Joint Letter Calling on Conference Committee to Protect Families and Children and Restore America’s Faith in Government
January 29, 2019
We write to you today seeking your solidarity and support to enter in to the DHS conference committee process with clear eyes. The next 3 weeks we are tasked with operationalizing our values and addressing the fall out caused by a reckless Administration that has put profits before people and rhetoric before the lives of immigrant children.
The Department of Homeland Security is tasked with critical functions. However, under the auspice of the Trump Administration, a number of agencies housed at DHS have abused their authority and the fidelity of public resources. There is a documented pattern of Immigration and Customs Enforcement overspending and abusing the transfer authority to quietly move funds around, a practice that Customs and Border Protection has indicated it would like to replicate. Funds are being reallocated internally not to make our nation safer, but to build desert camps to inhumanely house infants and to prosecute immigrants who are part of the fabric of our community. These agencies have promulgated an agenda driven by hate – not strategy. We call on our colleagues at the negotiating table to adhere to the following guidelines critical to protecting families and children and restoring Americans’ faith in government:
Cut, do not increase funding. Stop funding family separation and child detention. A Republican controlled Congress has already sharply increased DHS spending without clear justification. The deal reached by the Conference Committee should not allocate any additional funding to this department or to the ICE and CBP agencies. The upcoming FY2020 budget process will be a critical opportunity to take up conversations about reforms to the agency. In the meantime, not another dollar.
No transfer authority. The Trump Administration continues to use DHS funding as a slush fund (through transfers or reprogramming) to increase detention programs and invest in ineffective policies. The conference committee should prohibit transfers and reprogramming authorities.
Stronger accountability. Strong report language is critical to ensuring safeguards to rein in DHS. However, report language is not enough. The final budget package must be accompanied by stringent oversight mechanisms, and critical obligations should be in statutory text not just report language. DHS has a failed track record of missing Congressional deadlines, including when recently required to report on deaths in custody, list ICE detention facilities, and implement PREA mandated protections against sexual assault in custody. For these reasons, the DHS should be taken up as a separate appropriations bill and accompanied by strong statutory language that saves lives and increases accountability.
As a nation, we need comprehensive immigration reform driven by justice and data. Let us be clear that that process will not play out during the Conference Committee’s narrow DHS deliberations. The sole focus of this Conference Committee is to put forward a short term spending package for 7 months. But a budget is a statement of our values. With the world watching and the lives of families at stake, we should not compromise our values at the negotiating table.
Alexandria Ocasio Cortez
New York 14th
DFA-endorsed Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is shaking things up again.
This time, she's leading the fight for a Green New Deal: a transformative plan to put our country on the path towards a clean energy future by investing in renewable energy, a national smart grid, public works projects, and tens of millions of green jobs.
This proposal is a win-win for our environment and economy, and it’s our greatest opportunity to avert the worst impacts of climate change. That’s why 35 members of Congress and more than 300 local officials from 40 states have stepped up to support it. Will you?
Add your name right now to join DFA and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in supporting a Green New Deal today.Take Action!
Republicans are hoping that the threat of a holiday season shutdown will be enough to convince moderate Democrats to cave on border wall funding. And Trump has even floated the idea of sweetening the deal by offering some sort of protection for Dreamers in exchange.
The Trump administration's treatment of immigrants and refugees at the border has been morally reprehensible. Democrats must not be complicit in it by providing any sort of funding that would enable it to continue. Period, full stop.
No matter what kind of deal Trump tries to make or what kinds of threats he poses, our message to Trump and the Senate must be loud and clear: No wall. No more detention beds. No more border agents.
If you’re with us, add your name now to urge the U.S. Senate to do the right thing and refuse to support funding for Trump’s border wall this December.Take Action!
The largest television operator in the United States, Sinclair Broadcast Group, is nothing more than a front for pro-Trump propaganda disguised as local news.
For example, this week Sinclair required 200 of their stations to run a horrific segment supporting the use of tear gas against refugee women and children on the border. Here's just a small preview of the piece, featuring long time Trump surrogate Boris Epshteyn:
"The fact of the matter is that this is an attempted invasion of our country."
This is the type of disinformation millions of Americans hear when they tune into their local news right now. All they want are objective updates on their community, local sports teams, and more -- but instead, they’re getting corrupt, pro-Trump propaganda that would make even Fox News blush.
We’re launching a new campaign demanding that Sinclair advertisers end their relationships with this propaganda network. Add your name here and together, we’ll send a message to these advertisers now:Take Action!
In January, Democrats in the U.S. House will introduce a new bill to strengthen our democracy by expanding voting rights in a few key ways, including:
- Restoring the Voting Rights Act, which was weakened by the Supreme Court in 2013;
- Establishing automatic voter registration, making it easier for every single eligible American to vote;
- Take away partisan state legislatures’ ability to gerrymander, and give redistricting power to independent commissions.
To pass this bill would be a MAJOR achievement in strengthening every American’s right to vote and ensuring fair elections. In my home state, we were successful in expanding voting rights through a ballot initiative this past month. But in state after state, voting rights are in desperate need of protecting.
