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Rep. Raul Grijalva Puts His Body Into The Machine

Sep 19, 2017 Photo credit Getty Images By   Mike Fox for Dan, Jenise, and the rest of the PDA AZ team Far too often we’re met with congress people who talk a very smooth game, but when the time comes to act?  Crickets. AZ-03 Congressman and PDA Advisory Board member Raul Grijalva is definitely not […]

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Who Trumps Trump Tuesday — Bernie Does, Of Course!

Sep 19, 2017 By Donna Smith, Executive Director – Progressive Democrats of America Today is like no other Tuesday.  We have resisted so much together, and we have insisted on a better path forward.  Today, we know more about one another than we did last Tuesday.  We know that justice trumps injustice. We know the […]

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CELEBRATING MY HERITAGE SHOULDN’T BE COURAGEOUS

Posted by Ofelia Alonso September 19, 2017 Hispanic Heritage Month “pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.” Every year, we see national media show us segments on food, folkloric dances, or notable figures in history. With our current political climate, it is important to reflect […]

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STUDY: Worst Crimes Carry Highest Risk of Bad Evidence, Wrongful Convictions

Two professors of sociology and criminology who reviewed more than 1500 cases in which convicted prisoners were later exonerated have found a direct relationship between the seriousness of the crime and miscarriages of justice: “the ‘worst of the worst crimes,’” they say, “produce the ‘worst of the worst evidence.’” In their research—reported in the law review article, […]

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AL-KHALIL (HEBRON): CPT Palestine August 2017 Newsletter- Why do you keep going back?, Restricted Movement and More…

Behind the Barricade A new brigade, the Givati, have recently come to the Old City of Hebron to carry out Israel’s military occupation of Palestine. Last Wednesday, the Givati’s military presence was asserted when they arrested three Palestinian boys, ages thirteen to fourteen. As a matter of reference, Israeli soldiers are able to imprison Palestinian […]

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The Importance of Numbers in the Fight Against Slavery

Posted by Terry FitzPatrick on September 18, 2017 As the United Nations General Assembly convenes this week in New York, an important announcement is coming about modern slavery worldwide. The International Labor Organization (ILO), International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the group Walk Free will be releasing the 2017 estimate of modern slavery and child […]

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Cong. Visits For Healthcare And Enviro Bills Conf. Call Mon.

Sep 18, 2017 By  Mike Fox for Donna, Mike H., Janis, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, Dan, Judy, Dr. Bill, and the rest of the PDA team We’re coming off a momentous week where Rep. Tulsi Gabbard introduced the single most ambitious and aggressive environmental bill ever seen in the house (OFF — Off Fossil Fuels Act), […]

Indivisible

This Week’s Indivisible Actions: September 18-24

Your weekly Indivisible to-dos: STOP THE RETURN OF TRUMPCARE.  TrumpCare is back and Republicans are as close as they’ve ever been to passing it. There are 12 days left for the Senate to ram healthcare through reconciliation with just 50 votes. This is TrumpCare’s last stand. Call your senators ASAP and tell them to vote […]

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ICYMI: You’re essential to progress

Sep 17, 2017 By   Thom Hartmann, PDA National Advisory Board Is America a progressive nation? Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and I agree it is. That means to win again, the Democrats must recapture their New Deal progressivism, and advocate for the populist policies that fueled the meteoric rise of Bernie Sanders’ campaign. Since its founding in […]

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Emergency Letter Drop Call — Our Planet is Speaking

Sep 16, 2017 By   Russell Greene for Progressive Democrats of America & People Demanding Action Climate Emergency Letter Drop Call Join us September 18th at 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific Our monthly letter drop calls for Progressive Democrats of America and People Demanding Action give advocates of progressive legislation the opportunity to learn about the bills and […]

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US officials are raising alarm over Colombia’s cocaine boom, but they may be ‘missing most of the picture’

President Donald Trump welcomes Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the White House, May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas Cocaine production is up 134% in Colombia. US officials have criticized the Colombian government for its response to that increase. But alienating Colombia could undermine relations with other countries in the region. US officials in Congress and […]

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Prosecutors Accept Life Plea by Severely Mentally Ill Man in Killing of Texas Sheriff’s Deputy

Texas prosecutors have dropped their pursuit of the death penalty against a severely mentally ill capital defendant charged with what they characterized as the “ambush murder” of a Harris County sheriff’s deputy. Special prosecutor Brett Ligon (pictured, left)—the Montgomery County District Attorney who was handling the prosecution because Houston prosecutors had a conflict that prevented […]

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Standing Up as Allies in South Carolina: “We follow the ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’ Model”

Almost since their inception, Indivisible groups around the country have been pitching in on fights for justice for immigrants in their own communities. We’ve asked some of our groups to share what they’ve been working on, what they’ve learned, and to share a message for DACA-mented folks during a difficult time. South Carolina’s congressional delegation […]

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On PARK(ing) Day, five things open data advocates can learn from tactical urbanism

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Thinking about buying an electric vehicle? What to consider when buying.

Electric vehicles are making a big splash in the auto world. It seems like every week a new automaker is announcing a major plan to electrify more and more of its vehicles. Earlier this summer, Volvo was the first to announce a plan to electrify its full line-up by 2019. Since then, Mazda, Jaguar/Land, Mercedes […]

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Here Are Several Easy Ways To Help Dreamers

Sep 15, 2017 By   Dan O’Neal and Mike Fox for the PDA Team Dreamers will not be pawns for political maneuvering in the Washington D.C. Belt Way. This is not  a game, real lives are at stake here. 800,000 DACA recipients should not be used by Trump, the Republicans or Democrat like Schumer and Pelosi. We […]

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Easy Way To Get Your Senator On Bernie’s Healthcare Bill

Sep 15, 2017 By  Mike Fox for Donna, Mike H., Janis, Amos, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, Dan, Judy, Dr. Bill, and the rest of the PDA team. The much awaited Bernie Sanders Medicare For All bill is a revolutionary step towards healthcare as a human right.  It has an inspiring amount of support already, with 16 […]

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Trump’s FEC pick worries watchdogs

Trey Trainor poses with a Trump campaign sticker at the Akerman Law Firm in Austin, Texas. (Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman via AP) President Donald Trump nominated Trey Trainor, an Austin-based attorney with close ties to the Trump administration, to a seat on the Federal Election Commisssion. The White House announced the nomination late Tuesday in a press […]

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Human Rights Groups Urge U.S. Government To Sanction Officials Accused Of Torture, Executions Under New Law

A coalition of 23 human rights groups, including Human Rights First, Human Rights Watch, and Reprieve, has urged the United States government to issue sanctions against foreign government officials who they say have used the death penalty to repress political dissent by torturing peaceful protesters into confessing to capital offenses they did not commit. In a September 12, […]

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Trump’s Weird Threat to Colombia

Via the AP:  Trump delivers shock rebuke to Colombia over cocaine surge U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening that he may decertify Colombia as a partner in the war against drugs unless the South American nation reverses a record surge in cocaine production. The shock rebuke for Washington’s staunchest ally in Latin America came Wednesday […]