January 14, 2011

Legislative forum to hear from and question our elected state legislators.

Legislative forum to hear from and question our elected state legislators.
WHEN: Sunday afternoon Jan. 23rd, 2 p.m.
WHERE: IMPACT Silver Spring – 825 Wayne Ave., Silver Spring
WHY: Maryland faces a significant budget deficit. Will it be balanced on the backs of working Marylanders or will more progressive solutions be offered?
WHO: Sponsored by Progressive Neighbors and Progressive Working Group. Hosted by Impact Silver Spring.
For more information: Email malakoff@starpower.net or 301-587-5559 Progressive Neighbors MD http://www.progressiveneighborsmd.org/

*Entrance to IMPACT is across from the Whole Foods, located at the old Hollywood Video. Parking is limited to 2 hours in the Whole Foods/Strosniders lot. Free parking is available at the Wayne Ave. and Ellsworth St. garages.

Among the issues to be discussed: combined corporate income reporting, equal access to government and greater transparency, offshore wind farms, MD Health Security Act (Single Payer), campaign finance reform, and getting the MD General Assembly to urge our congressional delegation to help cut military spending at the Federal level.
The following legislators have confirmed to date: Senators Jamie Raskin and Roger Manno; Delegates Heather Mizeur, Eric Leudke, Tom Hucker, Sheila Hixson, Ana Sol Gutierrez, Bonnie Cullison, and Shane Robinson.

January 13, 2011

David Swanson will discuss and sign his new book War Is A Lie at Busboys and Poets

David Swanson at Busboys and Poets
Sponsored by Montgomery County Progressive Alliance, Democracy for Montgomery County,
Progressive Democrats of America, PDA - Maryland and PDA - Virginia

Here's a poster: PDF flyer
More info. online: http://warisalie.org

David Swanson will discuss and sign his new book War Is A Lie. 
Event to be taped by Marc Steiner Show for Free Speech TV.

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 18th

The NEW Busboys and Poets (5th & K)
1025 5th St NW, Washington DC
Closest metro stop: Convention Center Yellow/Green lines

"David Swanson’s War Is A Lie may be the most comprehensive antiwar statement available in the English language." — Kevin Young

"Not since General Smedley Butler's War is a Racket has a simpler, more brilliant, or truer book been published." — Geoffrey Millard

“David Swanson despises war and lying, and unmasks them both with rare intelligence. I learn something new on every page.” — Jeff Cohen

Other Cosponsors:

Chesapeake Citizens / CHOICES / CODE PINK / Democrats.com / Global Exchange / Marc Steiner Show
WarIsACrime.org / Washington Peace Center / VFP Prosecute War Criminals Working Group
HumaneJustice.org / ProsecuteOfficials.org / Peace Action Montgomery / Prince William Peacemakers

January 12, 2011

Delegate Brian Feldman on "Political Pulse"

Delegate Brian Feldman (District 15), who is the Chairman of the 24
member delegation from Montgomery County, will be on "Political Pulse"
to discuss the upcoming 90 day session in Annapolis on:

Thurs, January 13th at 9:00 pm;

Fri-Sun, January 14th-16th at 6:00 pm; and

Tues, January 18th, at 9:30 pm.

Political Pulse is on Channel 16 TV in Montgomery County, MD.

January 10, 2011

Montgomery County Deserves Complete Health Care

The Montgomery County Complete Care Coalition (MCCCC) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit coalition of concerned residents dedicated to addressing the current and expanding needs for complete health care in Montgomery County Maryland. MCCCC has a simple message: The best medicine is complete care, not care limited by religious doctrine. Please join us supporting the complete and more accessible care promised by the Adventist Clarksburg Community Hospital proposal over a rival proposal from Holy Cross.

Adventist's proposal for a complete care hospital would meet all the public health goals of Maryland and Montgomery County. The Holy Cross proposal would not.
We have grave concerns about The Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services which prevent Holy Cross from providing needed care and which conflict with health needs of patients, the county and the state. The MCCCC specifically identifies entire classes of essential care Holy Cross cannot offer, including--end-of-life care, control of STDs and HIV/AIDS through condom distribution and appropriate counseling, equal and fair treatment of same-sex families, as well as reproductive care.

According to a Washington Post article, Adventist challenges Md. official's backing of Holy Cross, "Reproductive health advocates across the country have raised concerns about religious directives that prevent Catholic hospitals from providing a variety of services, including fertility treatments, abortions, tubal ligations and hormonal contraception." True, but that's not the complete picture. Men as well as women, religious as well as secular leaders, general advocates for health and concerned Montgomery County residents from all walks of life support Adventist's plan. When it comes to life and health, don't we deserve the best? We have a better, viable alternative in Adventist Health Care.

The following people already signed on as Members and Supporters of the MCCCC:

Rev. Barry W. Lynn--Executive Director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Linda Mahoney--President, Maryland National Organization for Women
John W. Nugent--President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Maryland
Laura Meyers, PhD--President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington
Mike Hersh--Executive Director, Montgomery County Progressive Alliance
Melissa Kleder, MA--Interim Director, NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland
Susan Martin--President, Montgomery County National Organization for Women
Lois Uttley--Director, The MergerWatch Project
Jill Brantley--Vice President, Montgomery County National Organization for Women
Judy Waxman, Vice President Health and Reproductive Rights, National Women’s Law Center
Holly Joseph--Community Liaison, Montgomery County National Organization for Women
Liz Callihan--Women’s Health Program Consultant
Bill Jacobs--Former Legal Observer, WACDTF
Deborah L. Horan--MSW, LCSW-C

Can we add your name to our list of supporters?


Mike Hersh

Apartment Available Mount Rainer

Mt. Rainier is a groovy, progressive, multi-racial town just past the NE DC line up Rhode Island Ave. The house is a stone's throw from the fabulous organic food coop, The Glut and about a half mile from the fabulous PG coop pool. 
[Progressive Leader] Steve Shaff lives with his niece on the first floor, there is another second floor apartment occupied by a very nice professional anti-nuke activist, and a studio is being created in the basement as we speak.
There is an amazing persimmon tree (had literally hundreds of fruits this year!) and room for front and back yard veggie gardens. 
Susan and I PROMISE to be great landlords - so if you send us one of your friends, you and they won't regret it!  : )

Historic Mount Rainer: Gateway Arts District

Cozy, sunny, private one bedroom suite, bath and kitchenette, now available in an eco-friendly large house with nice yard and peaceful, quiet, Progressive neighbors.  Within blocks from Glut food co-op, Joe's Movement Emporium;  minutes from University of MD and Catholic U, close to West Hyattsville and Brookland Metro, 15 min from downtown DC, hiker & bike trails in beautiful Northwest/Northeast Branch Parks and Sligo Creek Park. Access to washer/dryer, on street parking, and close to several bus lines.

Rent is $775 per month, plus utils (highest efficiency boiler heat just installed). No smoking.

Available NOW. Call: Steve 301-442-4232 for more information.