Political networking group whose aim is to elect as many leftwing politicians as possible
Most of its Advisory Committee members are also members of the radical Progressive Caucus
Advocates socialized medicine, radical environmentalism, and taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand
Co-founded by Robert Borosage, Progressive Majority (PM) is a political networking group with one goal -- to help elect as many "progressive" politicians to state and local offices as possible, and "to lead the way against the anti-worker, anti-family, anti-environmental agenda being pushed by conservatives in power." Toward these ends, PM provides "early seed money for promising progressive candidates running for local and state (non-federal) office"; and it conducts "outreach, recruitment and training to create new classes of top-flight progressive candidates for key state and local races."
Progressive Majority identifies its six chief areas of concern as follows:
Economic Justice: PM supports political candidates who favor "raising the minimum wage to a living wage that can sustain the family of a full-time worker"; "enforcing pay equity for men and women doing equivalent work"; "protecting Social Security and expanding pensions"; and "passing new initiatives to hold corporations accountable."
Civil Rights: PM calls for "ending racial profiling and discriminatory sentencing"; "prohibiting bias and discrimination in employment"; supporting and enforcing affirmative action policies (i.e., racial, ethnic, and gender preferences) in the workplace; and promoting policies that protect the rights of illegal immigrant workers.
Health Care: PM's priorities include "providing comprehensive health care for the uninsured and the underinsured, … [and] ensuring a secure and expanded Medicare program that includes a prescription drug benefit."
Education: PM advocates "reducing class sizes," "updating classrooms," and "guaranteeing pre-school and after-school programs for every child.”
Environment: Proceeding from the axiom that toxic waste dumps are located disproportionately in or near black and minority communities, PM calls for "environmental justice" and for "incentives to preserve our wilderness, protect ecosystems, and curb suburban sprawl."
Reproductive Freedom: A Cosponsoring Organization of the April 25, 2004 "March for Women's Lives" held in Washington, D.C., PM seeks to "identify and support candidates of color who will champion a broad progressive agenda" in behalf of abortion-on-demand.
In 2004, Progressive Majority established a Racial Justice Campaign Fund (RJCF) “to support and elect progressive people of color at the local and state levels.” As of June 2006, PM had established RJCF programs in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Wisconsin -- and had supported 100 candidates in those states for legislative office. The organization’s goal is to add five new state programs each election cycle until its influence is felt “in the top 20 battleground states in the nation.”