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The Newsletter of the Washington Democratic Party Meetup Group, DC Pragmatic Progressives and the Washington Wesley Clark Meetup Group

1. Join Sen. Max Cleland, Rep. John Murtha, Blue Catapult & other special guests to support Eric Massa in one of the hottest congressional races in the nation.   Thursday, Ocober 5, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, home of Barbara Leach at 610 Constitution Ave., NE, Suggested donation $50 or more, if possible please RSVP to ianfried@bluecatapult.com with "Massa" as the subject line.

Massa is an outstanding Democratic candidate running against Randy Kuhl in Western New York (29th Congressional District) at a reception on Capitol Hill on Thursday, October 5th.

Eric, one of the original adopted candidates of Blue Catapult, is basically neck-and-neck with Kuhl according to the latest polls.   But the Republican media machine is just beginning their surge and Eric needs our help to get his message to the voters of the 29 th Congressional District.

Not only is Eric an all-around great guy, but he is also a 24-year Navy Veteran and served as Special Assistant to Wesley Clark when he was Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.   He understands how the current U.S. foreign policy is damaging both the U.S. military and world stability.  

2. Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth" this Tuesday, Oct. 3

Miss it the first time around?  Come and see Al Gore's movie about global warming, Tuesday, Oct. 3, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church at 3rd & A SE on Capitol Hill.  Free! Discussion afterward.

3. DCFD/Dem. Party Meetup, Wednesday, Oct. 4

Join DC for Democracy at their regular monthly Meetup, the first Wednesday of EVERY month, at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, October 4, at the historic & delicious Ben's Chili Bowl at 1210 U St., NW,  right across from the U St./Cardozo Metro on the Green line.  Tops will include endorsements & getting involved in Virginia and local DC Advisory Neighborhood Commission races.

4. Rally Against the Discrimination Amendment in Virginia at GMU on Oct. 5

Commonwealth Coalition's Rally Against Discrimination, 10/5 Vote NO Rally Against VA Marriage Amendment!, Thursday, October 5, 2006, 6:00 PM
George Mason University, 4400 University Drive (Johnson Ctr) Fairfax , VA 22030
703-867-5070 - we will meet in the courtyard outside the Johnson Center (Shuttle from Vienna metro is available, free on-site parking available)

Description: Come be heard about your opposition to Ballot Question #1, which will ban gay marriage, plus civil unions and domestic partnership for gay AND heterosexual couples. The
polls are close, so we can stop it!  To RSVP or for more info: novavolunteer@nova.org

More information: http://www.votenova.org

P.S. Jim Webb has taken a principled stand strongly against the Discrimination Amendment.  Sen. George Allen supports writing discrimination into the Virginia Constitution and has said that "protecting" marriage is the most important issue facing Virginia.

5. Drinking Liberally -- All Over the Map & 3 Groups!

Drinking Liberally is an informal network of groups who meet at over 100 locations around the country for discussion, networking and occasional speakers.  You don't have to drink to attend Drinking Liberally, you don't even have to be especially liberal (though most attendees are proud liberals!) all you have to do is show up with something to say and a willingness to meet others.  Republicans are allowed but they should be quiet and would probably be more welcome in the thriving scene at Jack Abramhoff's Signatures Restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue.  There is no cost but you are responsible for food or drink that you consume & please tip liberally!  For more info on DL go to www.dringingliberally.org

The Washington, DC area is blessed with 3 Drinking Liberally Groups:

a. Capitol Hill -- (starting Oct. 18) EVERY Wednesday on Capitol Hill, 7:00 - 9:00 PM at 18th Amendment, 613 Pennsylvania Ave., SE, about a block west of the Eastern Market Metro.  The gathering on Oct. 18 will feature Bill Scher speaking about his new book "What! Don't Move to Canada - A Stay & Fight Strategy to Win Back America."  Bill is also executive editor of www.liberaloasis.com.  This group used to meet at Mark & Orlando's near Dupont Circle but was forced to seek a new location.

b. Dupont Circle -- EVERY Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 PM at Timberlakes, 1726 Connecticut Ave., NW, about 2 blocks north of the Dupont Circle Metro.  DL Thursday is the longest running DL group in the region and often features speakers & sponsors "dinner & a movie" nights.

c. Alexandria -- EVERY Thursday, 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Shenandoah Brewing Company )upstairs), 652 S. Pickett St. in Alexandria.

6. Ways to Help Jim Webb -- GET INVOLVED NOW, don't wait any longer!

a.) Phone Bank for Jim Webb

Every day, every night, 7 days a week, (10:00 am - 9:00 PM, 12 - 5 Sunday) there is phone banking for Jim Webb at his easily Metro accessible, parking friendly  HQ at 1916 Wilson Blvd., #204.  For more info contact Sarah John, phonebank@webbforsenate.com or 703-778-4080x224. It's extremely metro accessible and the folks there are very friendly and welcoming!  Directions: take Clarendon exit at Courthouse metro (Wilson & Clarendon are separated by a median there), cross over to Wilson and walk down 2 blocks.  The easiest way to the office is to walk around to the side entrance (from the parking lot), take the elevator up to the 2nd floor and follow the corridor down past a couple of turns.

b.) Canvass for Jim Webb

Every weekend there are tens of organized canvassing opportunities "Boots on the Ground" for Jim Webb all over Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria & Prince William Counties among other locations.  Sign up to volunteer now http://www.webbforsenate.com/....  Especially if you are in Washington, DC and want a contact to help set you up or train for canvassing please contact me directly, Howard Park, hpark4@aol.com, 202-544-6262.  You can also contact Chris Ambrose chrisambr or Josh Chernila with the Webb Campaign, joshc@webbforsenate.com

c.) Get on the Webb list

Please don't depend on this newsletter to keep up with events and other happenings with the Webb campaign.  Please go to the official campaign site, www.webbforsenate.com & get on the list!

d..) Register to Vote or get somebody else to do so!

