Weekly Recap: Progressive Democrats of America Is Making A Difference

Oct 26, 2019

Alan Minsky at the Summit with CPC Co-Chairs
Representatives Mark Pocan and Pramila Jayapal

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This week, PDA Executive Director Alan Minsky met with top national progressives at the Progressive Strategy Summit, hosted by the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center in Washington, D.C.

The Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) is more powerful and influential than ever, under the leadership of Co-Chairs Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Mark Pocan.

The summit was a great success, bringing together leaders and experts working on the broad array of issues that make up the progressive agenda.

The Caucus, the Center and PDA are essential to progress in America. The Caucus members sponsor legislation; the Center connects organizations like PDA with these efforts; and PDA helps to mobilize grassroots support to promote passage of that legislation.

Please support PDA in our all-important role in advancing the inclusive, essential progressive transformation we were founded to achieve in 2004. You’re a big part of our ongoing progress. We need you to get involved now! Support PDA’s Progressive Organizing.

PDA helps you take effective action:

Demand Democratic Debate Questions About Poverty

Demand A Full Debate On The Climate Emergency

We’re working with a national Medicare For All (MFA) coalition. This Monday, join our coalition Week of Action Virtual Town Hall with Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Ayanna Pressley and other national and local Medicare for All champions!

Here are the details, thanks to the Medicare for All Resolutions Action Team, Melinda and Brittany from Public Citizen:

When: Monday, October 28, 2019, 8 PM ET, 5 PM PT.

Topic: Medicare for All Resolutions Week of Action Virtual Town Hall with U.S. Representatives Ilhan Omar and Ayanna Pressley

Please click this link https://zoom.us/j/278055663 to join the webinar.

Or iPhone one-tap US: +16468769923,,278055663# or +16699006833,,278055663#

Or Telephone. Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 638 0968, Canada: +1 647 558 0588

Webinar ID: 278 055 663

International numbers available, click this link.

We need as many House and Senate cosponsors as we can get! Call Congress at 202-858-1717 and Click Here to tell your Representative to Cosponsor Rep. Jayapal’s and Rep. Debbie Dingell’s Medicare For All Act.

Then, Click Here to tell your Senators to cosponsor Bernie Sanders’ MFA legislation.

Please join PDA demanding progress. Get involved! Click Here to contact Mike Fox and get active with PDA’s Medicare For All, Impeachment, Climate Emergency, and other organizing.

No time to volunteer? Then Click Here to pitch in $3, $5, or whatever you can afford to support PDA’s Win 2020 Action Fund. Please consider making your donation monthly?

The fight for Net Neutrality is not over! Although a federal court upheld the FCC’s repeal of Obama-era rules, States can set their own net neutrality laws!

As John Nichols’ article in The Nation “It’s Time to Fight Trump’s Assault on Net Neutrality” points out: “The courts won’t reverse Trump’s FCC. But the states, Congress, and presidential candidates can act to preserve a free and open Internet.”

According to Gigi Sohn, adviser, former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, “The states are now free to do what the FCC will not.” Now, it’s up to us. Tell Congress We Demand Net Neutrality!

PDA has been leading the effort to hold Trump accountable. Join PDA supporting congressional hearings. Click Here to send an email to your Representative now.

Behind Trump’s bizarre and unacceptable behavior—racist tweets, irrational lies, “Sharpiegate,” etc.—his policies continue to threaten American principles and even lives.

Trump gutted “Flores” protections for migrant children in custody, directed aides to seize private lands and diverted FEMA and Defense Department funds to pay for his impotent, racist wall. Click Here to tell your Representative to hold Trump accountable.

The Student Debt Crisis looms as a dark cloud over our economy.PDA Executive Director Alan Minsky reports, “Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Ilhan Omar introduced legislation to cancel all outstanding student debt; their bills compliment parallel legislation that would make all public state and community colleges tuition free.”

Alan explains, ”If passed, these bills would solve a massive crisis that has been suffocating the American economy and burdening the lives of 45 million working and middle class Americans.” Click Here to sign on as a grassroots cosponsor of the Student Debt Cancellation legislation.

We appreciate all you do to help make progress on these and other issues. 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 organizing.

Email Mike Fox to get active with our ongoing progressive organizing! No time to volunteer? Then Click Here to pitch in $3, $5, or whatever you can afford to support PDA’s Win 2020 Action Fund. Please consider making it monthly?


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 to support our issue organizing.

If you’re already a sustainer, we appreciate your help! If you can, please consider increasing your donation by giving another amount per month.

No spare change to help make change? Then join the PDA Phone Team making easy, effective calls from your own home with Mike “Phone Guy” Fox.

We’re here to help you make progress in your state and locality! If you need help organizing a new PDA chapter or energizing your existing chapter, please contact PDA Field Coordinator Dan O’Neal.


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