Progressive Cheverly Weekly Newsletter

August 28, 2019

Progressive Cheverly Monthly Forums


New Location
Multipurpose Room

Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School

3324 64th Avenue, Cheverly

Thursday, September 5 --  What We Need to Know … and Do About the Epidemic of Gun Violence in Our Country: Action must be taken to stop the mass shootings and the daily killings that have tragically affected communities everywhere.  Come hear Representative Anthony Brown (invited) and Jennifer Stapleton, a state leader in Moms’ Demand Action Maryland talk about what is happening around gun reform legislation on the federal and state levels and what we can do to get involved.   

Parking is available. Refreshments will be served. Location is mobility-accessible and ASL interpretation will be provided.  

All are welcome.

 7:00 pm

Multipurpose Room

Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School

3324 64th Avenue.


 Thursday, October 3 -- Forum on Immigration: Details forthcoming.

7:00 pm

Multipurpose Room

Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School

3324 64th Avenue.


Action Alert

Today, Wednesday August 28 -- Rally to Protest Proposed Detention Center for Immigrant Children.  Please join other local community members and human rights activists to protest the Trump Administration's proposal to locate a 200-bed detention center for unaccompanied immigrant children in Takoma DC.

 This detention center would be run by Dynamic Service Solutions, a Maryland-based, for-profit company under a $20.5 million contract from the US Department of Health and Human Services.  Dynamic Service Solutions also runs the Trump administration's largest immigrant child detention center, in Homestead, Florida. The proposed site for the detention center is owned by Douglas Development Corporation, which would profit from the project.

 DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and other DC elected officials have spoken out against the detention center, as have the Takoma Park mayor and council.

 This rally for justice and human rights is being co-organized by local grassroots organizations, including the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, Takoma Park Mobilization, and others.

 The Takoma Park Mobilization plans to post updates to its Facebook page and Twitter feed: + .

 6:00 am  -- 7:00 pm

6896 Laurel Street NW

Washington DC 

(five-minute walk east of the Takoma Metro station and just south of where the site of the Takoma Park Farmers' Market.)

Upcoming Community Events

Saturday, August 31 -- Come visit the Prince George's Peace & Justice Coalition Come visit our table at the Greenbelt Labor Day festival.  The Coalition exhibit will feature the "Back from the Brink" of nuclear weapons campaign. Learn how you can help us promote it in Maryland and Prince George's County.


10:00 am -- 4:00 pm

Roosevelt Center


 Monday September 2- Enjoy the DC Labor Chorus perform Songs of Peace, Jobs, Justice and Love as a celebration of Labor Day.  Sing along to the songs you know and the ones you’ll learn!

The DC Labor Chorus is a musical ensemble representing labor and social justice groups in the DC metro area. Some of its members are professional musicians, but most just love to sing.  The DC Labor Chorus is a program/affiliate of the Labor Heritage Foundation-

 2:00 pm

 New Deal Cafe

113 Centerway

Roosevelt Center


Saturday, September 7 -- When They See Us: Organizing Conversation.  Join us for a conversation about the Netflix show When They See Us and the existing issues in our criminal justice system.  Learn about our plan for action to end mass incarceration here in Maryland.

Join Progressive Maryland’s Justice Task Force, Former NAACP President Ben Jealous, and other special guests will participate in a discussion hosted by Progressive Maryland’s Justice Task Force.

11:00 am  -- 1:00 pm

ATU Local 689

2701 Whitney Pl.

District Heights

Saturday, September 7 -- Status of US - Cuba Relations:  The Path Forward. In 2014 President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced that they were moving to normalize diplomatic relations, raising hopes in both countries. After five-decades of an embargo, trade and travel restrictions began to relax. What has happened since?

 Guest speakers:

 Miguel Fraga has been First Secretary of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C. since diplomatic relations were re-established. He holds a master’s of science in foreign relations from the Raúl Roa García School of Advanced International Studies and a law degree from the University of Havana.

 Mavis Anderson is a Senior Associate at the Latin America Working Group in Washington, DC. Mavis has covered U.S. policy toward Cuba since 1997, cultivating congressional, organizational and grassroots support for the LAWG coalition's efforts to end the U.S. embargo on Cuba.

 This event is free and open to the public.  Sponsored by Friends of Latin America (FoLA) and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia (UUCC) Immigrant Campaign

 For more information contact Leslie Salgado or  410-381-4899.

 6:30 pm: Pre-event refreshments

7:00 - 9:00 pm: Presentations and discussion

Owen Brown Interfaith Center 

7246 Cradlerock Way


ednesday, September 11 -- Greenbelt Climate Action Network A Just Transition from Coal in Maryland -- conversation with Matt Dernoga, Maryland Sierra Club Beyond Coal rep, about Maryland's six remaining coal fired power plants. We will discuss their impacts on public health and the climate, and how we can lead the way in Maryland with a just transition to clean energy.

For more info, contact Lore Rosenthal, Greenbelt Climate Action Network,, 301-345-2234 or go to

7:00 - 9:00 pm

Greenbelt Community Center

Room 114

15 Crescent Road


September 13 -- Prince George's Proud Senior Fitness Day & Picnic.  Live dancing, music, activities, picnic lunch, exhibitors, program & services information and more.  This event is a recreational activity for older adults and is open to Prince George's County Residents 60 years of age and older. Register at 301-265-8699 or at,  Onsite registration option.

10:00 am -- 2:00 pm

Watkins Regional Park

301 Watkins Park Drive

Upper Marlboro

Sunday, September 29The path to single payer health care in Maryland -- Join Senator Paul Pinsky, Chair of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee in the Senate, and Delegate Terri Hill, of the Health and Government Operations Committee in the House, for a discussion of the road map to Single Payer in Maryland.

1:30 - 4:30 pm

Elkridge Library

6450 Washington Boulevard


Sunday, October 6-- Eastern Shore Environmental Legislative Summit -- The Eastern Shore is ground zero for climate change in Maryland. It is here where we need to make a stand for ourselves and our children. Explore the issues that face the Shore (and the state), what steps have been taken, and what obstacles we must overcome to defeat the existential crisis of Climate Change and other pressing environmental issues.

1:00 - 4:00 pm (doors open at noon)

Washington College

300 Washington Avenue


Hold the Date

Saturday, October 19 -- Cheverly Woman’s Club 100th Birthday event/  Details to be announced.

 Actions for Peace

September 22-25 -- DC Advocacy Days: Join others advocating to make peacebuilding a higher priority we are pleased to announce that registration is open and an early bird registration fee of $25 is available to you if you register before August 15! We already have two freshmen congresspersons on the Department of Peacebuilding bill (H.R. 1111) since it dropped earlier this year! See the current co-sponsor list here. We’ll also identify additional violence reduction and peacebuilding bills closer to Advocacy Days.

Download the flyer here or register here now!

Also, if you’re not already on our DoP Campaign email list, email You’ll receive reminders of our monthly calls on the third Wednesdays of each month, at 5:00 p.m. PST/8:00 p.m. EST and all time zones in-between. 

You can also find the call-in information on the Peace Alliance DoP Page here. Our next call is August 21.

Thank you for your time and attention. Please Be the Movement with us. Join us in DC or Amplify our Voices by calling from home this September.

Yours in peace,

Peace Alliance National Department of Peacebuilding Committee

Members: Anne Creter, Karen Johnson, Nancy Merritt, Kendra Mon, Debra Poss, Pat Simon, Concetta Smart, Jerilyn Stapleton


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