The basics: Resisting Trump, choosing our ground to fight on, supporting the coalition. Plus radio schedules and progressive events, and recent blog posts with links and summaries.

Welcome to the Progressive Maryland Monday Memo for November 14-22

We've been working hard to bring progressive change to Maryland, but a Trump presidency changes everything. Our past victories for working families are at risk and we must prepare to actively fight against an authoritarian corporatist agenda.

Will you volunteer to join the anti-Trump resistance?

Any chance of a progressive agenda being advanced at the federal level is gone and the right-wing is consolidating even more power at the state and local levels. This is not an administration we can wait out.

If we don’t start preparing now to fight back and fight hard, we’ll be in an even worse position in the next election. But we need your help.

Can you donate just $5 or $10 to our cause to help fund our anti-Trump organizing work? 

Thank you for your support. Together we will get through the next four years and defend our progressive values.

Larry Stafford
Progressive Maryland

On the agenda this week:

TUESDAY ON THE RADIO: On the Tuesday edition of listener-sponsored WPFW-FM 89.3’s “Community Watch and Comment” at 11 am, Larry Stafford, the Executive Director of Progressive Maryland, co-hosts with Dave Rabin  The show covers all manner of Maryland and DC issues, as well as national and international concerns. 

 On Tuesday's show: 

William Hartung, Director of The Center for International Policy's Arms and Security Project, discusses the way forward in the wake of last week's election. 

Rex Daugherty, Theater Artistic Director at Solas Nua, the only U-S organization dedicated exclusively to contemporary Irish arts, discusses their new production, "Little Thing, Big Thing."

People's Action's Isaiah Poole and Amanda Weaver on the American Left's next steps in preparation for the Trump presidency

LISTEN 11 a.m. to noon, EDT on WPFW-FM, 89.3. Or stream it live at or listen anytime after the show by going to

Click on "All Shows" and choose "Community Watch and Comment - Tuesday"

In Montgomery County: District 20 Community Forum Thursday, Nov. 17

Jamie Raskin has been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, therefore his state senate seat will be vacated next year.

 This forum is an opportunity to learn about the process to fill the District 20 senate seat. Members of the Democratic Central Committee, which will submit a recommendation to the Governor, have been asked to attend. Individuals who have expressed interest in the position have also been invited.

Thus far, David Moon, Will Smith, and Darian Unger have confirmed their attendance. RSVP to attend as well.

6:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Silver Spring Civic Building, Fenton Room, 1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD 20910 <> CONTACT Justin Vest · [email protected]


And save this date:  Thursday, Nov. 29 <> MoCo Fight for Fifteen Rally

The Montgomery County Council has the opportunity to provide a raise for 107,000 hard working county residents by establishing a $15 minimum wage. 

Montgomery County workers need a strong bill that covers all workers–no exceptions, no exemptions!

The Health and Human Services committee is convening to decide whether to send the bill to the full Council for a vote. Join us for a rally to show that a majority of voters want a living wage in Montgomery County. 

Please RSVP to attend and invite your family, friends, and coworkers to come as well. 

6:30 – 8 p.m.  Montgomery County Office Building
100 Maryland Ave Rockville, MD 20850
Google map and directions

CONTACT Justin Vest · [email protected]


READING THE PM BLOGSreaders and fans of the PM BlogSpace can get a copy of the Weekly Memo delivered directly to their email inbox. It includes an update on the week ahead as well as links to the blogs that have appeared in recent weeks. Never miss a blog post. Sign up at

For example, we recently posted these:

Nov. 11, 2016 We must either take over the Democratic Party... or abandon it

Progressive Maryland's executive director, Larry Stafford, says "It’s time for progressives to take the reins of the party from the Democratic establishment and begin to boldly organize our base for the fight of our lives."

 Nov. 11, 2016 Reflections on Trump's Election
We're all reeling from Trump's election and asking ourselves what happened.

 Nov. 10, 2016 National rallying cry against Trump threat from People's Action

The shocking win of Donald Trump puts a lot of progressive gains in peril but also offers unique avenues for making further advances. Here's a post from our national affiliate, People's Action, about what is lost and gained with the defeat of Hillary Clinton.

Nov. 7, 2016 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Nov. 7-13

Election Day tomorrow! (Tuesday) and all hands on deck for local, state and national progressive candidates and causes. Review the ballot questions in Howard, Prince George's and Montgomery counties here.

 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...