March 28, 2011
A message from Jim Dean:
I bet you're wondering what the heck "fracking" is. That's a good
Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is a controversial
drilling technique used by the oil and gas industry that has injected
millions of tons of highly toxic chemical fluids into the ground to
break apart shale and release natural gas.
Scientists believe these chemicals are poisoning America's
That didn't stop Vice President Dick Cheney from exempting fracking from
the Safe Water Drinking Act in the 2005 Energy Bill or the natural gas
industry from unleashing a massive 34-state drilling campaign.
Now, six years later, with the facts stacking up showing the damage
being caused and the American lives being placed at risk, a few members
of Congress are standing up to close the loophole and hold the oil and
gas production industry to the same standards as any other industry to
ensure the safe protection of America's drinking water.
But they'll need our help to win. Join us in calling on Congress to pass the FRAC Act
Representatives Diana DeGette, Jared Polis, and Maurice Hinchey have
introduced the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act
in the U.S. House while Senators Bob Casey and Chuck Schumer have
introduced the companion bill in the U.S. Senate.
In the past, the oil and gas industry has spent millions of dollars
fighting against these common-sense regulations and have succeeded in
defeating similar bills. This time, we're not going to let Congress
fight the industry alone.
That's why Democracy for America is building a coalition of grassroots
activists and environmental organizations to work together with leaders
in Congress to pass the FRAC Act this year.
We'll educate the public, expose scientific studies that reveal the real
risks, hold rallies, meetings, public forums, and organize grassroots
action until we win.
Please add your name and join the campaign to
protect America's drinking water right now.
It's been reported that since 1999 more than 90 percent of the natural
gas wells have used the fracking process. Because of the Safe Water
Drinking Act exemption, industry is not required to reveal the exact
chemicals used in fracking, but researchers in independent scientific
studies suspect 65 percent of the compounds used in fracking are
hazardous to human health.
It only takes low concentrations of benzene and diesel fuel, two
compounds found in fracking studies, to lead to severe health and
environmental consequences and illnesses traced to fracking have been
documented in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and
As if that wasn't enough to demand proper regulation and environmental
oversight, a recent New York Times article revealed that the
inability to properly process wastewater from fracking, may even be
allowing radioactive materials into local rivers, streams, and drinking
The oil and gas industry is too big and too powerful for us to let
members of Congress take them on alone. It's up to us to stand with
them, fight back, and make sure they have the support they'll need to
Join the campaign at www.StopFrackingNow.com today.
Thank you for everything you do.
Jim Dean, Chair Democracy for America
March 23, 2011
District Overwhelmingly Chooses Bowen by 70% in DFA Member Poll Burlington, VT Democracy for America (DFA) endorses Debra Bowen today in the CA 36 after members overwhelmingly support her by 70% in online poll. DFA members statewide supported Bowen enthusiastically in her previous race for Secretary of State. DFA has more than 7000 members in the 36th district. Bowen has been an outstanding Secretary of State and she'll make an outstanding Congresswoman for California's 36th District, said DFA Chair, Jim Dean. DFA supports progressive candidates up and down the ballot from school board to president and will be proud to see Debra Bowen go from doing great work for the state of California to standing up for progressive values in the US Congress. ###
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March 9, 2011
Wisconsin's Republican Senators found a way to pass Gov. Walker's
anti-worker proposal -- without a single Democratic Senator present.
There isn't a shred of doubt left if this was a budget fight or an
assault on workers. With one vote, Republicans have declared one goal:
Break unions and middle class families.
We will hold them accountable in Wisconsin. We will fight back and win.
We will be working all night to prepare new online ads and radio ads --
and in the morning, we'll buy more TV ads in the districts of Republican
senators up for recall.
Please contribute $5 to fund our campaign to fight back and stop the Republican war on working families.
This is it. Now more than ever we need to fight back and not give an inch.
As it says in our ad. "This is a battle we need to win."
Thank you for everything you do.
March 3, 2011
Ad Released by DFA
and PCCC Chronicles Wisconsinites Protesting in the Bitter Cold to
Protect Their Rights and Their Families
***************WATCH THE AD HERE: WarOnWorkingFamilies.com***************
Today, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for
America released a new TV ad in Wisconsin accusing Gov. Scott Walker of
launching a Republican war on working families.
The ad features Wisconsinites at last Saturdays Madison rally and calls
on voters to join the fight against Gov. Walker at
Gov. Walker and the Republicans just gave over 100 million dollars in
tax cuts to corporations and now they are asking teachers and nurses to
pay for itand attacking workers rights to negotiate for fair benefits,
says Emily Pease-Clem, a teacher from Madison, WI, in the ad while she
stood in the snow outside the Wisconsin State House.
This is Republican class warfare an attack on the middle class. This
is a battle we need to win, says Kathleen Slamka, an Electrician from
Oak Creed, WI in the ad.
The ad is initially scheduled to air from today until Friday in the
Madison and Milwaukee media markets. PCCC and DFA will raise money
through emails to their memberships in order to expand the ad buy to
other media markets and for more days. PCCC has over 700,000 members,
including over 22,000 in Wisconsin. DFA has over 1 million members
nationally, including over 25,000 in Wisconsin. The two groups combined
raised nearly $160,000 for Wisconsin Senate Democrats in the last week.
Watch the ad and read the transcript below.
WATCH THE AD HERE: WarOnWorkingFamilies.com
PCCC/DFA Wisconsin Ad: Republican War On Working Families 60 Sec.
Emily Pease-Clem, Teacher Madison, WI: Governor Walker and the
Republicans just gave over $100 million in tax cuts to corporations. And
now theyre asking teachers and nurses to pay for it. And attacking
workers right to negotiate for fair benefits.
Richard Scoby, Graphic Designer Middleton, WI: It will probably cost us
between $400 and $500 a month in income. I've tried not to think about
it, just be out here on the square. It's not selfish. It's just
Kristine Fantetti, Secretary Whitewater, WI: I'm just a secretary. And
this bill that Walker's proposing is going to cost me over $3,000 a
year. Not to mention more down the road when we lose our collective
Jeremiah Holden, Educator Madison, WI: I believe that the issues that
are being discussed here in Madison are not unique to Madison or the
state of Wisconsin. These are national issues. Money is being taken away
from workers and the tax breaks given to major corporations.
Kathleen Slamka, Electrician Oak Creek, WI: This is Republican class
warfare an attack on the middle class. This is a battle we need to
Text: STOP THE REPUBLICAN WAR ON WORKING FAMILIES
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March 3, 2011
It's time to take our campaign in Wisconsin to the next level: Offense!
Today, we're launching a powerful new TV ad in Wisconsin against Gov.
Scott Walker and the Republicans. With your help, we can put it on TV
day after day until Republicans cave.
Can you take a look -- and contribute $20 to help us
It's real Wisconsin.
Teachers. Secretaries. Electricians. All standing up and
speaking about the impact this budget would have on them and their
Watch the ad and please contribute $20 right
now to keep the ad on the air as long as possible.
This isn't the only way we're turning up the heat on Wisconsin Senate
Together with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, we're pulling
out all the stops to back up the people of Wisconsin and protect middle
Yesterday, we launched robo-calls in the districts of five Republican
state senators, asking voters whether they would support recalling their
senator from office for supporting Gov. Walker's war on working
families. That's over 50,000 in-district calls and the response has been
Now this ad will continue to turn up the heat on Governor Walker and all
the Senate Republicans just as recent polls are already showing their
support declining and their negative's climbing.
This new TV ad may be our best ever. Please take a look and contribute $20 right now to keep
it on TV.
Thank you for taking action today to stop the war on working families.
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