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Busted: Trump International Hotel Gets Smacked Down By NLRB For Union-Busting

Last night, news broke that the National Labor Relations Board ruled that Donald Trump, and Trump International Hotel, has been violating law by refusing to accept the results of the Culinary Union Local 226 (UNITE HERE) certification election and then refusing to negotiate with the union.

The NLRB decision ordered the immediate “cease and desist” from “interfering with, restraining, or coercing employees” in an attempt to break the union.

The NLRB also mandated that Trump International recognize the union and open bargaining immediately.

“The National Labor Relations Board has consistently told Donald Trump and his company that the union election wasn’t rigged and that he must sit down and negotiate with the Culinary Union,” said Geoconda Arguello-Kline, Secretary-Treasurer for the Culinary Union. “Mr. Trump is breaking federal law and Trump Hotel Las Vegas is operating illegally. Mr. Trump should accept the federal government’s order to negotiate and treat his workers with respect.”

“The decision by the NLRB marks a major victory for the more than 500 workers at the Trump Hotel Las Vegas, whose right to organize and collectively bargain has been trampled by Donald Trump,” said Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO. “The decision underlines what we already know: Donald Trump lacks respect for the hardworking men and women who have made his hotel successful. For months he has violated federal laws by refusing to recognize and negotiate with Culinary Workers Union Local 226, which represents the hotel workers.”

“Donald Trump is a hypocrite, whose true feelings towards working people are clear. The workers at Trump Hotel Las Vegas deserve a say in determining their wages, benefits and working conditions. Donald Trump must come to the table and negotiate with them. The labor movement will continue to stand by these hotel workers, and all working men and women, as we fight back against attacks on our rights,” Trumka added.

Donald Trump likes to brag about his skills as a negotiator—but yesterday, he had to be ordered by the National Labor Relations Board to stop breaking the law, respect his workers’ fundamental rights to organize and bargain collectively, and come to the table,” said Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for President. “It’s appalling, but it’s not surprising. This is a man who personally signed a contract with a union-busting firm to try to stop UNITE HERE and the Culinary Workers’ Union from organizing in the first place, and engaged in a months-long intimidation campaign to bully his workers against voting to form a union.”

I was proud to visit workers on the picket line at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas, and even prouder when they overcame Donald Trump’s intimidation campaign and were officially certified as a union earlier this year. I believe that when unions are strong, families are strong—and when families are strong, America is strong. And I will always stand with workers in protecting their rights to organize, bargain collectively, be safe on the job and retire with dignity, and if I am elected President, workers will always have a seat at the table and a champion in the White House,” added Clinton. 

Throughout this entire election, workers and unions, have been speaking out against Donald Trump and his anti-worker policies. (You can see a few examples from our coverage of the Democratic National Convention.)  Working people spoke out against Trump’s support of so-called Right to Work laws, refusing to pay workers and contractors, and his refusal to negotiate with the unions inside his own companies.

Donald Trump claims to have the support on “many, many union members” and even went on to say, “I have tremendous support within unions…every poll shows it.” When in fact, polling data shows that only 36% of union members support Trump.

In September, the NH Labor News posted an article highlighting Trump’s financial support of the union-busting Governor Scott Walker.  “Because of the leaked documents, we now know that Donald Trump was one of the donors who helped Scott Walker stay in office,” wrote Liz Iacobucci.

This most recent decision by the NLRB confirms that Donald Trump does not care about workers. He does not care about workers rights to organize and collectively bargain.  He does not even care about what the law requires.

Donald Trump is only out for himself. He is the epitome of corporate greed and highlights exactly what is wrong with our country right now.

Hopefully the rest of America will see Trump for the lying fraud that he truly is and will vote for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. Then I will look forward to Wednesday when Trump will disappear and be relegated to the history books.

Personal Note:

We applaud the Culinary Union on this tremendous victory over Donald Trump and the Trump International Hotel.  The Culinary Union and UNITE HERE symbolize exactly why we must stand together to fight back against corporate greed and how unions fight for every worker.  We, as union members, should rejoice in this decision and be ready to join our fellow union members on the streets when greedy executives like Donald Trump attack working people.  

