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Subject Correcting Corporate Spin on Progressive Wins
Date November 6, 2021 7:54 PM
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Tune in to our Monday night live broadcast for an
up-to-the-minute strategy update from Capitol Hill.

Today is the day when corporate Dems and progressives on Capitol
Hill face-off on whether the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill and
the Budget Bill move forward together. US Rep. Chuy Garcia, one
of our progressive champions who publicly pledged to vote for the
bipartisan bill - if and only if - our transformative Budget Bill
advances, will join us to discuss the latest!

Join us for our Monday night Organize to Win Broadcast TONIGHT
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We’ll also hear from the likely next mayor of Cleveland, Justin
Bibb, who scored an upset victory in the primary and now heads to
the general election with an edge over his conservative
competition. He’ll fill us in on his people-powered progressive
campaign and his vision of governance.

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If you have questions for Chuy, Justin, or the Our Revolution
Team, you can submit them here.
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Insider News from the Political Revolution!

HEADLINES: The Showdown over Bernie’s Budget | Repelling the
Republican War on Voters | Calling out Corporate Dems | Fighting
the Filibuster | Races to Watch | & MUCH MORE!

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Our Revolution is taking the fight directly to corporate
democrats like Josh Gottheimer, Joe Manchin, and Kyrsten Sinema
as well as Democratic leadership.

Can we count on you to chip in monthly to support our work to
hold corporate Democrats accountable?
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Midterms are on the horizon, major policy wins are on the
table, and our democracy is on the line.

This is a moment of immense opportunity - if we don’t let
corporate Democrats blow it for us - and the stakes just got
higher. Right now, we must redouble our efforts as progressives
leading the fight on two fronts:

On one side, we have corporate Dems working overtime to undercut
Bernie’s $3.5T Budget Bill and slash our progressive priorities.
On the other side, we have right-wing Republicans using every
trick in their arsenal to dismantle voting rights and gerrymander
our elections.

Where there is great risk, there’s also promise of great reward.
That’s why Our Revolution is doing everything in our power to
seize this once-in-a-generation moment to make government work
for the lives of working people by passing the boldest possible
Budget Bill, and, at the same time, we must defend our democracy
by passing the Freedom to Vote Act.

Not only must we force the Democratic establishment to deliver
tangible benefits so Americans have a reason to cast their vote
for the Party once more in the upcoming elections, but we must
also fend off the Republican war on voters so these ballots
actually get counted.

If we fail on these two concurrent challenges, Democrats could
lose their House and Senate majorities in 2022, rendering the
Biden presidency hostage to a Republican Congress, and opening
the door for a Trump comeback in 2024.

It’s serious business, and we need your help to make a
difference. This edition of The Revolution Report lays out the
state of play in the Battle Over the Budget and struggle to
defeat the GOP War on Voters, what they would mean, and how you
can get involved to make them a reality.

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We’re on the frontlines of holding corporate Democrats
accountable for standing against Bernie’s popular budget. Can I
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work to fight for the progressive policies in the budget?
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Ex-President Trump and the GOP are gearing up for the 2022
midterms by making false claims about voter fraud and enacting
draconian laws to restrict voting in 18 states.

Let’s be clear - this isn’t about electoral fraud, this is a
purely political play by Republicans who know they’re out of step
with the majority of Americans and are resorting to brazen
attempts to rig the electoral system to hold on to power.

Democrats in Congress tried to fight back against the GOP War on
Voters earlier this year with the For the People Act - but the
bill died in the Senate.

The good news is voting rights are making a comeback in Congress
with the introduction of the Freedom to Vote Act - and President
Biden has pledged to fight the filibuster to get the bill to his

That’s why Our Revolution partnered with the Declaration for
American Democracy to host a special Freedom to Vote Town Hall
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Rep. Mondaire Jones, and others to discuss our inside/outside
strategy to get it passed before the midterms.

Sen. Merkley, a co-sponsor of the Freedom to Vote Act and a
long-time champion of voting rights in the Senate, told us “The
Freedom to Vote Act does the same three big things the For the
People Act did: It stops billionaires from buying elections, it
stops gerrymandering in its tracks and, most importantly, it
defends the ballot box.

We've got a new name but it's the same battle to save our
country - to save the vision of ‘For the People’.”


Merkley didn’t parse words when it came to the opposition across
the aisle. “The Republican power structure likes gerrymandering.
They like billionaires buying elections with dark money, and they
like blocking targeted groups from voting,” he said. “They are in
the Jim Crow World of the past with no shame about it.”

