News from the North Texas Progressive Aug 2 2010

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August 2, 2010

Dear nancy,

Good Morning!
Vigils, film screenings, Happy Birthday Obama OFA events are all happening in the area this week  and there are also LOTS of Democratic events !

Make sure you purchase your  tickets to the Democratic Women of Collin County (TDWCC) "Paint the State Blue at our 4th Annual Dinner and Silent Auction"  to be held on  Saturday, September 4, 2010 with guest speaker Bill White .  They would welcome auction donations and everyone is welcome!!!
Also remember the  3rd Annual Ann Richards Dinner & Silent Auction  Featuring Democratic Nominee for Governor Bill White is August 7th Hilton Garden Inn, Allen
Tickets are still on sale now for Collin County's Biggest Fundraiser of the Year!

Nancy Cunningham

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In This Issue

Democratic Women of Collin County presents Paint the State Blue

Dallas Peace Center Vigil at White Rock Lake

Democracy Now

Dallas business leaders back the Democrat for Texas governor..

The 3rd Annual Ann Richards Dinner & Silent Auction..

North Texas Progressive Book Suggestion

OFA celebrates Obama's Birthday

North Texas Democrats : Notes and News..

COUNTDOWN TO ZERO is coming to Dallas.


Texas Democratic Women of Collin County presents Paint the State Blue at our 4th Annual Dinner and Silent Auction 

Texas Democratic Women of Collin County (TDWCC) and Host Committee: Lisa Blue, Debbie and John Hyatt,Ashley and Jack Ternan, Jr. cordially invite you to help us Paint the State Blue at our 4th Annual Dinner and Silent Auction
.::. Saturday, September 4, 2010 .::. 6:30pm .::.
Southfork Ranch .::. 3700 Hogge Road .::. Parker, Texas
Ticket information at
Host Individual or Host Couple - $500
Priority reserved seating with special guests, host gift and bar service
Sponsor Individual - $150 Sponsor Couple - $200
Reserved seating Guest Individual - $50
Featuring Keynote Speaker Bill White
Former Mayor of Houston Candidate for Governor of Texas
Contributions are not tax-deductible. TDWCC is a registered Political Action Committee (PAC).Pol. Adv. Paid for and authorized by the Texas Democratic Women of Collin County.



Dallas Peace Center Vigil at White Rock Lake -65th anniversary of the A-bombing of Hiroshima, Japan

Dallas Peace Center Vigil at White Rock Lake
Observance of the 65th anniversary of the A-bombing of Hiroshima, Japan with readings, poetry, etc and vigil beginning at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at picnic area near the Bath House, White Rock Lake. Sponsored by Nuclear Free World committee of the Dallas Peace Center. All are welcome.
1510 E. Lawther
Dallas, TX 75218


Democracy Now

 The New Pentagon Papers: WikiLeaks Releases 90,000+ Secret Military Documents Painting Devastating Picture of Afghanistan War
It's one of the biggest leaks in US military history. More than 90,000 internal records of US military actions in Afghanistan over the past six years have been published by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. The documents provide a devastating portrait of the war in Afghanistan, revealing how coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents, how a secret black ops special forces unit hunts down targets for assassination or detention without trial, how Taliban attacks have soared, and how Pakistan is fueling the insurgency. We host a roundtable discussion with independent British journalist Stephen Grey; Pentagon Papers whistleblower, Daniel Ellsberg; former State Department official in Afghanistan, Matthew Hoh; independent journalist Rick Rowley; and investigative historian Gareth Porter.

Google Teams Up with CIA to Fund "Recorded Future" Startup Monitoring Websites, Blogs & Twitter Accounts
Investors at the CIA and Google are backing a company called "Recorded Future" that monitors tens of thousands of websites, blogs and Twitter accounts in real time in order to find patterns, events and relationships that may predict the future. The news comes amidst Google's so-called "Wi-Spy" scandal, that refers to revelations that Google's Street View cars operating in some thirty countries snooped on private Wi-Fi networks over the last three years.


