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Onward Together!

I wanted to share a few things that I’ve been thinking about in the first weeks of the year:

Here on the East Coast, we’ve seen a few victories; in New York, the state senate passed automatic voter registration to increase voting access, while in Virginia, Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn was sworn in as the first female House Speaker in the history of the Commonwealth.

For Politico, I wrote about my friend Ellen Tauscher, who passed away in 2019. She was an arms control expert, a feminist, a tireless negotiator, and a big-hearted friend who woke up every day determined to make a difference.

And lastly, we’ve added one more Onward Together partner: Living United for Change in Arizona, also known as LUCHA. LUCHA has been a part of the Onward family, and we’re thrilled to have made them an official partner. Take a moment to learn more about their work below, then join them in the fight for a more fair Arizona.



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: Living United for Change in Arizona

The mission: To advance social, racial and economic justice for every Arizonan through grassroots campaigns, leadership development, advocacy and civic engagement

The story: LUCHA was launched with the intention of organizing Arizona’s low- and moderate-income and minority families to take action on the issues most important to them and advance the cause of social and economic justice for all. Working in collaboration with sister organizations, LUCHA incorporates leadership development, along with grassroots issue-based campaigns, advocacy and civic engagement, to create an Arizona in which every resident has an equal voice in determining the policies and shaping the decision-making bodies that will govern our communal life.

The latest: In 2016, Arizona voters passed Proposition 206, which provides up to five days of paid sick time for all workers and raises the state minimum wage, by a near 20-point margin. LUCHA put Prop 206 on the ballot and was instrumental in its passing. Prop 206 has grown Arizona’s economy by almost $1 billion, lowered the unemployment rate, and even increased jobs in the food and hospitality industries.

In both the 2018 and 2019 legislative sessions, Governor Ducey and the state legislature tried to dismantle Prop 206, despite voters’ resounding enthusiasm. So, LUCHA fought back. And when they tried to take away peoples’ right to their minimum wage, LUCHA came out in full force. Its members made thousands of phone calls and knocked on thousands of doors, and even digitally organized neighborhoods and targeted Legislative districts. In the end, workers’ wages were protected, but the fight will continue.

The next step: LUCHA is working to reform the criminal justice system in Arizona, provide immigration and DACA resources to members, and advocate for change at the state level. Join in at luchaaz.org

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Ellen was on Hillary’s State Department team that worked with Lavrov’s team to write the New START treaty. Look for Hillary at the 33:50 mark.

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If you have been around here long enough, you will remember former California Rep Ellen Tauscher’s service as an undersecretary in Hillary’s State Department. She was a key figure in the development of the New START, and an early endorser of Ready for Hillary.


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Dear Still,

Wow! Since Ready for Hillary officially launched last week we have seen an outpouring of support that is really just stunning.

We put together a video that compiles some of the things we’ve done so far, and I wanted to make sure you were the first to see it. Remember — this wouldn’t have happened without the amazing early support YOU are showing for Hillary.

Mother Jones recently ran a piece with the headline, “The Ready for Hillary Super-PAC is the Real Deal.” And you better believe it. We’ve gained the support of prominent political figures including James Carville, former Congresswoman and Under Secretary of State Ellen Tauscher, long-time Clinton supporter Harold Ickes, and just yesterday President Clinton’s former Press Secretary, Dee Dee Myers, offered her support on Twitter! Oh — and we are adding a new Facebook fan every 14 seconds!

There is a clear interest in beginning to build a state-by-state, neighbor-to-neighbor network, like President Obama did, to support Hillary right now so we are ready should she run for President in 2016. We are just beginning what will be a long journey; however, we should take a moment to celebrate what you accomplished this week.

Take a minute and watch this video showing the highlights of the past week! Make sure you pass this along to your friends. This movement depends on growing support one person at a time.

And to cap off this amazing week, we have now reached over 1,000 grassroots donors. This is a tremendous accomplishment that blew me away — and we’re just getting started.

Thank you again for stepping up to the plate as we build a campaign that will help Hillary should she run.


Allida Black
Ready for Hillary Chair

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