Justin Vest

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

    330 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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  • signed up on Progressive Montgomery 2017-03-29 15:54:08 -0400

    Progressive Montgomery

    15940716_10154977918581953_4363248565637719829_n.jpgProgressive Montgomery–the Montgomery County chapter of Progressive Maryland–is committed to ending all forms of oppression and injustice within our local communities. 

    We will do this by building governing power for everyday people, advancing progressive policies throughout the county, and developing a leader-full progressive movement in Montgomery County.

    Our chapter is governed by its members who have authority to select the issues most important to them and direct the work of the organization. Through the creation of specialized teams, volunteers are able to create and manage their own campaigns with the support of trained Progressive Maryland organizers. 

    If you are looking for a way to get more involved in your community, consider becoming a Progressive Montgomery member. We ask that members contribute $20/month to support our work and join one of our organizing teams.

    Please sign up below to get involved and choose the issue area(s) of the most interest to you. Contact the lead organizer for Montgomery County with any questions at justin@progressivemaryland.org.

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  • Fully Fund Montgomery County's Fair Elections Program

    203 signatures

    571.pngMontgomery County was the first county in the state to establish a program to get big money out of local elections and empower small donors. Now, candidates are starting to use the program so we need to ensure it is properly funded for the upcoming elections.

    An Independent Commission made funding recommendations for the program to County Executive Leggett who has provided an additional $4 million in his FY18 budget. Now we are just $1 million short of realizing the full potential of the fair elections program.

    The small donor program will elevate the voice of everyday citizens and reduce the influence of corporate donors by providing limited matching funds for small donors if the candidates don’t take large and corporate contributions. 

    Montgomery County took a big step by passing a small donor incentive program that encourages candidates to spend time fundraising from small donors within their constituency rather than dialing for big dollars.

    We're almost there in the fight against big money! Sign below to tell the Montgomery County Council to fully fund Montgomery County's fair elections program.

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  • published A Cost Too High 2017-03-03 16:17:22 -0500

    A Cost Too High

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    The Republican-led Congress has launched a rapid process of eliminating health coverage for 476,000 residents of Maryland by repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These cuts will severely reduce income to health facilities and result in lost jobs across sectors. The cuts also will come at severe cost to the state budget.

    Download A Cost Too High: The Financial Harm of the Republican Plan to Eliminate Health Care to learn more.


  • 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.

    2,275 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 up on Fight Back Against President Trump 2016-11-09 16:47:00 -0500

    Fight Back Against President Trump

    Pres._Trump.pngDonald Trump has been elected President of the United States. If that wasn't bad enough, Republicans also solidified their control of Congress giving them the ability to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat and shape policy outcomes for generations.


    We have to fight back!


    As conservatives continue to consolidate power at the state and local levels, our hopes of advancing a progressive agenda are dwindling. But we won't sit idly by and watch it happen. We're uniting progressives across the state to stand firm against Trump's extreme right-wing agenda. 

    Are you with us?

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  • pledged support 2016-09-28 15:03:23 -0400

    Legislative Call-In Day - Did You Make the Call?

    Please call Councilmember Craig Rice on Wednesday, September 28th and ask him to support bill 12-16 to raise the minimum wage to $15 by voting to pass it out of committee. 

    The number to his office is 240-777-7955. Let his staff know if you are a constituent & be sure to thank them - they work hard and are fielding a lot of our calls!

    Please see the script below.


    "Hi, my name is _______. I am a Montgomery County resident and voter.

    I am calling to let you know I support the bill for a $15 minimum wage by 2020. I hope you will support a strong bill that covers all workers--no exceptions, no exemptions--and that as a member of HHS you will take the first step by voting to pass this legislation through committee.

    Thank you for taking my call and listening to the community!"


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  • pledged support 2016-09-27 17:39:18 -0400

    Legislative Call-In Day - Did You Make the Call?

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    Please call Council Vice President Roger Berliner on Tuesday, September 27th to ask him to support bill 12-16 by voting to pass it out of committee.

    The number to his office is 240-777-7828. Let them know if you are a constituent & be sure to thank the staff with whom you speak - they work hard and are fielding a lot of our calls!

    Please see the script below.


    "Hi, my name is _______. I am a Montgomery County resident and voter.

    I am calling to let you know I support the bill for a $15 minimum wage by 2020. I hope you will support a strong bill that covers all workers--no exceptions, no exemptions--and that as a member of HHS you will take the first step by voting to pass this legislation through committee.

    Thank you for taking my call and listening to the community!"


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  • signed Hands Off Question D 2016-09-15 10:39:17 -0400

    SIGN THE PETITION BELOW!! Hands Off Question D

     

    In July of this year, the Prince George’s County Council voted to place Question D on November’s General Election ballot.   Question D would amend the County’s Charter to create two additional at-large council seats.  These at-large seats would have a two-term limit separate from the current two-term limit for district seats.   As phrased, Question D would permit current councilmembers to run for at-large seats in 2018 when their district terms expire.

    A public hearing, called at short notice in mid-summer, preceded the council vote. The vast majority of residents, many representing their civic organizations, testified loudly and clearly in opposition to Question D.  Ignoring their input, the Council voted to place Question D on the ballot.

    The Council then promptly turned around and, assisted by the Senate delegation, is attempting to twist the arms of the Democratic Central Committee to support Question D.  If the Democratic Central Committee votes to approve Question D, support for Question D will become the official position of the Democratic Party and it will be placed on the “sample ballot” that is routinely mailed and handed out to voters.

    This is not what democracy should look like. Sign the petition below to show the Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee and it's leaders that Prince Georgians want them to take no position on Question D.

