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.

Articles by this author

Views
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 6:00pm
My Special Place in Hell, Courtesy of Unfettered Greed
The comments made by Madeleine Albright about the "special place in hell reserved for women who do not help other women" certainly caught my attention this weekend. While the implications were that those who support Bernie Sanders might find themselves suffering eternal damnation, which I reject, I...
Read more
Views
Sunday, February 7, 2016 - 8:30am
Young Women For Sanders Not to Be Underestimated
Normally, I would just stay silent if Gloria Steinem said something with which I did not agree. I admire her so much. She has shown so much courage on behalf of women's issues throughout the years that it is a bit absurd for someone such as me to even consider challenging any comment she makes...
Read more
Views
Monday, February 1, 2016 - 8:15am
Iowa 2016: What Will We Do With People Like Me?
It all seems an unlikely scenario. It also seems unlikely that a person such as me will have a piece published on Monday morning, February 1, 2016 . I don't hold the sway or nearly the level of expertise that so many, many others do in the political world. It also seems such a pivotal time for the...
Read more
Views
Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 11:00am
An Open Letter to Hillary Clinton from One Progressive Woman
I am a progressive. I work with and serve thousands of progressive women. And you, Sec. Clinton, are no progressive woman. Hillary, I must challenge your assertion on some occasions that you are a progressive. I am a progressive woman. You are not. Progressive women believe in women's reproductive...
Read more
Views
Monday, November 2, 2015 - 1:15pm
Our Nation Needs This Balm as Single-Payer Action Surges Forward
Over the past few days, more than 700 people from all over the country came together for the annual single-payer strategy conference. This year, we were in Chicago, my hometown, Of course we shared ideas, successes, concerns, and knowledge about the kind of healthcare reform that might truly give...
Read more
Views
Friday, July 24, 2015 - 1:00pm
Trump's Hair and My Teeth: Healthcare in the Age of Oligarchy
A few who are reading this won’t know what plush carpeting is, so the title of this piece may not make sense. I am not writing about Donald Trump’s hair as the plush carpeting. One definition I found read like this, “Plush carpets offer a dense, luxuriously soft flooring option.” When my husband,...
Read more
Views
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 1:45pm
Brutality is Our Society's Trademark—From the Justice System to Healthcare
Over the past several weeks, we've seen so many examples of brutality played out in our cities -- and mostly our most impoverished areas -- that it isn't difficult to see why so many people are in the streets. Many say white people cannot truly understand the deep racial issues that target African...
Read more
Views
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 3:30pm
Nobody Counts the US Health Care System Dead Anymore
It has been a while since I updated any counts of the dead and broke due to the deeper corporatization of the U.S. health care system. I knew that some of the tallies of the uninsured were based on estimates of the dead flowing from pre-Affordable Care Act/Obamacare days. I just don't like...
Read more
Views
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 7:15am
When Your Health Is a Business the System Is Sick
A new year begins. The competition for my health care spending dollars shifts. I pivot from just the usual payment plans, monthly out-of-pocket bill payments, and payment of my premiums to health solutions that do not require doctor visits. For many Americans insured through private insurance plans...
Read more
Views
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 6:30am
Theater of the Macabre: U.S. Health Care in 2014
What are we doing? Really. What is it we are doing to one another? Our health care system is so dysfunctional and so profit-driven that most of us have come to accept as routine the inhumane, greedy and dangerous practices many (most) providers employ when we become their widgets. It's a theater of...
Read more

Pages