It’s time that we give democratic power back to the people. Join Rashida Tlaib and Democracy for America in becoming a co-signer of the "Strengthen Democracy" bill today.Take Action!
Donald Trump FIRED Attorney General Jeff Sessions -- and there's reason to believe that the new acting AG, Matt Whitaker, will try to interfere with the Mueller investigation.
Here's what we know so far about Matt Whitaker:
- Whitaker opposed the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Trump from the beginning. At the time, he wrote in The Hill that "hollow calls for independent prosecutors are just craven attempts to score cheap political points and serve the public in no measurable way."
- Since then, he has consistently and harshly criticized the way Mueller has handled the investigation, accusing him of crossing "red lines" in terms of the scope of the investigation and recently penning an op-ed for CNN entitled "Mueller's investigation of Trump is going too far."
- In the past, Whitaker has suggested ways for the administration to sabotage the investigation, including slashing Mueller's operating budget and undermining his investigative authority.
It couldn't be more clear: Matt Whitaker has absolutely zero business overseeing this crucial investigation into the Trump administration. And if he is allowed to take on that role, there is a very real chance that he will destroy the investigation and set up a constitutional crisis.
We can't sit back and let a partisan Trump crony take over the Mueller investigation. Sign our petition and tell Matt Whitaker to recuse himself from the Trump/Russia investigation, effective immediately.Take Action!
The whole world is witnessing the outrageous and cruel impact of Donald Trump's new "zero tolerance" immigration policy.
This horrifying family separation policy is opposed by 67% of Americans, according to a new CNN poll -- and it could be revoked by Trump and Secretary Nielsen at literally any time.
But instead of doing the morally right thing by choosing to end the routine separation of immigrant families, this morning Secretary Nielsen tripled down on the policy. She refused to apologize for the harm she's causing to immigrant children and families, claiming that "illegal actions have and must have consequences."
That is an unacceptable answer -- and it proves that Nielsen is unfit to hold her current office. Sign our petition calling on Secretary Nielsen to resign from the Department of Homeland Security immediately.Take Action!
Donald Trump's new drug plan omits the critical step needed to truly reduce prices: Taking on Big Pharma.
In 2003, Big Pharma got a U.S. law prohibiting the government from using its considerable bargaining clout under Medicare and Medicaid to negotiate lower drug prices.
During his campaign, Trump promised to reverse this law. But the plan he revealed Friday doesn’t touch it. Trump’s plan seeks only to make it easier for private health insurers to negotiate better deals for Medicare beneficiaries.
In reality, private health insurers don’t have anywhere near the clout of Medicare and Medicaid -- which was the whole point of Big Pharma’s getting Congress to ban such negotiations in the first place.
To truly reduce drug prices in America, we need to release Big Pharma’s stranglehold on the U.S. government.
Sign Robert Reich's petition with Democracy for America calling on Congress to allow Medicare and Medicaid to negotiate lower drug prices.Take Action!
Sinclair Broadcasting has been covertly forcing its local stations to broadcast pro-Trump propaganda -- and now they want to take over one of the most influential media companies in the country.
Millions of local TV news viewers heard eerily similar versions of this Trump-esque speech from dozens of seemingly unrelated news anchors across the country:
“The sharing of biased and false news has become all too common on social media.”
“Some members of the media use their platforms to push their own personal bias.”
“This is extremely dangerous to our democracy.”
The source of the script was Sinclair Broadcasting -- the country's largest broadcaster, which owns 193 television stations and 589 channels in 89 markets.
Over the weekend, a Deadspin video which edited together anchors from coast to coast reading Sinclair's propaganda went viral. And that's not the only way that Sinclair is using its power to advance a radical agenda. The New York Times has reported that the company sends its stations "must-run" news segments that are full of fear-mongering and pro-Trump rhetoric.
No corporation should have the ability to subvert journalistic standards and deceptively disseminate right-wing spin like this. It's bad for our democracy. But if Sinclair gets their way, things will only get worse.
Sinclair is currently trying take over Tribune Media, which would give them ownership over 42 new stations in key markets including New York, Washington D.C, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department have slowed the deal down, but they could give it the green light at any time.
We need to take action now if we're going to stop the right-wing radicals at Sinclair from gaining even more control over our media. Sign our petition calling on the FCC and the Justice Department to kill the Sinclair-Tribune merger now.Take Action!
First, it happened in West Virginia. Then it spread to Kentucky.
Now, a new, radical push for economic justice is taking hold in Oklahoma -- one of the "reddest" states in the country. And it's being driven by teachers.
More than 30,000 Oklahomans showed up at the Capitol to fight for school funding, led by teachers who are among the worst paid in the nation and are fighting to keep their public school system alive. They're vowing to keep protesting and striking until their Republican legislature raises the revenue necessary to give Oklahoma students the quality education they deserve.
Democracy for America stands with workers, period. We're ready to do everything we can to support these brave teachers as they fight GOP legislators who would rather give tax breaks to the rich than fund public schools.
Republicans are trying to drive a wedge between striking teachers, students and the community. That's why our support is so important right now. Many DFA-endorsed candidates including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Randy Bryce are already standing in solidarity with the teachers:Take Action!
