What’s a Sustainer?
By Mike Hersh, for Donna, Mike F, Judy, Dan, Janis, Deb, Amos, Dr. Bill, Bryan, and Kim, your PDA National Team
We get emails from people who wonder why Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) deserves their support. Many express skepticism about candidates and organizations who call themselves “Progressive.” We absolutely share those concerns. Anyone can call themselves something, but unless they actually accomplish the things they set out to do, it doesn’t matter that much what they say.
PDA doesn’t just call ourselves progressive. We prove it every day. We were founded just over 13 years ago to fill a specific void: to serve as an effective progressive organization willing and able to bridge the gap between civil rights, peace, justice, environmental, and other activist organizations and the progressive elements within the Democratic Party. We connect our allies in the grassroots with members of Congress who can sponsor legislation. We’ve done that on a wide array of issues. Please step up now to become a “sustainer.” We need 100 new sustainers every month to build the organization we need. You’ll barely notice $20.18 (or other amount) per month, but that regular contribution will make a huge difference!
Your sustainer donation will help us recruit and elect Progressive candidates. That’s something we’ve excelled at. While many organizations eventually endorsed Bernie Sanders for president, PDA was the very first. In fact, our Run Bernie Run campaign was instrumental in making the campaign happen in the first place. Without PDA, it’s very likely that Bernie would never have run for president. We did that together, and together, we changed the course of politics in our nation. With your “sustainer” support, we can make even more progress by electing more progressives to Congress next year. Not ready to sign up as a sustainer? Pitch in $500, $50, or whatever you can right now to help us elect a progressive Congressional majority.
PDA believes you stand up for what’s right, even when that’s not easy. When some organizations stood by silently, PDA stood by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard as establishment types attacked her for her outspoken positions against the Saudi weapons sales, regime change, and arming terrorists. We work by her side proudly on these issues, and we persuaded our allies to adopt Tulsi’s climate bill in the People’s Platform. If you believe in supporting tough-minded progressives who put principles and accomplishments above fancy offices and other glitz, click here and sign up as a “Change Makes Change” Sustainer.
That brings up another important PDA difference: We don’t have a huge budget or expense accounts. We work tirelessly and cost-efficiently to make real progress. We help elect up and coming leaders to Congress, and then we work with them on legislation you support. We don’t just express our positions on the issues. PDA takes your views into the halls of Congress and to members of Congress in their home offices. We bring new cosponsors onto the most progressive legislation, and we work to block bad policies proposed by Republicans and corporate Democrats alike. We can only keep doing all this if you help sustain us. Please click here to make automatic monthly contributions
We’re not apologists for the Democratic Party. We were founded to pull the party into a progressive trajectory. We’ve accomplished a lot, but we need your help to continue this difficult job. It’s one thing when DemExiters and other non-Democrats try to push the Democratic Party toward progressive positions. It’s quite another when PDA does it, because our DemEnter strategy offers effective and powerful leverage from the inside. While others make valid criticisms from the sidelines, we’ve successfully run and won campaigns to reform the Democratic Party from within.
We also use direct pressure. We worked within the Summer for Progress coalition gathering signatures, then marched alongside Nina Turner when she took your progressive case right to the DNC. I personally walked with her and supported her every step of the way in D.C. a few weeks back, and I helped carry and deliver the 125,000 plus petition signatures. If you want to push American politics into a progressive direction, please understand that we’re struggling against billionaires and super PACs with virtually unlimited money. We’ll never match their expenditures, but luckily we don’t have to. Still, we need your support now.
You will not find a more progressive Democratic group than PDA. PDA makes the most difference—dollar for dollar—of any organization. Your donation couldn’t be better used to make progress than with PDA. Please sign up to make an automatic monthly “sustainer” contribution now.
Mike Hersh, for Donna, Mike F, Judy, Dan, Janis, Deb, Amos, Dr. Bill, Bryan, and Kim, your PDA National Team
P.S. We don’t ask for dues. We rely on small donations from people like you. If you’ve donated before, now is the time to sign up to make automatic monthly contributions. If you’re already a sustainer, we appreciate your help! If you can, please consider increasing your donation. Contact Mike Fox to arrange that. No spare change to help us make change? Then contact Mike Fox to join the phone team.