Sanders To Close 2016 Campaign With Coast-to-Coast Swing

Bernie Sanders ( Image by Phil Roeder FLIKR)

Bernie Sanders ( Image by Phil Roeder FLIKR)

BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on Tuesday will kick off a coast-to-coast campaign swing that will take him to 12 states in the closing days of the 2016 presidential election contest.

“I am working as hard as I can to see that Donald Trump is defeated, that Hillary Clinton is elected president and that Democrats gain control of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate,” Sanders said. “The day after the election, I intend to do everything I can to see that the new president and Congress implement the Democratic platform, the most progressive party agenda of any major political party in the history of the United States,” he added.

Sanders will make stops in 12 states from Maine to California to discuss the Democratic agenda which includes overturning the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, pay equity for women, expanding Social Security, a new approach toward trade, breaking up “too-big-to-fail banks,” making public colleges and universities tuition free for the middle class, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, aggressively combating climate change, raising taxes on the wealthy and large corporations, lowering prescription drug prices, a movement toward universal health care and major reforms in our criminal justice and immigration systems.

On Tuesday in New Hampshire, Sanders will campaign for Clinton and Gov. Maggie Hassan, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate. The first of two get-out-the-vote rallies is at Plymouth State University. The event will be in the Courtroom in the Hartman Union, Building 117 High St. in Plymouth. The second stop is at 2:30 p.m. at Dartmouth College’s Alumni Hall, 4 E. Wheelock St., Hanover.

Capping the day will be a third rally in Portland, Maine, where Sanders will speak at a 6:30 p.m. gathering in the gym at Deering High School, 370 Stevens Ave, Portland.

On Wednesday, Sanders goes to Michigan and Wisconsin.

In Michigan, he’ll headline a noon rally at in the Miller Auditorium at Western Michigan University, 2200 Auditorium Drive, Kalamazoo, Mich. Then he speaks at a 3:15 p.m. rally at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons, 700 Cottageview Drive, Suite 200, Traverse City.

In Wisconsin, Sanders will campaign for Clinton and former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold at a 5:30 p.m. rally at Turner Hall, 1034 N 4th St., Milwaukee.

Leading up to Election Day next Tuesday, Sanders also plans campaign stops in Ohio, North Carolina, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada and California.

The Human Rights Campaign Releases New Ad: “Clinton & Hassan For Equality”

hrc-hassan-clinton-ad-screen-shotNew ad features Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senate candidate Maggie Hassan, staunch equality advocates endorsed by HRC

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released a new digital ad in New Hampshire for Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senate candidate Maggie Hassan. With one week until Election Day, the ad highlights for New Hampshire voters the strong pro-equality records of both Secretary Clinton and Governor Hassan and their commitment to fighting for all New Hampshire families.

In “Clinton & Hassan For Equality,” Governor Hassan discusses the importance of ensuring equal rights and protections for all Americans: “New Hampshire has a long tradition of inclusiveness. We all grow stronger together, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”

The ad also features Secretary Clinton talking about the issues at stake in this election for LGBTQ people and their families: “We’re going to have an election that is truly going to be about fundamental rights: marriage equality, taking on the continuing discrimination against the LGBT community. We’ve got to address the growing crisis of transphobic violence.”

Watch: “Clinton & Hassan For Equality

“With Hillary Clinton in the White House and Maggie Hassan in the Senate, we will have two leaders committed to securing full equality for all Americans,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “New Hampshire voters have a clear choice this election — and by electing Hillary Clinton and Maggie Hassan, they can help ensure our nation continues moving forward.”

Hillary Clinton has embraced the most pro-LGBTQ equality platform of any major presidential candidate in the nation’s history. Governor Hassan has fought for the rights of all citizens to participate fully in the civic and economic life of their communities, working tirelessly as a State Senator to help make New Hampshire one of the first states to pass legislation ensuring access to legal marriage for all. Earlier this year, she made history by signing an executive order extending non-discrimination protections to transgender people in New Hampshire with respect to government employment, contracts, and programs.

Clinton & Hassan For Equality” is part of HRC’s digital campaign targeting pro-equality voters across New Hampshire. With control of the Senate potentially hinging on the outcome of the New Hampshire Senate race, it is critically important that the nearly 40,000 LGBTQ voters in the state and their allies make their voices heard by casting a ballot for Hillary Clinton and Maggie Hassan.

