Maryland still has work to do on criminal justice reform

state_house_image_wikimedia_commons.jpgReplacing the dysfunctional Baltimore City jail with a therapeutic facility is a good step, but there is still a lot of work to be done to promote dignity and justice for all Maryland residents, as a Diamondback opinion columnist outlines here.



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, October 21, 2019

PM_Logo.pngA full week of progressive action: Important Anne Arundel council hearing today (Monday Oct. 21) with health implications; a vigil Friday, Oct. 25 for another police killing victim in Prince George’s, and PM’s People's Leadership Institute: Movement Politics Training Saturday Oct. 26 in Baltimore -- plus four town halls around the state on school improvement prospects in your community. All that this week. Read on.

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A passing, and a tool to shape the future

 

 

Past and future – one story came to an end yesterday, a story of great achievement that nevertheless ends, as it must, in grieving.

PM_Logo.pngThe larger history, for better and worse, goes on.

We have news and views on both.



 

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Elijah Cummings: Champion and dear friend

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This morning all of Maryland is mourning the loss of our champion and dear friend Rep. Elijah Cummings. Congressman Cummings was an amazing visionary leader who spoke truth to power and fought for the powerless. The City of Baltimore, our state, and country were truly blessed to have him. Our condolences to all his friends, family, and loved ones.



 

 

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Offshore wind is the wave of the Eastern Shore's economic future

ecoblast_cropped.jpgAt a recent statewide Sierra Club conference, speakers sounded the alarm that Maryland, once a pioneer in developing renewable offshore wind power, was being overtaken by New Jersey and Massachusetts while our political establishment dragged their feet. Eastern Shore activists and officials recently tried to move the needle on the project by addressing one of its chief opponents.



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Tuesday, October 15, 2019

 

PM_Logo.pngIn our latest blogs: two on school improvement, one on improved election access and one on criminal justice reform efforts Plus: the inside game of unelected Assembly members; campaigns on the move (Medicare for All, school improvement; hazardous cell transmitters); events in our chapters; calendar of events from our progressive allies; and more.



 

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Kirwan funding group meets tomorrow; recommendation expected this week

us_money.jpgPolls show Marylanders recognize the need to improve the state’s K-12 schools and understand it will cost more, because many of our county systems are chronically underfunded. A working group of the Kirwan commission that has put together school improvement plans, as this Maryland Matters article outlines, is coming down to crunch time on the costs – particularly to local governments. So it’s freak-out time for certain tax-averse county councils that are dominated by business interests rather than the needs of working families. Marylanders who know the stakes here will need to organize and tell those councils that they can bite the bullet and fund real school improvement. Or the elected officials can expect strong and increasingly well-organized grassroots efforts to return them to private life.



 

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Assembly group aims to improve police transparency

police_violence.pngLifting the long-imposed veil over law enforcement misconduct, frequently covered up with the help of outmoded law shielding officers and departments from investigation, is critical but surrounded by barriers. As this Maryland Matters account shows, conscientious Maryland lawmakers are struggling again this year to chip away at the Blue Wall and bring justice to those who suffer police misconduct, sometimes including killings of the innocent.

Your legislators need to hear from you that they should join this struggle instead of looking the other way.



 

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State Board will consider additional early voting site in Montgomery, but not Baltimore

ballot_box.jpgActivists nudge the state’s elections bureaucracy to increase the opportunities for early voting in the 2020 primary and general elections – a proven arrangement for increasing participation, especially among disadvantaged blocs of voters. More sites in low-income areas can overcome “transportation obstacles faced in an area with lower vehicle ownership and inadequate public transportation – especially on the weekends.” Montgomery may win, but Baltimore loses, as this account from Maryland Matters outlines.

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How the community school approach leverages all local improvement efforts

slate_for_school.jpgInformational town halls on school funding improvements are under way around the state, with one in Prince George's County's Laurel High School set for tomorrow night (Thursday, Oct. 10). Only a coordinated and fully-funded approach can lift schools and communities together.



 

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