Michelle Obama: Join Women for Obama

on Nov 14, 2011

Join Women for Obama: http://my.barackobama.com/michelleobamavid

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks in New York City for the Women for Obama kick-off. Go to http://my.barackobama.com/michelleobamavid to join now.

We hope you’ll use this space to get involved with the campaign‘s work for women, contribute your ideas, and help tell the story of how women are shaping this movement.


A message from Michelle Obama

As I have traveled across the country, I have had the privilege of meeting incredible women from all walks of life. From young women paying their own way through college, to moms working the extra shift to keep food on the table, to women struggling to make ends meet during retirement.

 We talk about their bills, their children — how they’re constantly striving to strike that balance between work and family. And no matter what kind of challenges they’re facing, they don’t complain. They just work harder.

  This is what we do as women. We persevere. Because no matter our ages, backgrounds, or stations in life, we are determined to leave a better world for our children and give them opportunities we never even dreamed of.

  Women have always been the heart of the Obama organization. We make up nearly half of the American workforce and are the majority of students in America’s colleges and universities. We’re the primary caregivers for our children and seniors. We’re the heads of households and workplaces across the country.

 And right now, it’s time for us all to dig deep, step up, and keep building this campaign together: person by person, discussion by discussion.

 Today, we are officially launching Women for Obama — and I am incredibly honored to be serving as its chair. This is a special group dedicated to growing this campaign from the ground up. Because we know better than anyone that movements for real and lasting change have got to start at the grassroots — and they’re sustained by the relationships we develop with one another. Together, that’s what we’re going to do — build relationships with supporters, new and old, and grow this campaign — one woman at a time.

The stories of the incredible women I meet serve as a constant reminder of why we’re all here: because American families all around the country are facing very real problems. They’re balancing mortgage payments and utilities bills with full-time jobs and raising children. They’re struggling to make ends meet while still trying to put money aside to send their kids to college one day.

 Barack understands these issues because he’s lived them. He was raised by a single mother who struggled to put herself through school and pay the bills. When she needed help, Barack‘s grandmother stepped in, waking up every morning before dawn to take a bus to her job at a bank. And even though she worked hard and was good at what she did, she ultimately hit a glass ceiling and was passed over for promotions time and again because she was a woman.

So Barack knows what it means when a family struggles.  He knows what it means when someone doesn’t have a chance to fulfill their potential. And today, as a father, he knows what it means to want your daughters to grow up with no limits on their dreams.

That’s why, since taking office, he’s worked tirelessly to make sure every child and every family gets a fair shake.

The historic health reform he passed is making sure every American family gets the quality and affordable care they need to stay healthy. The crucial investments he’s made in our students and workers — raising the standards in our public schools and building out job-training programs at community colleges — are investments in our country’s economic future. And the very first bill he signed into law — the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act — will help make it easier for women to get equal pay for equal work, because he knows that women’s success in this economy is the key to families’ success in this economy.

 But we have so much more to do. And, as women and supporters of this campaign, we need to keep showing up — and we need to keep fighting the good fight.

 So I’m asking you to join me, and women all across the country who support this movement. I’m asking you to say you’re ready to work.

Join Women for Obama, and help us grow this organization:


Thank you for being a part of this,



50,000 stand with Alabama families! Marissa Graciosa, Reform Immigration FOR America

Your messages against HB 56 delivered to the Capitol
Over one hundred community members joined at the steps of the state Capitol this weekend to deliver nearly 50,000 signatures, collected by national immigrant rights and faith groups, and to show our solidarity across the nation with Alabama’s immigrant families.


50,000 stand with Alabama families!
Watch the petition delivery now, and share our blog post on the rally.

Your messages were delivered, but this is just the beginning: today, our allies are launching One Family, One Alabama, a state-wide campaign to repeal HB 56. Together, we will move forward to fight back for all of our communities.

Click here to watch your signatures delivered at the Capitol.

Thanks for all you do,

Marissa Graciosa
Reform Immigration FOR America

VICTORY: Justice in Cook County

Englewood press conferenceFreedom for the Englewood 5, but the struggle against forced confessions continues.

 Thanks to the activism of 65,000 ColorOfChange.org members and the tireless legal work of our friends at the Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth and the Innocence Project, the Englewood 5 are free–bringing justice for some who’ve waited nearly 20 years.1

On November 16th, a Cook County judge vacated the convictions of a group of innocent Black men, known as the Englewood 5, who were falsely arrested and harshly prosecuted for crimes they did not commit.2This decision and the November 3rd exoneration of the Dixmoor 5 in a separate but similar case show that evidence, hope, and tireless legal and community advocacy can overcome long-standing injustices.

