Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for March 19-26 2018

Did you know there are fewer than 100 days until the Maryland Primary elections, taking place on June 26th?

So far this year, Progressive Maryland has had over 100 member leaders and volunteers knock on 4,000 doors at 14 different locations across the state! 

Will you door knock with us on March 24th or 31st for our #FromProtestToPower canvasses?

 


Did you know there are fewer than 100 days until the Maryland Primary elections, taking place on June 26th?

So far this year, Progressive Maryland has had over 100 member leaders and volunteers knock on 4,000 doors at 14 different locations across the state! 

Will you door knock with us on March 24th or 31st for our #FromProtestToPower canvasses?

Our people-powered organizations will be talking with voters about the issues they care most about and the candidates who will govern for and with our communities. We will connect with voters about the Protest to Power Platform, working to elect our statewide endorsed progressive candidates, including former President & CEO of the NAACP, Ben Jealous for Governor of Maryland!

Join us to knock on doors in your community!

Saturday, March 24th in Baltimore City!

Saturday, March 31st in:

Montgomery County

  Prince George's County - Brandywine * Prince George's County - Greenbelt * Prince George's County - Seat Pleasant

Frederick County - Worman's Mill * Frederick County - Jefferson St.

Anne Arundel County - Annapolis * Howard County - Columbia

More to come - check out our event page for updates!

Think about this: Who can join you to go door to door for upholding progressive values and committing to electing progressive leaders?

Sign up with a canvass happening near you!

Interested in making sure that elected officials both on the campaign trail and in office are held accountable to the issues that matter most to us? 

Join our Movement Politics Team by clicking here!

In Solidarity,

Beth Landry, BSN, RN

[ She / Her / Hers ]

Statewide Organizing Director

Progressive Maryland 

Email: beth@progressivemaryland.org


STATEWIDE ACTION: Leadership Development

 Across the state of Maryland, community members are rising up to resist policies that divide and dehumanize us and to advance an agenda that puts people and planet first. They are leading and organizing their communities by knocking on doors, making calls, building relationships, leading issue campaigns, and running for office.

Help us support these leaders as they invest in their development this spring and summer!

We are preparing to have 25 statewide member leaders and staff attend the People's Action Transformational Leadership Training, a week of intensive leadership development for organizers across the country. About twenty leaders will be attending the first session of this training right here in Silver Spring, MD this April 15th-21st. An additional group will be attending the training July 15th-21st in Chicago, IL.

The total cost for each attendee is $900-$1200, including room/board, materials and travel. We're inviting you to invest in our leaders, so they can come back and transform Maryland.  Here’s how to donate:

Contribute to the general fund that is helping to support all our training attendees by clicking the links on this page.

Join us in fighting for racial, economic, workplace, gender and sexuality, and environmental justice to make it possible for everyone in our state to live in the world as it should be, and to move from protest to power.

Commit to building progressive power with us in Maryland - make a donation today!


 

 FROM THIS MORNING’S (MONDAY, MARCH 19) UNION CITY EMAIL NEWSLETTER FROM THE METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON COUNCIL, AFL-CIO:

SEIU takes the fight to Annapolis: SEIU members have zeroed in on the Maryland capitol in their fight for voting rights and living wages. 1199-sponsored legislation allowing Marylanders to register to vote on Election Day passed the House of Delegates with 91 votes last week after intense lobbying from workers. “A similar measure passed the State Senate last year,” said the union. “But we cannot take anything for granted. Call your State Senator.” 32BJ members, alongside BWI Airport contracted workers, testified for a $15/hour living wage at the State Senate this week. “All workers who keep our airports running, clean, and secure deserve living wages,” the union said. The Maryland Fight for $15 campaign was launched in January; click here to learn more and plug into the campaign.


OUR CHAPTERS AROUND THE STATE

Don't miss your chance to connect with Progressive Maryland and PMD Montgomery this March! Come to one, or both, of our upcoming happy hours and our March Canvass. 

