Breaking: Block and resist Trump’s cruel and heartless budget
[ act.credoaction.com/sign/stop_trump_budget ]Tell Congress: Stop Trump’s cruel and heartless budget Petition to members of Congress: Block and resist Trump’s cruel and heartless budget proposal, which would make devastating cuts to Medicaid, Social Security, the social safety net and countless programs that make America stronger and more prosperous, while giving tax cuts to the super-rich and handouts to international corporations and war profiteers. Add your name: [ act.credoaction.com/sign/stop_trump_budget ]Sign the petition ► Dear Anne, [ act.credoaction.com/sign/stop_trump_budget ][IMG] The first Trump budget has arrived, and it is as cruel and heartless as we expected. Donald Trump’s proposed budget would take an axe to the social safety net at a time when rampant economic inequality leaves too many struggling to get by. Trump wants to slash food stamps – and even cut Social Security, despite his repeated promises he would not do so. He and Betsy DeVos want to cut $11 billion from public education, eliminating 22 programs. Perhaps worst of all are massive funding cuts for Medicaid, which would end the program as we know it and steal health care from about 10 million low-income Americans.^1,2 Sen. Elizabeth Warren has said it best: This budget “would ruin lives.”^3 This is the budgetary equivalent of Trumpcare: cruel, heartless and deeply unpopular. We need to insist that Democrats stay united in their resistance and show wavering Republicans that these proposals are toxic. [ act.credoaction.com/sign/stop_trump_budget ]Tell Congress: Block and resist Trump’s cruel and heartless budget. Click here to sign the petition. The Trump-Republican budget hammers poor and middle-class Americans while delivering massive tax cuts to the wealthy and obscene handouts to war profiteers. In addition to cutting Medicaid, it would give conservative governors and legislatures permission to impose harsh new requirements on people who are counting on a little bit of support to survive. It would repeal rules and regulations that keep Americans safe and healthy. Trump’s plan would even cut Social Security – slashing Social Security Disability Insurance that millions of Americans rely on – in a betrayal of all his promises to protect Social Security.^4 Other targets of Trump’s crusade against everyday Americans include the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Violence Against Women grants, legal aid for poor Americans and programs to improve energy efficiency, reduce fossil fuel emissions;, civil rights enforcement, community policing, housing, and food assistance.^5 The “Trump-DeVos” budget, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren calls it, would slash public education. After-school programs, foreign languages, teacher training, physical education, arts programs, class-size reduction – all gone. It would even cut the Special Olympics. College students would be crushed, too, with the elimination of public service loan forgiveness, cuts to Pell Grants and an end to subsidies for low-income students.^6 The only people who come out ahead in this budget are wealthy billionaires. We need a sharp and fierce outcry to stiffen Democrats and make sure Republicans feel pressure. [ act.credoaction.com/sign/stop_trump_budget ]Tell Congress: Block and resist Trump’s cruel and heartless budget. Trump’s budget proposes to increase wasteful military spending by 10 percent, or $54 billion, even though Congress is already funding weapons projects the military does not want.^7 It also includes massive tax cuts for the wealthiest few and international corporations that hide money overseas.^8 This budget is not just cruel and heartless – it is a betrayal of all the people who believed Trump’s promises. We do not have a spending problem. We have a defense spending problem. We spend more on defense than we do on all other areas combined. More than half the discretionary budget goes to the military-industrial complex, and the “non-discretionary” budget – things like Social Security – is funded for decades, or longer with small fixes.^9 Trump and his Republican backers are not serious about spending, they are simply declaring war on the poor as an excuse to pass massive tax breaks for their wealthy campaign donors and corporate pals. Some Democrats will face the temptation to compromise in order to show their friends at Washington cocktail parties that they are “serious” about spending. If they do so, they will be complicit in making America sicker, poorer, less prosperous and less well-educated. We need to declare in no uncertain terms that Congress must resist the Trump cuts. Tell Congress: Block and resist Trump’s cruel and heartless budget. Click below to sign the petition. [ act.credoaction.com/sign/stop_trump_budget ]act.credoaction.com/sign/stop_trump_budget Thank you for speaking out, Murshed Zaheed, Political Director [ act.credoaction.com/go/111 ]CREDO Action from Working Assets Add your name: [ act.credoaction.com/sign/stop_trump_budget ]Sign the petition ► References:  1. Damien Paletta, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/14052 ]Trump to propose big cuts to safety net in new budget, slashing Medicaid and opening door to other limits,” The Washington Post, May 21, 2017.  2. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/14057 ]I just got a preview of the reported budget…” May 22, 2017.  3. Ibid.  4. Paletta, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/14058 ]Trump to propose big cuts to safety net in new budget, slashing Medicaid and opening door to other limits.” The Washington Post, May 21, 2017.  5. Bryce Covert, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/13100 ]Trump preparing budget with most extreme cut in government spending yet,” ThinkProgress, Jan. 19, 2017.  6. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/14057 ]I just got a preview of the reported budget…” May 22, 2017.  7. Alex Morash and Craig Harrington, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/13446 ]Economists And Experts Hammer Trump's Plan To Increase Military Spending At Expense Of Nearly Everything Else,” Media Matters for America, Feb. 27, 2017.  8. Paletta, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/14052 ]Trump to propose big cuts to safety net in new budget, slashing Medicaid and opening door to other limits.”  9. Charles Osterndorf, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/13102 ]Bernie Sanders is right—America spends too much money on its military,” The Daily Dot, Aug. 26, 2015.
· Wed, May 24 · obama

