Tuesday, April 25, 2006

50-State Canvass: Final Push

Dear automat,

I can't express to you how exciting it is to see a truly national party coming together.

Over 1,000 Neighbor-to-Neighbor Organizing Day events have been scheduled from Montana (30 local canvass events) to Florida (57 local canvass events), and the expected turnout is growing every day.

Last night we fielded calls from several of the state parties asking for still more literature to put in the hands of volunteers on April 29th. We've already printed 750,000 of the door-hangers thanks to your support -- but the ground operations in the states report that they need more.

There's still time for a last-minute print run to get another 250,000 pieces out into the states for distribution this Saturday. Every $50 means another 233 pieces of literature, and another 233 conversations between volunteers and their neighbors this Saturday.

Can you make last-minute donation in the next 24 hours so that the Democratic Party can knock on 1 million doors?

http://www.democrats.org/finalpush

Some of these 50-State Canvass events are run by the over 150 organizers we've put into the field to build our party. Others are run by campaigns for various levels of office, which will have their own literature to hand out on top of the door-hangers you created. Still others are run by grassroots volunteers who are taking the future of our party into their own hands and getting out in their communities.

But the most exciting of these events are the ones where all three of those elements come together. This project has seen historic cooperation between Democrats at every level of the party and at every level of political experience. For example:

  • In Arizona (29 events) the state party and grassroots volunteers will also be carrying official petitions to get Democrats on the ballot for every level of office in the state.
  • In Ohio (78 events) the state and county parties have put together coordinating teams to cover the most ground, and everyone from statewide candidates to bloggers to Iraq veteran Paul Hackett has been promoting what will be the final weekend of GOTV contact before the May 2 primary elections.
  • In Oregon (also 29 events) Democrats poised to take back the state legislature will be targeting specific legislative districts where turnout will decide the election this fall, led by organizers you put on the ground and supported by a strong grassroots volunteer base.

These are just a few of the unprecedented efforts happening on April 29th -- a national operation you made possible.

You can get the latest about events in your area by plugging in your zip code here:

http://www.democrats.org/50statecanvass/find

Governor Dean will be knocking on doors with a local county party in North Carolina this Saturday. Statewide elected officials and Democratic challengers everywhere will be out in their communities. Tens of thousands of Democrats will be reaching out to have a conversation about the future of our country with their neighbors.

Where will you be?

Sincerely,
Tom

Tom McMahon
Executive Director
Democratic National Committee

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

50-State Canvass: Changing our party and changing our country

Dear automat,

When Governor Dean was elected chairman of our party, he promised to transform the way we do business.

On April 29th, thousands of Democrats across the country will be part of the next big step in our drive to build the party infrastructure and bring new people into the political process. At Neighbor-to-Neighbor Organizing Day events in all 50 states, people like you will be making the contacts and getting the experience that will build our organization and bring us closer to victory not only this November, but in 2008 and beyond.

Chances are there's an event near you where folks will be knocking on doors and having conversations with neighbors about the future of our country -- will you join them? You can find an event near you here:

http://www.democrats.org/50statecanvass/find

Most of the door-hangers have already arrived at various state party headquarters around the country for distribution to people hosting canvassing events in their communities.

We also received a large shipment here at national headquarters this morning, which we will be distributing directly to the events in and around Washington. I've included a few photos on the right.

Whether you're a seasoned campaign volunteer or you've never knocked on a door in your life, this canvass will be a fun and important opportunity to reach out in your community. If you haven't yet found your nearest canvass, you can search for one now:

http://www.democrats.org/50statecanvass/find

This 50-state canvass is only possible because ordinary people decided to make it happen. You funded the door-hangers and you will be having the conversations with your neighbors on April 29th.

If you want to change this country, it's up to you to take the next step. Please get involved and spread the word!

Thank you,
Tom

Tom McMahon
Executive Director
Democratic National Committee

P.S. -- For more about the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Organizing Day, including online resources like canvassing tips and flyers you can download, visit:

http://www.democrats.org/50statecanvass


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10 days that will get their attention


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Dear Friend,

One general after another demanding Rumsfeld's resignation. More citizens every day joining in support of our May 15 deadline for Iraqi leaders to stop their squabbling and form a government.

In these and many other ways, because of citizens like you, the wheel is slowly, but surely, turning on the question of Iraq. Over the next ten days, we're going to give it another huge push. But, before I tell you more, please take a moment right now to sign in support of the Kerry Iraq plan:

Sign our Out of Iraq in 2006 petition now.

