Progressive Cheverly Weekly Newsletter December 13th, 2017


Progressive Cheverly Weekly Newsletter

December 13, 2017


Progressive Cheverly Events


Thursday, January 4 --  Activist forum details to be announced.

Thursday, 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.

Stay tuned for later in 2018 --  We are also planning some candidate forums for the important 2018 Maryland and Prince George's County elections. More information to come.


Upcoming Community Events

Monday, December 18 -- the "Reel & Meal at the New Deal" program will feature Taking Root.  The film tells the story of Wangari Maathai, Kenyan Nobel Peace prize laureate, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights and defend democracy. “Why not plant trees?” she thought. Trees provide shade, prevent soil erosion, supply firewood, building materials, and produce nutritious fruit. In 1977, Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in Kenya and began teaching women about the connection between environmental problems and their daily problems.

The program will include the short film Plant for the Planet from the "Young Voices for the Planet" series by Lynne Cherry. Her film is about a young German boy who was inspired by the Wangari Maathai story to do as she did in his native country. Lynne will participate in the discussion to follow the screenings.   

This month's program is planned by Utopia Film Festival. For more information contact Frank Gervasi - or 301-474-7680. For more about the feature film Taking Root see its website. The other sponsors of the "Reel & Meal" series are Beaverdam Creek Watershed Watch Group, Green Vegan Networking and Prince George’s County Peace and Justice Coalition. The New Deal Cafe is accessible by Metro Buses G12 & G14 from the Greenbelt Metro Station.

6:30 pm -- plant-based buffet at $14

7:00 pm -- free film showing begins

New Deal Cafe

113 Centerway

Roosevelt Center




 Delegate Jimmy Tarlau's scholarship is now available for his constituents living in District 47A who are attending or will be attending a Maryland undergraduate, graduate, or professional school during school year 2018 - 2019.  You can print out an application at his website:  or contact him at and request one by email.  His scholarship application is due Friday, April 13.


Call for Support

DC Books to Prisons needs your support.  From the thousands of letters we see every year, we know how hard it is for prisoners to get books. Many prisons don't have libraries or have limited selection and access. Family and friends can't fill the gap—more and more prisons only let them send books from selected dealers, whose prices they can't afford. Books to Prisons helps fill the gap, they are on track to send over 15,000 books and other reading materials this year to inmates across America -- 7% more than we last year!

Please make a year-end gift so we can continue to give people in America's prisons the free books they want and need. Thanks to in-kind donations from our generous community, we don't pay for space, books, labor or most supplies. Most of your money goes directly to buy stamps. For every $40 donation, we can ship packages of books to approximately 10 prisoners. We send more than 400 packages a month.

Lots of people talk about mass incarceration these days. Here's a chance to turn your concerns into action. To make your tax-deductible donation now, please click the button below or visit You can also send a check made out to the Washington Peace Center with Books to Prisons in the memo line to:

DC Books to Prisons - Donations

PO Box 34190

Washington, DC 20043-4190

Another convenient way to give (and get a sense of what materials prisoners often request) is through our Amazon Wish Lists. Buying these books for us will ensure that our shelves are stocked with the books prisoners most often ask for. You can find our lists at:


Support Progressive Cheverly

As  a new year is about to begin, please consider supporting Progressive Cheverly’s commitment to bringing you monthly educational forums as well as our advocacy on important issues affecting our community. Membership is only $20.00/year (individual), $35/year (household).   You can send a check, payable to Progressive Cheverly, to Treasurer, Progressive Cheverly,  5711 Euclid St, Cheverly MD 20785, or sign up on-line while checking out our newly updated web site,


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The next Progressive Cheverly Bulletin will be posted on Wednesday, December 20. Please submit all notices and announcements no later than noon on Monday, December 18.  Contact Kurt Stand at