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
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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,
September 8, 2011
Burlington, VT Jim Dean, Chair of Democracy for America on President Obamas speech on September 8, 2011: This
speech is an important first step in turning the conversation in
Washington back to where it should have been for the last year to
jobs. The American people need jobs not cuts and so far no matter how
much Democrats have tried to work across the aisle, Republicans have
showed that they will always put politics in front of creating actual
jobs. Our hope is that the President and Democrats in Congress will back
this speech up by standing strong and drawing a line in the sand to
protect key investments like Social Security and Medicare which support
the middle class, while making more investments in infrastructure that
create real jobs. ### ABOUT DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA Democracy
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September 1, 2011
Like much of the Northeast, Republican Eric Cantor's district was hit hard by Hurricane Irene. Yet,
even while families and small business owners struggle to dig their way
out and get back to their regular lives, Talking Points Memo reports
Eric Cantor is using the hurricane disaster to drive even more cuts to
"Cantor: Hurricane Disaster Relief Will Have To Be Offset With Program Cuts By Brian Beutler, Talking Points Memo - August 29, 2011,
As expected, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) will try to see
to it that federal disaster aid to regions damaged by Hurricane Irene be
offset by concomitant cuts to other federal programs."
We're not going to let him get away with it. We announced today that we will be running our new TV ad in Cantor's district.
We're updating our new TV ad to target Eric Cantor directly -- using
his quote about Hurricane disaster funding -- and hitting the airwaves
in-district right before he returns to Washington. Contribute $7 right now to keep the ad on the air now. Republicans
are leading an all out assault on Medicare, Social Security, and
education. We can stop them if we fight back. It's up to us to make it
happen. Please contribute right now to keep our TV ad on the air.
In addition to running TV ads, DFA members are also organizing protests outside of Congressional offices and Town Halls.
With more than 100 events scheduled, DFA members have already held events in the following congressional districts*:
John Campbell CA-48
Dana Rohrabacher CA-46
Jeff Denham CA-19
Kevin Yoder KS-03
Tim Huelskamp KS-01
Steve Southerland - FL-02
Allen West FL 22
David Rivera FL 25
Steve Palazzo - MS-04
Pat Meehan - PA-07
Joe Pitts - PA-16
Leonard Lance - NJ-07
Tim Bishop - NY-01
Nan Hayworth - NY-19
Joe Heck NV-03
*An event was also held to protest Maine Gov. Paul LePage Photo from Rally in Fresno, CA - Protesters Show Up at Denham's Office, WKMJ- NOW News Talk Radio
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