UPDATE: Keeping busy: Up-coming Mobilization events, training, and opportunities to get involved (May 16, 2017)

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With so many head spinning turns in Washington, there are many ways to respond. Here are a few upcoming opportunities, a run-down of up-coming events, training, and opportunities that will help us advance the cause –

The next BIG Takoma Park Mobilization meeting, June 10

Save the date for the next BIG Takoma Park Mobilization meeting, Saturday, June 10, from 5:00 to 7:30 pm at Piney Branch Elementary. We’re planning something different: a community potluck, aka Breaking Bread together, with “World Cafe” style discussions

The World Cafe format creates an opportunity to connect and talk in small groups, and then rotate to a new small group, such that you have a chance to get to know different people and have a meaningful connection. We’ll offer a few questions for each small group cluster to explore what motivates you, what TPM work interests you, to share your experiences and expectations, and other questions.

Are you willing to be one of the hosts? You don’t need to be an expert on anything –just willing to be an anchor for that cluster in the room and foster discussion and take some notes about the responses you got. We are recruiting 40 volunteers in total to make this work, so please reply to to TPmobilization@gmail.com if you can take this on, or volunteer through your committee.

TPM Book Group Forming

Join the TP-MOB Education and Training working group new Book Group. We will read and discuss books related to the TP-MOB statement of purpose. Currently planned to meet monthly, starting in mid-June, the first book is The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. Let us know your interest and help us make this work for the most people (to pick meeting times, locations, book recommendations, etc.): RSVP with this Google Form.

Celebrate Takoma, May 20

The Celebrate Takoma Festival – Saturday, May 20, 4:00-7:00 PM – features the culinary tastes, festive performances, visual and performing arts, crafts and games that originate from nations around the world.

Maple Avenue (between Philadelphia and Lee Avenues) is transformed into a world of fun and learning; the venue for this family festival that features a large stage of free live entertainment, food vendors, exhibit areas and game area. Incorporated into the festival again this year will be the Takoma Foundation’s Azalea Awards. Don’t miss the fun!

We are seeking volunteers to staff a table for the Mobilization at Celebrate Takoma. Please email tpmobilization@gmail.com.

Protecting Our Healthcare Teach In, May 22

Join our friends at Do the Most Good – Montgomery on May 22, 6:30-9:00 pm, for Protecting Our Healthcare: Teach In for Action, at Montgomery Blair High School.

Consumer Health First Executive Director Jeananne Sciabarra and Board Member Mary Lou Fox will discuss how the Affordable Care Act has changed our healthcare system, its vulnerabilities and the efforts to sabotage it. Most importantly, hear what we and our Representatives can do to protect it.

Register for this free event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/protecting-our-healthcare-teach-in-for-action-tickets-34401949156.

TRAINING: Google Apps to Support Mobilization Efforts, May 25

Much of the good work that’s happening throughout TP Mobilization is being supported by systems inside Google Suite, especially Google Docs. We’ve heard from many members they are not comfortable working with that technology, and this free training has been created to fill those technology knowledge gaps!

Where: Historic Takoma 7328 Carroll Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
When: Thursday May 25th 6:15pm-8:30pm
Suggested Donation: $20, $10- Student/Low-Income (no one will be turned away due to lack of funds). Proceeds benefit Takoma Mobilization. Cash or Check only.

If you are very comfortable working in Google Suite, we would love to have you join us as a small group tutor.

Please click here to sign up as a student OR as a Small Group Tutor.

Immigration 101, June 14

Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez is hosting a June 14 Immigration 101 event together with the Montgomery County chapter of the ACLU and other progressive organizations. This event is part of the Democracy For America’s “Immigrants for Sale” Screenings and DACA Campaign. (DACA is deferred action for childhood arrivals.)

The screenings and discussion seek to update Maryland activists on key immigration topics. We’ll be watching two short documentaries “Immigrants for Sale” and “Pursuing the Dream: A DACAmentary” followed by a panel discussion with local DACA students.

Location: Silver Spring Civic Center- Great Hall, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910
When: Wednesday, June 14 at 7:00 to 9:00PM
Signup: http://act.democracyforamerica.com/event/immigrants-sale-screenings_attend/4424

Democracy Summer

Rising high school juniors and seniors, high school graduates and college students: interested in making a difference in electoral politics? Join Rep. Jamie Raskin’s (D-MD) Democracy Summer. 40-50 Democracy Summer Fellows will get trained on the nuts and bolts of electoral politics, the history of social and political change in America, and how to make a serious difference in winning Democratic campaigns.  Two six-week sessions available: May 30-July 7; July 10-Aug 18. No cost to attend. 35 per hour week commitment. Application deadline for 1st session : May 21.  For more information and to apply go to: https://jamieraskin.com/DemocracySummer2017

Attend a Committee or Working Group meeting and join in the work!

Visit the TPM Calendar at https://calendar.google.com/calendar/b/1/render?pli=1#main_7

A date to hold: JUNE 13, 7-9 pm, for the next SPOKESCOUNCIL meeting. The Spokes, representing TPM committees and working groups, oversee TPM, but the meeting is open to all!

This update was brought to you by the Takoma Park Mobilization. Stay mobilized!