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Progressive Coalition Meeting

Combined MeetUp/Meeting for MCPA, DFMC, PDA. Join us at the Saigonese Restaurant 11232 Grandview Ave Wheaton, MD 20902 7:30 PM Tuesday, August 3rd to plan future events and actions and meet candidates for office!

Saigonese Restaurant,
11232 Grandview Ave
Silver Spring (Wheaton), MD 20902
Public Transportation: Short walk from Wheaton Metro (red line)
Google Map:

Report on progress in our county and state on Healthcare, the Environment, Education, Labor, Transportation, Energy and other issues. We’re building up our coalition and lobby efforts on the state and national level, planning special events, forming a steering committee, and working on meetings with legislators, and other organizations.

Please join the Montgomery County Progressive Alliance Google Group:

If you’re on Facebook, please join the MCPA group:

Four Meetup groups–Progressive Victory in 2010, Democratic Party / MCPA, Montgomery County Progressive Alliance and this one–get together with like-minded activists working for Progressive Victories in 2010 and beyond. We meet at least once each month to discuss and plan events and actions. Of these groups, Progressive Victory has the most members, and we hope you will join that Meetup to save time, money, and effort organizing our meetings and actions. See: We’ll eventually close the other Meetup groups.

1. MCPA: The Montgomery County Progressive Alliance is a result-oriented coalition working on local, state, national and international issues. 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. In 2004, 100s of Montgomery County for Kerry members and local Progressive Democrats of America members joined the MCPA. MCPA adopted a mission statement, organized special events, and has held meetings nearly each month since 2003.

2. DFA/DFMC: Democracy for America emerged from Gov. Howard Dean’s presidential campaign in 2004, and has organized grass-roots activists to support socially progressive, fiscally responsible candidates. DFMC is Democracy for Montgomery County, a local DFA-inspired organization which is not directly or legally affiliated with DFA. DFMC has organized events and meetings; and endorsed and organized volunteers for several candidates. DFMC is currently seeking additional steering committee members. Please contact me, if you’re interested. You can sign up for DFA here:

3. PDA: Progressive Democrats of America began just after the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. Bringing together people from the 2004 Kucinich and Dean Campaigns with other progressives, PDA adopted an “inside/outside strategy” uniting activists working inside the Democratic Party with those working in peace and justice movements. PDA’s core issues include clean, accurate and transparent elections; environmental protection; single-payer healthcare; economic and social justice; and peace. You can sign up for PDA here:

Other organizations working in our area:

PWG: The Progressive Working Group is a coalition promoting progress and reform, economic fairness and equality, protecting the environment, and more. PWG is not part of the MCPA, but the MCPA is part of the PWG which currently includes: Audubon Naturalist Society, CASA of Maryland, Democracy for Montgomery County, Equality Maryland, Health Care Now, Montgomery County Progressive Alliance, Montgomery Health Care Action, PeaceAction Montgomery, Peace and Justice of Prince George’s County, Progressive Cheverly, Progressive Democrats of America (Maryland), Progressive Neighbors, Save Our Votes, and Upcounty Action. PWG will focus on 2 or 3 issues during the 2010 session. Progressive organizations are welcome to join PWG. Please contact Wally Malakoff for more information.

Thanks for reading down this far, and hope to see you at the meeting and future events,

Mike Hersh, Meetup Organizer
Chairperson, MCPA and DFMC
Maryland State Coordinator, PDA
Steering Committee, PWG


Join us for the Progressive Picnic in Montgomery County!

When: Saturday August 28, 2010 2:00 PM
Suggested Donation: $15.00 per person now, $20 at the door

Where: Wheaton Regional Park Picnic Shelter “A”

Keep left as you enter the park–closest to the parking lot.
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:
Hot Dogs, Burgers, Veggie Burgers, Veggie Dogs & Condiments Provided.
Please RSVP and pre-pay so we’ll have enough food for you!

Cosponsoring organizations include: Montgomery County Progressive Alliance, Progressive Democrats of Maryland, Democracy for Montgomery County, Health Care NOW! Maryland, and Peace Action Montgomery.

More cosponsors welcome. Contact to cosponsor.

* Potluck dish and drinks to share appreciated!

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.
* $15 per person pre-reservation ($20 regular donation).

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 building into the 2010 election season and beyond. 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 “A” is the closest to the parking area.

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

Google Map:,+Wheaton,+MD+20902

MCPA has approximately 1,000 members working on several progressive issues including peace, healthcare, and elections (campaign finance reform/public financing and paper-ballot verified voting).

There are about a dozen strong, progressive candidates seeking office in Maryland this cycle. We hope to mobilize our members to support these candidates and then work closely with them to achieve progress on our issues on the federal, state and local levels.

We’ve held several forums on issues, and plan to hold ongoing Pot Luck Progressive Speaker Series forums once per month starting in August, 2010. We’ve been successful partnering with progressive organizations, and will continue building coalitions in Maryland.

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