The GOP tax plan definitely puts our health care at risk, along with much else in the lives of working families. Fat cats get fatter.

Progressive Maryland Weekly memo for Dec 4 to 11


 The GOP tax plan passed in the Senate last week threatens many things about the lives of working people. But…

Let there be NO mistake - our healthcare is UNDER ATTACK!  This is nothing more than a massive and deeply corrupt giveaway for millionaires, billionaires and wealthy corporations paid for by raising taxes on the middle class and struggling families. The biggest winners in this tax plan are the politicians voting to pass it and wealthy corporations funding them. This tax plan is the worst example of Washington politicians only looking out for themselves and their donors. The last thing we need to do is create special tax breaks for the richest 1% paid for by raising taxes on working families and slashing funding for vital programs like Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.

We must give a show of force to members in Congress that are providing the millionaire and billionaire class with tax breaks at the expense of our state's and nation's most vulnerable! 

There will be action at the capital today and tomorrow.  Center for Popular Democracy --
Storm the Capitol Monday Dec 4th and Tuesday Dec 5th 
SIGN UP TO GO TO ATTEND!   We are going back to DC both Monday 12/4 and Tuesday 12/5 to participate in non-violent civil disobedience to stop the #TaxScam #GOPTaxScam#TrumpTaxScam. 
Join both for one or both dates, and /or help us raise funds to get more patients and providers to Washington! MORE DETAILS in the sign-up!

In solidarity,

Beth Landry, BSN, RN
Healthcare Organizer


Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 22 rsvps

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Progressive Maryland  THREE-DAY MOVEMENT POLITICS TRAINING  -- December 08, 2017  - December 10, 2017

We are having a 3-Day Movement Politics Campaign Training on December 8th-10th in Prince George’s County. Movement politics is the process of fighting for a democracy where people - not corporations - set the agenda, and where we all have a voice. We are looking for people to help with both issue and electoral campaigns to win victories all Maryland.

Training on Friday, December 8th will be from 5:30 pm -9 pm
Training on  Saturday, December 9th will be from 10 am-6 pm
Training on Sunday, December 10th will be from 10 am-4: 30 pm

In towns and neighborhoods across the country, we hold conversations with voters about the issues of the day and the world we’re fighting to build. We train volunteers to knock on neighbors’ doors and transform their communities into a force at the polls. We ask candidates tough questions and secure policy commitments. And, crucially, we help leaders in our movement transition from community activists to elected office, transforming our political system town by town and state by state.

Please note that we have started charging on a sliding¬†scale (Non-Progressive Maryland Member $75.00, Progressive Maryland Member $50.00, and Student/Scholarship $25.00 tickets)¬†for our training to ensure that¬†we can continue to provide quality training.¬†Our training will give you the skills to engage others in the issues and campaigns you care about!¬†Questions about the training? Contact Alexiss Kurtz at¬†[email protected].

WHERE: Greenpeace Warehouse, 3133 Pennsy Dr, Hyattsville, MD 20785.

In all of our training, we don't simply provide skills and tools - we also examine the attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors that get in the way of being successful movement-building electoral organizers. Developing our leadership requires not only knowledge but also self-reflection and transformation. Our training style is both challenging and liberating, as we realize that we have the ability to make tremendous changes in our communities, our organizations, and our society.

Your trainers will be: Alexiss Kurtz, Movement Politics Director, Progressive Maryland and Brandy Brooks, Leadership Development Organizer, Progressive Maryland

Tue Dec 5 Annapolis Rally for Election Day Registration and automatic voter registration bills. 10 a.m. at Lawyer’s Mall.


Take Action Anne Arundel County

Thursday December 7, at 6:30 p.m., Take Action AAC will be hosting a chapter meeting at the Edgewater Library in Edgewater, MD. The chapter will meet in the conference room. The discussion topic is base building in 2018. Want to be effective in making change happen on the issues you care about?  Do you know what it means to build power?  Join the conversation with Take Action AAC. RSVP on Facebook.

