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BREAKING: DFA says any budget deal including SS cuts is "declaring a holy war on working families"

Reports suggest that Congress and the White House may be near a budget deal that could include cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits.

Statement from Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on the unacceptability of any budget deal that includes earned benefit cuts:

"If talk about Social Security benefit cuts in an upcoming budget deal is a trial ballon, it must be popped right now.

"The White House needs to know that any budget deal that cuts Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits or eligibility for those benefits is unacceptable to the American people and roughly equivalent to declaring a holy war on struggling working families near the kick-off of the 2016 election.

"Over the last three years, the American people have said in poll after poll that we should be expanding Social Security benefits, not cutting them, and earlier this year nearly every single Senate Democrat voted for legislation that supported that popular idea.

Founded in 2004, Democracy for America is a people-powered PAC with 1 million members who have raised and contributed more than $32.7 million and made more than 10.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 831 progressive candidates nationwide.

DFA has been one of the leading progressive voices in the fight for the incredibly popular idea of Social Security expansion -- including pushing it forward as a key idea in the 2016 presidential election.


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Democracy for America backs progressive champion Heather Arnet for PA State Senate District 37

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OCTOBER 21, 2015
Contact: Omer Farooque, [email protected], 262-391-2653

Democracy for America backs progressive champion Heather Arnet for PA State Senate District 37

Burlington, VT -- This morning, the national progressive group Democracy for America announced its endorsement of Heather Arnet in the November special election in Pennsylvania State Senate District 37.

The fully quotable email endorsing Arnet to DFA members in the Pittsburgh area is available below.

Additional statement from Democracy for America chair Jim Dean on today’s announcement, if helpful:

“Heather Arnet has been a relentless warrior in the battle against income inequality in Pennsylvania. When you look at her record of fighting to raise the minimum wage, establishing paid sick leave and demanding equal pay for women, there’s no doubt that she’s the progressive champion Pennsylvanians need in Harrisburg.

“As a community leader, Heather has given a voice to millions of working families in the Keystone State. As a State Senator, she’ll break down every door to ensure they have a seat at the table.” – Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America

DFA is a people-powered Political Action Committee with 1 million members nationwide, including 51,582 in Pennsylvania.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $32.7 million and made more than 10.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 831 progressive candidates nationwide.

Full email to DFA members:

From: "Jim Dean" <[email protected]>

Subject: PENNSYLVANIA: Heather Arnet for State Senate

DFA Member --

When Republicans control state legislatures, bad things usually happen. Nobody knows that better than Pennsylvania's working families.

For more than 100 days, Pennsylvania has not had an approved budget. Public schools are at risk of closure due to lack of funds -- all because Republicans in the state legislature refuse to raise taxes on the natural gas industry to pay for schools.

It's just the latest example of right-wing extremism in Harrisburg. These same Republicans gerrymandered Pennsylvania's Congressional districts, blocked Medicaid expansion, and pushed through awful laws that restrict the right to vote.

Progressives across America are starting to fight back against right-wing state legislatures. Pennsylvania has an important chance to stop the Republicans in the special election in the 37th State Senate district. DFA is endorsing Heather Arnet in that race because she will be a champion for working families, and will fight the extreme right in the legislature.

Election Day is just around the corner -- November 3. Can you help get out the vote? Sign up now to volunteer to elect Heather Arnet for State Senate.

Heather Arnet will fight hard for progressive values and against income inequality. She supports a higher minimum wage, and wants paid sick and family leave for workers. She's fought to increase affordable healthcare and for equal pay for women.

Her campaign is all about taking power back from the far right. She wants to fix the state's tax system so that it favors working people, rather than millionaires and billionaires. She will stand up to those who attack women's rights, especially a woman's right to choose. And she'll take on the NRA, working to pass legislation to stop gun violence.

Electing Heather Arnet will also send a message to the extremist Republicans in the state legislature: the voters are fed up with their obstructionism, their favoring of the rich, and their attacks on Pennsylvanians' rights.

DFA members know that we have to win the battle against the far right in state legislatures if we're going to take our country back. That's why we're endorsing Heather Arnet for State Senate. Sign up today to help her win this important election.

Thank you for helping turn Pennsylvania's state legislature blue.

