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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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Standing for Peace Puts a Target on Tulsi
Our memories can be so fleeting—especially as the intense emotions and horror felt about seeing images from war-torn Syria drive blind acceptance of the most recent chemical attacks and subsequent U.S. retaliatory bombings. We certainly believe that nearly every person reading this essay abhors war...
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Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Medicare for All: Give Me Healthcare or Give Me Death
Where are the screams about those death panels now? As Trump-Bannon-Ryan and friends craft their healthcare path forward with the leaders of the swamp team, no one is crying “foul” about the bold, proud creation of those famed death panels. I found it almost fitting that some of the latest...
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Saturday, March 11, 2017
No Politico Wants to Know: We Are Patients
It is hell out here for patients right now in America. There may be a swampy, dirty-flash flood going on in D.C. right now, but there are precious few elected officials who see patients as patients. We are health industry consumers. We are political props for both sides of another ridiculous,...
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Republicans Finally Unmask Their Healthcare Agenda – And It Isn’t Patient-Centered
If you have been inclined to trust in any way that the Republicans in Congress or the Trump-Pence-Ryan regime intend to make things better for you and your family in terms of healthcare policy, think again and stop wondering. The plan is simple. They will protect and enhance the insurance companies...
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Saturday, November 12, 2016
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
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
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
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 08, 2016
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
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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