Both sides of the Atlantic, different systems but same people's needs being expressed
The UK parliamentary system and its elections seem bizarre to us sometimes. But the comeback of Labour fueled by voters' totally having had it with austerity and with the rule of the banker-backed privileged class rings true to us. As PM blogger Dylan Shelton shows, it echoes the Sanders campaign and lets us know that working peoples' demands cannot be safely ignored by even the most secure-feeling politicians.Read more
Howard's voter-passed fair elections measure is definitely atop HoCo's "collective priorities"
The core of HoCo County Executive Kittleman's argument for a veto is that public financing of elections allows your tax dollars to be used in support of candidates you don't personally support. This is a weak, erroneous, and misleading argument in a number of ways, as Progressive HoCo activist Dave Bazell makes clear. For one thing, it was passed by voters. How much more evidence of a "collective priority" does he need?Read more
Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for June 12-17
Progressive Maryland staffers and activists have returned pretty stoked from the People’s Summit in Chicago this past weekend, where progressives from around the country strategized for victory in the age of Trump. A comprehensive blueprint for progressive change will emerge organically from that event as folks go home and apply those lessons to local issues and conditions.
How will we shape that agenda for Maryland? Our own “blueprint” for change is going to be laid out at a Montgomery County social-political event this Saturday, and there’s still a place there for you and your fellow activists. It will be detailed and focus on the issues we care about and the political figures who are, or are not, on our side. See the event listing below.Read more
Progressives’ winter of discontent: still refining the strategy
For progressive activists, Rob Quist's loss in Montana's special congressional election is particularly troubling, in Hal Ginsberg's analysis. Quist followed the script that we on the left edge of the Democratic Party have been writing. He held rallies with Bernie Sanders. He supports Medicare-for-all. The Tax Reform section of his website touches all the economic populist bases. ... Democrats can only return to power, we insist, when they propose credible solutions to the privation caused by globalism and income and wealth stratification. Quist’s loss suggests that, in much of the country at least, this strategy may not bear immediate fruit.Read more
Voters are Fired Up for Single Payer Creating Dilemma for Democrats
As Maryland health care activist Dr. Margaret Flowers points out, "Polls have consistently shown that super-majorities of Democratic Party voters want single payer, but Democratic Party candidates keep telling them that they can’t have it." Centrist-dominated regular Democrats are going to have to change their stance if they are going to get needed traction for success in the 2018 election.Read more
Paris is next door: Cheverly activists react to Trump's rejection of UN climate pact
Progressive Cheverly issues statement in response to the U.S. pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement: "It is a strike against every American, against every person on this planet, against the future of human life as we know it."Read more
Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for June 5-11
Several important events happening TONIGHT (June 5) below; a meeting and action participation in Anne Arundel County and a County Council hearing and vote on Fair Elections Howard County, the public financing program voted in by the county’s voters.
ots more progressive things to do all over the state in our growing array of county chapters from Frederick to Easton; events from our allies; and the past week's blogs.Read more
Pushback against Trump’s Paris Accord exit now rooted in states, cities, institutions
Trump's announced exit from the Paris climate accord has sparked a huge pushback from important sectors in addition to progressive organizations. States, cities and institutions like universities -- and some big corporations -- are saying they will continue to meet the carbon-reduction standards and, collectively, seek to represent the US in the Paris Accord after Trumplandia's abdication.Read more
We Need to Disrupt the Energy System to Help Fight Poverty Now
Poverty in Maryland, and ways to remedy it, are closely associated with a top-down, undemocratic energy system that often perpetuates inequality. The CEO of a local alternative energy effort outlines the depth of the problem, and some solutions that increase the public's role in its own empowerment.Read more
Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for May 29-June 3
A discouraging week because of Hogan's veto of the Healthy Working Families Act, but quite encouraging when we consider the healthy pushback against his slippery veto-plus. Follow the week in our linked blog posts, below, plus news and events for our growing chapters around the state.Read more