Last Friday's release of the incriminating Trump tape has provided women cover to come forward who before felt powerless to speak out. It's time to denounce Donald Trump for his history of sexual assault.
NATIONWIDE - Trigger Warning: In the past 24 hours, seven women have come forward and shared their stories of being sexually assaulted by Donald Trump. As one woman, Jessica Leeds, described him, "He was like an octopus. His hands were everywhere."1
We cannot let this man become President. Since the tape of Trump bragging about sexual assault became public, Republican leaders Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have been under intense scrutiny for publicly condemning Trump's behavior while continuing to support his candidacy.2 Countless Republicans have already abandoned Trump--but with Ryan's and McConnell's support, this sexual predator still has a shot at the White House.
If enough people speak up now, Ryan and McConnell will buckle under the pressure--and without the party leadership's support, Trump will lose nearly all endorsements from across the Republican Party. Can you add your name today?
Tell Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell: "Denounce Trump for his history of sexual assault."
Last Friday's release of the incriminating Trump tape has provided women cover to come forward who before felt powerless to speak out against Trump. From their accounts, he often preyed on women who worked for him or were in a position where they felt they couldn't report him.
Here's more about Trump in their words:3
Jill Harth: "He pushed me up against the wall, and had his hands all over me and tried to get up my dress."
Rachel Crooks: "I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that."
Cassandra Seales: "He continually grabbed my ass and invited me to his hotel room."
Mariah Billado: "I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, ‘Oh my god, there’s a man in here' " in reference to Trump going into the dressing room at the Miss Teen USA pageant.4
Also revealed yesterday - he was caught on tape joking about dating a 10 year old.5 It is not enough to denounce this behavior. To show they are not complicit with sexual assault, Republican leaders Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell need to denounce his entire candidacy. Ryan and McConnell are already under intense pressure from the public and are concerned about losing their control of the House and Senate, we just need to push them over their tipping point. Can you pile on by adding your name right now?
--Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Megan, Libby, Emma, PaKou, and Pilar, the UltraViolet Action team
"Today, the world meets the moment. And if we follow through on the commitments that this agreement embodies, history may well judge it as a turning point for our planet." - President Barack Obama
WASHINGTON, DC - Wednesday in the Rose Garden, President Obama announced that enough countries have acted to bring the Paris Agreement into force -- a historic step forward in saving the one planet we’ve got.
Here's how we got to this point: Last year, leaders from nations across the globe gathered in Paris to announce a historic agreement to combat climate change. The Paris Agreement established the strong global consensus that reduces carbon pollution and sets the world on a low-carbon course. For the agreement to go into effect, 55 countries representing 55 percent of global emissions had to formally join. In September, the U.S. and China, countries that represent 40 percent of emissions, officially joined. And today, the world crossed the threshold needed to bring the Paris Agreement into effect.
"Ten months ago, in Paris, I said before the world that we needed a strong global agreement to reduce carbon pollution and to set the world on a low-carbon course. The result was the Paris Agreement. Last month, the United States and China -- the world’s two largest economies and largest emitters -- formally joined that agreement together. And today, the world has officially crossed the threshold for the Paris Agreement to take effect.
"Today, the world meets the moment. And if we follow through on the commitments that this agreement embodies, history may well judge it as a turning point for our planet.
"Of course, it took a long time to reach this day. One of the reasons I ran for this office was to make America a leader in this mission. And over the past eight years, we’ve done just that. In 2009, we salvaged a chaotic climate summit in Copenhagen, establishing the principle that all nations have a role to play in combating climate change. And at home, we led by example, with historic investments in growing industries like wind and solar that created a steady stream of new jobs. We set the first-ever nationwide standards to limit the amount of carbon pollution that power plants can dump into the air our children breathe. From the cars and trucks we drive to the homes and businesses in which we live and work, we’ve changed fundamentally the way we consume energy.
"Now, keep in mind, the skeptics said these actions would kill jobs. And instead, we saw -- even as we were bringing down these carbon levels -- the longest streak of job creation in American history. We drove economic output to new highs. And we drove our carbon pollution to its lowest levels in two decades.
"We continued to lead by example with our historic joint announcement with China two years ago, where we put forward even more ambitious climate targets. And that achievement encouraged dozens of other countries to set more ambitious climate targets of their own. And that, in turn, paved the way for our success in Paris -- the idea that no nation, not even one as powerful as ours, can solve this challenge alone. All of us have to solve it together.
"Now, the Paris Agreement alone will not solve the climate crisis. Even if we meet every target embodied in the agreement, we’ll only get to part of where we need to go. But make no mistake, this agreement will help delay or avoid some of the worst consequences of climate change. It will help other nations ratchet down their dangerous carbon emissions over time, and set bolder targets as technology advances, all under a strong system of transparency that allows each nation to evaluate the progress of all other nations. And by sending a signal that this is going to be our future -- a clean energy future -- it opens up the floodgates for businesses, and scientists, and engineers to unleash high-tech, low-carbon investment and innovation at a scale that we’ve never seen before. So this gives us the best possible shot to save the one planet we’ve got.
"I know diplomacy *can be [isn't always] easy, and progress on the world stage can sometimes be slow. But together, with steady persistent effort, with strong, principled, American leadership, with optimism and faith and hope, we’re proving that it is possible.
"And I want to embarrass my Senior Advisor, Brian Deese -- who is standing right over there -- because he worked tirelessly to make this deal possible. He, and John Kerry, Gina McCarthy at the EPA, everybody on their teams have done an extraordinary job to get us to this point -- and America should be as proud of them as I am of them.
"I also want to thank the people of every nation that has moved quickly to bring the Paris Agreement into force. I encourage folks who have not yet submitted their documentation to enter into this agreement to do so as soon as possible. And in the coming days, let’s help finish additional agreements to limit aviation emissions, to phase down dangerous use of hydrofluorocarbons -- all of which will help build a world that is safer, and more prosperous, and more secure, and more free than the one that was left for us.
"That’s our most important mission, to make sure our kids and our grandkids have at least as beautiful a planet, and hopefully more beautiful, than the one that we have. And today, I'm a little more confident that we can get the job done.
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 10:53
http://newiprogressive.com/images/stories/S5/2016_vp_debate-s5.jpg"Mike Pence launched the same, debunked attacks at Hillary Clinton that the party's nominee has been spouting for months. Meanwhile, Senator Tim Kaine highlighted Hillary Clinton's optimism, the vision and the future that he and Hillary Clinton are offering for American families." - Sen. Jennifer Shilling.