The campaign is part of a larger get-out-the-vote effort aimed at mobilizing 10 million LGBTQ voters nationwide, as well as millions of other pro-equality voters.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

Paid for by the Human Rights Campaign Equality Votes and not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

AFL-CIO Begins Final Phase of 2016 Campaign

Ground game and digital blitz to target millions of union households and allies

(Washington, DC) – In the final days before the election, the AFL-CIO will drive a powerful grassroots program and launch a digital ad blitz to union households and allies. The final stretch of the campaign is underlined by speaking with millions of voters at the doors and on the phones, delivering millions of mailers and a six-figure digital ad buy in battleground states.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka began the countdown to election day with a new video message that makes the closing argument for Hillary Clinton.

“The case for Hillary Clinton stands on its own,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “We are not choosing the Apprentice. We’re electing the leader of the United States of America. Hillary has the ideas, experience and drive to transform our economy into an engine for shared prosperity.”

In addition, the AFL-CIO will roll out digital ads on ten prominent media sites in the battleground states of Florida, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Readers of the Las Vegas Review Journal, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Orlando Weekly, Tampa Bay Times, Jacksonville FOX-WFOX, Jacksonville First Coast News, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Columbus Dispatch, Toledo Blade, Philadelphia Inquirer and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will see the ads which redirect to a new landing page. You can view the ads here: http://bit.ly/2fgcrrG.

Starting Monday, union members and allies can help build a symbolic wall around the White House to keep Donald Trump out at www.StopTrump.org.

In Philadelphia, radio ads on African American stations will build on the AFL-CIO’s Black voter program and encourage turnout in the community.

Nearly half a million mailers and 1.4 million slate cards listing pro-worker candidates will reach union households in key states by Election Day. All three AFL-CIO officers will continue their rigorous travel schedule across the country to engage with union members in battleground states including Florida, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

NH Educator Praises Clinton’s New ‘Better Than Bullying’ Plan

Educators stand with Hillary in declaring that we must be “Better than Bullying” 

Eskelsen García: “Clinton understands that kindness, collaboration and cooperation are important in school and in life” 

WASHINGTON— NEA President Lily Eskelsen García provided the following response today to Hillary Clinton’s release of Better than Bullying, a plan to provide $500 million in new funding to states to help children, families and educators confront the challenge of bullying and heal divisions in communities around the nation:

“Like our educators, Hillary Clinton understands that kindness, collaboration and cooperation are important in school and in life,” said Eskelsen García. “The rise in vitriolic speech in classrooms and the anxiety created by Donald Trump illustrate that students need this support now more than ever. Educators are proud to have a partner in policies that help our children and look forward to working with Secretary Clinton to implement these proposals as president.” 

The Better than Bullying plan was released this morning in a telebriefing featuring educator and NEA-New Hampshire member Anne McQuade along with campaign representatives and experts. McQuade is teaches English language learners in Manchester, a federally mandated refugee relocation center. Her students frequently describe their fear of a Trump presidency, and she reassures them by saying that they are safe here in America and that the United States will protect them and their families. 

“A student from Mexico stood in front of my desk with watery eyes and asked, ‘Miss, is it true if Donald Trump is elected President of the United States, my family will be kicked out of America?’ and ‘Do you think they will take my Dad away? He brings food home and I don’t know what we will do without him,'” McQuade said. “Students should not be thinking about being deported or discriminated against. They should be thinking about their math homework and essays.” 

A recent report by the nonpartisan Southern Poverty Law Center indicated Trump’s divisive, hate-filled campaign has directly impacted America’s classrooms. More than two-thirds of educators said students–mainly immigrants, children of immigrants and Muslims – have expressed concern about what may happen to their families after the election, and more than half of educators have seen an increase in uncivil political discourse. From mocking  the disabled, to demeaning women for their appearance, to calling Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “criminals,” Donald Trump has made no apologies to the growing list of people that he has attempted to bully since the launch of his hate-filled campaign. Earlier this month, the NEA unveiled a digital and direct mail campaign to raise awareness about the harmful effects of Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric on America’s schoolchildren.  

Clinton’s Better Than Bullying initiative would provide $500 million in new funding to states that develop comprehensive anti-bullying plans, empowering communities to improve school climates and support our kids. States will have flexibility in tailoring anti-bullying plans to their local communities, in keeping with national priorities outlined by the campaign. Those priorities and examples of policy interventions and investments states can pursue can be found here.  

