Progressive Cheverly Weekly Newsletter April 25th, 2018



Progressive Cheverly Weekly Newsletter

April 25, 2018


Progressive Cheverly Candidate Forums


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.

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.


Upcoming Community Events


Sunday, April 29 – Please join our Prince George's Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense chapter meeting for new and current members.  One of the main topics will be a newly forming Prince George's Students Demand Action chapter.  Eleanor Riazi-Sekowski will be one of the speakers addressing that topic.  We'll also discuss what each of us, as adults and students, can do to help prevent gun violence.  Gun violence survivors will speak; we'll talk about our recent big successes in the Maryland state legislature and what we'll be doing in both the legislature and Congress in the coming year.  We'll also discuss our "Wear Orange Day" awareness event coming up on June  and we'll be registering voters at the event.  We greatly encourage everyone, especially students, to attend.   

For more information, or If you have questions, please call Joani Horchler at or 301-802-7445.

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Greenbelt Public Library

11 Crescent Road



Saturday, May 5 and Wednesday May 16 – Ice Cream social to give the community a little taste of Peace Camp.  Join Little Friends for Peace at Legion Park for games, information, free ice cream and fun for the whole family.  If weather does not permit, the social will move to the Methodist Church.

Legion Park



Saturday, May 12 -- Environmental Justice and Health Disparities Symposium -- an in-depth look at issues affecting our region and strategies to take action.  Organized by the Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health Laboratory (CEEJH) whose mission is to educate impacted communities about environmental justice and health issues. Through technical assistance and collaboration, communities are empowered to address environmental injustice and environmental health disparities.  Symposium information:


9:00 am -- 5:00 pm

University of Maryland

College Park


Progressive Cheverly Legislative Report


Dear Members & Friends,

Below is the final report on our Progressive Cheverly legislative priorities.  This was a good year on the whole, with three of our five priorities passing the General Assembly.  Two of them have already been enacted: 

·  Termination of parental rights for rapists.  

·  Automatic voter registration at the MVA and other locations. 

A third priority, curbing gun violence, was also successful, with three separate bills passing the General Assembly.  They now await action by the Governor.  If enacted, these bills would ban "bumpstocks," and require surrender of firearms by persons subject to a protective order or found guilty of certain crimes.  

Unfortunately, bills to raise the minimum wage to $15 and increase Maryland's renewable energy goal to 50% by 2030 failed.  Please keep these issues in mind as we approach the Primary Election on June 26.  



Paul Thompson

Katherine Soffer


Legislative Committee


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