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  1. Election Update

    May 24, 2018 by admin

    Friends, three incredible candidates – Stacey Abrams in Georgia, Lupe Valdez in Texas and Paulette Jordan in Idaho – just won their primaries and are headed to the general election to build up our Democratic firewall against Donald Trump.

    If Stacey wins in November, she’ll be the first black woman governor in our nation’s history. Lupe could turn Texas blue as the nation’s first gay Latina governor. And Paulette would be the nation’s first Native American governor.

    We can shatter glass ceilings, turn red states blue and elect governors who look like the people they represent. But Republicans will spend BIG to stop our blue wave – and we’re counting on your help to fight back.

    We need 250 committed Democrats like you to donate by midnight to make sure we have the resources to elect Democratic governors and stop Trump. Electing diverse governors is so important that a group of donors is MATCHING every gift before midnight. Will you help power a diverse, Democratic wave by giving $1


  2. Larry Cohen Board Chair Our Revolution

    May 24, 2018 by admin

    Our Revolution
    Stacey Abrams, Paul Walker, Shelly Hutchinson, Sheikh Rahman, Lisa Ring, Adrian Wallace, Maureen Skinner
    Dick,

    Take a quick look at what just happened:

    Stacey Abrams won the gubernatorial primary in Georgia and is on track to be the first black female Governor in US history.
    Sheikh Rahman defeated a 14-year incumbent to become the first immigrant elected to the Georgia State Senate.
    Lisa Ring, chairwoman of the Bryan County Democratic Committee and Co-Chair of the Georgia Sanders Delegation to the DNC, is taking on an incumbent Member of Congress.
    Shelly Hutchinson is a mental health worker who won her primary for State Representative in Georgia and is poised to turn a red district Bernie Blue.
    Paul Walker is running an uphill race openly supporting the DREAM Act against a very anti-immigrant incumbent Republican Member of Congress in Kentucky.
    Adrian Wallace, a progressive minister who ran on pro-voting rights, pro-higher education access, and pro-sustainable environment campaign, is headed to a runoff in the Lexington-Fayette County Council At-Large seat in Kentucky.
    Maureen Skinner, a first-time candidate and child-rights advocate, won her primary for State Senate in Arkansas.
    Take a look at these states again. Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas—the establishment would have us believe that these are “red” states. But we are proving them wrong.

    Progressive messages and extraordinary candidates can win anywhere. Even in areas that have long been neglected by the Democratic Party.

    Our Revolution members around the country are doing the work, Dick. Together, we volunteered, knocked on doors, sent over 2 million text messages and made hundreds of thousands of phone calls. It’s about what we’re fighting for—a $15 minimum wage, pay equity for women, Medicare for All. You didn’t let these elections be determined by the insiders, the big money interests, or the status quo politicians playing to the middle. Your time, energy, and a few hard-earned dollars made the difference and ensured progressive candidates will be on the ballot in November.

    Thanks to you, we have the opportunity to turn parts of our country blue that have been under Republican control for decades—and it’s not just any old blue. Chip in to turn these “red” states Bernie Blue.

    If you’ve saved payment info with ActBlue Express, your donation will go through immediately:

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    Last week, progressive victories swept Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Idaho. This week it’s Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky.

    California, New Jersey, New Mexico, Iowa, Alabama, and Montana are up next. There are over 150 local groups working in these states to make sure progressives win—and more than 600 groups across the country. They’re holding organizing meetings, helping to get out the vote, and building their groups for a sustained push from now until November.

    We have another big day coming up on June 5 and we want to make sure we’re out there, paving the way for more progressives in government. Pitch in to help us get our local groups the support they need for the final push before these primaries.

    You’re helping build the momentum to take our country back from those who think they can buy our elections. Let’s keep it up, keep winning elections, and keep building the political revolution.

    In solidarity,

    Larry Cohen
    Board Chair
    Our Revolution


  3. Robert Weissman President, Public Citizen

    May 24, 2018 by admin

    Update from Public Citizen
    Richard,

    The Ukraine government paid Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen $400,000 to arrange a meeting with President Trump, according to a breaking news report from the BBC.

    In response, we’ve already leapt into action — amending the complaint we filed earlier with the U.S. Department of Justice about Cohen’s failure to register as a foreign agent.

    Can you make a donation right now to power forward our work to get to the bottom of the Michael Cohen affair and the corruption that pervades this administration?

    Anything you contribute will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

    If the BBC report is accurate, then it is almost certainly the case that Cohen was obligated to register with the Justice Department as a foreign agent.

    Failing to do so is a criminal offense.

    It is important to note that the BBC also reports that Cohen denies the allegation.

