Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Oct. 2-8

TONIGHT a hearing on Cove Point, a Chapter meeting in Anne Arundel and a meeting on the cell tower issue in Shadyside – see below.

Lots more on the calendar for this week and beyond…

Two-day training for activists coming up this weekend. If you have committed to going, please remember to register. If you are still considering going, contact Justin Vest, state lead organizer, justin@progressivemaryland.org

TONIGHT a hearing on Cove Point, a Chapter meeting in Anne Arundel and a meeting on the cell tower issue in Shadyside – see below.

Lots more on the calendar for this week and beyond…

Two-day training for activists coming up this weekend. If you have committed to going, please remember to register. If you are still considering going, contact Justin Vest, state lead organizer, justin@progressivemaryland.org

 REGIONAL AND STATEWIDE CALENDAR

  Saturday, October 07,  6 p.m. Scavenger Hunt: Where are Their Spines?! Followed by “The World As It Should Be!” A Rally Demanding Healthcare Solutions   Lawyer's Mall, Annapolis in Annapolis, MD -- Over the last nine months, hundreds of thousands of organizers, activists, and constituents worked together to stop conservative members of Congress from repealing the Affordable Care Act (show all) rsvp

  Monday, October 09, Healthcare Phonebank,  04:30 p.m. Progressive Maryland Silver Spring Office in Silver Spring, MD -- We will be gathering at our office in Silver Spring for a healthcare phone bank to reach out to people across the state! Bring a charged cell phone (show all) rsvp  Also Monday, Oct 23 and Monday, Nov. 6 rsvp ,

Monday, October 9 -- Maryland Gubernatorial Candidates Forum. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Place -- Sponsored by Progressive Neighbors  The Forum will include candidate introductions, questions asked by a moderator, questions asked by candidates of each other, and questions from the audience. Attending or invited: Rushern Baker -- Alec Ross -- Ben Jealous (invited)  -- Jim Shea -- Kevin Kamenetz (invited) --  Krishanti Vignarajah -- Rich Madaleno More information: ProgressiveNeighborsInfo@gmail.com, Keith Berner 301-588-5080; Wally Malakoff 301-587-5559

 

  Saturday, October 21, Frolick for Single Payer at the Maryland Renaissance Festival  starting at 10 a.m. at the  Maryland Renaissance Festival in Annapolis, MD Did ye suffer mortal wound at the joust? Dost have an imbalance in thy humours? Did the charlatan's snake oil or leaches kill thy family near as terrible as the plague? Join the Mary (show all) rsvp

OUR CHAPTERS AROUND THE STATE

Progressive Prince George’s:

Thursday, October 5th, 7 pm: Forum on Fair Elections in Maryland.  Hoyer Education Center (cafeteria), 2300 Belleview Ave. (Parking Available), Cheverly. How does money adversely affect the democratic process and what can be done to limit the power of money in elections? Learn about current efforts to control spending and promote citizen funding in local elections in Prince George's County, gerrymandering of elections in Maryland and more. Speakers: Damon Effingham, Legal and Policy Director, Common Cause Maryland and Suchitra Balachandran, Chair, Our Revolution Prince George's, a member of the Fair Election Prince George's Coalition. 

Thursday, October 5 PGCPS Community Meeting

School Facility Utilization Study  7 p.m. Northwestern High School

7000 Adelphi Rd. Hyattsville, MD. 20782

 SAVE THE DATE Thursday, October 19, Prince George's County Fundraising Kick-Off, 7 p.m. rsvp

The Progressive Prince George's chapter is establishing a community co-op! A community co-op!? Yes! It's a fancy term for a resident-led and funded organization. The co-op will help progressive Prince Georgians cultivate and take action on issues near and dear to them.  Seanniece, the Prince George's County Co-op fellow, has been meeting with residents to hear more about what the County needs and wants to meet with YOU! Please use the link (https://beta.doodle.com/SeanniecePMD) to schedule a time to meet with her. 

You matter!  Get involved and get your issues addressed.  

Email the issue leads below to join a thought-and-action group. RVSP meeting attendance with the issue lead.

