A Seven-Step Summary Of PDA’s Liaison Project

Jan 10, 2021

By Alan Minsky, Executive Director – Progressive Democrats of America

Step 1. Congressional Progressive Caucus member introduces legislation to the U.S. House of Representatives

Step 2. The Congressperson (or a congressional staffer) makes a presentation about the legislation to the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center’s (CPCC) Movement Table, which is attended every week by a representative from Progressives for Democracy in America (PDA)

Step 3. PDA’s national office selects one piece of legislation to focus on for the month; and sends out information about this legislation to the PDA Congressional liaisons across the country.* The goal is to have two liaisons for every Democratically-held District in the country by early 2021.

Step 4. The liaisons report on the legislation to PDA chapters in order to build grassroots support for the legislation (where applicable, they will also make reports to other allied groups such as Our Revolution, DSA, the more left-leaning Indivisible chapters; and even some local Democratic Clubs).

Step 5. The liaisons visit the offices of their congressional representative, asking them to become co-sponsors of the legislation presented at the Movement Table. Liaisons will meet monthly with a locally-based Congressional staffer; and have a quarterly meeting with the Congressperson.** At each meeting, the liaisons will introduce the new legislation from the past month’s Movement Table to the congressional office; and follow up about legislation from previous meetings

Step 6. The liaison will report back to their PDA Chapter (where they exist), and to PDA National about their meetings and how their Representative is responding to the new legislation.

Step 7. PDA National will provide a monthly summary of all of the liaison reports from across the country to the CPCC; and also post this summary on our website and social media.

*All of the other progressive legislation presented at the CPCC Movement Table during the month will be made available to the liaisons as well. Liaisons will be encouraged to consider selecting one other piece of legislation, per their discretion, to advocate for as well the piece of legislation that is the focus of that month’s national campaign.

** All PDA liaisons will operate according to a Code of Conduct, engaging Congressional staffers and the Representatives with the utmost civility, respect and professionalism. If we receive any complaints about a liaison’s conduct they will be replaced. The purpose of this project is simple: in the best civic tradition the liaison will present legislation to the local congressional staffers and the representative, make a case as to why the legislation will be good for the Representative’s constituents and for the country, and ask for co-sponsorship.

2 Comments

  1. Robert Gumbs

    eGood Beginning – this helps to give Progressives a chance to make their weight felt. Ironically, the majority of the American people are Progressive, even if they sometimes say otherwise. This is good – we have to keep up the pressure on our legislators.

  2. Myrna Fabrizio

    Let me see if I understand this program.

    I send a letter to my Democratic (and not Republican) Congressperson.

    I call them to see if they received it.

    Then I report back to PDA.

    Do I call the Congressperson’s office before I mail the letter?