For Immediate Release
Un-Tea Party Visits Congress, Oct. 1 -- Rally for Peace and Jobs Follows on Saturday
October 2nd March to Include Demand for Peace
WASHINGTON - The march on Washington planned for October 2nd and covered in Sunday's New York Times
has added a demand for an immediate end to the wars in Iraq,
Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and a transfer of funding from the
war/military budget to jobs, housing, and green energy.
A lobby day has been planned for October 1st.
Members and allies of Progressive Democrats of America will lobby their
representatives for an end to wars, investment in jobs, and commitments
not to cut, weaken, or privatize Social Security.
Headquarters on October 1st from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2226.
A reception is planned with the
Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Raul Grijalva and Lynn
Woolsey, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Barbara Lee, PDA Board
Member Bill Fletcher, and Co-Chair of Strengthen Social Security Nancy
Altman. The reception is October 1st, 4-5 p.m., at the Capitol
Visitors Center, Room HVC-215. Find more information on the Lobby Day
and reception here: https://www.thedatabank.com/dpg/309/mtglistproc.asp?formid=meet&caleventid=18323
"While we'll be marching on Saturday to
spread the word and build the movement, we'll be taking our specific
demands to Congress the day before," said PDA National Director Tim
Carpenter. "If our representatives hear the arguments on Friday and see
the energy on Saturday, maybe they'll take the necessary steps to avoid
experiencing negative consequences in November."
Progressive Democrats of America was founded
in 2004 to transform the Democratic Party and our country. We seek to
build a party and government controlled by citizens, not corporate
elites--with policies that serve the broad public interest, not just
private interests. PDA is a grassroots PAC operating inside the
Democratic Party, and outside in movements for peace and justice. Our
inside/outside strategy is guided by the belief that a lasting majority
will require a revitalized Democratic Party built on firm progressive
For over two decades, the party declined as
its leadership listened more
to the voices of corporations than those of Americans. 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, where we work arm in arm with the Congressional
Progressive Caucus. In just five years, PDA and its allies have shaken
up the political status quo--on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Medicare
for all, voter rights, accountability, and economic and environmental
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Progressive Democrats of America is a grassroots PAC that works both inside the Democratic Party and outside in movements for peace and justice. Our goal: Elect a permanent, progressive majority in 2008. PDA's advisory board includes seven members of Congress and activist leaders such as Tom Hayden, Medea Benjamin, Thom Hartmann and Rev. Lennox Yearwood. More info:http://pdamerica.org