… and Now This from MoveOn

This should worry every single patriotic American. We are seeing the demise of the Democracy that our fathers and grandfathers built for us. What are we leaving for our children and their children?
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 and clean energy.

  • 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. To really swing into action during this month’s congressional recess, we need to raise at least $250,000 immediately. Can you chip in $75 to support our work?


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 and clean energy legislation.

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 and clean energy 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 $75 to support our work:


Thanks for all you do.

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


1. “Tampa Town Hall On Health Care Reform Disrupted By Violence,” The Huffington Post, August 6, 2009

2. “Local Fox Reporter Attends Town Hall And Finds ‘Some Attendees Admit They Don’t Live In The District,'” Think Progress, August 4, 2009

3. “Dem Congressman’s Office: His Life Has Been Threatened Over Health Care Bill,” Talking Points Memo, August 5, 2009

4. “The Danger Over the Right’s Anger,” Politico, August 3, 2009.

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4 thoughts on “… and Now This from MoveOn”

  1. You’ve got to go out to youtube and watch these poor misguided sheep. They chant, “keep your government hands off my Medicare”. This is just another sad sad example of the republican party taking advantage of the uneducated or feeble. Must make the rest of the republican sheep proud to be a part of such high morals.

  2. It’s not the Republicans against the Democrats, it’s the big corporations against the voters. The major corporations wholly own the Republicans now and they’re making a strong foothold in the Democratic party too.

  3. A close friend of mine, who happens to be Republican, just called his party headquarters and complained about their tactics. If a million Republicans called in, do you think it would make the news? The corporate-owned news IS the problem!

  4. And, now the Republicans are threatening gun violence if people stand up to their brown-shirt tactics. This is downright scary. Must make those few hanger-oners in the Republican party real proud of what they support.

    “One of the country’s largest unions has been hit by a wave of hostile calls and even death threats from people upset with its involvement in town-hall health care debates.”

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