Progressive Caucus

  • ProDA - Working to increase transparency, accountability and fairness in policies, government and our party

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    Joining ProDA (Progressive Caucus of Democrats Abroad) adds your voice to the growing call for progressive change. You are welcome, whoever you supported in the 2016 election. You choose your level of involvement within our network of fellow citizens actively working toward an America that delivers on its promise of government truly of the people, by the people, and for the people.

    ProDA is for members of Democrats Abroad (DA) who: embrace policies that will proactively advance the United States toward a society rooted in economic fairness and social, racial, and environmental justice, particularly for the most vulnerable people in our society; seek increased transparency, fairness and accountability in political processes; and support international cooperation, peace, and mutual respect.

    ProDA works to get out the vote among progressive Democratic voters abroad, and engage Caucus members in advocacy for progressive policy positions.

    Our actions are grounded in the belief that when candidates embrace policies that more accurately serve the interests of the majority of Americans, potential voters at home and abroad will be more receptive to Democratic “Get Out The Vote” efforts.

    ProDA activities: encourages voting abroad by progressive voters; provides resources for DA members to support progressive Democrat candidates; provides education on progressive issues; co-develops unique campaigns for activism with like-minded organizations; promotes and/or organizes community service to connect our values and actions; advocates for increased fairness, accountability and transparency in the Democratic Party; seeks cooperative and productive relationships with aligned groups such as the Congressional Progressive Caucus, state-level progressive caucuses, and other organizations composed of progressive Democrats and potential Democratic voters. ProDA does not endorse or support specific candidates in primary elections.

    Members of ProDA will be encouraged to share their needs and expectations for DA and the Democratic Party, to be proactive in DA activities, and to work toward creating positive change in America and the lives of Americans abroad by making informed voting decisions in their home states.

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    Terms of Reference

    DA Progressive Caucus Leadership:

    Kent Getsinger
    | Democrats Abroad Australia Chair
    Sue Alksnis
    | Canada Secretary / Progressive Caucus Global Co-Chair / DPCA Voting Member
    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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    Why do we need a Progressive Caucus?

    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.

    We Believe

    • 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.



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    International Women’s Day: Celebrating the Revolutionary Power of Women – March 8, 2019

    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!

    Click here to find an IWD event near you.

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