It's time for Iraq's leaders to seize the opportunity for democracy in Iraq that our troops are sacrificing every day to create. If Iraq's leaders can't move past their infighting and endless delays to form a new government by May 15, we should immediately withdraw all of our troops. If they meet the May 15 deadline, we'll bring America's combat troops home by the end of the year and put the future of democracy in Iraq where it belongs -- in the hands of the Iraqi people.

The clarity and precision of our plan stand in sharp contrast to the aimless approach of the architects of this war -- Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld. All across America, people are strongly dissenting from the Bush administration's "stay for as long as it takes" policy -- and, just as important, standing up to the administration's attempts to vilify and question the patriotism of those who dare to speak out.

Decades ago I stood up to the Nixon administration and spoke out for a change of course in Vietnam. Four days from now, I will be delivering a speech at Boston's Faneuil Hall on the critically important topic of war and dissent. It's time to remind America that, when a stubborn president has America headed profoundly in the wrong direction, only citizen action can change our country's course.

The fight is just beginning. I recognize the importance of the United States Senate as an institution that can help change America's course. And I know that we can't force George W. Bush to confront reality in Iraq until we force the Senate to do the same.

Sign our Out of Iraq in 2006 petition now.

I will be acting in the Senate to bring change beginning when the current congressional recess ends on Monday. And I will be needing your help to move the Senate to action.

Working together, we can make the next 10 days an important turning point on Iraq -- and we can build momentum as our May 15 deadline approaches. You can help right now in three important ways. First, sign the Out of Iraq in 2006 petition. Second, forward this email to as many people as possible. And third, pay special attention to your email over the next 10 days.

Events could move quickly -- and you may need to act in a matter of hours.

Sincerely,

John Kerry

P.S. Some of America's most respected retired generals have called on Donald Rumsfeld to resign. We've long ago demanded the Secretary of Defense's resignation. Clearly, if President Bush acted with the decisiveness this moment demands, America could have a new Secretary of Defense in place by our May 15 deadline. And that would add much-needed impetus to the drive to successfully end America's military engagement in Iraq.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Deadline Extended: Plan Your 50-State Canvass Event Now

Dear automat,



With just over two weeks to go, nearly 600 door-knocking events have been planned in all 50 states for the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Organizing Day on April 29th.

State parties and grassroots volunteers are planning more and more events every day -- so we have extended the deadline to plan your own canvassing event.

If you plan your event by Friday, April 14th, we will make sure that you receive a free package of door-hangers in time for your event. Planning your event online is simple using our events tool, and this 50-state canvass is the next big step in the effort to elect Democrats everywhere in 2006.

Plan your event now:

http://www.democrats.org/50statecanvass/create

If you wait to plan your event until after Friday, we can't guarantee that we can send you the literature to distribute in time for your canvass. (Of course, the online resource center will always be there for you to print additional materials.)

If you can't take on the responsibility of planning a canvass in your neighborhood, don't worry -- hundreds of canvassing events have already been planned across the country.

Just punch in your zip code to find one near you:

http://www.democrats.org/50statecanvass/find

Never before has our party been more organized in advance of an election, and all the signs point to this being a big election year for Democrats. But if we want to win in November, we've got to fight now to reach every community and build a solid operation before Election Day.

Volunteers knocking on doors on April 29th will carry a simple piece of literature. It summarizes the Democratic vision and offers an opportunity to make a connection and be a part of the movement for change.

Whether people receive the literature in person or on their doorknob, they will be able to plug into their local volunteer network, which will be crucial to building our organization now and turning out the vote in November.

Thank you for doing what you can to be a part of this historic effort.

Sincerely,

Tom McMahon
Executive Director
Democratic National Committee


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Monday, April 10, 2006

Tell the Truth


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Dear Friend,

"Tell the truth. Fire the incompetents. Get out of Iraq. Have health care for all Americans. These are pretty simple messages, and they're worth fighting for today."

That's what I said yesterday when I appeared on "Meet the Press" to push our call for two deadlines and an exit from Iraq.

You and I both know it will take a massive citizen effort to force a President bogged down in this war to change his course - but doing so is our moral responsibility.

I urge you to join me today in calling for the withdrawal of American combat troops by the end of 2006 - and sooner than that if Iraqi politicians allow the civil war to grow and continue to delay, squabble and jockey for their own political turf while our brave soldiers sacrifice life and limb every day to create the conditions for democracy.

Sign our Out of Iraq in 2006 Petition Now

Fortunately, more and more people are stepping forward to join in our call to bring our troops home by the end of this year. Political leaders like Russ Feingold, Max Cleland, and Gary Hart have endorsed our plan -- and grassroots support for our call to action is growing.

Still, the President and his administration remain frozen in place, boxed in by George W. Bush's stubborn refusal to admit that he has America on the wrong course in Iraq. The President seems content to endlessly wait for various political factions in Iraq to get their act together.