●Transportation - John Tabori - mctab@aol.com

Progressive Montgomery

Monday, Oct. 9 – Health and Human Services council committee meets on $15 wage bill. Watch for details on the above site

Take Action AA County

TAAAC meets tonight (Monday, Oct. 2) at 49 West, Annapolis.

TONIGHT Oct. 2 Dominion Cove Point hearing 6-9 p.m., Patuxent High School, 12485 Southern Connector Blvd., Lusby, MD – the company wants regulators to look the other way while they release unknown quantities of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in a residential area. Vigilance is needed. More at http://www.wearecovepoint.org/info-on-oct-2-psc-hearing-for-dominion-cove-point/

TONIGHT Oct. 2 South County Community Meeting, Monday, 10/2, 6 PM* We'll have a representative from County Executive Schuh's office to discuss and express our opposition to two controversial projects in South County: a proposed cell phone tower on school property at Shady Side Elementary, and mysterious bulldozing and digging taking place at Jack Creek park. Shady Side Community Center 1431 Snug Harbor Rd. Shady Side, MD

Wed Oct. 4 South County Democratic Club Meeting, Wednesday, 7 pm.* Pirate's Cove Restaurant Galesville, MD

Saturday, Oct 21 Environmental Action Response Town Hall 2-5, Annapolis venue TBA.

Progressive HoCo

Sunday Oct. 15 -- Fair elections panel discussion  6:00-8:00 pm at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center in Columbia.  Please RSVP by going to the Progressive HoCo website:  http://www.progressivehoco.org/calendar

Progressive HoCo and the Howard County Chapter of the NAACP will be holding a Voter Registration Drive throughout the fall.  We are focusing on low-income and rental neighborhoods in the county because residents in these neighborhoods are typically registered at significantly lower rates than in the general population.  Currently our Voter Registration activities include tabling at various locations in Howard County as well as door-knocking.  You can sign up at http://bit.ly/2x6S6hI.

 

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Lower Shore Progressive Caucus

 


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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September 30, 2017 Progressive struggles in Assembly yield pro-worker laws that take effective tomorrow, Oct. 1

Progressives struggled in the 2017 Assembly session to pass laws that increased access to work and success for workers and their families. Some that we won will take effect tomorrow, Oct. 1. Of the allies in this progressive struggle, few were more effective than the Job Opportunities Task Force, which applied research and advocacy in ways that complement the work of our best legislators and overcome the prejudices and biases of the rest.


September 29, 2017 Testimony favoring $15 wage bill in MoCo dominates council hearing

At this week's MoCo council hearing on the bill for a $15 minimum wage, "Of the 38 testimonies, only five expressed clear opposition to the $15 minimum wage with its proposed timeline and exemptions," Helen Burns reports. "The points of contention surrounded not whether a wage-earner was entitled to a modest living, but how the livable wage could be achieved."


September 28, 2017 Hogan's mega-highway roads plan drives over public-private cliff

"There’s nothing in Hogan’s transportation vision that helps people at the lower end of the economy," says Barry Rascovar. "No expansion of commuter buses, no shuttles connecting workers to spread-out job sites, no future mass transit such as a desperately needed east-west line through Baltimore. …Hogan’s highway proposal creates a windfall for the well-to-do and transportation businesses."


September 26, 2017 There are some things people in public life shouldn't waffle on. Like Nazis.

"It is a shame that when people allow their emotions to push them into their own political corners they, from time to time, might say things that they may not really mean if they were to take the time to think about it," Lower Shore activist Jared Schablein reflects.  "Nazism is not an acceptable political belief, in this or any other country."


September 25, 2017 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Sept. 25-Oct. 2

Still another Health Care Home Stretch Week, with US Senators busily engaged in bribing their fellow senators with home-state sweeteners to have them hold their noses and vote for the Graham-Cassidy version of Obamacare/ACA repeal. There is no room for complacency here; we have to let them know they can’t get away with it…. Lots more action below, regional and chapter-based, plus blog posts from the previous week.


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