Monday, January 15, 2018

Dr. King's legacy:

Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at a moment when our country feels hopelessly divided.
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DianeA --

Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at a moment when our country feels hopelessly divided.

But I still have hope. And I'll tell you why.

Three months before I graduated from law school, Dr. King was assassinated in Memphis. Riots broke out in cities across America, including my own. Wilmington, Delaware was burning.

The governor, Charles Terry, had called in the National Guard when rock and bottle throwing escalated to sniping, looting, and arson. As a young trial attorney heading in to work each day, I walked by six-foot-tall uniformed soldiers carrying rifles. Apparently, they were there to protect me.

Over in East Wilmington, mothers were terrified their children would make one bad mistake and end up dead. National Guardsmen patrolled their streets with loaded weapons. Curfews were in effect.

Dr. King told us that "true peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice." And as a young public defender, I remember imagining how we might heal this God-awful situation. How justice might be done. How we could rise out of the ashes -- and find a way out together.

Because back then, we were made to believe that we couldn't.

Forty years later, I found myself standing on a railroad platform in Wilmington, Delaware once again.

It was January 17th, 2009 -- a bitter, cold, but glorious day. Thousands of people were in the streets of Wilmington and the parking lots, waiting for the same thing I was.

I was being picked up by a friend, President-Elect Barack Obama, who was about to be sworn in as this nation's first African American President.

As I stood on that platform and waited, I looked out over my city -- the very same part of the city that was in chaos 40 years earlier, when I had imagined and prayed that we might all live together.

That's what can change in 40 years in this country.

Last year, this country elected a president who plays off our differences for political gain. It often feels as if we retreat behind those differences. But we simply cannot allow them to prevail once again.

Here's what I believe, DianeA -- and I'll believe it until the day I die: All those differences hardly measure up to the values we hold in common.

I believe we will once again move forward together. But to do that, we must realize what Dr. King realized -- that opportunity is the only road to true equality.

This nation cannot be what it's capable of being until it has offered that opportunity, equally, to all Americans.

May he continue to rest in peace, and inspire us for generations to come.

-Joe



 

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Add your name to demand a DREAM Act now

I am one of more than 800,000 young people granted protection from deportation through DACA.
My name is Gabriela, and I'm a DREAMer. I am one of more than 800,000 young people granted protection from deportation through the DACA program started by President Obama.

When the Trump administration announced in September that it was ending DACA, I was worried for my future. I did not know whether I would be able to remain in the U.S. -- the only country that's ever felt like home to me.

Last night's court decision on DACA is further proof that Donald Trump's elimination of the program was never about the rule of law. It was about holding our futures hostage and deporting DREAMers as bargaining chips in future political negotiations.

It is still up to Congress to pass legislation to provide permanent protection for DREAMers -- which is why I am asking you to join me today:

Add your name to call on Congress to pass a permanent DREAM Act by January 19th that will protect DREAMers like me from deportation.

When I was 12 years old, my family made the decision to leave El Salvador and come to the U.S. Our neighborhood back in El Salvador was afflicted by gang violence and my parents wanted to protect me.

During the first several months, I felt so frustrated that I didn't know the language here. So I would go to the library and check out two of the same books: one in Spanish and another in English. I would read one page in English and then one page in Spanish -- and that's how I learned.

When President Obama created DACA in 2012, my life changed. I knew I didn't have to go back to El Salvador and put myself at risk.

At that moment, that 12-year-old that didn't know how to speak English came to mind. And I thought of how far I had come.

I am telling you my story today because I refuse to go back into the shadows. We can't stay quiet when there is injustice happening.

Our fight is far from over. We must continue coming together to oppose this administration's inhumane immigration agenda.

Add your name to demand that Congress pass legislation by January 19th to allow DREAMers like me to stay in the only country we've ever considered home.

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There are hundreds of thousands of other DREAMers who have stories like mine. To them I would like to say this: Your presence in the U.S. is not wrong. You were meant to be here.

Thank you for reading my story today.

In solidarity,

Gabriela





























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Saturday, December 30, 2017

We cannot take Black women for granted

It's up to us to change course and get our country back on track.
Friend --

From Harriet Tubman to Sojourner Truth to Shirley Chisholm to Coretta Scott King to Michelle Obama to Kamala Harris, Black women have been at the forefront of progress in this country from day one.

