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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Celebrating Pride Month. CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE MAURA SULLIVAN.


Our team and Granite Staters across New Hampshire celebrated Pride on Saturday here in Portsmouth. The streets were filled with people celebrating our incredible LGBTQ+ community. It was an afternoon filled with music, dancing, festivities, joy, and hope.

I was proud to work on transgender inclusion policies when I served at the Pentagon in the Obama Administration, guaranteeing that any American had the right to serve if they could meet the military’s standards, regardless of their gender identity, sexual orientation, or who they love.

I’m proud that New Hampshire has led the way on LGBTQ+ rights, including our most recent victory in banning discrimination based on gender identity.

June is a month of celebration, but also a time to recognize how far we still have to go.

This Pride Month, let’s celebrate all of the progress we’ve made in fighting discrimination and commit to holding our country to a higher standard.

I will always fight for LGBTQ+ Granite Staters. 
Happy Pride Month!

Maura Sullivan


Jon Stewart and Josh Welle! (video). CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JOSH WELLE.


I wanted to make sure you saw the conversation Josh and Jon Stewart had about Chris Smith and moving America forward. Check out the video here!


Our campaign has been gaining momentum over the past months, and this is definitely a campaign highlight!

 Jon and Josh spoke about important issues to folks here in central jersey; issues like healthcare, bringing 21st century tech to government, affordability, and gun violence prevention. Josh has the new ideas and energy it takes to bring folks together and get things done in Washington.

Thank you for your incredible show of support. Together we can flip the 4th district and give central jersey families the representation they deserve in Congress.

-Team Welle

News: Trouble Ahead for Wrongly Criminalized Trafficking Victims. FREEDOM UNITED.

Freedom United
Should Trafficking Victims Keep Their Criminal Records?
Trouble Ahead for Wrongly Criminalized Trafficking Victims
June 17, 2018


In a blow to trafficking survivors, the US Department of Justice announced that it will no longer allow funding to be used to help survivors get legal representation to clear criminal records that resulted from their victimization.
READ NOW
Intel, HP, Apple Top Rankings for Eradicating Forced Labor in Tech
Intel, HP, Apple Top Rankings for Eradicating Forced Labor in Tech
June 18, 2018

The three tech companies came out on top of KnowTheChain’s new rankings, while Amazon, Nintendo, and Canon were scored among the worst.
READ NOW
In a First, 19-Year-Old British Man Granted Protection from Forced Marriage
In a First, 19-Year-Old British Man Granted Protection from Forced Marriage
June 20, 2018

This marks the first time the South Yorkshire police have issued a safeguarding order to protect a male victim from honor-based abuse.
READ NOW
 
‘Grooming’ is a Gateway to Online Child Sex Trafficking
Anti-trafficking campaigners warn that ‘grooming’ — where children, usually aged 11 to 15, are courted online by people pretending to be their peers — is a precursor to trafficking.
Read Now >>
UK Home Office Broke the Law in Failing to Protect Trafficked Vietnamese Boy
In a landmark ruling, a court found the Home Office breached human rights law by failing to protect a child trafficking victim who went missing after release from immigration detention.
Read Now >>
Webcam Slavery: The Filipino Families Who Become Cybersex Child Traffickers
Campaigners in the Philippines say that the biggest obstacle is the belief among some families that making children appear naked on a webcam is victimless act.
Read Now >>
World Refugee Day: 122 Detained, Abused Migrants in Libya Evacuated to Niger
The move comes as part of UNHCR’s program to evacuate the most vulnerable refugees in Libya — many of whom have been trafficked — to Niger for asylum claim processing.
Read Now >>
'White Hat Hackers' Aim to Bust Human Traffickers on the Dark Web
‘White Hat Hackers’ — or hackers working for good — are using their skills to unearth digital evidence of human trafficking on the open and dark web.
Read Now >>
MORE NEWS

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Compassion and empathy aren't weaknesses. CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE STEVE SEVIGNY, MD.

