A more diverse and sustainable Maryland economy is discussed on WPFW-FM Tuesday; stealth attack on term limits in Prince George's; fair voting in Howard and elsewhere; Early voting starts Thursday and more in this Weekly Memo.

The Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for October 24, 2016: Maryland economy on the radio; Question D shenanigans; Early Voting starts Thursday and lots more.

First, Tuesday morning: The Progressive Maryland/IPS project on diversifying Maryland’s economy in a peaceful, green direction gets an examination on Tuesday’s edition of WPFW-FM 89.3’s “Community Watch and Comment at 11 a.m. Larry Stafford,  the Executive Director of Progressive Maryland, co-hosts the Tuesday edition with Dave Rabin and they range across the D.C. and Maryland issues.  The show typically showcases groups and people who are working for a fair economy and a stronger democracy.  This Tuesday ,October 25th,  the second half of the show will take a look at the issue of economic diversification of the defense industry in the state of Maryland (and elsewhere?) Tune in to learn about this important topic, what Progressive Maryland is doing on the local level regarding the state's study of economic transition in this industry, and what's at stake for communities in Maryland. Guests are Miriam Pemberton from the Institute for Policy Studies and Patty Snee from Progressive Maryland.

 And Tuesday night: October 25 -- Democracy Action Forum -- 5 p.m., Owen Brown Interfaith Center, Columbia -- highlighting current federal and state legislative efforts to fight voter suppression and take back democracy from wealthy special interests.  US Reps. Chris Van Hollen and John Sarbanes as well as former Md. Del. Heather Mizeur are confirmed to attend and discuss their efforts.  State Sen. Jamie Raskin, US Sen. Ben Cardin, and Rep. Elijah Cummings have also been invited.  This forum is not a campaign event but an opportunity to discuss means for beating back Citizens United et. al. and protecting voter rights (e.g.. Democracy Amendment ResolutionGov't by the People Act).  Sponsored by: Get Money Out-Maryland (GMOM): www.getmoneyoutMD.org -- GMOM does not endorse candidates.  Up-to-date event info: linked Facebook event rti

RSVP: [email protected]  5:00 p.m., Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia


Ongoing electoral work:

Fair Elections Howard County GOTV Volunteers needed to cover polling location in Columbia, MD at the Bain Senior Center from 10/27 - 11/3 and 11/8. 

We are in need of volunteers during time traffic times (8AM to 10:00AM and 5PM to 8PM) and commitments of 4 hours or all day. We also need volunteers to make calls to ask residents to support Question A during Nov. 4 - Nov.7 via web link. 

Please sign up at the links below: 

Please sign up for Early Voting Coverage shifts here: https://goo.gl/forms/dqCC6YshFkhvjfcf1

Please Sign up Election Day Coverage shifts here: https://goo.gl/forms/tw0T6BhyurzlOQ203

Please sign up for Post-Early Days Coverage shift here: https://goo.gl/forms/VTMlgNfsPBzratpb2

Questions? Contact Jordan at [email protected] 

Early Voting in Maryland begins this Thursday, Oct. 27 and continues till Thursday, Nov. 3 – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Updates, early voting locations by county and other details are here. Early voting is especially important if you think you might be busy, have to work extra hours or otherwise might run out of time on Election Day, Nov. 8. Running out of time to vote on Election Day happens to all too many people – it’s no accident that the everyday concerns of the workplace can interfere with exercising full democratic rights (if you are not a boss). So don’t get caught short – vote early.

 Fight for Fifteen Reading Group at the Silver Spring Library meets Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. “We'll be discussing the ongoing battles across the country to raise the minimum wage, including here in Montgomery County, and the implications for the future of work.” More is here, including a way to RSVP.



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 FOR EXAMPLE: we recently published these:

October 19, 2016 The #Fightfor15 is a fight for economic justice for women and people of color in Montgomery County

Fighting for a $15 minimum wage in Montgomery County is a major piece in the progress toward a society of full economic justice.

October 18, 2016 For Hogan, it's all business

Commentator Barry Rascovar sums up Larry Hogan's maneuvers on forcing school systems to start classes after Ocean City's season ends at Labor Day: it's about business, it's not about

October 17, 2016 Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for October 17, 2016

Progressive Maryland's Weekly Memo: Tomorrow brings the Free State's registration deadline (but there's an Early Voting escape hatch!) and BTW Progressive Maryland on the radio dial; also the recent blogs handy for clicking.

October 15, 2016 PM BlogSpace Weekend Reader

PM Weekend Reader for Oct. Trump's really deplorable association; voter suppression continues; Hogan v. progressives on transit -- and more; some weekend reading you may enjoy.

October 14, 2016 Economic Diversity for Maryland: Progressive Maryland Teams with IPS on Project

Progressive Maryland and the Institute for Policy Studies are working to sharpen Maryland's response to a changing defense jobs picture and promote an equitable and green transition.

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...