Sunday, May 20, 2018

Grim poll numbers

If we don't do everything in our power, Trump and the Republicans will keep control of Congress, and they'll be emboldened to go even further to repeal the Affordable Care Act, cut taxes for the superrich, stack the Supreme Court with far-right conservatives, and march America on a path to war.

Dear MoveOn member,

We need to talk about the 2018 midterm elections.

Donald Trump has his highest approval rating in a year, and the Democrats' lead in the race for Congress is collapsing.1,2 Election experts are no longer projecting a "blue wave" and instead say the chance of ending Republican control of the House is now "50-50."3

And Republican mega-donors have learned from our past success and just announced plans to spend tens of millions on a MoveOn-style field operation to get out their vote.4

I can't stress this strongly enough: We do NOT have this election in the bag.

If we don't do everything in our power, Trump and the Republicans will keep control of Congress, and they'll be emboldened to go even further to repeal the Affordable Care Act, cut taxes for the superrich, stack the Supreme Court with far-right conservatives, and march America on a path to war.

And while Republicans have been gaining momentum, MoveOn has fallen $400,000 behind what we need to raise this month for our $15 million Resist & Win elections program. We urgently need to close that gap to keep rolling out our program on schedule and to avoid falling any farther behind. Will you rush an urgent donation of $3 to help stop Trump's momentum and end Republican control of Congress?

Yes, I'll chip in right now.

MoveOn's elections program is laser-focused on the most effective strategies that can turn a 50-50 toss-up election into a Democratic win. Here's what we have planned:

  • Endorsements in more House races than ever before. All told, we'll endorse 100 bold, progressive candidates in competitive districts across the country. If we can win just 24 seats, we can end GOP control of Congress. If we can win more, it'll be a blue wave that swamps the GOP.
  • A secret new program that could change the course of the election. We have to keep the details confidential right now, but MoveOn's analysts are currently developing new methods of voter persuasion that are an order of magnitude less expensive than any comparable program. The early results from the recent game-changing elections in Virginia and Alabama are extremely promising; the program has already made a huge difference in special elections. Now, MoveOn's gearing up to hire a dozen more analysts and other staff for this project, running more tests, and refining this program so that it's ready to go during election season.
  • A community organizing training program for hundreds of grassroots leaders. We will be training grassroots leaders in and around key districts on how to organize their communities to win back the House in 2018, hold their elected officials accountable after Election Day, and build a power base for the Resistance and elections in 2019, 2020, and beyond.

But the truth is that the only way all this can happen is if we first meet our grassroots fundraising goals.

The media has been saying for months that Democrats have this election in the bag—just like they said in 2016. Polls say most people assume Trump won't get reelected.5 And with the growing sense of complacency, grassroots donations are slowing down.

With Democrats falling behind and a $400,000 budget gap at MoveOn, there isn't a moment to lose.

Will you rush a $3 contribution to help stop Trump's momentum and end Republican control of Congress in November? Click here now.

Thanks for all you do.

–Matt, Katie, Lisa, Shari, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Trump's approval rating just reached its highest point in a year," Business Insider, May 14, 2018
http://act.moveon.org/go/39569?t=4&akid=207132%2E10220574%2EU3xnKi

2. "2018 Generic Congressional Vote," RealClearPolitics, accessed May 20, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/20972?t=6&akid=207132%2E10220574%2EU3xnKi

3. "The Democrats' Drive for 25 in the House: An Update," University of Virginia Center for Politics, May 17, 2018 
http://act.moveon.org/go/39568?t=8&akid=207132%2E10220574%2EU3xnKi

4. "GOP builds massive shadow army in fight for the House," Politico, May 17, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/39570?t=10&akid=207132%2E10220574%2EU3xnKi

5. "More than half of Americans think Trump will lose in 2020. But that hasn't doomed past presidents from getting reelected." CNN, March 29, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/39571?t=12&akid=207132%2E10220574%2EU3xnKi

Want to support our work? The MoveOn community will work every moment, day by day and year by year, to resist Trump's agenda, contain the damage, defeat hate with love, and begin the process of swinging the nation's pendulum back toward sanity, decency, and the kind of future that we must never give up on. And to do it we need your support, now more than ever. Will you stand with us?

