What We DoThe Anne Arundel County chapter of Progressive Maryland fights for social, racial, economic and environmental justice in Anne Arundel County and beyond. We support and encourage progressive candidates and legislation, we work to involve the people of our county in the legislative process, and we help the people of Anne Arundel County get their voices heard.
Where We MeetWe hold our meetings at 5:30 on the first Monday of each month at 49 West in Annapolis and then walk together to the Anne Arundel County Council meetings at 7:00 pm. During these meetings, we have a guest speaker or two and we also discuss any combination of the following:
Upcoming Events (click the name to RSVP):
- Relevant issues of interest to our members
- County and state legislation
- Testimony requests and preparation
- Parters/coalitions and their activities, events and requests
- Internal structure and organization
- Event planning and coordination
- Progressive candidates to encourage and support
Monthly Meeting featuring Citizens' Climate Lobby
Our guest speaker is Colie Young from CCL, whose motto is "Political Will for a Livable World." In their words:
"Citizens’ Climate Lobby empowers people to experience breakthroughs in exercising their personal and political power. Our chapter is just one of hundreds of chapters across the world working to create the political will for a livable world. CCL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization.
We are laser focused on a specific piece of legislation and a proven strategy to gain its passage. We are working for the passage of Carbon Fee and Dividend, the climate change solution economists and climate scientists alike say is the “best first-step” to preventing the worst impacts of a warming world."
Note: Our meetings are normally first Monday of each month. Due to Labor Day and the timing of the County Council meeting, it will be Tuesday in September.
Date: September 5th, 2017
Location: 49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar & Gallery49 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, 410.295.32257:00 - ?Walk together to the Anne Arundel County Council MeetingArundel Center, 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, MD 21401We look forward to working together to support positive, progressive change in Anne Arundel County and Maryland. Join us on the first Monday of the month at 49 West in Annapolis, followed by the County Council meetings. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. See you there!
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Carolyn Ricketts wants to volunteer 2017-06-21 08:45:01 -0400
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), we are retaining the system that will help us fight for Medicare for ALL!
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."
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Carolyn Ricketts signed Demand Police Accountability in Maryland 2016-01-26 13:10:22 -0500Carolyn Ricketts323 signatures
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.