✍️ Add your name to stop Trump’s budget nightmare:
Trump promised he wouldn't touch Medicaid during the campaign. But his budget will cut $800 billion from Medicaid, along with cuts to: --SNAP (food stamps) --CHIP (Children's Health Insurance) --SSDI (Disability Insurance) This budget hurts the most vulnerable Americans. We have to fight against it. Add your name: my.democrats.org/Defeat-the-Trump-Budget
· Wed, May 24 · obama

Get a $100 gift card for each line you switch to CREDO Mobile this Memorial Day
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· Wed, May 24 · obama

This Thursday's briefing call:
Friend -- We know how chaotic this political landscape can seem -- how every single day brings rapid new developments on the issues we care about, and how hard it can feel to keep up to date. That's why it's more crucial than ever to stay plugged into the action on the issues that matter so much to the lives of everyday people -- our fights to protect 24 million Americans' affordable health care, stand up for immigrants and DREAMers, and stop dangerous climate change, to name a few. That's what this Thursday night's briefing call will be about -- what the next steps for these campaigns will look like, and how the next recess, starting Friday, will matter. We're inviting you to jump on the phone with Jack Shapiro, our Director of Policy and Campaigns, who will walk you through the latest on health care, the White House budget, immigration, climate change, gun violence prevention, and more. You'll get an insider's look at the issues that will define the coming months. This is your chance to learn what the latest developments mean for our advocacy efforts, ask questions, and get fired up to make a difference in your community. I hope you'll join us -- here are the details: What: OFA Immigration Campaign Briefing When: Thursday, May 25, 2017, 8 p.m. ET RSVP below for your personal dial-in information: myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/NRPZJQKO5MU2DY7 Thanks, Jennifer Jennifer Warner National Organizing Director Organizing for Action
· Tue, May 23 · obama

📺 RSVP to watch John Lewis and Heather Booth tomorrow 📺
We are honored to have Rep. John Lewis and Heather Booth join us on Democrats Live tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. ET. Make sure you tune in for some "Good Trouble." RSVP and we'll send you a reminder before the show begins: my.democrats.org/Democrats-Live-Episode-Ten
· Tue, May 23 · obama

