Help PDA Rock The Boat
By Donna Smith for Judy, Mike H, Dr. Bill, Mike F, Kim, Janis, Deb, Dan, Bryan, and Amos—Your Progressive Democrats of America National Team
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) was founded in 2004 to make waves. The establishment often resents us for our strong, principled demands for justice, peace, and more. We need your help to amplify our voice. Please use this link: https://pda.nationbuilder.com/join to help spread the word. Just copy and paste it into an email, a Facebook post, a tweet, etc.
I purposely did not write a blast on April 4, 2018, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It seemed almost everyone was doing so, and so many of them had more right to their memorials than I.
My life has been one of white privilege and relative freedom when compared to most other people in this nation or even on the planet. But then I read—really read—the Rev. Jesse Jackson opinion piece published on April 4th in the New York Times, and I realized that if I had really understood the full message of Dr. King’s life, I not only had the right to express my views, I have a responsibility. To myself. To you. To my nation. To my world.
So, the next time someone says PDA rocks the boat a little too much with our resistance or that our insistence on positions that are impossibly idealistic or politically not feasible, read them a few of the words Rev. Jackson wrote:
“Today, it is the president himself who is inciting anguish, bigotry and fear.
“We are in a battle for the soul of America, and it’s not enough to admire Dr. King. To admire him is to reduce him to a mere celebrity. It requires no commitment, no action. Those who value justice and equality must have the will and courage to follow him. They must be ready to sacrifice.
“The struggle continues.”
Thank you for rocking the boat, making certain people uncomfortable, and taking free expression as your responsibility. Today, as the dogs of war are howling, could you please do me a favor? Share this email as widely as possible and help us get more outspoken activists.
You can use this link: https://pda.nationbuilder.com/join to copy and paste into an email, a Facebook post, a tweet, etc. to help us gain more advocates for justice and peace.
Onward, fellow Progressive Democrats of America. We have work to do together. Thank you Rev. Jackson, for the clear reminder of our duty to justice.
There’s so much to do, but if we all pitch in, we will succeed! Take as many actions as you can—three, five, or all of them—and then please take a few moments to share them with all your contacts via email and social media to multiply your impact:
- Tell Congress: Fire Scott Pruitt
- We Demand Diplomacy in Syria!
- Tell Congress: Protect The Internet
- Demand Peace, Divest From War
- Take Away Trump’s Nuclear War Power
- Demand Non-Violence in Gaza
- Vote For Bernie’s Vice President
- Tell Congress To Get Us Off Fossil Fuels
- End US Involvement In The War In Yemen
- Tell Congress: Don’t Let Trump Fire Mueller
- Protect The Iran Nuclear Treaty
- Support The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)
- Tell Congress To Investigate And Impeach Trump
- Tell Senators Healthcare Is A Human Right
- Demand A Clean Dream Act (DACA)
- Sign The We Want Bernie 2020 Petition
Donna Smith for Judy, Mike H, Dr. Bill, Mike F, Kim, Janis, Deb, Dan, Bryan, and Amos—Your Progressive Democrats of America National Team
P.S. Join the PDA Phone Team making easy, effective calls from your own home with Mike “Phone Guy” Fox. 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. No time to volunteer? Please give generously to support our organizing.