Friday, January 18, 2019

Can we send you a free “Impeach Trump” sticker?

Late last night, Buzzfeed News broke the news that Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about his dealings with Russia, leading Cohen to commit perjury and constituting one of the most damning acts of obstruction of justice to date.

Click here to get your free "Impeach Trump" sticker while supplies last.

Dear MoveOn member, 

Late last night, Buzzfeed News broke the news that Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about his dealings with Russia, leading Cohen to commit perjury and constituting one of the most damning acts of obstruction of justice to date.1

This adds fuel to something that's already been achingly clear: It is time for Congress to impeach Trump.

We need to share this message far and wide, which is why we have printed a big batch of "Impeach" stickers and are giving them away for FREE while supplies last. Click here or on the image below to order your sticker now.

The gravity of this news cannot be understated. According to this report, the president of the United States ordered his personal lawyer to lie under oath to Congress in order to cover up his dealings—to enrich himself—with the hostile foreign power that meddled in our elections. And this comes on the heels of last week's news that Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, shared confidential internal polls during the campaign with Russian intelligence-linked oligarchs.2

MoveOn has been calling for Trump's impeachment since June of 2017, but this news seems to have broken open the floodgates on Capitol Hill, and now more and more Democrats are calling for impeachment as well if this report is true.3

The time to act is now. Democrats control the House and can launch impeachment proceedings to conduct an open investigation into Trump's obstruction and collusion.

Trump is an urgent, dire threat to our democracy, and we must make sure that our elected officials know that the time to impeach him is NOW.

Help spread the word by clicking here to order your free "Impeach" sticker today.

Thanks for all you do.

–Kelly, Matt, Bill, Elsie, and the rest of the team

Sources: 

1. "President Trump Directed His Attorney To Lie To Congress About The Moscow Tower Project," Buzzfeed News, January 17, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/62074?t=18&akid=224958%2E10220574%2EBMlMhm

2. "Paul Manafort shared 2016 polling data with Russian associate, according to court filing," The Washington Post, January 8, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/62075?t=20&akid=224958%2E10220574%2EBMlMhm

3. "'Resign Or Be Impeached': Dems Erupt Over Bombshell Trump Obstruction Report," The Huffington Post, January 18, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/62076?t=22&akid=224958%2E10220574%2EBMlMhm

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

FW: Mitch McConnell (petition)

Demand Mitch McConnell listen to the American people and allow the Senate to hold a vote to reopen the government.

Eddie—I wanted to make sure you saw the email below. Once we get to 100,000 signatures, the petition will be delivered to Senate offices—including to Mitch McConnell in Kentucky and Washington, D.C.


Dear fellow MoveOn member,

I'm Martha Singleton, a MoveOn member in Miami, Florida, and I started a petition to Mitch McConnell, which says:

Stop blocking the will of the people! The U.S. House has passed a bill to reopen the government, so the Senate should be allowed to vote on it. McConnell's excuses and tactics run against our democracy!

The Senate voted nearly unanimously for a bill to keep the government open last month, but now Mitch McConnell is blocking his own colleagues from doing their jobs with a vote to reopen the government, even though he knows it will pass. This is now the longest shutdown ever!1

I am tired of Senator McConnell failing to allow the Senate to vote on major issues throughout his tenure, a trait that is expected in countries that do not enjoy democratic freedoms. Congress should not cower in fear of Trump's anger and hate. 800,000 workers' pay depends on them; they must act now.2

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

Thanks!

–Martha Singleton

Sources:

1. "Senate Democrats pushed a vote to reopen the government. Mitch McConnell shot them down," Vox,
January 10, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/61967?t=9&akid=224874%2E10220574%2EFlcyFK

2. Ibid.

You're receiving this petition because we thought it might interest you. It was created on MoveOn.org, where anyone can start their own online petitions. You can start your own petition here.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Sign the petition: Eduardo Samaniego

Eduardo is a well-known and much-loved leader and human rights advocate with deep ties to his community in Georgia and Massachusetts. Add your name.

