Michael E., we have all been taken aback by the events of the last 48 hours, and we know that November 8 might look far away on the calendar right now. But with the amount of work we have to do between now and then to elect candidates who will stand up for abortion rights and fight for working families, Election Day is practically around the corner.
We know these kinds of end-of-quarter filing goals can sound arbitrary, but they are real — and whether or not we meet them has a real impact.
Our on-the-ground and digital organizing has already been key to primary victories for WFP candidates this cycle like Summer Lee, Greg Casar, and Jamie McLeod-Skinner. When corporate interests and Republican dark money PACs poured money into defeating them, we were able to fight back and win because we had dedicated supporters like you on our side.
Training organizers, building WFP state and local chapters, and meeting voters where they are at is how we defeat Republicans and corporate-backed Democrats and change the status quo.
And now that the Supreme Court has stripped women and people seeking abortions of their long-held rights to control their bodies, the stakes of this year’s elections are becoming that much higher.
Here’s the problem: the costs of organizing and reaching voters in all of these races can add up really quickly. In the coming days and weeks, WFP champions like Delia Ramirez and Mandela Barnes are coming down the home stretch in their own competitive primaries.
And while we mobilize in the streets, we need to be ramping up our organizing efforts to help WFP candidates win these important races at the same time, not slowing down.
All of us at the Working Families Party
After troubling decisions from the Supreme Court followed by historic victory for gun safety in Congress, we’re ready to take this fight to the ballot box.
We’ve got some serious grassroots power, and we’re ready to use it.
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Michael, this was a life-or-death Supreme Court term. In the span of 24 hours, six justices chose to endanger lives by striking down a gun safety law and taking away the right to safe and legal abortion.
We want to be able to keep ourselves and our communities safe. These decisions from the Court are extreme and show a complete disregard for saving lives.
Our nearly 10 million gun safety supporters have seen their fair share of victories and setbacks over the years. But win or lose, we don’t rest on our laurels and we don’t get discouraged.
Over the past decade, we’ve gone toe to toe with the gun lobby in state houses, city halls, and Congress. We’ve passed lifesaving laws in dozens of states while facing opposition, threats, and federal inaction. Our Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action volunteers have proven time and again that they are a force to be reckoned with.
That’s why, after the massive activation of grassroots supporters over the past few weeks, Democrats and Republicans worked together to pass the first significant gun safety legislation in 26 years, which President Biden just signed into law. This is HUGE.
Now we get to work. We vote. And we have a plan.
We’re going to knock doors, make calls, and organize in our communities to register voters and elect candidates who will put public safety first— when they’re passing laws, and when they’re nominating and confirming judges.
With volunteers in all 50 states and DC, we will get out the vote for candidates up and down the ballot, across the country, who will govern with gun safety in mind. And if any of our leaders in office don’t have the guts to stand up to the gun lobby and protect public safety, we’ll replace them with leaders who will.
We urgently need to prepare for an all-out push from now until November now so we can secure victory for Gun Sense Candidates up and down the ballot. Rush $9 or whatever you can right away to help elect candidates who will take bold action to end gun violence >>
Thank you for being with us. Now let’s get to work.
Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund
The Supreme Court has ruled that reproductive health care is no longer federally protected and will now be decided by the individual states.
In Texas, Greg Abbott has already signed a “trigger law” that criminalizes all abortion — with no exception for rape or incest — and goes into effect 30 days following Friday’s decision.
That means that in a matter of weeks, no woman will have control over her body in Texas, a state that already struggles to ensure proper medical care for women and girls and which leads much of the developed world in the rate of maternal mortality. More women face this unprecedented attack on their freedom and their health in Texas than in any other state in America.
So it’s on us to respond and to act. That means standing up to Abbott and fighting for Texas women by winning this election for governor.
Imagine the impact that will have not only in Texas, but across the country.
The state that came up with this “trigger law,” the state that has been leading the attack on a woman’s right to choose for over a decade, and the state that promised bounty hunters $10,000 to turn in those who helped women get an abortion can be the state that elects a governor who will work to ensure that every woman makes her own decisions about her own body and her own future.
Let’s use these next days — between Friday’s decision and the implementation of Abbott’s total abortion ban — to assemble the volunteers and raise the resources we need to win political power. Do not succumb to the temptation to despair or give up in the face of this attack. Turn your anger into action and focus on what will do the greatest good.
