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A Progressive Vision October 22, 2006 1:32 PM

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September 21st, 2005

Dear MoveOn member,

Hurricane Katrina exposed the deep poverty and racism that remains in our country. It showed that the President failed to deliver on his central promise—to keep us safe. But more broadly, Hurricane Katrina demonstrated that a right-wing "sink or swim" ideology is a disaster for America.

Yesterday, USA Today released a new poll showing that a record 58% of Americans disapprove of President Bush. In the same poll, nearly two-thirds of Americans said they believe it's time for troops to start leaving Iraq. It's clear we're at a turning point. We have an opportunity, together, to help lead the country in a different direction.

So today, I'm not asking you to sign a petition or fund an ad. I want to tell you what we're hearing from you about the bold steps we need to take together.

We need to do everything we can to help the victims and rebuild New Orleans. But more broadly, it's time for the 3.3 million of us in MoveOn—and millions more in the progressive movement—to raise our voices and offer our vision for an America where no one gets left behind.

What does that look like? Here's what we're hearing from you:

  • Security: It's time to really make America safe. In the months ahead, we'll push for a Katrina Commission that can identify where things went wrong, so we can prepare for—or prevent—the next disaster. It's already becoming clear that Bush and this Congress, obsessed with Iraq, have neglected emergency response, communications infrastructure and even the security of our ports, chemical plants, and nuclear materials. Together, we can drag our leaders back to dealing with the big threats we face—first and foremost, by pushing for a responsible exit strategy from Iraq with a timeline that starts now.
  • Prosperity: It's time to rebuild a middle-class America. Many people stayed in New Orleans because they literally couldn't afford to leave. In the months ahead, we'll push for increases in the minimum wage, and we'll fight attempts to exploit low-wage workers in the wake of Katrina. We'll also work to prevent Republicans from privatizing Social Security and offering more tax cuts for millionaires—policies which benefit the very rich and leave most of us behind.
  • Sustainability: It's time to create a sustainable future for our kids. Global warming almost certainly increased the force of Hurricane Katrina, according to top scientists in the field. And gas prices are out of control. It's time for a moon-shot investment in energy independence—and we'll fight for it. At the same time, we'll make sure that Republicans can't use this opportunity to push through drilling in the Arctic or to enact other bad energy policies that just benefit their oil company donors.

It's time to make government work again. Hurricane Katrina exposed the rot at the core of the Bush Administration. Folks are seeing the consequences of corruption. Together, we'll work to prevent people like Tom DeLay (Remember him, and "Scooter" Libby?) and Karl Rove, who have betrayed the public trust, from doing so again. We'll work for electoral reform, so that every vote is counted and counted correctly. And we'll push to see that political appointees—like the next appointment to the Supreme Court—are vetted carefully to make sure they'll serve the public, not just their friends.

Finally, it's time to throw the bums out. To make the changes the country needs, we'll need to change the leadership. 2006 is not very far away, and things look pretty bleak for Republican candidates trying to defend the disaster at home and abroad. Together, we'll make sure that great progressive Democrats have the support they need—and that Republicans pay a price at the ballot box.

On the MoveOn team, we see it as our job to identify the moments when we can have an impact together to build a more progressive country—and to let you know about them. We've never had a bigger opportunity than right now, when right-wing ideology has so decisively and obviously failed.

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Support Cindy Sheehan for Congress July 26, 2008 5:40 AM

I urge lovers of democracy to support Cindy Sheehan' s run for Congress in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's district in San Francisco. Cindy Sheehan became famous for camping outside of President Bush's ranch in Texas, so the president could explain the "Noble Cause," for which her soldier son died for in Iraq. Sheehan is now conducting a petition drive to get on the ballot as an independent candidate for Congress. If you don't live in San Francisco, you can help by contributing to her web site at:

Sheehan is for the impeachment of President Bush among other issues important to progressive change in this country. Even if her candidacy means Pelosi's Republican challenger winning the election, it would still mean the removal of Pelosi for her political cowardace. It would be well worth it for the Democrats to lose a seat in the House, so they can get the message that it is time to start acting more like couragous Democrats. Support for Sheehan is support for a Democratic Party acting more like the Democratic Party instead of the slightly-left-of-center DemoRepublicans. Please send this message to the Democratic Leadership by showing them in a very real since voters from around the country are fed up with Pelosi's reign as Speaker of the House! I am contributing to Sheehan's campaign and letting my congressperson and Obama's camp know what I am doing and why.

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