From RootsAction Team <[email protected]>
Subject A decade of successes, and just getting started
Date April 4, 2021 11:06 PM
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*As of April 4, 2021, RootsAction has been at work for 10 years.* The successes we've led the way on or been a part of include 116 we've put into *a list* [ [link removed] ], including enacting progressive legislation at the local, state, and national levels, helping elect progressive leaders, and successfully pressuring corporations, including media outlets, for positive change.

In the process, we've educated and mobilized huge numbers of people through the *media*, and through our *email list, website, social media, videos,* and *books* that we've produced.

On April 4, 2011, we sent out our first *email* [ [link removed] ], to a very small number of people. It shared resources for expanding one's understanding of who Dr. Martin Luther King was and what he worked for. It was on April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination, that King said,

"*"A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. . . . A true revolution of values will lay hand on the world order and say of war, 'This way of settling differences is not just.'" *"

Since that day, RootsAction has been virtually *unique* in advancing a full platform of progressive causes that does not omit peace, and in advancing the same principled demands regardless of the political party of the current U.S. president. That includes some demands made in both April 2011 and April 2021, and for 10 years in between, such as the demand to *end* [ [link removed] ] the war on Afghanistan, the proposal of a *tax* [ [link removed] ] on Wall Street, and insistence on *accountability* [ [link removed] ] for destroyers of the natural environment.

RootsAction now has *over a million of us* involved, which has allowed us to have a bigger and bigger impact. We didn't have a lot of company in vigorously opposing the nomination of Neera Tanden for the Office of Management and Budget director, and only a little more in opposing that of Michèle Flournoy to head the Pentagon. We've organized a good-sized coalition now opposing the nomination of Rahm Emanuel for an ambassadorship. We joined with many others this spring in winning an *end to the death penalty* in Virginia and an *end to the blacklisting* by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee of consultants who work for challengers to incumbents.

In this, our first decade, RootsAction has created an *Education Fund* [ [link removed] ] and a *Do-It-Yourself petition site* [ [link removed] ] that have won numerous victories as well.

*Our second decade is likely to be at least as challenging.* But we are stronger and wiser. We've got a proven record, and the tools we need. But we cannot do it without you. Please do as many of these things as you can:

*• Forward* this email to friends with a note from yourself and ask them to *join* [ [link removed] ] RootsAction's email list.

*• Make* a *donation to* [ [link removed] ]. Consider becoming a RootsAction Sustainer with a *recurring donation* [ [link removed] ]!

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*• Share* *this post* [ [link removed] ] on Facebook or retweet *this tweet* [ [link removed] ] on Twitter, and add your own comments about working with RootsAction over the years or in the years ahead!

Thank you!

--- The Team


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