White supremacy's role in mass incarceration

ben_jealous_hustings.jpgJoin Progressive Maryland and 2018 Gubernatorial nominee Ben Jealous on Saturday, September 7 in Prince George's for an organizing conversation on the issues in our criminal justice system, mass incarceration and the current realities of structural racism in our legal system.



 

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Del. Stephanie Smith: Your voice is valuable

stephanie_smith_del_campaign.jpgProgressive Maryland campaigned hard for new Del. Stephanie Smith of Baltimore City, and here she talks with Progressive Breakfast about the importance of co-governing -- the work that community activists must do between elections and between legislative sessions to build the kind of power that will pay off in better, more responsive public officials and better community co-governing with them, day by day.



 

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Maryland needs multimember PROPORTIONAL legislative districts, not single member

ballot_box.jpgThis Maryland Matters opinion article by a self-described “independent policy wonk,” John Moser, argues that using a different system of voting than the winner-take-all arrangement we use now to elect legislators in Maryland would be more democratic than ending the multi-member district for delegates, as proposed earlier including on this PM BlogSpace.

 



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, August 5, 2019

pm_folks_with_banner.jpgBuilding power happens everywhere and all the time. As folks living in this US, we have to fight to see people-killing armaments kept in military hands and lethal weapons in general made harder to get unless they come with accountability and responsibility pre-required. The tragedies in El Paso and Dayton are only the most recent events to underscore this.

We are, in Maryland, lucky that we have space to fight for these things and to build power with different forms of risk – but we have to press our case on progressive change across the board as firmly as possible, at the polls and in the streets, because the business-as-usual establishment won’t respond to politics as usual.



 

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What "Abolish ICE" really means

cuffed_individual.jpgWhile the deliberate noise from the White House fills the infospace, the threat to immigrant families in the US remains despite the few actual results from Trump’s claimed sweep. Here is a personal account of why “Abolish ICE” is hardly a radical demand, given the abuses itemized by Cummings and many others.

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PG Civic Academy tomorrow charts course for school and community improvements

slate_for_school.jpgTomorrow’s Prince George’s Civic Academy tackles the challenge and promise of community schools in the Kirwan proposals. Keeping those proposals fresh and defending them against the business-as-usual impulses of political leadership has to happen at the community level.



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, July 29, 2019

pm_folks_with_banner.jpgBuilding power with Medicare for All (hellooo, Steny!) and strengthening our schools in the Kirwan framework of community schools. Read all about it, and more, in the Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo.



 

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Medicare for All Town Hall Aug. 17 challenges Hoyer to engage

Hchr.jpgSaturday, August 17 Medicare For All Town Hall -- An Open Invitation For Majority Leader Steny Hoyer To Discuss The Healthcare Of His Constituents Within District 5, As Well As That Of Every American!
2 PM – 4 PM Mt. Ennon Baptist Church 9832 Piscataway Rd., Clinton, MD



 

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Rep. Cummings's committee takes on drug prices in hearing tomorrow

healthcare_not_wealthcare.jpgTOMORROW an important congressional hearing: The Patient Perspective: The Devastating Impacts of Skyrocketing Drug Prices on American Families Friday, July 26, 2019 - 9:30 AM 2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515 At 9 PM a news conference from the activist coalition includes Carrie McBane (see her story below).

Our Dist. 7 (MD) Congressman Elijah Cummings’s oversight committee takes on the cost of essential medicines that is crushing working families in the US.



 

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Single member districts in MD will help end the incumbent protection system

us_money.jpgMaryland's multi-member state legislative districts -- being discarded by other states -- serve to protect incumbents and keep the grip of neoliberal Democrats on the General Assembly, where big money and big business rule the roost and working families get the leavings. Our activist ally Rich Elliott outlines why single-member districts will bring more democracy to Maryland in this guest commentary from Maryland Matters.



 

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