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Members say they want a candidate who ‘inspires the public with deep progressive values’ and ‘makes the connections between racial, social, and economic injustice.’

WASHINGTON, DC — Sen. Elizabeth Warren leads a new MoveOn straw poll with the support of 38% of members nationwide, followed by Bernie Sanders with 17%. Warren is also in first place among MoveOn members statewide in the early voting states of Iowa (37%), New Hampshire (38%), Nevada (36%), South Carolina (32%), and California (39%).

Warren is the first or second choice of 63% of MoveOn members nationwide. This represents a substantial shift in MoveOn members’ support toward Warren since the organization conducted its first 2020 Democratic primary straw poll in December 2018. In that straw poll, MoveOn member support was up for grabs, with a plurality of MoveOn members either undecided or supporting a candidate not listed in the poll.

Sanders is the first or second choice of 28% of MoveOn members in the latest straw poll, with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (26%), Sen. Kamala Harris (25%), and former Vice President Joe Biden (23%) also ranking in the top five candidates among MoveOn members’ first and second choices nationwide. The straw poll was conducted from June 17-21.

MoveOn members surveyed said the top three qualities in determining who they will support for president are:

  1. Inspires the public with deep progressive values and will move us towards a more progressive future where everyone can thrive.
  2. Makes the connections between racial, social, and economic injustice, and commits to platform positions to see these connections through.
  3. Prioritizes reversing Trump’s hate-fueled, xenophobic, anti-Muslim, and racist policies that put communities—including immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ, among others—at risk.

See full results of the straw poll here.

“MoveOn members make up a huge part of the Democratic Party’s base — and this poll is clearly good news for Sen. Warren, showing that she’s gained substantial support from MoveOn members over the past six months and is also well positioned to continue building support given that she’s also the top second choice candidate of our membership,” said Allison Pulliam, federal endorsement manager for MoveOn. “At the same time, our members continue to support a wide range of candidates, and all candidates have an opportunity to attract additional Moveon member support by making clear how they plan to advance a values-based progressive agenda that connects the dots between and advances social, racial, and economic justice.”

Here’s what some MoveOn members had to say in responding to the straw poll:

Christina from New York on supporting Elizabeth Warren: “I support Warren’s progressive ideas. She has been consistent and outspoken throughout her time in Congress and has remained in touch with the needs of the middle and lower classes. Most importantly, she has a well thought out, documented plan for all her ideas.”

Jake from Florida on supporting Elizabeth Warren: “Senator Warren supports a wealth tax and a green jobs initiative. The two biggest issues facing our country are inequality and climate change. I want a candidate with the know-how to build a plan and the strength to follow through.”

Mollie from Alabama on supporting Bernie Sanders: “I have supported him for a decade. He is the only one with a reliable record and he has been on the right side of history for nearly 40 years. Medicare for All, free public college, income inequality, climate change, and gun violence are my highest priorities.”

Rae from North Dakota on supporting Bernie Sanders: “He has been fighting for regular Americans his whole political career. We need bold action on all fronts to get the country back on the right track. Bernie will provide that boldness.”

Bonnie from Connecticut on supporting Pete Buttigeig: “He has good qualifications – Rhodes scholar, military experience, government experience, and makes a lot of sense. He sounds very reasonable and makes his points in a concise, common sense manner. He is young and inspirational. He’s the ‘anti-Trump’ – walks softly and carries a big stick.”

Marcia from Washington on supporting Kamala Harris: “She’s brilliant and experienced. She’s very inspirational and a very strong role model. Kamala Harris has a multitude of plans to put our country back together again. She’s absolutely terrific.”

Shekita from Georgia on supporting Joe Biden: “Mr. Biden embodies all the values in legislation that President Obama put in place and helped put some of those legislations in place. He is a front runner to get [Trump] out of office.”

As the 2020 election approaches, MoveOn members cited climate justice, health care, and reproductive freedom as the three most important issues to them.

MoveOn is not endorsing a candidate at this time. Any endorsement will ultimately follow a formal vetting and member voting process after MoveOn member’s support has more fully coalesced behind one of the candidates.

For more information about the results of MoveOn’s straw poll, or to speak with someone from MoveOn about the 2020 Presidential election, please contact at press@moveon.org

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Every day immigrants are suffering from intentional inhumane conditions created by the Trump administration.

