Monthly Meeting - NOTE THE DATE!! - Looking Back, Looking Forward

When: 
January 6, 2015 - 7:30pm

Montco DFA's usual meeting date is the first Thursday of the month.  However, since this January's first Thursday is New Year's Day, we will move our next meeting to the following Tuesday.

Accordingly, Montco DFA will be greeting this new year on the evening of Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at our home base of the Jenkintown Library.  We'll give you a sneak peak that we'll be showing a film of interest.  More information will soon follow.

Ten Years!
For Montco DFA, we are closing 2014 on a high note.  We are proud that 2014 was our 10th year of being a progressive, grassroots voice in Montgomery County.  All of us who keep our local organization alive are volunteers, and our funding is derived strictly from donations.  On that basis, it is quite amazing that we have not only been able to continue for a decade, but last year we experienced an uptick in attendance.  To everyone who has helped us not only go forward but grow, we offer our hearty thanks.

Democracy for America, the national organization with which we are affiliated, has remained true to its mission throughout the years, and we continue to trust in their leadership.


In the meantime, we hope you have been enjoying a wonderful holiday season.  With your support, Montco DFA will remain a source of political and community engagement in the year ahead.  We look forward to you joining us in 2015.

And the Winners Are...

Congratulations to all our successful candidates!

Tom Wolf Steve McCarter Art Haywood Brendan Boyle

 

August Monthly Meeting - Aug 7

When: 
August 7, 2014 - 7:30pm

MontcoDFA was proud to present checks to a couple of our endorsed candidates last night. Mark Painter and Kevin Strouse are pictured below with some of our members.

Mark Painter and MontcoDFA

The membership also voted to endorse Tom Wolf for PA Governor, Mike Stack for PA Lieutenant Governor, and our own Steve McCarter for PA House. Good luck to all of them and we hope you'll join us in supporting them.

 

Joe Biden Visits With MontcoDFA Endorsed Candidates

 

 

This week, VP Biden did an event for PA's Red to Blue Congressional Candidates.  Manan Trivedi and Kevin Strouse are on that limited list of Congressional candidates that have the best chance of flipping a House seat.  I was honored to attend the event.  The Vice President's support demonstrates how important these two races are.  If you're not already doing something to help these two fine candidates who are Montco DFA endorsed, what are you waiting for?

Bev

 

http://www.padems.com/team/manan-trivedi-cd-6

http://www.kevinstrouse.com/

Montco DFA members Mary Clark and PA Rep. Steve McCarter join friends waiting to march in the Glenside 4th of July Parade.
Great weather, good crowds, and a great progressive PA Rep!

MontcoDFA Supports Damsker Campaign

June 18, 2014
The Honorable Ruth Damsker
Friends of Ruth Damsker
P. O. Box 64
West Point, PA 19486

Dear Ruth:
It is my pleasure to inform you that Montco DFA has endorsed you in your race for Pennsylvania's 12th Senatorial District.
We are gratified that you answered the entreaty of others to run for this office.  Understandably, your past experience serving Montgomery county, most recently as County Commissioner, made you a favorite to vie for this State Senate seat.
In addition, Pennsylvania is notoriously poor in the number of women elected to our legislature so your election would help fill a gaping void.
You have demonstrated a long history of dedicated public service.  In the State Senate, your progressive and knowledgeable voice would be a valuable asset.  Montco DFA is proud to support you.

Sincerely,

Beverly Hahn
Chair, Montco DFA

Senator Toomey Turns His Back on Veterans. Again.

The purpose of this measure was to restore the medical and education benefits for vets that were cut by the sequester. There is an unfortunate feeling growing among both our active duty military and veterans regarding what benefit will Congress cut next and they are losing faith in our government to provide the support they were promised when they enlisted.

Measure Number: S. 1982 (Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act of 2014 )
Measure Title: A bill to improve the provision of medical services and benefits to veterans, and for other purposes.

Vote Date: February 27, 2014, 02:26 PM
Pennsylvania: Casey (D-PA), Yea Toomey (R-PA), Nay

Contact Senator Toomey and tell him you won't forget this vote in November.

248 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
(202) 224-4254
Contact: www.toomey.Senate.gov/?p=contact

13th Congressional Distict Candidates Forum

When: 
January 26, 2014 - 1:30pm

Thanks to everyone who attended and volunteered to make this event a great success.

A special thank you to We Act Radio for providing the following video of the forum.


Talking Points vs. Reality

Re-education, Tom Corbett Style

  I've often extolled the benefits to a capitalist economic model of maintaining a criminalized underclass. It supresses wages, amplifies the threat of not playing in the game to an individual's liberty, and ensures that there's always SOMEONE willing to perform the most menial or dangerous tasks required by the system.

This morning on Talking Points Memo Wade Henderson, the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, points out that Pennsylvania under Tom Corbett's spending priorities is well on its way to distinguishing itself as one of the states most adept at expanding this pool of cheap labor. 

While Philadelphia's schools were reeling from a $300 million deficit, the state was bankrolling the construction of a "state of the art" prison complex less than an hour away in Skippack Township. The $400 million prison is expected to open in 2015 with a capacity of up to 4,000 prisoners. One of the reasons cited for the expansion is to house more prisoners closer to where they are from, Philadelphia. It's as though the state has given up on its largest city and is already lining up cells for Philadelphia's class of 2015. [Emphasis added - Ed.]

Of course, Tom and his privileged class needn't concern themselves with trying to go about their daily business while walking amongst bitter, uneducated, desperate people as do the rest of us that must make our livings at street level.

Well, at least Pennsylvania will have one distinction in the world community: jailer extraordinaire.
  

"If you've done nothing wrong, you've nothing to fear."

But maybe, just maybe, you've done something you're ashamed of or that could embarrass you. Would you want that shared with the government?

In an interesting presentation, The Guardian provides an overview of the background and issues related to the NSA's eavesdroppting programs as revealed by the Snowden leaks.

Take a minute (actually about 40 minutes) and get a handle on the history and the controversy surrounding these programs.



Just another cog in the machine?

"As a UNION member, you negotiate with your employer. As an individual, you beg."

Florida Justice

Trayvon Benjamin Martin (1995-2012)

Trayvon Benjamin Martin (1995-2012)

 

“Only in America can a dead black boy
go on trial for his own murder.”
Syreeta McFadden

 

Bev Hahn Honored by County Democrats

MontcoDFA's chair and inspiration Bev Hahn was honored by the Montgomery County Democratic Committee with a Special Recognition Award at their annual Fall Dinner on Sunday. Please join MontcoDFA in congratulating Bev for this much deserved recognition, and in thanking her for her tireless and indefatigable efforts on behalf of Democratic candidates.

Congratulations, Bev!!

You're an inspiration to us all!

Word To the Wise

 

Holy matrimony, Batman!!

Marriage is sacred