Monday Memo: Vote! Progressive Maryland's get-out-the-vote efforts

With the primary election tomorrow, April 26, Progressive Maryland and allies are pulling out all the stops to get voter turnout. Activists can help, and striking CWA workers are helping now.



Happy Monday, progressive Marylanders,


This week Progressive Maryland has these priorities:


  • Engaging with and motivating voters for the important Maryland primaries TOMORROW! We have contacted and gotten voting pledges from some 1,500 Marylanders in the last 40 days. If you haven’t voted during early voting (in Maryland, a record one out of ten has) make sure you think through your Tuesday and can visualize yourself voting at your designated polling place. And take your friends who haven’t voted, including by e-contact. Rallying individuals to exercise power in society is what social media were born to do (sorry, Mark!).  And GET INVOLVED by phoning voters today and tomorrow at our phone bank, or call Jordan Colbert, 202-352-0948 (email

  • Progressive Maryland has been helping CWA workers who are on strike against Verizon by hiring them in get-out-the-vote efforts. We hope the strike ends soon, but in the meantime workers need support.
  • Building from our recent successful Progressive Prince George’s meeting in the South County.
  • Strengthening a movement to hold Walmart accountable in Prince George’s, both the proposed enlargement of the Capital Plaza site and disrupting the Duvall neighborhood with a proposed new store. The Planning Board has scheduled a May 5 public hearing on the Capital Plaza plan.

Watch PM BlogSpace this week for all things primary, and next steps.

Last week the BlogSpace brought you:

  • A stirring account by an Eastern Shore high school student who inspired and joined her fellow students to protest the hate-spewing Donald Trump’s appearance in one of their local public schools.
  • Details of another Walmart outrage, trying to wedge a superstore into the Duvall neighborhood near Glenn Dale in northern Prince George’s. Progressive Maryland is engaged in that fight. Neighbors won at the level of government but the deep-pocketed retail behemoth is forcing them to fight in court as well.


And recent posts from earlier:

  • A detailed account of Walmart’s history of duplicity and profiteering as it tries to gain advantage at present and proposed store sites. Progressive Cheverly members have long fought expansion of the Capital Plaza store.
  • The reaction of Progressive Maryland and its allies to reports of a Donald Trump campaign visit to Maryland. The first dates floated turned out to be less than factual, but progressives are still ready to give the hate-spewing GOP front-runner a Maryland welcome if he comes to the state.
  • Two overlapping perspectives on the end of the Assembly session, with its victories and disappointments.

Check them out now if you missed them.

Stick with Progressive Maryland to stay informed, and with our Facebook page to stay updated as the primary election approaches. As always, the hard day to day work of citizenship and fighting for ordinary people is on the table. Power yields nothing without a demand, Frederick Douglass said, and being organized gives us power to fight back.

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