News continues to pour out that the Trump administration’s escalation of brutal attacks against immigrants and refugees has reached new, even more horrific lows, with children being held in unspeakable conditions in concentration camps at the border. Just yesterday, more images and stories emerged about the horrific conditions that children and families are enduring.

In a powerful response, tens of thousands of MoveOn members and our allies took to the streets yesterday to demand our members of Congress act to close the camps. 

Tens of thousands of people like you—members of MoveOn, United We Dream, Families Belong Together, and American Friends Service Committee, along with more than 50 sponsor organizations—held over 175 protests in over 40 states. And more than 800 letters were hand-delivered to members of Congress, ensuring they received our demands and feel the pressure to act.

Together, we held over 175 protests on July 2.

Our message was heard around the world—and in the home districts of our representatives and senators.

These Close the Camps protests have changed the way our entire country is talking about the atrocities being committed on our southern border. More than 1,500 local news clips broadcasted our demand to close the camps and to establish an immigration system that uplifts the human rights of all people. Together, we are ensuring that our message cannot be ignored.

The Message Is Clear: Close The Camps - YouTube

We are powerful when we act together, and our work is just beginning.

Congress is already debating funding levels of these agencies for next year, and one of the most important ways to hold these agencies accountable is to stop giving them money to commit human rights violations. That means we need to keep up the pressure on our members of Congress to make sure that they don’t give in to Donald Trump and the Republicans in September, before government funding runs out on September 30.

We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us. Here’s what’s next and how you can take action: 

1. Call your members of Congress. Whether you went to a local protest yesterday or not, dial (844) 899-8261 now to call your representative, and then dial (855) 300-3836 to call your senators. Say to them, “Close the camps, stop funding family detention and deportation, bear witness and reunite families.”

2. Contribute to ensure that everyone in detention has legal representation, so they don’t have to face an immigration judge alone. Donate to the Texas Civil Rights Project, an organization that is providing free legal services to immigrants in detention. Click here to contribute now.

3. Sign the petition to say Congress must close the camps! Add your name now.

4. Protest or visit a detention center and shine a light on what’s happening in our communities. Download United We Dream’s resource now.

5. Join a Summer Service Social to connect with MoveOn members in your neighborhood, give back to your community, and build the strong bonds needed to make lasting change. If you don’t see a Summer Service Social event scheduled in your community yet, sign up to host one. Click here to find or host a Summer Service Social near you.

Since the 2016 election, MoveOn members have consistently risen up to stop the worst of Trump’s policies. Just one year ago, along with close partners and allies, we organized historic rallies that led to an end of Trump’s cruel family separation policy.

Now, we must continue to act to stop each escalation of violence and cruelty from this administration. Together, we will create an America that welcomes and treats all people with dignity and respect.

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In the last eight months, six migrant children are known to have died after being taken into U.S. immigration custody. 

This tragic tally includes 16-year-old Carlos Hernandez Vásquez, 2 ½-year-old Wilmer Josué Ramírez Vásquez, 16-year-old Juan de León Gutiérrez, 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin, 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo, and 10-year-old Darlyn Cristabel Cordova-Valle. And a 18-month-old girl, Mariee Juárez, died shortly after being held with her mother at a family detention center in Texas. 

There have been more deaths of children held in custody this year than in the last decade.

Thousands of children have been separated from their parents, and many are being kept in detention centers—in crowded, unsafe conditions—and are denied basic supplies, like soap, toothbrushes, and more. Our government is intentionally treating immigrant children and families inhumanely—to terrorize the immigrant community.

It’s going to take all of us taking action to close the camps.

Here are seven things that you can do right now to help:

  • Donate to the Texas Civil Rights Project so they can keep doing the vital work needed: from fighting around the clock to reunite families to ensuring that they get excellent legal representation on their underlying immigration claims. 
  • Text KIDS to 668366 to get updates from MoveOn on how you can get involved locally.

Unfortunately, donating items like toothbrushes may not reach children in these detention centers, as Border Patrol is actively denying and returning donations.

We can’t let these human rights abuses by the Trump administration continue. We must act now to close the camps. Force your members of Congress to confront the atrocities that are happening on their watch, in your name, with your tax dollars.

