Several important events happening TONIGHT (June 5) below; a meeting and action participation in Anne Arundel County and a County Council hearing and vote on Fair Elections Howard County, the public financing program voted in by the county’s voters.

ots more progressive things to do all over the state in our growing array of county chapters from Frederick to Easton; events from our allies; and the past week's blogs.

Welcome to the Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for June 5-11

Several important events happening TONIGHT (June 5) below; a meeting and action participation in Anne Arundel County and a County Council hearing and vote on Fair Elections Howard County, the public financing program voted in by the county’s voters.

PROGRESSIVE MARYLAND EVENTS: follow links to Events Calendar for more information

‚󏬆 Saturday, June 17,
The Blueprint 2018 2 p.m.· $36.00 USD The Home of David Hart in Bethesda, MD Join us on June 17th for " The Blueprint 2018" where we will lay out our plan of action and raise money to win for the resistance in the 2018 elections. The ticket levels for the event are (show all) buy tickets


Training and team activities:

Media Team -- Progressive Maryland needs more state-level communication activism in these categories: Blog team; Press release/media outreach team; Social media team. Bring your skills to the progressive struggle. Contact [email protected], [email protected] or [email protected].

Please sign up to host canvassing in your neighborhood, [email protected] ¬†

June 9-11 The People‚Äôs Summit, a People‚Äôs Action annual event, is rocking Chicago. You can be there. People's Summit tickets are limited so please contact Beth for more information at [email protected] .

Howard County Progressives

Monday, June 5 Howard County Fair Elections Public Hearing TONIGHT on CB30. We need people to come out to the hearing. Please RSVP via email to David ¬†Bazell at [email protected], and let him know if you will be a speaker or nonspeaking attendee.

Building Power: Howard County needs a steering committee -- we are looking for leaders to work on the following: Recruitment Team; Social Media; Phone Bank; HUSTLE (texting app); Field Team; Canvass Captain; and Canvassers

Howard County also is looking for issue committees for the following issues: Fair Elections; Transportation/Roads; Immigration/ Trust Act; Affordable Housing; Fight for 15. 

See yourself engaged in this way? Please contact the Howard County Chapter Leader, Dave Bazell at [email protected] .

 Take Action AAC Anne Arundel County

Take Action AAC, the Anne Arundel County chapter of Progressive Maryland, is having a special action-driven monthly meeting TODAY (Monday, June 5th), at 5 p.m. at 49 West in Annapolis. Get the full story at And find out more about us at

In light of the tragic murder of Lt. Richard Collins, we will be postponing our discussion on government corruption; our original speakers from Represent.Maryland will be joining us at our July 3rd meeting. Instead, we will be speaking about hate crimes, free speech and the resolution being introduced at the Anne Arundel County Council meeting. 

 We are starting at 5 p.m. (30 minutes earlier than usual) and ending at 6:30 to allow everyone time to join the Caucus of African American Leaders in a march to the Council meeting.

We have two fantastic speakers. Carl Snowden, a political and civil rights leader in Annapolis and convener of the Caucus of African American Leaders, will speak about hate crimes and the anti-hate resolution. UMD law professor Mark Graber, a constitutional lawyer, will review law governing areas of controversy: public forums, criticism of public officials, and law on hate speech.

 And save the date for the Annapolis Rally for Healthcare on July 15th! This is a March On Maryland event that Take Action AAC is supporting.

Frederick County Progressives

>>Saturday June 10th  FCP Candidate Forum (Pt III) and General Membership Meeting  1:15-4:30, Urbana Regional Library - Anthony Natelli Community Room 9020 Amelung St, Frederick, MD 21704

Join us for our June General Meeting where we will be holding our third candidate forum for the upcoming 2017 Frederick City elections. In addition to the forum we will also be finalizing our bylaws, holding our general membership meeting, and holding breakouts for our issue teams. 

Special Guests: *Alderman Michael O'Connor (D), 2017 Candidate for Frederick City Mayor * Second candidate TBD; Both will take questions from our membership after 5 minutes to speak on their candidacy and platform. Please RSVP on our event page!

>>Sunday, June 18th   Deep Canvassing with the Frederick County Progressives from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Ballenger Creek Park -- Pavilion Closest to Dog Park, 5420 Ballenger Creek Pike, Frederick, MD 21703

Come out with the Frederick County Progressives on June 18th for deep canvassing. If you really understand the weight if what is at stake and the connection we need to build with our neighbors, you'll know participation in the#knockeverydoor campaign is crucial for our future. Let's get started!

In order to maintain a cohesive message, please make every attempt to arrive on time to do pre-canvass training and divide into teams! For more information, to RSVP, or to find the links to download the MiniVAN app, please go to our event page. Our chapter will have an additional sessions TBD.

Contact: Beth Landry, BSN, RN [email protected]

Progressive Prince George’s

Week of June 5-9

Issue Groups

Our chapter has identified six key issues of concern in our county: fair elections, healthcare, education, campaign finance reform, and economic matters and transportation. ¬†To join an issue working group, please reach out to Amity Pope, Co-Lead Organizer [email protected].


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, Co-Lead Organizer [email protected].

Eastern Shore

Thursday, June 8 Lower Shore Progressive Caucus Meeting ‚Äď 5:30-8:30 p.m., Wicomico Public Library, 122 S. Division St., Salisbury 21801


Wed, June 7  Annual Potluck and "OFF Fossil Fuels" -- Greenbelt Climate Action Network,
7 - 9 p.m. Greenbelt Community Center, Room 114 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt, MD 

 Sunday, June 25: Join Progressive Cheverly as we celebrate with our annual summer picnic. All are welcome. Please bring a dish to share. We will provide burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, rolls, condiments and soft drinks. BYOB. 3- 6 p.m. in Boyd Park (intersection of 64th Ave. and State St.), Cheverly.


 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]


June 02, 2017   Pushback against Trump’s Paris Accord exit now rooted in states, cities, institutions

Trump's announced exit from the Paris climate accord has sparked a huge pushback from important sectors in addition to progressive organizations. States, cities and institutions like universities -- and some big corporations -- are saying they will continue to meet the carbon-reduction standards and, collectively, seek to represent the US in the Paris Accord after Trumplandia's abdication.

May 31, 2017   We Need to Disrupt the Energy System to Help Fight Poverty Now

Poverty in Maryland, and ways to remedy it, are closely associated with a top-down, undemocratic energy system that often perpetuates inequality. The CEO of a local alternative energy effort outlines the depth of the problem, and some solutions that increase the public's role in its own empowerment.

May 30, 2017   Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for May 29-June 3

A discouraging week because of Hogan's veto of the Healthy Working Families Act, but quite encouraging when we consider the healthy pushback against his slippery veto-plus. Follow the week in our linked blog posts, below, plus news and events for our growing chapters around the state.

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...