April 12, 2012
This post was written by our intern Emily Dec about her experience growing in a town where you didn't talk about politics in polite company.
grew up in a town where change was not on the agenda so it was not
surprising that when 2008 came around, the presidential election caused
quite a heated debate. I was two months too young to vote that November,
but I was so empowered by Obama and his message that I made the
decision to get involved. On Election Day, my friends and I stood
outside our high school equipped with homemade signs encouraging people
to vote. All day long, we were able to talk to teachers and students
about our thoughts and hopes for the newly elected president. The rest
of the night, I was electrified by the notion that my few hours of
contribution had possibly helped elect our next president. This feeling
of being so connected to the political process inspired me to work on
various other campaigns and instilled in me the importance of people
becoming involved. Now,
as a political intern at Democracy for America, my experiences are
coming full circle. There is something about working with people across
the country who come alive over a shared issue that inspires me in the
same way that I was that November night in 2008. When I was asked to
work on the Netroots Nation Scholarship Competition, I was so excited.
The more I learned about the competition, the more excited I was to be
working with people whoare finding innovative new ways to combine the
use of social media with the true and tested means of grassroots
conference brings together creative minds from all backgrounds with
progressive candidates and leaders. The Netroots Nation Scholarship
gives financial support to dedicated bloggers and activists, and most
of all provides them a chance to have their voices heard.There are so
many dedicated people doing amazing work for all sorts of progressive
issues that have received the scholarship in the past. Despite the
fantastic applicants that have already applied, I also know that there
are many, many other deserving applicants out there who working hard for
the Progressive Movement. We want your voices.Apply todayfor an opportunity to attend Netroots Nation 2012. Becoming
involved in the political sphere has taken on a new meaning in this age
of ever-changing technology. Advocating for a candidate no longer
only means making phone calls to your fellow constituents or holding
signs at a rally, it also means writing, reading, commenting, and
seeking inspiration on political blogs and within social networks that
connect you with people across the country that are doing the same. I
can wager that most people know someone who will benefit greatly from
attending Netroots Nation.Nominate them today. Use your voice to inspire the next Netroots Nation Scholar to compete in this years competition.
April 10, 2012
A message from Michael Langenmayr:
Can you believe it? Late last week, Wisconsin Republicans tried to slip
their latest attack on women and working families under the radar. Last
Thursday, right-wing Gov. Scott Walker repealed part of Wisconsin's
equal pay law, making it harder for working women to seek compensation
for pay discrimination. Walker's office isn't
commenting on the repeal to the press, but we're not going to let him
sweep this under the rug. Scott Walker has been attacking women and
working families since he took office and we must fight back. Walker
and four of his right-wing cronies in the State Senate are up for
recall this summer. A new poll released last week shows that this is a
one-point race between Walker and his Democratic challengers. One point. This summer's recall election is our first chance this year to end the War on Working Families. With your help, we will win. Can you contribute $10 to the DFA Wisconsin recall campaign right now?
Four Democrats are running in the primary to beat Scott Walker and two
new polls released last week show that Democrats have the momentum.
First, a new Greenberg poll shows the two leading Democrats are both
within one point of beating Walker. Then, a new Rasmussen poll shows
that a clear majority of likely voters -- 52 percent -- want Walker
recalled. Wisconsinites are sick and tired of Scott Walker's
right-wing War on Working families and Democrats have surged in the
polls as a result. Now, the race is neck and neck. We can win in Wisconsin and send a message to Republicans everywhere -- attack working families and you will lose. Please contribute $10 to the DFA Wisconsin recall campaign now. Thank you for everything you do. -Michael Michael Langenmayr, Political Director Democracy for America P.S.
We need to win just one State Senate seat as part of the recall
campaign to win a majority. With your help, we can both beat Scott
Walker and take back the State Senate. Please contribute $10 today.
