Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for April 23-30 2018

Coming up on sixty days till the June 26 Primary Election in Maryland – a crucial time for mobilizing on behalf of not only progressive candidates but on the progressive issue stances to which we will hold them when they are elected. Make sure your neighbors and your community are energized on both counts by joining our canvasses across the state. Become part of our Movement Politics team.



 

STATEWIDE ACTION

Coming up on sixty days till the June 26 Primary Election in Maryland – a crucial time for mobilizing on behalf of not only progressive candidates but on the progressive issue stances to which we will hold them when they are elected. Make sure your neighbors and your community are energized on both counts by joining our canvasses across the state. Become part of our Movement Politics team.


OUR CHAPTERS ACROSS THE STATE

Connect with PMD Montgomery

  • Join our April 28th canvass in Montgomery County. RSVP now
  • Our May happy hour in Takoma Park will be here before you know it! We will have details about upcoming canvases so you can sign up in advance. And there will be free snacks! RSVP to join us.

Progressive Prince George’s

Canvass/ Door Knock With us on April 28th!
Clinton - 10 AM 

Seat Pleasant - 11 AM

Tuesday, April 24th Court Watch Program

Court watch is a court monitoring program comprised of volunteers who observe and evaluate the justice system and outcomes. This program tracks pre-trial services, bail amounts, trends in sentencing and provides a forum for feedback to facilitate systems advocacy change regarding Prince George's County criminal justice system. This program serves as a reminder to courtroom personnel that the public is interested in what happens in the courtroom and will hold the justice system and themselves accountable fora fair and justice system in their community. 

Training will be hosted on: Tuesday, April 24th at 6:30 PM 9221 Hampton Overlook Capitol Heights, MD 20743

RSVP here

Thursday, May 3 Sheriff's Candidate Forum 6PM Reid Temple 

RSVP here

Monday, May 7  State's Attorney Candidate Forum 6PM Oakcrest Community Center 

RSVP here

Saturday, May 12   Get Out the Vote Block Party 2PM Beltway Plaza

RSVP here


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Saturday, April 28  Howard County is having a Housing Symposium on Saturday, April 28, 9:00am-5:00pm at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Rd, Columbia, MD  21044.  Topics include Affordable Housing, Fair Housing Act, Special Needs Housing, and more.  There will be moderated questions and questions from the audience.  


Take Action Anne Arundel County

Saturday April 28 at 10am - From Protest to Power Canvass in Annapolis

Do you care about strong public education, affordable healthcare, a living wage, clean water and clean air?  Do you want to see candidates who share these values win in the primary? Then you are invited to canvass with us!

Meet at Ceremony Coffee Roastery at 90 Russell Ave. in Annapolis. RSVP here. We'll have a brief training over coffee and then head out to knock doors in the neighborhood. We are focused on talking about issues that voters care about and supporting candidates endorsed by Progressive Maryland, including Ben Jealous for Governor.


Talbot Rising


Lower Shore Progressive Caucus


FROM OUR ALLIES

Action report from Denise Hamler, Port Towns Environmental Action – outreach helped fill the Council chamber when the Concrete Batching Plant proposal was considered last week, and the Council did not act but took it “under advisement.”  It was so important to fill the room with people. Thanks to all who helped support for these important health issues that affect our communities! You can follow the PGC CTV report on the hearing here.

 Special Notes: Workplace Sick Leave Outreach:

Tuesday, April 24th – Train the Trainers. Now is the time to make sure that over 700,000 Maryland workers who are covered by the new legislation (the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act) know their rights in the workplace.  To do this, we need your help and the help of your networks. Public Justice Center and United Workers want to invite you to the first Train the Trainers event.  By attending this training, your organization will be prepared to educate the members of your community, church, or union, as well as your clients if you are a service provider.  We appreciate all the work that each and all of you did to make earned sick and safe leave a reality and now we are asking you to be part of the next phase of the campaign.  Train the Trainers is at 10 a.m., Public Justice Center (1 N. Charles St., Baltimore MD. 21201) Please RSVP by contacting Sulma or Luis. Find out from them or here how you can join us remotely if you can’t attend in person.

Wednesday, April 25 The E & F Roosevelt Club is co-sponsoring a forum featuring all of the Democratic candidates for Governor at 6:30 PM at Reid Temple A.M.E. Church located at 11400 Glenn Dale Boulevard, Glenn Dale, MD 20769. The event is free. Please come out and learn about the various candidates. 


Baltimore comrades, Check in on Max Obuszewski’s highly useful calendar and tip sheet at http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/

To keep up with progressive events in and around DC consult the invaluable calendar at the Washington Peace Center, http://washingtonpeacecenter.org/alerts


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OUR BLOG POSTS IN THE PAST WEEK

Reading the Progressive Maryland BlogSpace: our blogs for the previous week are shown below, but if you want a handy way to keep track – and never miss a blog post – you can sign up to get this Weekly Memo by email. Remember this is your blogspace and your participation is heartily invited. See something going on that you don’t like – or that you do like and hope to see more of? Send us your thoughts; submit to the moderator at woodlanham@gmail.com

We recently published these blog posts:

April 20, 2018 Critique of Baltimore's gentrification sees patterns of racially biased investment

Historical patterns of racially tinged investment in Baltimore City over the years have devastating consequences of inequality. Investment “maps” of Baltimore City …all showed a similar pattern. The neighborhoods of the “White L,” running up the Charles street corridor and around the harbor, consistently receive more [public and private] investment, while the “Black Butterfly” of Baltimore suffers from disinvestment, as Samuel Manas reports in Maryland Matters.

April 18, 2018 Environmental bills fare poorly in 2018 Assembly session

Activists came away from the 2018 session seeing a rollback in enthusiasm and willingness to consolidate gains after an encouraging group of wins in the 2017 session. Pushback from industry, developers and business interests doomed many bills. One bright spot: fully funded state effort for Bay cleanup.

April 16, 2018   Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for April 16-23 2018

The Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for the coming week -- April 16 through 23 -- with statewide action and local chapter events from Frederick County to the Eastern Shore.

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>>REMEMBER – these blog posts are expressions of political opinion from our wide-ranging membership and circle of allies. They are not expressions of opinion by Progressive Maryland. Don’t be surprised if they sometimes vary in their political content. You might even disagree with them – a good reason to contribute a blog of your own. Send it to the moderator, Woody Woodruff, at woodlanham@gmail.com.

>>Keeping up with the blogs is easier with the index. The blogs published in the PM BlogSpace from June 2015 through December 2016 are all available with descriptions and links here. You can follow blogs for 2017-18 starting from here