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    Get Out the Progressive Vote in Presidential Primaries Now!

    To win the presidential election in November and motivate a new generation of voters, we must ensure the Democratic Party platform is the most progressive ever -  including Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, eliminating student debt, criminal justice reform, reducing income inequality, and much more!  Voters in the remaining primaries will determine whether or not the Sanders campaign has the needed leverage to impact the platform, rules, and other critical decisions made at the Democratic National Convention.  To ensure that is the case, Senator Sanders needs 25% of the delegates for maximum influence on the Rules and Bylaws, Platform, and Credential committees, especially for bringing resolutions to the floor of the convention. Right now, Bernie needs 141 more delegates to reach 1,200 and 25%!

    What is the current delegate count* (delegate count data accurate as of June 14, 2020. Source: NBC)

    • Joe Biden has 2,132 delegates and has secured the nomination.
    • Bernie Sanders has 1059  and no longer can secure the nomination.
    • Other candidates have received a total 119 delegates.

    How many primaries remain and how many delegates remain unassigned?

    What can we do?

    • Vote for Bernie and the most progressive down-ballot candidates in upcoming primaries.
    • Urge voters you know to do the same.
    • Phonebank  for Bernie and other progressives via Our Revolution and/or volunteer for Once Again, a new political action committee supported by The People for Bernie, Progressive Democrats of America; and others dedicated to progressive wins. (Pro tip: you can use 00000 as your zip code to register with these groups or use your U.S. zip code.)

    Let’s ensure the largest possible number of delegates secure the reforms and policies we need to win in November! 

    DA Global Progressive Caucus Leadership:

    Sue Alksnis
    | Canada Secretary / Progressive Caucus Global Co-Chair / DPCA Voting Member
    Kent Getsinger
    | Chair - South Australia, DPCA Representative
    Gordon Gaul
    | Progressive Caucus Global Co-Chair
    Siera Burtrum
    | DPCA Voting Representative, UK; Council Member, UK; Progressive Caucus EMEA Chair
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    News

    May Calls to Action and Events

    Actions:

    Protect the overseas vote in New Jersey state elections - it was lost in 2017, and is more important now than ever with issues like climate change and net neutrality that affect us all. Join DA members globally and contact your NJ representatives now.

    Urge your Senators to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

    Support the THRIVE Act, an economic renewal plan as big and interconnected as the crises we face. In this bold investment package, impacted communities play a leading role in building a more just economy. Sponsored by Sens. Ed Markey and Jeff Merkley, and Reps. Debbie Dingell, Ilhan Omar, Jamaal Bowman, Pramila Jayapal, Earl Blumenauer, Ro Khanna, Yvette Clarke, and Nanette Barragán, this plan will Transform, Heal, Renew, and Invest in a Vibrant Economy. Contact your Senators and House Representative and urge them to support the THRIVE Act.

    Reduce military spending. Tell your House Representative and Senators that the military budget is out of control and we need to redirect those funds to help people and the planet. In 2020, an unprecedented 116 Representatives voted for a reduced military budget. Urge your Rep to join the Defense Spending Reduction Caucus, headed by Reps Barbara Lee and Mark Pocan.

    Strengthen union organizing with the PROAct. Backed by President Biden, this legislation will make it easier for ordinary hard working Americans to join unions and earn the pay, benefits and job security they deserve. Tell your Senators to support the Protecting the Right to Organize Act. These Democrat Senators still don’t support the PROAct: Mark Warner (D-VA), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), along with Republican Senators. Call them! And if your Senator supports the Act, urge them to end the filibuster so this and other necessary legislation can move forward.

    Events:

    In case you missed it - proDA’s Biden/Harris Progress Report #4 reviewed the American Rescue Plan, American Jobs Plan, American Families Plan, and Made in America Tax Plan. View the Progress Report’s slide deck with links to more information and suggested actions or watch the recording.

    DATE - Biden/Harris Progress Report #5 is June 24, focused on the American Jobs Plan. RSVP here.

    May 29 - proDA Germany’s Global AGM Update on May 29th recaps the results of DA’s recent Global Annual General Meeting and next steps, from a progressive perspective.

    May 30 - DA Austria’s Solidarity Sundays addresses Biden’s Infrastructure Plan

    May 31 - proDA Global Book Club discusses The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism. Book available for those with access issues. RSVP here.

    June 24 - proDA Biden/Harris Progress Report #5 explores the American Jobs Plan as an infrastructure plan, economic recovery plan, and the roadmap for a renewable revolution, as well as actions we can take to advance progressive change. RSVP here.