The only way to overcome this attack on women and reproductive freedom is to win this election.
The only way to win this election is with your help.
Split a donation between our campaign and the PCCC now so that when these days are up, we can announce the news that will give the people of Texas some hope: they’ll see that we have come together to meet Abbott’s attacks with the resources we need to defeat him and ensure that our state is led by someone who will look out for ALL of us.
We can do this.
— Beto O’Rourke
|Friday’s news about Roe v. Wade was expected, but that didn’t make it any easier to hear. If what you need right now is to connect with loved ones, be in nature, or anything that will help you process your feelings — stop reading this email and take care of yourself. If what you need right now are some concrete actions to respond to this moment, read on below. We are in this for a long haul, and we get through this together — every one of us should step forward and back as we need to so we can keep our movement strong.|
Friday was the day we’ve been dreading: The Republican Supreme Court officially overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. This is where the last 50 years of right-wing mobilization against abortion rights has led us. And the extremists on the Court have told us in their own words where they’re headed next: “In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell.”
In other words: They are coming for contraceptive access, same-sex marriage and relationships, and every other civil right we’ve fought for through decades of struggle.
There’s never been a more important time for us to take our future into our own hands. On Friday, thousands of people did just that by gathering at hundreds of events across the country to show that we won’t go back. We have the people on our side, and we’ll need to keep up that kind of energy to fight back against MAGA extremists and their radical, reactionary agenda.
Now that the wave of initial mobilizations is complete, we take care of each other, build sustained pressure, and make sure the GOP regrets this forever:
- Fine and donate to an abortion fund — especially one local to you or located in a state with a “trigger law” where abortion is now illegal. People may now need to be traveling great distances to access the care they need, and we can provide resources to make that possible while we fight to correct this barbaric injustice.
- Sign up to volunteer with Give No Ground. The MAGA extremist platform is out in the open: roll back our fundamental civil rights and further entrench their patriarchal, white supremacist, conservative agenda. We have to stop them this November by electing pro-choice champions who’ll do what it takes (like voting to codify abortion access, expand the Supreme Court, and more).
- Give $10 to fund Give No Ground. We just went live with a new round of ads to recruit more activists for this fight; we’re spending hundreds of thousands on texts and calls in key races; we’re building out more tools and resources for the Give No Ground website; and so much more. Grassroots funding is what makes it possible.
Above all, we urge you to find your community and work together to fight for a future where the lives of pregnant people and the LGBTQ+ community are valued and protected instead of subordinated to the whims of a far-right extremist minority. We’re with you in this moment.
If you’re like us, the past 48 hours have been a cycle of emotions: fear, confusion, grief — rage.
Each of these are a reasonable response to the unprecedented overturning of a fundamental right which has been upheld time and again over the last 49 years. The Supreme Court isn’t just on the wrong side of history — it’s on the wrong side of the present. 80% percent of this country supports Roe.
Just who the hell are these justices representing, Michael?
If they won’t listen to the data, the surveys, the opinion polls that show the majority of Americans support abortion access, then we will make them listen in the streets. We need you to rush $5 or what you can to help our team continue to mobilize during this Summer of Rage.
In the country that already has the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world, no paid maternity leave, no universal subsidized child care, and no living wage to help parents afford the costs of raising kids, it is no exaggeration to say: women will die because of this decision.
And that’s why women must and will fight back.
Women’s March has already taken to the streets, and we have more mobilizations, direct actions, and our 2022 Women’s Convention planned so we can continue to raise our voices, and fight for common-sense policies like pushing for executive action, abolishing the filibuster and passing the Women’s Health Protection Act. We are ready to move forward with these plans, but we need your support to keep these programs running. Will you chip in $5 to help us continue our critical work in this moment?
They want the dust to settle. They want us to think we have no recourse left. They are wrong, and we are ready to show them just what a force we are, when we rise in rage.
| This month, I fully intended to write about Sierra Club California’s frustrations with the governor’s energy budget package. But recent events compel me to leave that for another day. |
On Friday June 24, the U.S. The Supreme Court issued their decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in which the court formally overruled Roe v. Wade and reversed nearly 50 years of precedent and end federal constitutional protections for abortion. You can find Sierra Club’s official statement on the decision here.