Happy Hours This Month
THIS EVENT CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER: March 21, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
Republic, Takoma Park

We are back in Takoma Park this coming Wednesday at Republic. Find out how you can get involved with PMD Montgomery in the coming months. We would love to see you there. RSVP now
March 29, 2018, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
World of Beer, Rockville

We continue with our District 3 Happy Hours this month at World of Beer! Can't make it to Takoma Park because you live too far away? We are coming to you! RSVP now
From Protest to Power
Progressive Maryland is hosting mass canvasses around the state to talk to residents about the issues that matter to them. This March we will be doing just that and we hope you can join us on March 31st at 10:00 a.m in Montgomery County. Interested? Sign up now. Rain or shine, we'll be there. 
March for Our Lives
PMD Montgomery has been inspired by the amazing teenagers in our community claiming their power to fight for gun control. Join this massive movement on the March 24th, March for Our Lives. Join the march in Annapolis or Washington, DC. Find friends to march with at our upcoming happy hour in Takoma Park
Keep up with PMD Montgomery on Facebook and Twitter

PMD Montgomery
http://www.progressivemaryland.org/

Progressive Prince George’s


Listening Sessions to End Mass Incarceration in PG County

Join us for listening sessions in March and April. The purpose is to come up with a People's Agenda in PG County and craft community solutions that we can work on together! 

Thursday, March 22 | Greater Beulah Baptist Church in Capitol Heights | 7-10 p.m. |  (RSVP here

Saturday, April 14 | Location TBD |  | 9 AM - 12 PM | Planned and run by PGCPS students with a student-led panel on the school to prison pipeline and mental health (RSVP here)  

Contact Us! 
Chapter Chair - Krystal O. (koriadha@gmail.com)
Social Media - Lola A. (rlabdulai@gmail.com)
Education - Rob A. robanthonypd@gmail.com 
Mass Liberation - Seanniece (seanniece@progressivemaryland.org)
Economics & Transportation - Belina W.  (belinawimbish@gmail.com)  & John T.  (mctab@aol.com)
Fair Elections - Charles S. (charles@progressivemaryland.org)
Mental Health and the School to Prison Pipeline Listening Session
Hear from the student panel and craft community solutions that we can work on together!
Event co-hosted by School Board member Raaheela Ahmed
Saturday, April 14, 2018 
9AM-12 PM
Bowie High School
Join Us for Door Knocking in Prince George's
Berwyn Heights | 12-3 PM | RSVP here
Brandywine | 10 AM - 1 PM | RSVP here
Seat Pleasant | 10 AM - 1 PM | RSVP here
Know your Rights Training
Hosted by  ACLU and the Community Empowerment and Police Accountability Coalition
Wednesday 3/21/2018 7pm
Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church

Join Us For Door Knocking in PG County on Saturday, March 31st! 

Berwyn Heights | 12-3 PM | RSVP here

Seat Pleasant | 10 AM - 1 PM | RSVP here

Southern Upper Marlboro/ Brandywine | 10 AM - 1 PM | RSVP here


Frederick County Progressives


Take Action Anne Arundel County

TODAY! Monday, March 19 at  7 p.m.,  Anne Arundel County Council Meeting  at 44 Calvert St, Annapolis, MD 21401

  • Bill 11-18 Ordinance for the purpose of exempting leases with terms of three years or more for small cell systems from the requirement of approval by ordinance of the County Council
  • Join Take Action Anne Arundel County and contact your county councilman to oppose this ordinance. Don't know who your council member is? Click here

Tuesday, March 20 at 1 p.m. - in the Senate - SB 1188 Wireless Facilities - Permitting and Siting

 Saturday, March 31 at 10am - Canvass in Annapolis - From Protest to Power

·         Join Take Action Anne Arundel County and other Progressive Maryland chapters across the state in knocking on doors to talk to voters about they issues they care most able and the candidates who will govern for and with our communities.

·         Meet at Ceremony Roasters 90 Russell Street in Annapolis

·         RSVP here

 Other Events in Anne Arundel County

 Saturday March 24 at 11am - March for Our Lives Annapolis - at Lawyer's Mall in Annapolis

·         Join March for Our Lives Annapolis, a local march organized by Maryland students in response to school shootings. All students have the right to get an education without worrying about their safety!   