Dear David,

Thank you for reaching out to your Senators to demand legislative action to reunite families and end the unconscionable actions by our government at the border. We need to keep the pressure up - continue to stand up, shout, and protest.

Unfazed by his wake of terror, President Trump is sending out tweets whispering sweet nothings about my Congressman, Ron DeSantis. DeSantis is running for Governor with Trump’s blessing.


Loyal Trump Rubber Stamp, Rep. Ron DeSantis

Rep. DeSantis has been a loyal rubber stamp for Donald Trump, on immigration, health care, and destroying our oceans, beaches, and forests.

These are not the values of Floridians or our fellow Americans. We can make a big change happen by flipping this district from Trumpian greed to people-first values.

We know that our diversity makes us stronger. We know that when people have living wages and healthcare our communities are stronger. We know that all people deserve fairness, dignity, and respect.

I believe if we populate our government with those values, we will make America stronger day after day. Compassion and empathy aren’t weaknesses, they are attributes of true strength.


In Solidarity,

Steve

GOTV starts today! CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE PAT RYAN.

Hi David -- We’ve started GOTV!!!
 
 
We’re busy reaching out to remind folks to vote all over NY-19:
 
 
 
Don’t forget - we have a GOTV rally with Congressman Seth Moulton on Monday:
 
 
 
 
Monday, June 25 | 11:00 AM
Team Ryan Campaign Headquarters
308 Plaza Road, Kingston Plaza, Kingston, NY 12401
 
 
 
Important reminders about voting:
 
Absentee Voting: If you'll be out of town or unable to make it to a polling station on Tuesday, June 26, you are able to vote absentee - but only if you submit an absentee ballot application. It's too late to submit an application for an absentee ballot by mail, but you can submit the application in person to your county board of election office.
 
Important: Absentee ballot applications submitted in person must be submitted by Monday, June 25. If you are mailing in your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by Monday, June 25.
 
Voting in Person: Polls will be open on Tuesday, June 26 from 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM except for Dutchess County, where polls will be open from 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM. Look up your polling place here.
 
Please contact me at Brit@patryanforcongress.com or 845-481-3638 if you have any questions regarding absentee voting, finding your polling location, or any other voting-related issues.
 
Thanks for giving your all. Make sure to remind...friends & family to 
vote on Tuesday, June 26!
 
See you soon,
 
Brit
 
Brit Bender
Field Director
Pat Ryan for Congress

Maura just got off stage. CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE MAURA SULLIVAN.

Hi everyone! Maura just got off stage at the New Hampshire Democratic Convention. I knew she was going to do great but, wow, she did an incredible job!

People were fired up about her experience fighting for women’s rights, families, and veterans, and excited by her vision for New Hampshire. The energy in the room was palpable.

We need...help capitalizing on this moment...to show our support for Maura.

Thanks for all you do,
Whitney

Tell Betsy DeVos: Protect our public schools! GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE MOLLY KELLY.

David,
A child's path to success starts with a quality education. But Betsy DeVos, Chris Sununu and Frank Edelblut are working tirelessly to weaken our public schools and deny our children the opportunities they deserve.
If they get their way, DeVos, Sununu and Edelblut will slash funding from our public education system to create a voucher program for private and religious schools. Sununu clearly doesn't care about how this would devastate New Hampshire’s public schools and raise property taxes.
We need to stand up for our students and hardworking families to make sure they get the opportunities they deserve, but I can’t do it alone. That’s why I need 5,000 folks to speak out before midnight to join me in this fight.
Thank you,

Molly

Friday, June 22, 2018

WHAT PROGRESSIVES MUST LEARN. PT 13. DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF HATE. #2.


