Non-profit

Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) Action Fund

Website:

cpdaction.org

Location:

BROOKLYN, NY

Tax ID:

45-3860271

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(4)

Budget (2016):

Revenue: $3,068,154
Expenses: $4,874,363
Assets: $1,174,122

Other Names:

Action for the Common Good

CPD Action

The Center for Popular Democracy Action Fund is the 501(c)(4) sister organization of the Center for Popular Democracy.[1] The organization has advocated for increasing the number of justices on the Supreme Court, known as “court-packing,” and ending the filibuster in the Senate.[2]

CPD Action is known for its high-profile activism involving elected officials. The organization engaged in a protest outside of Senator Joe Manchin’s yacht in September 2021 after Manchin refused to vote for the $3.5 trillion spending bill known as Build Back Better.[3] CPD Action also coordinated a campaign with several left-progressive members of Congress, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, to block traffic outside the Supreme Court on July 19, 2022, causing the congresswomen to get arrested.[4]

People

DaMareo Cooper and Analilia Mejia are the Co-Executive Directors of CPD Action.

Ana Maria Archila and Jennifer Epps-Addison are Former Co-Executive Directors and Transition Advisors.[5]

The organization has a Board of Directors with the following members:[6]

Agenda

CPD Action advocates for left-wing policy positions. After a draft opinion of the Supreme Court’s decision Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health, CPD Action released a statement calling the draft opinion “a devastating blow to our freedoms and our bodily autonomy” that will “harm communities of color and poor people the most.”[7] The organization called on Congress to add new seats to the Supreme Court to counteract the conservative majority, a process critics call “court-packing.” CPD Action also urged the Senate to abolish the filibuster.[8]

After a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, CPD Action released a statement claiming that the shooting showed “disposability of lives of color to our white leadership, who have ample opportunity to prevent these tragedies.”[9] The organization blamed the free market and white supremacy for the shooting, stating that “we live in a country in which our elected leaders prioritize the money and influence of arms dealers over the lives of our kids. Our elected leaders cling to capitalism and accept white supremacy at the expense of us all.”[10]

Finances

While CPD Action’s 2020 990 Form has not been released by the IRS, ProPublica states that the organization’s total revenue and expenses in 2020 were $12,474,481 and $10,867,964 respectively.[11] In 2019, CPD Action’s total revenue was $6,883,526 and its total expenses were $7,586,047.[12] The organization gave a $519,592 grant to Tides Advocacy and a $475,000 grant to its sister organization the Center for Popular Democracy, along with several smaller grants to activist organizations including the Women’s March Inc. and CASA de Maryland.[13]

Controversies

Protest at Joe Manchin’s Houseboat

In September 2021, activists from CPD Action and several other left-wing activist organizations engaged in a protest outside of Joe Manchin’s houseboat in Washington, D.C., after Manchin declined to support President Biden’s $3.5 trillion bill known as Build Back Better.[14] Protestors kayaked to Manchin’s houseboat and shouted several slogans about climate change and economic policy. Manchin later agreed to meet with the protestors.[15]

Facilitation of Congressional Members’ Arrest

CPD Action was involved in a protest outside the Supreme Court on July 19, 2022 that several congresswomen, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, were arrested at. In an Instagram post, Ocasio-Cortez said that CPD Action organizers and activists had asked her and other congressional members to “submit themselves for arrest in front of the Supreme Court” to continue to draw media attention to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health.[16] CPD Action stated that its leaders were among the 18 people that were not congressional members but also arrested.[17] CPD Action said the incident showed “SCOTUS and lawmakers that #WeWontBackDown until ALL pregnancy-abled people are treated as full human beings with the autonomy to make decisions about OUR OWN bodies.”[18]

The incident drew widespread attention after Ocasio-Cortez’s critics accused her of pretending to be handcuffed to create a media attention.[19] Ocasio-Cortez said she was engaging in “a best practice when under arrest.”[20]

