DA Progressive Caucus Leadership:
Why do we need a Progressive Caucus?
[This is a provisional statement as of February 21, 2019, pending input from our full membership.]
Who We Are
The Progressive Caucus of Democrats Abroad works proactively to transform the United States into a society rooted in economic fairness, as well as social, racial, and environmental justice, particularly for the most vulnerable among us. We seek increased inclusion, fairness, accountability, and transparency in our domestic political processes. We support international cooperation, mutual respect, and peaceful methods of conflict resolution.
- in Medicare for All, debt-free college, and a livable minimum wage;
- in a Green New Deal to create new jobs while fighting climate change;
- in ending mass incarceration and police brutality;
- in common-sense gun safety legislation;
- in humane immigration practices and honoring the right to asylum;
- in fundamental campaign finance reform to ensure all politicians are beholden to their constituents, not lobbyists, corporations, and the wealthiest 1%;
- in increased inclusion, fairness, accountability and transparency in the Democratic Party;
- In international cooperation, mutual respect, and peaceful methods of conflict resolution;
- in continued introspection and transformation as progressive ideals evolve.
Our Principles and Methods
Our country and our global community face staggering economic inequality, class warfare, racial injustice, patriarchy, ecological devastation, and other intersectional issues that require urgent advocacy and action. We, the Progressive Caucus, focus our attention on meeting these challenges with our objectives and methods.
Politics of inclusion: The Progressive Caucus promotes the politics of inclusion. We stand on the bedrock of compassion and empathy, unequivocally committed to the belief that whatever affects any one of us, affects all of us. This commitment moves us to honor our human commonality in the pursuit of justice to end suffering and oppression.
Wherever we confront it, we must supplant the power dynamics of exploitation, injustice, manipulation, and oppression with systems of shared power distribution, enabling and empowering the disenfranchised. We strive for community healing and community-driven decision making. To achieve these goals, we nurture cooperation, demand mutual and shared accountability, and condemn the cycle of abuse perpetuated by toxic power structures.
Progressive realism: We are not content with relativistic claims, nor complacent with the “progressive” label. Instead, we strive unwaveringly to support one another, living the goals we espouse. Only in this way can we hold ourselves accountable to the goals we have set.
Our work takes place at the intersection of ambitious ideals and the circumstances of reality. We reject the notion that progressive change is unrealistic. It is entirely plausible when we demand attention to the complete range of possibilities that transcend the status quo. At times, compromise is necessary, however we will not be compromised in the process.
Dedication to Democrats Abroad: We are dedicated to the work of Democrats Abroad and, where feasible, eager to lead it. Like our other caucuses, we unite behind critical issues which define--and marginalize--specific identity groups. These issues often are not captured by traditional identity politics.
We seek to ally our progressive goals with those of all democrats, reaching out together to the wider community in support of the issues we promote. In this way, we strive to recruit for Democrats Abroad among independents and others who share our perspective.
Our uniting principle: With our objectives and the methods we use as a community, we respond to the urgent need for equality and justice. It is our uniting principle and challenge to strive unerringly for progressive change and greater unity globally, respecting the value of our differences in our shared struggle.
On this International Women’s Day, let’s commemorate radical women whose efforts have transformed the world!
Together with the Global Women’s Caucus, proDA invites you to celebrate with us and host or attend an IWD party. Please click here to access event planning suggestions and supporting documents for groups of all sizes who wish to create an IWD event.
In addition to appreciating the work that’s been done, we’ll discuss the progress we need to make towards gender parity in the United States. The IWD materials blend this year’s theme #BalanceforBetter with DA’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness about the Equal Rights Amendment, which is only one state away from ratification. Join us in celebrating the revolutionary power of women and committing to women’s empowerment worldwide!
The Progressive Caucus of Democrats Abroad is looking for interested members who would like to get involved in fostering discussion around key progressive issues like Healthcare, Anti-corruption, Climate and Poverty and making sure that our priorities are reflected in the Democrats Abroad 2020 party platform, which will guide DA’s policy actions for the next four years and affect which issues DA actively supports and provides our DNC members with insight into the values of DA members. Not every state party has an open and collaborative platform process, so let’s contribute our progressive voices to DA’s 2020 Platform.
The process is simple, and we encourage you to take part!
How you can get involved:
Kitchen Table Talks are small group events held by Democrats Abroad members to talk about policy issues that matter to Americans abroad. Your Talk's feedback helps shape the 2020 Democrats Abroad Platform.
- Host a ProDA “Kitchen Table Talk”
- Attend a “Kitchen Table Talk”
- Become a platform committee volunteer!
— 1. Host a ProDA Kitchen Table Talk —
ProDA needs your help to create opportunities for discussing important issues!
The process is simple:
1. Choose an issue that you would like to discuss
2. Choose a day/time that works for you (between Nov 12 and Dec 31); and check the DA WebEx meeting calendar to make sure that timeslot is available: https://wiki.democratsabroad.org/display/WebEx/WebEx+Meeting+Calendar
3. Let ProDA know the topic, date, and time that you’ve chosen. That’s it!
We will help reserve a spot for you on WebEx (if necessary) and include your event in messages to our membership so anyone can sign up. Please note that topic choices are first-come/first-serve.
4. Alternatively, you can run a private Kitchen Table Talk among a group of American friends overseas and submit the feedback directly through the Kitchen Table Talk feedback form (further details in the links below).
— 2. Attend a “Kitchen Table Talk” —
An e-mail will be sent out on Nov 12 inviting all ProDA members to choose a Kitchen Table Talk event. We expect that each event will include 4-8 Democrats Abroad members.
1. Kitchen Table Talks website: https://www.democratsabroad.org/2019_kitchen_table_talks
2. Kitchen table conversations – add a topic https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScRhudfD9JCKaUzjlUmY6OvNfTh6EtdiFSVJTyJuiHeTcZ5xw/viewform
— 3. Learn how to become a platform committee volunteer! —
The kickoff for the 2020 DPCA Platform Drafting Committee has just begun! Please send a message to Farid Ben Amor and Aaron Kruse that they can follow up with you. (This is a Democrats Abroad activity. Contact: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Take a moment to review the Kitchen Table topics listed on the DA website and consider other related information: