Today Is May Day

May 1, 2020

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

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Today, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) celebrates May Day. This holiday is, among other things, a recognition of working people and their irreplaceable role in building and supporting our economy and society. Launched in 1889, International Workers’ Day marks the anniversary of the Haymarket affair in Chicago.

We thank the labor movement and unions we depend on—especially National Nurses United (NNU)—and networks like the Medicare For All Round Table and the Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare (LCSP).

Please join with us calling on Congress and the Democratic Party to honor NNU’s and LCSP’s commitment to healthcare for all by emailing your Representatives and signing the petition for Medicare For All.


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PDA and our allies strongly oppose Trump’s War on Labor. Everyone suffers when the federal government undermines workers’ safety, pay, and financial security as well as the right to organize in unions. During the pandemic, we need much stronger occupational and safety regulations, but the anti-government extremists are trying to undermine life-saving protections.

Only a powerful progressive majority in Congress can protect us from these ongoing abuses and eroding rights. Please pitch in $20.20 or another amount monthly to sustain PDA’s electoral organizing for a progressive governing majority.

During these difficult, dangerous times, we need a national focus on healthcare like never before. We also need to protect people from eviction and foreclosure.

We support Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act, “a bill to institute a nationwide cancellation of rents and home mortgage payments through the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. The bill would constitute a full payment forgiveness, with no accumulation of debt for renters or homeowners and no negative impact on their credit rating or rental history.”

Please support PDA’s work for progress with a generous donation now. Can’t donate? Then sign up with Mike “Phone Guy” Fox to make easy but important calls right from your own home to help mobilize activists to make a difference. Rather not make calls? Then Dan O’Neal will help you start or expand a chapter in your state or locality.

PDA thanks NNU for their leadership, and we’re honored to work with them on issues and campaigns in the best interests of working people and all people around the world. NNU is demanding effective polices to address the COVID-19 emergency, and mobilizing support for the emergency legislation we need to save lives.

We hope you will help PDA support NNU by signing up as a monthly “Change Makes Change” sustainer. Your automatic donation will help PDA plan and budget more effectively.

If you cannot commit to an automatic contribution, we welcome your generous one-time donation of $500, $50, or whatever you can afford.

Money tight? Then please sign up with Mike “Phone Guy” Fox to make important calls from your own home. Rather not make calls? Then PDA will help you start or expand a chapter in your state or locality.

If you’ve never donated, or haven’t donated recently, please dig deep and give as much as possible as an investment in progress. We understand that times are tough, people have lost income during the pandemic, and that the 1% has seized the lion’s share of all wealth. Of course we’re working to remedy that.

We’re aware of the intolerable pressures on working people and those on fixed incomes. Unless you invest in progress now, your own situation will get worse, not better.


P.S. We’re here to help you make progress in your state and locality! If you need any help organizing a new PDA chapter or energizing your existing chapter, please contact PDA’s Field Team. They can help you post your meetings and events onto the PDA calendar, and otherwise help your chapter thrive!


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Tell Congress To End Police BrutalityIn This Critical Moment, We See No Leadership From The White House We Look To Justice-Minded Members of Congress, to Step Up and Lead

Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) condemns ongoing, escalating violence against African Americans. We desperately need a national truth and reconciliation conversation to admit and rectify the scourge of structural racism, including comprehensive policy changes.

H.Res.988, cosponsored by four courageous congressional leaders, is a decisive first step. Join us demanding its passage in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In response to the brutal murder of George Floyd by a sworn peace officer, abetted and assisted by three other sworn peace officers in broad daylight, four U.S. Representatives have stepped up to lead.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN, in whose district the murder took place), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced H.Res. 988, a resolution to the U.S. House of Representatives, “condemning all acts of police brutality, racial profiling, and the use of excessive and militarized force throughout the country.”

Tell Congress To End Police Brutality

Take action now! Click Here to email your U.S. Representative and demand passage of H.Res. 988 as a first step toward seeking justice for George Floyd and so many others whose lives have been cut short by police brutality.

“From slavery to lynching to Jim Crow, black people in this country have been brutalized and dehumanized for centuries,” Rep. Omar stated last week. “We cannot fully right these wrongs until we admit we have a problem. As the People’s House, the House of Representatives must acknowledge these historical injustices and call for a comprehensive solution. There are many steps on the path to justice, but we must begin to take them.”

George Floyd is just one among the latest in a (much too) long list of victims of state-sanctioned terrorism against African Americans. We know the names of some recent victims, but for far too long records and statistics on extra-judicial police killings have not even been kept. For too many years, officers have not been charged, and—if charged—they have not been effectively prosecuted or convicted.

Email your U.S. Representative today and demand passage of the Omar-Pressley-Bass-Lee resolution (H.Res.988) condemning police brutality, racial profiling, and excessive and militarized force by police.