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


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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Disbar racist lawyer (sign the petition)

Sign the petition demanding Aaron Schlossberg be disbarred. His unethical and dangerous conduct makes it clear that he is not fit to be a credentialed lawyer.

Dear MoveOn member,

I'm Ronen Kauffman, a fellow MoveOn member, and I started a petition after seeing some absolutely despicable video footage of a racist and xenophobic lawyer in New York City cursing at, threatening, and otherwise berating members of the public on multiple occasions.1

Sign the petition demanding the New York State Unified Court System investigate and disbar Aaron Schollberg for his unprofessional, unethical conduct.

Aaron Schlossberg was caught on camera multiple times making hateful, racist comments to complete strangers. His unethical and dangerous conduct makes it clear that he is not fit to be a credentialed lawyer. He must be investigated and disbarred.

Schlossberg is on camera yelling at women for speaking Spanish and says that they should be "kicked out of my country." Another video shows him yelling at a couple on the street, "I'm a citizen here. You're not. You're an ugly, f***ing foreigner, so f**k you!"2

It should come as no surprise that Schlossberg donated hundreds of dollars to the Trump campaign and is now apparently one of the many bigots emboldened by the administration's racist and xenophobic agenda.3

Sign my petition now to demand a full investigation into Schlossberg's racist and xenophobic history and for him to be disbarred, so that he can no longer practice law.

Thanks!

–Ronen Kauffman

Sources:

1. "New York attorney in racist rant has history of confrontations," CNN, May 17, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/39600?t=17&akid=207008%2E10220574%2Ek-CMDH

2. Ibid.

3. "Lawyer who threatened to call ICE about Spanish speakers is now target of complaint," The Washington Post, May 17, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/39601?t=19&akid=207008%2E10220574%2Ek-CMDH

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

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.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Santa Fe, Texas

Today, another school shooting. Early reports say that at least 10 people were killed and more were injured.

Dear MoveOn member,

Today, another school shooting. Today, more lives lost. Today, more blood on the hands of the NRA and each and every Republican in the National Rifle Association's pocket.

Today, Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. Early reports say that at least 10 people were killed and more were injured.1

Four weeks ago, it was Forest High School in Ocala, Florida. A month before that, Great Mills High School in Lexington Park, Maryland. Twelve days prior to that, the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. One day earlier, Huffman High School in Birmingham, Alabama. Five days before that, Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. And that's only since March 1.2 And it's only the shootings at schools.

When will it stop?

We have to vote the NRA out of office—by holding accountable each and every Republican who does the NRA's bidding day after day and ending GOP control of Congress this November.

It's long past time to #VoteThemOut.

Click here to chip in $3 to MoveOn's Resist & Win electoral program. We are going to confront the NRA and defeat the Republicans who choose the NRA over the safety and lives of our children.

"Thoughts and prayers" are empty words uttered by Republicans looking to draw your attention away from their culpability, from the blood on their hands. Donald Trump tweeted, "God bless all!"3 That won't save lives or confront the reality of violence.

Real action is this: MoveOn will register voters who are ready to confront gun violence, endorse 100 House candidates who believe that we must take action and who commit to following through, and end the GOP control of Congress. We're going to confront and defeat the NRA. We're going to elect a Congress that knows thoughts and prayers don't stop bullets.

Will you help out, Eddie, by chipping in now so we can endorse and support 100 candidates, end GOP control of Congress, and support efforts to register and mobilize voters who will demand action on gun violence?

Yes, I'll chip in $3 now.

Our broken hearts are with the students, teachers, staff, and community in Santa Fe, Texas, and with the schools, streets, and communities across the country where gun violence has exacted a human toll.

It's why MoveOn members have done so much already to confront the NRA, push businesses to drop their relationship to the NRA, support student-let protests, invest in organizations led by people of color that are confronting gun violence, and shine a spotlight on Republicans who are choosing the NRA over students' lives.

We need more than thoughts and prayers. Are you in?

Yes, I'm in.

Thanks for all you do.

–Justin, Anne, Maria, Nick, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "10 killed in shooting at Texas' Santa Fe High School, official says," CNN, May 18, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/39604?t=5&akid=207018%2E10220574%2EDshLft

2. "List of school shootings in the United States," Wikipedia, accessed May 18, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/39613?t=7&akid=207018%2E10220574%2EDshLft

3. Tweet by Donald Trump, May 18, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/39614?t=9&akid=207018%2E10220574%2EDshLft

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

This. Is. Huge. (Net Neutrality)

Earlier this year, lobbyists for Comcast and Verizon were popping champagne all over Washington, D.C., after Donald Trump's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to end Net Neutrality.

