Health Care Conference Saturday

“Call to Action” Health Care for All Convention

Panels : “Media & Communications,” “Networking, Organizing & Mobilizing for Reform,” “The Economic Genius of Single Payer,” “Winning Pa in 2009” “Effective Citizen Lobbying at All Levels of Government.”  

Saturday December 6, 2008

10 am – 3 pm

Unitarian church of Harrisburg

1280 Clover Lane         Harrisburg, Pa. 17113         717-828-5055

Featuring Norman Solomon, nationally-known media critic and a leader in the movement for a Single Payer Solution in California, SB 840 & the u.s., HR 676.

While the  conference focus revolves around SB300/HB1660,  PA single payer bills, and congressional , “bridge” legislation, HR 506 & S.1069 as the fastest track to HR 676, our organizing and lobbying activities must center on all levels of government — municipal, county, state, national.

Info./ Register here.


Norman Solomon, nationally-known media critic and Single Payer Solution leader on California’s SB 840 and Congress’ HR 676,  is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, a national consortium of policy researchers and analysts. His weekly column on media and politics, Media Beat, has been in national syndication since 1992. A longtime associate of FAIR, he has written op-ed articles on media issues for many papers, including the Boston Globe, Washington Post, Newsday, New York Times, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and Baltimore Sun. His articles have also appeared in the International Herald Tribune, Canada’s Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and the Jordan Times. Norman Solomon’s book War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death was published in 2005. His latest book is Made Love, Got War: Close Encounters with America’s Warfare State.


Lancaster’s Rally For Change

The Lancaster County Democratic Party is hosting a large Rally For Change Saturday afternoon at Binns Park.  Gov. Rendell is headlining the event featuring all three statewide candidates:  Jack Wagner, John Morganelli and Rob McCord along withe the local slate of candidates including 16th Congressional District candidate Bruce Slater.

The event is scheduled from 2 pm to 7 pm.

Health Care Forum Set For Thursday

Progressives 4 Pennsylvania is sponsoring a healthcare forum this Thursday evening at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster.  Set for 7 pm at the Roschel Performing Arts Center it will feature:

 Dawn Ali

Board member of Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professions

Wes Fisher

Regional Director for Pennsylvania and neighboring states, American Medical Student Association/AMSA

State Senator Jim Ferlo

prime sponsor of Senate Bill 300 which would create a Commonwealth Health Trust

Sean Flaherty

Professor of Economics, F&M College

Dr. Tom Gates

Family physician, Lancaster, PA

Bill George

President, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO will be joining us via video tape

Janice Horn

Healthcare Specialist, League of Women Voters, Pennsylvania

Alan Jacobs

President of Isaac’s Deli, Inc.

Mary Carol Jennings

American Medical Student Association/AMSA – National Office

Kathy M. Manderino (D-194) has been a Pennsylvania State Representative for 16 years

Morton Mintz

Nationally renowned writer, journalist and Media critic

Chuck Pennacchio

Executive Director of; former candidate for U.S. Senate

Donna Smith

“SiCKO”; California Nurses Association; American Patients United

Rev. Sandra L. Strauss

Director of Public Advocacy, Pennsylvania Council of Churches

Dr. Walter Tsou

Nationally recognized consultant on public health and healthcare reform; former Philadelphia Health Commissioner

A donation of $20 is requested to help cover expenses.  Sponsors of the event are the American Medical Students Assoc, American Patients United, Healthcare For All PA, Lancaster Coalition For Peace and Justice, the PA League of Women Voters, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, the PA Council of Churches, the PA Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, Physicians For a National Healthcare Program, Pennsylvanians United For Singlepayer Healthcare, Progressive Democrats Of America, and the Local Economy Center at F&M.

Pittsburgh Democrats to Welcome McCain Tomorrow

Democrats in Pittsburgh plan on welcoming John McCain to the Steel City with a birthday cake, 72 candles, and a fire extinguisher.  The fire extinguisher is deemed necessary due to the high fire danger from so many candles.

PITTSBURGH: Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner and Allegheny

County Councilman Jim Burn will be wishing John McCain a “happy

birthday” on Saturday, August 30th a 10 a.m. at Market Square in

Pittsburgh to highlight another year of ômore of the sameö.

