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Superfail statement

Burlington, VT - Statement from Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America on Super Committee failure: Democrats on the Super Committee were right to walk away from the deals Republicans proposed which only protected their political allies and donors in the top 1% while cutting vital programs that support the 99%. Republican behavior has been reprehensible in these negotiations. The failure of the Super Committee is the best case scenario for America. Its time for Democrats to stop begging for crumbs of compromise from the Republicans and get to work getting Americans back to work. The best way to reduce the deficit is to get Americans working again and President Obamas Jobs Bill will do that. Congress should put the Jobs Bill first on the agenda when they get back. ### 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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The 99%

They can take away the tarps and the tents. They can arrest peacefulprotesters and shut down the occupations. But they can't stop Occupy Wall Street and the 99% movement. In recent days, cities and politicians acting on behalf of the 1% have shut down or raided occupations in Oakland, CA to Burlington, VT, from Portland, OR to Chapel Hill, NC. And, of course, they raided New York's Zuccotti Park -- the place this movement started -- in the middle of the night while everyone was sleeping. But just as no one person or organization leads the movement, no one mayor -- or even 100 mayors -- can stop it. The future of the movement is in the hands of the 99%, not the hands of those who stand against us. So what's next? As the movement continues beyond sustaining 24-hour encampments and into other avenues of direct action, we're looking for your ideas on how to keep taking it to the next level. Please take a minute to vote on some possible actions we're considering -- and provide your own ideas right now. We'll share your ideas with our friends organizing and shaping future actions with Occupy Wall Street participants on the ground. And, of course, your feedback will guide Democracy for America's campaign supporting the 99% movement as we keep moving America forward. Make no mistake about it. The 99% movement has already created a seismic shift in our national debate -- from austerity and cuts -- to jobs, inequality and our broken economic system. The increasing attempts to shut it down prove that it's working. The message has broken through and the 1% are afraid of what we may accomplish. Let's make sure we do our part to keep the pressure up. Please vote and voice your thoughts now. Thank you for everything you do to stand up for the 99%.
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GHD video on Occupy

"This is about a just and fair America and I thank you for standing up for it. Where will you be November 17?" Statement from Gov. Howard Dean, founder of Democracy for America, on the Occupy movement: In a video address to Democracy for America members filmed by Democracy for New York City on Nov. 15, Gov. Dean encouraged the Occupy movement. Watch the video here: http://youtu.be/ADqUTOGoi60 In the video statement Gov. Dean says: I want to thank Occupy Wall Street for standing up for something that really needs to be stood up for. This country cant be a coherent country if the people at the top are making 500 times as much as ordinary working people. Keep doing what you are doing. Make it peaceful, but be clear: This is about a just and fair America and I thank you for standing up for it. Where will you be November 17?" ### 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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Ohio Victory Release

Gets 50,000+ Out to Vote Nov. 8, Voters Reject Gov. Kasich Extremist Attack on Working Families Burlington, VT Democracy for America staff and their 40,000 members in Ohio celebrated last night, when voters turned out to the polls and rejected Gov. Kasichs deeply unpopular anti-labor law, Senate Bill 5. DFA has been actively pushing the No on 2 campaign in Ohio for the past five weeks--talking to voters at more than 50,000 homes about Gov. Kasichs attack on hard-working Ohioans. The victory in Ohio should send a clear message to extremist politicians like Gov. Kasich: policies that protect the wealthiest 1% at the expense of the 99% of hard-working Americans are hugely unpopular and will be rejected at the polls, said Jim Dean, Chair of DFA. DFA and our 40,000 members in Ohio worked hard to get out the vote and defeat the job killing Issue 2 and we will continue to fight back against extremist right wing attacks on hard-working Americans. The results in Ohio are clear. No on 2 won by a clear margin with a healthy voter turnout. 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 limited the bargaining rights of public workers in the state. 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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Department of Justice

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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