Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Let's erect billboards to hold Mitch McConnell and the NRA accountable

On Sunday, a gunman with a military assault-style weapon killed three people, including a 6-year-old boy, and injured 12 at a garlic festival in California. It was the 42nd mass shooting in July alone and the 246th in America this year.

Dear MoveOn member,

On Sunday, a gunman with a military assault-style weapon killed three people, including a 6-year-old boy, and injured 12 at a garlic festival in California. It was the 42nd mass shooting in July alone and the 246th in America this year.1

These shootings need to stop. At festivals. At schools. At places of worship. At night clubs. At movie theaters.

There are so many simple, clear steps that lawmakers can take to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in America—by passing into law policies that are supported by an overwhelming majority of Americans and even most gun owners.2,3

Universal background checks. Closing the gun show loophole. Banning assault weapons such as AR-15s. Banning bump stocks.

Indeed, the Democratic U.S. House passed two bills that would accomplish many of these goals earlier this year, but Mitch McConnell and the GOP—at the bidding of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and gun manufacturers—won't even allow the bills to come up for a vote in the Senate.4 They won't even allow federal funding for research into gun violence.5 It's outrageous. And it's heartbreaking.

That's why we're going to hold McConnell and other vulnerable GOP senators accountable and defeat them in 2020, starting with putting up billboards in central, high-traffic locations in their home states that highlight their role in America's gun violence epidemic. Will you pitch in $3 to help us pay for the billboards?

Yes, I'll chip in now to help hold GOP lawmakers accountable, fight the NRA, and end the epidemic of gun violence in America.

The horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly seven years ago should have been a tipping point on gun violence in America, but since then:

  • There have been approximately 2,185 mass shootings.6
  • Congress has passed into law zero measures to make our children and communities safer.
  • The NRA and gun manufacturers continue to write big checks to Republican politicians.

According to polls, Mitch McConnell and other GOP senators who are up in for re-election in 2020 are increasingly vulnerable.7 But to defeat them in 2020—which is the only way we can finally pass legislation to address America's gun violence crisis—we need to make sure their constituents know that they're standing with the NRA and blocking commonsense reforms to address America's gun violence epidemic.

We didn't budget for the billboards, which is why we're asking you to chip in now, so we can quickly purchase them. We can only do it if we raise the money now. Can you chip in $3—or whatever you can afford—right now?

Yes, I'll chip in to help hold McConnell and other NRA-funded politicians accountable.

We can never forget that the GOP is culpable in these heartbreaking and avoidable gun deaths, as a result of their obedience to the NRA's dangerous agenda. Let's make sure that the voters in their states know it, too.

Thanks for all you do.

–Emily, Emma, Stephen, Manny, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. Tweet by Gun Violence Archive, July 29, 2019
 
2. "Americans support gun control but doubt lawmakers will act: Reuters/Ipsos poll," Reuters, February 8, 2019
 
3. "Most Gun Owners Support Stricter Laws — Even NRA Members," Time, March 13, 2018
 
4. "House Passes Sweeping Gun Bill," NPR, February 27, 2019
 
5. "House GOP appropriators block funding for gun violence research," Politico, July 11, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/68482?t=12&akid=240512%2E10220574%2EaSmgSy
 
6. "After Sandy Hook, we said never again. And then we let 2,185 mass shootings happen." Vox, accessed July 30, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/68483?t=14&akid=240512%2E10220574%2EaSmgSy
 
7. "Poll: McConnell is most unpopular senator," The Hill, July 18, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/68663?t=16&akid=240512%2E10220574%2EaSmgSy

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Unite against racism (petition)

This is Reverend Barber of the Poor People's Campaign and the Moral Mondays movement. And I'm asking you to join me in a request to the presidential candidates.

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Reverend William J. Barber, II, of Repairers of the Breach, the Poor People's Campaign, and the Moral Mondays movement. And I am asking you to join me in this call to all the presidential candidates:

All presidential candidates should unite for a massive, pro-voter, anti-racism rally in Greenville, NC—the city in which Trump supporters spread a bigoted, racist and xenophobic chant—to reject racism and regression, register voters, and demonstrate what an America committed to moving forward together looks like.

On July 17, the Trump 2020 campaign held a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, where President Trump used racist tropes to demonize Representative Ilhan Omar before pausing to let the crowd chant, "Send her back!" Along with the vast majority of Americans, all the other presidential candidates condemned Trump's appeals to racism. We are writing to invite them to come together for a mass rally in Greenville to demonstrate what an alternative for America's future looks like.

While the candidates are not enemies, we understand they are competitors. They have real policy differences between them, and they are on the campaign trail to make the case for why they should be the next person to lead the United States of America. But just as the global community of nation-states has at times put aside competitive differences in order to face an existential threat, we believe this is a time for candidates to unite and demonstrate what an America committed to moving forward together looks like.

If you agree, please add your name to our letter asking all the candidates to unite against racism and regression and for voter registration—at a massive rally in North Carolina.

It is important to return to the scene of Trump's crime in North Carolina's Pitt County, because while the whole world has seen images of a nearly all-white crowd chanting in racist unison there, we know this does not actually represent Pitt County or the vast majority of rural America that Trump 2020 wants to cast as "red counties." Pitt County is not, in fact, a red county. Hillary Clinton won Pitt County in 2016, as did almost every Democrat down ticket. Pitt County is in North Carolina's Black Belt. Poor and low-income Black, white, and Latino people there have voted in a fusion coalition that demonstrates our capacity to come together and reject the divide-and-conquer politics of racism.

