UPDATE: People Power & Potluck! … and Nonviolent Action, Book Group, Dinners, and More (May 30, 2017)

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Trump is still Trump, and Takoma Park is still resisting.

Thank you for your involvement… for joining in the fight… for helping build community. We’ve blocked some of the worst excesses and must continue to stand together. How? By organizing and mobilizing, discussion, learning, marching, and engaging. Via local action.

Here are activities you can participate in, starting with our next all-TPM event…

PEOPLE POWER & POTLUCK! TP MOBILIZATION WORLD CAFE, SATURDAY, JUNE 10

The next BIG Takoma Park Mobilization meeting takes place Saturday, June 10, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Piney Branch Elementary School. We’re planning something different: World Cafe discussion followed by a Breaking Bread Together community supper. The World Cafe format provides an opportunity to connect in small groups. We’ll talk about the TPM work that interests you, your experiences, and how you think TPM should move forward together. Please plan to join us June 10. We’ll send potluck detail in a message prior to the event. For now… Are you willing to be one of the discussion anchors? You will encourage discussion and take notes. Please reply to TPmobilization@gmail.com if you can take this on.


4TH OF JULY PARADE! – MEET MAY 31

TPM has a space in the Takoma Park 4th of July Parade! We want YOUR fun, collaborative ideas for a float or group. We’re thinking maybe something political, funny and edgy. Join the Arts Committee! We’re designing a Float. Meeting Weds. May 31 at 7. Email Art@Tpmobilization.org or sign up here to march or if you want to help with the float!


ACTION IN SUPPORT OF LILIANA, JUNE 1

Our Friends at CASA are asking all to come out to support an action on Thursday, June 1st. From CASA: “One of our community members, Liliana, a mother of two, is facing deportation. The Governor of Virginia pardoned her for a traffic citation but ICE is still choosing to deport her. This will have a huge impact on her family and we are planning on having a Civil Disobedience in front of the White House in protest of this injustice. Please let us know if you have members that would be interested in attending the action, we are also looking for members who would be interested in participating in the civil disobedience. [Contact Ana Martinez <amartinez@wearecasa.org>.] Thank you for your support!”

June 1st, 11 am at the White House


CANDLELIGHT VIGIL AGAINST HATE, JUNE 2

Two area groups are sponsoring a Candlelight Vigil Against Hate, in memory of Lt. Richard W. Collins III, Friday, June 2 from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm, on the steps of Tifereth Israel Synagogue, 7701 16th St NW (corner of 16th and Juniper) in Washington DC. The murder of Richard Collins III was an act of hatred, and not an isolated incident. We stand with our neighbors in sorrow and call on our nation to utterly reject the bigotry that fuels such acts. We come together as one community, interfaith and intercultural, in solidarity and song. Family dinners/gatherings to follow the vigil. Visit the Facebook event page and RSVP to host or attend a family dinner: http://bit.ly/2qjWfLG


CANVASSING IN VIRGINIA, JUNE 4 & 10

Let’s make VA a blue state! While the Mobilization has not endorsed any candidates, we are collaborating with Sister District, Swing Left, Flippable and Indivisible, and we are offering two opportunities to knock on doors and talk with voters in Virginia on behalf of candidates Tom Perriello for Governor, Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor, and David Reid for House. You will be fully trained before canvassing! If you want to propose another date, and help lead, just let us know at tpmobilization@gmail.com.

  • Sunday, June 4th. Meet at 11:00 am at the TP Co-op parking lot. Carpool to VA and canvass from 12 noon to 2:30 pm.
  • Saturday, June 10th, meet at the Co-op parking lot at 10 am, carpool to VA, and canvass from 11 am to 2 pm.

Click here to sign up.


STRATEGIC NONVIOLENT ACTION STUDY GROUP, JUNE 4

Mobilization members are convening a study group to focus on deepening our understanding of strategic nonviolent action. We will look at the art and science of how ordinary people around the world organize themselves, unify, strategize, and nonviolently struggle to win human rights, freedom, justice, accountable government and corporations, environmental sustainability, and many other gains. All are welcome! Our first monthly meeting will be on Sunday, June 4, 5:30 pm-7:00 pm at Historic Takoma. RSVP so we know how many people to expect: https://goo.gl/forms/aMyzsIOcGJH66I1S2


INDIVISIBLE LOBBYING, JUNE 6

President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, and programs for basic human needs will take us back to the Hill to lobby. Join the TPM Indivisible committee on Tuesday June 6th at 3 pm in the Senate Hart building. We will visit Senators Cardin and Van Hollen and Representative Raskin. Let’s save ACA, SNAP, Medicaid and programs for basic human needs.

We’ll also be lobbying Governor Hogan to do the right and decent thing with state programs for basic human needs. We may need you for a state action! Stay tuned for a date.


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 and will include a panel discussion with local DACA students. (DACA is deferred action for childhood arrivals.) That’s Wednesday, June 14, 7:00 to 9:00 PM, at the Silver Spring Civic Center- Great Hall.

Sign up by clicking here.


BOOK GROUP, JUNE 15

The TP-MOB will hold our first Book Group meeting on Thursday, June 15 from 6:30-8 pm at Historic Takoma, 7328 Carroll Ave. We will discuss Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. RSVP and get further details via the Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/VEjruVwrHQmwNbzr2


Around Town

DIVERSITY DINNERS

Our diversity dinner with Impact Silver Spring and the Clifton Park Baptist Church, last Friday at Clifton Park Baptist Church on Piney Branch Ave, went so well for all that the three groups will be holding a diversity dinner every other month. The model for these dinners is the Breaking Bread Together community suppers. Would you like to attend? Please sign up with the Breaking Bread Together committee. (link: http://www.breakingbreadtogether.net/)


SUPPORT LUNCH AND LEARN FOR AREA KIDS

Lunch and Learn addresses the need for summer youth engagement and learning retention in the Takoma Park rental community. Over the past 5 years Lunch and Learn has grown from 30 youth to nearly 200! The program has enjoyed broad support from the City and County, along with the community in past years, and is the most successful camp of its kind in Takoma Park. Lunch and Learn is short $16,229 for 2017, after making some cuts to the program. Please help so Lunch and Learn can continue to provide this much needed service for youth of limited means in the community. Contribute via the crowdfunding page at https://www.razoo.com/story/Lunchandlearn2017. Thank you!


Attend a Committee or Working Group meeting and join in!

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!