Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for October 1 2018

Turnout is the goal, and voter contact is the path. Most folks are becoming aware that an election is coming up so this is the time to sharpen your community's understanding of how important it is to ELECT BEN JEALOUS governor and send Larry Hogan back to private life. Awareness about all the candidates statewide is critical – a Blue Wave needs to happen to put government at every level back on the side of working families instead of on the side of big business, corporations and uncontrolled development.

Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for October 1 2018

CANVASS!!! Turnout is the goal, and voter contact is the path. Most folks are becoming aware that an election is coming up so this is the time to sharpen your community's understanding of how important it is to ELECT BEN JEALOUS governor and send Larry Hogan back to private life. Awareness about all the candidates statewide is critical – a Blue Wave needs to happen to handcuff Trump (metaphorically now, maybe literally if Congress un-Rights itself) and our state needs to see a progressive surge -- to put government at every level back on the side of working families instead of on the side of big business, corporations and uncontrolled development.

Contact your neighbors and we all win.

 

CANVASS AND CONTACT OPPORTUNITIES STATEWIDE:

2018ProtestToPowerCanvassesbanner.jpg  Sunday, October 07, 2018 at 10:00 AM Pinefield Community Park in Waldorf, MD Sunday 10/7 Canvass Charles County (Waldorf)  rsvp

  Sunday, October 07, 2018 at 10:00 AM  TBD October 7, 2018 Frederick County Canvass  rsvp

  Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM TBD October 14, 2018 Frederick County Canvass  rsvp

  Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM TBD  October 21, 2018 Frederick County Canvass rsvp


 

FIGHT TO SAVE PRINCE GEORGE’S FAIR ELECTIONS BILL

Wed Oct. 3 Community Meeting to Support Prince George’s Fair Elections bill in Council -- -- 7:00 pm at Hyattsville City Building, Prangley Room -- 2nd Floor, 4310 Gallatin Street.

From Our Revolution Prince George’s: Council Bill 99 (CB-99), Prince George’s County’s Small Donor Funded Elections bill, will allow candidates for county offices to run grassroots campaigns free of big money and will help ensure that our elected officials are accountable to their constituents, not to wealthy special interests. The County Council will hear public testimony on and vote on Tuesday, October 23rd. This will the last day of the Council’s 2018 legislative session and the last opportunity for the current council to pass this critical electoral reform. The bill survived a dramatic attempt to drop it at the most recent council meeting (read about that here).
For Prince George’s residents interested in ensuring that big money doesn’t continue to dominate our local elections, it is absolutely essential for us to organize between now and October 23rd to get the word out, build support and show up to testify for CB 99 on October 23rd. Details about CB 99 are here.


 

Progressive Prince George’s

We have these canvasses coming up: 

Sat 10/6 Oakcrest Community Center 1300 Capitol Heights Blvd, Capitol Heights, MD 20743 Prince George's County: http://www.progressivemaryland.org/pgcanvass10_6

 

 Sun 10/7 Middleton Hall 4045 Renner Rd, Waldorf, MD Charles County http://www.progressivemaryland.org/charlescountywaldorfcanvass10_7  

  Tuesday, October 02, 2018 at 06:30 PM · Progressive Maryland Office

Prince George's County Courtwatch Training rsvp

  Saturday, October 06, 2018 at 01:00 PM

Oakcrest Community Center

Participatory Defense Community Meeting

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Participatory Defense Committee meetings also on October 13 rsvp and October 20 rsvp


 

PMD Montgomery


 

Frederick County Progressives

 

 

   
 
       

 

 


Take Action Anne Arundel County

Take Action AAC Update

Ballot Question 1: Gambling Revenue Dedicated to Education Lockbox Amendment

Take Action AAC is canvassing for progressive candidates and asking voters to VOTE YES on Ballot Question 1. Governor Hogan has been confusing voters that this Education Lockbox Amendment is his idea. Well, we can thank the teachers and the teachers' association for working with the Maryland legislature to add this question on the November ballot. Both the O'Malley and Hogan administrations used the additional casino revenue as the main source of education funding rather than using it to supplement our education budget, as originally promised. Our public education is UNDERFUNDED right now by $2.9 Billion dollars.

If voters VOTE YES on Ballot Question 1, this will add $500 Million Dollars as supplemental education funding, over the next four years, that is directed at important programs like early childhood development, career and technical vocation training, professional development for teachers, and school construction.

VOTE YES on Ballot Question #1 will change our state constitution to require casino revenue income to only be used for supplemental education programs. 

Check out http://Fixthefundmd.org for more information and resources to help get the word out to voters.


Take Action AAC Events

Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM South County Canvass

Join Take Action Anne Arundel County in Shady Side to support county candidates: James Kitchin for County Council District 7 and Laticia Hicks for Board of Education, District 7. 

Driftwood Diner in Shady Side, MD at 11am   rsvp

Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 01:00 PM Anne Arundel County Canvass

Ceremony Coffee Roastery in Annapolis, MD Join Take Action AAC to canvass for Progressive Maryland endorsed candidates in Annapolis.

