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Join us for the Progressive Picnic in Montgomery County!

When: Sunday August 30, 2009 2:00 PM
Suggested Donation: $15.00 per person now, $20 at the door
Where: Wheaton Regional Park Picnic Shelter “G”
2002 Shorefield Road, Wheaton, MD 20902
Public transportation: take Y5 or Y9 Bus from Wheaton Metro stop.

RSVP, for info. or to pay by check, email: mikehersh@mikehersh.com
Hot Dogs, Burgers, Veggie Burgers, Veggie Dogs & Condiments Provided.
Please RSVP and pre-pay so we’ll have enough food for you!

State Senators Jamie Raskin and Paul Pinsky*; Delegates Roger Manno, Tom HuckerSaqib Ali, Al Carr*, and Karen Montgomery; Council Members Duchy Trachtenberg* and Marc Elrich; Activists Dana Beyer and Eric Luedtke; and other speakers will discuss the future of progressive politics in Maryland. (*schedule permitting). Activist/Author David Swanson will discuss and sign his new book Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union. Join us! We need your voice and ideas to move Maryland forward.

Cosponsoring organizations include: Progressive Working Group, Montgomery County Progressive Alliance, Progressive Neighbors, Equality Maryland, PeaceAction Montgomery, Maryland ACLU, Progressive Democrats of Maryland, Democracy for Montgomery County, Montgomery Health Care Action, Progressive MarylandMore cosponsors welcome. Contact mikehersh@mikehersh.com to cosponsor.

Please bring a dish or drink to share with 10 people.
If your last name begins with:

A-F please bring salad / side dish * G-L please bring a dessert
M-R please bring water * S-Z please bring soft drinks

* Discount for early registration, covers cost of venue, food, etc.
* Potluck dish and drinks to share appreciated! (More information TBA)
* $15 per person pre-reservation ($20 regular donation) required to RSVP.

Maryland could be among the most progressive states in the USA, and we’re committing ourselves to make it so. We have big plans to expand our scope and effectiveness during the rest of ‘09 and building into the 2010 election season. This will be a fun and empowering event!

Directions to Shorefield Area: From I-495 take Exit 31 for Georgia Avenue/MD 97 North. Follow Georgia Avenue for almost 3 miles, then turn right onto Shorefield Road. Continue on Shorefield Road until you reach the parking area. Shelter “G” is very close to the parking area.

Public transportation: take Y5 or Y9 Bus from Wheaton Metro stop.

Google Map: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=2002+Shorefield+Road,+Wheaton,+MD+20902
RSVP/Pre-Pay: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=6728539

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The Montgomery County Progressive Alliance is a result-oriented coalition. MCPA includes more than 1,000 local activists, mainly in and around Montgomery County Maryland. The organization began in 2003 when Democracy for America Meetup members reached out to other Meetup groups and other groups. Montgomery County for Kerry members and local Progressive Democrats of America members joined the MCPA, which has held meetings nearly each month since 2003.

MCPA members work to elect progressives to office, organize special events including debates and public issue forums, and lead issue advocacy efforts in Rockville, Annapolis, and on Capitol Hill. We cooperate with other organizations and coalitions to make progress in our communities, state, and nationally.

Moving into the rest of 2009 and building toward 2010, MCPA plans to expand our organization, raise funds, and advance our public education, coalition building and outreach efforts:

We promote progressive solutions to achieve a better, more fair and sustainable society. We focus mainly on issues and events in Montgomery County, Maryland, and the National Capitol region.

We advance equal and civil rights, clean and safe communities, high quality health care and education, verified voting, secure retirement, freedom, fairness and opportunity for all. We founded the MCPA to make a positive difference on local, state, national and global issues.

We support progressive candidates and promote fair election and campaign practices to empower people and ensure meaningful participation. We research and formulate policy, support causes and candidates, and organize events, fund raisers, and campaigns to advance our ideals.

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