Yesterday's results weren't everything we'd hoped, but they were far better than we expected when we began the Run Bernie Run campaign in 2013. The complete vote from California may take days to come in, although the results so far reflect disappointment engendered by premature media pronouncement of a "presumptive nominee."
While we didn't hit the high numbers we'd hoped, Bernie remains a viable candidate to win a contested convention in July. Most importantly, our grassroots progressive movement continues to grow. Last night, Bernie Sanders vowed to continue our political revolution. "Next Tuesday we continue the fight," he told a huge, enthusiastic crowd in Santa Monica, CA. "We are going to fight hard to win the primary in Washington, D.C., and then we take our fight for social, economic, racial and environmental justice to Philadelphia." Now it’s time for all of us to step up YUGE to make a real difference in this political revolution.
We Need Your Help to Make Philly "YUGE"
If You Haven't Yet, Please Pitch In Now!
“We cannot allow the right wing to control our government," Bernie said. "We will not allow Donald Trump to become president of the United States." As the crowd chanted "Bernie, Bernie, Bernie," he reiterated that our movement is larger than one candidate defeating others: "It is transforming our country,” he added, "you all know it is more than Bernie. It is all of us together. [T]his movement is about millions of people from coast to coast standing up and looking around them and knowing that we can do much better as a nation.”Our movement requires mass mobilization like Progressive Democrats of America is known for—not just online activity. We are on the ground on the district level helping to elect progressives to Congress with real, PDA-style, grassroots activism. As Bernie often says, with a bottom-up—not a top-down—movement! We need your help now. Please contribute $500, $50, $5 or whatever you can now to keep us organizing and mobilizing!
PDA launched the We Want Bernie campaign in 2013. Since then, we've welcomed larger, better known, organizations to help with the effort. While other groups are raising huge amounts for their own organizations, PDA has been operating on a modest budget. We don't begrudge them anything. We honor the work everyone has done. We've all accomplished so much. Long story short, despite anything the corporate media has said, we won't have a Democratic nominee until the delegates choose one in Philadelphia.
While we’re pleased to have newcomers join in, PDA is different. Unlike many other organizations, PDA isn't a virtual web-based email operation. We’ve been on the ground, on the phones, and working the polls in more primary and caucus states than other bigger organizations. Also, we were there much earlier, working to build this movement back when Bernie was in single digits in the polls.
PDA has led the way, from 2013 to last fall when Bernie first started to soar, to today as Bernie is building a transformative political revolution—thanks to all of us. Progressive Democrats of America is cosponsoring a major movement-building effort. Please join us in Chicago June 17th-19th for The People’s Summit. Sign up now! Registration closes June 10th.
We want to keep this mass mobilization and summit affordable. As a special thanks to PDA for co-convening this historic event, the main organizers have offered 50 special scholarships, a great deal including registration and many meals for as little as $25! First come first serve, only for PDA supporters, using this special link. Also, click here for possible transportation by Rally Bus.
Talented artist Eric Sokoloff is offering a limited run of 99 numbered high-quality prints, suitable for framing. One will be yours as our thank you for a donation of $99 or more, signifying our struggle for the 99%! If $99 is too steep, PDA is offering deep discounts on quantity purchases of Union-made We Want Bernie buttons, bumper stickers, rally signs, and more! Visit our ActBlue page to get yours while they last! None of this would've happened without all of us working together.
We aren't giving up and neither should you. Although the media won't tell you this, Bernie's campaign is going strong. Like Bernie, PDA depends on small donations from progressives like you. Our revolution will either be continued and expanded, or else it may be undermined and diverted. The choice is yours. If you step up now, PDA's role in getting Bernie to run in the first place will be respected. If you don’t step up to help now, better-funded organizations will claim credit for the movement and neglect the issues you hold dear.
Please, dig deep. Ask friends and colleagues to join with you giving generously. This is a critical moment. All the work we have done together hangs in the balance. Pitch in whatever you can afford now!