EARLY VOTING IS STILL UNDERWAY -- UNTIL THURSDAY --check out our posts at the foot of this newsbreak for detailed (and oft-repeated) advice on why Early Voting is the gift that keeps on giving (until Thursday at 8 p.m.) and why we can build power and win this important election if we make the Blue Wave happen.
Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, October 29, 2018
Hey, the PM BlogSpace has been BUSY – check out our posts at the foot of this newsbreak for detailed (and oft-repeated) advice on why Early Voting is the gift that keeps on giving (until Thursday at 8 p.m.) and why we can build power and win this important election if we make the Blue Wave happen.
Bernie Sanders talked about a “Political Revolution” -- and what he meant was not barricades in the streets but the power of people who simply exercised their right to vote and acted in solidarity with one another and their common interests. This is how we build power. This will happen, and we will win, not just the election but in building stronger communities that are aware of their power and exercise it consistently between elections.
Between now and Thursday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m., when Early Voting ends, the main thing is to vote and get your community out to do the same. If you can volunteer to help turnout in your neighborhood, do it here.
>> A voice from Progressive Prince George's
I don’t want a “Oh he’s not so bad” Governor.
In a time where there are white supremacists and Nationalists mailing bombs to liberal political operatives and are shooting up synagogues, this is no time to be pulling punches or to be lackadaisical about voting.
I want to live in a State that supports Public education and doesn’t brow beat county or city level officials for their handling of bureaucracy.
Stop shorting Counties of education funding.
Stop trying to build billion dollar highway projects and train systems that nobody wants.
Let’s also be bold. We can lower incarceration rates and save the state some money. We can fully fund our schools. We can do better on healthcare for cheaper. We can best serve Marylanders and protect them from the dangerous whims of a madman at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
There are Democrats in Annapolis who are Dems in name only. Yes we have to push the party to the left a bit while still being fiscally responsible so we don't become the Tax and Spend operation the GOP claims us to be.
Don’t settle for free EZ-Passes and toll lanes.
Think big when you vote this election.
Think better healthcare for Marylanders. Think fully funded public school systems, and also think about college being far more affordable.
Push for more this November. Maryland is a wealthy state with educated constituents that deserve better than “he’s not so bad for a Republican.” If the Maryland you envision has better schools, is striving to clean up the Bay, quell the violence in Baltimore and bring prosperity to Charm City. If the Maryland you envision totally rids itself of mass incarceration, cash bail and other bad law enforcement practices? Then join me in voting for Ben Jealous, a man with a progressive vision for Maryland.
On November 6th
-- Rob Anthony<> Prince George’s County.
>>THE BEN JEALOUS FILE – this BlogSpace has outlined on many occasions the qualities of the Jealous/Turnbull ticket that make them the clear choice in the Governor’s races, and Larry Hogan a prime candidate to be sent home.
Most recently, former Gov. Martin O’Malley pulled the mask off Hogan’s corrupt self-enrichment while he has been governor. Like Trump, he sees public office as a racketeering opportunity.
Maybe you still feel you need to know more. Many of our BlogSpace accounts of key issues in the campaign and the superior Jealous/Turnbull approach are in this link-filled recent post. And the comparison is also detailed here. Larry Hogan’s other failures in office (successes for him and his business friends, but for sure not for you and the folks you know) are laid out here. And here.
OUR CHAPTERS AROUND THE STATE
Saturday, November 03 Participatory Defense Community Meeting at 01:00 PM
Oakcrest Community Center rsvp
(Also on Saturday, Nov. 10, same time and location rsvp )
Thanks to all who canvassed in Anne Arundel County for Progressive Maryland endorsed candidates this weekend. Special thanks to canvass leaders Chrissy Holt, Yasemin Jamison, Michelle Williams, and Randye Williams. Kudos to Sarah Lacey (Council District 1), Lisa Rodvien (Council District 6) and James Kitchin (Council District 7) for gaining the endorsement of the Capital Gazette. Check out Amy Gill Britt's endorsement of Sarah Lacey for Anne Arundel County Council District 1 here. Progressive Maryland endorsed all three of these candidates and Take Action AAC is looking forward to working with them when they win their respective seats on November 6. If you haven't yet volunteered, join us for our phonebank this week in Annapolis.
