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Albert Einstein Donating Member (241 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:39 PM
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Who would like a Progressive Democrats of America discussion group?
This is an important progressive organization that has a great deal of momentum and appears to be the best direction for the Democratic Party.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:52 PM
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1. I would, definitely! I'm already on their mailing list in NC...and
attending some meetings...so it would be great to be able to talk about what's going on with others around the country.
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revree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 12:55 PM
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2. ME TOO, ME TOO!
I am very active with local San Diego PDA group, so sign me up.
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dpbrown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:03 PM
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3. An excellent idea
Kevin and PDA are already doing great work in multiple states. Having a forum where we can all talk and plan strategy and compare notes would be very helpful.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:05 PM
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4. Keeping this kicked........
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 02:06 PM
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5. If I would be welcome, I would be interested :^)
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Save our country one town, county, and state at a time!
http://timeforachange.bluelemur.com/electionreform.htm#...
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welshTerrier2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:11 PM
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10. if i get a vote ...
you're more than welcomed, my friend ...

perhaps the PDA-Green link ... OK OK ... the Green-PDA link is just what what is needed ...
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 08:43 AM
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18. *g* Thanks for the vote. *hugs*
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Save our country one town, county, and state at a time!
http://timeforachange.bluelemur.com/electionreform.htm#...
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buddhamama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 06:41 AM
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15. you'd be welcomed
Edited on Wed Jan-12-05 06:42 AM by buddhamama
party affiliation wouldn't prevent from joining PDA of Maine-
if you're interested in electing progressive Democrats to office ( and i know you are).

check us out if you haven't already
http://www.mainecaucus.net/
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 08:43 AM
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17. Thanks for the link! :^)
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http://timeforachange.bluelemur.com/electionreform.htm#...
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genius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:01 PM
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6. I'm in.
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Tinoire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:04 PM
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7. I would be interested. n/t
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:02 PM
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8. Keep Kicking............
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welshTerrier2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:07 PM
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9. lost soul here ... count me in ...
can't seem to find myself at home in any group right now ...

voted for Kucinich ... maybe this is the way forward ...

can i bring my dog ??
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DaedelusNemo Donating Member (336 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 01:58 AM
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11. I'm for anything that brings some clarity to these debates /nt
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 05:44 AM
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12. Me too n/t
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ElectroPrincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 05:47 AM
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13. Term it "Liberal Democrat" discussion group and I'm there :-)
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buddhamama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 06:32 AM
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14. I am interested
let's do it.

I am a member of PDA , btw.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 06:41 AM
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16. I'm interested in any viable alternative
to the DLC version of Republican-lite Democrats.

Got any links to more info?

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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 09:11 AM
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20. Here's a link to their Website and a great pix of Dean & Kuchinich
http://www.pdamerica.org /


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Progressive Democrats of America Emerge
from National Convention 2004


Far from the razor-wire capped protest prison in the shadow of the flag-bedecked Boston Fleet Center, progressive activists shared center stage with their Democratic Party champions before a crowd of 1,000 at the Roxbury Community College Gymnasium.

The occasion was a founding conference for a new organization, the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) which, with a sister organization, Progressive Vote vows to build a sustained movement to transform the Democratic Party into a force for social justice and environmental sanity.
NEW! Watch speeches from this PDA National Convention online!
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Medea Benjamin
Rep. John Conyers Gov. Howard Dean
Tom Hayden Rep. Dennis Kucinich
Rep. Barbara Lee Marianne Williamson
Jim Zogby

Referring to the event in Roxbury and Tuesday's "Building the Peace Movement" Forum at the Boston Paulist Center, which was attended by a standing room only crowd of over 400 and was featured in a New York Times article, Tim Carpenter, a former Kucinich Campaign staffer and the new Director of the PDA said, "Support for serious, sustained progressive effort to transform the Democratic Party is striking a real chord--both with rank and file Party activists, progressive activists and with the media." Asked about PDA's potential to influence those leaning toward supporting veteran consumer advocate Ralph Nader's independent candidacy or that of Green Party nominee, David Cobb, Carpenter said, "In 2000 Ralph Nader hit the Democratic donkey on the head with a sledge hammer. For all the pain and dissension that caused, history may ultimately record it as an invaluable wake-up call. We hope to prove to our Nader and Green friends before November, that enough Democrats are now awake--that the notion of working to transform the Party after electing John Kerry is an idea whose time has come."