America desperately needs to see this possibility now. Because such coalitions are possible all across the South and the Midwest. These fusion coalitions offer the only hope of reclaiming democracy from a movement of extremism.

North Carolina's Forward Together Moral Movement organized in response to extremism that took over the state legislature and the governor's office in 2013. The policy agenda that the Trump administration and its enablers in Congress are pushing today was front and center in North Carolina in 2013. Leaning into a long history of moral fusion organizing in the South, we learned to fight reactionary extremism by highlighting how racism hurts Black, white, and brown people regardless of their party affiliation. We came together in mass Moral Monday rallies that showed the people of North Carolina what uniting to move forward together could look like. We beat voter suppression in the courts, and we beat extremism at the ballot box in 2016's statewide races. We know fusion coalition can win in the South ... even in places that have been misidentified as "Trump country."

The vast majority of Americans do not want to capitulate to racist demagoguery. They do not want to be pitted against one another in a zero-sum competition. Most people are desperate for leadership that can chart a path forward together to the multi-ethnic democracy of equal opportunity that this nation has long aspired to become but has never yet been.

Now is the time to unite for a mass unity and voter registration rally focused not on any individual's campaign, but on the coalition building that is needed to dispel the myth of a solid South and show the nation what a better future looks like.

Please add your name if you agree, and we'll make sure all the candidates hear our call for unity against racism and regression and for voter registration.

The world is asking how the candidates will respond to the open racism of Trump's Greenville rally. We believe the answer is, "If Americans don't like what they see in the White House, they can go door to door registering and educating a powerful new fusion coalition to chart a new course beyond 2020."

Whoever emerges to lead the challenge to Trump in 2020, this must be clear: The future of democracy and the well-being of our common home on this planet depend upon a fusion coalition that can reclaim American democracy from the extremism that now holds power in our public life. We believe this crisis demands that we unite to make this single message clear.

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

Sincerely,

William J. Barber II, President, Repairers of the Breach and Co-Chair of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Liz Theoharis, Co-Director of Kairos Center and Co-Chair of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Director of the School for Conversion and member of National Steering Committee, Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Sign the petition re: GOP blocking election protection bills

Sign the petition telling Congress to pass sensible security measures to protect our elections from foreign tampering.

Dear MoveOn member,

Robert Mueller made it entirely clear to our members of Congress and the American people: Russia's attack on our elections was drastic—and they are already at it again. "They're doing it as we sit here," Mueller warned everyone. If we don't immediately improve our election security measures, we can expect it to happen again in 2020.1

Robert Mueller made it clear in his testimony that Russia attacked us in 2016 and is still working on another dangerous, far-reaching attack on our elections in 2020. Our members of Congress can't delay. They must pass sensible security measures to protect our elections from foreign tampering.

"Over the course of my career, I've seen a number of challenges to our democracy. The Russian government's effort to interfere in our election is among the most serious." –Former special counsel Robert Mueller, during his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee2

But the fact of the matter is that despite multiple warning signs, leaders in Washington, D.C., haven't done NEARLY enough to protect our election systems from foreign interference. In fact, just after Mueller's compelling testimony, one GOP senator blocked a series of commonsense, bipartisan election security bills—and Senator Mitch McConnell personally blocked two more election security bills from being voted on.3

Tell Republicans in Congress—and especially Mitch McConnell—to stop blocking important election security bills.

We can't afford to put off fortifying our electoral process any longer. 2020 is fast approaching—and if we don't act now to stop foreign entities from spreading misinformation, hacking voting machines, and attempting to collaborate with campaigns, the very foundation of our democracy could be at risk.

We deserve the utmost confidence that the American people decide who wins our elections, not Russian operatives. And we already know the strong, simple solutions that work—like paper ballots and post-election audits.

But now, it's up to Congress to act. Add your name to tell your representatives: Secure our elections, before it's too late.

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

Thanks!

–Devon Nir, Common Cause

Sources:

1. "Mueller Warns of Russian Sabotage and Rejects Trump's Witch Hunt' Claims, The New York Times, July 24, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/68307?t=17&akid=240147%2E10220574%2E6lxjfw

2. "Read Robert Mueller's opening statement: Russian interference among 'most serious' challenges to American democracy," CNBC, July 24, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/68308?t=19&akid=240147%2E10220574%2E6lxjfw

3. "GOP senators block election security legislation hours after Mueller warns of Russian interference," CNN, July 25, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/68309?t=21&akid=240147%2E10220574%2E6lxjfw

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Call Rep. Meeks to support impeachment!

This is a critical week to demand Congress act on impeachment. Can you make a call today to get your representative off the sidelines??
Dear MoveOn member,
  
Yesterday, Robert Mueller told the American people that he did not exonerate Trump of criminal activity. But because Donald Trump is president, accountability is up to Congress.
 
More than 90 House Democrats support impeachment, but your member of Congress, Representative Gregory W. Meeks, is not calling for impeachment—yet.1 Democratic leaders are reportedly debating what strategy to pursue, which makes this a key moment for more members of Congress to step forward.  
 
 
Here's where to call: 
  • Rep. Meeks - (202) 225-3461
Here's an example of what you could say: "Hello! I'm a constituent, I'm concerned about Trump's abuses of power, and I believe Rep. Meeks must call for Congress to open an impeachment inquiry immediately."
 
