News from Team Mikie Sherrill, Immigrants Assistance Center Summer Fundraiser

Team Mikie Sherrill

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Mikie Sherrill is a strong candidate for U.S. Congress for New Jersey's 11 District, with a real chance to win this seat, now held by retiring Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen.  And she is firmly in the crosshairs of local and national Republicans who want to keep NJ 11 in the Republican column.  Our support can make a real difference in the outcome of this race. 

 

Our Adopt a Candidate Team Mikie Sherrill has an action plan, and welcomes all who want to join them, in any or all of the following activities!
  Want to learn more about Mikie Sherrill?  Start Here
To Join Team Mikie Sherrill, or any of the other Adopt a Candidate teams,
email:   strength@marchingforwardmass.com 

- Phone Calling. A specific request from Sherrill's campaign headquarters is for 'Voter ID' phone calling.  The purpose of the calls will be to identify Mikie Sherrill voters in preparation for election day Get Out The Vote efforts. Dates, times, and further information will be provided by the Sherrill Campaign. 

- Visits to the district for canvassing, and other activities specifically requested by the Sherrill Campaign. The dates of these visits are:
            September 24 - 28
            October 19 - 26
Your participation in either or both of these visits is welcome.  As Team member John Bullard says,  this is "The Most Fun!!"

- Postcards  Get Out the Vote postcards work, especially if they're personalized.   Stay tuned for more on this. 

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Immigrants Assistance Center Summer Fundraiser

Dear Friends of the Immigrants’ Assistance Center,

I am pleased to invite you to attend our Summer Fundraiser on August 9 at 6:00 – 9:00pm where we will gather under a tent at the beautiful Madeiran Heritage Museum in New Bedford in support of much-needed services to immigrants in our community.  We are grateful for the generous participation of United Health Care as our platinum sponsor.

Buy Tickets

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For over 47 years the Immigrants’ Assistance Center has been the SouthCoast region’s first responder to new arrivals, offering often confused and disoriented newcomers a trusted touchstone as they encounter the American experience.  We help immigrants apply for citizenship or a green card, secure benefits for US-born children, connect to medical care for elders, get a driver’s license, or more acutely obtain legal assistance in the face of detainment or deportation.

With recent political and social changes, we find ourselves in an unprecedented crisis as thousands of undocumented immigrants, including those who until recently had legal protections, are enmeshed in a state of extreme anxiety and fear.  In this region and nationally, detainment and deportations of law-abiding, tax paying non-citizens is at an all time high. Crimes are going unreported, domestic violence is unaddressed, and parents are hesitating to send their children to school or seek medical care.  The number of clients seeking our help has grown 40% in the past 2 years.  

To continue providing critical services, we need your direct support. Tickets to our Summer Fundraiser are $50 per person.  For those who can, additional donations above the ticket price are deeply appreciated.  And if you are unable to attend, we ask you to consider giving a donation in support of our work.  Please click here to buy your tickets and/or donate.  You may also call our offices at 508-996-8113.   

Thank you in advance for your consideration and I hope to see you on August 9.

Sincerely,

Helena DaSilva Hughes

Posted by Katie White


Elections have Consequences

It's all about November folks.  A Democracy is strong when
We the People stay involved, when we invite our like-minded friends and family to join us in action, when we make our voices heard. 
We invite you to join our Adopt a Candidate program. Look at the information on the Adopt a Candidate pages
Send an email to: strength@marchingforwardmass.com and tell us of your interest. 
Or, if you'd rather not work with us,  then by all means,
plan your own actions, as large or small as you choose. 
Just participate. We can make a difference. 