Fox News host Laura Ingraham has reached a new low -- and that’s saying a LOT.
Ingraham taunted David Hogg -- the Parkland survivor, March for Our Lives organizer, and high school student journalist -- for being rejected by some of the colleges he applied to previously.
Rather than stooping to the level of Ingraham’s personal attack, David brilliantly used Twitter to organize a rapid response boycott of the corporate sponsors who have stood by Ingraham’s side while she flings mud, spreads hate, and defends the NRA.
In less than 24 hours, seven companies pulled their ads from Ingraham’s show, including TripAdvisor, Wayfair, Hulu, Nutrish, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle and Stitch Fix. Of course, right on cue, Laura Ingraham offered up a tepid apology only after the boycott started to gain traction. And late on Friday, she even announced that she would be taking a conveniently-timed weeklong "vacation" from her show.
It’s not enough. Laura Ingraham’s show should be cancelled -- and David Hogg’s inspiring boycott could be the difference. Will you help him keep the momentum going?
Sign our petition now and tell corporate advertisers to boycott Laura Ingraham’s show -- which could cause Fox News to cancel it.Take Action!
Democracy for America has a long history of taking on the NRA. In 2017, we endorsed a full slate of progressive candidates running for seats in the Virginia House of Delegates who vowed to fight back against the NRA's grip on their state politics.
On election night, 14 out of 16 DFA-endorsed candidates -- including progressive fighters like Jennifer Carroll Foy, Donte Tanner, Chris Hurst, Jennifer Boysko, and Hala Ayala -- defeated NRA-backed candidates, giving Democrats more power than they've had in the chamber in years.
Now, DFA members are working to unseat the gun lobby's biggest allies in Congress in 2018, and we need your help. Progressive champions like Randy Bryce are doing everything they can to defeat Paul Ryan and other Republicans who side with the NRA. But it is going to take some serious grassroots momentum to overcome all of the corporate and gun lobby money that is pouring in for the GOP.
We can't sit back and accept what happened yesterday as the new normal. We need to stand up to the NRA right now. Can you commit to volunteer to help DFA-backed progressive candidates take down NRA-backed Republicans this November?Take Action!
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In a stunning display of moral and political cowardice, Senate Democrats sold out more than 700,000 Dreamers by handing Donald Trump and the GOP the funding they asked for, despite their refusal to pass a clean DREAM Act.
Sign our petition and tell Democrats to stop playing games with people's lives: No more votes on Republican funding legislation until they pass a clean DREAM Act.
"We were not born in this country, but we grew up here and we’re fighting to earn our place. Please give us our chance to serve the only country we consider home. Please find a way to allow us to work and stay right here where we belong."
Those are the words of Zion Dirgantara, a soldier in the U.S. Army who was brought to this country by his mother when he was only 12 years old. He has served this country faithfully -- but because Donald Trump cancelled DACA, he now lives in fear of deportation.
If Democrats will not stand up for someone like Zion -- or for overwhelmingly popular legislation like the DREAM Act -- why should we trust them to stand up for any of us?
This isn't just a matter of work permits or bureaucracy. Peoples' actual lives are on the line. It is morally reprehensible that Democrats think it is more important to appease the Freedom Caucus and mythical centrist voters than to protect our families, friends and neighbors.
Sign our petition and tell Democrats to give Dreamers the security they deserve by demanding a clean Dream Act before any passing additional GOP funding bills.
When Donald Trump and Republicans rejected any possible solution for Dreamers and set up the government shutdown late last week, it looked like Democrats had finally decided to stand up for what is right.
But in less than 72 hours, they caved, all because chronic liar Mitch McConnell "promised" to allow debate on immigration legislation at some point -- a promise that doesn't guarantee any sort of protection for Dreamers.
Luis V. Gutiérrez, Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, was livid about the Democrats’ spectacular failure to stand up for immigrants:
"If the Republicans said we are ending same-sex marriage, but we promise Democrats a vote later; or we approve of oil drilling in every national park, but you’ll have a vote later – do you think the Democrats would say yes? This shows me that when it comes to immigrants, Latinos and their families, Democrats are still not willing to go to the mat to allow people in my community to live in our country legally."
Democrats have gotten away with breaking their promises to Dreamers for way too long. The continuing resolution passed this week sets up a budget deadline on February 8th. Democrats must use the leverage they have to push Congress to finally fulfill its commitment to protect these young Americans.
No more games. No more deals. Sign our petition and tell Democrats no more passing GOP funding legislation until a clean DREAM Act becomes law.
Thanks for helping us hold Democrats accountable for this terrible decision.Take Action!
On Tuesday, January 30, Donald Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address.
Trump has repeatedly made it clear that white supremacy and vicious racism are at the heart of his administration. He is planning to shut down the government rather than pass a clean DREAM Act or fund children's health care. How can any Democrat sit there and listen politely to this greedy bigot and normalize his presidency?
Six Democratic members of Congress -- Earl Blumenauer, Pramila Jayapal, Barbara Lee, John Lewis, Maxine Waters, and Frederica Wilson -- have announced they will boycott Trump's State of the Union address.
