Support the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) in asserting a basic Constitutional principle: that questions of war and peace are too important to be swept aside by those who want to rush our country back into war. The American people, through their representatives in Congress, need an opportunity to weigh in before America commits itself to another costly, open-ended conflict in the Middle East.
Three progressive champions in Congress–Representatives Raul Grijalva, Keith Ellison, and Barbara Lee–introduced House Concurrent Resolution 114 (H.Con.Res. 114) calling on Congress to exercise its constitutional responsibility to debate and vote on any use of military force in Iraq and Syria. Please encourage your Member of Congress to cosponsor H.Con.Res. 114 by using our action alert. Then, please share this link widely.
Also, please follow up with your email by calling the Capitol switchboard, using this number: (855) 68 NO WAR Using this specific number will help us to track the number actions taken, and also help to re-enforce our message to members of Congress.
Dozens of organizations nationwide have collected over 2.4 million signatures to overturn Citizens United by constitutional amendment. The Democracy For All Amendment (S.J. Res. 19) accomplishes that and more.
PDA activists are calling on our Representatives to back an important Letter to the Speaker from PDA Board members and Co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), Raúl M. Grijalva and Keith Ellison. Writing on behalf of the CPC, they "Urge Speaker Boehner to Establish a Select Committee on Income Inequality."
Please use this alert to find and contact your Representative now, and urge him or her to join current letter signers, (or express your thanks for signing on). The text of letter will appear in the message this system will send directly to your Representative using this link. Please share the link widely.
Your Senator is on the fence. We need more cosponsors! Your call will help make a difference!
While sending an email is easier and can be helpful, we're asking you to make a quick phone call now. If you have time, please come back and send an email.
Tell your Senator(s) to cosponsor Senate Joint Resolution 19 (SJ Res 19) to overturn Citizens United. The Democracy for All Constitutional Amendment would restore our rights to regulate money in our elections. (See talking points below).
Please enter your zip code below to find out which of your Senators needs a call, then call the number(s) provided. (Both Virginia Senators need to hear from you). Ask for the staffer working on elections, campaign finance and/or judiciary issues, and share your concerns. Leave a voice mail if that person isn't available. After you make your call, please use this link to tell us how the call went.
Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and our allies are working to support PDA National Board Members Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) in their efforts to force a debate and vote to finally end use of military force in Iraq. They've joined their colleague Walter Jones (R-NC) to introduce House Concurrent Resolution #105 (H.Con.Res. 105). If passed, it would compel the President to withdraw all US Armed Forces from Iraq, except those needed to protect the U.S. Embassy and diplomats.
Please contact your Representative, and ask him or her to co-sponsor H.R. 4608, Congress member Barbara Lee's War Authorization Review and Determination Act. For more than 12 years, our government has used the AUMF to justify everything from assassination and indefinite detention of American citizens to ever-expanding drone strikes and secret Special Forces operations in 135 countries. It's time to end this authorization for unjustifiable military force. Please email and call your Congress member, and ask him or her to join Barbara Lee.
Please call one or more Illinois State House Representatives
Ask that they vote to ratify the ERA in Illinois NOW
The Equal Rights Amendment cleared the Illinois State Senate last week, and now we are onto the Illinois State House! They will be in session until Friday and must have 71 committed votes, in order to go to a vote. CALL NOW (click here for a list) and tell these Illinois legislators you want them to commit to voting for the ERA and to contact Representative Lou Lang's office immediately to tell him they will will VOTE YES on ERA (bill number SJRCA0075). Be friendly and positive. We are just a few votes away.
Email them using the tool below if you live in Illinois AND wherever you live, click here for the list of Illinois Representatives and start calling. If you need help, see below for talking points and good luck!
Please contact your Representative, and ask him or her to VOTE NO on the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Representative John Lewis said recently, "War is not the answer. War is obsolete. It cannot be used as a tool of our foreign policy. It's barbaric... And when I look back on (the 2001 AUMF), if I had to do it all over again, I would have voted with Barbara Lee. It was raw courage on her part. So, because of that, I don't vote for funding for war. I vote against preparation for the military. I will never again go down that road."
