MEET THE AUTHOR of a new masterpiece on the power of nonviolent action

THIS IS A LANDMARK BOOK.
[It] puts a name on…a powerful method for making real change fast.
And real change fast is in fact what our world requires.”
Bill McKibben, author, co-founder of 350.org,
and Sanders delegate to the 2016 Democratic Platform Drafting Committee

Meet co-author Mark Engler
on Thursday, July 7th
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Elections and public policy never happen in a vacuum.

LBJ didn’t sign the Voting Rights Act out of the goodness of his heart (though that probably helped) — the nonviolent uprising by Martin Luther King Jr. and millions of Americans built the context that forced his hand. The British certainly didn’t leave India because they believed in democracy — Ghandi and the Indians’ strategic nonviolent non-cooperation turned the tide, and made Britain withdraw.

People with few resources and little conventional influence are making transformational progressive change more and more often, through creative, strategic nonviolent civil resistance. Think Ghandi and MLK, Serbia, the Arab Spring, Occupy, the AIDS struggle, Marriage Equality, the KXL Pipeline, Black Lives Matter, and so much more. Think also about the nonviolent power of 2016’s activated, progressive, small-donor voters, and the massive increase in understanding and influence that WE have gained through Bernie Sanders’ inspired efforts.

This new book gives us powerful, fresh insights about “How.” It does it with compelling analysis and stories of mass movements, told with excitement and hope, like few have told them before:

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* THIS IS AN UPRISING: *
How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the 21st Century
by Mark Engler and Paul Engler
Published by The Nation Books, February 9, 2016

Join us for this special chance to meet in person with co-author Mark Engler for a presentation and discussion of this acclaimed new book.

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* WHAT *   * WHEN *   * WHERE *
Montco DFA’s May meeting
Thursday, July 7, 2016
7:30 pm
Jenkintown Library    (Park and enter at rear.)
460 York Road    (across from IHOP)
Jenkintown, PA 19046

We can learn How to better harness our People Power together, with the optimism and resilience it takes. Indeed, we must.

Mary

Mary Clark
Acting Chair, Montco DFA

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This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.
Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month, at 7:30 pm
 

Dwight Evans, Rachel Hendricks, & VIDEO: “The success of nonviolent civil resistance”

Along with the summer, the election season keeps heating up. Join us Thursday, June 2, to meet Primary winners Rachel Hendricks and Dwight Evans. Then we’ll think big picture together about our wider social context.

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* RACHEL HENDRICKS for State Rep in HD 147 *

Rachel Hendricks is running to give back to the district that’s been her home for most of her life. Her work as Compliance Coordinator for an environmental contract operations company gives her and in-depth awareness of the requirements of the PA Department of Environmental Protection and other governing entities, and this in turn, informs her insights on how the public and private sectors should work together for stronger and healthier PA communities. Hear Rachel’s take on making Harrisburg work for the people of the 147th over special interests.

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* DWIGHT EVANS for Congress in  PA2 *

PA State Rep Dwight Evans has dedicated his life to the cause of urban renewal, working to give a voice those who too often live in the shadows, the poor and underserved. For over thirty years, he has worked to rebuild neighborhoods block by block, championing teachers and innovation in education, fighting successfully to end “food deserts,” and strengthening clean, safe neighborhoods with vital neighborhood “downtowns.” As Congressman, Dwight wants to bring the same not only to the entire 2nd congressional district, but to urban areas across the country by re-investing in the cities that form the backbone of our nation.

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* VIDEO & DISCUSSION:
The Success of Nonviolent Civil Resistance
Erica Chenoweth speaks at TEDxBoulder *

Last month, MDfA-ers expressed a strong interest in a new book, This Is an Uprising—How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century  by Mark Engler and Paul Engler.  Naomi Klein calls it, “Absorbing… Ambitious… Indispensable. A genuine gift to social movements everywhere.”  I’m excited to tell you that Philadephia-based Mark Engler will be joining us to talk about their book next month on July 7.

This month, as a lead-in, we’ll view a TEDx talk by Erica Chenoweth, a political scientist and award-winning author featured in their book. Amazingly, her ground-breaking research showed that between 1900 and 2006, campaigns of nonviolent civil resistance were twice as successful as violent campaigns. In addition to explaining why nonviolent resistance has been so effective, she also shares some lessons learned about why it sometimes fails. Much food for thought and fodder for discussion about how to make progressive change through November, and way beyond.

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* WHAT *   * WHEN *   * WHERE *

Montco DFA’s June meeting
Thursday, June 2, 2016
7:30 pm
Jenkintown Library    (Park and enter at rear.)
460 York Road    (across from IHOP)
Jenkintown, PA 19046

Keeping eyes on the prize,
Mary

Mary Clark
Acting Chair, Montco DFA
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This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.
Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month, at 7:30 pm

The Primary that was… The Convention that’s coming

Join us Thursday, May 5, and be part of taking a look back at the PA Primary, and a look forward to the July 25-28 Democratic Convention.

