Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for May 21-28 2018

BUILDING POWER – Lots and lots of canvass and phone banking opportunities around the state to build power and unite your neighbors for action in your community. And that’s just in May.

See the full events list – with RSVP links – on our Facebook page.

Why are we doing all this? To fix our broken politics in Maryland by electing people who will blow past the business-as-usual governance style -- one with which way too many officials have gotten way too comfortable.

BUILDING POWER – Lots and lots of canvass and phone banking opportunities around the state to build power and unite your neighbors for action in your community. And that’s just in May.

See the full events list – with RSVP links – on our Facebook page.

Why are we doing all this? To fix our broken politics in Maryland by electing people who will blow past the business-as-usual governance style with which way too many officials have gotten way too comfortable.

Progressive Maryland has engaged with and endorsed candidates all over the state, at every level. No coin flips here; many of the folks on our endorsement honor roll have answered our detailed questions on the record, and we really like what they have to say. Check out their answers. Then get to work getting them elected.


OUR CHAPTERS AROUND THE STATE

Progressive Prince George’s

Thursday, May 31, Phonebank-A-Thon

The primary election is rapidly approaching and we need to get as many progressives in office as possible. Join us in reaching out to voters! 7 PM 

Clout Co-Working Space

9221 Hampton Overlook 

Capitol Heights, MD 20743

Court Watch

We'll be doing the Court Watch the month of May! 

Contact Qiana Johnson to sign up: q.johnson@peoplesaction.org

Court watch is a court monitoring program comprised of volunteers who observe and evaluate the justice system and outcomes. This program tracks pre-trial services, bail amounts, trends in sentencing and provides a forum for feedback to facilitate systems advocacy change regarding Prince George's County criminal justice system. This program serves as a reminder to courtroom personnel that the public is interested in what happens in the courtroom and will hold the justice system and themselves accountable for fair justice in their community.


 PMD Montgomery

From Protest to Power Canvasses

All canvasses are from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. We will be talking to our neighbors about our endorsed candidates.JuneEVandGOTV.jpg

  • Saturday, May 26th. Location Hillandale. RSVP

May Happy Hours

Between warm days canvassing, we will be cooling off with cold drinks during our second May happy hour, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

  • Rockville Happy Hour, World of Beer, May 31, RSVP.

Take Action Anne Arundel County

Wednesday May 23 at 6pm -- Community Meeting on Solar Energy Farms at Southern Middle School cafeteria located at 5235 Solomons Island Rd in Lothian MD. 

►Join Take Action Anne Arundel County in testifying at the Anne Arundel County Department of Planning and Zoning public meeting to discuss solar energy farms in Anne Arundel County. Currently, industrial solar energy parks are permitted in lands zoned RA (rural-agricultural). Under the Maryland community solar pilot program five community solar facilities are proposed in RA zoned farmland in South County.  The 8 month moratorium has halted County approval of the community solar projects while the county has studied existing regulations and developed recommendations for appropriate measures and processes for review of current and future proposed energy operations.   This meeting should provide insight into the recommendations the County is developing and provide an opportunity for public input.

►As the current moratorium is a reaction to the initial community opposition to building solar facilities on farmland in South County, it is critically important that we have a strong showing of those supporting community solar and renewable power to ensure that the County implements zoning regulations that enable Anne Arundel county to lead in our transition from fossil fuels to an economy powered by carbon free power sources. 

►If you care about clean air and clean water in Anne Arundel County, your voice matters now. Please RSVP at our FB event and share this with your social network.    

 

Saturday May 26 at 10am -- From Protest to Power Canvass in Shady Side, State District 30/County District 7

Join Take Action Anne Arundel County to talk to voters about the issues that matter to them and to advocate for endorsed progressive candidates

James Kitchin, PM endorsed candidate for County Council District 7 will be canvassing with our team

This canvass will focus on James, Chrissy Holt for State Senate District 30 and Ben Jealous for Governor. RSVP here


Frederick County Progressives


Progressive Howard County


Talbot Rising


Lower Shore Progressive Caucus


 

 

EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES

Monday, May 21 -- Part of the LaborFest schedule: The Reel and Meal at the New Deal in Greenbelt shows “Dolores,” the inspiring biopic about Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers. At the New Deal Café, Roosevelt Center in Greenbelt. Optional vegan buffet meal ($14) at 6:30 and free film at 7, with discussion led by an organizer for jobs and justice in today’s different but difficult environment.

TUES May 22 TOWN HALL ON AMAZON HQ2 — Join residents of DC, Virginia, and Maryland in demanding an end to the secrecy surrounding the Amazon HQ2 bid and that our elected leaders fund communities, not Amazon! Message nelson238@gmail.com if you’d like to volunteer for the event! 6:30-8:30 PM St Stephens Church 1525 Newton St NW

Tuesday, May 22 Greenbelt Climate Action Network co-sponsors "100 for MD Event" 7:00-8:30 pm Greenbelt Youth Center Multipurpose Room 99 Centerway, Greenbelt, MD More here: We are excited to announce that we're co-hosting the 100 for MD Event Series in Greenbelt with Food & Water Watch and 100% Renewable Maryland!  RSVP


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:

May 17, 2018 The WaPo's Montgomery County endorsement conflict of interest

The Washington Post promises to avoid conflict of interest and even the appearance of conflict of interest. It failed to abide by this laudable pledge, however, when it issued endorsements in the upcoming Democratic primaries in Montgomery County, as Hal Ginsberg outlines here. Even worse, it does not even acknowledge how its owner’s financial considerations may contravene the interests of county residents.

May 14, 2018 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for May 14-21 2018

Here's the Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo -- one stop activist shopping, with events calendar, activism opportunities and links to our recent blog posts.

 

>>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