This is a huge victory and we hope you’ll continue to work with ColorOfChange.org as we take on inequality in the criminal justice system.Remember, our work is powered by you, our members. Please consider contributing to ColorOfChange to help ensure that we’ll be able to secure such victories in the future:


Black Americans and people of color regularly and disproportionately experience the devastating consequences of being swept up in the criminal justice system.Mass incarceration, criminalization, police brutality, and racial profiling are endured with such frequency that this kind of oppression becomes part of daily life for too many of us. We know that this system of injustice must change and we remain inspired by the compassion and commitment of ColorOfChange members, like you.

This week’s victory closes a painful chapter in Chicago’s criminal justice system. However, forced confessions and wrongful convictions remain, particularly for youth of color. We will not rest until these abusive and discriminatory practices end–and we can only do this together.

Thanks and Peace,

— Rashad, James, Gabriel, Dani, Matt, Natasha and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
November 21st, 2011

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1. “VICTORY: Justice in Cook County,” ColorOfChange Blog 11-16-11

2. “Convictions of four men thrown out in 1994 prostitute murder,” Chicago Sun-Times 11-16-11

Occupy Wall Street movement


They can take away the tarps and the tents. But they can’t slow down the Occupy Wall Street movement.

There have been police raids on Occupy Wall Street in Oakland, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Denver; Albany, N.Y.; Burlington, Vt.; and Chapel Hill, N.C.—and now, last night in New York’s Zuccotti Park—orchestrated by politicians acting on behalf of the 1%.

But the 99% is undaunted. Occupy Wall Street’s message already has created a new day. This movement has created a seismic shift in our national debate—from austerity and cuts to jobs, inequality and our broken economic system.

Send a message of solidarity to the Occupy Wall Street protesters—which will be delivered by Working America this week.

The Occupy Wall Street movement has been committed to peaceful, nonviolent action from its inception. And it will keep spreading no matter what elected officials tell police to do. But that doesn’t mean these raids are acceptable. In fact, they are inexcusable.

As former Secretary of State Colin Powell put it, these protests are “as American as apple pie.” Americans must be allowed to speak out against pervasive inequality, even if the truth discomfits the 1%.

The AFL-CIO will do everything in our power to make sure the free speech rights of these peaceful protesters are protected.

Click here to send a message of solidarity directly to the Occupy Wall Street protesters—Working America will deliver it this week.

We are the 99%.

In Solidarity,

Richard L. Trumka
President, AFL-CIO

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It looks like every single Republicanon the Super Committee is ready to sell out working families.If even a single Super Committee Democrat goes along with the Republican plan to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits while cutting tax rates for the richest Americans, it will pass.Sign our petition urging all six Super Committee Democrats to stand together and protect the future of working people in America—the 99%.

Republicans on the so-called Super Committee have proposed cutting hundreds of billions of dollars in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits that America’s working families depend on—while keeping Bush’s tax rates for the richest Americans, including the top 1%. This is Robin Hood in reverse—class warfare against working America on behalf of the top 1%.

And it’s deficit hypocrisy, too. You can’t use budget deficits as an excuse to cut middle-class benefits one minute and the next minute propose making the deficit worse by lowering tax rates for rich people. After all, the Bush tax cuts are the No. 1 reason projected deficits are so high over the next 10 years.

If we want to bring down the federal deficit, we have to start by letting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy expire on schedule. Haven’t Republicans noticed that Americans are fed up with politicians who constantly cater to the demands of the 1%? This is the same kind of tone-deaf overreaching that voters in Ohio overwhelmingly rejected last week.

Sign our petition: Urge Democrats on the Super Committee to reject the proposal to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid for the 99% and make the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy permanent.

The debt reduction Super Committee that’s considering these cuts is no ordinary congressional committee. It is empowered by law to propose legislation that cannot be amended and can be rammed through Congress quickly, with minimal debate.

And since it looks like every single Republican on the Super Committee is ready to sell out working families, we need every single Super Committee Democrat to stand strong and protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

That’s why it’s urgent that you sign our petition—we need a unanimous working families vote from all six Super Committee Democrats. Add your name now.

Working families are counting on all six Democrats—Sens. Patty Murray, John Kerry and Max Baucus, and Reps. Chris Van Hollen, James Clyburn and Xavier Becerra—to stand with the 99% of Americans who are demanding change. It’s shameful that Republicans on this committee are united in representing America’s wealthiest 1% instead of their constituents. Let’s hope these six Democrats stand together and prove that Congress is capable of standing up for the rest of us.

In Solidarity,

Richard Trumka
President, AFL-CIO