Past Forums

Every month (except for July & August) Progressive Cheverly welcomes all interested people to come to special forums on specific subjects. We have been presenting these forums since 2005. They include forums on a wide variety of subjects as well as candidate forums and meetings with our elected officials. Where available, click on the title for each event to read notes from the event.


Thursday, January 3, at 7pm: Topics will include discussion on the Cheverly Ethics Committee and how Cheverly replaces vacant council seats, as well as Progressive Cheverly budget and dues. Further details to be announced. 


Thursday, December 6 - Jolene Ivey, County Council candidate (unopposed) and future representative for District 5 will discuss her plans and priorities for the upcoming Council session. Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to comment on and ask questions concerning issues facing Prince George's County residents. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. 7:00 pm, Hoyer Education Center (cafeteria), 2300 Belleview Ave. (Parking Available), Cheverly

Thursday, November 1 - Please join us on as we continue our forums on the important elections this year. We will hear a report and update on Get Out the Vote efforts for the Jealous campaign, and discussion/analysis of ballot initiatives.  More information forthcoming.

Progressive Cheverly will elect officers for the coming year. The Nominations Committee will be presenting the following slate of officers for a vote by the members:

Sonya Gross and Karen Moe – Co-Chairs

David Hofstad – Treasurer

Deb Warner – Secretary

All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. 7:00 pm, Hoyer Education Center (cafeteria), 2300 Belleview Ave. (Parking Available), Cheverly

Thursday, October 4 - Please join us on as we continue our forums on the important elections this year. For the first part of our program, Delegate Jimmy Tarlau will discuss "What's at stake for Maryland in the November election." You will have a chance to delve a little deeper than all the campaign rhetoric as to the significance of the outcomes in the races for Governor and the General Assembly.  Following that, please join us for a postcard writing campaign. Stay tuned for future forum announcements. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served. 7:00 pm, Hoyer Education Center (cafeteria), 2300 Belleview Ave, Cheverly. (Parking Available)

Thursday, September 6th - Join us as we resume our monthly forums. The November elections are just two months away. If you are distressed about the current state of affairs following the 2016 Presidential election, change will not occur on its own. It requires the dedicated efforts - large and small - of many, many people. Come learn how you can help as we focus on electoral changes. We will be discussing various options for direct involvement.  Thursday, September 6th, 7:00 pm, Hoyer Education Center cafeteria, 2300 Belleview Ave.

Saturday, June 16 - Join Progressive Cheverly members as we join the Fourth Ward Civic Association’s Juneteenth celebration, marking the emancipation of the final group of enslaved African-Americans in Texas on June 19, 1865.  Food (there will be food trucks), dancing and a good time for all. 1:00pm – 7:00pm Boyd Park, 1801 64th Ave., Cheverly

Thursday, June 7 -- States Attorney candidates forum. Details to be announced. 7:00 -- 9:00 pm. Hoyer Education Center (cafeteria) . 2300 Belleview Ave.(Parking Available) Light refreshments will be served. *Sign Language Interpretation Available Upon Request*

Thursday, May 3 -- County Executive candidates forum. Details to be announced.7:00 -- 9:00 pm Hoyer Education Center (cafeteria)2300 Belleview Ave. (Parking Available) Light refreshments will be served.*Sign Language Interpretation Available Upon Request*

Thursday, April 12 -- County Council candidates forum. Here is your chance to hear and meet the candidates for Prince George's County Council discuss their plans . 7:00 -- 9:00 pm Hoyer Education Center (cafeteria) 2300 Belleview Ave. (Parking Available) Cheverly Light refreshments will be served. *Sign Language Interpretation Available Upon Request*

Thursday, March 1 -District 47A candidates forum, Here is your chance to hear and meet the candidates for state senate and state delegate who hope to represent us in Annapolis. 7:00 -- 9:00 pm Hoyer Education Center (cafeteria) 2300 Belleview Ave. (Parking Available) Cheverly Light refreshments will be served. *Sign Language Interpretation Available Upon Request*

Friday, January 26 -- Progressive Cheverly's Annual legislative forum for District 47A. We will hear from State Senator Victor Ramirez and Delegates Diana Fennell and Jimmy Tarlau about their legislative priorities for the upcoming Maryland General Assembly session and have the chance to ask your questions directly to your representatives. This annual event is one of our most popular forums.

Saturday, January 20 -- We will once again be leafleting door to door in Cheverly to promote our January 26 Legislative Forum, and we need your help to make that happen! Flyers will be available for pick-up on Saturday at the home of Kurt and Lisa Stand, for distribution at your convenience this weekend.

Thursday, January 4-- Join us at 7pm at Hoyer Education Center in the cafeteria for a chance to build community and make a difference in elections. We will be teaming up with the group Postcards to Voters and hosting a postcard writing party. We will provide some snacks, stamps and postcards as well as talking points and background on the election we will be supporting. After the stunning results in the recent Alabama senate race, there are more special elections coming up across the country; postcard writing campaigns are one key way that Progressive Cheverly members can help shape these crucial contests, along with helping to register voters.