    Petition by: Suchitra Balachandran, Kathy Bryant, Sarah Cavitt, Mary Forsht-Tucker, Jon Robinson, Linda Saffell,  & Barbara Sollner-Webb

    Progressive Prince George's

    78 signatures

     

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    To: The Prince George’s Democratic Party Central Committee, the Prince George’s Senate Delegation, and the Prince George’s County Council.

    Question D is the fourth attempt by elected officials to circumvent or repeal term limits in Prince George’s County. 

    Enough is Enough! 

    As residents and voters in Prince George’s County:

    • We ask the Democratic Central Committee (Central Committee) NOT to take a position on Question D and attempt to influence the ballot; 
    • We ask the sitting Senators and sitting County Council members NOT to attempt to strong-arm the Central Committee to support Question D
    • We ask all elected officials to respect the only public hearing on Question D held by the County Council at which the majority of speakers opposed Question D for some of the following reasons:
    1. Running countywide for at-large seats is expected to cost $300,000 to $400,000, making it difficult for grassroots candidates to compete against developer- and other corporate-assisted candidates.
    2. Candidates elected by special interest money will be accountable to their funders and not to the people who elect them.
    3. The two additional council members and their staff will cost the county roughly $1 million dollars annually.
    4. The addition of two at-large seats will dilute the power of the district council members who are most responsive to citizen needs.

    Should the Central Committee wish to take a position on future ballot questions, we ask the Committee to adopt a fair, transparent and well-defined process that includes a thorough study of the pros and cons of the ballot question, and a robust public participation process.

    Meanwhile, Please Do Not Take a Position on Question D 

    Let the voters decide.

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  • The Doorstep Convention Counters the Anger and Bigotry of the RNC

    The National Doorstep Convention came to Maryland last weekend as Progressive Maryland volunteers took the pulse of everyday people, their issues and concerns, as a presidential election approaches.

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  • MoCo Needs $15

    735 signatures

    FF15_Lights_at_Vigil.jpgThe Montgomery County Council is considering a bill that would raise the county minimum wage to $15/hour by 2020. Help ensure it's a strong bill that protects all workers–no exceptions, no exemptions. 

    Montgomery County is one of the most expensive regions of the country and many workers are being priced out with women and people of color being hardest hit by low wages. Montgomery County should be a place where everyone can afford to live and thrive.

    Please sign to ask the Montgomery County Council to pass a strong minimum wage bill that includes all workers. 

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  • signed StopTrump 2016-04-18 19:58:58 -0400

    Sign the petition below to say no to Donald Trump appearing at Stephen Decatur High in Maryland!

    655 signatures

    We the undersigned agree that a public school is no place for the kinds of hateful and intolerant rhetoric Donald Trump's campaign promotes. We also agree that bringing Donald Trump's divisive message to Stephen Decatur fosters an environment of danger and controversy that will disrupt the learning process. 

    Allowing Trump to use Stephen Decatur High School as a tool to broadcast his divisive message stands against the principles Stephen Decatur High School expects it's students, teachers, and staff to adhere to every day. 

    Sign our petition below to ask that Wednesday's planned rally with Donald Trump be canceled. Let's let Donald Trump take his bigoted message elsewhere. Let's show that that his message is not welcome here.

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  • published Voter Outreach - The Final Push 2016-03-31 12:22:25 -0400

    Voter Outreach - The Final Push

    On Sunday, April 3rd, our members and volunteers will be in attendance at area churches to register voters and collect voter pledges to ensure Maryland residents turn out to vote. With only a few days before the registration deadline, we need your help to reach as many potential voters as possible. Sign up below if you can help in this important effort. Become a volunteer

  • wants to volunteer 2016-03-16 15:16:38 -0400

    Call Delegate Dumais

    We are on the verge of passing a historic police reform bill in Maryland. House Bill 1016 is currently in the House Judiciary Committee where advocates are working to ensure a strong bill is sent for a vote.

    Kathleen Dumais (D-15), vice chair of the Judiciary Committee, is opposing key amendments that would eliminate special rights for police and give citizens greater transparency into the ways police departments operate. She is actively consulting with police interests before deciding how she will vote.

    It is critical that she hear from you–her constituents–about the need for police reform in Maryland. Volunteer to call her office today! 

    You can contact Delegate Kathleen Dumais at:
    (410) 841-3052
    , (301) 858-3052
    1-800-492-7122, ext. 3052 (toll free)
    Email: kathleen.dumais@house.state.md.us
    Twitter: @KathleenDumais1

    Please ask her to:
    • Eliminate special rights for police officers that prevent them from being held accountable for misconduct
    • Create greater transparency that allow citizens to know how disciplinary procedures are handled.
    Sign up below to let us know you will take action today. Become a volunteer

  • pledged support 2016-03-14 19:02:23 -0400

    Pledge to Vote in Maryland's Primary

    301 votes

    In the last primary, less than 22% of eligible Marylanders turned out to vote with an even lower rate among progressives. We can build a political movement that stands for social, economic, and racial justice but we must first begin to participate in our democracy.

    Will you pledge to vote for progressive values in the April 26th primary? Submit your pledge below! 

     

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    Progressive Maryland is a grassroots, membership-based organization which means we're accountable to the communities we serve. Your input is important and helps us better work for you.

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    Who won the First 2016 Democratic Debate?

    Take the poll and tell us who you believe won the first 2016 Democratic debate? We want to hear who Maryland progressives think did the best from the candidates that were on the stage. The poll will close Wednesday October 14th at 10PM. We'll announce the results soon after.

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