Dear MoveOn member,

Eduardo is a well-known and much-loved leader and human rights advocate with deep ties to his community in Georgia and Massachusetts. But like many immigrant activists nationally, Eduardo is being targeted by ICE, and his case is now being fast-tracked as a direct result of his work to defend immigrant rights.1,2

Eduardo's next immigration hearing is on Thursday. Will you sign the petition to ICE officials and demand Eduardo's immediate release?

Please release Eduardo Samaniego immediately. Eduardo Samaniego is an outstanding community activist and human rights leader. Eduardo's health is precarious and he should be free to pursue legal remedies at home, where thousands have already shown their support for him.

What started as a dispute with a cab driver over $27.75 (since dismissed) has become a national case lifting up the horrors of the human rights abuses being carried out by the U.S. government.3

On December 27, 2018, after 71 days behind bars, Eduardo was denied bond at a hearing where he publicly declared he was suffering physical abuse in detention. Eduardo was moved the following day to Irwin County Detention Facility in Ocilla, Georgia—widely recognized as one of the most oppressive detention centers in the nation.4

Click here to sign this petition, and then pass it along to your friends, so we can increase the pressure to get Eduardo released!

Eduardo was immediately put on suicide watch, where he remains in complete isolation—in a completely empty room, without clothing other than a paper gown, eating only with his hands, and under 24-hour observation. Treatment like this is internationally recognized as a violation of human rights and as a form of torture. Eduardo's physical and mental health is rapidly deteriorating.

Eduardo's health is precarious. Two years ago, while visiting Georgia, Eduardo was the victim of a near-fatal gas explosion in the apartment building where he was staying. He sustained burns on 45% of his body and was hospitalized for three months to heal from physical damage. As a result of this traumatic incident, Eduardo still suffers both physically and mentally. Where he is being held, he is not able to receive proper medication or care, and he lives in near-total isolation, as visits with friends and loved ones are highly restricted. Eduardo must be released from detention to ensure his health and his survival.

With the support of sympathetic lawmakers such as Rep. Jim McGovern, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and Sen. Markey, if enough of us raise our voices, ICE will have no choice but to #FreeEduardo. 

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

Thanks!

—Caroline Murray

Sources: 

1. "ICE has detained or deported prominent immigration activists," The Washington Post, January 19, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/61983?t=11&akid=224676%2E10220574%2EZ4UGKJ

2. "Immigration activist's future at risk over $27 Georgia cab fare," WXIA, December 31, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/61984?t=13&akid=224676%2E10220574%2EZ4UGKJ

3. Ibid.

4. "Massachusetts immigration activist Eduardo Samaniego denied release on bond from ICE detention," The Republican, December 28, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/62002?t=17&akid=224676%2E10220574%2EZ4UGKJ

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News: A leadership transition at MoveOn

Later this year, with gratitude, pride, and immense confidence in what lies ahead for this essential organization, the two of us will be transitioning out of our roles as MoveOn's co-directors.

Dear MoveOn member, 
 
This is Anna Galland and Ilya Sheyman. We're the co-executive directors of MoveOn. 
 
This isn't a typical email from us. We wanted to share an important organizational update directly: Later this year, with gratitude, pride, and immense confidence in what lies ahead for this essential organization and our millions of members, the two of us will be transitioning out of our leadership roles, which we've held for the past six years.
 
We'll be running an open search for the next executive director of MoveOn, who we'll then support, train, and cheerlead. We will keep you posted on that process as it unfolds. 
 
Why are we doing this? Simply because now—in the wake of a transformative election and at a time when the organization is healthy, strong, and having a massive impact—is the right time to pass the baton forward. 
 
We have been so privileged to lead and win hard-fought campaigns to advance a progressive vision for our country during Barack Obama's second term and through the acute crises of Donald Trump.
 
