Sunday, September 24, 2017

A frightening (and dangerous) Trumpcare moment

Imagine waking up three days from today, turning on the news, and feeling like you've been punched in the gut.

Dear MoveOn member,

Imagine waking up just a few days from now, turning on the news, and feeling like you've been punched in the gut.

Imagine finding out that, in the dead of night, 50 Republicans (with help from Mike Pence) flipped just three Senate votes and passed the Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare bill—a bill that would take away health care from tens of millions of Americans, drive up insurance premiums, slash Medicaid funding by hundreds of billions of dollars, and eviscerate protections for pre-existing conditions.

That's a terrible thing to imagine—but could come true in just a matter of days.

Now imagine the alternative: The resistance—that includes you, Eddie—mounts an all-hands-on-deck, 72-hour push to stop Trumpcare ... And together, we win!

Imagine tens of millions of Americans—including those actively fighting cancer or dealing with debilitating chronic conditions—celebrating getting to keep their health coverage. The resistance, once again, showed that we are powerful. Energized, we've set the stage to win a clean Dream Act, block the worst elements of Trump's "Robin Hood in reverse" tax plan, and build the groundwork and infrastructure that progressives need to take back power in 2018 and 2020, as well as setting the stage for a more proactive debate on truly expanding access to health care as a human right.

Republicans have never been this close to passing Trumpcare—to stop them, we need three Republicans to commit to voting against it, and that hasn't happened yet. Though momentum seems to be on our side, with Senator John McCain announcing his apparent opposition to the bill on Friday, this is still WAY too close for comfort. We have just days before a key procedural deadline to ensure we defeat this terrible bill, and a vote is expected as early as Wednesday.

What our future will look like is up to us—and how well we organize. Which is why I'm writing you to ask:

Will you support MoveOn's emergency 72-hour sprint to save health care for 32 million Americans? Click here to chip in $3 or whatever you can afford.

The latest version of Trumpcare is really bad—it's the worst one so far. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said that the bill is even "more radical" than the previous versions of Trumpcare.1 Insurance companies have come out against it, as has a national organization of Medicaid program directors, with includes members from the reddest of red states.2,3

In short: The Graham-Cassidy bill is pretty much the worst piece of legislation that I've ever seen. And the polling shows that the bill is as unpopular as it deserves to be. Just 24% of Americans support the latest version of Trumpcare, while the Affordable Care Act is supported by 54%.4

I could give you reason after reason why this latest version of Trumpcare shouldn't be considered. (Is tens of millions of Americans losing their health care reason enough? How about taking away protections for pre-existing conditions?)

Senator Chuck Grassley recently said, "Republicans campaigned on this so often that you have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign."Republicans believe that they must pass this bill because they promised their most hard-right supporters that they would—no matter how deadly it is. The only way to stop them is to make them realize that their constituents will hold them accountable if they follow through. We have to get Republicans to see that the political price is just too high.

And that's where MoveOn's all-hands-on-deck push comes in. With your help, MoveOn will reach every possible constituent of on-the-fence senators, make sure that senators' phones ring off the hook, ensure that protests happen at senators' offices, and that hard-hitting ads run during the crucial last 72 hours.

Will you chip in $3 to support MoveOn's emergency 72-hour sprint to save health care for 32 million Americans? Click here if you can.

I know that a lot has been asked of you in recent months. But the moment we're in requires sustained effort from all of us. If you're frustrated, you're not the only one—believe me, I'm frustrated, too. And so is former President Barack Obama. He recently said that it's "frustrating to have to mobilize every couple of months to keep our leaders from inflicting real human suffering on our constituents."6

But consider how well our mobilization is working so far. We're successful because we don't give up.

Sustained mobilization during dark political times is the only way that permanent progress will be won, so I hope that you'll join me in this huge push for our collective values.

Thanks—so much—for all you do.

