No July meeting. Have a safe and happy Fourth!

Montco DFA decided to take a break just for July and not meet for that month since a number of people have indicated they will be out of town. However, we will definitely be back with a strong program the following month.

For our August meeting, Montgomery County Commissioner Chairman Josh Shapiro and Vice-chair Val Arkoosh will give us an overview of the accomplishments of county government which has been in Democratic hands for the last four years. If you would like to know the differences between how Democrats versus Republicans govern, come to this presentation because it will be packed with information that you probably didn't know before. We hope you will reserve August 6 at our usual time and place to be with us.

If you're a climate realist, I also want to alert you to a town hall on climate change happening in our backyard:

Southeastern PA Climate Change Town Hall with Congressman Brendan Boyle

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
6:30 - 8 pm

Episcopal Church of Our Savior
821 Homestead Road
Jenkintown, PA 19046


Those of us at Montco DFA hope that you enjoy the July 4th celebration but that you also take a moment to reflect on the significance of this holiday.

August Monthly Meeting - Aug 7

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?


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.


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

13th Congressional Distict Candidates Forum

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

When the Out of Touch Advise the Out of Work

Paul Krugman in his latest tome End This Depression, Now!:

Now, there have always been people claiming that there's no such thing as involuntary unemployment, that anyone can find a job if he or she is really willing to work and isn't too finicky about wages or working conditions. There's Sharron Angle, the Republican candidate for the Senate, who declared in 2010 that the unemployed were "spoiled," choosing to live off unemployment benefits instead of taking jobs. There are the people at the Chicago Board of Trade who, in October 2011, mocked anti-inequality demonstrators by showering them with copies of McDonald's job application forms. And there are economists like the University of Chicago's Casey Mulligan, who has written multiple articles for the New York Times website insisting that the sharp drop in employment after the 2008 financial crisis reflected not a lack of employment opportunities but diminished willingness to work.

The classic answer to such people comes from a passage near the beginning of the novelThe Treasure of the Sierra Madre (best known for the 1948 film adaptation starring Humphrey Bogart and Walter Huston): "Anyone who is willing to work and is serious about it will certainly find a job. Only you must not go to the man who tells you this, for he has no job to offer and doesn't know anyone who knows of a vacancy. This is exactly the reason why he gives you such generous advice, out of brotherly love, and to demonstrate how little he knows the world."


 If you follow the link to the book above, you'll find the quote at the top of page 2.