All of us together have accomplished so much for our country and world: 
  • In the Obama years, we fought in state after state to expand health care for millions. We won major victories for peace—especially defending the Iran diplomatic agreement. We helped mount grassroots pressure for violence-preventing gun laws, time and again. We fought for racial justice. And so much more. 
  • We've marched, organized, and mobilized to confront the multi-front disaster of Trump and the GOP in power. MoveOn members were among those spearheading the fight to save Obamacare and Medicaid. We've prioritized immigrant and refugee rights—supporting DREAMers and protesting Trump's disastrous family separation policy. We've organized to defend the democracy, anchoring efforts to protect Mueller's investigation. And we've moved closer to ending the U.S. military role in Yemen. 
  • Together with vital partners, we powered the wave election in 2018, flipping the House and electing hundreds of diverse progressive champions to state houses around the country.  
Today, MoveOn has never been bigger or stronger—and the MoveOn community has never been more important to this country's future. 
 
The network of monthly donors sustaining our work together has quadrupled in size, and our (still quite lean!) staff team has tripled. We've built whole new channels to empower our members and drive impact on our campaigns, from text messaging to video, and our membership now reaches into every one of this country's 3,000+ counties. 
 
Our visibility in the national media and our political power have ballooned. And we've built a tremendous leadership team on staff that will stay on, shepherding our vital programs and supporting the impact our members can make. 
 
All of us, as MoveOn members, have so much to do, together, in the coming years. We are working to reinvent this rusted, creaking democracy as it's coming under such direct attack from people who wish to pit Americans against each other while enriching themselves at everyone else's expense. 

We have vital work to do in the coming years, together:
  • We must prepare to defeat Trump and the GOP in 2020—engaging deeply in an energizing 2020 Democratic primary that helps propel inspiring, movement-connected candidates towards the general election and then marching together with clarity and purpose to defeat Trump. 
  • We must block the ongoing attacks on communities who have lost so much ground under Trump and the GOP—including immigrants, Muslims, women, LGBTQ folks, and working people—and tackle threats to our democracy itself. The Democratic House is an immensely important new check on Trump, but we know that the chaos, corruption, and damage of Trump and the GOP will continue as long as they have any levers of power—and that grassroots mobilization will be essential.    
  • We must help lift up the positive vision of the country we can build together—developing a mandate for progressive governance so that voters in 2020 have something to vote FOR, not just against. We can't simply be content to counter the radical right. We need to fundamentally reimagine what's possible for racial, economic, and social justice. 
Entering 2019, we're in such a strong position to make progress in the long-term effort to build a country where everyone can thrive. 
 
Our staff team is aligned, energized, and committed. Our membership—that's you!—is a central force in the Resistance and broader movements that are transforming our country. 
 
Millions of MoveOn members are connected by our shared values and by our yearning for this country to live into its potential for decency, dignity, justice, and love. 
 
MoveOn—through our emails, our text messages, our online videos, our media spokespeople, our field organizers, and our members—has a national reach that few other organizations have. And our country needs this powerful national membership community to tackle the nation-sized challenges we face. 
 
We've shown that we can make transformative change, even in the face of terrible adversity—and we'll keep showing it in the years ahead. 
 
Watch for updates on this leadership transition on our website, MoveOn.org. For more texture on our decision, you can read our Medium post here. And if you have any questions or reflections, drop us a line by hitting "reply" to this email.
 
You can also continue supporting MoveOn's mission by starting a petition on any progressive issue that's important to you and connecting with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
 
We're beaming with joy and gratitude—it's been such a tremendous honor to serve this team and this community. And we are feeling so hopeful as we prepare to step aside after six amazing years. We became MoveOn members around this community's opposition to the Iraq War in 2003, and we'll remain as executive directors while our boards conduct a leadership search, as we're fully committed to supporting the transition. And then we'll remain MoveOn members for life and ready to support MoveOn in a new way for the long haul.
 
MoveOn members, not any executive director or staff member, are the heart of our power and impact on this country. As always, thanks for all you do. 
 
–Anna & Ilya 

 Anna and Ilya in the field

Want to support MoveOn's 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, January 15, 2019

The GOP is starting to buckle (the shutdown)

A man carrying a gun just got through airport security and took a Delta flight from Atlanta. Drivers are chopping down protected trees in Joshua Tree National Park to make new roads. Federal workers who aren't being paid can't afford insulin and other lifesaving medication and are going without.