US Rep. Mondaire Jones also joined our Freedom to Vote Town Hall
( [link removed] ) to underscore the legal
significance of the bill - “This is the first affirmative
guarantee of the right to vote in our nation's history - for the
first time, federal courts will be required to treat the right to
vote as the fundamental right that it is.”

“That means that no state, local, or federal could make it
harder to vote without proving that doing so is the least
restrictive way to protect our elections.”


US Sen. Joe Manchin held up the For the People Act last spring
with his futile quest for bipartisan support. Surely, by now, he
must realize that Republicans will never support anything to
expand the franchise.

Manchin signed off on the new Freedom to Vote Act, which having
his approval for a total of 50 Dems in the Senate, must now pass
with a bare majority - meaning, one way or another, the obstacle
of the 60 vote filibuster must be removed.

Whether we are able to fix the filibuster will determine the fate
of voting rights and much more. Filibuster reform could open a
pathway for passing progressive priorities like the George Floyd
Justice in Policing Act, the PRO Act to empower workers and
anything else we can get a Democratic majority on.

Sen. Merkley drove home the dire need to address the filibuster
at our Freedom to Vote Town Hall: ( [link removed] )

“The filibuster puts a veto in the hands of Mitch McConnell
which means a death blow to everything we care about - like
expanding health care, creating living-wage jobs, and taking on
climate change. We need people to send a message to every member
of the Senate that there is no excuse for failing to deliver.”


It’s up to us to repel the right-wing assault on democracy. We
must rise up and speak with one voice and demand action.

That’s why Our Revolution is partnering with the Declaration for
American Democracy to make calls to voters in target states to
encourage them to pressure their Senators to support the Freedom
to Vote Act.

Sign up for a phone banking shift HERE.
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send a letter to the editor and take additional action HERE.
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This week, Ex-President Donald Trump claimed our “so-called
‘Voting Rights Bill’ will be the end of our Democracy” and
rallied Republicans to launch a massive resistance campaign to
the bill in order to block federal standards to protect the
franchise and end partisan gerrymandering.

Ahead of the 2022 midterms, and looking ahead to 2024, the threat
of right-wing authoritarianism looms large. Now more than ever,
Our Revolution needs your help to fight back against the GOP War
on Voters - before it’s too late for our democracy.
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While we work to ensure more people can vote, we must deliver on
policy so more want to vote. This depends on the votes of every
Democrat in Congress - who must pass Bernie’s Budget Bill to
begin to restore the faith of the American people that Democracy
can work for their lives and voting is worthwhile.

Americans expect the type of transformational change Bernie’s
Budget Bill offers by expanding Medicare, fighting climate
change, increasing family paid leave, and lifting millions of
children out of poverty.

Inside the Capitol, Our Revolution is working hard to support
Bernie and the members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
(CPC) who won’t vote for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework
unless the Budget Bill advances. Corporate Democrats are trying
to call our bluff, but House progressives are standing their

“Try us,” said Pramila Jayapal, chair of the CPC.
“I’ve got more than half of the caucus who feel very strongly,
we’re going to deliver the entirety of the President’s agenda to
the President.” Watch the video HERE.
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Senators are also drawing a line in the sand. This week, 11
Senate Dems, including Bernie, Jeff Merkley (OR), Ed Markey (MA),
Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Mazie Hirono (HI) issued a statement
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demanding the two bills move together.

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Outside the Beltway, Our Revolution organizers are hitting the
streets to demand corporate Dems support Bernie’s bill. We’re
protesting, making calls, writing letters, and bird-dogging
lawmakers at their district offices - and even crashing their
fundraisers - to hold Democrats accountable and force them to
turn their promises into policy.


We’re putting corporate Democrats like US Rep. Stephanie Murphy
(FL) on the defense. Our Revolution Florida rallied outside her
office last week after Murphy - the leader of the conservative
"Blue Dogs"" - voted against key pieces of the bill and
questioned its overall price tag.

“There’s a handful of people standing in the way, and she’s
positioning herself as the leader of the opposition within the
Democratic Party,” Our Revolution Executive Director Joseph
Geevarghese told the Sentinel.
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We’re continuing to bird-dog US Rep. Josh Gottheimer - the
leader of the so-called “Problem Solvers” Caucus. Recently, Our
Revolution New Jersey crashed his big donor fundraiser at the
mansion of one of his billionaire benefactors. Two of our
activists made their way inside the event, confronting Gottheimer
on video ( [link removed] ) about his blatant
efforts to sabotage working class policies in the budget bill -
until the cops escorted us out as we chanted “Tax the Rich,” that

We were back this week to disrupt Gottheimer’s photo-op with
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo as the two strolled through
downtown Glen Rock, NJ. He emerged from his office and ran away
from us - his constituents - as we tried to ask him questions.
The local police then emerged to shepherd the Congressman away.

