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Progressive Congress Appoints Dr. Gabriela D. Lemus Executive Director

- September 17, 2013

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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013


WASHINGTON, DC - The Progressive Congress Board of Directors appointed Dr. Gabriela D. Lemus as the new Executive Director effective September 4, 2013. Lemus will be based out of their headquarters in Washington, DC where she will direct Progressive Congress’ day-to-day operations and support the Congressional Progressive Caucus and the Progressive Congress Board in the development and execution of programs and policies in support of the progressive movement and working families nationwide.

“Dr. Lemus brings an impressive record in civil and labor rights having served four years in the Obama administration as senior advisor to Secretary of Labor, Hilda L. Solis and as Director of the Office of Public Engagement at the Department of Labor. She is a proud progressive with more than a decade of leadership experience fighting on behalf of the most vulnerable communities,” remarked Robert Borosage, Chair of the Progressive Congress Board.  He went on to say “we are very fortunate to have Dr. Lemus join us at this important time and will certainly benefit from her extensive background in policy and organizational transformation.”

As Executive Director, Dr. Lemus will lead the Progressive Congress’ efforts to chart a new vision and strategic direction in close alignment with the vision of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

From 1994-2000, she served as an adjunct professor on U.S.-Mexico border studies, international economic development and comparative politics at a number of universities including San Diego State University and the University of Memphis.  In 2000, Dr. Lemus became Director of Policy and Legislation at the League of United Latin American Citizens.  She served there until 2007, when she was tapped to lead the Labor Council of Latin American Advancement, a constituency group of the AFL-CIO & CTW. In 2008, she was elected to serve as Vice-Chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), later becoming chair where she where he helped to establish progressive policies for the Latino civil rights movement.

Dr. Lemus has served on numerous Inter-agency Task Forces, Boards and Committees including: the Board of Trustees, University of the District of Columbia; the Senior Policy Operating Group on Trafficking in Persons; the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA); the Washington Office on Latin America; the US Labor Education in the Americas Project.

Dr. Lemus has a B.S. from St. Mary of the Woods College and a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Miami. Dr. Lemus is married to Ricardo Becerra.

Progressive Congress was founded with a goal of building lasting infrastructure that bridges the gap between progressives in Congress and the rest of the progressive infrastructure nationwide. Our mission is to build the progressive power that brings the progressive movement together to deliver results on the issues that matter to all Americans.

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Over 100K Urge Macy’s CEO: Hands Off Medicare!

- December 6, 2012

Cincinnati, OH – On Thursday, December 6th, over 100,000 American consumers urged Macy’s CEO, Terry Lundgren, to drop out of the so-called “Fix the Debt” Coalition – the council of 130 CEOs lobbying Congress with a drastic plan to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits, and give more massive tax breaks to the wealthiest 2%.

These American consumers are part of Progressive Congress, the nonprofit foundation of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and CREDO, a progressive activist organization with 3.25 million members nationwide.

“Macy’s is a symbol of home and holidays for countless American families, which makes it even more appalling for CEO Terry Lundgren to violate that trust by trying to slash the vital benefits so many of these families rely on,” said Executive Director, Charles Chamberlain. “Instead of joining groups like Bain Capital and Goldman Sachs in pushing a dangerous plan that hurts seniors and working families, Terry Lundgren should honor the trust of Macy’s customers and drop out of the CEO Council.”

“Macy’s represents itself as a shining symbol of the holiday season – yet their CEO is acting like the Grinch who stole Medicare,” said Becky Bond, Political Director of CREDO. “It’s appalling that during this holiday season a group of CEOs, including Macy’s Terry Lundgren, are spending millions to lobby Congress to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits — all to get themselves and their companies massive tax breaks.”

Terry Lundgren still represents Macy’s as part of so-called “Fix the Debt” CEO coalition, alongside Bain Capital, Goldman Sachs, and 127 other CEOs. Despite their multi-million dollar media blitz the CEO Council has suffered huge blows to their credibility in recent weeks, as the Institute for Policy Studies released a report showing that the Council members stand to gain over $134 billion in tax windfalls for their companies from their proposals, which they recommend paying for by cutting core programs for working families and seniors.

The messages can be found and downloaded here:

Progressive Congress signatures

CREDO signatures [PDF]


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Reid relishes role of attack dog

The Hill - August 4, 2012

“It’s absolutely constructive and a very important role not only for getting Obama’s back but also for America,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Progressive Congress. “What frustrates me is Reid seems to be the only one. I’d like to see more senators, more surrogates, and more Republicans call out Romney for not doing what other candidates have done, release their tax returns. Thank God for Harry Reid.”

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Ten game changers that could decide the race between Obama and Romney

The Hill - June 3, 2012

“Have we gone through a six-month period where we haven’t had a revelation of Wall Street mishandling something? I’m sure we’ll have another. If it’s a game changer depends on whether it’s big enough,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Progressive Congress, the foundation of the Congressional Progressive Congress.

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