Welcome to the Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for May 15-21

 More chapters, more activists, more activism. Note that HoCo is having an organizing meeting this Sunday, below; and “The Blueprint” in June.

Welcome to the Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for May 15-21

 More chapters, more activists, more activism. Note that HoCo is having an organizing meeting this Sunday, below; and “The Blueprint” in June.


 Howard County Chapter

Sunday, May 21 Progressive HoCo is having its Kickoff Meeting at 3 p.m. at the Savage Branch of Howard County Library, 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel 20723. Please contact Dave Bazell at [email protected] for more information.

From Progressive MoCo:

Wednesday, May 24 MoCo Chapter District 5 Happy Hour May 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Nando's Peri-Peri, 924 Ellsworth Dr., Silver Spring 20910

Interested in meeting people in your local community who share your progressive ideals?  Want to know a little more about what the MoCo Chapter District 5 Team is all about?  Come meet with other Montgomery County progressives as we socialize and talk about how we can make a difference within our neighborhoods and beyond. ½ Price Sangria and discounted bottled beer until 7, appetizers provided while they last!
Hosted by Progressive Maryland, Montgomery County Chapter, Council District 5.  Distinct 5 comprises Silver Spring, Takoma Park, and Burtonsville.  All are welcome, so bring a friend!

 Saturday, June 17: Bring progressivism to Maryland (hint: it takes resources):

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 listed below. Your contribution will help us build political power for working class people in Maryland during the 2018 election cycles. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at home of David Hart, 4519 Cheltenham Dr. Bethesda 20814.

Frederick County Progressives

Sunday, May 21 Candidate Forum, General Membership Meeting & Strike Team Meetings, 1:15 to 4:30 p.m., Thurmont Regional Library Community Room

 Join us for our May General Meeting where we will be holding our second candidates forum for the upcoming Frederick City elections. In addition to the forum we will also be discussing our draft bylaws and holding breakouts for our issue teams. Special Guests:

  • Jeannette Bartelt (D), 2017 Candidate for Frederick City Alderwoman -- Will take questions as part of candidate forum.
  • Derek Shackelford (D), 2017 Candidate for Frederick City Alderman -- 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.


Please see our event page for more information, copies of our agenda, draft Bylaws, and Frederick County Board of Education Policy 443 to be discussed:


Sunday, May 28 Deep Canvassing with the Frederick County Progressives

from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Staley Park Pavilions. Come out with the Frederick County Progressives on May 28th for deep canvassing in Frederick. 

If you really understand the weight of 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 or to RSVP, please go to our event page


Saturday, May 20 Activist Game Day! Allied event co-hosted by Millicent Hall, Joshua Cramer and Beth Landry from 1-5 p.m. C. Burr Artz Library Community Room

 Do you need a break from fighting the Trump agenda? Then bring a game, or just yourself, and enjoy some fellowship with likeminded activists!

Fighting the good fight is hard, so take an afternoon to relax, knowing you are in a welcoming, safe space. Kids' games will be available too!

Have a good time, with good people! Get more information or RSVP here.


For more information on Frederick events, contact Beth Landry at [email protected] or (443) 366-9402.

Frederick County Public Libraries does not promote or endorse the views of Frederick County Progressives or Progressive Maryland.

  Frederick County chapter announcement: It is with combined gratitude and regret that we thank for his service and receive the resignation of our Vice Chair, Nicholas Bouquet. He will join us as a member, but will forgo being a Steering Committee member at this time.  As our Bylaws are not yet finalized, our leadership team has decided to honor the process dictated thus far, by having that vacancy appointed as soon as possible. We will be taking nominations from the floor, and members will have a minute or two to speak on behalf of themselves or others if they desire to fill the role. If you know of anyone who may be interested, please reach out to us.

 Beth Landry, BSN, RN

[email protected]

  Fair Elections Campaign-Prince George’s

MoCo has public election financing, Howard is installing it after a referendum victory, and Progressive Maryland is looking for members to help organize around Prince George's Fair Elections -- Please contact Alexiss Kurtz at [email protected]

 Prince George's County Chapter Notes:

Please join an issue committee – we had a great chapter meeting last week and formed issue working groups that are continuing to meet and talk independently. Please contact the Prince George's leadership team for a complete list and contact information: Rev. Diane Teichert [email protected]; Amity P [email protected]

 Movement Politics activities around Maryland

Candidate Pipeline Trainings: 1-Day training has moved from May 20th to June 3rd and 3- Day Candidate training will be on June 23rd-25th -- Please watch out for online sign ups next week

Job Openings:

Send cover letter, resume and three professional references to [email protected] with “Job type” (from list below) in the email subject line. No phone calls, please. Only complete applications submitted by email will be considered.

  • Baltimore Community Organizer (salary based on experience)
  • Healthcare Community Organize (salary based on experience)
  • Fellow(stipend)
  • Intern( unpaid)

 End Mass Incarceration Campaign:

Thursday, May 18 End Mass Incarceration Campaign Volunteer-Leader Interest Call at 6:30 p.m. RSVP with Alexiss Kurtz at [email protected]

 Baltimore City and county organizing committees

Baltimore City and Baltimore County is recruiting members to become chapter leaders to plan first chapter meeting. Please contact Alexiss Kurtz at [email protected]


Saturday, May 20 -- A forum on Single Payer Health Care hosted by Our Revolution Prince George's, at the South Bowie Library from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Info and directions are here.

 It all happens for free… right? Not exactly. Organizing for change in our society and our 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 – 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]

 May 11, 2017   Rascovar: With TrumpCare, Hogan's Worst Nightmare Comes True

Veteran political analyst Barry Rascovar sees TrumpCare as disaster for Larry Hogan's re-election hopes. "There’s no doubt Democratic candidates for Maryland governor will tie Hogan to Trumpcare.  Every candidate will be running ads with tales of how middle-class and working-class Marylanders would be hurt, how lives hang in the balance. It is a gift from heaven for Democrats. One Republican pollster called the GOP’s insistent quest to wipe out Obamacare 'political malpractice.' ”

May 10, 2017   If Gov. Hogan Wants to Help Small Businesses, He Should Sign Paid Sick Days Bill

Opponents of HB1, the earned paid sick leave bill passed overwhelmingly this year by both chambers of the Maryland General Assembly, testified that job loss and business failures would result. Business persons who actually care about both their employees and their bottom lines know different, as one of them testifies here. This blog post is reposted from Working Matters Maryland, where it appeared May 3.

May 09, 2017   An all-day conversation on gaining progressive wins

In Montgomery County, a day-long session detailed "the art of navigating through fraught political waters in order to attain real political power." Regular PM blogger Hal Ginsberg was there and brings us this report.

May 08, 2017   Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for May 8-14

Welcome to the Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for May 8-14. It’s a busy week (starting tonight; see below) and a busy month, with Progressive Maryland local groups and affiliates gearing up to bring progressive politics to courthouses and town halls. Plus the blogs for the past week.

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...