This president's budget:
Friend -- The White House released their budget today -- a laundry list of harsh proposals that would have a devastating effect on millions of American families. There's no sugar-coating this: This budget would end Medicaid as we know it. It takes an axe to the Children's Health Insurance Program, and it slashes Social Security benefits for the disabled. Millions of people would find themselves without access to basic necessities under this budget -- we can't stand for this: my.ofa.us/Raise-Your-Voice-On-This-Budget Cuts under this budget are far-reaching, including cancer research, help for low-income students to afford college, nutrition assistance for poor kids, the Centers for Disease Control, the EPA's ability to keep pollutants out of our air and water -- and the first-ever White House attempt to fully block Planned Parenthood from federal funds. This budget is a cruel demonstration of what really matters to this administration. Instead of slashing programs that are working for some of the most vulnerable Americans, a budget should affirm our shared values. No child in America should go hungry, people who are down on their luck should have the opportunity to bounce back through training programs, and those who are physically unable to work should be treated fairly with dignity and respect. We cannot stay silent on this -- make your voice heard on the administration's budget: my.ofa.us/Raise-Your-Voice-On-This-Budget Thanks, Saumya Saumya Narechania National Issues Campaign Manager Organizing for Action
· Tue, May 23 · obama

· Tue, May 23 · obama

ANNOUNCING: The Next Up Victory Fund!
A new message from your friends at People For the American Way. Anne, The national progressive movement has been in crisis since well before the 2016 elections. Between governorships and legislatures, Democrats have lost a net 1,037 seats in the past eight years. Republicans have methodically taken complete control of 32 legislatures and control every branch of government in 25 states -- half of the entire country, allowing them to ram through gerrymandering, voter suppression, and attacks on the rights of women, workers, LGBTQ people, and others unchecked. Since the last election, you've no doubt seen Democrats and organizations on the political left scrambling to come up with plans to build a deep "bench" of progressive candidates and a "pipeline" to identify and support our future elected leaders. PFAW and our affiliate have been doing this work for years with programs to support young progressive leaders at every level of elected office. Today, we launch a new initiative to scale up these efforts and meet the urgency of electing dynamic young progressives to critical state and local offices, to rebuild our movement from the ground up in states across the country. I am thrilled to announce the creation of the Next Up Victory Fund. The goal of Next Up is to significantly shift the map within the next few election cycles to retake power in the states, win vital Democratic control over the redistricting process, and nurture a crop of progressive officeholders well positioned to win in their districts, statewide, and in future pursuits of federal office. This is our official launch email and you are one of the very first PFAW supporters I am reaching out to about the Next Up program. If you are with us in understanding the urgent need for this effort, please help us get it off the ground in the biggest way possible by becoming a founding grassroots supporter of the Next Up Victory Fund with a contribution today. site.pfaw.org/site/R Our goal is 1,000 inaugural grassroots supporters in the first week of our launch. The landscape right now in the states is dismal for progressives. And that needs to change. The 32 states where Republicans control the entire state legislature is an increase of 22 since 2009... And the 25 states where Republicans have a full trifecta of power -- both chambers of the legislature along with the governor -- include several traditionally blue states, and that GOP control predates Trump's 2016 wins in the industrial Midwest. This is largely due to poor performance by Democrats in midterm elections beginning with the Tea Party wave of 2010. That election cycle gave Republicans control over the redistricting process in many states and led to right-wing gerrymandering of both congressional and state legislative districts. But we have a path to progress! In 23 states we have close divides in state legislative chambers where we have the chance to flip control from Republicans or cement firm Democratic majorities. In five more states with Republican-controlled legislatures, we can make vital inroads to start closing the gap and put us on track for future Democratic control. Next Up Victory Fund will work tirelessly to change the current landscape by identifying and vetting progressive candidates younger than 40 in state and local elections, and supporting them in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to: * Endorsing with direct financial support, press outreach, and connections to both high-level and small grassroots donors... * Engaging PFAW's membership and networks in candidates' states to help get out the vote, recruit campaign volunteers, attract donors, and more... * Helping to amplify and credential these younger candidates, who depending on their age and experience might need help establishing themselves in the eyes of potential supporters... The Next Up Victory Fund is the next step in our deep, long-term investment in youth leadership development. It's the continuation and expansion of our former Young Elected Progressives program. Our nonpartisan affiliate People For the American Way Foundation has supported young leaders for over a decade, through Young Elected Officials (YEO) Network and Young People For (YP4). PFAW has more than 30 years of expertise and a proven track record of success in helping strong progressive candidates win tight races. This is going to be one of our most important endeavors of the next several election cycles -- including elections taking place this year, in advance of the all-important 2018 midterms. We need inaugural grassroots support to the tune of 1,000 donors to the Next Up Victory Fund this week in order to kick it off right. Will you donate to the Next Up Victory Fund and become one of our first 1,000 inaugural supporter now? site.pfaw.org/site/R Thank you for all you do. Please stay tuned for more details about this major new PFAW initiative in the coming days. 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· Tue, May 23 · obama

