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  • Wednesday, December 30, 2020 7:24 AM | Bryan Casey (Administrator)

    Following message was received by email from "Indivisible." We are sharing it here for your information. Enjoy!

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    Indivisibles, 

    We’re back with another installation of our IndivisiStories series -- emails we’re sending this month that spotlight our favorite stories to tell about the tenacity and power of the Indivisible movement. If you need to catch up, you can find the rest of the stories on our Medium account. 

    This week, we’re highlighting the role The Indivisible Truth Brigade played in the victories we’ve seen this year and how we’re calling on you to lead in our ongoing commitment to fighting Trumpism.

    Indivisibles vs. Trumpism

    After four years of sweat, tears, and organizing grit, Indivisibles helped make Donald Trump a one-term president. Trump won't be in the Oval Office come January 20, but he and his cronies have made it clear that he’ll keep a strong grip on politics. Trumpism is an approach embraced by GOP politicians all over the country and is a byproduct of Trump's appeal to far-right populism and white supremacy. 

    We know getting rid of Trump isn’t enough. Here’s an example of how our movement has already laid the groundwork for reclaiming our power and reinventing American democracy:

    Indivisible Truth Brigade 

    Trumpism has been able to survive because of Trump’s consistent attacks on the truth. That’s where the Indivisible Truth Brigade comes in: our program to mobilize volunteers to effectively combat democracy-destroying Trumpian disinformation. Truth Brigade members formed a disciplined task force to share unified and personalized messaging, and, recently, to also report back on harmful disinformation. 

    Launching as part of our Windivisible election campaign, Truth Brigaders have stepped up to share personalized, simple, and consistent messaging, using the hashtag #truthbrigade, both online and offline. In just 3 months, Truth Brigade has grown to include a broad membership base from all over the country with 3,600 individual users on Twitter and over 1650 Slack channel members. On Twitter alone, the program boasts 94 posts per day on average with 11.3K total posts and 50.2 million views. 

    For example, Truth Brigaders are currently personalizing and sharing a version of this message to counter disinformation about the COVID-19 vaccination:

     

     

    We have no plans to stop combating Trump’s lies, especially since we suspect he will never let this election go. If you’d like to get involved, here's our signup form to join the Brigade. 

    How to defeat Trumpism? Let The People Lead

    We attribute the victories we saw this year to activists and supporters, like you, who called, texted, organized, and resisted to make sure our priorities were heard. And now, even in the face of disinformation, voter suppression, and downright hate, everyday people are still committed to showing up and flexing their power. 

    The people led us to victory, now we’re asking them to do it again. 

    We’re calling our 2021 mobilizations "The People Lead" because we’ve seen what happens when everyday people realize this country is supposed to work for them. We have big goals -- all connected to transformational reform and our fight against Trumpism. If we hope to achieve our progressive priorities, our members of Congress need to know that we won’t stand for their entertaining of any lingering Trumpism. We demand bold action that will begin to undo the harm of the last four years and address the systemic issues that made it possible. Indivisibles are already getting organized; join them by getting involved with our The People Lead Week of Action from January 11 to January 15:

    We’ll be sharing more details about The People Lead, as well as releasing a new Indivisible Guide to help steer your mobilizations, in the days following the Georgia runoff election. We also have more stories to share, so make sure you’re following us on social media: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. You can also receive updates by texting the word ‘Indivisible’ to 977-79. 

    In solidarity,
    Indivisible Team

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  • Monday, November 09, 2020 11:59 AM | Bryan Casey (Administrator)

    Two VERY IMPORTANT special runoff elections will take place in Georgia on January 5, 2021. Democrat Jon Ossoff will square off against incumbent Republican David Perdue. Democrat Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock is vying for the seat held by Republican Kelly Loeffler. 

    Please visit our Georgia Runoffs page for additional information and links to the candidates' websites. 

  • Sunday, November 08, 2020 9:33 AM | Bryan Casey (Administrator)


    My fellow Americans —

    The people of this nation have spoken.

    They have delivered us a clear victory. A convincing victory.

    A victory for “We the People.”

    We have won with the most votes ever cast for a presidential ticket in the history of this nation — 74 million.

    I am humbled by the trust and confidence you have placed in me.

    I pledge to be a President who seeks not to divide, but to unify.

    Who doesn’t see Red and Blue states, but a United States.

    And who will work with all my heart to win the confidence of the whole people.

    For that is what America is about: The people.