    According to the BBC’s report, Ukraine paid Cohen because the country’s lobbyists could get no more than a photo op with Trump for Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko. Afterwards, a meeting between the two presidents was arranged.

    After Trump met with Poroshenko, according to the BBC, Ukraine dropped its investigation into potential wrongdoing by former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

    We filed a complaint with the Justice Department about Cohen two weeks ago, based on his failure to register as a foreign agent when paid by foreign companies — the pharmaceutical manufacturer Novartis and Korea Aerospace Industries.

    In that instance, we said that the known facts suggested Cohen should have registered as a foreign agent.

    Today’s blockbuster news, if accurate, would mean Cohen almost certainly violated the law.

    Our complaint asks the Department of Justice to investigate exactly that question.

    It would be bad enough if this kind of corruption were isolated.

    It is not.

    The Trump administration is corrupt at its core.

    That corruption not only is buying favors and degrading our democracy, it also is shaping policy.

    There’s a direct line from the transactional presidency and the corporate capture of the administration to the rollback of chemical safety standards, a trillion-dollar tax giveaway to megacorporations, the administration’s green light for predatory lenders, and on and on.

    That’s why we are devoting so much effort to confronting this corruption head on.

    But we need your help to power the work.

    Please chip in whatever you can to support our efforts to expose and hold the Trump administration accountable.

    Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar.

    Thank you for standing with Public Citizen in standing up to Trump.

    Onward,

    Robert Weissman
    President, Public Citizen


  4. Our Revolution

    May 24, 2018 by admin

    Our Revolution
    Stacey Abrams, Paul Walker, Shelly Hutchinson, Sheikh Rahman, Lisa Ring, Adrian Wallace, Maureen Skinner
    Dick,

    Take a quick look at what just happened:

    Stacey Abrams won the gubernatorial primary in Georgia and is on track to be the first black female Governor in US history.
    Sheikh Rahman defeated a 14-year incumbent to become the first immigrant elected to the Georgia State Senate.
    Lisa Ring, chairwoman of the Bryan County Democratic Committee and Co-Chair of the Georgia Sanders Delegation to the DNC, is taking on an incumbent Member of Congress.
    Shelly Hutchinson is a mental health worker who won her primary for State Representative in Georgia and is poised to turn a red district Bernie Blue.
    Paul Walker is running an uphill race openly supporting the DREAM Act against a very anti-immigrant incumbent Republican Member of Congress in Kentucky.
    Adrian Wallace, a progressive minister who ran on pro-voting rights, pro-higher education access, and pro-sustainable environment campaign, is headed to a runoff in the Lexington-Fayette County Council At-Large seat in Kentucky.
    Maureen Skinner, a first-time candidate and child-rights advocate, won her primary for State Senate in Arkansas.
    Take a look at these states again. Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas—the establishment would have us believe that these are “red” states. But we are proving them wrong.

    Progressive messages and extraordinary candidates can win anywhere. Even in areas that have long been neglected by the Democratic Party.

    Our Revolution members around the country are doing the work, Dick. Together, we volunteered, knocked on doors, sent over 2 million text messages and made hundreds of thousands of phone calls. It’s about what we’re fighting for—a $15 minimum wage, pay equity for women, Medicare for All. You didn’t let these elections be determined by the insiders, the big money interests, or the status quo politicians playing to the middle. Your time, energy, and a few hard-earned dollars made the difference and ensured progressive candidates will be on the ballot in November.

    Thanks to you, we have the opportunity to turn parts of our country blue that have been under Republican control for decades—and it’s not just any old blue. Chip in to turn these “red” states Bernie Blue.


  5. Lee Daniels Everytown Creative Council

    May 24, 2018 by admin

    Everytown for Gun Safety

    Last week, 10 students and staff members were killed at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas. 13 more people were injured, and a community — and country — were left grieving. Time and again, we’re learning that gun violence affects us all, myself included.

    Before I became a director — before Empire, The Butler, and Monster’s Ball, I became a survivor of gun violence when my father was shot and killed. I joined this movement because I know all too well what gun violence does to a person, to a family, and to a community. And when more than 90 people are shot and killed by gun violence every day, and hundreds more injured, I know that our country is suffering from a gun violence epidemic.

    So on June 1st — National Gun Violence Awareness Day and the start of Wear Orange Weekend — I’m joining the hundreds of thousands of Americans who are honoring the lives of victims and survivors of gun violence at hundreds of events across the country. From rallies to BBQs, and everything in between, we’re raising gun violence awareness coast to coast. And I want you there with me: Dick, support gun violence prevention at a local Wear Orange event near you.