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· Tue, May 23 · obama

✍️ Sign up to be part of Resistance Summer!
You don't want to miss out on Resistance Summer! Sign up now to be a part of our summer of organizing in your community: my.democrats.org/Resistance-Summer
· Mon, May 22 · obama

Your next step:
Friend -- Thank you for signing up to fight against this administration's discriminatory immigration agenda. I can't tell you how wonderful it is to know that there are people like you, ready to take action and be a dedicated change-maker on this critical issue. Recently, we had a call with other people from all across the country who also are fired up and ready to go -- and I wanted to pass along one of the key next steps they'll be working on in the next few weeks so that you can jump in, too. Host a screening of The Dream Is Now, a documentary that showcases DREAMers' powerful stories and explores how deportation would affect the only lives they've ever known. These are the moments we've spoken about -- the time to stand up for our values as a welcoming nation with deep immigrant heritage. Showing your friends and family you care about something like this is contagious: It's the first step in starting a movement that our elected officials can't ignore. Tell us right now that you're interested in hosting a screening, and our organizing team will get in touch to make sure you have everything you need: my.ofa.us/Host-A-Screening Thanks, Jennifer Jennifer Warner National Organizing Director Organizing for Action
· Mon, May 22 · obama

The resistance lives on.
The Democratic Party
· Sun, May 21 · obama

re: pre-existing conditions
"Analysis: 6.3 Million People with Pre-Existing Conditions Would Be at Risk for Higher Premiums under the House's Health Bill" --Kaiser Family Foundation, 5/17/17 Paul Ryan and House Republicans celebrated with Donald Trump after passing their bill that could put health care out of reach for millions of Americans. They tried to replace Obamacare. Let's replace them. Donate to help elect Democrats this year and in 2018: my.democrats.org/Help-Democrats-Fight-Back-AB
· Fri, May 19 · obama

What we protect
Friend -- If you want to know what we value in America, there's an easy way to find an answer: Take a look at what we protect. Since Teddy Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act in 1906, sixteen presidents -- eight Republicans and eight Democrats -- have designated over 150 national monuments for all Americans to enjoy and pass along to future generations. Over the years they've included stunning landscapes like the Grand Canyon, and extraordinary places that define who we are as a country, like the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor. It's a bipartisan legacy that President Obama proudly continued, preserving more lands and waters than any other president in history. That legacy is under attack today. This administration just placed dozens of these iconic landmarks "under review" -- an unprecedented move that means they could be torn down or sold off on a whim. We simply can't let it happen. These monuments and public lands set America apart as a nation that preserves our treasures -- and remembers our history. Beyond works of nature, some of these special places, like the Birmingham Civil Rights Monument, Cesar Chavez, and Stonewall, remind us of how far we've come. But they all share one thing in common: They're irreplaceable parts of our national story. Each national monument adds its own piece to our historical, cultural, and natural heritage -- and now, it's our duty to stand up and defend them. These aren't just landmarks. They're what we believe in -- the places that say something to us. They're the stories we pass down to our kids, and their kids, so that they too might understand a bit more about where we've been, and what makes our country special. These are the causes that will define us for generations to come. Stand up today, and we'll make sure this administration knows where you stand: my.ofa.us/Stand-Up-For-Our-National-Monuments Thanks, Jack Jack Shapiro Director of Policy and Campaigns Organizing for Action
· Thu, May 18 · obama

