Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for May 29-June 3

A discouraging week because of Hogan's veto of the Healthy Working Families Act, but quite encouraging when we consider the healthy pushback against his slippery veto-plus. Follow the week in our linked blog posts, below, plus news and events for our growing chapters around the state.

It’s perhaps a little dispiriting to follow the trail of our blog posts (linked below) in the past week. Each day is a new task as we lay out the reasons Larry Hogan should sign the Healthy Working Families Act, or at least let that groundbreaking expansion of paid sick leave to 700,000 Marylanders. And each day he conducts his regressive tease, vowing veto, waiting a few beats (when you are nothing but show, timing is everything, as Hogan is learning from his increasingly obvious mentorship by Trump) -- then vetoing it with slippery add-on enticements.

So we’ll have to roll the rock up the hill one more time, making sure Senators in the veto-proof majority voting for HB1 don’t lose heart or spine between now and next January, when the veto overrides begin. Hogan is counting on it time wearing them down. We will wear him down instead.

And we have many more fish to fry in turning Maryland from merely Blue (as in Not Red) to genuinely progressive. Onward.

PROGRESSIVE MARYLAND EVENTS: follow links to Events Calendar for more information

●  Saturday, June 17,
The Blueprint 2018 2 p.m.· $36.00 USD The Home of David Hart in Bethesda, MD Join us on June 17th for " The Blueprint 2018" where we will lay out our plan of action and raise money to win for the resistance in the 2018 elections. The ticket levels for the event are (show all) buy tickets


 STATEWIDE ORGANIZING NOTES

Fair Elections Statewide:

Tuesday May 30th Howard County Fair Elections: MILLENNIALS for CB30, 5 p.m., The Greene Turtle Bar & Restaurant  8872 McGraw Road, Suite C, Columbia, MD 21045 RSVP:  Millennial-focused happy hour at Green Turtle in Columbia.

Thursday, June 1 – Progressive Maryland and Progressive Prince George's in person meeting to lay out a strategy for Prince George's County Fair Elections,  6:30 p.m. at Jubilee Christian Church International, 4350 Kenilworth Ave, Hyattsville, MD  20781. To learn more about our Fair Elections Campaign, click here.  Please RSVP your attendance to amity.pope@gmail.com

Monday, June 5 Howard County Fair Elections Public Hearing on CB30. We need people to come out to the hearing. Please RSVP via email to David  Bazell at daveb13704@gmail.com, RSVP and let him know if you will be a speaker or nonspeaking attendee.

Training and team activities:

Media Team -- Progressive Maryland needs more state-level communication activism in these categories: Blog team; Press release/media outreach team; Social media team. Bring your skills to the progressive struggle. Contact alexiss@progressivemaryland.org, justin@progressivemaryland.org or woodlanham@gmail.com.

Please sign up to host canvassing in your neighborhood, alexiss@progressivemaryland.org  

June 9-11 The People’s Summit, a People’s Action annual event, is rocking Chicago. You can be there. People's Summit tickets are limited so please contact Beth for more information at beth.g.landry@gmail.com . Watch the PM BlogSpace for more information on the People’s Summit later this week.

Candidate Pipeline Trainings:

Saturday, June 03, Movement Politics Campaign Leadership Training  at 9 a.m. · $36.00 USD · HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS BALTIMORE DOWNTOWN in Baltimore , MD buy tickets

June 23rd-25th a three-day training, requiring completion of previous trainings. Location: Prince George’s County. Contact Alexiss@progressivemaryland.org

Job Openings:

Baltimore Organizer: Please send resume, 3 reference, and cover letter to Alexiss Kurtz alexiss@progressivemaryland.org.

Healthcare Organizer: Please send resume, 3 reference, and cover letter to Justin Vest at justin@progressivemaryland.org

Fellow: Please send resume, 3 reference, and cover letter to Alexiss Kurtz alexiss@progressivemaryland.org.

Intern(unpaid): Please send resume, 3 reference, and cover letter to Justin Vest at justin@progressivemaryland.org

 Montgomery County Chapter

 The Council District 5 team (Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Burtonsville) hosted their first social at Nando's in downtown Silver Spring. About 35 people attended and volunteered to get involved in the Montgomery County chapter. The MoCo steering committee met for the first time on Saturday

. Key tasks will be continuing to develop issue teams and new leaders. The Council District 1 team met on Sunday for a deep canvass in Bethesda, talking to voters about issues facing the county and getting input from residents about the issues most affecting them and their communities. To get involved with the Montgomery County chapter, click here, and be on the look out for a new website coming soon.  – Justin Vest

Frederick Chapter events this week:

Sunday, June 4th  Deep Canvassing with the Frederick County Progressives from 11am-4pm Ballenger Creek Park Pavilion Closest to Dog Park 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick, MD 21703 Come out with the Frederick County Progressives on June 4th for deep canvassing in Frederick. If you really understand the weight of what is at stake and the connection we need to build with our neighbors, you'll know participation in the#knockeverydoor campaign is crucial for our future. 

