Bye bye 2017, Hello 2018
By Donna Smith, PDA Executive Director for Mike H., Mike F., Judy, Janis, Dan, Dr. Bill, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, and Amos—Your PDA National Team
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) has accomplished a lot since our founding in 2004. Together, we’ve advocated for the popular progressive policies that fueled the meteoric rise of Bernie Sanders’ campaign and brought sweeping victories in 2017, but now it’s time to focus on 2018.
We’re seeing real results, but we can’t do it alone. We need 100 new sustainers—supporters who give automatic monthly donations. Signing up for the Win 2018 Sustainer Team at $20.18 per month would help so much, but we appreciate any amount you can spare. Will you pitch in $20.18 (or any other amount) per month to help us organize for victories this year?
Please send checks to:
Kimberly Buchan Operations Coordinator
Progressive Democrats of America
P.O. Box 150064
Grand Rapids, MI 49515-0064
Here are some but not all of our plans for 2018. We’re counting on you to help us add to and achieve this agenda.
1. No cuts to Medicare, Medicaid & Social Security
2. No border walls period—not tied to the Dream Act or anything else
3. No removing or undermining protections and regulations for environmental health and safety
4. No new wars and no threats of using nukes against North Korea, Iran or anyone else
5. No more sneak attacks to gut healthcare, housing, nutrition, education or other human necessities
1. Re-elect our progressive champions to Congress
2. Support progressive candidates in the primaries
3. Elect new progressives to Congress
4. Secure more co-sponsors for progressive legislation like Medicare for All, the Off Fossil Fuels Act, Jobs for All, a Clean Dream Act, Free College, etc.
5. Work with our friends in Congress and allied organizations to draft new legislation
1. Strengthen and build PDA chapters leading up to the November 2018 mid-terms
2. Support coalition efforts on core issues, values, and campaigns
3. Continue working to democratize the Democratic Party and to develop strong, progressive leadership at all levels
4. Support independent, progressive media
5. Work to broaden and deepen partnerships for legislative and electoral victories
PDA is hard at work recruiting new strong progressive candidates to run for Congress in 2018. We’ve been successful in the past, helping progressives like Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, as well as Representatives Keith Ellison, Jim McGovern, Barbara Lee, Raul Grijalva, Rick Nolan, Mark Pocan, Tulsi Gabbard, Jamie Raskin, Pramila Jayapal, Ted Lieu, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Nanette Barragan, and others win. PDA needs your help now to make the difference in 2018. Only a newly-empowered progressive leadership in the House and Senate can restrain Trump.
Donna Smith, PDA Executive Director
for Mike H., Mike F., Judy, Janis, Dan, Dr. Bill, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, and Amos—Your PDA National Team
P.S. The midterm elections are less than a year away, and primaries are even sooner. We need you to step up big right now! Please dig deeply and give generously to help PDA make progress. You’ll barely notice the $20.18 (or any other amount) per month to join the Win in 2018 Team. Whatever you can afford to give, your regular contribution will make all the difference!