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Monday, 21 April 2014 19:37

PDA History 2014

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In 2014, we continued where we left off. In January, we held another Round Table meeting, and expanded our Educate Congress letter drops calling for single payer healthcare, and opposing both the TPP and cuts to Food Stamps. 

We lost the fight to prevent cuts to the SNAP program in the Farm Bill in the House by a 251-166 vote. Undaunted, we stepped up our efforts to defeat “Fast Track” legislation and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on both the House and Senate side. Economic and Social Justice Issue Team Coordinator Randy Shannon helped keep PDA supporters well-informed and connected with these issues, and Andrea Miller has been a key organizer working with the national stop the TPP coalition.

Monday, 21 April 2014 19:30

PDA History 2013 - PDA Organizing in Overdrive

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From the People’s Inaugural to Progressive Round Tables

Progressive Democrats of America kept up our intensity in 2013. When other organizations celebrated during inaugural weekend in D.C., PDA convened another Progressive Central. This conference and work session, dubbed “The Peoples’ Inaugural,” brought together leading progressives and PDA organizers at the University of D.C. Law School.



Monday, 21 April 2014 19:27

PDA History 2012 - Turning the Tide

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PDA kicked off 2012 with a powerful presence, greeting Democrats who participated there, getting impressive coverage, especially for asking Iowans to “send a message to President Barack Obama by organizing people to vote for uncommitted in the Iowa Democratic caucuses.” Also in January, PDA leadership joined many of our Board members and allies presenting and leading panels at the second annual Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Policy Summit in Baltimore, Maryland. As usual, we spent most of the time organizing and working, then heard our board member Jim Hightower, the featured speaker.

Monday, 21 April 2014 19:26

PDA History 2011 — Working in a Hostile House

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If progressives were frustrated by failure to win major victories in  previous years, after the GOP / Tea Party takeover of the House we faced  a far more difficult task. Friendly Committee Chairs like PDA Board  Member John Conyers had to hand over their gavels to Republicans.  Legislation that made progress from 2007 to 2010 suddenly slammed into  brick walls. National Director Tim Carpenter led PDA’s response, with  help from Deputy Director Conor Boylan, the revamped national staff,  along with our tireless Issue Team organizers and our state and local  coordinators.

2010: We hate to say we told you so, but....

PDA kicked off 2010 by launching the Brown Bag Lunch Vigil (BBLV)  movement in January. An expansion of our Healthcare NOT Warfare  campaign, BBLVs take our message to district offices of Congress  members. PDA members and others advocate for increased funding for  domestic needs. PDA and an expanding partnership have continued these  vigils--usually every third Wednesday.

“We have frequently printed the word Democracy. Yet I cannot too often repeat, that it is a word the real gist of which still sleeps, quite unawakened,” wrote Walt Whitman in Democratic Vistas. “It is a great word, whose history, I suppose, remains unwritten, because that history has yet to be enacted.”

It would be easy to make a list of 10 bad things—wars, government shut-down, drone attacks, lack of progress on immigrant rights, lousy health-care reform.  But it’s also been a year of extraordinary activism: whistleblowers, DREAMers, Walmart workers, peacemakers, gay rights advocates, garment workers. As the year ends, let’s pay tribute to the good things their efforts have wrought.

Monday, 23 December 2013 18:26

Celebrating Teamwork - Preparing for 2014

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It’s been quite a year. And thanks to a very generous offer from our allies at Social Security Works, we can hit the ground running in 2014—because they have offered to match $5,000 in donations, dollar-for-dollar! That means your donation is worth twice as much! Happy New Year! If you would like to double your money by donating to PDA now, please click here.

We promise to make as good use of our limited dollars next year as we did in 2013. It was a very busy year:

Just before Tim Carpenter came back home to Orange County in October for a Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) event in Santa Ana, he confided in an email that his doctors might not clear him to travel.

Wednesday, 04 December 2013 17:15

An Outsider on the Inside

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Though battling terminal illness, Tim Carpenter is still busy moving Congress left. Tim Carpenter is the national director of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA). Founded in 2004 in the aftermath of Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s (D-Ohio) presidential run, the group works what it calls an “inside-outside” strategy—aimed at translating the activism of outside social movements into progressive legislation in Congress.

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