Dear MoveOn member,

Earlier this year, lobbyists for Comcast and Verizon were popping champagne all over Washington, D.C., after Donald Trump's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to end Net Neutrality.

But Comcast may have celebrated too early. Because the Senate just voted to overrule the FCC and restore Net Neutrality as the law of the land!1 The fight now moves to the House, where we need to keep up momentum and grassroots pressure.

MoveOn members have fought for years to defend Net Neutrality, and we're not going to let Trump get rid of it without a fight. Will you chip in $3 to help save Net Neutrality?

Yes, I'll chip in and support MoveOn's emergency campaign to save Net Neutrality.

Net Neutrality is the principle that all content on the internet is treated equal and that internet service providers (ISPs) can't put some apps and websites on a slow lane, while giving preferential treatment to their own content or to corporations that pay extra.

Without Net Neutrality, new startup websites and apps won't be able to compete with the established internet giants. Remember how the internet was once ruled by AOL and Yahoo, until better websites and apps such as Google, Facebook, YouTube, and Spotify arrived? That happened because of Net Neutrality. And unless we can save Net Neutrality, the great apps and websites of the future don't stand a chance.

Who would be in favor of killing Net Neutrality? No one but the big cable companies and ISPs who stand to make hundreds of billions of dollars by turning the free and open internet into a closed, pay-to-play medium more like cable television.

Comcast, Verizon, and the other big ISPs have spent record-shattering amounts of money on lobbying—and the FCC chairman responsible for this entire thing is a former Verizon lawyer.2

But huge majorities of both Republican and Democratic voters support Net Neutrality, and that's why the Senate just voted to overrule the FCC.3

To keep the momentum going, we need to get ready to flood the House with grassroots pressure for as long as it takes, and to defeat anti-Net Neutrality Republicans this November. If we win, the internet will be protected—even under the Trump administration. Will you chip in $3?

Yes, I'll chip in to help save Net Neutrality.

Thanks for all you do.

–Anna, Emma, Jadzia, Scott, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. "Senate Democrats win net neutrality showdown," Politico, May 16, 2017
https://act.moveon.org/go/39540?t=4&akid=206816%2E10220574%2EhddS6k

2. "Comcast spends millions in lobbying on net neutrality, without their news networks disclosing their spending," The Young Turks, July 10, 2017 
https://act.moveon.org/go/33115?t=6&akid=206816%2E10220574%2EhddS6k

3. "Poll: 83 percent of voters support keeping FCC's net neutrality rules," The Hill, December 12, 2017 
http://act.moveon.org/go/32713?t=8&akid=206816%2E10220574%2EhddS6k

Want to support our work? The MoveOn community will work every moment, day by day and year by year, to resist Trump's agenda, contain the damage, defeat hate with love, and begin the process of swinging the nation's pendulum back toward sanity, decency, and the kind of future that we must never give up on. And to do it we need your support, now more than ever. Will you stand with us?

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


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Re: A truly transformative candidate

Hi Eddie—I want to follow up on the note Congressman John Lewis sent you about how together, one week from today, we can shatter a glass ceiling.

Hi Eddie—I want to follow up on the note Congressman John Lewis sent you about how together, one week from today, we can shatter a glass ceiling.

Stacey Abrams is running for governor of Georgia. And when she wins, she'll be the first Black woman ever elected governor of any state. Her leadership will move the South, and in turn, the nation, forward.

I know Stacey, and she inspires me and gives me hope for the future—from her efforts on criminal-justice reform and voting rights to blocking Republican attempts to undermine the economic security of working families.

That's why I'm joining with MoveOn, Rep. Lewis, and many others today for a moneyblast for Stacey Abrams. We're counting on thousands of people across the country chipping in $3—or whatever they can afford—and MoveOn has set an ambitious goal of raising $100,000 in one day to power her campaign to victory in the primary next Tuesday. Will you join us?

Yes, I'll chip in right now to the moneyblast for Stacey Abrams.

