Wednesday, September 19, 2012

EVENTS: Maryland Juice Goes Public Friday in Silver Spring // PLUS: Democratic Candidate Trainings & Panels with Politicos

UPDATE: I almost forgot to mention, the Greater Silver Spring Democratic Club's annual barbecue is this Saturday, September 22 from  2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Lt. Gov Anthony  Brown and Attorney General Doug Gansler will be speaking at the event: Indian Spring Terrace Recreation Center - 9717 Lawndale Drive, Silver Spring, MD, 20901.

Here is a random assembly of events that may be of interest to Maryland Juice readers -- starting with a fireside chat with Maryland Juice this Friday in Silver Spring:

Join Maryland Juice this FRI at Silver Spring's Kefa Cafe
#1: FRIDAY 9/21 // MARYLAND JUICE GOES PUBLIC - This Friday, Just Up the Pike blogger Dan Reed is hosting a discussion titled, "Unusual Suspects: Seeking Inclusive Civic Engagement in Silver Spring." Maryland Juice (aka David Moon) is speaking at this event, and I encourage you to come take part in the debate. Just Up the Pike printed the following invitation:
JUST UP THE PIKE: Back in July, I wrote a post on the challenges of engaging often underrepresented groups, like young people and immigrants, in local affairs. We can get them involved with the right issue, like last year's curfew debate, but as Takoma Park City Councilmember Seth Grimes points out, many folks just don't have the the time, the money or the wherewithal to participate in a citizens' advisory board or a public hearing.

How can we do better? I'm joining up with Amy Kincaid, the curator of Space 7:10 at Kefa Café in downtown Silver Spring, to talk it out. Next Friday from 6:30 to 8:30pm, we're hosting a community roundtable called "Unusual Suspects: Seeking Inclusive Civic Engagement in Silver Spring."

It's an intimate discussion; as those who've been to Space 7:10 know, it's the size of a large kitchen cabinet. Nonetheless, we've invited some local community leaders and activists, like Abigail Burman from Stand Up to the MoCo Curfew and David Moon from Maryland Juice to talk about their successes and how we can make a more inclusive decision-making process.

Come out and enjoy Kefa's awesome coffee and treats. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information, visit Space 7:10's website or email me at justupthepike at gmail dot com.
"Unusual Suspects: Seeking Inclusive Civic Engagement in Silver Spring"
Friday, September 21
6:30 to 8:30pm
Space 7:10 at Kefa Café
963 Bonifant Street (at Georgia Avenue)
Downtown Silver Spring

#2: AFRICAN AMERICAN 2014 CANDIDATE TRAINING & ANOTHER MOCO PEOPLE OF COLOR SUMMIT - Maryland Juice previously wrote about a series of  "People of Color" Summits that former MoCo Democratic Chair Karen Britto has been hosting. This Saturday, September 21, her effort to help elect more racial and ethnic minority candidates in 2014 is heading upcounty to Germantown. We'll report back on any details we hear about the event.

In the meantime, Moco's African-American Democratic Club and teachers union (MCEA) are also getting ready for the next Maryland election cycle. They are hosting a 2014 candidate training on the following Saturday, September 29 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event, which is also sponsored by Progressive Maryland and the Young Dems, will include a series of candidates workshops and appearances by Lt. Gov Anthony Brown and Councilmember Craig Rice. Indeed, numerous MoCo politicos are now already pondering the question of minority representation in 2014.  County Executive Ike Leggett had these remarks about the event:
IKE LEGGETT: The AADCMC's 1-day comprehensive Candidate and Campaign Staff Training is a solid opportunity for members of the African American community, people of color, and all residents of Montgomery County to learn what it takes to run effective campaigns. It takes knowledge and strategic mapping in the key areas of fundraising, voter contact and messaging. Our last Census results are a testimony that the needs of the County can benefit from more qualified and equipped candidates coming to the table. I applaud the AADCMC for reaching back into the community.

See the invitation below (which some folks are also reported to be receiving in the mail). Note: There is a $40 registration fee:


#3: TOMORROW, THURSDAY 9/20 // REP. JOHN SARBANES CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM ROUNDTABLE- Maryland Juice's day job is with the million-member Internet advocacy group Demand Progress. We push progressive causes and civil liberties by supporting pressure tactics and litigation, and also by encouraging constituents to contact their lawmakers. We are currently supporting the campaign finance reform efforts of Rep. John Sarbanes, who is hosting a roundtable discussion of his "Grassroots Democracy Act" tomorrow. Indeed, it is time to start getting creative about how to get around special interest influence on legislation. Details below:

#4: FRIDAY 9/21 // REP. DONNA EDWARDS & ESSENCE MAGAZINE EDITOR - Rep. Donna Edwards & the editor of Essence Magazine are hosting a discussion in DC this Friday. Their topic is "Innovation in Education: Solutions for Communities of Color." Details below:

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