We cannot allow any more babies to be ripped from the arms of their parents. We cannot allow any more children to come home from school to find out that their parents have been deported. And we cannot allow America to run internment camps. 

Please act now. 

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Members say they want a candidate who ‘inspires the public with deep progressive values’ and ‘makes the connections between racial, social, and economic injustice.’

WASHINGTON, DC — Sen. Elizabeth Warren leads a new MoveOn straw poll with the support of 38% of members nationwide, followed by Bernie Sanders with 17%. Warren is also in first place among MoveOn members statewide in the early voting states of Iowa (37%), New Hampshire (38%), Nevada (36%), South Carolina (32%), and California (39%).

Warren is the first or second choice of 63% of MoveOn members nationwide. This represents a substantial shift in MoveOn members’ support toward Warren since the organization conducted its first 2020 Democratic primary straw poll in December 2018. In that straw poll, MoveOn member support was up for grabs, with a plurality of MoveOn members either undecided or supporting a candidate not listed in the poll.

Sanders is the first or second choice of 28% of MoveOn members in the latest straw poll, with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (26%), Sen. Kamala Harris (25%), and former Vice President Joe Biden (23%) also ranking in the top five candidates among MoveOn members’ first and second choices nationwide. The straw poll was conducted from June 17-21.

MoveOn members surveyed said the top three qualities in determining who they will support for president are:

  1. Inspires the public with deep progressive values and will move us towards a more progressive future where everyone can thrive.
  2. Makes the connections between racial, social, and economic injustice, and commits to platform positions to see these connections through.
  3. Prioritizes reversing Trump’s hate-fueled, xenophobic, anti-Muslim, and racist policies that put communities—including immigrants, Muslims, LGBTQ, among others—at risk.

See full results of the straw poll here.

“MoveOn members make up a huge part of the Democratic Party’s base — and this poll is clearly good news for Sen. Warren, showing that she’s gained substantial support from MoveOn members over the past six months and is also well positioned to continue building support given that she’s also the top second choice candidate of our membership,” said Allison Pulliam, federal endorsement manager for MoveOn. “At the same time, our members continue to support a wide range of candidates, and all candidates have an opportunity to attract additional Moveon member support by making clear how they plan to advance a values-based progressive agenda that connects the dots between and advances social, racial, and economic injustice.”

Here’s what some MoveOn members had to say in responding to the straw poll:

Christina from New York on supporting Elizabeth Warren: “I support Warren’s progressive ideas. She has been consistent and outspoken throughout her time in Congress and has remained in touch with the needs of the middle and lower classes. Most importantly, she has a well thought out, documented plan for all her ideas.”

Jake from Florida on supporting Elizabeth Warren: “Senator Warren supports a wealth tax and a green jobs initiative. The two biggest issues facing our country are inequality and climate change. I want a candidate with the know-how to build a plan and the strength to follow through.”

Mollie from Alabama on supporting Bernie Sanders: “I have supported him for a decade. He is the only one with a reliable record and he has been on the right side of history for nearly 40 years. Medicare for All, free public college, income inequality, climate change, and gun violence are my highest priorities.”

Rae from North Dakota on supporting Bernie Sanders: “He has been fighting for regular Americans his whole political career. We need bold action on all fronts to get the country back on the right track. Bernie will provide that boldness.”

Bonnie from Connecticut on supporting Pete Buttigeig: “He has good qualifications – Rhodes scholar, military experience, government experience, and makes a lot of sense. He sounds very reasonable and makes his points in a concise, common sense manner. He is young and inspirational. He’s the ‘anti-Trump’ – walks softly and carries a big stick.”

Marcia from Washington on supporting Kamala Harris: “She’s brilliant and experienced. She’s very inspirational and a very strong role model. Kamala Harris has a multitude of plans to put our country back together again. She’s absolutely terrific.”

Shekita from Georgia on supporting Joe Biden: “Mr. Biden embodies all the values in legislation that President Obama put in place and helped put some of those legislations in place. He is a front runner to get [Trump] out of office.”

As the 2020 election approaches, MoveOn members cited climate justice, health care, and reproductive freedom as the three most important issues to them.

