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Happy 2019!

Thanks to everyone who has already engaged in the work ahead by visiting your representatives in Congress last week or attending listening sessions with our new Montgomery County Executive last month or preparing for the next Maryland General Assembly, which begins tomorrow and runs through April 8.

This first Action Update of 2019 highlights the array of action opportunities we are creating or promoting for the upcoming year.

Don't Miss DTMG's 2nd Anniversary Party January 20

Sign up here for our potluck party celebrating DTMG's second anniversary on Sunday January 20 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Potomac. Join fellow members, partners and elected officials, including special guest Rep. Jamie Raskin, to celebrate our collective work and get a preview of what's ahead. We'll have door prizes, plenty of food and drink, and a fun interactive demonstration of how ranked choice voting works. Space is limited, so sign up now.

DoTheMostGood to Focus on Forums and Actions in 2019

As we begin the second half of our four-year drive to take back our country, DTMG MoCo is launching a series of six critical issue forums that will link to regular and just-in-time actions our members can take. And to better connect with each other and draw newcomers to our efforts, we're planning a number of happy hours around the county. Sign up and save the date for our February and March DTMG forums below.

DTMG Hosts February 9 Forum: "What's Next for Maryland Schools"

Join us in a take-action forum on the challenges and opportunities facing Maryland schools on Saturday February 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at Newport Mill Middle School in Kensington. Speakers include Maryland Delegate Jared Solomon (District 18); Joe Francaviglia, Partnership Director at Strong Schools Maryland; Rich Madaleno, Montgomery County Budget Director and member of the Kirwan Commission; and Karla Silvestre, member of the Montgomery County Board of Education. More information and sign up here.

Save the Date for DTMG's March 9 Forum on Transportation

Our March forum will focus on transportation policy at the state and county level on Saturday March 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at Newport Mill Middle School in Kensington. Speakers confirmed to date include Maryland Delegate Marc Korman (D 16); Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth; and Susan Swift, Executive Director of the Suburban Maryland Transportation Alliance.

Lobby with DTMG and Strong Schools MD on Feb. 12

As you'll learn in our February 9 forum, Strong Schools Maryland (DTMG is a founding member) is ramping up its education policy advocacy during Maryland's 2019 legislative session. Organizers will be in Annapolis two to three days per week during the entire legislative session. Tuesday February 12 is DTMG's designated lobby day. Join our team members in Annapolis from 9 to 11:30 a.m. (check our website for more details as we get into the Legislative Session). In the meantime, sign up here to represent DoTheMostGood and Strong Schools Maryland in Annapolis on February 12.

Other Upcoming Events

Rally to Support Federal Workers Tomorrow Night in Silver Spring

Congressman Jamie Raskin is organizing a rally in Silver Spring in support of federal workers impacted by the government shutdown this Wednesday January 9 at 7 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building at 1 Veterans Place. Click here to let us know you're coming.

ACLU MoCo Chapter to Focus on Fair Elections, Asylum Seekers Jan. 9

The Montgomery County chapter of the ACLU will hold a meeting Wednesday January 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Building at 1 Veterans Place in Silver Spring, where it will discuss fair elections and ways to support asylum seekers. Find more information here.

MoCo Poor People's Campaign Plans Community Meeting Jan. 10

The Montgomery County chapter of the National Poor People's Campaign will hold its fifth community meeting this Thursday, January 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Montgomery County Council Office Building cafeteria at 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville.

Calling District 15 Residents to a Legislative Town Hall Jan. 13

Just days after the 2019 Maryland state legislative session begins, state officials from District 15 will take questions at a Town Hall forum on Sunday January 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the North Potomac Community Center, 13850 Travilah Road. All four D15 legislators will participate: State Senator Brian Feldman and Delegates Kathleen Dumais, David Fraser-Hidalgo and Lily Qi.

