March 21, 2009



The Audubon Society and others forum
Candidates for the upcoming District 4 County Council special primary
election will discuss their positions and issues.

Date: Sunday March 22, 2009 Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Woodend: Audubon Sanctuary, 8940 Jones Mill Road, Chevy Chase
MD 20815

Expected candidates: Michael Bigler, Robert Goldman, Thomas Hardman, Ben
Kramer, Cary Lamari, Nancy Navarro, Also invited: George Gluck (Green


Building the Election Reform Movement MeetUp (DC Metro area)
Sign up/more details here:

Date: Monday, March 23, 7 p.m.
Place: Burma Restaurant 740 6th street NW Washington, DC 20001 2nd floor
short walk from Gallery Pl. Chinatown metro stop (Green/Yellow
Blue/Orange Line)

Guest speaker Joseph Oddo (writer/political consultant/businessman and
co-founder of the Independent Greens of Virginia). We will also discuss
progress on paper ballot/opti-scan voting in Maryland and the Lobby Day
in Annapolis on March 16th. More info, contact:


Senator Ben Cardin in Silver Spring Sponsored by the Greater Silver
Spring Democratic Club

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Time: 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Place: White Oak Middle School 12201 New Hampshire Ave, Silver
Spring, MD

Senator Ben Cardin will discuss how the Congress is approaching the
Economic Crisis,+Silver+Spring,+MD+20904
Public transportation info:


MoveOn PowerUp Campaign Kick-Off with Congressman Chris Van Hollen

Date: Saturday March 28 Time: 12:30 pm. to 3:30 p.m.
Place: Wheaton Regional Library Mtg room 2, lowest floor, 11701 Georgia
Ave., Wheaton, MD 20902
Accessible to all, short walk or bus ride from the Wheaton Metro Station.

PowerUp Campaign Kick-Off of MoveOn's 2009 Agenda and Organizing our
efforts in Montgomery County--Special Guest Congressman Chris Van Hollen
Requested donation $5 (or more) to defray costs of the room,
refreshments, etc. We'll discuss ways to support President Obama's Green
Economy/Green Jobs initiatives and ways we can all conserve energy.
We'll organize efforts to continue progress. Sign up online:
Combined MeetUp/Meeting for MCPA, DFMC, MoveOn, PDA, PWG and more.
Wednesday April 1, 7 p.m.
Saigonese Restaurant 11232 Grandview Ave Silver Spring (Wheaton), MD 20902

Short walk from Wheaton Metro (red line) /

We're working on Coalition Building Efforts, several bills and lobby
efforts on the state and national level. We'll also discuss the upcoming
County Council Special Election, coalition efforts, and much more!

We're planning special events, forming a steering committee, and working
on meetings with legislators, etc. We'll be holding meetings and events
to make a real difference in our county, state and nation. Participating
organizations include: Montgomery County Progressive Alliance, Democracy
for Montgomery County, Progressive Democrats of America, and
the Progressive Working Group as well as several "MeetUp" groups.

MoveOn has an exciting, progressive agenda for the U.S. and 1000s of
involved, informed members in our area. Please join the Montgomery
County MoveOn Council by clicking on this link:

April: Maryland Legislative Update (details TBA) / May: Healthcare in
Maryland and the USA (details TBA)


Eco-Justice Cafe' University of DC--Friday, April 3, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Music, poetry, an open mike session, good food, good beer, good people,
good cheer. University of DC, Firebird Inn, Van Ness/UDC Red Line West
exit--Building 39, B-Level, 4200 Connecticut Ave., NW, DC 20008,
Wheelchair Accessible.,+NW,+DC+20008

Suggested donation $15/$10 students/$5 kids -- Food and drink included.
All ages event; child activities provided and powered by kids!


Progressive Working Group/Progressive Neighbors/SaveOurVotes Events Recap:

The PWG/Progressive Neighbors House Concert Fundraiser with Magpie was
Next time we mention Magpie, make sure you're there!


Our PWG Lobby Night in Annapolis (with Save Our Votes and others) for
Accurate, Verifiable Paper-Ballot Voting Monday, March 16 was
well-attended and (we hope) very effective.

Transition to paper ballot voting across the state will save Maryland
money, due to extravagant costs for maintaining the less reliable and
impossible to verify touch screen machines. Our state should use a
system which will provide private and independent voting for disabled
voters alongside the paper ballot-based system. Many jurisdictions in
Maryland used to use the paper-ballot optical scan voting which was
unanimously supported by the Maryland legislature in 2007. We ask our
representatives to ensure a smooth, cost-effective transition to
reliable, transparent voting for the 2010 election cycle, as planned.

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