Other events outside of Anne Arundel

Tuesday, December 12th, there will be a final hearing on the zoning decision for the compressor station Dominion wants to build near Accokeek Maryland at 7 p.m. It will be at the Charles County Government Building, 200 Baltimore St., La Plata, Maryland. AMP Creeks Council will finish its presentation against the zoning exemption, Dominion will have a chance for rebuttal, and the appeals board members are expected to deliberate in front of the audience and come to a decision that night. Please come to the hearing to show your support for rejecting this compressor station! The appeals board seems to be responding to what it sees from the audience. See Facebook event for more information. 

 PMD Montgomery

Mon, Dec 20   District 5 Happy Hour  6-8 p.m. at Nando's Peri-Peri Silver Spring, MD -- Before holiday travel, gather with fellow Montgomery County progressives to celebrate recent victories and what is next for PMD Montgomery. RSVP!

And check out the latest blog from PMD Montgomery: Montgomery County, the Under 2 Coalition, and Recently in Bonn

Progressive Prince George’s

Thursday - December 7th -- Prince George's County Fair Elections Town Hall Meeting 6:30-8:30PM (doors open at 6PM) Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744
Join Fair Elections Maryland and Councilmembers Obie Patterson (D-8), Mary Lehman (D-1) and Mel Franklin (D-9) and guest speakers for a Prince George's County Town Hall! In recent years, many residents of Prince George's County have felt that their voices are being increasingly drowned out by the flood of big money into our local elections. Our guest speakers address this issue: Jennifer Bevan-Dangel (Common Cause of Maryland), Delman L. Coates, Ph.D. (Our Revolution Prince George's), Larry Stafford (Progressive Maryland), and panel moderator Joe Brice (President, Prince George's Civic Federation) Find out how small donor empowerment programs put voters back in the driver's seat of our elections by providing matching funds for small contributions to candidates who reject large and corporate contributions. This system allows candidates relying on small donors to compete with big money candidates by appealing to everyday constituents.  Let's Get Money Out of Prince George's Politics!
Facebook: https://www.facebook. com/events/253198808540711/

Thursday, Dec. 14 ¬†‚Äď Progressive Prince George‚Äôs Chapter Meeting

What is a Progressive? at 6-8 p.m. -- Location: Colmar Manor Town Hall, Lawrence Street in Colmar Manor, MD We look forward to collaborating!

Join The Movement!

Progressive Maryland has launched a 75-day campaign to start a resident-led and resident-funded collective of people harnessing their own talents and skills to create a Prince George‚Äôs truly shaped by residents.¬† Click¬†here¬†to find out more information and join other Prince Georgians dedicated to making a change! For technical and member support, contact Seanniece Bamiro at [email protected]

 Environmental Justice in Southern Prince George's (Accokeek)

Please Join us at the Beloved Community Church Green Holiday Weekend on Dec. 9th and 10th! Learn the benefits of reusing and recycling your trash to create treasures $$$! Learn how to be a Good Steward of the Planet!  Waste not, Want not! RSVP on Facebook Event:  BCC Green Holiday Weekend

Also, if you have a green business or know of one that would be interested in vending, please email Robin Lewis at [email protected].

Progressive Howard County

We will be having a chapter meeting on Thursday December 21 at 7:00 pm.  The topic will be bringing the Fight for $15 to Howard County.  Please RSVP here so we know how many people will be attending.

 Frederick County Progressives


Talbot Rising


Lower Shore Progressive Caucus


 Wednesday Dec 6 -- Stop the Potomac Pipeline -- Greenbelt Climate Action Network

7-9 p.m. at Greenbelt Community Center, Room 114 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 

 TransCanada, the same company that just weeks ago spilled 210,000 gallons of oil on South Dakota land, is proposing a fracked-gas pipeline that would carry fracked gas from Bedford County PA, through Hancock Maryland, underneath the Potomac River, and in to Berkeley County, WV. West Virginia landowners like Patricia Kesecker are being forced to give up their land through eminent domain. A blow out or spill could affect 100,000 residents in Washington and Berkeley Counties, who depend on the Potomac River for their drinking water. Join Brooke Harper from CCAN (Chesapeake Climate Action Network) to learn how to get involved in the Potomac Pipeline Campaign. 

