Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for July 2-9 2018

Welcome to the week after the Day After –

Congratulations to all our progressive volunteer activists, especially those in Progressive Maryland who recognize the value and usefulness of solidarity. We have some big wins – starting with Ben Jealous and Susie Turnbull as Democratic ticket for ousting Larry Hogan and taking the state in a progressive direction again. That’s the crest of the Progressive Wave.

The next step is victory in November. We know what we have to do. Stay with us.


 

Welcome to the week after the Day After –

Congratulations to all our progressive volunteer activists, especially those in Progressive Maryland who recognize the value and usefulness of solidarity. We have some big wins – starting with Ben Jealous and Susie Turnbull as Democratic ticket for ousting Larry Hogan and taking the state in a progressive direction again. That’s the crest of the Progressive Wave.

Even in the age of shoulder to shoulder social media existence we sometimes feel alone in our space for action, and the solidarity of working in an organization, for a set of goals, is the cure.

Many other progressive champions around the state have won their races; others have come up short but in a way that helps us see the Progressive Wave building. For a couple of big ones, we’re waiting and counting.

We’ll talk more later this week about Larry Hogan’s vulnerabilities and how we’ll make them quite obvious to voters.

The next step is victory in November. We know what we have to do. Stay with us.


Progressive Prince George’s

We continue to campaign for a Fair Elections program allowing small-donor election finance, not big money in charge in our elections.


PMD Montgomery


Frederick County Progressives


Take Action Anne Arundel County

Action Report:

Congratulations to all the Progressive Maryland and Take Action Anne Arundel County endorsed candidates who ran in the primary and their teams of volunteers. It is a labor of love to run for office. We appreciate our endorsed candidates who were willing to step up and give the voters clear choices on who will represent them. This is what makes a democracy great.

Our local team supported candidates who share our progressive values. We are proud of the work we did together and the strong showing in last week's primary. There is more work to be done before the voters have the final say in November. Let's keep the progressive blue wave rolling in Maryland.

Chapter Events:

Thursday July 19 at 7pm -- Issue Campaigns at a Local Level

Do you have something you would like to see change at a local level? Have you ever wondered how to make that happen? Join Take Action Anne Arundel County to learn more about how to "cut an issue" and plan a campaign to make change happen locally.

With recent events, our county has been affected by immigration policy and gun violence. If you care about these issues, please join us to plan how we can act locally.  By joining together, we can make a difference.   RSVP here

Other local events

Friday July 20 - Art Builds and Community Building

In preparation for the Youth Climate March, we will have an art builds around the DC area to celebrate our movement and earth through art. In any movement, it is important to have community building, because community is the best antidote to hopelessness. Through these art builds we are building our community and beautiful banners and signs for The Youth Climate March. 

Kallan Benson, local climate change teen activist, published an OpEd in the Baltimore Sun with her friend Claire Wayner about the Zero Hour youth-led climate actions they are helping to organize in Washington in July.

Her Parachutes for the Planet project will be the central art installation for the Zero Hour events. On July 20 & 21 as a plea for broad, global action to protect our climate, Parachutes for the Planet will display over 100 round banners, hand-painted by youth from every permanently-settled continent of the globe.

ASK:

She needs people each morning to unload and spread out parachutes, throughout the day to make sure none are lost or damaged, and to pack up at the end of each day. If you know of anyone who would like to help for any block of time on July 20 or 21, please have them contact Kallan at releaf4us@gmail.com

Saturday July 21 - Youth Climate March at 10:30 am in Washington D.C. - RSVP here


Talbot Rising

JULY 7 - FREDERICK DOUGLASS READING. Noon to 1 pm, Talbot County Courthouse Lawn, Easton, MD


Lower Shore Progressive Caucus

July 2018 Meeting – Thurs, July 05, 2018 at 6pm - 8pm Wicomico Public Library 122 S Division St
Salisbury, MD 21804 Google map and directions

CONTACT Michele Gregory · lowershoreprogressivecaucus@gmail.com


EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES:

Capitol Heights Farmers Market opens July 6th

Newly re-elected Dist. 24 Del. Erek Barron passes this along:

The Food Justice Coalition of 20743 is bringing a farmers market to Capitol Heights! The farmers market “will be a space where people from all backgrounds can not only shop, but also connect with their food and neighbors in a meaningful way.” The organizers’ mission is “to provide healthy, affordable food to residents and to support the growth of local businesses.” Opening day is July 6th, 2018 and the market will be held on Fridays, 3:00 - 7:30 pm, July 6 - September 7 at 1300 Capitol Heights Blvd.


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


It all happens for free… right? Not exactly. Organizing for change in our society and our high-maintenance politics requires both people and money. Keep change moving with a quick, secure impulse-buy contribution here. You know you meant to do it last week and now here you are again...


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:

June 27, 2018 Stafford: A Progressive Earthquake hits Maryland

Progressive Maryland's Executive Director, Larry Stafford, writes: "Last night, a Progressive earthquake shook Maryland’s establishment politics to their core. Ben Jealous’s primary victory puts Maryland within striking distance of the progressive governor we deserve and need. His victory marks the ascendance of a movement that’s grounded in progressive values, led by women and people of color, to shape a new direction for politics that breathes new life into the electoral system, in our state and beyond."

June 26, 2018 Protecting your vote against the MVA pothole

Here's your Election Day version of the Weekly Memo -- the second one sent this unusual week. Watch our PM BlogSpace this week for calendar updates once the Primary Day rush is over -- political life will go on after June 26, and you'll need to know about it. Today: Vote, and mind the pothole (see below).

June 24, 2018 Making your plan to cast a vote on Tuesday

Readers will see two Memos this week. Today’s is all about elections. On Tuesday about midday you’ll get one that’s more like what you are used to seeing Monday, with calendar items and brief reports.
This one is about Tuesday’s Primary Election. But you already voted in Early Voting? Awesome. Now you have time to get out the vote for your neighbors -- all over the state.


 >>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