·         Rally at 11:00am at Lawyer's Mall and then marching by Noon down past City Dock to Susan Campbell Park.

·         Please come out and march and join all of us students and demand action #MarchForOurLives #Enough #NotOneMore #StudentsDemandAction #NeverAgain

·         RSVP here


Progressive Howard County

Senate Bill 543--Fight for $15 -- Let's get a $15 minimum wage in Maryland.

We have a great chance to pass a $15 minimum wage in Maryland, but we need your support!  Senator Rich Madaleno (D-Montgomery County) submitted SB543 in January of this year.  It proposes a gradual increase in the state minimum wage to a value of $15 in July 2023, with the minimum wage indexed to inflation after that. 

But none of the Howard County Senators have signed on to cosponsor the bill.  Tell your State Senators that you support SB543, Fight For $15 legislation, and ask them to sign on as cosponsors to the legislation.  

You can find the email and phone numbers of your state Senators here.  

If you live in Howard County, here is contact information for your Senators:

Gail Bates (Rep D9) (410) 841-3671, (301) 858-3671 gail.bates@senate.state.md.us

Ed Kasemeyer (Dem D12): (410) 841-3653, (301) 858-3653 edward.kasemeyer@senate.state.md.us

Guy Guzzone (Dem D13) (410) 841-3572, (301) 858-3572 guy.guzzone@senate.state.md.us


Talbot Rising


Lower Shore Progressive Caucus


Progressive Baltimore

Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 10:30 AM ·

The Start Up Nest in Baltimore, MD

Baltimore City Canvassing!

We need to support candidates who are going to work with communities to promote policies and solutions that help grow opportunity.

Direct voter contact and canvassing is how we ensure the message of these candidates gets out to the community and so voters are informed about candidates who will be the best at advancing and implementing our Progressive Maryland priorities.


EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES (OR OTHERWISE RELEVANT)

TONIGHT: Monday, March 19 -- Education Budget Forum: Councilmember Craig Rice, School Superintendent Jack Smith and Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard will host a budget forum on county education spending from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at White Oak Middle School, 12201 New Hampshire Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20904

Thursday April 5 – Save the Date for Progressive Cheverly’s County Council Candidates forum. Details to be announced. 7-9 p.m. Hoyer Education Center (cafeteria)


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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March 16, 2018 Progressive Maryland's continuing work for our Assembly agenda

Progressive Maryland’s folks have been busy during the General Assembly session testifying on, and watching the progress of, the many bills working their way through legislative committees as the Maryland legislature moves into its last month of the 2018 session.

Here’s a roundup, with selections from testimony on bills submitted or delivered at the committees’ sessions. We’re pushing on pro-working family bills that protect local autonomy, raise wages toward a living wage and provide genuine health care coverage, help preserve net neutrality, recover revenue from an ill-conceived tax move, improve voter access and protect pregnant women’s workplace rights.

 

March 14, 2018 California's Feinstein is vulnerable

California's long-serving Senator Dianne Feinstein could be headed for rough waters. She will almost certainly lose the votes of white progressives who favor a socialist economic agenda and a pacifist foreign policy. Feinstein drew jeers at a town hall last year when she declared that she opposes Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-all plan. She is one of the party’s hawks and her less confrontational approach towards President Trump has also cost her support on the left.

March 13, 2018 Assembly urged to bar asking salary history in hiring

Progressive Maryland submitted this testimony to the House Economic Matters Committee March 12 on behalf of bills prohibiting the use of salary history in determining compensation in the hiring process – a practice that disadvantages all working people seeking employment but particularly impacts women and minorities.

March 12, 2018 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for March 12-19 2018

Across the state of Maryland, community members are rising up to resist policies that divide and dehumanize us and to advance an agenda that puts people and planet first. They are leading and organizing their communities by knocking on doors, making calls, building relationships, leading issue campaigns, and running for office.

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