I noticed some folks here at DailyKos have taken an interest in DFA's new Purple to Blue program (particular thanks to lowkell for the great write-up), so I want to share a message I sent to DFA members earlier this week. I encourage everyone to get involved.

The right-wing's stranglehold on state houses across the country is a real problem progressives need to address -- Republicans don't need Congress to push their radical right-wing agenda. They're doing it right now, on the state level, in states across the country:

 -- Ending women's right to choose
 -- Busting unions
 -- Deregulating industries and pillaging the environment
 -- Giving away huge tax breaks to big corporations and the super rich

Needless to say, we need to stop their radical agendas before they go any farther.

That's why DFA is launching the Purple to Blue Project, a new multi-year effort dedicated to winning state House and Senate chambers across the country -- starting right now in Virginia.

You can pitch in. Help us raise $60,000 by March 31st to kick this program off right by chipping in $15 or more today.

Even as Democrats picked up wins nationally last year, conservatives continued to cement control of state legislatures -- and they're using states like Virginia to build momentum for radical, extreme agendas.

We're seeing the damage they can do. Virginia's newly-enacted restrictions on abortion have spawned a national assault on women's right to make decisions about her own life: BOLD: just last weekend, North Dakota's Republican-controlled legislature passed a "personhood" amendment, effectively banning all abortions in the state.

Whether it's stripping away labor rights in Wisconsin, restricting voting rights in Pennsylvania, or attacking a woman's right to choose in Virginia, conservatives are growing bolder and reaching further than ever before.

It's time to get back to basics. DFA is targeting five swing districts in Virginia to send a powerful message to Republicans: If you continue to wage war on our core values, progressives will defeat you at the ballot box.

This isn't a process that will happen overnight , but we have to start now. We're endorsing our first round of candidates -- now we need to raise $60,000 to begin recruiting staff to join them in the field.

Even a gift of $15 or more will help get us to that goal.

Thanks for all you do,

Gov. Howard Dean, M.D.
Founder, Democracy for America

Originally posted to Gov Howard Dean MD on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 06:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by Virginia Kos.

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