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: John R. Lewis Act. Delivering victories for these and more is crucial to millions of us and for Democratic electoral success in the midterms. Let’s get to work!
BIDEN-HARRIS PROGRESS REPORT #8 TAKING CARE OF UNFINISHED BUSINESS
The House has passed three substantive bills to protect voting rights in the face of massive Republican voter-suppression efforts, including extreme partisan and racially-discriminatory redistricting schemes. Two of those bills, the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, are supported by all 50 Democratic Senators. But Republicans have used the Senate filibuster rule to block even beginning formal debate on them.
As Grace Segers recently reported in The New Republic, Senate Democratic leadership is still committed to enacting voting rights legislation this year. The time is short and the stakes are high!
Check out this short commercial with John Legend and this humorous ad featuring Mark Ruffalo and Jonathan Scott, from our friends at Represent Us. Share these with those you know and please call your senator at 1-202-224-3121. This number works 24 hours a day; often you speak to a person if you call 9-5 ET. See Senate contact info for individual Senators, including options for email and fax.
Represent Us has an online “Stay in Washington Until Our Democracy Is Safe” petition.
*Thanks to Bruce Miller (proDA Steering Committee member) for drafting this article and the Global Veterans and Military Families Caucus for select materials.
Don't miss our November Meetings:
Calling all in the Asia-Pacific region interested in engaging with the mission of the Global Progressive Caucus, as we assess the results of recent elections and consider next steps. Find out More and RSVP HERE!
The Case For A Job Guarantee By Pavlina R. Tcherneva. "One of the most enduring ideas in economics is that unemployment is both unavoidable and necessary for the smooth functioning of the economy. This assumption has provided cover for the devastating social and economic costs of job insecurity. It is also false." Join us for the discussion - RSVP HERE!
The seventh Biden-Harris Progress Report meeting is scheduled for October 28th, 2021 -- please RSVP!
Thanks to the many activists who participated in our monthly meeting on October 9th 2021. We discussed what we can do to deliver for the planet, working families, and all who count on us to do just that with a truly big and bold Build Back Better Act, the Freedom to Vote Act, and much much more. Our momentum is surging to work toward progressive victories in 2021, 2022, and beyond.
We host follow-up working-group meetings next Saturday and need your help!
- DA Environmental and Climate Crisis Council formation
- Democracy and diversity reform in DA, the DNC, and state parties/primaries
- Foreign Policy Coordinating Committee
- Medicare for All campaigns
- Student debt relief efforts
- Voting rights legislation
- Issue advocacy priorities
Zoom: Please RSVP to the individual events above to receive the link.
There is plenty of work to do and your help is needed.
THE NEEDS ARE CLEAR AND OUR TIME IS NOW!
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.
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.
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.
The Progressive Caucus invites you to learn and take action. March 24th join proDA Austria for Biden/Harris Progress Report #2. Discuss 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.
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).
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
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
Progressive Caucus (proDA) invites you to take these actions putting people and the planet before profit:
- Sign this petition to support Deb Haaland’s nomination to lead the Department of Interior. Republicans are already ganging up against her. We need her fighting for our future and Indigenous rights. Join Progressive Democrats of America, Greenpeace, Climate Hawks, Daily Kos and other organizations to support Deb Haaland’s appointment, and share with your network.
- Check out National Nurses United’s quick, easy online tool to support Medicare for All with Letters to the Editor. Also see proDA’s tips on the persuasive power of your personal healthcare story as an American living abroad.
- Join the Progressive Caucus Book Club to discuss Stephanie Kenton’s The Deficit Myth on January 25 and discuss W.E.B. DuBois’ Black Reconstruction on February 22.
- Thank DA's Martha McDevitt-Pugh and Adrianne George for joining nearly 40 other DNC members in signing this letter to President Biden on Democratic Party reform.
- How about running for election in your DA Chapter or Country Committee? Elections will take place over the next few months and you should get emails with information. Or find your country or chapter here, and look for announcements of elections and Annual General Meetings. Elections should follow DA’s guidance on country committee elections.