Democratic leaders will present a cake and talk about how McCain will be

offering more of the failed Bush policies on the economy, energy, job

creation, social security and health care.

A traveling billboard will also be shown to demonstrate how McCain and

running mate Gov. Sarah Palin will continue embracing the ineffective

policies of the past eight years.

  WHAT: Wagner and Burn to wish John McCain “happy birthday”

  WHERE: Market Square, Pittsburgh

  WHEN: Saturday, August 30, 10 a.m.


Reading’s Pagoda Turns 100

The Pagoda sitting atop Mt. Penn in Berks County turned 100 with a birthday extravaganza today.  A stand filled with dignitaries saluted the landmark overlooking Reading with proclamations.  They included Congressman Jim Gerlach, State Senator Mike O’Pake, State Representative Dante Santoni, Jr., County Commissioners Mark “The Liar” Scott, Christian Leinbach and Kevin Barnhardt, Mayor Tom McMahon and City Councilwoman Marcia Goodman-Hinnershitz.

Reading’s own institution Charlie Adams recited the history of the building and how it came to be the most prominent landmark in the area.  WEEU broadcast the entire event live on radio and emceed the event.

The view from Mt. Penn:

Attending the festivities was another 100 year old Violet Bordic:

The Pagoda is going to be taken of by a new Foundation to be created by the end of the year.    People in the community have been donating their spare change for the care and maintenance of the icon by contributing to Pagoda Pennies.  If you see one of these containers in or around Berks County feel free to empty your pockets for a good cause.

The ceremony today began with a blessing of the Pagoda and a blessing of the mountain by a Lenape native.  The bell atop the building was rung by a small group of zen practitioners.  This is the inscription on the bell (translated from Japanese):

The gong sounds from high on the peak of Yakuosan

Down into the valley the gong resounds low and deep

With the moon on high it sounds clearly in the heavens

With the flowers into the land of the dead it peeps

It will recall the dreams of the six realms

All over the lands, all Buddha lands, all over the cosmos,

This sound will leap.


Ron Shegda Event

Citizens for Ron Shegda

invite you to join them after

Eagles’ practice

July 31st

Talk Sports with Ron!

Thursday July 31st

5 to 7 PM

Starters Riverport Restaurant

17 W 2nd St

Bethlehem, PA 18015

(610) 625-2300

 Fantasy Football Advice from our Panel


WIP Host and former Eagle, Cowboy and Lion

G Cobb,

PSU & Eagles’ Tackle Scott Lefko

Eagles Hall of Famer Concrete Charlie (Chuck Bednarik)

 Discuss all Our Teams (Will the Phils

get back into 1st?)

 Sports Trivia Contests w/Great Prizes!

 Bird Watching!!! (Fly Eagles Fly)

 Free Food and Drink!

Cover only $20 *

For more info or to reserve your ticket contact:

Judy Davidson   484.237.8200

Or visit

Pay now using PayPal for your convenience

Make Checks Payable to:

Citizens for Ron Shegda

The Rose House

1328 Easton Road

Hellertown, PA   18055

* Donation to Citizens for Ron Shegda ? Paid by Citizens for Ron Shegda

Franklin County Dems Picnic

Franklin County Democrats to Hold Annual Picnic August 2

Saturday August 2, noon – 4 pm

AmVets Pavilion, 750 Fifth Avenue, Chambersburg

Admission $20 (under 12 Free) – Includes all-you-can-eat lunch, catered by the Savoy

Dessert sold by Women’s Democratic Club of Franklin County; Cash Bar operated by AmVets

Speakers, Music, Bingo, Political Trivia Competition

Speakers Confirmed to date include

Chris Doherty, Mayor of Scranton, PA

Tony Barr, Candidate for Congress, 9th District

Bruce Tushingham, Candidate for State Senate, 33rd District

Bob Ziobrowski, Franklin County Commissioner

Pete Lagiovana, Mayor of Chambersburg, PA

To learn more about the Franklin County Democratic Party, please visit

Altmire Holding Energy Town Hall

Congressman Jason Altmire will be conducting a telephone town hall meeting on gas prices Tuesday July 22nd at 7:30 pm.  Here’s the info on the event:

Constituents who want to participate in the town hall should call 1-888-356-3090 and enter the participant code: 11584.

Update:  10,700 constituents dialed in for this town hall, a fantastic response!