Elizabeth Warren History PDA History 2014
Monday, 21 April 2014 19:37

PDA History 2014

Written by 

In 2014, we continued where we left off. In January, we held another Round Table meeting, and expanded our Educate Congress letter drops calling for single payer healthcare, and opposing both the TPP and cuts to Food Stamps. 

We lost the fight to prevent cuts to the SNAP program in the Farm Bill in the House by a 251-166 vote. Undaunted, we stepped up our efforts to defeat “Fast Track” legislation and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on both the House and Senate side. Economic and Social Justice Issue Team Coordinator Randy Shannon helped keep PDA supporters well-informed and connected with these issues, and Andrea Miller has been a key organizer working with the national stop the TPP coalition.

From coast to coast, PDA has been helping to lead the stop “Fast Track” / anti-TPP effort. Many PDAers attended rallies across the country speaking out against “Fast Track”. Mike Hersh helped lead constituents in Maryland engaging House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer’s staff at the Greenbelt district office and under the Capitol Dome. He also helped bring together activists to meet House Budget Committee ranking member Chris Van Hollen on the Hill. PDA Field Director Judy Hess helped lead similar actions in California. Deputy Director Conor Boylan joined Issue Team Coordinator Jeanne Marie Dauray engaging Congress members in Illinois, while Mike “Phone Guy” Fox worked the issue in Florida, and Tim Carpenter organized in Massachusetts.

Kurt Bateman and Dr. Bill Honigman continued coordinating our struggle to have the United States recognize healthcare as a human right. They helped mobilize PDA’s fight for H.R. 676—John Conyers’ Single Payer Bill—as well as the Bernie Sanders/Jim McDermott Single Payer bills, and kept us engaged with state single payer efforts from Vermont to California and many places in between.

Our Stop Global Warming / Environmental Issues Team—coordinated by Russell Greene, James Handley, and Barbara Warren—helped orga nize PDA’s work opposing Fracking, the Keystone Pipeline, and other attacks on our environment. They’ve held regular calls, and recommended effective legislation for our Educate Congress campaign. Russell and Jim spoke at Round Tables, and helped with both policy and outreach as we’ve participated in ongoing coalition efforts.

PDA’s Election Integrity work continued, with Andrea Miller hosting a call discussing our efforts supporting HR 12, the Voter Empowerment Act. Andrea had to step up because our good friend and leader of our Election Integrity Issue Team, Randall Holmes, suffered a stroke and was involved in a serious car accident Wed. Jan.22, putting him in intensive care in a Phoenix hospital. The PDA family is sending good thoughts and prayers his way as of this writing. Andrea also continued to coordinate our End Mass Criminalization organizing, and our ERA 3-State Strategy work, as she has for several months.

In February, PDA’s End Wars and Occupations Team and Florida PDA brought our Board Member and co-founder of Code Pink, Women For Peace Medea Benjamin to the Sunshine State. Code Pink are known for speaking out at Congressional hearings, marching in the streets, talking to the media, and visiting battle zones to shine a bright light on war crimes.

Medea had just returned from the peace talks in Geneva, Switzerland where Code Pink conveyed the voices of Syrian women and their desperate need for an immediate ceasefire. Medea met with PDA-Miami to discuss and plan for the rest of 2014: How can we leverage small steps for peace in Syria and diplomacy with Iran to build a stronger, more effective peace movement and work for a more peaceful future.

We dropped letters again in February, and joined with a large coalition demanding an end to National Security Agency (NSA) domestic spying. The Congressional Progressive Caucus invited PDA to join them at the Progressive Congress Strategy Summit in Philadelphia. There, they honored our teamwork by naming Tim “Advocate of the Year.”

CPC Co-Chair Rep. Ellison wrote to PDA’s base, thanking us for our hard work and explaining why he agreed to join our National Advisory Board: “You can’t get big things done for working families without a lot of help." He added, "I work with a lot of great activist groups and PDA is one of the best [because] PDA aggressively organizes around issues that matter to progressives through fast-growing ‘letter drops’ and monthly PDA Roundtables, which connect activists to members and congressional staff.” 