Democracy for America and our friends at CREDO Action believe every other Democrat in the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate should join the boycott. Will you stand with us?PAST ACTION
Amazingly, there is no law preventing a U.S. president -- even one as unhinged as Donald Trump -- from pushing the button and starting a nuclear war whenever he pleases.
Rep. Ted Lieu and Sen. Ed Markey have a plan to stop that. They have proposed a bill that would require Congress to authorize a nuclear first strike. Their bill would stop Trump and protect all of us from nuclear destruction.
Sign the petition and tell Congress: Stop Donald Trump's nuclear threats. Pass the bill requiring Congressional authorization before any nuclear first strike.Take Action!
Thousands of children across the country will be unable to play basketball, join the dance team, or cheerlead this year, because they can't get an annual physical.
Thousands more will forgo dialysis, surgery, or chemotherapy, because their parents won't have the money available to fund their treatment.
All of this because Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch is having...
"...a rough time wanting to spend billions and billions and trillions of dollars to help people who won't help themselves -- won't lift a finger -- and expect the federal government to do everything."
Since its creation in 1997, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has provided medical care for millions of children throughout the country. Children who, without the program, would have gone without medical treatments for cancer, broken limbs, or even annual physicals.
Now, Republicans in Congress are refusing to reauthorize funding for CHIP, leaving millions of vulnerable children at risk of losing their healthcare.
Congress has an obligation to provide for the healthcare and safety of all Americans, but especially so when it comes to protecting the lives of our kids.
That's why Democracy for America is calling on Republicans in Congress to reauthorize the CHIP program now -- and not use it as political football during short-term spending bill negotiations that could end in a government shutdown this Friday.
Sign the petition to Congress: Demand they reauthorize CHIP now and stop playing games with the lives of more than 8 million children who need critical medical care.PAST ACTION
Puerto Rico needs our help right now, but we cannot stop there. The United States has spent decades neglecting its obligation to the American citizens living in Puerto Rico -- resulting in the exponentially catastrophic impact of Hurricane Maria.
Residents of Puerto Rico are American citizens. Yet, our President and our government refuse to treat them as such.
In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, the Department of Homeland Security immediately lifted the restrictions imposed by the Jones Act regulations, but failed to do so in Puerto Rico for more than a week -- causing huge delays in food, water, and other necessary supplies from reaching the island.
But the disaster isn't just from a hurricane. Last year, Congress took away Puerto Rico's control over its own spending, and handed it to a "control board" made up of Wall Street cronies. Our government weakened Puerto Rico in order to keep Wall Street creditors happy.
Now is the time for all of us to demand that our government act to repay a centuries-old debt to the residents of Puerto Rico.
Sign the petition: Demand Congress pass a disaster relief package that relieves Puerto Rico of their debt obligations and provides for lasting recovery and prosperity.Take Action!
How is Congress responding to last night's terror attack in Las Vegas? By getting ready to pass a bill to make it easier to buy silencers -- a top priority for the NRA.
Republican elected officials offer their thoughts and prayers. They lower flags to half-staff. But they will never act to stop gun violence and mass shootings, because they're in league with the NRA.
The NRA is unrepentant. They and their allies in Congress don't think there's anything wrong with what happened in Las Vegas last night. In fact, they are doubling down in support of laws that enable white men like Stephen Paddock to use guns to terrorize their families and communities.
Congress has caved to the NRA after every mass shooting this decade, from Sandy Hook to San Bernardino, from Umpqua Community College in Oregon to the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and so many more. They will keep doing so until we defeat them at the ballot box.
DFA members are mobilizing to defeat the NRA and elect candidates who will confront gun violence with legislation and funding for gun safety and enforcement. This includes crucial elections in Virginia next month, where the NRA is spending big to defeat our candidates. Can you help?
Will you pledge to volunteer to help DFA defeat NRA-backed candidates across the country in 2017 and 2018 -- and replace them with leaders who will stand up to the NRA and fight gun violence?Take Action!
The time is now to address one of the great crises our nation faces.
It is not acceptable that 28 million Americans have no health insurance and that even more are under-insured with high co-payments and deductibles.
The time is now for a Medicare-for-All, single-payer system. Health care must be a right, not a privilege.
Please add your name as a citizen co-sponsor of my Medicare-for-all, single-payer health care bill.Take Action!
Charlottesville was about maintaining a false sense of white supremacy that this country was built on. It’s why in 2017 we still have more than 1,500 Confederate monuments still standing, in states all across the country.
We cannot allow these disgusting symbols of bigotry and hate to continue to stand. That’s why Democracy for America is joining Color of Change and CREDO Action to demand that all Confederate symbols be removed.
Sign our petition today demanding that all statues and symbols glorifying the racist Confederacy be taken down immediately.Take Action!
Betsy DeVos is working hard to destroy our public schools -- and now we need to stop DeVos and her aides from destroying key civil rights protections students need.
DeVos is taking aim at the Department of Education's vital Office of Civil Rights, which enforces numerous protections against discrimination in schools. They've even suggested gutting enforcement of Title IX, a critical protection of women's rights in college.
