WASHINGTON - January 23 - Progressive Democrats of America, the grassroots
ally of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is mobilizing its
membership into the streets for this Saturday's peace march in D.C.
Jan. 27 and into the halls of Congress Monday Jan. 29 to lobby
on behalf of a prompt, orderly withdrawal of US troops from
Founded in 2004, PDA's multiracial Advisory Board includes six
members of Congress, and legendary peace and justice activists such
as Tom Hayden, Cindy Sheehan, Medea Benjamin of Code Pink and Rev.
Lennox Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus.
"Through our marching and lobbying, we are not aiming our
communication at the White House," commented PDA Executive Director
Tim Carpenter, "but at Democrats who have been complicit in
prolonging a futile occupation of Iraq, that most Iraqis want ended.
The voters spoke in November; some Democratic leaders aren't
PDA is coordinating and rallying grassroots support nationwide
behind two bills:
** H.R. 508, The Bring the Troops Home and Iraq Sovereignty
Restoration Act, a comprehensive alternative to escalation
introduced by PDA Advisory Board members Lynn Woolsey, Barbara Lee
and Maxine Waters that would bring all US troops home within 6
months, while providing economic aid and a framework for stability
in Iraq and fully funding the VA health care system.
** Rep. Jim McGovern's Safe and Orderly Withdrawal Act, to
be reintroduced this week, which would use appropriated funds for an
orderly 180-day withdrawal of all troops from Iraq -- and upon
completion of withdrawal, would terminate funding for the US
occupation of Iraq.
Progressive Democrats of America was founded in 2004 to transform
the Democratic Party and our country. As a grassroots PAC
operating inside the Democratic Party, and outside in movements for
peace and justice, PDA contributed mightily to the stunning
electoral victory of November 2006. PDA strives to rebuild the
Democratic Party from the bottom up - from every Congressional
District to statewide party structures to the corridors of power in
Washington. More info at http://pdamerica.org/
United for Peace and Justice , the national anti-war coalition
with over 1,400 groups under its umbrella, is sponsoring the march.
More info at http://www.unitedforpeace.org