Decarcerate! -- it's how to save lives in our crowded and ill-managed Maryland prisons

cuffed_individual.jpgFind out how many prisoners are still endangered by COVID-19 and lax health policies in Maryland's prisons.

Progressive Maryland/Marylanders United explore the legislative aspects and concerns with a Prince George's delegate, examine the relationship with the long-standing opoid addiction that has plagued the state for years and hear from advocates across the state -- including some with relatives in the system -- about how far short the prison system is falling in protecting inmates and employees. Follow this link to catch up on yesterday's (Thursday, May 14) weekly statewide meeting: and plan to join us next Thursday for our next statewide meeting, a discussion of health care organizing in the urgent context of the COVID-19 emergency. Register here.


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COVID-19 brings critical danger to Maryland's incarcerated persons -- take action!

rusty_lock.jpgThe danger the COVID-19 virus brings to those trapped in Maryland’s prisons is acute.

Please join our Marylanders United community later today as we gather again to talk about our statewide COVID-19 response work. The focus this afternoon at 5:30 is on our incarcerated population and what is being done --  and what more can be done to reduce the number of folks being detained in order to stop the spread of COVID19.

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, May 11, 2020

apocalypse.jpgThis week’s Progressive Maryland/Marylanders United statewide virtual planning meeting will be on the topic of criminal justice, incarceration and decarceration in – and after – the COVID-19 emergency. It will be set for 5:30-7 PM Thursday. Register and sign up here to join us. And read about our meeting last Thursday focused on the statewide housing emergency and steps to take control of it.

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Severe housing emergency during lockdown demands state action

house_symbol.pngProgressive Maryland/Marylanders United, two sibling groups developing mutual aid networks and advocating state and local policy actions to meet the needs of working families during the coronavirus pandemic, held their fourth statewide virtual meeting Thursday, May 7.

Topping the agenda was an increasingly acute set of housing issues. Hear from Del. Jheanelle Wilkins and housing activists on what actions we demand, and see 50 Delegates' letter to the governor.



 

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Today: Marylanders United Statewide Weekly Planning Meeting

apocalypse.jpgTHIS AFTERNOON: Marylanders United Virtual Organizing Meeting –

Thursday, May 7 5:30-7:00PM --

Join us in our multi-issue campaign to emerge from this health emergency better, with more justice and equity.

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Why is MoCo’s boundary study important? One student’s experience

slate_for_school.jpg"I love my high school and believe that I am getting a high-quality education. I wonder if more diverse demographics in my school would lead to less hate and intolerance. I wonder if we could have more courageous conversations. ... I have come to realize the idea that zip code shouldn’t determine the quality of education you get!"

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, May 4, 2020

coronavirus_image2.jpgIN THIS ISSUE OF THE MEMO: Find out more about Progressive Maryland’s work during the pandemic... AND GET INVOLVED.

RESOURCE BANK: Get familiar with Marylanders United: a COVID-19 action center we created to serve our communities and help you take action during this crisis. Check it out to view a comprehensive list of useful resources and learn about what you can do to volunteer. https://marylandersunited.org

PARTICIPATE IN VIRTUAL ORGANIZING WITH US!



 

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Wars and military spending harm the people

sidewalk_peace_sign.jpgAmong our allies in the effort to humanize our system and put resources where people need them is Prevent Nuclear War Maryland and its campaign to move "Back from the Brink" of nuclear exchange risks. Three activists outline the campaign and the huge costs of militarism that drain public resources from people's needs.



 

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Marylanders United Statewide Call TODAY, 5:30 PM -- be there!

apocalypse.jpgOn our third weekly COVID response call this afternoon (5:30 to 7 PM), we will review changes to the voting system for the upcoming elections. We’ll also discuss our mutual aid efforts and how you can get involved in or start one of our local COVID response groups in your area. Progressive Maryland is working to assist those in need and to push for public policies and responses that will aid our state and local governments along with our communities. Since it’s an important election year, we are also educating and mobilizing voters in order to help advance local progressive candidates and policies. Join Marylanders United across the state TODAY.

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Turning danger into an avenue for change -- a People's Action video

supply_chain_hurtin.jpgThe health emergency we are in, and the economic collapse it has brought, have left many of us in disarray. That makes this time doubly dangerous, because those well off enough to be in less disarray may be ready to take advantage. This video, in plain language, shows how to fight back.

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