Welcome to the Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Oct 10-16. Here you find: reports on relaxing with Progressive MoCo, enviro-summiting with Take Action AAC; progressive cosplay at the RenFest and many other get-togethers at our chapters around the state. Read on…

Welcome to the Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Oct 10-16. Here you find: reports on relaxing with Progressive MoCo, enviro-summiting with Take Action AAC; progressive cosplay at the RenFest and many other get-togethers at our chapters around the state. Read on…

Statewide calendar:

Progressive Montgomery

●Check out the latest blog from member Susan: MoCo Elections and the Environment 

â—ŹCheck out our website at http://pmdmontgomery-progressivemaryland.nationbuilder.com/

●Wednesday, Oct. 11 -- Join Progressive MoCo for a Happy Hour Wednesday at Republic in Takoma Park, because these days, it feels like there's a crisis, march, rally, or some other action that requires our immediate attention. It can be draining. The only way we can get through the challenges we face today and build a better future is if we do it together. That's why building and maintaining a strong progressive community is important. So come on out and relax, recharge, have a drink and some delicious food, and help us build our community. It’s at Republic in Takoma Park, 6939 Laurel Ave.Takoma Park, MD 20912

Progressive Prince George’s

Saturday, October 28 What if We Funded Ourselves? Progressive Maryland is starting a Community Power-Building Co-op in Prince George's County to create a sustainable way to address the specific needs in the County! Non-profits must often rely on dwindling foundation and corporate dollars to sustain their work but this gets in the way of making a difference in our County. The Co-Op will give Prince Georgians the flexibility to work more independently of these dollars. Join other interested Prince Georgians Oct. 28 at 12 noon  at the Seat Pleasant Activity Center. Please RSVP using this link: https://goo.gl/forms/stNmck3ZU76p9s4c2 For more details, contact Seanniece Bamiro at 240-245-0268.

 Wednesday, October 18 at 6pm Bread & Roses presents a screening of From the Land of Gandhi (48 minutes). At Busboys Hyattsville.  Today, a high-skilled immigrant from India could wait more than 20 years to be a full member of US society, often tied to an employer, unable to change careers or start businesses. This story of four immigrants, a decade after they came to study in the US, places a human face to the broken high-skilled immigration system. It sheds light on this largely unattended story of one million dreams waiting for freedom. It also highlights the need for reforming America’s high-skilled immigration at a time of intense globalization and retirement of the baby boomer generation.

Host Presenters: Busboys and Poets, DC LaborFest, Immigration Film Fest and MD Del. Jimmy Tarlau.  Busboys and Poets Hyattsville - 5331 Baltimore Ave. Hyattsville

 Progressive Prince George’s is also a co-sponsor of Del. Tarlau’s Nov. 1 Legislative Briefing – see our Allies Events below.

You matter!  Get involved and get your issues addressed.  Email the issue leads below to join a working group. RVSP meeting attendance with the issue lead.

  • Criminal Justice

      • ·         Mass Incarceration Conference Call - Wednesday, October 11th - 7pm - 605-475-6777 Passcode 1011#
      • ·         Mass Incarceration Potluck - Reid Temple Church- Friday, October 13th - RSVP Krystal Oriadha: [email protected]
  • Economic Matters - Belina Wimbish-Haile: [email protected]
    • Meetings - every 4th Thursday via conference call - RSVP Belina Wimbish-Haile [email protected]
  • Education - Rob Anthony: [email protected]
  • Fair Elections - Charles Smith - [email protected]
  • Immigration Rights & Protection - Charles Smith - [email protected]
  • Transportation - John Tabori - [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].

  Progressive HoCo

Sunday, Oct. 15 Fair elections panel discussion, 6:-8 p.m. at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center in Columbia.  Please RSVP by going to the Progressive HoCo website:  http://www.progressivehoco.org/calendar

Wednesday Oct. 15 Progressive HoCo and the Howard County Chapter of the NAACP are holding Voter Registration Drives throughout the fall.  Our next event will be on October 21 at 11 a.m.-1 p.m.  We will be going door-to-door to register people at Owen Brown Place, 708 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD  21045.  Sign up at http://bit.ly/2wIXjId  If you have never done voter registration before, show up at 10:45 am for a quick lesson-it's easy!

 Frederick County Progressives:

Sunday Oct. 15 Frederick County Progressives Leadership Meeting at Coldstream Beach 1-4 p.m. General Meeting Oct 22 at CBA Library 1:15 -3:15. Leadership follow up 3:15 - 4:15.

