Progressive Cheverly Weekly Newsletter November 15th, 2017


Progressive Cheverly Events

December -- Progressive Cheverly will hold its annual holiday party in lien of a Forum. Details forthcoming.

Action Item

Cheverly Postcard and Letter Writing Campaign Re: CR-84-2017 to express opposition to the amendment to the adopted Greater Cheverly Sector Plan.  On November 6th, over 270 Cheverly neighbors and friends stood up and over 60 voices spoke out in opposition to this proposed amendment. We now need to follow up this amazing effort with a written campaign that surpasses these numbers.

Please write a letter or postcard expressing your opposition to CR-84-2017 as harmful to successful transit-oriented development and critically damaging to well-loved community green space, an historic landmark, and an environmentally-critical natural area. The Town and community organizations have prepared pre-addressed postcard and letter writing packages to support your written testimony.  

Please note that all testimony must be received in Upper Marlboro by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, November 21.  You may pick up a postcard and letter writing package at Town Hall M-F from 9am-5pm.  Your postcard or letter must include your name and address and your signature.   You may also drop off your completed postcard or letter during those times for hand delivery to Upper Marlboro. The Community Center will also be open through November 16 from 7-9pm for postcard and letter-writing sessions where you can pick up postcards and letter packages, join friends in writing on site, and drop off your testimony. Postcards and letter writing packages will also be available at the Nov. 18th Thanksgiving Community Market.

Please note that email will not be accepted as testimony.  You can drop off your testimony at the town hall by Monday, November 29 (open 9-5) or the Community Center (open 7-9 pm) that evening as well.  You may also mail your testimony to, Clerk of the Council, County Administration Building, Room 2198, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.

You can access additional background information via this link:  And this link offers helpful talking points and info.  You may borrow freely from either.

Questions? Need Help? Contact Joani Horchler c: 301-802-7445, Dan Smith c: 202-607-6224, or Laila Riazi c: 202-258-6167.


Upcoming Community Events

Today, Wednesday, November 15 -- Bread & Roses presents No Room for Refugees: A Program of Four Short Films -- a screening of four short films as part of DC Immigration Film Fest. Details forthcoming.a time of intense globalization and retirement of the baby boomer generation.

Bread & Roses, sponsored by the Metro Labor Council, presents films, music, book talks, and other events to celebrate the contributions of working people to society and of the positive role of unions in our society. This will be the first of an ongoing series of monthly events to be held at the Hyattsville Busboys.

Host Presenters: Busboys and Poets, DC LaborFest, Immigration Film Fest and MD State Assembly Representative Jimmy Tarlau

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Busboys and Poets Hyattsville

5331 Baltimore Ave.



Thursday, November 16  -- Webinar to protect Maryland forests!  Forests are critically important to our state and all of us.  They promote clean air and water, combat climate change, provide wildlife habitat, and enhance general health and well-being.  But over 15,000 acres of woodlands in Maryland were cleared for development and not replanted in the past nine years alone. In areas where development pressure is intense, developers have cut down more than 40% of forests on average.  We cannot shrink our forests any further!

Please join us for a Sierra Club webinar on the threats to our forests and how you can join the fight to better protect them.  Elaine Lutz from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation will brief us on the issues and the reform effort.

Specifically, in the upcoming 2018 session of the Maryland General Assembly, the Sierra Club and numerous other environmental organizations will be supporting legislation to strengthen the state’s Forest Conservation Act.  We need to improve this 26-year old law now!

We need your help in this fight for Maryland’s forests.  Please sign up here to join us for the November 16 webinar.

7:00 -- 8:00  pm


Monday, November 20 -- Reel and Meal at the New Deal Cafe.  Utopia Film Festival is bringing three documentaries about immigrants, refugees, and conditions in their country of origin

Remember Everything: to not Forget Anyone -- a poignant three-minute short from Italy about immigrants who drown trying to reach safety in Europe, told by a person who remembers all of their names.

An American House -- one that welcomes illegal immigrants from Central America to the US and gives them shelter and safety, 22 minutes.

We are the Nation -- set in a slum in Kenya, it portrays orphaned and traumatized children coming together through music and a remarkable benefactor as a way to build positive lives, 52 minutes- see more on its Facebook page.

These timely films show what conditions people emigrate from, the risks they take to find a safe life, and the welcome some receive.  Their stories are a bit like our family stories, those of the children of immigrants who left danger or hardship for a better life. Thanksgiving week, they may remind us we are all pilgrims.  Discussion will follow. Come learn what we can do to help support our local immigrant and international  community.

Reel & Meal at the New Deal series promotes public awareness of peace, justice, environmental and animal rights issues.Its sponsors: Beaverdam Creek Watershed Watch Group, Green Vegan Networking and Prince George's County Peace & Justice Coalition.  

Frank Gervasi of the Utopia Film Festival has planned this program;  contact 301-474-7680 or


6:30 pm optional vegan buffet

7:00 pm free film show and discussion

New Deal Cafe

113 Centerway

Roosevelt Center (accessible from Greenbelt Metro Station by buses G12 and 14)

For direction see New Deal Cafe website.



Monday, November 27 -- Attend the third of three Peace Circles, sponsored by the Cheverly Women's Club. The circles will be led by MJ Park, Founder and Director of Little Friends for Peace ( The motto is "PEACE IN MY HEART, PEACE IN THE WORLD!". We all want peace. The question is, "How do we achieve it?" The focus of the circle is to learn skills of peace in your everyday life so you can spread peace in your relationships with others. Details forthcoming. Light refreshments provided.

7:00 pm

The Langs

6424 Forest Rd.


Sunday, December 3 -- Sunday, December 3 -- A Symposium on Climate, Faith, and Advocacy  Keynote speaker will be Rev. Fletcher  Harper, GreenFaith: Now or Never – The Absolute Urgency of Religious Action for Earth.  Panel Speakers include:  Joelle Novey -- Interfaith Power and Light, Mark Posner -- Sierra Club, Bonnie Sorak -- Interfaith Partnership for the Chesapeake, Ambereen Shaffie -- Islam, Rev. Darryl Roberts, African American Faith Community, Jim Laurenson, Unitarian Universalist.

Break Out Sessions will be as follow:

Spirituality (Texts)

Rabbi David Shneyer, Spiritual Leader, Kehila Chadasha, Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Community

Reverend Abhi Janamanchi, Senior Minister, Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church

How to Advocate

Emmalee June Aman, Founder & Lead Advocate, Winds of Change Advocacy

Climate and Money

Fran Teplitz, Executive Co-Director for Business, Investing & Policy, Green America

National Issues

Jeffrey Weisner, President, 350MoCo

Greening Your Congregation

Fletcher Harper, Executive Director, GreenFaith

Joelle Novey, Interfaith Power and Light

Hosts: Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Community, Kehila Chadasha and Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church.  In partnership with: Interfaith Partnership, Interfaith Power and Light, GreenFaith, Sierra Club, 350MoCo, Green America and others…

This is a free event, reservations suggested at:

2:30 - 5:30 pm

Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church

9601 Cedar Lane,



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:



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