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Aug 4, 2018

photo: Medicare for All Caucus Launch On Capitol Hill

By  Mike Hersh for Mike F., Donna, Judy, Dr. Bill, Janis, Dan, Deb, Kimberly, and Bryan—Your PDA National Team

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Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) was founded in 2004 to champion important progressive policies and to help elect progressive candidates. Please utilize the links below, share them widely with your contacts, and pitch in whatever you can to keep us organizing for progressive candidates and policies you care about.

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This week, PDA joined with a large coalition demanding the release of journalist Manuel Duran Ortega. Ortega founded Memphis Noticias, a Spanish-language publication in Memphis, Tennessee and was arrested in April for disorderly conduct and obstructing traffic while covering a local protest.

Duran Ortega was just one of several journalists covering the protest. He was wearing his press credentials, and yet he was the only journalist arrested. Two days later, the Memphis Police Department dropped the charges against him, but instead of releasing him, Memphis officials turned him over to ICE. He was subsequently transferred to a detention center in Louisiana―separated from his family in Memphis. Click here to demand ICE release Manuel Duran Ortega.

We were among the first making it easy for you to contact your Senators to say no to highly politicized hearings on Brett Cavanaugh, Trump’s highly divisive extreme right wing Supreme Court nominee with the midterm elections just a few month away. Click here to tell your Senators: “no political extremism on the Supreme Court.”

Speaking of the upcoming elections…. We’re working to elect strong progressives. With primary voting coming up as soon as this Tuesday, we hope you will do everything you can—by donatingand/or joining the PDA Phone Team making easy, effective calls from your own home with Mike “Phone Guy” Fox, from anywhere in the country.

Steve Friday, MI-07 Primary Aug. 7 Questionnaire. Donate.
Chris Smith, MI-08 Primary Aug. 7 Questionnaire. Donate.
Randy Bryce, WI-01 Primary Aug. 14 Questionnaire. Donate.
David Richardson, FL-27 Primary Aug. 28 Questionnaire. Donate.

Thanks so much for supporting these great candidates!

We’re working to build up the Medicare for All Caucus in the House, a powerful mobilization to reach and teach the general public, the media, and members of Congress about the ways improved Medicare for All will save lives, as well as save money—for individuals, families, businesses, taxpayers, and the USA. A recent study showed we’d save $trillions and gain better healthcare outcomes with Medicare for All. Click here to tell your Representative to join the Caucus.

We’re promoting our National Advisory Board member Medea Benjamin’s great new book and book tour. Please click here and donate $100 now to help PDA’s efforts for peace to get an autographed copy of Medea’s latest book, Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Medea is traveling to discuss her book in the U.S., Canada, and possibly near you! Please click here for info. about Medea’s book tour and other Code Pink events. Please click here if you’re interested in helping to host a Medea book event, and we’ll help.

We are preparing our regular letter drops to congressional offices and working with our close allies National Nurses United and Food and Water Watch, advocating for legislation we need. We’re about to release a new scorecard including:

  • H.R. 676, The Expended & Improved Medicare for All Act
  • H.R. 1144, The Inclusive Prosperity Act
  • H.R. 2392, Nurse Staffing Standards for Hospital Patient Safety and Quality of Care Act
  • H.R. 3671, Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act
  • H.R. 5609, Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity, and Reliability Act

PDA and allied activists around the country keep elected officials’ feet to the fire with face-to-face meetings. Please support our activism now. We know not everyone can visit elected officials, although we urge you to do whatever you can and we make it as easy as possible to amplify your voice. Here are some actions you can take right now. Click on these links and share them with all your contacts:

Help empower a deep blue progressive wave. Contribute $100 or more now, and an angel donor will match your gift, dollar for dollar. Also, sign up to make easy, effective get out the vote (GOTV) calls. Mike “Phone Guy” Fox will help you make a huge difference during the primaries currently underway.

Together we can and will build the powerful progressive movement we need!

In solidarity,

Mike Hersh for Mike F., Donna, Judy, Dr. Bill, Janis, Dan, Deb, Kimberly, and Bryan—Your PDA National Team

P.S. 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 “Phone Guy” Fox. Also please pitch in $1000, $100, or whatever you can afford to support our organizing.

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