NEWSLETTER USA

(June 19. 2013)

 

 

*** EVENTS & ACTION ROUND UP ***

 

*** 6/19-25: Ed Markey for Senate phone banking @ DNC HQ OR @ HOME! ***

http://www.edmarkey.com

 

*Virtual Phone Bank: Email emily@edmarkey.org to get the daily login so you can make calls on your computer!

(please cc network4progress@gmail.com so we can track our N4P callers)

Ed is leading in the polls but in a special election anything is possible (remember Scott Brown?) so please help us protect John Kerry’s Senate Seat on Tuesday, June 25th!

 

*** 6/20-23: Netroots Nation (San Jose) Live Stream & #NN13 Conversation ***

http://www.netrootsnation.org/nn13/follow-nn13-at-home/

 

*** 2013 Young Democrats of America National Convention (San Antonio) ***

– $80 Early Bird Rate ends 6/28!

 

We are excited to announce the Young Democrats of America’s 2013 Biennial National Convention in San Antonio, Texas on August 8 – 11.  

 

This is the largest event that YDA hosts every two years with 1,000 Young Democrats expected to attend from all fifty states.  If you don’t participate in a single other Young Democrat conference, this is the one you don’t want to miss.

 

We are working with the Texas Young Democrats to put together the most exciting convention in YDA history, including political trainings, guest speakers and other special events. YDA national officer elections for the 2013 – 2015 term will also be held on Sunday, August 11.  

 

REGISTER HERE:

https://yda.wiredforchange.com/o/720/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=13416

 

RSVP & SHARE ON FACEBOOK:

https://www.facebook.com/events/465901236821319

 

*** EMAIL & CALL CONGRESS ON STUDENTS LOANS BY 6/30 ***   

YDA’s “Don’t Double My Rate!” Campaign

 

Federal student loan rates are set to double on July 1 if Congress doesn’t take action.  Send an email to your members of Congress today telling them to keep the current insterest rate of 3.4 percent.  

 

Whether you are currently enrolled in college, graduated a few years ago, or hope to attend someday; whether you were first in your family to earn a higher degree or you continued a proud tradition, the opportunity of a college education was made possible, for many of us, by access to affordable student loans.

 

Unfortunately, tough economic conditions in recent years and skyrocketing tuition costs have created unique challenges for our generation.  To make matters worse, if Congress doesn’t take action, federal student loan rates are set to double on July 1 making access to a college education even more difficult.

 

Let me be clear, no one who is willing to work hard and improve the quality of their life and that of their community should mortgage their future in order to attend college.  Republicans in Congress continue to threaten the economic stability of our generation by failing to act with a deadline approaching.

 

The American dream is built on a foundation of hard work, equal opportunity and upward mobility. Access to a college education is an important part of that foundation, and Republican inaction and misplaced priorities put us all at risk. For America to be truly competitive in the 21st century global economy, we need more college graduates, not fewer.

 

Let’s win this fight!  Contact your member of Congress today:

http://action.yda.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=202

 

 

*** N4P NEWS ROUND UP ***

Contact Congress regarding any of these issues here:

www.senate.govhttp://govsm.com/w/Senate (social media listings)

www.house.govhttp://govsm.com/w/House (social media listings)

 

*IMMIGRATION NEWS*

Non-Partisan CBO Report: Senate Reform Bill increases GDP by 3.3% in 2023 & 5.4% in 2033 & Reduces Deficit by $200B in 2023 & $900B by 2033 http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/06/18/cbo-report-immigration-reform-will-shrink-deficit-and-grow-economy

 

*VETERANS NEWS*

What The Military Is Doing To Address Sexual Assault

http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/06/14/2150351/military-address-sexual-assault/

 

*INCOME INEQUALITY NEWS*

White House GIF: “The Great Gatsby” Curve

http://whitehouse.tumblr.com/post/52721470601/youve-probably-heard-of-the-great-gatsby-but

 

1Q 2013: Biggest Drop In Wages Ever

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/06/07/2121581/first-quarter-of-2013-saw-largest-wage-drop-ever/

 

Six Charts That Show Its Time To Reset The Budget Debate

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/06/06/2112261/six-charts-that-show-its-time-to-reset-the-budget-debate

 

*POLITICAL NEWS*

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/06/14/the-best-congressional-approval-chart-ever/?wprss=rss_the-fix

 

 

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The letter below was sent to the Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) steering committee today by N4P President Jim McBride in response to the pending vote on whether the 2013 nominating process for Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General will feature an open primary or convention voting process limited to a small portion of the Virginia Democratic electorate therefore disenfranchising over 300,000 voters.

