected officials’ events, town halls, and other public appearances to demand answers to the questions that we, their constituents, deserve to have answered.

  • We will hold Republicans accountable for their support of the attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act—and let them know that we won't let these attacks on health care, our communities, and our democracy go unanswered.

  • We will make it clear to Democrats that progressives demand a forceful, progressive, inclusive, populist agenda—and that resistance isn't enough. We need Democrats to take strong stands and build momentum for policies we want, such as single-payer Medicare for All.
  • And if lawmakers evade public events for their constituents, we will hold our own. For the members of Congress who lack the courage to face their constituents, we will hold "People’s Speak-outs" to highlight to the public and the media the lawmakers who won't even meet with their constituents.

Are you in? Click here to organize an event near you or click here to see if there is already a Resistance Recess action in your area. 

This summer, MoveOn and partner organizations have been actively resisting the Trump administration by training and empowering over one thousand MoveOn Mobilizers from all fifty states to show the considerable organizing power of the Resistance, build new movement leadership, and win tangible victories. We know that our efforts are working. Republicans have been stopped yet again from taking away health care from tens of millions of Americans. Some officials in both parties are recognizing the dangerous and potentially unconstitutional actions of Trump and his team. But we need to keep the pressure on to stop the relentless assaults on our communities and our rights—and to make sure all members of Congress know that the Resistance is strong and we all going to keep showing up day after day, week after week, and month after month.

Click here to search for a local Resistance Recess event near you or create your own if there isn’t one.

Thanks for all you do.

—Chris, Gabriela, Justin, Katie, and the rest of the team

P.S. What if there's no event hosted by your lawmakers listed on the site? First, call your representative's and/or senators' district and D.C. offices—and see if they are planning on holding a public town hall or office hours. Then...

If YES, they say that they are holding a town hall or office hours, submit the event here, and we will invite other constituents to join you.

If you discover that your members of Congress are NOT hosting a town hall within a reasonable distance from you, you can host a People’s Speak-out—an event that constituents hold to have their voices heard and highlight their lawmaker's lack of a formal town hall. A People’s Speak-out is a great way to get media attention and elevate the fact that your lawmaker is avoiding constituents during the congressional recess!

How do you plan one?

  • Find a location—such as a library, event space, or even outside a member of Congress’s district office—and pick a time and date.

  • Invite your member of Congress.

  • Click here to post your event on ResistanceRecess.com, and MoveOn and partner groups will invite fellow constituents.

  • Put together an agenda and let the media know.

  • Check our materials page for all the guides and information you need to plan an event.

  • Have an awesome event!

 

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.

 

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Because every vote matters

Senator Elizabeth Warren is facing a Super PAC that has pledged to spend $10 million to defeat her. Senators Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Sherrod Brown of Ohio are champions of progressive populism, running for reelection in two states that went for Donald Trump.

Dear MoveOn member,

Senator Elizabeth Warren is facing a Super PAC that has pledged to spend $10 million to defeat her. Senators Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Sherrod Brown of Ohio are champions of progressive populism, running for reelection in two states that went for Donald Trump.

Can you imagine how last week's health care vote would have gone without them—or without progressive Senate champions Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, all of whom are up for reelection next year?

That's why, following last Thursday's historic vote, MoveOn members chose to endorse these six senators. They were leaders in the health care fight, and they're also the senators we need to fight for a fair economy and sensible foreign policy, to tackle climate change and gun control, to protect civil rights and human rights, and so much more.

We need to keep these progressive champions in the Senate. Will you chip in $6 now to help reelect them?

Yes, I'll chip in to help reelect these six senators who were heroes in stopping Trumpcare.

These six senators have worked tirelessly to stop Trump's attempts to divide our country, shred our Constitution, and hurt the livelihoods of regular Americans. And they're critical in helping build the progressive agenda we need to see in Washington. 

  • Bernie Sanders of Vermont has spent decades leading on progressive issues, from universal health care to publicly funded elections to opposing unjust wars. As we all know, he's been tirelessly rallying Americans to resist Trump and advocate for progressive policies like Medicare for All. He's worked with MoveOn members to defend Social Security and Medicaid and just last month hit the road at MoveOn-sponsored rallies against Trumpcare. Donate now to support his reelection.
  • Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has proven that Democrats can successfully stand up to Wall Street. She helped create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has forcefully pushed for reforms to student debt, and has worked alongside MoveOn members to tackle income inequality. The Senate tried to silence her outspoken opposition to Jeff Sessions for attorney general in the Senate, but still she persisted. And her vocal criticism of how billionaires have rigged the economy against working people has made her a top target of right-wing groups. Donate now to support her reelection.
  • Sherrod Brown of Ohio is a true champion for working people everywhere. He's leading the fights for a $15 minimum wage and an infrastructure plan that would put millions more Americans to work. He's showing what true populism looks like in a state Trump won handily—and if he can win, it could be a model for how we beat Trump in 2020. Donate now to support his reelection.
  • Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin led on numerous progressive issues in the U.S. House before becoming the first openly gay candidate elected to the Senate in 2012. She's continued championing progressive issues such as universal health care and ending the revolving door for lobbyists in Washington. She's worked with MoveOn members to offer real solutions to tackling Big Money and the conflicts of interest that are poisoning our democracy. And she's in a state that Trump won last year, holding a seat Democrats need to hold on to. Donate now to support her reelection.
  • Mazie Hirono of Hawaii was a leader in the House Progressive Caucus for years before bringing her strong principles to the Senate. Last week, she flew back to Washington, D.C., despite being recently diagnosed with cancer, to speak out powerfully on the floor of the Senate against Trumpcare. She has been an energizing and inspirational voice for MoveOn members in the fight for health care. Donate now to support her reelection.
  • Chris Murphy of Connecticut was elected to the U.S. House in 2006 on an anti-Iraq War platform, and he has been advocating for a more progressive foreign policy in Congress ever since. As a U.S. senator, he championed the diplomatic agreement with Iran and has spoken forcefully about stopping future wars under Trump. And as the senator representing Newtown, he's never been afraid to take on the NRA and call for sensible gun legislation—even holding the Senate floor last summer to raise the alarm about assault weapons after the Orlando shooting. Donate now to support his reelection.

We need all six of these Health Care Heroes to keep fighting against the relentless attacks on Americans' health care and continue to fight to expand quality, affordable health care to more Americans.

But we also need them because the next bills Trump, Mitch McConnell, and Paul Ryan put forward—tax giveaways to the super rich, undermining protections for workers, and assaults on women's rights, voting rights, and immigrant rights—may also be down to the wire and come down to just one vote.

With the Senate this closely divided, every vote matters. We can't lose one vote. And we need these six champions to be in a strong position for their reelection so we can also inspire progressive candidates across the country and expand the playing field to flip other Senate and House seats.

So let's send a message today: If you are willing to fight for health care, fight for regular Americans, and fight against the Trump/McConnell agenda, we've got your back.

Will you chip in $6 now to reelect these six progressive leaders?

Yes, I'll donate right now to help reelect Senators Sanders, Warren, Brown, Baldwin, Hirono, and Murphy.

Thanks for all you do.

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

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


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