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Forget the doom and gloom:
Dear MoveOn member,
Forget the doom and gloom from the mainstream media about this year’s elections.
We’re quietly building a mighty volunteer army to stop the Republican takeover of Congress. In the last month, MoveOn members around the country have organized nearly 1,000 events. Made over 200,000 phone calls recruiting get-out-the-vote volunteers for endangered Democratic candidates. And turned out thousands of volunteers to talk to their neighbors about the election, with more coming every day.
We’re doing what we need to do. And we have got to keep it going.
This week our goal is to make 20,000 phone calls to potential volunteers through our online calling program. With our handy calling tool, it’s super-easy. Can you spend 15 minutes making phone calls? Click to sign up:
We’re facing a serious uphill battle. Just Friday, The New York Times’ top election analyst gave a dire report that Republicans now have a 72% change of taking over the House this fall.1 And polls continue to show progressive heroes like Alan Grayson and Russ Feingold in real trouble.
But in cities and towns across the country, a grassroots resurgence to stop the takeover and save our progressive leaders is evident. Last weekend, MoveOn members held 350 “Yes We Can!” house parties from Cave Creek, AZ to South Hadley, MA. At 48 events coast to coast this week, MoveOn members are releasing hard-hitting reports exposing shady right-wing front groups that are helping Republicans try to take over Congress. And in California, we’ve seen one progressive leader, Barbara Boxer, pull ahead in her race against Carly Fiorina.2
If you haven’t yet gotten involved in this election, now’s the time. And if you have, it’s critical to keep going—and to get your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and anyone you can get your hands on involved.
Can you help out by calling MoveOn members in key areas to recruit them to volunteer with the most important campaigns? Click here now to sign up to get started calling:
Thanks for all you do.
–Steven, Adam, Lenore, Duncan, and the rest of the team
1. “Projected Republican Gains Approach 50 House Seats,” The New York Times, October 8, 2010
2. “Boxer pulls ahead in polls as Calif. senate race closes in,” San Diego News Room, October 7, 2010
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RE: Russ Feingold:
Russ Feingold’s opponent is Ron Johnson, a millionaire who’s spent $5.2 million of his own money trying to buy Russ’s Senate seat.
Ron Johnson supports NAFTA. He likes the Patriot Act. He thinks speaking out against the war is “extremely harmful to our nation.”
Lucky for us, Russ got Johnson to agree to three debates. Now Ron Johnson going to have to stand next to Russ and defend his extreme positions to Wisconsin voters.
FDL activists stepped up for Russ big time two weeks ago, raising more than $38,000 for his campaign. We want to show Russ and Wisconsin voters that ordinary people want to see Senator Feingold return to the Senate next year, not a self-funded millionaire.
The first debate is TONIGHT. Can you help us reach $50,000 for Russ? It’s critical we make a strong push for Russ right now. Click here to donate:
Russ stood alone and opposed the Patriot Act. He opposed FISA. He opposed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And he’s done the same thing no matter who controls Congress or the White House. He always put principles before party.
Russ is locked in a tough battle, but he’s fighting hard. He’s got 22 field offices across Wisconsin, more than any campaign in country, and his supporters are working hard to turn out voters.
But a lot is riding on these debates. We want Russ to know going into them that we’ve got his back, so we set a goal of $50,000. We’re almost there – can you please chip in to make sure Russ Feingold can continue to fight for what’s right?
Russ was there for us when it was hard. Let’s be there for him. Click here to donate and help us get to $50,000 for Russ.
With your help, we’ll show Wisconsin voters that principle counts over party; that people power will prevail over a self-funded millionaire who wants to buy his way to the Senate.
Thanks for supporting Russ, and for all you do.
FDL Action PAC
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BIRTH CONTROL MATTERS
It matters to a young woman finishing college or starting a career.
It matters to the family making ends meet.
It matters to the mothers and fathers who treasure the children they have.
When it comes to reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country, birth control really matters.
Help us raise one million voices that can say that affordable, accessible birth control matters, and must be part of health care reform.
All throughout the long debate over health care reform, I kept my eye on the prize: a country in which every woman everywhere has the access and the means to take charge of her own reproductive health and her life.
That’s always been the goal of Planned Parenthood, of course. But — with the implementation of the health care reform law that we fought for — the opportunity to make that goal a reality became possible.
We always knew, though, that the fight for women’s health wouldn’t end when the bill passed — there’s a lot more to do to deliver on the promise of the new law.
So, today, Planned Parenthood is picking up right where we left off by kicking off one of the most important campaigns in our history — making prescription birth control affordable and accessible for all. Will you join us by being one of the first of our supporters to sign the Birth Control Matters petition today?
The campaign is simple, even if the road ahead will be difficult. Affordable prescription birth control is an essential part of health care for millions of women. Making birth control available at no cost is the single most important step we can take to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies. The time has come to provide birth control at no cost to every woman who wants it.
The first step to making this goal a reality is to make some noise. If we can get everyone who cares about women’s health to sign our petition demanding no-cost birth control as part of quality American health care, we have a good chance of making it a reality. Please, take just 30 seconds now to add your name.
As the Department of Health and Human Services works to implement the health care law passed by Congress this year, it is going to be facing pressure from all sides: Health insurance companies. Anti-choice groups who fought to influence the law, like the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Anti-choice lawmakers. To make sure women get the care and the birth control they need and deserve, we’re going to have to be loud to be heard, and that’s why I need you with us today.
Help us raise one million voices for no-cost birth control. Sign the petition — then spread the word to your friends, family, co-workers, everyone you know who cares about women’s health.
Imagine: what if every woman who wanted it could obtain no-cost prescription birth control? It seems like a simple thing, but it can change lives. Not just a few. Not just a few thousand. Try millions. You and I have the ability to change millions of lives for the better and for decades to come.
That’s why Planned Parenthood is reaching out to women and men in every place there is a need for affordable birth control — which is in every city and town in America. From college campuses to the communities that rely on Planned Parenthood health centers, from Capitol Hill and the White House to Facebook and Twitter, we’re building a movement with a simple but serious message: Birth Control Matters.
It’s going to be a long fight, and I need to know that you’ll stand with us. We need one million signatures to make sure decision makers can’t ignore us. Be one of the first in a million today.
The truth is, choice is meaningless without access to affordable care. The recent rise of a new crop of anti-choice extremists shows just how important it is for people like you and me to stand up for access to affordable reproductive health care. To protect choice now and forever, we must give every woman the support she needs to control her own reproductive health and her life. That’s why birth control matters.
Sign your name to our petition, and pass it on. Together, we’ll tell our grandchildren about how we — you and I, james m — made sure that every woman, everywhere had the means and access to control her future with birth control.
Thank you for your ongoing support of Planned Parenthood and the women, men, and teens who rely on us to protect their access to affordable health care.
Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Action Fund
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