Dallas business leaders back the Democrat for Texas governor

Dallas business leaders back the Democrat for Texas governor

More than a dozen prominent Dallas business and civic leaders, including several who supported Kay Bailey Hutchison in the Republican primary for governor, have signed a letter backing Democrat Bill White in his effort to unseat Republican Gov. Rick Perry in the Nov. 2 general election.

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The 3rd Annual Ann Richards Dinner & Silent Auction 

Featuring Democratic Nominee for Governor Bill White plus other Statewide, Regional, & Local Candidates

Saturday, August 7th

5:30 p.m. Social /6:30 p.m. Dinner

Hilton Garden Inn, AllenTickets on Sale Now for the  Democratic Party of Collin County's Biggest Fundraiser of the Year!
Join Us as We Hear from the Next Governor of the State of Texas, Bill White!
Click here to get your tickets and be a part of an evening of excitement as we welcome Bill White and other statewide, regional, and local candidates to help us celebrate the legacy of Governor Ann Richards!
We will have a social hour with a cash bar beginning at 5:30, along with the start of the Silent Auction, and dinner will begin at 6:30.
We need items for the Silent Auction, so if you'd like to donate one or more items, please email
Individual, business, and union sponsorships are available and will be given recognition in event materials.  Please email for more information on sponsorships.

Our Annual Ann Richards Dinner provides our county Democratic Party with significant funding for our administrative overhead, including the expenses of maintaining our headquarters, and also provides us with funding for other activities, including our assistance to our Democratic candidates.  We need your support!
We expect a media presence, so come dressed to impress!
We look forward to seeing you there with us on Saturday, August 7th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Allen!Democratic Party of Collin County        /2504 K Avenue, Suite 200    /  Plano, TX 75074
Phone: 972.578.1483


North Texas Progressive Book Suggestion

538 Ways to Live, Work, and Play Like a Liberal
By Justin Krebs

List Price: $12.95
Price: $9.32 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders over $25.


Product Description
The secrets to leading a progressive life-and why that's a good thing. There are hundreds of ways to lead a more environmentally friendly, socially conscious, and liberally minded life-ways that can even be enjoyable. What readers will find in this friendly inclusive book are simple steps, lifestyle adjustments, and ideas that entertain:

Watching MSNBC instead of Fox News
Powering a laptop with a solar-power-generating backpack

Wearing the flag with pride

Progressive financial investment

Where and how to find a like-minded mate

Supporting liberal businesses

Embracing a political conversation with a relative rather than avoiding it

Bringing independent films to the local movie theater

Start a Drinking Liberally chapter and try some of the group's signature drinks

Discover how television-watching habits shape the media landscape

Justin Krebs explains that being liberal, or progressive, isn't only a political act-it's a lifestyle that's suited to our changing America.


OFA celebrates Obama's Birthday - can you come ?

President Obama turns 49 next week, and OFA supporters across the country are sharing in the fun.

Volunteers on the ground are holding birthday parties -- and we'll be recruiting new volunteers for this grassroots movement that has helped President Obama so much.

Want to come?
Here's what we're doing in Dallas: What: President's birthday event

Where: Cafe Brazil /Dallas, TX 75206
When: Wednesday, August 4th 6:30 pm


North Texas Democrats : Notes and News

Metrocrest Democrats.
Tatiana LawsonJuly 28, 2010 at 8:21pm
Subject: August 9th, at the New New Buffet-Metrocrest Democrats meeting
Fellow Democrat,
The next regular meeting of Metrocrest Democrats will be Monday, August 9th, at the New New Buffet, 3822 Belt Line Rd., Addison. Join us for conversation and dutch-treat supper at 6:30 pm. The program will run from approx. 7 - 8 pm.