April 10, 2012
Today Democracy for America (DFA) announced that Russ Feingold and Wisconsin
Senatorial Candidate Tammy Baldwin have signed onto their new campaign designed
to dismantle the Citizens United decision.
The campaign calls on Attorneys General from across the United States to
sign onto an amicus brief, a legal document being spearheaded by Montana
Attorney General Steve Bullock, documenting the need to overturn the 2010
Supreme Court decision.
"Democrats from all
over the country are joining our campaign to overturn the Citizens United
decision, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Thanks to the efforts of Wisconsinites
Tammy Baldwin and Russ Feingold, more people are getting involved and
contacting their Attorneys General weve already had over 100,000 members
sign onto our petition. Its clear that
unrestricted money corrupts our democratic process and leaves the middle class believing
that their elected officials bought and paid for. This corruption must end.
Both Tammy Baldwin and Russ Feingold weighed in on the campaign: Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin Senatorial
Candidate: We cannot sit idly by while Washington fails to address the
consequences of Citizens United. In Wisconsin,
weve seen the floodgates open on these corporate-fueled TV ads. They are deceiving to voters and allowing
corporations to play a disastrous role in our elections. Russ Feingold, Former Wisconsin Senator: The Supreme Court overturned nearly 100 years of settled law with its
disastrous Citizens United ruling, and created a roadmap for unlimited
corporate money to corrupt out elections.
We know that corporate contributions have no place in American democracy
and Im proud that Progressives United supports Democracy for Americas efforts
to stop Citizens United from dismantling the future of our democracy.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed enforcement of Montanas law
while the case is appealed before the High Court. Democracy for America
has taken steps to chip away Citizens United, first by collecting over 100,000
signatures supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders Constitutional Amendment and now
turning their efforts to the court. In just three weeks, DFA has
collected over 100,000 signatures from across the country urging their members Attorneys
General to sign the amicus brief supporting Attorney General Bullocks
DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action
Committee. With over one million members nationwide, DFA is a grassroots
powerhouse working to change our country and the Democratic Party from the
April 6, 2012
A message from Jay Henderson:
Thanks to Citizens United, Charles and David Koch have the ability to
funnel millions of dollars from Koch Industries into buying up
politicians and passing ultra-conservative legislation -- all while
hiding behind Super PACs and think tanks. It's time to shine a light on this outrageous behavior before the Koch Brothers can push their radical agenda any further.
That's why we've teamed up with Brave New Films to hold "Koch Brothers
Exposed" movie nights -- andover 100 DFA members have stepped up to
host a screening in their area. Click here to watch the trailer for Koch Brothers Exposed and sign up to host a movie night!
We'll provide everything you need toensure your event is a
success - including sending a free copy of the DVD to the first 200
people who sign up to host. We'll also provide an agenda and
tips for recruiting others to join your event. Sign up to host today and
help build the movement to defeat Citizens United. Thank you for your work. -Jay Jay Henderson, Political Campaign Manager Democracy for America
April 3, 2012
A message from Michael Langenmayr:
Dear DFA member: Our campaign to recall Scott Walker and his four State Senate cronies needs one more thing -- you. We're gearing up for a big fight in this summer's recall election -- working directly with DFA members to knock on doors, make phone calls and air TV ads. That's where you come in. Personal stories about how Scott Walker's right-wing War on Working Families has affected you will change minds and move votes. We want to hear your story. Do you have a personal story that you want to share? Click here to tell your story. Or do you have a family member, friend or neighbor who's been affected by these attacks on the middle class? Send them an email with this link: DemocracyForAmerica.com/WIstories. Your stories work. We made six TV ads featuring real people's stories about their lives and how the War on Working Families was affecting them during the 2011 recalls. Those ads were featured on cable news shows like The Rachel Maddow Show as the most powerful ads of the campaign. Please, share your story with us today. Thank you for all that you do. -Michael Michael Langenmayr, Political Director Democracy for America
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