Spotlight: PDA…Time to Educate Congress Again!

Time to Educate Congress Again!

Dear Supporter,

Letter Drop Campaign

We can proudly say that we currently stand at over 160 letter drops for next Wednesday’s Educate Congress Letter Drop campaign. Last month we set a record of 226 – can we do it again this month? This shows us also that our members really want to get active during this important time for our country.  We will again try to move our progressive agenda forward. In addition to the letter drops we will have “street heat” actions in Massachusetts, New York, Arizona, California and Illinois. Read about what we have planned as a “Thank You” to Rep. Raul Grijalva in Tucson here.

View this month’s letter that will be delivered to Congressional and DC offices here and also read
the digest of June’s drops here.

Issue Teams:

Last week guest speaker Lacey Kohlmoos, Senior Field Organizer for Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, joined the Economic and Social Justice team call to update us on Fast Track and the Trans Pacific Partnership, as well as letting us know how to get involved locally, whom to contact, and ways to make an impact. If you want to know more, you can listen to the call here. For more information or to become more involved with this team, contact Randy Shannon here.

Listen to last week’s call with the End Mass Criminalization team here, as they endorse legislation from Sen. Rand Paul (yes, you are reading that correctly!) They also discussed the federal government’s position in a recently decided 6th Circuit Court case, ruling that the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 is retroactive, plus other legislation. To find out more, visit the team’s page here, and contact the team here to become more involved with this issue.

Listen to last week’s call with the End Wars and Occupations team here  Guest speaker and outspoken veteran, Zach LaPorte joined the call this week for an eye opening conversation on the reality of war and it’s casualties. For more information, visit the team’s page here or contact them here.

Calls this week:

On Tuesday we will have our Healthcare for All/Single Payer issue team call. RSVP here.
There will be no Stop Global Warming/Environmental Issues call this month due to summer vacations etc.

BlogTalk Radio

The War on Drugs – Stolen Lives – Professor of criminal justice and legal studies, David Long, discusses the War on Drugs. Listen here.


See the latest sequester impact report produced by our friends at the Coalition on Human Needs here. Click here to see all of the impacts reports since March.

Read the latest newsletter from our good friends at the Project Defense Alternatives titled, Hagel Notifies SASC of Sequester Impact While Ignoring Imperative for Strategic Change

Read the newsletter from our good friends at CCDS titled, Ruling Class Playing with Social Dynamite.

 Spot the Letter Dropper!


It’s important not to forget the great work that we did as a community last month to help save the SNAP program. Here is board chair, Mimi Kennedy, and members of PDA in Los Angeles at a street heat action last month.

In solidarity,

Conor Boylan, PDA Deputy Director
Andrea Miller, PDA Deputy Field Director
Tim Carpenter, PDA National Director
Judy Hess, PDA National Field Coordinator 

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