MoveOn is not endorsing a candidate at this time. Any endorsement will ultimately follow a formal vetting and member voting process after MoveOn member’s support has more fully coalesced behind one of the candidates.

For more information about the results of MoveOn’s straw poll, or to speak with someone from MoveOn about the 2020 Presidential election, please contact at press@moveon.org

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Nationwide
First Choice Second Choice
Elizabeth Warren 37.8%
Bernie Sanders 16.5%
Joe Biden 14.9%
Pete Buttigieg 11.7%
Kamala Harris 6.8%
Undecided 2.2%
Beto O’Rourke 1.8%
Andrew Yang 1.1%
Jay Inslee 1.1%
Cory Booker 1.0%
Amy Klobuchar 1.0%
Tulsi Gabbard 0.8%
Marianne Williamson 0.8%
Someone Else 0.4%
Michael Bennett 0.3%
Julián Castro 0.3%
John Hickenlooper 0.3%
Kirsten Gillibrand 0.3%
Steve Bullock 0.2%
Eric Swalwell 0.2%
Mike Gravel 0.1%
Tim Ryan 0.1%
Seth Moulton <0.1%
Bill de Blasio <0.1%
John Delaney <0.1%
Wayne Messam <0.1%
Elizabeth Warren 24.8%
Kamala Harris 18.1%
Pete Buttigieg 14.2%
Bernie Sanders 11.0%
Joe Biden 7.7%
Undecided 7.2%
Beto O’Rourke 2.9%
Cory Booker 2.7%
Tulsi Gabbard 2.1%
Amy Klobuchar 1.7%
Jay Inslee 1.5%
Julián Castro 0.1%
Andrew Yang 0.9%
Kirsten Gillibrand 0.8%
Someone Else 0.7%
Michael Bennett 0.6%
Marianne Williamson 0.5%
Eric Swalwell 0.5%
John Hickenlooper 0.4%
Mike Gravel 0.3%
Steve Bullock 0.3%
Tim Ryan 0.2%
Bill de Blasio 0.1%
Seth Moulton 0.1%
John Delaney 0.1%
Wayne Messam <0.1%

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. Combined First & Second Choice (Top 10, Nationwide)

Elizabeth Warren 62.6%
Bernie Sanders 27.6%
Pete Buttigieg 25.6%
Kamala Harris
24.8%
Joe Biden 22.6%
Undecided / Someone Else 20.8%
Beto O’Rourke 4.6%
Cory Booker 3.7%
Jay Inslee 2.7%
Amy Klobuchar 2.7%
Andrew Yang 2.0%

.

. Top 10, by State
CALIFORNIA
First Choice Second Choice
Elizabeth Warren 39.0%
Bernie Sanders 18.3%
Joe Biden 12.6%
Pete Buttigieg 9.8%
Kamala Harris 9.7%
Undecided / Someone Else 5.4%
Beto O’Rourke 1.3%
Jay Inslee 1.1%
Marianne Williamson 1.1%
Andrew Yang 0.9%
Cory Booker 0.9%
Elizabeth Warren 26.4%
Kamala Harris 20.1%
Pete Buttigieg 13.1%
Bernie Sanders 11.3%
Joe Biden 6.7%
Undecided / Someone Else 14.0%
Cory Booker 2.7%
Beto O’Rourke 2.4%
Jay Inslee 1.6%
Andrew Yang 1.0%
Marianne Williamson 1.0%

.

IOWA
First Choice Second Choice
Elizabeth Warren 37.2%
Bernie Sanders 16.7%
Joe Biden 12.6%
Pete Buttigieg 12.4%
Kamala Harris 5.4%
Undecided / Someone Else 8.6%
Beto O’Rourke 1.2%
Amy Klobuchar 1.8%
Andrew Yang 1.3%
Jay Inslee 1.1%
Cory Booker 0.9%
Elizabeth Warren 24.2%
Kamala Harris 15.5%
Pete Buttigieg 15.1%
Bernie Sanders 10.0%
Undecided / Someone Else 18.5%
Joe Biden 5.7%
Cory Booker 3.7%
Beto O’Rourke 3.5%
Amy Klobuchar 2.0%
Andrew Yang 0.9%
Jay Inslee 0.8%

.