Previously in the campaign, Clinton has outlined a number of initiatives that complement the Better Than Bullying initiative and its goals, including her commitment to end the school-to-prison pipeline, fight for full equality for LGBT people, and support Americans living with mental health problems and illnesses.

Of the NEA’s nearly 3 million members, 76 percent are women. The majority of NEA members are college educated and reside in suburbs and exurbs. NEA members live in every state and congressional district. The college educated women demographic is perhaps the most critical set in this election, and tens of thousands of NEA educators across the country are working hard on behalf of Secretary Clinton to ensure she is our next president. 

(Featured image: Hillary Clinton speaking on July 29, 2016 – Harrisburg, PA. Photo by Adam Schultz for Hillary for America.)

One Of The Most Powerful Clinton Ads Yet

In New Ad, Khizr Khan Asks Donald Trump: ‘Would My Son Have a Place in Your America?’

Hillary for America is airing a powerful testimonial ad from Khizr Khan, a Virginia Gold Star father, who recounts the story of his son Captain Humayun Khan, who tragically lost his life in Iraq while saving every member of his unit. Captain Khan ordered his unit to back away from an oncoming suicide bomber while he moved towards it to protect and defend them.

On the debate stage Wednesday night, Clinton responded to questions about Trump’s recent attacks on women by outlining his long pattern of attacking a variety of Americans, including disabled Americans, veterans, Latinos, African-Americans and Muslim Americans like the Khan family.

The ad ends with Khizr saying, “I want to ask Mr. Trump, would my son have a place in your America?”

Watch Captain Khan

Not only has Trump repeatedly attacked Muslim Americans in this campaign, he has also insulted our men and women in uniform by arguing he knows more than the generals and repeatedly denigrating our veterans and military families. Khizr Khan, joined by his wife Ghazala, delivered one of the most powerful speeches at the Democratic National Convention this summer and were subsequently attacked repeatedly by Donald Trump.

[Leo W Gerard] Donald Trump: Valueless

Warren Buffett threw down the gauntlet to Donald Trump again last week. It happened after Trump lied about Buffett’s federal income tax payments on national TV.

During the second presidential debate on Oct. 9, Trump said Buffett “took a massive deduction,” suggesting it was the kind that the Republican nominee used for years to dodge income taxes.

The next morning, Buffett reported to the world that he paid federal taxes every year since 1944 when he was 13. He owed $7 then. Last year, he paid $1.8 million, about 16 percent of his $11.6 million income. He gave $2.858 billion to charity that year. Yes, that’s billion with a b.

By contrast, Trump’s “charitable” foundation is under investigation for self-dealing, and he is the first presidential candidate in 40 years to refuse to disclose any federal income tax information.

In August, Buffett, who is six times richer than Trump, challenged the Republican nominee to a tax throw down. The point of honor in that duel would be revealing their returns. Buffet pointed out that both men are under audit, so that would be no excuse to chicken out. Still, Trump begged off.

Image By DonkeyHotey on FLIKR

Image By DonkeyHotey on FLIKR

It’s not enough for a presidential candidate to boast before adoring crowds. It’s crucial that candidates both embody and demonstrate American values. Those standards don’t include lying or shirking taxes or bragging about sexual assault or creating a charity to pay a candidate’s own bills. Buffett demonstrates American values in both words and actions. Trump displays utter obliviousness to those values.

Trump claims he’s going to be the law-and-order president. But in the second presidential debate, he admitted he used a nearly $1 billion business loss to avoid paying federal income taxes for years.

That means he didn’t contribute to uniforms or cars or guns for FBI agents or offices for federal prosecutors or salaries for federal judges. He’s a $10 billionaire. But he didn’t participate. He didn’t help pay for law and order. Or for veterans’ hospitals or protective gear for military personnel, for that matter. Or border patrols. He’s all bluster, but no action when the dollars count.

Trump said “that’s smart,” when confronted with his tax shirking. To mill workers and waitresses and school teachers, whose federal taxes are deducted from every paycheck, it’s not smart. It’s cheating. It’s dishonorable. It’s unethical.

Like virtually all wealthy people, Warren Buffett paid less than half the highest marginal rate of 39.6 percent. His was lower because of deductions for charitable contributions and state income taxes.