–Robert Reich

Sources:

1. "I've covered the GOP repeal plans since day one. Graham-Cassidy is the most radical." Vox, September 20, 2017 
https://act.moveon.org/go/15979?t=5&akid=190329%2E10220574%2EhGMiyB

2. "Medicaid directors issue warning on new ObamaCare repeal bill," The Hill, September 17, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/16256?t=7&akid=190329%2E10220574%2EhGMiyB

3. "Top doctor, hospital, and insurance groups release joint statement urging the Senate to reject Graham-Cassidy bill," Business Insider, September 23, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/16257?t=9&akid=190329%2E10220574%2EhGMiyB

4. "Poll: only 24% of Americans approve of Graham-Cassidy," Vox, September 22, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/15980?t=11&akid=190329%2E10220574%2EhGMiyB

5. "The one major reason Graham-Cassidy could pass," CNN, September 21, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/16258?t=13&akid=190329%2E10220574%2EhGMiyB

6. "Obama: It's 'Frustrating' To Have To Convince Lawmakers Not To Inflict 'Real Human Suffering,'" The Huffington Post, September 20, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/16259?t=15&akid=190329%2E10220574%2EhGMiyB

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

FW: Stop this moral atrocity.

Eddie—There's still time to defeat Trumpcare if enough of us come together to raise our voices and put grassroots pressure on the Republicans.

Eddie—There’s still time to defeat Trumpcare if enough of us come together to raise our voices and put grassroots pressure on the Republicans. Donate $3 now to defeat the GOP's Graham-Cassidy "health care" plan by supporting MoveOn's work to win over senators who are still on the fence.

For more details on what MoveOn is doing and why your support matters so much, please see my message from earlier this week, below:


Dear MoveOn member,

After multiple failed attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, my Republican colleagues in the Senate are trying one last-ditch, desperate effort to take away health care access from tens of millions of Americans.

Here's the truth: This bill, the Graham-Cassidy plan, is an even more damaging draft of Trumpcare than the ones before. Republicans know that it can't pass in the Senate under normal circumstances, so they're putting fast-track efforts into play.

They have until September 30 to pass this bill without the 60 votes they'd normally need, and because they know this plan is so harmful and is already incredibly unpopular, they are recklessly rushing to a vote in less than two weeks. They're not even letting the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office give a comprehensive score of the bill—including an estimate of how many millions of people would lose health care if this moral atrocity passes.

We need to stop this bill from passing, so that's why I'm asking you to support MoveOn's emergency campaign to defeat it. Your donation will pay for rapid-response ads and grassroots organizing to stop this bill now— before it's too late.

Will you pitch in $3 to support MoveOn's campaign against the Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare bill? Click here.

Here's what MoveOn is working on, and needs your help to expand:

  • Keeping the phones ringing off the hook. They are actively driving calls over email and using advanced analytics and phone technology to empower volunteer teams to call and send text messages to millions of folks who are represented by Republican senators.
  • Protesting on Capitol Hill and across the country to show the intensity of opposition to this bill. Just yesterday, MoveOn organized an emergency rally outside the Capitol that I and a dozen other senators attended—and now they are rolling out actions with allies all around the U.S. over the next 10 days.
  • Running ads in targeted states that expose the horrific cost of repealing the Affordable Care Act.
  • Making grants to local organizers in key states to aid emergency organizing efforts.

Can you donate $3 now to make sure that MoveOn has the resources to fight and defeat the latest—and scariest—GOP plan to repeal health care?

For many Americans, this legislation could mean the difference between life and death. The Graham-Cassidy bill not only rolls back protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, but also includes devastating cuts to Medicaid, dramatic cost increases for seniors and people with disabilities, and many other awful provisions.

If we don't act right now to stop Republicans from rushing this bill into law by September 30, millions of Americans will lose their health insurance.

Eddie, I need you to step up and join us in this fight now. Can I count on you to chip in to fund MoveOn's critical rapid-response work today?

Click here to contribute $3, or whatever you can afford, to help MoveOn defeat Trumpcare.

I believe that we can defeat this bill—once and for all. But we can only succeed if all of us work together.

Thanks for all you do.

–Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

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 towards 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.


Friday, September 22, 2017

Sign the petition re: Cassidy-Graham repeal proposal

Will you sign and share the petition urging senators to defeat the newest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act?

Add your name: Save health care for 2,212,000 people in New York

The Cassidy-Graham bill is the newest version of Trumpcare that will take away health care from millions of Americans. We, the people of New York, urge our senators to defeat all efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Dear New York MoveOn member,

I'm a retired physician who believes that we need to save lives by passing Medicare for All—the only health care bill that will help all Americans achieve access to health care.

But until that day comes, we must defeat every attempt to make our health care worse—like the newest version of Trumpcare, the deadly Cassidy-Graham proposal in the Senate.

