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Taking Progressive Demands to Capitol Hill - Meet Valencia Mohammed
Earlier this month, we met in Washington D.C. to honor some remarkable people—volunteer organizers from around the country who’ve ignited real change in their states and communities, as well as some elected officials who have earned the right to be called “progressive” by fighting on Capitol Hill every day for their constituents.
Not everyone who runs as a Democrat is progressive. The ones that are, we will call #TrueBlue—to identify them as authentic progressives in every sense. (Watch for this hashtag and when you see it on social media, pass it on.)
In the coming days and weeks you’ll be hearing from us about some of these people. We’ll share memorable quotes and clips of them opening up about what matters most to them and what drives the work that they do, as part of our campaign to grow People Demanding Action.
It’s no secret that nonprofits must fundraise to survive—and that includes us. But we aren’t going to tell you that we can end global warming if you send us $5. That’s not how it works. We will tell you about what we’re doing—partnering with committed organizations and individuals in the environmental, economic and social justice movements to convince Congress and the nation that we must act swiftly to reverse these deadly trends—and what we could do better with a little help from our friends.
We’ll talk about our partnership to save the U.S. Postal Service from privatization, and to—finally—ratify the Equal Rights Amendment—because it’s a civil rights issue. We’ll also tell you about lesser known campaigns that affect us all—campaigns of principle that go to the very heart of what it means to be American, such as the fight for D.C. statehood. “No taxation without representation” has been a promise in America since the earliest settlers balked at paying taxes to the British. Yet astonishingly, in 2015, Washington D.C.—with a population of some 655,000 tax paying Americans—has no voting member of Congress. It’s a cause PDAction D.C. organizer Valencia Mohammed decided to make her own (along with the ERA and a few others—she’s a busy lady.)
In the attached clip you’ll see why our money is on Valencia to win this fight—and we hope you’ll join us in supporting her and others like her who are fighting the good fight—with the technology and action tools it takes to organize and propel a campaign forward and over the finish line.
We invite you to join us in a very special partnership at this watershed moment in the progressive movement. Working together we can make a difference.
P.S. Take a moment and preview our new Advocacy Tools (though if you watched the video you saw our new text feature); sign the DC Statehood petition
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