Contact: Larry Stafford, Jr.




Progressive Maryland launches local chapter in Prince George's County

Community activists, labor leaders, and faith leaders in Prince George's County are organizing at the county level under the umbrella of a longtime statewide advocacy group, Progressive Maryland.

A meeting Thursday, Aug. 13 offers activists a chance to join with the statewide group, which is headquartered in Montgomery County and has a 15 year record of activism on behalf of workers, consumers and the marginalized communities. Keynote remarks will come from former candidate for Lt. Governor Rev. Delman Coates of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church.

Larry Stafford, the interim executive director of Progressive Maryland, says that "Progressive Prince George's will combine the larger organization's tested strategies for social change with the specific political and social conditions of Prince George's County. Our Prince George's chapter will fight for an economy and government that works for everyone by advocating for progressive policy at the local level and supporting progressive candidates for local office. ", Stafford said.

The chapter's goal will be to shift Prince George's County elected officials towards a bolder and more progressive economic agenda.The first item on this agenda is a bill which will require Prince George's County employers to offer paid sick leave to their employees. The Prince George's paid sick leave bill has come about after Progressive Maryland's successful effort to pass similar legislation in Montgomery County.

The interest meeting is August 13 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 8400 Corporate Drive, Landover, MD 20785. RSVP at

For more information contact

Larry Stafford, Jr.
Interim Executive Director
Progressive Maryland