Global Progressive Caucus

  • Greetings from Vienna!

    We began 2021 with great expectations and an abundance of energy to push for transformational change. One year later, we stand sobered by the realities of slim House and Senate majorities. What’s next?

    As we gear up for the midterms, some urge us to move to the center. Well, we agree, urging all to move to the center of popular democracy and its majority positions on issues ranging from prohibiting dark money in politics to expanding Medicare, providing meaningful student debt relief, initiating a serious discussion on reparative justice, taking transformational steps to fight climate change, protecting employees’ rights to organize, ensuring the freedom to vote, and much more. Whether engaging in our Pivotal Primaries Project, Monthly Mondays for Progressive Minds events, or our Progress for Progressives Monthly Members Meetings, we Progressive Democrats Abroad continue to advocate for big and bold, once-in-a-generation legislation on the scale of the crises we confront today. Like so many of us, I assert that our work will lay the best possible foundation for electoral success in the 2022 midterms and beyond!

    In Progress,

    Bruce Murray, Chair

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    DA Global Progressive Caucus Leadership:

    Bruce Murray
    | Global Progressive Caucus Chair
    Betsy Ettorre
    | Global Seniors Caucus Chair; Member-at-Large - Finland Ex Comm; member of LGBTQ+ Caucus Steering Committee; Co-leader of ProDA Monthly Mondays for Our Progressive Minds; Member of Taxation Task Force and Medicare Portability Task Force
    Kaitlyn Kennedy
    | Communications Coordinator, Germany; Saxony Chapter Chair; Steering Committee Member, Global Progressive Caucus
    sue Alksnis
    | Canada Secretary | DPCA Voting Member | Progressive Caucus
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    Global Progressive Caucus calls on all eight DNC members elected by DA members to join the Party Modernization Group

    Among our core goals is increased inclusion, fairness, accountability, and transparency in our domestic political processes. That holds true for the work of our Democratic Party, too. We strive to achieve that goal with information, discussions, events, and calls to action.

    At our May 30th 2022 Progressive Snapshot of the Primaries, Larry Cohen, Our Revolution Board Chair, Vice Chair of the DNC Unity Reform Commission, and currently co-initiator of the DNC Members for Party Modernization, encouraged us to focus on the need to revise DNC and State Party rules to enhance their inclusion, fairness, accountability, and transparency. Larry cited the case of India Walton’s thwarted 2021 mayoral candidacy in Buffalo, NY as one of many powerful examples for how rules can stand in the way of progress. His goal is to change them to promote progress!

    At our July 2nd Progress for Progressives Monthly Members Meeting, Larry returned to promote the DNC Members for Party Modernization.

    The key modernization components strive to

    • render DNC budget operations more transparent;
    • distribute more financial resources to the State Committees;
    • ensure greater diversity and more regional DNC member representation on DNC committees;
    • protect the Unity and Reform Commission reforms around Superdelegates;
    • operationalize the already-ratified Ombudsman Committee.

    After listening to Larry’s comments and considering the initiative components, the Global Progressive Caucus endorsed the DNC Members for Party Modernization unanimously. We now urge other DA caucuses, task forces, councils, country committees, and leaders to support the effort, and together encourage DA’s 8 elected DNC members to become members of the Party Modernization Group.

    If you would like to assist with this effort, please contact us: [email protected]

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    Biden-Harris Progress Report #8: Taking Care of Unfinished Business!

    Recording and Slide Deck from January 22nd, 2022

    View the slide deck (with lots of of resource links)

    This event took place on January 22nd, 2022.

    Join the next Progressive Caucus monthly members meeting Progress for Progressives on Feb 5th, 2022. 

    In July of 2020, presidential nominee, Joe Biden, and Senator Bernie Sanders announced their Unity Task Force recommendations for a Democratic presidency. Their bold plans to address the pressing needs of working-class families, combat climate change, and much more helped us win the presidency and Senate majority, as well as hold the House majority. We entered 2021 with high expectations! 

