October 20, 2011
A message from Charles Chamberlain:
One of the most powerful things about the Occupy Wall Street movement is
that it's leaderless. No one person or organization controls it, drives
it or can take credit for the movement that's continuing to build
everyday. Most importantly, that also means no one person or
organization can stop it. That's why big corporations and their
right-wing allies are freaking out. They're scared of the movement
that's sweeping the country because they know it's real. It's organic.
And it has the power to win because it's clear we're not going away
until change happens to improve the lives of the 99%. Here at
DFA, we know that it's not our job to try to take over this movement or
take credit for its work. We're here to help grow and support the work
that people across the country are doing organically. So, when thousands
of DFA members started writing in to ask us to make "We are the 99
percent" bumper stickers so they could show their support, we knew we
had to do it. Get your FREE "We are the 99 percent" bumper sticker right now.
You can put these stickers wherever you want to show your support for
this incredible movement -- on your car, in your window, on your
laptop... Whether you're in a city with a occupation or, better
yet, in an area where there isn't one -- you can use our stickers to
show people everywhere that this is a movement with huge national
support. We can show them exactly what the 99 percent looks like. So, sign up to get your free sticker right now, or get a pack of 10 for $10. Help support and grow the occupation -- Get a free "We are the 99 percent" sticker today. Thank you for everything you do. -Charles Charles Chamberlain, Political Director Democracy for America
October 13, 2011
A message from Charles Chamberlain: (Cross posted on Daily Kos.)
The collective craziness coming from the Republican Presidential
Candidates shouldnt be surprising at this point, but practically every
day Im stunned by something they say or do. Most of the time it makes
me want to throw something at the TV -- or out the window, but sometimes
I just have to laugh.
I mean in a way it's funny that this is the best the Republicans can
do, but at the same time it's infuriating that anyone -- much less
nearly half the population -- would accept them as legitimate
There's Rick Perry whose stupidity might actually top Bushs. And
Michele Bachmann who has proven her ineptitude over and over again --
through her extremism, factual inaccuracies and hypocrisy, just to name a
few. And Romney, who might have been a good candidate 15 years ago
(alright, probably not) -- but regardless, he has backtracked on
everything good he ever said.
All of these candidates would take our country in a horrifying direction. But whose would be the worst? Let us know in DFAs Presidential Pulse Poll.
Together we can make sure the worst of the worst never makes it to
the White House. DFA will run an ad against the winner of the poll --
the candidate with the most anti-votes -- in an early primary state.
And we will be there throughout the primary season to make sure that
every gaffe, every extremism and every thing wrong with these candidates
is abundantly clear.
This morning I read that Herman Cain is first in the latest poll.
Where did that come from? Who actually thinks his 9-9-9 plan is a good
idea? Is there anything more regressive? He may not care that a 9% flat
tax would decimate the working poor, but even heartless businessmen have
to recognize that a 9% national sales tax would stifle the economy --
that would mean LA would have a 21% sales tax -- how would that not hurt
I'm not really sure which of these candidates would be the worst. I
mean, Perry seems really really dangerous. But then again, maybe Mitt is
more likely to win. But frankly, it's doesn't matter what I think. I
want to know what you think. Please vote and share the It Gets Worse poll and leave your feedback here.
October 13, 2011
With 40,000 Members in Ohio, DFA will work to Get Out the Vote to Reject Kasichs War on Working Families Burlington, VT On October 5th Democracy for America
launched its No on 2 campaign in Ohio with the goal of reaching 75,000
voters to defeat the job-killing Issue 2 on November 8th.
- Modeled after our successful paid canvasses in the Wisconsin Recall
fights, DFA will hire a total of 15 local staff to identify voters and
get out the vote in three critical districts in Ohio.
- DFA will place two additional HQ staff on the ground to run Emergency
Organizing Meetings to mobilize our existing 40,000 members in Ohio to
defeat Issue 2 through volunteer canvassing, phone banks, and
- Working with We Are Ohio, staff on the ground will be identifying an
additional 35,000 volunteers to plug into campaign activities with a
focus on neighbor to neighbor contact and maximizing the use of social
networks to get out the vote.
Gov. Kasich started a war against working families in Ohio, said Jim
Dean, Chair of DFA. Ohio voters will reject him and his right-wing
Republican agenda at the polls on November 8.