What we protect
Friend -- If you want to know what we value in America, there's an easy way to find an answer: Take a look at what we protect. Since Teddy Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act in 1906, sixteen presidents -- eight Republicans and eight Democrats -- have designated over 150 national monuments for all Americans to enjoy and pass along to future generations. Over the years they've included stunning landscapes like the Grand Canyon, and extraordinary places that define who we are as a country, like the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor. It's a bipartisan legacy that President Obama proudly continued, preserving more lands and waters than any other president in history. That legacy is under attack today. This administration just placed dozens of these iconic landmarks "under review" -- an unprecedented move that means they could be torn down or sold off on a whim. We simply can't let it happen. These monuments and public lands set America apart as a nation that preserves our treasures -- and remembers our history. Beyond works of nature, some of these special places, like the Birmingham Civil Rights Monument, Cesar Chavez, and Stonewall, remind us of how far we've come. But they all share one thing in common: They're irreplaceable parts of our national story. Each national monument adds its own piece to our historical, cultural, and natural heritage -- and now, it's our duty to stand up and defend them. These aren't just landmarks. They're what we believe in -- the places that say something to us. They're the stories we pass down to our kids, and their kids, so that they too might understand a bit more about where we've been, and what makes our country special. These are the causes that will define us for generations to come. Stand up today, and we'll make sure this administration knows where you stand: my.ofa.us/Stand-Up-For-Our-National-Monuments Thanks, Jack Jack Shapiro Director of Policy and Campaigns Organizing for Action
· Thu, May 18 · obama

Stop Obamacare's repeal. Call now.
Friend -- Around the country, people are speaking out to let their representatives know what repealing Obamacare would mean for their families: my.ofa.us/Town-Hall-Video Repealing this law would create chaos in the lives of millions of people, but the Senate is moving forward anyway -- drafting a repeal bill behind closed doors. Get your voice on the record. Call a senator now: my.ofa.us/Call-A-Senator Thanks, Organizing for Action
· Thu, May 18 · obama

Add your name to stand with Nancy Pelosi:
"The public deserves to know the extent of President Trump's financial interests -- and the degree to which they are steering his decisions on Russia, tax reform, and our national security." --Leader Nancy Pelosi Add your name if you agree with Leader Pelosi that Donald Trump must release his tax returns: my.democrats.org/Trump-Tax-Returns
· Thu, May 18 · obama

