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.
PDA kicked off 2012 with a powerful presence, greeting Democrats who participated there, getting impressive coverage, especially for asking Iowans to “send a message to President Barack Obama by organizing people to vote for uncommitted in the Iowa Democratic caucuses.” Also in January, PDA leadership joined many of our Board members and allies presenting and leading panels at the second annual Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Policy Summit in Baltimore, Maryland. As usual, we spent most of the time organizing and working, then heard our board member Jim Hightower, the featured speaker.
If progressives were frustrated by failure to win major victories in previous years, after the GOP / Tea Party takeover of the House we faced a far more difficult task. Friendly Committee Chairs like PDA Board Member John Conyers had to hand over their gavels to Republicans. Legislation that made progress from 2007 to 2010 suddenly slammed into brick walls. National Director Tim Carpenter led PDA’s response, with help from Deputy Director Conor Boylan, the revamped national staff, along with our tireless Issue Team organizers and our state and local coordinators.
CWA devised a simple plan for which they were uniquely suited: drag TPP out of the shadows and into the light - one city at a time - using a medium they understand intimately: Daily Newspapers!
Two CWA members - Dave Felice in Denver, CO and Madelyn Elder in Portland, OR have started the ball rolling. We just need to keep up the momentum leading up to a big day of petition deliveries.
Step 1 is to send an Op-Ed to your Daily Newspaper.
MoveOn.org Petition - Congress Don't Renew Fast Track
Public Citizen Petition - Congress Must Reject Fast Track Authority
MoveOn.org Petition - Stop the Trans Pacific Partnership
CREDO Petition - Stop the Massive Corporate Power Grab
If your Representative is not currently a cosponsor of HR 1000 they may not completely understand how important full employment is to your community; click on your state at the bottom of this page to see all the cosponsors in your state. Nothing sends a stronger message to a Congressional member than a personal visit to a district office by a voter with a written request. Phone calls and emails are incredibly important but nothing gets attention like a personal visit. Our Educate Congress page has information and a sample letter. Print the letter, sign it, deliver it.