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* So THAT happened:  The PA Primary*
How did all those races come out? What are the important takeaways? We’ll take a look back at the April 26 Primary together:  What do we know now?

Share your stories about what we Montco DFA-ers did in the primary, large and small, as individuals or in groups…  What can we do next as the election season unfolds?  And let’s also brainstorm some about what we’d like to have for our next few meetings.

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* The 2016 Democratic Convention —
* Everything you ever wanted to know! *

Most years, seeing the Democratic National Convention means pushing an On Button and kicking back to watch. But this year, the whole event in all its glory will be up close and personal in Philadelphia and spilling over into our daily lives…

But what the heck does it take to make the Convention happen? To wrangle all the moving parts? To hatch the Platform? To choose speakers? How much does it cost, and who puts up the cash? How much does it add to our regional economy? What about volunteering?

Bring all your burning questions Thursday!

Our own Ken Mirsky will give us an overview about volunteering at the Convention. Then our special guest, ANDREA RAMUNNO will join us and fill in a lot of the blanks. Andrea is a long-time Democratic activist, a Cheltenham Democratic Committee Person, a member of the Montco Women’s Leadership Initiative, on the board of the Planned Parenthood Action, was executive director of Citizens for (Vince) Hughes, and is treasurer of the Montco Young Democrats. But Andrea’s current position as the Pennsylvania Democratic Party’s Finance Director, means she is deeply involved in organizing the Philadelphia Convention. Come hear the inside scoop.

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* WHAT *   * WHEN *   * WHERE *
Montco DFA’s May meeting
Thursday, May 5, 2016
7:30 pm
Jenkintown Library    (Park and enter at rear.)
460 York Road    (across from IHOP)
Jenkintown, PA 19046

Working on seeing the big picture together,
Mary

Mary Clark
Acting Chair, Montco DFA

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Paid for by Montco DFA, Ken Mirsky, Treasurer
This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.
Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month, at 7:30 pm

Bernie v Hillary (etc.!) — People Power NOW

Just 14 days left to our PA Primary on April 26 — and time to muster all the grassroots people power we can!

Under Bev Hahn’s energetic leadership, we at Montco DFA have met a great many of 2016’s most progressive candidates for both state and national races. We urge you to support our endorsed candidates (listed below with links) in as many ways as you can.

Among all the important races this year, Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton is clearly the most momentous. Last December, national DFA polled its members nationwide, and BERNIE SANDERS won a record-breaking 87.9% of the vote and national DFA’s endorsement. As a local group, Montco DFA did not take an endorsement vote, but the clear sense of Montco DFA’s April 7 meeting had about the same ratio as national DFA’s poll — Montco DFA leans strongly for Bernie.

Members agreed that we should send information out to our MDfA members to make it easier to learn more and connect with campaigns to volunteer, canvass, phone bank, and/or donate what you can (small donor power!) to win the Primary.

So put on your walking shoes, charge up those cell phones, and warm up your computer — the home stretch is at hand.

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* VOLUNTEER to WIN THE PRIMARY! *

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* The Presidential *  
BERNIE’s official Montco campaign office is now open!
Lauren Scheiderer, Bernie organizer for Montgomery County
laurenscheiderer@berniesanders.com
140 S. Easton Rd., Glenside, PA
(757) 510-1021

Other local Bernie organizers:
Germantown
Andrea Putnam
310-872-7089
5736 Greene Street, Philadelphia PA

Trooper
Sabrina Fedrigo
610-425-7187
2828 West Main Street, Trooper PA

Conshohocken Cafe
Michael Oraschewsky
717-341-6889
521 Fayette Street, Conshohocken PA

Pottstown
Desiree Peterman
484-772-0773
596 Wilson Street, Pottstown PA

Lansdale
Greg Myers
215-512-1480
319 W Main Street #4, Lansdale PA

Bryn Mawr / Lower Merion
Rachel Bruce
845-325-9986
(student organizer)

Plymouth Meeting
Jamie Malley
610-731-5439
104 Township Line Road

Find Bernie Events near you at:  http://map.berniesanders.com/

The Bernie Dialer — call PA voters from home:  https://go.berniesanders.com/page/content/paphonebank/

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Reflecting that a small minority at our meeting supported Hillary —
HILLARY’s local campaign office has opened at:
Hillary Clinton for President
12 Butler Ave., Suite 119,
Ambler, PA
More information at:  https://www.hillaryclinton.com/

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* Montco DFA Endorsements *  

U.S. SENATE
* Katie McGINTY for U.S. Senate

U.S. HOUSE
* Mary Ellen BALCHUNIS for U.S. House District 7
* Steve SANTARSIERO for U.S. House District 8

STATEWIDE
* Josh SHAPIRO for PA Attorney General

PA HOUSE
* Al DERMOVSESIAN for PA House District 152
* Joe CIRESI for PA House District 146
* Steve McCARTER for PA House District 154

SPECIAL ENDORSEE:
* Our own Montco DFA Chair BEVERLY HAHN is running to be a Delegate to the Democratic Convention — and was unanimously endorsed by MDfA.  If you’re a registered Democrat in Brendon Boyle’s 13th Congressional District, please vote for Bev!