ities Democrats  Volunteer at any event and win prizes
The Mid-Cities Democrats invite you to join us in the following events or activities in August listed below.  It is a busy campaign season and we encourage you to get involved. 
A reminder that Mid-Cities unveiled our volunteer incentive program at our monthly meeting held last Thursday.  If you volunteer for any campaign activities this year your name is put into a drawing for a chance to win $50 along with other great prizes. If you are the volunteer of the year--meaning you volunteer more than any other Mid-Cities Democrats member--you win $100 plus other great prizes as well. Our Board keeps track of all volunteers who participate in campaign activities and we have grandfathered that back to May's activities. Also, Todd Hill and Miki Hawkins have exempted themselves from this program for the remainder of the election cycle.   
Now your volunteer work comes with the opportunity to win prizes!  Lets get to work!! 

Bill White Phone Banking: Mon., Aug. 2nd @ 6PM

The Mid-Cities Democrats has adopted the first Monday of every month as our night to phone bank for Bill White.  Will you join us on Monday, August 2nd, to help move Texas forward?
What: Bill White Phonebanking
When: Monday, August 2nd @ 6PM
Where: Bill White office in Fort Worth
          1308 West El Paso Street
           (Click here for a map)
Rep. Chris Turner Mega Walk: Sat., Aug. 7th @ 9:30AM 

What: Chris Turner Mega Walk
When: Sat. August 7th @ 9:30AM
Where: Turner Re-Election Campaign Office
          5850 West Interstate 20, Suite 130, in Arlington
          (Click here for a map) 
Lunch is served at the home of Rep. Chris Turner and his wife Lisa Turner after block walking. 
We need your help!  Are you coming to block walk or drive walkers?  Contact Todd Hill at 817-715-3154 or and let him know you are coming.


Dallas Democrats
Democratic Night At UniverSoul Circus Weds. Aug. 4

The Dallas County Democratic Party is sponsoring area foster children at the UniverSoul Circus at Southwest Center Mall in Dallas. Read more about them (and purchase tickets online) at their website. The DCDP has purchased tickets for every show beginning August 3, 2010 through August 8, 2010.

In honor of the DCDP the Circus has agreed that Wednesday night, August 4, will be Democratic Night. The announcer will acknowledge the DCDP at the beginning of the show. We will also have a tent outside of every show and this will give us an excellent opportunity to meet and greet Dallas County voters. Each show has a seating capacity of 2200 seats with two shows per day during the week and three shows on Saturday and Sunday. Please purchase tickets and join us for the Wednesday Night show or volunteer to work the tent at any show. 
Contact Information email:
phone: 214-821-8331


COUNTDOWN TO ZERO is coming to Dallas

COUNTDOWN TO ZERO traces the history of the atomic bomb from its origins to the present state of global affairs: nine nations possessing nuclear weapons capabilities with others racing to join them, with the world held in a delicate balance that could be shattered by an act of terrorism, failed diplomacy, or a simple accident. Written and directed by acclaimed documentarian Lucy Walker (The Devil's Playground, Blindsight), the film features an array of important international statesmen, including President Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pervez Musharraf and Tony Blair. It makes a compelling case for worldwide nuclear disarmament, an issue more topical than ever with the Obama administration working to revive this goal today. The film was produced by Academy Award® winner and current nominee Lawrence Bender (Inglourious Basterds, An Inconvenient Truth) and developed, financed and executive produced by Participant Media, together with World Security Institute. Participant collaborated with Magnolia on last year's Food, Inc., recently nominated for an Academy Award®, and the upcoming CASINO JACK and the United States of Money. Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann, Bruce Blair and Matt Brown are the film's executive producers.

8/27/2010 Dallas, TX: Angelika Film Center and Cafe

Kiss This War Goodbye

IT was on a Sunday morning, June 13, 1971, that The Times published its first installment of the Pentagon Papers. Few readers may have been more excited than a circle of aspiring undergraduate journalists who'd worked at The Harvard Crimson. Though the identity of The Times's source wouldn't eke out for several days, we knew the whistle-blower had to be Daniel Ellsberg, an intense research fellow at M.I.T. and former Robert McNamara acolyte who'd become an antiwar activist around Boston. We recognized the papers' contents, as reported in The Times, because we'd heard the war stories from the loquacious Ellsberg himself.

