Reduce police encounters with the public by decriminalizing poverty

police_violence.pngBecause the harsh economic and social conditions in many parts of Maryland bring desperate people to seek shelter, employment and sustenance  in ways the law calls criminal, police are charged with enforcing those laws. Homelessness,  sex work, recreational drug use and typical adolescent behaviors are all unrelated to actual public safety but currently criminalized, increasing police encounters with the public and inevitably going tragically wrong in all too many cases. The remedy starts with decriminalization, write two with deep experience in this high-risk area.



 

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Newly-formed Judiciary Reform Task Force Strikes Blow Against Illegal Foreclosures in Maryland

house_symbol.pngWednesday (Dec.  2) a group of activists organized by a new Judiciary Task Force successfully halted an illegal foreclosure sale. Following a concerted effort by policy experts, a federal mortgage fraud whistleblower, and an intrepid group of interfaith leaders, Progressive Maryland was able to stop a sale scheduled for 11:30am. 



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, November 30, 2020

coronavirus_image2.jpgLots happening soon: Justice Task Force lobbying workshop TOMORROW; Giving Tuesday tomorrow as well though there's never a wrong day to support progessive impact in our state; our Member Welcome event Dec. 8, for new and seasoned powerbuilders. Plus critical Covid-19 updates, national action, chapter work, our allies' events calendarized and blogs we have posted. The PM weekly Memo does this every week; tell your friends to sign up for it here. 

 



 

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Exciting News! We were voted one of the best nonprofits in the DC region!

🎉 Exciting news: The Catalogue for Philanthropy has chosen Progressive Maryland as one of the best nonprofits in the DC region! We were selected from a competitive applicant pool by passing through a rigorous review process conducted by a team of 170+ pro bono reviewers from foundations, corporate giving programs, peer nonprofits, local government agencies, and the philanthropic advisory community. We are so honored to be part of this powerful cohort of local changemakers! 🔥

 

 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, November 23, 2020

CampaignMiscImage_1594309709.6756.pngWhat a year it has been! The president was impeached in 2020 and that may end up  way down the list of things we remember from this year. Progressive Maryland is very excited to leave 2020 behind and start looking toward next year. We have a new administration coming into the White House, a new legislative session in Annapolis, and ongoing campaigns across the state on which to focus.

The action is just starting -- catch it all in the Memo.



 

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Votes all counted, Progressive Maryland celebrates big electoral wins

voting_arrow.jpg As the final results of the Nov. 3 General Election have come in, Progressive Maryland endorsed candidates see wins across the state. We are proud to be leaders in the strategies that empower working families by electing their champions and showing that big-money campaign contributors can be beaten. Read about all of our winning candidates here.



 

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Progressive Maryland's Weekly Memo for Monday, November 16, 2020

CampaignMiscImage_1594309709.6756.pngA little shadow receding from the national scene, but Maryland is back in the grip of COVID-19 contagion and we could use better support for working families at the state and local level. The work continues; read all about it in this week's Progressive Maryland Memo.



 

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Progressive Maryland celebrates wins of endorsed candidates, ballot measures statewide

voting_arrow.jpgProgressive Maryland volunteers campaigned for progressive candidates across the state leading up to Election Day 2020, including urging smart mail-in voting during the pandemic. In Baltimore City and in the second-largest county, Prince George's city council and school board candidates endorsed by Progressive Maryland were swept to victory. Read all about it here.



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, November 9, 2020

CampaignMiscImage_1594309709.6756.pngThe efforts of activists and volunteers have given us a window to better days, an effective campaign to defeat and recover from COVID-19 and bring relief -- and improved living and working conditions -- for all people, especially those left out during the "good old days" that were good only for the privileged.

Now the task is to push that window wide open and make government work for everyone. Join Progressive Maryland, as Thanksgiving approaches, in gratitude for the narrow escape that we fought for and won, and the chance for improvements that last. If we fight for them.

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VOTE TODAY. And vote informed

voting_arrow.jpgNearly 2.3 million Marylanders have voted in early voting or by mail. If you or someone you know were not among them, today is the day to put a bow on it. Safely. Aware of scams.

Even if you are not registered you can make your voice heard today by casting a ballot. See how, and more, below.  Updated with scam warnings.



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