 
Since Mueller's testimony was announced, many House Democrats have been waiting until after Mueller presented his conclusions to update their position on impeachment. Now there's no reason to wait; the time for Congress to act on impeachment has arrived. This is a critical moment when a flood of Democrats, including Rep. Meeks, could come out and shift the tide on impeachment.
 
Trump is an out-of-control, dangerous man, and he's using the power of the White House to harm us all. He is stirring up racial divisions and violence with his racist attacks and committing human rights atrocities against immigrant families, all while enriching himself, his family, and his donors. 
 
And he is obstructing every congressional effort to get to the truth—about his obstruction of justice, his family separation policies, his attempts to insert racist questions into the census, the secrets hidden in his taxes, and so much more. It is up to Congress to decide what offenses are impeachable—and to act. Failure to act will erode our Constitution and democracy, proving that the president is above the law and can act with impunity. 
 
For all these reasons, Democrats need to stand up to stop Trump's abuses—and Democrats have a tool in the Constitution to do just that.
 
Can you call and ask Rep. Meeks to open an impeachment inquiry today?
 
Here's where to call:
  • Rep. Meeks - (202) 225-3461
 
Donald Trump's presidency can make it difficult to identify moments of true political outrage amidst the constant feeling of government-by-chaos. So when our members of Congress are drafting their responses to Mueller's testimony in the coming days, we want to have done everything we can to communicate that they are in the middle of a moment of real political reckoning—and that they had better lead rather than rushing to catch up with their constituents. The case for impeachment is clear. Now Democrats need to know that it's the right thing to do, it's the moral thing to do, and it's the demand of their constituents.
 
Thanks for all you do.
 
–David, Jenn, Emma, Chris, and the rest of the team 
 
Source: 
 
1. "Mueller Testimony Could Be Critical Inflection Point for Impeachment Push," NPR. July 23, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/68272?t=10&akid=240009%2E10220574%2EiZCw4i

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Can you take a quick survey about Robert Mueller's testimony?

Can you take a quick, three question survey about your reaction to Robert Mueller's testimony and whether you believe it is time for Democrats to impeach Trump?

Dear MoveOn member,

When Robert Mueller testified before Congress today, he underscored that Donald Trump was not exonerated by his investigation, that the reason that Mueller's team did not consider indicting the president was because of the Justice Department policy that forbids indicting a sitting president, that when Trump leaves office he could be charged with obstruction of justice, and that it is up to Congress to hold him accountable before that day.

What should we demand Congress do next? Can you take a quick, three question survey about your reaction to Robert Mueller's testimony and whether you believe it is time for Democrats to impeach Trump? We'll share the outcomes with Congress to show them what their constituents want.

During today's hearing, Robert Mueller repeatedly acknowledged that Trump met the qualifications for obstruction of justice by attempting to shut down the Mueller investigation and by tampering with witnesses. And his testimony confirmed what many of us have said again and again: No one is above the law. 

Should the Democratic leadership in Congress heed those words and launch an official impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump to hold him accountable and prove that he is not above the law?

Click here to take our quick three question survey to tell us your thoughts!

Thanks for all you do.

–Kelly, David, Jayne, Erik and the rest of the team

1. Tweet by Sabrina Siddiqui, July 24, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/68269?t=16&akid=239984%2E10220574%2E_PtL95

2. Tweet by This Week ABC, July 24, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/68270?t=18&akid=239984%2E10220574%2E_PtL95

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Sign our petition re: bee-killing pesticides

The EPA just approved use of a bee-killing pesticide.

Dear fellow MoveOn member,

The bees are in trouble. The number of honeybee hives in the U.S. fell from 6 million to just 2.4 million in 60 years, with 2018 being the worst year on record for hive loss.But the EPA just approved a bee-killing pesticide for use in 11 states.

Sign this petition demanding the EPA reverse its approval for "emergency" use of the bee-killing pesticide sulfoxaflor and help protect the bees.

The collapse of honeybee colonies can be attributed in large part to increased use of pesticides for agricultural crops. Sulfoxaflor is a bee-killing pesticide that was banned in 2015 because it was killing so many bees, but under the Trump administration, it's being used again.2

We depend on honeybees to pollinate our crops and to provide a great deal of the food on tables across America. The EPA is supposed to protect the health of our environment, but it's falling down on the job. We need to call on the EPA to reverse its decision to allow the use of this bee-killing pesticide immediately.

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

Thanks!

–Lisa Yee-Litzenberg

Sources:

1. "EPA Approves Bee-Killing Pesticide After U.S. Quits Tracking Vanishing Hives," HuffPost, July 15, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/68173?t=9&akid=239457%2E10220574%2EeZ0gir

2. Ibid.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

You did this! (Thank you!)

As a MoveOn member, you are part of a community that is helping drive some of the boldest, most high-impact progressive campaigning in the country.

Dear MoveOn member,

As a MoveOn member, you are part of a community helping to drive bold, high-impact campaigning. In this moment—in the face of an emboldened Trump administration and Republicans shamelessly attacking immigrant communities, the very values of our democracy, our bodily autonomy, and more—it's critical that we come together to speak out and fight back. And, it's important that we also take the time to lift up and appreciate our hard work and the impact we're making together.

In just the last few months, we hosted MoveOn's first-ever in-person presidential candidate forum, raised our voices in opposition to a disastrous war with Iran, held Donald Trump accountable for his abuses of power, fought to close immigrant concentration camps and keep families together, helped build momentum for bold action on climate change, and worked to secure reproductive freedom.

