Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for August 6 2018

Progressive Maryland activists in all our statewide chapters are gearing up for lots of canvassing and base building in August and into September, followed by more contacts to expand Maryland’s electorate by registering and activating voters so the Blue Wave nationwide will wash higher in the Free State than anywhere else, and send Larry Hogan back to private life. Join us.



STATEWIDE ACTION

Progressive Maryland activists in all our statewide chapters are gearing up for lots of canvassing and base building in August and into September, followed by more contacts to expand Maryland’s electorate by registering and activating voters so the Blue Wave nationwide will wash higher in the Free State than anywhere else, and send Larry Hogan back to private life. Join us as we build power for working families throughout the state and elect Ben Jealous as a progressive governor who will put the state on the right course.


Did you know you could find all the PM BlogSpace blogs since 2015 here? You can find this link every week at the bottom of our Memo; but in case you have been overlooking it, we’re putting it near the top this week…


OUR CHAPTERS THROUGHOUT MARYLAND

Progressive Prince George's

SAT AUG 25 – Save the date for Mass Liberation Training  10am - 4pm

Location TBD in Prince George’s County. CONTACT Seanniece Bamiro · seanniece@progressivemaryland.org · 240-245-0268


PMD Montgomery


Frederick County Progressives


Take Action Anne Arundel County 

Chapter Events:

Thursday August 16 at 7pm -- BOE Candidate Forums & Local Issue Campaigns

  • If you voted in the primary, you know that education is a hot election issue. Unfortunately the quality of public education is heading in the wrong direction in this county.
  • Anne Arundel County is moving to an elected school board for the first time.  Take Action Anne Arundel County plans to have Candidate Forums for Board of Education candidates in County Districts 4, 5 and 7. We are looking for volunteers to help organize these forums. If Education is a concern for you, join us!
  • At July's chapter meeting we talked about local issue campaigns, including stopping the 287g program in Anne Arundel County and funding education in Anne Arundel. 
  • At our August meeting, two teams will be reporting back on developing a local issue campaign for each of these issues. Our goal is to initiate one local campaign this fall that connects to our electoral work supporting county council and BOE candidates. 
  • RSVP here

Other local events

Friday August 24 at 7pm - Film Look & See

  • The Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis are partnering with Fair Farms to show the film Look & See. A discussion will follow the file with guests from the local farm to table movement. 
  • Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 Dubois Rd, Annapolis.  For more information and a flyer, click: Information here. 

Progressive Howard County


Talbot Rising


Friday, August 17 Caroline County Summerfest in Denton, MD 8/17 Talbot Summerfest Voter Registrationpm_folks_with_banner.jpg

Talbot Rising will have a table at the Caroline County Summerfest in Denton on the following dates:
Friday, August 17, 5:00-10:00 PM            Saturday, August 18, 2:00-9:00 PM
This will be a great opportunity to expand our efforts beyond Talbot County, and the event will be attended by many young people who it is essential we register.
Please email David King at dking.dc@gmail.com if you can help, and when.  Some of you have already mentioned you can help, but please re-email anyway. rsvp


Lower Shore Progressive Caucus


Baltimore City and County Chapter

Thursday, Aug 9 -- Next organizational meeting for Baltimore City/County will be 6pm-8pm at the StartUp Nest (1401 Severn St Baltimore MD 21230) 

It’s in Gaslight Square behind the Royal Farms on Russell St


EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES

TODAY: Monday, Aug 6 Reversing Global Warming: Intro to Drawdown Workshop

Greenbelt Climate Action Network two hour workshop, "Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown"  7-9 pm, at the Greenbelt Community Center, Room 103, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 20770. RSVPs are required.  Lore Rosenthal, SimplicityGroupsMD@gmail.com, 301-345-2234. 

Wednesday, August 8 Training - How to Be an Effective Ally with MoCo SURJ  7 - 9 pm
Silver Spring Civic Center 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD
Topic: How best to be a good ally to marginalized communities; working explanation of intersectionality.

Friday, August 10th Working Matters Train the Trainers Workshop covering the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (earned sick and safe leave) in Capitol Heights, MD with Progressive Maryland from 10:30am-12pm! Location: Clout Workspace - 922 Hampton Overlook Capitol Heights, MD. To RSVP, please email Sulma at GuzmanS@publicjustice.org


 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:

August 01, 2018   Hogan's stealth "centrist" posture won't stand the light of day

Larry Hogan is being portrayed as a sunny "centrist" running against a "dangerous, risky" radical in Ben Jealous. The picture is wrong: Hogan's business-aligned administration has made working families his collateral damage. And Jealous is neither risky or dangerous.

July 31, 2018  There is no "progressive" case for NATO: a response

If local progressives and leftists want to ensure stability and democracy, they should look beyond outdated military alliances. Two Montgomery County leftists reviewed the history of NATO and how it is viewed by international left parties in Europe; they argue that evidence shows NATO is anything but a stabilizing or democratic force.

July 30, 2018  Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for July 30-August 6 2018

Ben Jealous will win the governor’s race in November, despite Larry Hogan’s big money and inexplicable popularity. But, as sharp editorial observers have noted, he will not do that without “boots on the ground.” That means us – and you, who are part of us.


 >>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