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.
The state budget should not be balanced on the backs of working
families, and this bill will only reduce the number of teachers, nurses,
and firefighters in the state. Ohioans need more jobs, not less help
from critical public workers.
More on Issue 2 here: http://bit.ly/nFHPZx
Jim Dean will be in Ohio from Nov. 5 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] 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
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September 23, 2011
A message from Sen. Bernie Sanders:
Republicans hate Social Security because it has been an extraordinary
success and has done exactly what it was designed to do. It is the most
successful government program in our nation's history and is enormously
popular. When Social Security was developed, 50 percent of
seniors lived in poverty. Today, that number is 10 percent -- still too
high, but a testament to the success of Social Security.
Republicans have spent years demonizing Social Security and spreading
lies about its sustainability. They want to scare Americans and build
support for making drastic cuts to the program or privatizing it
entirely. Their long-term goal is to end Social Security as we know it,
and convert it into a private account system which will enable Wall
Street to make hundreds of billions in profits. The truth is
that, today, according to the Social Security Administration, Social
Security has a $2.7 trillion surplus and can pay out every benefit owed
to every eligible American for the next 25 years. Further,
because it is funded by the payroll tax and not the U.S. Treasury,
Social Security has not contributed one nickel to our deficit.
Now -- in a prolonged recession that has decimated the poor and middle
class and pushed more Americans into poverty than at any point in modern
history -- we need to strengthen Social Security. That's why I, along
with nine co-sponsors, have introduced the "Keeping Our Social Security
Promises Act." This legislation would lift the Social Security Payroll
tax cap on all income over $250,000 a year, would require millionaires
and billionaires to pay their fair share into the Social Security Trust
Fund, and would extend the program for the next 75 years. Join me now as a citizen co-sponsor of the Keeping Our Social Security Promises Act.
For 76 years, through good times and bad, Social Security has paid out
every benefit owed to every eligible American. The most effective way to
strengthen Social Security for the next 76 years is to scrap the
payroll tax cap for those earning $250,000 a year or more. Right
now, someone who earns $106,800 pays the same amount of money into
Social Security as billionaires like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. That is
because today, all income above $106,800 is exempt from the Social
Security tax. As a result, 94% of Americans pay Social Security tax on
all of their income, but the wealthiest 6% do not. That makes no sense.
The "Keeping Our Social Security Promises Act" will ensure the
long-term solvency of Social Security without cutting benefits, raising
the retirement age or raising taxes on the middle class. Join me and Democracy for America in fighting to strengthen Social Security -- Sign on as a citizen co-sponsor of the Keeping Our Social Security Promises Act.
Social Security is keeping tens of millions of seniors out of poverty
today. I can think of no more important issue facing our country today
than making sure that Social Security remains strong for generations to
come. Thank you. -Bernie Senator Bernie Sanders U.S. Senator from Vermont
September 8, 2011
If the gun lobby and their far right allies in
Washington, D.C. get their way, your state will no longer be able to make
its own decisions about who can legally carry a hidden gun.
Domestic abusers, drug addicts, stalkers, people with violent arrest
records and even people with absolutely no training who have never held a
gun before could be granted a concealed gun permit in another state,
andVermont would have to honor it -- no matter what. A
coalition of more than 600 mayors from across America is mounting an
aggressive campaign to stop this dangerous legislation before it becomes
law, and Im asking you to step up and help out. Join
Democracy for America and Mayors Against Illegal Guns in telling
Congress -- When it comes to carrying guns in our communities its OUR
STATE and OUR LIVES, so we should decide OUR LAWS.
Every signature we collect will be hand-delivered to the U.S. House
during an important hearing on September 13th -- when the extremists who
support the gun-lobby will try to argue for the proposed concealed
carry law. Before that happens, we need to organize as much opposition as possible from real Americans in communities nationwide.
Our petition is about protecting states rights and the lives of people
in our communities. To make sure Congress hears us, we need you to
speak out against this mandatory hidden-gun immunity. Add your name to stop Congress from trampling your states rights and putting police and average citizens at risk right now.
Washington ideologues want to call the shots on local laws that just
arent their business. Lets tell them that to protect OUR LIVES, let us
decide OUR LAWS. Thank you for taking action today,
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