    Find A Wear Orange Event Near You!

    Orange is a color that is bold, that stands out, and that demands to be seen. It is the color of gun violence prevention because the millions of Americans fighting tirelessly for a country that’s free from gun violence, demand to be seen and demand to see change. Wear Orange is a way for our elected leaders to see our power, but it can only succeed when we all come together. That’s why we need YOU with us.

    Find a local event near you and join us for Wear Orange Weekend.

    Thanks for being an important part of Wear Orange Weekend.

    Lee Daniels
    Everytown Creative Council


  6. Trump’s Immigrant’s aren’t people they’re animals

    May 23, 2018 by admin

    Demand Senators Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham take a public moral stance against Trump’s hateful rhetoric. Join us.

    Rubio and Graham chumming up to Trump in Black and White. Text says Trump’s Immigrant’s aren’t people they’re animals is a new low. Tell Rubio and Graham to denounce Trump’s racism

    Rencently at a White House meeting with local California leaders opposed to “sanctuary city” policies, Donald Trump made one of his most offensive comments yet. In front of countless sheriffs, cameras, and members of the press, he said that immigrants “are not people, they’re animals.”1 Thats right–the President of the United States referred to millions of human beings as animals.

    This isn’t the first time Trump has glibly insulted marginalized communities. From calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” to African nations “sh*tholes”, Trump has rarely missed an opportunity to categorize Black and Brown people as less than human.2 To make matters worse, Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio—who have famously supported DACA and claim to care deeply about immigrants have remained mum on Trump’s latest attack.3

    Enough is enough. Tell “pro-immigrant” Republican leaders to denounce Trump’s statement now!

    Rubio and Graham have had plenty of time to take to Twitter today to insult other world leaders—but have refused to denounce Trump’s dehumanizing attack on immigrants. This deafening silence as millions of people are insulted by the Commander-In-Chief is yet another indicator of how Trump’s disgusting rhetoric has become normalized on the public stage. After all, both Lindsey Graham and Marco Rubio were vehement anti-Trumpers; first claiming he was unfit to be President, then falling into line after he was elected—bragging about playing golf with him and proudly endorsing his damaging policies.4

    If Graham and Rubio remain silent and refuse to reject the characterization of immigrants as “animals”, they are complicit in upholding a hostile political climate. Their silence enables violence that we see being enacted now on a policy level. Since Trump’s election, the immigration gains activists made in previous administrations have been massively rolled back with several attempts at a Muslim ban, the expansion of ICE agents’ abilities to detain and deport any undocumented immigrant, and the appointment white nationalists to ICE.5 Just this week, Trump’s administration just announced that they’re gearing up to tear immigrant children away from their parents and hold them alone on military bases.6

    Tell Senators Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham to stop playing the middle and denounce Trump’s attack on immigrants now!

    We know that Trump’s public attacks on marginalized communities have disturbing real-life consequences. The Southern Poverty Law Center reported the second straight year of hate crime increases—largely due in part to “The Trump Effect: with a tripling of anti-Muslim hate groups since 2016 and surges of hate crimes nationwide.7

    Now more than ever, leaders must take a stand against the status quo and defend the most vulnerable among us.

    Tell Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham to denounce Trump’s statements now.

    Until justice is real,


  7. ]ames H. Dean Chair, Democracy for America

    May 23, 2018 by admin

    A couple weeks back I promised to send you our full endorsement list and I had some time to get that done today.

    You can check out that full list below. But first, as you know, primary elections are in full swing. Every week it’s another set of states — and, this week, we saw some great DFA candidates win in PA, ID, NE, and OR.

    Next Up: Georgia! This coming Tuesday is one of the most important primaries of the year. As I’ve talked about a lot, Stacey Abrams is a transformational leader, a progressive champion, and could become the first Black woman governor in U.S. history. But the first step to victory in November is winning her primary on Tuesday.

    To win in Georgia, we need to turn out the New American Majority — voters of color, millennials and the white progressive sporadic voters traditionally likelier to vote in presidential years than midterms. That’s what we’re doing with direct voter contact through our DFA Dialer GOTV program. It’s one of the most important investments we’re making in this campaign and your support makes it happen.

    Will you donate $200 or more today to support this critical GOTV work in Georgia?

    https://act.democracyforamerica.com/go/md_georgia

    If you’d rather devote some time and hit the phones instead, here’s that link:

    https://www2.democracyforamerica.com/events/dfadialer/stacey-abrams

    We need as many people on the phones as possible so please share this email with your networks. The election is all about turn-out, so the more people calling voters directly, the better!

    Either way, thank you for supporting our work in Georgia.

