ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA
* Several of PDA's closest allies are Hollywood actors. Actor Ed
Asner, a member of the Democratic
Socialists of America and an outspoken advocate for socialism,
has been an active supporter and fundraiser for PDA. Another PDA
supporter is David Clennon, best known
for playing Joshua Nankin in the anti-CIA TV series The
Another is James Cromwell, known for his roles
as the crooked police captain in L.A.
and as President Bob Fowler in the Tom Clancy nuclear terrorism movie
Sum of All Fears.
* In December 2004, PDA joined
forces with Rep. John Conyers, Jesse Jackson and other
progressives in challenging
the Ohio vote count that, by a margin of more than 100,000 votes,
re-elected Republican President George W. Bush.
DNC Chairman Howard Dean for telling an American
Civil Liberties Union gathering in Minneapolis on April 20, 2005
that, with regard to U.S. forces in Iraq, "Now that we're there,
we're there and we can't get out. The President has created an
enormous security problem for the United States where none existed
before. But I hope the President is incredibly successful with his
policy now that he's there." PDA's Tim Carpenter urged Dean to
reverse his statement and call for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from
Iraq. To this end, Carpenter announced that PDA would work with
for Peace and Justice to flood congressional offices with
telephone calls during the week following Memorial Day 2005.