Welcome to a week full of activity -- canvassing and health care advocacy, among other things -- with our growing network of county and local chapters. Plus links to our most recent blog posts.


YOUR PROGRESSIVE INFO SOURCE: Events and action from our growing state network of county and local chapters and links to our most recent blogs:

* Starred Event * Thursday, July 13 -- Sen Bernie Sanders in Silver Spring joins with state progressives and has a special announcement. At 10 a.m., Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veteran’s Plaza.

Campaign for Guaranteed Health Care:

The Maryland for Guaranteed Healthcare campaign is hosting our second series of healthcare canvasses on Saturday, July 15th and Sunday, July 16th! 
We will be launching three canvasses from:

Saturday, July 15th Salisbury canvass: Pemberton Little League Ballpark Salisbury, MD

Sunday, July 16th Frederick canvass: Ballenger Creek Park near the dog park at 11 a.m. 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick, MD 21703

Sunday, July 16th Odenton canvass: Odenton Elementary School starting at 11 a.m. 1290 Odenton Rd, Odenton, MD 21113

Check out our healthcare campaign event calendar to see what else we are doing around the state. If you signed up to be a member leader for the campaign, we are continuing our conference calls for these different groups of volunteers. 

Conference Calls & Subjects - Click on Event to RSVP!:

Monday July 10th - Event Planner Leader Conference Call, 7-8:30pm

Tuesday July 11th - Allied Group & Organizations Leader Conference Call, 7-8:30pm

Wednesday July 12th - Communications/Digital Support & Rapid Response Leader Conference Call, 7-8:30pm

Call information for all calls is as follows:

Dial-in number: 202 602 1295 
Call code: 826-231-536

Looking forward to talking with you soon!

P.S. Don't forget to sign our petition for Hogan to denounce the Senate bill, if you haven't already!

Frederick County Progressives

Saturday, July 15 -- July Candidate Forum, General Membership Meeting and Strike Team Meetings ‚ÄčRSVP¬†for our July General Meeting where we will be holding our¬†fourth¬†candidate forum for the upcoming Frederick City elections! 1:15 to 4:45 p.m. C. Burr Artz Public Library 9020 Amelung St
Frederick, MD 21704 

Special Guests: Alderwoman Kelly Russell (D) 2017 Candidate for Frederick City Alderwoman and
Alderwoman Donna Kuzemcha

k (D) 2017 Candidate for Frederick City Alderwoman. Both will take questions as part of candidate forum. Anyone in attendance, regardless of membership, will be able to ask questions as a part of the forum, so be sure to attend.

‚ÄčE‚Äčmail [email protected] with thoughts and questions! We will be sending out meeting reminders and other important info periodically.

 Beth Landry, BSN, RN  Healthcare Organizer, Progressive Maryland; Chair, Frederick County Progressives Cell: (443) 366 - 9402 Progressive Maryland // Frederick Co. Progressives Facebook // Twitter // LinkedIn

Progressive Prince George’s

Thursday, July 13th 6-8 p.m. Legislative Black Caucus Town Hall

Rennie Forum at Prince George’s Community College, 301 Largo Road, Largo, MD 20774.

 Every Sunday - beginning July 16th

Book Study: The Color of Law at Busboys and Poets, Hyattsville, Maryland

If interested, please email [email protected] for time and logistics.

¬†Monday, ¬†July 17th ‚Äď 7 p.m. Prince George‚Äôs County Zoning Rewrite Town Hall Meeting with County Council.Council hosts a town hall meeting on the Zoning Rewrite. Come out to learn more about the project. County Administration Building 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive - Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

 Tuesday, July 18th- 6:30-8:30 p.m. Voter Education Town Hall First Baptist Church, Highland Park, 6801 Sheriff Road, Landover, Maryland

 Sunday, July 16th 2-4 p.m. Our Revolution Prince George’s Chapter Community/Strategy Meeting University of MD College Park Stamp Student Union in the Atrium

 Deep Canvassing

In towns and neighborhoods across the country, we hold conversations with voters about the issues of the day and the world we‚Äôre fighting to build. We train volunteers to knock on the doors of neighbors and transform their communities into a force at the polls. We ask candidates tough questions and secure policy commitments. If you are interested in being a part of this movement of transformational canvassing, please reach out to Amanya Paige our amazing student intern@[email protected].

