Dear MoveOn member,
Yesterday, I stood in 90+ degree heat with tens of thousands of people, young and old, at Washington, D.C.'s Families Belong Together rally and march. Today, I'm reading some of the hundreds of front-page news stories, scanning thousands of photos, sitting with my emotions, and strategizing. After a week of some terrible political news, the passion and commitment of yesterday's protests—more than 750 events in every corner of the country and across the globe—lifted my spirits. I know that we have the public and the momentum on our side.
Tomorrow, I'm hosting a mass call with Representative Pramila Jayapal, one of the key architects of Saturday's rallies and marches, MoveOn national spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre, and young MoveOn member Marwa E. to unveil MoveOn's 2018 Resist & Win grassroots volunteer election organizing program, and I hope you'll join us. Click here to RSVP now for the web-streamed call tomorrow, Monday, July 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET (7:30 CT/6:30 MT/5:30 PT).
Now is the time to take inspiration from yesterday's incredible outpouring of solidarity, outrage, and compassion -- and make lasting political impact by voting out the people who are creating and enabling relentless attacks on immigrants and on the soul of our nation, and the rest of Trump's and the GOP's disastrous agenda.
Here are three next steps I invite you to take this week:
- Join the What's Next? March to the Voting Booth call tomorrow, Monday, July 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET (7:30 CT/6:30 MT/5:30 PT) to learn about MoveOn's Resist & Win 2018 election program. Together, we will work to end Republican control of the House and vote out politicians who are enabling family separation and detention and other attacks on our communities and democracy. RSVP here for Monday's web-streamed live video call with Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Karine Jean-Pierre, and inspiring student activist and MoveOn member Marwa E.
- Apply to be a MoveOn 2018 Resist & Win Leader. You'll help mobilize fellow MoveOn members and allies in one of 100 priority congressional districts. You'll get training, support, and the platform to lead local efforts that will help us end GOP control of Congress. Applications are due this Thursday, July 5, at 11:59 p.m. local time, so don't wait to apply. We especially encourage young people, students, people of color, immigrants, and LGTBQ people to apply to this multi-racial, inter-generational organizing program. Click here to submit your application now.
- Order your free sticker to display in your community of a design that was seen at marches across the country. The image by Pablo Stanley, an immigrant artist, can serve as an ongoing reminder of our shared values. Imagine members of Congress, when home in their districts, unable to get across town without seeing this tangible reminder of how many of us are fighting alongside immigrant families. We printed a batch of these stickers and are giving them away for FREE until we run out of stock. Just click here to order yours. (You can see an picture of this image projected onto the side of the Newseum, which MoveOn Civic Action and partners arranged on the eve of the Family Belong Together actions, below.)
There's no sugar-coating this. We have our work cut out for us.
But I know we are turning the tide in this fight—and as so many people chanted together yesterday, "We won't turn back."
Thanks for all you do.
—Victoria, Shari, Karthik, Scott, and the rest of the team
P.S. Here are just three of the hundreds, perhaps thousands of media stories about what people like YOU made possible yesterday:
"Family Separation Protests Shift the Narrative"
The Atlantic, June 30, 2018
"Protesters flood US cities to fight Trump immigration policy"
Associated Press, July 1, 2018
"In 50 states, hundreds of thousands protest immigration policy, with focus on midterms"
USA Today, June 30, 2018
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