Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for February 19-26, 2018

It will take each and every one of us involved and engaged to get the things we need and deserve to live and thrive in our state!

Join us to knock on doors in your community on Saturday, February 24th





Last Friday, our Executive Director, Larry Stafford, Jr., joined Ben Jealous for a Facebook Live Stream to discuss how important it is for all of us to participate in our democracy, including some of the ways we can get involved NOW, like canvassing!

It will take each and every one of us involved and engaged to get the things we need and deserve to live and thrive in our state!

Join us to knock on doors in your community on Saturday, February 24th in:

Montgomery County - Silver Spring  * Prince George's County - Greenbelt * Prince George's County - Seat Pleasant

Frederick County/City * Anne Arundel County - Annapolis * Wicomico County - Salisbury 

Sunday February 25th canvasses: Frederick (2/25) * Howard County (2/25)

woody, who can join you to go door to door for upholding progressive values and committing to electing progressive leaders like Ben?

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In Solidarity,

Beth Landry, BSN, RN

[ She / Her / Hers ]

Statewide Organizing Director

Progressive Maryland 


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Progressive Prince George’s

PG Mass Canvass! RSVP  here Join us canvassing to build power and support progressive candidates!

Thursday, March 22 Mass Incarceration Listening Session

RSVP  here  We want to hear from you! On Thursday, March 22nd at 7 p.m.  we'll be focusing on the problems and crafting community solutions to solve the problems in PG County.

  PMD Montgomery:

Upcoming Events:

  • District 5 Happy Hour at Nando's Peri-Peri in Silver Spring. There'll be great food, and even better company. RSVP here
  • District 3 Happy Hour at Greene Growler's in Gaithersburg. Don't miss the happy hour specials! RSVP here


  • PMD Montgomery recently collaborated with the Montgomery County Chapter of the DSA and Brandy Brooks on an action at the recent Montgomery County Council Budget Forum. We asked Ike Leggett to reveal the deal at Amazon and to keep the negotiations open to the public. PMD Montgomery member Steve documented the event.

Frederick County Progressives

Progressive Howard County

Saturday, February 24 at 10:30 a.m. we will be meeting outside Oakland Mills High School to support the Oakland Mills Young Democrats.  We will be canvassing the neighborhood around the High School, registering voters, and passing out flyers for the Young Democrats' upcoming County Council Debate on March 8 at 6:30 p.m.. 

Sunday, February 25 at 2 p.m.  we will meet outside the Barnes and Noble Bookstore in Long Gate Shopping Center to canvass local neighborhoods.  You can sign up for this canvass here

Sign our petition in support of Fight for $15 in Maryland and the $15 minimum wage bill in the Senate.

Take Action Anne Arundel County 

Action Report:

At the February chapter meeting, Take Action Anne Arundel County reviewed the Issue and Community Engagement survey results and based on feedback, selected the following 6 bills to advocate for during the 2018 legislative session:

  • HB664/SB543 - Fight for $15 
  • HB1516/SB1002 - Healthy Maryland Act of 2018 (single payer)
  • HB1461 - Immigration  - Support All Families Everywhere (SAFE Act)  
  • HB1453/SB732 - Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2018 (collaboration of environment, climate, labor and faith groups)
  • SB0528 Criminal Law - Hate Crimes Group Victim/HB700 Criminal Law - Hate Crimes Group Victim (enhancing the legal definition of hate crimes to include groups as well as individuals) 
  • HB902/SB1028 - Health Occupations - Conversion Therapy for Minors Ban (Youth Mental Health Protection Act)

The chapter will also be focusing on county elections this year and has created an issue survey for county executive and county council elections. The survey will be sent to candidates this week and the chapter will use the survey responses to make endorsements and prioritize which candidates and races to support as a chapter. 


Take Action Anne Arundel County Upcoming Events 

Tuesday, February 20 at 1:00 p.m., In the House - Hearing for HB700 Hate Crimes Group Victim 

Wednesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m., Rally/Testimony at the Monthly AA County Board of Education Meeting at 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis.  

  • The AA County Board of Education is in a business relationship with the Milestone Corporation of Reston VA. Milestone has a contract to lease school land to build 40 cell towers at school locations in Anne Arundel County. 
  • Rally at 6:30-6:45 p.m. with the Coalition against Proposed Cell Tower at Shady Side Elementary School, the South County Huddle, and Take Action Anne Arundel County
  • Testify at the 7 p.m. BOE meeting. Speakers have 3 minutes for public comments. Please be courteous and peaceful while speaking. Speaking points will be provided if you would like to participate and need assistance 
  • RSVP here

Saturday, February 24 at 10 a.m. - Anne Arundel County Canvass in Annapolis

  • Take Action Anne Arundel County is hosting a canvass advocating progressive issues and Progressive Maryland endorsed candidates. RSVP here.
  • Fight for $15 will be a focus during the canvass in District 30. Senator Astle (D30) and Speaker Mike Busch (D30A) are not current supporting this bill. 
  • Progressive Maryland will provide canvassing resources and candidate literature. 