Dear MoveOn member,

A man carrying a gun just got through airport security and took a Delta flight from Atlanta.1 Drivers are chopping down protected trees in Joshua Tree National Park to make new roads.2 Federal workers who aren't being paid can't afford insulin and other lifesaving medication and are going without.3

These are some of the many destructive results of Donald Trump and the GOP's government shutdown—now the longest in history. And Trump is content to let the shutdown continue, punishing federal workers, contractors, their families, local economies, and all of us who rely on government services.

In two weeks, Trump is scheduled to deliver a State of the Union address, a national moment that draws attention to the office of the president. But a man who has no respect for our governmental institutions and workers, who would hold the livelihood of 800,000 workers ransom for a racist, wasteful border wall, has nothing of value to say to the nation.

That's why MoveOn members are preparing to mobilize all across the country and use Tuesday, January 29, as a flashpoint for national outrage over this shutdown and the countless Americans being hurt every day by Trump and the Republicans' irresponsible behavior.

Can you chip in $3 to help organize and amplify a national mobilization to drown out the State of the Union, elevate the voices of Americans impacted by the shutdown, and demand Republicans stand up to Trump and reopen our government with no money for his racist, wasteful wall? Click here now.

MoveOn members—and our friends and neighbors—have something far more valuable to tell the country than any of the lies and hate Trump would spew over the national airwaves. We know this because over the past few weeks, inspired by the "Shutdown Stories" that have proliferated over social media, we've been collecting stories from our members.

The response has been HUGE. We have thousands of stories of MoveOn members who live in some of the key states—those with Republican senators up for reelection in 2020 who, if increasingly pressured, could crack, turn on Trump, and demand the government reopen. Now, the goal is to put these stories to work to grab local media attention in these key states and build pressure on Republicans to stand up to Trump and Mitch McConnell—and to use these stories as an anchor for actions around the country to funnel the outrage we're all feeling.

So here's our plan:

  • Collect stories of the impact of the shutdown from folks across the country—and especially in states where Republican senators are already feeling incredible pressure. Amplify these stories through videos, social media, email, and other avenues to ratchet up the pressure.
  • Directly pressure key Senate Republicans. Flood offices with tens of thousands of calls, organize in-person petition deliveries next week, and produce and share videos far and wide calling them out.
  • Launch a national day of action on January 29. Organize events across the country where regular folks can share the real state of the union, instead of listening to Trump's usual B.S., if the government is still shutdown.
  • Call on members of Congress to boycott his speech. We just saw on national television last week how Trump will use his platform. Members of Congress do not need to dignify with their presence a speech by a man who would hold the livelihood 800,000 federal workers hostage while fearmongering over a fake national security emergency.

But we can't do it without your help. Will you chip in to help force Republicans to stand up to Trump and McConnell, get the government reopened with zero dollars for the racist border wall, and share a true "state of the union address" on January 29?

Click here to chip in $3, or whatever you can afford, to stop the shutdown and say no to Trump's racist, wasteful border wall.

We're all ready for the government to reopen—which is why MoveOn members have been making calls, signing petitions, and demanding action. Democrats and Independents are standing strong against paying Trump's ransom. And, to be honest, we don't believe we can persuade Trump. He wants the government shut down and doesn't care whom it hurts.

But Republican senators have the power to act, if they choose. And if we can increase pressure on them this week, next week, and, if the government is still closed, through a national day of action on January 29, they will crack. They will be forced to listen to their constituents, stand up to Trump and McConnell, and get back to work.

Please chip in $3, or whatever you can afford, right now.

Thanks for all you do.

–Ben, Reggie, Dan, Emma, and the rest of the MoveOn Washington team

Sources:

1. "Passenger gets gun through TSA checkpoint on Atlanta to Tokyo flight," NBC News, January 14, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/62005?t=5&akid=224707%2E10220574%2EmbJlg2

2. "National park visitors cut down protected Joshua trees during partial government shutdown," CNN, January 12, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/62006?t=7&akid=224707%2E10220574%2EmbJlg2

3. "Federal worker with diabetes says she can't afford to pay for insulin during shutdown," The Hill, January 13, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/62007?t=9&akid=224707%2E10220574%2EmbJlg2

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 support, now more than ever. Will you stand with us?

