March 31st Network for Progress Update

In Monthly Updates on March 29, 2011 by networkforprogress44


(March 29, 2011)

President Obama’s Speech on Libya Crisis

3/11 Presidential Press Conference on Energy Prices, Libya, etc.


  • 9:30am-10pm DAILY Libyan Emergency Task Force HQ: HELP NEEDED!
  • 3/30 PANEL: “Taxing the Poor: Doing Damage to the Truly Disadvantaged” with Ezra Klein, Washington Post ***
  • 6pm 3/30 DCYP “State of the Young Professional” Happy Hour  @ Jin
  • 6pm 3/30 FILM SCREENING: US Premiere of “This Prison Where I Live” Documentary hosted by Sulu DC  ($12) @ Artisphere
  • 8am 3/31 “Portrait Of New America: Census 2010 – Information, Insights And Implications” @ Ogilvy Washington
  • 3/31 Meet and Greet w/ City Council Candidate Sekou Biddle @ Local 16
  • 3/31 Foreign Affairs Happy Hour: Women’s History Month @ Lounge 201
  • 4/2 CAMPUS PROGRESS ACTION: Equal Pay Day Flash Mob
  • 6pm 4/4 Citizen Effect’s Brackets with Benefits NCAA National Championship Viewing Party @ Mighty Pint
  • 6pm 4/5 Progressive Communicators of DC Happy Hour & Volunteer Recruitment Meeting @ James Hoban’s
  • 4/6 ThirdWay HappyHour: Death, Taxes & Free Drinks @ Johnny’s Half Shell
  • 4/16 GO-DC & N4P Servathon Team & After-Party: 19 VOLS NEEDED


* 4/16 GO-DC & N4P Servathon Team & After-Party – 19 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! *

9:30am-1:30pm Saturday, April 16th (1:30pm Lunch & After-Party)

McFarland Middle School

4400 Iowa Ave NW, Washington D.C., DC 20011

@ Georgia Ave-Petworth Metro (Green/Yellow) – ½ mile away from school,+Washington,+DC+20032&fb=1&gl=us&hnear=Annandale,+VA&cid=0,0,9268335295317731200&ei=vUaSTcWQB4fagAfo45EZ&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CBYQnwIwAA

$25 Donation

(includes T-Shirt, After-Party food/drinks and project materials)

Help the McFarland Middle School Crusaders out by painting damaged lockers and decorating stairwells, prepping the school garden and building the spring and flower gardens in front of the shcool, and painting murals highlighting career and college goals.

For students, being able to love their learning environment will mean more time working hard to meet high expectations of success.

Lincoln Hill Cluster Schools are dedicated to educating the mind, body, and spirit of every child with special emphasis on nurturing the democratic principles of respect, hard work, dignity, cooperation, commitment and proplem-solving to maximize the growth and development of every student. Consequently, we will all commit to setting smart goals to demonstrate respect for self and others, design instruction which is differentiated, align strategies for learning to each child’s ability, nurture a safe, warm and inviting environment, model consistent, fair and positive discipline strategies, act and speak with “oneness” of purpose, model commitment to the principles of “falure is not an option,” and nurture an understanding and practice which demonstrates that the ultimate goal is to work hard to meet high expectations.

Questions? Contact: Jara at

REGISTER for the GO-DC & N4P Team ASAP!

– closes Monday, April 11th and spots for our project are filling up fast


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*** 9:30am-10pm DAILY Libyan Emergency Task Force HQ @ 5252 Cherokee Ave. Suite 102, Alexandria, VA – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! ***

We need anyone who can type and is computer literate! Bring your laptop if you can.

The Libyan Emergency Task Force is working to stop the massacres by Gaddafi’s thugs and to promote the democratic movement. We need people to come to our office to help get the message out to the media and to the community. We also need to fight the misinformation being spread by Gaddafi’s forces.

RSVP: Text 703-731-0753 or Email


*** 3:30pm 3/30 PANEL: “Taxing the Poor: Doing Damage to the Truly Disadvantaged” with Ezra Klein, Washington Post @ New America Foundation, 1899 L St NW, Suite 400 (Farragut Metros) ***

As states and localities across the country grapple with unprecedented budget shortfalls, policymakers are increasing their use of regressive taxes that hurt the working poor. In their new book, Taxing the Poor, Katherine Newman and Rourke O’Brien examine the way we tax the poor in the United States, with a special focus on the American South, where poor families are often subject to income taxes, and where regressive sales taxes apply even to food for home consumption.


*** 6pm 3/30 DC’s Young & Powerful Presents “State of the Young Professional” Happy Hour  @ Jin, 2017 14th Street, NW (U Street Metro) ***

Join us for a happy hour to meet new friends and learn more about the professional development and mentorship opportunities that DC’s Young & Powerful provides for our members.


$25 gift card raffle –

$5 appetizers and drink specials –

Questions? Please contact Social Committee Co-Chair, Ashley Le’Nay, at


*** 6pm 3/30 FILM SCREENING: US Premiere of “This Prison Where I Live” Documentary hosted by Sulu DC  ($12) @ Artisphere, 1101  Wilson  Blvd (Rosslyn Metro) ***

Sulu  DC and Artisphere are teaming up to present the
feature  documentary,  “This  Prison  Where I Live,” which includes footage
from  Burma  that  has  never  been seen or broadcast before in the U.S.

“This Prison Where I Live” is a film about two comedians, which follows the
story  of  Germany’s  leading  stand-up  comic,  Michael Mittermeier, as he
explores  the personality, the motivation and the talent of the Burmese man
who  describes  himself  as  the ‘loudspeaker’ for his people. Maung Thura,
better  known  as  Zarganar, is Burma’s greatest living comic. Relentlessly
victimised  by  the  Burmese  military  junta, he is now in prison. Michael
Mittermeier,  in  stark contrast, is free to practice his art of humour and
provocation  as  one of Germany’s leading stand up comedians.