Help win the Primary:
“WE are the people we’ve been waiting for!”

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* GET WELL SOON, BEV!*
Many of you already know that our Fearless Leader Bev Hahn is recovering from major surgery. While she recuperates, I will fill in as Acting Chair. All of us at Montco DFA wish Bev a full and speedy recovery. Get well wishes can be emailed to Bev at MontcoDFA.Bev@gmail.com.

Mary Clark
Acting Chair, Montco DFA

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Endorsement Votes: US Senate & Ciresi for HD-146 (and Discuss Presidential?)

At last month’s meeting, we unanimously endorsed Josh Shapiro for PA Attorney General and Al Dermovsesian for HD-152. Congratulations to both!

At this month’s meeting on April 7, with such a full agenda, we’ll start by deciding how much time to allot to our endorsement decisions, and how much to reserve for sharing our thoughts about the Democratic Presidential Primary.

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* ENDORSEMENT VOTES *
In Montco DFA, only voting members can cast votes. Voting members are those who have validated attendance by signing in at least 2 of our meetings within the previous 6 months. If we do vote to endorse and there are several candidates, we will then choose which one.

On April 7, we will consider the following races:

  • for HD 146:  Joe Ciresi
  • for U.S. Senate:  John Fetterman, Katie McGinty, or Joe Sestak

The Senate race:  Among the many important races this season, Montco DFA’s decision on this Senate race is the most important one that we will decide.

Democrats need to flip 5 seats to Democratic hands currently held by Republicans to make the Senate once again majority Democratic. The ramifications are immense — most recently demonstrated by the Republicans’ obstruction of Obama’s Supreme Court nomination.

Pat Toomey’s U.S. Senate seat is one that our national DFA organization has on its short list, and they use the endorsements by local DFA groups like ours as an important gauge of local DFA member support — one of their major criteria. So Montco DFA’s endorsement can be instrumental in bringing DFA’s considerable support to a candidate who has demonstrated strong progressive values like those held by DFA members.

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* DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY *
If we decide to reserve meeting time, we will share our thoughts about the two Democratic Presidential candidates.

Last December, as a grassroots-based organization, DFA polled its members across the country about which Democratic presidential candidate we wanted them to support. The members spoke, and Bernie Sanders won with an unprecedented 87.9% sweep, earning DFA’s vigorous support in the subsequent caucuses and primaries both on the ground and with small donor fundraising.

At the same time, national DFA’s endorsement in no way obligates Montco DFA or any of its members to support Bernie. And as a grassroots organization ourselves, it’s important that we share some of our thoughts about the candidates and this election before our primary on April 26.

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* WHAT *   * WHEN *   * WHERE *
Montco DFA’s April meeting
Thursday, April 7, 2016
7:30 pm
Jenkintown Library    (Park and enter at rear.)
460 York Road    (across from IHOP)
Jenkintown, PA 19046

To stay politically informed, come on by!

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One last note: 
  If you’re a voter in 13th Congressional District (US Rep. Brendon Boyle), you will see my name on your ballot as a candidate to be a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention. I would very much appreciate your vote. Thanks for your consideration.

Beverly Hahn
Chair, Montco DFA

 

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Posted for Bev by Mary Clark
Paid for by Montco DFA, Ken Mirsky, Treasurer
This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.
Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month, at 7:30 pm

Katie McGINTY for U.S. Senate; Joe CIRESI for HD 146; ENDORSEMENT VOTES

At the conclusion of our upcoming March 3 meeting, Montco DFA will be proud to say that we will have given our members an up-close opportunity to have a dialogue with all three U.S. Senate candidates.

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* KATIE McGINTY for U.S. SENATE *
Trained as a chemist and then as an attorney, Katie McGinty was the first woman to chair the Council on Environmental Quality in President Bill Clinton’s administration. She led our state’s Department of Environmental Protection as its Secretary. Let’s hear what Katie wants to do as our senator.

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* JOE CIRESI for PA HOUSE, District 146 *

Joe Ciresi is a 10-year School Director in the Spring-Ford School District, having served as both its president and vice-president. This seat in western Montgomery County had always been in Republican hands except for one term when Democrats grabbed the ring in 2012. Find out what Joe has to offer in snatching it back again.

