Happy Tuesday, Activists, We hope your week is off to a good start. This is another action-packed newsletter so please read to the end. Last week we held two Kickoff For 2022 meetings, and they were a rocking success. Our plans to get out the vote in Philadelphia this year are based on solid research and analysis. We're thrilled to be working with you all to get this done. To those of you who made it to the meeting, thank you for your input and questions – and for filling out our volunteer survey. If you couldn’t make it, here’s your chance! Fill out this survey (only a few questions) and tell us how you can join us to get out the vote in Philadelphia this year. We look forward to working with you!
UKRAINE In case you missed it, you can click here to read Leah Greenberg’s statement on Ukraine. We stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people in the face of naked aggression by the Putin regime. Let Leah contextualize the conflict, explain how this ties to domestic policy, and provide avenues of support as we all come together in opposition to this senseless violence. If you are able, you can donate to Ukrainian support groups here.
CALL TO ACTION Build Back Better – We Can Still Take Action – Executive Action! After Build Back Better was defeated, there has been a lot of speculation about whether any of its provisions would be passed in parts or not at all. Fortunately, President Biden made it clear in his State of the Union address that he is still pushing for passage of his progressive agenda. While legislators debate over what to pass, Biden can use the full powers of the executive branch to guarantee progress in addition to pushing for swift passage of his legislative priorities. For example, he can take executive action to declare a climate emergency, giving him a broad range of resources and steps to address the climate crisis. We know we must act immediately if we want to turn back the tide on climate change. We need to declare a climate emergency to transition quickly to clean renewable energy, which in turn will create many good-paying green jobs with strong benefits. Ask your Representative and Senator Casey to publicly demand the White House take executive action to declare a climate emergency. Then call the White House and leave a similar message. -- Rep. Evans – D.C. office 202-225-4001; Phila office 215-276-0340; email link -- Rep. Boyle – D.C. office 202-225-6111; Phila office 215-335-3355; email link -- Sen. Casey – Phila office 215-405-9660; D.C. 202-224-6324; email link -- Sen. Toomey – Phila office 215-241-1090; D.C. 202-224-4254; email link -- For outside PA: Find your Senators’ phone numbers and emails at this link. -- Call the White House – The comment line is 202-456-1111 (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 11am-3pm Eastern). You can either talk to a human or leave a voicemail. Email the White House at www.whitehouse.gov/contact
Our Weekly Messaging Check out the detail on our recent messaging on inflation. Every one of us has the power to recognize and then spread the word on the reasons for our current inflation rate. Use the tools in the post to spread the word! And speaking of messaging, we know Democrats are not exactly perfect when it comes to getting their message out. But President Biden appears to be making an effort to speak directly to the American people. You can watch this video of Historian Heather Cox Richardson’s recent interview of Biden as they discuss the meaning of democracy in the 21st century and his goals for the country’s future.
U.S. Senate Democratic Candidate Forum Philadelphia’s 2nd Ward is holding a forum for the Democratic U.S. Senate candidates, and we are co-sponsoring it. It will be held next Wednesday, March 16, at 7:00 pm over Zoom. Detailed updates to follow!