After a long fight, progressives including our Progressive Maryland stalwarts celebrated the signing of Montgomery County’s $15 minimum wage bill Monday. Progressive MoCo plans a celebration; see below.

Weekly memo for Nov. 13-20

After a long fight, progressives including our Progressive Maryland stalwarts celebrated the signing of Montgomery County’s $15 minimum wage bill Monday.






















More for your Viewing Pleasure:

 Check out Rep. Andy Harris’s encounter with some real live dissenters…  at his own Town Hall on taxes --

¬†And a livestream of events from the Maryland Peace Action rally in Baltimore (McKeldin Square) last Saturday, working to reset the warlike sentiment of ‚ÄúVeterans Day‚ÄĚ to the original never-again sentiment of Armistice Day, the end of the First World War on Nov. 11 1918.


Progressive Montgomery

Thursday, November 16, join Progressive Maryland and PMD Montgomery to celebrate our victory in the Fight for $15 for Montgomery County with our coalition! Come out to get to know other members of the coalition and build new relationships for future actions! 7 to 9 p.m. at Fire Station 1 Restaurant & Bar, 8131 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910 Why:  Because resilient and accountable communities are the antidote to fascism. Check us out on our website.

Progressive Prince George’s

Join The Movement!
Progressive Maryland and Progressive Prince George‚Äôs have launched a 75-day campaign to start a resident-led and resident-funded collective of people harnessing their own talents and skills to create a Prince George‚Äôs truly shaped by residents.¬†Click here to find out more information and join other Prince Georgians dedicated to making a change! For technical and member support, contact Seanniece Bamiro, [email protected]

You matter!  Get involved and get your issues addressed.  

Email the issue leads below to join a group. RVSP meeting attendance with the issue lead.

Meetings - every 4th Thursday via conference call - RSVP Belina Wimbish-Haile [email protected]

Join Our County Council Teams Today!

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 to Diane Teichert, County Council Lead [email protected]

Close to home: Tuesday, November 14, Claire Miller reports, the Charles County Appeals Board will hear testimony from the public as to whether to approve a zoning change that would allow Dominion to build a compressor station along the Cove Point Pipeline near Accokeek, Maryland (right on the Charles County/Prince George’s County line). This hearing will start at 7 p.m. at the Charles County Government Building, 200 Baltimore St., La Plata, Maryland.More information is at, and there’s a Facebook event page at

Frederick County Progressives

Thursday, November 23 Turkey Drive 2017   Frederick County Progressives and Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick Present Turkey Drive 2017 The Thanksgiving season is one in which we look back over the year to recognize (show all)  at 12:00 PM · Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick in Frederick, MD  rsvp

Progressive HoCo

Wednesday, November 15 Progressive HoCo chapter meeting: 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Howard County Central Library Warfield Room 10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy Columbia, MD 21044  Joey Lindstrom from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) will speak about organizing around affordable housing issues. RSVP here.

Take Action Anne Arundel County

Thursday December 7 at 6:30pm, Take Action AAC will be hosting a chapter meeting at the Edgewater Library on 25 Stepneys Lane in Edgewater, MD. The discussion topic is base building and chapter priorities in 2018.

Talbot Rising

Lower Shore Progressive Caucus 


Wednesday, November 15 "The Line": Documentary Screening & Discussion 7 - 8:30 p.m.  Laurel Branch Library 507 7th Street, Laurel, Maryland 20707.  The Line is a groundbreaking documentary chronicling the new face of poverty in America. Hosted by Laurel Advocacy & Referral Services, Inc.  more info and RSVP here.

Wednesday November 15th, the Public Service Commission (PSC) will hear arguments on whether to approve Dominion’s application to change the biggest state-level permit for its export terminal being built in Cove Point. This hearing will start at 10 a.m. in the PSC hearing room on the 16 floor of 6 St. Paul Street, Baltimore.  More information is at, and there’s a Facebook event page at

Friday November 18, Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis will be hosting a discussion on Healthy Soils: Implementing the Maryland Healthy Soils Program at 1:30pm at the Annapolis Friends Meeting House.  Information on their website and Facebook page.