Progressives, no matter where found, must understand, and not forget, that the REPUBLICAN PARTY THAT EXISTS TODAY IS DIFFERENT FROM THE PAST. THOSE WHO DEFEND DONALD TRUMP, NO MATTER WHAT HE SAYS OR DOES, ARE THE ONES WHO LED THE CHARGE TO NOMINATE HIM IN THE FIRST PLACE. THEY CONSTITUTE A SMALL NUMBER OF EXTREMIST FACTIONS WHOSE RISE TO POWER WITHIN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS BEEN DRAMATIC. IT HAS ALSO BEEN THE RESULT OF THE PARTIES INCREASING USE OF INTOLERANT AND HATE FILLED PROPAGANDA TO STIGMATIZE THE OPPOSITION, AND MISLEAD THE PUBLIC. IN ADDITION, A FRAUDULENT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS OF LITTLE CONCERN, AS LONG AS THE OUTCOME IS IN THEIR FAVOR.

Criminal, Terrorist, Rifle, Weapons











The Problem for the REPUBLICANS, was the Idea that these FACTIONS could be
Utilized for the benefit of the Party as a whole, but controlled and prevented from attaining to much power and influence within the Parties Hierarchy. When needed they could be Mobilized for Money, Votes, Voices on Radio, Demonstrations, or any Party need that could not be satisfied Through Normal, Traditional, Intellectually Honest or Morally Commendable Channels.

These Factions Include Individuals who could be Described in the following ways:

-   RELIGIOUS ZEALOT.

-   RADICAL ISOLATIONIST.

-   ECONOMIC BIGOT.

-   ANTI- INTELLECTUALIST.


Now, they're Racists, Bigots, Homophobes, Xenophobes etc., to be found in every walk of life. However, in the Republican Parties case, They now call the shots by setting Policy, and promoting certain Individuals as Candidates to Nominate for the Upcoming Election.



Let's talk about our future. GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE ALEC CROSS.


David,
While my opponents are busy comparing resumes, we’re focused on the future.
That’s why I’m so excited about our final ad. Most people would spend 20 seconds talking about what they’ve done in the past or who has endorsed them. We’re doing something different.
We’re talking about our vision. Bold new ideas like legalizing marijuana, smart grips on guns, making childcare affordable, and $1 billion for a more inclusive economy.
I hope you’ll take a look at our ad and share it with your friends.

Forget the petty arguments and former achievements. Let’s focus on what’s next.
- Alec

Two sentences is not enough. CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JOSH WELLE.

I wanted to make sure you saw the statement I sent out about the border crisis and Rep. Smith’s half-hearted response.

Yesterday I called on Chris Smith to explain why he has not stood up to his own party and asked him to propose legislation to reunite families. I have also asked him to attend a rally with me on Saturday to hear from families directly affected by this crisis, because quite frankly, his two sentence statement is not enough.


June 20, 2018 (Eatontown, NJ) – Josh Welle, the Afghanistan veteran who is running to unseat Chris Smith in NJ-04 is calling on Smith to stand up for human rights and public safety by supporting #FamiliesBelongTogether activists.

“During Josh’s most recent listening tour, he met with hundreds of constituents throughout Monmouth, Ocean, and Mercer counties about important issues,” said Welle Campaign spokesperson, Nathan Cornell. “The crisis happening at the border was at the forefront of people’s concerns. If the Congressman actually spoke to his constituents as much as he claims, he would know that a two-sentence sound bite is insufficient in solving this crisis.”

Welle adds, “We must see an immediate, proactive response to this crisis. Smith should be accessible to his constituents and ready to explain why he, alongside Congressional Republicans are not advancing American ideals. I sincerely hope the Congressman makes his constituents a priority by attending the rally on June 30th.”

The local #FamiliesBelongTogether rally will take place on Saturday, June 30th at 11am in Riverside Gardens Park in Red Bank.

Thank you for all of your support and ideas, it has been truly invaluable.

V/r
Josh

Have you heard? CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JENNIFER WEXTON.

The list of organizations endorsing Jennifer keeps on growing, David. Most recently some pretty high profile endorsements including The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) have added their support. This is proof that Jennifer is the leader we need in VA-10.