NEW HAMPSHIRE
First Choice Second Choice
Elizabeth Warren 37.9%
Bernie Sanders 19.4%
Joe Biden 15.5%
Pete Buttigieg 10.1%
Kamala Harris 6.3%
Undecided / Someone Else 4.3%
Jay Inslee 1.5%
Cory Booker 1.5%
Amy Klobuchar 1.3%
Tulsi Gabbard 1.3%
Andrew Yang 0.9%
Elizabeth Warren 25.5%
Kamala Harris 17.8%
Pete Buttigieg 16.5%
Bernie Sanders 12.1%
Joe Biden 8.6%
Undecided / Someone Else 10.9%
Cory Booker 3.6%
Amy Klobuchar 1.7%
Tulsi Gabbard 1.7%
Jay Inslee 1.0%
Andrew Yang 0.6%

.

NEVADA
First Choice Second Choice
Elizabeth Warren 36.1%
Bernie Sanders 18.4%
Joe Biden 16.9%
Pete Buttigieg 10.1%
Kamala Harris 7.4%
Andrew Yang 2.2%
Undecided / Someone Else 4.8%
Cory Booker 1.4%
Marianne Williamson 1.1%
Jay Inslee 0.8%
Julián Castro 0.8%
Elizabeth Warren 26.2%
Kamala Harris 18.5%
Pete Buttigieg 16.0%
Bernie Sanders 10.5%
Undecided / Someone Else 15.7%
Joe Biden 6.4%
Cory Booker 2.9%
Julián Castro 1.7%
Marianne Williamson 1.0%
Jay Inslee 0.7%
Andrew Yang 0.4%

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SOUTH CAROLINA
First Choice Second Choice
Elizabeth Warren 31.7%
Joe Biden 20.6%
Pete Buttigieg 14.5%
Bernie Sanders 13.8%
Kamala Harris 6.4%
Undecided / Someone Else 5.7%
Beto O’Rourke 1.9%
Andrew Yang 1.9%
Cory Booker 1.6%
Marianne Williamson 1.0%
Amy Klobuchar 0.9%
Elizabeth Warren 23.4%
Kamala Harris 18.9%
Pete Buttigieg 15.9%
Joe Biden 9.4%
Undecided / Someone Else 15.4%
Bernie Sanders 6.5%
Cory Booker 3.9%
Beto O’Rourke 3.7%
Amy Klobuchar 1.2%
Andrew Yang 0.9%
Marianne Williamson 0.8%

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After intensive search process, MoveOn selects accomplished and experienced progressive movement organizer and leader as its next executive director; Epting’s tenure will begin in fall

MoveOn announced today that after an intensive multi-month search process, its boards have selected Rahna Epting to serve as the next executive director of MoveOn Political Action and MoveOn Civic Action, beginning this fall.

Epting has been a leader in the progressive movement for 15 years, playing important roles in the organized labor, leadership development, youth organizing, and democracy reform spaces. She has held senior roles in organizations including Service Employees International Union, Every Voice, Wellstone Action, and the Alliance For Youth Organizing. For the last two years, Epting has worked at MoveOn, first leading strategic partnerships for the organization, then as its 2018 Resist & Win election program director, and then in her current role as chief of program. In these roles she has played a pivotal part in achieving significant advocacy and electoral wins.

“Rahna has a keen vision of the interconnected, leaderful, and politically savvy movement needed to transform our country, and she has worked tenaciously and creatively to advance that vision throughout her career,” said James Rucker, board member of MoveOn Civic Action. “She’s excellently positioned to lead the next generation of MoveOn-style campaigning and innovation work, harnessing people-power to build a country where everyone can thrive.”

Epting was chosen after an extensive process led by the search firm Koya Partners that approached hundreds of prospective candidates and surfaced a highly talented pool of 80 applicants.

Epting takes the helm of MoveOn at a time when white nationalism and authoritarianism are on the rise in the U.S. and throughout the world, massive misinformation efforts and social media manipulation are continuing to sow voter suppression and apathy, and the integrity of American democracy is in question. She will lead MoveOn in addressing these and other challenges and in advancing a positive vision of our country’s future in the 2020 elections and beyond.

