Seven State Democratic Parties Now Say Yes to Withdrawal
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, August, 22nd 2005
Flagstaff, AZ - The Arizona Democratic Party passed a resolution Saturday calling for an "expeditious withdrawal of troops in Iraq." The resolution was put forth by grassroots activists in Sedona and supported by local activists affiliated with Progressive Democrats of America (PDA.)
This marks seven states in which grassroots activists have put forth resolutions calling for an exit from Iraq. Other states that activists have passed resolutions include California, New Mexico, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and New Jersey.
"This is a coordinated part of PDA's ongoing effort to build an authentic anti-war voice inside the Democratic party," says Tim Carpenter, National Director of Progressive Democrats of America. "Since its founding at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004, PDA has successfully led efforts to pass resolutions opposing the U.S. war in Iraq at state Democratic Party meetings in California, New Mexico, Massachusetts and most recently at the annual convention of Young Democrats of America. Despite supporting his ascendancy to the position of DNC chair, PDA has challenged Howard Dean to join the majority of grassroots Democrats calling for an end to the occupation of Iraq. This movement will surely resonate with Democratic leadership in Congress, whom we hope will take a similar stand." In addition, working families of America under the banner of the AFL-CIO passed a similar resolution.
"This is a growing movement in the Democratic Party, and we will be in every state to help move this agenda forward," said Sherry Bohlen, National Field Director of Progressive Democrats of America, and a State Committee Person for the Arizona Democratic Party.
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