Tens of thousands of us mobilized to "Close the Camps."

Mothers, children, and families are immigrating to seek refuge and asylum in the United States. And the Trump administration is terrorizing them with its xenophobic policies and rhetoric. With partners in the immigration movement, MoveOn has been running an emergency campaign to close camps, keep families together, and push Congress to defund the agencies that cause fear and harm in immigrant communities.

https://act.moveon.org/go/68108?t=1&akid=239838%2E10220574%2EtDjD3Z

  • On Tuesday, July 2, as the news about inhumane conditions at Trump's immigrant concentration camps was breaking, MoveOn members led more than 175 #CloseTheCamps protests, with tens of thousands of participants gathering at local congressional offices. More than 800 letters were hand-delivered to members of Congress, ensuring they received our demands and feel the pressure to act. The actions generated significant national media coverage and had a tremendous presence on local TV, with a total of more than 1,600 TV hits. And they helped establish "Close the Camps" as a rallying cry that organizers and activists across the country continue to amplify.
  • We produced hard-hitting video and social content to put Congress in the hot seat—demanding that members of Congress step up and rein in the Trump administration or face the outrage of their constituents. A video we produced in collaboration with Physicians for Human Rights was screened at the Human Rights Council in Geneva at an event focusing on the treatment of children being detained by federal immigration agencies.


  • We brought the Statue of Liberty to Washington, D.C. The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of the timeless promise our country has made to welcome those seeking refuge and a life in America. To serve as a reminder of this promise, MoveOn and a coalition of partners placed a replica of the statue in the nation's capital. For three days, our statue, built and designed by local artist C├ęsar Maxit, stood in front of Union Station, in view of the Capitol, where people from all walks of life, including members of Congress, could see that America welcomes immigrants and refugees.

We stood up for reproductive freedom.

The right-wing crusade to shut down health centers and ban abortion in America is spreading like wildfire. MoveOn is part of a broad movement that's fighting back. In May, MoveOn, along with Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, NARAL, and others, organized hundreds of events to stop the bans and protect reproductive freedom. Tens of thousands of people, including many MoveOn members, took to the streets in 500 events nationwide to demonstrate grassroots opposition to the attacks on abortion rights. Along with marching in the streets, MoveOn members contributed more than $200,000 to the Yellowhammer Fund and more than $85,000 to the Gateway Women's Access Fund, which provide financial assistance to people who cannot afford the full cost of abortion care in Alabama and Missouri, respectively.

We campaigned hard to impeach Trump—and delivered the biggest petition in U.S. history in the process.

Trump and his administration have committed countless abuses of power—threatening the rights of communities across America and trampling on the Constitution, and angering millions of Americans in the process. MoveOn and allies have turned that outrage into action. In the largest online petition campaign in U.S. history, MoveOn and a coalition of progressive national advocacy partners delivered 10 million petition signatures to Congress urging the House of Representatives to start impeachment proceedings against Trump. That's more than the entire population of the cities of Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston combined! We followed that up with a nationwide day of action on June 15 to push every member of Congress to act on behalf of constituents, country, and Constitution and begin impeachment now. And, as Robert Mueller prepares to testify before Congress this week, we are upping the pressure on Democrats to impeach Trump and stop his rampant abuses.

We fought to end the Washington war machine.

The war industry is back at it again. And the Trump administration—in order to lay the groundwork for another unnecessary and unjust war, this time with Iran—is using the same playbook that the George W. Bush administration used to launch the Iraq War. MoveOn has been producing content that recalls the severe costs of the Iraq War and draws clear the parallels between that disaster and the current warmongering playbook in Washington.

We also worked together to push Congress to reclaim its constitutional authority to decide when the U.S. fights a war—and were part of the successful effort to get Congress to vote to end to U.S. support for the Saudi war on Yemen, which is creating a humanitarian crisis. This legislation was vetoed by Trump—only his second veto—but moving this bill through both houses of Congress showed the strength of our movement. (Trump's other veto—against overturning his fake national emergency power grab—was also the result of an effort we helped muscle through Congress!)

While Trump and administration figures such as John Bolton angle to get us into another senseless war, the fact is that for far too long the basic needs of people in the U.S. have been swept under the rug, thanks to the prioritization of exorbitant Pentagon spending. The Pentagon's annual budget is a staggering $718 billion. Meanwhile, many in the U.S. lack access to basic health care, are drowning in student debt, or are living paycheck to paycheck. That's why MoveOn has called on the 2020 presidential candidates to pledge to cut at least $200 billion from the annual Pentagon budget and reinvest it in critical needs, such as education and averting catastrophic climate change.

We partnered with youth organizers fighting the climate crisis.

Efforts led by a younger generation, which knows its very future is at stake, have galvanized the dialogue around the climate crisis and environmental justice, pushing the issue closer to the center of our political conversation than it has been in years. MoveOn fiercely supports these efforts, and we are helping to ensure that climate change remains central to the political debate this year and through 2020.

Over the past several months, MoveOn members have joined this fight in a number of ways:

  • MoveOn was an early supporter of the Green New Deal push in November, joining with the Sunrise Movement and supporting the work of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others to champion this ambitious vision.
  • MoveOn is working with the US Youth Climate Strike in calling on all Democratic candidates to participate in a climate debate; tens of thousands of MoveOn members signed on to this demand and multiple candidates committed.
  • MoveOn members have made tens of thousands of calls to Congress about the Green New Deal. MoveOn produced videos about this issue that have millions of views and distributed tens of thousands of stickers helping MoveOn members make visible their support for tackling the climate crisis.