References

  1. Center for Popular Democracy Action (CPDAction). “CPD Action.” Twitter, April 2012. https://twitter.com/CPDAction. ^
  2. Center for Population Democracy Action. “Center for Popular Democracy Action on Leaked Roe Opinion: We Must Act Now and Pass the Judiciary Act, End the Filibuster.” May 3, 2022. https://cpdaction.org/center-popular-democracy-action-leaked-roe-opinion-we-must-act-now-and-pass-judiciary-act-end-1. ^
  3. Cole, Brendan. “Joe Manchin Ambushed on His Yacht by Activists Demanding He Back Infrastructure Bill.” Newsweek, October 1, 2021. ^
  4. Kerr, Andrew. “AOC and Ilhan Omar coordinated Supreme Court arrest stunt with Soros-funded dark money group.” Washington Examiner, July 20, 2022. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/house/aoc-ilhan-omar-supreme-court-arrest-staged-soros-group. ^
  5. CPD Action. “CPD Action Leadership Team.” https://cpdaction.org/our-staff-board. Accessed July 22, 2022. ^
  6. CPD Action. “Our Staff and Board.” https://cpdaction.org/our-staff-board. Accessed July 22, 2022. ^
  7. Mejia, Analilia. “Center for Popular Democracy Action on Leaked Roe Opinion: We Must Act Now and Pass the Judiciary Act, End the Filibuster.” CPD Action, May 3, 2022. https://cpdaction.org/center-popular-democracy-action-leaked-roe-opinion-we-must-act-now-and-pass-judiciary-act-end-1. ^
  8. Mejia, Analilia. “Center for Popular Democracy Action on Leaked Roe Opinion: We Must Act Now and Pass the Judiciary Act, End the Filibuster.” CPD Action, May 3, 2022. https://cpdaction.org/center-popular-democracy-action-leaked-roe-opinion-we-must-act-now-and-pass-judiciary-act-end-1. ^
  9. Center for Popular Democracy Action. “Center for Popular Democracy Action: In the Wake of Another School Shooting, It’s Time to Put Children Before Corporate Profits.” https://cpdaction.org/center-popular-democracy-action-wake-another-school-shooting-it%E2%80%99s-time-put-children-corporate. Accessed July 22, 2022. ^
  10. Center for Popular Democracy Action. “Center for Popular Democracy Action: In the Wake of Another School Shooting, It’s Time to Put Children Before Corporate Profits.” https://cpdaction.org/center-popular-democracy-action-wake-another-school-shooting-it%E2%80%99s-time-put-children-corporate. Accessed July 22, 2022. ^
  11. Center for Popular Democracy Action. 2020 Extracted IRS Financial Data. ProPublica, 2020. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/453860271. Accessed July 22, 2022. ^
  12. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Center for Popular Democracy Action. 2019. Part I. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/453860271/202033169349301863/full. Accessed July 22, 2022. ^
  13. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Center for Popular Democracy Action. 2019. Schedule I. https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/453860271/202033169349301863/full. Accessed July 22, 2022. ^
  14. Schnell, Mychael. “Protesters demonstrate outside Manchin’s houseboat over opposition to reconciliation package.” The Hill, September 27, 2021. https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/574206-protesters-demonstrate-outside-manchins-houseboat-for-his-stance-on/. ^
  15. Cole, Brendan. “Joe Manchin Ambushed on His Yacht by Activists Demanding He Back Infrastructure Bill.” Newsweek, October 1, 2021. ^
  16. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (aoc). “Let’s talk about it…” Instagram, July 20, 2022. https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2022/07/IMG_3693.jpg. Accessed July 21, 2022. ^
  17. Kerr, Andrew. “AOC and Ilhan Omar coordinated Supreme Court arrest stunt with Soros-funded dark money group.” Washington Examiner, July 20, 2022. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/house/aoc-ilhan-omar-supreme-court-arrest-staged-soros-group. ^
  18. CPD Action. “Moments ago, leaders from CPD Action network organizations, members of Congress & more participated…” Facebook, July 19, 2022. https://www.facebook.com/CPDAction. ^
  19. Kerr, Andrew. “AOC and Ilhan Omar coordinated Supreme Court arrest stunt with Soros-funded dark money group.” Washington Examiner, July 20, 2022. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/house/aoc-ilhan-omar-supreme-court-arrest-staged-soros-group. ^
  20. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (aoc). “Let’s talk about it…” Instagram, July 20, 2022. https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2022/07/IMG_3693.jpg.  Accessed July 21, 2022. ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Jennifer Epps-Addison
    Co-Executive Director
  2. Brian Kettenring
    Co-Executive Director
  3. Javier Valdes
    Board Vice-Chair
  4. Ana Maria Archila
    Co-Executive Director
  5. Andrew Friedman
    Co-Executive Director
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: September 1, 2013

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2016 Dec Form 990 $3,068,154 $4,874,363 $1,174,122 $981,871 N $2,896,299 $171,855 $0 $0
    2015 Dec Form 990 $2,463,196 $1,368,655 $2,333,679 $335,219 N $2,281,861 $181,200 $0 $0 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $2,337,719 $1,507,893 $1,219,864 $284,745 N $1,897,280 $435,439 $0 $0 PDF
    2013 Dec Form 990EZ $7,500 $546 $6,954 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

    Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) Action Fund

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