Rep. Kucinich Joins Board of PDA

Congressman Dennis Kucinich today joins the Advisory Board of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA). PDA's 19-member board now includes seven members of Congress: John Conyers, Donna Edwards, Raul Grijalva, Barbara Lee, Jim McGovern, Lynn Woolsey, and Kucinich.


“Those of you who know me also understand that I am not a ‘joiner’ by nature,” Kucinich remarked in a letter to PDA members. “I like having the flexibility to ‘lead from the front,’ to move quickly to take on serious and controversial issues, and to stake out my positions without causing headaches to my friends and allies. More important, I always want to make sure that the organizations I join will be true to the principles for which I have always fought. PDA has more than met that test.”

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“For the seven years of its existence,” Kucinich said, “PDA has fought fiercely to end the occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan, carried the banner for single-payer health care for all, intervened to try to get a fair and open vote count in Ohio, stood up for ‘health care’ and ‘windmills’ rather than ‘warfare,’ and stood up for both working families and the environment by opposing neoliberal trade rip-offs. I’m proud that one of the continuing legacies of my first Presidential campaign is PDA. And now that I am on the PDA Board, I look forward to years of working together to build the better nation that we all want and need.”

Kucinich will be joining PDA and National Nurses United at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 7th, for a demonstration at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at 1615 H St. NW, Washington, D.C. See:

Progressive Democrats of America was founded in 2004 to transform the Democratic Party and our country. We seek to build a party and government controlled by citizens, not corporate elites–with policies that serve the broad public interest, not just private interests. PDA is a grassroots PAC operating inside the Democratic Party, and outside in movements for peace and justice. Our inside/outside strategy is guided by the belief that a lasting majority will require a revitalized Democratic Party built on firm progressive principles.

For over two decades, the party declined as its leadership listened more to the voices of corporations than those of Americans. PDA strives to rebuild the Democratic Party from the bottom up–from every congressional district to statewide party structures to the corridors of power in Washington, where we work arm in arm with the Congressional Progressive Caucus. In just five years, PDA and its allies have shaken up the political status quo–on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Medicare for all, voter rights, accountability, and economic and environmental justice.