We brought together presidential candidates to share big ideas.

In June, MoveOn Political Action brought together eight leading contenders in the Democratic primary to present bold ideas that could transform our country, tackle the biggest challenges we're facing, and improve people's lives. MoveOn's Big Ideas Forum was the first-in-our-history in-person candidate forum, and MoveOn members packed the room, participated in online watch parties across the country, and had their questions brought directly to the candidates on a national stage. The candidates pitched their big ideas to MoveOn members directly because they understand the power of the MoveOn community and the critical role MoveOn members will play in getting out the vote in 2020. Check out this video roundup of the event.

We're helping build momentum for bold and progressive leadership to inspire voters and defeat Trump in 2020.

While MoveOn Political Action is not endorsing any Democratic presidential candidate at this time, as there is not yet sufficient alignment among our membership, the latest MoveOn straw poll, conducted June 17-21—just before the first debates—showed that Senator Elizabeth Warren had the support of 38% of responding members nationwide, followed by Senator Bernie Sanders with 17%. Members said they want a candidate who "inspires the public with deep progressive values" and "makes the connections between racial, social, and economic injustice." As the 2020 election approaches, MoveOn members cited climate justice, health care, and reproductive freedom as the three most important issues to them. You can see the full results of the straw poll here.

We're preparing for the future.

Beginning in October, Rahna Epting, MoveOn's current chief of program, will take on the role of executive director of both MoveOn Civic Action and MoveOn Political Action.

Epting has been a leader in the progressive movement for 15 years, playing important roles in the organized labor, leadership development, youth organizing, and democracy reform spaces. She has held senior roles in a number of organizations, including the Service Employees International Union, Every Voice, Wellstone Action, and the Alliance for Youth Organizing.

For the past two years, Epting has worked at MoveOn, first leading strategic partnerships, then as our 2018 Resist & Win election program director, and currently as chief of program, overseeing our advocacy campaigning and elections, field, and Washington, D.C., work. In these roles, she has played a pivotal part in achieving significant advocacy and electoral wins.

As a Black and Iranian woman, Epting will be the first person of color to serve as MoveOn's executive director.

We're thrilled to have you by our side as we head into the next chapter in MoveOn's history. Thanks for all you do. We truly couldn't do this important work without you.

–Nick and the rest of the MoveOn team

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Despicable

When Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate in 2010, Republican leader Mitch McConnell vowed to make Barack Obama a "one-term president."

Dear MoveOn member,

When Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate in 2010, Republican leader Mitch McConnell vowed to make Barack Obama a "one-term president."

While he failed on that front, he succeeded in making the Senate a place where "good ideas go to die"—as Senator Jeff Merkley says—blocking many of President Obama's priorities.1

Now he's doing the same to critical legislation coming out of the U.S. House of Representatives. Legislation to strengthen the right to vote and protect our elections. The Dream Act. Gun control. Efforts to crack down on Washington corruption. And just last week, a $15 minimum wage!

But his "proudest moment?" Confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.2

McConnell's successful strategy to remake the Supreme Court started when he stole a Supreme Court seat from President Obama. "I looked Barack Obama in the eye," boasted McConnell, "and I said, 'Mr. President, you will not fill the Supreme Court vacancy.'"3

After Donald Trump's election, McConnell lost no time changing the rules of the Senate to ram through Neil Gorsuch, with a bare, partisan majority. And then, even after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford spoke out about being sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh, McConnell made sure she'd be ignored and rammed through Kavanaugh's confirmation anyway.

And now, after Trump tweeted on Sunday that Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib should "go back" to where they came from, McConnell said that Trump was "not a racist" and was "on to something."4

We absolutely MUST defeat McConnell. And polls show that we can. McConnell's the most unpopular member of the entire Senate, and more than 60% of the voters in McConnell's home state of Kentucky say that "it's time for someone new" to represent the state.5

But make no mistake: McConnell is a formidable opponent. And he will have unprecedented support from corporate America. With millions of members and thousands of volunteers, we don't need to match them dollar-for-dollar. But we do need to fund the staff and infrastructure to expose McConnell, weaken his standing, and have an impact in Kentucky, which is where you come in.

Can you chip in $5 a month to help defeat Mitch McConnell in 2020?

Yes, I'll chip in monthly.

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

Kentucky won't be a key battleground state in the presidential election. But it will be a key battleground state for the heart and soul of America—and in the fight to decide whether Republicans will control the Senate in 2021.

Thanks to the ongoing support of MoveOn members, we're already staffing up additional campaign infrastructure to impact the election—without sacrificing resources we need to defeat Trump.

However, we haven't yet signed up enough monthly donors to execute our full campaign plan, which is why we need your help.

Will you join in and chip in $5 a month to help defeat Mitch McConnell?

Yes, I'll chip in monthly.

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

We have to go big in 2020. And defeating Trump will be our top priority. But that is not enough. Because in 2020, if McConnell and Republicans still have control of the Senate:

  • We won't pass ANY progressive legislation, no matter who wins the presidency. Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and debt-free college stand no chance of survival in McConnell's Senate.
  • We won't get to confirm a liberal justice to the Supreme Court, even with a Democratic president. Remember, McConnell is the man who stole President Obama's Supreme Court nomination and gave it to Trump, so, of course, he would be willing to maintain a Supreme Court vacancy for a full presidential term.
  • And our immigration system will remain broken. Protections for Dreamers, which are supported by more than 75% of voters, passed the House, but McConnell won't allow a vote in the Senate.

