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Right-wing Mobs and Health Care

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This month, we’re either going to win or lose the fight for real health care reform.

from Moveon.org

Do you want to look back and wish you’d done more? I sure don’t.

That’s why we’re planning to double our efforts on health care this month. Over the weekend, we blew through our initial fundraising goal. If we can raise an additional $210,000 immediately, we’ll be able to dramatically expand our campaign to pass real health care reform. Can you chip in $25?

https://pol.moveon.org/donate/aug_healthcare.html?id=16765-14611215-ol5ibyx&t=3

With Congress home this month, right-wing extremists are crashing town hall meetings, shouting down members of Congress, making death threats—they even hung one congressman in effigy.

In order to win on health care—and the rest of President Obama’s agenda—we’ve got to double our efforts with a bold, ambitious plan of action to show that the overwhelming majority of Americans continue to support Obama’s plans for change. We’re calling it “Real Voices for Change.”

The response was overwhelming: we blew past our last fundraising goal. And today we’re deciding what more we can to do expand our campaign over the August recess—everything from additional on-the-ground turnout to town halls to hard-hitting new ads.

If we can raise an additional $210,000 immediately, we’ll double our efforts. That means we need donations from 44 people in San Diego. Can you chip in $25?

https://pol.moveon.org/donate/aug_healthcare.html?id=16765-14611215-ol5ibyx&t=4
For more details on what’s been happening at town halls across the country, see our message from last week below.

Thanks for all you do.

–Justin, Matt, Nita, Kat and the rest of the team

Dear MoveOn member,

It’s getting ugly out there.

All across the country, right-wing extremists are disrupting congressional town-hall meetings with venomous attacks on President Obama’s plans for health care.

* Last night in Tampa, Florida, a town hall meeting erupted into violence, with the police being called to break up fist fights and shoving matches.1
* A Texas Democrat was shouted down by right-wing hecklers, many of whom admitted they didn’t even live in his district.2
* One North Carolina representative announced he wouldn’t be holding any town-hall meetings after his office began receiving death threats.3
* And in Maryland, protesters hung a Democratic congressman in effigy to oppose health-care reform.4

We’ve got a plan to fight back against these radical right-wingers. We’ve hired skilled grassroots organizers who are working with thousands of local volunteers to show Congress that ordinary Americans continue to support President Obama’s agenda for change. And we’re building new online tools to track events across the country and make sure MoveOn members turn out at each one.

But we need to scale up our efforts quickly to make sure this plan works. Can you chip in $25 to support our work?

https://pol.moveon.org/donate/aug_healthcare.html?id=16765-14611215-ol5ibyx&t=5
If the shouts of the right-wing mobs are the only voices our senators and representatives hear over the recess, we’ll have a hard time passing health care reform.

That’s why we’re launching our Heat Up Congress campaign so quickly to fight back, using new technology to implement rapid response town hall turnout, organizing personal phone calls from small business leaders and donors to their representatives, running new ads, and activating an energized network of on-the-ground organizers and volunteers.

This month could decide the future of health care in America—and we’re already one week in. If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, now’s the time to get involved. Talk to your neighbors, go to a town hall meeting—and today, please chip in $25 to support our work:

https://pol.moveon.org/donate/aug_healthcare.html?id=16765-14611215-ol5ibyx&t=7

Thanks for all you do.

–Justin, Matt, Nita, Kat and the rest of the team

Sources:
1. “Tampa Town Hall On Health Care Reform Disrupted By Violence,” The Huffington Post, August 6, 2009
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51727&id=16765-14611215-ol5ibyx&t=9

2. “Local Fox Reporter Attends Town Hall And Finds ‘Some Attendees Admit They Don’t Live In The District,'” Think Progress, August 4, 2009
http://thinkprogress.org/2009/08/04/gene-green-townhall/

3. “Dem Congressman’s Office: His Life Has Been Threatened Over Health Care Bill,” Talking Points Memo, August 5, 2009
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51724&id=16765-14611215-ol5ibyx&t=10

4. “The Danger Over the Right’s Anger,” Politico, August 3, 2009.
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=51726&id=16765-14611215-ol5ibyx&t=11

Want to support our work? We’re entirely funded by our 5 million members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way. Chip in here.
PAID FOR BY MOVEON.ORG POLITICAL ACTION, http://pol.moveon.org/. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee. This email was sent to rob reviewer on August 10, 2009.

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