We are inviting progressives from across the state to join together and discuss the next steps for our movement. On Saturday December 29th at 11 a.m. we'll meet in Annapolis for a statewide Progressive Maryland gathering to continue to build power; watch this space for more and RSVP here.
Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday December 3 2018
The end of 2018 is quickly approaching and it has been a tremendous year. Following the results of the 2018 elections we are inviting progressives from across the state to join together and discuss the next steps for our movement. On Saturday December 29th at 11am, we will be convening a Progressive Maryland statewide meeting to celebrate our victories, discuss our challenges, and to prepare our next steps. Building power is on the table and on the horizon.
We have included this message in every Memo this year – but in case you missed it, here it is up front:
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. You know you meant to do it last week and now here you are again...
OUR CHAPTERS AROUND THE STATE
And every Saturday through December – see our events calendar
Advocating for Equity in Education is the opportunity with the newly seated Anne Arundel County Council, Anne Arundel Board of Education and the 2019 General Assembly. Take Action Anne Arundel County hosted Adam Mendelson, the Assistant Executive Director of Communications and Member Engagement for MSEA (Maryland State Education Association) at our chapter meeting last Thursday night. The Kirwan Commission is debating how to adjust the education budget formula which was last assessed in early 2000. If you are passionate about public school education and having equity addressed in how the education budget is funded, now is the time to get involved. This budget conversation impacts public school teachers but also education support workers who are an integral part of the school environment. It was clear from the discussion that advocating for racial equity is needed. Our 2019 state legislators will be actively involved in this debate but it doesn't stop at the state level. We need to hold elected county representatives on the County Council and Board of Education accountable for the budget, policies, and programs to support our teachers, education support workers and students at a county level. If you are interested in getting more involved, join Take Action AAC's Education Action Team and plan to attend our monthly chapter meeting on Thursday, December 20. Check out our chapter Facebook page and website for updates.
Take Action AAC Events
Monthly Chapter Meeting
Thursday, December 20 at 7 pm at Edgewater Community Library
Topics: Education, Immigration, Environment, and new issues at a county level
Other Anne Arundel Events
Monday, December 3 District 30/30A Town Hall with State Senator-elect Sarah Elfreth, D30A State Delegate-elect Alice Cain and Speaker Mike Busch -- 6:30-8 pm at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center, Annapolis
Tuesday, December 4 District 30 Town Hall with State Senator-elect Sarah Elfreth 6:30-8 pm at the Edgewater Community Library
Environment and Health Briefings
The Maryland Environmental Health Network is hosting a series of briefings from October through December prior to the 2018-2019 legislative session. You can register for these webinars by clicking here.
See the latest newsletter with a post-election letter from the co-chairs https://www.talbotrising.org/newsletters31/2018/11/12/weekly-newsletter-nov-12-2018
Events from our Allies
Wed, Dec. 5 GCAN Dec Lobby Training with CCAN 7-9 PM Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd, Room 114
Join us Wed, Dec. 5 at 7pm when Greenbelter Emily Frias of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network will present two new pieces of environmental policy (“Pathway to 100% Renewables” and “No New Fossil Fuels”) and will also give advice and training on how to lobby your state delegation. Become the most effective climate advocate you can be in the new Maryland Legislature and learn about two exciting pieces of climate legislation coming next session (Clean Energy Jobs Act and new pipeline safety legislation)
As always, we will use the last portion of the evening for announcements and updates on local and national issues we are following.
For more info, contact Lore Rosenthal, Greenbelt Climate Action Network, [email protected], 301-345-2234
SAT DEC 8 Our Revolution Prince Georges' will hold a general meeting on Saturday, December 8th from 2-4pm at the New Deal Cafe in Old Greenbelt (113 Centerway, Roosevelt Center). Come and discuss the elections: State and Party, public financing: Local and Congressional, legislation: Prince George's & State. Bring your thoughts, ideas and energy. We can make a lot happen.
Baltimore comrades, Check in on Max Obuszewski’s highly useful activist calendar and tip sheet at http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/
OUR BLOG POSTS IN THE PAST WEEK
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]
We recently published these blog posts:
November 29, 2018 On Dec 29th MD Progressives Unite
The end of 2018 is quickly approaching and it has been a tremendous year. Following the results of the 2018 elections we are inviting progressives from across the state to join together and discuss the next steps for our movement. On Saturday December 29th at 11am, we will be convening a Progressive Maryland statewide meeting to celebrate our victories, discuss our challenges, and to prepare our next steps.
November 29, 2018 Reforming MD's Democratic Party: Ground Zero may be Saturday
Will the state's Democratic establishment take steps to democratize their party and loosen the grip of big money? PM electoral fellow Richard DeShay Elliott, in a guest commentary for Maryland Matters today (Nov. 29), describes how this might come to a head Saturday at the state Dem leadership elections -- if restive progressives let their central committee reps know how they feel.
November 28, 2018 Outgoing Delegate will lobby pro bono to "level the playing field"
Outgoing state Del. Jimmy Tarlau (D-Prince George’s) is planning to become a pro bono lobbyist for progressive organizations and causes focusing on tax issues, economic justice, labor and consumer rights as well as local Prince George’s County matters.
November 27, 2018 MD Democratic leadership struggle heats up for Dec. 1 vote
There’s a struggle, not a coronation, in store as the state’s Democratic Party chooses its leadership team this Saturday (Dec. 1) in the wake of a decidedly mixed election result. Here's the state of play and the statements by aspirants to the party's chair.
SAVE THE DATE – SATURDAY, DEC. 29 FOR PROGRESSIVE MARYLAND’S STATEWIDE MEETING because we build power locally but exercise it statewide. So we’ll have a statewide gathering before the New Year to consolidate what we’ve learned and build on the power we have built. Save that date, Saturday, December 29 for our statewide meeting in Annapolis.
>>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