And if you look back to earlier this month in Alabama, you'll see a clear example of what happens when Democrats mobilize in our communities. Ninety-eight percent of Black women who voted in that special Senate election voted for Doug Jones. Without them, Roy Moore would be a U.S. Senator.

While it's true that Black women support the Democratic Party in incredibly large numbers, it's also important that we bring people of all backgrounds into the fold. The only way Democrats can take back Congress in 2018 is if every single one of us gets involved.

Donate $3 before tomorrow's end-of-year fundraising deadline if you're ready to help Democrats organize nationwide in 2018.

We can't take the support of Black women for granted. We have to listen to and empower these voices every single day -- not just when there's an election coming, but all of the time.

After all, that's what the Democratic Party is all about. We are the party that opens our doors to everyone and fights on behalf of all Americans, no matter where they live or what they look like.

Everything we do between now and Election Day will impact our ability to win back control of Congress. Let's make sure Democrats have the resources to organize and win.

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Jenny sent me your info - is it right?

Hi there --

My re-election campaign is facing a really important FEC deadline on Sunday. To win my race in 2018, I'll really need your help. Here's what my finance director, Jenny, tells me about your current status:
Name: DianeA
Email: awolofa@yorkteaparty.org
Re-Election Founding Donor: Not yet

I could sure use your help to win in 2018. The fact is, my race isn't going to be a cake walk. While my opponents might be a bit "out there" -- case in point: did you see that Corey Stewart recently brought up the old Barack Obama birtherism conspiracy theory again? Seriously, earlier this month he tweeted that Democrats had forged President Obama's birth certificate! -- but whoever the Virginia GOP nominates to run against me is going to have the full backing of national special interests.

During my last Senate race, those groups dropped $28 million against me. We won -- but it took every last supporter stepping up as much as they possibly could to do it. This year is going to be no different.

So I'm asking you: Will you step up and support my re-election with a donation before the year-end deadline?

You can make an online contribution easily by following this link: https://timkaine.com/year-end-deadline


Thank you. Thank you so much.

Tim Kaine





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Monday, December 11, 2017

BREAKING: Yet another extremist officially enters VA race

Tim Kaine now has three Republicans trying to defeat him next November. We've already got Corey Stewart, the anti-immigrant, confederate-sympathizing "mini-Trump," and Nick Freitas, the anti-LGBTQ NRA shill -- both of whom want to serve as a rubber stamp for President Trump's extreme agenda in Virginia. Now, after teasing his run with a quiet website update last week, E.W. Jackson is officially in, too.

You may think that a third opponent getting into this race would be more moderate... but you would be wrong. As Tim's research director, I spend a LOT of time looking into these guys, so I know exactly who we're dealing with. Here are the highlights:

E.W. Jackson, like many Republicans, wants to defund Planned Parenthood. But unlike almost anyone else, he has also called it "far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was.” Fact check: Planned Parenthood is one of the critical health organizations that provides access to care to many minority communities. He has called President Obama "the Antichrist." As for LGBTQ people? Jackson says they're "very sick" and "perverted."

This guy is beyond out-of-touch -- he's extremely offensive, dangerous, and would embarrass Virginia.

No matter which of these three extreme candidates Tim faces next year, it's clear that the Republican Party of Virginia doesn't have much to offer hardworking families in the Commonwealth. Their candidates would rather demonize our friends and neighbors than offer good ideas to help people.

But that doesn't mean it's going to be a cake walk. Special interests will pour money into this race to try to take Tim out of the Senate. To fight back, he needs every supporter to chip in $15 right now.

Let's show E.W. Jackson, Nick Freitas, Corey Stewart, and everyone else watching Virginia with a close eye that we're ready to build a *huge* grassroots movement behind Tim.

Thanks for your help. I'll keep you posted with the latest updates on our opponents.

-Megan

Megan Apper, Team Kaine Research Director



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Friday, November 3, 2017

You're down to a few hours ...

This is it - your last chance to enter to win a trip to Chicago to meet Barack Obama. Get your name in now.
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Thursday, November 2, 2017

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