Buffett has said repeatedly, however, that such a low rate for the wealthy is inappropriate. He thinks it should be 30 percent, no matter the deductions, for anyone earning more than $5 million. That’s called the Buffett Rule because he has so strongly espoused it.

By contrast, Trump wants to lower taxes on the wealthy.

Despite Buffett’s billions, he believes in a very basic American value, the meritocracy. He plans to give 99 percent of his $65 billion fortune to philanthropic causes during his lifetime. That means his three children will inherit precious little. He explained the philosophy behind that to Fortune magazine, saying he would give them, “enough money so that they would feel they could do anything but not so much that they could do nothing.”

Giving any child, as he put it, “a lifetime supply of food stamps just because they came out of the right womb” was harmful and an antisocial act. That is a man who opposes aristocracy.

By contrast, Trump would slash the current inheritance tax by more than half, an act that would sustain aristocracy in America, like the one Trump’s own fortune arose from.

Buffett started giving his money away in 2006. He pledged most of it to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Not long afterward, the three billionaires asked other wealthy Americans to pledge at least half of their fortunes to charity.

In a letter making that request, Buffett wrote, “The asset I most value, aside from health, is interesting, diverse, and long-standing friends.”

He said living in America, luck and compound interest had brought him wealth, and he and his family felt gratitude for that. If they were to spend more than 1 percent of their fortune on themselves, he said, their happiness and well-being would not be enhanced. “In contrast, that remaining 99 percent can have a huge effect on the health and welfare of others. That reality sets an obvious course for me and my family. Keep all we can conceivably need and distribute the rest to society, for its needs.”

That is an American value: help others pull themselves up by their bootstraps.

Donald Trump did not pledge 50 percent of his fortune to charity. In fact, his relationship with charity is truly suspect. His namesake foundation is under investigation. A new report by the New York Daily News raises doubts about whether Trump ever paid the $10,000 he pledged to 9/11 funds. And it took public badgering on Twitter late in May by Washington Post investigative reporter David A. Fahrenthold to get Trump to finally pay to veterans’ groups the $1 million Trump had promised at a Jan. 28 nationally televised fundraiser.

Fahrenthold also found that what appears on its face to be Trump’s charitable group, the Donald Trump Foundation, may not really be much of a charity. It gave money improperly to a political candidate, then lied about it on an IRS document. It may have violated laws against self-dealing by using $258,000 in foundation money to settle lawsuits against Trump and to purchase two massive portraits of Trump and a Tim Tebow football helmet. And Trump failed to properly register the foundation after he stopped giving his own money to it in 2008 and used other people’s money to fund it.

That’s not very charitable.

After Trump boasted during the campaign that he donated millions, the Washington Post made a concerted effort to track down those gifts. It couldn’t find millions. It discovered that between 2006 and May of 2016 Trump gave less than $800,000. That would be less than $80,000 a year. From a guy who claims to be a billionaire.

That does not appear to be much of an effort to help Americans who were born with no spoon in their mouths.

Buffett urged the wealthy to join him in giving to charity to aid those who drew short straws in life. Donald Trump urged the wealthy to give to his charity to aid his ability to buy portraits of himself.

America expects more in its presidents.

Presidential Race: Different Tax Policies Would Have HUGE Effects On Working People

Underneath all the headlines about emails and wandering hands, there are some very important policy differences between the two presidential candidates.  Let’s start with tax policies.

Donald trump 5 (Gage skidmore Flikr)Donald Trump:

  • His plan would give highest-income taxpayers – those with incomes of more than $3.7 million – an average tax cut of $1.1 million.
  • About 8 million large families and single parents would see their taxes increase under his proposals.
  • His tax plan would add about $7.2 trillion to the national debt over the next decade.
  • His plan would cut taxes for hedge fund operators and other money managers by more than a third — allowing them to use a special 15% “pass-through” tax rate.

hillary clinton (WisPolitics.com FLIKR)Hillary Clinton:

  • Her plan would reduce taxes for low- and moderate-income households by an average of $100.
  • High-income taxpayers would see an average tax hike of $118,000.
  • Her tax plan would increase federal revenue by $1.4 trillion over the next decade (which could be used to lower the federal debt, or to offset spending).