These groups are standing with Jennifer because she’s proven time and time again she can get things done. Her pioneering work to end gun violence and unwavering support of the LGBTQ+ community is what caught the attention of these important organizations.

FAMILY SEPERATION. U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DAVID CICILLINE.


June 22, 2018  
Dear David,

I spent this past Sunday in Texas visiting immigration detention facilities to see firsthand the impact of the Trump administration’s cruel new family separation policy. I met a woman who hadn’t seen her daughter in days, I spoke with asylum seekers who explained through tears that they didn’t know what happened to their kids, and I saw dozens of children being kept in overcrowded cages.

Two days ago, the President tried to escape blame for this mess by signing a new executive order that will keep immigrant families together, but require them to stay in detention facilities indefinitely. This is pathetic. Apparently the President is fine to keep immigrant families together as long as he can keep them behind bars. That’s not a solution. He created this crisis with his ‘zero tolerance’ policy that treats asylum seekers as criminals. Nothing in his executive order changes that.
PROTECTING JOBS ACT

Working Americans are struggling enough to get ahead. They don’t need the deck further stacked against them by having their student loan debt be the cause of a revoked or denied professional license.

There are currently 19 states that have laws on the books allowing state entities to take adverse action against an individual’s professional license for student loan default. In 2017, the New York Times found that there have been at least 8,700 cases of at-risk or revoked professional licenses -- including those for teachers, nurses, firefighters and cosmetologists.

On a fundamental level, people know that the economy is not working for them. That is why this week I joined Representative Drew Ferguson (R-GA-03) to introduce the Protecting Job Opportunities for Borrowers Act. This legislation would prevent states from suspending, revoking or denying state professional, teaching or driver’s licenses solely because borrowers fall into a delinquent or default status on their federal student loan payments.

The Protecting JOBs Act is a companion bill to the Senate version introduced by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). I am proud to join my colleagues to introduce this bill to help workers pay off their debt and make ends meet by ending this harmful practice.

OPIOID FUNDING

Opioid overdoses are killing more Americans than car crashes. According to the Rhode Island Department of Health, there were 323 Rhode Islanders that died of accidental drug overdoses in 2017. This public health epidemic has demanded an aggressive and comprehensive response from our Congressional delegation.

That is why I am proud to announce that a substantial increase in federal funding has been made available for Rhode Island’s fight against opioid addiction.

Our state’s share from a grant program at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration will rise from $2.1 million last year to $12.55 million, as a result of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 -- also known as the Omnibus Appropriations law.

In 2016 alone, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranked Rhode Island’s drug overdose death rate as the ninth highest of any other state in the nation. That is why it is so important that Rhode Island will be getting more than $10 million in additional federal funding to end this crisis. However, the fight doesn’t end there; our entire Congressional delegation will continue fighting for the prevention, treatment and recovery resources we need to keep Rhode Islanders safe.

IS THERE A LOADED, UNSECURED GUN IN YOUR HOUSE
?

Every single day, seven children and teens are killed by gun violence and 40 more are shot and survive. Most of the time, the incident could have been be prevented if the gun had been unloaded and locked away safely.

Did you know that there are 1.7 million American children living in a home with an unlocked gun, and that three out of every four children ages 5-14 know where those guns are kept?

As Vice Chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I have introduced a Congressional resolution to recognize June 21st as National Asking Saves Kids Day.

National ASK Day, which is led by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, encourages parents to ask each other if there are loaded, unsecured guns in their homes. This initiative has been endorsed by Head Start, the American Public Health Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

I believe that by asking these simple questions we could help save lives and reduce the level of gun violence in our country.

As always, if you or someone you know has any questions or concerns, please call my office at 729-5600 or send me an email at David.Cicilline@mail.house.gov.

You can also click here to follow my work on Twitter.

Warm Regards,

David Cicilline
Member of Congress  

Important reminder: GOTV starts tomorrow! CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE PAT RYAN.


