New Lead Organizer in Baltimore City brings experience, passion to the task

As Maryland progressives gear up for the 2020 election cycle and the 2020 General Assembly session, strategy and personnel mesh. We introduce here Progressive Maryland's new Baltimore City Lead Organizer kenyarn_hed_shot_crop_2.jpgKenyarn Maxfield, who brings organizing at the college level and over a half-decade of work around the country in electoral campaigns to the work of building power for working families in his home town, Baltimore City.



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, September 23, 2019

pm_folks_with_banner.jpgIn this week’s Memo, we have news about school improvement activism at the grassroots level across communities, the fuss about crossing the Bay, Medicare for All needs a signal boost in the House and the Prince George’s Council chair needs to introduce public safety bills. Plus our Progressive Maryland resources. Read on.



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Democrats urge full funding for Kirwan education proposals as advocacy coalition hosts forums around state

slate_for_school.jpgAs Hogan and his GOP minions jealously guard the budget against school improvement plans, the state Dems have urged him to wise up about the state's priorities and an advocacy coalition has scheduled 23 town-hall type information events around the state in the next several months.



 

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Report outlines public option for prescription drugs, outflanking Big Pharma

healthcare_not_wealthcare.jpgWe’ve heard a good deal of discussion about a public option in the healthcare system – the option that was too politically hard to wedge into the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Here’s a proposed public option for production and sale of prescription drugs – one that could very well ratchet down the prices of drugs from the grasping, pill-pushing Big Pharma, star attraction in the Wall Street Casino.

A new report published this week by The Democracy Collaborative proposes the creation of a public pharmaceutical industry as an alternative to privately owned drug companies, which are focused on the pursuit of profit at the expense of the needs of patients and communities.



 

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Leaders must live up to their promises on climate-change action

ecoblast.jpg"Now we all have a choice," climate scientist and activist Danielle Meitiv told a MoCo climate emergency town hall Saturday. "We can create transformational action that will safeguard the future living conditions for humankind, or we can continue with our business as usual and fail. That is up to you and me.”



 

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Progressive Maryland Weekly Memo for Monday, September 16, 2019

MD_state_house.jpgProgressive goals and proposals are continually under attack by the people in power – not only the wealthy and corporate business interests in Maryland, but also the corporate Democrats who parrot neoliberal “wisdom” about staying in the middle of the road because that keeps their campaign coffers filled.

 

You know them when you see them, and so do we.

 

Their dependence on big money and its big spenders endangers the interests of everyday working families in Maryland.



 

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Letter to the Future: A Before and After Story

MDlogo.pngNext Friday, Sept. 20, students around the world will strike to take control of the future that today's adults are denying them.

Here's a missive of hope that it's a teachable moment in which the students, who know better, do the teaching.

Because they are not asking. They are telling the unlistening, unwilling holders of power how it is going to be.



 

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Community-owned groceries like co-ops are better at revitalizing 'food deserts'

co-op.jpgA national study showed that food deserts – Maryland has its share – are more often solved by co-op grocery outlets than by major chain grocery relocations, because community support is immediate and bottom-up. Food deserts – simply, communities where full-service groceries are too far away to be accessible – are leading indicators of many other community woes that can affect health, school success and neighborhood prosperity and mobility. As you can guess, the bottom line is inequality – of income and wealth.

This article is a little wonky but has a wealth of links to further information. Some boldface emphasis has been added by the PM BlogSpace editors.



 

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Teacher Pay Dominates Discussion of Proposed Kirwan Education Formula

slate_for_school.jpgIt’s not out of character for a top member of the Hogan cartel (Budget Secretary David R. Brinkley) to snipe that the goal of school reform should “make wanting to be in the classroom something that people really want to do and don’t have to be bribed to do it.”

But it signals that the neolib establishment, including the tell-both-sides media, are already taking aim at the Kirwan Commission’s serious attempt to compensate teachers according to their value and provide a working classroom environment that helps kids succeed and keeps good teachers in the game longer than the three-year average. Progressives will have to fight from day one to reclaim our schools from the budget hawks.

 

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Ben Jealous headlines criminal justice reform event; hints at another run for governor

cuffed_individual.jpgA packed main room in the ATU union hall in District Heights saw many testify from personal experience Saturday about the need to reduce incarceration, end cash bail, stop enabling ICE, get a grip on police misconduct and many other reforms.

As this Maryland Matters report indicates, headliner Ben Jealous became the news simply because he came back in public view – even though he was fighting for the same social-justice principles he has espoused whether a candidate or not.



 

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