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How to Build a Grassroots Power Base

This article originally appeared in the November 26, 2012 edition of The Nation magazine.


Millions of Americans are eager, even desperate, for a political movement that truly challenges the power of Wall Street and the Pentagon. But accommodation has been habit-forming for many left-leaning organizations, which are increasingly taking their cues from the party establishment: deferring to top Democrats in Washington, staying away from robust progressive populism, and making excuses for the Democratic embrace of corporate power and perpetual war.

It’s true that many left-of-center groups are becoming more sophisticated in their use of digital platforms for messaging, fundraising and other work. But it’s also true that President Obama’s transactional approach has had demoralizing effects on his base. Even the best resources—mobilized by unions, environmental groups, feminist organizations and the like—can do only so much when many voters and former volunteers are inclined to stay home. A month before the 2010 election, Obama strategist David Axelrod noted that “almost the entire Republican margin is based on the enthusiasm gap.” A similar gap made retaking the House a long shot this year.

Filthy Rich Capitalists Aid Progressives … Oops!

November 9, 2012
by Robert Hunziker

The American public has rejected filthy rich capitalists as personified by Mitt Romney’s run for the presidency. No other candidate in modern political history has embodied the precepts of consummate, rampant capitalism like Romney; he is the classic image of Rich “Uncle” Pennybags, aka: Mr. Monopoly, doffing his black top hat to passers-by but without the funny little white mustache. Unfortunately for Mr. Romney & Co., contempt for the political dogma of filthy rich capitalism has been exposed within the dark shadows of defeat. At the same time, and paradoxically, his campaign’s billions helped progressives… immensely.

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State Election Results

Semi-official Election Results
California Secretary of State
General Election
November 6, 2012

Semi-official Election Results

County Election Results

Sonoma County – Registrar of Voters
Consolidated Primary Election
November 6, 2012

Current Election Results

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Nursing Strike - NOT for MONEY!

November 7, 2012

By Julie Barlow, Flight Nurse


The Santa Rosa Memorial nurses are striking again today. Do not be fooled into thinking that these strikes are about salary increases. The strike is about the health and safety of this community.

The truth is that we have worked short staffed for years. We don’t get breaks. Working 12-hour shifts in the third busiest trauma center in the state is exhausting: mentally, physically, and emotionally. Working short staffed, without breaks, and above state mandated staffing ratios is dangerous and leads to medical errors. This has led to serious safety issues for patients. Over the last two years, the hospital has been investigated for many safety violations. We are asking for safe staffing, safe ratios, and safe breaks.

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October 2, 2012

Nurses at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital voted on Monday by a huge, overwhelming margin to reject the Hospital’s proposals to date, and to strike as of 5 am October 2nd until 5 am on Thursday October 4th. Picket hours are from 5 am to 9 pm on Oct. 2nd. Picket hours on Oct. 3 are 6 am to 9 pm. See you on the picket line. SOLIDARITY!

Progressive Democrats Sonoma County Endorses

Candidate and California Proposition Endorsements
General Election, November 6, 2012



CA State Assembly District 10
Michael Allen

Sonoma County Supervisor, District 1
Susan Gorin

Santa Rosa City Council
Julie Combs
Caroline Banuelos
Gary Wysocky

Progressive Central - Pictures and Moving Forward

September 6, 2012

60 Days of Amazing Organizing

On September 4th we hosted Progressive Central in Charlotte. This has become a quadrennial tradition for PDA, bringing together progressives working inside and outside the Democratic Party. We founded PDA just after the 2004 Boston Convention at nearby Roxbury, Mass. In 2008, Progressive Central took Denver by storm, uniting healthcare, peace and justice, voting rights and other activists with members of Congress. At our 2012 version, the roster of speakers, sponsors, and participants exceeded our most optimistic expectations.

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Progressive Central - The People's Convention: Livestreaming On-line. Tuesday, September 4



Free Speech TV Will Broadcast “Progressive Central” Live Online Sept. 4th 8 am-5:30 pm (EDT) at

More info including Program Schedule, here

District Elections for Santa Rosa - Campaign Launch

Saturday, September 8
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The Glaser Center
547 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa

$30 – Suggested individual donation

Sponsorships: $5,000 – $2,000 – $1,000 – $500 – $250 – $100

Click on the 2 attachments below for downloadable flyer & Fact Sheet

More information: 707-861-3996 or info AT

Julie Combs, Neighborhood Advocate for District Elections in Santa Rosa - Measure Q in 2012

Julie Combs interviewed by Elaine Holtz on Women’s Spaces, a program on Public Access TV, Santa Rosa, CA.

Progressive Central - Where Peace, Labor and Single Payer Come Together

This email is going to be shorter than Mitt Romney’s 2009 tax return, his list of good jokes, and his tube of hair gel.

