Find out what’s next: January 24, 2017 update

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We marched, we organized and we made some important headway in two months.

What’s next?  With real threats and concerns ahead, we need everyone to come together!  Let’s get to work!

Join us on SATURDAY, JAN. 28th, 4:00 pm, at
PINEY BRANCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.,
7510 Maple Ave. Takoma Park
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All are welcome! Join neighbors who have begun mobilizing!  In just the last month we have Organized for the Women’s March; worked for a $15 minimum wage; worked for Immigrants rights and Sanctuary protections; organized for divestment from fossil fuels, worked for LGBTQ rights, mobilized for rapid response to racism and hate; defended Health Care coverage; worked for fair and free elections and organized to overturn citizens united; held 3 trainings in nonviolent action, facilitation and consensus process to build local capacity; and built opposition to Trump cabinet nominations.

SPECIAL SPEAKER:  GUSTAVO TORRES, Director of CASA de Maryland

We are honored to welcome Gustavo Torres, leader for immigrants’ rights, who will speak about the upcoming work ahead for immigrants’ rights and sanctuary protections.

We hope everyone will join together at the meeting at this crucial moment. Please let us know if you’re coming.


ACTION: Tell Montgomery County to Divest from Fossil Fuels

Our Environment Group is working with 350 Montgomery County to pass the County Divestment Bill #44-16. The bill aims to divest the county’s pension funds from fossil fuels. You can help by writing to support the initiative or contacting the County Council in favor of passing Bill #44-16.

Two County Council committees (Government Operations and Transport & Environment) will be meeting to discuss the bill on February 2, so that is the next critical point. Our public funds should not be invested in the fossil fuel industry. Bill #44-16 would  instruct the county’s pension fund managers to sell off direct investments in dirty fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas within 5 years. It would also begin the process of creating a socially responsible investment (SRI) plan for the portfolio.

You can write a letter using the  350 Montgomery County form letter available on their website. The phone number for each Council member is provided below

Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign: Please Support Bill #44-16

●       *Call Councilmembers to express your support*:

Tom Hucker (District 5) 240-777-7960
Marc Elrich (At-Large) 240-777-7966
George Leventhal (At-Large) 240-777-7811
Nancy Floreen (At-Large) 240-777-7959
Hans Riemer (At-Large) 240-777-7964


County Executive Leggett vetoes $15 minimum wage.

News broke yesterday (Monday) that County Executive Ike Leggett vetoed the $15 minimum wage despite huge support for the measure. It will now go back to the County Council for another round. We will let you know more as soon as the Economic Equity Committee can review any new proposals. Watch this space!


— Artists and Graphic Designers . Jane Silver and Jane Enright.  Contact art@tpmobilization.org. Developing a visual brand and logo for Takoma Park Mobilization. Provided art and layout for flyers and Womens March posters.
Next meeting: WED. JAN. 25th at 7:00PM at 319 Elm Ave, garage/studio.

—- Breaking Bread Together – Our community dining group will soon begin hosting dinners to bring the TP Mobilization Community together. For Breaking Bread Together specific updates or to join the organizers, fill out the simple form at breakingbreadtogether.net. Contact: Misha & Tebabu – breakingbread@tpmobilization.org.

— Civil Rights & Civil Liberties: Keith Berner. Contact: Civil@tpmobilization.org ** next meeting: TUES. FEB. 7th at 7 pm. location tbd.

— Communications/Outreach/Organizing/Logistics: Graham Copp, Judy Rosenthal, Jen Wofford, Karen Elrich. Contact COOL@tpmobilization.org.- Organizing and Outreach subtee of COOL. Jen Wofford.  – Tech Team subctee of COOL: Seth Grimes, Graham Copp, Lisa Goldberg:  TechTeam@Tpmobilization.org.

— Diversity Education Films and Forum: led by Denise Jones, contact tpmobilization@gmail.com

— Economic Equity.  Contact: Howard Kohn.  Working for $15 minimum wage in Montgomery County, and for Economic Equity in Takoma Park.  Join us!

— Education & Training: Eric Bond, contact Education@tpmobilization@org.  Next Meeting:  TUES. Jan. 23rd at 7:00 at H.T., 7328 Carroll Ave.

— Electoral/Constitutional Committee – Meeting Wednesday February 8, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Historic Takoma – 7328 Carroll Avenue. Contact: Hank Prensky – Hank@TakomaHomes.com

— Environment: Justyna Nicinska, contact environment@tpmobilization.org. Next Meeting: Thursday, February 9, 7:00 at H.T., 7328 Carroll Ave. The Environment and Climate working group is focused on supporting legislative action, policies and individual practices that support a healthy, clean and sustainable environment. This group will hold its next  meeting on February 9, from 7-9 pm at Historic Takoma, 7328 Carroll Ave. Mike Tidwell from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) will be speaking with us about CCAN’s regional efforts on climate change and ways we can coordinate with and support ongoing efforts.

— Health Care.  Contact: Frank Kolb. Healthcare@tpmobilization.org. The Health Care working group is focused on preserving the rights and coverage provided by the ACA, Medicare, and Medicaid.  To that end, the group will be drafting a letter individuals can send to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan requesting he protect the ACA’s expansion of Medicaid coverage.

—- Immigration, Sanctuary, Muslim working group: Caroline Griswold.  Contact immigration@tpmobilization.org.  ** EVERY Monday, 6:45-8:15pm.

— LGBTQ+: L J Ingram, contact: LGBTQ@tpmobilization.org   Next Mtg: Saturday, February 11th, 2:00-3:00pm at Kaldi’s Social House, 918 Silver Spring Ave.  Goal:   We work together to ensure LGBTQ+ people attend safe and affirming schools in Montgomery County, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  Action Plan:  Work with the Montgomery County Board of Education to eliminate LGBTQ+ bullying and provide safe bath- and locker-room facilities for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

—  Stand Up!Show Up! rapid response to hate crimes or racism. Contact: Ruti Kadish! email:  SUSU@tpmobilization.org.

—- Women’s March: Emily Rodman, contact women@tpmobilization.org. Next meeting: ** Congratulations to the Women’s March Committee for heroic organizing and successful work!  On to what’s Next for a Women’s agenda!