Friday, July 15, 2005
The Progressive movement is starting to solidify - at last. Fifty-seven members of Congress have formed the Congressional Progressive Caucus. If your representative is one of the founding members, let them know you are with them. We are getting it together folks. Here is The Congressional Progressive Caucus' first public statement:


The Congressional Progressive Caucus offers the Progressive Promise for all. We believe in government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Our fairness plan is rooted in our core principles. It also embodies national priorities that are consistent with the values, needs, and hopes of all our people, not just the powerful and the privileged. We pledge our unwavering commitment to these legislative priorities and we will not rest until they become law.

1. FIGHTING FOR ECONOMIC JUSTICE AND SECURITY IN THE U.S. AND GLOBAL ECONOMIES.· To uphold the right to universal access to affordable, high quality healthcare for all.· To preserve guaranteed Social Security benefits for all Americans, protect private pensions, and require corporate accountability.· To invest in America and create new jobs in the U.S. by building more affordable housing, re-building America’s schools and physical infrastructure, cleaning up our environment, and improving homeland security.· To export more American products and not more American jobs and demand fair trade.· To reaffirm freedom of association and enforce the right to organize.· To ensure working families can live above the poverty line and with dignity by raising and indexing the minimum wage.

2. PROTECTING AND PRESERVING CIVIL RIGHTS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES.· To sunset expiring provisions of the Patriot Act and bring remaining provisions into line with the U.S. Constitution.· To protect the personal privacy of all Americans from unbridled police powers and unchecked government intrusion.· To extend the Voting Rights Act and reform our electoral processes.· To fight corporate consolidation of the media and ensure opportunity for all voices to be heard.· To ensure enforcement of all legal rights in the workplace.· To eliminate all forms of discrimination based upon color, race, religion, gender, creed, disability, or sexual orientation.

3. PROMOTING GLOBAL PEACE AND SECURITY.· To honor and help our overburdened international public servants – both military and civilian.· To bring U.S. troops home fromIraq as soon as possible.· To re-build U.S. alliances around the world, restore international respect for American power and influence, and reaffirm our nation’s constructive engagement in the UnitedNations and other multilateral organizations. · To enhance international cooperation to reduce the threats posed by nuclear proliferation and weapons of mass destruction.· To increase efforts to combat hunger and the scourge of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other infectious diseases.· To encourage debt relief for poor countries and support efforts to reach the UN’s Millennium Goals forDeveloping Countries.

They said it. They put it in writing. Lets see that they stick to it. No more compromising on poor-house bankruptcy bills, or give-aways to filthy rich energy companies or super-rich citizens. Just tell Bush to "Bring it on!"
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