Cheered by an enthusiastic Kucinich and "Deaniac" crowd, the activists discussed the issues, talked strategy, and vowed to "keep the heat in the street." Medea Benjamin, the founder of Global Exchange and co-founder of Code Pink and Cynthia Peters of United for Peace and Justice brought a global perspective, Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner of the Green Rainbow Party brought it home in concrete Boston terms in concert with the Fund the Dream campaign. Granny D. Haddock talked about the need for activists to provide political help for people in need. Jim Zogby of the Arab-American Institute described the challenges of even talking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict within the Democratic Party. Tom Andrews, former congressman (D-ME) and leader of Win Without War described his campaign efforts. And actors Mimi Kennedy ("Dharma and Greg") and Jaimie Cromwell ("Babe") leant their own experience and perspective as progressives in Hollywood.

The task of providing context fell to veteran political activist Tom Hayden, who described a nuanced history of progressive activism in America. Hayden revisited the abolition movement, the women's, labor, and civil rights movements, quoted Frederick Douglass, Abigail Adams, and recalled the actions of more and lesser-known activists. Lincoln, Roosevelt and Kennedy, said Hayden, were each examples of Presidents who were led to greatness by riding the wave of great social movements of their day. Hayden urged the crowd to support John Kerry--and to vow to build, after his election, a great movement of social activism that would carry him in its wake. Perhaps one of the most warmly received history lessons in modern political history, the audience responded with a standing and sustained ovation that ebbed only to rebuild into a raucous United Farm Worker rhythmic clap that brought a tear to the eye of the grizzled veteran of the Freedom Rides, Students for a Democratic Society, the Chicago riots, the Chicago 8 Trial, and years of Democratic Party activism and office.

"Dean" of the Congressional Black Caucus, John Conyers (D-MI), was first up among the elected officials. Outlining his perspective on the important differences between Kerry and Bush, he called upon activists to employ strategies that do not alienate future progressives. The other "Dean"--former Vermont Governor Howard Dean--appeared to particularly enjoy himself and reprised his trademark empowerment-focused stump speech, which was very well received by an admiring crowd. A kinetic Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) delivered a spirited and effective variation on his campaign stemwinder, further energizing the crowd. Later Kucinich's Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Rep Barbara Lee (D-CA) was warmly received by an already exhausted crowd, who particularly appreciated her presentation of the "Hip Hop Agenda," written by young people and focusing on empowerment; the elimination of poverty and racism; the provision of quality health care and education for all, an end to police brutality, environmental degradation and racism and more.

But not all the Democrats presenting were nationally known, such as a panel moderated by Kevin Spidel of Progressive Vote, which included Laura Bonham, an organizer of the Utah Progressive Democratic Caucus; Laura Blubaugh, Delegate Coordinator for the Kucinich Campaign, and Ralph Miller of Latinos for America.

Finally, John Norris, National Field Director of the Kerry/Edwards Campaign, briefed the crowd on the theory and practice of Kerry/Edwards efforts to identify and target undecided voters, to persuade them to support the Democratic Ticket, and to mobilize them and others on November 2nd. Warmly if not enthusiastically received by a crowd toting a bobbing sea of the same anti-war in Iraq and single-payer health care signs his Campaign had banned from the floor of the Fleet Center, Norris encouraged those assembled to commit to working with the Kerry effort to oust Bush--and promising that this time a grassroots infrastructure would be left behind.

Article author Joe Libertelli, a founding Board member of the PDA, has been an environmental and social justice grassroots activist and organizer, primarily in California and Washington DC , since the late 70s. He served as Coordinator for the Campaign for a DC School of Law and now serves as Director of Alumni Affairs for the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law in Washington , DC , a multi-racial, clinically-oriented, public, public interest law school.

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rhite5 Donating Member (510 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 09:11 AM
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19. Count me in for sure! n/t
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jonnyblitz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 09:24 PM
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21. "raises hand"
as long as there isn't a dresscode... :P :hi:
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DaedelusNemo Donating Member (336 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 04:50 AM
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22. Kick.nt
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Stepup2 Donating Member (396 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 06:22 AM
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23. I am in
Thanks for the links provided so far.
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welshTerrier2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 07:50 PM
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24. C'mon DU'ers ... a little help for the PDA folks ...
and bring a friend or two along with you ...

thanks ...
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janx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 10:05 PM
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25. PDA deserves its own group!
I vote AYE! :hi:
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ClarkUSA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 10:10 PM
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27. I Agree
AYE.
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poe Donating Member (554 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 10:09 PM
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26. the world is waiting
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 10:11 PM
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28. How many DU'ers do we need to start a group, officially? (n/t)
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welshTerrier2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 10:34 PM
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29. ten (as long as they have stars)
"you must get responses from at least ten DU members who agree to be active participants in the suggested DU Group. All ten members to respond must have donor stars."

link to Skinner's "how to suggest a DU Group":

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-13-05 10:39 PM
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30. I vote AYE!
n/t
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Kevin Spidel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-14-05 10:31 AM
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31. wow!
we are thinking of starting a forum on the PDA site.. i think you all jsut pushed us to move forward with it sooner! Thank you!
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