Working groups and resources

How do you want to make a difference?

Takoma Park Mobilization’s working groups are the spokes that carry the load of  work it takes to mobilize our community. They are where activists like you find the satisfaction of doing something for other people, whether it’s:

  • Neighbors from different communities sharing potluck
  • Educators showing us how to facilitate consensus decision-making
  • Writers and artists mobilizing us with words and images
  • Activists slowing climate change
  • Lobbying government officials
  • Emptying the prisons that continue to fill in the aftermath of the so-called war on drugs or
  • Saving Our Children from Gun Violence

Join the group where you feel you can do what you like to do and make a difference. Just click on any of the email addresses below.

Breaking Bread, community dinners: More coming soon!

Communications/Outreach/Organizing/Logistics (COOL): This Communications Group makes sure that all members of the Mobilization are informed about the activities of TPM’s various working groups and committees, through all forms of print and electronic media.

Whether you’re a writer who wants to help report on the Mobilization using emails or FaceBook posts, Twitter feeds, and the Mobilization’s website, or a technical specialist interested in playing with electronic media to exploit their communication potential, welcome to our newsroom.

We also include the Artists and Graphic Designer Subcommittee: Guess what they do.

Education & Training Group: The first goal of the Education & Training Group is to utilize the knowledge and skills of residents of Takoma Park to provide educational opportunities for TP Mobilization members and our community who are interested in local activism and progressive causes.  The second is that the group will act as a resource and a model to support similar educational activities within and outside of TP Mobilization. 

The TP Mobilization Book Group is an E&T subgroup. E&T formerly had other subgroups, a Subcommittee on Diversity, Inclusion, Bias and Anti-Racism Training and a Nonviolent Action Study Group.

Environment Committee (TPMEC):
Our all-volunteer community of grassroots activists are mobilized to address
the climate emergency. We are active at all levels of government and
decide our priorities each year by consensus. We are part of the Earth
Coalition, a state-wide coalition that advocates for state level legislation that
addresses climate change.

In 2019, we successfully advocated for the passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act that expands Maryland’s renewable electricity requirement to 50% by 2030 with a path to 100% renewable by 2040, passage of the polystyrene foam food packaging ban, and extension of the Community Solar Pilot Extension.

Priorities include:

  1. Montgomery County Climate Emergency — through advocacy and educational events, work to help the county reach its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2027; and by 100% by 2035.
  2. Assist in implementation of Community Choice Energy (CCE) and in enactment of other state-level legislation –CCE passed in 2021 for Montgomery County, and statewide would give Maryland counties the ability to negotiate with public utilities separately from the State for affordable rates and clean energy. We will also advocate for other state level legislation that addresses climate change.
  3. Takoma Park Sustainability — collaborate with Takoma Park in reaching its goal to reduce its Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 100% by 2035.

Equal Justice: The Equal Justice Committee combines TP Mob’s immigration and justice and policing reform work, replacing our old Immigration Committee and Mass Incarceration Working Group. Equal Justice supports and partners with groups supporting our immigrant and Muslim neighbors and working toward reimagining public safety and justice reform. 

Direct Support for Immigrants originated as a subcommittee of TP Mob’s old Immigration Committee and provides direct services (such as connections to lawyers, court accompaniment, fundraising, etc.) to immigrants in our communities.

Indivisible: The Indivisible Working Group engages in the political process in ways that promote the progressive agenda of the Takoma Park Mobilization. We engage our community by creating or identifying opportunities for people to participate in the political process. This might involve volunteering in campaigns, organizing or participating in rallies, lobbying members of Congress and state lawmakers, and candidate forums. We work with other Indivisible groups nationwide, as well as other local partners, to resist the Trump agenda and accomplish a progressive agenda.

TALLE – Takoma Alliance for Local Living Economy:

TALLE works to reshape our communities and our local economies in the service of resiliency, racial equity, and carbon-neutrality. View the Climate Action Coffee (CAC) page for information on current activities.

Other issues we care about:

Economic Equity:

Resources for activists

Building Justice in MoCo: What We Need from Our Next State’s Attorney (2022)

Building Justice in MoCo: What the State’s Attorney Does and What Must Change (2022)

Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen

Open Sourcing Social Change: Inside the Constellation Model

Public Health Actions for Immigrant Rights: A Short Guide to Protecting Undocumented Residents and Their Families for the Benefit of Public Health and All Society

Mijente: Expanding Sanctuary: What Makes a City a Sanctuary Now?

Local to Takoma Park:

CHEER 2017: Takoma Park and Long Branch Goals 2016