That's the background to the horrific comment made by Candice Jackson, who DeVos put in charge of the Office of Civil Rights. Jackson mocked victims of sexual assault on campus, claiming that "90 percent" of such claims "fall into the category of 'we were both drunk,' 'we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.'"
DeVos herself agrees. After meeting with groups of men who have been working to roll back federal investigations of sexual assault, DeVos actually took the side of men accused of these crimes and said their stories needed to be told too.
These are extremely offensive comments coming from anybody. But Jackson is also in charge of federal Title IX investigations of sexual assault on campus. Even though Jackson apologized under pressure, these comments make it clear she's unfit to continue in her job.
Democratic Senator Patty Murray agrees. She's calling on Jackson to resign, saying that these comments "should disqualify her from service in the position of top Department of Education protector of students' right to be safe at school."
DFA stands with Sen. Murray. So do our friends at CREDO Action. Will you help? Sign the petition: Tell Betsy DeVos that Candice Jackson must go -- and the Department of Education must commit to continuing and expanding existing civil rights protections.Take Action!
Americans of all political affiliations are disgusted with Senate Republicans' efforts to force a vote on their Trumpcare bill. The lack of transparency is an abuse of power, and insulting to the 24 million Americans whose health care is threatened by the Trumpcare bill.
Senate Republicans hope to pass the bill as soon as possible.
DFA members know this is extremely urgent. That's why we're asking you to join other DFA members and commit to spending the next 10 Days to Defeat Trumpcare.
Here's how 10 Days to Defeat Trumpcare works. A DFA staffer will send you an action to take -- such as contacting Senators, and organizing your friends and family to participate to defeat Trumpcare.
Together we will demand that Republican Senators listen to their constituents and refuse to vote for Trumpcare. We will also encourage Democratic Senators to resist by delaying the votes as much as possible.Take Action!
Congress must impeach Donald Trump.
This shouldn't be a hard ask. There are numerous reasons why Trump should be removed from office. From his unconstitutional and un-American Muslim ban to his numerous business conflicts of interest that are generating personal profit for his family at taxpayer expense, Trump has proven over and over that he's unfit for office.
Today, Trump gave another powerful reason for his impeachment:
In a repeat of Richard Nixon's most notorious actions during the Watergate scandal, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.
Why did he fire Comey? Trump says it's because Comey held a press conference last summer exonerating Hillary Clinton for her emails. Others speculate it's because Comey is investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. "They will put in a stooge who will shut down this investigation," said Jeffrey Toobin on CNN just now.
Let's be clear, General Flynn had to step down because he lied about meeting with Russia. Jeff Sessions lied to the Senate about meeting with Russia. And there have been reports that the FBI warned Trump that Russia may have compromising information on him that they could use for blackmail. And that's only what we know so far.
The FBI investigation into Trump and his campaign's possible collusion with Russian agents attempting to impact the Presidential election is critical to defending our democracy. We have no love lost for Comey, but Trump firing him in order to shut down the Russia investigation is yet another in a long line of impeachable offenses.
This has to stop. Congress must act -- NOW.Take Action!
Hundreds of thousands of talented, smart, hard-working young people simply can't afford to attend college and pursue a degree that will help them achieve their dreams. And millions of others who do find a way to pay for college end up graduating with a crushing mountain of student loan debt.
It's unbelievable that America -- one of the wealthiest nations in the world -- refuses to invest in our young people's education. In response, Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Pramila Jayapal are announcing a bill they've been working on together. This bill will eliminate undergraduate tuition at four-year public colleges and universities. We're calling it the College for All Act.
Will you sign on to be a citizen co-sponsor of Bernie Sanders and Pramila Jayapal's bill to make college tuition FREE at four-year public colleges and universities?
Even if the ACA remains intact under Trump's Republican Party, the Congressional Budget Office predicts that 28 million Americans will remain uninsured, a disproportionate number of whom are people of color. And millions more will continue to struggle with sky-high deductibles and co-pays that they can't afford.
Some Democrats claim that a single-payer system is politically impossible. But recent polls show that the fight over Trumpcare has actually increased support for government taking a more active role in the health care system.
A new Pew Research Poll out this week found that 60% of Americans think that it is the responsibility of government to guarantee affordable health care for all Americans, including a stunning 56% of GOP voters who make less than $30,000 a year.
Embracing universal coverage wouldn't just be the right thing for Democrats to do -- it would be a smart way to win new voters and build the majority we need to defeat Donald Trump, all while remaining true to our values.
Democrats have a choice to make. They can do the bidding of corporate donors, or they can offer voters a real alternative that would provide universal access, reduce consumer costs and create a healthier country for everyone.Take Action!
Less than 1% of the prosecutors in America are Black women. Last year, DFA members helped elect Aramis Ayala -- a powerhouse who ran on progressive values to become the first Black State's Attorney ever elected in Florida history, and the first woman to serve as a State Attorney in Orange and Osceola counties.
