Progressive Counterparts to Teabaggers Brown Bag It at Local Congressional Offices Today
Of course, there will still be a lot of scorn to go around.
With or without Members of Congress, brown bag lunch vigils have been planned at 99 local offices around the country, including those of Reps. Gary Miller (R-Brea), Ed Royce (R-Orange), Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove), John Campbell (R-Newport Beach) and Laura Richardson (D-Long Beach).
Brown bag vigils have been organized the past nine months by Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), the Michigan-based group whose national director is former Orange County activist and parochial school teacher Tim Carpenter. The rallying cry of the anti-war, single-payer healthcare advocates is "Healthcare Not Warfare."
Jobs With Justice (JWJ) has partnered with PDA for this week's campaign, which demands a complete and immediate end to the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, passage of the Local Jobs for America Act, and hands off Medicare and Social Security.
"Activist groups in the United States are forming a broader movement to shift our resources from endless war to endless opportunity and prosperity here at home," Carpenter says in a PDA announcement.
"Not only are we stronger in greater numbers, but we've collectively and finally figured out that putting all of our money into the military is hollowing our economy out from the inside. We have to choose jobs or wars, housing or wars, schools or wars. It's not a difficult choice, and most people are with us on this, but we have to convince our government."
Here is the scoop on the Orange County vigils:
Office of Rep. Ed Royce*
1110 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92866
More info: Ed Garza at email@example.com.
(*According to PDA, "we will show our displeasure with Cong. Ed Royce. Cong. Ed Royce continually votes against Veterans, has voted for deregulation, and has voted to continue the wars. He is on the finance committee and has received the most contributions from financial institutions including Countrywide, Wells Fargo, AIG, and others. He has more than 2 million dollars in his campaign war chest for his re-election. Democrat Christina Avalos is running against him and needs our support.")