This week's agenda for progressives: another community meeting on Prince George's Question D and a conversation begins on easing the cost of higher education in that county, as well. Plus links to the latest blogs.

Weekly Memo from Progressive Maryland: October 10-18

Upcoming events focus on the local : another discussion, Monday, on the controversial Question D ballot measure in Prince George’s

 Monday, October 10 A Community discussion about Question D -- whether to add two at-large seats, to our County Council – sponsored by the Prince George’s Peace & Justice Coalition. 7:30 pm in room 114 at the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road.

Participants: local activists Suchitra Balachandran  and Tom Dernoga, a former Council member, on the "no" side favored by a federation of local civic associations. Advocates of a “yes” vote have been invited.


Other events: Monday, Oct. 10 Prince George’s Promise Scholarship Task Force first public meeting, at Duval High School, 7-9 p.m. The task force has been discussing the possibility of free tuition at Prince George’s Community College. Contact office of Del. Alonzo Washington for more information.


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October 8, 2016 Progressive Maryland BlogSpace Weekend Reader for Oct. 8, 2016

Media materials about Howard County’s push to publicly finance local elections, Congress’s lagging efforts to clean up the Bay, and the past week’s big political poll of Marylanders’ mindset at the moment.


The Consumer Financial Protection Board needs to hear from you by tonight about strengthening its new rules governing predatory lending, which mostly afflicts low-paid workers. Make yourself heard, right here, asks Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

October 5, 2016 Get Out the Vote! Including yours...

First, you need to be registered to vote for the Nov. 8 election -- and the deadline for registration is Tuesday, Oct. 18. Make sure you and your friends and family are ready to exercise a democratic right. Then, there are a few more things...

October 3, 2016 Progressive Maryland's Weekly Memo for Oct. 3-9: Activism Leading Toward Nov. 8 Ballot and 2017 Legislative Session

Activists in Howard and Prince George's discuss ballot measures on their Nov. 8 ballots and the Black Caucus begins work on the 2017 Session.

October 1, 2016 Weekend Reader for Oct. 1: The stars ask- are you ready to vote? and other diversions
In the Weekend Reader: Boldly go to the polls; more questions on Question D; the dog that didn't bark in MoCo; corporate power outweighs national wealth; the grim logic of climate change; and more.

September 29, 2016 Bad Budget News Should Bring Positive Action in Prince George’s, Not Groveling for Crumbs
A report on Prince George's County's long-term budget problems should bring innovative change, not

September 28, 2016 Citizen activists, political figures back Howard's Citizens' Election Fund
Question A on Howard County's  November 8 enables public financing for local elections and could help get big money out of the county's local politics and restore real democracy.

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M.A. and Ph.d. from University of Maryland Merrill College of Journalism, would-be radical, sci-fi fan... retired to a life of keyboard radicalism...