2 million “no benefit cuts” signatures delivered to White House (video)

Update: I encourage you to watch the replay. And as you do, count the number of bold progressive organizational leaders who threaten Democrats.

N.O.W. VP (Correction: Terry O’Neill, Pres.): “I don’t get paid to care about protecting the Democratic brand. Women weren’ t born Republican or Democrat.” MoveOn speaker threatens Dem primaries. PCCC co-founder says Dems will pay if they vote for cuts.

I thank these bold leaders for these bold statements. I encourage each listener to note them. And I encourage each listener to hold progressives accountable for boldness, just as we hold Dems accountable.

We should do what we ask of them. Happy listening. It’s an interesting set of pronouncements.

Earlier we wrote about the House Democratic heroes who have promised to hold the line on all benefit cuts — with their votes. No Dennis Kucinich Plane Ride for them. Senator Bernie Sanders has promised the same in the Senate, and more will follow.

At the same time, more than two million petition signatures have been collected by progressive organizations, asking President Obama to reverse his reported decision to put Social Security and Medicare benefit cuts in his budget.


Click the video and watch live as these petition signatures are delivered to the White House. The event happened at 1230pm ET today, April 9.

The details are below. Note the opportunity to participate if you’re a Beltway resident.


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA)
Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN)
Damon Silvers, Policy Director, AFL-CIO
Former Obama for America Supporters & Seniors on Social Security
Stephanie Taylor, Progressive Change Campaign Committee Co-Founder
Jim Dean, Democracy for America Chair
Max Richtman, Nat. Cmmte. to Preserve Social Security and Medicare President and CEO
Bonnie Grabenhofer, National Organization for Women Executive Vice President
[Late change: Terry O’Neill, N.O.W. President]
Roger Hickey, Campaign for America’s Future President
Manny Hermann, MoveOn.org Deputy Dir. of Online Organizing Platforms

WHENTuesday April 9, at 12:30pm (ET)

WHERE: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Wash. DC (in front of White House opposite Lafayette Sq.)

If you’re local, do drop by. Should make for an interesting lunch-time event. Can’t wait to see who “receives” them.


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