Please use this alert to tell your Representative to join Barbara Lee and John Lewis and vote NO on the FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act.
The ERA is non-partisan. Equality is fundamental human right. The text of the ERA reads: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." Type in your zip code below. Our advocacy tool will generate an email to urge them to take action.
Please contact your Representative, and ask him or her to vote YES on Congress woman Barbara Lee's amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and to co-sponsor the War Authorization Review and Determination Act (WARD Act, H.R. 4608), both of which would repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). Also, to vote NO on the final passage of the FY 2015 NDAA.
For 12 years, the AUMF has been used to justify war, assassination, indefinite detention of American citizens, drone strikes, and secret Special Forces operations in 134 countries. It's time to end this indiscriminate authorization for unjustifiable military force. Use, then please share this link with all your contacts.
Protect Our Water, Air and Climate, Urge Your Elected officials to Oppose Export of LNG
We must act now! Time is short. The oil and gas industry--and their allies in Congress--are using escalating tensions between Ukraine and Russia as a pretext. They want to "fast track" approval of U.S. liquified natural gas (LNG) exports. Bills already in Congress would "fast track" LNG exports: S. 2083 in the Senate, and H.R.4139 in the House. President Obama granted initial approval for an export facility on the coast of Oregon, and others are planned in Maryland and elsewhere. We must stand against these dangerous policies. Send email directly to President Obama, both your Senators and your Representative using this link, then share the link with all your contacts.
Barbara Lee's bill, HR 3852 will repeal the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force against Iraq. Please use this action alert to ask your Representative to sign on as a co-sponsor.
When Congress slashed food stamps in February, 850,000 low-income families in 15 states plus D.C. stood to lose $90 of food assistance per month. But in a twist befitting the movies, there is still a way we can wipe out those cuts entirely.
If a state were to increase its minimum monthly heating assistance benefit to $20 without kicking anyone out of the program, then no one in that state would face food stamp cuts.
Please use this action alert to tell Secretary of State Kerry and President Obama to fire those responsible for the crisis in the Ukraine, to stop escalating the crisis and to engage with the elected Russian and Ukrainian governments and all parties to solve this crisis.
The ERA is neither partisan nor issue-driven. It is about fundamental human rights. The Amendment reads: "Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." Type in your zip code below. Our advocacy tool will generate an email to urge your Virginia state legislators to take action. Please note their phone number and then call their offices and speak with their Legislative Aide. If he or she is unavailable, ask to leave a voice mail. Introduce yourself as a constituent, use your own words, and stress that action regarding the ERA means a lot to you and other voters you know.
Don't undermine peace accord with new demands.
Tell your Senators you demand diplomacy, not war with Iran! Tell them to vote No on S1881, the so-called Nuclear Weapons Free Iran Act of 2013". We've drafted a letter which you will see after you enter your zip code. Please use your own words when writing to or calling your elected officials.
Tell your Representative to oppose H.R. 3830 "the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act of 2014," legislation to grant "Fast Track" authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP has been negotiated by corporate insiders with the media, the public, and even members of Congress on the outside. Sources including U.S. Trade officials tell us the TPP will have serious negative impact on millions of people. Good deals pass without the need for "Fast Track." The TPP is not a good deal, but we can stop the TPP if we can persuade Congress to oppose "fast track" authority. Please act now using the talking points provided but use your own words. Repetitive calls and emails are ignored. Also, share this link with your contacts. Congress needs to hear from us before it's too late!
Tell your Senators and your Representative to cosponsor the American Health Security Act of 2013
This legislation (H.R. 1200 / S. 1782) would "provide for health care for every American and to control the cost and enhance the quality of the health care system," and address the many well-documented problems with the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care). Use the talking points below as a guide, but use your own words. Repetitive messages lose credibility. Then, please share this link. We need massive grassroots support!
Tell your Member of Congress to Support Legislation to Protect Air, Water and Climate by cosponsoring legislation to protect the environment by closing the "Halliburton loopholes" in the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. See below for specific legislation.
