Thursday, August 23, 2007

Fwd: Hey Democrats: Throw the Bums Out

From: Jonathan Prince, Edwards for President <>
Date: Aug 23, 2007 1:16 PM
Subject: Hey Democrats: Throw the Bums Out
To: greensmile

John Edwards '08

Enough is Enough. Sign the Petition Dear Greensmile,

If anyone had any doubt what this election is about, they won't after hearing what John Edwards said this morning:

"It is caution versus courage. Old versus new. Calculation versus principle. It is the establishment elite versus the American people.

"Instead of serving the people and the nation, too many play the parlor game of Washington— trading favors and campaign money, influencing votes and compromising legislation. It's a game that never ends, but every American knows — it's time to end the game."

You know he's right — you've seen the lobbyists throwing cash at the politicians. You've heard the politicians walk away from their easy promises. But nobody calls them on it — because go-along-to-get-along is the rule in Washington, D.C.

Well, John Edwards is calling them on it right now, and they hate it. So they're coming after him with everything they've got.

When insiders from both parties are personally attacking John Edwards, you can bet on one thing — he's making waves, and the establishment doesn't like it when you rock their boat.

But here's the thing — it's not their boat. It's ours.

So join our call to take our democracy back and fix the broken system in Washington — sign our petition today, and send a powerful message to the Democratic Party.

Enough is enough — it's time to tell the big corporations and the lobbyists who have been running things for too long that their time is over. It's time to challenge politicians to put the American people's interests ahead of their own calculated political interests, to look the lobbyists in the eye and just say no.

John's right — we don't need to wait for Congress or the president. We can reform our party today.

Two weeks ago, he called on all Democrats to reject contributions from federal lobbyists. He repeated that challenge today.

We can reform our party and truly be the party of the people. And we can expose for all time who the Republicans in Washington are really working for.

Join our campaign to fix this broken system in Washington, D.C. and show America exactly whose side we're on — add your voice to our petition today.

The American people deserve to know that their presidency is not for sale, the Lincoln Bedroom is not for rent, and lobbyist money can no longer influence policy in the House or the Senate.

We need real change in America — universal health care, a halt to global warming and an end to the war in Iraq — but to get that change we have to fix the broken system in Washington.

As John said earlier today, "We cannot triangulate our way to real change; we cannot compromise our way to real change. But we can lead to real change. And with your help, we can start today."

This is what it means to be a Democrat. Not baby steps or happy talk — but to stand, up, be counted, and fight with everything we've got for what we believe.

So join us today — and thanks for everything you do.


--Jonathan Prince
Deputy Campaign Manager
August 23, 2007

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Sunday, August 5, 2007

One presidential candidate is already doing what Bush SHOULD

......Fire Gonzales

Dear friend,

Today, we need your help to send a message to insiders like George Bush's Attorney General Alberto Gonzales who have no respect for the rule of law, our rights and freedoms, or the Constitution.

Gonzales, the man who helped enable torture at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and illegal spying on Americans, is now facing a possible perjury investigation for lying to Congress.

President Bush may be incapable of admitting when he makes a mistake (yes, too many to count)—but you and I and the American people still have the power to tell Gonzales that it is time to go!

Add your name to our message to Gonzales today.

We have a simple message to deliver to Gonzales:

Remember the Constitution that you were sworn to uphold?

Remember what this country stands for?

Remember the laws you were supposed to defend?

If you do, then do what is right—just once—and resign.

But then again, maybe it has been so long since Gonzales read the Constitution that he forgot what this great document says.

Well, let's remind him.

For every signature we collect (and this is where friends and family become very helpful), we will send Gonzales a copy of the Constitution. You can even add a special message like:

"Do the right thing for once - resign."
"What will it take for you to resign?"
"I believe perjury is against the law."

Add whatever reasonable note you think could make him do what is right.

But here's the best part—with your help, we can send Gonzales a really BIG message.

If we gather over 25,000 signatures online, we're not just going to mail them.

We're going to put them at the bottom of the largest copy of the Constitution you have ever seen, and deliver it straight to Gonzales' office at the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Department building in Washington, D.C..

How big a copy of the Constitution? Big. Really big.

And maybe—just maybe, when he sees that Constitution with all of your signatures, Gonzales will remember that his job is not to protect George Bush—it is to protect the rights and freedoms of the American people.