District 16 Democratic Club to Host Legislators for Jan. 13 Meeting

Join the District 16 Democratic Club on Sunday January 13 at 3 p.m. at 4703 Dorset Avenue in Chevy Chase for a meeting with legislators. State Senator Susan Lee and Delegates Ariana Kelly, Marc Korman, and Sara Love will take questions and discuss the upcoming 2019 legislative session.

Elrich Seeks Input for Operating Budget

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich plans five FY 2020 operating budget forums to get input from county residents. The first will be held Monday January 14 starting at 7 p.m. at BlackRock Center for the Arts at 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown. Other sessions will be Wednesday January 16 at the Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring; 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; and Monday February 4 at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, 4301 East West Highway in Bethesda. All sessions will start at 7 p.m. Find more info here.

MCDCC to Host Listening Sessions Jan. 16 and 26

The Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee is holding two listening sessions on lessons the local party can learn from the 2018 election as it prepares for 2020. The first session is Wednesday January 16 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Kensington Park Library, 4201 Knowles Avenue, Kensington and the second is on Saturday January 26 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg.

Saturday January 19 Marks Third Annual Women's Marches

There are several options for Women's Marches this year.

  • Meet at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., at 10 a.m. for the Women's Wave March. Organizers are looking for DC-area volunteers. Check here for more details or to sign up.
  • MarchOn Maryland is co-hosting the Baltimore Women's March starting at 11 a.m. at 1601 North Avenue in Baltimore (RSVP here).
  • The Annapolis Women's March meets at 11 a.m. in downtown Annapolis near the Foot Soldiers Memorial (RSVP here).

Meet David Trone at Democratic Breakfast Club

Newly-elected Congressman David Trone (MD-6) will be the featured speaker at the Rockville/Mid-County Democratic Breakfast Club on Monday January 21 from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. at the Silver Diner at 12276 Rockville Pike in Rockville.

Join 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.


Supreme Court to Review Gerrymandering

The Supreme Court will hear two cases in March involving partisan gerrymandering, one by Democrats in Maryland and the other by Republicans in North Carolina. The Supreme Court in the past has chosen to stay out of gerrymandering and to leave the matter to state governments. These cases will be a test of the partisanship of the newly configured Supreme Court, says Mark G. Chalpin, Esq., DoTheMostGood Steering Committee member. "With gerrymandering greatly favoring Republicans nationwide, expect the Court to allow the partisan gerrymandering to continue unabated. And expect Democrats to take the lead, both at the state and federal levels, to fight against gerrymandering."

Volunteer or Donate to Help Refugee/Asylum Seekers

DTMG is working with Takoma Park Mobilization's immigration subcommittee and the Montgomery County chapter of the ACLU to assist refugees vetted as asylum seekers who are being sent to our area. You can train to be a greeter for arrivals at the Silver Spring bus station or volunteer to drive refugees to Baltimore for check-ins with ICE. Contact Roxanne Weiss at ranaraine@gmail.com.

The group is also collecting items for welcome bags for newly-arriving refugees:
  • For Kids: Socks (all sizes); hats (all sizes); dental kit (toothbrush, cover, toothpaste); towels; food (chocolate milk, apple sauce, Goldfish, protein bars, fruit snacks); stuffed animals; coloring books and crayons.
  • For Adults: Socks; hats; towels; tissues; wipes; hand sanitizer; deodorant; combs; hair brushes; dental kits (toothbrush, cover, toothpaste); food (Clif bars, beef jerky, trail mix, apple sauce); and sanitary pads.
  • Miscellaneous: Water; Gatorade; wipes; diapers; diaper rash cream; children's cough and cold medicine; new underwear; new or used coats; travel blankets; plastic or nylon draw string bags; pacifiers; backpacks; and bags.
  • To donate, please contact Gwen Stewart at gwenatsumner@gmail.com.

Get to Know Your Elected Officials by Committee

Check our website's Resources page for contact information on your elected officials, including this list of committee assignments of our county, state and federal representatives.