‘Time To Give the Black Guy a Chance’

Photo: Obama Signs on Rural Street in Raccoon

Tide Is Turning
For Obama In
Beaver County, PA

By Carl Davidson
‘Progressives for Obama’

About twenty of us are gathering early Saturday morning at the IBEW Hall, ‘Labor Central,’ in Vanport, Beaver County, Western PA. Today it’s a team of electrical workers, steelworkers, SEIU service workers and a few activists with the 4th CD PDA, Progressive Democrats of America.

We’re walking streets, lanes and backwoods roads to hit every union household in the area. The goal today? Voter ID. Make sure every list is correct, find every registered union family voter, find out where they stand, and then, Voter ED, give them our pitch and materials on why Obama-Biden is their best shot to defend their interests in 2008-‘Green Jobs,’ ending the war, defending health care.

The press calls our turf a critical battleground for the hearts, mind and votes of ‘the white worker,’ which it is, with McCain-Palin sliding down, but still at 51 percent today. But you wouldn’t know Obama had a problem by looking at our team today. They’re a hard-muscled crew, ball caps and blue jeans, but ‘Vote Obama 2008’ emblazoned on T-shirts, hats and buttons galore. The rightwing’s bigotry is reaching a fever pitch, but these workers are making it very clear where they stand.
Continue reading ‘Time To Give the Black Guy a Chance’

‘Steelworkers for Obama’ Hit the Streets

Unions protest
at Palin Speech
in Pittsburgh

Oct 10, 2008 –  About 200 people, almost entirely Obama supporters, gathered at the corner of 10th Street and Penn Avenue to protest GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who is Downtown for a fund-raiser this evening.

The protesters chanted, banged on drums and waved signs. Police said they were surprised at the size of the crowd, although there were no problems with crowd control. Continue reading ‘Steelworkers for Obama’ Hit the Streets

Vote Rousseau: Key Link in the Battle for PA Democrats

A Union Leader Battles to Win the Pennsylvania 14th Legislative District for Working Families


By Randy Shannon, PA 4th CD Chapter, Progressive Democrats of America


This year Dennis Rousseau, a leader of the Carpenter’s Union, is fighting to win back the 14th District seat  for labor and the Democratic Party. Dennis has been a member of the Carpenters Union for 33 years. He is the Business Representative for Local 422 and Local 500 and the Political Action Chairman of the Greater Pennsylvania Regional Council of Carpenters. He is a volunteer and leader in many programs that help working families in Beaver County cope with job loss and dislocation.


Progressive Democrats in the 4th District should spend the rest of the month knocking on doors in Midland, Rochester, New Brighton, Chippewa, and Beaver Falls for Rousseau along with the Obama-Biden ticket. While Beaver County is key to winning the state for Obama, the 14th Legislative District is key to winning a progressive legislature for Pennsylvania.


In 2010 western Pennsylvania will lose a U.S. Congressional seat as young people are leaving to search for jobs. The Congressional District map will be redrawn by the Pennsylvania legislature. Dennis Rousseau has pledged to do all he can to make sure that western Pennsylvania loses a Republican seat in Congress instead of a Democratic one. Winning back the 14th District Legislative seat is important to Progressive Democrats of America.


Because of the last Republican redistricting, the 4th CD is stretched from the Ohio border to Monroeville, east of Pittsburgh. The 4th CD is a weaker Democratic District with Republican districts to the north and to the south. In 2010, redistricting can potentially strengthen the Democratic 4th CD, eliminate one Republican district, and swing another Republican district to the Democratic column in western Pennsylvania.


Dennis Rousseau and a united Democratic caucus from this area can bargain for a larger 4th CD west of Pittsburgh. This kind of district will be a more forceful voice for Medicare for All, for ending the war in Iraq, and bringing funding for infrastructure projects to western Pennsylvania.


The 14th Legislative District has been one of the strongest Democratic seats in the Legislature because of the strong union influence in the steel, glass, machine, and service industries in the Beaver valley. That seat was lost to an inept Republican due to voter anger at the culture of arrogance and corruption that permeated the legislature in Harrisburg. Top Democratic and Republican leaders were involved and subsequently were replaced by candidates from the opposite party, no matter how weak they were. We now have an ineffectual and out of touch legislator with no base.


Dennis Rousseau is struggling against a Republican smear campaign that tries to associate every Democrat with the culture of corruption. The AFL-CIO campaign for Obama-Biden is helping Dennis with combined lit drops and phone banking. Voters must hear that electing Dennis is key to an economic recovery in our area.