Since taking office, she's governed how she campaigned: fighting for urgently needed criminal justice reform, restoring more power to the people, and recently taking a heroic stand against the death penalty in a key caae
As a result, Republicans are launching a new attack against her. Florida's Republican Governor, Rick Scott, is attempting to remove her and replace her with a white prosecutor on that case. Gov. Scott is punishing Ayala for her leadership and disrespecting the will of the voters in the process. We have to stop him.
Will you join DFA and Color of Change to tell Florida Governor Scott: Reverse your decision and let Aramis Ayala do her job.
The Washington Post broke the news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath about his contacts with Russia while he was advising the Trump campaign.
This is completely unacceptable behavior for our country's top law enforcement officer, and it totally undermines the Justice Department's ability to neutrally and fairly investigate Russia's scandalous interference in our presidential election.
Leading Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Bernie Sanders, are calling for Sessions's IMMEDIATE resignation and the appointment of an independent special prosecutor to investigate Trump's ties to Russia.
It is crucial that we help them build momentum right now -- and ramp up the pressure on Republicans in Congress who are still trying to cover for Trump.
Immediately after the news broke, Elizabeth Warren called out Sessions and the administration on Twitter, calling the whole situation a "farce":
"This is not normal. This is not fake news. This is a very real & serious threat to the national security of the United States.
We need a special prosecutor totally independent of the AG. We need a real, bipartisan, transparent Congressional investigation into Russia. And we need Attorney General Jeff Sessions -- who should have never been confirmed in the first place -- to resign. We need it now."
Warren is 100% correct -- but many members of the Republican leadership are still trying desperately to get Sessions and Trump off the hook. Just this morning, House Majority Leader Paul Ryan said that he "doesn't see any purpose or reason" for Sessions to step down.
We need to turn up the heat on these crooked Republicans in Congress immediately, and make it crystal clear that there will be electoral consequences for anyone in Congress who puts protecting the corrupt Trump administration ahead of the demands of their country and their constituents.
Sign DFA's petition telling Congress to demand that Attorney General Jeff Sessions step down right away -- and that Congress must appoint a special prosecutor to find out the truth about Trump's connections to Russia.Take Action!
Americans pay more -- by far -- for their prescription drugs than anyone else on the planet. Bernie Sanders is doing something to fix that.
On Tuesday, Bernie introduced a bill in Congress that would allow Americans to import affordable prescription medications from Canada. This overwhelmingly popular measure would give consumers a way to fight back against the price-gouging of pharmaceutical companies while expanding peoples' access to life-saving treatments.
In 2014, the average American spent 40% more on prescription drugs than the average Canadian. That's outrageous, and we need to help Bernie change it.
This isn't the first time that Bernie has introduced legislation to expand working families' access to prescription drugs. In January, he worked with Sen. Amy Klobuchar on an amendment to a budget resolution that would have done the same. But 13 Democrats -- including New Jersey Senator Cory Booker -- worked with Republicans to kill it.
Reporting revealed that many of the Democrats who voted no had strong ties to pharmaceutical companies.
There was an immediate progressive backlash. Bernie blasted his colleagues for lacking the guts to stand up to Big Pharma, while their constituents ramped up the pressure through phone calls and social media.
Now, thanks to that grassroots activism, Booker and 3 other Democrats who voted no are co-sponsoring this bill -- proving just how important it is for us to keep holding establishment Democrats accountable in the Trump era.
Drug prices in the US are soaring, and millions of people are being forced to go without the medications they need. On the campaign trail Donald Trump promised to do something to make drugs more affordable. Now, Bernie and Senate Democrats are calling his bluff.
Help Bernie show Trump and Congress that the American people are demanding relief from Big Pharma's price gouging: Sign our petition supporting the Affordable and Safe Drug Importation Act today.
He did it again. Joe Manchin, Democratic Senator from West Virginia, once more voted to confirm one of Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees. This time it was Scott Pruitt, the oil and gas shill Trump picked to destroy the Environmental Protection Agency.
Joe Manchin has voted for 11 out the 14 Cabinet nominees the Senate has decided on -- that's worse than any other Senate Democrat. Manchin even voted for the white supremacist Jeff Sessions. And he remained silent when Trump launched a racist attack on Elizabeth Warren.
We cannot allow any Senate Democrat to undermine the resistance or enable Trump like this. There need to be some consequences. Joe Manchin is a member of the Senate Democratic leadership. Democracy for America is joining CREDO Action, #AllofUs, Other98, and 350 Action to tell Chuck Schumer that Manchin shouldn't serve in Senate leadership any more.
Sign the petition and tell Chuck Schumer: Drop Sen. Manchin from your leadership team.
Because of the disruptive and expansive Muslim ban signed by Trump on Friday, hundreds of refugees and people from predominantly Muslim countries -- many of whom have been legal residents of the US for years -- were detained in airports across the country over the weekend, sparking widespread protests.
When several courts issued temporary stays of Trump's deportation order, federal customs agents ignored the judges' orders, citing directives from above.
And when acting Attorney General of the United States Sally Yates stood up and told her department not to defend this unconstitutional order, Donald Trump fired her on the spot -- sparking comparisons to Richard Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre."
