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‘Resist Trump Tuesday’ actions planned across the country

More than 100 “Resist Trump Tuesday” actions are planned for Jan. 24, with the focus on urging  senators to oppose Donald Trump’s cabinet picks and agenda.

People’s Action, MoveOn.org, Working Families Party and other groups will hold actions at the offices of Democratic and Republican senators with a clear message: “Stop the Swamp Cabinet.”

As a candidate, Trump riled up supporters vowing to “drain the swamp” and chase corruption out of Washington, D.C.

Thus far, he’s moved to fill his administration with billionaires, bankers and Wall Street insiders.

Donald Trump’s “politics have only furthered a culture of corruption, and nowhere is that clearer than in the greed and hate embodied by the nominees to his swamp Cabinet,” said MoveOn.org organizing director Vicki Kaplan.

“Millions of Americans are taking action — meeting, marching, and organizing — to ensure Trump and the GOP don’t take away our health care, destroy public education, pollute our air and water, and put in charge billionaires and racists who look out for only themselves at the expense of the rest of us,” Kaplan added.

On the web

Check the action website for event listings coordinated by MoveOn.org, People’s Action, Working Families Party.

In Milwaukee

An action is planned at noon Jan. 24 at the Milwaukee office of U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson.
The details:  Participants will meet at the SEIU Local 1 office and walk to Johnson’s office at 250 E Wisconsin Ave.  The action is being coordinated by Citizen Action of WI, SEIU and WI Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals. Sign up to attend here.

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MoveOn hiring organizers for United Against Hate campaign

MoveOn.org Political Action is hiring dozens of organizers to serve as state directors and field organizers in eight battleground states through November.

The hiring push will create a major field presence in key states — including Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania — where organizers and MoveOn volunteers will work to defeat Donald Trump and elect Hillary Clinton, and help take back control of Senate.

The organizers will recruit, train and support grassroots leaders, “focusing on communities that Trump has attacked and coordinating volunteer teams who will knock on hundreds of thousands of doors and hold conversations with thousands of likely voters in coming weeks,” according to a statement from MoveOn.

MoveOn.org is building field programs with paid organizers and volunteer leaders in:

• Arizona

• Florida

• Iowa

• Nevada

• New Hampshire

• North Carolina

• Ohio

• Pennsylvania.

MoveOn said it has more than 1 million active members in these states.

Also, MoveOn members have voted to endorse Senate candidates in seven of the eight states:

• Ann Kirkpatrick (Arizona)

• Patty Judge (Iowa)

• Maggie Hassan (New Hampshire)

• Deborah Ross (North Carolina)

• Catherine Cortez Masto (Nevada)

• Ted Strickland (Ohio)

• Katie McGinty (Pennsylvania)

“This is an all-hands-on-deck moment to ensure that Donald Trump never sets foot in the White House, and MoveOn members across the country have the power to influence this election by helping elect Hillary Clinton and winning key Senate seats across the country,” said Victoria Kaplan, organizing director for MoveOn.org.

She continued, “We know that face-to-face conversations with voters are the number one most effective way to increase voter participation and that’s why we’re unleashing the phenomenal energy of volunteer leaders and the millions of MoveOn members to canvass their own neighborhoods and communities, where they can make the biggest difference.”

MoveOn senior adviser Karine Jean-Pierre said, “We know that our task is not just to win an election, but to demonstrate that bigotry is a losing strategy and to build power to win on the issues that matter to everyday people: income inequality, police and criminal justice reform, climate change, good jobs, immigrants’ rights, and more.”

Earlier this year, MoveOn members voted to launch a multi-million dollar effort against Trump.

Since then, MoveOn has kicked off a major voter contact effort, opened a rapid-response video lab to produce dynamic content around the election, launched a nationwide Laughter Trumps Hate comedy contest and published an open letter featuring more than 100 prominent artists standing against Trump.

MoveOn endorses Sanders in Democratic race

MoveOn.org Political Action on Jan. 12 endorsed U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders for president.