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John McCain, July 15, 2018
"Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake. “President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin. He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world. “It is tempting to describe the press conference as a pathetic rout — as an illustration of the perils of under-preparation and inexperience. But these were not the errant tweets of a novice politician. These were the deliberate choices of a president who seems determined to realize his delusions of a warm relationship with Putin’s regime without any regard for the true nature of his rule, his violent disregard for the sovereignty of his neighbors, his complicity in the slaughter of the Syrian people, his violation of international treaties, and his assault on democratic institutions throughout the world. “Coming close on the heels of President Trump’s bombastic and erratic conduct towards our closest friends and allies in Brussels and Britain, today’s press conference marks a recent low point in the history of the American Presidency. That the president was attended in Helsinki by a team of competent and patriotic advisors makes his blunders and capitulations all the more painful and inexplicable.

No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant. Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are — a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and abroad.

American presidents must be the champions of that cause if it is to succeed. Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility. One can only hope they are not waiting totally in vain."

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                     Tom Toles

                    Tom Toles

Tom Toles, July 17, 2018
"Yesterday, the world changed as President Trump stood shoulder to shoulder with a foreign dictator, and took his side against America.

Yawn. The Republican response amounted to a tut-tut. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) got it right when he said that “no prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant.” But the tea got watered down pretty rapidly from there. Newt Gingrich called it “the most serious mistake of his presidency.” Oh, yes, mistakes were made. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declared that he has complete confidence in the findings of our intelligence community, but at last check, the intelligence community was still under the bus after being thrown there by Trump.

Let’s see. An adversarial power acted systematically to undermine our election, and plans to do it again. Trump, in effect, said he doesn’t actually believe the U.S. position on this, let alone will he do anything to punish or stop it. The only thing he has ever threatened to do is shut down a full investigation into it.

Let’s go to the tape. The tape of Trump winking at Russian President Vladimir Putin. TWICE! Cute, huh? And after a day of angry jowl-shaking, will the Republican Party do anything about this? Such as acting to protect the special counsel from Trump? No, it will send Trump a wink or two of its own. Tut-tutly winks.

Algebra time! If A equals B, and B equals C, what is the relation of A to C? If Trump stands with Putin on Putin’s interference in the U.S. election, and Republicans stand with Trump, what have you got? An American crisis is what. As The Post’s editorial page points out today, the collusion question has now been answered. In public. Putin did for Trump, Trump just did for Putin. Quid, meet quo. Democracy, meet authoritarianism.

The Republican Party is making its choice here. Your choice is in November." 

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James Comey, July 16 and 17, 2018
"This was the day an American president stood on foreign soil next to a murderous lying thug and refused to back his own country. Patriots need to stand up and reject the behavior of this president.

This Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders’ design that “Ambition must ... counteract ambition.”

All who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats this fall.

Policy differences don’t matter right now. History has its eyes on us. " 

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Posted by Katie White


Perry Gershon for NY 01; Families Belong Together

From Team Gershon's Barbara Trecker:

"Perry Gershon got 36% of the vote among a group of five candidates. Thanks to all those MFM members who wrote 1000 postcards to help him to victory. Perry and his campaign were extremely grateful to us for our work, and it paid off. Now it’s on to November, when Perry will take on Republican and Trump supporter Lee Zeldin. There are lots of opportunities for MarchingForward members, including post cards, telephone calls, and on-site visits. Stay posted for more details."

To join Team Perry Gershon, or one of the other AAC teams,
send an email to: strength@marchingforwardmass.com

See email below from Gershon's campaign to supporters:

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It's ON.
- Last night, Long Island voters loudly said enough.
- Enough to extremist politicians like Lee Zeldin and Donald Trump.
- Enough to attempts to gut health care, Medicare, and Social Security.
- Enough to the NRA pulling the strings in Congress without concern for the people who've died from gun violence.
- Enough to kickbacks, giveaways, and special favors for the special interests.
- Enough to leaders who embrace white supremacists and anti-Semites.
- Enough to ripping families apart on our southern border, enough to locking up asylum-seeking families like they're criminals.


While I am honored to be your Democratic nominee for Congress for New York's first congressional district, this election goes beyond party.


This is about every last one of us who dreams of a better future for our families, friends, and community. That dream transcends party affiliation and gets to the beating heart of our democracy, who we are as a people. 

