Protect consumers against Trump administration rollbacks of loan regulations

payday_loans.jpgThe Trump administration is pushing a plan to remove consumer protections against predatory payday lending. You can push back and keep discriminatory, predatory lending out of our communities. Public comments on this pro-bank, pro-corporate and anti-working families rollback are open here. Read on and find out how to fight back.



 

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Tell your Assembly members -- override the veto of the $15 minimum wage

GOV. LARRY HOGAN HAS VETOED THE $15 MINIMUM WAGE BILL that was passed last week by the Maryland General Assembly. Maryland’s hard-working families need this bill. Contact your legislators before the vote to override, which will probably be tomorrow. Let them know that this hard-fought Fight_for_15_lights.pngbill deserves passage this year.

And sign our petition to make sure the public as well as legislators understand the importance of this new timetable for making sure the state minimum wage keeps up with the cost of leaving – instead of leaving the state’s working people behind, as the governor’s veto would do.



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Port Towns victory shows progressive activism works

pg_cab.jpgGrassroots action works. It takes perseverance and patience, but it works.

 Activists and allies in the Port Towns surrounding historic Bladensburg, on the Anacostia in Prince George’s County, have fought for almost two years against a proposed “concrete batching plant” endangering residential areas and community health. They won. See how they did it here.



 

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Progressive leadership on Lower Shore has shown what works

pm_folks_with_banner.jpgProgressive leadership and a commitment to the public good works everywhere in Maryland -- from urban centers to the Lower Shore. Progressive Maryland activist Jared Schablein, in an op-ed in Maryland Matters, shows how this has happened in Salisbury.



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, March 25, 2019

bernie_jumaane_image.pngSine die approaches but progressive power-building never sleeps. Check out our online resources and lots right here on the Weekly Memo, including pushback against 5G radiation in our communities and the growth of progressive sentiment on the Lower Shore.

First, check out our Late Breaking IN-vite to the People's Wave.



 

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$15 minimum wage bill on the way to Hogan's desk

Fight_for_15_lights.pngThe Maryland General Assembly has passed a bill that puts Maryland on a path to reach a $15-per-hour minimum wage by 2025.

Progressive forces didn’t get everything we wanted in this bill, as Larry Stafford, Progressive Maryland’s executive director, points out. But the state's progressive forces got major traction this year, always building power.



 

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"Restorative justice" strategies keep kids on track to graduate

Bills in the Maryland Legislature in this session would make important changes in the ways our schools are managed from the classroom to the principal’s office.

maryland_state_house.jpgUnder the general heading of “Restorative Justice” these bills would help improve classroom climates to benefit teachers and students – and, ultimately, parents and families. Using these strategies, students are more likely to stay in school, graduate, and stay out of the criminal justice system.



 

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We need $15 by 2025!

The Senate has the already-damaged bill to raise the Maryland minimum wage to $15 an hour on its plate and is planning to vote PM_Logo.pngon extending the timeline for “small businesses” to 2028, slowing the rate of increase. They think they are protecting Maryland’s small employers. However…

A longer timeline is Bad for Business. Find out why here>



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, March 18, 2019

ff15.jpgTODAY IS Crossover Monday, March 18. The push is on today in Annapolis to move bills out of committee or to pass bills on the floor to improve their chances of getting considered by the full Assembly this year.

A top issue, the Fight for $15 as a minimum wage statewide, is still in play and the damage done by the two "money committees" to the bill must be reconciled before passage. You can be heard; see our Memo for details.



 

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College scam is not an oddity -- it's woven into an unjust economic system

The scam run to get undistinguished rich kids into elite colleges is not unique -- it's the logical criminal outcome of the unjust system that labor leader Leo Gerard outlines here. In this Progressive Breakfast analysis we see that working people are hemmed in on many fronts by the economic advantages enjoyed by the wealthy that keep the rich -- and their children -- on top of the economic ladder. That system must be unwound.



 

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