Rep. Ellison recognized, “Tim [Carpenter] and his team are key allies in our work to create more economic opportunity for working families. When I introduced the Inclusive Prosperity Act, a financial transaction tax to curb financial speculation and invest in creating good jobs, PDA was there to spread the word and organize. PDA has proved over and over their commitment to making a big difference with a small budget. I still remember the impact of ‘Progressive Central’ at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.That’s why I’m pleased to announce I will be joining the PDA’s Advisory Board.”

We closed out February with our now-annual leadership gathering in Winslow, reviewing PDA’s efforts over the last 10 years, and planning to do even better over the next 10 years—an effort that starts now!

Read 2609 times Last modified on Monday, 21 April 2014 20:00

ERA Legislation in your State

Unratified states Gold - Ratified States Purple

Latest News from the Warren Campaign

  • Will new senators push Democrats to the left?
    Will new senators push Democrats to the left?

    When Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren and the rest of the 2013 class of liberal senators start work this month, they'll have to do more than figure out the byzantine ways of getting things done in Washington.

    They'll also have to decide how seriously to engage a progressive movement that sees their assent a historic opportunity to shift the Democratic Party to the left.

    Written on Saturday, 05 January 2013 19:11
  • Elizabeth Warren Wins Senate Banking Committee Seat: Sources
    Elizabeth Warren Wins Senate Banking Committee Seat: Sources

    WASHINGTON -- Nearly two years after Wall Street waged a successful campaign to keep consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren from running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the incoming senator will be tapped to serve on the Banking Committee, according to four sources familiar with the situation. 

    Written on Tuesday, 04 December 2012 19:22
  • Elizabeth Warren Redefines "Balanced Approach"
    Elizabeth Warren Redefines "Balanced Approach"

    Politico recently declared, "The Senate is about to become a liberal lion’s den." 

    In 2012, groups like the Progressive Change Campaign Committee,, CREDO Action, and Democracy for America worked hard to build progressive power in Congress. This week's iconic photo of Senators-elect Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) walking together down the corridors of power is symbolic of the rising progressive tide. 

    Written on Sunday, 18 November 2012 14:20
  • Elizabeth Warren Wins the "Which Side Are You On?" Debate
    Elizabeth Warren Wins the "Which Side Are You On?" Debate

    An overbearing and at times ridiculously aggressive Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown came across as a desperate man Thursday night, as he attempted to gain the upper hand in the first debateof this year's most closely-watched U.S. Senate race and, by extension, in a reelection contest that seems to be slipping away from him.

    Written on Sunday, 23 September 2012 16:27
  • Mayor Menino to endorse Elizabeth Warren in Senate race at Roslindale Square rally on Friday
    Mayor Menino to endorse Elizabeth Warren in Senate race at Roslindale Square rally on Friday

    Mayor Thomas M. Menino is expected to endorse Democrat Elizabeth Warren on Friday in her bid to unseat Republican US Senator Scott Brown, according to two people with knowledge of the plan.

    Written on Thursday, 20 September 2012 19:47
  • Elizabeth Warren's DNC Speech: "Corporations Are Not People"
    Elizabeth Warren's DNC Speech: "Corporations Are Not People"

    Bill Clinton may have stolen the show at the DNC last night with his 45-minute, half-ad-libbed barn-burner of a speech, but there were a few other noteworthy speakers as well. After dragging for an hour or two, the night's program picked up when Massachusetts Senate candidate, CFPB creator, and economic realtalker extraordinaire Elizabeth Warren took the stage.

    Written on Thursday, 06 September 2012 18:54
  • Elizabeth Warren: Yes She Can?
    Elizabeth Warren: Yes She Can?

    It was a grim, sleety day in Chicopee, a gritty postindustrial town in western Massachusetts, where paint flakes off worn-out bridges and boarded-up factories. At a community relations luncheon, kind security guards were opening back doors and holding out umbrellas for the few willing to brave the freezing slush.