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· Thu, May 18 · obama

Sign the petition: Being gay is not an illness.
[ act.credoaction.com/sign/conversion_therapy_fraud ]Tell Congress: Being gay is not an illness. Ban conversion therapy now. The petition to Congress reads: Being gay is not an illness. Pass the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017 to ban conversion therapy nationwide. Add your name: [ act.credoaction.com/sign/conversion_therapy_fraud ]Sign the petition ► Dear Anne, [ act.credoaction.com/sign/conversion_therapy_fraud ]Equality Being gay is not an illness. Leading medical and mental health experts describe so-called conversion therapy, which practitioners claim can force a change in a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation, as dangerous, ineffective and unnecessary. Conversion therapy is based on the false and hateful lie that being LGBTQ is a defect or disorder that needs curing. It is rooted in anti-gay and anti-transgender bigotry and based on lies that have been disproven again and again. Recently, the Supreme Court let California’s ban on conversion therapy for minors stand.^1 Now progressive champion Rep. Ted Lieu, who pushed for the crucial protections in California, has reintroduced a bill to ban conversion therapy nationally by calling it what it is: fraud. [ act.credoaction.com/sign/conversion_therapy_fraud ]Tell Congress: Conversion therapy is fraud. Protect LGBTQ people by passing the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017. Click here to sign the petition. Nearly every major medical, psychological, psychiatric, social work and professional counseling organization in the country has publicly discredited conversion therapy.^2 The practice is based on hateful lies and uses controversial practices like “violent role play, reenactment of past abuses, and exercises involving nudity and intimate touching.”^3 Multiple studies have found people who undergo conversion therapy to be at higher risk of depression, alienation from family, anxiety and suicide.^4 Children forced to go through the therapy are at even higher risk.^5 The Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act is simple, Rep. Lieu said. “It says it is fraud if you treat someone for a condition that doesn’t exist and there’s no medical condition known as being gay. LGBTQ people were born perfect; there is nothing to treat them for. And by calling this what it should be, which is fraud, it would effectively shut down most of the organizations.”^6 States like Oregon, Vermont and New Mexico have already banned the practice for minors.^7 The practice is dangerous for anyone who is subjected to it. With the recent Supreme Court ruling, we have momentum on our side to build awareness of the dangers of this practice and political support to ban it. If we can help spread understanding of how dangerous and fraudulent conversion therapy is, we can undermine the credibility of the those who practice and promote it and keep LGBTQ people safe. Tell Congress: Conversion therapy is fraud. Protect LGBTQ people by passing the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017. Click the link below to sign the petition: [ act.credoaction.com/sign/conversion_therapy_fraud ]act.credoaction.com/sign/conversion_therapy_fraud Thank you for standing up for the LGBTQ community, Tessa Levine, Campaign Manager [ act.credoaction.com/go/111 ]CREDO Action from Working Assets Add your name: [ act.credoaction.com/sign/conversion_therapy_fraud ]Sign the petition ► References: 1. Greg Stohr, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/13868 ]Gay-Conversion Therapy Ban Survives as Supreme Court Rejects Appeal,” Bloomberg, May 1, 2017. 2. The Southern Poverty Law Center, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/10847 ]Conversion Therapy,” accessed May 3, 2017. 3. Ibid. 4. National Center for Lesbian Rights, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/10848 ]#BornPerfect: The Facts About Conversion Therapy,” accessed May 3, 2017. 5. Ibid. 6. Amy B. Wang, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/13869 ]Supreme Court upholds California’s ban on gay ‘conversion therapy,” The Washington Post, May 2, 2017. 7. Movement Advancement Project, “[ act.credoaction.com/go/13870 ]Conversion Therapy Laws,” accessed May 3, 2017.
· Wed, May 17 · obama

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· Wed, May 17 · obama

Thank you
Friend -- We deserve better than representatives rubber stamping this administration's divisive agenda -- thanks for speaking out to say so. Do you have a friend or family member who agrees? Forward this email to them and ask them to tweet at a rubber stamp rep, too: my.ofa.us/We-All-Deserve-Better Thanks, Organizing for Action
· Tue, May 16 · obama

Thank you
Friend -- We deserve better than representatives rubber stamping this administration's divisive agenda -- thanks for speaking out to say so. Do you have a friend or family member who agrees? Forward this email to them and ask them to tweet at a rubber stamp rep, too: my.ofa.us/We-All-Deserve-Better Thanks, Organizing for Action
· Tue, May 16 · obama

