Stephanie Joyner

  • Fight for Medicare TODAY, so we can have Medicare for ALL TOMORROW!

    331 signatures

    Many proposals are being put forward on both sides of the aisle, some with better intentions than others. The Maryland for Guaranteed Healthcare campaign is just that - a campaign for guaranteed healthcare. With the strides the ACA has done to improve the healthcare system, there will still remain 30 million Americans uninsured, with many who have insurance still not having needed medical coverage and care. 

    In the immediate short-term, our advocacy has been concentrated heavily on preventing up to 23 million Americans from having their medical coverage taken away. Millions of people in our nation rely with their lives on services provided by Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP. We are demanding our elected officials such as Governor Hogan, Representative Andy Harris, and others to not only oppose ANY healthcare cuts for Maryland, as well as to take a leading position that everyone deserves healthcare and supporting policy solutions that make that goal a reality. By fighting for Medicare (and all federal programs of equal importance) today, we are retaining the system that will help us fight for Medicare for ALL, tomorrow.

    In her Letter to the Editor to Delmarva Now, Vice President of the Lower Shore Progressive Caucus Whitney Palmer writes, 


    "Throughout the state, Marylanders have benefited from Medicaid expansion; conservative numbers state 291,000 individuals have gained coverage — and the majority live in rural areas. Our health care system has high administrative costs and the cost of care is set by profit motives. Insurance and pharmaceutical companies prioritize corporate profits over the health of Americans — and treat health care as a commodity.

    Health care is a human right and moral issue, not a commodity. Our goal should be to provide more and higher quality care to Americans, especially access to mental health services. We at Progressive Maryland believe that should take the form of a single-payer, Medicare-for-all system. A single-payer system will result in savings of [hundreds of billions of dollars annually].

    When physicians can focus on people’s health instead of bureaucracy or creating a plan based on a person’s ability to pay, they can address health needs and prioritize prevention. Additionally, people will no longer declare bankruptcy because of medical bills. Fewer people will die.

    It is time for the United States to prioritize people over profits and join the rest of the world with Medicare for All."

    Please sign our Petition if you agree!

     

     

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  • Finalize Fair Elections in Howard County

    33 signatures

    cropped-cropped-14063798_638063499703270_8112831184163562838_n.jpgIn November, Howard County residents voted to establish the Citizens’ Election Fund directing the County Council to establish a new program to strengthen our democracy and curb the influence of large and corporate donors.

    We’re calling on the County Council to move quickly to pass a final program that will:

    • Only be available to candidates who reject large donations and donations from corporations, unions, and PACs.
    • Encourage candidates to fundraise from Howard County residents by providing limited matching funds for small donations from County residents.
    • Establish an independent commission to make funding and policy recommendations to the Council.

    We are calling on the Howard County Council to finalize the Citizens’ Election Fund program this spring and bring Fair Elections home to Howard.

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  • Demand Governor Hogan, Hold a Public Townhall to Reveal His Views on Trump's policies

    The letter below written by Nienke Grossman was sent to Governor Larry Hogan on February 3rd, and posted in the Baltimore Sun. Since then, hundreds of Marylanders have signed on, demanding that Governor Hogan tell us where he stands on policies of the Trump administration as they relate to our state and its people. Read it, then sign on below.

    2,384 signatures

    Dear Governor Hogan:

    We are Maryland voters who care deeply about the present and future of our state. We hail from all over Maryland, and we have made thousands of phone calls to your office in the last several weeks seeking your views on a wide range of issues. We are still waiting for your answers.

    As you know, hundreds of thousands of Marylanders may lose their health care and many more risk the loss of important benefits, such as the elimination of lifetime maximums, as a result of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.  We are unable to support refugees fleeing death and destruction as a result of the president’s action, and the federal government is threatening to deputize our local law enforcement for the purposes of enforcing immigration law rather than our own criminal laws and to take away funding from sanctuary cities. Our Jewish Community Centers, mosques, churches and public schools have become targets of hateful speech and acts. Also, recent news reports suggest that the new administration may reduce funds for women’s health care and domestic violence shelters, which provide care and refuge to the most vulnerable among us.

    You are our governor. We voted you into office, yet we feel our concerns are being ignored. We deserve to know how you propose to address these issues. What are you going to do about the impending health care crisis in Maryland? What are you doing to help ensure that Maryland continues to be a welcoming place for immigrants and people fleeing from violence and persecution? What do you propose to keep our houses of worship and our schools safe from hate? What do you propose to ensure access to basic women’s health care services and to minimize the harm to victims of domestic violence in the wake of reduced federal funding to shelters?

    Because our phone calls have gone unheeded and many of our Facebook posts have been deleted and blocked, we request that you announce and hold an open town hall meeting to share with us your concrete policy proposals on health care coverage, your views on immigration, and how you will show leadership in response to the uptick in hateful acts in our state and the potential defunding of domestic violence shelters and resources.

    We want to work with you to make Maryland the best state that it can possibly be and to help Maryland rise to the challenges that it will face in the years to come. We need to know where you stand, and we want you to know that we are motivated, we are concerned, and we are not going away.

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  • signed Demand Police Accountability in Maryland 2016-02-25 19:14:45 -0500
    Stephanie Joyner

    Demand Police Accountability in 2016

    323 signatures

    Reclaim MLK Rally & Die-In

    The protests that followed the killing of Freddie Gray are a direct result of current policies that restrict transparency in the way police departments operate and address misconduct, damaging the relationship between them and the communities they serve.  Law enforcement officers occupy unique positions of power in our society–a necessity to ensure public safety–but also devastating when abused. There have been far too many instances of officer misconduct throughout Maryland. It’s time to take critical action to rein in the abuse of police power and rebuild communities' trust.

    Maryland is one of many states fighting for sensible police reforms that protect the public and officers alike. Community actions across the state have pressured the legislature to seek measures to increase police accountability. Current laws make reporting misconduct difficult and provide little to no transparency for the public into how these complaints are handled.  

    Progressive Maryland, as part of the Maryland Coalition for Justice and Police Accountability–a coalition of activists, faith-based, nonprofit, and civic organizations–has introduced a legislative package to achieve meaningful police reforms that will protect the public, protect law-abiding officers, and rebuild trust between law enforcement and communities by:  

    • Making filing complaints regarding officer misconduct easy and accessible.

    • Increasing transparency by making department policies accessible to the public.

    • Creating an independent police training commission consisting of law enforcement professionals and experts to develop and implement best practices in policing and disciplinary procedures.

    • Implementing anti-discrimination training, de-escalation training, and modernizing recruitment to increase department diversity.

    • Developing a uniform certification process that ensures officers are well-trained.

    • Ensuring the protection of police officers who report police misconduct.

    • Supporting mental health evaluations for officers following any traumatic event and establishing a confidential mental health hotline for officers.

    • Implementing best practices for community policing, increasing state funding for community policing programs, and providing incentives for officers to live and work in their own communities.

    Take a stand along with other Maryland residents to demand the General Assembly pass meaningful police accountability legislation.

     

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