Big Wins at the DNC!
By Mike Hersh for Mike F., Deb, Judy, Donna, Dr. Bill, Janis, Dan, Kimberly, Bryan, and Shayna—your PDA National team
Join Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) calling for more democracy in the Democratic Party. We were founded in 2004 with the goal of bringing the Democratic Party back to its progressive ideals—to remake it into a true People’s Party. The DNC voted on the “Unity Reform Commission” proposals over the weekend, and progressives won significant concessions. We’ve been working with a powerful coalition backing these important changes to revitalize the Democratic Party. Now, it’s up to us to continue our work to make the Democratic Party more democratic.
We need 100 new sustainers—activists making automatic gifts—to sustain and expand our work. We need to hire new staffers, buy stickers and rally signs, and more. Please Become a Change Makes Change Sustainer. ICYMI: PDA hosted Senator Elizabeth Warren on an exciting organizing call Thursday, August 23rd. Click here to listen to the call recording.
PDA and allies including Roots Action, Our Revolution, and others kept the pressure on for several months including our coalition’s informational picket at the Chicago DNC meetings. We won’t stop organizing until we transform the Democratic Party into a true People’s Party. Thanks to our coalition efforts, these reforms are effective now:
- Ending superdelegates voting on the first nominating ballot in the presidential primary
- Electoral reforms and a process for rewarding states that have same-day registration, same-day party change, open primaries, other measures that increase civic participation
- The creation of an Ombudsman Committee and strengthening the conflict of interest provision.
- Improving financial oversight of the DNC’s finances and spending
Our efforts to reform the American political, social, and economic injustice will never end until we’ve eliminated voter suppression, corruption, cronyism, and all forms of pay for play “donorocracy.” That is, rule by the elite special interest big donor class. We will continue the struggle for justice by establishing a truly people-powered solutions.
We need ongoing popular progressive grassroots mobilization to elect strong progressive candidates and to enact fair and effective progressive policies. Help PDA and our allies enact pro-democracy reforms. We can’t do anything without you. Become a Change Makes Change Sustainer.
Mike Hersh for Mike F., Deb, Judy, Donna, Dr. Bill, Janis, Dan, Kimberly, Bryan, and Shayna—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 “sustainer” contributions. If you’re already a sustainer, we appreciate your help! If you can, please consider increasing your donation by giving another amount per month.
No spare change to help us make change? Then join the PDA Phone Team making easy, effective calls from your own home with Mike “Phone Guy” Fox. We’re here to help you make progress in your state and locality! If you need help organizing a new PDA chapter or energizing your existing chapter, please contact PDA Field Coordinator Dan O’Neal.