- Jim

Jim Dean, Chair Democracy for America

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Democracy for America backs Aaron Peskin for San Francisco Board of Supervisors

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OCTOBER 14, 2015
Contact: Omer Farooque, [email protected], 262-391-2653

Democracy for America backs Aaron Peskin for San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Burlington, VT -- This morning, Democracy for America, a national progressive group  announced its endorsement of progressive leader Aaron Peskin.

Email endorsing Aaron Peskin for San Francisco Board of Supervisors is below.

Statement from Democracy for America’s Jim Dean on today’s announcement:

“As Supervisor, Aaron Peskin established an unparalleled record of fighting for affordable housing, protecting San Franciscans from reckless evictions, and standing up to powerful developers who wanted to turn needed hotel space into million-dollar condos.

“The problems caused by exploding income inequality aren’t theoretical in San Francisco, they’re very, very real. San Francisco needs leaders who aren’t afraid to fight for working families, leaders who are willing to do what it takes to expand and protect affordable housing, and that’s why Democracy for America is so proud to stand with Aaron Peskin in this incredibly important race.”  -- Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America  

DFA is a people-powered Political Action Committee with 1 million members nationwide, including 182,948 in California.

Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $32.7 million and made more than 10.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 831 progressive candidates nationwide.

Full email to DFA members:

From: "Jim Dean"

Subject: San Francisco: Here’s why DFA is endorsing Aaron Peskin

Teresa --

San Francisco has some of the worst income inequality in America. The soaring cost of housing is one of the reasons it's getting worse.

You know it better than anyone. Rents are unaffordable. You can't buy a house in San Francisco for less than a million dollars. And longtime working class residents are being evicted to make way for wealthier people.

Yet when Supervisor Julie Christensen was asked about the eviction crisis last week, she downplayed it. After a fellow Supervisor pointed out all the eviction horror stories, Sup. Christensen claimed most of them hadn't even taken place -- and that in most cases, tenants were the problem.

Talk about tone deaf. San Franciscans quickly responded with the #DearJulieImReal hashtag, telling their stories about how they have been evicted in a city whose leaders too often side with the rich and powerful against the people.

It's time for change. That's why DFA is endorsing Aaron Peskin for the Board of Supervisors. In this crucial election that will help decide whether SF continues to become unaffordable and unequal, he has a proven record of fighting for progressive values.

Aaron Peskin has shown he is a progressive leader. During his term on the Board of Supervisors in the 2000s, he fought to change the Ellis Act to curb evictions, and worked for more affordable housing. He'll work to preserve and expand affordable housing.

No wonder tech billionaires, big businesses, and police unions are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to elect his opponent, Julie Christensen. They know that Peskin's victory could shift control of the Board of Supervisors back to progressives -- and to the people.

This race can make the difference between San Francisco remaining a beacon of progressive values -- or continue becoming a corporate city catering only to those with a lot of money.

Thank you for helping elect a proven progressive leader.

- Jim

Jim Dean, Chair Democracy for America

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BREAKING: DFA praises Clinton's TPP opposition, "illustrates how out-of-touch White House is w/ Americans"

Sec. Hillary Clinton just became the third major Democratic presidential candidate to make clear her opposition to the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Statement from Democracy for America about Sec. Clinton's stated opposition to the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership.

"Hillary Clinton's decision to join Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley in opposing the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership demonstrates a keen understanding of where grassroots Democrats and the vast majority of Americans are on this disastrous trade deal.

"The American people don't want yet another NAFTA-style trade deal that will only make it easier to ship more jobs overseas, sell tainted food in our supermarkets, and challenge our laws in corporate courts. 

"The unanimous opposition to the job-killing TPP among the major Democratic presidential candidates illustrates just how out of touch the White House is with the American people as it pushes this god-awful trade deal and should be a giant flashing stop sign for any Democrat in Congress even contemplating voting for it."  -- Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director, Democracy for America

Democracy for America, of course, is one of the major national progressive organizations that has been fighting the job-killing TPP and "fast track" trade promotion authority it needed to pass for years -- and we'll continue to fight the former going forward.
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Democracy for America endorses Lisa Herbold for Seattle City Council

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October 1, 2015
 
Democracy for America endorses Lisa Herbold for Seattle City Council
 
BURLINGTON, VT – This morning, Democracy for America (DFA), a national progressive organization, endorsed Lisa Herbold for City Council in Seattle, Washington.
 
