Be the Change Bmore works in several ways:

  • We meet quarterly in a large group to share a meal and learn from experts about issues and candidates.
  • We connect people to opportunities to get involved — from canvassing and lobbying to letter writing and phone banking.
  • We keep our community informed through emails, the website and social media.

Some of the authors and experts who have spoken to Be the Change gatherings include:

  • Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize winning author and civil rights historian
  • Elaine Weiss, author of The Women’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote 
  • Steve Luxenberg, associate editor at the Washington Post and author of  Separate: The Story of Plessy v Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation
  •  Maryland state senators and delegates
  • National political experts  discussing candidates in the 2018 election
  • Advocates discussing issues such as voting rights, gun violence prevention, school funding, immigrant rights and environmental protection

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Be the Change gives participants a sense of political and civic purpose that they may not have on their own. Through regular meetings, calls to action and lively emails, founders Jennifer Downs and Betsy Krieger have forged a community on call for social progress. I’ve gotten involved with phone banking, door knocking in Pennsylvania and Anne Arundel County and postcard writing — and I know I’m making a difference. — Stephanie Shapiro, Baltimore

Be the Change is a tremendous force for public health and social justice progress in Maryland. It has played a key role in health care coverage expansion, gun violence prevention and protecting the climate and I look forward to Be the Change continuing this progressive leadership role in the future. – Vincent DeMarco, Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative