The world fundamentally changed on the day of the Women’s March in 2017. Millions of women laced up their sneakers, put on their pink hats, and took to the streets to make their voices heard.
But even after all that, I never imagined what would happen a few weeks later, on February 7. That was the day Mitch McConnell tried to silence me – and silence Coretta Scott King – on the floor of the US Senate. #ShePersisted
Elizabeth Warren will be hosting a town hall in Holden on Sunday, and you are invited! She’ll be talking and answering questions about how she’s holding the Trump Administration accountable and fighting for Massachusetts families in the Senate. This is also a chance to meet our team and learn how you can get in this fight in 2018.
Doors open at 11:00 AM, and the town hall will begin at 12:00 Noon. Admission is first come, first served. We're sorry, but signs/posters will not be permitted inside the event.
This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP here: http://elizabethwarren.com/holdentownhall
My oldest granddaughter is 16 years old. She’s smart, kind, and has a smile that lights up a room. And I don’t know how to look her in the eye and tell her that the people her Gammy works with still won’t do one single thing about guns to keep her safe at school. I don’t know how to tell her that we’ve failed her.
But I’ll tell you what has given me hope: the students in Parkland, Florida. Days after watching their friends and teachers die in front of them, they have taken to... the news, social media, and the streets to fight to be the last mass shooting victims in America. If the grown ups won’t act, they will.
I wish that I could tell you that Congress was finally willing to do something about gun control after the shooting in Parkland. Democrats have bills to ban assault weapons. Bills to require universal background checks. Bills to prevent people on the terrorist watch list from buying guns. Bills to close the gun show loophole. Bills to ban bump stocks. Bills to fund Centers for Disease Control research on gun violence. We could vote on any of those pieces of legislation right now.
But the Republicans control the House, Senate, and White House – and the truth is, I’m not optimistic. Even after Sandy Hook, and even when kids die every day in deliberate shootings, accidental shootings, drive-by shootings, and random shootings, the Republicans have blocked even the tiniest gun reform laws to protect our children and communities.
And it’s so much worse than that. Just in December, the House of Representatives passed a pro-NRA bill that would force every state – even states like Massachusetts with tough gun laws – to recognize all concealed-carry gun permits issued by any other state.
It doesn’t have to stay that way. The moment that members of Congress fear for their jobs – the moment they realize that students, teachers, moms and dads, and concerned people all across the country will hold them accountable if they don’t pass stronger gun laws – that will be the moment that change will happen.
So watch and share the powerful video of Parkland student Emma González. Join a group (or three) like Giffords Courage to End Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, or the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Talk to your friends – even your Fox News-loving friends – about why common-sense gun reform isn’t a Democratic or Republican issue, it’s an American issue. It’s a moral issue.
We can be more powerful than the NRA. We just need to fight for it.
Former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Rich Cordray is right: No matter how much Donald Trump and his team of billionaires and bankers try to gut the consumer agency, they won’t stop it from working to level the playing field for American families.
I was honored to speak this morning at the National Congress of American Indians’ Executive Council Winter Session and Tribal Nations Policy Summit. I promised tribal leaders: Every time someone brings up my family’s story, I’m going to use it to lift up the story of their families and communities.
I’m fighting my heart out this week to pass a clean Dream Act – to keep our country’s promise to 800,000 young people who have grown up here in America and who want to stay in the only home most of them have ever known. And I’m fighting my heart out in a zillion other ways to level the playing field for working families in Massachusetts and across the country.
But I did take a little time this weekend – while watching Pittsfield’s own Chris Mazdzer win the silver medal in men...
It’s been a tough couple of weeks since my last town hall in Malden — not for me, but for 800,000 young people in this country and 7,900 people right here in Massachusetts whose lives are hanging in the balance. Dreamers in Massachusetts, and dreamers across this country deserve a clean DREAM Act -- a bipartisan bill that would give young people a path to citizenship. A bill that protects those young people without subjecting their parents or their siblings to deportation. We... could do that right now, but time is running out for our Dreamers and Congress must act before the program ends on March 5th. I’ll be hosting another town hall in Franklin this Saturday and answering your questions on the budget, healthcare, DACA and any of your other concerns. #DreamActNow
Franklin Town Hall
Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 12:30PM
Franklin High School, Franklin, MA
Click to RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/franklin-town-hall-with-elizab…
It’s hard to believe that it’s only been one year since Mitch McConnell threw me off the Senate floor for reading Coretta Scott King’s letter. So much has happened since February 7, 2017 that I don’t know where to start.