The American people are deeply concerned about “Fracking,” i.e. extracting methane gas and petroleum by injecting chemical-laced water into the ground at high pressure to fracture rock. This practice endangers communities, squanders precious drinking water supplies, and otherwise directly imperils public health and safety. Use this action alert to contact your Representative and Senators and urge them to cosponsor 4 bills if they haven't already.
The House passed legislation that threatens to hurt everyone on nutritional programs, and throw 40 Million hungry American children, veterans, retirees, and others off Food Stamps (aka SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
Please tell your Representative to stand up for SNAP. Use the provided talking points as a guide, but please use your own words. Repetitive messages lose credibility. Please share this alert. We need a groundswell of grassroots support!
Join Sen. Bernie Sanders defending our social safety net programs.
Don't undermine peace accord with new demands.
Tell the President, your Senators and your Representative you demand diplomacy, not war with Iran! We've drafted three letters which you will see after you enter your zip code. The first applies to the House, the second to the Senate, and the third to the White House. Please use your own words when writing to or calling your elected officials.
Tell your Representative to oppose "fast track" authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and to vote against the TPP whenever it comes up for a vote. Congress is about to vote on "fast track" authority! The TPP has been negotiated by corporate insiders with the media, the public, and even members of Congress on the outside. Sources including U.S. Trade officials tell us the TPP will have substantial negative impact on millions of people. We can stop the TPP if we can persuade Congress to oppose "Fast Track" authority. Please act now using the talking points provided but use your own words. Repetitive emails are ignored. Also, share this link with your contacts. Congress needs to hear from us before it's too late!
Since 2011, the CIA has coordinated the delivery of at least 70 planeloads of weapons from Qatar to Turkey, Saudi-funded shipments of arms from Croatia to Jordan and shipments of fighters and weapons from Libya to Turkey in unmarked NATO planes. Now, after militarizing the conflict in Syria has led to almost 100,000 deaths, including 35,500 civilians, and despite only 20% public support for this policy, the US has begun directly arming the Syrian and foreign forces fighting to overthrow the Syrian government, and may launch a "no-fly-zone" bombing campaign.
Everyday Americans have shouldered the burden of the economic collapse brought on by Wall Street’s wild speculation and greed. It's time for Wall Street to settle its debt to Main Street. A Financial Speculation Tax (FST) would levy a small tax (0.5%) on each speculative transaction; average investor and pension funds are exempted. Tell your senators and representative to support a financial transaction tax, instead of cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other programs that help the 99%. Please use your own words, adapted from the talking points below. Share this link with your friends to help mobilize the grassroots.
Please write and call now to urge your Congressperson to cosponsor H.R.1000 "The Humphrey Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment And Training Act!"
We are facing an employment crisis. There are currently 28 million Americans who are either unemployed, under-employed, or have given up looking for work. PDA National Board Member Congressman John Conyers, Jr. introduced H.R. 1000 "The Humphrey Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment And Training Act," which would fund direct jobs creation and jobs training so anyone who is willing and able to work could have a job. Please write and call now to urge your Congressperson to cosponsor H.R. 1000. Use your own words, adapted from the talking points below. Repetitive form letters are often ignored. Share this link with your friends to help mobilize the grassroots.
The ACA Relies on for-profit insurance. We can do better. We need Expanded, Improved Medicare for All
Please contact your member of Congress and ask him or her to cosponsor H.R. 676. Use the talking points below as a guide, but use your own words. Repetitive messages lose credibility. Then, please share this link. We need massive grassroots support!
Please e-mail and call your Representative today to ask him or her to co-sponsor H.R. 200. If your Member of Congress was a co-sponsor of H.R. 780 or voted for it as an Amendment in the last Congress, please remind his or her staff that the Congress person already supports this language to end the war, and ask them to reaffirm that commitment. If not, tell them that the time has come to stand with Barbara Lee and end this war. Use the talking points and facts below as a guide, but please use your own words and then call to increase your impact.