1. Virginia 2006 US Senate Race - Harris Miller & www.draftjameswebb.com
In 2006 Virginia Senator George Allen will run for re-election. It will be the opening period in his campaign for President in 2008 when he hopes to carry the banner of the extreme right and Christian theocrats against more moderate Republican candidates like John McCain. For months, no Democrat has (publicly) stepped up to the plate to oppose Allen. It is good news that there will be at least one, perhaps several, challenges to Allen, who epitomizes the very worst qualities of the current President.
Harris Miller is a Northern Virginia resident who is Director of the Information Technology Association of America. Many think Miller has the backing of prominent Virginia Democrats. He does not, to my knowledge, yet have a campaign website. As soon as I am informed about a Miller website or events I will pass on that information.
www.draftjameswebb.com is a project of several Virginia progressive netroots activists. The group is promoting the candidacy of James Webb, a best-selling author, former Secretary of the Navy and decorated Vietnam war veteran. Webb is also an Iraq war critic. Webb is known to be considering the Senate race but has not yet made up his mind. www.draftjameswebb.com includes an online petition which asks Webb to run. Some think that Webb is on the verge of a decision.
2. DC area Democratic/Progressive Meetup Groups
It's a new year and in addition to common resolutions about weight loss, getting in shape and breaking bad habits, many of you, no doubt, want to break our country's worst habit, i.e. electing corrupt, war embracing spendthrift Republicans. One way to get active is to participate in existing Meetup groups or revive existing groups which have become inactive. For example:
The DC for Democracy group usually meets on the first Wednesday of every month, 7:00 PM, at Ben's Chili Bowl, 1210 U St., NW, right across the street from the U St./Cardozo Metro. For more info check the group's local website, www.dcfordemocracy.com or www.dfalink.com or www.meetup.com At this time, 2 other large Meetup groups, DC Pragmatic Progressives and one of the Washington Democratic Party Meetup (#112) groups meet with DC for Democracy, same time & place. DC for Democracy had several successful projects in 2005.
The Mark Warner Meetup group usually meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the Front Page (back room) 4201 Wilson Blvd., near the Ballston Metro in Arlington.
One of the several Washington Democratic Party Meetup groups (#153) usually meets on the second Tuesday of each month at Ben's Chili Bowl (see above). The organizer is Susi Baranano (firstname.lastname@example.org). The topic for the Meetup on Tuesday, Jan. 10 is for participants to discuss projects they are involved in such as producing PSA's (public service announcements).
The Washington Wesley Clark Meetup Group is currently inactive except for periodic notices about Wes Clark's activities. Anyone interested in this group should contact Howard Park, email@example.com.
The Virginia Grassroots Coalition usually meets on the second Tuesday of the month (this Tuesday, Jan. 10) at the Capitol City Brewing Co., 2700 S. Quincy in Arlington (near bus lines but not walking distance from Metro). The VGC also publishes a great newsletter about progressive events, sign up at www.vagrassroots.org
3. Drinking Liberally
Drinking Liberally is an open, informal group which meets three times every week in the DC area (except for some holiday periods -- please check to confirm times & locations). There are no dues, passwords, ideological purity tests or alcohol consumption requirements but you can sign up to receive notices directly from each group via www.drinkingliberally.com. All 3 DC groups occasionally have speakers or video presentations but not always. On Mondays, the Virginia group meets at the Rhodeside Grill, 6:30 PM, 1836 N. Wilson Ave. (downstairs) 3-4 blocks from the Courthouse Metro. On Wednesdays, one of two DC groups meets at Mark & Orlandos, 6:30 PM, 2020 P St. NW (upstairs). On Thursdays, the other DC group meets at Timberlakes 6:30 PM, (rear) 1726 Connecticut Ave. NW. The closest Metro stop for both DC Drinking Liberally groups is Dupont Circle. To check out recent photos of DCDL Wednesday please visit http://www.flickr.com/ and enter "DCDL" in the "Find a Photo field".
The next major anti-war rally in DC will be Saturday, February 4 on the Ellipse, just south of the White House grounds, 11:00 AM on Saturday, Feb. 4. I have no other details. Regardless of the broader political agenda of the mostly far-left groups that are sponsoring this event it does send an important message and if you live in the DC area without attending one of these it would be like living in Las Vegas and never going into a casino. The war in Iraq continues to bleed this country in many, many wars. It needs to stop.
5. Kate Michelman
JAN. 11, 6pm - Join Kate Michelman as she discusses here new book "With Liberty and Justice for All". Woman's National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave NW. The longtime leader of NARAL Pro-Choice America tells how she helped mobilize millions of pro-choice activists into a powerful political movement and continues to guide the movement through its most perilous period in a generation. This event, including a reception, is free and open to the public. Reserve a place at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-232-7363 by January 9.
6. Progressive Religious Events
January 14th - 16th, Washington, D.C. Politics and Spirituality: Seeking a Public Integrity at the Hyatt Capitol Hill, FEATURING: Anne Lamott, Richard Rohr, and Jim Wallis. The Politics and Spirituality conference is sponsored by Sojourners and the Center for Action and Contemplation. Registration: http://www.cacradicalgrace.org/conferences/politics/politics_overview.html Contact: email@example.com
March 11th - 13th , Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice. Progressive Christians invited to participate in fourth annual Ecumenical Advocacy Days for Global Peace with Justice in Washington DC. Participants will develop strategies and tactics for nurturing peace, alleviating poverty and protecting the environment and will meet with their representatives in Congress to communicate their concerns about domestic and foreign policies that they do not believe reflect progressive Christian principles. For more information and to register, go to www.advocacydays.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 230-2276.
7. Wes Clark Update
Check out the newly redesigned WesPAC/Securing America website for information about events, media appearances and lots of other information from Gen. Wesley Clark (ret.) www.securingamerica.com
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