But rarely a day goes by that I’m not reminded about that night – and reminded about the fire it stoked in people in Massachusetts and all across the country.
We’ve had 18 town halls across Massachusetts in the past year (#19 is this Saturday in Franklin), an...
Elizabeth Warren will be hosting a town hall in Franklin on Saturday afternoon, and you are invited! She’ll be talking and answering questions about how she’s holding the Trump Administration accountable and fighting for Massachusetts families in the Senate. This is also a chance to meet our team and learn how you can get in this fight in 2018.
Doors open at 12:30 PM, and the town hall will begin at 1:30 PM. Admission is first come, first served. We're sorry, but signs/posters will not be permitted inside the event.
This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP here: http://elizabethwarren.com/franklintownhall2018
A few weeks back, I asked people to share how you’ve persisted, stayed hopeful, and fought your hearts out over the past year. Many people wrote back — sharing your stories, words of encouragement, and tips for how to keep at it — day after day, no matter what this world, or this administration, throws at you.
This week, I’ll be sharing a few of those stories with you. They’ve recharged me for this fight, and I hope they’ll do the same for you.
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On November 8, 2016, I was devastated. I cried for weeks. I felt like I'd been socked by a 2x4. I was waiting for someone to do something, for someone to organize our devastated voices and bring us hope.
Then I heard Obama's going-away speech, saying that if you didn't like the way things were going, you should lace up your shoes and do something. I realized then that I could wait forever, but that I had to be the one in my community to do something.
I started an activist group and was joined by over 250 people who were similarly devastated. Most had never been active in politics or even community engagement before, but this was the last straw for them.
We're not the largest or the most powerful group around — there are over 20 in southeast Massachusetts alone — but we're people who have gotten off the sofa and decided to be part of the change we are seeking. It's been wonderful to see people stepping up, making calls, writing postcards, visiting legislators, and sustaining their commitment to our democratic values. It's also been wonderful seeing others stepping up to leadership roles for issue teams like our healthcare team that worked hard to protect the ACA.
I do my best to help people focus on the big rocks, rather than the distractions, and they're feeling encouraged and empowered. There's nothing that feels better, and your leadership is giving us great spark. Thank you for all you are doing in a hostile and unpredictable political environment that every day seeks a new bottom.
- Deborah, Marshfield, MA
I'm using every tool in the toolbox to fight for working families in Massachusetts and across this country.
I went to the State of the Union tonight. I wanted it burned into my eyes.
Because if there’s ever a moment when I think I’m too tired to keep fighting, all I’ll have to do is close my eyes for just a moment – and picture Donald Trump, Mike Pence and Paul Ryan patting each other’s backs for punching working families in the gut – and I’ll jump back in this fight.
Let’s be clear:...
America isn’t stronger when Donald Trump tries to rip health care away from millions of Americans. Our future isn’t stronger when he gives away gigantic tax breaks to billionaires and giant corporations so there’s no money for education, infrastructure, and the tools we need to succeed. And our moral fabric isn’t stronger when he breaks our promise to 800,000 Dreamers.
America isn’t safer when Donald Trump alienates our allies, plays a stupid, reckless game of chicken with a dangerous foreign power, and threatens nuclear war. Our economy isn’t safer when he rolls back the rules on Wall Street to let the big banks gamble with our economy again.
And America isn’t prouder when Donald Trump embraces bigotry, hatred and fear – and calls that patriotism.
The character of our country – and the state of our union – isn’t determined by our President. It’s determined by our people. So if you’re angry, frustrated, or worried – and you want something to do about it other than throwing your TV out the window – chip in right now and join our team to fight back.
Now more than ever, we’re in this fight all the way. We need you.
Elizabeth Warren will be hosting a town hall in Malden on Sunday afternoon, and you are invited! She’ll be talking and answering questions about how she’s holding the Trump Administration accountable and fighting for Massachusetts families in the Senate. This is also a chance to meet our team and learn how you can get in this fight in 2018.
Doors open at 12:00 Noon, and the town hall will begin at 1:00 PM. Admission is first come, first served. We're sorry, but signs/posters will not be permitted inside the event.
This event is free and open to the public, but please RSVP at our website: http://elizabethwarren.com/maldentownhallfb