July 05, 2008

"Healthcare NOT Warfare"

"Healthcare NOT Warfare"
As PDA board member Norman Solomon pointed out in this article, “nearly one in six Americans has no health insurance, and tens of millions of others are woefully under-insured--while the war in Iraq continues to further skew the U.S. government's budget priorities.”

We say “Healthcare NOT Warfare” and ask you to join our campaign. The time has come to redirect unnecessary and wasteful military spending to meeting human needs. 

Among  those needs is the healthcare crisis and we're focusing our attention on the Democratic Party by gathering signatures on a petition  to prioritize "Healthcare NOT Warfare." The signed petition will be distributed to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democratic Committee Chairman Howard Dean, and your member of Congress.

In addition, we hope to pass resolutions to support “Healthcare NOT Warfare” at the upcoming local, state, and national Democratic conventions, and in cities, counties, and states across the country.
Please, sign the petition, and join us in this effort by taking action on one or more of the following items:

Host a House Party--get your “Healthcare NOT Warfare” materials and  house party kits, here.

Download the flyer to distribute at meetings and events. Use it to bird-dog congressional candidates!

Download the sample resolution, change it to meet your needs, and pass it at your local and state Democratic Parties, cities, and counties.

Click here for additional resources and action items.

July 02, 2008

Sat. July 19 GSSDC Cookout!

This is a great event. I hope to see everyone there. Here are the details:

Date: Saturday, July 19, 2008 Time: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Place: Home of Rebecca Lord & Jonathan Shurberg
305 Hamilton Avenue Silver Spring, MD

This event is fast becoming a Maryland political tradition! Don't miss
it! Hot dogs, burgers and soft drinks will be provided by GSSDC.

In true Democratic fashion, admission is free but monetary contributions
to cover expenses would be cheerfully accepted and genuinely appreciated.

For more information, please contact either Mark Woodard at
(301)592-1811, Donna Graham at (301) 585-4759, or Paul Mitchell at (301)

We hope you can join us for another great afternoon of hot dogs, cold
drinks, and the latest political news of the day. We have averaged 200
people the last several years and hope that this year will be even
better as an historic election beckons in the fall.

In addition to the Montgomery Legislative delegation, the Governor, Lt.
Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller as well as members of Congress
and county government have been invited. We hope that you will join us
again or for the first time.


Mark Woodard
Chair, GSSDC

July 01, 2008

PDA Leadership on Air America Tuesday July 1!

PDA Leadership on Air America Tuesday July 1!

Tune in online here to listen to Mimi Kennedy on Air America with our PDA leaders Dr. Bill Honigman and Marcy Winograd, joined by our endorsed Healthcare NOT Warfare Candidates Bill Durston and Steve Young on CLOUT with Richard Greene. Mimi will be co-hosting with Richard Greene, who has been very supportive of PDA. We hope to show our support in return by listening to "Clout" at 9:00 PM EDT / 6:00 PM PDT daily. Click here to listen to the live stream. We need to drive up the online listener numbers Tuesday to keep "Clout" on the air with PDA!

Richard writes: "I reached out to PDA in the hopes that Tuesday nights could become the Progressive Community's 2 hours on radio--every week, same time, same Bat Station. If, tomorrow, we could show a serious bump in stream numbers, 2,000 or more PDA members who log on at the beginning at 6:06 Pacific/9:06 Eastern and that they stay (I would love for them to also call in and jam the call lines--866-303-2270), this would give me enough CLOUT! to keep this kind of community radio on the air."

Click to listen, call in, support PDA on the Radio tomorrow: 9 PM ET, 6 PM PT!