Progressive Caucus - News

Help ban corporate PAC money from the DNC - take action Feb 12-13 2019

Help strengthen the voices of ordinary Americans in the Democratic Party.  Sign the petition by DNC member Christine Pelosi (and co-signers) to ban corporate PAC money from the DNC.

As of writing, the petition is at 4,903 signatures.  Can proDA members put it over 5k?

Christine Pelosi will present the petition to the Resolutions Committee of the DNC on Thursday, February 14 at 1pm Washington DC time. proDA CoChair Sue Alksnis and EMEA Regional Rep Siera Burtrum will be observing the meeting. Please sign the petition by end of day Wednesday, February 13.


The petition link lays out a strong argument for banning corporate PAC money, which can also be read in this medium article: Democrats Can Win 2020 With a Corporate PAC-Free DNC or below:

To be delivered to Tom Perez, DNC Chairperson

Democrats won big in 2018 with a clarion call to work #forthepeople not the special interests — to restore voting rights, clean up corruption, and center people in the debate over jobs, health care, and equality of opportunity.

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Seeking Members to Represent ProDA to Local Groups

ProDA announces our new ProDA Liaison Position Description. The description was emailed to all our global members with a request for comments. Several members took a look, and we didn’t get any negative comments, so the position description is now official!

Please contact ProDA with interest or questions by using the ProDA action survey or emailing proda@democratsabroad.org

Progressive Caucus Local Liaison Position Description:

The ProDA Local Liaison will act as the connection between their local group and ProDA’s global organization.

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Run for DA Elections - Deadlines to declare candidacy will fall between January 2019 and May 2019

If you helped get out the vote, how about running?

DA country committees and chapters will be holding elections between January and June 31. 

You can look at your country or chapter online for information at https://www.democratsabroad.org/countries, but check a few times as they will be posted over several months.  

Also look to receive in coming months an email soliciting candidates (it might arrive in your “promotions” folder if you have gmail). 

You may also want to contact your country committee or chapter chair now to discuss the process, deadline to declare candidacy, how to write a candidate statement, what positions are elected and how to run. 

You can run at both the chapter and country level, and in some cases you can also run for both country committee leadership and DPCA voting rep.  What is a DPCA voting rep? Read on.

DPCA Voting Members are elected. Could you be one?

If you want to push forward issues or policies or practices within DA that you think are on the more progressive side, keep in mind that Country Committee Chairs and DPCA* voting reps elected in each country get to elect DA global leadership (including 2 DNC members), help make changes to DA’s charter, and vote on DA’s resolutions on legislation and other issues.

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Send your Healthcare Photo to Members of Congress

Add your photo to the DA healthcare stories booklet that will be shared with Members of Congress after the new year.

Act quickly to be added to the booklet before printing.

Photos could be of yourself, family or health-related, like a health receipt, medical equipment or prescription.  You can even use the "I Heart Universal Healthcare" sign in a selfie picture at this link

Even better, write a short description of why you love healthcare where you live and take a photo of you with your story, or maybe just your story if you like.  

Your story of affordable, quality, accessible healthcare overseas will help Members of Congress understand what is possible in other countries – and what is possible for all Americans.

Send your photo by email to Kent.

 


Medicare For All Barnstorm Training Calls - December 2018

Take action and get training to make improved Medicare For All a reality.

Want to see all Americans get the healthcare they need?  Join ProDA and the National Nurses United for a major nationwide mobilization in February 2019.
Next step is to join one of their training calls in early December, on the 3rd, 5th and 7th.  They have agreed to help ProDA volunteers host events overseas as well as virtual actions.

Register for a training call here: https://medicare4all.org/wp-content/uploads/MFA-Local-Barnstorm-Host-Training-Call.pdf(you may need to copy the link and paste it into the navigation bar to avoid a 'blocked plug in' screen)

If you plan to attend the training, or just want to help with ProDA’s M4A efforts, please email us HERE.

M4A Barnstorms are a great complement to ProDA’s Healthcare Stories book which will be distributed to Members of Congress, and our planned letters to the editor campaign, so a number of ProDA volunteers are participating in the training calls.  Join us and host an event where you are!
For more information on the M4A Campaign’s February action see: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/host-a-medicare-for-all-barnstorm
And listen to the Post-Midterm Organizing Call that explains the Barnstorm effort here: https://medicare4all.org/event/nov13call/
To contact ProDA, email us HERE.

 


Poor People’s Campaign Call 2018 - Nov 28

 

The Poor People’s Campaign

This progressive grassroots effort may interest Progressive Caucus members.  The Poor People’s Campaign is a “National Call for Moral Revival uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality.” 

With over 200 partners including Women’s March, Our Revolution, Democratic Socialists of America, CODE PINK, and many coalitions and groups working in peace, anti-poverty, veterans issues, anti-militarism, environmentalism, and faith-based groups.

PPC is holding a mass call to report on grassroots actions across the country and upcoming actions. The call is on November 28, 8pm ET (Eastern Standard Time). Register and more info at:

https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/rsvp/?utm_campaign=ppc_email&utm_content=1122email-_&utm_source=EM&utm_medium=EM&link_id=1&can_id=5cd5d0028d44f10a7d8bec94e0ac2783&email_referrer=email_458135___subject_585427&email_subject=going-on-the-offensive

 If you would like to be part of a ProDA team supporting the Poor People’s Campaign, please let us know by emailing us HERE


How to Call for Progressive Candidates from Overseas

 

This is it.
 
The upcoming midterms are a do-or-die moment for America and an opportunity to elect the largest group of progressive candidates ever.
 
This means we can support candidates who ran primary campaigns that only took small-dollar donations from individuals like us and are not influenced by corporate and PAC money. Candidates who support Medicare for All and getting big money out of politics.
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Progressive Caucus Intro

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.

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.

Join us!