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This November, Long Island and America have a choice: more of the same, more of out-of-touch career politicians like Lee Zeldin and Donald Trump?
Or a movement, coast-to-coast, of millions of Americans. Small business owners. School teachers. First-time voters. Parents striving for a better future for their children. 

Add your name to join this movement: it's time to fire Lee Zeldin, take back the House, and stop Donald Trump.


- Medicare for All.
- Keeping our communities safe by banning assault weapons.
- Protecting our clean air and water from pollution.
- A robust economy with family-wage jobs. Equality for all.
- Protecting a woman's right to make her own health care choices.
- Humane immigration policies that don't lock children and asylum-seekers in cages. 

These are our rallying cries.
Are you in?
Join our movement.
Let's defeat Donald Trump's favorite congressman, Lee Zeldin, and take back our country.

 


Families Belong Together! 

That rallying cry inspired hundreds of thousands across the country last Saturday. A number of Marching Forward members attended the standing room only rally at the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in New Bedford.  I was in Utah, where the passionate crowd was estimated at 2,500.  Here are a few photos from these two of the many hundreds of events across the country. 
Thanks to Leslie Knowles for the photos and captions from Bethel AME.

 Congressman Bill Keating's passionate speech received a standing ovation

Congressman Bill Keating's passionate speech received a standing ovation

 Children saying "Keep Families together" in multiple languages

Children saying "Keep Families together" in multiple languages

 Maria Fortes, Coalition for Social Justice

Maria Fortes, Coalition for Social Justice

 Jean Reynolds Derenoncourt, counselor at large for Brockton. Haitian immigrant, now US citizen.  Articulate and fiery.  

Jean Reynolds Derenoncourt, counselor at large for Brockton. Haitian immigrant, now US citizen.  Articulate and fiery.  

From Utah

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Posted by Katie White

Jared Golden for ME02. Primary Day in NY.

Maine District 02 Voters choose Jared Golden

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Jared Golden, ex-Marine and ex-Senate staffer and state rep from Lewiston, is now our standard bearer running in Maine 02 against GOP congressman Bruce Poliquin. Ranked Choice Voting decided the outcome, with votes from the last place candidate raising Jared from 49 to 54 percent.

Jared has gotten gracious and enthusiastic support from his opponents. Both Lucas St. Clair and Craig Olson have vowed active co-operation to defeat Poliquin in November.

Throughout this primary campaign, Jared has been unwavering in pushing progressive goals. He wants to re-write the regressive GOP tax bill; he wants health care treated as a right, not a privilege; he urges fixes for the ACA, while working toward universal health care like Medicare for All.

Jared wants renewable energy projects expanded in Maine while blocking fossil fuel projects. He is a strong backer of trade unions and an opponent of offshore drilling.

So, now, we're off and running. Canvassing and phone-calling has begun in Maine. We are lining up our own involvement in the second district.

Team Leaders are Bess Coughlin and Vic Mailey.

To get involved, contact them at: strength@marchingforward.com 

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 The 5 Democratic candidates for NY01. The June 26 primary will decide the winner. Three cheers for spirited debate, and support for the winner!

The 5 Democratic candidates for NY01. The June 26 primary will decide the winner. Three cheers for spirited debate, and support for the winner!

It's primary day in New York (June 26).  Voters in eastern Long Island will choose from 5 candidates in the Democratic primary.  While our AAC team has been actively supporting Perry Gershon, they will support the candidate that wins the primary if Gershon loses. In a public show of mutual support, supporters of all 5 candidates in
NY 01 have made the same pledge.  Long Island's NewsDay newspaper says, "Progressive grassroots groups that emerged on Long Island after the election of President Donald Trump, seeking to avoid the party rancor of 2016, are agreeing to agree: They’ll support any Democrat who wins in the June 26 congressional primaries."

Stay tuned for more news from NY 01!

Adopt A Candidate pages will be updated periodically. Check here for news. 

