Canvass for Progressive Maryland’s candidates and issues – the June Primary is coming up and voters need to get their feet under them for this critical set of choices. You can help by speaking to your neighbors. And we'll be at hearings and rallies in Annapolis to keep Maryland on the right track for working families, not for the wealthy.

Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for February 5-12

Canvass door to door with your neighbors to build an agenda for progressive change with them and to take those issues to Annapolis, where we will mass to let legislators know that mass incarceration and criminal justice, the fight for a $15 minimum wage and statewide single-payer health care are on our list. And if those issues are not on the legislators’ list, then those legislators are on our list in the June primaries. We can stop being gamed if we work together to improve our awareness and mobilize for action at the polls and beyond.


Canvass for Progressive Maryland’s candidates and issues – the June Primary is coming up and voters need to get their feet under them for this critical set of choices. You can help by speaking to your neighbors.

Our next round of Progressive Maryland candidate endorsements is released tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 6) on Facebook and Twitter – check them out.

And call your Senator TODAY … delaying tactics are under way for our hard-won statewide paid safe and sick leave bill. Find out more here.

Thursday Feb 8 -- Canvass Participant Recruitment Phone Bank

Remote! RSVP to receive the auto-dialer link!


Monday, Feb 12 -- Canvass Participant Recruitment Phone Bank

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Saturday February 24th Monthly Mass Canvass!!!

Sign up to be a canvass host ASAP!


Monday, Feb 26 -- Progressive Maryland Rally & Lobby Night

Lawyer's Mall, Annapolis, MD

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Thursday Mar 8  -- Canvass Participant Recruitment Phone Bank

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Monday Mar 12 -- Canvass Participant Recruitment Phone Bank

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Fight for $15 Maryland Events: show your support for a living $15 minimum wage statewide:


Tuesday, February 20th in Annapolis 2-5pm -- Maryland Fight for $15 Legisative Hearing


Tuesday, February 27th in Annapolis 12-3pm -- Maryland Fight for $15 Legisative Hearing 


Progressive Prince George’s

Progressive Lobby Day in Annapolis 

Join us Monday, February 26th down in Annapolis as groups gather to rally for progressive legislation. RSVP here!


Meet Our Newest Prince George's Intern Anuoluwapo! 

Anu started with Progressive Maryland on January 15th and will be planning an event around children's mental health. The event will center on young people and will be a listening session for the community to discuss concerns with the Prince George's County school system, the school to prison pipeline and mental health. 


We're Conducting Listening Sessions

The Mass Liberation Team will be conducting listening sessions to gather a People's Agenda for Prince George's County. Please look out for upcoming Dates! 


The Mass Liberation Team Went to Nevada!

The Baltimore and Prince George's County Mass Liberation Teams gathered in Nevada last week with our national partners/fellow affiliates of People's Action in Milwaukee, Las Vegas, Detroit, Chicago, and Alabama. We joined to strategize how to use the 2018 elections to advance working families’ issues and power-building goals. Our Mass Liberation team will be targeting the State's Attorney race in order to demand better services in Baltimore and Prince George's County!

Pmd Montgomery

Take Action Anne Arundel County

Thursday, February 15 Monthly Chapter Meeting  7 p.m. at the Edgewater Community Library - 

  • Planning Actions for...
    • 2018 Legislative Session, including Feb 26 Progressive Maryland Lobby Night 
    • Issue and Election Canvassing on Saturday February 24
    • Anne Arundel County Board of Education Meeting on Wednesday February 21 to demonstrate opposition to the Board's decision to place cell phone tower's on up to 40 public school property in Anne Arundel County  

Upcoming Events in Anne Arundel County

Thursday February 15 1:30pm at Lawyer's Mall - Foam Ban Rally with Baltimore Beyond Plastics and Trash Free Maryland

Frederick Progressives

Progressive Howard County

Talbot Rising

Talbot Rising’s Jan. 29 Weekly Newsletter – local calendar

Lower Shore Progressive Caucus

Save the date!  Wednesday, Feb. 28 -- Eastern Shore Community Meeting from 6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in Easton - location TBD


Wednesday, Feb. 7  GCAN Renewable Energy Bill lobby training: This year in Annapolis two bills propose big increases in Maryland's renewable energy. Greenbelt Climate Action network offers lobby training in one of them at its meeting this starting 7 pm at the Greenbelt Community Center.  See details here

Progressive Neighbors MoCo Candidate Forums

 Sunday, February 11, 7 p.m. - D20 Delegate Candidates

  • Candidates: Fatmata Barrie, Lorig Charkoudian, David Moon, Darian Unger, Jheanelle Wilkins

 Sunday, February 25, 7 p.m. - Gubernatorial Candidates

  • Candidates: Ben Jealous, Kevin Kamenetz, Rich Madeleno, Alec Ross, Jim Shea, Krishanti Vignarajah

 Location for both dates: Piney Branch Elementary School, 7510 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park 20912

Thursday, Feb. 8 and Tuesday, Feb. 13 Public Hearings on the Prince George's County budget

The first hearing will be held on Thursday, February 8 at 7 p.m at the Rennie Forum at Prince George's Community College. The second hearing will be held on Tuesday, February 13 at 7 p.m. at Laurel High School.

Tuesday, Feb. 20 The Prince George’s County Council has scheduled an informational budget hearing on Feb. 20 in Council Hearing room, County Administrative Building in Upper Marlboro, 7 pm.

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,

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Reading the Progressive Maryland BlogSpace: our blogs for the previous week are shown 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]

February 01, 2018  Report: Maryland criminalizes poverty, aggravating its effects

Baltimore's Job Opportunities Task Force released today (Feb. 1) a major study showing that Maryland's official practices in many areas have a disparate impact on poor Marylanders, aggravate their poverty and make an exit from poverty more difficult. Progressive Maryland, like JOTF, has been advocating on these issues for years.

January 30, 2018 Progressive Maryland backs SB 195: Business Relief and Tax Fairness Act of 2018

Progressive Maryland and other organizations testified Jan. 24 at a hearing on Senate Bill 195, called a “combined reporting” bill, before the Maryland Senate Budget and Tax Committee.

 Jennifer Dwyer, Policy and Legislative Director for Progressive Maryland, explained our support for the bill: By deftly deploying their presence in other states, some major companies doing business in Maryland have historically been able to avoid or greatly reduce their state income taxes compared to the benefits that they get from doing business in a wealthy state.

January 29, 2018 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for January 29-February 5, 2018

The Assembly is in session, elections are approaching and our work is percolating in Annapolis and throughout the state as we contact voters about a progressive agenda for change and people’s empowerment.

 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 2017-18 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...