Thursday, June 1, 2017

Keeping a promise

This administration just announced that they are pulling the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement.
Organizing for Action
Diane --

This administration just made it official: They're withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement. I don't have to tell you how devastating that is.

For the eight years I worked at the White House and the State Department under President Obama, we had a simple rule: When we made a promise as a nation -- one that nearly every other government in the world stood behind, one that was popular with both businesses and citizens, and one that safeguarded a prosperous future for our children -- we kept it.

This administration is taking the opposite path.

Any way you slice it, pulling out of Paris is the wrong move. It's bad for jobs, as clean energy jobs are growing 12 times faster than the overall economy. It's bad for our relationship with the rest of the world. It's bad for our health and safety, our national security, our air, and our water.

It's bad for our kids and our grandkids.

But here's the other thing I can promise you: This fight isn't over yet.

Thanks to Paris, united worldwide progress on climate change isn't theoretical anymore. Nearly every other country in the world is formally on board, with plans to make serious cuts in carbon pollution in the coming decades. So are businesses like Apple. Even oil companies like Exxon understand the importance of the Paris agreement and that climate change must be addressed.

So here's our chance to join them -- to make this a short, ugly bump on an otherwise long road of global cooperation and progress. To let the world know that, even if this administration doesn't yet recognize it, we as citizens won't go silent on climate change.

This is our moment. Stand with OFA today and join this team:

https://my.ofa.us/Defend-Our-Climate-Progress

Thank you,

Jen Psaki

Former White House Communications Director
Former Spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State
















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Friday, May 12, 2017

"Voter fraud"

We were beaten, bloodied, and killed for the right to vote - now this administration is threatening our legacy.
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Diane --

54 years sounds like a long time ago -- but in the context of our movement, it's only a blink.

It's only been 54 years since I marched with my brothers and sisters from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.

It's only been 54 years since we were jailed, beaten, and killed for trying to cast a vote. For trying to participate in democracy, in the United States of America.

This isn't ancient history. It's the experience of my life.

Just a few decades ago, we changed the course of history and helped pave the way for the Voting Rights Act -- but yesterday, this administration put that legacy under attack.

They signed an executive order to start a commission investigating almost non-existent "voter fraud." It's nothing more than a cover for them to threaten our progress -- with registration barriers, elimination of early and absentee voting, and rules that obstruct an inclusive democracy.

We cannot let this happen.

President Obama likes to say that the arc of the moral universe doesn't bend on its own -- we have to reach up and pull it towards justice ourselves. On that day 54 years ago, we gave it a mighty pull. We can't let it snap back.

Every one of us, right now, has a responsibility to keep pulling on that arc -- to protect and defend our right to vote. Say you'll join OFA in this fight:

https://my.ofa.us/Defend-Voting-Rights

Thank you,

Congressman John Lewis

















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Friday, April 21, 2017

An immigration policy with heart?

The administration's statement this week has caused uncertainty for DREAMers with DACA status.
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Diane --

When this administration took office, they said they would approach their immigration policy with "a lot of heart." Well, something happened this week that puts that claim to the test. Let me explain:

Over the past several years, OFA supporters, President Obama, and many in Congress have fought to make our nation's broken immigration system more fair. We fought especially hard for a group of undocumented immigrants known as "DREAMers" -- young people who were brought to this country as children through no fault of their own.

DREAMers are Americans in every way except on paper. That's exactly why President Obama instituted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provided eligible individuals who represent no national security or public safety risk the opportunity to apply for protected status to stay in America.

Now, pivoting back to the current situation: In January, the new administration insisted that DREAMers "shouldn't be very worried" about losing their protected status. But then, this week, they released a statement that said that the temporary relief from deportation DREAMers received through the DACA program "may be revoked at any time."

Since DACA was implemented, more than 750,000 young people have earned this protected status -- it allowed them to pursue college degrees, serve in the military, and hold jobs without the constant threat of being deported. But the administration's stance strips them of that peace of mind.