If you would like your voice heard please send emails (individually if possible) to the Steering Committee here:

http://www.vademocrats.org/state-steering-committee

FULL EMAIL LIST: chair@vademocrats.org, gaylenesevents@cox.net, fredwhudson@yahoo.com, craig@fifer.net, jonb@emats-inc.com, stbunn@gmail.com, klearb@gmail.com, chair@va1stcddems.org, brandt@theelectivegroup.com, mrmrsj@aol.com, susanjrowland@aol.com, lwyatt615@cox.net, abbieaster@gmail.com, margohorner@yahoo.com, charliejackson40@gmail.com, georgeburke@cox.net, dcmays@va-aflcio.org, frank@demrulz.org, alfonsolop@gmail.com, Reiley.Mame@gmail.com, dellspruill@aol.com, susanswecker@verizon.net, , isaac.sarver@gmail.com, genemagruder@aol.com, DLOVPresident@gmail.com, rrifkind@gmail.com, masacra65@aol.com, robe326@yahoo.com (emails for rdavenport@va-alfcio.org and evelyn.morrisharris@verizon.net are bouncing)

Email networkfprogress@gmail.com to let us know if you gave your opinion and we will follow up as needed!

 

Dear DPVA Steering Committee Members,

As I understand it there will be a vote tonight on whether to have a primary or convention in 2013 to choose the Democratic statewide ticket.

I want to make sure it is known that any decision that requires a convention to decide the nominees of the party would be a grave error that would threaten the support of many grassroots activists you will need to win next November.

Although Virginia might be considered the only game in town next year, their will be local races and Federal voters will see that the President will need help via OFA and other advocacy organizations to combat the Tea Party on public opinion about his second term agenda as well….so people will put their time and money where they find it most valuable so this issue will affect their level of interest.

After this year’s epic struggle by the Republican Party to disenfranchise millions of voters, many poor and minority citizens, to eliminate the rights of the SAME VOTERS to choose Democratic party nominees in Virginia next year would be a public relations disaster that would discredit the party and its candidates.

Dis-empowering voters to participate in Democratic politics has one simple result….it dis-empowers Democrats and kills interest in our movement.

As someone who increased membership AND revenue with Arlington Young Democrats by 50% in one year as President (2007 VAYD Club of the Year), helped create the Obama grassroots campaign operation in Virginia, successfully organized young people in the region for eight years (where i have raised thousands of dollars each year) and spent two decades in communications I am well aware that this is a PEOPLE BUSINESS and PEOPLE decide elections based on their relationships with the parties and candidates. Anything that detracts from that detracts from our victories.

Please consider that tonight as activists like me will surely take notice of the message sent by this decision.

Regards,

Jim McBride
President, Generation Obama-DC metro area chapter (DNC’s Gen44 Host Committee member)
President, Network For Progress LLC
former President, Arlington Young Democrats
former Vice Chair, Arlington Democrats
former Volunteer Database Coordinator, Virginia For Obama

 

Dear DPVA Steering Committee Members,

As I understand it there will be a vote tonight on whether to have a primary or convention in 2013 to choose the Democratic statewide ticket.

I want to make sure it is known that any decision that requires a convention to decide the nominees of the party would be a grave error that would threaten the support of many grassroots activists you will need to win next November.

Although Virginia might be considered the only game in town next year,  but their will be local races and Federal voters will see that the President will need help via OFA and other advocacy organizations to combat the Tea Party on public opinion about his second term agenda as well….and people will put their time and money where they find it most valuable.

After this year’s epic struggle by the Republican Party to disenfranchise millions of voters, many poor and minority citizens, to eliminate the rights of the SAME VOTERS to choose Democratic party nominees in Virginia next year would be a public relations disaster that would discredit the party and its candidates.

Dis-empowering voters to participate in Democratic politics has one simple result….it dis-empowers Democrats and kills interest in our movement.

As someone who increased membership AND revenue with Arlington Young Democrats by 50% in one year as President (2007 VAYD Club of the Year), helped create the Obama grassroots campaign operation in Virginia, successfully organized young people in the region online and offline for over eight years (where i have raised thousands of dollars each year) and spent two decades in communications I am well aware that this is a PEOPLE BUSINESS and people decide elections based on their relationships with the parties and candidates. Anything that detracts from that detracts from our victories.

