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For Immediate Release
Contact: Mike Hersh, PDA Communications Director,,Alan Minksy, PDA Executive Director:,

Un-Tea Party Visits Congress, Oct. 1 -- Rally for Peace and Jobs Follows on Saturday

October 2nd March to Include Demand for Peace


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:

"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 principles.

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 justice.

Progressive Democrats of America was founded in 2004 to transform the Democratic Party and U.S. politics by working inside and outside of the party by working to elect empowered progressives and by building the progressive movement in solidarity with with peace, justice, civil rights, environmental, and other reform efforts. For more information about PDA, please see