Donald Trump is old enough to remember what happens when the rich get tax cuts:

  • Ronald Reagan’s 1981 tax cut: “Despite the tax cuts, business investment remained weak… The ballooning budget deficit forced Mr. Reagan to give ground” and taxes were raised again in 1986. And the deficit kept growing, until George H.W. Bush broke his “no new taxes” pledge in 1990.
  • George W. Bush’s 2001 tax cut package was supposed to create enough new jobs to pay back the entire federal debt.  Instead, those tax cuts contributed to record-setting federal deficits.
  • Bush’s 2003 tax cut package didn’t fix the economy, either; and as the deficit kept rising, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan suggested reducing Social Security to pay for the cuts.
  • By 2006, even the US Treasury was saying that tax cuts for the rich don’t do much of anything… other than cut taxes for the rich.

But here we are, just three weeks from the election, and the mainstream media is focused on leaked emails and wandering hands… and there’s almost no mention of the fact that Trump wants to give the highest-income taxpayers an average $1.1 million tax break

There’s almost no mention of the fact that his proposal would add $7.2 trillion to the national debt.

There’s almost no mention of the fact that these sorts of tax cuts never, ever generate the kind of job growth that they’re supposed to.  (Why?  Maybe because corporate decision-makers keep spending their extra money on Wall Street rather than hiring workers.  Just last year alone, corporations spent more than $5.5 trillion buying shares of stock in their own or other companies.  That same amount of money could have created more than 70 million median-wage jobs.)

Three weeks out from the election, and almost no-one in the mainstream media is looking at how Trump’s “greatest tax cut ever!” would actually affect our country.  So if you think your friends might be interested in this, please use social media to share it.

The Tax Policy Center analysis of the presidential candidates’ tax policies is available here.

Clinton Campaign Bolsters National Women’s Push in Wake of Powerful Michelle Obama Speech on Trump’s Sexism

Campaign to Focus on Getting Out the Vote Among Women, Including GOP Women, Repulsed By Trump Views and Actions

July 29, 2016 - Harrisburg, PA.  By Adam Schultz for Hillary for America.

July 29, 2016 – Harrisburg, PA.
By Adam Schultz for Hillary for America.

Following First Lady Michelle Obama’s powerful speech outlining the stakes of this election for American women, Hillary for America is dispatching top women surrogates to battleground states across America, as well as deepening its concentrated national effort to emphasize the troubling accusations against Donald Trump and his degrading comments about women to women voters. The Clinton campaign will have hundreds of events nationwide this weekend to contact women voters, including many Republican women, and urge them to register, vote early or get out the vote for Clinton ahead of November. 

In addition, Hillary for America is launching a new call team feature to its voter call tool, including a new “FLOTUS Call Team,” where supporters can join together as a community around the First Lady’s statement that “enough is enough” and make phone calls to turn out voters for Clinton in the election. Additionally, on Saturday, women’s health advocate Cecile Richards will join her daughter, Hillary for America’s Lily Adams, for a Facebook Live on Hillary for America’s Facebook page to launch their own “Mother-Daughter Team” to contact voters and echo Obama’s message.

“This week has further shown just how high the stakes are for women in this election,” said Mini Timmaraju, Hillary for America’s Women’s Vote Director. “Donald Trump believes women are to be degraded and demeaned, while Hillary Clinton has been fighting for women’s rights for 40 years, with concrete plans to support them and their families as president. Our campaign is mobilizing women disgusted by Trump to organize their communities and get out the vote for Clinton, either during early voting or on Election Day.”

Hillary for America’s state campaigns will focus their organizing activities on women this weekend, launching women-to-women phone banks, canvasses, voter registration drives and Get Out the Early Vote events across critical battlegrounds. Recent polls show that Trump is lagging badly among women voters — woefully underperforming 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney in critical, vote-rich areas like the Philadelphia suburbs — giving Clinton an opening to further widen the gender gap, effectively walling off Trump’s capacity to make the gains he needs to win.

