Justice, Peace, and Compassion
(Left) Images From The War In Indochina; (Right) John Filo’s Pulitzer Prize–winning photograph of Mary Ann Vecchio kneeling over Jeffrey Miller who was fatally shot by the Ohio National Guard (Source: Public Domain, via Wikipedia)
By Debra Schrishuhn for Donna, Mike F., Judy, Mike H., Janis, Dan, Kimberly, Bryan, and Dr. Bill—Your PDA National Team
Progressive Democrats of America stands for sensible gun legislation and for diplomacy over militarism. We need your your monthly sustaining gift now more than ever to help elect strong progressives to Congress who can promote peace and keep us safe from gun violence. Will you give a monthly sustaining gift of $48, $27, $20.18, or $12? Any amount is welcome!
Forty-eight years ago, President Nixon escalated the Vietnam War by invading Cambodia. National Guard troops fired on protesting students at Kent State University in Ohio exercising their First Amendment rights of free speech and assembly, killing four and wounding nine. Twenty-nine Guardsmen in a contingent of 77 fired 67 shots in 13 seconds. Five weeks later, 75 city and state police opened fire on protesting students at predominantly black Jackson State College in Mississippi, killing two and wounding 12, firing more than 150 rounds in 28 seconds. No arrests or charges were brought against the killers.
Our culture of institutionalized gun violence continues, spilling over in repeated police shootings of unarmed black men and mass shootings so common they barely make headlines for 24 hours. The Columbine High School massacre in 1999 was supposed to be a turning point. The killing of 26 first graders and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012 was supposed to be a turning point. Michael Brown’s murder by a police officer in Ferguson, MO, in 2014 was supposed to be a turning point. They weren’t. Tamir Rice, Laquan McDonald, Virginia Tech, Pulse Night Club, Las Vegas country music festival, Parkland High School—the names and places and deadly violence roll on and on and on.
Simply put, we are working our tails off, bringing visibility to injustice, pushing for progressive legislation and candidates, and opposing those who would tip our government into oligarchy and totalitarian repression. But we can’t do it alone. We need your voice on the phone and your feet in the street. We also need your sustaining financial support. Will you give a monthly sustaining gift of $48, $27, $20.18, or $12? Any amount is welcome!
The Kent State massacre occurred on May 4, 1970. On May 4, 2018, the site was dedicated as a National Historic Landmark. The same day, President Trump addressed the National Rifle Association convention, lauding them as patriots and embracing their radical agenda. He even made gestures emulating shootings with his fingers. We must stop the gun insanity.
Former Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly opined after the Parkland High School massacre that the only way to enact sensible gun legislation is to flip the House of Representatives and elect people not beholden to the NRA. PDA is endorsing and supporting strong progressive candidates around the country who will stand up to the NRA, to patterns of police brutality, and to unlawful and immoral military actions by the government. We need your monthly sustaining gift of $48, $20.18, or any amount you can afford. Help us help all of us.
Monthly sustaining gifts help us budget and plan ahead. Your steady monthly support lets us act in a timely and efficient manner to face fast-moving developments in campaigns, Congress, and around the country. To help amplify our message, please visit the PDA Store where you can find Bernie gear, Rapid Response Kits, and plenty of buttons and bumper stickers.
Together, we have made a difference, and with your continuing support we will keep on fighting for progressive values and champions who are not bought and paid for by billionaires, Big Oil, Big Pharma, or the NRA.
For peace, justice, and compassion at home and abroad,
Debra Schrishuhn for Donna, Mike F., Judy, Mike H., Janis, Dan, Kimberly, Bryan, and Dr. Bill—Your PDA National Team
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