The Associated Press tweeted: "Trump signs executive actions to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines." Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) National Advisory Board member Rep. Raul Grijalva, (AZ-7), quickly responded:
Even for a president who mistakes his own whims for the rule of law and corporate profits for the public interest, these orders are irresponsible. These pipelines are being approved because President Trump wants to make polluter corporations happy, not because they’re good for the country.
If either of these pipelines is finalized, the damage to water quality, public health, and eventually our climate will be on his hands. Approving the Dakota Access project in particular violates Native American sovereignty, treaty rights and federal trust responsibility which the Obama administration rightly recognized when it decided the pipeline needed further review.
PDA Agrees with Rep. Grijalva, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, and other leaders in Congress who say no to these pipelines!
On Saturday, January 21, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) joined with millions of people around the world to stand up for women's rights, civil rights, human rights, jobs, the environment, and more. We distributed signs and stickers, and did everything we could to help support this inspiring outpouring of democracy. Now, the big question is this: can we maintain the momentum from this amazing day, and continue to build a powerful movement? The answer is largely up to you!
We marched in the millions, and that was great, but it isn't enough. We have to keep on "marching" by pressuring Congress and the administration to protect our rights and meet our needs. We must mobilize continuously to win critically important political and economic battles, using the ballot box, boycotts, and bold initiatives. Click here to see some of the photos we took at the marches.
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) joined a huge coalition of activists across the country and around the world in positive, populist resistance to the Trump/Pence regime. We distributed signs and stickers at the massive march in D.C. and at sister marches yesterday, Saturday, January 21. These materials cost a lot, and we need your help now to restock our supplies. Protest against the Trump Regime with PDA! This is a call for active resistance.
Money tight? contact PDA Field Coordinator Judy Hess to start organizing resistance in your area. Sign up with Mike Fox for other ways to help. Too busy to volunteer? Pitch in $500, $50, or whatever you can right now to help PDA restock signs, stickers, and other materials.
We hope you will join Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and a widening coalition of activists in positive, populist resistance to the Trump/Pence regime. You can do so by joining the massive march in D.C. tomorrow, Saturday, January 21. We will gather near the Federal Center metro station on the corner of D and 3rd Streets South West on Saturday morning at 9:30 am. Look for the PDA Healthcare Not Warfare banner. Click here: sign up for the D.C. March on Facebook.
We hope you will join Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and a widening coalition of activists in positive, populist resistance to the Trump/Pence regime. You can do so by joining the massive march for Women's rights in D.C. tomorrow, Saturday, January 21. This is a call for active resistance!
Sign up for the March on Facebook. If you can't travel to D.C., find an event nearby
There are more than 600 sister marches around the world! Find and join one!
Can't get out to a march? Sign up with Mike Fox to make calls and get more involved
Too busy to volunteer? Pitch in $500, $50, whatever you can to support the resistance
Money tight? contact PDA Field Coordinator Judy to organize resistance in your area
As we prepare for the Trump inauguration tomorrow, we continue the battle already underway against his right wing regime. Last week, PDA joined with allies all across the country organizing "Hands Off Our Healthcare" rallies and events. We called it our "First Stand" because we know this struggle is just beginning.
I keep hearing troubling reports of an all-out right wing assault on our basic healthcare rights: Medicare privatization, defunding health clinics, repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and all without any mention of Expanded and Improved Medicare for All—the only real solution to the U.S. health crisis. We need you to step up now! Please contribute $500 $50 or whatever you can to help support Healthcare as a Human Right.
We hope you will join Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and a widening coalition of activists in positive, populist resistance to the Trump/Pence regime. You can do so by joining the massive march in D.C. on Saturday, January 21, the day after Inauguration Day. PDA and allies will also participate at many other marches around the country that day.
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) National Advisory Board Members Representatives Keith Ellison, Raul Grijalva, John Conyers, and Barbara Lee have all announced they will not attend the inauguration of president-elect Donald J. Trump. As of this writing, more than fifty Congress members are planning to stand up Trump. Please call Congress now and tell your Senators and Representative to join the growing list!
Call the House and Senate: (202) 224-3121 / Find your Representative / Find your Senators
Besides our Advisory Board Members, Progressive champions (who PDA has endorsed) Reps. Mark Pocan, Ted Lieu, Pramila Jayapal, and Bonnie Watson Coleman have announced they won't attend the inauguration Friday. As the number keeps growing, PDA applauds the courage and commitment to principle these leaders and their dozens of colleagues exemplify.
Four PDA Board Members And Four Other Endorsees
Lead Growing List Of Congress Members Who Are
Planning To Boycott The Trump Inaugural On Friday
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) National Advisory Board Members Representatives Keith Ellison, Raul Grijalva, John Conyers, and Barbara Lee have all announced they will not attend the inauguration of president-elect Donald J. Trump. PDA Advisory Board Member, and Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chair Rep. Keith Ellison Tweeted "I will not celebrate a man who preaches a politics of division and hate. I won't be attending Donald Trump's inauguration."
His CPC Co-Chair Rep. Raul Grijlava added, "My absence is not motivated by disrespect for the office or motivated by disrespect for the government that we have in this great democracy, but as an individual act, yes, of defiance at the disrespect shown to millions and millions of Americans by this incoming administration, and the actions we are taking in this Congress."
As we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a few of his many insightful, inspiring quotes come to mind. The first, "The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long, But It Bends Toward Justice," honors the hard-won progress we've made throughout history, and predicts our ultimate triumph over injustice. Sadly, that line of progress is an arc, not a straight, ever-ascending line.
Sometimes, as in our current times, that arc is bent away from justice. Still, such failures are only temporary. That is because there are always people of good will and decency, people like you, who remain determined. Who will light and keep candles of hope, and maintain the struggle for progress even in the darkest times. During these times of fear and folly, we need you to step up now! Please contribute whatever you can to help support Healthcare as a Human Right!