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A message from Van Jones, President and Co-founder of Rebuild the Dream: Right now the American Dream is under siege. Tens of millions of willing workers can't find jobs. Millions of homeowners have lost their homes to foreclosure and millions more are underwater. Instead of investing in our shared future, politicians are giving tax breaks to the rich and then slashing vital services families depend on. Rather than expanding protections for the middle class during these difficult economic times, they're trying to gut workers' rights. But a new movement is rising all across America to fight back. It was born among the teachers, students, firefighters and nurses of Wisconsin who took over their Capitol to stop to Governor Walker's power grab. Now it's spreading as millions of other Americans -- inspired by the events in Madison, Wisconsin -- stand up to say "No" to right-wing attacks on the middle class. DFA is starting a campaign to fight back against these right wing attackers in Congress. We are going straight to them and telling them "Don't Kill the Dream" while they are at home for August recess. Join me for a telephone town hall this Thursday, August 18th at 9PM ET, to find out how you can join us to tell Republicans, "Don't Kill The Dream." Together we can rebuild the American Dream, but first we have to stop the Republicans who are trying to kill it. Thank you for all that you do. -Van Van Jones
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Post Dem Win in WI Release

Democracy for America Wraps Up First Phase of Unprecedented Recall Campaign Burlington, VT - Today with the clear victories of Jim Holperin and Robert Wirch, Republicans strike out in their efforts to recall Democrats who stood up for Wisconsinites against Scott Walkers extreme budget. "Wisconsin voters got their say and the message is clear: Republicans went too far, and Democrats are working for us. This is not an end, it is just the beginning. We will continue to fight every day to define for voters who is on their side and who is in office only to advance the interests of millionaires and corporations," said Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America. With this election Democracy for America concludes this phase of the campaign to recall Wisconsin Republican state senators who voted to cut education and health care in order to give corporations huge tax breaks. The recall effort that began in March of 2011 was the largest state based campaign that DFA has embarked upon: DFA and Allies Run Unprecedented Grassroots Campaign With partners DFA spent $2.2 million dollars in WI for our three pronged strategy to be on the air, on the ground, and on the phones. TV ads and the volunteer driven Call Out the Vote program were run jointly with the PCCC. DFA and PCCC volunteers made 382,623 calls and contacted more than 101,663 voters. Democracy for America ran three canvass offices with more than 108 canvassers in 3 key districts to recall Sheila Harsdorf (SD 10), Alberta Darling (SD 08), and Dan Kapanke (SD 32). DFA canvassers knocked on more than 100,000 doors in Wisconsin in six weeks. DFA has 25,000 members in Wisconsin and more than 2,000 of them personally volunteered. TV Ads Gave Voice to Wisconsin Working Families: Our TV ads feature real stories from Wisconsinites to give them a voice in this election -- and to fight back against the unlimited cash coffers of the right-wing propaganda machine. The contributions for our TV ads were given primarily in $5 - $25 increments from members around the country who fervently supported the fight in Wisconsin. 5 TV ads released: First two ads pre-election: WaronWorkingFamilies.com and www.RecalltheRepublicans.com Luther Olsen vs. Poy Sippi Elementary School https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/recallolsen?refcode=med Alberta Darling vs. 6 yr old Gabriel http://bit.ly/pkjHk6 Alberta Darling vs. Her own Republican Voters http://bit.ly/pFg0BB ### ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy for America is a people-powered Democratic Political Action Committee. With over one million members nationwide and 25,000 members in Wisconsin, 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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We'll keep fighting

A message from Jim Dean: DFA Member - I'm not going to sugarcoat it -- we came up short in Wisconsin last night. We needed to win three seats to take back the State Senate and we got two. This was always going to be a tough fight. These were Republican districts and these six Republican Senators were backed up by tens of millions of dollars from big corporations. The fact that we won two of these elections and came so close in a third is a testament to the strength of our grassroots movement. Your work on the ground and across the country built a people-powered campaign that went toe-to-toe with everything the right wing and big corporations had to offer and came within a few thousand votes of winning three seats in their territory. The country has seen the work we've done in Wisconsin and they know we won't be stopped. We're going to fight in Ohio, where voters have a chance to repeal another anti-union, anti-middle class law in a special referendum this November. We're going to fight in Michigan, where the governor has launched an all-out war on local governments. We're going to fight until we win -- and next year, we're going to beat John Boehner and his right-wing Tea Party majority. Thank you for everything you did in Wisconsin as part of our campaign. I am honored to work with DFA members like you everyday, and I look forward to the work we have ahead of us. -Jim Jim Dean, Chair Democracy for America
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Post WI election release from Jim

Madison, WI - In an email to Democracy for America members today, Jim Dean, Chair of DFA praises their hard work and encourages them to fight another day: "DFA Member - I'm not going to sugarcoat it -- we came up short in Wisconsin last night. We needed to win three seats to take back the State Senate and we got two. This was always going to be a tough fight. These were Republican districts and these six Republican Senators were backed up by tens of millions of dollars from big corporations. The fact that we won two of these elections and came so close in a third is a testament to the strength of our grassroots movement. Your work on the ground and across the country built a people-powered campaign that went toe-to-toe with everything the right wing and big corporations had to offer and came within a few thousand votes of winning three seats in their territory. The country has seen the work we've done in Wisconsin and they know we won't be stopped. We're going to fight in Ohio, where voters have a chance to repeal another anti-union, anti-middle class law in a special referendum this November. We're going to fight in Michigan, where the governor has launched an all-out war on local governments. We're going to fight until we win -- and next year, we're going to beat John Boehner and his right-wing Tea Party majority. Thank you for everything you did in Wisconsin as part of our campaign. I am honored to work with DFA members like you everyday, and I look forward to the work we have ahead of us. -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 and 25,000 members in Wisconsin, 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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