In Solidarity, Alan Minsky for Deb, Mike F., Janis, Dan, Dr. Bill, Kimberly, Bryan, Mike H. and Shayna—your PDA National Team
According to opinion polls, the progressive agenda is supported by the majority of Americans. This has been the case for many years now. However, almost none of the progressive agenda has become government policy yet. Unfortunately, according to an influential study this should come as no surprise.
In 2014, Martin Gilens of Princeton and Benjamin Page of Northwestern analyzed opinion polls and legislation going back to the 1980s. Their findings showed conclusively that the wealthy determine political policies while the average American has, at best, negligible influence.
The study confirmed that for all intents and purposes we live in an oligarchy. PDA was founded to rectify this perversion of democracy. No other organization has undertaken this critically important mission.
To effectively combat the power of the rich and powerful, we need an organization designed specifically to advocate for popular progressive policies, a committed organization that mobilizes effectively inside and outside of the American political system. That’s exactly what PDA Founder Tim Carpenter built when he and a group of activists from around the country founded PDA in 2004.
Our mission is to focus the power of the people on advocating inside the political system for the progressive policies on behalf of the people, not the oligarchs. That’s what PDA does every day.
We want to shift the balance of power to favor We the People. To succeed, we need to spread the PDA inside/outside model to every corner of this vast country, to form a chapter in every congressional district. When we do that, we can defeat the oligarchs; but it’s going to take resources. Nothing helps PDA build the movement for the progressive transformation of America more than sustained support.
If we reach $10,000 a month in sustaining donations, PDA will be guaranteed to stay on budget for the entire year. That means our staff, and legions of PDA volunteers will be able to take all the energy they currently expend on fund raising and put it into our passion: Empowering the progressive movement to defeat the oligarchs and corporatists.
Please Click Here to sign up as a PDA Sustainer—making automatic monthly gifts to support PDA’s efforts to build what America and the world need: a powerful progressive grassroots mass movement organizing both inside and outside the Democratic Party and the political system. Please step up by signing up to make automatic sustaining gifts now.
P.S. PDA is working on election integrity and ending voter suppression; ending poverty and homelessness; outreach to rural, urban, minority, and younger progressives; as well as organizing on college campuses—and much more! We can’t do anything without your strong support.