    June 28 - proDA Global Book Club discusses How Fascism Works. Book available for those with access issues. RSVP here. 

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    March 23 - Quick Summary and update

    The Progressive Caucus invites you to learn and take action. March 24th join proDA Austria for Biden/Harris Progress Report #2Discuss progressive themes in the Oscar-winning film Parasite on March 27. On March 29, we’ll talk about the Romance of American Communism in the 70s and what it has to do with now. Let’s discuss concrete action in How to be an Anti-Capitalist in the 21st Century, our April 26th book. We also recommend DA Austria’s Solidarity Sunday on the Filibuster, March 28, as well as Western Sweden’s discussion with a long-time socialist on March 30. And we’ve just released our full reading list for 2021!

    Phone your Senator at the HR 1 Phone Bank on March 23, 7-9pm Berlin Time. Absolutely don’t miss the April 11th presentation on how to use Billtrack50 to track legislation, research policy and develop plans to reach legislators and make policy a reality. Check out calls to action from Poor People’s Campaign, Sunrise, Our Revolution, NNU’s M4A campaign, and Fight for $15, and Code PInk to urge your Representative to join the Defence Spending Reduction Caucus.



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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, July 25, 2021 at 02:00 PM Vienna Time · 31 rsvps
    Zoom

    Biden-Harris Progress Report #6: Too Little, Too Late OR Just Enough, Just in Time?

    Infrastructure negotiations likely will lead to make or break legislation for climate change mitigation, millions who are skeptical about our two-party government, and Democrat prospects for the midterms. While the bipartisan and budget reconciliation proposals circulate in Congress, the House has passed its INVEST in America Act. At the same time, the Congressional Progressive Caucus has endorsed the THRIVE Act. Join members of proDA and the Global Black Caucus to learn more about the strengths and weaknesses of each. We will review their legislative status and consider what improvements are necessary to ensure they are just enough, just in time! We will advocate for action, urging all of us to intensify our efforts. The stakes remain very high and the clock is ticking!

    Please RSVP here to receive the Zoom link.

    Thanks to our co-hosts!
    Democrats Abroad Austria
    Democrats Abroad Canada
    Democrats Abroad Guadalajara
    Democrats Abroad - Global Black Caucus
    Progressive Caucus of Democrats Abroad Austria
    Location Local Event Start Time
    Vancouver, Canada 5:00 AM
    Minneapolis, USA 7:00 AM
    Washington DC, USA 8:00 AM
    London, UK 1:00 PM
    Frankfurt, Germany 2:00 PM
    Nairobi, Kenya 3:00 PM
    Dubai, UAE 4:00 PM
    Bangkok, Thailand 7:00 PM
    Beijing, China 8:00 PM
    Sunday, July 25, 2021 at 05:30 PM Berlin Time · 33 rsvps
    Zoom in Leipzig, Germany

    DA Resolutions: American Accountability for American Laws

    Join the Germany Progressive Caucus on July 25 at 11:30 a.m. ET/5:30 p.m. CET for the second edition of our DA resolutions update. We will be one month out from an important DPCA vote on Resolution 19 "Prohibiting the Use of U.S. Military Foreign Aid for the Detention of Children" and Resolution 20 "To Condition Military Aid to Israel" and are pleased to announce that several resolution authors will be joining us at our meeting.

    We will also be joined by our keynote speaker for the event, Akram Baker

    Akram Baker is a long-time political analyst and management consultant. He has worked with numerous corporations, governments, and NGO’s throughout the world, including Daimler AG, Bahn AG, The World Bank, and the GIZ in addition to his senior advisory roles to the Governors of the Central Bank of Egypt and the Palestine Monetary Authority. In the 1990’s, Akram was spokesman to Faisal Husseini, Head of the Palestinian Negotiating Team. A fourth-generation American of Palestinian descent, he was an active supporter of the Obama '08 and '12 campaigns and Joe Biden in 2020. His rants and opinions can by found on DW, BBC, etc, and in many newspapers and magazines.
     
    Currently residing in Berlin, Akram has lived extensively in the Unites States, Palestine, Egypt, and Germany. 

    Whether you are a DPCA voting representative looking to gain deeper insight into the issues before the vote, or you are a DA member wanting to join organizing efforts behind the proposals, you are most welcome to attend. Together, we can make a difference!

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    Do you already support Resolutions #19 and #20? Then please consider signing and sharing our petition.