Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Congratulations to the Winners!

Written by  Mike Hersh | PDA

It was a great day for our endorsed candidates and a worse than expected day for Democrats overall. All of our Board Members: Representatives Ellison, Grijalva, Conyers, Lee, and McGovern won! Our House Champions: Representatives Grayson, Schakowsky, Pocan and Nolan won! Future Progressive Champions:Ted Lieu and Bonnie Watson Coleman won!

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all who helped. PDA activists made a big difference in these victories by making thousands of  calls into these districts. We look forward to working closely with all of these progressive leaders in the next Congress.

These wins provide a silver lining for a dismal Election Day 2014. They tell us when strong progressives run, they win. That's what PDA is working for, and hopefully our voices will gain more credibility based on our track record for success as opposed to the disastrous results for Republican Lite candidates.

People-based politics struck a blow against corrupting big money politics in key contests. We won by focusing on important issues like campaign finance, climate change, a living wage, economic and social justice, healthcare not warfare, and more. It's up to us as progressives to keep fighting for what matters.

Now, we know the basic contours of Congress and national politics for the next two years. We hope that the electorate is ready for the bold, new politics PDA and the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) have been advocating. Progressives can seize this rare opportunity to organize and lead. Today, we can take a deep breath, reflect, and get ready to move forward.

We'll organize our letter drops and round table on the Hill in 3 weeks, as well as People Demanding Action radio shows to keep mobilizing. We'll keep holding Congress accountable, starting with an expected Fast Track fight over bad trade deals in the lame duck Congress this month.

With the new 114th Congress starting January 3, 2015, PDA's work will be more important than ever. All of our signature legislation--Single Payer / Medicare for All, Jobs for All, Ending Corporate Rule and Voting Rights Constitutional amendments, the ERA, and everything else--will start at zero. We need to sign up all of the returning cosponsors, and in some cases find new lead sponsors.

Our work is cut out for us for the rest of this year, 2015, and into the 2016 cycle that begins tomorrow. Can we count on you?

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