November 29, 2007

Maryland's Loss: Jane Lawton passed away

Maryland lost one of our best legislators and one of our kindest
residents: Jane Lawton passed away this morning apparently from a heart
attack. Our hearts go out to her daughters, Stephanie and Kathleen. Jane
was one of my delegates, representing the 18th District. I liked Jane
from the moment I met her. She was always so positive and friendly. She
will be sorely missed by the many many people who knew and loved her.
The last time I saw her, she was hard at work trying to make the best of
the chaotic special session. She led efforts to help people in Maryland
on several issues, and did so with grace and intelligence. We were so
lucky to have known her. We lost her far too soon. We cannot hope to
replace her. If I may, I'd like to suggest renaming the Leland Center
which she helped build the "Jane Lawton / Leland Center." It's a small
gesture to honor such a special person.

November 27, 2007

Dennis Kucinich in Charlottesville VA on Friday, December 7th.

Dennis Kucinich in Charlottesville VA on Friday, December 7th.
Contact: david@davidswanson.org

Central Virginia, home to Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and the father
of our Constitution, James Madison, will be the site of a rally for a
presidential candidate working to defend that Constitution.

The creators of our government intended the Congress to be the most
powerful branch of it, and provided as a defense of that power the
impeachment process. Central to their thinking was concern that an
unchecked executive could take the nation into unjust and unnecessary wars.

Our Constitution and Bill of Rights are under attack, and the leading
voice in their defense will be speaking in Charlottesville on December
7th. Dennis Kucinich is working to end the funding of the occupation of
Iraq, to prevent an aggressive war on Iran, and to restore the rule of
law to the executive branch by impeaching Dick Cheney and George W. Bush.

Kucinich, alone among the candidates, would shift our priorities and
resources in a major way from war to peace. He would invest in jobs, in
green energy, and in education, including publicly funded college
tuition. Kucinich alone would catch us up with the rest of the world by
creating single-payer health coverage. Kucinich alone would end NAFTA.

Please join us in welcoming Dennis Kucinich to Virginia on Friday,
December 7th.

WHERE: Lane Auditorium in the Albemarle County Office Building -
McIntire (COB-McIntire), located at the intersection of McIntire Road
and Preston Avenue in downtown Charlottesville at 401 McIntire Road.
Here are directions:

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=401+McIntire+Rd,+Charlottesville,+VA+22902

/ http://www.albemarle.org/page.asp?info=dir

Intimate face-to-face meeting with Dennis Kucinich will be in Room 235,
the Totier Room, near the Lane Auditorium, in the same building.
WHEN: Friday evening, December 7, 2007.
Smaller meeting in Totier Room at 7:15 p.m.
Main event in Lane Auditorium at 7:45 p.m.

PRICE OF ADMISSION: (Payable at the door, by cash or preferably by check
made out to "Kucinich for President") Students: $10, general admission
$20, admission plus your photo taken with Dennis $50, admission plus
photo plus priority front-of-the-room seating $100.

To attend the face-to-face meeting with Dennis, you must contribute or
bring with you enough people (or checks) to collectively contribute
$500. Based on the total you give or organize, you will be listed as
follows: Friends $500, Hosts $1,000, Sponsors $2,300

Websites with more information and downloadable flyers:

http://www.dennis4president.com and http://www.vafordennisk.org

Host committee: David Swanson, Andrea Miller, Sarah Lanzman

November 26, 2007

EXPAND THE DEBATE: EMPOWERING HEALTH CARE REFORM AND CREATING COMMUNITY ACTION

EXPAND THE DEBATE: EMPOWERING HEALTH CARE REFORM AND CREATING COMMUNITY
ACTION

2 pm to 4 pm Saturday, December 1, 2007
Episcopal Diocese Center
4 East University Parkway Baltimore, MD
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=4+E+University+Pkwy,+Baltimore,+MD+21218


Guest Speakers:
Dr. Robert Zarr - Pediatrician, President of D.C. Chapter of
Physicians for a National Health Program
Joel Segal - Health Care Legislative Assistant to Rep. John Conyers

Sponsored by Maryland Universal Health Care Action Network and the
Conversation Coalition

Free admission but RSVP to Margaret Flowers at nose1@aol.com or 410-591-0892

Can't make it but interested in health care in Maryland? Email
mikehersh@mikehersh.com