We simply MUST defeat Mitch McConnell in 2020 and seize control from Republicans. And to do it, we need your ongoing support. Will you join in and chip in $5 a month to help make it happen?

Yes, I'll chip in monthly.

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

Thanks for all you do.

–Rahna, Nick, Michael, Tzyh, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Our champion to take on Mitch:," Jeff Merkley, July 10, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/68166?t=8&akid=239583%2E10220574%2EB5aEcq

2. "McConnell calls Kavanaugh's confirmation his proudest Senate accomplishment," MarketWatch, October 7, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/68133?t=10&akid=239583%2E10220574%2EB5aEcq

3. "What Happened With Merrick Garland In 2016 And Why It Matters Now," NPR, June 29, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/67384?t=12&akid=239583%2E10220574%2EB5aEcq

4. "McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on four congresswomen," Politico, July 18, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/68167?t=14&akid=239583%2E10220574%2EB5aEcq

5. "Poll: 33% of Kentucky voters approve of McConnell," The Hill, February 21, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/67108?t=16&akid=239583%2E10220574%2EB5aEcq

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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Saturday, July 20, 2019

SIGN: Free Mariana from ICE custody

Mariana is suffering from medical issues, but ICE doesn't care.

Dear MoveOn member,

In April, Mariana was separated from her two children, 5 and 7 years old, by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). She is suffering from medical issues that have caused her to lose consciousness, and the doctor in the detention center where she is being held says she needs specialized medical care, but ICE has done nothing to move her or provide that care.1

Sign this petition to ICE demanding that Mariana be reunited with her children and receive the medical care she needs.

When Mariana lost consciousness in custody a few weeks ago, she was taken to the emergency room, where she was told she needed to see a gynecologist for specialized care. But this has not happened.

The doctor at the ICE facility told her she is at risk of needing a hysterectomy if she doesn't receive appropriate care soon, and an independent medical expert who reviewed her records confirmed this grave concern that her continued detention could impact her future fertility.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has accused Mariana of being affiliated with a resistance group in Angola known as FLEC, but her attorneys at the National Immigrant Justice Center have found that these allegations are completely false and unfounded. DHS has not produced any evidence of such ties, despite having had the opportunity to do so at Mariana's immigration court hearing. Instead, they continue to keep her in custody, separated from her children.

Mariana needs to be in the care of her family and with her children. Mariana and her children have a lawfully present sponsor, a green-card-holding cousin in Texas. There is no reason not to release Mariana immediately.

We demand that ICE immediately release Mariana, reunite her with her children, and stop the cruel trauma that is unnecessarily being inflicted on her family each and every passing day that she continues to be detained.

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

Thank you for your help.

—Paola Luisi, Families Belong Together

Source:

1. Tweet by the National Immigrant Justice Center, July 17, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/68177?t=9&akid=239456%2E10220574%2E7rMH_G

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

"Send her back. Send her back. Send her back."

Last night, after Trump attacked Representative Ilhan Omar at a rally, his supporters responded by chanting: "Send her back. Send her back. Send her back." Again and again, throughout the arena.

Dear MoveOn member,

Last night, after Trump attacked Representative Ilhan Omar at a rally, his supporters responded by chanting: "Send her back. Send her back. Send her back." Again and again, throughout the arena.

His continued attacks on The Squad—a group of freshman progressive women of color in the House—are part of his strategy to intensify his "us vs. them" politics of division and fear.

Make no mistake: This rhetoric is intentional. In fact, it's fast becoming a centerpiece of Trump's re-election campaign.

But here's what's truly terrifying: As a method to consolidate support among his base, Trump's racist strategy is working. His overall approval is at the highest of his presidency, according to the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll (which is considered a very trustworthy poll among political scientists).1

In fact, among self-identified Republicans, Trump is the most popular GOP president in the last century, with the exception of George W. Bush in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.2

And that polling came out BEFORE his disgusting attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color—which, horrifically, have boosted his approval among Republicans even further.3

Eddie, Trump's racist attacks are HELPING him with his base. And if Trump's base shows up, while Democrats don't turn out in record numbers, then Trump WILL be re-elected. It's extremely painful to accept, but it's our very hard reality. And we must fight back harder than ever.

While Democratic candidates focus on winning the primary, MoveOn is laser-focused on beating Trump and taking back the Senate in 2020. But we can't do it without your help.

It's up to us to start building the campaign infrastructure we need to beat Trump and take back the Senate in 2020—and we need to start preparing right now. Will you chip in $3 to help out? Click here now.

MoveOn is ready to help lead the way this election season—by showing Democrats how we can defeat Trump with bold, progressive ideas that work for all Americans, Black, brown, and white. Ideas that resonate with new Americans and those born in the states. Policies like universal health care, workers rights, a bold plan to tackle climate change while fueling our economy, a divestment from endless wars to reinvest in education and communities at home, and so much more.

And while pursuing that agenda, we must stand against the atrocities Trump is perpetrating at the border, the corruption rampant through his cabinet, and the racist rhetoric and policies his administration propagates on a daily basis.

It's a huge lift, but the stakes couldn't be higher. And MoveOn is uniquely positioned in this fight—to build a powerful election program that can take back the White House, to support leaders like the Squad, to push the Democratic candidates from the House to the White House to be braver and bolder and more progressive in a way that wins hearts and minds and votes, and—at the same time—to continue confronting the administration's corruption and abuses.