The progressive group’s endorsement is derived from votes cast by members. Sanders won 78.6 percent of the 340,665 votes cast. MoveOn said this was a record number of votes and the largest margin of victory in a presidential endorsement in its history.

Sanders, in a statement released by his campaign, said, “I’m proud to have MoveOn and its community of millions of members join our people-powered campaign. MoveOn has spent more than 17 years bringing people together to fight for progressive change and stand up against big money interests. MoveOn’s fight to give the American people a voice in our political system was reflected in the group’s internal democratic process. I’m humbled by their support and welcome MoveOn’s members to the political revolution.”

Ilya Sheyman, MoveOn.org political action executive director, said in a news release, “This is a massive vote in favor of Bernie Sanders, showing that grassroots progressives across the country are excited and inspired by his message and track record of standing up to big money and corporate interests to reclaim our democracy for the American people. MoveOn members are feeling the Bern. We will mobilize aggressively to add our collective people power to the growing movement behind the Sanders campaign.”

MoveOn pledged to mobilize millions of members in support of Sanders, focusing initially on turning out its 43,000 members in Iowa and 30,000 in New Hampshire.

Sanders is running against Hillary Clinton and Martin O’Malley for the nomination.

The first votes in the nominating process are less than a month away.

Hawaii’s governor gives gay marriage bill to lawmakers

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie this week presented state lawmakers with a draft of legislation that would legalize gay marriage in the state.

The governor stopped short of saying he would call a special session to pass the bill but said it was a clear possibility.

He spoke at a rally outside the state Capitol and to reporters afterward. The rally, organized by the Honolulu chapter of MoveOn.org, was timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Abercrombie told reporters he would not rush a special session, or call one without lawmakers having a clear idea of what to do.

“I’m simply not going to consider a special session if it becomes something that gets dragged out and a recycling of previous history,” he said. “The bill’s there, we’re going to make ourselves available.”

He said his administration would let lawmakers digest the bill, and then discuss whether to have a special session.

According to an 18-page draft of the legislation released by Abercrombie’s office, Hawaii would begin issuing licenses Oct. 3, with ceremonies allowed to begin Nov. 1.

If lawmakers pass a bill, Hawaii would join 13 U.S. states and the District of Columbia that have legalized gay marriage.

Abercrombie is a central player on the issue in Hawaii because he has the power to call lawmakers into special session. He has said he thinks a special session is likely, though he has not yet called for one.

As Abercrombie left the rally and headed toward an elevator, advocates at the rally chanted “special session.”

Hawaii’s Legislature is made up mostly of Democrats, but House and Senate leaders were unable to wrangle the two-thirds support needed to call a special session on the issue.

Activists mobilizing Citizens United challenge

More than 60 organizations have joined the effort to challenge the unlimited corporate and special-interest financing of political campaigns allowed for under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC ruling.

A series of events will take place this month as progressive groups under the banner United for the People mark the second anniversary of Citizens United. The Court issued its decision on Jan. 21, 2010.

A statement from the United for the People coalition endorsed a constitutional amendment to void Citizens United and prohibit unlimited corporate spending in elections.

“Generations of Americans have amended the Constitution over the years to ensure that ‘We the People’ means all the people, not just the privileged few. The Citizens United case, which opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate spending to influence elections at all levels of government, has brought home the importance of amending the Constitution to ensure that ‘We the People’ does not mean we the corporations,” the coalition stated.

Partners in the campaign include People for the American Way, Common Cause, Public Citizen, Communications workers of America, Move to Amend, Progressive Democrats of America, MoveOn.org, A New Way Forward, African American Ministers in Action, Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Coffee Party USA, Earthworks, Greenpeace, Hip Hop Caucus and Wisconsin Wave, among others.

Planned actions include a one-day occupation of federal courthouses throughout the country, as well as the Supreme Court building, on Jan. 20; an occupation of corporations on Jan. 21 at various locations; a panel discussion on the decision and its impact at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in D.C., as well as rallies at state capitol buildings.

Resolutions opposing corporate contributions to political campaigns have been introduced at the local and state level in California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.

At least 10 proposed constitutional amendments are before Congress.