Update on GA election & voter suppression (and THANK YOU)
A new message from your friends at People For the American Way. Anne, Thank you so much! PFAW members really stepped up last week and over the weekend to help make our funding goal for the next phase of our campaign to flip a Republican House seat in the special election next month in Georgia. This is a long update, but I hope you'll read it all the way through. Following House passage of the Trumpcare health bill and the GOP's constant covering for Donald Trump in the wake of one attack on our democracy after another, this race in Georgia's 6th District could be our best chance to start a wave of accountability for Trump Republicans that we'll continue to build through next year's midterm elections. Our endorsed candidate Jon Ossoff is a progressive voice against big money in politics and for voting rights, civil rights, choice, equality, and more. He was mentored by civil rights hero John Lewis and would defend our constitutional rights and values in Congress. But what's at stake in this election is perhaps illustrated best by the Republican in the race Karen Handel. Handel enjoys icon status with the anti-choice Religious Right for her past efforts to defund Planned Parenthood ... she supports Trumpcare AND Donald Trump's firing of James Comey (and seemingly whatever Trump does, for that matter) ... and she's campaigned on her experience as a voter suppressor! Handel's personal crusade against voting rights is particularly relevant right now. As Georgia secretary of state, she helped disenfranchise minority voters and she told her supporters that a much-needed extension of the voter registration deadline for this special election would "boil their blood." News from just this past week has put the ongoing fight to protect voting rights from right-wing politicians like Karen Handel in the national spotlight. First, Trump announced the forming of a so-called 'Election Integrity Commission' to be led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Kobach is arguably the nation's leading architect of voter suppression laws. And the commission also includes former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, who infamously did all he could to make it harder for people to vote in 2004 (and who then, incidentally, went on to work at the Family Research Council, recognized as an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center). The purpose of this commission is to give credence to Donald Trump's wildly unfounded conspiracy theory about millions of "illegal voters" in 2016 and, in doing so, to lay the groundwork for more laws making it harder for eligible voters to cast their ballot. Then, yesterday, the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal to a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that North Carolina's draconian voter suppression laws, passed by its right-wing state legislature, targeted minority voters "with surgical precision." This is a huge win for voting rights that effectively strikes down perhaps the most aggressive state-level voter suppression policy in the country. But there are plenty of voter suppression laws -- like strict ID requirements, voter registration restrictions, and more -- on the books in states across the country and Trump Republicans want to nationalize those policies if they can. A report yesterday on the news site Talking Points Memo examined the effects of a strict voter ID law in Wisconsin: "By one estimate, 300,000 eligible voters in the state lacked valid photo IDs heading into the election; it is unknown how many people did not vote because they didn't have proper identification. But it is not hard to find the Navy veteran whose out-of-state driver's license did not suffice, or the dying woman whose license had expired, or the recent graduate whose student ID was deficient -- or [Gladys] Harris, who at 66 made her way to her polling place despite chronic lung disease and a torn ligament in her knee. "She had lost her driver's license just before Election Day. Aware of the new law, she brought her Social Security and Medicare cards as well as a county-issued bus pass that displayed her photo. "Not good enough. She had to cast a provisional ballot that ended up not being counted. "In the end, Wisconsin's 10 Electoral College votes went to Republican Donald Trump, who defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton by roughly 22,000 votes." We're continuing the fight to protect voting rights all across the country, and mounting a campaign to expose the truth about the insidious Pence-Kobach commission. 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· Tue, May 16 · obama

Rubber Stamp Representatives
Friend -- When it comes to Congress, we should expect our elected representatives to go to Washington and well, represent us. We send them there to speak up for our values and look out for our interests, and that's exactly what they should do. But over the past few months, 34 representatives from all over the country -- Arizona to Michigan, Florida to Illinois -- have been doing the exact opposite. Last November, their constituents rejected this administration's extreme agenda -- and yet, they've gone to Washington and voted "yes," time after time on the White House's harmful policies. Today, OFA is launching a new project to tell these representatives, loudly, that this is unacceptable: my.ofa.us/rubber-stamp-reps Our new Rubber Stamp Reps site gives you the tools you need to help hold these members of Congress accountable. It's up to us to make sure every representative that rubber stamps the White House's agenda, instead of looking out for their constituents' best interest, thinks twice about their next vote -- check out the site: my.ofa.us/rubber-stamp-reps Thanks, Katie Katie Hogan Executive Director Organizing for Action
· Mon, May 15 · obama