As the Montgomery County Council enters the next phase in the battle to raise the minimum wage, Progressive Montgomery has been huddling up to fine-tune its own strategy in the Fight for $15. On Tuesday, a public hearing on the bill to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour will be held at the County Council in Rockville. Progressive Montgomery’s outreach efforts are set on engaging business owners, employees, and residents as a whole in a constructive dialogue that humanizes this policy. Next Tuesday’s hearing in Rockville is the place to start.Read more
Progressive Maryland organizer Michael Feldman recounts how his recent training experience focused his understanding: "How do we harness this energy that’s clearly in the streets and push it into the halls of power? No one builds power by accident. We have to understand what power is, why we should want to attain it, and the training to focus ourselves and our fellow progressives into the leaders who can and will change this country."Read more
The introduction of "Medicare for All" in the Senate Sept. 13 feels like a new stage, a new plateau, in the quest for single payer in this country, says activist Sydney Jacobs. "People are really waking up to the awful realities of our current system and coming around to the fact that SP is the ONLY sustainable way we can do healthcare in this country. The press, mainstream politicians, and the insurance/Big Pharma goons can no longer ignore SP in conversations about healthcare - our representatives, such as Van Hollen and Cardin, can no longer NOT talk about Medicare for All."Read more
Let’s cut to the chase – a full calendar ahead of actions, get-togethers and learning opportunities. Plus the most recent blogs.Read more
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, a persistent critic of the long struggle for a living wage in Montgomery County and water-carrier for business interests, is still trying to chip away at the latest effort by Council members to help working families in a county of great wealth and significant inequality.
Progressive Maryland yesterday joined a coalition of progressive organizations pushing back against Leggett’s latest effort – a letter promising a veto of the new legislation without major pro-business concessions.Read more
The [co-sponsoring] senators who shared a podium with [Sen. Bernie] Sanders understand this [Medicare For All] bill won’t pass in today’s Republican-dominated Congress. They signed on because it’s a good idea, and because they recognize that by doing so they can both reflect and reshape a shifting political landscape.Read more
Prince George's County, one of if not the most affluent majority-black county in the US, has particular strengths and weaknesses -- both of which can be tackled as they should be by a more aware community and a more responsive elected leadership unencumbered by big-money campaign contributors. Progressive Maryland's organizers, Seanniece Bamiro and Charles Smith, are focused on those issues. See here how they can help your community in Prince George's.Read more
New stuff in Congress on health care repeal to be watchful about; leadership training opportunities; statewide and chapter activism and calendar of events, and the most recent blogs nicely packaged for binge-reading.Read more
Much of the press’s discourse contains annual descriptions of labor’s decline, some sympathetic and some not. Whatever its causes, the story is true: union influence over the economy and American quality of life has been shrinking for decades. Maryland is not immune. In this re-post from Seventh State, Adam Pagnucco, a labor scholar, itemizes the damage.
Nothing going on in the fall? Think again. Congress is back and feuding with the president, but that does not mean the rest of us are safe. We’ll have to watch out for the collateral damage and keep pushing to make health care for all an idea and a reality that the GOP will have to deal with – or else.
And the Maryland General Assembly is only 120 days from the opening gavel. Watch out for legislative briefings in the meantime, including those sponsored or supported by Progressive Maryland and our allies.Read more