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Last week, Governor Moore made a significant move by pardoning more than 175,000 marijuana convictions. This action will positively impact an estimated 100,000 individuals. This executive order makes Maryland the first state to issue mass pardons for cannabis paraphernalia-related convictions. We hope this is just the beginning of more positive changes to come following inequities of past criminalization. 

 

With the official start of summer last week too, Progressive Maryland is enthusiastic about our summer base-building efforts as we ramp up to launch our November election campaign. 

 

As we enter the final week of June, check out the Pride events section of the memo to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community. 

 

Read on for ways to get involved and for news you can use. Plus, stay safe and cool in the global warming heat! And as always, remember to respect and thank essential workers who work outside in the summer temperatures.

 

 

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Here’s what’s in today’s memo:

    • PM Task Forces & Issue Campaigns Updates
    • Local Chapter Updates
    • Pride Events 
    • State & National News

PM Task Forces & Issue Campaigns Updates

Healthcare Justice Campaign: Care Over Cost!

The Presidential debate takes place this Thursday evening. We expect questions to be asked about healthcare views and policies. So here’s a head-to-head comparison guide on health care released by KFF that you can read and share. It’s no surprise that Donald Trump supports corporate control over our system, weakening protections for facilities like nursing homes, and gutting advances we’ve made for greater gender and racial equity, just to name a few! President Biden’s actions show his commitment to taking on Pharma and bringing down Rx prices; making Roe the law of the land, and protecting the Medicare and Medicaid programs that tens of millions of Americans rely on every day. 

 

In other important news: We need you! Help us put healthcare justice on the ballot. Our Care Over Cost campaign will be in Baltimore, Montgomery, Anne Arundel, and Prince George’s Counties all summer. Join us! It’s fun and you’ll make a difference.

 ➢  Volunteer

 ➢ Email Patty to tell us about a community or healthcare event we should attend, or to learn more.

PM Local Chapter Updates

Lower Shore Progressive Caucus

Join the LSPC for Salisbury Pride! This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with our community and advocate for our state and local candidates. Sign up here!

Progressive Harford County:

 

Join Progressive Harford County for its chapter meeting on July 15 from 7-8 p.m. on Zoom. During the meeting, Progressive Harford will unveil its plans for engaging more voters and increasing voter participation in the county for the General Election. 

South Prince George's County:

 

In the heat, the South Prince George’s County Chapter of Progressive Maryland came together and demanded that we see investment in our schools. At the Oxon Hill Library, we took our first steps to get solar panels, and united on our demands to get a school board approved solar panel project, finance the project, and have the community direct the saved utility money to vital resources. If you want to get involved, email Anton.

PRIDE EVENTS:

          ➜ Salisbury Pride

Saturday, June 29, 3-7pm in Downtown Salisbury

 

Montgomery County Pride

Sunday, June 30th 12pm to 8pm at Veterans Plaza

Money for Schools, Climate and (maybe) light rail on the new Key Bridge all being examined

 

The most important issue for Marylanders this week is being actually cool, not just trendy. If you work outdoors or in tough spaces, better look out for yourself -- state agencies are still muttering over what kind of help to offer you (by insisting that your employers take responsibility for it).  In states where the worst of the heat wave has already come and gone, politicians are found to be busy telling other people what to do.

 

In addition to the heat, Maryland leaders and activists are thinking about money, as always -- the Blueprint for educational improvement, the costs of the state's climate plan, and light rail on the next-version Key Bridge (as well as the revived Red Line in Charm City) are all getting a workout. Even in summer. Stay tuned into News You Can Use.

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M.A. and Ph.d. from University of Maryland Merrill College of Journalism, would-be radical, sci-fi fan... retired to a life of keyboard radicalism...