Stacey Abrams and her five siblings grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi, with three tenets: Go to school, go to church, and take care of each other. Despite struggling to make ends meet for their family, her parents made service a way of life for their children—if someone was less fortunate, it was their job to serve that person. This ethic—and her parents' unwavering commitment to providing educational opportunity for their children—made Stacey who she is today.

And at just 44 years old, she is one impressive woman! Before stepping down last fall to run for governor, Stacey was Georgia's first woman House minority leader. She is a graduate of Spelman College and Yale Law School, and she's worked as a tax attorney, co-founded a financial services firm that helps small businesses, and founded the New Georgia Project, which registered more than 200,000 voters between 2014 and 2016. On top of all of that, she's also an award-winning novelist!1

I really believe in Stacey Abrams. She fights for working families. She will be a voice for the voiceless and the most vulnerable. We need her leadership in our country and especially at this moment in history.

One week from today, Stacey Abrams can become the first Black woman ever to win a state's Democratic nominee for governor. But she can't do it without us. Her primary opponent has already spent more than $1.3 million of her own money on the race.

Please, be a part of today's moneyblast for this inspirational and transformative leader. Click here now to chip in $3—or whatever you can afford. 100% of your donation will go directly to her campaign.

Thanks for all you do.

–Senator Kamala Harris

Source:

1. "Meet Stacey," Stacey Abrams for Governor, accessed May 15, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/38531?t=4&akid=206697%2E10220574%2EDy_tKj


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A truly transformative leader

Nearly 55 years ago, I joined Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to speak at the March on Washington and call for liberation and equality for Black people around the country.

Dear MoveOn member,

Nearly 55 years ago, I joined Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to speak at the March on Washington and call for liberation and equality for Black people around the country.

Today, I'm writing you to ask you to support Stacey Abrams, a truly transformative leader who is campaigning to become the first elected Black woman governor in the history of the United States.

I have known Stacey for more than two decades, and I am so impressed by her. She founded a small business which helped to create jobs for thousands of people. And she served in the Georgia State Assembly for 10 years, where she rose to become Minority Leader—the first Black woman to lead either party in the state.1

But I am most impressed by her work to register more than 200,000 voters in Georgia in just two years. The right to vote is precious—almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool in a democratic society. And Stacey knows, like I do, that we must ensure that everyone has access to the ballot box.

I believe that Stacey Abrams can win in November. But, first, she needs our help to win her primary election on May 22, just one week from today. To help make sure that happens, I am standing arm-in-arm with MoveOn and other organizations for a day of action: a moneyblast today for Stacey's groundbreaking campaign.

MoveOn has an ambitious goal of raising $100,000 for Stacey Abrams by midnight. Will you join us?

Click here to donate $3—or whatever you can afford—to support the Stacey Abrams campaign and help us raise $100,000 by midnight.

Stacey is a deeply compassionate and thoughtful leader who is always committed to fighting for justice.

I have watched her career for a long time, and I have seen her work tirelessly to build coalitions that have helped protect the poor and middle class, fight voter suppression, and register hundreds of thousands of people to vote.

If elected, Stacey will work to expand Medicaid to help hundreds of thousands of people currently unable to access health care. She will fight for workers. She will fight to pass laws that will protect LGBTQ people, immigrants, women, and people of color from discrimination. And she will fight to fix the broken laws that allow guns to ravage our communities.

And because we have the White House working against these goals and attacking our communities, it's all the more critical that we elect bold, progressive executives like Stacey to statehouses around the country.

Will you join me in seizing this opportunity to elect Stacey Abrams—a transformative leader who strives to empower the people she will serve?

Click here to chip in $3 to today's moneyblast for Stacey Abrams. 100% of your donation will go to Stacey Abrams' campaign.

If you still haven't chipped in to support Stacey—and I hope you will by midnight, so that we can hit our $100,000 goal—I have one more reason for you: the long arc of history.

I don't have to tell you that we live in difficult times. And I believe that in this moment each one of us has the responsibility to resist in our own way—to be brave and bold in the face of injustice. We can do that with our day-to-day actions, and we can also do it by coming together to elect brave and bold leaders such as Stacey Abrams.

Stacey has spent her whole life being brave and bold in the face of adversity. She is a leader we need in this moment in history. She is a leader who can inspire others to take up the fight for justice, for equality, and for a country that's closer to the dream that Dr. King spoke of all those years ago.

