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One of our dear friends and colleagues, Logun Buckley, has passed.Logun Buckley had been a part of our ADA family for years. Starting as a student activist then leading ADA's campus chapter at the University of Northern Iowa, Logun went on to serve as ADA Iowa's chapter chair. He even worked for ADA briefly on an expanded IA organizing project.Logun was a bright light in the lives of all who knew him and brought his passion for progressive politics to his actions for ADA and our shared mission.And, as most of you know, Logun recently married ADA Iowa Organizer Chris Schwartz in a wonderful celebration of their love surrounded by family and friends. Chris shared in a Facebook post today that Logun "committed suicide last night in our home".This loss is deep and shocking. These words seem so inadequate. Our hearts are breaking for Chris and both of their families. You can Venmo help for celebrating Logun to @LogunBuckleyCelebrationOfLife ... See MoreSee Less
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At a time when it is critical that we not only retain but also expand our majority in the House of Representatives, we must not only protect incumbents but also look for opportunities for pick-ups. One such opportunity is Texas’ 23rd Congressional District currently represented by freshman Republican Tony Gonzalez. Ironically, in a state which redistricted with an eye toward diminishing the Hispanic vote, this is one in which two Mexican Americans are now vying for election. In 2020, when the former President carried the district by fewer than 2 percentage points, Gonzalez eked out victory with only 50.6 percent of the vote. The newly configured district is somewhat more favorable for the GOP but is still rated as the best chance for a pick-up in Texas in 2022. And, with Beto O’Rourke at the top of the ticket, who knows?The incumbent, Navy vet Gonzalez, eagerly accepted the endorsement of the former President and is more than happy to espouse the same views. He is anti-choice, believes that government should have a “very limited” role in our economy and thinks that the oil and natural gas industry should be free of regulation. In brief, he is everything we don’t want to see in our Representatives.Taking Gonzalez on is John Lira, a Marine vet, who presents a strong contrast to the incumbent. In addition to his military service, Lira has served in AmeriCorps; worked at the Small Business Administration where he helped manage the Boots to Business program designed to help veterans transition from the military; served on the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service and was a legislative fellow. He condemns the previous Administration’s and the incumbent’s response to Covid 19 and the crisis in the Texas power grid which left so very many Texans without power for so many days. We assume that, unlike the incumbent, Lira thinks more regulation might have been helpful there. He wants to lower the cost of health care and increase the minimum wage and wants to increase rural access to broadband. He is pro-Labor and pro-choice. He has been endorsed by VoteVets, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ BOLD PAC and the Voter Protection Project. This is a difficult but doable race which deserves support.Fill out the form to get involved in ADA's efforts in the 2022 midterm elections! act.myngp.com/Forms/-21953948671803392 ... See MoreSee Less
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For this week’s Spotlight, we move west to Washington’s 8th Congressional District represented by Kim Schrier (D). The district had been seen as safely Republican until then-Representative Reichert announced his retirement. It is sharply divided largely, but not totally, along geographic lines with the part west of the Cascades mostly blue and the part east of the mountains mostly red. That may be changing, however, as more and more people move east and challenge the deeply conservative farmers and ranchers who have held sway there for decades. ​ When Reichert announced his retirement, Schrier, a physician with a degree in astrophysics, took on the challenge. She won the race in 2018 with 52.4 percent of the vote. In 2020, her margin was cut to 51.7 percent as she faced Jess Jensen who was closely aligned with the former President. Jensen may run again but Mark Larkin, who was defeated resoundingly when he ran for state attorney general, has already announced his candidacy. Larkin is making fighting crime and illegal immigration the centerpieces of his campaign. He was a speech writer during the last year of the Bush presidency. He declines to say whether he believes Biden won the election and if a Congressional committee to investigate the January 6th insurrection is justified. Nonetheless and not surprisingly, this is a top target for the GOP. ​ Schrier, on the other hand, has spent her years in office remaining true to the values we share while educating herself about issues of concern and reaching out to those in the more conservative parts of her district. She is a strong supporter of public schools and a proud environmentalist who supports workers rights. She has made the expansion of Medicare and the Affordable Care Act the centerpieces of her campaigns. In Congress, she serves on the Agriculture and Education and Labor Committees where she is a strong advocate for her constituents. Although Shrier has proven herself both as a candidate and as a fundraiser, the danger is real in these polarized times. Clearly, this is a seat we must work diligently to retain if we are to maintain and expand our razor-thin majority in the House of Representatives.Fill out this form to get involved in the 2022 midterm elections! act.myngp.com/Forms/-3913064026719911936 ... See MoreSee Less
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From all of us at ADA, we THANK YOU for your support! We hope you have a safe and healthy Thanksgiving. ADA's Spotlight on the Election series will resume after the Thanksgiving Holiday. ... See MoreSee Less
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House Democrats are 👏🏽getting👏🏿it👏🏼done👏🏾. Making game-changing investments in care, climate and immigration that will re-write the rules and help working people rise up. #BuildBackBetter ... See MoreSee Less
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Today, we turn our attention, once again, to the Senate race in Georgia because, quite simply, it is too important not to. The past several weeks have taught us several things: Voters are restive and want results and they want them NOW. We simply cannot afford to lose even one Senate seat. In fact, it is essential that we not only maintain but also expand our majority in the Senate. The struggle over the Infrastructure bill and, now, Build Back Better have made that abundantly clear.That said, Georgia’s Raphael Warnock, who won his special election campaign with a mere 51% of the vote in the runoff election, is a top target for the GOP. There is some good news coming out of Georgia, however. Stacey Abrams’ relentless organizing efforts are paying off. On November 2nd, in statewide municipal elections, Democrats gained a net total of at least 30 seats. In the process, they built a statewide network of volunteer activists ready for the next opportunity. And, Georgia will be the subject of national focus because of the Warnock and Taylor Greene elections.Running against Warnock is former football star Herschel Walker who bills himself as a “Conservative for Georgia.” He says he is a boy from small town Georgia but he hasn’t lived in the state for years and moved there from Texas simply to run for the Senate. In many ways, Walker is a nightmare for national Republicans. It is reported that he has repeatedly threatened his ex-wife, exaggerated claims of financial success and alarmed business associates by his erratic behavior. He has been endorsed by the former President and, like him, many believe he is not ready for prime time. History has proven that to be a dangerous assumption and a threat we cannot afford to take lightly.Warnock, on the other hand, is a Senator of whom we can be proud. He shares our political goals and, already, has lived a life in support of them. In the Senate and as pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church and community activist, his values have been on full display for years. He is a strong advocate for criminal justice reform who has focused on eliminating mass incarceration. Among his other priorities are a living wage for all, expanded health care, preserving the rights of women to make their own reproductive health care choices and ensuring LGBTQ rights. He serves on the Senate Committees on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Commerce, Science and Transportation; and Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. This could be a very difficult race with Georgia Republicans having enacted legislation to undermine voter participation. But, we in ADA have a tremendous advantage here: We have a first rate, longtime organizer in the state and an active base of volunteers who have shown their determination in previous elections. It has paid off but we need to do even more to mobilize for 2022. Please help by volunteering with rebecca@adaction.org or by making a donation to support ADA’s work in this critical race.Follow the ADA Spotlight on the 2022 Midterm Elections page to stay updated on ADA's electoral activity. Thank you, once again, for your on-going support. Time and again, it has been the margin of victory. act.myngp.com/Forms/-5355904757338734592 ... See MoreSee Less
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ADA: What You Should Know

