Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, July 22, 2019

pm_folks_with_banner.jpgWe progressives have a more nuanced agenda today than the July 14 storming of the Bastille in Paris 1789 but the principles are the same: knocking down the barriers to the full lives all of us deserve. Join us in our issue campaigns, where we build power and hold our local officials accountable -- or replace them.

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, July 15, 2019

tricolour_sash.jpgWe have our Fourth of July to mark our 1776 Declaration of Independence and the French, just thirteen years and ten days later, had theirs. Bastille Day has come and gone, the day (July 14) that marks the beginning of the French Revolution of 1789 and the emergence of working people as a force in history, no turning back. That was the kick-start; join us in the continuing work of making change and building power.

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Teachers across Maryland flexing their political muscle

Why are Maryland teachers fighting for the improvements promised in the Kirwan Commission proposals (and in the unkept promises of the Thornton plan before that)? Maybe because “ A 2018 study on ‘Understanding Teacher Shortages’ … found that Maryland teachers ranked 48th out of 50 states for teacher working conditions, … and … scored especially low on classroom autonomy and administrative support.” It starts in the classroom, the reason Progressive Maryland is engaged with teachers in the Alliance to Reclaim our Schools (AROS) in Prince George’s, Montgomery and other counties around the state. This Maryland Matters article by Lisa Nevans Locke outlines the path to activism for many of the state’s teachers.



 

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Hogan stonewalling on spending riles critics across the spectrum

hogan_in_shades.jpgWithout the need to bamboozle the electorate with nice-guy poses, Maryland’s Guv is sounding more Trump-like every day. His latest move -- withholding needed funds with an "unprecedented level of hypocrisy" -- fits the emerging pattern.



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, July 8, 2019

moco_ed_event_july_9.pngAt Progressive Maryland (and with our progressive allies) we work for environmental justice, reform of the criminal justice/policing system and cutting the school-to-prison pipeline, fair elections that loosen the grip of big money on our politics, and reform of the systems that keep our families trapped in poverty in the midst of wealth. Read more about our issues -- and how you can be a part of change and building power -- in the Memo, every week.



 

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State faces $27B cost of mitigating climate change over next two decades

kent_narrows_e_shore.jpgThe $27 billion-plus Maryland faces in climate change defense over two decades puts the state at No. 5 when it comes to states facing massive expenditures to prepare for sea level rise, behind only Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina and Virginia. That would be half the state’s current annual budget. And almost 3,000 miles of seawalls.



 

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Prince George's asked to fund a returning citizens' assistance group

rusty_lock.jpgPrince George's advocate for returning citizens Kurt Stand describes testifying at a budget hearing about the need for the county to allocate funds for reentry services, specifically, to reestablish, this time with funding, a reentry advisory council that had passed as a county resolution in 2013. The advisory council never got off the ground because it was never funded in the county's budget and advocates asked that that, um, oversight be corrected.



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, July 1, 2019

moco_ed_event_july_9.pngIt's the Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo, with upcoming events, actions taken and the permanent agenda of social justice in our state at all the points of the compass.  At Progressive Maryland (and with our progressive allies) we work for environmental justice, reform of the criminal justice/policing system and cutting the school-to-prison pipeline, fair elections that loosen the grip of big money on our politics, and reform of the systems that keep our families trapped in poverty in the midst of wealth. Read more about our issues -- and how you can be a part of change and building power -- in the Memo, every week. Get it here.



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, June 24, 2019

pm_folks_with_banner.jpgIt's the Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo, with upcoming events, actions taken and the permanent agenda of social justice in our state at all the points of the compass.  At Progressive Maryland (and with our progressive allies) we work for change and building power, and progressive activism around the Free State, both Progressive Maryland’s action and those of our allied organizations and individuals, are in the Weekly Memo early every week. It’s a clearinghouse for folks who are building power together; and you can be in that environment of collective action. You can get the Weekly Memo by email; just sign up here.



 

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Maryland's loopholes on vaccination put its children at risk

measles_vacc2.jpgThe Maryland State Code allows parents to refuse to immunize their children by claiming a conflict with their religious beliefs. Such exemptions, Mathew Goldstein writes, place innocent children who are denied vaccinations at risk of suffering serious, long term, health impairments. And the Centers for Disease Control has noted "almost twice as many children are exempted from vaccination in Maryland for religious beliefs than for medical reasons." The state needs to revisit its exemptions policies, for its children's safety.



 

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