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A message from Jim Dean: "The universal rights of assembly and free speech must be protected, and the United States stands with all who seek to exercise those rights." -- President Barack Obama. You may be thinking the above quote from President Obama was talking about the Occupy Wall Street protests -- but he wasn't. He was talking about the protests in Iran this past year. Yet every morning, we read another story from a DFA member involved in an Occupy Wall Street action -- stories about how protesters are struggling with authorities just to be able to exercise their basic rights. Every day we hear about some new dirty trick being pulled in an effort to stifle and break up the movement. The tactics are varied. Some days it's the Mayor of New York attempting to forcibly evict protesters from Zuccotti Park under the guise of "cleaning" or taking away the power supply. Other days, it's mass arrests in Boston in the middle of the night. And just days ago it was the horrific story of police firing dangerous weapons on unarmed peaceful demonstrators in Oakland -- and even seriously wounding a United States marine who served in Iraq. The truth is: the universal rights of Occupy Wall Street protesters to free speech and assembly are not being protected right now. It's time for our nation's top law enforcement agency to stand up and defend its own civilians who are under attack -- from New York to Oakland and every occupation in between. Tell the Department of Justice to make a statement protecting the rights of Occupy Wall Street protesters to demonstrate in safety and peace. Sign the petition now. At other pivotal moments in American history, the Department of Justice and the President have taken action to protect its citizens engaged in protest from injustice and police brutality. We need that same leadership again now. President Obama has stood up and showed great leadership in demanding that all governments worldwide protect the rights of their people to peacefully protest without harassment. It's time for the Obama administration to lead again by demanding those exact same protections for peaceful protestors here in the United States of America. Add your name to the petition now. Tell the Department of Justice to protect the rights of Americans to assemble and speak freely. Thank you for everything you do, - Jim Jim Dean, Chair Democracy for America
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Democracy for America on the Ground for No on 2 Campaign in Ohio

With No On 2 25 points up in the Polls, DFA Gets Tens of Thousands Out to Vote for Nov. 8 Burlington, VT So far in Ohio, DFA staff talked to voters at 44,864 homes to make sure that Ohioans can vote down Issue 2 on Nov. 8th. The door-to-door canvass Get-Out-The-Vote effort will continue until Election Day. Momentum is on our side in Ohio, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. Gov. Kasich started a war on working families and Ohio voters will reject him and his right-wing Republican agenda at the polls on November 8. Recent polls show a 25 point lead for No on 2 (Ohio Votes 2011): Quinnipiac pollster Peter Brown said the poll results show the opposition to Issue 2 crosses almost all demographics. The poll showed a majority of men and women, blacks and whites, union and non-union households all opposed to Issue 2. More than one million Ohio voters signed a petition to bring Issue 2 to the ballot because the bill passed by the state legislature, SB 5, unfairly limits the bargaining rights of public workers in the state. Democracy for America is not taking this lead in the polls for granted and will continue to knock on doors in Ohio until the polls close on Nov. 8th. Jim Dean will be in Ohio on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 on the ground with DFA members working to get out the vote. For press availability for Jim Dean, please contact Levana Layendecker at [email protected] More on Issue 2 here: http://bit.ly/nFHPZx ABOUT 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 bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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Jim's statement on super committee - Patti Murray

Burlington, VT - Statement from Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America on Super Committee negotiations: If John Boehner and Mitch McConnell wanted to get serious about cutting the deficit they would let the rich pay their fair share like they did under the Clinton Administration when we had a surplus. But, instead they are proposing that we cut Social Security. Social Security by law cannot contribute to the deficit. It has a $2.7 trillion surplus in 2011 that is projected to grow to $3.7 trillion in 2022. Serious? Republicans never let facts get in the way of their so-called serious proposals to protect the richest 1%. The shame is the Democrats who are considering going along with it. If Democrats like Patty Murray want to get serious, they would stand up for seniors and the middle class and tell Boehner and McConnell to seriously shove it. ### ABOUT 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 bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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Super Committee