We will meet at Ceremony Coffee Roastery at 1pm. We'll have a short briefing and then knock doors in Annapolis. Bring a charged smartphone, a clipboard, and wear comfortable shoes. We will canvass rain or shine! rsvp

  Thursday, November 01, 2018 at 06:00 PM Anne Arundel County Phone Bank

Phone bank for PM endorsed candidates in Anne Arundel County. Join Take Action AAC for an evening of phone banking at a private residence in Annapolis. Bring a charged cell phone, a tablet or laptop, and a smile! When you RSVP, you will be emailed the location.  rsvp

BOARD OF EDUCATION CANDIDATE FORUMS

Anne Arundel County is electing school board directors for the first time in county districts 4, 5 & 7. Take Action AAC has joined with other local community organizations to co-host Board of Education Candidate Forums. 

Tuesday, October 10 at 7 pm - District 4 Board of Education Candidate Forum at The Village Commons Community Center

For more information on the two candidates, click here.

To share your BOE candidate questions, fill in the survey here by October 5.

Plan to attend and share this FB event with your network

Monday, October 15 at 7 pm - District 5 Board of Education Candidate Forum at Cape St. Claire Clubhouse

For more information on the two candidates, click here.

To share your BOE candidate questions, fill in the survey here by October 5.

Plan to attend and share this FB event with your network

Tuesday, October 16 at 7 pm - District 7 Board of Education Candidate Forum at the American Legion Edgewater

For more information on the two candidates, click here.

To share your BOE candidate questions, fill in the survey here by October 5.

Plan to attend and share this FB event with your network

Other Anne Arundel Events

Thursday, October 11 at 7 pm-- Ben Jealous House Parties, live stream with Ben talking about Medicare for All

The Maryland Blue Wave Coalition is asking for volunteers to host house parties on Monday, October 11 

Ben Jealous with special guests will be live streaming from 7-8 pm about Medicare for All

RSVP to attend or host your own house party here Learn more here  


Progressive Howard County


 

Talbot Rising


 

Lower Shore Progressive Caucus


PMD Baltimore

  Wednesday, October 03, 2018 at 05:30 PM Wednesday 10/3 Canvass Baltimore City

Come help Canvass for the general election with Progressive Maryland Baltimore. Mobilizing the vote in Baltimore City and Baltimore County is one of the most crucial steps to getting Ben Jealous elected in November. Support other local progressive candidates in the districts we canvass! Come help make the blue wave happen and meet your fellow voters! rsvp

Saturday, October 06, 2018 at 10:00 AM Saturday 10/6 Canvass Baltimore City  rsvp

Saturday, October 06, 2018 at 11:00 AM Saturday 10/6 Canvass Baltimore County  rsvp

Sunday, October 07, 2018 at 10:00 AM Sunday 10/7 Canvass Baltimore City  rsvp

Sunday, October 07, 2018 at 11:00 AM Sunday 10/7 Canvass Baltimore County  rsvp

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 10:00 AM Sunday 10/10 Canvass Baltimore City  rsvp

Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 05:30 PM Thursday October 11 Canvass Baltimore County  rsvp

Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM Saturday 10/13 Canvass Baltimore City  rsvp

Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM Sunday 10/14 Canvass Baltimore City  rsvp


EVENTS FROM OUR ALLIES

Wed Oct. 3 Community Meeting to Support Prince George’s Fair Elections bill in Council -- -- 7:00 pm at Hyattsville City Building, Prangley Room -- 2nd Floor, 4310 Gallatin Street. See above for details.

 Wednesday, October 3, Film: Reinventing Power: America’s Renewable Energy Boom. Reinventing Power takes us across the country to hear from the people making our clean energy future achievable. It underscores that we don’t have to sacrifice jobs for a clean environment.  This 50-minute Sierra Club film will be shown at Greenbelt Community Center, Room 114, 7 pm.  
https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7010Z000002B3YaQAK. Contact: Lore Rosenthal (simplicitygroupsmd@gmail.com, 301-345-2234).  Co-sponsored by the Prince George’s Sierra Club and the Greenbelt Climate Action Network. 


 Baltimore comrades, Check in on Max Obuszewski’s highly useful calendar and tip sheet at http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/


 

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September 26, 2018 The Rich Want To Take Away Your Right To Vote

Voting is on our minds more and more as November approaches. We know that if even a large fraction of the Marylanders who just didn’t get around to voting in 2014 – and brought us Larry Hogan – will turn out this time for Ben Jealous we can send Hogan home.

So here’s the thing: First, make sure your neighbors get the urgency of this election and get out to say yes to progressive change -- rather than business as usual that routinely benefits business more than workers. Then think about your friends and relatives in states where casting your ballot is tougher for working families and minority communities because of a decades-long right-wing effort to throw up barriers. Make that call, support them and make change in the country, too.

 

September 24, 2018 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for September 24, 2018

Larry Hogan doesn’t want to debate Ben Jealous – typical for an incumbent who feels (hahaha) as though he is ahead. He only agreed to one debate, which many observers are saying short-changes the people of Maryland.

The debate is tonight (Monday, Sept. 24) and several outfits are setting watch parties (see below) to see Hogan scramble to defend his four years of putting the interests of the wealthy ahead of working families. Ben Jealous is waiting, and so are we..


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