Click here to chip in $3 to help MoveOn fight alongside our champions, build the elections infrastructure we need to defeat Trump in 2020, and win on our terms.

Rep. Omar—who Trump and his supporters want to "send back"—was our first endorsee of this cycle, followed by Representatives Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the other members of the Squad.

We need to keep supporting their bold agenda in Congress—while also ensuring candidates in 2020 embrace their ideas and emulate their honest, bold, fighting style.

As Rep. Ayanna Pressley, another member of the Squad targeted by Trump, said in Tuesday's press conference: "This is simply a disruption and a distraction from the callous chaos and corrupt culture of this administration, all the way down."

She's right: We have work to do to expose the corruption of this administration, shine a light on its failures, and promote an agenda that serves and supports all our communities.

Just look at what the Squad is pushing in Congress: Rep. Pressley is fighting for backpay for the nearly 1 million contract workers who suffered from Trump's shutdown. Rep. Tlaib has introduced legislation to rein in the abuses of auto insurers and help regular folks afford insurance. Rep. Omar is a champion of lifting the burden of student debt from suffocating generations of Americans and stifling economic growth. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal has energized Americans behind a vision to remake our economy while tackling the existential crisis of climate change.

These are popular, bold visions that tackle concentrated wealth and corporate power, lift up working Americans and vulnerable families, and make a better life for Black, brown, and white families alike. Ideas that we need to lift up during the election.

Trump is terrified of the Squad—and of Democrats who are running for president on similarly inspirational, popular, transformational ideas. And instead of responding to their ideas, he is resorting to explicit racism to rile up his base, sow fear and chaos, and seek to divide us all. We've seen his plan—but we can defeat it with ours, like in 2018, when:

  • Thousands of MoveOn members pounded the pavement in critical swing districts. Teams of MoveOn members showed up at campaign offices of MoveOn-endorsed Democrats around the country, phone banking and knocking on doors to help them win.
  • MoveOn's Text Team and MoveOn volunteers sent millions of texts to voters using MoveOn's texting program, Spoke. Volunteers helped folks register to vote, shared information about MoveOn-endorsed candidates, and signed up new volunteers to help get out the vote.
  • And MoveOn's "Real Voter Voices" program reached millions of voters for a small fraction of the cost of other programs. Real Voter Voices was a groundbreaking new voter persuasion program propelled by personal videos recorded by MoveOn members. It was extremely effective. This innovative program was proven to be five times more cost-effective at getting out the vote than traditional programs such as TV ads and snail mail.

In addition to continuing effective tactics like these in 2020, we're also working to take on disinformation, which is critical as Russian trolls and white supremacist groups again work to spread false, misleading information that will confuse voters, suppress voter turnout, and keep Trump in the White House.

MoveOn has a 20-year track record of building the kind of campaigns progressives need to win while we promote progressive values that we can stand behind. In 2018, MoveOn ran its biggest midterm elections program ever—and we took back the House.

Now, MoveOn needs to run its biggest general elections program EVER. Will you chip in $3?

Yes, I'll chip in to help build the elections infrastructure we need to defeat Trump in 2020 and win on our terms.

Thanks for all you do.

–Emily, Erica, Nick, Robert, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Aided by a strong economy, Trump approval rises, but a majority also see him as 'unpresidential,'" The Washington Post, July 7, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/68127?t=5&akid=239380%2E10220574%2EUGVJyT

2. "Why is Trump so much more popular with Republicans than past presidents?" The Washington Post, July 24, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/68128?t=7&akid=239380%2E10220574%2EUGVJyT

3. "Trump's approval with Republicans rose by 5 points in a poll taken after his racist tweets ," Business Insider, July 18, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/68129?t=9&akid=239380%2E10220574%2EUGVJyT

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Your free sticker is on the way!

Dear MoveOn member,

Thanks for ordering your free Squad Goals sticker! It should arrive in three to four weeks. Place it somewhere visible—whether on your car, bike, or window!

Here's the address where we'll ship your free sticker:

Chris Weber
9024 E Calle Kuehn
Tucson, AZ 85715-5606

Questions? Need to update your shipping address? Please contact store-help@moveon.org.

Help keep these stickers free! Consider donating to help offset the cost of shipping stickers to others and to fuel this effort.

Thank you for standing with us.

–Kelly, Scott, Liia, Justin, and the rest of the team

P.S. In rare circumstances, MoveOn may choose to fulfill or not fulfill orders for free stickers at its discretion, including based on its inventory or for any reason whatsoever.

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.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Can we send you a free “I'm Joining The Squad” sticker?

MoveOn is proud to join the squad, which is why we've printed a big batch of these "I'm Joining The Squad" stickers and are giving them away for free while supplies last.

Dear MoveOn member,

Donald Trump managed to reach a new low on Sunday, when he sent a series of racist tweets aimed at Representatives Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, telling the four congresswomen to "go back [to the countries] from which they came."1

Attacking these elected officials because of the color of their skin is disgusting. It is unacceptable. And it is a clear attempt by Trump to silence a group of women who are boldly and unapologetically fighting for the rest of us.

But as Rep. Pressley said yesterday, "We are more than four people … Our squad is big. Our squad includes any person committed to creating a more equitable and just world."2

MoveOn is proud to join the squad, which is why we've printed a big batch of these "I'm Joining The Squad" stickers and are giving them away for free while supplies last.

Just click here or on the image below to get your sticker now.

