Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for June 4-11 2018

It’s June. As in the month that includes the Maryland primary, Tuesday, June 26. You can vote on Election Day, and it’s kind of satisfying to vote along with all those other folks.

[If you are not registered to vote, you must register by TOMORROW, June 5, or register on the spot at Early Voting. See more below.]

But how sure are you that you will have the time to vote on Election Day? Weird stuff can intervene, and many folks who count on voting wind up getting shut out by work duties, sick kids, all kinds of things that can pop up. Waiting till June 26 can be a bit of a gamble. We have some advice -- about EARLY VOTING.

IT’S JUNE. IT MUST BE THE MONTH TO VOTE IN MARYLAND

It’s June. As in the month that includes the Maryland primary, Tuesday, June 26. You can vote on Election Day, and it’s kind of satisfying to vote along with all those other folks.

[If you are not registered to vote, you must register by TOMORROW, June 5, or register on the spot at Early Voting. See more below.]

But how sure are you that you will have the time to vote on Election Day? Weird stuff can intervene, and many folks who count on voting wind up getting shut out by work duties, sick kids, all kinds of things that can pop up. Waiting till June 26 can be a bit of a gamble.

Maryland has Early Voting (June 14-21) – an important participation booster that is under pressure in many states, because it gives poor and working families additional options so that if Election Day blows up your voice is still heard. That’s not convenient for some politicians who count on the votes of nonpoor, nonworking folks. Early Voting is every day, Thursday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., at a smaller but still convenient number of polling places in each county. To make sure your voice is heard in this critical Maryland Primary Election, consider the opportunity Early Voting offers to improve your chances.

 It might make sense to you and your friends to plan on voting early in that June 14-21 time frame, so that if something goes wrong for you on that day you still have other Early Voting option days and even Election Day as a fallback. There are lots of ways to do it, but the important thing for you and your neighbors is to plan to vote, and take advantage of Early Voting if you have any doubts that Election Day will go smoothly for you. It is not a cliché to say that this is one of the more important elections of our time. Your voice must be heard; take no chances and take advantage of the added certainty Early Voting offers.

Where can you vote during Early Voting? Lots of places. Here is the list. For official information about voter registration and voting at the polling places, please visit the website of the Maryland Board of Elections .

If you are not registered to vote, you must register by TOMORROW, June 5, or register on the spot at Early Voting.  Either way, make sure you are registered. If you decide deliberately not to vote – we don’t recommend it but it’s everyone’s choice – then the decision is empty and meaningless unless you are registered.

Whom to vote for? Again, your choice. But Progressive Maryland has endorsed candidates statewide, largely based on the candidates’ responses to detailed questionnaires focused on our issues important to working families. Check them out here.

LAST BUT HARDLY LEAST: REMIND YOUR NEIGHBORS ABOUT THE STAKES IN THIS ELECTION --JuneEVandGOTV.jpg


OUR CHAPTERS AROUND THE STATE

Progressive Prince George’s

Endorsement Decision 

We have endorsed Sen. Victor Ramirez in the State's Attorney race! Check out the livestream of the press conference here   Check out the media coverage in The Washington Informer here


 

 

PMD Montgomery

►With David Blair trying to steal the Montgomery County election, it's more important than ever to hit the pavement and show that they #CantBuyMoCo. But with hard work comes celebration, so make sure to join our June 20 Happy Hour to refuel and refresh.

►Phone Bank for Ben Jealous

Join a phone bank for Ben Jealous! You can come in person or call from the comfort of your own home. Please have a fully-charged phone and a laptop to make your calls. RSVP:


Take Action Anne Arundel County

Issues:

BAN the FOAM!

Monday June 4th, Anne Arundel County Council is having a public hearing on banning plastic foam food service containers. These containers are a leading cause of trash that pollutes our creeks, streams, and rivers. Email your councilman or testify at Monday's public hearing. Anne Arundel County Council meets at 7pm at 44 Calvert Street. Sing-up to testify at 6:30pm.

Elections:

It's game time. Early voting is June 14-21 and the primary is June 26. We have 3 strong progressive candidates who we are canvassing for in the month of June. Two of those candidates, Ben Jealous for Governor and Chrissy Holt for State Senate are in contested primary races. They need our help to get them into the General Election. We need candidates who share our progressive values and will help ensure our victory on issues we care about in 2019. James Kitchin is our third endorsed candidate who we are canvassing for in June. James is running unopposed in the primary but is running in a Republican leaning district. We need to build support behind James so we can flip this seat in November.  Eve Hurwitz for State Senate is running a great campaign and is also endorsed by Progressive Maryland. We ask you to support her in District 33. She is running unopposed in June and we will be supporting her in the General Election.