“I intend to continue MoveOn’s trajectory of being an innovative, people-powered hub for impact in our politics,” Epting said. “In these troubled times, with white nationalism on the rise and an increasingly authoritarian regime in the White House, it is imperative that MoveOn’s millions of members collaborate effectively to oust Trump from office. And yet, defeating Trump is necessary, but it isn’t sufficient. We must also elect a progressive governing majority and then hold that majority accountable to creating an America where we all can thrive, where democracy works for all of us, and we are guided by hope and love, not fear and division. Current and future MoveOn members have a significant role to play in shaping the future of the progressive movement and our country.”

Epting was born and raised in northern California, and currently resides on the East Coast with her family. As a Black and Iranian woman, she will be the first person of color to fill MoveOn’s executive director role. Epting will be available for interviews about this role when she assumes it in the fall, after a transition period in which she is onboarded by outgoing MoveOn Civic Action executive director Anna Galland and outgoing MoveOn Political Action executive director Ilya Sheyman.

“Rahna is an exceptional leader: visionary, wise, driven, and empathetic,” Galland said. “She believes deeply in the wisdom and power of the grassroots. She has led teams through contexts of great challenge and complexity, including MoveOn’s successful 2018 election program. I am thrilled to see her propel this essential organization in its next chapter.”

“Rahna’s a true believer in the people power and culture of innovation that are at the center of MoveOn’s DNA,” Sheyman said. “Her exceptional track record of experience and impact in labor, electoral, and progressive movement organizing makes her the right person to lead the organization into the 2020 election and in reinventing MoveOn for its next chapter.”

Leaders of other organizations Epting has worked with also weighed in:

“I’m so excited to see Rahna, a strategic, committed, and effective leader, take the helm of one of the most dynamic organizations in the country. Working families and our country as a whole are better off because of MoveOn, with its commitment to grassroots leadership, its savvy campaigns, and its movement mindset,” said Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union.

“Rahna is a singular powerhouse who has and will continue to achieve great things for our democracy and our diverse communities,” said David Donnelly, former President and CEO of Every Voice. “I cannot wait to see all that MoveOn will accomplish with her as its executive director.”

Epting will assume leadership of MoveOn this fall after a period of significant organizational growth and innovation. Over the last 6 years, MoveOn’s combined budget more than quadrupled, its reach and visibility exploded, and MoveOn members emerged as central players in our nation’s politics. MoveOn’s base of recurring donors has quadrupled, MoveOn’s membership of millions now reaches into every one of the nation’s 3,000 counties, and the organization has grown massive SMS and video programs to engage and mobilize progressives around the country. In this period the staff has nearly tripled and MoveOn has undergone major changes including a rebrand last year, the in-housing of the MoveOn tech team, and innovation in the areas of video persuasion and production, digital advertising, mobile organizing, and online campaigns. The organization has prioritized equity as a practice internally and externally, and has contributed millions of dollars in grants contributed to other progressive and community organizations.

Inquiries about MoveOn’s leadership transition can be directed to press@moveon.org.

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2020 Democratic presidential candidates Secretary Julián Castro, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Senator Elizabeth Warren will all appear on stage at MoveOn’s “Big Ideas Forum” in San Francisco, California, on June 1.

At the event, each candidate will present “One Big Idea” that will change people’s lives for the better. Afterward, they will answer questions from moderators and MoveOn members. Each candidate will be on stage for 20 minutes.

The event is being hosted by MoveOn.org Political Action, and the audience will be made up of MoveOn members and streamed to MoveOn members across the country.
MoveOn, one of the largest progressive organizations in the country, has members in every county, state, and congressional district—adding up to millions across the country. MoveOn members are among the most active members of the Democratic Party’s base, engaged and likely to volunteer, vote, and organize in the primaries and caucuses. In addition, hundreds of thousands of MoveOn members donate to MoveOn.org Political Action each year to support our electoral efforts, and bundle millions for candidates.

A survey of MoveOn members in late 2018 showed the majority of the membership had not made up their mind about whom to support in the 2020 Democratic primary.

“We are thrilled that these candidates have accepted our invitation to present their big ideas to MoveOn members and the nation,” said Ilya Sheyman, Executive Director of MoveOn Political Action. “Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have dug our nation into a huge hole through their harmful and cruel policies. It is going to take big and bold ideas to reimagine and create a country that works for all of us. The Democratic primary contest, with this large, diverse, and impressive field, should be a race about ideas, policies, and vision. We’re happy to hold this forum to allow these candidates to advance this debate.”