“We are fighting corporate Democrats like Rep. Gottheimer who
are hellbent on tanking the most transformational legislation to
happen in America in decades, and that is unacceptable,”
Anna-Marta Visky, Our Revolution’s northeastern organizing
coordinator, told The Huffington Post.
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Our Revolution members are also taking to fight directly to
lawmakers bankrolled by Big Pharma like US Reps. Kurt Schrader
(OR), Scott Peters (CA), and Kathleen Rice (NY), whose opposition
to empowering Medicare to negotiate drug prices is downright
sickening in more ways than one.

Just this week, Our Revolution: New York Progressive Action
Network rallied ( [link removed] ) outside Rice’s
Long Island office, carrying signs that read “Stand up for
Grandma, not Big Pharma” and chanting “Patients over Profits!”

Not only are we hitting Big Pharma Dems, we’re also going after
Big Oil Dems to hold their feet to the fire. Over the last few
weeks, Our Revolution Texas rallied outside the office of US
Reps. Filemon Vela, Henry Cuellar, and Vicente Gonzalez who sent
a letter
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to Dem leadership at the behest of their oil baron benefactors
to keep their lucrative subsidies flowing in.

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Our Revolution is leading the charge to pass Bernie’s bill. Over
the last month we’ve hosted over 30 rallies with thousands of
supporters to win The Battle Over the Budget — but we’re being
outspent by big corporations. Donate NOW so we can ramp up our
organizing to hold corporate Democrats accountable to working
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ICYMI: The New York Times
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featured Our Revolution’s work to save the former Mylan
Pharmaceuticals plant in Morgantown, WV - the largest maker of
generic drugs in the nation - from moving operations overseas.
Joined by labor activists, we fought to keep the facility and
thousands of jobs in West Virginia by demanding Sen. Joe Manchin
and President Biden designate it as critical infrastructure
essential for protecting America’s supply of high-quality
affordable drugs.

Mylan executives, including former CEO Heather Bresch, Manchin’s
daughter, got a windfall when the company merged with a Pfizer
subsidiary to form Viatris, Inc. But that merger led to the
plant’s closure on July 31. The question Sen. Manchin and the
President must answer now is straightforward - will they use
their power to reopen the plant, put Americans back to work, and
keep our pharmaceutical supply chain secure?

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Solidarity is the cornerstone of the political revolution. We
welcome you to be part of our community by becoming an Our
Revolution member today. We are living through a period of great
change, and we must build power together to fight collectively to
meet the challenges of our time.

We all have a part to play in this historic moment. Someday,
when we look back, let’s know we did everything we could to save
lives, save democracy, and save the planet. Whether you give of
your time as a volunteer or invest financially as a recurring
donor, you have a critical role in this fight for our future.

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Our Revolution is on the frontlines electing the next generation
of progressive champions. Now that the last primary elections
have wrapped, Our Revolution is turning our attention to the
November general elections, where we face important battles in
cities across the country. In just over 5 weeks, we have the
opportunity to build progressive power in cities from Buffalo to
Minneapolis - Read more below!

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Ahead of November, Our Revolution is focused on making
progressive gains up and down the ballot and setting the stage
for the 2022 midterms.

Buffalo mayoral candidate India Walton soundly won the
Democratic primary in June, but still faces a write-in campaign
from four-term incumbent Mayor Byron Brown. If not for Brown’s
Trumpian refusal to accept the results of a free and fair
election, Walton would be sailing into the mayor’s seat in this
deep blue city. She’s still the favored candidate, but here at
Our Revolution we take nothing for granted - the fight always
continues right up through Election Day. Last night, Our
Revolution-NYPAN co-chair George Albro joined OR-endorsed NYC
candidates for Comptroller, Brad Lander, and Public Advocate,
Jumaane Williams, to co-host a fundraiser for India.

These two Our Revolution candidates won city-wide in New York
City’s June primary, as did OR candidates for Brooklyn borough
president and 16 City Council districts. Most of these races are
essentially decided in the primary in this overwhelmingly
Democratic city, but the victory of Felicia Singh is unique: she
now has an opportunity to take out the last Republican
Councilmember in Queens in November’s general election.

