May 9, 2013
DFA could not be prouder to support such an amazing Senator. Watch this and hear all about Elizabeth Warren's exciting new bill:
2:08 The one flaw... "this just makes too much sense." As opposed to most bills introduced.
3:05 So let's do the same thing for student's (as we do for banks) - "help them." Again so much sense is being made.
4:32 "This is why I ran for the United States Senate..." Beautiful response, if only all ran for these reasons.
5:04 Shout out to 'little' Eddie Markey "fighting on the behalf of families forever... He'll be a good partner in the Senate."
5:50 DEAD ON (on GOP opposition) They "don't talk about what it means to be a Republican..."
6:55 Lastly, even the host Lawrence O'Donnell has to get E. W.'s signature on the glorious bill.
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Sen. Warren wants to help college students drowning in debt by putting them in the same boat as the big banks. She continues to do all that she promised and more - showing the American people what a true progressive can do in Washington.
May 8, 2013
Democracy for America is partnering with the effort led by former Sen. Russ Feingold's (D-Wis.) Progressives United, and joined by MoveOn.org, CREDO, Daily Kos, Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters, 350.org and Presente to boycott all Facebook ads. We have announced that we will either pull the Facebook ads we've already paid for or hold purchases of new ads for a minimum of two weeks in response to the tactics of Zuckerberg's new political organization, FWD.us.
Here's a statement from DFA Executive Director, Arshad Hasan:
“While the cynical, disrespect of voters that FWD.us illustrates in their ads might play well among Washington's lobbying class, it takes a special level of disdain for the American people to believe that insulting the intelligence is the best way to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Plain and simple: If Facebook executives are going to fund efforts that try to pit progressive priorities against one another and divide the progressive movement, we’re going to stop funding them.”
In addition, we strongly oppose the FWD.us TV ad campaign praising lawmakers for supporting projects like the Keystone XL pipeline and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Please let us know how you feel about Zuckerberg's FWD.us in the comments.
May 7, 2013
Last night Jon Stewart gave us all the highlights we need to the 2013 NRA convention. Inevitably, hilarity ensued.
Our top moments...
1. 2:24 "...the mayor of NY wants to ban public displays of legal tobacco products"...Thank you, Sarah Palin (Nnnnn).
2. 3:06 Rick Perry's 'better' introduction.
3. 3:40 Memories... remembering the third.
And that's not all...
4. 0.25 Fighting the darkness, oh Yoda.
5. 0.55 Reminding me why I never liked Glenn Beck... Not even a bit.
6. 2.22 Here Stewart calls out LaPierre's contradictions by stating basic facts.
Is this the new GOP? As Stewart says, the speeches at the 142nd annual convention of the National Rifle Association are just like the ones at CPAC, except with better introductions. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
May 7, 2013
I'm in charge of hiring the incredible staff we have at DFA, so I have seen a lot of resumes -- the exceptional, the presentable and the very very bad. You need your resume to work for you, as it’s likely the only first impression you have to give a potential manager. Here are five ways it might be working against you.
It's more than a page long. The field of job-seekers is a crowded place, so recruiters are culling through dozens of resumes. We don't have time to read pages and pages of lists of your jobs you've held previously. And I'll just say this: I haven't yet dismissed a multi-page resume completely, but I've wanted to. Is that the first feeling you want a potential boss to have about you?
It's just a list of your previous jobs. Your resume should demonstrate why you'll be awesome at the job you're applying for, not communicate all the work you've done so far. So consider the responsibilities of the position you are applying for and include experiences on your resume that show you would be excellent at those responsibilities. The skills and talents you have that make you great for this position need to leap off the page. It hurts you if they are buried within too-crowded lists, so tailor your resume for each job you are applying for.
It isn’t specific. You’ve got to demonstrate that you know your stuff and you’ve produced results. “Managed the organization’s Facebook account” doesn’t go far enough. “Grew Facebook fans by 30% over a three-month period” is not only more specific, it demonstrates that you were results-oriented and therefore really accomplished something.
It's formatted poorly. You might roll your eyes at this one, because it seems so small. But consider this: you need to present yourself as professional, attractive and more than capable of doing the job you’re applying for. Sloppy, disorganized and amateur do not help you. The recruiter should be able to scan it, so put those accomplishments in bullet points, not paragraphs. Reverse tradition by putting your education at the bottom and leading with your most recent job. That way, the work you’ve just completed won’t be buried at the bottom.
You describe yourself, rather than show what you've done. The old adage “actions speak louder than words” is never more important to follow than when writing your resume. Anyone can describe herself as ‘a problem-solver’, ‘goal-oriented’ and ‘a team player.’ So drop that summary of yourself from the top of your resume and use the space to list a couple more accomplishments from your previous jobs, ones that will show just how talented you are.
So, if any of the above looks familiar to you, how do you fix it? Take a critical look at your resume, make sure you’re tweaking it for every job you’re applying for, and ask three people to proofread it. But not just any three people. If you have a friend or relative (or relative of a friend) who hires people, have him read it. You’ll get much more valuable feedback on the resume than if you ask your roommate the accountant to review it.
Mia Moore is Chief of Staff at Democracy for America , and she’d be happy to critique your resume. Give her a tweet to make your request.
May 6, 2013
Charles and David Koch don't need an introduction -- they're the billionaire brothers that tried to buy last year's election for right-wing Republicans. They've realized that elections can't be bought with ads alone. So now they're taking a cue from Rupert Murdock and trying to take over the news media by buying the Tribune company, which owns the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, and a host of other outlets across the country.
Giving the Koch brothers an even bigger microphone is the last thing we need. That's why DFA and Sen. Bernie Sanders are calling on the Tribune Company to not sell out to the Koch brothers.
Right-wingers already dominate cable news on Fox News. We can't let them expand their reach further. Just check out the extreme agenda that the Kochs spent $400 million to enact last year:
- Privatizing Social Security
- Huge new tax cuts for corporations and the super rich
- Propping up fossil fuels and spreading false information about climate change
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