Hi David -- We're busy down at Team Ryan HQ preparing to Get Out The Vote, which starts tomorrow!
 
It’s not too late to sign up to help! We need volunteers to knock doors, phone bank, or make calls from home.
 
We're looking for volunteers to sign up for shifts at our four staging locations:
 
Gardiner
Kingston
Red Hook
Union Vale
 
Sign up here to volunteer:
 
 
If you'd like to make calls from home, please email me at Brit@patryanforcongress.com.
 
Don't forget - we have a special guest, Pat's friend and mentor Congressman Seth Moulton from Massachusetts' 6th district coming to headline our GOTV rally on Monday at 11am.
 
We’ll be rallying with our top supporters at our Campaign HQ to get fired up and kick off our final day of GOTV. Come hear Rep. Moulton speak and then pick up a packet and head out to knock doors or make calls at HQ. I hope that you’ll join us!
 
Monday, June 25 | 11:00 AM
Team Ryan Campaign Headquarters
308 Plaza Road, Kingston Plaza,
Kingston, NY 12401
 
Important voting information
 
Absentee Voting: If you'll be out of town or unable to make it to a polling station on Tuesday, June 26, you are able to vote absentee - but only if you submit an absentee ballot application. It's too late to submit an application for an absentee ballot by mail, but you can submit the application in person to your county board of election office.
 
Important: Absentee ballot applications submitted in person must be submitted by Monday, June 25. If you're mailing in your ballot, it must be postmarked by Monday, June 25.
 
Voting in Person: Polls will be open on Tuesday, June 26 from 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM except for Dutchess County, where polls will be open from 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM. Look up your polling place here.
 
Please contact me at Brit@patryanforcongress.com or 845-481-3638 if you have any questions regarding absentee voting, finding your polling location, or any other voting-related issues.
 
Vote on Tuesday, June 26!
 
Brit Bender
Field Director
Pat Ryan for Congress

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Introducing myself. CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE MAURA SULLIVAN.

Hi David. I'm Maura, and I wanted to introduce myself.

After serving our country on the front lines as a U.S. Marine, I spent 6 years in the Obama administration both at the VA and the Pentagon. I've seen firsthand that who we put in office really matters. That's why I'm running for Congress in New Hampshire's 1st district.

New Hampshire's 1st district is one of the last true swing districts in the country. It has gone back and forth every two years from Democrat to Republican, and the current representative is retiring this year. Keeping this seat blue will be key to Democrats taking back the house in November. I can do it -- but I need your help.

I can’t sit back while so much is at stake for our communities and our country. I feel called to step up to fight tirelessly on behalf of the people of New Hampshire.

Thank you,
Maura Sullivan.

Families belong together, David. HILLARY CLINTON, ONWARD TOGETHER.


David --

Since I reached out to ask this community to step up and support the groups working to protect and reunite families that have been separated at the border, you’ve raised more than $1 million dollars that will be split between the teams at the American Civil Liberties Union, the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project, the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Human Rights First, Kids in Need of Defense, La Union del Pueblo Entero, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, United We Dream Action, We Belong Together, and the Women’s Refugee Commission.

To each and every person who made a donation, no matter how big or small: Thank you.

You may have heard about the White House's just-announced executive order. It will mean more families and children are kept in detention centers and jails for longer -- and it doesn't offer a plan to reunite families already separated. This is not a solution.

Right now, protests, marches, and other events are being organized across the country for Saturday, June 30th to demand our government stop treating these children and their parents like criminals -- take a moment to find one near you, then say you’ll join millions of Americans in standing against this cruel practice.

One mother unable to find their infant or one child being kept in a cage would be unacceptable. What’s happening right now is a crisis so overwhelming that it can be difficult to know how best to help, but your voice is needed now more than ever.

Please sign up for a rally in your community -- or to host an event of your own -- and take a stand on behalf of immigrant families:
Find an event
Thank you,

Hillary