    This Tuesday, May 22nd, in addition to the top tier Georgia work, we’ll also be watching out for our important endorsed candidates in Texas runoffs, Kentucky, and Arkansas, and in the next weeks, we’ll be adding more downballot races in particular to the nineteen (!) June primary states. Here is our current endorsement list for our upcoming 2018 elections. On Tuesday, 5 of our 6 candidates won their primaries in Pennsylvania and Paulette Jordan won the Democratic nomination for Governor in Idaho. There are a lot of elections ahead of us and if you have any questions about any races, please send me an email here and I will make sure to get back to you. Thanks for being with us on this ride.

    Endorsed candidates with elections in 2018

    U.S. House:
    Mary Matiella — U.S. House, Arizona 2
    Ruben Gallego — U.S. House, Arizona 7
    Ro Khanna — U.S. House, California 17
    Bryan Caforio — U.S. House, California 25
    Sam Jammal — U.S. House, California 39
    Katie Porter — U.S. House, California 45
    Mike Levin — U.S. House, California 49
    Ammar Campa-Najjar — U.S. House, California 50
    Joe Neguse — U.S. House, Colorado 2
    Kaniela Ing — U.S. House, Hawaii 1
    Jesus Garcia — U.S. House, Illinois 4
    Elizabeth Watson — US House, Indiana 9
    James Thompson — U.S. House, Kansas 4
    Fayrouz Saad — U.S. House, Michigan 11
    Rashida Tlaib — U.S. House, Michigan 13
    Dana Balter — U.S. House, New York 24
    Kara Eastman — U.S. House, Nebraska 2
    Jess King — U.S. House, Pennsylvania 11
    Veronica Escobar — U.S. House, Texas 16
    Gina Ortiz Jones — U.S. House, Texas 23
    Laura Moser — U.S. House, Texas 7
    Pramila Jayapal — U.S. House, Washington 7
    Randy Bryce — U.S. House, Wisconsin 1

    U.S. Senate:
    Sherrod Brown — U.S. Senate, Ohio
    Tammy Baldwin — U.S. Senate, Wisconsin
    Mazie Hirono — U.S. Senate, Hawaii
    Kevin de Leon — U.S. Senate, California
    Elizabeth Warren — U.S. Senate, Massachusetts
    Bernie Sanders — U.S. Senate, Vermont

    Governors:
    Stacey Abrams — Governor of Georgia
    Andrew Gillum — Governor of Florida
    David Garcia — Governor of Arizona
    Ben Jealous — Governor of Maryland
    Abdul El-Sayed — Governor of Michigan
    Paulette Jordan — Governor of Idaho
    Cynthia Nixon — Governor of New York

    50 State Strategy Nationwide:
    Josh Green — Lt. Governor of Hawaii
    Aaron Regunberg — Lt. Governor of Rhode Island
    Mandela Barnes — Lt. Governor of Wisconsin

    Sherry Shipley — Indiana State Senate, District 22
    Anna Murray — Indiana State Senate, District 46
    Mujtaba Mohammed — North Carolina State Senate, District 38
    Natasha Marcus — North Carolina State Senate, District 41

    Marcus Ferrell — Arizona State House, District 24
    Amie Neiling — Indiana State House, District 32
    Richard Becker — Kentucky State House, District 35
    Jamie Long — Minnesota State House, District 61B
    Allison Dahle — North Carolina State House, District 11
    Julie von Haefen — North Carolina State House, District 36
    Sydney Batch — North Carolina State House, District 37
    Christy Clark — North Carolina State House, District 98
    Sara Innamorato — Pennsylvania State House District 21
    Summer Lee — Pennsylvania State House District 34
    Malcolm Kenyatta — Pennsylvania State House, District 181
    Elizabeth Fiedler — Pennsylvania State House, District 184

    January Contreras — Attorney General of Arizona
    Maggie Toulouse Oliver — New Mexico Secretary of State

    Geneviéve Jones-Wright — San Diego County District Attorney (California)
    Joe Gonzales — Bexar County District Attorney (Texas)
    Aurora Martinez Jones — 459th District Judge (Texas)
    Donna Patalano — Middlesex County District Attorney (Massachusetts)
    Patrick Kolasinski — Stanislaus County District Attorney (California)
    Rachael Rollins — Suffolk County District Attorney (Massachusetts)
    Diana Becton — Contra Costa County District Attorney (California)
    Frayla Tarpinian — District Attorney of Cumberland County (Maine)
    Dean Johansson — Yolo County District Attorney (California)
    Noah Phillips — Sacramento County District Attorney (California)
    Pamela Price — Alameda County District Attorney (California)