    Written on Wednesday, 16 May 2012 04:54
  • Jonathan Klate: A candidate's connection
    Jonathan Klate: A candidate's connection

    Retired Amherst gentleman John Kick is not known as a political activist. In the Springfield union hall where he ventured last October to hear Democratic senatorial candidate Elizabeth Warren, he might have seemed a world-weary citizen with vague curiosity about the professor turned politician.

    But John's sorrowful demeanor and disconsolate eyes betrayed a woefully wounded heart. His son, Gabe, took his own life just a month earlier, at the age of 28. John keeps moving, somehow, in the dreadful private agony understood only by parents who persist in such an aftermath.

    Written on Monday, 26 March 2012 17:09
  • The Ascendance of Elizabeth Warren
    The Ascendance of Elizabeth Warren

    If you’re reading this, you probably already know how you feel about Elizabeth Warren. Warren is currently running for Senate in Massachusetts, in the hopes of knocking out Republican incumbent Scott Brown. Very few first-time candidates are so well-known, or so passionately beloved.

    Written on Monday, 26 March 2012 00:00
  • NOW PAC Endorses Elizabeth Warren
    NOW PAC Endorses Elizabeth Warren

    NOW/PAC is thrilled to announce its endorsement of Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren for the U. S. Senate from the state of Massachusetts. Warren is the most prominent of the three Democrats vying to run against incumbent Sen. Scott Brown (R) in the general election. Recent polls show Warren neck and neck with Brown.

    Written on Monday, 05 March 2012 19:48
  • Elizabeth Warren Says Washington Must Act Now To Help Stem The Tide Of Foreclosure
    Elizabeth Warren Says Washington Must Act Now To Help Stem The Tide Of Foreclosure

    Backs MA Congressmen, Attorney General Coakley Calling on Federal Housing Finance Agency to Take Action To Prevent Unnecessary Foreclosures

    BOSTON – It is past time for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to step up and help prevent unnecessary foreclosures in Massachusetts, said Consumer Advocate Elizabeth Warren, reinforcing calls from members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation and Attorney General Martha Coakley.

    Written on Wednesday, 22 February 2012 07:54
  • U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern this week endorsed Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren for the United States Senate.

    U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern this week endorsed Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren for the United States Senate.

    Written on Friday, 27 January 2012 20:35
  • The Woman Who Knew Too Much
    The Woman Who Knew Too Much

    Millions of Americans hoped President Obama would nominate Elizabeth Warren to head the consumer financial watchdog agency she had created. Instead, she was pushed aside. As Warren kicks off her run for Scott Brown’s Senate seat in Massachusetts, Suzanna Andrews charts the Harvard professor’s emergence as a champion of the beleaguered middle class, and her fight against a powerful alliance of bankers, lobbyists, and politicians.

    Written on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 00:00
  • Elizabeth Warren's Appeal
    Elizabeth Warren's Appeal

    For a few years now, politicians straining against all of the antigovernment demagogy have been searching for a way to energize public interest and remind voters of the essential government services and protections they rely on and all too often take for granted.

    Written on Sunday, 16 October 2011 00:00
  • Berkshire Democrats Want Elizabeth to Run, Run, Run
    Berkshire Democrats Want Elizabeth to Run, Run, Run

    PITTSFIELD, Mass. —  More than a few local Democrats would be ecstatic if Elizabeth Warren decides to run against Scott Brown for the U.S. Senate. Warren is kicking around the idea of running and stopped in Pittsfield on Friday to meet with party members to gauge their support as part of a listening tour across the state.

    Written on Friday, 19 August 2011 00:00

Sign the ERA Petition


On Friday, September 12th more than 150 activists will go to DC and Demand that their Senators and Representatives support removing the ratification deadline from the ERA (SJ Res 15 and HJ Res 113)


Sign the Petition - Sen. Sanders Run as a Democrat in 2016


Like Elizabeth Warren

Lori Wallach on the TPP from PDA Progressive Roundtable

Progressive Roundtable with Reps. Ellison and Pocan and Lori Wallach on TPP

TPP: The Biggest Threat to the Internet You've Probably Never Heard Of