Progressive Maryland

 Shana Tova to all who celebrate! Autumn has arrived, too, and with it an opportunity to talk to voters throughout the state about the general election. We did that on Saturday, concentrating our outreach in neighborhoods in Prince George’s County during our Day of Action. Thanks to all who joined us, including our Task Force and Chapter leaders, our affiliated community and labor organizations, as well as our grassroots volunteers. Whether you knocked on doors, made phone calls, invited friends and family, or made a donation, we truly cannot thank you enough. On Saturday we did a combined 64 phone banking and door knocking shifts, and made attempts to reach more than 7,000 voters. We got a good response from the people we reached, recruited some new volunteers, and if folks weren’t home we were able to leave our new election lit at their doors. Check it out! We know there’s an enormous contrast between the agenda that the Republicans are pushing (restricting our healthcare, school budgets, and environmental protections) and what the Democrats are campaigning for (expanding healthcare, the pool of public school teachers and staff, and action on climate) but many voters, busy with their daily lives, may not. We have to be prepared that voters could get confused by the lies coming from the GOP candidate for governor, Dan Cox, and his campaign. It was reported last week that Cox plans to visit Mar-a-Lago soon to collect big checks from rich Trump donors (probably to pay for misleading ads).  We can’t leave anything to chance: doing one-to-one outreach, sharing a vision with folks, and having a real conversation is still the best way to connect with potential voters and engage them in the democratic process. So please join us! This Thursday, Sept. 29th, we’ll be making calls. Sign up here! You can also kick off the month of October this Saturday by knocking on doors. This is a great opportunity for those who missed out on our last Day of Action: Sign up here!  Ballots will be going out soon to those voters who request them so voting is already getting underway. We’re excited to turn out the vote to elect Wes Moore for Governor, pass Question 4 to legalize marijuana, and turn swing districts and counties blue this year. Can’t make it to a voter event this week? Please take a minute now and fill out this form to get involved with the PM election team. We provide training and support to all of our volunteers, no matter your experience level. We hope to see you soon! Many Thanks,The Progressive Maryland TeamQuick Actions:Join our Throwdown Thursday voter outreach from 6-8pm.Sign up for our National Day of Action on Rx Prices on October 6, both online and in-personSign this petition to tell the Prince George’s Council: No on CB 92!   Election Corner:Important Election Dates and Deadlines: Be sure you’re registered, Be sure to make your plan to voteClick here for answers to your questions about voting. 
General Election Dates and DeadlinesVoter Registration Can Take Place:In person during early voting : Oct 27 – Nov 3In-person at voting location on Election Day : Nov 8Online : Oct 18By mail (postmarked by) : Oct 18Mail-In Ballot Requests and Return Dates Ballot Deadlines:Request ballot (received by) : Nov 1Return ballot by mail (postmarked by) : Nov 8Return ballot in person : Nov 8Voting In Person Dates:Early voting : Oct 27 – Nov 3In-person : Nov 8 Task Forces & Campaign Updates: Healthcare For All:Join us for a National Day of Action to Bring Down Rx Prices at noon on October 6th. Sign up here. We’ll be calling OUT House and Senate Republicans who constantly side with greedy drug companies against patients who need life sustaining medication. We’ll be calling ON HHS Secretary Becerra to use Executive Action to lower the cost of medicines. Come to D.C. on October 6th or join us online with folks from across the country. If you haven’t already, take a minute to sign this petition asking Sec. Becerra to meet with us. If you have questions, have an Rx story, or want to help, please contact Patty.  Progressive Maryland’s Justice Task Force, Returning Citizens Task Force and Drug Task Force:We’re teaming up for a Special Virtual Event Thursday, October 13! Join us to learn about the issues we’re organizing on and find out ways to get directly involved. We’ll also hear from some special guests! You must register for this event to get the Zoom link. Questions?  Please contactKurtor DevReturning Citizens Task Force: Our Task Force meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27, 6-7 pm on zoom. We’ll hear a presentation about Progressive Maryland’s new co-governing project, created to help us advance our issues in Annapolis. If you’d like to attend, contactKurt. Join us at our voter registration/expungement clinic on Saturday, October 22, in conjunction with other Get Out the Vote activities this Fall. The clinic will be held at a local church and will be focused on letting returning citizens know their voting rights. Stay tuned for details or contact Kurt about this event. We appreciate the growing interest in our RCTF and the work of our grantees! Here’s an article about a recent gathering that Progressive Maryland convened to discuss trauma-informed care for formerly incarcerated residents. Local Chapter Updates: Progressive Prince George’sZoning Campaign: We won! Our organizing and partnership with PG Changemakers helped spark a huge public outcry forcing Councilmembers Hawkins and Franklin to withdraw their anti-democratic zoning bill (Council Bill 91) a bill that would have changed the rules to require a Supermajority (8 Council votes) to  pass community-centered zoning legislation. But more organizing needs to be done to defeat CB 92 which could be voted on in October. This measure will strip away opportunities for the community to weigh in on a development project that’s unwanted, a process that’s been in place for years. Help us keep the momentum going:  – Add your voice by signing this petition.– Send a pre-filled email or write one of your own!- Fill out this form to get involved with Progressive Prince George’s. Progressive Harford County Our next meeting is Monday, October 17, at 7:00 pm on zoom. Contact Zack to get involved with our Chapter.State and National News: State and local elections officials will be able to start counting the expected deluge of mail-in ballots as they come in, rather than waiting until after the polls close and slowing the count by days or weeks, a judge has ruled. And caregiving, mental health (especially of students) and the infrastructure to boost COVID recovery (including broadband access) are already on the minds of Assembly leaders. Get that news and more in this week’s News You Can Use blog post. Progressive Maryland Blog Space: We value creating space for our members to express their thoughts on any issues related to our campaigns. Have an idea for a blog post? You can submit writing, film, graphic design, etc. to be published on our website to the blog moderator Woody. New Today – New Today – Mail ballots will be counted on time; caregiving, education recovery and mental health on Assembly agenda Keeping the US government open; getting our election results without (double over) time for lies Elected playas in the market? A season of Dem unity post-Hogan? Improving Maryland’s vote counting; Senate back in D.C. with Sept. 30 due bills>>Read more on the homepage of Click here to view this memo in your web browser.

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