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The Errington Thompson Show

Do you want to hear a great Progressive Talk Radio show ?

Listen to Dallas native Dr. Errington Thompson on Revolution 880 from Asheville, NC live Saturdays  3-4pm  cst

Read blog & listen to free podcasts



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Populist Jim Hightower concludes DPC lecture series

Populist Jim Hightower concludes DPC lecture series

The Dallas Peace Center will conclude its three-part Summer Dinner Lecture Series with the humor and insights of Jim Hightower, "America's most popular populist." He will speak on Thursday, August 19, at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur Blvd., in Irving. The reception is at 6:00 p.m. and the program is at 7:00 p.m.
Hightower broadcasts daily commentaries that are carried in more than 150 radio stations and on the web. Each month, he publishes the newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown, which now has more than 135,000 subscribers and is the fastest growing political publication in America. In his latest book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, he and cohort Susan DeMarco introduce readers to people across the country who have questioned authority, trusted their values, sought alternative ways of doing things and stood up for their beliefs - and come through it all doing good and doing well.
Hightower cut his teeth in Texas politics as a legislative aide to Sen. Ralph Yarborough. He co-founded the Agribusiness Accountability Project, a public interest project that focused on corporate power in the food economy, was editor of the Texas Observer and served as Texas Agriculture Commissioner for two terms.
The event will benefit the Dallas Peace Center, a nonprofit organization that, for 29 years has promoted education, dialogue and action for peace and justice. Reservations are $35 per person, or $325 for groups of 10. To purchase tickets, go to www.DallasPeaceCenter.orgor call 214-823-7793.


Neil Durrance for Congress

Return Government to the People

26the Congressional District of Texas
-Keep American  jobs in America
-Make health care affordable for all U.S. citizens
-Increase Pell Grants and decrease tuition


EPA Hearing - Air Regulations Affecting the Oil and Natural Gas Industry

August 2 · 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Arlington City Hall (Chambers)
101 W. Abram Street
Arlington, TX

Created By
North Central Texas Clean Air Task Force

More Info
SAVE THE DATE!! EPA will be conducting only TWO public meetings in the country to provide an opportunity for public involvement during EPA's review of air regulations affecting the oil and natural gas industry. This is one of them.

+ Two Meeting Times (attend when you can): Noon-4pm AND 6-10pm
+ Register to Attend/Comment: Contact Nick Parsons - or (919) 541-5372
+ Submit Written Comments to Nick Parsons


1st Tuesday Film Festival presents The Corporation

1st Tuesday Film Festival presents The Corporation

Winner of 25 international awards including 10 Audience CHoice awards. Explore the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Footage from pop culture, advertising, TV news, and corporate propaganda illuminates the corporation's grip on our lives. Taking its legal status as a "person" to its logical conclusion, the film puts the corporation on the psychiatrist's couch to ask, "What kind of person is it?" Provoking, witty, sweepingly informative, The Corporation features 40 interviews with corporate insiders and critics - including Milton Friedman, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, and Michael Moore - plus true confessions, case studies and strategies for change.

The 1st Tuesday Film Festival is hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff an co-sponsored by the Dallas Peace Center.. It is free and open to the public, but donations are gratefully accepted to defray costs.

When: Tuesday, August 3, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff, 3839 Kiest Blvd., Dallas.


Dallas Area Christian Progressive

Saturday, August 7, 2-3:30pm
Susanne Johnson, Phd,
Youth, Social Justice, and Empire

Join other progressive Christians for an excellent speaker and our annual summer "ice cream social."Northaven United Methodist Church, 11211 Preston at Northaven.


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