I believe in her. And I believe that we need to elect more leaders like Stacey Abrams, who will help lead the Resistance. I hope that you'll join me in the fight—and in supporting Stacey's groundbreaking campaign.

Click here to chip in $3—or whatever you can afford—to Stacey Abrams' campaign and help us raise $100,000 by midnight.

Thanks for all you do.

–Congressman John Lewis

Source:

1. "Meet Stacey," Stacey Abrams for Governor, accessed May 14, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/38531?t=6&akid=206642%2E10220574%2EGQxDq-


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Sunday, May 13, 2018

What we've achieved together so far this year

I'm so proud to share with you some of the recent work that our members have been engaged in to defend our democracy (particularly to defend the Mueller investigation), to bolster youth and students' jaw-dropping courage and effectiveness in challenging the NRA, to help progressive Democrats win special elections and prepare for victories in November, and much more.

Dear MoveOn member,

The year so far has, of course, been shaped by Trump and the GOP's ongoing and deeply destructive cyclone of chaos. But it has also been deeply defined by the inspiring, tenacious efforts of millions of MoveOn members like you.

I'm so proud to share with you some of the recent work that this community has been engaged in to defend the rule of law in this democracy (including protecting the Mueller investigation), to bolster youth and students' jaw-dropping courage and effectiveness in challenging the NRA, to help progressive Democrats win special elections and prepare for victories in November, and much more.

Here's some of what we've achieved together in the past few months:

We defended democracy and the independent investigation into Trump.

We're playing a central role in defending the rule of law and opposing a slide into authoritarianism in the United States. MoveOn members and close partners, including Public Citizen, Indivisible, Tax March, People for the American Way, and Stand Up America, have come together to pre-organize more than 900 emergency ''Nobody Is Above the Law'' rallies—peaceful, legal, local events all over the country that will take place only if Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or takes some other action to hobble the independent investigation. A staggering number of people—more than 360,000—have already signed up to attend one of these events.

Of course, we're not waiting for the triggering event of a Mueller or Rosenstein firing. We have made tens of thousands of phone calls, held events in Republican congressional districts, convened tens of thousands of MoveOn members on a national action call, and worked closely with Democratic champions in the House to defend the integrity of congressional investigations. And just two weeks ago, by a bipartisan vote, a Senate committee voted in favor of legislation to defend the independent investigation! Now we're continuing to push for a full Senate vote. Along the way, our CoverUpCaucus website helps expose how often Republicans in Congress have taken action to hide the truth, siding with the Trump administration over their constituents and the well-being of our nation. We'll continue advancing this essential work as long as Donald Trump and his brand of politics remain a threat to our very democracy.

We marched for our lives against gun violence and the NRA—and will keep marching toward the ballot box.

For years, we have stood up against the NRA and demanded solutions to put an end to the senseless epidemic of gun violence across the country. After the devastating tragedy earlier this year in Parkland, FL, where 17 people lost their lives, MoveOn members have followed the lead of the brave students and many other young people around the country, including those from communities of color who've been vocal about gun violence for decades.

Our MoveOn community showed up in huge numbers to rallies around the nation, including the March for Our Lives on the National Mall, and outside the NRA national convention in Dallas. We used SMS messages and online recruitment to spread the word about dozens of local rallies. 

Alyssa Milano's petition asking Mike Pence to cancel his NRA speaking appearance was signed by 50,000 of us and made national headlines after receiving support from families affected by gun violence.

MoveOn members' donations helped mount billboards and hire airplanes in targeted swing districts, with a direct message calling out Republican representatives for their role in consistently blocking legislative action.

A MoveOn billboard in Las Vegas

MoveOn's free petition platform has amplified the students' calls to action. Hundreds of thousands of people signed MoveOn petitions calling on companies such as FedEx to end their relationships with the NRA, and more than 20 corporations have already done so.

Together, we also directly supported eight dynamic Black and Latino youth organizations whose work is helping to end gun violence—providing direct grants totaling $100,000.

We stood with Dreamers and continue to stand against Trump's anti-immigrant agenda.

MoveOn members and the overwhelming majority of the nation continue to stand with Dreamers and support a clean Dream Act that would protect immigrant youth. In the fall and into the new year, we made over 10,000 calls to Congress, organized dozens of in-district events, and made original pro-Dream Act videos that drew over 10 million views. As Trump and the GOP refuse to provide protections to Dreamers, we'll continue to take this fight forward, with staunch allies such as United We Dream, toward Election Day and beyond.