 Issue Groups

Our chapter has identified seven key issues of concern in our county: criminal justice, economic matters, education, fair elections, health care, immigration rights & protection and transportation.  Email the issue leads below to join a group.

 County Council

We are looking for a point person for each County Council District. This team will mobilize when needed to advocate with their councilperson on a progressive issue, or to support new candidates for the office.¬†If you are interested in this, please reach out to Diane Teichert, County Council Lead [email protected].


Progressive HoCo

Events in Howard County include:

Sunday July 16, 11 a.m.  Howard County Healthcare Canvass -- Come join us in Howard County for a deep canvass on healthcare. Talk to your neighbors about what we all really need in health care coverage in Maryland. More at http://www.progressiveHoCo.org/canvass0716

Wednesday July 19 5:30 p.m.-7 Fair Elections Celebration ‚Äď we have a limited public financing system to take the big money out of HoCo elections, thanks to the County Council‚Äôs action to codify the will of the voters expressed in 2016. Enjoy that feeling, socialize and talk about next steps. Black Flag Brewing Company, 9315 Snowden River Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21046

 Take Action AAC

Monday, July 17th The AA County chapter of Progressive Maryland presents Fight Corruption: A Discussion with Represent.Maryland 5:30-7; 49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar, and Gallery, 49 West St, Annapolis 21401. RSVP{ at event¬†https://www.facebook.com/events/131165124104486/?ti=icl¬† or [email protected] if you're not on Facebook.¬†Side note: We normally have our meetings on the first Monday of the month.¬†Due to the July 4th weekend, the July meeting will be on July 17th instead of the 3rd.¬†

Also: Take Action AAC is partnering with March On Maryland for the Protect Our Care rally on July  29th in Annapolis. More details coming soon.

Allied Events:

Monday, July 10 The For-Profit Presidency: Ethical Issues in the Trump Administration -- Panel includes Rep. Jamie Raskin and historian of the left Michael Kazin of Georgetown. 7 p.m.- 9 at Johns Hopkins University, Gilchrist Hall Auditorium 9601 Medical Center Dr Rockville, MD 20850 Discussion of legal aspects of political conflicts of interest and ethical constraints on the presidency.


 Baltimore comrades, Check in on Max Obuszewski’s highly useful calendar and tip sheet at http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/

To keep up with progressive events in and around DC consult the invaluable calendar at the Washington Peace Center, http://washingtonpeacecenter.org/alerts

 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:

  July 8, 2017 Maryland Roundup: News About Social and Economic Justice

Maryland roundup ‚Äď here‚Äôs what happened in Maryland this week, with a focus on progressive issues and economic and social justice.

July 7, 2017  Canvass and action this weekend on the danger to everyone's health care

As the Senate returns from its no-so-relaxing break with the home folks, Progressive Maryland and allies will keep the pressure on to save our healthcare from their wealthcare bill.

July 3, 2017 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for July 3-8

Health care and the fight against the wealthcare of the Senate bill still fills up our agenda. Plus chapter reports and the past week's blog posts. And have a happy Fourth, a day on which independence from remote and greedy power was hopefully proclaimed.

June 29, 2017  DC rally hears impact on Maryland of GOP health care bills from Progressive Maryland organizer

Progressive Maryland health care organizer Beth Landry brought to a rally on Capitol Hill the devastating effect of GOP health care plans on the state's patients and their caregivers -- all for a huge tax cut giveaway to the rich. In her speech June 28 she sums up "This bill is literally a death sentence."

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.


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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...