Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Tuesday, May 28, 2019

MovementPoliticsTeambannermay2018.jpgSummer begins but our issues are no less urgent. Read about Gov. Larry's trickle of vetoes, a petition to stop private police forces, and news of our activities and those of our progressive allies.



 

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People's Wave next steps -- a plan for building power and winning

people's_action_logo.pngWhether you attended the People’s Wave (April 28-30), watched some or all on livestream or learned about it after the fact, it set a substantive agenda for progressive political action in the 2020 election cycle and beyond. And it's all at your fingertips right here.



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, May 20, 2019

Summer begins this coming weekend (time for outside activism and agitation!) and the recent legislative Session fades into memory – but our issues are still on the front burner. Get the picture here in the Memo.

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One more day to stop the Payday Lending Debt Trap

payday_loans.jpgWe’ve come too far to let payday loan sharks win now. We need YOU to beat back Trump’s attack on rules to #StopTheDebtTrap.



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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, May 13, 2019

MovementPoliticsTeambannermay2018.jpgAction items for the week: Push back against Trump-style attacks on working families; oppose predatory payday lending <> Act now to join our MOVEMENT POLITICS Training on Saturday, May 18 in Baltimore; learn how to build power in electoral politics from the ground up.



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Time running out to stop CFPB from dropping regs on financial predators

payday_loans.jpgThe Trump wrecking ball may hit vital consumer financial protections unless we tell them no. Comments on a rollback of regulations on payday lending must be made within five days. PM makes it easy here; read on.



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Prince George's Council pushes back on Hogan Beltway toll lane plan

traffic_congestion.jpegThe Prince George's Council joins MoCo's executive in urging a go-slow approach to the environmental and social cost of Hogan's galloping road show. Activists see the "public-private partnership" as a boondoggle for GOP-connected consultants that will eventually have to be bailed out by state taxpayers. A Maryland Matters article has details.



 

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Prince George's teachers face struggle against local, state and national trends

slate_for_school.jpgPrince George's County teachers observe teacher "Un-Appreciation Day" today with a protest against the cascade of local, state and national obstacles to equity, teacher retention and restorative programs in school systems in historically African-American communities. And veteran Prince George's teacher and union activist Yvonne N. Baicich reminds us of the everyday challenges in the classroom, where all these trends converge.



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, May 6, 2019

md-legislative-session.jpgProgressive activists made the Assembly's Democratic Caucus think twice or even three times about cavorting with the GOP minority to choose a new Speaker of the House of Delegates. Read more about how progressives outside the Assembly put some spine in the ones on the inside.



 

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Winners and losers in the Wednesday Speaker vote

MD_state_house.jpgIn this hard-nosed and broad-scale account, Josh Kurtz of Maryland Matters outlines the new power map after Adrienne Jones became the compromise House Speaker on Wednesday. Progressive forces made themselves heard when the consequences of collaborating with the minority GOP were on the table. But doing the math over Kurtz's shoulder, we need to take a lesson and an incentive from his observation: "progressives regularly overestimate their overall political strength in Maryland, which isn’t nearly as progressive as they are." We'll keep making the state more progressive, because we can.

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