Climate Action Coffee + Pro-Immigrant Protest + Legislative Forum + Equity + More

Check out October events and activities, including a TPM general meeting October 20…

Climate Action Coffee, Oct 2 & every Wednesday morning

The first Wednesday Climate Action Coffee takes place October 2, 7:30 am-9 am at Busboy and Poets, Takoma. Joining the conversation circle will be Representatives from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Biodiversity for a Livable Planet and Takoma Park Mobilization. Free coffee compliments of Busboys! On Facebook:

This is the first in a weekly series meant to provide an organizing workspace with action-oriented discussion circles focused on building the kinds of markets, society, food systems and resiliency that we want for our region; raising watershed and environmental justice consciousness; and following youth climate leaders in taking immediate action to reverse the dramatic disruption of our climate systems. Bring your vision and passion for reshaping our communities and local economies in the service of resiliency, racial equity, and carbon-neutrality.

More info at

Support Immigrants at a Frederick Counter-Protest, Oct 6

The same forces that organized the recent anti-immigrant rally in Rockville are gathering in Frederick on October 6 to show their support for their anti-immigrant Sheriff and for the County’s “287(g)” program (which allows sheriff deputies to inquire about the immigration status of anyone booked into the county’s detention center and begin deportation proceeding). Advocates in Frederick have organized a counter-protest and we will be traveling to Frederick to support them.

It is critical to the cause of immigrant justice throughout Maryland to have a strong showing to counter the fear and hate that is targeting our immigrant community members and undermining our attempts to pass legislation at the county and state level to protect them.

The event will take place Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater in Frederick (47 E All Saints St.). Among the speakers will be our Congressman, Jamie Raskin.

For more information, see the Facebook event posted by the RISE Coalition of Western Maryland: We plan to car pool. Please fill out this form to help us organize car pooling:

The Last Word on Rockville Immigration Protests

TPM Immigration Committee member Joanna Silver had a letter published in Maryland Matters, The Last Word on Rockville Immigration Protests. Here’s an excerpt regarding Montgomery County’s recent Executive Order which, among other things, prohibits the county from holding people in detention beyond their release dates upon written request from ICE:

The Executive Order’s limits on cooperation between county law enforcement and ICE actually increases the safety of our community. It ensures that people at risk of deportation who are witnesses to or victims of crimes are not afraid to call the police. The ever-increasing need to convince our immigrant community members that they will not end up in ICE custody if they assist law enforcement is why the Montgomery County Police Department supports the Executive Order.

Black and Brown Forum on Educational Equity, Oct 15

Join Identity and the NAACP for a joint forum to bring attention to the Montgomery County Public Schools achievement gap for Black and Brown students.

  • Tuesday, October 15, 7-9pm
  • Gaithersburg High School, 101 Education Blvd, Gaithersburg

Your participation is vital in this important conversation with community members, county leaders, and education advocates, seeking to close the achievement and opportunity gaps for MCPS Black and Latino students.

Dinner will start at 6 pm and the event will start promptly at 7 pm.

Click here to learn more and register for the forum.

Progressive Legislative Forum – District 20, Oct 20

Join TPM members and friends for to discuss progressive priorities and plans for the 2020 legislative session with Maryland District 20 Delegates David Moon, Jheanelle Wilkins, and Lorig Charkoudian. (D20 Senator Will Smith is on military deployment.) The event, at Piney Branch Elementary School, is open to the public.

The forum starts at 4 pm. Come early for a TPM business meeting at 3:30 pm.

Information and RSVP on Facebook:

Environment Committee, Oct 22

The next meeting of the TPM Environment Committee (TPMEC) will be Tuesday, October 22, starting at 7 pm at Historic Takoma. Contact for information.