This long-awaited decision comes just one day after more than 200 people, including Sierra Club staff and volunteers (I was there!), rallied outside the California Environmental Protection Agency to pressure the state to plan for a healthy, breathable future for California communities. A future in which ALL Californians can thrive, and make the choices necessary to do so.
But unfortunately with this Supreme Court decision, many people across the country will have their futures decided for them because their constitutional rights have been struck down.
Some of you may be wondering “why does the Sierra Club care about reproductive rights?” To answer that question, I direct you to this blog post by Sierra Club’s Managing Director, Eva Hernandez-Simmons (seriously, read it). As Eva correctly points out, environmental justice is a key part of reproductive justice.
In California, we’re fortunate enough to live in a state that defends reproductive rights. Since the draft decision was released in early May, the Governor and legislature have committed to ramping up legal protection for abortion providers and increasing resources that expand access to clinics and services. Legislative leaders are also working to enshrine a right to abortion in the state constitution.
Despite knowing those protections are in place here in the Golden State, my heart aches for the millions who can’t and won’t be able to exercise their bodily autonomy. Twenty-six states across the country either have so-called ‘trigger laws’ that automatically ban abortion upon the decision, or will move quickly to ban abortion.
We can’t take the fact that we live in California for granted. We must stay vigilant and exercise our solidarity as we work to ensure that everyone has the power and freedom to make their own personal decisions. How? By working together to defend reproductive justice as we do environmental justice. By rising to the opportunity we have as Californians to model what progressive values look like and work in solidarity with other states. And by building power in our local communities to secure a future where everyone has the power and freedom to make the choices that are right for them.
Personally, while I may have been born and identify as male, my own identity will never compromise my commitment to fighting for the day where reproductive justice will be restored to all.
While Sierra Club may not be a reproductive rights organization, we will follow the lead of those who are. So if you haven’t already and are comfortable doing so, I urge you to mobilize and make your voice heard. You can find a link to a map of events here.
2022-06-0-26 On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade – opening the door to statewide bans and subsequent rulings that will harm Black people disproportionately. This decision is one of several decisions recently dropped, which were designed to limit our self-determination in service of a white supremacist and patriarchal agenda.
The overturning of Roe will open the door to further criminalization of Black people. As we continue our fight for freedom, it’s beyond necessary that we have full access to reliable abortion services for all Black people.
Here’s the thing, Michael E.: The Supreme Court has a long history of diminishing the humanity of Black people. This Roe decision is an extension of that.
When the Court makes the argument that certain rights are illegitimate because they are not explicitly named in the Constitution, they are asserting that only white male property owners’ rights are legitimate. We are clear: It is the Supreme Court that is illegitimate. It is the Court that is advancing a deeply regressive view of freedom.
We are infuriated. We are in pain. But we will not be disheartened or deterred from the fight. Here’s what we’re fighting for in response to the decision:
- Expanding the Court
- Impeaching illegitimate and racist justices
- Ending the Filibuster
- President Biden to sign an immediate executive action defending reproductive freedom
- Congress to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act
They will attempt to divide us, and they’ll damn sure call us radical – but these things are not radical. They are necessary to protect and affirm Black people’s right to thrive.
There are actions we can take to support our communities immediately:
- Support your local abortion fund
- Provide a safe harbor to vulnerable people impacted by this decision
With this ruling, twenty-six states in the country have trigger laws or abortion bans that will likely go into effect or are already in effect. Our communities already struggle to survive police violence, surveillance, and criminalization from the criminal legal system – this decision will only exacerbate those enduring harms. Collectively, our communities navigate unfair targeting, sentencing, and punishment daily.
Knowing that liberation will never come from this Court, we must push forward and continue the work we’ve been doing, together.
In love and solidarity,
Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation
|June 24, 2022 Dear health justice advocate, Today, the Supreme Court announced its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, which effectively ends all federal protections for abortion care. As a result, a majority of states will like restrict or fully ban abortion care. Besides robbing women of our fundamental right to autonomy and self-determination, criminalizing abortion will unleash a once-in-a-generation public health crisis. Abortion care is necessary health care, and banning it will cause unecessary suffering and death, especially for our most vulnurable patients. In states that criminalize abortion, PNHP estimates that maternal mortality will increase up to 15% overall, and up to 33% for people of color. The evidence is clear: In one study, states that enacted abortion restrictions based on gestational age saw maternal mortality increase by 38%. Yet another study found that states that enacted the most restrictive abortion laws saw their maternal mortality rates nearly double compared to states that protected abortion access. It’s no coincidence that after decades of improvement, American maternal mortality rates started going up at the same time that many states began restricting access to abortion. Today, the rate of pregnancy-related deaths in the U.S. has nearly tripled compared to 30 years ago, with Black women nearly three times as likely to die from pregnancy and childbirth than whites. PNHP believes that abortion is essential health care, and should be available to all women regardless of income or location. As physicians and health justice advocates, we cannot sit on the sidelines while patients are denied essential medical services, forced to give birth, or compelled to risk their lives and health obtaining illegal abortion care. Today we must fight for state and national legislation protecting every person’s right to abortion care, including overturning the Hyde Amendment. And, we must fight even harder for a future where all health care — including reproductive care and abortion — is provided without cost or legal barriers to every single person living in the U.S. We must also support the organizations who are at the forefront of these struggles, especially those providing essential abortion care where it is needed most (I’ve provided a list of these organizations at the end of this message). Health care decisions should be made between a patient and their doctor, and nobody else. Please join me in the fight to protect the choice for all women to be able to access essential abortion care in this country. In solidarity,|
|Susan Rogers, M.D.|
|Abortion access organizations to support: Whole Womans’ Health Alliance: A nonprofit organization committed to providing holistic reproductive care, including abortion care and advocacy to eradicate abortion stigma. WWHA believes every person deserves the compassion, respect, and dignity of being able to safely and legally end a pregnancy. DONATE HERE The Miscarriage and Abortion Hotline: A nonprofit organization where volunteer physicians, PAs, NPs, and midwives answer medical calls about self-managed abortion or miscarriage. DONATE HERE West Fund: A nonprofit organization formed to serve individuals in the West Texas area. West Fund works to make abortions accessible to individuals who need them, including paying for telemedicine abortion. DONATE HERE Plan C: A research-based educational resource for learning about how people in the U.S. can access abortion pills and safely manage their own abortions. DONATE HERE|
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|We are furious. Today, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson, overruling Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Given the current composition of the court and the leaked opinion early last month, we all knew today’s decision was possible. And still, it is sickening, devastating, and enraging to witness this gutting of bodily autonomy, women’s rights, and human rights. Layidua Salazar, SFF Program Associate and former Board Chair, ACCESS Reproductive Justice, says: “For me, fighting for reproductive justice is personal, and it is central to my beliefs and to our self-determination. This is the time to show up for communities who will be disproportionally impacted by this decision and to uplift the voices of these communities – young people, low-income, BIPOC, immigrant (both documented and undocumented), and trans and gender-expansive communities. In order to create the compassionate communities, we deserve, all of us have to step up and demonstrate the path forward.” Reproductive rights are essential to racial equity and the ability for everyone to thrive. “Contrary to widely held beliefs, most people who have abortions are already parents. They are mostly women of color, and most are living in poverty,” says Dr. Gretchen Sisson, an SFF donor, sociologist, author, and activist who helped us create our Give Guide: Reproductive Health and Rights. “The freedom to determine if/when you have children, and with whom, is essential to shaping the rest of our lives.” SFF has supported reproductive rights for nearly 60 years, and we will continue to fight. Channel your anger and sadness – support nonprofits organizing communities and providing direct services at this critical moment. GIVE GUIDE: REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS|
2022-06-24 When Roe fell, this is what Rep. Jim Clyburn, 3rd ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives had to say:
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Just asked Whip Clyburn about the Dobbs decision: “It’s a little anticlimactic, I think we all expected this. And I’m hopeful, you know I have to read the decision to see exactly the extent to which we can move legislatively to respond to it.”
This ain’t it, Jim.
For the second straight day, a stolen Supreme Court made us all less free. It’s as big of a threat to democracy as January 6th, and we need leaders who will act like it. Clyburn and Pelosi led us into this mess. They’re not going to lead us out of it.
Make a donation to If/When/How’s Repro Legal Defense Fund, to defend abortion seekers who are criminalized by this new decision. 100% of your donation will go immediately and directly to the Repro Legal Defense Fund. The People United email@example.com
2022-06-24 Today the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, immediately, severely, and unnecessarily stripping away the rights of millions of people.
It’s shocking, but not surprising. In fact, it’s a logical next step to decades of work that began when the Helms and Hyde amendments were passed post-Roe to deny the right to abortion to poor people, people of color, immigrants, young people, refugees, disabled people — both here in the United States and abroad.
The decision in Dobbs v. Jackson is a distressing development that should put people everywhere on notice that we must do more to defend and advance basic human rights — and luckily there are several ways you can take action right now:
- Find an event. Join hundreds of thousands of movement partners and supporters like you to march in your community and declare #WeWontGoBack.
- Donate. The National Network Of Abortion Funds (NNAF) has been doing the work to get people access to healthcare in the face of monumental barriers. Please help your donation go twice as far by supporting Win Without War and NNAF today.
- Support people needing access.
We deserve better than this cruel attempt to curtail our rights. And if we truly mean it when we say we want to win without war, Michael, we must push the United States to advance policies that defend and support human rights. That includes basic access to reproductive healthcare — and that includes abortion.
For too long, U.S. policy has been dictated by an unaccountable, out of touch, largely white, largely male, elite minority — at the expense of everyday people. Make no mistake, this ruling puts the lives of millions of people in danger.
U.S. regulations like the Mexico City Policy (global gag rule), and the Helms amendment have long infringed upon the rights of millions to access reproductive healthcare and live with dignity worldwide. Today’s decision brings our domestic policy more clearly in line with an undemocratic foreign policy that prioritizes profit and power over the preferences and needs of the people, whether here or abroad.
Supporting people to make the choices that work for themselves and their communities is what winning looks like — without harm, without violence, without war.
We hope you’ll join us in this work today.
Amy, Shayna, Sara, and the Win Without War team
|Message from National NOW President Christian F. Nunes 2022-06-24 Dear Feminists, We’ve been ready for this. We knew that with the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court, abortion rights were hanging by a thread. Today, that thread—that lifeline—has been cut. The Supreme Court’s ruling endangers women and pregnant persons with low-incomes, women and pregnant persons of color, women and pregnant persons living in poverty, and women and pregnant persons from disenfranchised communities. Historically, these communities have faced barriers to reproductive health care and have experienced worse health outcomes because of systemic oppressions in the health care system. Sadly, these barriers and this racial trauma continue in our present-day experience. As clinics close and new restrictions that keep quality, affordable reproductive health care are voted into law, the burden of access is exacerbated. Dozens of states will now pass or enact the “trigger laws” already signed into law to make abortion illegal. These laws have nothing to do with women’s health and everything to do with political power, and control over women’s bodily autonomy. But this is only the beginning. Extremists who have pushed for decades to undo abortion rights have announced that they are coming after marriage equality next. And we’ve already seen how determined they are to restrict voting rights and to seize control of how elections are administered. Their attempts to seize control over constitutional rights are boundless. NOW members have always been ready to fight for women’s lives. We’ve marched, lobbied, organized and worked for feminist candidates at every level. In 2022, we must vote for women’s lives—to keep the feminist majority in the House of Representatives—and elect an abortion rights majority, abortion rights majority in the Senate. What’s more, we must flip the key governors’ races and state legislative contests that will determine where abortion rights are protected, and where they are taken away. NOW members will be active wherever grassroots grow—in our communities, through NOW’s state and local chapters, in every election at every level. Please log onto the We Won’t Go Back website to learn how you can take action in your community. In solidarity, Christian|
|In solidarity, Christian F. Nunes President|
2022-06-24 This morning’s Supreme Court decision is an outrageous attack on the rights of women across this country. It will destroy lives, and it will put countless women in danger.
But it is important — as your governor — I make it clear that in California we are going to protect a woman’s right to access an abortion no matter what the Supreme Court ruled.
This November, Californians will vote to enshrine that right into our state constitution. Because if we cannot trust the Supreme Court to protect the right to an abortion, we will do it ourselves.
Women WILL remain protected here.
We WILL get this passed.
So while I know today is an impossible day, if you are looking for an action you can take to protect women in California, here’s my ask:
I will unquestionably have more on this soon, but we are not going to roll over in California. We have been preparing for this moment.
All my best,