Because of massive grassroots pressure, Sen. McCain just announced that he is against the Cassidy-Graham proposal. But this bill is not dead yet—Republicans need only a few more votes to pass it.1

We must take action NOW—the Senate is planning to vote on this proposal next week and the outcome is still uncertain. Click here to sign my petition.

If the Cassidy-Graham bill is passed, 2,212,000 people are estimated to lose insurance in New York alone—11.20% of the state's total estimated population.2,3

We must defeat this bill so that the Affordable Care Act can remain in place to save lives until we, the people, convince our representatives to pass Medicare for All.

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

Thanks!

–Michael Rushnak

Sources:

1. "McCain Comes Out Against GOP Health Care Bill," NBC, September 22, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/16057?t=18&akid=190297%2E10220574%2EOl1mYc

2. "Coverage Losses by State Under the Graham-Cassidy Bill to Repeal the ACA," Center for America Progress, September 20, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/14769?t=20&akid=190297%2E10220574%2EOl1mYc

3. "State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016," United States Census Bureau, Accessed September 21, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/14770?t=22&akid=190297%2E10220574%2EOl1mYc

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Yes, I'll chip in $5 a month.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Stop this moral atrocity

After multiple failed attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, my Republican colleagues in the Senate are trying one last-ditch, desperate effort to take away health care access from tens of millions of Americans.

Dear MoveOn member,

After multiple failed attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, my Republican colleagues in the Senate are trying one last-ditch, desperate effort to take away health care access from tens of millions of Americans.

Here's the truth: This bill, the Graham-Cassidy plan, is an even more damaging draft of Trumpcare than the ones before. Republicans know that it can't pass in the Senate under normal circumstances, so they're putting fast-track efforts into play.

They have until September 30 to pass this bill without the 60 votes they'd normally need, and because they know this plan is so harmful and is already incredibly unpopular, they are recklessly rushing to a vote in less than two weeks. They're not even letting the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office give a comprehensive score of the bill—including an estimate of how many millions of people would lose health care if this moral atrocity passes.

We need to stop this bill from passing, so that's why I'm asking you to support MoveOn's emergency campaign to defeat it. Your donation will pay for rapid-response ads and grassroots organizing to stop this bill now— before it's too late.

Will you pitch in $3 to support MoveOn's campaign against the Graham-Cassidy Trumpcare bill? Click here.

Here's what MoveOn is working on, and needs your help to expand:

  • Keeping the phones ringing off the hook. They are actively driving calls over email and using advanced analytics and phone technology to empower volunteer teams to call and send text messages to millions of folks who are represented by Republican senators.
  • Protesting on Capitol Hill and across the country to show the intensity of opposition to this bill. Just yesterday, MoveOn organized an emergency rally outside the Capitol that I and a dozen other senators attended—and now they are rolling out actions with allies all around the U.S. over the next 10 days.
  • Running ads in targeted states that expose the horrific cost of repealing the Affordable Care Act.
  • Making grants to local organizers in key states to aid emergency organizing efforts.

Can you donate $3 now to make sure that MoveOn has the resources to fight and defeat the latest—and scariest—GOP plan to repeal health care?

For many Americans, this legislation could mean the difference between life and death. The Graham-Cassidy bill not only rolls back protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions, but also includes devastating cuts to Medicaid, dramatic cost increases for seniors and people with disabilities, and many other awful provisions.

If we don't act right now to stop Republicans from rushing this bill into law by September 30, millions of Americans will lose their health insurance.

Eddie, I need you to step up and join us in this fight now. Can I count on you to chip in to fund MoveOn's critical rapid-response work today?

Click here to contribute $3, or whatever you can afford, to help MoveOn defeat Trumpcare.

I believe that we can defeat this bill—once and for all. But we can only succeed if all of us work together.

Thanks for all you do.

–Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

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 towards 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.


Monday, September 18, 2017

The progressive movement just gained 1,000 new dedicated organizers.

1,000 people from all walks of life. Teenagers to retirees. From all 50 states. 40% are people of color. Over 70% are women. All took part in a 12-week organizing training and action program, learning how to be organizers and mobilizing to defend the Affordable Care Act, protect young immigrants from deportation, and hold members of Congress accountable.

Dear MoveOn member,

1,000 people from all walks of life. Teenagers to retirees. From all 50 states. 40% are people of color. Over 70% are women. All took part in a 12-week organizing training and action program, learning how to be organizers and mobilizing to defend the Affordable Care Act, protect young immigrants from deportation, and hold members of Congress accountable.

