The New Populist Movement

“More liberal, populist movement
emerging ahead of 2016 elections.”

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.

Can you help with a $10 donation to build this movement?

Thanks for all you do,

Roger Hickey & Robert L. Borosage
Co-Directors, Campaign for America’s Future

Sandy Phillips, Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility

Today is a really, really hard day for my husband Lonnie and me.

Our daughter Jessica was taken from us two years ago today in the mass shooting in a theater in Aurora, Colorado as she and a friend were watching a movie.

And it’s not just this anniversary that’s so painful for us. Every time the news reports another shooting, it takes us right back to the moment we got that call. And our hearts break all over again.

Lonnie and I went to Sandy Hook, we went to Washington after the Navy Yard shootings, and we went to California after the Isla Vista shooting. We try to just be there for the families who are going through what we did. My heart breaks for them, and I’d like to be able to tell them it gets better with time — but it doesn’t.

And each new shooting means another family is going through this same grieving process.

There’s no one solution to reduce gun violence, and background checks can’t prevent every shooting – nothing can. But there is a simple way to help keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons and other dangerous people — we need to close the loophole that makes it easy for them to get a gun without a background check.

Washington can take a big step towards reducing gun violence by voting Yes on 594 this November. Please click here to pledge your vote, and let’s close the loophole in Washington.

Lonnie and I are gun owners — and we know it should never be easy for dangerous people to obtain guns with no questions asked, whether on the Internet or at a gun show. These loopholes are totally unacceptable to us.

Background checks on all gun purchases is a simple, commonsense idea that we know is effective at saving lives.

It’s working in Colorado, where background checks on all sales has been the law for over a year — and it will work in Washington, too.

We need to give law enforcement the tools to keep us safe, and voting Yes on 594 will do just that.

Washington has a chance to close the loophole in our law that lets people buy guns over the internet or at gun shows with no questions asked — pledge to vote Yes on 594 today, and let’s make sure we close this loophole for good.

Today is never going to be easy day, but we owe it to Jessi and to so many others to do what we can to reduce gun violence.

Your support means a lot to us.

Thank you,

Sandy Phillips

Campaign Update: PepsiCo and Conflict Palm Oil


On May 20, thousands of us united in a Global Day of Action to tell PepsiCo to eliminate Conflict Palm Oil. PepsiCo responded by announcing a Forestry Stewardship Policy and Palm Oil Commitment, but neither of these new promises are strong enough to guarantee that Pepsi’s use of palm oil is not driving rainforest destruction, species extinction and human and labor rights abuses.

PepsiCo is the largest globally distributed snack food company in the world – the company uses enough palm oil every single year to fill Pepsi cans that would stretch around the Earth 4 times – but it has fallen out of step with its peers and still has no truly responsible palm oil purchasing policy.

This has to change — and with your help it will. Are you with us

Instead of cutting Conflict Palm Oil from its products, PepsiCo continues to push its darkly ironic #LiveForNow campaign. PepsiCo is telling people not to worry about climate change, the fate of the last wild orangutans and children that are forced to work in slave-like conditions on oil palm plantations and just #LiveForNow!

It’s our job to tell PepsiCo that #LiveForNow isn’t good enough. This summer we’re turning up the heat.

PepsiCo is pushing its #LiveForNow propaganda out through it’s “Real Big Summer” marketing campaign which includes Pepsi sponsored concerts and events across the US. We need YOU to crash Pepsi-sponsored events and deliver the message that #LiveForNow shouldn’t mean rainforest destruction, climate change and human rights abuses. As activists on the ground crash PepsiCo events around the country, online activists will amplify their voices across the world using social media to disrupt PepsiCo’s marketing efforts and drive home the point that thousands of us stand together in our call for an end to Conflict Palm Oil.

Will you join us?

Here’s how: Sign up to let us know you’re in. We’ll give you a call and support you every step of the way. We’ll let you know where and when you can take action, provide you with placards to chose from, and invite you to one of our trainings so you can become an expert in using social media to campaign for change.

Because of you PepsiCo has made some progress. With your help we’ll convince the global snack food giant to go further to guarantee that its products – like Quaker Oats and Frito Lay Chips – will be free of Conflict Palm Oil for good.

Let’s turn up the heat!

Gemma Tillack,
Senior Agribusiness Campaigner
Rainforest Action Network

PS: Don’t want to wait? Download our toolkit here and start causing some ruckus immediately!

Aurora, two years later

Everytown for Gun Safety

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.

Watch Steve Barton's powerful message

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.

Thank you,

Christian Bale

Christian Bale

Ditch Mitch

a repostemilylistChildren’s health coverage? Nope.

Fair pay for women?  Absolutely not.
Unemployment benefits for struggling families? No way.
Expanding protections against domestic violence and sexual assault? Not a chance.
We can likely kiss those things goodbye if Mitch McConnell heads back to the Senate in November. I mean come on. It’s 2014 and thanks to anti-choice extremists like McConnell, we still have to have these conversations. I say it’s time to Ditch Mitch.
Thinking about McConnell and his egregious agenda really gets my blood boiling. It takes a special kind of horrible to not support the Violence Against Women Act and lie about it. 
EMILY’s List has just the candidate to help ditch him — Alison Lundergan Grimes. Alison agrees that nearly 30 years in the Senate is enough for the ruthless, hyperpartisan McConnell. She’d bring a track record of success in empowering military voters, a pro-family attitude, and a strong advocacy for equal pay to Washington. Seriously — she’s just the woman to Ditch Mitch.
Are you with me? Let’s do this.