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PM BlogSpace Weekly Memo: union struggles, Walmart greed

Events of the week include the Prince George's Planning Board steamrolled by Walmart greed and Giant's principal union, UFCW Local 400, fights the effects of a faraway merger of the grocery's European corporate owners. Continue reading

The Planet and Prince George's: Climate Change and Justice, Macro and Micro

Two meetings in Prince George's on climate change and environmental justice show the different scales and concerns that center on the planet's future. Continue reading

Prince George's Plan Board OKs Walmart expansion despite community outcry

Expansion of the Capital Plaza Walmart store was protested by community members and officials, but the Prince George's Planning Board approved the proposal, claiming its hands were tied. An appeal to the District Council is planned. Continue reading

Happening Now -- Planning Board considers Walmart expansion at Capital Plaza in Prince George's

The Prince George's Planning Board, a pushover for developers, is RIGHT NOW considering Walmart's bid to expand its Capital Plaza megastore to dominate the site and preclude better options for the community and county. Opponents are attending the hearing to make their voices heard -- join them. Continue reading

PM BlogSpace Monday Memo: Planning Board hearing on Walmart and other matters

The week ahead for Progressive Marylanders includes the Prince George's County Planning Board hearing on the community-wasting Capital Plaza Walmart expansion, plus Verizon strike support and the past week's blog posts in review. Continue reading

Prince George's (and Hyattsville) show urbanist progress

The newer development in the Hyattsville-College Park corridor shows how urbanism can be done right, argues a guest blogger from the Hyattsville Wire blog site. Ryan Teague Beckwith says evidence on the ground shows how Prince George's County's urbanist future has promise. Continue reading

PM BlogSpace Review: Our blog posts since mid-February, indexed and linked

Here is a list of the posts -- covering Progressive Maryland's priorities, the Assembly session and the Primary election -- that appeared in the PM BlogSpace since our last index was published in mid-February. You can find summaries and links in this file. Continue reading

Monday Memo: Vote! Progressive Maryland's get-out-the-vote efforts

With the primary election tomorrow, April 26, Progressive Maryland and allies are pulling out all the stops to get voter turnout. Activists can help, and striking CWA workers are helping now. Continue reading

Trump talk: E. Shore students rally against hate speech in their school

Hatemonger Donald Trump's visit to Worcester County on the Eastern Shore did not go uncontested. Students and community members rallied to protest his appearance at Stephen Decatur Middle School, and one of those students has the story for us. Continue reading

Cheverly residents, neighbors say "No" to Walmart expansion as May 5 hearing nears

Walmart has broken every promise it made a decade ago about jobs and neighborhood compatibility to get its Capital Plaza location approved. The megacompany’s further bid to turn its store there into a 24-hour “Supercenter” has brought local residents and activists together to demand better, pointing toward a critical county Planning Board meeting May 5. Progressive Maryland and Progressive Cheverly member Kurt Stand explains. Continue reading