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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. We are 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. Progressive Democrats of America’s vision is rooted in the aspirations of all people for liberty, economic opportunity, guarantees of civil and human rights, peace, and social justice.

Progressive Democrats of America is guided by the progressive vision of a renewed nation, fully integrated into the community of nations and peoples, respectful of the rule of law at home and abroad and committed to the universal values of human dignity, justice and respect and stewardship of the planet on which we live. Therefore, Progressive Democrats of America stands in opposition to militarism, corporatism, and economic and military imperialism. We believe that our domestic and international policies must be reoriented from that of maintaining a world wide military empire to one of meeting the needs of our citizens for healthcare, education, nutrition, decent housing and jobs. We believe that our tax system must be based on the idea of a graduated system of payment in which the corporations and wealthy pay their fair share. We believe that government has a moral and constitutional responsibility to foster the welfare and prosperity of the people under its jurisdiction. It is our responsibility to form a government that can enact that mandate.

We believe that the bill of rights is an inviolable covenant with the American people and accept as our solemn mission the defense of our constitutionally guaranteed liberties. Our heritage stems from the great social and liberation movements of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and we are in solidarity with the labor, woman’s rights, civil rights, environmental and peace and justice movements of today. We support the right of all people to organize trade unions and bargain collectively. We oppose any restrictions upon or intimidation of the people to organize in efforts to protect their rights. We support peoples around the world who struggle for basic human rights and self-determination.

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