This is not who we are. We pull strength from our diversity and take pride in our compassion -- add your name with OFA and say you'll stand up for those core values:

Add your name

Thank you,

Yoli

Yolanda Magallanes
Development Director
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

It's those darn unicorns again

Here's the thing about unicorns. While it would be great if they were real, their existence is firmly in the realm of fantasy.
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Diane --

Here's the thing about unicorns. While it would be great if they were real, their existence is firmly in the realm of fantasy.

Seriously. There are no unicorns. That's just another fact on the list of things that just aren't worth debating.

Here's one more thing that's no longer up for debate: Climate change is real, and we ought to be doing something to fight it -- fast.

Unfortunately, today the new administration is ordering the Environmental Protection Agency -- which is now headed by a climate change denier -- to start dismantling the Clean Power Plan. That's right, the plan that was hailed as the single biggest step ever taken by an American president to fight climate change when President Obama instituted it.

Climate change is already causing serious damage around the world in the form of more frequent and extreme weather events. Stand up against the new administration's rollbacks of crucial climate legislation and standards.

And it still remains unclear whether the new administration will pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. This is the groundbreaking, historic, watershed agreement that nearly every country in the world signed because of American leadership. Because of our efforts, we were finally able to get countries like China and India on board to fight climate change. Pulling out of this agreement would be a major and devastating step backward in the fight against climate change.

Let's be clear -- the idea that we don't need crucial policies like the Clean Power Plan and the Paris Agreement is as crazy as a one-horned horse.

We've made incredible progress on climate change over the last few years. Wind and solar power are booming and creating hundreds of thousands of American jobs. Carbon pollution has fallen even as the economy has grown -- while improving public health at the same time. America has been seen as a leader around the world in pushing for solutions to climate change. We didn't get this far by pretending it didn't exist.

Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is real. We have real policies in place to slow it, and ultimately defeat it -- and create a future powered by clean energy to boot -- but only if we fight for them.

The outcome of this fight is critical for our future. Say you'll do your part to help.

Add your name

Thanks,

Jack

Jack Shapiro
Director of Policy and Campaigns
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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Fever pitch

We still have an important job to do
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Hi there, Diane --

The Trump administration's Russia scandal reached a fever pitch this week when it was reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath about his contacts with Russia.

This story is far from over. Here's DNC War Room Director Zac Petkanas with an overview of what we know, and what we still need to find out:

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If you aren't already, make sure to follow @TheDemocrats on Twitter and the Democratic Party on Facebook for all the latest updates on Trump, Russia, and everything else the GOP is trying to get away with. Democrats are doing everything we can to hold them accountable -- and we're counting on supporters like you to keep the pressure on by getting the word out and encouraging your friends to do the same.

Thanks -- and talk soon!

DNC Factivists
























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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Grading on a curve

We still have an important job to do
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Hi there, Diane --

Last night, Donald Trump addressed a joint session of Congress for the first time.

After one very long, very messy month into his presidency, he called last night's address a "reset." Sorry, Donald. You may get as many mulligans as you want during your weekly golf trips to Mar-a-Lago, but you can't take one here.

Speeches and reality are two different things, and no matter how many Republican pundits try to pretend that because his "tone" has changed, he'll suddenly start acting presidential, we know better.

We know that large parts of his speech couldn't pass a basic fact check:

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We also know that he offered no alternative plan to improve health care for Americans -- he just kicked the can to Congress:

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Democrats in Congress and supporters like you are going to be front and center to hold Trump accountable as he makes more promises he can't keep -- and make sure Republicans have to answer for them:

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As always, keep tweeting, sharing, and otherwise getting the word out about what a disaster Trump and the rest of the GOP are for our country.

Thanks -- and talk soon!

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Still processing

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Hi there, Diane --

This has been a big week.

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There's a lot to get our heads around:

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There's a lot of questions that need answers, but one thing is clear -- Republicans aren't going to investigate Trump's Russian connections unless pushed to do so:

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So it's going to be on Democrats to keep the pressure on, and supporters like you to help us do it:

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Whether it's showing up to town halls while your representatives are in their districts for this week's recess, making calls, or tweeting, sharing and otherwise getting the word out to your friends and neighbors -- we're counting on you, Diane.

Thanks for doing your part.

Talk soon,

DNC Factivists
























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