Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Dec. 18-25, 2017

For your attention: Action today and the early week (Dec. 18-20) against the GOP tax scam; our statewide meeting Dec. 21, plus chapter meetings for Progressive Howard (Thursday, Dec. 21) and PMD Montgomery happy hour Wednesday, Dec. 20… details for all below. And, yes, we’re already talking about January (Take Action Anne Arundel County meeting Thursday, Jan. 18).

No more Memos till January 2 – but you may hear from us if circumstances warrant, holidays notwithstanding.


Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Dec 18 to 25

For your attention: Action today and the early week (Dec. 18-20) against the GOP tax scam; our statewide meeting Dec. 21, plus chapter meetings for Progressive Howard (Thursday, Dec. 21) and PMD Montgomery happy hour Wednesday, Dec. 20… details for all below. And, yes, we’re already talking about January (Take Action Anne Arundel County meeting Thursday, Jan. 18).

No more Memos till January 2 – but you may hear from us if circumstances warrant, holidays notwithstanding.


STATEWIDE AND NATIONAL ACTION

Protect Patients! A DC-Day-of-Action to Stop the Tax Scam Bill!

FILL OUT THE FORM TO ATTEND!

Join Monday for media events, last-ditch lobby meetings, and then to plan actions for Tuesday and Wednesday to head this bill off at the pass, and send these plutocratic purse-snatchers packing. 

On the People’s Action blog, Sam Pizzigati details how this tax bill is a major marker in the 1 percent’s march to Too Much:

Sam Pizzigati

The Grand Tax ‘Bargain’ Is Just a Bigger Bonus for the Rich

The GOP's House and Senate conferees, everyone imagined, would make a compromise on tax cuts that fell somewhere between their plans. They did no such thing. They simply found a way to give even more to America’s super-rich. Don’t you wish you could benefit from “compromises” like that? In the House-Senate conference committee tax plan, you — if you happen to reside in the 99 percent — most certainly do not. We need to start over on a new tax package, one that could honestly be called reform. Even better, how about an end to plutocracy? More


The action this week is organized by our allies at the Center for Popular Democracy, Housing Works, the Women's March, ACT UP, CPD's Ady Barkan and a national network of bird-doggers who have been fighting all year to #protectpatients.

You can come to yell, chant, hold signs.
You can risk arrest. 
You can learn how to be legal support.
You can be part of history.
 

CAN'T MAKE IT TO DC? You can still be a part of history! Help raise funds so we can get more activists/healthcare professionals/patients to DC!
DONATE to CPD Action: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/helpfund2017?
And/or DONATE to Housing Works: https://connect.clickandpledge.com/w/Form/84cfd396-5a81-45f3-9203-e8b924811a90

RECRUIT, PROMOTE & SHARE:
Help get the word out to your networks by sharing this event and making recruitment phone calls. 

Monday Dec 18th & Tuesday Dec 19th!
Washington, DC

MORE DETAILS in the sign-up!

Share the Facebook event with your network!

 In solidarity,
Beth Landry
Progressive Maryland healthcare organizer


Metro still faces crisis as the year concludes:

From Todd Brogan, ATU: “As 2018 approaches, the Save Our System Coalition—which includes Progressive Maryland—is focused on building transit rider power in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. Our goal? To win more affordable fares, restore services cut, resist privatization, and finally get dedicated funding paid for by those who profit most off the system. To get there, it will take progressive riders organizing their neighbors, winning candidate support for our demands, and pushing electeds to support progressive fare and funding legislation.

 Our summer canvassing efforts built a list of 11,000 riders across the region.  If you ride Metrobus, Metrorail, MetroAccess, RideOn or The Bus, we need YOU to help us pull those already interested together into county teams. We already have people getting started in Montgomery County. Email organize@savemetro.org to connect with them! No matter where you live, SOS can help train, provide materials, and equip you to organize your fellow riders.”

STATEWIDE MEETING

Thursday, December 21, 2017 –Progressive Maryland Annual Membership Meeting at 06:30 PM · 22 rsvps

Video Conference

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OUR CHAPTERS AROUND THE STATE:

 

Progressive Prince George’s

 Be A Part of the Movement to Connect Prince George's!