Monday, February 26 at 5:30 p.m.  - Chapter will join Progressive Maryland Rally & Lobby Night RSVP here

Tuesday February 27 at 1 p.m.  - In the House - Hearing for HB664 - Fight for $15

Talbot Rising

Lower Shore Progressive Caucus


Progressive Neighbors (MoCo) candidate forum Sunday, February 25, 7 p.m.  - Gubernatorial Candidates

Candidates: Ben Jealous, Kevin Kamenetz, Rich Madeleno, Alec Ross, Jim Shea, Krishanti Vignarajah

Location: Piney Branch Elementary School, 7510 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park 20912

 For further information, call 301-587-5559

Monday, February 19, Reel and Meal at the New Deal will commemorate Black History Month with a screening of  “Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. is the Answer.” The program will start at 7 pm at the New Deal Café, 113 Centerway in Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt, following an optional vegan buffet for $14 beginning at 6:30 p.m..

Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. is the Answer is a documentary about improving police-community relations as a way of addressing the tragic consequences of racial profiling.

Following the film, representatives of the Greenbelt Police Department will explain their approach to ensuring racial justice in their policies and procedures and day-to-day actions. For more information on this month’s program contact Nancy Joy Allchin at

Tuesday, Feb. 20 The Prince George’s County Council has scheduled an informational budget hearing on Feb. 20 in Council Hearing room, County Administrative Building in Upper Marlboro, 7 p.m..

Thursday February 22 at 12 p.m. - We are Cove Point hosts the 35th Safety Study Rally and Parade of Poisons RSVP here.

Date and Time 7-9 p.m. Add to Calendar "The House of Champions" / Victory Temple, 13701 Annapolis Road Bowie, MD 20720 View Map

Thursday, March 1 -- District 47A candidates forum, Here is your chance to hear and meet the candidates for state senate and state delegate who hope to represent us in Annapolis. Details to follow. 7:00 -- 9:00 p.m. Hoyer Education Center (cafeteria) 2300 Belleview Ave. (Parking Available) Cheverly

Thursday, April 5 -- County Council candidates forum. Details to be announced. 7:00 -- 9:00 p.m. Hoyer Education Center (cafeteria)

Baltimore comrades, Check in on Max Obuszewski’s highly useful calendar and tip sheet at

To keep up with progressive events in and around DC consult the invaluable calendar at the Washington Peace Center,

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February 16, 2018 How Democrats can win: don't shy away from populist themes

Wobbles in the polls may unnerve Democrats, but recent Democratic candidates have won in deep-Red territory by speaking truth to power, Hal Ginsberg relates. "All is not lost for those hoping for an end to Republican hegemony in Washington, however, as recent victories on seemingly unfavorable terrain have shown."


February 15, 2018 Last hurdle for sick leave bill passed, thanks to House committee

Great breaking news from the Working Matters coalition (Progressive Maryland is on board):

The Working Matters coalition is delighted to report that the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (MHWFA) will continue with no delays thanks to the House Economic Matters Committee (ECM).


February 14, 2018 Progressive Maryland backs Assembly bills to widen and strengthen access to voting

In these difficult times when access to voting is under attack from the Right – especially access for poor people and those of color – some good pushback bills are in the General Assembly that deserve support. They will expand access to voting for all Marylanders.

Below is the testimony on two of them by Progressive Maryland (through Jennifer Dwyer, PM policy and legislative director) on one and by Common Cause with endorsement from Progressive Maryland on the second. The League of Women Voters, ACLU, PIRG, Brennan Center, SEIU, Sierra Club, Black Girls Vote and other organizations also signed on to the bill proposing election-day registration.

February 13, 2018 Mental health monitoring, access to treatment must begin in schools

Statistics from the National Alliance for Mental Health are evidence of the importance of implementing psychologists within schools and obtaining more psychologists working in the juvenile justice system, PM's Prince George's intern shows. Without their help, many children and teens are susceptible to mental illness. We can reverse this detrimental trend by taking action and offering them access to therapy from certified mental health professionals.


February 12, 2018 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for February 12-19, 2018

Bend your energy toward the future… if everyone who marched against the current administration went out and spent a four-hour shift knocking on doors in their neighborhood in a mass canvass…. Well, you do the math. Energizing folks to realize their power – the power to vote, the power to engage in community action – is the simple startup solution to a lot of complex problems.

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