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.


 

 

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. He will need to get support from progressive Democrats where he can get it; the business-entangled Dems who back Hogan or stay on the sidelines are not worth your time, are they?

Progressive Maryland will be mobilizing to expand the state’s electorate in tune with Ben Jealous’s visionary but eminently practical plans for statewide health care, affordable higher education and a living wage. For all.

Our chapters across the state, with leaders already in place, will reach out to their communities and remind them – door to door, person by person – that voting matters and that the people who may feel most remote from voting and political life are the ones who can most benefit from the change that Jealous and other progressive candidates down-ballot can bring.

Join us. Progressive forces will win in Maryland and you will be part of it.


OUR CHAPTERS AROUND THE STATE

Progressive Prince George's

PMD Montgomery

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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

Lower Shore Progressive Caucus


 

EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES

Friday, August 10th Please note that we have yet another Working Matters Train the Trainers Workshop covering the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (earned sick and safe leave) coming up on Friday, August 10th 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:

July 25, 2018 Supporting NATO is progressive

Why would progressives working at the local level care whether or not Donald Trump is trashing our relationship with our allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization? Because, a Shore activist says, progressive organizing at the local level is hampered when the US is in the grip of the insecurity and disruption that Trump uses as cover for his misgovernment. NATO is a stabilizing force.

July 23, 2018 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for July 23-30 2018

As the Maryland General Election cycle gets under way, progressive activists around the state will be focusing on one thing: everyone eligible to vote needs to know about the election, about the stakes and about why it is important that their own voices and the voices of their neighbors to be heard in the way it counts most – numbers of votes.

Here's how we do it. And you can too. Read on...


 >>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