Every hour, it is becoming more and more clear: A constitutional crisis is unfolding before us. Democrats in the Senate must do everything humanly possible to reverse this inhumane and possibly illegal executive order and to punish the undemocratic actions the administration is taking to enforce it.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the rest of the Democrats need to shut this Congress down, refusing to take any action whatsoever -- including approving any of Trump's nominees -- until the Muslim ban is revoked.
Sign our petition now and tell Sen. Chuck Schumer and the Senate Democrats to SHUT IT DOWN and withhold consent on everything, including Trump's nominees, until the racist Muslim ban is revoked.
Donald Trump announced his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court live on TV.
One Senate Democrat is already pledging to do just that -- Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley told Politico that he will do everything he can to stop Trump's Supreme Court nominee:
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said in an interview on Monday morning that he will filibuster any pick that is not Merrick Garland and that the vast majority of his caucus will oppose Trump's nomination. That means Trump's nominee will need 60 votes to be confirmed by the Senate.
"This is a stolen seat. This is the first time a Senate majority has stolen a seat," Merkley said in an interview. "We will use every lever in our power to stop this." -- Politico, 1/30/17
This is good news. But it's not good enough for the "vast majority" of Senate Democrats to oppose. We need all 48 Senate Democrats to commit to doing whatever it takes to stop Trump's Supreme Court nominee. And we need to tell them that right now.
This is urgent: Sign the petition and tell all 48 Senate Democrats they MUST oppose Trump's Supreme Court nominee, including using the filibuster if necessary. Our rights and freedoms depend on it.
At this point, it's clear: The Trump administration sees press briefings as nothing more than opportunities to inject their distortions and misinformation directly into the ears and minds of the public. Yet the networks keep enabling Trump and Spicer by airing these briefings live, before reporters have had the chance to sort fact from fiction.
Journalists have a responsibility to give the public the facts -- and that means not airing the Trump administration's lies before they can correct them. Will you sign our petition demanding that the networks stop airing Trump press briefings live right now?Take Action!
Tell Democrats to stand up to right-wing extremists: Sign the petition to impeach Maine Gov. Paul Le
Before there was Donald Trump, there was Paul LePage.
Maine's Tea Party governor has a trail a mile long of saying and doing horrible, bigoted things -- and, so far, he's getting away with it.
And now -- with Donald Trump's election -- LePage has been emboldened.
On Election Day, Maine voters approved an increase in the minimum wage to $12 an hour, a major step forward in the fight against income inequality. But LePage told his Department of Labor not to enforce the new $12 minimum wage law.
Defying the voters of his state, LePage won't punish employers who won't comply. If the government doesn't enforce the minimum wage, employers will simply not pay workers what they've earned. He's even calling the initiative a "recommendation" -- which, under the Maine constitution, it isn't. It's law that must be enforced to benefit workers.
This is outrageous. This is lawlessness. And it's grounds for impeachment. LePage was nearly impeached twice in 2016 -- but legislators let him off the hook. Until they act, LePage will continue to say and do terrible things.
It's time for Democrats everywhere to stand up to right-wing extremists -- from Donald Trump to Paul LePage. Sign the petition and tell Maine legislators: Impeach Gov. LePage!
Donald Trump is not normal -- and we should not treat his impending presidency as if it is. He just went and proved that again when he launched a bigoted attack this weekend against Civil Rights leader and American hero Congressman John Lewis.
John Lewis has spent his life protesting for justice and racial equality. He was beaten on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in 1965 in a march for voting rights. It was in that tradition that Rep. Lewis announced late last week he will join more than a dozen other Congressional Democrats in not attending Trump's inauguration this coming Friday.
It was no surprise, sadly, that Trump responded with a Twitter rant viciously attacking John Lewis and the Georgia district he represents. Trump showed he has no respect for civil rights, for a Black leader who has worked so hard for justice, or for an American community.
As a result, another dozen Democratic members of Congress have announced they too will not attend Trump's inauguration. That's a good start. But why should any elected Democrat attend this inauguration and help normalize what is already shaping up to be the worst presidency in history?
Democracy for America is joining CREDO Action to urge every single Democrat in Congress to not attend Trump's inauguration on Friday, January 20. Will you join us and send a message?
Sign the petition and tell Congressional Democrats: Stand with John Lewis -- don't go to Trump's inauguration.
One of the most horrifying proposals Donald Trump offered during the campaign was a plan to create a registry of Muslims in the United States.
This registry brings to mind some of the worst aspects of American history, and is rooted in bigotry and hate. Trump's plan wouldn't be the first attempt -- a previous version used during the Bush Administration didn't lead to any convictions on terrorism charges, but it did lead to tens of thousands of cases of harassment, arrest, and deportations.
Trump's transition team has signaled they plan to go ahead with this awful plan anyway. We need to stop him -- and that includes making it hard for Trump to actually assemble a registry.
That's where the tech companies of Silicon Valley and beyond come into play. They have amassed huge amounts of data on people living in the United States. If they cooperate with Trump in building a registry of Muslims, those tech companies could do immense damage.
