5.29.2018

Ben & Jerry - More Than Just Great Ice Cream

By Gloria Dulan-Wilson

Hello All:

I'm sharing this email with you because in 6 months we have a make or break date with fate - and we can either change the trajectory of this country or blow it forever. 

Most of you only think of Ben & Jerry as purveyors of great ice cream, and have no doubt enjoyed their products over the past few decades.  But they are also activists and have been so for quite some time 

 The links below gives you a brief insight into some of their activities and beliefs:
 
https://www.benjerry.com/values/issues-we-care-about/democracy/dear-president-elect-trump

https://bthechange.com/activism-as-brand-identity-part-of-ben-jerrys-flavor-and-a-lesson-for-other-mission-driven-companies-cf7d61d0860e

I'm posting the letter I received below because they spoke on something that's been bothering me for quite some time - and in light of what's ahead of us, I'm starting now to try to keep before us the fact that this upcoming Mid-term election is as pivotal in recapturing the Democratic majority, as was the Mid-term of 2010 when we fumbled the ball and lost it by sitting on our votes and have been stuck on stupid ever since.  As I receive letters from various political entities and activists whose politics are correct and whose opinions I value, I will be sharing them  with you.

As with all letters from political activists, there is a financial solicitation - and you can choose to contribute, or not - as long as you remember that the reason the repuglycons have been able to prevail is because they have been able to buy elections, or subvert opinions via propaganda bought from bogus news broadcasts such as Faux (Fox) News, etc.  Our contributions, no matter how small, help these activists and candidates level the playing field. 



From: Ben & Jerry
Date: Sun, May 27, 2018 at 12:03AM

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Hi, fellow MoveOn member!
It's Ben and Jerry, the ice cream guys. 

We're worried

We aren't experts on elections the way that MoveOn's team is, but we've been activists and MoveOn members for a long time. And it doesn't take a professional to know that Donald Trump is totally out of control and that Republicans in Congress are doing nothing to stop him.

Trump and his Republican buddies came within spitting distance of repealing Obamacare. They passed a $1 trillion tax cut for millionaires and billionaires—and Trump says that he wants to cut taxes AGAIN.1 The Environmental Protection Agency is currently headed by a man who is gutting every environmental protection that he can lay his corrupt hands on. And that's just the very tip of the iceberg.

If Democrats don't take away control of the House from Republicans this fall, Trump and his administration will continue to dismantle our democracy, the gap between the super rich and everyone else will continue to grow, and things are certain to get far worse—worse than we can even fathom right now.

There is good news, though: If MoveOn is able to run the massive elections program it has planned, Democrats have a good shot at taking back the House this fall and sending the Republican leadership packing. We've been awed over the years by the kind of organizing that MoveOn does, and we have great confidence in this program.

MoveOn's elections program is bold, inspiring, and genuinely grassroots-fueled. MoveOn's endorsing 100 progressive congressional candidates, developing new, cutting-edge methods of voter persuasion, and providing the training and tools to thousands of activists around the country who will lead and organize in the races that will determine who'll control Congress come November 7.

Will you chip in $5 a month and help MoveOn end Republican control of Congress in November, so that we can finally put some checks and balances on Trump? (You might even win a year's supply of free ice cream!)
No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation, but I'd still like to enter the contest.
If the delicious possibility of free ice cream isn't enough to convince you to donate right now, then here are three more reasons:
  1. Polls say that the election is getting closer, and that the Democratic Party's edge is basically gone.2 It’s now, essentially, a coin flip. 50-50 odds. Or maybe worse. One recent poll put Democrats just one point ahead, and another puts them three points ahead. (And if either result holds, Republicans will win because of gerrymandering.)3,4
  2.  Republicans are copying MoveOn's elections model. This year, a GOP Super PAC funded by billionaires, called the Congressional Leadership Fund, is trying to copy MoveOn and is building a person-to-person field operation to go door to door to talk to millions of voters face to face. Its staff and volunteers have already knocked on more than 1 million doors.5
  3. The GOP is raising money at a record-breaking rate, while MoveOn's grassroots fundraising to combat the right isn't keeping up the pace. And we desperately need MoveOn's leadership in this fight: As we mentioned earlier, the polls are tightening, and MoveOn's amazing, strategic, innovative work is crucial to helping Democrats win this November. And MoveOn doesn't take money from corporate lobbyists—this work is fueled by all of us, by individual donors banding together to create real people power.
MoveOn's a key leader in the fight to make our future a better one. Will you chip in $5 a month to support MoveOn? If you do, we’ll sweeten the deal for you!
No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation, but I'd still like to enter the contest.
Thanks for all you do.
–Ben and Jerry (the ice cream guys)
Sources:
1. "Trump wants to cut taxes. Again. He just cut taxes." CNN, May 23, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/39998?t=18&akid=207778%2E22502527%2ECaTDdx
2. "CNN poll: Democrats' 2018 advantage is nearly gone," CNN, May 9, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/39128?t=20&akid=207778%2E22502527%2ECaTDdx
3. Ibid
4. "Generic Congressional Ballot," Rasmussen Reports, May 23, 2018
5. "GOP builds massive shadow army in fight for the House," Politico, May 17, 2018
https://act.moveon.org/go/39570?t=24&akid=207778%2E22502527%2ECaTDdx
Want to support MoveOn's work? The MoveOn community will work every moment, day by day and year by year, to resist Trump's agenda, contain the damage, defeat hate with love, and begin the process of swinging the nation's pendulum back toward sanity, decency, and the kind of future that we must never give up on. And to do it we need your ongoing support, now more than ever. Will you stand with MoveOn?
No, I'm sorry, I can't make a monthly donation.
No purchase, payment, or contribution necessary to enter to win. Void where prohibited. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on June 4, 2018. You may enter by making a donation here. Alternatively, you can enter without making a donation. One winner will receive the following prize package: 52 pints of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream (approximate retail value: $234). Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Promotion open to all U.S. citizens, or lawful permanent U.S. residents who are legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia and 18 or older (or of majority under applicable law). Promotion subject to Official Rules and additional restrictions on eligibility. Sponsor: MoveOn.org Political Action, 1442 Walnut Street #358, Berkeley, CA 94709.

Contributions to MoveOn.org Political Action are not tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. 


Whether you contribute thru MoveOn or  local candidate - you need to contribute and volunteer - we have to work this together to win

NOW THAT YOU KNOW
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

Stay Blessed & 
ECLECTICALLY BLACK
Gloria



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