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Drinking Liberally Addison 10th Birthday Tuesday

(One pint at a time)

When most people in Dallas think of Addison, they usually think of the $30k millionaires, or sometimes the real millionaires, who typically lean to the right in the political spectrum. But many do not realize, a beacon of liberalism has been meeting continuously among its high rises and high paid CEOs for the past decade.

The Addison chapter of Drinking Liberally will be celebrating its 10th birthday on June 23rd.

Drinking Liberally began in New York City in 2003 as a reaction to ultra conservative values taking over the mainstream. People were frustrated and wanted to talk to each other about it. What better way to do that, than to do it while sharing a pint with your buddies and new friends? The organization became so popular, it spread to the rest of the country, and even overseas. 190 Living Liberally chapters exist today—either in the form of the original Drinking concept, or in newer groups such as food based Eating Liberally or comedy based Laughing Liberally.

"I heard about Drinking Liberally in Dallas gathering because of a blog meetup in a Dallas Observer article 10 years ago, and I thought it would be a great idea for the Far North Dallas area," says chapter founder and host John Turner-McClelland. "We started just by placing a Craigslist ad and telling liberals to come join each other for drinks at Snookies. I chose the Addison area because it is where I work, as well as many others. 10 years later, we still meet every month and still meet new liberals who live and work in the area. Many are life long Texans and others just moved here. In addition to chapters in Addison and Dallas, we inspired others to form their own in places like Plano, Mid-Cities, and Lewisville."

Addison and Far North Dallas is diverse enough that Rick Perry can kick off his Presidential campaign at the local airport and left leaning liberals can discuss why that was another "oops" moment.

Join the chapter at Taco Cabana, 15239 Montfort Drive in Dallas on Tuesday June 23rd starting at 5:30pm for the 10 year celebration and some liberal libations.

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The original 2005 Dallas Observer article is at
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