Saturday, July 30, 2011

Wednesday: Birthday house meeting in California

Democrats
automat --

As someone who got his start in community organizing, President Obama understands the importance of grassroots action.

That's why I hope you can join me in marking his 50th birthday next week in a way that I know he would appreciate: with a solid showing of grassroots organizing in every corner of the country.

Grassroots organizing is at the foundation of what we do as Democrats, and on Wednesday, August 3rd -- the night before the President's birthday -- supporters will get together for house meetings in all 50 states. We'll plan local events, strategize about how to grow the campaign in our communities, and talk about how to spread the word about the President's accomplishments to friends and neighbors.

And all of us will have a chance to join a live video conference with President Obama.

Click here to find a house meeting near you.

Neighborhood meetings like this are essential for running strong campaigns. As we get closer to the next election, you'll have other chances to get involved, but attending a meeting on Wednesday is the best way for you to shape our organizing in your community in the weeks and months ahead.

It's also the only place you'll be able to join this special video conference with the President.

Wish him a happy birthday by organizing at a house meeting near you:

http://my.democrats.org/Birthday-House-Meetings

Thanks,

Debbie

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Chair
Democratic National Committee



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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Obama: "Make your voice heard"

Democrats
automat --

Monday night, President Obama addressed the nation because it's time for Congress to come together and vote to ensure that America can meet its financial obligations.

This is something that every President has asked lawmakers to do when necessary, and up until now, Congress has always acted. It's necessary because lawmakers have already voted for this spending, but haven't yet authorized the President to pay those bills. And if we can't reach a solution, the United States may default on its debts. That outcome is unacceptable.

There is a disagreement for one reason: The President has proposed a balanced approach that pairs an increase in the debt ceiling with responsible steps to reduce our country's long-term deficit, but a core group of Republicans is refusing to accept any form of compromise that might force millionaires and billionaires and oil companies and corporate jet owners to pay their fair share.

Time is running out. We have less than one week to prevent our nation's first default on its obligations in history, and that's why President Obama ended his speech by asking all of us to get involved. Speaker Boehner has heard from the President on this issue, but he hasn't heard from you.

Call him now at 202-225-0600, then take a moment to let us know how your call went.

Right now, there are lawmakers from both parties who understand what's at stake if we fail to reach an agreement. But there are some who are more interested in petty partisanship than genuine solutions to our nation's problems -- and they have brought us to the edge of disaster.

As the President spoke, he said this:

"The American people may have voted for divided government, but they didn't vote for a dysfunctional government. So I'm asking you all to make your voice heard... If you believe we can solve this problem through compromise, send that message."

And since then, we've been hearing reports about a flood of calls to the Capitol -- that have at times overwhelmed the Congressional phone and email systems.

You should be a part of this effort. Call Speaker Boehner now and keep trying until you speak to his office:

202-225-0600

When you get through to the Speaker, tell him to put politics aside and make a deal to raise the debt ceiling before August 2nd.

Thank you for all you do,

Patrick

Patrick Gaspard
Executive Director
Democratic National Committee

P.S. -- Once you've spoken to Speaker Boehner's office, let us know what you hear:

http://my.democrats.org/Call-Speaker-Boehner




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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Join me

Democrats
automat --

My first campaign made me an organizer.

Every day, through a hot Florida summer, I knocked on doors and asked my neighbors for their support. I had five opponents in that primary, but on Election Day, I beat every single one of them -- with 53 percent of the vote.

Since that race, I've known exactly how important organizing can be. It taught me the principles I hope to bring to the Democratic Party as its Chair.

On my first day in this job, I recorded a short video to talk about my plans for our party. Watch it, then pledge to volunteer and help elect President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket in 2012.

Check out the video, then sign up to volunteer.

Watch the video

We have big fights ahead, and I want to win them. In order to re-elect the President and win new majorities in Congress, we have to lay the groundwork for those victories now. That means getting started with good, old-fashioned organizing. That's the message I've taken with me to supporters in the 15 states I've already visited as Chair.

But it also means embracing new ideas.

When I started, Patrick Gaspard brought me some suggestions that supporters like you submitted to help us make our party better.

I read feedback from people like Bill in Michigan who asked us to expand our organizing programs and Dick in Pennsylvania who said, "The message of all the good the President has done and accomplished must be communicated at the personal level by people in each community."

I saw ideas from supporters like Kolman in Ohio and Alan in New York -- who suggested that we deploy the power of charts, graphics, and striking multimedia to help win arguments and strengthen the facts of our case.

I heard from those like Vanessa in Colorado, who asked us to focus on research and messaging to push back against smears from our opponents, and Angela in North Carolina, who said, "Arm me with facts so I can counter the misinformation my friends seem to have on the tip of their tongues."

This is exactly the kind of thinking -- smart and supporter-driven -- that I want to guide our work. That's part of why I'm so excited about this job.

Are you ready to get to work with me? Join Democrats and help organize for 2012:

http://my.democrats.org/Sign-Up-To-Volunteer

Thanks,

Debbie

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Chair
Democratic National Committee



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