Progressive Maryland and Progressive Prince George’s have launched a 75-day campaign to start a resident-led and resident-funded collective of people harnessing their own talents and skills to create a Prince George’s truly shaped by residents. Click here to find out more information and join other Prince Georgians dedicated to making a change! For technical and member support, contact Seanniece Bamiro, seanniece@progressivemaryland.org


PMD Montgomery 

  • Join us this Wednesday, December 20th, at 6:00 p.m. for our December Happy Hour at Nando's-Peri Peri in Silver Spring! We want to hear your vision for 2018. RSVP here

 


Take Action Anne Arundel County

  • Thursday December 21 at 6:30 p.m. - Annual Membership Meeting with Progressive Maryland - RSVP  
  • Thursday January 18 at 6:30 p.m. - 2018 Legislative Session Preview with Progressive Maryland - RSVP

Join Take Action AAC in a discussion with Jennifer Dwyer, Policy and Legislative Coordinator, for Progressive Maryland. 

Jennifer will provide an overview of the bills Progressive Maryland is focused on for the 2018 session. Join the discussion to decide which legislation Take Action AAC will advocate for in the 2018 state legislative session.

  • Saturday January 20 at 11am - Annapolis Women's March 2018 - Mobilize Maryland - RSVP

 Progressive Howard County

We will be having a chapter meeting on Thursday December 21 at 7:00 pm.  The topic will be bringing the Fight for $15 to Howard County.  Please RSVP here so we know how many people will be attending.


 Frederick County Progressives

Frederick County Progressives will be focusing on doing more organizational planning to take stock of what we have learned over the course of this year and how to change our communication and planning going into next year. The Frederick City elections were a great testing ground for how we can build momentum around the elections and to establish good communication with our progressive leaning candidates and electeds. An end of year report letter is being finalized for the membership. – Drew Langlois


Talbot Rising


Lower Shore Progressive Caucus

Our next meeting is Thursday, December 28th at Wicomico Public Library. Our featured speaker is Allison Galbraith, candidate for MD-01.  5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; Wicomico Public Library, 112 S Division St Salisbury , MD 21801 Google map and directions


 


EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES

Monday, December 18, the "Reel & Meal at the New Deal" program will feature Taking Root.  The free show starts 7 pm at the New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway in Greenbelt's Roosevelt Center. Taking Root tells the story of Wangari Maathai, Kenyan Nobel Peace prize laureate, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights and defend democracy, teaching women about the connection between environmental problems and their daily problems. Sponsors are the Utopia Film Festival, Beaverdam Creek Watershed Watch Group, Green Vegan Networking and Prince George’s County Peace and Justice Coalition.

Tuesday Dec. 19 6-8 Fireside Chat with Dr. Alvin Thornton at PGCEA Center 8008 Marlboro Pike Forestville

And in 2018 

Thursday, January 4, 2018 Prince George's County Workforce Development Forum with the Job Opportunities Task Force--  8:30AM- 12PM Prince George’s Community College Largo Student Center (8:30AM-9:00AM, Registration and Breakfast )

This workforce convening will highlight some of the existing challenges and opportunities to connect local residents to skills training and job opportunities in the area. 

Please join us for this stimulating conversation with workforce development leaders, state and local representatives, and workforce advocates. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  

RSVP HERE  For questions, please contact Lee Domeika at Lee@jotf.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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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 posted these blogs:

December 15, 2017 Denying students' right to organize, Georgetown U. "betraying its obligation"

Georgetown University "opposes the unionization efforts of its advanced degree candidates who are working as research and teaching assistants .. , Georgetown is betraying its obligation as a Catholic and Jesuit institution to workers and the less affluent." Hal Ginsberg analyzes Georgetown's opposition to seeing its students as working people.


December 13, 2017 GOP tax plan has potential to damage investment in wind and solar energy development

The tax incentives that have brought renewable energy sources up from 1% to 7% of the US total in a decade are threatened by the GOP tax plan. Despite heavy lobbying from pro-renewables forces it is clear that their adversaries got there first and had easy access to the tax writers. The result could be a disaster, MoCo activist Susan Nerlinger recounts here in a post from the PMD Montgomery blog site.


December 12, 2017 PSC can help low-income Marylanders benefit from energy efficiency

 Under legislation enacted this spring, Maryland’s largest utilities and state housing officials must cut peak energy demand by 2% annually through 2020. As housing advocate Todd Nedwick writes, the Public Service Commission can and should take concrete steps to bolster the state’s efforts to improve energy efficiency in the homes and buildings of low-income Marylanders. Along with the other advantages, the growing trade in residential weatherization rehab will get a further boost.


December 11, 2017 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Dec. 11-17 2017

In the Weekly Memo for Dec. 11-18: Top of the ticket: Our statewide meeting Dec. 21, plus chapter meetings for Progressive Prince George’s (Thursday, Dec. 14) and Progressive Howard (Thursday, Dec. 21); Baltimore chapter Listening Session with the movie “13th” (Wednesday, Dec. 13) and PMD Montgomery happy hour Dec. 20… details for all below.


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 starting from here