Monday, November 20 Utopia Film Festival comes to Reel & Meal at the New Deal Caf√©, 113 Centerway, Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt ‚ÄďThree documentaries- about immigrants, refugees, and conditions in their Old Country: Remember Everything: to not Forget Anyone -- a poignant three-minute short from Italy about immigrants who drown trying to reach safety in Europe; An American House -- one that welcomes illegal immigrants from Central America to the US and gives them shelter and safety; We are the Nation -- set in a slum in Kenya, it portrays orphaned and traumatized children coming together through music and a remarkable benefactor as a way to build positive lives.

Optional vegan buffet 6:30, free film at 7.  If you expect to come for the buffet at 6:30, we'll appreciate your RSVP via this Facebook event-   Discussion will follow. Come learn what we can do to help support our local immigrant and international community.

Friday December 1,¬†Free Screening of ‚Äú13th‚ÄĚ and Panel Discussion¬†in Annapolis at the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts. Mass incarceration as modern enslavement. ¬†RSVP¬†for tickets and more information about Ava Duvernay‚Äôs Oscar-nominated documentary.¬†

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,

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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]

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November 09, 2017 Pelosi, Raskin Rally Moco Audience Against GOP Tax Plan

Raskin and Pelosi rallied the crowd to cheers with their analysis of the GOP tax plan. Raskin attacked the plan for being largely composed of corporate giveaways. These include a drop in the corporate tax rate from 35% to 12% on income currently stashed overseas and 10% on profits from transnational activities. Deriding the bill as the ‚Äúbillionaire tax break and job cutting plan,‚ÄĚ Raskin noted also that the Republican plan slashes $1.5 trillion from Medicare and Medicaid over a decade.

November 08, 2017 Progressive groups gather to hear Del. Tarlau preview Assembly session

Three of Prince George’s County’s progressive-resistance organizations met in a profitable and friendly exchange Nov. 1 sponsored by PG Democratic Socialists of America organizing committee, Progressive Prince George’s and Our Revolution Prince George’s. It was a good mix of the three, thirty-plus activists there thanks to the courtesy of IBEW Local 26 in Lanham to hear Del. Jimmy Tarlau discuss the upcoming 2018 General Assembly session and what progressives could hope to press for.

November 07, 2017 VICTORY! The Fight for $15 is won in MoCo

Rockville, MD ‚Äď This morning the Montgomery County Council unanimously passed Bill 28-17 to raise the minimum wage in Montgomery County from $11.50 an hour to $15 an hour. The bill would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for employees of business of 51 or more people by 2021. The wage hike will reach businesses of 49 or less people by 2023 and business of 10 or fewer people by 2024. The passage includes a provision to index the minimum for inflation starting in 2022.

November 07, 2017 Staying home on Election Day: the ultimate bad decision

 “There are 13 municipal elections on the ballot Tuesday, and a handful of others are scattered throughout November. Voters will head to the polls Tuesday in Annapolis, Bel Air, Chestertown, College Park, Denton, Frederick, Gaithersburg, Greenbelt, Greensboro, Laurel, Marydel, Pittsville and Takoma Park.

‚ÄúAnnapolis and Frederick are the big prizes. These are partisan elections, in contrast to the others ‚ÄĒ and both political parties have a lot at stake.‚ÄĚ

These are not to be ignored. Here's why.

November 06, 2017 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Nov. 6-12

It‚Äôs Election Day in more places than you might think tomorrow ‚Äď some folks will be GOTV-busy in Virginia, lending a hand to competitive progressive candidates in NoVa, others focused on Annapolis or Frederick municipal elections (see below) or others around the state. And MoCo has a big Council vote on a $15 minimum wage tomorrow, as well. Find out about all this, and more...

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