Civic Engagement

Public participation is the cornerstone of our democracy, but voter turnout remains low, especially in midterm and local elections. We're working to eliminate barriers to voting and create strategic partnerships to boost participation among low-propensity voters. Progressive Maryland is doing this by developing both grassroots and elected leaders with the power to advance economic, racial, gender, and environmental equity for all people in Maryland.  Since its founding in 2004, Progressive Maryland has helped win important victories, including increasing the minimum wage and gaining paid sick leave for thousands of workers; winning police reform and gender pay-gap equity legislation; making childcare and prescription drugs more affordable; and winning campaign finance reform. 

We are doing this work through our Movement Politics initiatives.  If you are interested in getting involved sign up for our October 26 training!

Progressive Maryland People’s Leadership Institute: Movement Politics Training 

In anticipation of the 2020 election cycle, Progressive Maryland is hosting a one-day Movement Politics Training on October 26, from 10 AM to 5PM at 1624 Eutaw Place, Baltimore, MD 21217

This training is for activists interested in running for office, working on a campaign, or volunteering on one. The goal is to empower people with the skills and tools needed to change the political landscape in Maryland.  In just one day, participants will learn the tools of the trade from experienced organizers and will leave with the knowledge needed to launch and win electoral campaigns. 

The training will cover:

  • How to Run a Campaign and Campaign Strategy
  • The Process and Rules of Filing to Run For Office
  • Fundraising and Budgeting
  • Field operations
  • Communications

The Movement Politics trainers will also discuss how the political system functions, why it’s currently failing Maryland voters, and what trainees can do collectively to change that in preparation for the next election cycle.

The training is $25 for participants, and FREE for a small number of training volunteers.  We highly encourage leaders from traditionally marginalized groups, including women, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ+ and low- and moderate-income residents - to register and participate in the Movement Politics Training.

To register for the October 26th Movement Politics Training, visit:

To pay the registration fee for the event, please visit the site below and type in your one-time $25 contribution fee:

To fill out the pre-training survey participants need to fill out prior to the training:

For further information about the training or our work in Baltimore, please contact Progressive Maryland Organizer, Ken Maxfield, at

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