Redistricting for a stronger Democratic Congressional delegation in Washington will help carry progressive legislation in the second half of an Obama presidency. Dennis is currently behind in the polls. A boost from Progressive Democrats can make a difference in the 14th Legislative District of Beaver County.


Visit http://www.electrousseau.com


Lawrence County Progressive Democrats Meet to Plan Voter Turnout

Lawrence County Progressive Democrats, an independent Democratic club that welcomes all progressive Democrats, will hold a meeting to organize the Get Out The Vote Campaign on Tuesday October 14th at 8:00pm. The meeting will be held at the downtown New Castle office at 121 East North Street. For more information contact Dick Craig, treasurer, at 724-652-7314.

Defeating McCain is Just ‘Step One’

Photo: ‘New Deal’ in Art History

Saturday Morning
Obama ‘Labor Walks,’
Beaver County Style,
& Kucinich’s ‘New Deal’

By Randy Shannon
4th CD Progressive Democrats of America


Nearly 100 blue-collar union workers rose early this Saturday morning, Oct. 4, 2008 and headed for the IBEW hall in Vanport, Beaver County. Their union jackets and T-Shirts told the story: they were steelworkers, electrical workers, hospital workers and other trades, and their buttons, signs and bumper stickers on their pickups all had a common message: Vote for Barack Obama, Defeat John McCain.

This was organized labor moving into action, and it was impressive. As soon as you walked in the door, a half-dozen teams were working assembling hundreds of yard signs for Obama-Biden. The young Obama campaigners, stressed with doing last-minute voter registration, had been out of them for weeks. Now the problem was solved.

Don Siegel, International Vice President of the IBEW took the floor and addressed these union activists from the AFL-CIO and CTW locals in Beaver County who had gathered at Local 712 for the ‘Saturday Labor Walk.’

His message was clear and educational. We heard that union members have to approach this election in a determined, no-nonsense manner, just like organizing on the job or fighting for a union contract. This is about our livelihood, wages, and healthcare benefits. We can’t make progress at the bargaining table if we don’t work to elect politicians that support us. This year’s election is more important than ever because of the economy and Labor is backing the Democratic Party candidates, starting with the Obama-Biden ticket. Continue reading Defeating McCain is Just ‘Step One’

Kucinich’s 16 Points to a Progressive Way Out

Dennis Kucinich’s
Main Street
Recovery Plan

1. Health Care for All: Insurance companies make money not providing health care. As the co-author of HR 676 , a universal, single-payer, not-for-profit health care system, Medicare for All, I understand millions of Americans want health care that is accessible and affordable.
Medicare for All will help businesses large and small, create jobs as well as save the jobs of thousands of people including those of doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers who are currently leaving medicine because it is run by the insurance companies. $1 in every 3 dollars of the $2.4 trillion spent annually in America for health care goes to the insurance companies. If we take that money ($800 billion in unproductive wasteful spending) and put it directly into care, we will have enough money to cover everyone. We are already paying for Medicare for all, but not receiving it. HR 676 changes that!
Continue reading Kucinich’s 16 Points to a Progressive Way Out

South Dakota and California Labor Councils Endorse HR 676

Two more central labor councils have endorsed HR 676, single payer
healthcare legislation introduced by Congressman John Conyers (D-MI).

One hundred and sixteen central labor councils (CLC’s) and Area Labor
Federations (ALF’s) have now endorsed the Conyers bill.

In South Dakota, President James Larson reports that the Sioux Falls
Trades and Labor Assembly AFL-CIO endorsed HR 676.

In California, the Sacramento Central Labor Council AFL-CIO reports that
it has endorsed HR 676.

HR 676 would institute a single payer health care system in the U.S. by
expanding a greatly improved Medicare system to every resident.

HR 676 would cover every person in the U. S. for all necessary medical
care including prescription drugs, hospital, surgical, outpatient
services, primary and preventive care, emergency services, dental, mental
health, home health, physical therapy, rehabilitation (including for
substance abuse), vision care, chiropractic and long term care.

HR 676 ends deductibles and co-payments.  HR 676 would save billions
annually by eliminating the high overhead and profits of the private
health insurance industry and HMOs.

HR 676 currently has 92 co-sponsors in addition to Conyers.  Co-sponsors
and bill text are here:


HR 676 has been endorsed by 463 union organizations in 49 states including
116 Central Labor Councils and Area Labor Federations and 39 state
MT, NE, NY, NV & MA).

For further information, a list of union endorsers, or a sample
endorsement resolution, contact:

Kay Tillow
All Unions Committee For Single Payer Health Care–HR 676
c/o Nurses Professional Organization (NPO)
1169 Eastern Parkway, Suite 2218
Louisville, KY 40217
(502) 636 1551
Email: nursenpo@aol.com

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