And maybe—just maybe, if enough of us speak out he will once—just once—do what is right, and resign. No matter what he does, history will record that at this critical moment you and I took a stand. And we're going to keep standing up for what is right when our nation needs us—because that's what this campaign is all about.

So if you want to join the fight for real change, then please add your name right now and help send Gonzales a message he will never forget.

Thank you,

-- Joe Trippi
Publish Post
Monday, July 30th, 2007

P.S. - This grassroots movement to change America depends on your support, so contribute today—even a small contribution—and help John Edwards and our campaign fight for the kind of change you and America deserve.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Make hate a crime or live with hate crimes?

From: Joe Solmonese, Human Rights Campaign <>
Date: Jul 24, 2007 1:20 PM
Subject: You, times two
To: greensmile

Human Rights Campaign

All gifts matched until July 31!

Dear greensmile

When we launched our campaign to pass the Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), just a few days before the hate crimes bill hit the Senate floor, I got a call from a friend – HRC board member Bruce Bastian – saying he wanted to help us raise the money to win this fight.

By the time we hung up, he had promised to match every online donation dollar-for-dollar until July 31, up to $100,000!

This incredible opportunity for HRC comes at a particularly critical time. Historic markers of GLBT equality – ENDA, hate crimes, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" – are all in the political spotlight this year.

Help us take advantage of this remarkable offer, which means nothing without your support: $200,000 for HRC if we can rise to the challenge by July 31.

Double my donation to end discrimination in the workplace...Every form of hate degrades our nation.

As a business leader, and as someone committed to campaigning for justice, Bruce wants to help put an end to discrimination against GLBT workers. Just as importantly, though, he wants to challenge YOU, and every HRC supporter, to join together this month. It's crunch time – we expect action on hate crimes and ENDA in the early fall and we need to lay the groundwork now.

Right now, the radical right is deluging lawmakers with bald-faced lies about hate crimes and ENDA, but the momentum is with us. Take ENDA, for example. Nearly 90% of Fortune 500 companies already include sexual orientation in their non-discrimination policies. They know workers should be judged on their performance; who they love is completely irrelevant.

Your donation will do twice as much to end discrimination.

In national politics, GLBT issues have taken center stage. On August 9th, on MTV's Logo channel, HRC Foundation is co-hosting a historic forum for presidential candidates focused exclusively on GLBT issues. And, as you know under the leadership of Speaker Pelosi, for the first time ever, the hate crimes bill – a major piece of GLBT civil rights legislation – passed as a stand alone bill on the House floor May 3rd. Now, the hate crimes bill, also known in the Senate as the Matthew Shepard Act, is pending as an amendment to the Senate's Department of Defense (DoD) Authorization bill. While the DoD bill has been delayed until the fall, our Senate champions Senators Kennedy and Smith are committed to moving this crucial legislation. Additionally, we're likely to see congressional action on ENDA over the next couple months, and the long-overdue repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy" has also become a national issue in the presidential debates and through HRC's Legacy of Service Tour.

It's time the government caught up with the business world, just like we hope it will catch up with the hundreds of groups that have endorsed the Matthew Shepard Act. With your support, we'll make sure lawmakers hear the truth above the din of the anti-gay groups.

Thank you, as always, for your commitment to this struggle.

Joe Solmonese
Joe Solmonese

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freedom is not more important than fairness and much easier to fake.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Biggest health care moment in 40 years

greensmiles greetings!


Congress keeps saying "yes" to far.  Lets see if they say "no" to health care.

Congress wants to offer free health care to millions of uninsured children. Who could be against that? But President Bush is afraid insuring kids is a slippery slope -- opening the door to affordable health care for everyone. How terrible.

Many Republican senators are ignoring Bush in favor of insuring kids. But we still don't have enough votes to override Bush's veto threat -- and the Senate vote is just days away.

I signed a petition urging Congress to vote for the biggest health care expansion in over 40 years. Can you join me at the link below?


Friday, July 20, 2007

For the war = against the troops! help end the war! Political Action
Date: Jul 19, 2007 12:45 PM
Subject: Political Extinction
To: greensmile

Iraq Summer is the biggest campaign to end the war that's ever been organized. It's going to present Republicans with a choice: End the war, or face political extinction. Can you chip in $100 to help make sure pro-war politicians pay a price for keeping the war going?

