The federal government is less than a week away from shutting down for lack of funding. The budget Continuing Resolution has funding for Zika and Louisiana flooding but nothing for Flint! That's why Progressive Democrats of America, in solidarity with our sister organization People Demanding Action, is asking for your urgent action. The Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday, September 27 at 2:15 p.m. on a temporary spending bill to keep funds flowing through December 9.
The legislation has $1.1 billion for Zika services and $500 million for Louisiana flood victims. But it has nothing for the people of Flint, Michigan. They have just been told they will have to continue to filter their water or use bottled water for months longer–maybe as much as a year. Federal funds are needed to replace corroded lead pipes. At least 9,000 children of Flint have had lead exposure that places their health at risk. People's homes have lost value, so even if they would want to, many cannot move away from this ongoing disaster.
Tell Congress: Please stand with the people of Flint!
If Congress finally addresses Flint's needs, and strips out poison pill policy riders that are roadblocks to enacting the stopgap appropriations bill, it can get a funding bill through on time. Please tell Congress to take responsible action. They need to hear from you now! All you have to do is click here. (And please forward this to everyone you can.)
Overspending on warfare makes it more difficult to budget for human needs.
As part of our ongoing work for peace, PDA is sponsoring book events with our founding Advisory Board member and Code Pink cofounder, Medea Benjamin. Last Thursday, Medea brought her book tour to The David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia. We sponsored events with Medea in Florida last month, and PDA will host her in Arizona in October. Please donate generously to help us sponsor Medea's tour, and volunteer to help host Medea at an event near you, (no promises, but we'll do our best.)
Money tight? Then volunteer with Mike "Phone Guy" Fox to make easy but important calls from your own home, and contact PDA Field Director Judy Hess to help build chapters in your area. No time to volunteer? Then invest in progress with a generous donation right now. Signing up to make an automatic monthly donation would help most, but we gratefully welcome any donation.
Mike Hersh for Donna, Judy, Mike F, Janis, Deb, Dan, Teva, Amos, and Kim, your PDA National Team
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 Field Coordinator Judy Hess. Start organizing now to make a real difference where you live!
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