We championed diplomacy.

As Trump assembles a war Cabinet, violates the Iran diplomatic deal, and leads us on a path toward war, MoveOn members are standing for diplomacy and peace. Just this past week, we voiced our support of the successful and effective Iran deal, strongly condemned Trump's dangerous decision to violate the deal, and expressed solidarity with people in Iran and around the world who desire peace.

And in recent weeks, MoveOn members played an essential role in the fight against Mike Pompeo's nomination to be secretary of state. Our efforts helped change the narrative around his confirmation vote from a sure thing to a nomination that nearly failed in committee. MoveOn members poured in over 16,000 calls to Congress, hosted a rally in California with a mobile billboard asking Senator Dianne Feinstein to fight Pompeo's nomination, held a rally in Washington, D.C., with Senator Brian Schatz (the first senator to announce that he was changing his position on Pompeo), and ultimately helped show fierce opposition to a hateful warmongering nominee who was unfit to represent us to the world. In the end, every Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee came out against Pompeo. This was a real fight.

Earlier in April, MoveOn members led a protest of the U.S. support for the Saudi war against Yemen, which has led to one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world—laying 5,000 flowers before the Capitol on the day of a crucial vote. And in March, MoveOn joined with allies in the first-ever ''Coalition of the Unwilling'' global peace call, engaging tens of thousands of live participants from 45 countries to prevent a reckless rush by Trump into avoidable and costly war, with 19 international organizations participating. This effort was part of MoveOn's yearlong effort to ensure that we're ready to block or blunt a rush to a Trump-created war and/or any possible incursion on Americans' civil liberties.

In addition, MoveOn members continue to power a Crisis Response Network—a trained and connected national team of volunteer members ready to spring into action with rapid-response events should Trump seek to launch a new, senseless war.

We brought the "blue wave" closer to shore.

Earlier this year, we launched the "Resist & Win" campaign, our plan to win back the House and advance progressive candidates at every level of government. 

We're planning to endorse and support more than 100 U.S. House candidates—as well as progressive candidates in at-play Senate races, including Tammy Baldwin (WI), Sherrod Brown (OH), and Beto O'Rourke (TX)—to expand the congressional map and power a huge blue wave. We'll help define the terms of the election, help power a massive volunteer wave to help these candidates, and break new ground in digital persuasion.

Additionally, we're on our way to identifying, endorsing, and supporting more than 100 progressive champions who are running for state and local offices, with a particular emphasis on supporting women, people of color, and candidates who reflect the communities they seek to represent. (Our local endorsement process is summarized here.)

You can see our currently endorsed candidates in one place here.

These efforts have already paid off in Pennsylvania's 18th District, where MoveOn members helped power a successful campaign that beat the odds. The more than 9,000 MoveOn members in the district went all out for Conor Lamb, and MoveOn deployed an innovative video persuasion program featuring MoveOn members making the case to fellow constituents about why they were voting for Lamb. After successfully running this program in Virginia, Alabama, and now Pennsylvania, we'll expand it in key races across the country leading up to November's elections.

In Illinois and Texas, we demonstrated that progressive Democrats can win tough primaries. Efforts among the more than 225,000 Illinois MoveOn members helped put four progressives on the Democratic ticket: Jesús "Chuy" García, Fritz Kaegi, Ram Villivalam, and Brandon Johnson all won primaries in the state by running inclusive, populist, progressive campaigns. And MoveOn-endorsed progressive candidate Veronica Escobar is poised to be the first Latina elected to Congress from Texas.

The acute crises we continue to face—to our democracy, to the safety of our communities, and to our nation's highest and best values—are real. But the grassroots groundswell that defined 2017 is being sustained in key fights in 2018, and it will be channeled into a march to the ballot box in November, where we will experience victory for our communities, our movement, and our country.

Thank you so much for being a part of this vital community.

With deep gratitude for all you do,

–Anna, Ilya, and the whole MoveOn team

Want to support our work? The MoveOn community will work every moment, day by day and year by year, to resist Trump's agenda, contain the damage, defeat hate with love, and begin the process of swinging the nation's pendulum back toward sanity, decency, and the kind of future that we must never give up on. And to do it we need your ongoing support, now more than ever. Will you stand with us?

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

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