Iraq Summer in Action
Dear MoveOn member,

On Tuesday night, Republicans in the Senate had to pick a side: They were either with the American people or with President Bush.

They chose Bush. They blocked a key vote to end the war. And we're going to make them pay for that choice.

As senators go home for August break, our partners at Americans Against Escalation in Iraq have put together the biggest campaign since the beginning of the war. It's called Iraq Summer, and it's going to present the Republicans with another choice: End the war, or face political extinction.

Iraq Summer hit the ground a few weeks ago. 90 organizers—including Iraq vets and military families—are busy building strong networks on the ground, organizing events and putting up hard-hitting advertising.

It's really important to keep this organizing going all the way through August. So we're aiming to raise $250,000 for AAEI and MoveOn's Iraq Summer campaign by the end of this week. Can you chip in $100 to turn up the heat on pro-war politicians—and make sure they pay in their home states for voting to keep the war going?

If we want to end the war, we need to make it politically impossible for Republicans to stay the course.

And that's exactly what Iraq Summer is doing. Iraq Summer organizers are showing up at town hall meetings and asking tough questions, holding rallies, and training local volunteers on working with the media.

  • In Maine the Iraq Summer team kicked off its efforts with a rally in the beginning of July. Since then, Iraq Summer and MoveOn members have kept up constant pressure—pushing Senator Snowe over the edge.1 She recently signed on as a co-sponsor of the Levin-Reed Amendment to bring most of our troops home by April.
  • In Kentucky they staged a protest outside of a speech given by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell a few weeks ago and made the local news—proving that voters in Kentucky want our troops home.2 Soon after, they launched a major ad campaign in Kentucky against him. 3 His approval ratings continue to plummet.
  • Last week in New Hampshire, Iraq Summer organized a letter delivery to Senator Sununu's office and added to the pressure he's been feeling on the war. They made the local news last week and then were at it again this week, helping out with our citizen counter-filibuster.4

And the field directors are a truly dedicated and impressive bunch.

  • Susan D. is a field director in Iowa. She's the mother of an Iraq war veteran and speaks passionately about the toll that this war is taking on families across the country.
  • Jackie R. is a field director in New Mexico. She's dedicating all her energy to ending the war. Jackie comes from a conservative Cuban family and will be working in Latino communities to put real pressure on Representative Heather Wilson and Senator Pete Domenici to make sure they do more than complain about the war—they vote to end it.
  • Joshua L. is an Iraq veteran and he's leading our work in Illinois. He's concentrating on making sure Representatives LaHood, Johnson and Kirk start voting with their constituents to end the war. He's already been making waves at town hall meetings.5

Can you chip in $100 to help MoveOn and Iraq Summer run the biggest campaign in history to end the war?

Thanks for all you do.

–Nita, Tom, Eli, Jennifer and the Political Action Team
Thursday, July 19th, 2007


1. Anti-War Group Rallies In Bangor, WCSH NBC Affliate in Portland Maine, July 5, 2007

2. McConnell speaks in Oldham, notes public's frustration with Iraq war, The Courier-Journal, July 3, 2007

3. McConnell targeted in another anti-war ad, Associated Press, July 13, 2007

4. War critics decry Sununu,Seacost Online, July 18, 2007


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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

MoveOn members favorite candidate on Climate issues is...

From: Political Action
Date: Jul 11, 2007 12:10 PM
Subject: The verdict is in
This weekend, all the Democratic presidential candidates pledged to address the climate crisis head-on. And with nearly 100,000 votes cast, you chose former Senator John Edwards' plan as the strongest.

It's really encouraging that the candidates are taking global warming so seriously. But frankly, it's not enough. Even with a new president committed to stopping climate change, we're gonna need a campaign, and a movement. After years of writing the rules, ExxonMobil and Shell won't go along quietly. And coal companies probably won't wake up one morning and realize that they're boiling the globe. Industry will take every chance it gets to water down, obstruct, and delay these plans.

So today we're aiming to raise $150,000 to run ads, pay organizers, and do the day-to-day work of changing America's climate policy and moving us toward a green-energy future. With your help, we can make sure that when industry pushes leaders in one direction, there's an overwhelming movement pushing back. Can you chip in $100 today to support our campaign to stop climate change?

