MovementPoliticsTeambannermay2018.jpgSummer begins but our issues are no less urgent. Read about Gov. Larry's trickle of vetoes, a petition to stop private police forces, and news of our activities and those of our progressive allies.


Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Tuesday May 28 2019


One of the eight bills vetoed by Gov. Larry Hogan just before Memorial Day Weekend was the “ban the box” law that prevents employers from using a criminal record to automatically disqualify applicants as soon as they fill out a job application with a check-box asking about criminal convictions. As Maryland Matters put it,

“Hogan … vetoed “ban-the-box” legislation, which would have limited the ability of many employers to make initial inquiries about a job applicant’s criminal record.

“Hiring the right team is one of the most critical activities a business does,” Hogan said in his veto message. “Employers have the right, and often the need, to know the criminal history of applicants they may hire.”

Yes, but not before they have met them or even looked at the rest of the application.

All but one of Hogan’s eight vetoes were bills passed with veto-proof majorities, including “Ban the Box,” so the Assembly can pass it next January (or even sooner). The above article includes links to Hogan’s veto message and the bills he allowed to become law without his signature.

Women Against Private Police

ARE YOU WITH US? Are you a registered Maryland voter who opposes giving private corporations the power to police public areas? Do you agree with the residents, faculty, staff, students, and visitors who don't believe Johns Hopkins University (JHU) should operate its very own law enforcement agency? Sign the petition being circulated by activists who see the very bad bill passed by the Assembly as an opening for private corporations to have the police powers, including lethal force, that should be reserved for public oversight. Sign it ASAP, please; it’s a paper petition that must be printed out and sent to arrive by Friday (May 31).

Summer officially began over the Memorial Day Weekend (summertime, for outdoor activism and agitation!) and the recent legislative Session fades into memory – but our issues are still on the front burner. We work for environmental justice (see below), reform of the criminal justice/policing system and cutting the school-to-prison pipeline, fair elections that loosen the grip of big money on our politics, and reform of the systems that keep our families trapped in poverty in the midst of wealth. Read more about our issues here.



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Sun, June 2, Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown by Takoma Park Mobilization Environmental Committee (TPMEC) 2019,  2:30 PM – 4:00 PM EDT Takoma Park Community Center (Azalea Room) 7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912

Project Drawdown is a coalition of more than 200 researchers and other experts from 22 countries led by author, environmental activist, and entrepreneur Paul Hawken. Over the course of 5 years of rigorous scientific research, they identified and modeled the 100 most substantive, already existing solutions for addressing global warming and revealed astounding news: that it is possible not just to slow global warming, but to actually reverse it by 2050.

{{Monday, June 10 Reversing Global Warming: Introduction to Drawdown,  7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Connie Morella Library on Arlington Road, in Bethesda. The Environmental Sustainability Group at Bethesda Friends (Quaker) Meeting is sponsoring the workshop; see June 2 entry for details.}}


Thursday, June 6Progressive Cheverly Forum: “More Highway Lanes? Toll Roads?  Transportation Proposals and Alternatives” -- Nicholas Orrick, member of the Transportation Committee of the Sierra Club Maryland chapter will be speaking. ASL interpretation provided.  Light refreshments will be served. 7:00 - 9:00 PM Hoyer Education Center (cafeteria) 2300 Belleview Ave. (Parking available) Cheverly


Friday June 7 “Jazz Night at the ‘Lift – Funding In/fusion” Community Forklift fundraiser with music, food and drinks  6:00 - 8:00 PM Community Forklift 4761 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston 20781


Sunday, June 9, “Toxic Contamination at Military bases: Another Threat to our Environment” 2:30 to 4:30 PM Presented by Pat Elder Adelphi Friends Meeting 2303 Metzerott Road Adelphi, Maryland 20783


Saturday, June 15 United Democratic Women of Maryland Southern Region Luncheon -- Sartik's , 7670 Hawthorne Road La Plata, MD 20646. Guest speaker is Del. C.T. Wilson. Info and costs, email Karen Fennell.

 Baltimore progressives, Check in on Max Obuszewski’s highly useful activist calendar and tip sheet at

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 May 21, 2019 People's Wave next steps -- a plan for building power and winning
Whether you attended the People’s Wave (April 28-30), watched some or all on livestream or learned about it after the fact, it set a substantive agenda for progressive political action in the 2020 election cycle and beyond. And it's all at your fingertips right here.

May 20, 2019 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, May 20, 2019

Summer begins this coming weekend (time for outside activism and agitation!) and the recent legislative Session fades into memory – but our issues are still on the front burner. Get the picture here in the Memo.

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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...