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

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Today: Thank Democrats for standing strong against Trump's border wall shutdown

Call your Democratic senator and thank them for opposing Trump's hateful and wasteful border wall.

Dear MoveOn member,

It's official: We're now in the longest government shutdown in history.

Yet despite all the pressure an almost monthlong shutdown brings, not a single Democrat has indicated they would approve paying Donald Trump the ransom for his racist border wall.

We all want the government to reopen and to bring financial relief to over 800,000 federal workers and contractors, as well as their families and everyone using government services, but we can't allow a functioning government and employee wages to become bargaining chips every time Trump isn't getting his way.

Right now, we need to thank Democrats and independents and tell them to stay strong against Trump's hateful and wasteful border wall. Call your senator now at 844-765-2408. 

Here's an important message you can share with them: 

Thank you for staying strong against a hateful and wasteful border wall and not giving in to Trump's shutdown. We need to ensure the public—and the White House—understand the basic human rights that people seeking asylum have and that there is no security crisis at the border. We need to hold on to our principles of building a nation where everyone can thrive, not further demonize immigrants and militarize our border with a foolish wall, increased technology or more border agents.

Staying strong includes not ceding any ground to the Trump administration's attacks on immigrants and asylum-seekers by buying into the completely false notion of needing "increased border security" and Trump's manufactured "crisis."

We must focus on the human right, protected by international laws, to enter this country and apply for asylum and not get caught up in a debate about other ways we can militarize the border with increased technology or agents. And we must make sure that Democrats and independents—who do want to reopen the government—know that we are standing with them in this fight as the refuse to pay Trump's ransom.

Trump has been holding pay for 800,000 workers hostage to pay for his wall. Any money to appease him would now signal that the shutdown worked and enable him to use this strategy again, to terrorize immigrants and asylum seekers or to make other demands for his destructive and delusional agenda.

Thankfully, Democrats and Independents in Congress are not giving in, even under immense pressure. Call to thank Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand now for standing up to Trump's tantrum and tell them to focus on the rights of asylum seekers, not militarizing the border. Here is where to call: 844-765-2408.

Thanks for all you do.

–Emma, Corinne, Iram, Scott, 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 support, now more than ever. Will you stand with MoveOn?

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

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Mitch McConnell (petition)

Demand Mitch McConnell listen to the American people and allow the Senate to hold a vote to reopen the government.

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

I'm Martha Singleton, a MoveOn member in Miami, Florida, and I started a petition to Mitch McConnell, which says:

Stop blocking the will of the people! The U.S. House has passed a bill to reopen the government, so the Senate should be allowed to vote on it. McConnell's excuses and tactics run against our democracy!

The Senate voted nearly unanimously for a bill to keep the government open last month, but now Mitch McConnell is blocking his own colleagues from doing their jobs with a vote to reopen the government, even though he knows it will pass. This is now the longest shutdown ever!1

I am tired of Senator McConnell failing to allow the Senate to vote on major issues throughout his tenure, a trait that is expected in countries that do not enjoy democratic freedoms. Congress should not cower in fear of Trump's anger and hate. 800,000 workers' pay depends on them; they must act now.2

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

Thanks!

–Martha Singleton

Sources:

1. "Senate Democrats pushed a vote to reopen the government. Mitch McConnell shot them down," Vox,
January 10, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/61967?t=9&akid=224402%2E10220574%2E0Wn_BJ

2. Ibid.

You're receiving this petition because we thought it might interest you. It was created on MoveOn.org, where anyone can start their own online petitions. You can start your own petition here.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

MoveOn's plan to end the shutdown

It is now Day 20 of Donald Trump's temper tantrum-induced government shutdown. I've never seen anything like this before.

Dear MoveOn member,

It is now Day 20 of Donald Trump's temper tantrum-induced government shutdown. I've never seen anything like this before.