To join Team Gershon, Team Kim, Team Sherrill, or Team Golden,  let us know at:
strength@marchingforwardmass.com

Posted by Katie White


AAC Maine 02, Andy Kim Recap

Updates from Adopt a Candidate Team Maine 02

Vic Mailey has provided some great updates on the status of the Maine 02 primary battle.  It's a different process in Maine this year, and one that will no doubt get much attention nationwide. While the primary was held on June 12, as of this writing, the winner has yet to be declared.  Here's a synopsis.  Vic's complete dispatches are on the web page devoted to Maine 02. 

Dispatch #1
   ME02 is a true swing district, with Democratic representation most of the past 30 years. Any of the three Democratic candidates (Jared Golden, Craig Olson, Lucas St.Clair) will do well against Poliquin in the general election. The district did give its one electoral vote to Donald Trump in 2016. Bruce Poliquin the incumbent , has continued his streak of nastiness by voting to cut $5 billion from CHIP funding. 
   We have been in touch with the Maine Democratic Party and have been given a warm welcome. All recruits to the ME02 team are welcome!   No level of interest or time available or willingness to travel can be too large or too small.

Dispatch #2
   Primary day in Maine. It is possible we will have a candidate tonight.
   With the new Ranked Choice Voting system, a winner must amass over 50 percent of the vote.  In multi-candidate races, no one can now win with, say, 30-40 percent of the vote.  And, rather than a run-off election between the top two candidates, Ranked Choice is now used.
   Voters today will select a first choice candidate, and also a second and third choice (even more choices for the longer slate of gubernatorial candidates).  If no one gets more than 50 percent of the vote, the bottom candidate drops out and his (in ME02, all guys) voters' second choices get divvied up accordingly among the remaining candidates.  This continues till someone gets more than 50 percent.
   Meanwhile, the Democratic party got its energy up a month ago with a convention in Lewiston.  Lots of energetic speechifying and a good platform adopted--universal health care, environmental and clean energy notes, progressive tax reform, etc.   Discussion on gun control was limited, but our three candidates have been strong on the issue.

Dispatch #3
   Here we are the day after the Maine primary election, and still without a candidate for the 2nd Congressional district race.  Jared Golden remains in the lead-- at 49-50 percent of the vote.   If he gets less than 50 percent of the vote, Ranked Choice Voting kicks in.  Votes from the candidate with the least number of votes will be divided among the remaining candidates according to the Second Choice ballots checked off by those voters.
    So, first off, we continue to wait on the remaining precincts to report in.  Then, we either have a candidate or wait some more for the RCV process to unfold.
    Incidentally, RCV is definitely in the future for the Democratic gubernatorial race.  The highest vote-getter has only 34-35 percent of all those ballots.
    We'll keep everyone up to date!

 

Breakfast with Andy Kim

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Marching Forward hosted NJ 03 Congressional candidate Andy Kim on June 18 – and what an honor it was!  Kim included us in a very busy schedule of events – he had a full day ahead of him in Boston, and was then on to many destinations across the country.

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Andy Kim is running for Congress for all the right reasons:  for his family, for the residents of his District, and by extension, for the country.  Public service in the truest and most honorable sense is what he’s about.  He is a smart, committed candidate with solid Democratic positions that reflect his personal values and those of his district. Ego inflation and self-serving goals are not part of the equation for this man.

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Many thanks to our Adopt a Candidate Team Andy Kim for their outreach to Kim’s campaign, and for making our meeting with him happen.  Between now and November 6,  AAC Team Kim will be in contact with his campaign to assist in any way that we can. 

The full Adopt a Candidate Program is well underway, and there are opportunities for all who want to help!  See the Marching Forward website for updates on Andy Kim - NJ03Mikie Sherrill - NJ11Perry Gershon - NY01; and Maine02.

 

To join Team Andy Kim, or one of the other teams, contact us at strength@marchingforwardmass.com

Posted by Katie White