In Cincinnati, Our Revolution-endorsed Aftab Pureval was the top
vote-getter in the race to become the next mayor of Cincinnati
advancing to the general election in November. The son of
immigrants, Aftab was the first Democrat elected as Hamilton
County Clerk of Courts in over 100 years.

Cleveland mayoral candidate Justin Bibb, who will be joining us
live during our Monday Organize to Win Call
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other candidates to secure one of two spots going into the
general election that kicks off next week. In the race to shape
the next City Council in Cleveland, five Our Revolution
Ohio-endorsed candidates will proceed to the general election,
potentially shifting the balance of power in that body. Our
Revolution-member Kahlil Seren qualified for the November ballot
in the race to be the first Mayor of Cleveland Heights, as did
Shayla Davis in the race for Mayor of Garfield Heights.

Our Revolution endorsed Jeremiah Ellison for re-election to the
Minneapolis City Council. George Floyd’s murder last year put
Jeremiah at the center of the movement to rethink policing in our
cities. He has been leading the fight in Minneapolis to create a
Department of Public Safety that would oversee policing.

In Philadelphia, Our Revolution helped Philadelphia District
Attorney Larry Krasner fend off an aggressive primary challenge
led by the Fraternal Order of Police and win re-election by a
two-to-one margin. The primary was seen as a referendum on
whether a new generation of Our Revolution-backed progressive
prosecutors who won their elections by championing criminal
justice reform — measures like reducing prison time and ending
cash bail — would be vulnerable to “tough on crime” challengers.


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If you believe in our movement, please consider becoming a
member of Our Revolution today. The stakes couldn’t be higher at
this moment with our progressive agenda and our democracy on the

We are in the trenches fighting to pass our policies into law
and elect progressive officials up and down the ballot. Your
recurring investment in Our Revolution funds the important work
that delivers results. This is how we win.

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Thomas Kennedy, Nadia Ahmad, and Sanjay Patel, three Our
Revolution Florida leaders and members of the Democratic National
Committee (DNC), took corporatists to task in their recent op-ed

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in the Orlando Sentinel.

They called on US Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL) and US Sen. Joe
Manchin (WV) to stop derailing the Budget Bill and the critical
measures it includes for working class people - doing so directly
undermines the Party’s agenda, Biden’s presidency, and our
country’s pandemic recovery.

“Democrats were elected to deliver results,” the progressive
party officials wrote. “While we hold power in the White House,
Senate, and House of Representatives, it is mind-boggling that a
handful of politicians continue to question the reconciliation

Kennedy, Ahmad, and Patel show us why we fight to transform the
Democratic Party from the inside out. Having progressives in the
DNC helps keep party members honest in promoting progressive

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It’s up to us to repel the right-wing assault on democracy. We
must rise up and speak with one voice and demand action.

That’s why Our Revolution is partnering with the Declaration for
American Democracy to make calls to voters in target states to
encourage them to pressure their Senators to support the Freedom
to Vote Act.

Sign up for a phone banking shift HERE.
( [link removed] ) You can also call the White House and
send a letter to the editor and take additional action HERE.
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Join Our Revolution and other progressive groups
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to urge Congress to investigate Facebook.

A series of recently leaked documents reported on by The Wall
Street Journal
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exposes the need to rein in Big Tech.
If Facebook won’t listen to their own internal researchers,
let’s make it impossible for them to ignore us.

RSVP here ( [link removed] ) and we will keep you posted via email on the final time and
location for the rally.

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Don’t miss our Monday night live broadcast for the latest on The
Battle over the Budget from US Rep. Chuy Garcia. We’ll also hear
from the likely next mayor of Cleveland, Justin Bibb, who scored
an upset victory in the primary and now heads to the general
election with an edge over his conservative competition!

Join us for our Monday night Organize to Win Broadcast this
Monday at 8:30p ET/5:30p PT ( [link removed] )

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Our Revolution is actively working to pressure corporate
Democrats to move forward on these priorities: taxing the rich,
lowering prescription drug prices, protecting voting rights,
ending fossil fuel subsidies, expanding Medicare, stopping new
oil extraction, increasing a union’s right to organize, and more!

That’s why we put together a series of stickers to promote all
the important organizing work that Our Revolution members are
doing across the country.

Chip in at least $10 or a recurring donation of any amount to
get the sticker pack from Our Revolution!

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