    You may read the full statement on joebiden.com


  • Tuesday, October 20, 2020 9:18 PM | Heather Rabinowitz (Administrator)

    6 Reasons Not to Panic About the Election
    Yes, Trump is threatening the vote count. But our institutions might be stronger than you think.

    First, presidents don’t run elections, states do.

    Second, it’s really hard to steal an election.

    Third, even with presidential encouragement, voter intimidation is illegal.

    Fourth, public expectations of how long the vote might take have already shifted.

    Fifth, the system is more prepared than you might think for challenges to vote counting.

    Sixth, even the Electoral College has (a bit) less uncertainty than advertised.

    Source:  https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/10/05/6-reasons-not-to-panic-about-the-election-426415


  • Monday, October 05, 2020 1:02 PM | Bryan Casey (Administrator)


    Autographed copies of "America in Crisis: Essays on the Failed Presidency of Donald J. Trump" by Marsha Shearer are for sale at the Sumter County Democratic headquarters (located at 300 South Main St., Wildwood, FL).

    Cost is $19.95 - checks only, made out to the author. $5.00 from each sale will be donated to the DNC.

    Holidays are coming - the book makes a great gift and in the process, you'll be helping the Democratic Party.

  • Friday, September 18, 2020 4:39 PM | Heather Rabinowitz (Administrator)

    NRLN President's Forum
    Announcing First NRLN Podcast https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-y3xwa-eb8a61?utm_campaign=w_share_ep&utm_medium=dlink&utm_source=w_share

    I am pleased to announce that we have produced the first NRLN Podcast as part of our effort to better inform NRLN members and reach a wider audience. To access our Podcast message The NRLN - Creating a Better Future for Retirees go to the NRLN website at www.nrln.org . Click on the Podcast link posted below the Action Alert message in the center column of our website's home page.

     

    You will be linked to the "PodBean" webpage. When the Podcast player appears under the Introduction to the NRLN headline, click on the green arrow in the green circle to start the audio. If you need to pause the audio, click on the pause icon in the green circle. To resume the audio, click on the green arrow in the green circle again. If you need to increase the volume, click on the green speaker icon at the right and move the volume line to the right.

     

    Most computers, iPads (tablets) and smartphones are capable of allowing you to listen to the Podcast. The host site for the Podcast places the message, in addition to the NRLN website, on Apple, Google, Spotify, Amazon Music, and Pandora for broad exposure.

     

    The first Podcast episode describes the organizational structure of the NRLN and our work in Washington, DC. Although you may think you know about the work of the NRLN, I believe you will learn more by listening to the first Podcast. In addition, I comment on the Podcast that I will be spending much more time in the coming days and weeks on Podcast and Videos providing factual information and comparisons you don't often read or hear about regarding Medicare A, B and C, and Private Medicare Advantage.

     

    My upcoming Podcast and Video episodes will address:

     

    Episode #2 - History of Medicare Privatization & Results After 23 Years

    Episode #3 - Medicare A-D Revenue, MA Plan Rebates/Market Share & Medicare 10 yr. Budget

    Episode #4 - Rebates and the Quality Bonus Plan (QBP) - The House of Cards

    Episode #5 - Comparing Medicare Advantage Plans & Original Medicare plus Medigap G

     

    Episodes 2-5 will be added to the currently available first episode at least weekly as we approach the October 15 start of the annual Medicare enrollment period. Later we will have episodes about prescription drugs and other and healthcare topics plus retirement income security that should be of interest to you. 

     

    The NRLN is interested in receiving your feedback and/or questions on the Podcasts and Videos. You can contact us at contact@nrln.org or call Toll-Free at 1-866-360-7197.

     

    Bill Kadereit, President

    National Retiree Legislative Network

    Support NRLN's Work

    NRLN, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Suite 900, South Building, Washington, D.C. 20004-2601


  • Tuesday, August 18, 2020 12:22 PM | Heather Rabinowitz (Administrator)

    Advisory from the NRLN, - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has identified a number of scams operating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following are ways to avoid becoming victims of the scammers.
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  • Monday, May 18, 2020 10:18 AM | Bryan Casey (Administrator)

    More than 400 Villages Democratic Club members responded last week to a brief survey sent by the Board of Directors, asking how they might prefer to meet next.  As you can see in the graphics below, members overwhelmingly chose a virtual meeting, expressing a desire for collective actions that allow people to stay safest from the corona virus.

    The Board is evaluating your responses and will shortly discuss options and present them to you.

    Thanks for participating and for your determination to find ways to help our candidates. 


                      









   

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