For Immediate Release


Donna Smith, Healthcare NOT Warfare Co-chair, 773-617-4493

Laura Bonham, PDA Communications Coordinator, (435) 336-2123

Tim Carpenter, PDA National Director, (413)-320-2015

Brownbagger Vigils Against War Funding in 60 Congressional Districts

Brown Bag Lunch Vigils Spread from 22 Districts in January, Take Up Cry of "Brownbaggers Not Teabaggers!"

WASHINGTON - Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) organized "brown bag" lunch vigils against war funding at noon on Wednesday, January 20th, at the 
district offices of 22 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. On February 17th, PDA will be joined by CODEPINK, AfterDowningStreet,, the California Nurses Association / National Nurses Organizing Committee, and United for Peace and Justice in holding brown 
bag vigils outside (or inside) at least DO congress members' district offices around the country.

Brownbaggers are asking members of the House to publicly commit to voting No on any bills that fund wars, and to publicly urge their 
colleagues and the House leadership to make the same commitment. As lesser steps in the same direction, PDA is encouraging congress members 
to cosponsor HR 2454, calling for an exit strategy from Afghanistan, and HR 3699, prohibiting any increase in the number of U.S. Armed Forces in 
Afghanistan. Congress members' commitments are tracked at

Vigil participants are also asking their representatives to join the growing movement calling for "Medicare for All" by demanding passage of the Kucinich amendment facilitating state-level single-payer healthcare and by offering their support to single-payer efforts moving forward in 
state legislatures, including in California, Massachusetts, Maine, and Pennsylvania.

While brownbaggers hold vigil at congressional district offices on Wednesday, February 17th, their allies in Washington, D.C., will visit the Capitol 
Hill offices of the same congress members. Brownbaggers will gather at 10 a.m. at the Independence Avenue entrance to the Rayburn House Office 

Donna Smith, Co-Chair of PDA's Healthcare Not Warfare campaign, said "We plan to speak with the offices of every congress member whose 
constituents are holding vigil that day. We will confront them not only with the direct financial and human costs of war, but also with the 
trade-offs. We have 45,000 preventable deaths due to lack of healthcare access every year in this country. That's a choice our representatives 
make. Right now they are choosing war."

Vigils have been planned in the following districts. These are almost all at noon on Wednesday, February 17th, but a few are at odd times, so 
check the details:

AZ-05 Rep. Harry Mitchell
CA-05 Rep. Doris Matsui

CA-06 Rep. Lynn Woolsey

CA-09 Rep. Barbara Lee

CA-10 Rep. John Garamendi
CA-18 Rep. Dennis Cardoza

CA-22 Rep. Kevin McCarthy
CA-23 Rep. Lois Capps

CA-24 Rep. Darrell Issa

CA-31 Rep. Xavier Becerra

CA-33 Rep. Diane Watson
CA-34 Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard
CA-37 Rep. Laura Richardson

CA-40 Rep. Ed Royce

CA-42 Rep. Gary Miller

CA-45 Rep. Mary Bono-Mack
CA-46 Rep. Dana Rohrabacher

CA-48 Rep. John Campbell

CA-50 Rep. Brian Bilbray

CA-53 Rep. Susan Davis

CO-04 Rep. Betsy Markey
FL-07 Rep. John Mica

FL-09 Rep. Gus Bilirakis
FL-10 Rep. Bill Young

FL-17 Rep. Kendrick Meek
ID-01 Rep. Walt Minnick

IN-09 Rep. Baron Hill

KY-01 Sen. Mitch McConnell
MA-01 Rep. John Olver

MA-02 Rep. Richard Neal
MA-03 Rep. Jim McGovern

MA-08 & 09 Sen. John Kerry

MA-10 Rep. Bill Delahunt
MD-04 Rep. Donna Edwards
ME-01 Rep. Chellie Pingree

ME-02 Rep. Mike Michaud

MI-09 Rep. Gary Peters
MS-01 Rep. Travis Childers
MS-04 Rep. Gene Taylor

NJ-04 Rep. Chris Smith
NJ-06 Rep. Frank Pallone

NY-18 Rep. Nita Lowey

NY-28 & 29 Rep. Louise M. Slaughter
OH-13 Rep. Betty Sutton
OH-17 Rep. Tim Ryan

OR-04 Rep. Peter DeFazio
OR-05 Rep. Kurt Schrader
PA-02 Rep. Chaka Fattah

PA-07 Rep. Joe Sestak

PA-15 Rep. Charlie Dent
UT-03 Rep. Jason Chaffetz

WA-02 Rep. Rick Larsen

WA-03 Rep. Brian Baird

WA-06 Rep. Norman Dicks
WI-03 Rep. Ron Kind

WI-07 Rep. David Obey


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