View ADA Awards Gala

ADA held a virtual 2021 Awards Gala on September 22nd. View via the links below. We honored: Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), progressive ally and champion Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Eleanor Clift, journalist and...

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March for Medicare for All #M4M4ALL

Join ADA Saturday, July 24th in a March for Medicare for All action near you or chip in donation to this effort taking places in 53 cities in 31 states and DC. Click HERE to learn more or help out. #M4M4ALL  

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Expel Rep. Boebert (R-CO)

In light of reports that Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO) on January 6 directed domestic terrorists to the location of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and on January 12 forced her way past security and onto the floor of the House of Representatives while carrying a gun, Americans for Democratic Action calls upon the House Ethics Committee to immediately convene an inquiry into her actions with the possibility of expelling her from the House of Representatives.

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ADA Convention sets agenda

January 15-17, 2021 ADA activists from around the country gathered via Zoom to share ideas, hear from experts, and set ADA's agenda for progress.

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Congrats to President-elect Biden and VP-elect Harris!

PDF HERE November 7. 2020 President-elect Joseph Biden Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Biden Transition Congratulations, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris. Americans for Democratic Action (ADA) was proud to endorse your campaign and...

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The American Commentator

Through feature articles, essays, interviews, personal remembrances, and reviews, we seek to promote a stimulating dialogue about liberal ideas and ideals among ADA members and friends.

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ADA Awards Gala Video

Enjoy the video and please make a donation to ADA's work to #DitchMitch and #DumpTrump.  You can also Text ADA2020 to 202-796-2201.

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