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* PRIMARY ENDORSEMENT DECISIONS *

Those who have visited Montco DFA twice within the prior 6 months and verified their attendance by signing in, and are not campaign staff are eligible to vote with us. Tonight, we’ll decide whether we want to endorse in the following primary contests, and if so, which candidates:

* PA ATTORNEY GENERAL
John Morganelli, Northampton County D.A.
Josh Shapiro, Montgomery County Chairman
Stephen Zappala, Allegheny County D.A.
        NOTE:  The three contenders for this race participated in a debate at the recentPA Progressive Summit.  Here is a link to the insightful video of the debate:
https://pcntv.com/2016/02/20/saturday-at-415-pm-pa-attorney-general-democratic-candidates-forum/

* U.S. HOUSE, PA DISTRICT 2
Chaka Fattah, U.S. Rep.
Dwight Evans, State Rep
Brian Gordon, Lower Merion Commissioner
Dan Muroff, Ninth Ward Leader

* PA HOUSE DISTRICT 152
Al Dermovsesian, Upper Moreland School Board Member

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* A special note of gratitude *

The PA Progressive Summit recently concluded its annual meeting which draws progressive participants from many states.  I was humbled to receive its Anna Burger Award for my activism.  Anna Burger was the first woman to head a union, and she continues in other venues to fight for the values that progressives hold dear.  I was honored to receive this award and note that the work that I have done with Montco DFA comprises a significant part of my activism — as the saying goes:  It takes a village.  So to all of us under the Montco DFA banner, this award is yours, too.

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* WHAT *   * WHEN *   * WHERE *

Montco DFA’s March 2016 meeting
Thursday, March 3, 2016
7:30 pm
Jenkintown Library    (Park and enter at rear.)
460 York Road    (across from IHOP)
Jenkintown, PA 19046

If you seek a broader view of candidates, you will often find it with us. Join in the conversation.

Appreciatively,

Beverly Hahn
Chair, Montco DFA

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Posted for Bev by Mary Clark
Paid for by Montco DFA, Ken Mirsky, Treasurer
This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.
Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month, at 7:30 pm

John FETTERMAN for U.S. Senate; Al DERMOVSESIAN for HD-152

Big news!  So far, Montco DFA has endorsed two Congressional candidates for the upcoming Primary Election on April 26: Mary Ellen BALCHUNIS for CD-7 and Steve SANTARSIERO for CD-8.

Balchunis’ 7th Congressional District sprawls through parts of five counties, but only three of their Democratic committees conducted an endorsement vote for the 7th District and no others are planned for the future. For Mary Ellen it was a trifecta by winning all three endorsements. Delaware, Montgomery, and Chester Counties also comprise the counties that contain the largest populations in the 7th District.

Santarsiero’s 8th Congressional District encompasses all of Bucks County and a small portion of northwest Montgomery County. Steve won the endorsement of both of those counties.

What these developments demonstrate is that Montco DFA’s endorsements were in line with the majority of their frontline workers — their committee people.  Montco DFA will explore how we can advance these two campaigns. Hearty congratulations to Mary Ellen and Steve!

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* JOHN FETTERMAN for U.S. SENATE *
As the mayor of Braddock, a small down-on-its-luck town near Pittsburgh, he has been renowned for beginning a revitalization of his adopted town. Why has John’s entrance in this race turned more than a few heads?  Drop by and find out.

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* AL DERMOVSESIAN for HD-152 *

If one were to claim a small area of Far Northeast Philly, then from there cross into northern Montgomery County to claim a large chunk of that land, the HD-152 territory could be understood. Al serves on the Upper Moreland School Board.  He feels he can do a better job than the Republican incumbent in this state representative seat. Al is running unopposed in the Primary, but could use Montco DFA’s help to get his name out. Let’s see what we can do.

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* NOMINATING PETITIONS *

Candidates have entered the period in which they must gather a required number of signatures on their nominating petitions or they will not be permitted to run in our state. Our national DFA organization conducted a monitored poll of its members weeks ago to determine which presidential candidate they wanted to endorse. Since Bernie Sanders won with 87.9% of the vote, at Montco DFA we will have petitions for Bernie. You must be a Montgomery County registered Democrat to sign on the particular petition we will have available. Stop by to lend your signature to get Bernie on our ballot.

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* WHAT *   * WHEN *   * WHERE *
Montco DFA’s February meeting
Thursday, February 4, 2016
7:30 pm
Jenkintown Library    (Park and enter at rear.)
460 York Road    (across from IHOP)
Jenkintown, PA 19046

A lot is going on. Be a part of it.

Bernie petition gatherer,
Beverly Hahn
Chair, Montco DFA

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Posted for Bev by Mary Clark
Paid for by Montco DFA, Ken Mirsky, Treasurer
This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.
Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month, at 7:30 pm