That's totally unacceptable. And you and I have a moral responsibility to do everything in our power to make George W. Bush do what he likes to do the least - and that's confront reality head-on.

Sign our Out of Iraq in 2006 Petition Now

I'm not suggesting that this will be easy. The fact is, it would be far easier to challenge the President on other topics if all we were interested in is scoring political points.

But, no one in 2006 -- Democratic or Republican, liberal or conservative -- can refuse to step forward and offer clear ideas on Iraq. And, with 133,000 courageous American men and women putting their lives on the line for democracy in Iraq, it is essential for you and other members of our three-million person johnkerry.com community to take action.

I need you to join me in leading an all-out effort to turn this President's wrong-headed policy on Iraq around. And ask your friends and family to do the same by forwarding this email to them.

Sign our Out of Iraq in 2006 Petition Now

Our soldiers have done their jobs. They can't resolve political differences between Iraqis in an escalating civil war. It can't be done militarily; it can't be done from a Humvee or a helicopter. It can only be accomplished by a dramatic change of course, turning away from George W. Bush's aimless "stay for as long as it takes" approach. You and I have to try to make this administration change their approach before it's too late.

I urge you not to wait another day before signing onto this profoundly important fight for a better way.

Sincerely,

John Kerry

P.S. Late Saturday night I went to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. The Wall is a powerful reminder of our moral obligation to tell the truth. As you walk down the ramp, you find yourself literally engulfed as the Wall, tens of thousands of names etched on it, gets higher and higher.

There are far too many people whose names are on the Wall who died after leaders in Washington knew that our policy wasn't working. We need to get Iraq right for our soldiers today before we let history repeat itself.

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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Deadline for Iraq


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Dear Friend,

Half the names on the Vietnam Memorial wall were added after America's leaders knew our strategy would not work. It was immoral then and it would be immoral now to engage in the same delusion. You and I have to do everything in our power to stop that from happening again.

Two weeks ago, President Bush said that the timing of complete withdrawal from Iraq "...will be decided by future presidents...."1 But this is our responsibility now, not the responsibility of future presidents or a future Congress.

I believe that American combat troops should come home from Iraq in 2006 - not the distant future as President Bush does. Furthermore, I believe we must set a May 15th deadline for the Iraqis to form an effective unity government. And, if the Iraqi politicians choose to ignore that deadline, then I believe things will only get worse and we will have no choice but to withdraw immediately.

It's not enough to express our convictions -- we need to back up our beliefs with concrete actions. Today I introduced a resolution into the Senate that will give members of both parties the chance to tell the president that our course in Iraq must change.

I am setting tough deadlines for action in Iraq, and you know as well as I do how fiercely the extreme right wing will attack us. So I'm asking you today to be a citizen co-sponsor of this important resolution. Show the White House and my Senate colleagues a groundswell of support.

Sign up today as a citizen co-sponsor of my Senate resolution

President Bush is willing to let American soldiers and their families wait endlessly, while risking life and limb, as some Iraqi politicians incite sectarianism to grow their personal power and private militias. But we are now in the third war in Iraq in as many years. The first was against Saddam Hussein and his alleged weapons of mass destruction. The second was against Jihadist terrorists who the Administration said it was better "to fight over there than here." Now we find our troops in the middle of an escalating civil war.

We will defeat Al Qaeda faster when we stop serving as their best recruitment tool. Unpinning our military from Iraq will allow us to prosecute the war against Al Qaeda more effectively -- both inside and outside Iraq. And regaining our global options will also strengthen our hand in addressing the Iranian nuclear threat.

For speaking the truth, the right wing and their surrogates will question our courage and commitment. They're going to question our patriotism.

Only one thing will overcome this onslaught and put our country on the right path: a truly massive and visible groundswell of support for this call to bring home the troops. America has prospered throughout its history because we have never allowed bad leaders to pursue bad ideas for very long. The Bush administration uses fear as a weapon against dissent. But you have the power to stand up to this new McCarthyism: show the depth and breadth of support for a timely withdrawal by co-sponsoring my Senate resolution now.

Sign up today as a citizen co-sponsor of my Senate resolution

We want democracy in Iraq, but it's now the job of Iraqis to build it. Our troops have performed gallantly and heroically. The best way to keep faith with them is to set deadlines for bringing our troops home and getting Iraq on its own two feet. That's the only way to give their sacrifice its best chance of resulting in success.

Thank you,

John Kerry

P.S. It's important that we show a huge groundswell of support. Please forward this email to friends, family, and co-workers who share our belief that we must get tough with the Iraqis and get our combat troops home.

1. White House press conference, March 21, 2006

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