Progressive Neighbors Public Forum on Thursday, Oct. 27:
Vote Progressive: A discussion of local issues and candidates
* Hear from -- and pose questions to -- candidates for the Montgomery County Board of Education
* Learn about and discuss the ballot questions, including pro- and con- speakers about term limits
* Learn how best to volunteer in the last critical weeks before the election
Where: Silver Spring Civic Building
1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring 20910
When: Thursday, Oct. 27 from 7:00pm - 9:00 pm
Progressive Neighbors organized Montgomery County's only senate debate between Donna Edwards and Chris Van Hollen
Over 600 people packed the Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building to hear the candidates and ask questions.
Read coverage about our event in Bethesda Magazine, the Sentinel, the Washington Post, the Baltimore Sun, and see event pictures and the video.
Progressive Neighbors has endorsed each of these fine candidates in prior years and in separate races, and we are proud to have organized this forum. We hosted this event alongside the Woman's Democratic Club of Montgomery County and the Leisure World Democrats Club.
Press Release: Progressive Neighbors Endorses Sen. Jamie Raskin for Congress
Contact: Darian Unger, Chair 301-741-5634 DarianUnger@yahoo.com
Progressive Neighbors is dedicated to electing progressive candidates. It is a Montgomery County-based group and political action committee, representing voters from Silver Spring, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Takoma Park, Rockville, Olney, and Kensington.
Progressive Neighbors endorses State Senator Jamie Raskin for Congress in Maryland’s 8th District!
“The 8th District is not for sale,” Progressive Neighbors say, “Jamie, we’ve got your back.”
From big-money domination to gerrymandering to Citizens United and Tea Party assaults on the Constitution, Congress is broken and needs dramatic changes. Jamie Raskin is the person to do it. He has been a proven, effective champion for Maryland’s progressive community who has led the most difficult and important fights for a decade in Annapolis, from abolishing the death penalty and restoring voting rights to ex-felons to passing marriage equality and transgender civil rights to passing a ban on military-style assault weapons to pushing important environmental and civil rights legislation. His impressive record—more than 100 bills passed--combined with his excellent constituent service and strong connection to our community, make him the best candidate to represent us in Washington.
“Jamie Raskin earned Progressive Neighbors’ endorsement because of his decade of effective progressive leadership and thoughtful community service,” said Darian Unger, Chair of Progressive Neighbors. “We have known him for years and can trust him to do a terrific job.”
Unger continued, “When we supported marriage equality, Jamie went to work and built a coalition to make it happen. When we needed stronger environmental protection to fight climate change or when we wanted to increase the minimum wage in our state, Jamie got it passed.”
“When we wanted to ban fracking outright to prevent disasters and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, we couldn’t find enough votes among Republican legislators. But Jamie Raskin found an innovative way to get many of them on board by changing liability laws, which will have the same effect while garnering overwhelming support from both sides of aisle. That is effective legislating.” said Unger.
Many people talk about progressive goals; we know that Jaime Raskin can deliver results because he has been doing it consistently and reliably for a decade. He has earned our support, and we are excited to work with him for progressive change nationally.”
Progressive Neighbors will enthusiastically canvass and distribute literature at the polls to support Raskin’s campaign. “Our group first endorsed Jamie when he ran for the State Senate in 2006 and we are proud of the results. We stand strong with him ten years later as he runs for Congress against big-money competitors who have given thousands of dollars to right-wing Republicans and now vow to spend millions to win this seat. We won’t let that happen. The 8th District is not for sale. Jamie, we’ve got your back.”
Progressive Neighbors focuses its activity on Montgomery County, Maryland and strives toward a community with:
Schools that give all students an opportunity to reach their full potential;
Universal health care, affordable housing, and an adequate living wage;
Public transportation systems that combine convenience and environmental protections;
Land use policies that are sustainable, serve residents, and don't overburden our infrastructure;
Effective protection against crime, stressing prevention, community involvement and fairness;
Measures that assure a greater voice for all, such as campaign finance and voting reforms; and
Fairness, civil rights, and equality for all regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, income, sexual orientation or immigrant status.