Check out the Top Ten Highlights of 2013 from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee!
It’s been a great year. Thanks to all of our bold progressive members for being part of it!
1. “Expand Social Security”
In July, we announced a big strategic shift: Instead of playing defense, we would rally around bills to EXPAND Social Security benefits.
Along with our allies, PCCC members delivered petitions to congressional offices around the nation. We released polls showing this idea was popular by 2 to 1 in Kentucky and 3 to 1 in Texas!
After the Washington Post op-ed page attacked ”bold progressives” for leading the way on this issue, Elizabeth Warren made national news that day by endorsing Social Security expansion on the Senate floor (and in an email to PCCC members).
Nobel economist Paul Krugman writes, “a funny thing has happened in the past year or so. Suddenly, we’re hearing open discussion of the idea that Social Security should be expanded, not cut.”
2. PCCC members Elizabeth Warren
When Elizabeth Warren called for students to get the same low interest rates as big banks, over 1000 professors (who are also PCCC members) endorsed the idea.
When Elizabeth Warren demanded bank regulators crack down on Wall Street crimes, PCCC members pressured the SEC to listen!
When Elizabeth Warren was attacked, PCCC members attacked back!
Warren’s hometown Boston Globe profiled us recently. They wrote, “A group called Progressive Change Campaign Committee is waging the most visible of these pro-Warren crusades.”
The Nation writes, “Warren’s voice is amplified by groups like the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which have identified her as their ‘north star’ in the fight to renew the Democratic Party. That scares corporate interests.”
3. Fighting Corporate Democrats, And Winning
Third Way, a corporate think tank that claims to be Democratic, attacked Elizabeth Warren and her populist agenda in the Wall Street Journal.
So PCCC members demanded Third Way come clean about their Wall Street funding. During a petition delivery to their office, we had a huge victory!
Salon reports, “Third Way senior vice president admits majority of think tank’s funding comes from Wall Street…think tank had previously obfuscated when questioned about its financing.”
We also got 4 of Third Way’s own co-chairs to publicly denounce their attacks. And MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow called this ”the single-most interesting fight within the Democratic Party.” Victory after victory for the good guys!