Friday, October 6, 2017

Message from our @DannyGlover about the Sanders Institute



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The present state of our country and of our world beckons to all of us. As we confront climate change, multiple refugee crises, the threat of global conflict, and a disturbing normalization of fascism, our collective future mandates that we unite around calls for justice with a sense of urgency – justice for women, justice for LGBTQ communities, justice for immigrants, justice for racial and ethnic minorities, justice for religious minorities, justice for the economically disenfranchised, justice for our environment. We are called to defend the self-evident truths upon which democracy is built - equality, freedom, and the ability to pursue personal fulfilment - from forces rooted in falsehood, manipulation, and demagoguery. To do so, we must inform ourselves thoroughly and organize effectively. It is in this spirit that I support the Sanders Institute in actively engaging citizens and media in the pursuit of progressive solutions to economic, environmental, racial, and social justice issues.

The Sanders Institute’s focus on individuals and media speaks directly to the terrain of the digital age. Its emphasis on progressive solutions speaks to our collective need to defend our highest ideals by effecting positive change. While mendacity can be a shortcut to power, that power is ultimately unsustainable. We must speak powerful truths to power; truths rooted in our diversity and interconnectedness. In recognizing the ways in which we all have something to contribute and the ways in which we all depend on one another, we harness the value of our differences to establish powerful coalitions; coalitions that can effectively counter the rigidity and isolation of illiberalism. As a Fellow of the Sanders Institute, I offer my experience in supporting social justice movements around the world on issues like environmental justice, labor, economic inequality, and racism, and I hope to inspire a new generation of socially engaged citizens in fighting for justice and equality for all.
Danny Glover, Sanders Institute Founding Fellow, 2017




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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Message from our @TulsiGabbard



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Aloha
For so long, young people who came to this country as kids through no choice of their own, have been forced to live in the shadows, too afraid to come forward because they don't trust that our government won't come after them. Even after DACA was put in place, so many were too afraid to apply because if the program got taken away, the government would know where they live and could go after them and their families.
But 800,000 young people in this country took that leap of faith, applied for DACA, and have relied on it to obtain an education, earn a living, and establish themselves in our communities.
The current administration's decision on Tuesday to end DACA leaves them feeling betrayed and afraid after they put their trust in our government.
Last week on Maui, I sat down with some of Hawaii’s DREAMers and heard their stories about living every day in fear of deportation until DACA was put into effect. They shared their stories of the opportunity and freedom they have experienced because of DACA, and the fear of uncertainty that now lies before them, with the prospects of their government targeting them and forcing them to leave the only home they’ve ever known.
This is not a partisan issue. It's an issue that affects communities all across this country. DACA’s termination is a call for Congress to act now. We should take this opportunity to actually fix the problem once and for all and provide a permanent solution for these DREAMers, so they are not forced back into the shadows.
I have had many conversations with people about this issue. I have spoken with those that support DACA, and those that do not support it. However, the most important part of any conversation about immigration and DACA is to be informed with the facts.
What is DACA?
DACA is a temporary program instituted by President Barack Obama that defers immigration action and provides relief from deportation for people who were brought into the United States as children and gives them a work permit.
Who is eligible for DACA?
The people who apply for and receive DACA must meet a number of requirements, including: they were under the age of 16 when they were brought into the U.S., they have lived most of their lives here, they are in school or have graduated or are an honorably discharged member of the military, they have not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor, or three or more misdemeanors.
How many people have DACA?
There are around 800,000 recipients of DACA right now in the U.S.
What can I do?
At the Sanders Institute, we believe that being informed, engaged, and involved in the discussion about an issue and a policy like DACA are the first crucial steps.
Thank you for staying engaged,
Tulsi Gabbard
Sanders Institute Fellow


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Friday, September 8, 2017

Important organizing message from our @NinaTurner




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As Our Revolution begins our second year, we're focusing on sustaining our movement by supporting our members and our groups. Members are those who join at events or join by making any donation. Membership is meant to be simple and inclusive. We encourage OR members to join groups or start a group. Our website includes a map of more than 400 registered groups with more added every week—find yours at https://ourrevolution.com/groups/.
For example, Somerville Our Revolution is part of an amazing network of Our Revolution groups across Massachusetts and nationally. Somerville has a full slate of council members and a mayoral candidate and the group hopes to change the direction of the entire city government. Our Revolution members there are working hard, lobbying their member of Congress on the eight national issues that make up the People's Platform.
This movement is built by folks at the grassroots, and you have taken part in helping Our Revolution grow at an extraordinary pace in our first year. Whether you have contributed or attended an event, your participation in our cause has not gone unnoticed. We appreciate each and every one of you.
This combination of issue work, candidates and ballot measures, and political organizing make up the core of Our Revolution member involvement. But many members choose to engage through online action and are not members of groups. No matter how members contribute, we are building a unique political movement that goes beyond resisting Donald Trump and the politics of reaction, instead fighting for a progressive populist future. Our Revolution membership packages include:
  • An Our Revolution membership card
  • A welcome packet from myself and staff
  • Free Our Revolution sticker
  • Monthly membership newsletter
  • Connecting you with a local Our Revolution group or status as a “Member-at-Large”
  • Having your voice heard in surveys which will shape the future of OR

Our Revolution is built on the strength of your efforts, and our membership program is how we plan to strengthen the connection between you, our staff here in Washington and other member affiliates across the country. I look forward to the great work we will continue together.
In solidarity,
Nina Turner
President
Our Revolution



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