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...


 

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.

Hitting the streetsread here for canvasses throughout October in Frederick and Anne Arundel counties.


OUR CHAPTERS AROUND THE STATE

Progressive Prince George's

Saturday, September 29, Participatory Defense Community Meeting   at 1 PM , Oakcrest Community Center rsvp These Mass Liberation meetings are held every Saturday through the Fall.


PMD Montgomery


Frederick County Progressives

See the canvass calendar for Frederick Progressives events


pm_folks_with_banner.jpgTake Action AAC Update

Take Action AAC has launched a new website. Check out our new look & new logo at takeactionaac.com. A big shout out to Lynne Davis and her daughter who did a great job on this site.

Take Action AAC joined with local progressives in Annapolis to canvass on Saturday September 22nd for Ben Jealous - PM endorsed candidate for Governor and Lisa Rodvien - PM endorsed candidate for County Council District 6. A big shout out to Chrissy and Art Holt for hosting this kick-off canvass. 

Take Action AAC Events

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, September 27 On the Road for Climate Action -  at 7 pm at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House.

Dr. Shahir Masri is an air pollution scientist and author & Athina Simolaris is an educator. This summer they’re pausing their careers for 1 year of grass-roots climate advocacy. They will be in Annapolis with “On the Road for Climate Action,” an 11-week public outreach tour across 35 states  More information is here. Let us know you are coming here.


Progressive Howard County


Talbot Rising

Read the Sept. 17 newsletter, including more about the Sept. 27 Talbot Council Candidate Forum and Sept. 30 meet-n-greet with Talbot Council candidate Rose Potter.



Lower Shore Progressive Caucus


PMD Baltimore

Canvass B-city and B-county; opportunities this Wednesday and Thursday and this weekend. Check PMD Baltimore’s canvass calendar.


EVENTS FROM OUR PROGRESSIVE ALLIES

Monday, September 24th -- Ben Jealous Debate Watch Party  -- Our Revolution MoCo - Debate is at 7:00 pm, come earlier for fun. Denizen's Brewery, 1115 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD

Please RSVP for this event -- here if you're a Facebook person, or here if you're not. If you don't need a reminder, you can also use our Google form. Thanks.

Monday, Sept. 24 film “Dolores,” documentary about farm worker organizer Dolores Huerta, sponsors are Friends of Hyattsville Library, showing at 7 PM, University Christian Church, 6800 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville.

 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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OUR BLOG POSTS IN THE PAST WEEK

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We recently published these blog posts:

September 22, 2018 Keeping our politics movement-based before and after November

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As Progressive Maryland and other allied groups increasingly focus on the November election – on contact, turnout and movement building – lessons that emerged from this year’s events begin to shape themselves into a narrative of victory and advance. In a recent interview, which appeared in two parts Laurel Wales tries to pull together the threads of street heat and the work of governance, which often seem estranged. Here are excerpts. Wales is People’s Action Deputy Director of Movement Politics.

September 21, 2018 PAC ad battle drags Hogan's terrible record on education out of shadows

Larry Hogan's miserable record on the state's education effort, masked by his well-funded and untruthful ad campaign, is now being unmasked by a PAC that is finally getting Ben Jealous's excellent alternatives -- and Hogan's failure -- on the air and out in the open.

Danielle Gaines reports here for Maryland Matters [edited for brevity].

September 20, 2018 A New Roadmap for Getting Change Done

Veteran progressive activist and analyst Robert Borosage surveys the post-primary landscape leading up to the November general election and finds "the progressive insurgency is winning the battle of ideas in the Democratic Party. Increasingly, Democratic candidates are embracing big ideas from the insurgent platform – Medicare for All, tuition-free college, a $15.00 minimum wage, a Green New Deal, criminal justice reform, getting money out of politics, abortion rights, the Dream Act and more."

Marylanders like these things too, and we know we won't get them from Larry Hogan.

September 19, 2018 A "sea of black excellence" illuminates the stakes of this election

Posted by woody woodruff · 2:28 PM

"My experience at the History Makers gala affirmed for me more than ever that our Movement is connected," says Progressive Maryland Chief Operations Officer Alexiss Kurtz. "The sister campaigns and organizations doing this work are connected. I have mentors who have paved the way for me in this work.... I realized, standing in a sea of black excellence, that we are all connected in this work. National victories are my victories too."

September 18, 2018 ACA's shortcomings point way to improved Medicare for All

Nearly 20 million individuals living in the U.S. have gained health insurance since 2010 through the Affordable Care Act, between the opening of insurance exchanges and the expansion of Medicaid. Its success is limited though, a Baltimore health-care professional and activist points out, and those limits make it clear that Medicare for All, as outlined by the Jealous campaign, is badly needed.
 

September 17, 2018 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for September 17-24 2018

The statewide canvass launch is Sept. 22. We will be turning out – for instance -- those 300,000-plus Prince George’s voters who turned out in 2012 for the presidential election but not in 2014. Larry Hogan won by fewer than 70,000 votes. Do the math, and join us.

Speaking of Larry Hogan -- he got a rare “Alternative Facts” award from the Baltimore Sun last week; one he probably did not welcome. Check it out … and share it.


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