We want to share that our beloved Returning Citizens Taskforce Organizer, Kurt Stand, is retiring this week. Kurt has been a pillar of our organization, dedicating his time and energy to advocating for the rights and dignity of returning citizens. We extend our deepest thanks and heartfelt wishes for a happy retirement to Kurt.

Throughout his tenure with us, Kurt has brought passion and dedication to his work, drawing from a diverse background that includes roles as varied as bookseller, longshoreman, and documentary film researcher. His commitment to peace, social justice, and organized labor has been unwavering, shaped by his own experiences as a returning citizen who spent 15 years in federal prison.

Advocating Against Mass Incarceration: Kurt's Legacy

Kurt's tireless advocacy against mass incarceration has been instrumental in raising awareness about the devastating impact it has on individuals, families, and communities. As Progressive Maryland's Reentry Campaign Lead, he has worked tirelessly to promote dignity and opportunity for those reentering society after incarceration.

His work has not only brought attention to the flaws within the criminal justice system but has also sparked meaningful change and provided support to those most affected by its injustices. Kurt's dedication and passion have left an indelible mark on our organization and the communities we serve.

As Kurt embarks on this new chapter in his life, we reflect with gratitude on the monumental contributions he has made to our cause. Thank you, Kurt, for your unwavering commitment and tireless efforts to create a more just and equitable society for all. We wish you nothing but the best in your well-deserved retirement.

Kurt will continue to be a member of PM and volunteer with the Returning Citizens Taskforce.