Goal ThermometerAt the special membership meetup on September 22, members voted to endorse all nominated candidates in the Pennsylvania general election, providing the Steering Committee with the discretion to select from the three highly qualified and attractive Democratic candidates for Congress in District 6 (Manan Trivedi), District 7 (Bryan Lentz), and District 8 (Patrick Murphy).

We eliminated Murphy from consideration because of logistical problems getting to and from his district, as well as some concerns about his voting record on the issue of DC’s gun laws. While it was not an easy decision to make, we have decided to work with Bryan Lentz in District 7. Factors in favor are the accessibility of the district, as well as the greater probability, at this point, that this race can be won.

The Lentz campaign is very enthusiastic about the prospect of DC4D volunteers working with them, and they have made it clear that they can use both canvassers as well as in-office help. We will definitely be traveling at least one day each weekend, but will expand the schedule if there is sufficient interest. Because of the interest of our members in the “One Nation Working Together” march and rally this Saturday, October 2 (see below) we will launch our weekly trips to Pennsylvania this Sunday, October 3. In addition, we plan to make trips on Saturday, October 9 and 16, with other days on those weekends as options should there be sufficient interest. Plans for the period between October 17 and election day will be announced later. If you’d like to help fund expenses for our Pennsylvania trips, please donate on the ActBlue page.

We will be engaged in the extremely serious business of helping to elect a Democratic governor (Dan Onorato) in a state that will have a bitter reapportionment battle due to the projected loss of a seat in the House of Representatives; helping to elect a progressive Democrat (Joe Sestak) over an ultra-right-wing extremist in the contest for the seat now held by Arlen Specter—a seat that may be critical to retaining control of the Senate; and we will have a hand in helping to elect a progressive Democrat (Lentz) in a very competitive district that is crucial to retaining Democratic control of the House. We may even have a chance to help state legislative candidates who will be needed by Onorato to have a functional and progressive program enacted for the state.

Yes, very serious indeed. But it will also be lots of fun and an opportunity to bond with other volunteers with whom you will share many vivid memories.

If you can join us this Sunday or any of the days indicated, please let Kesh Ladduwahetty (KeshiniL@yahoo.com) know today, if possible, but no later than 5pm Friday, October 1,. And if you want to participate but aren’t sure just yet when you can, just let us know so we can follow up.

“One Nation Working Together” Your Steering Committee members will be leading the way on Saturday as we march to the Lincoln Memorial behind the DC for Democracy banner. Please march with us. AIDS Walk will also take place on Saturday, with closing ceremonies at 10 am at Freedom Plaza and participants being encouraged to stay on and join the march to the Lincoln Memorial starting at about 11 am. To march with DC4D, please meet at the northeast corner of Freedom Plaza (13th & E Streets) at no later than 11:00 am. Wear your DC4D and or DFA paraphernalia! This event is building momentum, so there may be changes. We will let you know if there will be any changes in time or place.

NOTE: You may have received an email from Jim Dean inviting you to sign up with DFA this Saturday to elect progressives in this fall’s elections. I have talked with Jim. Ideally, the email would not have been sent to zip codes in this area, but they did not have time to make the adjustments. Suffice it to say, DFA and DC for Democracy agree that if you want to sign up to help out in progressive campaigns this fall, you should do so through DC4D.