Resistance Summer was awesome.

A refresher: Resistance Summer has been our summer-long training program, with 1,000 MoveOn members in all 50 states learning how to organize and mobilize their communities to stand up and take action for progressive values.

These MoveOn Mobilizers just graduated and are ready to continue to organize for justice in their local communities, through the months and elections ahead.

The goal of Resistance Summer was both to win concrete victories this summer and increase the capacity of the Resistance for the long haul, looking beyond the short term (though resisting Trump in the here and now is paramount) to winning a redistribution of power within our communities in the long term.

Here's some of what we accomplished. We:

  • Helped save health care for tens of millions of Americans by stopping Trumpcare so far (though we know that the fight continues today), with over 490 high-impact neighborhood canvassing events against Trumpcare and for Medicare for All.
  • Trained 1,000 people from every state in the nuts and bolts of organizing, with trainings that covered everything from storytelling, to campaign strategy, to mapping power and privilege in their organizing spaces.
  • Organized over 1,450 events, led or supported by this cohort of 1,000 MoveOn Mobilizers, from Alaska, to Maine, to Arizona, to Florida.
  • Built community, with dozens of organizing cohorts teaming up regionally to meet and plan their actions.
  • Organized, in over 230 congressional districts, events around Congress members' town halls, or speak-outs during the congressional recess where members of Congress weren't hosting their own events. Many Mobilizers quickly organized vigils in the wake of the Charlottesville, Virginia attack, and put pressure on lawmakers to stand up to white supremacy by organizing events and making phone calls.

Now, we're going to keep building their organizing muscles with a new opportunity to take action where they live—this October, MoveOn members like you are organizing events at congressional offices nationwide to demand accountability from their elected officials. And we need your help to pull it off.

Building on this success is a long-term project, and we need your ongoing support to be able to devote some of our resources to building long-term results like these.

Can you chip in $5 a month to help us build more programs like Resistance Summer?

Yes, I'll chip in monthly.

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

Our organizers held events in almost every corner of the U.S.:

But it's the stories we remember.

There were the organizers in Philadelphia who made their cookout a community Iftar near the end of Ramadan, with over 100 people — Muslim and non-Muslim —coming together in a show of solidarity with the local Muslim community.

And the organizers who canvassed Marco Rubio's neighborhood and found that most of his neighbors support Medicare for All and didn't know why their senator and neighbor didn't support it as well.

And the organizers in North Carolina who couldn't get their senator, Thom Tillis, to agree to an open, in-person town hall, so they held a "Missing: Senator Thom Tillis" event outside of his office instead, demanding that he answer questions on how he’d work to actively confront white supremacy after the events in Charlottesville.

We want to do more of this—much more. But we need your help.

Can you chip in $5 a month to help MoveOn continue to build and sustain programs like Resistance Summer?

Yes, I'll chip in monthly.

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

Resistance Summer has helped change the world — our organizers are part of why millions of Americans haven’t had their health care cut for now, and why Medicare for All is on the lips of millions — and it’s definitely changed lives. Take it from the Resistance Summer alumni themselves:

"I entered this program feeling hopeless, frustrated, and afraid. I feel like now I am stronger because I realized there are ways we can change the world and keep America great. Solid, concrete actions are available, and I can help make them happen. So while I am still concerned about where our country is headed, I now feel like I have a chance to do something about it." –Judy D., Newark, DE

"This program has given me the courage and confidence to keep going, keep organizing and mobilizing, and keep resisting." –Melissa O., Willow Grove, PA

"Thank you for the training and experiences I've received this summer. I plan to keep moving on with my activism more confidently now that I’ve been through your training.." –Desiree M., Miami, FL

"I am more aware of what is coming out of Washington, how it affects me, and what I can try to do about it. I don't have to just accept it." –Jean C., Kirtland, OH

Or if the stories don’t do it for you, just look at some of these pictures from the summer:

The progressive movement now has a 1,000-member-strong resource that it didn’t have three months ago. We're highlighting the efforts of just a small slice of organizers, but expect to see big things from all of these new organizers in the months and years to come.

But perhaps even more importantly: We’re just getting started on training MoveOn members to organize where they live—and Resistance Summer is an exciting first chapter, not the whole story.