    As we begin 2022, many of our expectations remain unfulfilled. The scope of the Build Back Better Act has narrowed dramatically, remaining two votes short of passage. Existing filibuster rules stand in the way of passing the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Delivering victories for all three of these and more is crucial to millions of us and for Democratic electoral success in the midterms. 

    Join members of proDA to learn about and discuss the negotiations for all three bills, the prospects for their passage, and the consequences of further delay. We will advocate for action, urging all of us to intensify our efforts. Time is very short and so, too, is the patience of those whose needs are not being met!

    CO-SPONSORS: DA Austria, DA Canada, DA Guadalajara, proDA Austria, proDA Germany, and proDAUK

    Double your impact! A generous donor in Asia Pacific will match donations to DA through proDA’s donate page, up to a total of $2500. Donate to help inform and mobilize members around the world to support our unfinished business. The Fight for (at least) $15. Meaningful Medicare expansion. Tuition-free community college. Student debt relief. Reparative justice. Truly ambitious climate change mitigation. Federal Voting Rights legislation. And more.  Will you donate today to help America build back even better? Please donate here. Thank you!

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    Upcoming Events

    Friday, October 07, 2022 at 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 5 rsvps

    Progressive Happy Hour Calling Party!

    Democracy is fun! Join our proDA Happy Hour Calling Party to mobilize voters - enjoy refreshments of your choice! 

    WHEN: Friday, October 7th at 10:30am ET, 4:30pm CET, and 10:30pm China/HKT.

    We’ll reach out to voters worldwide using the Democrats Abroad CallHub, hear voter stories, encourage all to vote, and emphasize that together we can make the difference!

    All calls are at no cost to you through your internet-connected device.

    Have you trained to phone bank? If not, start here:

    At our event, we’ll be in a zoom room together online while making calls. proDA members will stand ready to answer your questions, as well as train new callers. Call scripts are provided to make the process simple and effective.

    Transformative change is possible in 2023 and beyond if we hold the House and build our Senate majority, especially with progressive candidates. Let’s make it happen and have fun, too!!

    Washington DC

    10:30 - 12:00 am

    Vienna, AT

    4:30 - 6:00 pm

    Beijing, China

    10:30 - 12:00 pm

    RSVP today to receive the Zoom link.

    Thanks to our co-sponsors: Reparations Task Force, proDA Austria, proDA Germany.

    RSVP below for the Zoom link!

    Magnify your impact! Let your network know you’re phonebanking and ask Americans to donate to support your efforts and help get out the vote! 

    Can’t attend the event? Attend another virtual phonebanking event. And consider making a donation to help Dems win up and down the ballot coast to coast! Time is running out to Deliver Democracy in November. Can you give $30 for just 30 days left until election day? With your gift, you help Americans around the world vote for the Party of Progressives fighting for a living wage, Medicare expansion, student debt relief, reparative justice, climate change action, voting rights, and so much more. Please donate today by clicking here. Thank you!

    Saturday, October 08, 2022 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 93 rsvps
    Zoom in Washington, DC

    Californians Abroad Meet the Candidates Series


    The road to victory in 2022 runs through CA thanks to these competitive but winnable districts!

    Special Guest - Representative Katie Porter!

    California needs your help!  

    Our mostly blue state still has many purple and red districts that we must flip. In 2020, we lost one district by 333 votes. We are not going to let that happen again! All roads to victory in the House of Representatives go through California, and we are determined to win them all! Your vote, as a Californian, has never been so important.

    The Golden State is leading the way in expanded abortion access, common sense gun laws, cleaner environment, combating wildfires, and much more. These big tent districts with diverse communities demonstrate that, together, we can make our dreams for California, and the United States, a reality.

    For Part 2 of our California Dreaming series, we are proud to feature:

    • Jay Chen - CA 45
    • Kermit Jones - CA 03
    • Rep. Katie Porter - CA 47
    • Will Rollins - CA 41

    Join the DA Californians Abroad State Team for our Congressional District Series:

    Date: Saturday, October 8th 

    Time: 8am PDT / 11am EDT/ 5pm CEST

    RSVP for the Zoom link!

    You can also join our CA team to help pave the way to the Midterms!