Sunday June 10 at 1pm -- From Protest to Power Canvass in Historic Downtown Annapolis

  • This canvass will focus on Ben Jealous for Governor and Chrissy Holt for State Senate.
  • Meet at City Dock Coffee, 82 Maryland Avenue in downtown Annapolis 
  • RSVP here, includes details on free weekend parking.

Saturday June 16 at 10am -- From Protest to Power Canvass in Edgewater

  • This canvass will focus on Ben Jealous for Governor, Chrissy Holt for State Senate District 30, and James Kitchin for County Council District 7
  • Meet at Panera Bread on Solomons Island Road in Edgewater.
  • RSVP here

Saturday June 23 at 10am -- From Protest to Power Canvass in Annapolis

  • This canvass will focus on Ben Jealous for Governor and Chrissy Holt for State Senate.
  • Meet at Ceremony Coffee Roasters at 90 Russell Ave. in Annapolis
  • RSVP here

 


Frederick County Progressives

June EARLY VOTING & GOTV Canvasses

 


Talbot Rising

 


Lower Shore Progressive Caucus


Events From Our Allies:

TONIGHT Monday June 4 Fair elections campaign in Prince George’s County Monday, 7 pm, Greenbelt Community Center. Update on the status of CB-004-2018, the public financing bill before the Prince George's County Council and discussion of the way forward.  Our Revolution Prince George’s and Prince George’s County Peace & Justice Coalition- contact Suchitra Balachandran at cp_woods@yahoo.com or Lucy Duff at justpeacepg@earthlink.net.  Presented as a Greenbelt Peace Month event, for justice is the ground of peace.

Wednesday, June 6 Police Accountability Prince George's event at 7 PM - 9 PM  Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church (DMUUC) 7400 Temple Hill Rd, Camp Springs, Maryland 20748
Monthly Meeting of the Prince George's People's Coalition and the newly formed Coalition for Community Empowerment and Police Accountability (CEPA).

Wed, June 6, 2018  Annual Potluck and "Climate Change Update"

Greenbelt Climate Action Network 6:30 - 9:00 pm (please note early start time) Greenbelt Community Center, Room 114 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD Come 30 minutes early for our annual potluck. Vegan dishes preferred. Please bring your own plate, utensils, cup, and napkin, to make this a “zero waste” event. We are delighted to welcome back Chris Barnet, Climate Scientist, to present our annual “Climate Change Update.”

 Sunday, June 10 " Don't Forget To Remember; The Historical Connection Between Climate Change and Human Violence". -- a presentation by Sara Jolena Sequoia Wolcott about Colonization, Climate Change, Violence and Peacemaking. Sponsored by Maryland United for Peace and Justice (MUPJ) from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM at Adelphi Friends Meeting located at 2303 Metzerott Road, Adelphi, Maryland 20783. 

 Saturday, June 16  Prince George’s County Juneteenth Festival, 12 noon to 5 pm Watkins Regional Park  301 Watkins Park Drive Upper Marlboro, MD 20774


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

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We recently published these blog posts:

 June 01, 2018 Why I am supporting Chrissy Holt for State Senate, Dist. 30

"I want someone who is a strong advocate at that table when decisions are made that will affect me and my neighbors. I want someone who is willing to listen to her constituents and advocate for the citizens in this district," says Take Action AAC Chair Claire Miller. Progressive Maryland’s leaders around the state are stepping up to say why they support progressive candidates that the organization has endorsed in the June 26 primary election.

May 30, 2018 "The Eastern Shore Pipeline makes zero sense"

The pipeline, furnishing natural gas, puts on hold the option to look for clean renewable energy by creating a false sense of fulfillment, argues Lower Shore Progressive Caucus activist Jamaad Gould. And don't look for the jobs to go to Shore residents.

May 29, 2018 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for May 29, 2018

June is on the horizon and so is the primary election. PLAN to make sure your vote is cast now. And JOIN US to make sure your neighbors understand the stakes and aren’t fooled into staying home because “voting doesn’t matter.”

 One look at who is in charge in Maryland will tell us all otherwise.

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