Let's be very clear: Building a wall on our southern border is a dumb idea that is racist and xenophobic, and Trump's willingness to hold 800,000 federal workers and additional contractors hostage, or even declare a state of emergency in order to get it built, is downright delusional, and bordering on dictatorial.

Trump's increasingly outrageous comments over the past few days make it clear that he does not understand the implications of the shutdown or care about its devastating impact on the federal workers and government contractors who have spent three weeks without a paycheck—or the impact it has on their families, communities, and local economies.

Earlier this week, Trump told lawmakers that they should refer to the shutdown as a "strike" instead, as if this were the same as a group of workers rising up for better pay, rather than the deranged whim of a single man that is keeping nearly one million workers from being paid.1 And he has continued to threaten to take the extraordinary and terrifying step of declaring a national emergency in order to force the military to build the wall for him without the approval of Congress.

Enough is enough. We must rise up together and demand that Congress act to reopen the government without a dime for Trump's pointless, racist wall.

MoveOn is doing everything in its power to fight for immigrant communities and federal workers—and to put an end to Trump's latest tantrum. Eddie, will you chip in $3 right now to power this campaign to end the Trump shutdown?

Here is what MoveOn has planned to win this fight:

  • Commission polling to show vulnerable Republican senators who are up for re-election in 2020 that their constituents don't want a shutdown, don't want a wall, but do want their senators to stand up to Trump and reopen the government.
  • Flooding the Senate with calls demanding senators vote to reopen the government. Only hours before Trump decided to shut down the government, the Senate voted unanimously to fund the government without building the wall, but now Mitch McConnell refuses to stand up to Trump and put the same bill up for a vote. MoveOn members have already made thousands of calls to their senators, and MoveOn will continue to drive even more calls to make sure that these elected officials know that there will be consequences unless they take action.
  • Supporting Senate Democrats who are blocking all bills until the government is open. Even with Democrats in the minority, they have major power in the Senate to stop McConnell from operating as business as usual by blocking any bill that comes to the floor that is not about reopening the government. It is critical that Democrats remain strong and committed to this strategy, even as Trump continues to shift the blame.
  • Producing videos and digital ads detailing the real impacts of the shutdown. Over 800,000 workers are not getting paychecks, TSA agents forced to work without pay are calling in sick, and thousands of low-income workers will never receive back pay for the work they have done during the shutdown.2 Highlighting these stories of the real impact of Trump's shutdown will help to focus the conversation and remind people across the country who is truly to blame for this mess.
  • Preparing to launch MoveOn's Crisis Response Network if Trump declares a state of emergency. If Trump takes this extraordinary step, it may also allow him to enact other brazen anti-democratic policies, which is why hundreds of thousands of MoveOn members are ready to mobilize in protest if Trump seizes extraordinary powers in declaring a state of emergency to build his wall.

If the shutdown lasts through Saturday, it will become the longest government shutdown in American history. It is time to pull out all the stops and do everything we can to end it. Which is why I'm asking:

Will you chip in $3 right now to power MoveOn's campaign to end the Trump shutdown?

Trump's willingness to keep the government shut down for, as he said, "months or even years" shows just how far he is willing to go to get what he wants—and how little regard he has for the American people and the fundamentals of democracy.3

This move is another slap in the face of immigrant communities already under attack by Trump's inhumane, racist policies; the federal workers he shamelessly forced to work without pay for three weeks; and for the will of the American public who last November voted resoundingly against his immigration policies.

The reality is simple: Donald Trump is a liar. There is no national security emergency at the United States-Mexico border, and building a wall will do absolutely nothing except serve as a symbol of Trump's dangerous nationalism. In the meantime, there is a humanitarian crisis that Trump and the Republicans are creating: separating families, denying asylum-seekers the legal right to pursue asylum, and even tear-gassing families that are simply looking for a better life. We can and must show respect and dignity to immigrants—and follow existing laws that respect asylum-seekers.

The ongoing government shutdown is an undemocratic power grab from an unhinged man unhappy with the results of the 2018 election.