    Jeremiah Lowery — DC Council, At-Large
    Elissa Silverman — DC Council At-Large
    Brianne Nadeau — DC Council, Ward 1
    Ed Lazere — DC Council Chair
    Charles Allen — DC Council, Ward 6
    Lee Harris — Shelby County, Memphis Mayor (Tennessee)
    Eric Higgins — Pulaski County Sheriff (Arkansas)
    Donna Edwards — Prince George’s County Executive (Maryland)
    Fritz Kaegi — Cook County Assessor (Illinois)

    Best Wishes,

    – Jim

    ————-
    James H. Dean
    Chair, Democracy for America
    802.651.3200
    Support our work in 2018


  8. Michael Phelan Social Security Works

    May 23, 2018 by admin

    Last year, emboldened by a 2016 election victory, Republicans made destroying Medicare and Medicaid through Trumpcare their #1 priority. The American people rightly recoiled from this agenda, and our voices together managed to stop Trumpcare from becoming a reality.

    This week, we started to hear rumblings that Republicans are working to revive Trumpcare if they win the midterms. And new polls show that we can’t take the blue wave for granted.

    We must fight every day between now and Election Day to remind the American people about Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans’ repeated attacks on our earned benefits―Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and more!

    If there are no consequences for spending their first year of unified power trying to destroy Medicare and Medicaid, Republicans will be emboldened. Social Security cuts will absolutely be on the table.

    Become a member of Social Security Works today to stop Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans’ attacks on our health care and our earned Social Security benefits. Your membership donation of $5 or more is fueling our efforts to fight back and win!

    If you’ve saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your secure membership will go through immediately:

    Express Membership: $5

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    Or, become a member with another amount

    Social Security Works is the leading national organization dedicated to protecting and expanding Social Security and Medicare. We know that when the wealthy and corporations finally pay their fair share, we can afford to strengthen these critical programs for current and future generations.

    But if Republicans maintain control of Congress, they will come after our earned benefits on two fronts:

    Destroying Medicare and Medicaid, and kicking millions of people off of health care; and
    Using their disgusting tax breaks for the wealthy to try and justify massive cuts to Social Security, and impossibly high drug prices.
    Your early support in 2018 is critical. Become a member of Social Security Works today with a donation of $5 or more and stop Congressional Republicans’ attacks on our earned benefits!

    Together, we’re telling Washington politicians where the American people stand: Expand, don’t cut, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid!

    Thank you,

    Michael Phelan
    Social Security Works


  9. Trump is making reckless and dangerous decisions

    May 23, 2018 by admin

    Trump is making reckless and dangerous decisions that threaten our democracy and the stability of the entire planet.

    Meanwhile, the tempest of scandal surrounding him intensifies every day. The Russia investigation is turning up CRIMINALS. He still REFUSES to release his taxes as he profits off the presidency. And he can’t get through a day without lying to the American people or ignoring reality altogether.

    We’ve never seen a presidency this dangerous. We’re fighting back, but we need to know where 87 Democrats from 28803 stand


  10. Stacey Abrams — the amazing, progressive candidate for governor of Georgia — just won her primary!

    May 23, 2018 by admin

    Richard —

    I am super excited to be able to share this news with Democracy for America members across the country:

    Stacey Abrams — the amazing, progressive candidate for governor of Georgia — just won her primary!

    I’ve supported Stacey from the beginning because I know that she’s running to be a voice for all of us. She’s the embodiment of the intelligence and diversity that make our country so beautiful. And in just a few months, she could become our country’s first Black woman governor EVER.

    But history-making victories don’t happen automatically. They require each and every one of us to take action and work for them.

    Can you help me celebrate tonight’s victory by chipping in $3 — or whatever you can — to make sure Stacey has the resources she needs defeat a Trump Republican in November?

    Republicans in Georgia are going to do everything they can to throw up road blocks and convince voters to stay home because they know how high the stakes are in this race.

    If we’re going to win the general election for Stacey, we need to fight — starting right now.

    Stacey Abrams is running a great field campaign focused on building democratic power in every corner of Georgia. And Democracy for America — one of the first national organizations to throw their support behind Stacey back in May of 2017 — has been training and investing in the activists on the ground who will make all the difference in this race.

    I’m so ready to make history with Stacey. That’s why I’m asking you to join me in celebrating tonight’s important victory by giving $3 — or whatever you can afford — to help Stacey Abrams and DFA defeat a Trump Republican in Georgia.

    Thanks for supporting Stacey. She’s the real deal, and I can’t wait to see her win in November.

    – Alyssa

    Alyssa Milano