Sustain Progress

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Going Forward, Not Backwards

Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) has written to you about this before, and we thank you for your interest and strong support. Today, we have some new developments to report. Some people have asked why we back Keith so forcefully. Here is his vision for the party, in his own words, (from our friend Rep. Keith Ellison):

We must energize Democratic activists across the country and give them the tools to build the Party from the bottom up. Beyond a 50-state strategy, we need a 3,143-county strategy. DNC members are on the front lines in these states and counties, and we must harness your experience and give you a meaningful voice as we set the direction for the Party. In a DNC Chair, you need a partner and an advocate who will ensure you have the resources you need to win.
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Act On The Supreme Court And Ellison For DNC

Let's make Today January 2nd, and tomorrow, January 3 go down in history. The Supreme Court is our last defense to block President-elect Donald Trump's administration from doing their worst.

The most important action President Barack Obama can take to protect Americans from fascism is to confirm a Justice to the open seat before leaving office. Call on President Obama via the White House switchboard: (202) 456-1111 and tell him to advance every possible judicial appointment by tomorrow!

There are at least three ways President Obama can fill the Supreme Court vacancy on January 3, 2017:

  1. A recess appointment, which will last for a senate session or two (at the same time he can fill the 59 federal judgeships to end the “judicial emergency”).
  2. A vote using the “nuclear option” before new senators are sworn in on January 3rd.
  3. Conclude that the Senate has waived its constitutional right to “advice and consent” by failing to act.

Call on President Obama via the White House switchboard: (202) 456-1111 and tell him to advance every possible judicial appointment by tomorrow!

Sign this petition and share this link on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #JusticeOnJ3

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Positive Resistance

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 convene a strategy mini-conference at the University of DC (UDC) Law School that day.

This is a call for active resistance

Sign up for the D.C. March on Facebook. If you can't travel to D.C., find or initiate an event near you.
Contact Deb to order Rally Signs for these events and other opportunities to resist Trump!
Can't get out to a protest? Sign up with Mike "Phone Guy" Fox to make calls or other ways to help.
Too busy to volunteer? Pitch in $500, $50, or whatever you can right now to promote resistance.
Money tight? contact PDA Field Coordinator Judy Hess 
to start organizing resistance in your area. 

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Dem Evolution

We as Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) have an incredible opportunity to create real change in the Democratic Party in 2017. Our National Advisory Board member Rep. Keith Ellison is running to become Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and his chances look good. Bernie Sanders and other progressives support him, as do many mainstream Dems.

Keith has pledged to step down from Congress to become a full-time DNC Chair, and to launch a county-by-county grassroots effort to revitalize the Democratic Party. We agree with Keith. Real change happens from the grassroots up, at the local and state levels. We are proud we were the first national organization to endorse Rep. Keith Ellison for DNC Chair, and we look forward to working with him should he win election to that position.

We will continue pushing for change at the local, state, and national level. PDA is already advancing the political revolution locally. Please click here or reply to this email with your contact information and other details if you are an elected member of your state or local party, or if you would consider running for a position. Too busy to run for an official party position? Sign up with me to find out about other ways to help.

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10 More This Year

Moving into the new year, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) is building a grassroots coalition effort to retake the Democratic Party from the bottom up. This by urging current and newly-elected progressive Democratic Party office-holders—as well as encouraging new candidates—to join the political revolution at the local and state party levels. Also by strongly backing Rep. Keith Ellison for DNC Chair. If you want to get involved, contact Mike Fox.

To fund this effort, along with the relaunch of our Healthcare Not Warfare campaign, and to retire debt we incurred during the 2016 election cycle, we need your support now! Please pitch in $500, $50, or whatever you can to reform the DNC, stop the next war, support healthcare as a human right, send Progressives to Congress, and more! Money tight? Sign up with Mike "Phone Guy" Fox to make calls from your home. If you need any help organizing a new PDA chapter or energizing your existing chapter, please contact PDA Field Coordinator Judy Hess.

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Happy Holidays

Earlier this month, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and allied organizations gathered for actions at dozens of locations around the United States to commemorate International Human Rights Day and to demand "Healthcare Not Warfare." On the 10th anniversary of PDA's Healthcare Not Warfare campaign, we relaunched the campaign to spark a new wave of organizing to guarantee high quality healthcare as a human right—financed by drastically decreasing spending on warfare, weapons, and military actions. Donate $500, $50, or whatever you can right now to support our organizing for healthcare as a human right


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Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) continues working to advance the candidates and issues that represent the best chances for a just society and a peaceful world. Throughout the Presidential primary season, PDA worked tirelessly to support Bernie Sanders.

By the time the Democrats arrived in Philadelphia for their national convention, PDA had 236 elected Bernie delegates identified as members, and those delegates helped drive the Party to adopt the most progressive platform in its history. Please contribute $500, $50, or whatever you can to help PDA keep making progress.

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Resist Trump!

Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) calls on you to resist Donald Trump's Regime. The Electoral College has voted. Now, it's up to us to reinforce each other and demand sanity and accountability. We must stand up together to protect and defend communities at risk including immigrants, people of color, women, Muslims, (and those such as Sikhs who are mistaken for Muslims), LGBTQI individuals, Jews, progressives, and many others—potentially all of us—already targeted for hate crimes by Trump-inspired thugs.

We must also protect and defend the Constitution, the Supreme Court, the environment, public education, and even science from Trump-led attacks. We must resist Trump's agenda that includes attacks on labor rights, women's rights, civil rights, and human rights, as well as our Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The potential targets are nearly endless. We must and will resist.

Will you join our resistance? We can't do anything without you, but your donation will help us print and distribute rally signs (see below). Please financially support our resistance now with $500, $50, or as much as you can afford! Money short? Then contact Mike "Phone Guy" Fox to sign up to make resistance mobilizing phone calls from home and/or contact PDA Field Coordinator Judy Hess to start organizing the resistance in your locality and state. Stay tuned for ways you can show your resistance at counter-inaugural events across the county.

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Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) will not sit idly by as Donald Trump puts us on a rendezvous with oblivion. For two years, Trump has trotted us all through our paces, following his nightmarish tune. Now, he sits triumphantly on his Trump Tower perch as he recruits the billionaires and generals he is nominating to reign over us. The Bully-in-Chief knows this process well. Let none say that Donald Trump is a stranger to working whatever angles he considers necessary to enact his regressive, racist, sexist, xenophobic, anti-environment, anti-education, and anti-science agenda. We must and will resist. Will you join our resistance? We can't do anything without you. 

Please financially support our resistance with $500, $50, or as much as you can afford now! Money short? Then contact Mike "Phone Guy" Fox to sign up to make resistance mobilizing phone calls from home and/or contact PDA Field Coordinator Judy Hess to start organizing resistance in your area.

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Progressive Democrats of America

The democratic wing of the Democratic Party