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Letter to Senator Sanders

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Hi, Bernie. 

Thanks for the invitation you put out this week when you said that the Democratic Party needs to “let people in.”  We know it’s been a busy campaign, so in case you forgot, here’s what you said:

“(The Democratic Party) can do the right thing and open its doors and welcome into the party people who are prepared to fight for real economic and social change.  That is the Democratic Party I want to see, bringing in people who are willing to take on Wall Street, to take on corporate greed, and to take on a fossil fuel industry which is destroying this planet.”

Boy, is that us.  We Pro-Life Democrats want to be back in our party.  We want our political home again.  We want to be let back into the Big Tent to make real, positive changes to this country.  We’re concerned about health care.  We want to see real economic opportunities that will strengthen families.  We want to protect the environment for future generations.  We want to move this country forward.  We’re ready to fight as Democrats again, if you’ll let us come back home.

There are millions of Pro-Life Democrats. At least 21 million, as a matter of fact, and there are a heck of a lot more Pro-Life voters who would be willing to side with the Democrats if they thought that the issues most important to them could at least be part of the conversation.  We could grow the party.  You know this; you even said as much:

“Open the doors, let the people in, or the other option for the Democratic Party, which I see as a very sad and tragic option, is to choose to maintain its status quo structure, remain dependent on big money campaign contributions, and be a party with limited participation and limited energy and a party which, incredibly, is allowing a right-wing extremist Republican Party to capture the votes of a majority of working people in this country.”

You’re right.  Without us, the Democratic Party will shrink.  It already has shrunk.  Since 2008, the party has lost 69 House seats, 13 Senate seats, 910 state legislative seats, 30 state legislative chambers, and 11 governorships.

However, there’s an opportunity to turn things around.  The GOP is abandoning the Pro-Life movement.  Their candidate has advocated for war crimes, he wants to drive down wages for families, and his statements on abortion are incoherent and confusing.  Pro-Life voters are looking for a place to go.  There’s a real opportunity to turn things around and build a progressive majority.

Let us back in.  Let us help rebuild ourparty.  Let us help make the future we can all be proud of.

Thanks.

Sincerely,

Democrats For Life of America

P.S.  If you see Hillary, tell her we’d love to talk to her, too.

#openthebigtent

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Dear Pro-life Friend,

Imagine if your computer worked only two days of every three, or that your car started two mornings and then took a “day off” for the third day.  Imagine a PowerPoint presentation where every third slide was missing. . .

This is the condition of the Democratic Party in the United States.

The Democratic Party is EXCLUDING the one in three Democrats in our country who are Pro-Life. This practice alienates 21 million Democrats from the party we support. Consequently in the last three election cycles, the Democratic Party has:

  • LOST  69  House of Representative seats;
  • LOST  13 Senate seats;
  • LOST  912 State Legislature seats;
  • LOST  30 State legislative chambers; and
  • LOST  12 Governorships.

We're losing Middle America, and it's all going red

Republican legislators too often claim to be pro-life but continue to vote AGAINST legislation vital to the support of pregnant women and families including voting down the Violence Against Women Act, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (equal pay for equal work),  and the Affordable Care Act .

Currently, we have fewer Democrats in elected office than at any time since the Hoover Administration.

This Must Change.

We start here and now.

We need your financial support today.

Here is how we will begin:

  • BIG TENT advertising campaign including billboards. We want to erect as many billboards as we can at a cost of $5000 each.  Our Message: 1 in 3 Democrats is Pro-Life. Open the Big Tent!
  •  ID pro-life Democrats in key districts. With time, effort, and some funding, we can identify our pro-life Democratic friends and colleagues. There are 21 million of us! Help us find them!
  • Outreach via phone or mail to the newly identified pro-life Democrats to encourage our pro-life friends to work with us to change the party.

We have already made great progress. Just this fall, we endorsed John Bel Edwards — a whole life Democrat — who won  the Governor’s Office in a historically RED state:  Louisiana! 

You can help us achieve more by supporting the Open the Big Tent Initiative!    

We have a goal of $100,000 for this 12-month campaign.**

Winning back pro-lifers does not mean the start of a culture war — our Democratic Party is uniquely positioned to appeal to pro-lifers on a broad range of issues from abortion to the environment, to healthcare, to strengthening the social safety net for all Americans.
We MUST support courageous pro-life Democratic officials in state offices around the country as well as in Congress. I hope you will join me in this critical year for Pro-Life Democrats.

Sincerely,

 
Janet Robert
Board President  

Democrats for Life of America

**Imagine: if every pro-life Democrat in the US contributed just a dollar to this important work, we’d have $21 million to advance pro-life initiatives in the Democratic Party.

Join the Movement to Open the Big Tent

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Proposed Platform Language to Unites Democrats Around Historic Democratic Principles

"We respect the conscience of each American and recognize that members of our party have deeply held and sometimes differing positions on issues of personal conscience, such as abortion and the death penalty.  We recognize the diversity of views as a source of strength, and we welcome into our ranks all Americans who may hold differing positions on these and other issues.

However, we can find common ground.  We believe that we can reduce the number of abortions because we are united in our support for policies that assist families who find themselves in crisis or unplanned pregnancies.  We believe that women deserve to have a breadth of options available as they face pregnancy – including, among others, support and resources needed to handle the challenges of pregnancy, adoption, and parenthood; access to education, healthcare, and childcare; and appropriate child support.  We envision a new day without financial or societal barriers to bringing a planned or unplanned pregnancy to term."

 


Not all Democrats agree that abortion should be legal in all circumstances, yet the National Democratic Platform and Platforms in a majority of states represent only one position. We support language that represents all Democrats. How can you help?

1.) Contact your local Party and tell them you support the language listed below.

2.) Ask 10 friends to contact their local Party.

3.) Make a contribution to DFLA so we can continue to promote Big Tent language.

 

Over 25,000 Democrats Sign Big Tent Petition

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Democrats for Life of America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                            

MEDIA CONTACT: Kristen Day

(202) 220-3066

September 3, 2012

 

Over 25,000 Democrats Sign Big Tent Petition

Pro-life Democrats Call for Inclusive Language in Platform

Charlotte, NC – Today, a panel of pro-life Democrats announced growing support for broader platform language on abortion.  Citing moral and political reasons, the panel explained that a Democratic Party that embraces a whole life agenda would be more successful in drastically reducing abortion in America and supporting the vulnerable in society. Citing the fact that 21 million Democrats identify as pro-life, the panel explained that Democrats must make room for these voters if they hope to regain governing majorities and represent the American people.

 “Most Americans support protecting life after birth as well as some common-sense restrictions and limitations on abortion.  A broader acceptance for those who support life from womb to tomb will make our Party stronger,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats for Life of America.

DFLA Mission Statement

Democrats For Life of America advocates and supports programs and policies that respect and promote life from conception to natural death. This includes, but is not limited to, opposition to abortion, capital punishment, and euthanasia.  Learn more...