The forum will take place from noon to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Saturday, June 1, at a location in downtown San Francisco.

More speakers are expected to be announced in the coming days.

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The results are in: With 77% of votes cast in favor, MoveOn members in Minnesota’s 5th District have voted overwhelmingly to endorse Ilhan Omar for re-election to Congress!

Representative Ilhan Omar’s endorsement for re-election marks MoveOn’s very first endorsement for the 2020 cycle.

Rep. Omar is a uniquely powerful, compelling member of Congress. She ran on a platform of ending fossil fuel subsidies and joined in on the Green New Deal fight once in office. She ran on ending the horrific Muslim Ban, which is separating families—and she’s now cosponsoring the #NoBanAct, which would make sure this never happens again. And despite racist and anti-Muslim attacks to silence the first Black, Muslim congresswoman in the United States—and blatant attempts to incite violence against her and Muslim communities—Rep. Omar has continued to speak out for bold, progressive policies in order to fight for a society where all of us, not just the rich and powerful, can thrive.

Want to show that you stand with Rep. Omar and an inclusive, equitable, transformative vision of America—and to send a message against the rise of anti-Muslim bigotry, rhetoric, and policies in the U.S. and around the globe? Click here or on the image below to get your FREE “I Stand With Ilhan” sticker.

Here’s what some of the more than 16,000 fellow MoveOn members in Minnesota’s 5th District had to say about why they support Rep. Omar for re-election:

“Rep. Omar represents the future of America. An America that is inclusive regardless of race, religion, gender, or economic status. She is powerful and incredibly intelligent. Her personal history and life inform a responsible and open view of the future of our country. She IS America.” – Erin from Minneapolis

“Ilhan is not afraid to say things that need to be said. She’s got the gumption to stand behind what is right, instead of what is politically correct or self-serving. She is exactly what we need in a representative. She has courage that I haven’t seen in a while.” – Micah from Minneapolis

“Ilhan Omar is one of the few representatives that is focused on economic justice. She has also been on the receiving end of unfair attacks from right-wingers and centrists alike, and she needs as much support as she can get from progressives to continue fighting for us.” – Kenneth from Minneapolis

“She is courageous and speaks her truth. Her identity as a woman of color, a refugee, and an immigrant is essential to bring understanding and empathy to all the multiple kinds of people who make up the citizenry of the United States. Her values reflect her constituency. I am fortunate to live in her district.” – Lauren from Minneapolis

Celebrate this first endorsement of the 2020 elections and claim your FREE “I Stand With Ilhan” sticker. Or, order one for your family member or friend who would appreciate it.

We don’t usually send out announcements like these outside of the district where constituent MoveOn members voted to make the endorsement. But in this case, given the way that Rep. Omar’s leadership is playing out in a national context, and given the intensity of national attacks aimed at her, we wanted to share out our first 2020 endorsement with all MoveOn members. During an era when moral clarity is of the utmost importance, we want to make it clear that Rep. Omar is definitely an important voice in Washington, D.C.—and in the country.

She is a progressive champion on democracy reforms, challenging the military-industrial complex, taking on white supremacy, and standing for the rights of immigrants, asylum-seekers, and refugees. She herself is a refugee, a mother, and the first-ever Black, Muslim woman to serve in the House.

The positive and bold progressive vision for our country that Congresswoman Ilhan Omar fights for every day is one that should be embraced by candidates everywhere—especially heading into 2020. Her fearlessness in advocating progressive policies is galvanizing the public in her district and throughout the country.

Claimed your free sticker yet? If no, click here to get it now and put it out in the world boldly.

MoveOn is proud to “Stand With Ilhan” as our first endorsement of the 2020 election cycle.

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After MoveOn members asked candidates to skip the AIPAC conference, no 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are yet publicly committed to attend the AIPAC conference in DC this weekend!

The story comes after a number of leading candidates—Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Mayor Julián Castro, Governor Jay Inlsee, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg— said that they will not attend AIPAC’s conference.  

Iram Ali, campaign director at MoveOn, explained the significance:

“The influx of progressive candidates confirming they will not attend—even those who have gone in years past—shows how the momentum is shifting. In 2007, for example, both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton attended, going so far as to throw parties at the conference.