Take Action AAC Events
Thursday, November 1 Phonebank at 6 pm in Annapolis.
Get Out the Vote Phonebank in Annapolis. Focus on key precincts to drive turnout for progressive candidates.
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 algorithm that will be discussed 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.
Other Anne Arundel Events
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.
Thursday, November 15 at 6:30 pm - Movie Night - Cowspiracy
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 at Annapolis Friends Meeting House at 6:30pm
CANVASS TIL YOU DROP IN OCTOBER and NOVEMBER – AND WIN
Come help Canvass for the general election with Progressive Maryland Baltimore. Mobilizing the vote in Baltimore City and Baltimore County is one of the most crucial steps to getting Ben Jealous elected in November. Support other local progressive candidates in the districts we canvass! Come help make the blue wave happen and meet your fellow voters
- Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 05:30 PM
rsvp and get notification of the details.
- Saturday, November 03, 2018 at 10:00 AM
rsvp and get notification of the details
- Sunday, November 04, 2018 at 10:00 AM
rsvp and get notification of the details
Baltimore comrades, Check in on Max Obuszewski’s highly useful activist calendar and tip sheet at http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/
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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:
European voters, grateful for the power they get from weekend voting, would be really grateful for our extra-long weekend for building power. Don’t waste it.
Voters in many other counties (Brazil, many European nations, even Afghanistan) have voting in national elections spread over a weekend.
WE HAVE AN EXTRA-LONG WEEKEND FOR VOTING – not only Saturday and today, Sunday (until 8 p.m.) but also Monday-- AND Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, all Early Voting days. Let's make every day matter.
Early voting in Maryland began yesterday (Thursday, October 25). It continues till next Thursday, Nov. 1 INCLUDING SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, Oct. 27 and 28. Check the messages about Early Voting and its advantages from candidates and advocates, and Plan to Vote -- then help your friends, neighbors and community to make their voices heard too.
After a year of briefings, community meetings, and forums, the Prince George’s County Council voted Tuesday night [Oct 23] to establish a Fair Elections program for County Executive and County Council races. The Fair Elections Bill now heads for the County Executive's desk. Prince George's has joined Montgomery and Howard counties, the District of Columbia and (soon) Baltimore City in taking steps to get big money and its influence out of local elections. Progressive Maryland and Progressive Prince George's have worked hard as a part of the Fair Elections Maryland Coalition to see this democratizing bill passed.
October 25, 2018 Early Voting starts today in Maryland -- Make a plan to vote
It’s dawn on October 25 – the first day of Early Voting in Maryland.
Do you know where your interests are?
Make a plan to vote for your interests.
October 24, 2018 Why I Support Sarah Lacey for Anne Arundel County Council
Sarah Lacey supports increased public transportation, satellite government offices and libraries within the District, and government transparency above all. Most importantly (to me), she supports fully funding public education and county services. That means paying teachers, police, and firefighters what they deserve, as well as improving the school buildings in District 1.
From former Sen. Barbara Mikulski: "...If you invest more in education, you pay less in incarceration. Schools always cost less than prisons. But under Larry Hogan, we've seen our education budget get tighter and tighter, while our budget for prisons continues to balloon. Maryland is falling behind because we're just not investing where it counts." Ben Jealous will turn that around.
It is proving pretty hard to get entrenched big money out of Prince George's politics. But there is a solid chance for change TODAY, Tuesday October 23, when the County Council votes on a bill providing for small donor contributions to political candidates who pledge to run without large contributions from the big donors who have played such a big role in county politics. Read about the possibilities for change in this account.
MAKING A PLAN TO VOTE – AND HELPING OTHERS TO DO THE SAME
Early Voting in Maryland begins Thursday (Oct. 25) across the state. Remember, if you make a plan to vote early and something doesn’t work out, you can still vote the following day, right up through Nov. 1. So make your plan, follow through -- then help to turn out your neighbors and your community. In this crucial election, expanding the electorate is the key to ending business as usual.
>>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