For more info, contact Lore Rosenthal, Greenbelt Climate Action Network,¬†[email protected]¬†or¬†301-345-2234.

Wed Dec. 6 DACA TPS Action with CASA 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gather at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814, USA Event hosted by SURJ MoCo:   CASA will be holding a noontime rally on Capitol Hill as we fight to #SaveTPS and ensure the passage of a #CleanDREAMAct before the end of this legislative session. Public transit or possible charter to move to Hill for event. Tentative time to meet is 11 a.m., but please be on the lookout for updated details closer to the date. Please RSVP by 12/1 if you can attend this action:  

Thurs. Dec. 7 Justice Reading Circle: White Supremacy & Antisemitism 7:00pm ‚Äď 9:00pm hosted by SURJ MoCo, Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church 9601 Cedar Ln, Bethesda, Maryland 20814: ¬†Join Jews United for Justice, SURJ MoCo, and Cedar Lane's Social Justice Ministry for a discussion of Eric K. Ward's "Skin in the Game: How Antisemitism Animates White Nationalism." Please read the article in advance: ¬†¬†If child care or ASL interpretation or any other accommodations would allow you to participate, please email [email protected] by 11/30. We will do our best to provide all needed accommodations.

Baltimore comrades, Check in on Max Obuszewski’s highly useful calendar and tip sheet at

To keep up with progressive events in and around DC consult the invaluable calendar at the Washington Peace Center,

 It all happens for free… right? Not exactly. Organizing for change in our society and our high-maintenance politics requires both people and money. Keep change moving with a quick, secure impulse-buy contribution here.

Reading the Progressive Maryland BlogSpace: our blogs for the previous week are shown below, but if you want a handy way to keep track ‚Äď and never miss a blog post ‚Äď 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‚Äôt like ‚Äď or that you do like and hope to see more of? Send us your thoughts; submit to the moderator at [email protected]

We recently posted these blogs:

December 01, 2017 Yes, Maryland, good education is going to cost us more

A state commission on improving K-12 education ‚Äď a new and different version of the Thornton Commission that mandated more state spending to equalize rich and poor school districts ‚Äď is also going to propose big bucks spent on education. They don‚Äôt know how much, and have already said they won‚Äôt have that part of the job finished by their year-end deadline. But keeping Maryland students competitive ‚Äď and well-educated ‚Äď is clearly not going to get cheaper.

November 30, 2017 MoCo, the Under 2 Coalition, and recently in Bonn

The bad news about increased carbon emissions, a MoCo activist reports, is somewhat balanced by good news about the fight against them. Local governments like Montgomery County are taking action; at a recent conference in Bonn, US officials including state governors were pitching in to cut emissions even though the Administration is in opposition to the Paris Accord.

November 29, 2017 Small donor program aims to get big money out of Prince George's politics

The UCMP Diamondback here outlines the proposed Small Donor program for limited public financing of Prince George's County's local elections. Fair Elections Maryland ‚ÄĒ a coalition of organizations including Progressive Maryland, Common Cause Maryland, Every Voice and MaryPIRG ‚ÄĒ will hold a town hall in Fort Washington on Dec. 7. The coalition will announce the other council members who sponsor the bill at the meeting.

November 28, 2017 PM Weekly Memo for Nov 28-Dec 4

As we enter December, more and more interplay between national, state and local issues emerges. Chaos at the consumer finance protection agency -- supposed to be independent; local pushback on tax changes; slippery slope on repealing the individual mandate. Plus a productive session on criminal justice in Baltimore and much more; read on...

 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 starting from here



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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...