Take Action Anne Arundel County

Saturday October 21 Environmental Action Response Town Hall:  from 2-5 p.m. at the Key School Activity Building in Annapolis. The Environmental Action Response Town Hall will connect activists and concerned citizens with legislators, environmental advocacy groups and environmental justice advocates with the goal to educate, inform and ignite them on a range of issues. Three panels will focus on environmental issues from the perspective of environmental justice advocates, environmental advocacy organizations and bi-partisan state legislators. Please RSVP for the event at www.bit.ly/EARTH_MD.

Talbot Rising

Lower Shore Progressive Caucus


Monday Oct 16, Reel and Meal at the New Deal presents Burned: Are Trees the New Coal? At the New Deal Café, 113 Centerway, Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt.  Optional vegan buffet served 6:30 pm, $14 free film show & discussion 7 p.m. Utopia Film Festival brings Burned -and also Lynne Cherry's 7-min. Save Tomorrow -to the Reel and Meal series. Alan Dater & Lisa Merton's film Burned tells the little-known story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for fuel, and probes the policy loopholes, huge subsidies, and blatant green washing of the burgeoning biomass power industry. The New Deal Café is accessible from Greenbelt Metro station by buses G 12 and 14.  For directions plus link to trailer of Burned, see the New Deal Café  website. Sponsored by Beaverdam Creek Watershed Watch Group, Green Vegan Networking and Prince George's Peace & Justice Coalition.  

Sunday, Oct. 15 Democratic Socialists of America MoCo Branch meeting from 3-5 at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Services Center: https://dsadc.org/events/dc-dsa-moco-branch-%F0%9F%8C%B9-general-meeting/

Wed Nov. 1 – Legislative Briefing with Del. Jimmy Tarlau. 7 p.m., IBEW Local 26, 4371 Parliament Pl, Lanham. What are the concerns and issues that face us and our Prince George’s community?  Come meet & greet Delegate Jimmy Tarlau (D-47th Dist.) to discuss advancing a progressive legislative agenda in the Maryland General Assembly in 2018 and the potential impact various measures being considered might have upon the state and our county.  Panelists will pose questions about labor rights, criminal justice reform, defense of immigrants, campaign finance reform, protecting the environment, advancing the cause of peace.  Sponsored by Prince George's Democratic Socialists of America, Progressive Prince George's County, Prince George’s Peace and Justice Coalition and Our Revolution PG/ 

Come gather at 7:00 pm; meeting begins 7:30 pm at IBEW Local 26 4371 Parliament Place, Lanham.

Baltimore comrades, Check in on Max Obuszewski’s highly useful calendar and tip sheet at http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/

To keep up with progressive events in and around DC consult the invaluable calendar at the Washington Peace Center, http://washingtonpeacecenter.org/alerts

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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 – 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 posted these blogs:

 October 09, 2017 Best Tribute to Las Vegas Victims: Silent Moment Followed by Loud Advocacy

These are remarks by Progressive Maryland health care organizer Beth Landry at Saturday's candlelight vigil for the victims of gun violence in Las Vegas and advocacy rally for real health care -- single-payer Medicare for All. The Oct. 7 vigil and rally took place in Lawyer's Mall before the State House.

October 6, 2017 Vital health service and coverage still under attack from Trump and Congress

Join us in Annapolis TOMORROW evening to fight for health care and remember the victims of gun violence in Las Vegas.

October 05, 2017 EARTH environmental session will focus on statewide prospects

The Environmental Action Response Town Hall Oct. 21 in Annapolis is designed to educate and prepare environmental activists and concerned citizens who care about the environment for the 2018 legislative session in Maryland, Anne Arundel County progressive activist Claire Miller reports. Participants will have the opportunity to hear about the environmental priorities of state legislators from both parties, environmental advocacy groups, and community leaders who are fighting environmental justice issues in their communities.

October 03, 2017 "Pawns in their Game" -- Bob Dylan's '60s insights have lessons for today

"In these fraught political times, we should bear in mind that the white working class is, like Dylan, complex," Hal Ginsberg writes. "Among some bigotry is front and center. But others, even a few who backed Trump, supported President Obama and will vote for progressive populists."

October 02, 2017 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Oct. 2-8

TONIGHT a hearing on Cove Point, a Chapter meeting in Anne Arundel and a meeting on the cell tower issue in Shadyside – see below.

Lots more on the calendar for this week and beyond…

Two-day training for activists coming up this weekend. If you have committed to going, please remember to register. If you are still considering going, contact Justin Vest, state lead organizer, [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 this year’s blogs starting from 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...