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Feb 9, 2020

The Great Unbought, Unbossed Shirley Chisholm

Photo: Thomas J. O’Halloran, U.S. News & World Reports. Restoration: Adam Cuerden, Public domain

Unbossed and Unbought, Debra Schrishuhn and Maryam Ar-Raheem for Alan, Mike F, Janis, Mike H, Donna, Dan, Dr Bill, Kimberly, and Bryan—your PDA National Team


Unbought and Unbossed—The Legacy of Shirley Chisholm
Help PDA Build On Her Legacy With Monthly Sustaining Gifts


At Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), we know we stand on the shoulders of giants, and U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005) is surely one of those foundational figures.

Her life and career demonstrate in the clearest terms that Black History is American History. She was born in Brooklyn, NY, to immigrant parents from the Caribbean. Her work on early childhood education and child welfare got her interested in politics.

“Fighting Shirley” was elected to the New York State Assembly, (in which she served 1965-68), then to the U.S. Congress as the first African American woman in the House. She represented her district from 1969 to 1983, and championed gender and racial equality, poor people’s rights, and peace (ending the Vietnam War).

Her legacy inspires and informs our organizing. If you support unbought and unbossed progressive mobilizing, then please pitch in automatically every month to help us honor and build on Shirley Chisholm’s legacy.

Throughout her career, Shirley Chisholm fought for expanded rights for domestic workers. She played a critical role in the creation of the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and worked to expand the food stamp program.

In 1972, Chisholm was the first African American woman to seek the Democratic nomination for President. Her presidential campaign announcement, using the slogan “Unbought and Unbossed,” called for a “bloodless revolution” and a new American identity. PDA is 100% supportive of that.

She stated, “I am not the candidate of Black America, although I am Black and proud. I am not the candidate of the women’s movement of this country, although I am a woman and equally proud of that. I am the candidate of the people and my presence before you symbolizes a new era in American political history.” She garnered 152 (about 10 percent) of the delegates on the convention’s first ballot.

Progressive Democrats of America celebrates the legacy and sterling example of Shirley Chisholm, a truly deserving recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded posthumously by President Obama in 2015. Like her, PDA is, and ever strives to be, unbought and unbossed.

That’s been PDA’s credo since our founding in 2004. If you support our mission, please sustain our work with an automatic monthly donation. We need 100 automatic monthly donations this month to pay for expenses:

  • Travel and housing so PDA activists can canvass for progressive candidates
  • Rally signs, buttons, bumpers tickers, and other items to amplify our message
  • Online tools including websites, action alerts, webinars, conferences, and social media
  • Organizers to empower you and other volunteers to achieve important victories

Help us fight for progressive policies and progressive candidates by becoming a monthly sustainer. Please give $27, $20.20, $10, $5, or whatever you can afford as a monthly gift. Help sustain PDA’s continuing and expanding efforts, building on the accomplishments and the legacy of the great Shirley Chisholm.

Prefer to donate by check? Please send your check to:

Progressive Democrats of America
Kimberly Buchan, Operations Coordinator
P.O. Box 150064
Grand Rapids, MI 49515-0064

Make sure to include your phone number, employer and occupation—write “self employed,” “retired,” etc. if that’s appropriate.

Questions? Can’t make a donation right now, but still want to help? Email Mike Fox

We appreciate all you do to support PDA’s efforts. If you’ve never donated to PDA before, now is the perfect time. We need your support more than ever. Click Here to support PDA’s mobilizing Building on Shirley Chisholm’s Legacy with automatic monthly gifts.


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