Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Join a training: Storytelling for action

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Want to learn how to tell your member of Congress your personal story of why you stand with Senator Elizabeth Warren to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal? Please RSVP for the training call this Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT/7 MT/6 PT. 

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Dear MoveOn member,

The past few months have been filled with inspiring actions and great organizing opportunities—and now it's time to up our game. 

From the Run Warren Run campaign helping to make Elizabeth Warren and income inequality already a centerpiece of the coming 2016 presidential race to our role in a huge win for Net Neutrality, MoveOn members have been making an impact.  

One of the big fights that's coming up is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—a secretive corporate giveaway masked as a trade deal. Last week, under the leadership of Senator Elizabeth Warren, several senators stood up on the Senate floor and called TPP bad for democracy and bad for working families.1

In the coming weeks, we'll be organizing events at congressional offices across the country to let our representatives know that the TPP is a bad deal for America. With corporations throughout the world lining up to support this deal, we need to make sure we're prepared to fight back. 

That's why we're launching our new "Grassroots Power" training series. Our first training is this Thursday, March 5, at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT/7 MT/6 PT, and we'll focus on how to motivate people and build support for our issues through the power of story. Will you join this unique training opportunity? 

Here's what we'll cover during the training: 
  • Components of a strong personal story 
  • Coaching on developing your own story 
  • How to share your story and experiences with elected leaders 
Storytelling is a great tool in progressive organizing. People like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez used personal stories. Politicians are like everyone else, and a personal story from a constituent can make a real difference in their decision-making.

Would you like to join the training call and learn how to tell a short and effective story? 

TPP is about more than just a deal that will cost jobs and make American taxpayers liable for contracts made by large corporations. By allowing corporations to sue governments in secretive tribunals whenever labor, environmental, or other regulations might threaten corporate profits, the TPP threatens core values of fairness and transparency in our democracy. Right now the Obama administration is joining with Republicans in Congress to try and fast-track the TPP and move it straight to the president without Congress voting on it. We have to stand up now and tell our members of Congress we want transparency and a chance for the people to have a say.

Members of Congress have seen lots of charts and reports, but they haven't yet heard our personal stories on the TPP or other key issues. Can you join the training call this Thursday at 9 p.m. ET/8 CT/7 MT/6 PT so when the time comes, you can tell your member of Congress your personal story? 

Thanks for all you do.

–Alejandro, Corinne, Ben W., Mark, and the rest of the team


1. "The Senate Blockbuster Showdown on Trade the Media Missed," The Huffington Post, March 2, 2015

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