Because, as we said when we introduced Resistance Summer, we know that this work — and organizing in general — is a marathon. And the challenges ahead this year and moving forward—from defending Dreamers, to standing against the Muslim ban, to demanding environmental and climate justice for hurricane survivors, to shutting down a rush toward war in the Korean peninsula—are going to require sustainability.

Let this Resistance Summer be the start of something really and truly new in organizing, beyond a single season of activity.

Please chip in $5 a month to help us think long-term—and dare to begin thinking of Resistance Years, beyond a single Resistance Summer.

Or, if you can't chip in monthly, cick here.

Thanks for all you do.

—Victoria, Lisa, Chris, Kate, Brian, Katie, Jayne, Cait, Marie, Jadzia, Henry, Matt, Jayne, Amy, Josh, and the rest of the MoveOn Resistance Summer team

P.S. Throughout the summer, organizers shared some of their favorite stories of events with us—like the People's Town Hall that made cardboard cutouts of their absentee representatives and senators in the "Where's Waldo?" outfit to "answer" questions from frustrated voters. Or the tiny conservative town where Mobilizers realized that virtually all of their neighbors support Medicare for All.

We've collected a few of those stories, alongside photos and videos from the summer, into a single webpage, at HowWeSpentOurSummerVacation.com. Click here to see some of the best moments from the summer. Here are a few additional snippets to whet your appetite:

"I am MUCH more comfortable being active and therefore, more likely to continue doing so even without the Resistance Summer structure under me. For instance, I quickly organized an event yesterday in response to the administration's decision on DACA; it would never have entered my mind before to do that, and I wouldn't have had a clue how to publicize it."–Melissa F., Long Lake, MN

"I don't know if Resistance Summer changed me, so much as allowed me to access parts of myself that were dormant since the election or that I did not engage with because of my day job, personal life, and feeling of being paralyzed into inaction. It gave me the boost I needed to get back into THE WORK." –Jessica S., Silver Spring, MD

"We need to get offline, come together, and continue listening to each other face-to-face. I enjoyed the face-to-face contact and listening to other Idahoans. It is up to us to continue fighting for our kids—and I will take what I learned this summer and keep going full force." –Megan G., Boise, ID

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.

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

Contributions to MoveOn.org Civic Action are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. This email was sent to Eddie Alfaro on September 19th, 2017. To change your email address or update your contact info, click here. To remove yourself from this list, click here.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Red alert (Trumpcare is back)

I'm Ben Wikler, MoveOn's Washington Director. I'm writing you today because I've been on phone calls with lawmakers and Hill staff all weekend, and I have some really bad news: The GOP is a hair's breadth away from passing the most devastating health care repeal bill yet

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Ben Wikler, MoveOn's Washington Director. I'm writing you today because I've been on phone calls with lawmakers and Hill staff all weekend, and I have some really bad news: The GOP is now a hair's breadth away—closer than they've ever been—to passing a devastating health care repeal bill, shredding the Affordable Care Act and gutting Medicaid.1

This is a five-alarm fire. We need to fight back, now. 

Can you chip in $3 to fund an emergency-overdrive campaign to stop this rush to repeal?

I know, it seemed like the ACA fight was over. And the media is behind on this, not yet reporting the severity of the situation we're in.

But behind the scenes, a group of hard-right Republicans—including former senator Rick Santorum—have been gathering GOP support in the Senate for a repeal bill just as destructive than the ones that failed this summer.2 And this time, they might have Senator John McCain's vote, which is enough to pass this Trumpcare bill if no other senators flip (it was just one vote that stopped Trumpcare in July).3,4

Time is short. The Senate parliamentarian has ruled that Republicans have to pass their repeal by September 30 or start the process over from scratch. That's why the GOP is wasting no time—they're rushing toward a vote in less than two weeks.

This is the final showdown in this year's epic fight to stop the Republicans from taking away health care from tens of millions of Americans. To win, we'll need to crank up the volume of public outrage all the way to 11.

We know exactly how to do that—it's how we won the last repeal vote. But it takes substantial resources. Which is why I'm asking:

Will you chip in $3 to help stop Trumpcare?

Yes, I'll chip in.

