Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for May 7-14 2018

TODAY, MONDAY, MAY 7, IS CHARGED WITH EVENTS. So the Weekly Memo is going out early to alert our activists.

MORE about the upcoming week will be added to this, our online Memo, as it comes in. Click here to catch up throughout the week.

WHAT’S HOT TODAY (Monday, May 7)

Prince George’s District Council – concrete batch plant in Bladensburg may get a decision today (1:30 at CAB, Upper Marlboro)

And in Capitol Heights, a State’s Attorney candidate forum at 6 and a debt free college event at 7 with Ben Jealous and Sen. Bernie Sanders at 7 – both at Oakcrest Community Center.


 

Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for May 7, 2018

TODAY, MONDAY, MAY 7, IS CHARGED WITH EVENTS. So the Weekly Memo is going out early to alert our activists.

MORE about the upcoming week will be added to our online Memo as it comes in. Check here on on Facebook to catch up throughout the week.

Wondering what's new since the emailed Memo went out Monday morning? Look for the red text.

As always, we have links to recent blogs and events from our progressive allies.

WHAT’S HOT TODAY (Monday, May 7)

Prince George’s District Council – concrete batch plant in Bladensburg may get a decision today (1:30 at CAB, Upper Marlboro)

And in Capitol Heights, a State’s Attorney candidate forum at 6 and a debt free college event at 7 with Ben Jealous and Sen. Bernie Sanders at 7 – both at Oakcrest Community Center.

DETAILS:

The Prince George’s County Council, sitting as the District Council, may vote today on the Concrete Batching Plant application in Bladensburg. Here is the message from Port Towns Environmental Action, which opposes the plan:

 

>>CONTACT County Councilmember Andrea Harrison NOW and Say “NO SE-4792 Concrete Batching in the Port Towns!” CALL: 301-952-3864 EMAIL: rcstreeter@co.pg.md.us

>> ATTEND Today’s District Council “Decision” * Wear “RED” -- District Council Meeting Monday, May 7, 2018 @ 1:30 PM County Administration Building 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Second Floor -- Upper Marlboro, MD 20722

 

Tonight at 7 – Debt Free College – event with Ben Jealous special guest Sen. Bernie Sanders in Capitol Heights Oakcrest Community Center RSVP


OUR CHAPTERS AROUND THE STATE

Progressive Prince George’s

Tonight (Monday, May 7) at 6 p.m. Grassroots and community organizing groups are coming together at the Oakcrest Community Center, 1300 Capitol Heights Blvd, Capitol Heights, MD 20743  to put on a State's Attorney Candidates Forum!  RSVP here

Hear from your Prince George's State's Attorney candidates Aisha Braveboy, Michael Lyles, and Sen. Victor Ramirez directly! 

Arm yourself with the knowledge and have the opportunity ask important questions! 

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. 

Saturday, May 12 Get Out the Vote Block Party 12PM Beltway Plaza

RSVP here


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.

  • Saturday, May 19th. Silver Spring, MD. RSVP
  • Saturday, May 12th. Gaithersburg, MD. RSVP
  • Saturday, May 26th. Location TBD. RSVP

May Happy Hours

Between warm days canvassing, we will be cooling off with cold drinks during our two May happy hours. All happy hours are from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

  • Takoma Park Happy Hour, Republic, May 16RSVP.
  • Rockville Happy Hour, World of Beer, May 31RSVP.

Frederick County Progressives

Candidate Forum – Sunday May 20th

Be sure to join us Sunday, May 20th for a panel discussion with the male candidates for the Frederick County Democratic Central Committee. 01:15 PM at C. Burr Artz Public Library - Downtown

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Take Action Anne Arundel County

  • Take Action Anne Arundel County started the year learning about the state legislative session, conducting a survey of issues, and personally advocating for certain bills. We are participating in an endorsement process for county council and state races with Progressive Maryland. We have been hitting the pavement to talk to voters about their issues and to support progressive candidates. We are currently initiating our own survey for school board candidates. 
  • How does all of this work relate? Why are we putting our energies in certain places? Come join the conversation about the vision for what our county could look like next year and put your effort in the work that is going to make change happen.
  • Facebook RSVP here
Saturday May 19 at 10am  -- From Protest to Power Canvass in Edgewater, 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
  • This canvass will focus on Ben Jealous for Governor, Chrissy Holt for State Senate District 30, and James Kitchin for County Council District 7
  • RSVP here
Sunday May 20 at 1pm -- From Protest to Power Canvass in Davidsonville, State District 33/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
  • This canvass will focus on Ben Jealous for Governor, Eve Hurwitz for State Senate District 33, and James Kitchin for County Council District 7
  • RSVP here
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

Progressive Howard County


Talbot Rising


Lower Shore Progressive Caucus


EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES

DC LABORFEST is under way throughout May and has events, music and movies including in some Maryland venues – check out their complete schedule

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 Sam Nelson of Jobs with Justice.

Events in Anne Arundel County
Wednesday May 9 at 6:30pm - Candidate Forum at Eastport Community Center
  • Co-hosted by the Eastport Civic Association, Harbor House/Eastport Terrace Resident's Association and Action Annapolis
  • Candidates for state delegate and state senate in District 30/30A 
 Saturday May 12 at 5:30pm - True Blue,True Progressive Party at 49 West Fundraiser for Chrissy Holt for State Senate District 30
  • Featured speaker - Larry Stafford, Executive Director of Progressive Maryland
    • "How Progressives are Shaping the Blue Wave Against Trump
  • Complimentary appetizers and cash bar
  • Purchase on-line tickets here
    • $25 Blue Guest
    • $50 Progressive Soldier
    • $100 Indigo Warrior
    • $250 Democratic Change Agent
  • Wear your blues or denim to show your support of electing the right Democrats 

 

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 03, 2018 Right-wing money lashes back at activist, striking teachers

Teachers across the country have shown the rest of us how to fight back. Now the organized, moneybags Right Wing is ginning up a propaganda mill to slander the teachers. Jeff Bryant reports on Progressive Breakfast that “teachers are not making their pay the defining issue of their uprising. Contrary to what [right-wing propaganda] asserts, they’re focused on improving the lives of their students.” Progressive Breakfast is the blog from People’s Action, national affiliate of Progressive Maryland.

May 01, 2018 The need for Safe Consumption sites in Maryland

A bill that would have provided safe consumption sites for drug use in Maryland -- proven to save lives and reduce opioid addiction mortality in other counties -- failed (again) in the General Assembly this year. “We know that Maryland will eventually see the demonstrated benefit of safer drug consumption spaces and pass the legislation necessary to establish them here,” says Harriet Smith, the Baltimore Harm Reducation Coalition’s executive director. “We need brave policy makers who are willing to set aside their fears of reelection and do what’s right for Maryland.”

 

April 30, 2018 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for April 30-May 7 2018

May Day tomorrow -- less than two months till the June 26 Primary Election in Maryland – a crucial time for mobilizing on behalf of not only progressive candidates but on the progressive issue stances to which we will hold them when they are elected. Make sure your neighbors and your community are energized on both counts by joining our canvasses across the state. Become part of our Movement Politics team.

Plus recent blog posts and info from around our state chapters and our allies.


>>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