Strategy Session Recap

Team LeaderMESH and OfA held a combined strategy session on Tuesday March 16 at the Castle Shannon Fire Hall. We had a great attendance, with 49 people present, half of them first timers. After the meeting, MESH had at least 16 new members.

While we were signing in the last few people, congressional candidate Dan Connolly dropped by and gave short talk. Then we got started when Mike D'Armi gave a 20-minute presentation on OfA's accomplishments of the past year and how volunteers have helped make that happen. The list is impressive...      (more...)

Downloads:     OFA Powerpoint     MESH Powerpoint     Breakout Session Notes

Marcellus Shale Documentary

MarcellusAttend a documentary at the University of Pittsburgh Law School on Thursday, March 18 at 6:30, The Barco Building, 3600 Forbes Avenue on the issues and problems surrounding the drilling in the Marcellus Shale. For those of you who haven't been following the gas well situation in our local area, the drilling in the Marcellus Shale has brought up complex issues concerning the environment, water safety, and land-use rights. Though the safety of the drilling process and the hydrofracturing chemicals used to extract the gas have not been fully examined, thousands of wells have been drilled and thousands more are slated, many of them in right here in the South Hills. (more...)

Event date/time: 
Thu, 03/18/2010 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Combined MESH Meeting and OFA Strategy Session

Organizing for America is having a series of strategy sessions throughout the state to communicate their goals for the coming year and solicit feedback. MESH is organizing the South Hills meeting this Tuesday March 16 at 7:00 at the Castle Shannon Fire Hall (the smaller one), at 3600 Library Road (directions). A MESH members were at the one in Pittsburgh last week and it is well worth it, if for no other reason than to hear a list of the administration’s accomplishments over the last year.

FightMike D'Armi, OfA's new regional field director for our area, will review the President's accomplishments so far and how Obama's supporters have helped make those things happen. Then OfA will outline the goals for the coming year and solicit input from volunteers as to how best to make that happen. MESH will also discuss a number of proposed initiatives for the coming year and try to get a sense of which issues you would like to focus on.     More...

MESH Food Drive 2010

Carrying FoodMESH is going to raise food again for the South Hills Interfaith Ministries' food pantry in Bethel Park. SHIM distributes food in a respectful and dignified manner to hundreds of households on a regular basis. They almost never have enough donations to meet their needs and the shortage is always greatest in January and February.

Collections begin on February 1 and end on February 15, 2010. Prior to that we will be organizing the drive, lining up drop-off locations, and getting the word out. Drop-off locations throughout the South Hills are advertised on this web site so anyone can find the one closest to them and more will be added as we go on. Any residence, business, or institution can collect food donations. On President's Day (February 15, 2010), SHIM and MESH volunteers will collect all the donations and deliver them to SHIM's food pantry in Bethel Park.

Note: Due to the weather the food drive has been extended through Monday February 22.

Go straight to the:

Food Drive Project Page

Quick Links:
   Food Drive Flyer
   Suggested Donations
   Food Drop-off Locations
   Collect Food at your Home
   Food Drive Leaflet
   Deliver Food to SHIM
   Donate Money
   Food Drive Press Release

Earth Day 2010

Hello MESH members!

The Mt. Lebanon Earth Day Committee wishes you a Happy New Year, and we would like to invite you to participate in this year’s planning process.

We are having our first planning meeting on Thursday, January 28 at 4pm in Room 103 (same as last year) in the Municipal Building.

G20 Persian v Pittsburgh Symbolic Soccer Match Wrapup

A friendly coed soccer game was brilliantly played on Friday morning, September 25th at 10am-Noon at Carnegie Mellon University’s Stadium. A Persian team - wearing green to show their solidarity with the Iranian reform movement was coached by Arash Farsi, a graduate student from CMU. They fought gamely against a Pittsburgh team made up of student women and adult men players from all over Western PA and coached by Larry Evans. Pittsburgh won 5-2 in an 80 minute match officiated by veteran referee Frank Correnti.

Health Care Talking Points

Here are highlights from two new reports - one underscoring high costs of health care, the other demonstrating doctors' support for public option - as well as background information on Medicare Advantage.

2,950 Health Care Declarations Collected in 18th District

MESH RegularsA grand total of 2,950 health care declarations were collected in the 18th Congressional District. These were entered directly onto the MyBO website by recipients of emails from OfA, collected via canvassing events, collected via phone calls and phone banking, and collected by volunteers contacting friends and family. On Tuesday, September 29, 2009, a small cadre of five MESH regulars presented the entire list to Tim Murphy's Washington Road office. Pictured from left to right are Jay Brinton, Chuck McDermott, David Brown, Rosemary Prostko, and Sally Lamond.

President Obama's Health Plan

ObamaAll summer we waited for a concrete plan from the President, and last week the President finally gave his reforms in a major speech to Congress. Here is Obama's plan.

President Obama's Plan for Health Reform

“It will provide more security and stability to those who have health insurance. It will provide insurance to those who don’t. And it will lower the cost of health care for our families, our businesses, and our government.”

— President Barack Obama

OFA Phone Banking

Cell PhoneMESH just hit a home run with the Declarations project but the battle for health care reform is not over. Organizing for America has many phone banking events planned for the next several weeks until health care reform is no longer a dream but a reality. We will be right there with them representing the South Hills in that effort.

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