MoveOn members started 2019 with new hope for our future as a brand new Congress was sworn in—essentially the most various Home of Representatives in historical past, with many progressive champions MoveOn members performed pivotal roles in electing. And we ended the 12 months with the impeachment of Donald Trump—a essential achievement to assist examine his administration’s rampant abuses of energy, at the same time as his lawlessness and assaults on so many communities proceed.
We’ll bear in mind 2019 as a 12 months that funneled power of the resistance into constructing a stronger MoveOn and progressive motion, combating Trump and the right-wing GOP agenda in Washington and throughout the nation, and laying the groundwork to win in 2020.
And all through this impactful 12 months in opposition to this tumultuous political panorama, MoveOn members continued to have impression as our organizations grew and altered. With gratitude we mentioned farewell to our co-executive administrators, Anna Galland and Ilya Sheyman, and welcomed new management: Rahna Epting, our new govt director, who deep expertise in organizing, good authorities advocacy and labor.
We enlarged our SMS program to succeed in extra members in ways in which result in fast impression. We expanded our base of small donors to construct the muse for our essential work in 2020. Our textual content messaging blast record crossed 1 million members, and 260,000-plus folks contributed to MoveOn this 12 months
And thousands and thousands of us, everywhere in the nation, stored discovering new methods to have interaction, take heed to, be taught from, and construct energy with one another. We took motion in help of a daring progressive imaginative and prescient, and in opposition to the Trump-GOP divisive and harmful agenda.
This publish references work MoveOn members completed by means of two separate organizations: we had social advocacy impression organizing with MoveOn Civic Motion, and electoral impression mobilizing with MoveOn Political Motion.
Right here is a few of what we did collectively this 12 months:
JANUARY: Celebrating the swearing-in of a brand new Congress
In January, we celebrated the swearing-in of latest members of Congress we helped elect. MoveOn members spent a lot of 2018 working to elect greater than 200 federal, state, and native candidates throughout the nation, and noticed a lot of that work come to fruition in January of 2019 as a brand new Congress was sworn in and Democrats took management of the Home of Representatives, offering an necessary examine and steadiness on the Trump administration. The brand new Home hasn’t been excellent, however it has handed necessary laws supported by MoveOn members and has exercised its oversight accountability over the administration.
We have been proud to have a good time the swearing in of essentially the most various and progressive Home ever, together with rising leaders similar to Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib. And proud to face with Democrats as they refused to bow to Trump’s calls for when he shut down the federal government making an attempt to safe funding for his racist border wall.
FEBRUARY: Mobilizing in opposition to Trump’s faux nationwide emergency
When the Trump administration unlawfully declared a “nationwide emergency” with a purpose to attempt to reroute taxpayer funds that Congress had allotted for different functions to frame wall building, we responded. We launched a serious nationwide mobilization opposing the #TrumpFakeEmergency and greater than 50,000 of us marched for immigrants and refugees.
Trump’s faux nationwide emergency was simply the most recent in his deliberate, orchestrated sequence of assaults—from ending DACA to the Muslim Ban to household separation—designed to enact his racist and xenophobic insurance policies. MoveOn members have been on the forefront of resisting these insurance policies for the reason that second Trump was sworn in.
MARCH: Urging Democratic candidates to skip AIPAC
In a giant win for progressives, many 2020 Democratic candidates are skipping the AIPAC convention this weekend. pic.twitter.com/Wtj7dwtafJ
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) March 22, 2019
Greater than 74% of MoveOn members surveyed agreed that “any progressive vying to be the Democratic nominee for president ought to skip the AIPAC convention.” AIPAC—the American Israeli Political Affairs Committee—is an extremist right-wing lobbying group that labored in opposition to President Obama’s historic Iran deal, supplies platforms to identified Islamophobes, and has invited figures actively concerned in human rights violations to its stage. AIPAC has additionally refused to sentence the white nationalism and anti-Semitism of Republicans, together with Trump’s buddy and former adviser Steve Bannon. In a giant win for progressives and MoveOn members, many 2020 Democratic candidates skipped the 2019 AIPAC convention after we launched our marketing campaign.
APRIL: Demanding Barr launch the Mueller report
After Lawyer Basic William Barr missed the deadline set by Congress to launch the total Mueller report, we took motion throughout the nation to demand that Mueller’s full report and underlying proof be made public. On April 4, due to our work with shut allies tending the ‘No one Is Above the Legislation’ rapid-response community, tens of 1000’s of MoveOn members and allies took to the streets in additional than 325 occasions throughout the nation to demand that Barr launch the total report. A redacted report was finally launched.
MAY: Delivering 10 million signatures for impeachment
After the Mueller report’s launch, a majority of Home Democrats have been nonetheless on the fence about impeachment, so we decided to proceed to maintain up the stress. Partnering with allies together with Have to Impeach, Free Speech for Folks, Democracy for America, CREDO, and By the Folks, we delivered a mixed 10 million petition signatures favoring impeachment to Congress—the most important petition supply in historical past.
JUNE: The Massive Concepts Discussion board
Eight presidential candidates pitched MoveOn members on their huge concept to alter folks’s lives for the higher. Try what the candidates and MoveOn members needed to say: pic.twitter.com/xFtBxDt1NA
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) June 3, 2019
On Saturday June 1, eight main contenders within the Democratic presidential major pitched MoveOn members on huge concepts that might rework our nation, sort out the largest challenges we’re dealing with collectively, and enhance folks’s lives. This was MoveOn’s Massive Concepts Discussion board, the first-in-our-history in-person discussion board with presidential candidates. MoveOn members packed the room, participated within the on-line watch occasion throughout the nation, and had their questions introduced on to the candidates on a nationwide stage. Candidates Cory Booker, Julián Castro, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren participated.
