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More Details on GOP’s Phoney War in ‘Uncounted’ Documentary at PDA ‘Dinner and a Movie’ Nov. 1


Sham Republican Lawsuit
To Purge PA Working-Class
Voters Meets Quick Rebuttal


By Randy Shannon

Progressive Democrats of America
PA 4th CD Chapter

They’re up to their old tricks again, only this time, we’ve got their number.

Saturday newspapers across Pennsylvania are carrying an Associated Press report on a lawsuit filed by the Pennsylvania Republican Party against the Pennsylvania Secretary of State and ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Here’s the link:

http://tinyurl.com/PA-GOP-vs-ACORN

A purported copy of the GOP lawsuit was released to news organizations before it was filed in Commonwealth Court. The Pennsylvania Secretary of State responded to the Republican publicity stunt saying: “These claims against the department are simply not substantiated and appear to be a frivolous suit aimed at doing nothing other than undermining voters’ confidence just 18 days before the election.”
Continue reading More Details on GOP’s Phoney War in ‘Uncounted’ Documentary at PDA ‘Dinner and a Movie’ Nov. 1

‘Time To Give the Black Guy a Chance’


Photo: Obama Signs on Rural Street in Raccoon

Tide Is Turning
For Obama In
Beaver County, PA

By Carl Davidson
‘Progressives for Obama’

About twenty of us are gathering early Saturday morning at the IBEW Hall, ‘Labor Central,’ in Vanport, Beaver County, Western PA. Today it’s a team of electrical workers, steelworkers, SEIU service workers and a few activists with the 4th CD PDA, Progressive Democrats of America.

We’re walking streets, lanes and backwoods roads to hit every union household in the area. The goal today? Voter ID. Make sure every list is correct, find every registered union family voter, find out where they stand, and then, Voter ED, give them our pitch and materials on why Obama-Biden is their best shot to defend their interests in 2008-‘Green Jobs,’ ending the war, defending health care.

The press calls our turf a critical battleground for the hearts, mind and votes of ‘the white worker,’ which it is, with McCain-Palin sliding down, but still at 51 percent today. But you wouldn’t know Obama had a problem by looking at our team today. They’re a hard-muscled crew, ball caps and blue jeans, but ‘Vote Obama 2008’ emblazoned on T-shirts, hats and buttons galore. The rightwing’s bigotry is reaching a fever pitch, but these workers are making it very clear where they stand.
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Continue reading ‘Time To Give the Black Guy a Chance’

‘Steelworkers for Obama’ Hit the Streets

Unions protest
at Palin Speech
in Pittsburgh

Oct 10, 2008 –  About 200 people, almost entirely Obama supporters, gathered at the corner of 10th Street and Penn Avenue to protest GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who is Downtown for a fund-raiser this evening.

The protesters chanted, banged on drums and waved signs. Police said they were surprised at the size of the crowd, although there were no problems with crowd control. Continue reading ‘Steelworkers for Obama’ Hit the Streets

Defeating McCain is Just ‘Step One’

Photo: ‘New Deal’ in Art History

Saturday Morning
Obama ‘Labor Walks,’
Beaver County Style,
& Kucinich’s ‘New Deal’

By Randy Shannon
4th CD Progressive Democrats of America

http://beavercountyblue.org

Nearly 100 blue-collar union workers rose early this Saturday morning, Oct. 4, 2008 and headed for the IBEW hall in Vanport, Beaver County. Their union jackets and T-Shirts told the story: they were steelworkers, electrical workers, hospital workers and other trades, and their buttons, signs and bumper stickers on their pickups all had a common message: Vote for Barack Obama, Defeat John McCain.

This was organized labor moving into action, and it was impressive. As soon as you walked in the door, a half-dozen teams were working assembling hundreds of yard signs for Obama-Biden. The young Obama campaigners, stressed with doing last-minute voter registration, had been out of them for weeks. Now the problem was solved.

Don Siegel, International Vice President of the IBEW took the floor and addressed these union activists from the AFL-CIO and CTW locals in Beaver County who had gathered at Local 712 for the ‘Saturday Labor Walk.’

His message was clear and educational. We heard that union members have to approach this election in a determined, no-nonsense manner, just like organizing on the job or fighting for a union contract. This is about our livelihood, wages, and healthcare benefits. We can’t make progress at the bargaining table if we don’t work to elect politicians that support us. This year’s election is more important than ever because of the economy and Labor is backing the Democratic Party candidates, starting with the Obama-Biden ticket. Continue reading Defeating McCain is Just ‘Step One’

Kucinich’s 16 Points to a Progressive Way Out

Dennis Kucinich’s
Main Street
Recovery Plan

1. Health Care for All: Insurance companies make money not providing health care. As the co-author of HR 676 , a universal, single-payer, not-for-profit health care system, Medicare for All, I understand millions of Americans want health care that is accessible and affordable.
Medicare for All will help businesses large and small, create jobs as well as save the jobs of thousands of people including those of doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers who are currently leaving medicine because it is run by the insurance companies. $1 in every 3 dollars of the $2.4 trillion spent annually in America for health care goes to the insurance companies. If we take that money ($800 billion in unproductive wasteful spending) and put it directly into care, we will have enough money to cover everyone. We are already paying for Medicare for all, but not receiving it. HR 676 changes that!
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Join Us for ‘Dinner and A Movie’ Nov. 1

‘UNCOUNTED’

A New Documentary about Voter Suppression
in Ohio and Florida, the Undervote in Pennsylvania,
and the Danger to America’s Elections

Preceded by a
Buffet Dinner

Saturday, November 1st
Cash Bar opens 5:30
Buffet starts 6pm – Film at 7pm

Monaca PNA Hall
1752 Penn Ave., Monaca, PA

$15.00

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For reservations call

Tina Shannon at 724-843-0545

Sponsored by PA 4th Congressional District Chapter
of Progressive Democrats of America

Meet our special guest Marybeth Kuznik,
a Judgeof Elections in Westmoreland County
and the founder of VotePA, who appears in the film

Uncounted is an 81 minute film by

Emmy Award winner David Earnhardt

-Labor Donated-

‘Debate Watching Party,’ Beaver County-Style

Photo: Obama Rally in Beaver County

The Debate Highlights
A Hard Battle Here,
But Tough Fighters, Too

By Carl Davidson
Progressives for Obama

An Obama-McCain ‘Debate Watching’ party in Beaver County last night, Sept. 26, 2008, promised to be a fun evening, but it also offered as good an occasion as any to measure the progress, tasks, and difficulties of the Obama campaign here in Western Pennsylvania.

The polls here are currently giving Obama a slight edge, but there are too many wild cards to put anyone at ease.

I got my invitation to one of these events about two hours before the party began, and changed plans quickly to attend. It was pulled together by the young volunteers of the county’s Obama campaign in partnership with Local 712 of the IBEW, SEIU activists, and some organizers with the 4th CD Progressive Democrats of America.

The union hall is on Sassafras Lane near a strip of small businesses and nonprofit agencies in Vanport, PA a working class suburb next to Beaver, the county seat. Beaver is relatively stable with government offices and a large medical center, but just a few miles in any direction are the distressed mill towns of Midland, Beaver Falls, Monaca, New Brighton, Rochester, Baden, Aliquippa, and Ambridge. The old village of Shippingport, is home to a big energy complex and the country’s first nuke plant. Continue reading ‘Debate Watching Party,’ Beaver County-Style