These two men are  joined  by  comedy  and  separated by repression. Like many of Burma’s leading  dissidents,  Zarganar  has  been silenced. He has been jailed on a series  of trumped up charges for his outspoken criticism of the government after  leading a private relief effort to deliver aid to victims of Cyclone
Nargis,  and  for trying to alert the world’s media to the junta’s criminal
failure  to  respond  to  a  human catastrophe. He was condemned in 2008 by
Burma’s generals to 59 years behind bars, now reduced to 35.

Learn More:

** 8am 3/31 “Portrait Of New America:
Census 2010 – Information, Insights And Implications”

@ Ogilvy Washington, 1111 19th Street, NW 10th Floor (Farragut Metros) – breakfast served **

Hear first and first-hand one of the first presentations by Census Bureau officials following the long-awaited release of the complete 2010 CENSUS Redistricting Data. Citizens of the U.S. and the world will be impacted by 2010 CENSUS data – whether they realize it or not. Businesses, nonprofits, governments and individuals will be enlightened by the most striking population trends which will provide insights for informed economic and civic decision-making moving forward.

Learn how demographic changes will potentially affect the economy, the way we conduct business and even interact within communities. Census officials also will reveal how they themselves overcame the challenges of reaching hard to reach populations to gather and finalize the vital 2010 CENSUS results.


*** 6pm 3/31 Meet and Greet with At-Large City Council Candidate Sekou Biddle @ Local 16 (U Street Metro) – appetizers served***

Join us on the back deck of Local 16 for a meet-and-greet with Sekou Biddle, current Councilmember and candidate for the at-large seat in the upcoming April 26th special election.

Sekou’s biography speaks for his dedication to public service, a high quality education system, and a better Washington. He is a native Washingtonian, DCPS graduate, and a ’93 NYC Teach for America corps member. He later worked for Teach For America in Atlanta, KIPP DC, and Jumpstart (an awesome early literacy nonprofit).

The event promises to be a lot of fun. Light appetizers will be served! Sekou T-shirts will be raffled off for winners of our mini-pub quiz!


*** 3/31 Foreign Affairs Happy Hour: Women’s History Month @ Lounge 201 (Union Station Metro) ***

The International Career Advancement Program (ICAP), The Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) and the Pickering & Rangel Fellows Association (PRFA) cordially invite you to a Foreign Affairs Happy Hour in celebration of Women’s History Month. This fundraising event aims to support three dynamic organizations that serve individuals from underrepresented communities working in international policy.

Please come out to mingle, network, and get to know your colleagues working across the federal government, on Capitol Hill, with NGOs, international organizations, non-profits, and in the private sector. The LIVE DJ is ready to play your favorite song requests! Enjoy the ‘Aspen’ -$6 specialty cocktail for the event!

5:30 to 8:30pm Thursday, March 31st 2011

Lounge 201

201 Massachusetts Avenue NE

Washington, DC 20002

The donation is $10.


*** 4/2 CAMPUS PROGRESS ACTION: Equal Pay Day Flash Mob ***

Campus Progress is teaming up with our sister organization, Center for American Progress Action Fund, and our friends at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to host an exciting grassroots action to Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 2, 2011 to mark this year’s Equal Pay Day. Equal Pay Day—April 12, 2011—is the date that symbolizes how far into 2011 women must work to earn what men earned in 2010.

Provide us with your information below and we’ll forward along more details as they become available.


*** 6pm-9pm 4/4 Citizen Effect’s Brackets with Benefits NCAA National Championship Viewing Party @ Mighty Pint (Dupont Circle Metro) ***

Come watch the top two teams in the 2011 NCAA tourney duke it out for the championship and celebrate the end of Citizen Effect’s Brackets with Benefits, the NCAA bracket for social change!

Play our half-time shootout game, root for your favorite team, and have fun doing GOOD during Final Four this year.

This is a FREE event, however donations are suggested and The Mighty Pint will donate 10% of the proceeds Citizen Effect.

Citizen Effect is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization driven by the idea that anyone can make a real and significant impact in the world. Our mission is to provide Citizen Philanthropists with the tools and networks they need to work directly with communities in need around the world.


*** 6pm 4/5 Progressive Communicators of DC Happy Hour & Volunteer Recruitment Meeting @ James Hoban’s (Dupont Circle Metro) – appetizers/soft drinks ***

If you’re looking for an opportunity to get more experience in organizing and leadership, PCDC is the place for you. Now is the time to learn more about volunteering with PCDC. We are open to all ideas and energy to make things happen.  For new professionals in particular, this is a great opportunity to get leadership experience and add skills to your resume.  Discussion starts at 6:30 p.m.

RSVP to Margot Friedman at

Join PCDC  @

*** 4/6 Third Way Happy Hour: Death, Taxes, and Free Drinks @ Johnny’s Half Shell (Union Station Metro) ***

Please join Third Way and Democracy: A Journal of Ideas for Happy Hour on Wednesday, April 6th at 6pm to celebrate the launch of our new, interactive, online tool: the Tax Receipt Calculator. Featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post, the Tax Receipt Calculator will calculate – down to the penny – the ways in which your tax dollars are spent.

Third Way is an innovative and influential think-tank that creates and advances moderate policy and political ideas. We advocate for private-sector economic growth, a tough and smart security strategy, a clean energy revolution, bold education and anti-poverty reforms, and progress on divisive culture issues.



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