Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, December 16, 2019

pm_folks_with_banner.jpgIt's a wind-down and reflective time of year. Not much going on. Except, well, impeachment, trial and removal from office. But we know you were already paying attention...



 

 

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Is it time to nationalize Facebook, a social media public utility?

boy_reporter.jpgUse Facebook? Yup, we do too. It's a natural monopoly and a public utility, privately controlled by a young(ish) know-it-all and claimed idealist who looks more and more like a typical profits-first corporate greedhead.

As progressive radio host Thom Hartmann outlines here, it's probably time to take this public utility into public ownership or control.



 

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Trump administration's trifecta of rollbacks could cut 80K Marylanders from food stamps

movement_politics_sig.pngThe Trump Agriculture Department is rolling out a trifecta of badness that could “take food off the table of struggling families” in Maryland and nationwide, as StatesNewsroom’s Robin Bravender reports.

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, December 9, 2019

movement_politics_sig.pngThis week: links to our recent blogs – on business leaders seeing their self-interest in full funding of the Kirwan school improvement program, how militarism roadblocks health care improvement, and a roundup of our coverage on the funding of the Kirwan school improvement plan, a battle coming up in the General Assembly next month. Plus more battles on criminal justice reform and Medicare for All, news and events from PM’s chapters, and events from our progressive allies.

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Some business leaders wise up, back full-bore Kirwan plan

action_for_ed.jpgDespite Gov. Hogan's alarmism about taxes, some business leaders have taken a look at the costs and benefits of the Kirwan Commission school improvement plan and see a win-win in pushing it all the way, no half measures. A business-commissioned report has the details, as Maryland Matters recounts here.

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Medicare For All Or Endless War? It’s Our Choice

bomb_on_earth3.jpgHow do we afford Medicare for All? We have to buckle up and recognize that war profiteers endanger our safety AND cost the US taxpayer massive amounts that can be redirected to human needs, including the one that most voters rank first -- fixing the broken health care system.

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A "Justice" component still needed in PG criminal injustice system

cuffed_individual.jpgPrince George's County, with lack of police conduct accountability and near-nonexistent assistance for returning citizens, is in serious need of reform on those and other fronts.



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, December 2, 2019

PM_Logo.pngThis week: links to our recent blogs – on how activists are chipping away at the entrenched profit-before-people health care system, and a roundup of our coverage on the funding of the Kirwan school improvement plan, a battle coming up in the General Assembly next month. Plus PM’s one-day power-building training Dec. 7, more battles on school improvement and Medicare for All, news and events from PM’s chapters, and events from our progressive allies.



 

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How we can take on powerful interests to win Medicare for All

healthcare_not_wealthcare.jpgActivists are dismantling, piece by piece, the decades-old resistance of traditional capitalist medicine to pro-people, pro-family changes in the health care system. As Connie Huynh of People's Action points out, “The AMA’s decision to leave the [anti-single payer) PAHCF didn’t happen on its own, or overnight. Rather, it was the product of organizing.”



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, November 25, 2019

In the Memo this week: links to our recent blogs – Kirwan finale and next steps, as well as SCOTUS DACA hearings and vigilance against the chipping away of working families’ gains. Plus PM’s one-day power-building training Dec. 7, battles on school improvement and Medicare for All, news and events from PM’s chapters, and events from our progressive allies.

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