This is sudden-death overtime. There's no margin for error: If the GOP gets 50 Republicans to support this repeal bill, they'll bring it to the Senate floor, Mike Pence will cast the tie-breaking vote, it'll be rushed through the House, Donald Trump will sign it into law, and millions of Americans will begin losing their health insurance coverage as premiums skyrocket and protections for pre-existing conditions disappear.5,6

That's why we must stop Republicans from getting to 50 votes. With your help, we will:

  • Keep the phones of Republican senators ringing off the hook using every channel at our disposal. We'll drive calls over email and use advanced analytics and phone technology to empower volunteer teams to call and send text messages to millions of folks who are represented by a Republican senator.
  • Protest on Capitol Hill and outside of in-state GOP Senate offices across the country to show senators, their staffers, and the press the intensity of opposition.
  • Run digital video ads blanketing social media sites in targeted states that make vivid the local cost of repeal and tell constituents how to pressure their senators.
  • Make grants to local organizers in key states to aid emergency organizing campaigns to make sure that senators are met by repeal opponents everywhere they turn.

All of this will be done in close concert with allies, as part of a movement-wide mobilization to stop this lethal repeal bill. And while we ramp up this emergency health care defense push, we must still continue our fierce campaigns on other fronts full-force—especially continuing to press for a clean Dream Act.

Can you donate $3 to get the fight against health care repeal over the finish line?

Yes, I'll chip in to support MoveOn's emergency campaign to stop Trumpcare.

Nobody should have to worry about whether they'll be able to afford to see a doctor. Which is why, in the long run, we're fighting for Medicare for All as our ultimate goal. But if the GOP succeeds with ripping up the advances we've already made, things will get far worse instead of better. We can't afford to go backwards.

The GOP has been trying to take away our health care since the moment they were sworn into office. Every time, we've risen to the fight. Now, as the clock ticks down to the September 30 deadline, we're called to join the battle once again. Let's make this a victory so complete that the GOP never attempts this hideousness again.

Thanks for all you do.

–Ben, Manny, Ann, Jo, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Republicans Are Seriously Getting Optimistic About Passing Obamacare Repeal Again," Slate, September 15, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/14534?t=5&akid=189987%2E10220574%2E8nLxG8

2. "Cassidy, Graham Unveil Last-Ditch Obamacare Repeal Bill," Governing, September 15, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/14535?t=7&akid=189987%2E10220574%2E8nLxG8

3. "McCain backs Graham-Cassidy ObamaCare repeal effort," The Hill, September 6, 2017
http://act.moveon.org/go/14536?t=9&akid=189987%2E10220574%2E8nLxG8

4. "McCain considers a new Obamacare repeal bill, and activists scramble to stop it," The Washington Post, September 6, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/14537?t=11&akid=189987%2E10220574%2E8nLxG8

5. "Like Other ACA Repeal Bills, Cassidy-Graham Plan Would Add Millions to Uninsured, Destabilize Individual Market," Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, September 13, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/14538?t=13&akid=189987%2E10220574%2E8nLxG8

6. "Cassidy-Graham's Waiver Authority Would Gut Protections for People with Pre-Existing Conditions," Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, September 15, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/14539?t=15&akid=189987%2E10220574%2E8nLxG8

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 towards 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.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Watch: Rev. Barber on how to stop white supremacy

Those Confederate statues were built on something even bigger. Watch my new video with MoveOn as I talk about how to confront white supremacy.

Dear MoveOn member,

Donald Trump is not the first politician to openly stoke racism and hatred.

He is a part of a much larger system of white supremacy that is reinforced in our nation election after election.

In a new video, I share my thoughts on why we need to dig deeper to address structural racism—and how we move forward.  You can click here to watch it and share it with friends.

Rev. Barber sets the record straight on white supremacy.

Don't want to watch on Facebook? Click here to watch on YouTube.

It's important to pull down Confederate symbols—many of which were erected as monuments to white supremacy during the Jim Crow era, decades after the Civil War. And we must also focus on the policy violence of voter suppression, attacks on immigrants, and denial of access to health care and living wages, which continue to oppress communities of color and the poor.

White supremacy is about maintaining power through the politics of division and oppression—and it impacts everyone, Black, brown, or white.

Advancing a moral agenda to confront and take down white supremacy in all its forms is work we all can do together. As I and my colleagues at Repairers of the Breach tour the country with the new #PoorPeoplesCampaign, the diversity of the communities committed to reviving the heart of democracy gives me hope.

Please click here to take a moment to watch and share this video—then take action to tackle the symbols and policies of racism all around us.

Sincerely,

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II
Pres. & Sr. Lecturer, Repairers of the Breach

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