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May 3, 2024 | PDA News

PDA Gets Things Done: Arbor Day 2024 and Beyond

Last week we called for PDA activists to plant trees and write letters as part of our Arbor Day observance. Our call was answered across the nation: PDA activists planted trees and shrubs, and have now written nearly 5,000 letters to Congress in support of the nation’s first Climate Preserve.

John Wallace and Karen Frailey (right) planted native wild cherry and wild plum trees in a former Southern Illinois soybean field. John and Karen have been active in PDA for two years, but they have been trying to save the Shawnee Forest from logging for decades. They are heading a movement to redesignate the Shawnee as a National Park with an accompanying Climate Preserve.

Germaine Light, longtime PDA activist, community organizer, and past Chair of the Vermilion County Democrats, planted a flowering dogwood on her property along the Vermilion River near Danville, Illinois.

In Tuscon, Arizona, Betts Putnam-Hidalgo (below), a stalwart PDA member, a reluctant Democratic Party activist, member of the Tucson Peace Center, founding member of Kochs Off Campus at the University of Arizona, thorn in the side of the capitalist establishment wherever they are, and gardener extraordinaire, planted a fig tree in her yard.

Trees sequester carbon their entire lives. Planting a tree is a simple act today that will reverberate for decades. And so it is with PDA. Our acts in 2004, forming this powerful grassroots organization, have had many consequences. Medicare For All is no longer a fringe idea. Unions are making real progress for working people. Peace activists organize around the country. We get things done.

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Debra Schrishuhn for the PDA National Team


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