Honoring Progressive Shero Judy Hess

Oct 20, 2019

photo: Judy Hess Leading For Justice Or Bust

In solidarity,  Mike Hersh for Alan, Mike F., Bryan, Kim, Dr. Bill, Dan, Janis, and Deb—your PDA National Team

Help Honor Progressive Shero Judy Hess


Judy Hess—force of nature, longtime Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) National Field Coordinator, Vice Chair of PDA’s Board, California PDA State Co-Coordinator, former Chapter Leader in San Diego and Fresno, and progressive organizer in the California Democratic Party—has passed after a long battle with cancer.

A fervent advocate for peace and justice, Judy disarmed adversaries with her smile and inspired colleagues with her cheery determination and unwavering devotion to progressive causes. Judy always gave her all, tirelessly steering PDA through organizational challenges and helping to build our future.


Pitch In Each Month To Honor Judy Hess


On Friday and Saturday, many from the PDA family including—Executive Director Alan Minsky and Chairperson of the Board Conor Boylan—traveled to San Diego for Judy’s memorial service and funeral.

On Friday evening, we shared our love for Judy during a service led by Judy’s beloved son Bill. PDA Advisory Board Chair Emeritus author / actress /activist Mimi Kennedy gave a beautiful, stirring eulogy. On Saturday, Judy was laid to rest.

We founded Progressive Democrats of America more than 15 years ago to build a progressive majority. To help accomplish that goal, we recently endorsed several progressive champions. We need your help and support right now to get every one of them elected.

Your monthly donation of $50, $10, or any amount in honor of Judy Hess will provide us with the resources we need. To deliver on Judy Hess’ life’s work, we must organize in every state, in every Congressional district, and in every precinct.

All that takes planning and resources. Help us by becoming a monthly sustainer. Make your dollars holler and help us amplify our progressive message and sustain our ongoing organizing.

We need 100 new Change Makes Change sustaining partners today to help us fund our nationwide field operation, buy and distribute materials, hire more staffers, and pay expenses to keep our hard-working volunteers organizing at full capacity.

We promise we will make the best possible use of every single penny to elect every single endorsed candidate.

We miss you greatly, Judy. May our redoubled efforts in the years ahead serve as our memorial and thanks to you.

If you can give $5 per month in Judy’s name, that’s great! $10? Wonderful! $25? Spectacular!Whatever is good for you is great for us. Thanks so much for anything you can do right now to help us reach our magic 100 goal.


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 gift each month to keep Judy’s vision thriving.


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