Despite relentless attacks by well-funded corporate interest groups, Lisa has stood strong in her commitment to combating income inequality and fighting to continue Seattle’s leadership on populist progressive priorities.
 
The full DFA endorsement email of Lisa Herbold is below. 
 
DFA has already endorsed Tammy Morales, Kshama Sawant, Mike O'Brien and Lorena Gonzáles for the Seattle City Council.
 
If helpful, here’s a statement from Democracy for America Chair Jim Dean on our endorsement of Lisa Herbold for City Council:
 
“Seattle has led the nation in the battle against income inequality and it’s precisely due to the tireless efforts of progressive leaders like Lisa Herbold. Not only did she work to give Seattleites a raise, she also helped get the landmark paid sick leave bill through the City Council.
 
“Lisa Herbold is the progressive ally Seattle working families deserve, and in the coming days, we look forward to working with DFA members on the ground in Emerald City to help send a true community leader like Lisa to the City Council.” – Jim Dean, Chair, Democracy for America
 
DFA is a people powered Political Action Committee with 1 million members nationwide, including 39,296 in Washington State.
 
Since its 2004 founding, DFA members have raised and contributed more than $32.7 million and made more than 10.1 million volunteer calls to help successfully elect 831 progressive candidates nationwide.
 
Email sent to DFA members endorsing Lisa Herbold for Seattle City Council:
 
Subject: SEATTLE: Corporate elites are trying to stop progressive leaders
Date: September 30, 2015 at 11:22:26 AM PDT
To: 

DFA Member --

Do you want the United States to become more progressive? If you do, we need to start at home -- in Seattle and in cities across the country.

Seattle has led the nation on important progressive priorities in recent years, including raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. It's no wonder the business elites are fighting back.

Seattle was one of the first cities in America to guarantee paid sick leave to people who work here. That wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for Lisa Herbold. As a lead staffer for retiring Councilmember Nick Licata, Lisa Herbold shepherded the landmark paid sick leave bill through the City Council and helped it become law in 2011.

That's just one of the many ways in which Lisa Herbold has been fighting for Seattle residents, especially her neighbors in West Seattle. As housing costs continue to soar and working families struggle to make ends meet, the Chamber of Commerce and other powerful interests are pouring tens of thousands of dollars into the campaign to try and keep her off the City Council.

Today, DFA is endorsing Lisa Herbold for the Seattle City Council in District 1. She joins our other endorsed progressive champions who will fight for the working people of Seattle: Tammy Morales in District 2, Kshama Sawant in District 3, Mike O'Brien in District 6, and Lorena González in Position 9.

Our progressive candidates need your help to reach voters and overcome all the money being spent to defeat them. Can you help volunteer to elect these candidates?

YES, I will volunteer to support these progressive champions.

NO, I cannot volunteer right now, but I will chip in $3 more to help DFA elect progressives to the Seattle City Council.

DFA's five endorsed candidates are backed by a growing movement of progressives who want our City Council to respond to the public interest, not the special interest. They have proven they will fight for a higher minimum wage, for more affordable housing, for publicly funded elections, and for fixing a broken police department. Each of them brings a strong commitment to social and economic justice to a City Council where those values are in short supply.

The corporate elites are gearing up for a big push against our candidates. Last month they did a negative push poll against Lisa Herbold. They're attacking Mike O'Brien because he and Kshama Sawant stood up on the City Council against the terrible deal to let Shell Oil park its Arctic drilling rig at our port.

Big business is scared that we will finally have a City Council that's as progressive as the people of Seattle. They ought to be worried. Starting with these five candidates, Seattle can lead the nation in building a progressive future. Ballots will be mailed out in just over two weeks -- can you help get out the vote for these candidates?

YES, I will volunteer to help DFA's endorsed candidates in Seattle.

NO, I cannot volunteer right now, but I will chip in $3 more to help DFA elect progressives to the Seattle City Council.

Thank you for supporting these progressive champions.

- Robert

Robert Cruickshank, Senior Campaign Manager and Seattle resident
Democracy for America

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