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It’s taken America a while to “connect the dots” between poverty, inequality, destruction of the planet and the increasing corporate grip on the world economy, electoral politics, and our public policy. Like the proverbial frog in a warming water pot, working people might never have realized what was happening until it was too late.
But the forces driving these changes got over-eager and too greedy—and they turned up the heat too fast. That’s good news for us—because there’s still time to turn it around. We can reverse climate change and the host of accompanying social ills that toxic greed has visited upon the working people who have built our society.
The same mechanisms that thwart climate change action are also acting to silence opposition—by suppressing the vote, buying politicians, privatizing prisons and making sure that a large portion of the population is working just to survive by fighting fair wages, dodging taxes through profit offshoring, and cost-shifting business expenses to consumers even as they gobble up higher profits and lobby to destroy the social safety net.
And what’s worse, it’s discouraged many people from taking action. We are up against a big and well-funded machine determined to pillage the planet and turn working people into collateral damage. We can’t take them on alone; but together, we have a chance.
Can we count on you to help us fight back?
This coming weekend some of the best and brightest progressive policy minds will be gathering in D.C. for PDAction’s inaugural working summit, “Building an Inclusive Climate Movement to Create Community Power.” Among them: Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus; Bill McKibben, 350.0rg; Dr. Gabriela Lemus, Progressive Congress; Jacquelyn Patterson, NAACP; Ted Glick, Chesapeake Climate Action Network; Dr. Michael K. Dorsey, Joint Center for Political Justice; Mustafa Ali, EPA Office of Environmental Justice; Barbara Arnwine, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Rev. Rodney Sadler, Moral Monday North Carolina; Lester Brown, Earth Policy Institute; Mike Ewall, Energy Justice; Leslie Fields, Sierra Club; Phil Harvey, Rutgers University; Prof. Mark Jacobsen, Stanford University; and Joe Uehlein, former labor leader, AFL-CIO.
These inspiring leaders will work with us to empower regular people to create the fusion of forces we need to move a progressive agenda forward at every level of government and policy-making. We can and will create “critical mass”—but we need your help to do it.
Join us today as a charter sponsor of the next wave in progressive coalition building—and help us shape tomorrow. Your children, and the planet, will thank you.
Andrea Miller, Executive Director
Russell Greene, Board President
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