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Wednesday marked one year since the United States District Court in the Southern District of California ordered ICE and the U.S. government to reunite an asylum-seeking mother and her seven-year-old daughter — which they did, after months of waiting.

Meanwhile, hundreds of families are still waiting to be reunited, and more are being separated and sent to isolated detention centers. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen reports about CBP forcing children to take care of toddlers in holding cells, and DOJ lawyers actually trying to argue that the Trump administration doesn’t have an obligation to provide detained children with items as basic as blankets, toothbrushes, or soap.

Please make a donation to support the organizations working to protect children and families at the border.

Together, we’ve raised more than $700,000 this week that will help get basic resources, legal aid, and advocates to children at the border, among other things — with our help, Families Belong Together has been able to cover the costs of flights for families finally being reunited and secure safe housing for vulnerable immigrants. Thank you for making that possible. It’s critical that we provide a counter-point to the unconscionable things being done to refugee and immigrant families in our names.

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Thank you,

Hillary

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Earlier this month, I went to a reunion at Wellesley College, my alma mater, where I celebrated alongside my classmates and considered how far we’ve come in fifty years. So many of the things we take for granted these days would have seemed far-fetched back then, and yet, we believed that progress was possible and that we could see it made real.

Our Onward Together partner organizations have been at the forefront of the fight for that progress these last few years. They’re recruiting and training hundreds of diverse candidates for office, mobilizing voters who may not otherwise feel engaged in the political process, fighting back against the administration’s attacks on civil rights and access to the polls, and more. They’re organizing domestic workers, communities of color, young activists, and even campaign staffers. They are the future.

Today, I’m proud to announce the winners of our first-ever Onward Together grant contest: Color of Change PAC took first place, while Demand Justice, Run for Something, and Voto Latino will also receive prizes as runners-up. As always, your support makes it possible for us to fund these organizations that have been such bright spots recently, and I’m grateful to you for that.

Onward!

Hillary

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… and how you can join in, too.

After the 2020 census, state legislatures will redraw district lines across all fifty states. We only have to look at the way those lines have shifted over the last few decades to infer that Republicans will feel comfortable using the redistricting progress to disenfranchise voters and ensure GOP majorities for the next decade.

Gerrymandering is a critical issue, and one that should define the 2020 election. I wasn’t at all surprised to learn that three of our Onward Together partner organizations have put their heads together and come up with a plan to ensure that Democrats win key elections next fall.

This week, our partners at Swing Left, Run for Something, and Arena launched the Grassroots Redistricting Project. They’re targeting legislative chambers in nine states to ensure that Democrats have a fair say in the redistricting process, but they’ll need the power of this team to make it happen.

Today, sign up to learn more about how you can get involved in the Grassroots Redistricting Project:
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I’m so proud of everyone taking part in this fight.

Onward!

Hillary

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Over and over again, this team has proven that the right candidate for office does not have to look a certain way or come from a certain zip code. Instead, what makes a leader is a passion for solving the problems that face our country and our communities, and a willingness to listen. We saw that earlier this year, when the most diverse freshman class yet was sworn into the House of Representatives — something that would have been unimaginable even a few decades ago.

It may not ever be easy. But our country was founded on the promise that it would change — that our union would have to be made more perfect.

The National Democratic Training Committee believes that change starts by giving every Democrat the tools to run for office. They work hand in hand with two of our incredible partner organizations, Emerge America and Run for Something, to offer online campaign trainings on everything from fundraising to field programs — entirely for free.

I’m so proud that Onward Together has been able to support the National Democratic Training Committee. Their work is critical to electing Democrats in thousands of offices across the country now and for years to come. Today, I hope you’ll take a moment to learn more about how their training program works — and perhaps think about running for office yourself!

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Onward!

Hillary

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Last summer, I was as horrified as anyone to learn about the conditions under which the Trump administration was detaining and separating families who had arrived at the US border seeking refuge and protection in our country.

This team sprang into action — we’ve since raised more than $1.8 million for the groups working to protect the kids and families separated by ICE, including “Families Belong Together,” the family separation initiative from the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

The National Domestic Workers Alliance has been at the forefront of the fight to protect domestic workers, immigrants, women, and their families for more than a decade. The issues they have taken on are critical and cut right to the heart of who we are as a country. Late last year, I met with Ai-jen Poo and Alicia Garza to discuss ways that this team could aid their work over the coming months and years. I’m proud to tell you that NDWA has since joined the Onward Together family as an official partner.

The fights ahead are many — from reuniting families still separated to making sure that the workers who care for homes and families across the country are treated with dignity and respect. I’m honored to partner with NDWA, and I hope you’ll take a moment to learn a little more about what they’re working on.

Onward!

Hillary


Onward Together works to build a brighter future for generations to come by supporting groups that encourage people to organize in their communities or run for office. Because you’re an important part of Onward Together, we wanted you to get a chance to know these groups a little bit better. To learn more about Onward Together, click here.
The organization: National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)

The organizers: Ai-jen Poo, longtime activist for caregivers and current director of NDWA; Alicia Garza, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network and current strategy director at NDWA

The mission: To work for the respect, recognition, and inclusion in labor protections for domestic workers

The story: Two million workers — nearly all of them women — take care of the nation’s homes and families, particularly children and the elderly. Most of those two million are immigrant women and women of color. Historically, they have had few legal rights, making them vulnerable to exploitation, particularly in the case of undocumented migrant workers. Founded at the U.S. Social Forum in Atlanta, Georgia in 2007, NDWA has since launched an individual membership program, which provides benefits, training, and community to domestic workers in the U.S.

The latest: Through their “Families Belong Together” initiative, NDWA lead the fight last summer against the Trump administration’s cruel family separation policies, including more than 600 marches across all 50 states on June 30th. In November, they harnessed that incredible national energy to get people to the polls to vote for candidates who will protect domestic workers and immigrant communities alike.

The next step: Together with Senator Kamala Harris and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, NDWA recently announced Domestic Workers Bill of Rights — a groundbreaking piece of legislation that would improve the lives of domestic workers and transform the way people work in America. Learn more at domesticworkers.org

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Last month, Bill and I traveled to Puerto Rico, where we met with Governor Rosselló to discuss recovery, and the obstacles the island is facing without the federal aid they’d been promised by the Trump administration — aid that has since been significantly reduced. We also met with farmers who are working in conjunction with local food programs to rebuild agricultural infrastructure and ensure that no one is without access to a warm, healthy meal.

At Cosechas Tierra Viva farm, recycled tires that build up across the island become raised beds for cucumbers, and rainwater is harvested to water fruit trees. Franco and Natalia Marcano Medina, along with their team, are creating a model for modern farming that their neighbors can learn from and replicate. Their innovation and leadership should be heralded as the best of our country.

Stories like these have been lost recently amid the latest drama out of the White House. But when we lose the opportunity to hear each others’ stories, we lose the compassion that is so critical to our ability to move forward as one nation.

I’m proud to be a part of a team that has always been committed to focusing on people, and I’m so glad that we’re a part of each others’ stories.

Onward!

Hillary

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