I’m just writing to remind you to come on down to Charlotte next Tuesday, September 4th, and join PDA at its “Progressive Central” get-together.
Here’s the link to the Progressive Central schedule .

And if you can’t make it, please consider kicking in some big bucks to help Tim Carpenter and PDA pay for the whole shebang.

Here’s where you can donate to help PDA pay for Progressive Central.

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After Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare, Single-Payer Advocates Vow to Continue Fight for Medicare For All

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Interview with Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, professor of public health at City University of New York, co-founder of Physicians for a National Health Program, conducted by Scott Harris

In a long-awaited decision from the Supreme Court, the justices handed down a 5 to 4 ruling on June 28 that upheld the constitutionality of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, which mandates that all citizens who are financially able purchase private health insurance, or be subject to a tax or penalty.

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PDA Conference CAll - What we learned and how we will apply it

Thank you PDA!

Here in California, all the ballots have finally been counted in our race for the open seat in Congress from the district north of the Golden Gate Bridge. I received more than 25,000 votes — and I know that many of those votes were results of work by PDA activists.

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California’s Secretary of State Designates Ongoing Congressional District 2 Race a “Close Contest”

Number and Location of Ballots Remaining To Be Counted in CD 2 Underscores Designation. California’s Secretary of State Debra Bowen has designated the ongoing race for the 2nd Congressional District as a “close contest” due to the unresolved question as to who the top two finishers will be once all the votes cast in the race are counted.

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Would It Make a Difference to Progressives if Norman Solomon Goes to Congress?

A key paradox for progressives of our national political life goes something like this: everybody complains about Congress, but nobody does anything about it.

Of course, it is far from true that nobody is doing anything about Congress. Lots of people are doing something about it. But if you hold the complaints of progressives about Congress in one hand, and the level of progressive activity to change who is in Congress and what they do when they get there in the other, there is a big mismatch. The level of complaint should provoke a much higher level of activity to do something about it.

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Just A Few Seats Left! Don't Miss This Special Call With Norman and David! RSVP Now!

May 8, 2012

Join Us For Our Special Chat With Norm And David Segal of Demand Progress. Here’s your chance to hear Norm’s positive vision, interact with him, learn more why it is we’re so proud to be supporting him. David Segal, Executive Director of Demand Progress, will also join us as they partner up with PDA to pump up the volume!

Date: Tues, May 8
Time: 7:30PM PST

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A Mystic Evening!

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Barbara Lee: Republican Budget Plan Undercuts Economic Recovery with Reckless Spending Cuts

Washington, DC – Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) released the following statement today in reaction to the budget plan introduced by Chairman Paul Ryan and Republicans that would threaten Medicare and Medicaid and hurt our nation’s most vulnerable communities:

“Our nation’s budget is a moral document that should serve as a blueprint for how we build our communities. The Republican budget unveiled today is morally bankrupt and is a blueprint for leaving our country, and especially our seniors, out in the cold. Unfortunately, the Fiscal Year 2013 budget proposed today by Chairman Ryan and Republicans ends the Medicare guarantee, raises health care costs for seniors, favors the richest one percent of Americans, and undercuts the economic recovery with dramatic austerity policy and drastic and immediate cuts. It fails to include a single measure to help the unemployed get a job and it raises taxes on the middle class.

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Solomon Renews Call to Close California’s Nuclear Power Plants

March 13, 2012

Following up on the first anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, congressional candidate Norman Solomon on Tuesday [March 13] renewed his call for closing California’s two nuclear power plants as part of a “swift and urgently needed” transition to an energy policy focused on “clean and green” renewable sources and conservation.

“The Diablo Canyon plant near San Luis Obispo and the San Onofre plant on the southern California coast are vulnerable to meltdowns from earthquakes and threaten both residents and the environment,” said Solomon, who has been a leading critic of the nuclear industry for more than 30 years.

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Jeff Cohen to speak in Healdsburg this Thursday!

Founder of the media watch group FAIR, Director of the Park Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College, Author of Cable News Confidential,
JEFF COHEN will speak on: U.S. News Media, the Occupy Movement and the 2012 Election. The event is sponsored by the Healdsburg High Progressive Club.

Thursday, March 15
7:30 p.m.

Healdsburg High School
Room 67
Healdsburg, CA

Jeff Cohen Poster.pdf1.56 MB

CA Democratic 2012 Convention: A Peace Platform!

Nancy Merritt
March 7, 2012

For the past year, the CA Peace Alliance has taken peace to the State’s Democratic party (CDP) with the goals of: 1) infusing the CA Democratic platform — its statement of values — with peace and peacebuilding, plank by plank; and 2) seeking the CDP’s endorsement of legislation to create a U.S. Department of Peace (DoP). At the 2012 CA Democratic convention in February, we did just that as the CDP incorporated most of our proposals into the platform and voted to study establishment of a federal cabinet-level DoP.

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