MCPA is a progressive coalition of organizations and individuals in Montgomery County, Maryland. We’ve had regular public meetings every month since 2003–with very few months missed. We use these meetings to share information, hear candidates and elected officials, and plan events and actions. We’ve had Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Maryland Senators Jamie Raskin and Rich Madaleno, Delegates Kumar Barve, Ana Sol Gutierrez, Karen Montgomery, Roger Manno, Tom Hucker, Heather Mizeur, and Jeff Waldstreicher; Council Members Duchy Trachtenberg, Marc Elrich, Roger Berliner, and George Leventhal–among many others at our meetings and events.

We’ve organized and cosponsored dozens of events, vigils, forums, debates, book talks and demonstrations on several issues including peace, healthcare, energy/climate, and many more. We cosponsored a debate in Rockville with Peace Action Montgomery in ’06 with Chris Van Hollen, Donna Edwards, and all the other candidates for US Congress in Districts 4 and 8 (except Al Wynn), and one with all the U.S. Senate candidates (except Ben Cardin and Michael Steele). Last March, we brought together about 80 activists at the Wheaton Library to hear Congressman Van Hollen’s representative and County Council members discuss local and federal energy policy.

We organized a spectacularly successful picnic last Summer at the Wheaton Regional Park last Summer. Well over 100 local activists gathered to hear author David Swanson and local leaders including State Senator Jamie Raskin; Delegates Roger Manno, Tom Hucker, Saqib Ali, and Karen Montgomery; Council Members Duchy Trachtenberg and Marc Elrich; and Healthcare Activist Dana Beyer. Most recently, we organized a healthcare forum in Rockville with several elected officials and 60 or so in the audience. We’re cosponsoring an event with the Greater Silver Spring Democratic Club next month on budgets and pensions, and one on home energy conservation soon thereafter.

We’ve brought out volunteers to canvass door-to-door, at metro stops, etc. for candidates in ’04. ’06 and ’08 for the primaries and general elections. We’ve organized meetings with elected officials and their staff in Rockville, Annapolis and D.C. We’ve organized sign waving events and vigils on issues and for candidates. Now, we’re asking our members to step up into leadership roles. We hope to organize a steering committee soon. Contact mikehersh@mikehersh.com to get involved!

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