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Peter Rothberg

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Matt Damon's Birthday Wish

There's one thing Matt Damon wants New Yorkers to give him for his 40th birthday: a vote on November 2 on the Working Families Party line.

Since its founding in 1998, as Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel recently explained, the Working Families Party (WFP) has emerged as New York State's, and one of the country's, liveliest progressive political forces by bringing disaffected Democrats, union members and independents into a coalition with insurgent Democratic candidates. And the party is growing. The WFP is also on the ballot in five other states that allow the fusion voting system that affords a way to vote your values without spoiling an election—Connecticut, Vermont, Oregon, Delaware and South Carolina.

On the ground, the WFP has been instrumental in raising New York’s minimum wage, reforming the draconian Rockefeller drug laws, passing one of the most ambitious state-wide Green Jobs programs in the nation, raising taxes on the wealthy instead of cutting schools and healthcare for the poor and holding moderate Democrats’ feet to the fire to make sure health care reform did not fall apart this past spring.

Let Matt Damon explain further:

Votes on the WFP ballot line count the same, but they send a powerful message about the world we want to see. So if you live in New York, Connecticut, Vermont, Oregon, Delaware and South Carolina, remember to vote on the WFP line.

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