We know how far Trump is willing to go to get what he wants, and we must do everything in our power to stop him.

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Thanks for all you do.

–Robert Reich

Sources:

1. "Trump told lawmakers he prefers word 'strike' to government shutdown, sources say," CNN, January 5, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/61919?t=5&akid=224306%2E10220574%2EAtyEd5

2. "Amid shutdown, more TSA agents are calling in sick. Here's what you need to know," CNBC, January 5, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/61920?t=7&akid=224306%2E10220574%2EAtyEd5

3. "Trump Says Shutdown Could Last 'Months or Even Years,'" The Daily Beast, January 4, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/61921?t=9&akid=224306%2E10220574%2EAtyEd5

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Call now: No ransom money for Trump's wall!

In his speech, Trump told his supporters to call Congress. So we know that his supporters will call their senators, riled up by Trump's vitriol and lies. So we need Democrats to know we have their back—to insist we should reopen the government WITH NO DOLLARS FOR TRUMP'S RACIST, WASTEFUL WALL.

Dear MoveOn member,

Last night, Donald Trump took over our nation's airwaves to continue to spread his xenophobic lies and anti-immigrant fearmongering to justify his demand for a wasteful, racist border wall.
 
In his speech, Trump told his supporters to call Congress. So we know that his supporters will call their senators, riled up by Trump's vitriol and lies. So we need Democrats to know we have their back—to insist we should reopen the government WITH NO DOLLARS FOR TRUMP'S RACIST, WASTEFUL WALL.

Can you call your senators, Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand, now to tell them to stand strong: Reopen the government, support working families, and give no dollars to Trump's wall!

Here's where to call:

  • Sen. Schumer - (202) 224-6542
  • Sen. Gillibrand - (202) 224-4451

Click here for notes on what you can say on the phone and to report your call so we know how many MoveOn members are speaking out.

Our country is in the third week of a government shutdown caused by Trump—and sustained by Republicans—that is holding hostage the livelihood of 800,000 federal workers and their families. Trump didn't even mention these families in his address.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives has already passed a bill to reopen the government immediately. But the Republicans in the Senate are refusing to even vote on reopening the government—despite a unanimous vote on a similar bill just weeks ago.
 
We can—and we must—do better. We can live up to our nation's aspirations to welcome immigrants seeking a better life for their families. We can invest in resources to more quickly process asylum requests. We can confront the humanitarian crisis the Trump administration is escalating—while refuting the false national security crisis Trump and his cronies are promoting through their xenophobic lies.
 
Meanwhile senators will be feeling pressure to open the government for the sake of 800,000 workers, their families and communities, and all of us who rely on government services. We must reopen the government—but it's critical we do so on the terms that a vast majority of Americans demand: No money for the wall. And treat immigrant families with respect and dignity.
 
We know that Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand will be hearing from Trump supporters today, which is why it's critical we also deliver their offices a clear message to stand strong against this xenophobia as they work to reopen the government. Can you call them now?

Click here for notes for your call or to let us know how it went.

Thanks for all you do. 

–Emma, Nick, Ben, Erica, and the rest of the team

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Networks refused to air Obama's immigration speech in 2014 but now they want to air Trump's racism. We say no. (Sign the petition)

Trump has consistently lied about immigration and demonized immigrants in his attempt to build a racist, wasteful wall. He's now asked for national airtime to rile up his base, spew his racism and propaganda, and argue for this wall.

In 2014, networks refused to air President Obama's immigration speech because it was deemed too "partisan." Now, many are lining up to air Trump's speech on his racist border wall and on immigration. Tell the networks: Stop spreading Trump's lies.

Dear MoveOn member,

Donald Trump has been lying about immigration, throwing a tantrum over his dream for a wasteful, racist border wall, and riling up vitriol and hate.

Now, he is demanding a primetime stage for his hateful lies, which is why MoveOn members are signing on to this petition to CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, and PBS, which says: 

Trump has consistently lied about immigration and demonized immigrants in his attempt to build a racist, wasteful wall. He's now asked for national airtime to rile up his base, spew his racism and propaganda, and argue for this wall. Don't give free airtime to his partisan, hateful lies. Refuse to air his speech.

