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Progressive icon mourned by county

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IMG 0297 1Marcus Raskin at playing the piano COURTESY OF THE OFFICE OF CONGRESSMAN RASKINMarcus Raskin, father of Rep. Jamie Raskin (MD-8) and an icon within the progressive community, died Dec. 24 at his home in Washington, at age 83. 

“Generations to come will cherish his memory and be inspired by his remarkable life,” Rep. Raskin wrote in an online statement. “He was a piano prodigy and musical sensation, a born philosopher and magical teacher, a political visionary, organizer and risk-taker.” 

Marcus Raskin was born in 1934 to Russian-Jewish immigrants in Milwaukee, Wis. After briefly studying music at the Juilliard School in New York, he earned his bachelor's degree, and later, his law degree, at the University of Chicago.

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Progressives gather to continue Bernie support

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More than 150 self-described political progressives crammed into a Rockville library meeting room designed to seat less than half that number Sunday afternoon to see how they could keep fighting for the causes they believed in even while Donald Trump is president.

“I’m a huge Bernie (Sanders) supporter. I’m really concerned about seeing the momentum continued,” said Debbie Spielberg of Silver Spring. “The question is now, given everything that happened, how do we move on?”

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Progressives Rally

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Raskin and Warren call for 'Resistance and Revival in Dark Times'

MPI JR-0192Incoming Congressman Jamie Raskin holds hands with Senator Elizabeth Warren in Silver Spring. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

SILVER SPRING – Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) rallied with progressives Wednesday at the Silver Spring Civic Center, urging them to “fight for the people who sent us here” during a fundraiser for Rep.-elect Jamie Raskin (D-8).

“We are not the minority party, we are the opposition party,” said Warren to a packed crowd of several hundred people.

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Hope rises from the election ashes

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I was fortunate to be in attendance at a rally in downtown Silver Spring on November 30th that was hosted by our newly elected Congressman Jamie Raskin and which featured as the primary speaker Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. The one word which comes to my mind to sum up the event is: HOPE! Hope that there is a voice, a collective voice at that, that will speak up against what will most assuredly be the “total and complete” disaster that is to be the Trump presidency. Hope that there will be a strong voice to fight for the progressive agenda that “made America great” in the first place.

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Warren, Raskin rally with progressives in Silver Spring

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MPI JR-0192Rep.-elect Jamie Raskin (D-8) stands with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during progressive rally at Silver Spring Civic Center. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

SILVER SPRING – Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) rallied with progressives Wednesday at the Silver Spring Civic Center, urging them to “fight for the people who sent us here” during a fundraiser for Rep.-elect Jamie Raskin (D-8).

“We are not the minority party, we are the opposition party,” said Warren to a packed crowd of several hundred people.

Raskin billed the rally as the “Democratic Resistance and Revival in Dark Times” in response to the Democratic Party’s losses in this year’s election cycle.

“The depression ends today and revival begins tonight,” said Raskin. “We are not a racist and we are not an ‘alt-right’ country.”

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