Learn how you can use your voice to advocate for change at our forum "What's Next for Maryland Schools" on Saturday February 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at Newport Mill Middle School in Kensington. Panelists include Rich Madaleno, Director, Montgomery County Office of Management and Budget, former State Senator (D18) and Kirwan Commission member; Maryland Delegate Jared Solomon (D18); MoCo Board of Education At-Large member Karla Silvestre; and Joe Francaviglia, Partnership Director at Strong Schools Maryland. Sign up here and help restore our schools.
Ranked Choice Voting Day of Action Slated for Wednesday
Maryland Senator Cheryl Kagan (D19) and Delegate Eric Luedtke (D14) have introduced a bill, MC29-19, that enables the Montgomery County Council to evaluate and adopt RCV of approval voting methods for elections for certain county offices. Our Action is to encourage our elected officials to support this enabling legislation. Click here for suggested asks and talking points to use when emailing your state and county elected officials, links to their contact information, and some suggested tweets you can use to amplify this effort. #RankedChoiceVoting_EasyAs123.
Happy 2nd Anniversary to DoTheMostGood Montgomery County!
Thank you to everyone who joined us on Sunday to celebrate DTMG's second anniversary and to all of you who have helped our cause along the way. And thanks to the guests who supported our raffle on Sunday, as well as a generous donation from Congressman Jamie Raskin (Maryland District 8), DTMG raised more than $1,500 to allow us to advance our work, which includes a slate of community forums throughout the year. Raskin commended the successes our volunteers had in taking back the House in the recent midterm elections, but urged us to keep fighting in 2019 and 2020 and beyond.
Thanks, also, to DTMG steering committee member Ashwani Jain for opening his home for Sunday's celebration, and to all the volunteers who helped make the event a success.
At the celebration on Sunday, attendees had a chance to try their hands at Ranked Choice Voting, which lets voters rank their choice of candidates on a scale. In our (decidedly unscientific) experiment, Kamala Harris, who didn't officially enter the race for president until yesterday, was the ultimate winner through a successive narrowing of the field of candidates. Thanks to RCV Maryland for its role in facilitating the demonstration. If you're intrigued by ranked choice voting, see above for Wednesday's Day of Action.
MD Action On A Global Climate Emergency to Meet Saturday in Takoma Park
Lobby Next Month with DTMG and Strong Schools MD
Join our team members in Annapolis from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sign up here to represent DoTheMostGood and Strong Schools Maryland on February 12, and you will receive specifics by email closer to the event about where to meet. If you cannot join us on February 12, please choose an alternate date to lobby with Strong Schools Maryland.
More Upcoming Events
Montgomery County Seeks Input for 2020 Operating Budget
Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich plans to continue his series of FY 2020 operating budget forums to get input from county residents. Sessions will be held Tuesday January 22 at Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center, 3300 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring; Wednesday January 23 at the Mid-County Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring; Thursday January 31 at BlackRock Center for the Arts at 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown (snow date for the canceled January 14 session) and Monday February 4 at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, 4301 East West Highway in Bethesda. All sessions start at 7 p.m. Find more info here.
Join Sierra Club Webinar with Maryland Delegate Vaughn Stewart
District 20 Officials to Discuss Legislative Priorities
MCDCC to Host Listening Session
The Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee is holding a listening session on the lessons that the local party can learn from the 2018 election, as it prepares for 2020, on Saturday January 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg.
Attend the Women's Legislative Briefing in Rockville
The Montgomery County Commission for Women is hosting its 39th annual Women's Legislative Briefing on Sunday January 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville. For registration, tickets, and a schedule of events, check here.
Citizens Against Beltway Expansion to Hold Public Meeting
Join the Citizens Against Beltway Expansion on Sunday January 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Indian Springs Recreation Center at 9717 Lawndale Drive in Silver Spring as it discusses its goals for the first half of the year, including the crucial Maryland legislative session. More info at www.cabe495.com.
Before you go, read the January 7, 2019, letter from the Department of Legislative Services to budget officials at the Maryland General Assembly recommending Maryland Governor Larry Hogan withdraw a December 11, 2018, pre-solicitation report from the Maryland Transportation Authority on proposed privatized toll lanes for I-270 and I-495. Then contact your state senators and urge them to support the recommendations from the DLS letter.
MD Party Chair To Address BCC Democratic Breakfast Club
Make plans to attend the Monday February 4 (7:30 to 9:30 a.m.) gathering of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Democratic Breakfast Club at the Original Pancake House at 7703 Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda, featuring Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, incoming chair of the Maryland Democratic Party.
Resources Available for Federal Workers Impacted by Shutdown
Following a January 9 rally in Silver Spring calling for an end to the ongoing Trump Shutdown of a large part of the federal government, Congressman Jamie Raskin of Maryland's 8th district shared a list of resources for furloughed workers and other local residents impacted by the delay in re-opening the government. The list includes links to local food assistance, interest-free loans, and filing for unemployment benefits. Find a list from Congressman Elijah Cummings (Maryland District 7) of resources for Maryland workers here. And here is a link to food-related discounts or giveaways for furloughed workers in the region compiled last week by Our Community Now.
Help Refugee/Asylum Seekers with Rides or Donations
- Adult travelers will receive socks, gloves, hats, towels, tissues, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, deodorant, combs, toothbrushes, and toothpaste.
- Volunteer greeters will offer travelers these add-on items as needed: Water; menstrual care items; boxes of chocolate milk; bags of children's socks (small, medium, large or newborn); children's toothbrushes; kids' journals, coloring books, and crayons; diapers of various sizes; travel-size tissue packs; children's and adults' coats in various sizes; kids' hats and gloves; and travel-ready food (apple sauce, Goldfish crackers, protein bars, and fruit snacks).
- To donate, please contact Gwen Stewart at email@example.com.
Sign Petition to Call for Release of ICE Detainee