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.


Welcome to the Tuesday, May 29 (post-holiday) Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo –

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.hogan_in_shades.jpg

And check out our latest blog posts, below: the Poor People’s campaign, big money in Prince George’s elections, the effect of unfixed Metrorail on our economy, and why Ben Jealous is not ignoring the Eastern Shore.

Look for green entries that were added after the email Memo went out Tuesday


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 let’s all 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

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 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:

►Happy Hour with Candidates

We are back at World of Beer in Rockville for our May 31st happy hour -- two weeks to the day before early voting starts on June 14th. A number of fantastic Progressive Maryland-endorsed candidates will be dropping by including county council hopefuls Chris Wilhelm, Danielle Meitiv, Will Jawando, and Ben Shnider (and perhaps more!). It's a perfect opportunity to get to know them in an informal setting.  RSVP: 

►June 3rd Canvass: Gaithersburg

The primary is June 26th and we have a multimillionaire trying to steal the Montgomery County election. Come canvass with us to show they #CantBuyMoCo! RSVP


 

Frederick County Progressives  JuneEVandGOTV.jpg

Saturday, June 02, 2018

AACF Immigration Celebration Day in Frederick, MD

June 2nd Golden Mile Canvass - Frederick City at 10:00 AM


Take Action Anne Arundel County


Progressive Howard County


Talbot Rising


Lower Shore Progressive Caucus

 


Events From Our Allies:

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).

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.


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 28, 2018 Our money is misspent and keeps us poor, but "America will be"

This Tuesday the Poor People's Campaign "will remember the 250,000 people who will die this year because of low wealth while we invest over $700 billion in a bloated military budget." But Rev. Barber declares "we refuse to give up the flag and the hope that a movement of people can make America into the nation we have never yet been. We are pressing on toward a Third Reconstruction."

May 24, 2018 Alsobrooks campaign challenged to acknowledge and return special interest donations

  “If Angela Alsobrooks is concerned about voters learning the truth about who’s funding her campaign, then we believe she would have less to worry about if she simply stops taking money from these special interest groups, and gives the money back that she’s already taken," Progressive Maryland Executive Director Larry Stafford Jr. said.

May 23, 2018 No short cuts to bringing our transit system back from decay

An unfixed Metro can hammer the local economy to the tune of $11 billion. Local governments that have cobbled together a half-baked funding plan to (just barely) repair the neglected transit system are toying with big hits to the local economy.

May 22, 2018 Open Letter to Ben Jealous: The Lower Shore Thanks You

"...for the first time in my life, there is actually a candidate running for governor who cares about the Eastern Shore and has plans and policies that will help us grow and develop."

May 21, 2018 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.


>>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