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  • People’s rights, not politics

    As Democrats, our agenda is full equality under the law for every American.

    Last night, I attended the DNC's annual LGBT Leadership Gala — and wow was it a great night!

    Not only did we have our fabulous First Lady, Jason Collins, Sara Bareilles, and Andy Cohen in attendance, we had hundreds of Democrats fired up and ready to fight for equality.

    There is no gay agenda or straight agenda. As Democrats, our only agenda is full equality under the law for every American. Because this issue isn't about politics, it’s about people's rights.

    For so many Americans, when the President signed the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, it was personal. When he put in place hospital visitation rights for LGBT couples, it meant the world to some couples. When his administration established and developed the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy, it was life-changing. And when his administration filed a brief with the Supreme Court urging them to strike down Proposition 8, he sent the message that we as Americans will not tolerate inequality.

    Of course there is more to do. But by coming together at events like last night's and supporting the President and Democrats in Congress, we can do it.

    It is an undeniable fact that after years of dogged determination by LGBT leaders, activists and grassroots supporters, the tide is turning in our favor. But we can’t turn back for a second.

    We need to support candidates who are working toward real equality.

    Please join us and fight for equal rights for every American.

    Fight for equality

  • #ThankATeacher

    In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked members of the DNC leadership team to share stories about their favorite teachers. Here's what a few of them had to say.

  • Sign Michelle Obama’s Mother’s Day Card

    In honor of Mother's Day, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz sent the following email to supporters asking them to sign a special Mother's Day card for Michelle Obama.

    Friend --

    When I first came to Washington in 2005, there weren't a lot of people who understood why I carried around crayons in my purse.

    You see, there weren't all that many moms with young kids working in Congress -- not many people who understood what it was like balancing taking care of my constituents with taking care of my three kids, Jake, Rebecca, and Shelby.

    So I was excited when Michelle Obama became the first mother in years to have young children in the White House. In the time since, I've been incredibly inspired by how she's managed to balance her duties as First Lady with what she says is her most important job -- being Sasha and Malia's mom.

    This Mother's Day, I want to let the First Lady know how much she's admired and appreciated.

    Join me, and add your name to my card wishing the First Lady a happy Mother's Day.

    Over the past few years, the First Lady has done so much to help kids, veterans, and military families -- and she's raising two strong and smart daughters while doing it.

    We're lucky to have Michelle Obama as our First Lady, and Sasha and Malia are lucky to have her as a mom.

    Wish her a happy Mother's Day today.

    Thanks,

    Debbie

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz
    Chair
    Democratic National Committee

    P.S. -- If you haven't yet, make sure to pick up a card for your own mom!

  • Thanks, Ms. Botton

    It's Teacher Appreciation Week. As Democrats, we know that our most important investments are the ones we make in our kids. That's why, for years, we've been on the cutting edge of education reform. From FDR signing the G.I. Bill to President Obama overhauling student loans, Democrats have consistently invested to provide our kids with a first-rate education and the tools necessary to drive our economy forward with more job creation and opportunity. We also recognize that funding and programs alone won't solve all of our problems. Democrats understand that in order to create world-class institutions of learning, we have to reward, retain, and attract world-class teachers — teachers like my favorite teach growing up, Francine Botton. Ms. Botton was my fifth and sixth grade teacher at Magnolia Open Elementary School in Long Beach, New York, and like so many teachers across our country, she inspired me and all of my classmates to study hard and dream big. She was part mom, part educator, helping her students realize that anything was possible for us. She picked us up when we were down and pushed us when she knew we could do better.

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  • Democrats: Committed to working families

    As a working mom, I’ve always been a big fan of “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day,” and I couldn’t wait to meet everyone’s families at the DNC headquarters this year! I have twins, Rebecca and Jake, who are about to head into high school and my baby girl, Shelby, is nine years old. With them in mind, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about and advocating for policies that will help provide families the opportunity to succeed both at work and at home. This is personal for me.

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  • Round Two Starts Now

    Ninety percent of Americans support background checks -- including a majority of gun owners -- but 90 percent of Republicans in the Senate caved to the NRA's lobbying machine and blocked the vote. But we are not backing down. Round two starts now.

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  • President Obama has made it clear that after witnessing far too many tragedies, we have an obligation to try to do something. Republicans, however, seem to believe their only obligation is to obstruct the will of the American people and stand up for a small portion of the country. That’s not what the American people want – and Republicans will have to confront this issue again and again. And if they continue to stand in the way of these common sense reforms, they’ll pay the price with voters. – DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  • We Must Rededicate Ourselves to the Fight for Equality for Women

    In November, women overwhelmingly supported President Obama—and that’s because we knew as women that President Barack Obama has and always will fight for us. This is why on National Equal Pay Day, alongside President Obama, we must rededicate ourselves to the fight for equality and understand that our work is far from finished. Because these issues are not just women’s issues; they are issues for all of our families.

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