Tennessee Progressive Democrats of America


Tennessee Progressive Democrats of America

PDA has 6 lives of legislative advocacies; Medicare for all, end wars/occupations, Israel/Palestine, Democracy Restoration Act, social and economic justice (jobs), and accountability.

Website: http://www.pdamerica.org/
Location: Chattanooga
Members: 26
Latest Activity: Jun 28, 2014

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Comment by Elise Hudson on March 30, 2011 at 1:49pm
Hi there, I'm leading a group to start an official PDA chapter here in TN. I'd love to talk with anyone about joining or organizing! Please let me know if you are interested.
Comment by Donna Rodgers on March 30, 2011 at 4:41pm

Sounds good...Elsie 

Comment by Donna Rodgers on March 30, 2011 at 5:19pm

Just a bit, of a kick start

Democrats propose new tax brackets for millionaires, billionaires

While Congress is primarily focused on cutting spending, Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois unveiled a bill  to create new, higher tax brackets for Americans making more than $1 million a year.

Currently, the top tax bracket begins at an income of $373,000 per year; income above that level is taxed at 35 percent. Schakowsky contends this fails to distinguish between the "well off" and the superrich, such as a group of hedge fund managers whose average income last year topped $1 billion.

Schakowsky's bill, called the Fairness in Taxation Act, would tax income between $1 million and $10 million at a rate of 45 percent. Income between $10 and $20 million would be taxed at a rate of 46 percent, and income between $20 and $100 million would be taxed at 47 percent.

Income between $100 million and $1 billion would be taxed at a rate of 48 percent, and income over $1 billion would be taxed at 49 percent. For those making over $1 million a year, capital gains and dividends would also be taxed as income.

Schakowsky claims the bill could raise more than $78 billion for the government.

The bill's other co-sponsors include Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus; Reps. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.); Bob Filner (D-Calif.); Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.); Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.); John Yarmuth (D-Ken.); and Peter DeFazio (D-Oregon).


My comment:  I am happy to see the list of co-sponsors I knew Steve Cohen's name ewould be on it.  Call/Write some or all  and thank them for co-sponsoring this bill.

Info here: http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.shtml


Comment by Elise Hudson on March 31, 2011 at 5:08pm

That's definitely one of the issues PDA is looking at. Economic Justice is a huge issue in our country. As we get started, we'll be putting together visits to our US elected officials to discuss these issues and solutions. Are you in CD6? We have some folks from CD6 who are helping get the PDA chapter formally established, and we'll be visiting Diane Black soon. Can you call me? (615)787-7049. We're meeting this weekend to establish some basic leadership. Anyone is welcome. Just call me!

Also, Andrea Miller, the regional field organizer for PDA has said that she might be travelling this way in the next couple of months. It would be great to coordinate a visit from folks across the state!

Comment by Elise Hudson on April 3, 2011 at 9:16pm
Awesome! We're official now! PDA Middle Tennessee Chapter is a go. Our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/tnpda and our website is tnpda.org. Please let me know if you're interested in being part of our leadership/strategic planning efforts. I'll post here when we have our next meeting set!
Comment by Donna Rodgers on April 7, 2011 at 1:46pm

Senator Bernie Sanders on Bill Maher



You gotta love Bernie

Comment by Elise Hudson on April 16, 2011 at 12:12am
We're meeting this weekend on Sunday, April 17 to design the initial strategic plan for PDA in Tennessee. If you're in the area, please join us at Panera Bread in Brentwood at 4PM this Sunday. If you're interested, but can't make it, please know that we're working on getting either a web-based conferencing service or phone-based conference call set up for future meetings. As always, please go to pdamerica.org and hit the "Join" button in yellow to join us. Or just send me an email at elise@tnpda.org. Thanks so much!
Comment by Donna Rodgers on May 5, 2011 at 9:27am

Poll about collective barganing ........origionally posted by Danny R. Twork

The republicans are using the radio to get people to vote on this topic. It will be used against us. Go to this link and vote to show we need to keep laws as they are.


Copy and paste it to your browser.


Comment by Donna Rodgers on June 24, 2011 at 5:15pm

Progressives on the move........

Tonight, in New York City's venerable Town Hall, Van Jones, arguably the most visible progressive "organizer" in America, and surely one of the country's best orators, steps up to assume a bigger role -- that of major progressive strategist and visionary. Tonight is Jones' opening gambit in a large-scale, ambitious effort to create what many hope will be the progressives answer to the Tea Party.



Comment by Donna Rodgers on June 30, 2011 at 2:34pm

Usefull Info:

14. Tennessee’s HB 1498 / SB 1672: Blocking Construction Workers from the Bargaining Table

In addition to the nationwide landslide of bills attacking prevailing wage, Tennessee passed a law (HB 1498/SB 1672) that also undermines collective bargaining rights for construction workers. The so-called “Freedom in Contracting Act” prohibits state agencies and local government projects using state funds from including a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) requirement. PLAs and Labor Peace clauses are often used in government contracting to guarantee that labor disputes don’t cause construction delays, revenue disruptions, or other problems that are costly to taxpayers.

Idaho enacted a similar law early in the session (S 1006), which was promoted as a “Right-to-Work” bill and even included a redundant ban on prevailing wage — redundant because the state had already repealed its prevailing wage law in the 1980s. Building trades unions in the state are mounting a legal challenge to S 1006 and a companion bill (S 1007), alleging they violate the National Labor Relations Act and the Constitution.



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