UPDATE: A Fun Parade and An Important Action! (July 2, 2017)

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Let’s March together on the 4th, then join us for an important healthcare action on Sunday July 9th! And check out the TP-Mob Book Group and committee work…

March with the Mobilization on July 4th

Come march with the TP Mobilization on July 4th in the Takoma Park parade! Bring your favorite sign or pick one of ours – we have many ready for you. We meet by 9:30 am on Sherman Ave. below Carroll. We are in Division 6. Look for the colorful trailer carrying the big TPM wheel/Logo. Let’s go Red, White & Blue!

Call Out Hogan on Healthcare: Annapolis Sick-In & Rally, July 9

Join us to call on Gov. Hogan to protect Marylanders’ healthcare and Medicaid, and Protest his veto of paid sick leave. Soon the action on Health care will shift to States and Governors, and we need Maryland to preserve Medicaid and health care coverage fully. We’ll have hospital gowns for all to illustrate the need for paid sick leave and the need for health care coverage for all. We rally in Annapolis on Sunday, July 9, 1:30-3 pm. Meet at Lawyers Mall.

RSVP and sign up to give/get a ride. Those traveling together from Takoma Park should meet in the TPSS Co-op parking lot at 12 noon. We are providing rides to our CASA friends! If you can drive please offer a ride on the form here.

Please Make a Sign: “Save Medicaid, Save Lives” • “You had paid sick leave, Governor, what about us?” • “Protect Health Care” • “Gov. Hogan: Take Action for Health Care”  or something else. And please Like and Share our Facebook event page.

(Photo: United Workers)

Committees & Working Groups

TP Indivisible led lobbying on Capitol Hill to support our Dems to be strong (filibuster, oppose) TrumpCare, and we rallied outside the US Capitol with SEIU and Planned Parenthood and others – we even supplied our own Maryland speakers for a national rally.   We are planning a future County Council Candidate forum by speed dating/world cafe model. Next Meeting: Strategic Planning Discussion on Thursday, July 13 at 7:30 pm at Historic Takoma.

COOL – Communications, Outreach/Organizing and Logistics – NEEDS YOU! We meet Wednesday, July 12th at 7:30 pm at Historic Takoma.

Women’s Committee is reformulating, and may be working on a County campaign to pass universal Pre-K Education for Montgomery County. Help decide what’s next! Next meeting details will be posted on the TPM Calendar and emailed out. If you are interested, please write tpmobilization@gmail.com.

The Mobilization’s Environment Committee (a.k.a. TPMEC) focuses on national and regional issues; state legislation; event coordination; and individual action. Email us at environment@tpmobilization.org to join our Google Group. Key points:

  • Current work: This summer, TPMEC is focused on lobbying Gov Hogan to join the US Climate Alliance and supporting the campaign to strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a six-state collaborative focused on reducing emissions from coal and natural gas that is one of the primary existing policy mechanisms for reaching the goals laid out in the Paris Accords and Maryland’s own Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act. RGGI is being renegotiated this summer.
  • Next meeting: On July 18, 7-9pm at Historic Takoma, we will hear from a guest speaker with expertise on RGGI and other state-level climate policy (details TBD) and will then strategize next steps in the RGGI & US Climate Alliance campaigns.
  • Looking beyond this summer: We are planning to meet once more in late July or early August (date and location TBD) and again on Wednesday, August 23rd. At the Aug 23rd meeting, members will report out on their research into upcoming state-level climate mitigation efforts (e.g., state-level carbon pricing, the campaign for a 50% Renewable Portfolio Standard by 2030, soil sequestration, etc). Based on these reports, we will determine our fall campaign.

The TP-Mob Book Group held our first meeting on June 15, where we had a fantastic, thoughtful discussion of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Themes from our talk included the challenge of combating structurally-embedded racism; examining mass incarceration as one aspect of larger, global systemic racism; and the fact that these problems – including mass incarceration – were present long before the election of Trump, but that the new Attorney General is already taking steps to escalate the War on Drugs, which will only make the problem worse. (e.g. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/5/12/15597632/trump-sessions-war-on-drugs)

The next Book Group meeting will be held on Sunday, July 30 at 4 p.m. at Historic Takoma. We will be reading and discussing Arun Kundnani, The Muslims are Coming!: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror. Click to RSVP!

Also Coming Up

Mobilization futures: We’re working to set a date for PART TWO: Strategic Planning and Synergization (is that a word?). Stay tuned.

Film series: There will be a free showing of 13th on Wednesday, July 26th at 7:00 PM at the Weinstein Auditorium of the Science Building (#3) at Washington Adventist University. Per Wikipedia, 13th is a documentary that explores the “intersection of race, justice and mass incarceration in the United States”; title from the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which freed the slaves and prohibited slavery (unless as punishment for a crime). RSVP here!

Stay mobilized!

Attend a Committee or Working Group meeting and join in. Click to visit the TPM Calendar.

And check out Daily Action: “We make civic engagement easy and painless, with a single action every day — connecting citizens to their legislators with a quick swipe of their phones. To join, Text daily to 228466 (A-C-T-I-O-N).”