Please consider that tonight as activists like me will surely take notice of the message sent by this decision.

Regards,

Jim McBride
President, Generation Obama-DC metro area chapter (DNC’s Gen44 Host Committee member)
President, Network For Progress LLC
former President, Arlington Young Democrats
former Vice Chair of Precinct Operations, Arlington Democrats
former Volunteer Database Coordinator, Virginia For Obama

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“I am an Obama National Delegate at Large, I got elected Because of My Hard Work in the Democratic Party, it was a Dream Come True That I got Elected, so if you help me to go to Charlotte, I will be so happy, also I love helping out in the community.

Volunteering is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. When I help others, I feel great about myself.”

– Toora Arsala, Virginia DNC Delegate & Kristin Cabral for Congress intern

Learn more about Toora on his Fairfax Connection Profile

How did Toora beat the odds to even become a Delegate? Read that story by blogger Ben Tribbett (aka “Not Larry Sabato”) here: Toora Arsala 1, Don Mark 0+

And Toora’s hard work has not only made him a Delegate but his passion for President Obama has been so inspiring that his Mom eventually switched her party leanings in support of her first-generation American son, who is a testament to the power of citizenship and the influence of relationships with volunteers like him.

TOORA’S MOM WAS RECENTLY LAID-OFF AND HE NEEDS HELP TO PAY FOR HIS $1,000 HOTEL (5 days x $200) AND TRAVEL EXPENSES SO LETS SPONSOR HIM TO MAKE HIS TRIP HAPPEN!

WE’VE RAISED MOST OF THE MONEY AND JUST NEED A FEW HUNDRED MORE BY NEXT WEEK! Any extra money we raise will go toward his date with Miss Wyoming (see below) and transportation for future volunteer work he does!

PLEASE DONATE $5, $10 OR MORE HERE: http://www.networkforprogress.com/contribute

(we will earmark this weekend’s donations for him)

Why donate $1,000 toward a fraction of a TV ad when we can change a hard-working young man’s life?

To prove our point, this was Toora’s post on facebook after N4P raised $234 and he was bid on for a date by Miss Wyoming United States 2012 Mary David at our date auction last week:

“Had The Best Night of His Life, Thanks to Jim McBride, Lauren Hall, Anjon Roy, and the Rest of the GODC Group, They Helped Me Fundraise For Charlotte, and They Helped Me Get a Date with Mrs. Wyoming, Thanks Again Everyone, Now I am Very Excited for Charlotte!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

 

BACKGROUND: Why we need a “Yes We Can” Movement not a “Yes YOU Can” Donate campaign approach

Network For Progress Founder/President Jim McBride thinks the lessons of 2008 haven’t been learned at the grasstops and need to be taught by the grassroots: “One of the reasons N4P was created is to serve as an advocate for the grassroots people who actually make a difference in campaigns by talking to voters and building relationships in the community and that includes situations just like this.”

“ALL young people should courted for their votes and support, yet Toora, a super volunteer who has done hundreds of work for the party and deserves a spot at the convention, after an unlikely victory against party bosses to become a Delegate is also stuck with over $1,000 in expenses to participate,” McBride continued.

“Instead of learning the movement-building lessons of 2008 and investing in development and community-building programs to support hard working activists and connect with leaders of the future, the party and campaign apparatus often enables an ‘enthusiasm gap” by spending millions on TV ads and communicating via spammy fundraising emails that marketing gurus will tell you offer exponentially less bang for the buck than giving this young man the opportunity of a lifetime….that creates a DEMOCRAT for a lifetime,” noted McBride. “If we value friend-raising (facebook or the real kind) over fundraising it will actually be more affordable than TV ads and require LESS $3 donations for Dinner with Barack that most young people won’t be able to attend and STILL probably can’t afford.”

McBride has worked in communications for over two decades and ran press relations for the IAFF’s Fire Fighters for Kerry campaign during the Democratic primary in 2004. He has hosted grassroots events in the region ever since as President of the Arlington Young Democrats and DC’s Generation Obama chapter as well as a key member of Virginia For Obama during the 2008 Primary as the statewide Volunteer Database Coordinator who organized the earliest watch parties and phone banks in the region.

Questions? Contact Jim McBride @ jimmcbride13@gmail.com


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