November 22, 2008

National PDA meeting in DC Jan 17 & 18, 2009

PDA members from around the US will be meeting at UDC Law School, Van
Ness Campus the weekend before the inauguration. You can see all the
details here:

November 21, 2008

Eco/Justice Café December 5th, 6 to 10 pm

Save the Date and Tell Your Friends: Friday, December 5th, 6 to 10 pm

The Eco/Justice Café ! 


Featuring music, poetry, an open mike session, good food, good beer, good people, good cheer, free professional massage (10 mins each, FC/FS!) good info and good karma.   


In addition, enjoy The 4.0 Lounge, (with pool and ping pong tables, chess and checkers, internet connections and more!) and an Eco/Justice Video Screening room at the Anonymy Studio!  


University of DC, Firebird Inn, Van Ness/UDC Red Line West exit

Building 39, B-Level, 4200 Connecticut Ave., NW, 20008, Wheelchair Accessible


Suggested donation $15/ $10 students/$5 kids


Food and drink included.  All ages event; child activities provided – and powered by kids!  


An Eco/Justice BAZAAR will feature environmental and social justice organizations and businesses.


TABLE SPACE IS AVAILABLE for no charge.  Contact to reserve your table!  


Join the MetNet 2.0 List at so we can keep you up to date!


TO VOLUNTEER on December 5th, email Galina Sergen


Hosted by the University of the District of Columbia David Clarke School of Law, the District's public interest law school. For more information on the law school full-tuition three-year Advocate for Justice Scholarships, go to  


FUTURE CAFÉS:  for your calendar, the next Eco/Justice Cafés will be:


Friday, January 9;   Friday, February 6;   Friday, March 6;   Friday, April 3


And afterwards, the FIRST FRIDAY of each month!




1. JOIN THE HOST COMMITTEE!  Individual  Host  Committee Members:   Tiffany De Lisio, Susan Eisendrath, Naomi Friedman, Doug Hartnett, Zahara Heckscher, Joe Libertelli, Galina Sergen,  Larry Martin, Neil Seldman, Daniel Solomon, Marie Soveroski, Eric Thiel, Chris Weiss, Linda Welch, Stuart Whitaker.

2. RECRUIT other Host Committee Members

3. RECRUIT tabling organizations

4. JOIN the MetNet 2.0 list at !

5. FORWARD this e-mail and ask friends to sign up at !

6. VOLUNTEER for the Cafe (musicians, poets, set up and clean up artists, etc. always welcome!)

7. VOLUNTEER to build the Web Calendar (see below)

8. DONATE at in the General Fund and make a note that your contribution is to "MetNet 2.0" 



HISTORY:  From 1990 – 1997, the Metro DC Environmental Network (MetNet) provided connectivity to the region's environmental and justice activists through a monthly calendar, monthly EcoJustice Coffeehouses, a broadcast fax system, and annual regional Earth Day events.


The new MetNet will recycle the best of the origional MetNet as follows:


MONTHLY ECO/JUSTICE CAFÉS: will be held on the First Fridays of each month at the UDC Firebird Inn.  They are intended to build understanding, friendship, community and cooperation among area activists.


THE NEW ON-LINE CALENDAR: will provide the region's most comprehensive listing of social justice and environmental events.  With your help, the Calendar will be "rolled out" in January, 2009.


AN ONLINE RESOURCE CENTER will access Washington area residents to local and regional information they need to act on their environmental and social values.  The Resource Center will be built out in stages in the coming months. 


VOLUNTEER EDITORS are sought for sections of the Resource Center.  Editors will collect and maintain a section of the database and, in return, will be granted control that area's "home page" where they can write or choose articles to post, manage a forum, and highlight their favorite resources.  These will be serious and demanding – but highly rewarding – positions.


STRUCTURE: MetNet 2.0 can accept tax exempt contributions through the DC School of Law Foundation at  It is preparing to file for its own 501 (c) (3) status with the help of the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law Community Development Clinic.


WHY DO WE CALL IT THE "ECO/JUSTICE" CAFE?   We seek to build community among people concerned about and seeking transformation on the full range of progressive issues.   These include all the myriad environmental concerns - and the full range of social justice causes, including all efforts to fight poverty and discrimination, to protect the public health, to foster human potential, and to move toward a more democratic society.


STAY IN TOUCH: Join the MetNet 2.0 List at