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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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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Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 8:00am
Bernie or Bust? No, It’s Justice or Bust
Oh brothers and sisters, what an odd time. I hear great energy going into whether or not Bernie should now concede or how the next few weeks look if he stays in the race as he proclaimed he would late Tuesday night. Will Bernie delegates or supporters disrupt the DNC convention? That’s another...
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Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 1:30pm
Down the 2016 Primary Home Stretch: What the DNC Doesn't Seem to Get
Far be it from me to provide analysis that the powerful, well-positioned, and well-funded pundits, politicos, paid surrogates, and other professional prognosticators have already given about the presidential primary season. I should know my place, and I should fall in line. If you think I am...
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Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 2:15pm
Political Revolutionists: Does an Inside-Outside Strategy Have a Chance?
As the presidential candidates for 2016 go kicking and sliding toward the final primaries -- and most especially into California, an increasing number of pundits with a knack for the writing and rewriting of history will offer their best guesses about Bernie’s next steps. Many groups with thousands...
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Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 8:45am
Apathy Not in Play with Bernie Voters
It was a warm, muggy evening in Honolulu, but who am I to complain? Bernie voters from all over Oahu came together last Friday evening to cheer the campaign and to add to the momentum driving Hawaii’s multi-cultural voters to support an older, white guy from Vermont who wants to be president. I...
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 10:30am
Why Medicare for Libby and Medicaid for Flint?
When we learned that the people of Flint, MI, were being sickened by lead in their drinking water, we were outraged. It's bad enough when adults confront environmental toxins and suffer health consequences, but finding out that the children of Flint were being poisoned was almost unbelievable...
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