“AIPAC is clearly a partisan lobbying group that has undermined diplomatic efforts. It’s no secret that that AIPAC has worked to hinder diplomatic efforts like the Iran deal, is undermining Palestinian self-determination, and inviting figures actively involved in human rights violations to its stage.  Meanwhile, they give platforms to Islamophobes and refuse to condemn the anti-Semitism stemming from Republicans. It should come as no surprise that progressives don’t want anything to do with this conference.

“The fact that no 2020 Democratic presidential contenders have as of yet publicly committed to attending AIPAC’s conference in DC this weekend—with seven candidates confirming they will definitely not attend—stands in sharp contrast to the past. MoveOn members applaud the candidates for taking a stand against AIPAC’s dangerous, partisan lobbying efforts.”

On Wednesday, MoveOn released the results of a member survey which found that more than 74 percent of MoveOn members who responded agree or strongly agree with the statement that “any progressive vying to be the Democratic nominee for President should skip the AIPAC conference.”

Here are some of the reasons MoveOn called on 2020 candidates to skip AIPAC:

  • AIPAC spent tens millions of dollars in 2015 to defeat the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by President Obama along with our European and international allies—a historic diplomatic agreement that Trump has tried to derail since taking office.
  • This year’s AIPAC conference is headlined by Benjamin Netanyahu … under whose leadership, according to the U.N., Israel may have committed war crimes in attacks on Gaza. Netanyahu also has been indicted on bribery and fraud charges, and recently made a deal to bring the “Israeli KKK” … party into the next government.
  • AIPAC has been known to traffic in anti-Muslim and anti-Arab rhetoric while providing a platform to Islamophobes.
  • AIPAC has refused to condemn the anti-Semitism of Republicans, such as Trump’s friend and advisor Steve Bannon. Bannon’s wife reported that he had their kids removed from a school because of “the number of Jews that attend,” and that “he didn’t want the girls going to school with Jews. While many groups condemned Bannon, Politico reported that AIPAC “declined to weigh in.” This is one of many examples.

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NEW SURVEY: Over 74% of MoveOn Members Believe 2020 Presidential Candidates Should Not Attend AIPAC Conference

AIPAC conference to be headlined by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Vice President Mike Pence, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Sen. Chuck Schumer & Rep. Kevin McCarthy

A new survey from MoveOn Political Action asked members if they believe progressive candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination should skip this year’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference, held Sunday, March 24th to Tuesday, March 26th in Washington, DC.  More than 74% of MoveOn members responded agree or strongly agree with the statement that “any progressive vying to be the Democratic nominee for President should skip the AIPAC conference.”

The survey, which entails a single prompt, “Any progressive vying to be the Democratic nominee for president should skip the AIPAC conference,” is prefaced by several facts, including:

  • AIPAC spent tens millions of dollars in 2015 to defeat the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by President Obama along with our European and international allies––a historic diplomatic agreement that Trump has tried to derail since taking office.

  • This year’s AIPAC conference is headlined by Benjamin Netanyahu … who has been indicted on bribery and fraud charges, and recently made a deal to bring the “Israeli KKK” … party into the next government.

  • AIPAC has … been known to peddle anti-Muslim and anti-Arab rhetoric while giving platforms to Islamophobes.

  • AIPAC has refused to condemn the antisemitism of Republicans, such as Trump’s friend and advisor Steve Bannon. Bannon’s wife reported that he had their kids removed from a school because of “the number of Jews that attend”, and that “he didn’t want the girls going to school with Jews. While many groups condemned Bannon, Politico reported that AIPAC “declined to weigh in.

“This survey is less of a formal vote and more of a gut check on what MoveOn members think,” said Iram Ali, Campaign Director at MoveOn Political Action. “It’s no secret that that AIPAC has worked to hinder diplomatic efforts like the Iran deal, is undermining Palestinian self-determination, and inviting figures actively involved in human rights violations to its stage. We asked our members what they think so that we can make more informed decisions–and over 74% agreed that progressive presidential candidates should skip the AIPAC conference. This should also give a clear insight to 2020 candidates on where their base stands instead of prioritizing lobbying groups and policy people who rarely step outside of D.C.”


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