These latest attacks were not only a look inside the grotesque racist echo chamber in Trump's mind, but also a clear attempt to distract us from the ongoing humanitarian disaster on the border. It won't work.

MoveOn members, our allies, Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Pressley, Tlaib, and more will continue to work to close the concentration camps at the border, defund the out-of-control agencies committing these atrocities, and defeat Trump and his allies in 2020.

Show your support for the bold leadership of these members of Congress by ordering your "I'm Joining The Squad" sticker now.

Thanks for all you do.

–Kelly, Justin, Schuyler, Ann, and the rest of the team

Sources: 

1. "Trump's racist Twitter tirade about 'the Squad,' explained," Vox, July 15, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/68106?t=17&akid=239231%2E10220574%2E8f0srq

2. Tweet by Justice Democrats, July 15, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/68107?t=19&akid=239231%2E10220574%2E8f0srq

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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Saturday, July 13, 2019

90 degrees in Alaska??!!

Temperatures over the past few weeks have been breaking all-time records, and as much as we would like to joke about the heat boosting ice cream sales, this is no laughing matter.

Hi, fellow MoveOn member!

It's Ben and Jerry here—the ice cream guys. 

We don't know about you, but we've been struggling more than ever to beat the heat this summer.

Temperatures over the past few weeks have been breaking all-time records, and as much as we would like to joke about the heat boosting ice cream sales, this is no laughing matter. It is another sign of the future we will face if we do not take bold action now to stop climate change.

On the 4th of July, temperatures broke 90 degrees in Alaska, an all-time high.1 June saw all-time record high temperatures in eight European countries.2 And a recent report from the U.N. warns that a "climate apartheid" is coming, in which the rich are able to pay to stay safe against the heat and extreme weather, but hundreds of millions of people will be denied basic human rights as the world suffers the consequences of climate change.3

We are facing a generational crisis—and a younger generation is rising up with inspiring grassroots activism to bring international attention and action to this issue—but corporations and Big Money interests are doing everything they can to stop the United States from lifting a finger to solve it.

The flow of cash into the pockets of politicians from lobbyists, oil and gas companies, and billionaires bent on protecting their wealth is the biggest barrier to our government's taking action, and it is up to us to put a stop to it.

That is why we're partnering with MoveOn and asking you to join the movement protesting Big Money's death grip on our future by rubber-stamping our cash with the message "Stamp Money Out of Politics." And to sweeten the deal, when you order a stamp, we'll enter you to win a year's supply of ice cream!

Click here to donate $16 or more to support MoveOn's work to fight back against the climate crisis and we'll send you your very own stamp. One lucky stamper will also win free ice cream for a full year!

Don't worry, it's totally legal to stamp your bills, and the impact of a single stamped bill is enormous. Each stamped bill remains in circulation for years and is viewed on average 875 times. That means if you stamp just 20 $1 bills, 17,500 people will see our message!

We were thrilled when progressive leaders in Congress unveiled the Green New Deal and have felt real hope witnessing the continuing work of young activists from groups like the U.S. Youth Climate Strike and the Sunrise Movement, which has kept the climate crisis front and center around the globe.

But at the same time, lobbyists for companies like ExxonMobil are continuing their decades-long campaigning behind the scenes to buy off politicians, deny the incontrovertible science, and work hand in hand with Donald Trump and his administration to squash any attempts at addressing the crisis—all for the short-term goal of protecting their bottom lines.4

But we know the truth. We've seen the reports from scientists that say we have only a decade left to make the changes necessary to protect our planet's future. And there is no company on the planet that is worth more than the future of humanity.

That is why it is more important than ever that we demand an end to Big Money in politics and clear a path for bold legislation that can tackle the climate crisis without bowing down to corporate interests.

Eddie, will you join us in getting our message out?

Click here to chip in $16 or more to support MoveOn's work to address the climate crisis, and we'll send you your very own "Stamp Money Out of Politics" self-inking rubber stamp. You'll also be entered to win a year of free ice cream!

Thanks for all you do.

–Ben and Jerry

P.S.: Here is what your bills will look like once you join the Stamp Stampede!

Click here to chip in, get your free stamp, and start stamping!

Sources: 

1. "Heat waves bring record-breaking temperatures on a geological scale," TechCrunch, July 5, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/67624?t=6&akid=239004%2E10220574%2E_9txnJ

2. "European Heat Wave Shatters June Records in 8 Nations; France Set a New All-Time Record High," The Weather Channel, June 30, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/67625?t=8&akid=239004%2E10220574%2E_9txnJ

3. "'Climate apartheid': UN expert says human rights may not survive," The Guardian, June 25, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/67626?t=10&akid=239004%2E10220574%2E_9txnJ

4. "Who's Afraid of the Green New Deal?" The Intercept, February 28, 2019
https://act.moveon.org/go/67627?t=12&akid=239004%2E10220574%2E_9txnJ

No purchase, payment, or contribution necessary to enter to win. Void where prohibited. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on July 16, 2019. You may enter by making a donation here. Alternatively, you can enter without making a donation. One winner will receive the following prize package: 52 pints of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream (approximate retail value: $234). Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Promotion open to all U.S. citizens, or lawful permanent U.S. residents who are legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia and 18 or older (or of majority under applicable law). Promotion subject to Official Rules and additional restrictions on eligibility. Sponsor: MoveOn.org Political Action, 1442 Walnut Street #358, Berkeley, CA 94709. Contributions to MoveOn.org Political Action are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.

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