The stakes couldn't be higher: Unless the next president offers real leadership, we'll see the effects of heating on our planet worsen in the next 10 years—raging heat waves, epidemics, catastrophic storms, and species extinction.

Here's the good news: At the town hall, every single candidate made a commitment to move on the climate crisis. While John Edwards' plan got the most support—with 33 percent of the vote by MoveOn members—Dennis Kucinich and Hillary Clinton fought it out for second, with Barack Obama coming in right behind them.

And folks were really enthused about some of the plans offered. Here are a few comments on John Edwards' plan:

"A leader's biggest job is to inspire and inflame our hearts and minds to take on whatever challenges face us...Big problems need big ideas. Crises require passionate commitment. John Edwards seems to me to have the vision necessary to begin healing our earth." —Kathleen F., Abbeville, SC

"All efforts at progress rest on a simple truth: the public good is more important than any private interest. John Edwards understands this. His emphasis on poverty and political economy interface perfectly with efforts to combat global warming. Go Edwards!" —Jason O., Brunswick, ME

"As a resident of New Orleans, I appreciate how John Edwards understands the close connection between Global Warming, Hurricanes, Coastal Protection, Green Jobs, and Poverty ... all of which affect New Orleanians directly." —Grant C., New Orleans, LA

It's a hopeful sign that so many of the candidates have real plans to address the climate crisis. But the energy industry giants are going to be working every step of the way to water these plans down.

It's going to take an organized movement of folks on the ground and ads on the air to make sure that our leaders solve the climate crisis. Can you chip in $100 today to support our climate change campaign?

Here are the full results from the Climate Virtual Town Hall vote (remember, this does not imply a MoveOn endorsement):

Sen. John Edwards
Rep. Dennis Kucinich
Sen. Hillary Clinton
Sen. Barack Obama
Gov. Bill Richardson
Sen. Joe Biden 3.06%
Sen. Chris Dodd 3.01%
Sen. Mike Gravel 1.78%

Together we're making sure our next president puts a healthy planet and a healthy future at the top of the agenda. Thanks for all you do.

–Ilyse, Daniel, Carrie, Eli and the Political Action Team
  Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

P.S. In case you're curious, members who went to parties voted a little different than other members. Here's how those votes came out:

Sen. John Edwards
Gov. Bill Richardson
Rep. Dennis Kucinich 17.5%
Se. Hillary Clinton
Sen. Barack Obama
Sen. Joe Biden 6.2%
Sen. Chris Dodd 3.6%
Sen. Mike Gravel 3%

P.P.S. Check out this new YouTube video from film director Robert Greenwald, Fox Attacks: The Environment. It exposes how Rupert Murdoch's Fox consistently spreads misinformation about, and denies, the global climate crisis.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Fwd: John needs us today: cast a key vote for substance

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Ben Brandzel, Edwards for President <>
Date: Jul 10, 2007 12:41 PM
Subject: John needs us today: cast a key vote for substance
To: greensmile

John Edwards '08

Dear fellow Edwards supporter,

Right now, we have a critical chance to spread the word about John Edwards' ground breaking plan to solve global warming—but we have to act fast.

Between now and tonight at midnight Pacific time (3:00 AM Eastern time), please go vote for John's global warming plan in the "Virtual Town Hall" on climate change:

When the media is obsessed with the money race and silly distractions, it's up to us to turn the spotlight on the issues that actually matter in people's lives. And that's where this campaign really shines.

MoveOn asked all of the candidates to talk about their plans to address global warming, and now it's up to the public to pick the best proposal. Tomorrow morning the national press will cover the results, and later MoveOn will run an ad highlighting the top plan—so this is a huge opportunity.

Please go hear John explain his global warming plan and cast your vote right now at:

Why is John's plan to stop global warming the best in the pack? It's the substance.

When John introduced his plan, The League of Conservation Voters called it:

"the most comprehensive global warming plan of any presidential candidate to date...[it] understands the magnitude of the challenge before us and the need for bold leadership to meet it."
The environmental magazine Grist called it:
"far and away the strongest, most comprehensive climate and energy plan the three front-runners."
Here's the quick summary:

John's energy plan calls for an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050—according to the latest science that's the reduction necessary to actually halt the worst effects of global warming. And it calls for freezing the growth of our electricity usage for a decade through national efficiency programs.

John's against all federal subsidies for liquid coal, and stands for a complete moratorium on new coal plants that cannot capture their carbon pollution.