Initially, only Twitter told a reporter from The Intercept that they would refuse to help build such a registry, but other leading tech companies refused to respond. So Democracy for America joined CREDO and human rights groups and sent a letter demanding other tech companies follow Twitter's lead.
As a result of that pressure, Facebook and Microsoft announced this week they too would refuse to help Trump build a registry of Muslims.
But other tech companies -- including Google and Apple -- still won't answer. And their CEOs met with Donald Trump just this week. Will you help pressure them? Sign the petition demanding tech companies protect civil rights and refuse to help Trump build a registry of Muslims in the United States.
If we're going to stop Donald Trump, we have to organize in local cities and communities -- not just in Congress or state legislatures. Right now, DFA-endorsed City Councilmember Regina Romero is showing what that local leadership looks like in Tucson.
Trump has promised to forcefully go after and deport at least 3 million undocumented immigrants. We need to take that threat very seriously. Trump backed up his statement by having Kris Kobach, the architect of the anti-immigrant SB1070, named to his transition team. When Trump acts on his plans, over a quarter-million "Dreamers" (students who came to the U.S. as young children) will be targeted and at risk of being torn from their families and homes.
Tucson has been fighting back. In 2012, the Tucson City Council stepped up and voted 6-1 to declare Tucson an Immigrant Welcoming City. Right now the City Council and Mayor can take that leadership again. But they must do more than just thank and welcome immigrants.
Councilmember Regina Romero proposed a policy to ensure the Tucson Police Department will never engage in collaboration of any kind that would endanger any person in Tucson, regardless of status or national origin. She needs our help pressuring the Mayor and Tucson City Council members to fight Trump -- and defend all Tucson residents.
Tell Tucson City Council members and the Mayor to join Councilwoman Regina Romero and commit to passing a non-collaboration policy that will protect all people in Tucson.
The battle to protect Medicare from Donald Trump and Paul Ryan is heating up fast -- and Paul Ryan is already feeling defensive. Just yesterday he claimed we have nothing to worry about:
"This is the latest wave of Democratic talking points to try and play 'Mediscare' politics, which is what they typically do every other Tuesday." -Paul Ryan, quoted in The Hill, 12/1/16
Don't believe him. Paul Ryan has spent his entire career in Congress trying to destroy Medicare. He has repeatedly said he wants to cut benefits, privatize Medicare, and make it harder and more expensive for people to get health care. Seniors would have to spend money they don't have getting the care they need.
Donald Trump has already proven he'll help Paul Ryan destroy Medicare -- and he picked Tom Price, an extremist anti-Medicare zealot to become the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price has already suggested Republicans could act quickly in 2017 to destroy Medicare.
We know we can stop them -- because we stopped George W. Bush when he tried the same attack on Social Security. The secret: mobilize the public to unite Democrats against any attack on Medicare, and go on offense against Republicans. That's exactly what DFA plans to do.
Republican Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette just filed a court action asking the State Supreme Court to preemptively shut down any attempt at a presidential election recount.
The police crackdown on protestors against the Dakota Access Pipeline is getting worse, thanks to an official order of evacuation from Republican Governor Jack Dalrymple.
While brave water protectors and their allies are standing their ground in sub-freezing temperatures, the Morton County Sheriff's Department is now saying it will order its troopers to pull over and threaten people carrying much-needed supplies to the Standing Rock camp with $1,000 fines. And the governor's order effectively ended emergency services to the camps, even though violent attacks by the police continue.
President Obama's silence on this horrendous violation of the human rights of the Standing Rock Sioux and their supporters is simply unacceptable. He needs to put an end to these dangerous police attacks right now by stepping in and shutting down the pipeline.
Call President Obama today and tell him to step in and stop the attacks on #NoDAPL protesters RIGHT NOW.PAST ACTION
The lame duck session of Congress has just begun, and already some Democrats are caving to GOP pressure to pass a massive last-minute giveaway to Big Pharma. Thankfully, Elizabeth Warren is fighting back.
Last night, she gave a barnburner speech on the Senate floor taking aim at the so-called "21st Century Cures" Act and the Democrats supporting it:
"When American voters say Congress is owned by big companies, this bill is exactly what they are talking about. Now, we face a choice. Will this Congress say that yes, we're bought and paid for, or will we stand up and work for the American people?
The American people didn't give Democrats majority support so we could come back to Washington and play dead. They didn't send us here to whimper, whine, or grovel. They sent us here to say NO to efforts to sell Congress to the highest bidder. They sent us here to stand up for what's right. Now, they are watching, waiting, and hoping -- hoping we show some spine and start fighting back when Congress completely ignores the message of the American people and returns to all its same old ways.
Republicans will control this government -- but they cannot hand over that control to big corporations unless Democrats roll over and allow them to do so."
As usual, Sen. Warren nailed it. If Democrats want to be the party of working families, they need to stand up to Republicans who want to shovel money into the pockets of shady drug companies, big dollar GOP donors and Donald Trump -- especially when that means flooding the market with untested and potentially dangerous medical treatments.
Sign our petition telling Democrats in Congress to vote NO on the GOP's gigantic giveaway to drug companies now.