MD_state_house_sketch.jpgThe next stop is the General Assembly session in January 2019. 2019!!

Memo readers: keep your eyes open for local meetings that are designed to brief folks on the legislative session and create activism around it. Send them to us for wider announcement.

 We will keep both Larry Hogan and the corporate Democrats (yes, there are still some) on the back foot and keep the lobbyists honest.


Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday Nov. 12, 2018

Well. The next stop is the General Assembly session in January 2019. 2019!!

Memo readers: keep your eyes open for local meetings that are designed to brief folks on the legislative session and create activism around it. Send them to us for wider announcement.

 We will keep both Larry Hogan and the corporate Democrats (yes, there are still some) on the back foot and keep the lobbyists honest.

 To do that we have to organize, and keep one another updated on how we are organizing. Like in this Memo or on the PM BlogSpace. We want to do as little reinvention of the wheel as possible, but we want the progressive wheel to be BIG. Because that’s how we roll.

 Testimony from the grass roots: From the Lower Shore:

An Open Letter To The Lower Shore Progressive Caucus

 It has been one of the biggest honors of my life to be one of the founders of the Caucus and to serve currently as chair of the Lower Shore Progressive Caucus.  Over the last two years we have accomplished so many great feats, including helping to pass 7 pieces of progressive legislation in the Maryland General Assembly, organizing hundreds of people on the Lower Shore around progressives issues, and electing 7 progressives to public office in our first election alone! I want to take the time to say thank you to each and every one of our fantastic volunteers because without your help none of this would be possible. 

Secondly, I would like to thank my fellow members of the Caucus Leadership Whitney Palmer, Michele Gregory, Seamus Benn, Ryan Poe, and Jamaad Gould. Over the past two years a lot has been asked from them on top of their outside lives.  There have been long nights and ups and downs in our journey, but through it all they have been my rock and always gotten the job done.  There is no doubt in my mind that we have the best volunteers in the entire state.  I know some of us are upset that we didn’t win as many races as we thought we would on November 6, but we have made significant progress for an organization that just two years ago was laughed at and told that we could never win any seats.   With this in mind, I look forward to continuing our work building a progressive movement on the Lower Eastern Shore for years to come, and I am thankful for your continued dedication and support for me as Chair.  With our hard work and continued efforts, we can build a progressive movement on the Lower Shore.  

In Solidarity,

Jared Schablein -- Chair Of The Lower Shore Progressive Caucus


NOTE due to the observed Veterans Day holiday there may be more from Progressive Maryland tomorrow (Tuesday), so watch this space.


Progressive Prince George's

Saturday, November 17 Participatory Defense Community Meeting at 01:00 PM -- Oakcrest Community Center rsvp

And every Saturday through December – see our events calendar

PMD Montgomery

Wednesday, November 14 Montgomery County Priorities Hearing - in Rockville

 Looking for something to do post-election 2018?  Testify at the Montgomery County Priorities Hearing to be held on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Hearing Room of the County Office Building at 100 Maryland Avenue, in Rockville, Maryland, 20850.

 This is a perfect opportunity to express your opposition to Governor Hogan's plan to widen I-270, the Beltway and the BWI Parkway to accommodate more cars, more greenhouse gas emissions and an endless future of automotive gridlock.  Our state legislators should be there and they need to hear from us about how we want Hogan's plan stopped.  A forward looking plan will dedicate precious transportation funds to mass transportation and other clean transportation options.  Our state legislators and our governor need to hear from us.

The Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club has organized a pre-hearing rally at the same location for 7:00 p.m. so get there early and join the rally -- Go to: - to send a message to Maryland Transportation Secretary Rahn, RSVP, and sign up to testify. 

 The Priorities hearing will be carried live over County Cable Montgomery (Channel 6 on Comcast and Channel 30 on Verizon) and can also be live streamed on the County Cable Montgomery's website.

You can also sign up to testify here: sign up by 12:00 PM on November 14th at:

Additional Directions: Directions and access information can be found here:

Frederick County Progressives

Take Action Anne Arundel County

Action Report:

Thanks to all who supported Progressive Maryland endorsed candidates in Anne Arundel County during this election season. We worked for candidates who shared our values and engaged in conversations about what really matters to voters. Special thanks to our fabulous candidates who ran great campaigns and who we look forward to working with in the future: Eve Hurwitz, Heather Bagnall, Tracie Hovermale, James Kitchin, Laticia Hicks, and Chrissy Holt. 

Congratulations to Pam Beidl, State Senator-elect in District 32, Alice Cain, State Delegate elect in District 30A, Sarah Lacey, County Councilwoman-elect in District 1, Lisa Rodvien, County Councilwoman-elect in District 6, Melissa Ellis, BOE Director-elect in District 4 and Dana Schallheim, BOE Director-elect in District 5. Take Actin AAC is looking forward to working with these newly elected representatives about the issues we care about in the coming term.  

Take Action AAC Events

Thursday, November 29 Monthly Chapter Meeting at 7 pm at Edgewater Community Library -- Doug Prouty, Vice President of Maryland State Education Association, will be our speaker. 