The deadline to register to vote in Virginia is Tuesday, October 10 but please don't wait until the last minute (Mon. Oct. 9 is a holiday).  MAKE SURE YOU ARE REGISTERED, don't assume that because you got a drivers license in VA that you are registered.  PLEASE URGE A FRIEND TO REGISTER ALSO.

7. Elizabeth Edwards book signing

Join Elizabeth Edwards, author of Saving Graces" at a book signing, Thursday, Oct. 5, 7:00 PM,  at Olesson's, 418 7th St., NW.  

8. Cardin for Senate

Keep up & get involved with the Ben Cardin for Senate Campaign in Maryland www.bencardin.com

9. Volunteer for the DCCC

Volunteer right where the action is for turning the Congress Blue, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) will be phone banking at their office, 430 S. Capitol St (Capitol South Metro) almost ever Wednesday & Thursday from now until the election starting at 6:00 PM to RSVP contact Cindy Smalls at 202-485-3437 or go to http://www.dccc.org/... The DCCC will also be coordinating weekend road trips in September and October.

10. O'Malley Campaign (Free Pizza -- see below!)

Our Montgomery County Field Office is a few blocks from the Rockville Metro Station on the Red Line, and a short distance from I-270. To get involved, please reply to this email or call
us at (301) 340-8332. Here is what you can do to help: GO DOOR TO DOOR.  We will be distributing literature every  weekend! MAKE PHONE CALLS.  Participate in our phone bank Monday - Thursday evenings from 6:00 PM until 8:30 PM at our Montgomery County Field Office, 10 South Adams Street in Rockville. Pizza is provided!

BE VISIBLE AT A METRO STOP NEAR YOU.  Our volunteers will be passing out literature at Metro stations throughout Montgomery County on weekday mornings from 7:30 until 9:00. This is a perfect opportunity to get involved if you are short on time;
just spend an hour with us in the morning, and hop on the Metro to get to work!

11. Trick or Vote -- This Halloween!

What is in our future right after Halloween?  A horrible trick like George Allen or a treat like Jim Webb or Ben Cardin, CHECK THIS OUT: http://www.trickorvote.com.

12. New Maryland Dem Offices!!

There is only a month left until Election Day. Ben Cardin, Martin O'Malley and the Maryland Democratic Party need your help!  We now have 12 offices, located around the state.  As with all new offices, we need help getting them up and running.  We need desks, chairs, and folding tables.  Our staff and volunteers need working computers, Ethernet cables, Internet hubs, printers, coffee makers, microwaves, sodas, and snacks to keep everyone energized as we approach the most important Election Day in Maryland history.
With your generosity and dedication, we can ensure that the Democrats will carry the state on Election Day.  If you have anything to donate or would like to donate your time, please contact your nearest regional office:

Anne Arundel County
 188 Main Street, Annapolis

 410-269-8818

Baltimore City
 1414 Key Highway, Baltimore

 410-685-0983

Baltimore County
 1501 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville

 410-366-1900

Wicomico County
 106 Circle Avenue, Salisbury

 410-742-0234

Talbot County
 27 South Harrison Street, Easton

 410-822-6003

Dorchester County
 505 Poplar Street, Cambridge

 410-901-6018

Worcester County
 9928 Old Ocean City Blvd, Bldg #9, Berlin

 410-629-0552

Frederick County

 343 North Market Street,

Frederick
 301-682-5480

Howard County
 5585 Twin Knolls Road,

Columbia
 443-850-8093

Montgomery County
 7832 Wisconsin Avenue,Bethesda

 301-986-6846

Prince George's County
 4351 Garden City Drive, New Carrollton

 301-306-4411

Calvert County
 550 Solomons Island Road North,  Prince Frederick
 573-239-0887

13. Election Protection in Maryland

As I am sure you know, this September's Primary Election did not run smoothly in several counties across the state.   The O'Malley/Brown and Cardin Campaigns are working hard to make sure that the General Election in November is not plagued with similar difficulties, but we can't do it alone.

We need your help.  We are currently recruiting:

1.   Individuals to serve as paid Election Judges.  

Election Judges can receive up to $200 for their work on Election Day.  For more information, call the Maryland Democratic Party Voter Empowerment Hotline: 1-888-678-VOTE.   Election Judges must be registered to vote in Maryland, and must be prepared to work a 14-hour day on November 7.

2.  Volunteers to assist with our Voter Protection Program.  

Specifically, we are looking for MD registered voters who can serve as poll watchers, and volunteers (MD or non-MD registered voters) to answer our Voter Empowerment Hotline from November 1 through Election Day. Lawyers are preferred, but not required.  You can sign-up at:  http://www.mddems.com/....  

For more information about these and other volunteer opportunities, don't hesitate to contact the Voter Protection Program at 1-888-678-VOTE.

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