Let’s cut to the chase – a full calendar ahead of actions, get-togethers and learning opportunities. Plus the most recent blogs.

Let’s cut to the chase – a full calendar ahead of actions, get-togethers and learning opportunities. Plus the most recent blogs.


Wednesday, September 20 1-Day Movement Politics Campaign Training  at 10 a.m. · Progressive MD Headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. For more see  (show all) rsvp

Tuesday, September 19th from 7-9 pm: Progressive Maryland, along with the NAACP, 1199 SEIU, and Maryland Healthcare for All are sponsoring a Public Forum on Medicaid at the Silver Spring Civic Center. Join MD CD 8 Representative Jamie Raskin and Director of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Uma Ahluwalia at this forum! RSVP HEREMDGuaranteedHealthcare.jpg


Progressive Prince George’s

Tuesday, September 19 - Zoning Rewrite presentation. 6:30 p.m. Colmar Manor Town Hall & Community Center 3701 Lawrence Street, Colmar Manor

This is an open meeting of the Port Towns Community Development Corporation to hear about and discuss the Prince George’s County Zoning Rewrite progress. The MNCCPC staffers Brittney Drakeford and Chad Williams will present how the  changes might affect us in the 47th district and in the Port Towns area.

RSVP :  [email protected]

 Wednesday, September 20th Mass Incarceration Potluck and Discussion – 7 p.m. 406 71st Ave Capitol Heights Maryland 20743.

You are invited to attend a neighborhood potluck discussion. We will be meeting to talk in depth about the issues around criminal justice reform in Maryland and how we can come together to end mass incarceration in our communities. The potluck will be an evening of ideas and community bonding over a common cause. We ask that you bring your ideas, and a snack, or dish to share. If you have any questions please contact the Progressive Prince George’s County, Criminal Justice Reform Issue Lead Krystal Oriadha Email: [email protected]

Sunday, September 24th
Immigration Forum with Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh – 4 p.m. - University of Maryland, College Park Campus - Stamp Student Union

 Tuesday, September 26th Ice Cream Social with Dr. Maxwell at 6:30pm at Yogi Castle (5501 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD).  Del. Alonzo Washington annual event --  

Last year, over 70 students, parents, teachers, came for an informal conversation with the schools CEO on our school system.

 Wednesday, September 27th - '13th' -- film by Ava DuVernay 6:30 p.m. Showing & Panel Discussion - Laurel Library 507 7th St.

 Thursday, September 28th - Fair Elections Townhall  7-9 p.m. featuring former Dist. 4 Rep. Donna Edwards -- College Park City Hall 4500 Knox Rd. College Park.  Hear about how Prince George’s elections and politics have been distorted by big-money campaign contributions and how a Small Donor publicly financed electoral system can return power to voters and the community. rsvp

 Saturday, September 30, 2017 New Carrollton Community Day  -- 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beckett Field - 8511 Legation Road, New Carrollton, MD with crafts, games, vendors, music, and food.

 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.

 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].


PMD Montgomery

We have a website! Come visit us online and learn about our upcoming events.

Tues September 26th Minimum Wage Council Hearing – 7:30 p.m.,  Montgomery County Council Hearing Room, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850 map and directions -- The Montgomery County Council is considering a bill that would raise the county minimum wage to $15/hour by 2020. Help ensure it's a strong bill that protects all workers–no exceptions, no exemptions. Join us at a public hearing about the bill and show solidarity for workers in Montgomery County. RSVP

Wed September 27th MoCo District 5 Happy Hour 6-8 p.m. , location tbd for more info see RSVP

Frederick County Progressives

Progressive HoCo

Sunday Oct. 15 Panel Discussion on Fair Elections – 6-8 p.m. at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045, Progressive HoCo is cosponsoring with Together We Will of Howard County a panel discussion on Fair Elections.  Currently confirmed panelists are Rep. John Sarbanes, Jennifer Bevan-Dangel of Common Cause and our own Larry Stafford of Progressive Maryland.  Goal: raise awareness of the process of getting Fair Elections legislation passed at the local level, and to encourage other jurisdictions to think about implementing Fair Elections legislation. If you have questions about the event contact Dave Bazell at [email protected], or 410-707-7930.

Take Action Anne Arundel County

Talbot Rising

Wed Sep 20,   TALBOT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING - Attend meeting and/or contact board member to show your support for teachers and staff – 7 p.m.   Board of Education Office (map) The school board is refusing to honor the contract negotiated three years ago with the education staff, denying an agreed-upon cost-of-living increase and restricting previously approved partner benefits. They aren't keeping their word, even though these hard-working men and women keep their word every day, working more hours than they are contracted for, spending their own money on educational resources and school supplies, supporting our students in the classroom and around the community. More at Actions and Alerts

Sun Sept. 24 - IMMIGRATION FORUM, 2 pm, Third Haven Friends Quaker Meeting House, Easton
Discussion on the current state of immigration laws and its impact on families with Charles Wheeler, who grew up in Easton and is now a California-based immigration attorney. He practices and has taught immigration law for over three decades. Click here for Immigration Flyer with all info

Lower Shore Progressive Caucus

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:

September 15, 2017   In MoCo, Exec vs. Council in next round on Fight for $15

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, a persistent critic of the long struggle for a living wage in Montgomery County and water-carrier for business interests, is still trying to chip away at the latest effort by Council members to help working families in a county of great wealth and significant inequality.

Progressive Maryland yesterday joined a coalition of progressive organizations pushing back against Leggett’s latest effort – a letter promising a veto of the new legislation without major pro-business concessions.

September 14, 2017 Medicare For All Can Reshape the "Art of the Possible"

The [co-sponsoring] senators who shared a podium with [Sen. Bernie] Sanders understand this [Medicare For All] bill won’t pass in today’s Republican-dominated Congress. They signed on because it’s a good idea, and because they recognize that by doing so they can both reflect and reshape a shifting political landscape.

September 12, 2017   Meet Progressive Maryland's New Prince George's County Organizers

Prince George's County, one of if not the most affluent majority-black county in the US, has particular strengths and weaknesses -- both of which can be tackled as they should be by a more aware community and a more responsive elected leadership unencumbered by big-money campaign contributors. Progressive Maryland's organizers, Seanniece Bamiro and Charles Smith, are focused on those issues. See here how they can help your community in Prince George's.


 September 11, 2017  Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Sept. 11-17

New stuff in Congress on health care repeal to be watchful about; leadership training opportunities; statewide and chapter activism and calendar of events, and the most recent blogs nicely packaged for binge-reading.

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...