Thursday, December 7 --  Progressive Cheverly Annual Holiday Party -- Cheverly friends and neighbors are most welcome to come and meet with us in a relaxed party atmosphere.  Bring a favorite dish or desert to share as the dinner is a delicious adventure in pot luck.  Wine and soft drinks will be provided.

Thursday, October 5th, 2017 7 pm: Forum on Fair Elections in Maryland.

How does money adversely affect the democratic process and what can be done to limit the power of money in elections? Learn about current efforts to control spending on local elections, gerrymandering of elections in Maryland and more. All welcome. Speakers: Damon Effingham, Legal and Policy Director, Common Cause Maryland and Suchitra Balachandran, Chair, Our Revolution Prince George's, a member of the Fair Election Prince George's Coalition. Hoyer Education Center (cafeteria), 2300 Belleview Ave. (Parking Available), Cheverly. Light refreshments will be served. Sign language interpreters are available upon request. Contact 

Thursday, September 7, 2017Returning Citizens and our Community. 

Last spring a large number of Cheverly residents objected to the placement of a Halfway House in our town.  Yet the fact remains that formerly incarcerated persons live in Cheverly as they do elsewhere in Prince George's County and very few public services are offered to help this vulnerable population.  This forum will present experts and activists who will examine the public policy steps we can take to help reintegrate them into civic life upon their return as well as look at the public policy choices that result in so many fellow citizens being locked up in the first place. 

Courtney Stewart, Chairman/CEO, The National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens
Krystal Oriadha, Lead Advocate, Criminal Justice Reform, Progressive Prince George's
Amity Pope, Co-Lead, Progressive Prince George's
Karen Dolan,  Project Director, Criminalization of Race and Poverty, Institute for Policy Studies

Sunday, June 25: Join Progressive Cheverly as we celebrate with our annual summer picnic. All are welcome. Please bring a dish to share. We will provide burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, rolls, condiments and soft drinks. BYOB.  If you have never been there, Boyd Park has play equipment for children, so bring the whole family. 3:00 -- 6:00 pm Boyd Park (intersection of 64th Ave. and State St.) Cheverly

June 1, 2017: Immigrant Rights

Defending vulnerable populations in our community.  Speakers include Kamal Essaheb, Director of Policy & Advocay, National Immigration Law Center, and Julio Murillo, Policy Analyst in CASA's Housing and Community Development Program. Senator Victor Ramierez has been invited.  7:00 pm, Hoyer Education Center (cafeteria), 2300 Belleview Ave. (Parking Available), Cheverly. Light refreshments will be served.

May 4, 2017: Corey Flintoff

Thursday May 4, talk by Corey Flintoff, longtime NPR international correspondent based in Moscow, now retired, and a Cheverly resident. He will be interviewed by Dr. Liz Papazian, who is a specialist in Russian studies teaching at the University of Maryland. To be followed by a Q&A session with audience members. 7:00 pm, Hoyer Education Center (cafeteria), 2300 Belleview Ave. (Parking Available) Light refreshments will be served.

April 2017: Congressman Anthony Brown

March 2, 2017 -- Women's Rights: Past, Present, Future.

Dr. Sonya Michel, recently retired history professor at the University of Maryland will talk about the work of the Feminist Scholars Policy Forum and it advocacy of paid maternity/paternity leave, child care, equal pay, health care access and other issues. She will also talk about the national women's history museum project, which is now in its planning stages.

February 2, 2017 -- The Future of Metro and Mass Transit in Cheverly and the County. 

This forum will address proposed cuts to the Metro system could directly impact our Cheverly station.  Moreover, they can harm the local economy, and set back efforts for sustainable growth throughout Prince George's County.  Community and labor representatives will discuss possible paths toward resolving the Metro crisis in a manner that will serve the interests of riders and workers as well as promote sustainable development.  

Speakers include:

Malcolm Augustine, WMATA Board Member representing Prince George's County.

RJ Eldridge, Director of Planning for Toole Design Group, is a Town of Cheverly Councilmember and serves as council liaison to the Cheverly Planning Board.  He will be speaking in a personal, not official capacity.

Dyana Forester, Political and Community Representative, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400.

Jackie Jeter, President, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689.

January 27, 2017:  Progressive Cheverly 12th Annual District 47 Legislative Forum

Come join us, Senator Victor Ramirez and Delegates Diana Fennell and Jimmy Tarlau for this popular event. Hear your elected General Assembly representatives speak and answer your questions about Maryland state issues. Find out how proposed federal initiatives may affect Maryland and what can be done at the state level. Q & A with elected representatives will follow their presentations.

January 5, 2017: A Wake Up Call – Activism in Defense of our Future.  Come Together at a Progressive Cheverly Conversation

Progressive Cheverly was founded as an independent organization 12 years ago, following George W. Bush's re-election, guided by our mission statement  "to promote economic fairness, social justice, basic human rights, civil liberties, a sustainable environment, a tolerant society and world peace through a more informed political dialogue and active participation in civil society and the democratic political process."  Ambitious goals, with a local focus. Donald Trump's election is presenting us with new challenges and threatens to undermine progress on many fronts.  How should we respond? Join us on Thursday, January 5th and bring your energy and your ideas for action.  Hoyer Education Center, 2300 Belleview Ave, 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the cafeteria