Let's get started! In order to maintain a cohesive message, please make every attempt to arrive on time to do pre-canvass training and divide into teams! For more information, to RSVP, or to find the links to download the MiniVAN app, please go to our event page. Our chapter will have an additional canvassing session on June 18th with further sessions TBD. Contact Beth Landry, BSN, RN at beth.g.landry@gmail.com

Progressive Prince George’s

MARK Your CALENDAR! Thursday, June 1 -- Fair Election Prince George's Meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, June 1st at 6:30 p.m. at Jubilee Christian Church International, 4350 Kenilworth Ave, Hyattsville, MD 20781.

To learn more about our Fair Elections Campaign, click here.  Please RSVP your attendance to amity.pope@gmail.com

 Issue Groups Our chapter has identified five key issues of concern in our county: healthcare, education, campaign finance reform, and economic matters and transportation. And we are looking for leaders to work on the following: Recruitment Team; Social Media; Phone Bank; HUSTLE(texting app); Field Team; Canvass Captain; and Canvassers.

 To join an issue or team-function working group, please reach out to Amity Pope, Co-Lead Organizer amity.pope@gmail.com.

 County Council We are looking for a point person for each County Council District. This team will mobilize when needed to advocate with their councilperson on a progressive issue, or to support new candidates for the office. If you are interested in this, please reach to Diane Teichert, Co-Lead Organizer revdteichert@gmail.com.


Howard County Chapter:   
Howard County needs a steering committee -
- we are looking for leaders to work on the following: Recruitment Team; Social Media; Phone Bank; HUSTLE (texting app); Field Team; Canvass Captain; and Canvassers

Howard County also is looking for issue committees for the following issues: Fair Elections; Transportation/Roads; Immigration/ Trust Act; Affordable Housing; Fight for 15. 

Monday, June 5 Howard County Fair Elections Public Hearing on CB30. We need people to come out to the hearing. Please RSVP via email to David  Bazell at daveb13704@gmail.com, RSVP and let him know if you will be a speaker or nonspeaking attendee.

See yourself engaged in this way? Please contact the Howard County Chapter Leader, Dave Bazell at daveb13704@gmail.com .


 

  Eastern Shore

Thursday, June 8 Lower Shore Progressive Caucus Meeting5:30-8:30 p.m., Wicomico Public Library, 122 S. Division St., Salisbury 21801

 FROM OUR ALLIES:

Join Progressive Cheverly: This Thursday, June  1: Immigrant Rights forum
Sunday, June 25: Our annual picnic. Details here:

Thursday, June 1:  Immigrant Rights --- defending vulnerable populations in our community.  Speakers include Kamal Essaheb, Director of Policy & Advocacy, National Immigration Law Center, Julio Murillo, Policy Analyst in CASA's Housing and Community Development Program and Senator Victor Ramirez.  7 p.m. Hoyer Education Center (cafeteria) 2300 Belleview Ave. (Parking Available), Cheverly. Light refreshments will be served.


Sunday, June 25: Join Progressive Cheverly as we celebrate with our annual summer picnic. All are welcome. Please bring a dish to share. We will provide burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, rolls, condiments and soft drinks. BYOB. 3- 6 p.m. in Boyd Park (intersection of 64th Ave. and State St.), Cheverly

 OF INTEREST TO PROGRESSIVES:

 Thursday June 1:  Book Talk: Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth, discussion with author Gar Alperovitz, former Lionel Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland. Alperovitz will discuss his view of our current dark times as the potential prehistory of a period of fundamental and transformative systemic change.  In his new book, he outlines his vision of the “Pluralist Commonwealth,” a new political economy that moves beyond both corporate capitalism and state socialism. 7- 9 p.m., Busboys and Poets Langston Room, 14th & V St. NW, Washington DC


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BLOG POSTS THIS 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


May 29, 2017   Honor to those who fought for their comrades

Those we honor on Memorial Day struggled to save their comrades. Nations who choose to settle conflicts with war have a ways to catch up where honor is concerned.


May 26, 2017   Hogan's slippery paid sick leave veto needs imaginative, flexible response

Larry Hogan's slippery veto of the paid sick leave bill illustrates the broad front on which progressive strategy needs to operate for 2018 and beyond.


May 25, 2017   Paid sick leave must become law without Hogan's signature

Larry Hogan has signaled he won't sign HB1, the Healthy Working Families Act, in his last batch of signings this week. His choice is a veto he already knows will be overridden next January, or letting paid sick leave become law without a signature now. He should do the latter; let him know that. Call 410-974-3901.


May 24, 2017   Progressive Prince George's organizing on an issues path

Issue concerns are fueling a reorganized Progressive Prince George’s group:  After a period of reorganization, Progressive Prince George's is up and running again.


May 23, 2017   HB1’s earned paid sick days standard will benefit Maryland businesses

Though a lobbyist for "small businesses" whines about the alleged disaster of state-mandated paid sick leave, actual small business persons embrace HB1, a law passed this year with a veto-proof majority. Gov. Hogan's deadline for vetoing, signing or adoption by inaction for HB1 is in just a few days. We can tell him to do the right thing -- sign it.


May 22, 2017   Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for May 22-28

Your Weekly Memo, with lots of info about training -- who needs training? we all do... and events in all manner of progressive localities.

Keeping up with the blogs is easier with the index. The blogs published in the PM BlogSpace since June 2015 are all available with descriptions and links here.