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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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

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