He will be speaking about the new education budgeting allocation formula that will be created during the 2019 State Legislative Session and actions we can take to advocate for funding of Anne Arundel Public Schools before and during the session. Share Facebook event

Other Anne Arundel Events

Environment and Health Briefings

The Maryland Environmental Health Network is hosting a series of briefings through December prior to the 2018-2019 legislative session.  You can register for these webinars by clicking here.  

Thursday, November 15 at 6:30 pm - Movie Night - Cowspiracy

Annapolis Friends Meeting House at 6:30 pm -- The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet.  Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis are hosting this movie night.

Progressive Howard County


Talbot Rising


Lower Shore Progressive Caucus


 PMD Baltimore


Tuesday, Nov. 13th Food Justice Coalition of 20743 Next General Meeting
@ 6pm 1300 Capitol Heights Blvd, Capitol Heights, MD 20743
Meet us at the Oakcrest Community Center every 2nd Tuesday at 6pm! FJC 20743 needs your help! You can support us by working on the Capitol Heights Farmers Market Planning Committee.


MD Sierra Club Energy Activist Meeting  
With the elections now over, we’ll be rolling up our sleeves and getting to work on the new legislative session. Please join us           
WHEN:  Tuesday, November 13 from 7:30 - 9:00pm
WHERE: Silver Spring Civic Building,  1 Veteran’s Plaza, Silver Spring MD 20910
RSVP  RSVP’s welcome but not required 
CONTACT: Text Darian Unger at 301-741-5634   or email  [email protected]  


Wed, Nov 14, 2018 Hearing on Transportation plans for Prince George's with MDOT and legislators 10:00 AM  (Local Time)Prince George's County Administrative Building, Upper Marlboro. The Maryland Department of Transportation will be presenting to and discussing with county elected officials the proposed 6-year capital budget for the Consolidated Transportation Plan (CTP), a prioritized list of transportation projects. The plan includes mass transit projects like the Purple Line and more controversial projects like the expansion of the Capital Beltway, which will invite more traffic and produce more greenhouse gas emissions. The public is welcome to attend and can sign up to speak at the meeting. Come listen, learn, and testify about proposals that might affect our area. For details about the Consolidated Transportation Program, click on the More Info button below.

Signup Instructions: Citizens can sign up at the meeting to speak for up to 2 minutes. You can sign up here.

Additional Directions: Meeting is in the County Administration Building Room #2027, 14741 Gov. Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772. For details about the Consolidated Transportation Program, follow this link.

Saturday November 17Two Minutes to Midnight:  What We Can Do to Prevent Nuclear War.”    10am-4pm, , at Goucher College. 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD 21204
MD Peace Action chapters are cosponsors. Others include Goucher College Peace Studies Program, Prevent Nuclear War/MD, and Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility. REGISTER now as space is limited!!!   There is no cost to attend, and lunch will be free, but you need to register in advance. Contributions will be gratefully received.

SUNDAY, December 2, Maryland Legislative Coalition Pre-Legislative Summit -- 10am to 5pm
UMBC Engineering Building-Lecture Hall. Sponsors Maryland NOW, presenters Indivisible Towson and Montgomery, Takoma Park Mobilization,Together We Will Baltimore Area, WISE (Women Indivisible Strong Energetic) -- Register here  For more information contact Maryland Legislative Coalition at [email protected]


Baltimore comrades, Check in on Max Obuszewski’s highly useful activist calendar and tip sheet at

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We recently published these blog posts:

November 10, 2018 A regional, multi-state fix for Mid-Atlantic transportation woes is popular and workable

"One possible path for Maryland, D.C., and neighboring states to pursue clean transportation goals is to adopt an initiative similar to the very successful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)," write two Sierra Club researcher/activists.

"The cap-and-invest model would provide funding and incentives to: accelerate adoption of electric cars, trucks and buses; expand public transit and ride sharing; and build walkable, bike-friendly and transit-oriented communities accessible to all residents.

"Maryland and Delaware have years of experience with RGGI. In the eight years since it arrived on the scene, carbon pollution from power plants has fallen by 40%."


November 08, 2018 WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?


Our movement for justice and freedom has endured through many moments of defeat and marched forward to victory after victory. Now is the time to do the same, Progressive Maryland's executive director counsels. Our movement’s strength is not dictated by the electoral success of any single candidate -- it is determined by all of us as we work every day to make our state and our country a closer reflection of the values we share. In going forward a powerful lesson from this cycle must be: Never again to trust the Maryland corporate-Democrat machine -- instead we must build our own independent political structure outside of the Democratic Party.

November 05, 2018 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Election 2018 -- Monday, November 5


Rain is forecast tomorrow-- on Tuesday, Election Day.

Are Republicans counting on Maryland’s rainy Election Day weather to benefit their candidates? Or is that just a rumor?

Check out what a 2007 study found, after surveying the election outcomes and local weather at the level of county by county for presidential elections from 1948 to 2000.

>>REMEMBER – these blog posts are expressions of political opinion from our wide-ranging membership and circle of allies. They are not expressions of opinion by Progressive Maryland. Don’t be surprised if they sometimes vary in their political content. You might even disagree with them – a good reason to contribute a blog of your own. Send it to the moderator, Woody Woodruff, at [email protected].

>>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


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...