JULY: A speedy response mobilization to Shut the Camps
1000’s of individuals took to the streets all throughout the nation yesterday to name for the closure of the inhumane detention camps which can be abusing immigrant youngsters and households. #CloseTheCamps pic.twitter.com/uWCBzhmp1I
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) July 3, 2019
With outrage over the Trump administration’s inhumane and illegal coverage of detaining immigrant youngsters again on the heart of the nationwide dialog, MoveOn members mobilized.
In late June we referred to as a nationwide #CloseTheCamps day of motion for July 2, and, working with companions, inside lower than per week we organized greater than 175 protests nationwide outdoors of members of Congress’ state and district places of work.
Tens of 1000’s rallied and skim tales from youngsters in detention to shine a light-weight on the atrocities being perpetrated by our authorities. The occasions acquired widespread media protection and not less than 10 members of Congress spoke to the crowds, with most dedicated to visiting a detention facility to bear witness and advocate for change.
AUGUST: Billboards taking over McConnell
Beating Trump is MoveOn Political Motion’s primary precedence within the 2020 election. However it’s additionally essential that we finish Republican management of the Senate, in order that now we have an actual likelihood of advancing key packages like Medicare for All, common pre-Ok, a wealth tax, scholar mortgage forgiveness, and the Inexperienced New Deal.
In August, MoveOn put up billboards in Kentucky specializing in gun violence and calling on voters to “Vote Mitch Out”—the primary steps in a nationwide 2020 election effort funded by MoveOn members that goals to finish Republican management of the U.S. Senate. Proceed to assist gasoline this effort and donate right here.
SEPTEMBER: Supporting the Youth Local weather Strike
On Friday, September 20, youth world wide led a historic World Local weather Strike. Greater than 4 million folks world wide declared that the time had come for motion on the local weather disaster. MoveOn members throughout the nation attended native actions, and 1000’s joined a nationwide organizing name to find out about further actions we are able to take, individually and collectively, to maintain up this power.
MoveOn has additionally been combating alongside the scholar leaders of the US Youth Local weather Strike, the organizers of the Dawn Motion, and different climate-focused teams. Collectively, we’re pushing the local weather disaster into the middle of the 2020 debate and are propelling the daring imaginative and prescient of the Inexperienced New Deal in Congress and throughout the nation.
OCTOBER: Welcoming new management
Rahna Epting turned our new Government Director this fall (thanks outgoing EDs Anna Galland and Ilya Sheyman to your management and repair!). Epting has been a frontrunner within the progressive motion for 15 years, enjoying necessary roles within the organized labor, management improvement, youth organizing, and democracy reform areas. She has held senior roles in organizations, together with the Service Staff Worldwide Union, Each Voice, Wellstone Motion, and the Alliance For Youth Organizing. As a Black and Iranian lady, she is the primary particular person of shade to fill MoveOn’s govt director position.
DECEMBER: Impeaching Trump
Thanks to the tons of of 1000’s of people that hit the streets calling for Trump’s impeachment & elimination.
Your voices have been amplified by information broadcasts nationwide – listed here are just some. pic.twitter.com/ApXDTB6tqM
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) December 18, 2019
Two years in the past, MoveOn led the decision for impeachment when Trump violated his oath of workplace by firing FBI Director James Comey, after already committing different impeachable offenses. As Trump continued to impede justice and assault the core of our democracy, we have been fastidiously laying the groundwork to make impeachment a actuality.
On December 18, Trump turned simply the third president in U.S. historical past to be impeached for prime crimes and misdemeanors and face elimination by the Senate. MoveOn members have made greater than 40,000 pro-impeachment telephone calls to Congress this 12 months, and, within the largest petition supply in U.S. historical past, alongside allies, we delivered 10 million pro-impeachment signatures to Congress.
The evening earlier than the Home of Representatives voted on impeachment, greater than 200,000 of us organized and attended rallies and protests at greater than 550 congressional places of work and public squares to declare that No one Is Above the Legislation as representatives finalized their positions and senators seemed on.
MoveOn members did all this in 2019—and extra. We supported Democrats in elections in Virginia, endorsed daring major challengers, demanded an finish to the U.S. help of the Saudi warfare in Yemen—resulting in an unbelievable bipartisan vote that was a rebuke of Trump’s international insurance policies in that area—whereas supporting campaigns on state and native ranges, actions in opposition to unhealthy company actors, and utilizing our social media channels to raise up compelling, ethical voices throughout a variety of points.
MoveOn and our thousands and thousands of members are in it for the lengthy haul. Thanks for all you probably did to assist us have the impression we did in 2019. And now, let’s dig in to present all we are able to to make 2020 the 12 months we defeat Trump, maintain accountable his companions in his right-wing agenda, and elect daring progressive management throughout the nation.
MoveOn 2020: Mobilize, Encourage, Defend
MoveOn is dedicated to an inclusive and progressive future. We envision a world marked by equality, sustainability, justice, and love. With the intention to obtain this, MoveOn Political Motion has outlined three core methods for 2020:
1.) We are going to mobilize our millions-strong membership and different grassroots progressives to leverage their folks energy for impression,
2.) We are going to encourage “high-potential” voters who may in any other case keep house to prove by means of narrative and concern advocacy work and direct voter contact, and
3.) We are going to shield voters within the face of organized disinformation campaigns and different suppression efforts.
Our targets are to place our collective folks energy to work to defeat Trump, finish Republican management of the Senate, shield Democratic management of the Home, and construct help for progressive governance that may start to fix the tears in our nation’s material and put us on a path to a extra equal future, with a rustic that works for everybody, and the place everybody can thrive.
We’re thrilled to be heading into the subsequent chapter of MoveOn as we head into 2020. Thanks for all that you simply do. We really couldn’t do it with out you.