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. Click on the title for each event to read notes from the event.

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 chair@progressivecheverly.org.

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. 

Speakers:
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