A message from Jim Dean: Democrats on the so-called Super Committee are caving to Republican demands and pushing a plan that would make drastic cuts to Medicare. This is bad policy and bad politics. Cuts like these are the worst possible way to reduce the deficit. They protect the status quo for the richest 1 percent while the 99 percent are expected to sacrifice vital healthcare that they need to survive in tough economic times like these -- and they'll hamstring Democrats running for reelection in 2012. We've been down this road before. Republicans and some Democrats have been pushing plans to destroy Medicare and Social Security for months. We've beat them then and we can beat them now with an overwhelming show of grassroots opposition to any plan that cuts Medicare. Join me and tell Washington that this deal is Dead On Arrival. Pledge to oppose any elected official -- Republican or Democrat - who votes for a plan that cuts Medicare and Medicaid benefits for the 99 percent. The facts are simple: The average income of Medicare beneficiaries is about $22,000 a year. Our nation's seniors can't afford to have their benefits cut and hard-working Americans can't afford to have their eligibility for Medicare raised to 67. As more and more people lose employer-provided health insurance, the last thing the nation's seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income children who depend on Medicaid need is for the federal government to slash these vital programs. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid did not cause the run-up in federal deficits. We have President Bush's huge tax cuts for the top 1 percent, the unpaid costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the Great Recession caused by reckless, un-American, and potentially criminal behavior on Wall Street to thank for the mess we're in. Washington needs to make sure those who caused this mess pay to clean it up -- not seniors, not Americans with disabilities, and certainly not low-income children who depend on Medicaid to survive. Send a message to Washington now -- Stand against cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security or stand alone for reelection. This is a fight we will win, if we stand up and fight. Because when we work together, we're unstoppable. Thank you for everything you do. -Jim Jim Dean, Chair Democracy for America
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Jim's Statement on super committee cuts to medicare and medicaid

Burlington, VT - Statement from Jim Dean, Chair of DFA on Democrats recommendations to cut Medicare and Medicaid: I am appalled and outraged by the recommendations from Democrats on the so-called Super Committee to cut Medicare and Medicaid in order to reduce the deficit. Our national deficit was caused by the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent of Americans and two unnecessary wars that were not paid for. The deficit was then exacerbated by the irresponsible actions of Wall Street. Those who caused this mess should be responsible for cleaning it up. These cuts are exactly the opposite of what Democrats should stand for. This plan protects the status quo for the 1% while the 99% are expected to sacrifice vital health care they need to survive. Democracy for America will oppose any Democrat who votes for a plan that cuts Medicare or Medicaid." Today Democracy for America sent an email to its one million members nationwide asking them to sign a petition to publicly oppose any Democrat who votes for cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. The email follow-up action also asks DFA members to call all the Senators and Representatives on the super committee and share their opposition to this proposal. Full email text: Democrats on the so-called Super Committee are caving to Republican demands and pushing a plan that would make drastic cuts to Medicare. This is bad policy and bad politics. Cuts like these are the worst possible way to reduce the deficit. They protect the status quo for the richest 1 percent while the 99 percent are expected to sacrifice vital healthcare that they need to survive in tough economic times like these -- and they'll hamstring Democrats running for reelection in 2012. We've been down this road before. Republicans and some Democrats have been pushing plans to destroy Medicare and Social Security for months. We've beat them then and we can beat them now with an overwhelming show of grassroots opposition to any plan that cuts Medicare. Join me and tell Washington that this deal is Dead On Arrival. Pledge to oppose any elected official -- Republican or Democrat - who votes for a plan that cuts Medicare and Medicaid benefits for the 99 percent. The facts are simple: The average income of Medicare beneficiaries is about $22,000 a year. Our nation's seniors can't afford to have their benefits cut and hard-working Americans can't afford to have their eligibility for Medicare raised to 67. As more and more people lose employer-provided health insurance, the last thing the nation's seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income children who depend on Medicaid need is for the federal government to slash these vital programs. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid did not cause the run-up in federal deficits. We have President Bush's huge tax cuts for the top 1 percent, the unpaid costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the Great Recession caused by reckless, un-American, and potentially criminal behavior on Wall Street to thank for the mess we're in. Washington needs to make sure those who caused this mess pay to clean it up -- not seniors, not Americans with disabilities, and certainly not low-income children who depend on Medicaid to survive. Send a message to Washington now -- Stand against cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security or stand alone for reelection. This is a fight we will win, if we stand up and fight. Because when we work together, we're unstoppable. Thank you for everything you do. -Jim Jim Dean, Chair Democracy for America ### ABOUT 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 bottom-up. www.DemocracyForAmerica.com Paid for by Democracy for America, www.democracyforamerica.com, and not authorized by any candidate.
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