Fight For Our Democracy!
In solidarity, Mike Hersh for Alan, Mike F., Dr. Bill, Deb, Janis, Dan, Kimberly, Bryan, and Shayna—Your PDA National Team
No rest for the weary. After working hectic and grueling hours for months and stepping it up last week—making phone calls, knocking doors, and mobilizing voters—Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) activists like you had earned a day (or week) of solid rest. Unfortunately, that is just not to be. Instead of taking some downtime to celebrate our victories, we find ourselves immersed in yet another hard-fought struggle for our basic rights against relentless, unethical Trumpublicans intent on subverting our democracy. “It’s deja vu all over again.”
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Those of us who lived through the fateful Bush v. Gore 2000 Election recount showdown remember that the Republican Party successfully subverted democracy. United in a ruthless drive to steal the election, Republican elected officials and staffers descended on Florida. The election came down to the state where George W. Bush’s brother—then-Governor Jeb—promised to deliver the state to W. no matter what the voters wanted.
This illegal operation began with massive voter disenfranchisement, continued through staged protests to derail legally mandated vote counts, and culminated with a partisan U.S. Supreme Court decision. Now, we have a bitter rematch. Can we count on your support? Please donate generously to our emergency election protection fund and/or volunteer to work with Mike Fox, our election protection phone team and volunteer coordinator.
We’ve learned a lot since 2000, and we’ve already put those lessons into action! As shown above, Mike Fox is our point person in Florida working with activists on the ground and organizing our phone team. See a video featuring Mike firing up Florida activists (link below). PDA helped organize with House Judiciary Committee leadership to investigate voter suppression in Ohio back in 2005, and we’re gearing up to do the same now. Our Advisory Board member Mimi Kennedy is a long-standing leader in the movement for clean, open, transparent elections. People Demanding Action Executive Director Andrea Miller works within a huge coalition to protect voting rights.
I worked at a non-partisan election protection command center on Election Day this year and in 2016 alongside attorneys, election experts, and law students addressing hundreds of instances of intentional and preventable voter suppression in real time. Our work is not over. Please pitch in now to help PDA defend your voting rights!
Like most of us, Mike “Phone Guy” Fox is exhausted, but working on the ground in Florida right now helping to coordinate voter protection efforts. Andrea Miller is continuing her exemplary voter protection work as well. Please donate now to help us fight for every vote. That means mobilizing against those who are working to block or throw votes away and otherwise undermine our democracy. We know what to do. Since our founding in 2004, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) has championed Election Integrity.
During the lead up to Election Day, Mimi Kennedy warned of the impending threats to our democracy:
Progressive candidates must win. But they can’t if progressive voters are suppressed—either before they vote (Voter ID laws, felon disenfranchisement, illegal purges, polling place intimidation) or after (rigged, unaudited counts, procedural “mistakes”).
Tom Hayden was surrounded by PDAers at our first conference in D.C. in January, 2005. Answering our questions, he finally said, in wonder, “I know you’re all about ending the war, but I can’t believe how many of you are telling me you think the war happened because of election fraud.”
Yes, we did. And we do. We won’t know the good our country is still capable of until our elections are honest. If you want to take further helpful action, donate to PDA.
Mimi Kennedy, PDA Co-Founder and Board Member
Obviously and unfortunately Mimi was absolutely correct. Please DONATE now to support our historic effort. We must make sure that all votes are counted accurately. To do that, we must overcome ongoing voter suppression and election theft efforts to ensure that all our votes are counted as cast—not hacked or discounted through partisan chicanery!
Mike Hersh for Alan, Mike F., Dr. Bill, Deb, Janis, Dan, Kimberly, Bryan, and Shayna—Your PDA National Team
P.S. Watch Mike “Vote Guy” Fox firing up the Florida crowd here. 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. Join the PDA Phone Team making easy, effective calls from your own home with Mike Fox. Also please pitch in $1000, $100, or whatever you can afford to elect progressive candidates.