Show up, stand up, speak up: Mobilize your week (Dec 9 2018)

Advance the cause: This week’s advocacy, events, and organizing…

Rally: America as a Refuge, Dec 10

We join partner organizations Monday, December 10, 2018 at 7 p.m. in front of the White House to remind this administration that we are a country built by refugees and immigrants fleeing poverty and persecution, coming to a place once seen around the world as a beacon of hope and liberty.

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Comment on public charge restrictions by Dec. 10

The Department of Homeland Security is accepting public comment through December 10 on its proposal to severely restrict residency for immigrants who use public benefits such as food stamps, claiming the federal government wants to deem an immigrant inadmissible to the U.S. if there is an indication they may become a “public charge.” Our friends at Do the Most Good–Montgomery County provide tips on submitting comments. Comment at

TPM Spokes meeting, Dec. 11

The Spokes Council is the Mobilization’s governing body. You’re invited to attend Tuesday evening’s monthly Spokes meeting, along with committee representatives, 7 pm, December 11 at Historic Takoma.

Environment Committee meeting, Dec. 12

The Environment & Climate Committee will meet on Wednesday, December 12 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Historic Takoma. We will focus on the upcoming legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly and deciding on our TPMEC priorities. We have a guest speaker, Dori Cantor Paster, who will talk about environmental legislation and the upcoming session

Plus, Montgomery County lobby training for 100% renewables in MD will be of interest to some:

Immigration Committee meeting, Dec. 13

The committee meets next on Thursday, December 13, 7pm at Historic Takoma. We’re working with with partners on state and county legislation and on direct support to immigrants.

Expungement clinic, Dec. 15

Has having a criminal record prevented you or someone you know from getting gainful employment? Takoma Park Mobilization in partnership with Job Opportunities Task Force and Maryland Legal Aid are having an expungement clinic!

Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 9 AM – 1 PM
Clifton Park Baptist Church
8818 Piney Branch Rd, Silver Spring, Maryland 20903

For information about expungement in Maryland, please visit Any MD-barred attorney who is interested in volunteering as a pro-bono attorney, please contact Meaghan McDermott at

TPM Book Group year-end/holiday book-exchange party, Dec. 16

In lieu of our usual book discussion for the month of December — we’ll start reading again in the New Year — whether you regularly attend the Book Group or this is your first, this is the perfect chance to hang out and talk books and activism with some truly amazing people.

We’ll meet on Sunday, December 16 at Historic Takoma from 5-7 p.m. Feel free to bring a dish to share, but please come whether you can bring food or not. (If last year’s gathering is anything to go on, we will have plenty, and it will be delicious!)

You’re also invited to participate in the Book Exchange: bring up to five books that your fellow TP-Mob book lovers might like to read. (Fiction, nonfiction, all welcome!) Any books that aren’t claimed at the end of the party will be donated to the Takoma Park Library for their book sale. And of course, you’re welcome to come whether you bring any books or not!