PM_Logo.pngA busy week including chapter meetings in Montgomery and Prince George's, plus our recent press clips, the week's blogs and other important things.

Welcome to the Progressive Maryland BlogSpace Weekly Memo for Dec. 5-12

 Happening TONIGHT (Dec. 5): Prince George’s House Legislative Delegation public hearing on local bills at Sports and Learning, 6:30 to 9. Here’s the list of local and bicounty bills to be heard.

THIS WEEK: Progressive Montgomery meets Tuesday, Dec. 6 in Silver Spring. Info here.

Action: A FOLLOWUP ON THE VIGIL: The MoCo Health and Human Services committee will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 7th to vote on the $15 minimum wage bill. Progressive Maryland will hold a press event beforehand and activists are urged to pack the hearing room. See “Press Clips” below and Hal Ginsberg’s blog post for more on how we rocked the vigil.

Progressive Prince George’s meets Thursday, Dec. 8 at UFCW, Landover. Info here.




>>Wednesday, Dec. 7: "Before the Flood" documentary by Leonardo Di Caprio presented by Greenbelt Climate Action Network 7:00 - 9:15 pm  Greenbelt Community Center, Room 114 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD

DiCaprio's film shows viewers how climate change affects our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.  See the trailer at:


>>Wednesday, Dec. 7 D20 State Senate Vacancy: Special Meeting to fill the District 20 Senate vacancy. 7:00 p.m, Great Hall in the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza For the latest information on filling the State Senate District 20 vacancy, click here.
For the latest District 20 vacancy applications and endorsements, click here.


 PRESS CLIPS: here is some of what the media reported about our Fight for Fifteen rally; thanks to Laura Wallace, an organizer in MoCo, for sharp-eyed gathering:

Progressive Maryland gets national coverage at  -- scroll down to subhed “ORGANIZING IN THE WHIRLWIND”

We were mentioned in the WaPo here (Md. Sen. Ulysses Currie, retired/unretired) and here (Pr. Geo. Councilmember Mel Franklin’s driving record)


Reading the Progressive Maryland BlogSpace: our blogs for the previous week are show below, but if you want a handy way to keep track – and never miss a blog post – 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’t like – or that you do like and hope to see more of? Send us your thoughts; submit to the moderator at [email protected].

 We recently published these blog posts:

December 02, 2016  Progressive Prince George's calls for resignation of Councilmember Mel Franklin, charged with DUI, accident

Prince George's County Councilmember Mel Franklin (Dist. 9) cast considerable doubt on his fitness for office in his recent DUI charge resulting from an accident while driving a county-owned vehicle. Progressive Prince George's has called for his resignation and more past accidents with county vehicles have come to light.

December 01, 2016  Workers, local officials boost Fight for Fifteen at Tuesday's vigil

PM BlogSpace regular Hal Ginsberg brings the news -- and soundtrack -- of the Tuesday night vigil for a $15/hr minimum wage in Montgomery County. Don't miss the audio links embedded in this account.

November 29, 2016  Better Ways to Elect our Leaders

Just as in 2000, the presidential candidate with the most popular votes did not win the election. How do we fix this? Mathew Goldstein shows why it's harder than it might look but could be even more rewarding.

November 28, 2016  Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Nov. 28 - Dec. 4

A full slate of progressive thought and action for the next several weeks, including the Fight for Fifteen and other pro-people campaigns that won't please Trump & Co. at all

Keeping up with the blogs is easier with the index. The blogs published in the PM BlogSpace since June 2015 are all available with descriptions and links here.

woody woodruff


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...