Let's all remember, Donald Trump started off his anti-immigration rhetoric by spewing racism against Mexicans. He then went on to say he will implement a Muslim Ban, and it was one of the first policies he implemented as president.

Trump has shut down the government and is holding our government and the livelihood of 800,000 workers and their families hostage over a racist, wasteful wall.

At every turn, he lies about the justification for the wall. And he attacks immigrants, riling up xenophobic and anti-Muslim fervor around the country.

Now, he has asked to address the nation about the wall—and indications are he'll continue his barrage of lies and assaults on immigrants. It is easy for networks to respond: They can refuse his request for airtime.

Networks refused to air President Obama's 2014 speech on immigration. Trump's speech, if it follows his track record, will be full of lies and attacks, all about shoring up right-wing political support.

Networks can send a clear message to a man who has attacked immigrants and Muslims, abused the free press, shuttered our government, and threatens democracy: Refuse to air his hateful lies.

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

Thanks for all you do. 

–Justin, Gabby, Iram, Schuyler, and the rest of the team

 

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Add your name: Congratulations, Speaker Pelosi!

We'll send Speaker Pelosi this card, with the names of all the MoveOn members who have signed it—and a personal comment if you want to add one—so she knows that when she stands up for progressive values, we've got her back.

Dear MoveOn member,

Click here to sign our congratulations card to Nancy Pelosi, who was just sworn in TODAY as speaker of the House! And tell her we're ready to join the fight.

Earlier today, the 116th Congress was sworn in on Capitol Hill, and Democrats took back control of the House. A record-shattering 106 women will be sworn in. It is a group of progressive fighters already making waves and the most diverse Congress ever elected. And Nancy Pelosi, the first and only woman to ever hold the position, is now speaker of the House!

This is a historic day, and one that MoveOn members like you, Eddie, helped to make happen. But it also comes at a historically uncertain time in our country, and as Democrats take back control, it is more critical than ever that they be bold and unwavering in their defense of our democracy.

We may soon enter the third week of a government shutdown caused by Donald Trump's tantrum over funding for his pointless, racist border wall. In the past month, two children have died while incarcerated at the border. The secretary of defense has resigned in protest. The man now overseeing the Mueller investigation is an avowed Trump lackey who has publicly called for it to be shut down.

Democrats must respond to these crises with big ideas, and they must not surrender to Trump's petulant demands.

So far, Nancy Pelosi has stood strong and refused to give in to Trump, and as she takes back the gavel today, we need her to continue being bold.

That's why we are going to send her thank-you cards from MoveOn members, commending her on her work so far and calling on her to continue being bold in her work as speaker of the House.

Click here to sign the card.

The card reads:

Dear Speaker Pelosi,

Congratulations!

We're proud to stand with you as you become speaker of the House. We applaud you for showing great leadership in standing up to the abuses of the Trump administration, refusing to bow to Donald Trump's childish whims, and working to defend our democracy.

We stand with you. In these difficult times, we want and need you to be bold.

As we enter the third week of a government shutdown, we ask you to stay strong and refuse to fund the useless, wasteful, and racist border wall Trump so desperately wants. As Democrats take power in the House, we ask you to push for progressive policies like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All; to defend the rights of immigrants, women, Muslims, people of color, LGBTQ Americans and other communities under direct attack from the administration, to use the powers of the House to investigate and hold Trump and his administration accountable; and to protect the Mueller investigation.

We urge you to act boldly, and we promise to stand with you when you fight for all of us in the months ahead. (And yes, we'll let you know when we disagree, too!)

We'll send Speaker Pelosi this card, with the names of all the MoveOn members who have signed it—and a personal comment if you want to add one—so she knows that when she stands up for progressive values, we've got her back.

Click here to add your name to the card we'll send to Speaker Pelosi, congratulating her and urging her to push for bold, progressive policies in Congress.

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Nick, Anne, Matt, and the rest of the team

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