May 12, 2005

Upcoming Events


1. Ralph Neas of PFAW at Leisure World Thursday May 12
2. Sam Smith at Greens' Meeting Saturday May 14
3. Pete Seeger's 86th Birthday Concert Sunday May 15 (Philadelphia)
4. Rockville Mid-County Democratic Breakfast Club Monday May 16
5. Howard Dean in Montgomery County Rally Tuesday May 17th
6. MCPA Meeting Thursday May 19th
7. Potomac DFA meeting Tuesday May 24th
8. Chevy Chase-Bethesda DFA Meeting with Ike Leggett Weds. June 1
9. Take Back America Conference Wed. June 1 to Fri. June 3
10. DFA MeetUps Host Conversation with Terry Lierman Thursday June 9
11. The Stop Global Warming Virtual March on Washington (Ongoing)
12. Stay Informed and Involved with MCPA


1. Leisure World Democratic Club hosts PFAW Director Ralph Neas

7 PM Thursday, May 12 - Leisure World, Ballroom of Clubhouse One
3701 Leisure World Boulevard, Silver Spring, MD
Directions: or

Ralph Neas of activist organization People for the American Way will talk about the threat to the filibuster, U.S. Senate rule that protects the rights of the minority party. Light refreshments at 7 PM, program at 7:30. Delegate Carol Petzold will introduce Mr. Neas and review Maryland's Assembly history for the last session.


2. Sam Smith to Speak 6 to 7 pm May 14th

Montgomery Greens' May meeting banning+Low on Antique Row
3730 Howard Avenue in Kensington
Directions: or

DC-area pundit Sam Smith, who is a prolific author, activist, and social critic, will speak. Smith is a longtime supporter and astute observer of the American political scene with a special interest in the Green Party. Smith's online journal, The Progressive Review, has been likened by some to the crusading left journalism and acerbic observations of I.F. Stone. For more information on Sam Smith, go to: For more information on banning+Low, go to:


3. Scheduled for 7 PM May 15 (Sunday): Philadelphia, PA

Sing Out! Concert honoring Pete Seeger The "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" concert will be sponsored by Sing Out! magazine at Keswick Theater in Glenside, PA, near Philadephia. The concert is. Pete will be the guest of honor and performers include Bruce Cockburn, Judy Collins, Ronnie Gilbert, Ginny Hawker & Tracy Schwarz, Janis Ian, Natalie Merchant, Holly Near, Odetta, Bernice Johnson Reagon, and Stephan Smith. Proceeds from the concert will benefit Sing Out! a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. For tickets and other information, visit the Sing Out! website for more info on this event:


4. Rockville Mid-County Democratic Breakfast Club Monday May 16, 2005

Representative Benjamin L. Cardin will speak on Social Security
TIME: 7:30 am to 8:45 am (yes that's in the morning!)
PLACE: Original Ambrosia Restaurant
12015F Rockville Pike Rockville, Maryland 20852
Directions: or

Relocated Original Ambrosia Restaurant is in the southernmost building in the Montrose Crossing Shopping Plaza, behind Old Navy. There are hundreds of parking places in its immediate proximity. Ingress/egress by car is either via Rockville Pike or Randolph Road. White Flint Metro Rail station is exactly one half mile south of the restaurant. For more info: Susan Magazine Telephone 301-340-8300


5. Howard Dean in Montgomery County Rally

5:30 to 7:30 pm, Tuesday, May 17th
The Promenade, Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852

Events are first come, first serve and tickets must be purchased in advance - proceeds benefit the Maryland Democratic Party. Howard Dean will also appear at a private VIP Reception from 5:30 to 6:15 pm. VIP Reception Tickets - $1,000 donation per person, Rally Tickets - $75 donation per person, Seniors - $50 donation per senior, Students - $25 donation per student with ID. Buy tickets online for the rally:

Once you've bought your ticket, please forward the email confirmation you receive to Kim Louth ( ) or Mike Hersh ( ) so we can deliver it to MD Democratic Chairman Terry Lierman along with a signed copy of the resolution on Withdrawal from Iraq we plan to present to Howard Dean. (Of course, block out any credit card info.)

All events will be near the Grosvenor Metro stop on the Redline. Outdoor Special Events Parking on site, and other parking located in the Metro Garage off Tuckerman Lane ($4 Monday-Friday, must be paid using a Metro SmarTrip card, available at all Metro Stations). Limited short-term parking available at specially marked meters along Tuckerman Lane. For more information, see: or call 301-858-8818 or 410-269-8818.


6. MCPA Meeting (The group that runs this newsletter and more)

7-9PM Thursday, May 19th
Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Cafeteria
4301 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814
(near the intersection with Wisconsin Avenue)


We'll continue work on Political Action, Media, Community Service, and much more, and invite guest speakers to lead discussion on ways to get things done.


7. Potomac DFA MeetUp 7-9PM May 24th
Hunter's Inn - 10123 River Road (Corner of Falls and River Road)
Potomac, MD 20854 - 301 299-9300
Sign up and more info:

Kim Louth organizes substantive meetings leading to action on important topics each month. Kim writes: "We need everyone - we are going to start work on our Bike for Peace Project and our Buy Blue Local Network!" Guests and new members welcome.


8. Chevy Chase-Bethesda DFA Meeting with Ike Leggett

7-9 PM, Wednesday June 1
Chevy Chase Library, downstairs meeting room.
8005 Connecticut Ave. Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(NOT the Chevy Chase DC Library at 5625 Connecticut Avenue, N.W DC)

Ike Leggett, declared candidate for County Executive will discuss county issues with DFA members. Guests and new members welcome.


9. Take Back America Conference Washington Hilton

2:00 pm Wednesday, June 1 and ongoing
(Please arrive at least an hour early to register)

1919 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC
Directions: or

Cost Varies from $25.00 - $325.00

Join thousands of fellow activists, elected officials, national opinion leaders and celebrities at The Campaign for America's Future's 2005 Take Back America Conference Join with progressives across the country for the most important gathering of activists, leaders and thinkers this year. Discuss strategies and an agenda for change, identify key issue campaigns, and kick off the drive to Take Back America.

Information: Natalie P. Shear Associates
Telephone: 202-483-3000 / 1-800-833-1354


10. Conversation with Maryland Democratic Chairman Terry Lierman

7-9 PM, Thursday June 9 (Rescheduled from May 10th)
Long Branch Public Library
8800 Garland Ave, Silver Spring, MD

The Montgomery County DFA MeetUp groups will host Terry Lierman, Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party to discuss local, state and national issues - including what we think the Democratic Party should be doing. Guests and new members welcome.


11. The Stop Global Warming Virtual March on Washington

Please help Robert Kennedy Jr, concerned scientists, activists, elected officials, and me. This virtual march to stop global warming is an essential ethical action. We have an overriding moral obligation to protect our planet, and pass along our stewardship to the next generations. We only have one planet Earth, and we cannot afford to harm her. Nothing is more important. Join the march here:

You will see this: "Welcome, Mike!" Don't be confused. This is the key part: "If you would like to join Mike on the March, please sign up below." Just add your contact information to join the march!


12. Stay Informed and Involved with MCPA

If you haven't already, sign up for this website:

Join our Discussion group:

Join our MeetUp Group:

Submit Action Alerts, Events, and Articles for publication at the Blog, Website and Newsletter to Art Fabel and Mike Hersh - please edit, spell-check, and proof read to help us include your submissions. For meetings and events, include sponsor and contact person, time, place (full street address), date, and summary of agenda, etc.