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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
    | Democrats Abroad Australia Chair
    Gordon Gaul
    | Progressive Caucus Global Co-Chair / DPCA Voting Member, Democrats Abroad Japan
    Siera Burtrum
    | DPCA Voting Representative, UK; Council Member, UK; Progressive Caucus EMEA Chair
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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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    Reading List Announced for 2021 Book Club Meetings - Read one, Read all

    The Global Progressive Caucus Book Club has lively discussions on a wide range of books. Check it out the last Monday of each month, 12-1:30 pm ET (Toronto time).

    For more information, see Progressive Caucus Book Club, or contact the Book Club leaders Betsy Ettorre and John Esteban Rodriguez at [email protected]

    2021 BOOKS  

    The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People's Economy by Stephanie Kelton - January

    Black Reconstruction in America by W.E.B. Du Bois - February

    The Romance of American Communism by Vivian Gornick - March 29 - RSVP here

    How to Be Anti-Capitalist in the 21st Century by Erik Olin Wright - April 26 - RSVP here

    Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism by Theda Skocpol & Vanessa Williams - May 31

    How Fascism Works by Jason Stanley - June 28

    The Old is Dying and the New Cannot Be Born by Nancy Fraser - July 26

    A History of America in Ten Strikes by Erik Loomis - August 30

    Left of Karl Marx: The Political Life of Black Communist Claudia Jones by Carole Boyce Davis - September 27

    Beaten Down, Worked Up by Stephen Greenhouse - October 25

    A Job Guarantee by Pavlina Tcherneva - November 29

    The Fight for Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great by Harvey Kaye - December 27

    The People, No: A Brief History of Anti-Populism by Thomas Frank - January 31

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    Upcoming Events

    Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 06:30 PM Paris Time · 18 rsvps

    Join Democrats Abroad Marseille and Democrats Abroad France for a May Day panel to discuss current U.S. labor movements

    Join Democrats Abroad Marseille and Democrats Abroad France for a May Day panel to discuss current U.S. labor movements on May 13th at 6:30 pm Central European Summer Time. In 1889, May Day was chosen as International Worker’s Day by socialists and communists of the Second International to memorialize the Haymarket affair in Chicago, a peaceful demonstration in which workers, trade unionists, and leftists marched for the eight-hour workday and that was met with violent confrontation by the police and the political establishment. In the U.S., however, Labor Day is celebrated not in May but in September, a move by the political establishment to discourage U.S. workers from engaging in labor organizing at the international level. 

    As Democrats, progressives, leftists, and Democratic Socialists living abroad, we recognize the importance of commemorating the history of May Day, especially during a time of immense economic and social upheaval, rising inequality and political instability, intensifying global worker exploitation, turmoil in the health sector, rising financial and capitalist power, and increasing police violence. As we look forward to closing the Coronavirus pandemic chapter of our history and its ensuing devastation on our socio-political fabric, we echo the words of President Biden when he called on Congress to pass the PROAct, which would strengthen the rights of workers: “We need to summon a new wave of worker power to create an economy that works for everyone.”

    Today, we can look to May Day, and the conflicts that have followed in its footsteps, as inspiration as workers stand up to large corporations, big business, and the billionaire class and collectivize to demand better working conditions. One of the most recent and publicized struggles has been the effort to unionize Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama. Another ongoing labor organizing movement has been unionization efforts across university campuses. We will cover these movements with a panel of experts.

    We will be joined by Nick Rudikoff, Campaigns Director at UNI Global Union, Alex Press, labor journalist and staff writer at Jacobin Magazine, and Richard Boris, Professor Emeritus of political science at York College, City University of New York and the former executive director of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions. We will link the importance of May Day to contemporary struggles to build worker power and resist entrenched capitalist logics of exploitation. By learning about current struggles, which have far-reaching global implications, we hope to create solidarity and build understanding regarding how, in an interconnected planet, no society can thrive so long as workers are kept silent. 


    Nick Rudikoff is Campaigns Director at UNI Global Union, a union federation representing 20 million workers around the world in the service sector. Born and raised in Poughkeepsie, NY, Nick has more than 20 years of experience in the US labor movement as a researcher and campaigner, mostly with SEIU.

    Alex Press is a staff writer at Jacobin magazine. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New Republic, and The Nation, among other places.

    Richard J. Boris is emeritus professor of political science at York College, City University of New York (CUNY) and former executive director (2001-2014) of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions at Hunter College, CUNY. 

    Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 07:00 PM Vienna Time · 57 rsvps
    Online in Vienna, Austria

    Biden-Harris Progress Report #4: Four Crises, Four Plans, One Goal!

    Four crises, four plans, one goal! On the heels of its success with the American Rescue Plan, the Biden-Harris Administration has proposed the American Jobs Plan, Made in America Tax Plan, and American Families Plan. The goal is to ensure a sustainable thriving economy with benefits for all. Join us to learn more about each, consider their strengths and weaknesses, and contemplate their chances of passage. proDA and DA Germany Climate Caucus members will offer information provocatively to stimulate our open discussion. It promises to be a memorable experience!

    Please rsvp to receive the Zoom link.