Donna Smith

Donna Smith
Donna Smith is the executive director of Progressive Democrats of America.  PDA's mission is to strengthen the voice of progressive ideas inside and outside the Democratic Party by using "inside/outside" and "grassroots fusion" models of working both in the Democratic Party as well as working with other progressive organizations both inside and outside the Party.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016 - 2:30pm
Fasten Your Seatbelts, Progressives, It's Going to Be a Bumpy Night
After of a week like this one during which a sexist, racist, white, male 70-year-old was elevated to the presidency, progressives cannot shrink from our responsibility to rise loudly and clearly in opposition to this very real threat. I have noticed this week that some of the white men around me...
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 3:45pm
Battered Voter Syndrome
Whew. This has been a grueling election season for many of us, and it feels very much like being beaten repeatedly no matter which direction I turn. My organization, Progressive Democrats of America , was the organization that under the leadership of the late, great Tim Carpenter launched a...
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Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 10:30am
The Human Calculus: Political Futures vs. Human Life on the Colorado Ballot
Not long after I moved back to Colorado in early 2013, I met a young, up and coming state legislator named Crisanta Duran. She was awarded the Health Care for All Colorado “Health Care Hero” award for her staunch support of a sound health care policy that would help working class families secure...
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9/11 rescue workers Bill Maher (left), Reggie Cervantes (center) and John Graham (right) Views
Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 9:45am
It's Not Enough to Remember 9/11
First, for my son Russell, who turns 40 on September 11, 2016, I've always said there had to be an incredible amount of joy and humanity to remember on other September 11th's to make the pain and vivid memories of September 11, 2001, a bit less horrible to bear. Looking back on giving birth to my...
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Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 4:00pm
U.S. Healthcare System Culls the Wheat from the Working Class Chaff
Americans are an oddly and beautifully diverse lot, but the healthcare industry has us all figured out. For decades now, maintaining control over American lives and any vestige of the American dream has become increasingly the purview of big business. And no one relishes and maintains more direct...
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Friday, August 19, 2016 - 2:00pm
I Let You Down: A Public Apology to Michael Moore
Dear Michael, I am sorry. So damned sorry. When you included my story in your 2007 documentary film, SiCKO, I felt not only a huge sense of hope and gratitude but also a larger sense of responsibility to make the whole experience matter. Here it is. 2016, and I have failed to change the system...
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 10:30am
Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock: Why Even the Insured Are Waiting Too Long for Care
Though a strong majority of all Americans support adopting a single-payer, Medicare for all model of healthcare policy, their political candidates and elected officials have failed to move confidently and clearly in that direction. Most of us know it is not rational to allow our healthcare system...
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Hillary Clinton waves with her running mate Tim Kaine at the Democratic convention’s grand finale. Views
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 10:45am
Our DNC 'Hunger Games' Moments Must Not Derail the Hard Work Ahead
It all seemed so surreal. The staging was nearly perfect, and the “No More Wars” chanting from many DNC delegates was nearly drowned out by chants of “USA” and “Hill-a-ry” from those charged with protecting the production. There were despicable efforts by the DNC to silence dissent this week in...
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 2:15pm
Progressive Strides Undone If Hickenlooper Chosen as HRC Running Mate
As we approach Friday’s announcement by the Hillary Clinton camp of their selection of running mates, Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado is apparently one of the people who has been under consideration. Choosing Hickenlooper to share the Democratic Party’s ticket would weaken the modest progressive...
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Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 9:15am
DNC: To Be or Not to Be? That is the Question
What a week for those of us who support Bernie. I almost typed Senator Bernie Sanders, but then pulled back to re-type Bernie because even formalizing his title and his name seems somehow a concession. Bernie was not defeated. The movement for climate, economic and social justice was not defeated...
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