Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, June 29, 2020

medicare_for_all_rally.jpgWe had another set of action packed days of organizing, outreach and training at Progressive Maryland last week. Our Health Care Task Force launched on Thursday and more than a hundred members across the state attended an organizer training session on Saturday. Stay tuned for more opportunities to participate in critical issue and power building campaigns during this momentous time in our country’s history.

Last week we also witnessed a progressive tide of election victories in states like New York and Kentucky.  We need to bring that tide to Maryland in 2022. If you have thought about running for office or getting involved in a grassroots election campaign please check out our People’s Leadership Institute. The application and more information about the program can be found here. It’s a great opportunity to gain more political acumen and stronger political skills.  We’re selecting our cohort now and into early next week--there’s still time to apply!



 

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Will workers -- state and otherwise -- bear the brunt of Hogan's budget cuts?

union_struggle.jpgA Hogan mouthpiece said revenue shortfalls will require “painful choices” but he didn’t say whose pain was involved. Workers can guess – and state workers won’t be the only ones penalized because Hogan will soften the blow to business interests at their expense.

One legislator told Maryland Matters, below, the state workers he has spoken with are "under no delusion that something needs to be done in the face of the deficit, but that they want a seat at the table in the negotiation process."



 

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We need health care, pure and simple. Here's what it should look like

medicare_for_all_rally.jpgThe Covid-19 pandemic clearly shows why the U.S. needs a health care system that gives every resident access to health care at every stage of life.  A system that relies primarily on employer-provided medical insurance is inadequate.  Even unemployed people need affordable health care.  This nation needs a system that offers health care for all, all the time.

Have your say about this Thursday evening June 25 at 5:30 in our statewide call to create a Health Care Task Force. Please join us for a timely conversation about health and racial justice.   RSVP for the virtual meeting here.  



 

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July 25 end of fed eviction moratorium could bring catastrophe for low-income renters

affordable_housing_art.jpgFederal protection against evictions ends July 25 and Maryland judges say they will processs evictions after that. The governor is being pushed to strengthen protections for low-income renters and mortgage-holders, and municipalities have the power to control rental policy, as this report in Maryland Matters details. Will renters work together to get relief? Watch our statewide call on the pandemic's impact on the long-term housing crisis in Maryland, with testimony for advocates and activists.



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, June 22, 2020

black_lives_matter.jpgProgressive Maryland continues its work to humanize the state response and demand that working families don’t get sacrificed to the needs of the ownership class—or to “justice” gone bad.

We are fighting for transformational change in policing, for decarceration, for better state government response to the needs of the state’s over 20 percent unemployed, and for relief for the many who can’t afford to meet rent or mortgage payments to the few. Plus complete details on our huge Justice Task Force launch call last Thursday, reports from our increasingly active chapters around the state, and our recent blog posts. And see late-breaking updates on preserving our victory in the Fight for $15 and our Health Care Task Force meeting Thursday, June 25. Read on in the Memo.



 

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Join the conversation about our Justice Task Force launch

Last Thursday's amazing turnout for the launch of our Justice Task Force (see it all here) brought 400-plus participants on virtual media to engage with justice activists including Gabe Acevero, a member of the House of Delegates, and Maurice Mitchell of the Movement for Black Lives and the Working Families Party outline the paths to racial justice and policing for the people. And it was a conversation. See what the participants had to say on the chat panel in the virtual event -- it was anything but a passive audience. Check it all out here.



 

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Tonight! Statewide call on the intersection of antiracism and social justice

49957171117_101ce14ec9_b.jpgIn our statewide virtual town hall TONIGHT, we will share our strategy to achieve our goals of addressing the crisis of structural racism and policing and demanding justice for our Black communities in Maryland. 

If you have not done so already, click here to RSVP and join the conversation. from 5:30- 7 PM, virtually hosted by Progressive Maryland/Marylanders United.

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Addressing the Crisis of Policing and Structural Racism in Maryland

police_violence.pngProgressive Maryland this week issued a statement against police brutality in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests around the state, around the country, and now around the world.

They are supporting a set of principles by the Movement for Black Lives, tailored to address the issues of policing and systemic racism in Maryland.



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, June 15, 2020

maryland_rainbow.jpgAs the state begins its patchy and sometimes risky emergence from stay-home orders and business shutdowns, Progressive Maryland continues its work to humanize the state response and demand that working families don’t get sacrificed to the needs of the ownership class—or to “justice” gone bad.

We are fighting for transformational change in policing, for decarceration, for better state government response to the needs of the state’s over 20 percent unemployed, and for relief for the many who can’t afford to meet rent or mortgage payments to the few. Plus reports from our increasingly active chapters around the state, and our recent blog posts. Read on in the Memo. Note correction to Prince George's Chapter meeting; email Memo is in error.



 

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Hogan's failure on unemployment payments blasted by workers, lawmakers

coronavirus_image.jpgGov. Larry Hogan is getting plenty of flak on the many areas where his administration has failed to meet the challenge of the COVID-19 virus in Maryland.

Both out-of-work Marylanders and their representatives in Congress are bringing the heat on Hogan’s lagging Labor Department and slow or no unemployment compensation payments.

Wednesday June 17 Maryland workers will unite in protest against the state's broken unemployment system.



 

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