Thursday, January 28th at 7:15 PM Healthcare-Now! of Maryland monthly meeting featuring Mark Dudzic of Labor for Single Payer speaking about the National AFL-CIO endorsing single payer and the national strategy conference for the Labor Campaign for Single Payer. Also updates on the state bill and the national Medicare for All campaign. Discussion and questions. The Episcopal Diocese Center 4 E. University Parkway Baltimore, MD (at the corner of Charles St and University Parkway). More information: and RSVP:

Monday, February 1st at 7 PM Monthly progressive coalition meeting. 2010 is a critical year. We’re organizing our steering committee, and mobilizing on events, issues and campaigns. Saigonese Restaurant, 11232 Grandview Ave., Wheaton, MD 20902 (Short walk from Wheaton Metro). More informationĀ  RSVP: Mike Hersh

Tuesday, February 2nd 6 PM Jamie Raskin and the David A. Clarke School of Law welcome Andrea D. Lyon, Professor of Law, DePaul University, nationally recognized death penalty expert and author “Angel of Death Row: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer” for a wine reception and book signing. University of DC 4200 Connecticut Ave. N.W. Building 39, Room 201 Washington, DC 20008 (at the Van Ness UDC Metro Stop). Free and open to the public. RSVP on line at:

Wednesday, February 3rd at 7 PM. Support Dana Beyer for State Delegate. Jackie’s Restaurant 8081 Georgia Ave Silver Spring, MD 20910 With Honored Guests: Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin (subject to House voting schedule)*, National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill*, Director of the Maryland Black Family Alliance, Elbridge James*, Hosted by Mike Hersh, a founder of the Progressive Working Group* $25 requested donation, $50 supporter, $100 host committee. * Guests are appearing as individuals. Organizations listed for identification purposes only. Not to imply or indicate official endorsement. By authority Friends of Dana Beyer, Chris Grewell Treasurer. More info. / RSVP: or

Friday, February 5th 6 to 10 PM. Networking/tabling opportunity at the Univ. of DC Cafe. Fun event with food, wine, beer, great people, live music, etc. Discussion of the Constitution and Rights at Risk, 6:30 to 7:30 pm led by ACLU Director Johnny Barnes and Shahid Buttar, Bill of Rights Defense Committee. The SCOTUS decision on Campaign Finance will be a focus. 4200 Connecticut Ave. N.W. Building 39, Firebird Inn (Cafeteria) Washington, DC 20008 (at the Van Ness UDC Metro Stop). Free Table and RSVP: Mike Hersh More information:

Sunday, February 7th 1:30 to 3:30 PM. Panel discussion/forum on MD and MoCo Budgets. While we welcome the Governor’s commitment to schools and other priorities in his just-released budget, many questions remain about remaining challenges. Wheaton Library, (first floor large meeting room) 11701 Georgia Ave. Wheaton MD 20902. Public transportation: from Wheaton Metro take Y9 Bus (toward Montgomery Hospital). More information and RSVP: Mark Woodard or Mike Hersh We’ve gotten confirmation from Delegates Brian Feldman, Sheila Hixson, and Roger Manno, County Council President Nancy Floreen and School Board President Pat O’Neill. We’re awaiting response from County Executive Ike Leggett and MCEA leadership. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, February 20th Leadership Training for Single Payer healthcare. Workshops from 9 am until 3 pm. No fees required, donations accepted. Owen Brown Interfaith Center at 7246 Cradlerock Way in Columbia, MD 21045. RSVP to so that we can have materials ready. Speakers include: Dr. Carol Paris and Brigitte Marti of Maryland Physicians for a National Health Program on education, Mark Dudzic of Labor for Single Payer on outreach, Chuck Pennacchio of HealthCareforAllPA on building relationships with legislators, Donna Smith of California Nurses Association/NNU on media, Diane Wittner of ChesapeakeCitizens, Katie Robbins of Healthcare-Now, Dr. Andy Coates of PNHP and SinglePayerNewYork and Dr. Bill Skein of PNHP Los Angeles and Soapbox Consulting. Details are available at and