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Our group is growing, but I hope it will grow more and some of our "maybes" change to "be theres."
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This will be the third year we've had a meetup at Union Station DC -- even though last year it was in June, the year before in October -- I guess I'll start calling it our annual meetup.

After I sent out a message about the meetup to someone in Virginia Kos, she sent back the question, "What's the purpose?" It's really a great question and I wish that someone more articulate like Navajo would answer it, but I gave it a try, and I'll share my answer with you:

I have found the meetups are motivating. I'm surrounded by a lot of republicans in my community, so it helps to spend some time with other Democrats.

I've made friends through these meetups, sometimes only facebook connections, but it has helped to spread the word about issues we're interested in. I've also seen some of the Marylanders getting more involved in voter registration and Virginia elections.

I anticipate 20+ people attending from Maryland, DC, and Virginia. There is a nice area that is generally not too crowded; the last two times we managed to have the whole area to ourselves. We bring the tables in a long row, but people tend to move around so they can talk to different people.

Last year Mimi did a great diary after our Union Station meetup. Here's a link to it:

And here's links to two of mine:

I hope you can come. If you think you can, let me know either in the comments or a kosmail, and check your kosmails so we can exchange contact information.


August 23rd, from 12:30 - 4:40 pm.
Union Station, DC
Food court, roughly at the halfway point between each end of the food court, underneath the "up" escalator on the opposite side of the foot court from Flamers, and near the Aditi Indian Kitchen.

Originally posted to JamieG from Md on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 11:23 AM PDT.

Also republished by Maryland Kos, DC Kossacks, and Virginia Kos.


I'd like to come to the meetup at Union Station DC on August 23rd

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

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    by JamieG from Md on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 11:23:59 AM PDT

  •  What's the purpose ? - I always asked myself (3+ / 0-)
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    JamieG from Md, mollyd, IndieGuy

    this question. And having been to two of the meet-ups before and to the new DC Kos with NinthElegy for me the question is important to answer.

    For me it seems there are two sides to the meet-ups.

    One is to get to know your fellow kossack neighbors and socialize with them. This is not as easy as it seems, because the people can be very diverse, come from very different walks of life, have wide ranges of opinions, knowledge and experiences. In a cordial and friendly social event like these meet-ups are, everyone tries to be as nice to each other as possible, the diversity either might not come out during the socializing conversations or if it might make some people to feel too alien in the group.

    My hope would be for those who feel like that, to overcome that feeling. It would help a lot to have "leading kossacks" in the meet-up. People who have written a lot in the past and have clear ideas of what to do for a certain causes and discuss them. That is really just my personal opinion and I hope I do not offend anyone with that.

    I kind of like to have a purpose for a meet-up. To talk about potential efforts in organizing a GOTV, getting to learn about support for workers in the restaurant and hotel industry, or participating in a demonstration of a subject of kossack's many interests.

    For example, I for one hope that I will meet and find out this time, what really can be done to influence the elections for the City Council in Anne Arundel County. Three diaries by people, who are not local to the Anne Arundel County 5th district, have written about the candidate Michael Peroutka and the need to support his democratic opponent. So, I like to know if there is anybody who has any idea about what to do.

    I am foreigner and can't vote, but this example is one that goes under my skin. It's also an example that scares me.

    So, for me personally, this time the purpose of the meet-up is to find out what others think about that case.

    Other kossacks might have other issues that they itch to discuss and organize a response to.

    Let's try it and please come and join.

    We know a hell of a lot, but we understand very little. Manfred Max-Neef

    by mimi on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 12:02:59 PM PDT

  •  Sorry, like to come but can't (2+ / 0-)
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    JamieG from Md, cville townie

    Hopefully next time.  We should meet more often.

    "Corporations exist not for themselves, but for the people." Ida Tarbell 1908.

    by Navy Vet Terp on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 04:51:03 PM PDT

  •  Can you put me down as a maybe? (1+ / 0-)
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    JamieG from Md

    Still not sure about plans with offspring. (Damn those teenagers!)

    If no college visit trip on the weekend, then I'll be there.  Info clear by tomorrow.


    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 04:30:23 PM PDT

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