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For Immediate Release

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

Laura Bonham, PDA Communications Coordinator, 435 336 2123

Wednesday Vigils Planned at Congressional Offices Nationwide


Progressive Democrats of America and allies have planned vigils at congress members' offices in districts all over the United States for midday Wednesday. They will be demanding an end to the war in Afghanistan the same day General David Petraeus is questioned by the House Armed Services Committee and the day before the House is scheduled to vote on ending the war (resolution HCR 28).

"People everywhere have been supporting the activism in Madison, Wisconsin, this week," said PDA National Director Tim Carpenter. "We've seen a people's movement compel Democrats to stand up straight and push back, a far superior outcome than continued 'bipartisanship,' in the view of most Americans. We're taking that energy national this week to insist on a change in priorities. Our country is bankrupt morally, not financially. We need to move the money where it can do some good."

WHAT: Brown Bag Lunch vigils to protect Social Security, end wars, move dollars from Pentagon to communities
WHEN: noon, Wednesday, March 16, 2011
WHERE: local offices of congress members all over the country

Find local details here:

This month's theme:

  • "Hands off Social Security"
  • "Bring the troops home in 2011"
  • "Move money from the Pentagon to our communities"

Legislation supported:

Find more information on Brown Bag Lunch Vigils here:

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