“More liberal, populist movement
Front page, The Washington Post, December 1, 2013:
The past two years have been scarred by a government shutdown, the sequester, the near default of the US government and a Tea Party Congress blocking everything.
And yet –
In the midst of the wreckage, we’ve helped build a populist movement that the media and the politicians no longer can ignore.
That movement – that you, the Campaign for America’s Future and others are forcing onto the table the changes that the American people want.
Take a look at last year:
- We blocked politicians from cutting one dollar of Social Security and Medicare benefits — and now our champions in Congress are pushing to expand those programs.
- We put economic inequality on the national agenda and drove demands for a higher minimum wage.
- We pushed for investment in jobs and full employment and against job-killing austerity.
- We demanded prosecution of banks and bankers who tanked the economy – and pushed to break up too-big-to-fail financial institutions.
- We stopped Larry Summers from becoming Federal Reserve chairman.
- We challenged job-killing trade agreements and the corporations that wrote them in secret.
In this election year, we need to keep up the fight. We need to support political champions like Senator Elizabeth Warren. We must keep up the fight for the minimum wage and pre-school for every child. We can’t do this without you. We need your energy and we need your help with a donation.
Thanks for all you do,
Roger Hickey & Robert L. Borosage
Co-Directors, Campaign for America’s Future
Tell our DO NOTHING Congress to take care of the People’s Business !
Calendar via website of House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va.
My heart sank when I heard the news about the shooting two years ago in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. It was opening day of The Dark Knight Rises and 12 people had just been shot and killed at a midnight showing — 58 wounded.
The only thing I could think to do was go to Aurora. I visited the survivors and family members in the hospital.
One of the amazing survivors of the shooting I met was Steve Barton — a guy who just happened to be passing through on a cross-country bike trip when he stopped to go to the movies with friends.
Tomorrow marks two years since the Aurora shooting. Click here to watch Steve’s moving story and then share it with your family and friends to mark this somber anniversary.
After the shooting, Steve focused his incredible talents on fighting for public safety measures that will prevent others’ lives from being affected by gun violence like his was. I’m inspired by his resilience and dedication.
The fact is, there’s a lot more we can do to cut down on gun violence. After the Aurora shooting, Colorado passed a strong law that has already blocked criminals from easily buying guns without a background check.
But making that kind of progress in other states or at the federal level is going to require elected officials with the backbone to act. That’s why it’s so important to support local, state and federal candidates who will push for common-sense gun laws.
On this sad anniversary, let’s all recommit ourselves to turning tragedy into meaning.
Watch Steve’s powerful message now and then spread the word:
It’s an honor to stand with Steve, with you and with all Americans fighting to reduce gun violence.