Sunday, August 31, 2008

PDA Chapter Meeting Tues. September 2 + UNCOUNTED


Attend Events and Get Involved with PDA

Dear Friend,

PDA is moving forward in Maryland. We're sponsoring and cosponsoring events for peace and progress across our state.

PDA National Board Members Steve Shaff and Joe Libertelli, National Staffer Tom Pallow and I welcomed fellow Marylanders including House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, State Senator Jamie Raskin, NOW President  Kim Gandy, former State Party Chair Terry Lierman and Montgomery County Councilwoman Nancy Floreen to PDA's Progressive Central in Denver.

PDA Board Member Cindy Asner, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Maryland Senator Jamie Raskin, and PDA Chairperson Mimi Kennedy Come to our chapter meeting in Wheaton and read for a full report. Don't miss upcoming exciting events. Contact me to get involved.


1. Progressive Democrats of America Monthly Meeting in Wheaton
2. UNCOUNTED: The New Math of American Elections in Silver Spring
3. UNCOUNTED: The New Math of American Elections in Baltimore
4. Stay Tuned, Get involved with PDA to make progress in Maryland


1. 7:30 pm Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Progressive Democrats of America Monthly Meeting in Wheaton
Saigonese Restaurant 11232 Grandview Ave Silver Spring (Wheaton), MD 20902
Get Directions - 2 block walk from Wheaton Metro (red line)

We'll discuss our plans to work for Obama/Biden in Virginia, "UNCOUNTED" showing in Silver Spring (see below), October Rights for All event, and November Elections plus recap of DNC Convention and Progressive Central in Denver.


2. 7 pm Tuesday, September 9, 2008
UNCOUNTED: The New Math of American Elections, Film and Discussion
AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301) 495-6700
Get directions - 2 block walk from Silver Spring Metro (red line)

$10.00 admission Advance Ticket Sales

Exposes how American voters were cheated during the 2004 and 2006 elections--and why it will likely happen again in 2008. Watch the Trailer.

Special Appearance by Congresswoman Donna Edwards, plus, a Post-Film Panel Discussion with Election Integrity Activists, Leaders and Journalists, Hosted by Bob Edwards of XM Public Radio's "The Bob Edwards Show" with Mimi Kennedy - PDA Advisory Board Chair, activist, actress; Rev. DeForest Soaries - former Chairman of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission; Robert Fitrakis, Ph.D. - Author, What Happened in Ohio?; Matthew Segal - Founder & Executive Director Student Assoc. for Voter Empowerment; Rebecca Wilson - Co-Director, Save Our Votes Maryland; David Earnhardt - UNCOUNTED Director/Writer/Producer


3. 7 pm Wednesday, September 10, 2008
UNCOUNTED: The New Math of American Elections, Film and Discussion
The Charles Theatre, 1711 N Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201 (410) 727-3456
Get directions.

Panel featuring: David Earnhart - UNCOUNTED Director/Writer/Producer; Kevin Zeese - TrueVoteMD, longtime activist, Nader for President Media Director 2004; Other activists invited / TBA


4. Stay Tuned, Get involved with PDA to make progress in Maryland

We're working hard, organizing for peace and progress in Maryland and nationally. Watch for upcoming peace, health care and impeachment events in Maryland and D.C. scheduled for September. Please contact PDA chapter leaders or contact me to help start a PDA chapter in your area.

Yours in the movement,

Mike Hersh
PDA Maryland State Coordinator

P.S. Please sign the Healthcare NOT Warfare petition
and ask your friends to sign as well.

Progressive Democrats of America is a grassroots PAC that works both inside the Democratic Party and outside in movements for peace and justice. Our goal: Elect a permanent, progressive majority in 2008. PDA's advisory board includes seven members of Congress and activist leaders such as Tom Hayden, Medea Benjamin, Thom Hartmann, Jim Hightower and Rev. Lennox Yearwood.

More info: | Maryland PDA

Spread the Progressive Word--Shop PDAstore!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Aug 23 Coffees with Rep. Donna Edwards

Coffee Conversations with Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards
Washington, D.C. - On August 23rd, Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (D-MD) will be holding the second round of Coffee Conversations in the Congressional District to provide an opportunity to discuss policy and constituent concerns.
 Location 1
At the Starbucks in Silver Spring:
11201 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland 20904
Time: 10:00-11:00am
Location 2
At the Starbucks in Hyattsville:
3601 East West Highway
Hyattsville, MD 20782
Time: 12:00-1:00pm

If you have any questions please contact the Donna Edwards for Congress campaign at 301-316-1880.  

            Paid for and authorized by Donna Edwards for Congress




Donna Edwards for Congress

Monday, August 18, 2008

2008 Democratic National Convention Watching Party

2008 Democratic National Convention Watching Party

Can’t be one of 75,000 at Invesco Field?  Join 200 of your closest friends to watch
Senator Barack Obama accept the Democratic Nomination for President.  

The Montgomery County Young Democrats are hosting a community-wide
Convention Watching Party on Thursday, August 28, 2008.  Join us for this
historical night as we also celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the March on
Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream Speech."

Join with friends for food, drink and fun before cheering on Senator Obama as he
officially accepts the nomination of the Democratic Party.  

Thursday, August 28 8:00 – 11:00 pm                                        

AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910


For Questions, please contact Sarah Holstine or 202-905-4228

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Do something SiCKO for the DNC

Do something SiCKO for the DNC – and the page drives to PDA statement,
etc… spread the link far and wide

Donna Smith
Communications Specialist
California Nurses Association
National Nurses Organizing Committee

"I am a patient, not a profit." I support single payer healthcare
reform, I vote and I spread the word whenever and wherever I can.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Pool Party to Support Single-Payer Healthcare

           Everybody into the Pool!



SATURDAY   AUGUST 23rd       6 to 9 pm

Home of Brian & Margaret Flowers
1433 Sparks Rd  Sparks, MD 21152

To Benefit The Maryland Chapter of
Physicians for a National Health Program

Tickets $100 in advance/ $125 at the door

RSVP: 410-591-0892 or

Summer Attire                   


Number  10. Inclusive – everybody is in and nobody is left out.

Number  9.  Continuous – coverage from conception to death without gaps.

Number  8.  Quality – development of standards of care, better able to collect data for quality oversight, better communication, and more accountability.

Number  7.  Coordination – unified health care system for coordinated allocation of resources, incentives to cover all areas of need and more cooperation among health facilities/providers.

Number  6. Simplicity – one payer means less paperwork, no time on the phone for authorization and more time with patients. Medical decisions are back in the hands of doctors and patients.

Number  5. Improved Health – more focus on preventative care and treatment in early phases of illness, better management of chronic diseases and greater incentives to address public health issues.

Number  4.  Security – all needed medical, mental health, long term and dental care is covered without fear of financial ruin.

Number  3. Choice – patients choose doctor and health facility.

Number  2. Economical – saves money and cost to patients is known.

And the number 1 reason is... it’s Popular – a single payer health care system is the number one choice of the majority of doctors and patients!

By Rob Kall: Bottom Up Democracy At PDA, Top-Down At DNC

By Rob Kall: Bottom Up Democracy At PDA, Top-Down At DNC

The future of civilization is a move from top-down hierarchical leadership and process to bottom-up participation with a new kind of leadership. the DNC had better wise up to this or they will be left behind as history moves forward.