Additionally, starting today, top Clinton supporters and surrogates are hitting the campaign trail to emphasize the choice women have in this election. Today, for example, Chelsea Clinton was in Pittsburgh, urging women on campus at Pitt to reject Trump’s offensive candidacy, while Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado joined local athletes to reject Trump’s defense of his degrading comments as “locker room talk.” Additionally, Eva Longoria urged Latinas to register to vote in Orlando and EMILY’s List president Stephanie Schriock did grassroots organizing activity in North Carolina, while former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will give remarks decrying recent Trump revelations tonight in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

This weekend, Anne Holton will campaign in North Florida, focusing on reaching out to women voters, while members of Congress like Amy Klobuchar, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Grace Meng, Sheila Jackson Lee, Donna Edwards, Brenda Lawrence and Barbara Lee join actors and activists like Alfre Woodard, Connie Britton, Danai Gurira, Marlo Thomas, Naturi Naughton, Erika Alexander, Busy Philipps, NARAL president Ilyse Hogue and former HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to campaign across Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Florida, Nevada, Iowa, Virginia, Michigan and Wisconsin, to spread Clinton’s message that women need someone who will fight for — not degrade — them in the White House.

If you missed it, below is the full speech from First Lady Michelle Obama recorded in New Hampshire on Thursday.

Elected Leaders And National Allies To Meet With Volunteers, Kick Off Canvasses Across New Hampshire

Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Governor Maggie Hassan, Reps. Annie Kuster, Carol Shea-Porter and Niki Tsongas, Councilor Colin Van Ostern, and NARAL President Ilyse Hogue to Campaign for Hillary Clinton and Democrats Up and Down the Ticket

This weekend, elected and former officials and national allies will meet with volunteers and kick off canvasses across the state, discussing Hillary Clinton’s plan to build an economy that works for everyone — not just those at the top. During the events, surrogates will also lay out what’s at stake for women, children, and families this election, and contrast Hillary Clinton’s lifelong record of fighting for women and families with Trump’s record of offensive and demeaning comments and behavior towards women. 

Weekend speakers will include Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Governor Maggie Hassan, Congresswoman Annie Hassan, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, Congresswoman Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts. Executive Councilor and candidate for governor Colin Van Ostern, and NARAL President Ilyse Hogue.

As part of the “New Hampshire Together” coordinated campaign, volunteers will go door-to-door to talk to voters about the stark difference between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Supporters will work to engage voters on key issues, including creating new good-paying jobs, encouraging small business growth, increasing the minimum wage, making college more affordable, tackling climate change, providing tax relief for working families, and fighting for affordable child care.

Additionally, the surrogates will urge Granite Staters to remember First Lady Michelle Obama’s call to action – especially among women – that “We have knowledge, we have a voice, we have a vote” and that on Election Day, New Hampshire voters “can come together and declare that enough is enough, and we do not tolerate this kind of behavior in our country.”

With more people voting in this election than any in history, the surrogates will also talk about the importance of electing Democrats up and down the ticket and urge New Hampshire voters to visit iwillvote.com/learn to ensure that they have all the information they need to vote on Election Day. Additionally, they will remind volunteers to communicate to voters that New Hampshire offers same-day voter registration.

Media that would like to attend any of these events are asked to RSVP to Victor Reyes at vreyes@hillaryclinton.com.

SATURDAY, October 15

Salem Canvass Kick-Off with Governor Jack Markell and Councilor Colin Van Ostern

WHEN: Saturday, October 15 at 9:15 AM

WHERE: 15 Ermer Road


Manchester Canvass Kick-Off with Councilor Colin Van Ostern and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 10:15AM 

WHERE: 266 Mammoth Rd, Manchester, NH


Newmarket Canvass Kick-Off with Congresswoman Niki Tsongas

WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 9:15 AM

WHERE: Newmarket Office, 178 Main St, Newmarket


Milford Canvass Kick-Off with Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and Congresswoman Annie Kuster

WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 12:15 PM

WHERE: Milford Office, 52 Nashua St, Milford


Peterborough Canvass Kick-Off with Congresswoman Annie Kuster

WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 3:15 PM

WHERE: Peterborough Office, 1 Jaffrey Road, Unit #11, Peterborough


Salem Canvass Kick-Off with Illyse Hoge and Governor Maggie Hassan

WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 3:15 PM

WHERE: Salem Office, 15 Ermer Rd, Salem


SUNDAY, October 16

New London Canvass Kick-Off with Congresswoman Annie Kuster

WHEN: Sunday, October 16, 12:15 PM

WHERE: 29, Little Sunapee Road, New London


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