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Healthcare, Afghanistan on Tap for PDA Western Regional Meeting

OAKLAND, CA - Norman Solomon, national co-chair of PDA's Healthcare
NOT Warfare campaign, and Michael Lighty, policy director for the
California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee,
will delver keynote speeches at PDA's Western regional meeting here on
Saturday, Sept. 26.      

The meeting, open to all PDA members and
friends, will also feature reports by the organization's national staff
and discussions of goals and strategy for this legislative year and the
2010 election cycle.

Solomon, author of the book "Made Love, Got War," recently returned from a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan
and will share insights gleaned from that experience. Lighty will speak
on the joint efforts of PDA and CNA to support and advance HR 676
(Conyers), the Medicare for All bill now in Congress.      

inside/outside strategy continues to show results," said PDA national
director Tim Carpenter who will report on PDA organizing activities and
lead a strategy discussion at the regional meeting. "Even as we work
with members of Congress on important progressive issues, we are
working with and organizing the grassroots around those same issues.
Our regional meetings are a key component of that strategy."

The Western regional meeting will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at
the California Nurses Association headquarters at 1970 Broadway, Suite
260, in Oakland.

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fastest-growing grassroots political organizations; it recently
celebrated its fifth anniversary and has active chapters in 45 states.
PDA is dedicated to reviving the progressive tradition of the
Democratic Party through grassroots organizing and working with elected
Democrats to advance peace, justice and social, economic and
environmental responsibility. More information is available at:


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