John's calling on America to lead the world towards a new climate treaty that would sharply reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

And John's plan would help spur a new energy economy to break our dependence on foreign oil while creating 1 million new jobs.

We know climate change is a global crisis that's already upon us—we owe it to ourselves and our children to find the courage for truly transformational change. John Edwards has that courage. But as always, John and this campaign depend on people like you and me taking action to turn that vision for change into reality.

So before the polls close at Midnight Pacific time (3:00AM Eastern time) tonight, please take a minute to watch John outline his plan and then cast your vote at:

Thanks for all that you do,

-- Ben Brandzel
John Edwards for President
Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

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Monday, July 9, 2007

Final Days: Tell the FCC to Save the Internet

See our video...while you still can

We have only five days left to defend a free and open Internet at the FCC. The agency needs to hear from you about Net Neutrality -- the principle that stops AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from controlling where you can go online.
Thousands of people have already told their stories (see below) urging the FCC to protect Net Neutrality. Now it's your turn:
Tell the FCC to Save the Internet
You need to act now before the FCC closes its comment period. If we flood them with comments in support of Net Neutrality, the FCC will be pressed to stand up to the giant phone and cable companies that seek to undermine free choice on the Web.

At, you can read stories from others, view photographs, and join the fight to make the Internet affordable, open and accessible to everyone. You can even create your own personal comment page to share with others. Go there now to see our new video:
Watch Our New Video and Save the Internet
This may be the best chance we have this year to demonstrate to Washington that protecting the free and open Internet is an issue that matters to millions of Americans. The FCC needs to know why Net Neutrality is important to you. Tell them how an open Internet impacts your daily life, your business and your ability to connect with others.
To save the Internet, we need to flood the FCC with stories from people around the country. Can you ask five friends to send their stories to the FCC?
Tell Your Friends to Take Action
With your help, we can send a message to the FCC that they can't ignore.
Timothy KarrCampaign Director
P.S. Here's what others are saying:
"The greatest hope that this country has is the reconnection of American voices with our political system. The Internet is the first medium that is truly interactive, in which one person's voice can reach millions. This fundamental change would end the open Internet as we know it." Read Jennifer's full story.
"In rural America, the Internet is very important in staying informed. We read several national newspapers every day to get the news our local paper does not thoroughly cover." Read Charles & Carol's full story.
"Currently the media is not diverse at all, and the only option I have found to escape from it has been the Internet. ... If the Internet is controlled by powerful people with money, will it ever be what it has been? Will we be able to enjoy diversity?" Read Norie's full story.
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Fwd: Live Earth: Grow the Movement for a Climate in Crisis

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Live Earth <>
Date: Jul 9, 2007 3:37 AM
Subject: Live Earth: Grow the Movement for a Climate in Crisis
To: greensmile

Live Earth: The Movement for a Climate in Crisis Thank you so much for being part of Live Earth. Millions of people attended the concerts and the 10,000+ "Friends of Live Earth" events and house parties in 195 countries. Millions of people watched or heard the event online, on TV, or on the radio. Millions pledged to change their own actions and hold our leadership accountable.

You're part of an incredible worldwide movement - the moment when the world came together to demand solutions to the climate crisis. You can help us spread the word - please forward this email to five of your friends and ask them to sign onto the Live Earth Pledge at:
Together we will solve the climate crisis.
Watch the best of Live Earth on MSN:

Madonna, Beastie Boys, Black Eyed Peas? Did you miss your favorite act on 7/7/07? You can see highlights and songs from all the concerts online at Clips of everything from Al Gore's speech to Kanye West's performance are available for you to watch online. Create your own playlists and share with friends!
A Global Campaign
The Live Earth concerts are the start of a worldwide campaign to solve the climate crisis. Our partners The Alliance for Climate Protection, I Count, The Climate Group, and Avaaz (as well as WWF Australia and Climate Action Partnership in South Africa) will be working together to make sure we all live up to our commitments - in our personal lives and globally. You'll hear more soon from these partners and from Live Earth about what we all can do to keep spreading the Live Earth message.

Look for a special message later this week from Vice President Gore - and thanks again for helping to make Live Earth a historic event.

Pass it on!

Forward your friends a Live Earth text message or this email and inspire them to join the movement to combat the climate crisis. Use our email tool to send a message to your entire address book.